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209 Orlando (Port Canaveral) to Caribbean - Western Cruise Reviews

First time on a VERY large ship, Oasis of the Seas. It is so very cool! There are different neighborhoods to explore all over the ship. Central Park is my favorite, it is just like strolling in a real park. Real trees swaying, live ... Read More
First time on a VERY large ship, Oasis of the Seas. It is so very cool! There are different neighborhoods to explore all over the ship. Central Park is my favorite, it is just like strolling in a real park. Real trees swaying, live chamber music playing in the background there are restaurants to visit, so romantic and peaceful; good place to slow down and just be. There is actually a bar that travels up and down 3 floors! get one on one floor get off on another; or ride round trip! It was also our first time in a balcony room, nice! however, we are spoiled, and will probably go with the ocean view balcony next time. We missed seeing the ocean outside the window. Miniature golf was fun, but need more adult size clubs. Course is fun but a challenge too. Zip line was a hoot to watch! You can watch the riders from the Windjammer if you sit in the right place. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our first time on the Oasis, and it was amazing! We have cruised multiple times with Royal, but this ship is just simply stunning. From watching the finches in Central Park to eating hot dogs on the Boardwalk to seeing Cats, we ... Read More
This was our first time on the Oasis, and it was amazing! We have cruised multiple times with Royal, but this ship is just simply stunning. From watching the finches in Central Park to eating hot dogs on the Boardwalk to seeing Cats, we were in awe at every turn. Our Junior Suite was more than comfortable for four people and our cabin steward took care of everything we could have ever needed. The wait staff and food in the dining room was terrific and the casino and bar staff made sure we had a great time. The teen club was a "home away from home" for my 16 year old stepson, but my 13 year old daughter did not have a very positive experience. It was not a deal breaker, but it was a bit of a disappointment. Overall, though, I cannot say enough about this great trip! We will be booking another one soon! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Our family traveled on the cruise over the Thanksgiving Holiday. We had 6 in our suite, including our parents, my husband and I and our 13 year old and 7 year old. There was something for all of us to do! They manage the mass amount of ... Read More
Our family traveled on the cruise over the Thanksgiving Holiday. We had 6 in our suite, including our parents, my husband and I and our 13 year old and 7 year old. There was something for all of us to do! They manage the mass amount of people very well! Our room attendant took great care to keep our room clean. The restaurant and bar service was excellent. The entire ship was extremely clean. Our children each enjoyed the activities that were in their age group, but they both did not spend much time there as we were able to do so many activities together. The entertainment and shows were amazing! We were pleasantly surprised how wonderful it all was. This was our first cruise that we stayed in the suite and it was well worth every penny! The suite lounge and Costal kitchen staff, drinks and food made this trip above the top! They treated us and our children so well. We also purchased the beverage packages, but really did not have too as the drinks at happy hour were more then enough for us, none of us are big drinkers, but do enjoy our drinks. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This ship is beyond my expectations. The entertainment was simply fabulous!!! much more than other ships we have been on and the many pools, jacuzzis, table tennis and lawn tennis gave us a chance to be entertained outdoors. Central ... Read More
This ship is beyond my expectations. The entertainment was simply fabulous!!! much more than other ships we have been on and the many pools, jacuzzis, table tennis and lawn tennis gave us a chance to be entertained outdoors. Central park was amazing we felt like we were on land. The plants were real!!! It was a great place to sit and quietly read play cards or do whatever. There were even birds on board! I also like that we had a variety of places to eat. Oh! the inside rooms even had a couch and fridge that is how large the rooms are! The entire ship is clean and smelled great even though there is a designated area for smokers in the Casino. Put on your walking shoes because this ship is HUGE! We had a fantastic time. We were able to get on and off this ship effortlessly and they provided coffee and donuts for those who did not want to go to the Windjammer the morning we debarked. Bon voyage!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We chose this cruise because it was the first for the Oasis out of Port Canaveral. We only left the ship once briefly in Costa Maya. The balance of the cruise we spent exploring the ship and enjoying the various areas of the ship. We ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the first for the Oasis out of Port Canaveral. We only left the ship once briefly in Costa Maya. The balance of the cruise we spent exploring the ship and enjoying the various areas of the ship. We were very impressed by the Central Park area and enjoyed music under the stars one evening. Embarkation actually went more smoothly than we anticipated, knowing it was a first. Disembarkation went very smoothly and the entire process didn't take thirty minutes for us once our number was called. The food in the dining room was wonderful and the service was excellent. We attended most all of the shows and found them to be excellent. The one word of advice I would give is if you go to the "Come Fly With Me" show, do not sit under the balcony. If you do, you'll miss a good part of the show. Our cabin was clean and well appointed but I do believe there is less storage space than we had in a comparable cabin on the Freedom of the Seas. The closet was smaller and there are fewer drawers. Our cabin steward helped us with some special requests and was always there to help. I missed visiting Grand Cayman on the Western Caribbean sailing as it's one of my favorites. We booked next year's cruise to the Eastern Caribbean the second or third day of this cruise. We will definitely cruise Royal Caribbean again and would highly recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was the first sailing out of Port Canaveral for the Oasis. The Oasis is beautiful, spacious, and even with a full load of passengers, the ship did not seem crowded. The crew is trying harder than ever to make you feel special. The ... Read More
This was the first sailing out of Port Canaveral for the Oasis. The Oasis is beautiful, spacious, and even with a full load of passengers, the ship did not seem crowded. The crew is trying harder than ever to make you feel special. The casino staff, bar staff, and pool staff are super friendly. They really get to know you and are very helpful. My only complaints are the low quality of food in the dining room, and why isn't the ice cream machine open 24 hours a day. Soft serve ice cream for 4 hours per day on a ship with 6,000 people is not cool. The ice show is amazing. Cats was so weird that we couldn't make it through the first 30 minutes. Our balcony was very nice, and we had plenty of privacy. One word of warning, if you try during an off time, be prepared to be bombarded by very rude old people. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was a great cruise, got a great price and the ship was awesome! We were on the Allure in May, this ship was just a scaled back version to us. 4300+ passengers, but big enough to not feel crowded, and not overwhelming. We docked next ... Read More
This was a great cruise, got a great price and the ship was awesome! We were on the Allure in May, this ship was just a scaled back version to us. 4300+ passengers, but big enough to not feel crowded, and not overwhelming. We docked next to the Oasis (Allure's sister ship) in Cozumel, we thought our ship was big, that one made ours look small! Ha! We took a transfer from MCO thru Go Port Canaveral. It was the cheapest we found online and was flawless. $29/pp, round trip. Gratuity not included, or required. Other transfers, it was mandatory. We did tip, of course, but I didn't like the idea of a 20% mandatory fee added on. Embarkation was a little slow thru security, but we arrived right at noon, so probably at peak time. Once thru, Crown and Anchor Gold got us thru to the ship in just a few minutes. Beautiful ship, fun cruise director Casey Pelter, friendly captain Toni. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and always helpful. This was the last sailing out of Port Canaveral for the Freedom of the Seas, so the made it a little special for us. (That's what they said anyway.) Now, they are in Ft. Lauderdale for 6 months, I think, then on to Barcelona. They had a celebration in the Promenade on our last sea day with a ballon drop, 2 huge cakes, champagne and punch. Because of the weather in the Bahamas area, and since Royal's ships had missed Coco Cay for the past week and a half, our Captain decided to change our itenirary to Grand Cayman instead. That was a nice surprise! There was some storms around, but our Captain did an awesome job of getting around it to give us perfect weather the whole time, less a 15 min shower. Flow rider and the sports court was interesting and entertaining to watch. We left the kids home, so no reviews on those activities. We sat in On Air and watched the World Series and Falcons game on the big screen. Not too crowded, but fun. They played the last game of the World Series on the poolside theater, that was neat. They had several movies playing during the week, but the times didn't work out for us. That was disappointing, we always enjoy watching a movie outside at night. We booked an interior room for the first time, decided to go cheap on the room, spend our $ elsewhere. We were put in room 7253, a promenade view room!! It was spacious with a sofa and a window seat overlooking the promenade. We didn't participate in the Halloween parade, but had a perfect view from our room, people watching. That was interesting, Hari, out stateroom attendant was great, kept our room clean and was friendly. Perfect location, in our opinion, right around the corner from the elevators, two floors up from the promenade. We got a deal, BOGO speciality dining, online, so we ate at Chops and Sabor. They were sooooo good. $30/pp for both and so worth it. This was a Crown and Anchor perk, I think, and online only. We ate in the dining room, 8pm late seating, and it was pretty good. Not over the top delicious, but definitely good. Service was very good. Windjammer was pretty good actually. Typical buffet, but better than worse. We found seating fairly easy, breakfast and lunch. We ate at Johnny Rockets, was good, up charge of $6.95/pp. Loved the Cafe Promenade, sandwiches were delicious, desserts were too. Starbucks smelled amazing, but never tried that. I'm sure it was...Starbucks. Sorrentos pizza was ok, not fantastic, and I love pizza. They had sandwiches and sushi, didn't try those. Ben and Jerrys and the Cupcake place looked good, didn't try them either. Bar service was hit or miss. Sometimes quick, sometimes not. Entertainment was very good. Ice show was awesome, Marquee show was good, the Acapella group was Awesome! Cruise director Casey did a great job at the Love and Marriage Show, changed up the questions from the previous cruises we've been on. Also on the 70s disco party, that was fun to watch, we didn't participate, just people watched again. We did Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel, independently, online. $49/pp, all inclusive, food and drinks were great, beach chairs included. Personal waiter for the day. Did a great job of keeping your drinks and food, if you wanted it, coming. Umbrella and towels extra, but we didn't need them. There were tables with umbrellas, plenty of shade. There was a pool with swim up bar, beach was beautiful, clean and not too crowded. There were plenty of room to not be right up against the next person. Taxi to the beach was a bit misleading. I had read reviews of it being $4/pp each way with 4/taxi. Sign at port said $8/pp, 1-4/taxi. Our van driver charged us $17 for two and there was a party of 3 in the same van, they paid $17 too??? Didn't want to get in an argument in Mexico, so we just paid it. :/ Grand Cayman, we just took a taxi to the public beach, $5/pp, each way. It was nice, chairs $10/2, umbrellas another $10. We just did the chairs, it was really nice, also not too crowded. There was a restaurant on the beach, good food, reasonable prices. Tender was slow getting there, we again probably went at peak time, waited probably 30 mins to get on. We waited to go back on the last tender, as did A LOT of others. Waited in a long, winding line for about an hour to get back to the ship. Very organized though. Debarkation was not bad. More organized than getting off the Allure. We set our luggage out by 11pm the night before, had tags #21, scheduled to get off at 8:45. We headed down and it was about 8:40, they were calling our number. We headed to the exit, there were just a few people in line, got right off the ship. Went straight to luggage pick up, grabbed it and got in the customs line. That was slightly long, we waited maybe 20 mins, but it was moving. Went right on out, to our shuttle and they loaded us up. We were one of the first on the bus, so we had to wait until it was full, maybe about 30 mins, and then we were on our way. Dropped us right at the terminal, once again, smooth as could be. We've been on Royal, Carnival and the Bahamas Celebration (glorified taxi to the Bahamas, ok, but not comparable in my opinion). We've never had a bad experience with any cruise, this was #8, but overall, this was my favorite trip yet!! There's pros and cons to each, to me, Royal is classier, but not 'better' than Carnival. We try to stay open minded and make the best of each trip. Ready to go again!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because it had been a few years since we had been on a cruise since we are new parents. We wanted a shorter cruise and didnt want to be away from our little one too long. This was Freedom of the Seas final Port ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it had been a few years since we had been on a cruise since we are new parents. We wanted a shorter cruise and didnt want to be away from our little one too long. This was Freedom of the Seas final Port Canaveral embarkation and it was only 5 days. We also liked the fact that it was over halloween as we have never done a halloweeen cruise. The embarkation went as smooth as can be. We were one of the first ones on the ship. Having been on freedom 4 times we knew the entire ship so there was no need to explore. We went straight to the pool deck. We hung out for a few hours with a Lava Flow in hand and soaked up the beautiful weather. We ate in the MDR every evening and had some of the best service I have ever had. Adrian was our waiter, and Gang was our assistant waiter. They could not have done a better job. The food was average, it seemed to be the same old thing on the menu year after year. The portions seemed to be a little smaller but I am sure its very difficult to prepare meals for 4000 guests. One night I was able to order the Chops Filet in the MDR for a small upcharge and it was perfect. We ate at sabor for lunch on a sea day it that was amazing. The food they give you is way more than the average person can eat. The margaritas were some of the best weve had. They had a really fun halloween parade with a lot of people dressed up. This was really fun. I was sad that the 70's party was 15 minutes after the halloween party so there wasnt time to change clothes. Overall the the cruise was amazing and the staff is 2nd to none. We will cruise RCL again soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because we had holiday'd in California and then across to Orlando, Florida for our action packed theme park holiday and our travel agent suggested this cruise to end our adventures. Since we had travelled so far ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had holiday'd in California and then across to Orlando, Florida for our action packed theme park holiday and our travel agent suggested this cruise to end our adventures. Since we had travelled so far to get there (from Australia) and we might never have the chance to see the Caribbean again I jumped at the opportunity. Boy am I glad I did. This cruise was the highlight of our amazing trip. We caught the Royal Shuttle from the airport to Port Canaveral and whilst it was very pricey it was great service smooth sailing. The check in process at the port was quick and easy. By time we boarded our room was ready and our luggage was delivered to us with a few hours. The ship departed port a few hours later than usual as a few days prior Hurricane Matthew had gone through Florida and they were allowing time for a few rescheduled flights to make it for boarding. We were all made aware of this change a day or two prior and it was no problem. Everything was open, including the pools, bars and entertainment. The atmosphere was exciting! This was our first cruising experience and Freedom of the Seas was perfect. It was a large ship yet there is always so much happening you never feel like it is too crowded or you can't do something. I was worried about the shows but there are 2 shows a night and we never had an issue getting in. We loved our panoramic window view room- 1208. A great compromise for wanting a view but being a little scared of the balcony with kids. Our room attendant Amelia was incredible. So friendly, nothing was ever an issue and she was so good with our kids. The kids loved coming in every night to a different towel animal. Coming back to a clean room just made my holiday as being a mum its not often somebody else does the cleaning for you. The dining options were amazing. So much food and the variety was endless. We only ate 2 nights in the dining room ( our first night and formal night). The staff were lovely but we are very much buffet eaters in the fact we like to fill our plate with a variety of different foods lol. We really enjoyed Windjammer. The kids club was another highlight! We have two children, aged 5 & 8. They usually hate kids club and they were in different age groups so I was worried about that. The staff at the kids club told me we could put them together but they had to at least try their own age groups first. They did… and they loved it. To the point they would winge if we were taking them out of the kids club to go on a shore excursion. Entertainment was so great. A highlight for us was Alfred and Seymore. So funny! the best act by far. A review of our Port experiences- Labadee, Haiti- A lovely island to chill and relax on. The zipline was well worth the money. Incredible once in a lifetime experience. We booked the first zipline of the day . The kids stayed on the ship kids club whilst they took our group off the boat first and escorted us to the zipline meeting location. Once the activity was over we went back to the ship got the kids and spent the rest of the day on the beach. We paid for the inflatable water playground for the kids on the beach. Our 8 year old loved it but even some of them were a bit hard for him to climb. It wasn't suitable for our 5 year old and they quickly refunded our money with no trouble at all. Lunch was included and bought out on the beach. Our drinks packages worked on the island too so that was great. If I could find one negative about Haiti it would be that most of the locals didn't seem all that happy about us being there. They weren't overly friendly but perhaps thats just their manner. We didn't venture into the markets as we weren't there to shop and they were extremely pushy just from the outside. Falmouth, Jamaica- We booked the Dunns River Falls excursion through the ship and again it was amazing! Such an experience. We felt very safe and our tour guide was great and super informative. We also went to the grotto caves. It was ok but probably wouldn't worry about it again. Grand Cayman- This looked like a beautiful location, i think we perhaps just booked the wrong shore excursion. We chickened out of the stingrays that people rave about. We chose a dolphin and turtle experience through the ship. It was no where near the ocean. They were late picking us up which gave us literally 15 mins to experience the turtle farm. They were rude and quick to hurry us up and then leave us standing around waiting for 30 mins at a time. They couldn't find us a tour guide so too bad for us. Then we went across the road to the dolphins. Same people ran this. The dolphins were lovely but were in a very small enclosure. We had a nice time with the dolphin and had some photos taken but be prepared with your wallet for those photo's $40 per print! And super disorganised. Everyone buying photos almost missed their busses as it took close to an hr to print a photo. I wouldn't advise this excursion in Grand Cayman. Do the stingrays! We don't complain much although we decided too when we got back on board. Royal Caribbean were extremely apologetic, had received other complaints abut that excursion and refunded a portion of it back, no questions asked. Cozumel, Mexico- My favourite! I loved this port! We went on the Atlantis submarine that was a pretty cool experience, just one quick tip- sit on the right hand side as there is not too much to see on the left. The rest of the day we just did some shopping in port and layed at peppe's peir ( i think it was called). Cheap drinks, delicious nachos and you could swim in the beautiful ocean right there in the port! We were going to go to Paradise Beach but as our excursion left from the port at lunch time we decided to stay in the port and so happy we did. We had the best time ever on this cruise. Everything was so well organised. Everything just flowed. We loved it so much we booked another to the South Pacific before we got off. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We wanted to visit Castaway Cay and thought a 4 Night cruise on the Disney Dream would fit the bill. That is until Hurricane Matthew decided to show up. After we got back, we read of the destruction and loss of life, which was sobering. ... Read More
We wanted to visit Castaway Cay and thought a 4 Night cruise on the Disney Dream would fit the bill. That is until Hurricane Matthew decided to show up. After we got back, we read of the destruction and loss of life, which was sobering. However, while we were on the ship, far away from the weather, we had a great time, even if we had to adjust our travel arrangements! Still, we ended up on the ship for 6 nights, 5 nights as a cruise, and the last night in Port Canaveral as a hotel! Ports: We knew we were headed to Cozumel, which was a fine alternative to Castaway Cay, and certainly better than Nassau. We decided to spend the day at a beach resort, since we were not getting to do that at Castaway Cay. It was an additional cost, but we spent time at Mr. Sancho's and it was pricey, but wonderful since you did not have to worry about paying by the drink, food item, etc. Costa Maya got added in as a bonus during the cruise, once we knew our 4 Night cruise was going to be at a minimum a 5 Night cruise, though we didn't really care much for it. Seemed like another manufactured cruise port, and the prices for anything rivaled prices back home. Nice shopping for trinkets and such, though. Stateroom: We were a family of four, but we were able to get a Deluxe Family Oceanview with Verandah for only a couple hundred more than the price of an Interior. We used the upper bunk and the murphy bed, so we always had a sofa to relax on all day or at night. We were on Deck 6 so we were just about the lifeboats, but that didn't distract us as much as I thought it might. The extra cabinets in the stateroom (since it was an extended length) came in handy for putting away things. Not really needed for a short cruise, but then we ended up staying on the ship for 6 Nights! We were aft of the ship, so vibration was much higher than I expected; it did not prevent me from sleep, but it was noticeable, compared to being mid or forward. Dining: It was mostly wonderful. Since we ended up 6 nights on the ship, we ate in each of three dining rooms twice. Animator's Palate was our favorite and our 1st night there was on Pirate night, so the monitors showed a slideshow of images and art depicting pirates; it really transformed the place. We also liked the new Pirate menu; it had more flavorful options compared to the old menu, at least in our view. The regular menus were hit or miss, but never bad. Cabanas was good for breakfast and lunch, and it was nice to visit late night on Pirate night, even though we were not really hungry. The mini-buffet that is set out late night in the Adults area was subpar; if you need something to eat that late, room service or the pizza on the upper deck might be a better option. We did have Palo brunch on a sea day, but it was not as satisfying as a Palo dinner we had the last time we cruised with Disney. The service was fine, but the food quality was lower than expected, though there were lots of options. We were able to even get items that were no longer on the new menu. We did not eat at Remy, but we spoke with another cruiser who did and found it very satisfying. The character encounters and shows were of course great. Once it was apparent the cruise was going to be extended, Disney even flew in an extra performer who came on board in Cozumel so that we would have another entertainment option on the extra day. The only show we thought was a bit stale was Villains Tonite. There were far more casual character encounters (particularly with Princesses) on this cruise compared to a past cruise. It was also great to see the ship officers in the atrium on several evenings. Captain Thord and Cruise Director Jimmy gave daily updates on the Hurricane and how it would affect our return, and once it was going to delay our return, Guest Services kept the satellite phones open at Guest 24 hours until the end of the cruise to help guests make any travel arrangements. Other than a bit of rain when we arrived at the port on embarkation day, we had nearly perfect weather the entire cruise. While we know the following cruise was canceled and created havoc for those that were supposed to be on the ship, and we knew that Matthew was a terrible storm that left a path of destruction and death, we were fortunate to still have a great cruise. It is a bit surreal to have a vacation knowing that others are dealing with life and death, but such is the way it ended up. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our first cruise and we had our two children. It was great! They acknowledged the kids at all times, gave me a break at dinner by even cutting their steaks. As a mom that in itself was a wonderful treat. Our cabin steward tended ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we had our two children. It was great! They acknowledged the kids at all times, gave me a break at dinner by even cutting their steaks. As a mom that in itself was a wonderful treat. Our cabin steward tended to our room every time we left. We never had to ask for anything. The ship was clean and nice. The food was amazing, we never ran out of different choices to try and the experience was fabulous every time.In fact there were so many options we didn't even get to try everything we wanted. And we ate more than enough. We never felt pressured to purchase all the extras either. There was more than enough activities on the ship, we didn't even get to do them all. All the staff was friendly and helpful always. We will be going on another cruise for sure. If you haven't been before, I recommend you go and it is great for kids too! Best experience we have had in a long time! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I really liked the Magic. The deck 5 leni was real nice, the first time I never had to look for a deck chair. I last sailed on the Sunshine and it seemed like we were allways standing in line for something. On the Magic the only thing we ... Read More
I really liked the Magic. The deck 5 leni was real nice, the first time I never had to look for a deck chair. I last sailed on the Sunshine and it seemed like we were allways standing in line for something. On the Magic the only thing we ever had to wate on was the elevator, and that's normal. We picked this cruse because we had never been to Costa Maia Mexico. What a nice place to visit. If you get the chance go and swim with the dolphins. (In Costa Maia the excursion is called the dolphin push/pull) it's something you will probley only do once in your life. I wish we had done this when we were younger. Embarkation at Cape Canaveral was smooth and fast. Disembarkation was a different story. We followed hurricane Mathue up the east coast, Port Canaveral was closed and we sailed around just killing time waiting for the Port to open. When they finely opened the Port we were about 6 hours late. Two Carnavel ships and one Disney ship pulled into the Port. That's about 10 thousand people trying to get out of the Port. And there were about 10 thousand people trying to get onto those three ships. What a mess!!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We met such good people from our steward to Fluffy the MC at the comedy club. This was our second cruise and the food was good loved the ports St.Kitts was lovely but Grand Turk was a favorite . The serenity pool was down on an at sea day ... Read More
We met such good people from our steward to Fluffy the MC at the comedy club. This was our second cruise and the food was good loved the ports St.Kitts was lovely but Grand Turk was a favorite . The serenity pool was down on an at sea day but they soon had it up and running .. I would have loved to turn around and get back on ...would go again in a heart beat. Oh and the couple spa massage was wonderful ...It was a treat for my birthday. I missed a night of the towel animal due to over doing the sun ...so my cabin steward made up for it on our last day it was a great surprise . Cabin 6-437 balcony was always clean and he had are ice bucket full . My advice is to bring a little fan if your like my husband an I we like it cooler Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
My sister and me were on Carnavel Magic September 10-17. It was fabulous! It's a very organized cruise ship and kept very clean. Housekeeping (Jay Jay) was always tidying up and made wonderful towel art models each night to display ... Read More
My sister and me were on Carnavel Magic September 10-17. It was fabulous! It's a very organized cruise ship and kept very clean. Housekeeping (Jay Jay) was always tidying up and made wonderful towel art models each night to display in our room. Also room service was excellent and accommodated us whenever we asked. The dining room crew in Northern Lights was very efficient and catered to our table in a smooth flow; thanks to Jorge, he was wonderful with his first class service and caring manner. I was very impressed with how friendly and polite the staff were and all the great choices we had in activities "Comedy" shows were a lot of fun. The food choices were fantastic as we could eat just about everything any time or any where. Hats off to the Dining crew again,they were so efficient and friendly (Jorge) especially. I would certainly do another Cruise on Carnival Magic. Thank you for everything!!! Joan & Sandra Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We have sailed twice on this ship because we were very impressed the first cruise.There is always plenty to do and it is a beautiful ship.Entertainment was good and so was the food.The second cruise they were using the terminal for the ... Read More
We have sailed twice on this ship because we were very impressed the first cruise.There is always plenty to do and it is a beautiful ship.Entertainment was good and so was the food.The second cruise they were using the terminal for the Oasis and it was extremely easy to drop off the luggage and park the car.All cruise terminal should be this nice and user friendly. The cabins could use a slight upgrade with new carpet and decor,but it's in overall good condition.We were on deck 7 and we didn't experience any problems with our state room.The ports were great and we did an excursion at all 4 ports.In Grand Cayman the dexlux city sand bar swimming with sting rays was a very good experience. Ilsa Roatan excursion at the Gumblimba Preservation park was another good choice but were not imformed that you could bring swim gear and enjoy a private beach while there.It was very hot the day we were there and a swim would have been great so remember to take swim suits.Next stop was Costa Maya and we drove on a bus to the Choccoben Mayan Ruins.This was interesting and we enjoyed our tour guide.On to Cozumel where we went out on a limb and I booked the Ilsa Passion by Twister.This is a big speed boat that drives for several miles up the coast and on the way to the private Island with the most wonderful beach,your driver will do a 360 turn with the speed boat.You are buckled in and have on a life vest so you are secured.My husband and I loved the speed boat trip to and from the island.we enjoyed all of our excursions and I booked with RC on line about 2 weeks prior to departure and they hand delivered the envelope with all the tickets to the excursions to our state room within hours after departure . Thanks Royal Carribean for a great week on The Freedom of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose to take this cruise because we really enjoyed our cruise last year on Freedom's sister ship Independence. We stayed in the same aft facing junior suite as we did on Independence. Our expectations were surpassed on a daily ... Read More
We chose to take this cruise because we really enjoyed our cruise last year on Freedom's sister ship Independence. We stayed in the same aft facing junior suite as we did on Independence. Our expectations were surpassed on a daily basis. Port Canaveral was confusing. All of our documents gave numbers for the port locations but the signage going into the port was all in letters. We figured it out after a couple of u- turns. We arrived at 10:30 and were on the ship within 15 minutes. We elected to carry our own luggage off the ship and were on our way in the car by 7:30 am. The ship was in good shape and we frequently saw crew cleaning, painting and doing general maintenance. The size and layout of the Freedom class is ideal for us- not too big, not too small and not too crowded. We rarely encountered a line for anything. Our cabin was very comfortable and was kept nicely by our cabin attendant. We like the aft facing suite for the larger balcony and the view. It also tends to be quieter since it is at the end of a long hall and doesn't get much traffic. The food was excellent. Windjammer food was a better quality and variety than previous cruises. The dining room was about the same as last year. Similar choices on a fairly limited daily menu. Sabor was excellent. Our meal there was the best ever on a ship and one of the best ever anywhere. We participated in many of the ship's activities- contests, raffles, shopping, solarium pool area, spa, bars, casino, bands- as well as time just relaxing. We did not attend any of the theatre performances as we took that opportunity to do other things that were less crowded since many guests were in the theatre. The staff and crew were top notch. All of them looked us in the eye, smiled and greeted us no matter where they were or what they were doing. It was truly 5 star service. If we had a question and they did not have an answer they made sure to find someone who did. Our dining room servers- Henry and Youlando- were attentive and helpful with great senses of humor. Our cabin attendant- Erlinda- seemed like a family member to us always smiling and always quick to take care of anything we needed. We had shore excursions on Roatan and Cozumel. Both were good. Gumbalimba on Roatan was very interesting, fun and informative. It started late so we did not have much time afterward to do much more exploring. The America's Cup event on Cozumel was the most fun excursion we have ever done. Lots of fun and camaraderie. It also started late which did not leave much time for other exploration. The shopping on Costa Maya was excellent. All in all this was an excellent cruise that gave us memories that we will keep for years. We have already booked two cruises for next year. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was the first cruise for our family of four including two teenagers and we had a wonderful time! Embarkation was easy. After a crowded lunch in the Windjammer buffet, our cabins were ready at 1:15. They were roomier than expected ... Read More
This was the first cruise for our family of four including two teenagers and we had a wonderful time! Embarkation was easy. After a crowded lunch in the Windjammer buffet, our cabins were ready at 1:15. They were roomier than expected (ocean view with balcony) and very clean. The ship was large and offered lots of activities that appealed to our teenagers and to us. We played about 4 different types of trivia, went to meditation class, and almost all of the shows. The shows exceeded our expectations - the Broadway-style shows were excellent, a magician's show was flashy and fun and the ice skating show was amazing. We also found a number of quiet spots on the ship to relax - the Olive and Twist bar during the day was quiet with great views, walking on deck 4 was quiet and shady. My husband enjoyed the Bull and Bear pub for beer selection and the kids loved getting all the pizza and ice cream they wanted. We did not try any specialty dining as we liked the quality and choice offered by the included dining. The staff was universally very friendly and helpful and the ship is constantly being cleaned. Our shore excursion snorkeling in Costa Maya was great, but the water was rougher than we anticipated. We all loved zip lining in Roatan and highly recommend it. We skipped formal excursions otherwise, but we had a great day on the beach at the Westin in Grand Cayman and at Mr. Sancho's in Cozumel. Those beach days were a highlight for us. As for negatives - we did not like the constant push to buy stuff like watches, special meals etc. Tendering on and off Grand Cayman was time consuming and frustrating. On cruising days, there are never enough chairs by the pool. We chose "My Time" dining and would not do that again. We thought we could flexibly make reservations each day but the reservation times quickly filled up and we were stuck with an undesirable table at the entrance of the dining room at 5:45 each day. I would pick a fixed dining time in the main room and stick with it. However, eating breakfast and lunch in the main dining room was a treat and we would do more of it next time. Overall, as first time cruisers, the trip vastly exceeded expectations and we would recommend this ship, the staff and the itinerary! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was a different experience and a new boat for us. I certainly learned the hard way about using gift cards to fund my sign and sail pass. Bare with me through the rant. I was short on cash this trip-and unlike the previous sailing ... Read More
This was a different experience and a new boat for us. I certainly learned the hard way about using gift cards to fund my sign and sail pass. Bare with me through the rant. I was short on cash this trip-and unlike the previous sailing on the liberty of the seas, I had always just used a credit card attached to my sail pass. I was on a budget this year-and needed to use gift cards. 1. you cannot load cash into your sign and sail with giftcards from the carnival website-you must go to the guest services desk and have them load them onto your account. This is where all the trouble began. I literally had SEVEN $100 gift cards. So the gentleman loaded them all and then he said to me 'better keep them on hand just in case'. Literally by the next day my sign and sail card was declined and I had to go to the desk again. None of the mastercards went through-ONLY the american expresses took without issue. The girl behind the desk let me use their satellite phone to call the credit card company. I was told there was a 7% fee for using the card, so when the gent first loaded them-none of them took. The girl then had to reload ALL of the mastercards for a lesser amount. When I got home I checked all the balances leftover and they were crazy all over the place. Moral of the story? Don't save your gift cards, just use cash or one credit card if you can help it. 2. the purchasing of water was cheaper this time, about $4.50 a case, and is easily delivered to your state room on the first day. The drink restrictions have changed-but you can still carry on 1 bottle per adult, and a 12 pack of whatever beverage [cans] you want to haul around. No more coolers though. 3. We hit 4 ports this round, Amber cove [went atv'ing it was boring but a nice breeze made it worth while]. Also in Amber cove is a really nice pharmacy-take advantage of it! I purchased prednisone and wished I got more. St. Thomas [I highly recommend china king [next door to hooters], they have the best mongolean beef ive ever eaten. The jewelry shops there are a joke. Don't bother thinking you're getting a good deal any more-I spoke to several jewelers about random diamond pieces they had in their shops [and we're talking 1-2cttw rings of melee diamonds] and they were OUTRAGEOUSLY priced. Then we hit up San Juan and took an ATV excursion there to a 2200 acre working farm. READ the instructions on your tickets! You need your drivers license and a credit card for damages to the ATV [of which you get back your full receipt if there was no damage] and it was WELL worth it. Not for the light of heart, you will get banged up and bruised if you're afraid of the machines. It is some serious hard core riding. Two hours worth to be exact. I came home muddy from head to toe. Another GREAT surprise in San Juan are the street vendors!!! Every accessory you could ever hope to own ladies [and I DO mean every-especially hand bags.. wink wink, and WALLETS!] just gorgeous. Our last port was Turks and Caicos. The entire island is one big white sand beach. But this is not for the faint of heart. I hope you have an umbrella of your own-because fighting an entire cruise ship for a spot on the beach outside the dock was more than we could handle. There is not a lot of shade..plan on bringing the strong block and melting, the heat and humidity on the 4th excursion day did us in. Let's talk about the boat, the staff and the amenities for a moment. This is my 3rd or 4th cruise with carnival now and until this point we never wanted to pay extra or feel the need to seek dining experiences outside of our designated dining time. But we were flexible this trip and ventured out. Guys pig and anchor was only open for about 2.5 hours during lunch, and if you didn't get there early you were forced to stand in line that sometimes went to the back of the boat [even though it is located in the middle of the boat]. To experience it once was well worth it. Guy also has his burger joint open for most of the afternoon and we made SURE we got one of those daily! It was delicious. Dinner one night was at Cucino del capitano, the Italian restaurant. For $15 a person, you received a hearty appetizer, a large entree and a delicious dessert. I know the main dining room is awesome but don't miss out on this experience, the food was wonderful. The only thing we did not try, was the steakhouse, because we could have gotten a $20 uptick steak at dinner in the regular dining room, vs paying $40 each in the steakhouse. Let's talk about the buffet....it was cold and nasty, every time we tried to eat there at breakfast-so we stuck to the sea day brunch and breakfast in the dining rooms. They were great. This was the first cruise on carnival where we avoided the buffet [except for the mongolean wok for lunch]. Big praise to our head waiter Sheldon and his partner Lehron on the Magic. They were OUTSTANDING. We had the 2nd largest suite on the ship, room 7372. The beds are SO small.. but the room itself was enormous. The closets are disjointed and in 2 different places. The balcony is oversized [really nice]. There was a deep jet tub to soak your bones if you wished, and the cabin steward was awesome. The bad and the ugly The casino was nothing more than a giant ashtray. The air quality in it was poor, and my $50 casino credit [promised to me 2 cruises ago but was never delivered] was once again not on file. This is the 2nd cruise in 2 years they have ignored my credit, but promised it would be on the next one. For this reason [and because im tired of looking like an idiot going to the cage and asking for it when they deny me] I didn't gamble at all. But you can smell the casino clear across the hall down to the end of the shops on level 5. It's really kind of gross. The comedy club was entertaining [not as funny as the 4 women in the front row were] but it was good enough for the evening. Bingo has gotten more expensive im afraid. There are *AUTO* gratuities on all your drink tickets now, that was something we had not experienced before. So look out for those. I found out that I can remove the auto gratuity at the end of the cruise [I didn't know I could before] because I tip daily, all of the staff I encounter that provide service, and one big tip to the waiters in the dining room on the last night. I have never seen the inside of the red frog pub until this cruise. I must have been CRAZY not to go in there. SO much fun during the day, all kinds of great drinks, snacks, games.. GREAT way to fill some time on your sea days. We played a lot of trivia this go around as well, just a good time to be had by ALL..THANK YOU CARNIVAL! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Having just returned from a cruise on Norwegian Spirit, I have to say what a very pleasant surprise I had. I had read many reviews that had made me doubt my choice, mostly about the age and condition of the ship. I am happy to say, that ... Read More
Having just returned from a cruise on Norwegian Spirit, I have to say what a very pleasant surprise I had. I had read many reviews that had made me doubt my choice, mostly about the age and condition of the ship. I am happy to say, that although not as grand as some of the other ships I have cruised on, it was in very good condition, clean and comfortable with ample restaurants and activities. The service was second to none and the entertainment was very good. The atmosphere was extremely relaxed and I really could not fault the holiday. Stirrup Cay was a lovely island (privately owned by NCL) and the ships crew worked very hard providing a bbq and buffet on the beach, the reggae band played and the drinks were readily available. I personally liked the 'anytime dining' and whilst there is no pressure to dress up, the majority of people did. It really was 'freestyle' cruising. I didn't have children with me, but there quite a few children and they appeared to be very well entertained. There was the usual, bingo, quizzes etc but no pressure to join in if you didn't want to. The embarkation and disembarkation went smoother than I have found on other cruises that I have been on, but this could be due to this being a smaller ship and therefore less people. I understand that the ship is due another upgrade this year, but whilst I agree that parts were a little dated, they were not in bad repair, it was all rather charming. I would definitely sail with NCL again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my 12th cruise with RC but 1st on freedom of the seas. Totally enjoyed food, shows were fantastic and shore excursions booked thru RC were great. On the last day of cruising I suffered acute respiratory failure and taken by ... Read More
This was my 12th cruise with RC but 1st on freedom of the seas. Totally enjoyed food, shows were fantastic and shore excursions booked thru RC were great. On the last day of cruising I suffered acute respiratory failure and taken by wheelchair to medical. I received 5 star treatment and my doctor was impressed by the care and treatment I received. I was seen 2 more times after my initial release from medical facility. I was given a complete copy of what was done all test results and even my chest ex rays. I will always be loyal to RC The dining room staff went above and beyond to make sure we were completely satisfied with our meals. We choose to do my time dining and sat at table 93. Peter and victor were excellent in what they did. We were greeted by name every time they saw us. Our cabin attendant was attentive to our needs and any requests we made were quickly responded to. Either for more towels or ice in the bucket The shows were of high quality. One comedian in particular had the whole audience in stitches. Even the men were crying from laughing so hard. The only criticism I have has to do with the amount of smoke in the casino. I would have loved to play the slots but the smell of smoke was so over whelming. I heard many other people complain about the same thing. Bar tenders were great and the drinks both with alcohol and without were ready good. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My husband teaches a continuing education course on ancient civilizations with an emphasis on Mayan influences on our NM Native American culture. A bucket list tour for him was Chichen Itza but we decided to have some fun before we got ... Read More
My husband teaches a continuing education course on ancient civilizations with an emphasis on Mayan influences on our NM Native American culture. A bucket list tour for him was Chichen Itza but we decided to have some fun before we got there. The Freedom of the Seas is a fabulously large ship with comfortable rooms, courteous staff and plenty to do during your two days of cruising at the beginning and the end of the trip. We had a balcony cabin which afforded us great views during the day and wonderful stargazing at night. The food in the Windjammer was always to temperature and plentiful. Dinner at night was served always with a smile and professionalism. It was hard to get back to simple meals after having great full course meals everynight! Worried about sanitation and illness? Never fear, the staff greets you as you board with a hardy squirt of hand sanitizer as well as at the entrances to all food venues. The crew are seen frequently disinfecting handrails and tables. Our excursion to the ruins was also well done with a knowledgable attentive guide, a little over an hour of wandering time there and a nice snack and sandwich on the bus which was a large air conditioned coach with a clean, working restroom. Have already booked our next cruise same time, next year but to the Eastern Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We had been on Carnival the last five cruises and had been a bit disappointed with the crew energy on the last one. It was the Fantasy, and we were aware about it's age. The Spirit is a similar ship, small and a few years on her, but ... Read More
We had been on Carnival the last five cruises and had been a bit disappointed with the crew energy on the last one. It was the Fantasy, and we were aware about it's age. The Spirit is a similar ship, small and a few years on her, but the crew was outstanding. Yes if you look hard you can find old carpet or a rust spot or two, and we were concerned with all the negative reviews. The energy and attitude was the best we had ever encountered on a cruise. The shows were better than what we had seen on Carnival and the Cruise Director GIO was great. When we did encounter some issues with an excursion, not directly NCL fault, the excursion staff was understanding and gave us a credit with their apologies. We ate mostly in The Gardens Main Dining. Found a waiter we Herald, and asked for him each night, super service. Only issue came on disembarkation, signed up for early as we had a long drive, they lost a cart with luggage and many people had to wait in the terminal. That was the only negative on a 7 day enjoyable vacation. We are signed up for another NCL cruise, hopefully the staff will also be as great as the Spirit's was. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We have heard good things about Princess Cruise Line but had never sailed with them. We celebrated my Father-In-Law's birthday and selected this cruise mostly due to date availability and a love for sailing the Caribbean. After 13 ... Read More
We have heard good things about Princess Cruise Line but had never sailed with them. We celebrated my Father-In-Law's birthday and selected this cruise mostly due to date availability and a love for sailing the Caribbean. After 13 cruises, I can say that the service was arguably the best we have ever received. Unlike many lines there was ALWAYS a food service station open on the Lido Deck and somehow, I'm not sure how they manage it, but on a ship with 2,000 passengers we never felt like the ship was crowded and often found it very easy to have privacy and quite. Embarkation and disembarkation went smooth and was fairly typical of most cruise lines. Our balcony cabin was spacious and ship cabins go and the staff was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent and the wait staff attentive and even humorous t times. They engaged their assigned tables as though we were their only responsibility. I highly recommend Princess Cruise Line! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
All on cruise was great with the exception of the drill on first day. During drill on first day there was a employee who was extremely rude. My wife could not stand for long periods and when asked about checking in and where we could sit ... Read More
All on cruise was great with the exception of the drill on first day. During drill on first day there was a employee who was extremely rude. My wife could not stand for long periods and when asked about checking in and where we could sit told us she would check my wife in but I'd have to be at assigned point. When I explained that my wife did not want to be separated from me during a drill she became belligerent and extremely rude telling me I had no choice but to separate. When I asked her name she refused to tell me and put her hand over her name tag when I tried to photograph it. She checked my wife in and returned her card but never told her where to go. So my wife who wanted to be with me under these conditions came and stood with me in a lot of discomfort. EXTREMELY rude!! If she had done nothing wrong then why hide her name?! When discussed with Management they seamed to make excuses for her. She worked in the bar in the Windjammer. Ralitsa Naumova, the head waiter, who, when she found out the wife was Romanian coordinated to have a different Romanian food almost every evening in the formal dining room. She was outstanding and professional in every aspect. Made for a pleasant and unexpected dining experience. There were many Kids running and making noise in halls and stairs. No control and safety issues. We reported to Farrah Casanova who worked in the dining room that the nearby women's bathroom commodes weren't flushing. Although busy, Farrah found time to immediately pick up the phone and dial the maintenance number on the ship and let someone know about that problem. She was also working very hard when I saw her in the Windjammer helping people, cleaning after everyone, and interfacing with them. Catalin from the Windjammer did an outstanding job always professional and helpful. Tonya in Future Cruises did an outstanding job in working with out requirements. Sound in theater extremely loud. It is a theater not a concert!! We had to wear ear plugs each night. But the shows were great. The Dining experience was great. Great service. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This was a great vacation. Checking in was quick, since we had done on-line check-in. We chose to eat at Windjammer/Jade, because of the buffet. Some members of our family only ate Indian food, and it was available to them everyday. ... Read More
This was a great vacation. Checking in was quick, since we had done on-line check-in. We chose to eat at Windjammer/Jade, because of the buffet. Some members of our family only ate Indian food, and it was available to them everyday. There was not a good selection of food at Fine Dining, which in our case was Galileo's. We did speak to head chef Daniel and he made sure there was Indian food available at Windjammer for us. At the formal dinner, we had to eat at Galileo's, so Danielle made sure we had Indian food. First port, Labadee was relaxing, except for one incident, where we went to the market. Our son bought a souvenir and he was given change in counterfeit. When we tried to use the bill at another shop, the guy there refused to take it, we found market security and he verified the bill was counterfeit. He took us back to the shop, and got us a legitimate bill. We complained to guest services since that port is owned by Royal Carribean, they told us later that the guy was charged. They also took one of our beverage packages off of our bill and gave us discount towards our next cruise. Next port was Falmouth, Jamaica, where our kids went zip-lining. We did not want to go zip-lining, but had to accompany the kids, so we went as observers. Everyone there was quite friendly and kept us company while we waited for the kids to come back. Next stop was Grand Cayman, where my daughter went swimming with the Dolphins and stingrays, she really enjoyed that. I had bought a ticket to accompany her, but since I did not go into the water, they gave me a refund, that was really gracious of them, since I was not expecting it. I did not realize you have to swim in 25 feet of dirty lagoon water to swim with the Dolphins. Last stop was Cozumel, Mexico, where we went on a Jaguar bus and bike tour. Tour guides were great and so was bike ride, the beach however was quite dirty and not quite what we expected. On the ship, we watched all the shows, best was the ice-skating show and the Love and Marriage show hosted by the cruise director, Casey. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015

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