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This was our second Christmas cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines; both times out of Port Canaveral. And, before I go any further, I have to recommend Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center to visitors for excursions. Not ... Read More
This was our second Christmas cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines; both times out of Port Canaveral. And, before I go any further, I have to recommend Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center to visitors for excursions. Not that we took any...but we live in Cocoa Beach and are very proud of our area. We are proud of Port Canaveral, too, although it IS having some growing pains. We embarked from the recently upgraded Cruise Terminal 10 and, personally, had no problems. Of course, we opted for an early arrival time (10 AM) and were able to have relatives drop us off. Later arrivals complained of long wait times in the hot Florida sun. There is also a traffic flow issue in and out of that end of the port, where the access road involves a drawbridge which can be open at inopportune times. The signage can be a little confusing, too, especially since Disney and Carnival also dock at that end of the port. If you are not coming in on a Norwegian-booked flight/shuttle from the Orlando airport we recommend making sure you get an early boarding time and plan to eat lunch on board. We were able to go to our cabin (BA 11121) in the early afternoon. It was a little bit of a surprise because the walls were curved, the bed was round, and the bathroom is one where commode, shower and sink are separated out rather than being in one "room". (There is a curtain to draw between these areas and the bed for privacy). However, after our initial skepticism about this arrangement, we decided it made sense if only because it freed up the three areas so the two of us could use them at the same time. One note: The light above the sink was inadequate. My husband could not see clearly to shave. Still, our cabin steward was great, the energy efficiency in having a master switch for the lights (controlled by your key card) was appealing and the "message wheel" (I don't know what to call it) outside the door where we could turn the dial to indicate if we wanted the room made up etc. is certainly better than the little paper slips used before. Dining: The Garden Cafe (buffet) is great but, like any buffet, crowded. The Great Outdoors (just outside the buffet, beside the pool) is good, especially early morning. We ate in three specialty restaurants: Cagney's, Moderno and Teppanyaki. The food in Cagney's was great even though the service was a little bit lacking. Moderno's waiter was terrific and it was an interesting dining experience. Tepppanyaki was entertaining, with good food and good theatrics. And, then there is O'Sheehans. I am glad to see that Norwegian expanded its late night eatery into an all night establishment, and cannot say enough about the fish and chips, pound cake and apple pie. The only problem there is the noise level. Another note: I have Crohn's disease and am very careful about food choices. I had NO PROBLEMS on board the Epic and was happy to see that there were plenty of gluten and sugar free choices on the menu. Entertainment: We took in the Christmas show, Burn the Floor and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Although the production quality of all three was excellent our favorite was Burn the Floor. And, I personally, liked the Howl at Moon/Dueling Pianos show. My husband found the venue for it (Headliners) a little claustrophobic. Health Center: My husband used the fitness center every morning and said it was never really crowded. There were a variety of fitness machines available as well as a conscientious staff. However, the walking/jogging path on Deck 7 was ridiculous. Whose idea was it to put that on a deck with lifeboats hanging on one side and exhaust fumes from restaurants belching out on the other? We found our own walking area up on Deck 16, where there is a sort of sun deck that could be lapped with little problem or disruption to the sunbathers. Activities: There seemed to be ample activities on board for all age groups: Plenty of trivia games, karaoke, poolside contests, bingo, movies and, of course, the casino. We also like to find quiet spaces where we can sit and read. The problem was that any of the indoor lounges were way too cold (Bliss comes to mind) to sit in comfortably without a sweatshirt/jacket. And, while our balcony was OK for short periods, outdoor venues need more shaded areas if you want to read and not soak up sun. We don't usually take the excursions and this cruise was no exception. We wanted to relax on board and that is what we did! As to whether we would go again? Yes! As a matter of fact we took advantage of the Book Ahead program to make a deposit for a future cruise with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My sister and I cruised on the Norwegian Epic on Dec. 17-23, 2016 leaving out of Port Canaveral. The ship was beautiful and so big. Th Epic was the biggest ship in port. We visited three ports (Great Stirrup Cay, Georgetown, Grand ... Read More
My sister and I cruised on the Norwegian Epic on Dec. 17-23, 2016 leaving out of Port Canaveral. The ship was beautiful and so big. Th Epic was the biggest ship in port. We visited three ports (Great Stirrup Cay, Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. Had a great time in all three ports. The cabin was very nice. We had a mini suite and was very surprised by the amount of storage space in the cabin. We liked the bathroom setup. One of us could shower while the other was brushing their teeth, etc. It did not bother us that the bathroom was in the "room. The beds were a little hard but still comfortable. The only issue we had with the bed was there was no room to separate the bed into 2 twin beds. The food on the ship was very good. There are two main dining rooms,The Taste and The Manhattan room. Both served the same menus. The menu was limited and if you wanted something else like steak and lobster there was an up charge for this. I did not like paying extra for certain dishes on the menu. I felt like this was a way to "nickel and dime" your customers. We've already paid for the cruise so shouldn't have to pay extra for certain foods. I've cruised on Carnival and Celebrity lines and never had to pay extra for steak and lobster. Perhaps Norwegian should rethink this. The Garden Cafe was also very nice and the food was also very good. The garden cafe is very huge and we had no problem finding a place to sit and eat even though the ship seemed to be full to capacity. There is also several other areas to eat included in your cruise fare such as O'Shehans which is a bar type restaurant that served soups, wings and sandwiches. The food here was also very good. Lots of entertainment on this ship. Only draw back was that we had to make reservations to see shows if the show was free or not. By the time we figured this out all shows were booked so we didn't see any show as the venues are quite small and only hold a limited amount of people. Service on the ship was very good. The wait staff in all of the eating areas were very friendly and engaged in conversation with their patrons. By far the Norwegian line was the best cruise line we've cruised on. While there were children on board, there was not a whole lot of children running around which made the experience very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I wanted to show my brother the largest ship and share with him all it had to offer. It was a Christmas present to ourselves. I want to begin by saying beyond the first day and evening havoc, we had a wonderful experience. The "My ... Read More
I wanted to show my brother the largest ship and share with him all it had to offer. It was a Christmas present to ourselves. I want to begin by saying beyond the first day and evening havoc, we had a wonderful experience. The "My time" dining needs to be tweaked terribly. When you book your "my time" dining way ahead on line and think it is going to go "your way"....bookers beware! It is not a happy and catered experience. All my time dining was on the lowest level of the dining room. There are three levels. The lines are long. Even if you have a so called "reservation" for "my time"......it is very disorganized to say the least. My question is why is it not MY TIME when I reserved? Why am I waiting with folks that didn't have a reservation? Why don't I have the same table at the same time? I DO understand things shift each night but once the dining staff knows your cabin number, name, request, time etc.....have a program to map out the dining room prior to our arrival. Oh heck....why am I suggesting this any way to a ship that practices day in and day out for approximately six years how to organize up to 7000 passengers?? Shame on you guys for not having this down pat! Beyond this disappointing and unexpected circumstance that I didn't look forward to each night,as I headed to the dining room (and the first night was a disaster )......my brother and I enjoyed our trip. Land excursions were organized as far keeping folks together and safe and happy. Im suggesting that maybe it could be a bit more informative as far as what will happen play by play. i.e. (you will walk across the port, get on a ferry, cab etc. no food allowed, you will receive a snack, lunch will be served exchange rate etc.) Guest services has an itinerary sheet about your excursion with icons for "lunch served" etc. but many folks don't look (trust me) they were lost or confused. On a better note my hats off to all staff for being so attentive to the passengers..even when rude, difficult, ornery, grumpy or hung over......I commend you. Over all....a wonderful ship and trip. Thank you R.C. You get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking ... Read More
The ship is absolutely beautiful, the staff and service are top notch. But this ship is so large that you need roller skates to get around. For that over 50 crowd that has back or knee problems, do not choose the Oasis. Simply walking to your room is a 15 minute journey. There were times that we did not go out of our room again in the evening because we did not want to walk anymore. Getting off on the pier was also a journey. The pier is as long as the ship so the walk into town was long as well. As amazing as it might sound, even though there were over 6,000 people on board it never seemed crowded. I have to give the staff credit for the organizational skills to get us all on and off with no hassle at all. We will definitely stick with Royal Caribbean but will go back to the smaller ships for our next trip. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Sailed on the ALLURE last year and wanted another adventure on a great city/ship. While the ship itself was as good and exciting as the ALLURE it seems the OASIS still has some work to do in smoothing out the rough edges. Let's ... Read More
Sailed on the ALLURE last year and wanted another adventure on a great city/ship. While the ship itself was as good and exciting as the ALLURE it seems the OASIS still has some work to do in smoothing out the rough edges. Let's go down the list: Getting on and off the ship was well organized and efficient. The Ports were easily reached and entertaining. The excursions were extensive and informative as well as entertaining. The evening entertainment was excellent but maybe CATS could have been condensed a bit more. 2 1/2 hours with only a couple of hit songs is a bit slow. All the other entertainment would be good at one show and poor the next. Except the aqua, aerial and ice shows. They were excellent. I won't comment on the comedians or musicians. Maybe the better ones got gigs on shore for the holidays As big as the ship is I was surprised to see very crowded conditions at several of the events. Like the Art shows, the Trivia contests and a few others. It's not like there weren't other larger venues for the groups. And it's not that the events were that popular, I have seen larger crowds at the Art Shows on Carnival ships. But, my major complaint is in the erratic service and food preparation. Even the coffee tasted wildly different at different locations. The food at all the dining venues was equally inconsistent. One day the beef dishes would be over cooked and the next day rare, The scrambled eggs would be tasty one day and dry the next. Our room steward came and went as if he had no schedule and one day didn't enter the room at all. While all the employees were very friendly and solicitous it seemed they were inexperienced and somewhat lost. All said we will still consider another trip on the ALLURE because it is an experience unlike any of the other cruise ships afloat. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
First off, I may not be as experienced as some of the other reviewers and I wouldn't consider myself high maintenance. I personally believe each cruise line has positives and negatives and that you can have a good time based on your ... Read More
First off, I may not be as experienced as some of the other reviewers and I wouldn't consider myself high maintenance. I personally believe each cruise line has positives and negatives and that you can have a good time based on your needs on pretty much anyone but one may be more suiting depending on your personality, party size and history. I am a 37 year old single male who loves to travel. My first cruise was in 2011 and this was my forth. All have been in the Caribbean and 7 days. I have sailed on the Carnival Glory, Carnival Victory, Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas, and The Norwegian Epic. I have sailed from Miami, San Juan, and Port Canaveral. Now onto my review. My cruise sailed out of Port Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas, Ocho Rios Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. Port Canaveral is probably the busiest port in the US. There were about 6 different ships that boarded the day we left. Despite the size, I found embarkation to be efficient and I had no issues. In fact, my luggage was even delivered to my room prior to 5pm which was a first in my experience. I had an inside cabin which many may complain about the design. Mainly the toilet being separate from the shower and the sink being separate from both. For me being a solo traveler, It was different but a non issue. Service to the cabins was done well, however this was the first time I was not introduced to the cabin steward. I commend the staff on the ship, great attitude, personality, and service. Especially due to the large capacity of customers which can only lead to even more complaints justifiable and non justifiable. The ship had great activities, a little bit of something for everyone. I enjoyed using the gym, having multiple free and specialty options for dinner, and even a separate "barbershop" for mens grooming services. The cirque dinner theatre show was wonderful and although it had a fee of $47 for premium seating, it was worth it. The clubs, pool parties, bowling, sports bar, howl at the moon and shows like burn the floor, comedy, and a magician provided a nice variety along with the typical art auction and games that you would find on most ships. The all white deck party was a highlight. Although the ship is huge, I chose to use the steps so that I wouldn't have to wait for elevators. Be aware that due to the size of the ship, many activities require reservations. Some can be made online prior to arrival, at the box office, or even on the room tv. I found the food to be good but not great. I didn't dine at the specialty restaurants because there were adequate other options and I was solo and often wanted to eat alone. This ship has solo cabins for others like me that want an affordable trip without needing to have a cabin mate. They also have optional solo guest gatherings in the solo lounge daily. If you like to be active, are mobile, youthful and energetic, I think the Epic could be a good time. Last but not least, the Free at Sea promotion put this cruise over the top for me. I basically only paid gratuities and had a drink package a.k.a. open bar for an entire week. Incredible savings for even a social drinker. I found that I was a little more social than usual thanks to the drink package. Some travelers that prefer smaller ships with more intimate service may not enjoy this . The haven cabins provide a more luxurious experience for those if they care to try it. But for my demographic and preferences, I will definitely do NCL again. I'm already booked for next December. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Carnival Sunshine is a make-over of the Carnival Destiny. I am Platinum card holder with Carnival and have sailed on the Destiny in the past. Here are some pros & cons of the make-over. Pros - Sports Deck (waterslides and ... Read More
The Carnival Sunshine is a make-over of the Carnival Destiny. I am Platinum card holder with Carnival and have sailed on the Destiny in the past. Here are some pros & cons of the make-over. Pros - Sports Deck (waterslides and kid's fun area) and serenity decks. Cons are: old lounge area for the Punchliner was converted into rooms, forcing lots of people into the smaller Limelight lounge, narrow passageways near Guy's Burger Joint and Blue Iguana Cantina, and removal of passageway on Deck 5 that bypassed the casino. Some other problems were people smoking on their balconies, standing water on our balcony, too much smoke in the casino and on deck 5. Several cruises I have been on have casino hours for non-smokers. But the ventilation system is inadequate for the amount of smokers in the casino. I also noticed quite a bit of corrosion/rust at the aft exterior of the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We sailed on the Oasis's first trip out of Port Canaveral, We got a good deal on a Balcony, Went with another couple had a great time. The main complaint We had were that the PRICES HAVE GONE UP. Prices for drinks have skyrocketed ... Read More
We sailed on the Oasis's first trip out of Port Canaveral, We got a good deal on a Balcony, Went with another couple had a great time. The main complaint We had were that the PRICES HAVE GONE UP. Prices for drinks have skyrocketed you are now forced to buy a package if you have more than a couple drinks a day. Prices of dining in the restaurants have skyrocketed too, Giovanis in October 25 dollars a person In November 45 a person. I didn't even think about paying extra for food. The dining room's food and the service was to good and included. The waitstaff in Dining Room were great we had music and a show 3 nights, We really had a great time. I hope Royal Caribbean really rethinks these price increases, they were crazy high. We did enjoy a la carte in Izumi, Wakame Salad and Sushi was about 25 dollars a person when all was said and done. .I bit high but good. On another note. We were one day short of Diamond member status when we boarded and you have to finish the 8 day cruise and book another one before you can enjoy the benefits. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Ship is huge- feels like a shopping mall. Over 6,000 people and the elevators were only tied up on the 1st and last day which amazed me. The service no matter where you go on the ship is extraordinary and the ship is very well maintained. ... Read More
Ship is huge- feels like a shopping mall. Over 6,000 people and the elevators were only tied up on the 1st and last day which amazed me. The service no matter where you go on the ship is extraordinary and the ship is very well maintained. We paid thousands for this trip but it seemed like they always wanted more money whether it be for the restaurants or excursions and what not. I did not like having to pay extra for good food. Food is important to me. The main dining room's food was just above TV Dinner quality. Yes, I ate but I was expecting way better. It wasn't easy to go explore the destinations on our own. We were very pressured to book the RC excursions. Not a true island feel- very touristy/manufactured. Out of all the shows, everyone seemed to agree that the ice skating show and the trapeze type show were the best. Our cabin was an ocean view balcony and it was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Let's get this out of the way first. This is a huge ship and can hold 5000+ passengers. With that being said, there should be some expectations that during the very first and last days of the cruise, one may have to wait for an ... Read More
Let's get this out of the way first. This is a huge ship and can hold 5000+ passengers. With that being said, there should be some expectations that during the very first and last days of the cruise, one may have to wait for an elevator longer than normal as folks bring up/down their bags. The venues on board for some of their shows cannot hold all the people that may want to see them, so reservations are required. Casinos are smoky and crowded but all of the above should be expected and not deliver an unfavorable rating. Shows were 1st rate. I didn't see CATS but most of what I heard from the folks that did go see it was less than favorable. Too long, too boring but the rest of the entertainment I did see 1st hand and were fabulous. Dining options are plentiful (as one would expected on a ship this large) but I do have a point of issue with Chops. While the food was great, the $42/person fee while not too expensive didn't include some of the dry aged steaks. All would've been fine, but the main dining room had the Chops dry aged NY Strip for $19. Why would somebody pay $42 for entrance to Chops as well as the $19 up charge when they could've ordered it from the dining room and save themselves the $42 entrance fee? Breakfast at the Windjammer got very predictable by the 4th day, although the lunch options were better. Staff was 1st class all the way. My son threw up in the middle of the night (after 01:00) and the staff were there to virtually replace the entire bedding ensemble by 02:30. Mother in law got sick and was able to get medicine on board to salvage some of the trip. Boarding and off-boarding went very smoothly. From the time we gathered at our meeting point to get off the ship until the time I was in my car driving off was about 20 minutes. Check in was also very smooth, although the gate agent did forget to swipe my son's passport causing a slight delay with entering the ship, but nothing too severe and nothing that I had to do to rectify. I could honestly do without the Falmouth port. Rest of the ports were fine, although the weather didn't cooperate at Labidee. Getting on/off the ship at all ports was easy and very smoothly done. Son didn't take as much advantage of the Aquanots area as I would've liked it but for the time he did spend there, he enjoyed it and it allowed my wife and I to enjoy our vacation a bit more knowing that our son was in good hands, entertained and fed (lunch and dinner during port days) Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Sailed on October 01, 2016 out of Port Canaveral. This was our seventh cruise with Carnival. We booked a suite (room 7234), so we had priority boarding. My husband and I took our 16-year-old daughter and her best friend. They were ... Read More
Sailed on October 01, 2016 out of Port Canaveral. This was our seventh cruise with Carnival. We booked a suite (room 7234), so we had priority boarding. My husband and I took our 16-year-old daughter and her best friend. They were across the hall (interior room 7236). Since they are minors, but traveling with us, they also were given priority boarding. Our suite was spacious and very clean. The bathroom had double sinks and a whirlpool tub/shower combination. There was also a small dressing area with an extra closet. Our room steward was outstanding and kept our room neat and tidy. Our daughter's room was a standard inside cabin. The ship was beautiful and clean. The food in the Northern Lights dining room was good and the service was good but sometimes a little slow. Guy's Burgers was outstanding as was the Blue Iguana burrito bar. The Lido Buffet food was hit or miss. The breakfast selection was good but the lunch and dinner options were lacking. The pizza was good but slow. Our daughter and her friend ordered room service a few times without problems. We did not eat at the steakhouse because they screwed up our reservation. We could have rescheduled but just never got around to it. We purchased the "Cheers" beverage program ($804.00 which included gratuity) but did not get anywhere near our money's worth. The program now lets you get specialty coffee, non-alcoholic frozen drinks, bottled water, and soda in addition to your alcohol. However, if would have been cheaper for us to just pay for the drinks that we actually ordered. Bar service was poor at the Blue Iguana Bar and slow at the Red Frog Lido Bar. A couple of the bartenders at those bars seemed bothered that they had to get your drink. The service at the aft pool bar and the main lounge bar was good but sometimes slow because they just didn't have enough bartenders working. The bartenders at these bars were friendly and helpful. However, we noticed that they had few servers walking around to take your drink order like they used to. We mostly just got up and got it ourselves. The casino had lots of slot machines and tables. It was usually busy and had a heavy smoke smell and cloud. If smoke bothers you, you might want to avoid this area. They did not do a good job at keeping children/minors out of the casino. We saw several kids sitting at slot machines and even saw a few teenagers playing the machines. The comedy club was great. The movies by the pool were good. Main lounge shows were good. Our daughter and her friend enjoyed the activities at Club O2 (for teenagers). The cruise director, was a little annoying. He came on the intercom system throughout the day and would sing a "good morning or good afternoon" song that he made up. He would talk and talk and talk. If you were trying to relax or nap his singing and talking were bothersome. Overall, we had a good time and will sail with Carnival again. The bar service and food selection issues on this ship were minor and we have never experienced them on any of our other sailings. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our 9th cruise, but our first on RCCL. our daughter and son in law joined us , it was the first cruise for them ever. We used the Go Port Canaveral service and it went flawlessly "Fly Snooze Cruise" Highly recommend ... Read More
This was our 9th cruise, but our first on RCCL. our daughter and son in law joined us , it was the first cruise for them ever. We used the Go Port Canaveral service and it went flawlessly "Fly Snooze Cruise" Highly recommend to anyone cruising out of Port Canaveral. The ship was very nice our cabin was spacious and the balcony seemed to be much larger than most other ships we have been on. We were on deck 9 and it was a nice quiet deck being between decks with other cabins is a plus. Our room steward was fantastic and so very helpful! Lisbeth was the best!! Cuddy the cruise director was fun and kept things upbeat during the cruise. Food was good overall, although the buffet area was always so full, you have to walk around for quite sometime before you could find a place to sit down. The other thing that was very different from other lines was the drinks are not accessible if the buffet is closed! This was rather disappointing. You had to go to the Promenade to get drinks. Also the drinks were all very watered down, everything orange juice, apple-juice and lemonade were all served over ice which seemed to already be melted a bit before the juice was added. Not much flavor left. Ports were good and disembarkation was very smooth as was getting back on the ship. Entertainment was really good! Two different comedians, an Eagles cover band "The Long Run" and the Freedom singers and dancers did a fabulous job in the theatre and the Ice skater put on an excellent show also!! All in all a good cruise the tiny thing that went wrong were corrected and not worth a mention RCCL was good to us! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We were vacationing with family and friends. Happy with excursions. Highly recommend the Marineland Tours Stingray City excursion in Grand Cayman. That boat is well worth the somewhat extra price. Don't skimp, go for it. We also ... Read More
We were vacationing with family and friends. Happy with excursions. Highly recommend the Marineland Tours Stingray City excursion in Grand Cayman. That boat is well worth the somewhat extra price. Don't skimp, go for it. We also utilized the Maya, Lost Mayan Kingdom Waterpark excursion in Costa Maya. We were satisfied with this as well. Unfortunately it was a very hot day and the bugs were pretty bad. (Bring SPF and bug spray.) The zip line part of the park is hot, but well worth it. The food is expensive- but know that when you order the jumbo hot dog it is actually two hot dogs. We made this error and bought too much food. We enjoyed our vacation on Freedom of the Seas, however, it seemed like we waited for everything: food, service, etc. You have to ask for Lobster on Formal night as it is never advertised as on the menu. Lunch in the Windjammer seems to now consist of hamburgers, hot dogs, & french fries.. A staff member said they were trying to keep the Americans happy. A nice addition is the self service beverage/soda machines. Many different flavors to choose from and easier to obtain refills. It's not just limited to sodas...as PowerAde and flavored Dasani are available. Ordered a few virgin Pina Coladas from the bar and the bartender seemed annoyed. Oh well... no biggie. We were displeased with the Adventure Ocean for ages 9-12. Our children (other family members' as well) attended the first evening and never went back.The attendants were on their phones and chatting. Some of the kids were bullying other kids and throwing balls in their faces. The attendants didn't seem to intervene. We have used this program on Liberty of the Seas, and felt Freedom was seriously lacking on this cruise. Oddly enough we all have severally dry skin (to the point where it is cracking and bleeding in some areas). We attribute this to chemical imbalance in the pool or water filtration system. The only thing that popped with WOW! was our room and room attendant, I highly recommend this room. If you can handle the motion (it is on Deck 12) it is completely worth the scenery. Please check my cabin review for more on the stateroom. Overall a 3.5 out of 5 stars for us. We have a had a 5 star cruise with RCI on the sister ship of the Freedom (Liberty) -so I can attest to differences. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I really enjoyed my cruise. Everyone has there own opinion about Tony Tillman, but I can say this guy showed out and he had me lmbo. He pulled me on the floor to dance, was I shy? No.But I can say he caught me off guard but that ... Read More
I really enjoyed my cruise. Everyone has there own opinion about Tony Tillman, but I can say this guy showed out and he had me lmbo. He pulled me on the floor to dance, was I shy? No.But I can say he caught me off guard but that didn't stop me from doing my thing on the floor.Next year I'm thinking about cruising around June or July in 2017 on the oasis or the harmony, and I would like to know if anyone knows what ship in will be on? What every ship it is that's the one I will be going on. What every ship anyone shall choose I wish everyone the best of enjoyment cause that's what it should be able is having lots of fun.I didn't go to all the shows cause I was to busy eating up all the food around me. I try to keep a positive thoughts in my mind, not negative ones :)The ship is beautiful the mall was huge,food was good,the gym was big there was so many things to keep you going none stop,in the dining I did't to much about one of the servers he was friendly at all, the room was to small, bathroom ok I.m looking forward in cruising with Harmony of the sea and the oasis there rooms are much bigger.I can say I had fun on the freedom. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I'm giving this cruise a 4 out of 5 rating based on what this cruise is supposed to be... with a very emphatic understanding that I WOULD NEVER GO ON THIS CRUISE AGAIN OR RECOMMEND IT TO ANY OF MY PEERS AND FRIENDS. EVER. My wife ... Read More
I'm giving this cruise a 4 out of 5 rating based on what this cruise is supposed to be... with a very emphatic understanding that I WOULD NEVER GO ON THIS CRUISE AGAIN OR RECOMMEND IT TO ANY OF MY PEERS AND FRIENDS. EVER. My wife and I went on this cruise to join her stepmother for her 75th birthday. She's a long time Carnival cruiser. She loves it. She... like many people on the cruise... truly believes that the "ports" Carnival brings you into are what the actual locations are. And she loves that. She also believes that buffets are amazing... and that slot machines are true gambling... I happen to disagree with her on about everything. The Carnival Valor is a fairly dated ship. It's decor is not "out-dated" nor is it modern. For what it is, it's actually pretty solid. It's a mid-priced value cruise... and if you realize that and expect that, I might even give it a 5 out of 5. I am rating this experience on this basis. While I personally hated the decor - not my style at all - I can say that it is very well maintained. Things aren't beat up. Everything worked great as it should functionally. The crew aboard deserves a 7 out of 5 in my opinion. Every single person on the cruise did their job exceptionally. Everyone. That job for many of them isn't a fun one... and they all did it all exceptionally...with no complaints... lots of courtesy... and timely. For what the food is, it's fantastic. If you like burgers, pizza, etc... Holy crap. The Guy Fieri burger place serves just about the best hamburger I've had in 15 years. Not kidding. The 24 hr pizza place has fantastic pizza. Prior to this cruise, I haven't had a burger or pizza in many months. So yet again, not my forte. If you think going to Grand Turk and instantly going to a Margarittaville contained within Carnival's "port" is an offshore excursion and the Grand Turk experience you want, by all means get on this cruise. Main complaints: 1) the shopping on the boat is awful. Horrible. That "jewelry" store is a joke. Do not spend a penny there. It's QVC crap at prices even higher than the QVC stuff. They had a Rolex section... but with only pre-owned Rolexes. Someone approached me and asked, "Are you interested in a new watch - I see you looking at some? I can save you tons over anything you could buy anywhere else!" I showed him my watch and said, "Do you have anything like this?" They're selling $250 watches for $500 and cz's and "tanzanite" which is worthless. 2) Booze is horribly overpriced. If you're like I was... you'll need lots of it. 3) The ports are awful. Run. Run away fast from them. If you're more like me and lean towards actually discovering the culture and highlights of where you're visiting, well, I can't recommend Carnival or any cruise for that matter. Kudos to all of the employees and what they do though. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Cruised on Freedom Royal Caribbean. May 8-15 western Caribbean. The service and food quality that we had experienced was great. Embarkation at Port Canaveral couldn't have been easier. We drove in on Sunday morning and used the ... Read More
Cruised on Freedom Royal Caribbean. May 8-15 western Caribbean. The service and food quality that we had experienced was great. Embarkation at Port Canaveral couldn't have been easier. We drove in on Sunday morning and used the Port parking garage. Park at 10:40a doors opened at 11:00a Check in was very quick, and we were on board by 11:30. Our cabin wasn't ready until 1p so we went o Windjammer for lunch and to relax. The ship has recently been outfitted with Voom, Royal Caribbeans internet, The only problem was it's unreliability because it randomly logs you out of the Internet when you lock your device. Even though it was supposed to only log you out every two hours, it randomly would drop our devices after a few minutes. This made it hard to iMessage each other on the ship. I wouldn't recommend the Internet package. 5:15 is the Dreamworks parade through the Promenade. The parade wasn't exactly advertised. Although it is in the Compass. We got ourselves a couple of seats outside the Café Promenade, two coffees, two pieces of cake and we were good to go. The parade was fun, colourful characters from various movies, escape from Madagascar, Kung Foo Panda. Very lively and fun. The breakfast in the Windjammer was lovely. Fresh fruit, cold cuts,toast, bagels,fruit loaf, danish pastries,eggs, both scrambled and fried, omelette,sausage, pork or turkey, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, tomatoes, cereals of various types, grits,french toast, hash browns, breakfast potatoes,corned beef hash, salads. Juice, not fresh squeezed unless you have a drinks package, coffee, decaf, 10 types of tea. Whew so much! Tip: Get a table before getting your food. Take turns at getting your breakfast otherwise your food will be cold before you get to sit down Tip: When attended a show in the Arcadia you need to arrive at least 30-45 minutes early to get a seat. Also if you go in to see any 3D movies no need to go early but beware you will freeze. Why it needs to be an icebox is a wonder. About the food..we loved the Windjammer for breakfast & lunch. Our dining was 5:30p loved the waiters in our dining room. They were respectful, entertaining and could not do enough to take care of our dining needs. Debarkation was very very slow. In baggage area very unorganized. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I wished I had booked a longer cruise on Disney, but sadly we couldn't afford it. My husband, myself and our 4 year old son were on the Disney Magic for our honeymoon. The ship was very clean and mostly well organized. Our host was ... Read More
I wished I had booked a longer cruise on Disney, but sadly we couldn't afford it. My husband, myself and our 4 year old son were on the Disney Magic for our honeymoon. The ship was very clean and mostly well organized. Our host was very nice and friendly. The only issue with our stateroom was we kept bumping into the bed as the space between the bed and the wall is minimal. I was excited that we had a tub for our son, but the water leaked out very quickly. I don't know if this is normal or not. Dining was great. The food was pretty good most of the time. Palo was amazing. Our wait staff was fantastic. I don't know if anyone can ever top them. The shows were pretty good, but I wished there were more show times for the movies in the theatre. Service was mostly good, but there were a couple of interactions that were unDisneylike. The shore excursions were pretty poor. I don't know if this is the same for all cruise lines (because this was our first cruise) but I really wasn't impressed for the money we paid. We did love Castaway Cay. The water was clear blue. Our son LOVED the Oceaneer Club, but not the Oceaneer Lab. He literally cried when we left the ship. Embarkation was perfect and disembarkation was faster than expected. Overall, I would love to take another cruise, but I don't think it will be for a long time because of the cost. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Having been on over 20 cruises with a competing cruise line, I was skeptical about venturing out on an older smaller ship as the Spirit. My first impression of the ship was that even in its old age, the ship is magnificent. Our room was ... Read More
Having been on over 20 cruises with a competing cruise line, I was skeptical about venturing out on an older smaller ship as the Spirit. My first impression of the ship was that even in its old age, the ship is magnificent. Our room was small but well designed and always clean. The bathroom appeared larger than most cruise ship bathrooms for some reason. The shower was encased in glass and not the dreaded shower curtain some older ships have. The wood paneling and molding was very pleasing to the eye all around the ship. The ship was kept extremely clean the entire cruise. The cruise director was very funny. Our stateroom attendant Henra on Deck 10 was excellent. I only had a few gripes. My first gripe was in Raffles buffet. There was no variety or choices. The food was the same dish as the day before just given a different name and maybe adding garnishments.The food left plenty to be desired. We did enjoy their Unique snack shop The Blue Lagoon. My other gripe is that the entertainment is just fair. It shows that not a lot is spent on the entertainment. The shows were dull and lackluster, They need to invest in better lighting in the theatre. It was dark for most shows and they used a lot of smoke. The lighting used was dull and did not provide clarity. The Itinerary included Key West, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, and Great Stirrup Cay. It was a dynamite itinerary. All ports were enjoyable. The service on the ship was good, not the best but it was good. The layout of the ship was easy to navigate. I think the way that that they do the muster drill needs to be rethought. Embarkation was the easiest, fastest check- ins ever! The same when we left the ship. Before our cruise we did tons of research on this ship. There were a lot of poor reviews but some good as well. We decided to make our own decision and take a chance. We are so glad we did. This was one of the most affordable port packed 7 day cruises we had every cruised. We enjoyed ourselves and will be back to cruise again with Norwegian in the very near future. The Spirit is now one of our favorite ships. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Do not believe all you read. The Spirit is the oldest ship in the NCL fleet. However she has been kept up to there high standards. Service was above average threw out the ship. Only attended one of the shows, enjoyable and ... Read More
Do not believe all you read. The Spirit is the oldest ship in the NCL fleet. However she has been kept up to there high standards. Service was above average threw out the ship. Only attended one of the shows, enjoyable and entertaining. Did buy some art while on the ship. Very good Art team on this ship. Not overly pushy and helpful if you decide to buy art from Park West Galleries. This ship gives you the options to stay as busy with activities as you like or just relax. I do suggest that if you choose your time dinning, that you go to Windows and make reservations so you do not have to stand in line. We choose 6:30 every night and never waited to be seated. If you find a waiter you prefer just ask to be seated in his area. If you like steak make sure to eat a Cagney's Steakhouse. Excellent ribeye, fine dinning service. Teppanyaki room, where the chefs perform a stir-fry meal before your eyes is excellent. Small venue only seats 10 at a time. Make reservations ASAP this ones sells out quick. The crew as well as the officers want your cruise to be memorable as possible. If you have an issue to not wait to get home and write a bad review. Go to the management team and talk with them Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Living in the Mid East Coast USA, a Caribbean cruise always beats snowy February. NCL's "Free-Style Cruising" is the best way to go if you like a casual vacation-having to pack evening dresses and suits is not our idea of ... Read More
Living in the Mid East Coast USA, a Caribbean cruise always beats snowy February. NCL's "Free-Style Cruising" is the best way to go if you like a casual vacation-having to pack evening dresses and suits is not our idea of relaxing. During the 2 weeks we were aboard we had some rough sea and missed the Cayman Islands but overall had a grand time. Enjoyed the "game shows" "Not so Newly Wed," "55 or Less," and karaoke contest-things we would never do/watch at home, but we were on vacation. We flew into Orlando and used the greatest little service called "Go Port Canaveral." They provided transportation from the airport to hotel, hotel to pier and pier to airport. They make all the necessary arrangements including hotel reservations for a very reasonable fee. Embarkation was easily accomplished as was disembarkation. As gold Latitudes members we had priority times for both. We were in a forward porthole cabin which gave us a little more room than an inside cabin but was still economical. We have found the porthole or obstructed view cabins to be a good choice both monetarily and for added space. Everything in life has the potential to disappoint and like most things, a cruise is mostly what you make of it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Christmas Cruise! Before we left, I know I looked and looked for information about a few things...you can find basic info anywhere....but Christmas specific was hard to come by! So quickly, a few things about me: traveled with my mom, ... Read More
Christmas Cruise! Before we left, I know I looked and looked for information about a few things...you can find basic info anywhere....but Christmas specific was hard to come by! So quickly, a few things about me: traveled with my mom, sister, my husband and our 3 kids, 8,13,15. Looking for family time, away from the crazy of day to day life! We are Christian, so we do celebrate Christmas. Having a believer in magic, and Santa...we were excited to hear he would make a visit Christmas morning...fun to watch him parade down the promenade, elves(adventure ocean staff) in tow to the tune in lounge. The line to see Santa was terribly long, and little bitty folks were overwhelmed by the excitement and the wait..about 45 min....waiting to see a fairly Caribbean santa! RCI, had gifts for every kid on the ship 17 yrs and under! Both my teens received RCI labeled "selfie sticks" and my 8 year old got RCI sunglasses. Nice gesture, but with the dreamworks tie in, I was surprised that it wasn't a plush shrek. There was caroling Christmas eve, lovely decorations and egg nog....but this was the bigggest disappointment of all....NO CHRISTMAS COOKIES! Well, they had hard, walmart sugar sprinkled cookies that totally blew! Lots of other yummy pastries, but no cookies for santa! :( We had a great time, loved being together and "unplugged" for the week. Hope this minor review helps folks looking for Christmas specific info for RCI. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Just returned today from a 7-day cruise on the Valor; my wife and I are seasoned cruisers and have been on quite a few Carnival cruises as well as Royal Caribbean cruises and I must say that this was one of the best cruises we have ever ... Read More
Just returned today from a 7-day cruise on the Valor; my wife and I are seasoned cruisers and have been on quite a few Carnival cruises as well as Royal Caribbean cruises and I must say that this was one of the best cruises we have ever been on. I rate the cruises not on where the ship goes or the weather but rather on a few other factors as follows: 1. Service/staff 2. Ship up keep and cleanliness 3. Quality of the food 4. Entertainment 5. Overall "bang of the buck" 1. The staff on this ship is 2nd to none, every waiter, bus boy, room steward, bar tender etc was not only friendly, but also extremely eager to please. We last sailed on a Royal Caribbean ship and rarely saw a drink waiter on a day to day basis, but on this ship they were everywhere. 2. Although, a bit dated, this ship is well kept up as well as neat and clean. Our room steward Phillip was the best we have ever had and our room was cleaned and made up as soon as we left for the day. 3. The quality of the food, the service and the friendliness of the staff in the Washington Dining Room was 2nd to none. The food in the buffet was well...buffet food and about what could be expected. 4. The entertainment in the Ivanhoe Theater was great as was the band who played in the Casino; that along with the comedians in the "punchliner" theater kept us wanting more. 5. This ship is rated very high on this site by past guests as well as cruise experts and it's easy to see why it won the service award in 2013. I would say to anyone considering this ship, don't fret, you'll love every minute of it!!!! Lastly, when my wife and I first started cruising we tried to find out what the differences were between Royal Caribbean and Carnival and had a very difficult time finding out what each stands for. After cruising many times over the past few years on both lines for us it's Carnival ALL THE WAY!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Drive to the terminal. Parked right in the garage. We parked for free since we are an handicap van. Porters helped with luggage and wheelchair, parked car and was on our way. Check in and was at WindJammer with in 1/2 hr. Rooms were ready ... Read More
Drive to the terminal. Parked right in the garage. We parked for free since we are an handicap van. Porters helped with luggage and wheelchair, parked car and was on our way. Check in and was at WindJammer with in 1/2 hr. Rooms were ready by 1:30. Used the Premium Drink Package. Seems like the bartenders don't really like to work after they know you have the package or a package. Dinner seating was ok. Again no bar server to be found for drinks or wine. Then we started to find the drink we ordered the night before on the table the next night. I guess they were trying to save time. and works if you drink the same thing every night. If you like to try different wines or cocktails you have a problem. Actually had a hard time finding a wine menu. Dinner selections was ok, WindJammer food is ok I can always find something. Breakfast buffet was good. Show were ok. Love the pool bands and 70's nite. I really don't like the Promenade for the 70's show. It is very small and you can not really see. It was horrible to navigate thru the crowd with a wheelchair from show at one end of the ship to the other end for dinner .. Really missed the Crown and Anchor Return Cocktail party.. Apparently we were the first sailing that took away the welcome back party. The Battle of Sexes was funny. The shows were ok. Ice Skate show was ok too. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Our large extensive family has done a vacation for the last 14 years - whoever can go joins, all are invited! There are 9 siblings (of the 7 still living 6 were in attendance!) We arrived in Florida from a variety of ways - some flew, ... Read More
Our large extensive family has done a vacation for the last 14 years - whoever can go joins, all are invited! There are 9 siblings (of the 7 still living 6 were in attendance!) We arrived in Florida from a variety of ways - some flew, others drove, one family lives in FL. My family of 5 (husband, wife, sons 21 and 23, and daughter 17) arrived at the port around 1:00 on Sunday. While there was a line to show passports and get our Sea Pass Cards and get through security it did continue to move... On board we were pleased to have missed the usual chaos of lunch in the Windjammer (cafeteria). We toured the ship, hugged some family members and got a few things settled before dinner. Drink packages - soda for my daughter was ordered in advance. Once on board we purchased a wine/beer package for my husband and a premium package for my 21 year old son. We ended the week (final two days) with a Royal Replenish package for teen daughter and two additional premium packages. While we are not big drinkers - the fun of trying new drinks, and enjoying icy cold beverages while at the pool was just fun. While expensive I do believe we got our money's worth overall. Our interior staterooms were just fine. We had adjoining rooms which was a plus for traveling as a family. Our Cabin Steward was attentive and left a variety of towel animals each night. I'm not one to sit out on a balcony so the additional cost would be a waste. Three must have items include nightlight, power strip, and over the door shoe caddy to keep all the little extras easily accessible for my family. A small portable fan is a plus for drying wet suits/shoes and just keeping the air moving in the cabin - it doubles for white noise as well. Our dinner service was excellent! Please check out breakfast and lunch in the main dining room too. They had large tables set up with fruit, granola, and hot breakfast items and for lunch a well stocked salad bar...all included. Food was delicious - lobster tails, steaks, and of course desserts to top it all off!! The performance team on board was great they did two shows with singing and dancing. One night they had Tony Tillman from "Rat Pack is Back" he was excellent, and one night was an illusionist. The ice show was spectacular. Our family just hung at the beach in Labadee, Haiti - you need aqua shoes!! In Falmouth we did the Chukka Zip Line at Rose Hall - fantastic!! It was the same cost as the zip line at Labadee but the different traverses and surprises up in the forest made it awesome! In Cozumel three of us went to San Gervasio Mayan Ruins then to the coast for lunch and a swim. In George Town Grand Caymen we went to the Royal Palm Hotel for a day pass. The cover charge was $2 and included bathrooms, showers, and ice water from a large cooler. The chairs ($8) and umbrellas ($15) were additional. We simply went down the beach a few feet and found shade under some large trees for free. The taxi to the hotel was $8 round trip per person. The fitness center had plenty of treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines and free weights. There were plenty of towels and containers with wipes to use following use. Common areas - bathrooms, pools, promenade, stairways, library, meeting rooms, bars were always spotless. I frequently saw workers cleaning, dusting, sweeping and being attentive to the physical condition of the ship. The night before departing we were given suitcase labels - there were 30+ stations so finding our bags was easy. We were assigned to depart at 8:30 and there was no big rush. Again a line that kept moving to return through customs - no biggie. Disembarkation was very smooth and efficient. Since we were such a large group we did have a meeting room on day one to meet and greet. We've already booked our cruise for next summer - I can't wait. Royal Caribbean out of San Juan! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
My 20 year old daughter just returned from a relaxing cruise on Freedom of the Seas. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. We booked this cruise just about two months before the sail date. I traveled from Atlanta, picked up my college-aged ... Read More
My 20 year old daughter just returned from a relaxing cruise on Freedom of the Seas. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves. We booked this cruise just about two months before the sail date. I traveled from Atlanta, picked up my college-aged daughter in Statesboro, GA and the we traveled to Port Canaveral. We stayed at Radisson Resort at the Port. I will review this hotel on Trip Advisor, but suffice it to say, everything was fine. It's a bit busy and the room smelled a bit damp (typical Florida motel smell,) but we were comfortable enough. We used the hotel's Park and Shuttle service and it was extremely efficient. There were plenty of shuttles available and we were loaded upon the shuttle immediately. After a very short drive, we arrived at the Port. Embarkation - As we received a complimentary upgrade to a Junior Suite, we were escorted to the Suite Guests check-in area, where there was no waiting. In fact, we encountered no lines at all during check-in. We were walking on the ship no more than 10 minutes after entering the building! Cabin - We were in Cabin 1706, an aft-facing Junior Suite on the 10th deck. It was lovely - large with many storage areas, including a small walk-in closet. The balcony was huge and included two loungers, two chairs and a dining table. Our only beef with this cabin was that it never received sun or a breeze. We didn't spend a great deal of time on the balcony, other than to eat breakfast there two mornings. Dining - this is an area in which we were very disappointed. The Windjammer Cafe was almost always quite crowded. It was stressful to walk in to the place as we first had to search and search for a place at which to sit. The food was fine - just that. The menu tended to stay the same from day to day. However, we only ate dinner there once. Perhaps there is a greater variety in the evening. MDR - another disappointment. Our service was adequate, I'll say that. Food was bought out quickly (almost too quickly,) but wasn't always hot. We unfortunately had a table close to the waiter station, so were treated to a constant and loud show of rolling trolleys, clattering dish cleaning, etc. It was kind of unappetizing to see plates being scraped ten feet from our table. Also, we noticed that multiple dishes were brought out at the same time and simply left covered on the waiter station until the next course was offered. If we knew that our second course was going to be brought out at the same time as our first, we would have ordered them separately. The food seem to progress from okay to terrible by the last day of the cruise. The last night, we received "French Onion Soup," which was so bad that we could only laugh. The broth contained no pieces of onion that we could discern, the "bread" appeared to be a very small square of toasted sandwich bread. No cheese was visible, but we think that a small piece of cheese may have been placed on the toast. I say "may" because by the time the soup arrived at our table, it had sunk under the broth. I really wish I had taken a photo of this pitiful soup. It was the saddest thing I have ever seen offered in a restaurant. Beverage service was also lacking in the MDR (but excellent at all of the other bars on the ship.) I had the Premium Beverage package which entitles me to unlimited drinks. Unfortunately, it was quite difficult to receive more than one glass of wine during the entire dining time. Drinks were never offered - I had to get my server's attention and order an additional glass. Typically, the second glass of wine arrived just in time for the dessert to arrive. Excursions - we enjoyed all of our excursions and I will post more information on those specific pages. Entertainment - we went to the late night comedy show. Meh. Disembarkation - again, extremely efficient. Our disembarkation time was 7:45 am and we were off the ship by 7:50am. Summary - would we cruise on RCCL again? I suppose. We were happy with everything with the exception of dining. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015

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