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Husband and I booked three weeks on Freedom to reach Pinnacle by end of May in March 2014. We drove down from Nashville Saturday and spent the night in our Orlando home before heading to Port Canaveral on Sunday. We used the Radisson ... Read More
Husband and I booked three weeks on Freedom to reach Pinnacle by end of May in March 2014. We drove down from Nashville Saturday and spent the night in our Orlando home before heading to Port Canaveral on Sunday. We used the Radisson Hotel for parking to facilitate landside travel while in port between cruises. Once at the terminal, the longest wait was getting luggage through security. We collected our set sail pass, had the "Welcome Aboard" picture taken and in our cabin, a junior suite", 15 minutes latter. After eating a quick lunch at Windjammer, we made reservations for dinner at Sabor's that night and started unpacking. The checked luggage was waiting for us in the hallway. The junior suite had more than enough storage space even after placing our suitcases and dive gear in the closet. Having a double wide balcony gave both of us plenty of room to stretch out during the day. After lifeboat drill, we hit the gym to work up an appetite for Sabor's. The queso fundido and tacos was great but filling. Even limiting the amount of chips and pico did not help and we did not order a main dish. By the time the dessert tray arrived, hubby and I only ate the churros and chocolate leche. We left the flan and other 2 desserts untouch. Sabor's is worth the surcharge. Since we have seen most of the headliner and production shows multiple times, we only visited the theater to watch "Once Upon a Time" and the ABBA tribute band during 3 weeks. These two shows were worth seeing for the 20th and 5th time respectively. The Latin Band was easy to dance too especially when the officers were dancing. The "Dancing with the Officers" is one event you should attend. The Hotel Director may be from Down Under but he can shake his booty in time with the Latin beat. The only time we ate in the main dining room was on formal night. Since we only eat the main dish, we had to wait until the kitchen had finish preparing the appetizers before our dinners could be prepared. The food temperature was on the cool side and sometimes cold. The cold food was quickly replaced. Favorite dessert was the ice cream sundaes in the Windjammer. Even on formal night, hubby and I would visit the Windjammer to get a hot fudge sundae for dessert. During this trio of cruises, hubby and I decided to try Trivia and Sudoku contests again. We won two C & A trivia sessions and received a silver in Sudoku. We noticed that the prizes given to the winner varied with the cruise staff member running the event. Some gave just metals to the winners while others gave out one to three items such as key changes, pens and other logo items. The arts and crafts on this ship was a disappoint. The scrapbooking and jewelry making sessions were in areas not setup for these activities and often shared the lounge with another group. Also no complementary supplies were provided at the first session like on the five other ships we sailed on in the 15 months. The other five ships provided at least one small kit free for attendees to work on while onboard the ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
My wife and I just got back from a 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, and Costa Maya). We have taken taken 8 cruises in the past 10 years. We booked this cruise primarily for the ports of Honduras and ... Read More
My wife and I just got back from a 7 night cruise to the Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, and Costa Maya). We have taken taken 8 cruises in the past 10 years. We booked this cruise primarily for the ports of Honduras and Belize. (More on that later). Carnival Sunshine was a smaller ship with all of the 2.0 upgrades. The retrofit of all of the upgrades created many tight spaces on the ship and really did not have large enough public spaces. The main lounge is the smallest that I have seen on any ship. This room doubles as a night club after 10:30pm. The dinning rooms were a little tricky to find as the layout of the ship did not allow people to walk on each of the floors. The food was very good in all places. Not sure why anyone would feel the need to visit the specialty restaurants and pay the extra money. Desserts need a little work... but you can always fall back to the Choc Melting Cake or ice cream. The Limelight Lounge (Comedy Club) was not large enough. Every show was full and you had to be 20-30 minutes early just to have a seat in the lounge. This room does not make sense to me. The comedians could only face 1/2 of their audience as the people sitting on the sides had to watch on a closed circuit tv as the layout of the room was terrible. Although we did not use the pool, it was very small and always crowded. The serenity adult only pool and deck was nice. Again this was a very crowded deck and many people had towels on the lounge chairs early in the morning and finding a seat was quite difficult. We spent the majority of our time in Ocean Plaza and the Red Frog Pub. This was at the back of the ship which had great activities (trivia and live band) throughout the cruise. The band was very good. The entire entertainment staff on this ship was excellent. Jamie Dee was the cruise director and she has so much energy. Her staff was very attentive and did their activities with energy and pizzaz. We truly enjoyed Darnell's trivia sessions. The shows were the best that we have sen on any ship. The special effects during the shows were top notch. All of the performers were also great! Ports of Call- (We try to book independent of the ship) Cozumel- We decided to make it a beach day and we went to Mr. Sanchos Beach. This was an all inclusive beach/ pools etc... 50 bucks a person included all of your beverages and lunch. This beach is about a 20 minute cab ride away from the ship. The ocean was very rough on the day that we were there. So we decided to stay mainly in the pool. this is a great stop if you have a large group and who like to party. Roatan Honduras- This is a beautiful island! We decided to book a snorkeling adventure with Eco Tours. http://roatanecotour.com/ We had to walk outside of the port area as this excursion is not part of the ships excursions. Once we walked out of the port and up and down a hill we were met by our Tour Guide Alex. He informed us that we were the only people on his excursion for that day. At first this made us a little nervous. However, we soon found out that it meant we had a private guide. We took about a 20 minute ride to the other side of the Island to where his boat was. He was very informative about the island and was very personable. Once we arrived at the boat, we met his deck hand Javi. Javi welcomed us onto the boat and informed us about the boat etc... Once on the water we took a short ride to where there is a beautiful channel in the water. Both Alex and Javi went into the water show us all around. This was absolutely the best snorkeling that we have ever done in the caribbean. We went onto a second stop where we swam along another reef. The fish here was just as spectacular. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone! Belize- http://www.cave-tubing.com/ Once again we book this excursion independent of the ship as the price was nearly half of the price. After taking a tender into port we once again had to walk a short distance off the pier where were met with our tour guide. Here we loaded into a bus where we had about an hours drive into the forest. On the way there we had a very nice air-conditioned bus ride. The bus ride through the city was very eye opening. The tour guide did a great job with providing the history and information of Belize City. Once we arrived at the destination we were given a head lamp and a life jacket. (We did not have to carry our tubes up the hill, as some of the other tours man the people carry their tubes). We had a short 20 minute walk up the trail. Some have described this walk as being difficult. The path is not the smoothest, as it is mainly loose gravel. There are a few inclines and you need to walk across the stream when you are walking to the starting point. Once at the starting point there is a nice swimming hole to cool off before you make your way down the river on your tube. All of the tubes are tied together in pairs so there is 2 rows of 8 and you have 2 guides with you. Once you are on your tube you gently float down into the caves looking at all of the great stalactites and stalagmites of the caves. You float for about 1 hour in the caves and another 1/2 hour or so in the open forest. We were also lucky enough to see a few monkeys hanging out in the trees. I would highly recommend this outfit as well. Costa Maya- Mayan Ruins- We decided to book directly with the ship on this excursion as it was the last port of call and the shortest allotted time in port. We took a nice bus to Chacchoben to see the ruins. On our way to the stop it began to rain. The rain was quite heavy when we arrived. We tried to purchase a rain coat but they sold out very quickly. We did end up purchasing garbage bags for 1.00 where we made ponchos out of them. We were given a tour of all of the ruins and provided with an amazing amount of history. Despite the rain this was a very cool excursion. Again all of the Ports of Call were definitely the highlight of this cruise. We were slightly disappointed with the overall layout and space of the ship. We will not be booking the Sunshine again unless there are new ports of call that we really want to visit. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Starting at the beginning, the airport transfer was a bit confusing only because the cruise attendants at the airport did not provide adequate direction regarding the location of the ground transportation desk and there was no signage in ... Read More
Starting at the beginning, the airport transfer was a bit confusing only because the cruise attendants at the airport did not provide adequate direction regarding the location of the ground transportation desk and there was no signage in the airport. Once the transfer ticket was obtained, the bus ride and the embarkation process were comfortable, smooth and efficient. We were in our state room cabin within 15 minutes of arriving at the cruise terminal. We found the balcony cabin (deck 7, not sure which category) to be very clean and fairly comfortable (the sofa left a bit to be desired), but the bed was comfortable and there was a huge amount of closet and storage space. As for the ship itself, it is nearly 20 years old, and in spite of a recent renovation, it is clear that maintenance is becoming a bit of an issue. We saw a few leaking pipes in the hallways, and some places on the ship such as the floor gutters outboard of the balcony were visibly rusting. The layout of the ship was a bit confusing, it was hard to traverse from the bow to stern without going up and down steps to various decks. This paragraph pretty much summarizes the negatives of the onboard experience. As for the crew, it was without doubt the best crew of the five cruises my wife and I have taken. Everyone was friendly and helpful, and to the person they all called us by our first name. The Blue Iguana bar was our afternoon gathering place from about 4-5:00 PM. Giselle, Lizabeth, and Jose were friendly and fun. We made quite a few friends duing our week, so this became a very familar and fun place to gather. After cleaning up for dinner our next stop was the Alchemy Bar where Maria (supervisor), Mirosalav, and Parviz kept us "refreshed" and entertained. They are truly fun to watch, and they are true mixologists and entertainers. Dinner in the dining room was a little mixed bag. Our table for two was located at a busy serving station so there was a lot of hustle and bustle, but our head waiter Andrew was wonderful and attentive. The food was very good to excellent. This ship has many eating options including pay to eat steakhouse, Asian, and Italian restaurants. We only ate dinner in the formal dining room. I would not recommend eating in the buffet/cafeteria. I would also strongly recommend requesting a specific dining time (early or late) and NOT use anytime seating as there was a wait for those passengers. We only took one shore excursion on the trip. There was miscommunication regarding transportation to Maya Key which was a little aggravating, but the trip itself was worth it. Very quiet and secluded beach with excellent snorkeling and a very interesting wild animal "rescue" habitat exhibit. I am not big on shows and entertainment, but we did go to the Motown review and I was very impressed. We also took in a show at the comedy club. The comedian was very funny and the ship puts on two versions of the same show, "R" and "PG". Based on the somewhat limited entertainment experience, the overall quality (including bar bands) was very good, and much more consistent than with other cruise lines. In retrospect we probably should have taken in one or two more shows because they were that good. I have never been on a ship where the disembarkation process was as smooth as I would like, but getting 3,000 + people off a ship and through U.S. customs will never be but so quick. The experience was pretty good and Carnival did an excellent job managing the process. There is always a longer wait than I would prefer. Carnival did as good a job as any other cruise line I have experienced (Norwegian (never again), Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity). Overall I would rate the design/décor of the ship B+, the crew A+, maintenance B-, cleanliness A, Food A-, entertainment A, Alchemy Bar A+, outside bars A+, service A+. pool/deck A-. This was an excellent value for a decent ship and excellent service. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Chose this cruise based on available cruises for the dates we could travel. This was a first time cruise for three out of four of us women who went. We had a wonderful trip. Ship was beautiful. Stateroom and service was top notch. Food in ... Read More
Chose this cruise based on available cruises for the dates we could travel. This was a first time cruise for three out of four of us women who went. We had a wonderful trip. Ship was beautiful. Stateroom and service was top notch. Food in Windjammer was good. No problems waiting in lines. Lots of food choices. Main dining room was beautiful and our servers, Rodel and Rose, were great. Went out of their way to make our meals enjoyable. Lots to do on the ship. Casino was fun even though we didn't win. Theatre shows were wonderful and we had no problem getting a seat and didn't have to make reservations. We had two rooms next to each other with balconies. Our room attendant removed the wall between the balconies to make one long balcony. Poolside entertainment was fun. Hand sanitizer machines everywhere and crew who stressed the importance of using them so as not to get sick. All in all a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Overall it was a great cruise! Service: Rodman and Deepak in the Anytime Dining were the best servers that we had ever had. (we have been on 9 cruises). They knew right away what pleased my picky husband and had fruit on his table the ... Read More
Overall it was a great cruise! Service: Rodman and Deepak in the Anytime Dining were the best servers that we had ever had. (we have been on 9 cruises). They knew right away what pleased my picky husband and had fruit on his table the minute we would sit down. They truly were great! Entertainment: The main shows were really good, the singers and dancers were better than the ones last year. (we did this same cruise last year)! We didn't' go to the first show with the aerial artists, but saw them on the going away show. Wished we had seen their full show on the first night, they were fantastic. Bored with the Magician. The first comedian was really funny, again, wished we had seen his show. The singers, dancers and bad were fantastic. Starbucks. Amazingly the two guys remembered my husband from last year. As we were departing the ship they said good bye to him using his name…pretty impressive. I loved seeing all of the Dream works characters on the ship and wished that my grandkids had been with me. The Windjammer food was mediocre as was the dining room. I had a hard time finding something that I would like to eat on most nights. We also did not like Sabor's the new Mexican Restaurant. The guacamole and desert were fantastic. The rest of the meal was ho hum. Getting on and off the trip went amazingly quick with no glitches. We did not take a ship tour, but went to a private beach in Cozumel. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Cruised many times with Carnival and love this company. Boat was booked and crowded. Stayed in a balcony room for the second time and will go back to interior as the balcony cut down the size of the room. Room steward was below par this ... Read More
Cruised many times with Carnival and love this company. Boat was booked and crowded. Stayed in a balcony room for the second time and will go back to interior as the balcony cut down the size of the room. Room steward was below par this time but dining experience was amazing. Enjoyed the ports of call and the embarkation and debarkation went smoothly. Casino host took excellent care of us but there were not enough machines to go around at times. Smoking areas should be increased as most people were in the casino smoking as there werent many areas to smoke. Overall a good cruise though Ive never had an ultimate bad cruise with Carnival. Always clean and tidy with a lot of dining options. Wish they would allow smoking at least on some of the balconies as that is why I booked one this time to find out they dont allow smoking on them anymore not even e cigs. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We throughly enjoyed our trip. We found the ocean view cabin (deck 5) clean and well furnished. There was plenty of storage and a fridge. The ports were nice, although better suited to watersport lovers. The ship is a bit quirky, ... Read More
We throughly enjoyed our trip. We found the ocean view cabin (deck 5) clean and well furnished. There was plenty of storage and a fridge. The ports were nice, although better suited to watersport lovers. The ship is a bit quirky, many nooks and crannies. There are several can't get there from here situations. We enjoyed having the different casual dining options and locations, the taste bar was nice and it's conversion in the mornings for breakfast made room service unnecessary. Especially good (my other half says great) was Guys Burgers. It's a must for those who enjoy a juicy burger with all the toppings. One major disappointment was with the specialty dining restaurant Ji Ji. The service was unexceptional, and the food and portions below mediocre (not even to par with a local take out place). Served family style it could be a fun place but needs major tweeting. One of our appetizers was dumplings, three quarter sized dumplings were brought to share between the two of us. One main dish (beef) was so salty sent it back. This caused a flurry of staff to our table. We ordered the chicken as a replacement, also salty. I consumed two cups of tea, glass of water and two diet cokes during the meal. Only bright spot was after a complaint at guest services received a bottle of wine on the last night. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We cruised to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya on the Carnival Sunshine. I would first like to say that the crew was amazing. Everyone was so nice, and happy to accommodate us. The ship lacked in a few areas. The inside areas were ... Read More
We cruised to Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya on the Carnival Sunshine. I would first like to say that the crew was amazing. Everyone was so nice, and happy to accommodate us. The ship lacked in a few areas. The inside areas were very hot. Not a lot of cool air was to be found. Our cabin air did not work well at all. The process for any time dining was odd. You had to go to 5th floor, wait in line for a ticket, then go to 3rd floor to be taken to your table. Most of the water area is taken by the kids slides and water park. This is great for the younger kids, but the rest of the deck area where the one pool is was crowded as with most cruise ship pools. Over all, we had a great time. The food was good, boarding was easy. Probably wouldn't cruise on the Sunshine again, but will always cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
The embarkation and disembarkation process was smooth, definitely get a porter even if you only have a few bags as you leave the ship as they get to bypass the long lines. We had a great time on the cruise. our 9yo boy loved the kids ... Read More
The embarkation and disembarkation process was smooth, definitely get a porter even if you only have a few bags as you leave the ship as they get to bypass the long lines. We had a great time on the cruise. our 9yo boy loved the kids club and would leave seated dinner early each night so he could get to the club. Made some friends and looked forward to it each night. Our 15yo boy went to kids club one night and had a good time but preferred to hang out with us doing the trivia games and going to the shows most nights. The onboard shows and comedians were great and the Cruise director led shows were all great fun. The quest and 70 disco dancing in the streets were a blast. We enjoyed the cruise director as he and his team brought a lot of energy to the whole week. The flo rider was fun and the kids loved the self serve ice cream machine. They are nearly fully complete with their ice cream withdrawal. Sit down meals were good but I was not overly impressed and we could have had the same quality at the buffet im sure. The Specialty restaurants (Chops and Giovanni's) were outstanding. So you pay a bit more for what used to be able to get as standard upscale fare on the cruises at the specialty restaurants but it was worth it. So one night we did chops and giovannis another night and it worked about great. The breakfast buffet was great and the buffet closes 9pm each night. They have pizza and sandwich in the shops late night and room service after that. Would skip the uplift on the kids beverage package and stick to lowest sodas package next time. I got the adult premium drink package and it was worth it. My wife did not. We brought a few bottles of wine/champagne onboard for drinks on the balcony after we returned from shore excursions and that was a good move. Great boat and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This was my 6th cruise and my boyfriends first. It was my 5th cruise with carnival. Having traveled on carnival ships in the past it was evident that there has been some cutbacks especially in the entertainment department. There was ... Read More
This was my 6th cruise and my boyfriends first. It was my 5th cruise with carnival. Having traveled on carnival ships in the past it was evident that there has been some cutbacks especially in the entertainment department. There was a lack of music at the pool and when there was sounded like keroke. I miss some of the live music also. Carnival is lacking in the shows also. The other cruise lines are far surpassing carnival in this department. Sometimes it's the little things that you miss that dont make or break the cruise but I did enjoy the pillow chocolates that they have done away with. And no more samples of things in the bathroom either. My biggest complaint was the whole 5th floor by the casino reaked like dirty stale smoke. It was bad. And I mean really bad. You could tell by getting into the elevator if it had been to that floor. It stunk and ruined my time on that floor. Carnival should really invest in some sort of ventilation system for the smoke. Now the good. The service was amazing. The drinks were great. Room was clean. Food was good. Mdr great. Guys burgers awesome. Cantina awesome. Lido buffet lacking. Room service rocked. Great weather. Spa was awesome but crazy expensive. Overall it was good and I am not one to let those small things get to me. But I would like to try a few different cruise lines just to see what else is out there. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We arrived about 1215. Parking at ship was very easy. We dropped our bags off and parked in the regular lot for $120. The Premium lot ($140) is only a little closer and is not covered. The regular parking lot/garage is just across the ... Read More
We arrived about 1215. Parking at ship was very easy. We dropped our bags off and parked in the regular lot for $120. The Premium lot ($140) is only a little closer and is not covered. The regular parking lot/garage is just across the street and we parked out of the sun. First step was going through the TSA-like baggage screening. This process took longer than reasonable. The security folks just didn’t seem to work efficiently….maybe it is a part-time job for them. They were pleasant, but slow. We got through the paperwork check-in quickly and then got the wrist band for our grandson, who was traveling with us. Getting the wristband took longer than the security check and paper check-in combined. From there we walked on board the Disney Magic and got some lunch. Around the scheduled time the staterooms were ready, so we went to check out our room. We have cruised about 15 times, mostly on Celebrity. We were impressed with the storage space of our cabin and liked the split bathroom set up. That would have been even better if they could have included a 2nd toilet. I liked the shampoo and hand lotion products. My only minor complaint was the comforter on the bed was too hot. If my grandson had not been sleeping with just a light blanket on the sofa-bed, I would have lowered room temp to about 60 degrees. Our cabin attendant was excellent. We found the buffet food to be good, not as good as Celebrity, but on par with RCL. The dining room food was about the same. Dining room service is very friendly, but with all the children present the service not as refined as that on Celebrity. We were surprise to have a waiter from England. He did a great job…and was easy to understand. Our assistant waiter also did a great job. Rotating through the dining rooms was interesting, but not nearly as special as we envisioned. I thought there would be really distinct food differences, but the distinctions were limited. Around night 6 the assistant waiter showed the kids an assortment of plastic souvenir glass with flashing LED lights for about $7. I would guess it was an assigned task. We would have preferred not having the glasses offered in midst of dinner. Two 8 year old girls at our table got flashing cups. We did not buy one for our grandson. We found the pool for kids to be quite small. It is good they have life guards; I counted over 40 kids in the pool one sea-day afternoon. When busy, it was difficult to find a seat or lounge around the pool from which you could actually watch your kids. The production shows were the best we have ever seen on a cruise ship…significantly better. They were all Disney themed, but why else would you sail on a Disney ship. We chose to walk of the Disney Magic with our bags, vice placing bags outside cabin door the evening before. This was painless. We were in our car and on the road by 7:45. We had never cruised with so many children on board, but we got used to it. Cruise Director said there were over 1000 kids. The average age was much younger than other cruises we have done. The percentage of people who dressed formal nights was way under 50%. A large percentage did not even meet the “casual” dress criteria on formal night or any other night…looking more like they dress for a boardwalk at the beach. Way too many people with excessively unattractive tattoos. We would sail on Disney again with grandkids; it is a great experience. We would not choose Disney to cruise without kids.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Heard a lot about this ship so was anxious to see what it offered. Unfortunately the ship was experiencing a mechanical problem that forced the line to completely drop the itinerary of St Thomas and St Martin and stick us with Nassau and ... Read More
Heard a lot about this ship so was anxious to see what it offered. Unfortunately the ship was experiencing a mechanical problem that forced the line to completely drop the itinerary of St Thomas and St Martin and stick us with Nassau and Cozumel. Did we want to go to those ports - no - but we decided to make the best of the situation. Because the ship arrived back to Port Canaveral two hours late, we spent almost two hours waiting in line to board the ship. That was totally a lousy way to start the cruise. We hoped things would get better and they did. We were on a cruise and were going to have fun no matter what. The line gave us $450 shipboard credit and 25% off the cruise portion of a future cruise. Th ship is very large and a rurally too large for my taste but it is a really beautiful ship. The food in the dining room was good - not great but good. The buffet was very good. The pizza in the pizza restaurant on Main Street was terrible. The rooms were comfortable, bedding and beds really comfy and shower roomy and with curved doors. The doors separating each balcony slid to one side so we had one large balcony among our three adjoining rooms. The entertainment was excellent and the ice show fabulous. We had lots of fun, great massages in the spa and in general a great time.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
My husband and I had a good time on the cruise, but the idea that Disney is exceptional compared to other cruise lines wasn't evident to us. Disney caters to families with some spaces set aside for adults. For the most part ... Read More
My husband and I had a good time on the cruise, but the idea that Disney is exceptional compared to other cruise lines wasn't evident to us. Disney caters to families with some spaces set aside for adults. For the most part you're surrounded by kids. The adult areas on the boat were generally as packed as the other areas of the boat. The food in the dining room was very good along with the service. We went to Palo twice and it was really exceptional. Food in Cabanas and the stands on the main deck was awful for the most part. Breakfast had to be the worst. The good news is that we were always able to find a table even on sea days. For entertainment, the first-run movies in the Lake Buena Vista theater were a big plus. We saw them all. The shows were hit or miss. The Aladdin show was really cute. The big pirate extravaganza was terrible; even the fireworks were too short. Castaway Cay was by far the best day of the cruise. The beaches are gorgeous and the water is crystal clear. The adult beach was very relaxing with plenty of beach chairs and separate facilities. The BBQ lunch was only so-so. The cabin was average size, but clean and comfortable. We had a kid in a nearby cabin who kept going in and out of his cabin by slamming the door so hard our things would jump on the desk. He would then proceed to run up and down the hallway for, what seemed Ike, hours. This was at all times of the day. Sleeping was not an option with this kid near us. And that was the main issue: Where in heaven's name are the parents? Many of the kids seemed to have little to no supervision, even when the parents were with them. If we decide to cruise again, we would not choose Disney. If we had small children, we might feel differently, but for adults who are not enamored with Disney, it's not for us. Overall the service was good and there were some nice pluses, but we'll use RCL or another line if we decide to cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Had a great time, Carnival never disappoints. Drove to the port and parked in the port parking lot. Arrived around 1100 am we went platinum this year but did not have room to set in the special waiting area too many Faster to the fun ... Read More
Had a great time, Carnival never disappoints. Drove to the port and parked in the port parking lot. Arrived around 1100 am we went platinum this year but did not have room to set in the special waiting area too many Faster to the fun people there already. When they started boarding they went into the special waiting room first so good thing we we're watching or they might have skipped over us. When we got on the ship our room was ready so we dropped off the bags and began to explore the ship. Ate at the Tandor station in the buffet loved it food was great. Indian food in MDR was awful, didn't work out for me. Loved the BBQ on the Lani little burgers were the best. Went to the Pasta station above the Buffet was told it was a 40 min wait but I looked around and set down anyway. Got our food in less than 8 min but it was bland and too much water. Ate in the Steak House one evening and it was wonderful. We did not watch all the shows as the singers and dancers are boring, we did however enjoy Gumbie the assist cruise director, be sure to ask him to show you how he got his nickname. We enjoyed the ventriloquist show something out of the ordinary. Do not miss the Comedy shows Carnival scores perfect with this bunch. The MDR staff was the best and the brunch sea days were my favorite. Don't miss the Eggs Ranchiro, yum. The pool areas had too many people for me good thing we had the Spa rooms to relax in. Liked the Movie at sea on the big screen, Carnival is still a fun ships but now I think I want a more relaxing and elegant cruise and for a few dollars more I can have that. I don't think that Carnival has changed that much but I have. The water works slides were wild.. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We choose this cruise to board the Oasis of the Seas for the first time. My wife and I went as we normally do, by ourselves. We are in our late 60's but we dance, have fun and use the pools, jog, run and eat. Embarkation was smooth ... Read More
We choose this cruise to board the Oasis of the Seas for the first time. My wife and I went as we normally do, by ourselves. We are in our late 60's but we dance, have fun and use the pools, jog, run and eat. Embarkation was smooth and fast, very organized. Debarkation was even faster, about 10 minutes to exit the terminal from start to finish, could not believe it. This ship is very large yet it was very easy to navigate all areas. The key is to use the promenade (deck 5). Elevators are at both ends and quite a few they are. Remember that in many areas the food is free even if it looks expensive. Park Central (deck 8), just a great place to spend time to relax, get a great roast beef sandwich, fruit cups, salads and excellent soups. The Solarium was another spot to eat. But the Windjammer is the venue for eating most of the time. On deck 5 is the promenade and the jogging track. Go past the Boardwalk (here is the carousel) and the Aqua Theater. The promenade is the center of everything, from bars to music to 24hrs cafe, pizza. At Sorrentos they serve pizza with all the ingredients you want added, The entertainment was fabulous. Many typical activities and there's the Grand Parade with the Dreamworks animated characters. The food was the highlight since Royal Caribbean has greatly improved their menu, especially breakfast. Quality, presentation, and taste was simply great. Service better than ever. Royal Caribbean has taken suggestions and made changes and the results are evident, just an exceptional cruise. Before boarding and during your online checkin, make sure you try and get as many shows as you can in accordance with your dining schedule. If you find out taht some shows are full, do not worry, when you board just go to desk services and they will complete it for you, as we had to do. The folks are very very nice. On this cruise we had MyTime Dining table for two every night. The food was simply very good and service second to none. Our cabin was 7437 interior, roomy and very clean always. The public restrooms are very clean. All in all this was worth every penny and we will book another cruise soon. We have been on all the major cruise lines but we will return with Royal Caribbean. One last thing, do go to the Art Auctions. You will get a free artwork and an education about this fascinating world of Art. You do not have to buy anything but you will see great works of art and get to know a staff of friendly, knowledgeable persons that will answer any and all your questions. Oasis of the Seas is a great value. For 99.99% of the time, it felt like being on land, that's how smooth it travels over the seas. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
After reading several reviews of the Magic we weren't expecting a lot from our cruise. That turned out to not be the case. We found the staff on the Magic to be great. Food was okay, actually real good at times. Entertainment okay. ... Read More
After reading several reviews of the Magic we weren't expecting a lot from our cruise. That turned out to not be the case. We found the staff on the Magic to be great. Food was okay, actually real good at times. Entertainment okay. Our dining wait staff was wonderful. We've always found that the more fun you have with the staff the more fun you'll have in general. Lines for food weren't bad, after all you're sailing with 4,000 of you're best friends. Guys burgers and BBQ were great. Did the Italian restaurant and found it okay. Nothing over the top special. Heard the steakhouse was great. Disappointed in how some people dressed in the dining room. Almost seemed like they were pushing it to see if they wouldn't be seated because of what they were wearing. I'm sure it's tough for the cruise line to push this issue. This was our fourth cruise with Carnival and have done six with Disney. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was a family Christmas trip. My husband requires an ADA room and the cabin was fabulous (6636). Plenty of room for his mobility scooter and the bathroom--super. Great balcony. The dining in the main dining room (Silk) was great every ... Read More
This was a family Christmas trip. My husband requires an ADA room and the cabin was fabulous (6636). Plenty of room for his mobility scooter and the bathroom--super. Great balcony. The dining in the main dining room (Silk) was great every night we were there. Vintages is a fantastic place for wine and tapas---hardly ever crowded. Chef's Table--wow, the food and wine pairings were unreal!! (But you take a chance on who your dining companions might be--in our case, not fun people but the food and wine made up for it!) Schooner Bar is the best bar on the ship--wait staff learns your name immediately and remembers your usual drinks. They are fantastic--if you see Cory Sawyer or Lonnis or Michael Suah--you know you are in for super service. If you port in Cozumel, DO NOT DO THE SALSA and SALSA excursion! It was a waste of money. We were late leaving, the tour guide (aka a chef aka a salsa dancer aka a taxi getter) does not tell you anything. The place is not air conditioned so if it is warm, you will melt! Jamaica--do not do the shopping excursion--many hours of driving around without really stopping to see anything. Entertainment was not as good on this cruise as our last one. The Headliner show was just okay and it seemed like some of the other shows had lost their quality. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our friends suggested we join them as our Christmas gift to each other. Being retired and love to cruise we booked for this eight day cruise. Our cabin was a superior outside balcony and provided much enjoyment for relaxing and reading. ... Read More
Our friends suggested we join them as our Christmas gift to each other. Being retired and love to cruise we booked for this eight day cruise. Our cabin was a superior outside balcony and provided much enjoyment for relaxing and reading. The main dining room meals were very nice and adequate. Several specials were suggested each night. The one night at Chops was nice, but I felt it didn't warrant the $40 per person extra charge. The shows were very good. The ice show and Come Fly with Me show were spectacular. The ship is enormous with 6400 passengers, but there was enough space that I didn't feel crowded. There were enough chairs, pools and hot tubs to accommodate the passenger needs. As a Diamond level member we received special perks and the Diamond Lounge provided a level of service above the norm. It was a nice place to go in the morning for a continental breakfast and not be crowded. I was a little disappointed that the small things like shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizer wee now eliminated from the rooms. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this cruise to escape for the Christmas holiday. My family consists of 2 adults, 1 16 yo and 12 yo. who wont use the teen club. We loved the size of the ship and participated in LOTS of trivia at the Schooner Bar which gets very ... Read More
We chose this cruise to escape for the Christmas holiday. My family consists of 2 adults, 1 16 yo and 12 yo. who wont use the teen club. We loved the size of the ship and participated in LOTS of trivia at the Schooner Bar which gets very crowded! We didnt end up seeing a lot of the shows but really enjoyed Oasis of Dreams. My husband didnt want to "dress" for the dining room so we ate in Windjammer the first 5 nights. I was getting pretty tired of the same buffet offerings and after we ate on night 5, we realized it was lobster night. My 12 year old was dying for lobster so I ran him down to the 8:00 seating (even though we had main) and they not only accommodated him but gave him 6 lobster tails! Then they sent him on his way with a dozen chocolate chip cookies to go! After that we went into the dining room each night and my husband wore shorts. All of the staff were awesome. Our room was great. I booked all of our excursions privately and they were all excellent. Highly recommend the bungalow on Labadee (cheaper than the cabana). "Christmas" was not "in your face" but there were tree, decorations, caroling, Hanukkah candle lightings and gifts for the kids. Decks were crowded on sea days as usual and closed our last day due to wind. LOVED Central park neighborhood. We were close to Boardwalk and Schooner Bar and for us it was the perfect location. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
A ship twice the displacement of the carrier Nimitz was worth exploring. The largest cruise ship which will be surpassed by the Harmony of the Seas by ONE foot. We really wanted to explore this craft and compare it to the other ships we ... Read More
A ship twice the displacement of the carrier Nimitz was worth exploring. The largest cruise ship which will be surpassed by the Harmony of the Seas by ONE foot. We really wanted to explore this craft and compare it to the other ships we have sailed. We did and decided that smaller is better for us octogenarians, however, if we take the teenage grandchildren as we did on the Brilliance last July in the Med. the Oasis would be the preferred choice. The best time to appreciate the ship is when most passengers are off on excursions or port visits. The ship is almost devoid of passengers! Central Park is empty, the Boardwalk is quiet and you can walk the Royal Promenade without feeling you are at a county fair. The Solarium area was appreciated most and was often the quietest spot to be found, super comfortable seating.spas and pools were not our thing. Although we are whale watch volunteers the whales in the pools were beyond us and the bikinis on some of the whales were really too much too bear. Far better to watch the kids on the TWO rock climbing walls or those in the TWO flow rider pools. Really, a huge recreation area, including mini golf and shuffle board. Entertainment was good but busy, Cats was over 2 h and after the intermission, half of the balcony occupants left! Was it that bad, YES. The second hour was a great improvement, thank god for that. Conclusion: it was worth the experience. If you decide to go please do a little research, you'll enjoy this mammoth a lot more. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My Family and I took our first Holiday cruise and loved it. The staff and ship were amazing as well as the ports of calls and all the activities lined up for us. We would definitely do it again. Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line ... Read More
My Family and I took our first Holiday cruise and loved it. The staff and ship were amazing as well as the ports of calls and all the activities lined up for us. We would definitely do it again. Royal Caribbean is the only cruise line that we will sail with, and they once again reminded me why we continuously sail with them. There were many activities to keep us all busy, and the staff was amazing and always participating. The ports of call were great. Lots of activities for me and the kids. The staff was great doing the many excursions we decided to do. The dining hall was fantastic and the service was beyond expectation. The staff very quickly learned what your likes/dislikes were and made sure to take very good care of you. All in all, it was an amazing time, and we are sad that it had to end. Will definitely do it again next year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Having never sailed on the Epic before I was quite a bit worried reading all the November reviews that seemed overall negative. I can let you know we were very impressed! This is a bit of a departure from the freestyle cruising with NCL ... Read More
Having never sailed on the Epic before I was quite a bit worried reading all the November reviews that seemed overall negative. I can let you know we were very impressed! This is a bit of a departure from the freestyle cruising with NCL that we are used to. You do need to make some reservations or risk being disappointed when you don't get into the show or have the seat location that you want. Thankfully my wife booked what we wanted to see in advance and prepaid everything. This was also different from in the past and we will prepay everything in the future. It eliminates the small surcharges that always seem to add up during the cruise and put a damper on things. This time we walked off the cruise with only the following expenses: dinner, cruise next deposit, some gift shop purchases, and a bottle of wine that we enjoyed. We stayed in a balcony cabin on the 13th deck, mid ship. With so much to do we barely stayed out there. This is quite different from previous cruises where we congregate on the balcony for hours a day, reading, relaxing, and viewing the passing water... With so much going on the Epic we always found something to do. One of my favorite things is to be served breakfast in the main dining room as we recap the previous days activities and plan our current day. This never happened because the food in the buffet was so delicious. I have never wanted to go to the buffet more so than on this cruise. We also indulged in Cagney's (worth EVERY penny of the $60 we paid) one night, Shanghai, and once in The Manhattan Room, otherwise you could find us at the buffet. We have been to all the ports before and chose to do some different excursions. More sight seeing than activity as in the past. This was a fun departure from the norm and lead to a relaxing experience. We did swim with the stingrays in Cozumel and of course snorkeled all day before laying out on the beach at Great Stirup Cay. I'm not sure why there seems to be a rash of negative reviews. You do have to do a little more planning, there are a lot more people on board which means you have to arrive early, and when the weather is not ideal outside the inside activities become slammed! Other than that we were still able to do everything we wanted to do this cruise. Yes the elevators are crowded and sometimes you have to wait one or two cycles to find an empty one. We both are able to take the stairs so that is what we did when we could. Not always ideal but sometimes just walking up or down a flight of stairs can improve your chances of getting in the elevator. Large groups should be prepared to be split up though and meet at their location. Service was excellence. We did notice a lot more of the officers (I assume as they were in the white coats) not as friendly as in the past. Our room staff (Putu) was amazing and while we are not high maintenance, he knew our names and we always had a short chat as we passed each other. At first I didn't think I would like the big ship, then as the excitement built and I was reading Cruise Critic I saw the negative reviews and this began to confirm my initial impression. Not one to let the situation dictate my enjoyment level, I hit the bar on the first day and made the cruise what I wanted it to be. Not only did I enjoy the larger crowds, they made everything else more enjoyable. Howl and the Moon would have been a bore had it not been for the 100 plus that filled it and sang along each night. I have been on many other cruises that have 20-30 people in the bar after dinner and within an hour there are only 5. So yes the crowds were not always ideal, but they increased the excitement of the events. We enjoyed this cruise and ship so much that we have already booked our next sailing on the same ship. Knowing what we now know will only make the next time easier! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because ... Read More
My family had stayed on the Disney Wonder a few years back and my mom and sister loved the experience, the little attention to detail only Disney can do to make the trip magical. After 6 years we booked to go on the Disney Fantasy because of the warm weather in the Caribbean, being able to visit the Disney private Island of Castaway Cay and try out the Aquaduck! The price was very expensive and as much as I tried to convince on going on one of the big boats on the RCL it was Disney or nothing for my mother and sister. The embarkation was a bit hectic has someone had fallen ill in the cruise before us at Castaway Cay and caused the boat to arrive 3 hrs late. It caused a ruckus with no shuttles going to the port. We arrived an hr later than expected but Disney made up for the delay with making the process as speedy as could be. We got bonus lanyards because we were castaway members (previous guests) The buffet area at cabanas had a wide selection of food and made us feel a lot better. The 3 different dining areas were beautiful (my personal favourite was the animators palette due to the cool interactions and images shown on the walls. Unfortunately we didn't get to speak to Crush on the first time dining there because I had booked for us to eat at Remy's. The experience was like nothing else.. I wouldn't do it every day but it was nice to dress up and be treated like VIPs. Every dish had plate covers and we had about 3-4 servers serving us at any given time. About 8 courses or so and the chef would come out to see how we were doing. Fantastic treat for my parents. My husband and I really enjoyed going on the aquaducks and experiencing the beautiful lounges on offer. I really thought Sky line was very romantic. I'm not Disney obsessed as a lot of the other cruisers are but I was happy to see my favourite characters Pluto and Donald around and taking pictures with them. It was my husband's first cruise and he really enjoyed the food. I laughed when he asked if we were going to Cabanas for evening meals since he didn't know anything about the nice plated dinners cruises usually provide. What really excited him was we got to watch Rogue one Star Wars premier on the boat at 12:01am on the 16th December onwards. It was pretty cool to watch it as it opens across the country. I enjoyed watching Dr. Strange and Moana on the boat too. Something that no other cruise line can boast to do since Disney owns Marvel and a lot of other entertainment companies. I liked the live Disney cast performances but they had used the same variety act on this cruise (2 different jugglers) which made it a bit repetitive. They should avoid doing that in future. I liked we had an adults area but the teenager's pool area at the front of the boat was always empty and wasted on them. Might as well let the adults take that part over. We did the mickey mouse detective angeny around the ship. Fun way to spend some time exploring the boat and interact with the cool artwork that comes to life and makes you do tasks to solve mysteries. I wish I had some more time to take the boat tour but unfortunately missed it. Great family trip but once you've done Disney Fantasy it's good to try out other boats. I look forward to try out RCL and Celebrity at some point. Having seen the fireworks performance on the west coast with the Disney wonder, I found this one to be short and less spectacular. They used Captain Jack Sparrow for most of it. Maybe it was because this was my second cruise with Disney but I felt the see ya real soon and other performances lacked enough characters compared to the first time. I like my head waiter Stefanos from Greece a lot but Carlos the assistant waiter was forgetful and not as attentive. these 2 waiters would follow us in to the 3 different dinging rooms for each night so they know your preference and get to chat with them more) Some of the other waiters on the boat that we dealt with during the day was very nice. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Just disembarked from the Oasis of the Seas, where we spent the last seven days on our western Caribbean cruise, and I thought I’d get some thoughts down while everything was still fresh (and before the mundane needs of everyday life ... Read More
Just disembarked from the Oasis of the Seas, where we spent the last seven days on our western Caribbean cruise, and I thought I’d get some thoughts down while everything was still fresh (and before the mundane needs of everyday life took over once again). I’ll say from the start that my husband and I have experienced our fair share of cruises, and on a few different lines. (We’d actually been on the Oasis once before, back in 2012, and loved it.) This means there are lots of excursions, restaurants and other cruising experiences that we’ve done in the past…and therefore didn’t need to do again. Which means this review might appear a bit basic and missing-the-action for some. However, if you’re the kind of cruiser who’s into finding the best places to lie down with the greatest amount of maximized contentment, as well as where to eat in a way that’s tasty but doesn’t break the bank, and which shows might be worth your time, and what’s up with the internet option, the fitness center and the spa, then I invite you to read on. Embarkation/Disembarkation/General Tests of Patience I don’t know if it’s the time of year we chose of if the ship gods were with us, but all of the cautionary tales we’d read about long lines and reserved times gone awry were absent for us. We arrived at about 11am on embarkation day, and the process to get on-board was efficient and friendly. The only line was the one to get through security. When we checked in we saw that Royal’s system had misclassified our Crown & Anchor level, and so the first thing we did upon entering the ship was to head to Guest Services (we’d worked hard for that bathrobe and wine discount, after all). We used the “charm over defiance” method in our discussion with the staff, and for any other issues we had with our bills, and found that everyone was happy to help us out. (Granted, they may have been helpful even if we’d been less charming, but we figured these people dealt with enough cranky passengers that a nice smile from us might just make up for one or two snarls from others.) The ship is laid out extremely well, with lots of options as to where to spend your time and money, and despite the behemoth size of the Oasis we never felt crowded in or on a line for long periods of time. Even when we showed up at our My Time Dining dinners earlier than we were expected, they were able to get us our table relatively quickly. The Food Hubbie and I are fairly easy-to-please in the food department, and we’re also incredibly light-weighted when it comes to alcohol consumption, so it might not surprise you to hear that we were satisfied with the food…for the most part. We tried two specialty restaurants. The first, Izumi, which was a Teppanyaki-type place, it’s one we hadn’t planned on visiting, but the guys swarming the promenade on the first day talked us into it. (NOTE: we found you can get deals for the specialty restaurants, especially if you make reservations for the first few days of the cruise. Try negotiating, but do it with charm (see above section for more on this technique). Izumi was delicious and fun. The chefs try hard to keep things entertaining, though I will say that the experience relies just as much on the passengers around the table as it does your chef. We had a few cranky-pants people, which didn’t help matters, but it was still worth the money. We also did the Solarium Bistro, which I was excited about because of the healthier vibe. We had made one reservation before we boarded, then let the guy on the promenade sweeten the deal with a second night at a discounted prices. Unfortunately, the food just didn’t pan out. We’d heard that the salad/appetizer and dessert courses were both buffets now, and didn’t mind that at all. But the main entrees were just…bad. Overcooked, and kind of tasteless. They let us each get a half of two entrees to try a variety of things and nothing really came out well. As a result, we cancelled our second reservation. The dining room, on the other hand, was great. We liked the food options and found that the service was attentive and friendly. We’d heard lots of complaints about the food, and while it remained a bit basic in some regards, we also found the food had lots of flavor, and the servers were happy to work with us on a bit of meal-tweaking…or let us try a few different things. The windjammer buffet was…busy, but again, Oasis does a great job with its organization, and those super long lines you see on other ships wasn’t present here. Instead, there are different stations for different groups of items, which helps keep things moving. We often came here for lunch, especially on port days when others were off the ship. For breakfast, we picked up a few things here that we couldn’t get at the Solarium Bistro, then made our way to the Bistro for breakfast. While there are less options at the Bistro, the atmosphere is so much calmer, and it was a nice way to start the day (and not lose each other while one of us foraged for the hard-boiled eggs while the other tried to find the maple syrup). The other places we visited was the Park Café, which offers breakfast and lunch, and which provided some nice options and atmosphere, and Vintages Wine Bar, which is also lovely and quieter. Plus they know their wines…obviously. The Ship, The Room, The Internet As I’ve said, we’ve been on Oasis before and loved it, and, while some cost-cutting measures could be seen or felt, we still loved the options of places to hang out, eat, see things, and do nothing. We especially appreciated the opportunity to walk through Central Park, the Boardwalk, the promenade, and the Casino before and after dinner. There was always action or a show happening somewhere, which meant you could do something, or watch others doing it, at pretty much any time. We spent most of everyday up in the Solarium, where we found both sunny and shaded spots with relative ease throughout the day. There are no hairy-legs contests here, which was the point for us. Also, no kids. Also the point. The loudest things got was when a bunch of Canadians took over the Jacuzzi for a while. But, really, who doesn’t find Canadians charming on some level? Our ocean view balcony cabin was on the tenth deck, and we were pleasantly surprised by how much storage there was for all of our stuff. Our attendant was lovely and friendly. Hubbie and I pre-purchased a full internet plan before boarding, so we were able to get the one-device streaming plan at a discounted rate. It worked fine for us, and we just swapped the internet on our various devices as needed (I tried to use the experience to reduce my internet compulsions, and am happy to say this strategy worked well). Moving between our computer, iPad and phones was not a problem at all…super easy. The signal was great and very fast. So stop worrying. The Activities, Shows, Spa, and Ports We saw several shows while on board, so here’s the rundown. We left Cats at the intermission, but not because the quality of the show was bad. The show itself just bored us, so we probably would’ve done the same thing had we seen it on Broadway. If Mo5aic is performing while you’re on the ship, go see them. Just trust me. We also saw the ice show and the diving show, which were both great. We visited the Casino a lot, hoping for some traditional Texas Hold’em Action, but nobody came to play and the version where you play against the dealer didn’t do it for us. Hubbie had booked me a massage at the spa ahead of time (nice guy, yes?) and it was fine. I nicely warned my massage therapist, just as she started her pitch about the expensive oils she’d used, that I wasn’t buying anything. She said she was glad I told her up front and saved her the time. I visited the Fitness Center each morning to run off the bloat of the day before. The equipment, both cardio and weights, were great. As far as the ports, I can’t be super helpful here, except to say that it seems some of the greatest magic on a ship happens when everyone else gets off of it. We only got off in Cozumel, and that was to visit Paradise Beach, our favorite spot in Mexico and worth the slight hassle of moving our butts down the gangplank. All in All… We met lots of nice people and lots of…complainers. Like everything else, a lot of the experience is about your expectations going in, and your willingness to be flexible around those expectations. One woman I met actually said there wasn’t anything to do on board (what?) and another guy got all kinds of hot and bothered when the server didn’t bring him a second coffee up at the Windjammer on the super-busy final morning. Then again, perhaps this guy was just cranky about leaving the mighty Oasis that day. I could certainly understand. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ... Read More
This was a free cruise that I won a year ago in a slot tournament. We were looking forward to this one because it was just my wife and I. We did not plan on any excursions, we just wanted to kick back and relax. After getting onto the ship eating a little bit we found a chair in the pool area and got a couple of drinks and enjoyed it. We booked the shows we wanted early, tried a couple of new dinning restaurant (I couldn't fine a bad one) The one thing I would tell you is that we were unhappy with the Bingo pricing. $64 for a machine that has been paid for over and over again, and they don't have the ball machine anymore, it's computerized !!!!! and you only play THREE games ??? Not a great return on value. I won't be going back to that. That being the only thing. STILL Love cruising on RCCL. Doing again in January 2017, and August and December. Worth the money, to not have to drive and find fun somewhere. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016

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