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Cruise was amazing. Food, crew members, entertainment shows, cleanliness were outstanding. This was our 1st cruise and we enjoyed it a lot. Fantastic experience with the Royal Caribbean. Minus points are - water charges & ... Read More
Cruise was amazing. Food, crew members, entertainment shows, cleanliness were outstanding. This was our 1st cruise and we enjoyed it a lot. Fantastic experience with the Royal Caribbean. Minus points are - water charges & Internet Charges are very expensive. Availability of the onboard adventure rides, some shows are very very poor. That means if you booked it earlier, you dont have any guarantee that that booked slots are going to be happened as because of weather some rides were cancelled and we dint get any other slots as all slots are booked and guest services dint do anything about it and many people were frustrated with this cancellation. Also dont go for Spa services as its very costly and not satisfied at all. From our cruise experience what we have learned that do not buy any services, any products onboard as they are super expensive. Rest enjoy complimentary services only. And yes one thing I forgot to mention in their feedback that when you board ship for the first time, there should be some orientation about the ship or some crew members to whom you can ask what to do next. When we came in, half of our time gone for understanding whats going on, where to go, where to eat, where to seat, where to see and there were no crew members whom we can ask. Otherwise our experience was very very beautiful. We loved loved it and definitely recommend and will definitely come back again. Cheers Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
memorable and enjoyable place to vacation. It looked like a poor third world country. We refused to even get off the cart and had it take us right back to where we came from. We ended up walking down to the Hilton and having a few drinks ... Read More
memorable and enjoyable place to vacation. It looked like a poor third world country. We refused to even get off the cart and had it take us right back to where we came from. We ended up walking down to the Hilton and having a few drinks at the outdoor bar until we were able to go back to the ship. The food provided in the “cafeteria” was embarrassing. All everyone kept telling me was how much I would love the food and the variety of items offered. Every time we went to the buffet the food looked like it was frozen, processed and reheated. We ate each meal at the outdoor grill where we could watch it be prepared or in the Prime restaurant. To add insult to injury when we finally made it back and were ready to de-board the next day we were told that we had to go back to the service desk as there was a “hold on our release”. I got upstairs to the service desk and was advised that my card was declined for $86 worth of incurred charges, that even included FUEL for the boat… I can’t even begin to understand how you would have the audacity to charge each passenger for fueling the boat but nonetheless I called my card company and was advised that there was a fraud protection hold that was on my card for a suspicious charge. Come to find out it was the drinks at the Hilton bar in Bimini but because it was in another country they took security measures. I advised the charge was authorized and was told the hold would be released in 24 hours. I relayed this to your customer service representative who then stated that I would be held on the boat until the balance was paid. After I explained to him that that was unlawful imprisonment, I asked to speak with a supervisor. I was first told there was not one available and when I insisted I was asked to wait. In my HOUR LONG wait for a supervisor I overheard dozens of passengers who had issues with credit card authorizations, one young lady had actually been asked to come the night before because they could not read the imprint on her card, she supplied it again on a new authorization form and THEY LOST IT!!!! Needless to say, after listening to complaint after complaint after complaint about charges I never actually saw a supervisor. The same gentleman kept telling me that “she” was on her way and when I started reiterating that I had a flight to catch he understood the importance of them moving expeditiously. However, I never spoke with a supervisor. I was told to wait for another half hour and then asked to sign a promissory note BY THE SAME GENTLEMAN WHO TOLD ME TO WAIT for the remaining balance (which I could have done from the very beginning when I advised they could run the card again in the morning as they had all the necessary information) After an hour and a half of waiting we were released to get off the boat but immediately heard an announcement that the customs area was full and they were asking people not to de-board until they could get caught up. We waited another 30 minutes before we were allowed to proceed off the boat and spent 2 hours in the customs area. Not only did I miss my flight but I missed a second flight home and we were not able to leave Florida until 8pm that evening (from a 10:40am flight). I spent my entire birthday sitting in customs and then sitting in an airport. My fiancée made dinner plans for the family that evening as my flight would have put me home at 2pm and the guest of honor was unable to attend as she was stranded in Florida, though we had family travel from out of state to celebrate with me. I have never been more disgusted with a company in my entire life. The professionalism, the un-organization, the blatant disregard for your passengers time, when offering such a poor experience is mind blowing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Pros: Great cruise with everything you want in a vacation in within walkable distance. Great restaurant varieties. Awesome casino with different table games and slot machines. Water park is great! Full of entertainment: 2 ... Read More
Pros: Great cruise with everything you want in a vacation in within walkable distance. Great restaurant varieties. Awesome casino with different table games and slot machines. Water park is great! Full of entertainment: 2 off broadway shows for free. Cons: Too much emphasis on art galleries and auctions. Almost is like scamming you into buying some copies of art. Too many for fee activities/entertainment on the ship Internet access is way too expensive on ship. I mean come on, the cost to provide internet for the whole ship is not expensive these days. Tips: For the florida trip, if you do not mind driving. Rent a car! They are charging 60-100 per person for transportation. It only cost 40 dollars to rent a car for the whole day. Overall: The cruise has everything you need for a great cruise vacation if you are willing to dish out $500 - $1000 excluding casino money on top of the fare. All the for-fee activities are way too expensive for the service provided however you are forced to pay for them if you want the whole cruise experience. Transportation alone cost over 60-70 per person. I ended up renting a car in the florida excursion. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose this cruise because of the convenience of sailing from a local port of call (NYC) on one of NCL's newest, largest, and most amenable to a single cruiser (with their Studio rooms). Although I was unable to secure a Studio ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the convenience of sailing from a local port of call (NYC) on one of NCL's newest, largest, and most amenable to a single cruiser (with their Studio rooms). Although I was unable to secure a Studio room (these rooms are in high demand and book fast), we (single cruisers) were hosted by a lovely staffer named "Lovely Lovely" every night... and she definitely lives up to her name. Every night, she made every effort to host a meet and greet at the Studio Lounge for all single travelers. We spent a lovely time getting to know each other and gaining some tips and recommendations for ship activities and shore excursions. Lovely Lovely even booked dinner and a show every night for those who wanted it. I was so anxious about traveling alone, fearing that on a ship of over 3k, I would have no one to meet or talk to. I was so wrong. I met other single travelers and we had a lovely time on shore excursions, at dinner, shows, and other shipboard activities. I've made some lasting friendships and I have NCL and Lovely Lovely to thank for it. ((( As an aside, I also recommend (singles travelers or not) that all cruisers join a Cruise Critic Roll Call. This is another wonderful way to meet other cruisers and make some friendships before you cruise. In our Roll Call... we organized a "pub crawl" on the first night that we re-created on the last. Here too, I met the most amazing friends.))) The ship is HUGE!!! Some might find this a drawback, but for someone looking to fill their day with activities, this is a great ship. (Getaway is a sister ship and has a lot of similar aesthetic appeal and size). The ship was easy to navigate through, and has that NYC vibe and feel. I stayed in an inside double, and the size was just perfect for a single, but would have been good for a double. The closet is a bit small, but the bathroom was comfortable and roomie. The cabin steward was friendly and always available to assist in any need. I enjoyed the variety of menu items, but was unimpressed by the aesthetics or food quality of the TASTE or SAVOR. The Manhatten room had the same food, but it seems at though it was fresher... and the aesthetics and entertainment made the experience. I highly recommend the Asian dining at Shanghai's (in the Casino deck 7). It was remarkable. The food was fresh and delicious, and it comes quickly... though you have to get there early, book a reservation, or wait a very long time to eat. It's THAT popular. Skip the grill unless you're looking for quick and easy breakfast on your way to something... it's uninspiring. The food is *meh*, good but *meh*... You're on a trip of a lifetime... dine in style and have a sit down meal. Embarkation was easy... as a Casino traveler, we had a priority boarding privileges. Entertainment was Broadway quality. I've seen Rock of Ages in NYC, and this was top notch. The entertainers are all friendly and they came out to take pics and say hi to the audience afterwards. Don't miss Cirque Dreams... Another exceptional dining experience and the show is nothing less than mezmerising. I purchase the 4 day Body Sculpting package with a $50 Spa Credit I won. I was hoping to keep up with my exercise routine, but I have to admit, that after partying every night, getting up at 9:30 for a boot camp type work out was hard. If you're a work out buff, it's worth it. But then again, you probably have a boot camp routine of your own. The gym has plenty of weights and machines which I didn't get to use because I was so sore from the boot camp classes. Next time, I'll stick to my own routines. I am disappointed in the Spa however, I was looking for a relaxing (and quiet) experience away from screaming kids in the pools and the not-so-hot hot tubs on the decks... but the Spa was an open room that echoed everyone's voices as they tried talking over the jets in the thermal pools and hot tubs. I've seen better Spas on smaller ships and expected a lot more out of this premium vessel. I think it would have been better to have their larger room divided into smaller rooms where no more than 4 or 5 ppl can enjoy a "quiet" spa experience... away from the noise of talking/laughing adults and the noise of the pool jets and spas. Overall, everyone.. staff, crew, officers, and guests were amazing. A final note, we missed Grand Cay Island because the week prior's hurricane devastated it. Not too upset. But we also missed shore excursions at Port Canaveral because of an onboard medical emergency. Missing 1 was sad, missing both was disappointing. But, this was beyond the control of the ship, the cruise line, or the staff. Many passengers was understandable upset and very vocal about it. If you're cruise experience has a similar blip, please understand that such things are unavoidable and treating staff or crew disrespectfully is gauche. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We both love cruises. Next week will be our 5th one, in 2 years. We both love them. The entertainment is great. Food, plenty of choose and excellent. Personnel is great. Rooms always in perfect order. All our cruises have with ... Read More
We both love cruises. Next week will be our 5th one, in 2 years. We both love them. The entertainment is great. Food, plenty of choose and excellent. Personnel is great. Rooms always in perfect order. All our cruises have with Carnival. I don't think I would use anyone else. Sunshine, Valor,Victory and this coming week will be Conquest. Getting back to the food, you have a great selection, I can't believe anyone complaining. Sure is not a shortage.Bars are great also. My wife loves the casino's Your shops have good prices, we seam to find new things to buy every time we go. Love the outside deck theatre.Not the same as home. This is not a good way to loose weight,we both fail on that.Been realy impressed on some of our Port stops we make. They have won on us also.Embarking and disbarking have always been in order. We cannot complain. That is why we cruise with the best CARNIVAL. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
It was our first cruise. The whole cruise experience was excellent and would definitely recommend to everybody. Positives - Food was superb. Service was excellent. Entertainment was good. Cruise Director Leigh was superb. The dining ... Read More
It was our first cruise. The whole cruise experience was excellent and would definitely recommend to everybody. Positives - Food was superb. Service was excellent. Entertainment was good. Cruise Director Leigh was superb. The dining room staff including Adrian, Shanti and Coco were very nice. Mohit the cook was really nice and very helpful. Spa and Fitness centre were very nice. Kids slides were very nice. Table Tennis, Basketball and Golf were very helpful for the kids and also for the adults. We took the Faster to the Fun and that was worth it. Negatives - The 2 pools were very small and could never accommodate more then 20 people at a time. The pool water was very very salty. All the activities for the kids were outdoor and when the weather was bad, the kids were confined inside with nothing to do. Some indoor activities for the kids would be nice. Overall I would highly recommend this cruise to everybody. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I meant to write this quite some time ago but as usual back to land and back to work and life's every day doings. Let me preface this by saying I have been cruising for 19 years now. I have sailed on everything from Carnival to ... Read More
I meant to write this quite some time ago but as usual back to land and back to work and life's every day doings. Let me preface this by saying I have been cruising for 19 years now. I have sailed on everything from Carnival to Disney to Celebrity to NCL most recently. However, I miss Carnival and looking forward to going back next Oct! I am a single woman late 30's - again also just for reference. The Norwegian Gem is such an amazing ship, the refurb was beautiful, I did enjoy the new look of it especially the photo area. Very hip, crisp and fresh. The food this time around was excellent, can't say enough about it. We dined twice at Teppanyaki and both times were excellent! Love the Green Tea Ice Cream for dessert and we were even there for a proposal the 2nd time! We also ate at Cagney's my personal favorite, service was above par La Cucina we ate 2 nights there, food and service were great as was our server, he took very good care of us both nights! We did also eat at Sheehan's the 24 hour "Diner" as I refer to it, sorry I am from New Jersey. it was good, but wish they did have a better variety of choices before it changed I thought the menu was a bit better. We had beautiful weather for the week a little bit of rain in Nassau but we found cover and all was fine within 15 minutes. We had a lovely Balcony cabin an Excellent room Steward, he gave us great Towel Animals every night and used props from our room!! I loved it!! One of our other favorite parts of the Norwegian Gem was the Thermal Suite, I feel it is the best one so far on NCL ( have not been on the Getaway or Escape ) Never felt crowded and love those hot stone chairs and the hydro pool, so very relaxing. Well worth the money for the week. We were there everyday. If you want to relax what a great way to do it! We did not go to any of the Big shows in the Stardust theatre as they have not changed since the first time I cruise on the Gem ( this was my 5th time on this ship) However, we did enjoy the entertainment in the Spinnaker Lounge, that was where we spent most of our evenings, good game shows, good parties. Very enjoyable and Cesar the Bartender is THE BEST!!! We met him the first day at the Pool and he was the head guy and he took excellent care of us, even if we just wanted a Club Soda with Lemon. he saw me coming up to the bar and he gave me a nod and a smile and I nodded back and he had my Club soda with Lemon all ready My only disappointment this time was the overall entertainment and cruise staff. We were spoiled because on our last cruise on the Gem we had the top Team on NCL and they were fantastic, this time around not as great and I felt it was missing something. Now they may have not had a lot of experience either so they might have been just trying to find their place. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
***DETAILED REVIEW OF MY EXPERIENCE: I sailed on the EOS from July 22nd to July 25th with my family (Mom 49, dad 53, sister 30, brother 14, my girlfriend 30 and myself 28) from Miami, we arrived one day before and we stayed at the ... Read More
***DETAILED REVIEW OF MY EXPERIENCE: I sailed on the EOS from July 22nd to July 25th with my family (Mom 49, dad 53, sister 30, brother 14, my girlfriend 30 and myself 28) from Miami, we arrived one day before and we stayed at the RESIDENCE INN MIAMI AIRPORT, in a familiar suite, the hotel is very nice, it includes basic breakfast and is not expensive, around 250 Usd for all of us, its only 3 minutes away from Miami airport and 10 minutes away from Miami´s port. This is my 4th cruise, 2nd with Royal C. **EMBARKATION: It was fast, smooth and easy, it took us no more than 25 minutes. **SHIP: I had very low expectations on this ship mostly because its 20 years old but I have to say that I was very surprised, it is very well maintained, its beautiful insideout, decoration, etc., very good size and it has all kinds of entertainment, restaurants and bars, I really liked it and I would definitely come back since its perfect for a getaway weekend; ship is very clean, staff is mostly very friendly, it is always being cleaned and everything worked fine, there are 3 pools and 6 jacuzzis, they were never packed and the water temperature was perfect, I really like the solarium adults area and the outside screen for movies; I liked the fact that everything on the ship was in spanish and english, even the announcements and the movies shown on the screen (subtitles); the bartender lady on the casino RHEA was awesome as well as our server FAYE. Guy at the front desk from the SHORE EXCURSION area, one with long blond hair, had a disgusting attitude, everybody else was friendly. **STATEROOM: We took 2 large oceanview cabin on deck 3 (3616 & 3598), room was perfect, clean and with a nice decoration andhad ver comfy bed, size for the shower was tiny but thats how it is in all cruises, closet was big enough and window was large. **ENTERTAINMENT: I really liked all the entertainment the ship offered, it was fun, good music, good singers, good magic show, make sure you don´t miss the game THE QUEST and the show on the theater called THE LOVE SHOW GAME, they are both hilarious and very fun, especially the quest, I have no complaints at all in this area. **FOOD: Last year I sailed for a week on the freedom of the seas and the food on the buffet was fantastic but the dining room food was just OK, nothing special but on this ship both of them were fantastic, I basically liked everything I ate, it was always warm, perfectly cooked and the desserts were amazing, make sure you try the CHEESECAKE POPS and the RED VELVET MUFFINS from starbucks, they are amazingly good!! **COCOCAY, BAHAMAS: We rented the snorkel package for $42 Usd, the water was crystal clear, the island was nice and its perfect to relax for whole day. **NASSAU, BAHAMAS: This was my second time here, first time I was there I was very disappointed, mostly because our tour guide was very bad and she made us hate Nassau, only the partying was excellent, but this time, in a family plan, we took another tour guide and made our trip around the city perfect, he took us to so many nice places and to the Atlantis, I really enjoyed Nassau, make sure you try their RED VELVET CAKE ICE CREAM is delicious!!! **DiSEMBARKATION: Went by very fast and smooth, took us no more than 25 minutes. Overall I love my weekend, basically everything was perfect and we had lots of fun at this ship! Wish it could have been longer. I definitely recommend this ship and the company, I used to like Carnival more but with this last cruise I will definitely go more for Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Referred by family and they where correct.! Best B-day ever Best vacation ever. Best bartender I have ever had the pleasure of tipping, would have needed 2 atm's to pay for the awesome service and the "guest's comfort comes ... Read More
Referred by family and they where correct.! Best B-day ever Best vacation ever. Best bartender I have ever had the pleasure of tipping, would have needed 2 atm's to pay for the awesome service and the "guest's comfort comes first attitude" that was displayed. really can not put in words (THANK YOU PACHARIN). This is why and where I will spend my vacation from this point. The wait staff was really good they where always there, I never waited for anything. First time in my life my coffee cup was never empty. The ships crew and captain where also superb. All in all It was a new view of life that I could have missed and now that I have had this time with such beautiful, wonderful, kind people, well, how do you not go back again and again. I would cheat myself of being treated like I have never been before. P.S. No Bernice, I would never forget you either. You guys are the BEST. THANK YOU ; ) Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I've cruised many cruise lines, Disney was honestly a disappointment. First the cost is double so you should be able to expect double right? Wrong. Employees with no personality waiting for their 8 months to be up ! People pushing and ... Read More
I've cruised many cruise lines, Disney was honestly a disappointment. First the cost is double so you should be able to expect double right? Wrong. Employees with no personality waiting for their 8 months to be up ! People pushing and shoving at Cabana for the brief time that the buffet is open each day. We actually missed a few meals because of lack of opportunity at Cabana and dining room being gorgeous but unappetizing for the human palate. The room was amazing and probably the cleanest boat Ive been on. Having a tub and huge floor to ceiling window was gorgeous! The shows are disney shows...no adult comedy club and thats one of my favorite entertainment. Everything closed down about 6 pm so on top of the steep price, they shut ya down at 6! Gym closed early and wont let muscle fitness 15 yr olds work out with adult even. Movie theater was a bonus but not the bonus I would've preferred on my first disney cruise. We missed all meet and greets due to lines or lack of tickets. The adult only pool area was nice, but of course my kids couldnt go so we tried not to stay too long. We all did the waterslide only twice because of long lines..15 year old didnt enjoy the teen club so he stayed in the room a lot. Yup... it was a waste of money in my opinion. If my kids had been younger and we hadnt been to Magic Kingdom 3 times a year while they were young, it might have been worth the extra cost. Im actually anxious to get back to Carnival in November and possibly adventure over to Royal Caribbean for son's graduation. Hopefully I can find the best ship out of Florida on RC. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was only our second cruise and they were 32 years apart. Great value, we enjoyed the shows the comedians the food even though they charge extra now for lobster...The weather was a bit cool and we only got sun on the last day. The ... Read More
This was only our second cruise and they were 32 years apart. Great value, we enjoyed the shows the comedians the food even though they charge extra now for lobster...The weather was a bit cool and we only got sun on the last day. The room steward William was very attentive and straightened up our room at least 2 or more times daily. He called us by our first names and made sure our room was always very clean. I wiped to check for dust up high but found none. The dining room waiters Chris were the same great service. Everyone who works for Carnival was exceptionally happy and friendly..The gym was like anytime fitness gym, modern equipment and plenty of it, nice steam and sauna rooms and spa treatments including massage and acupuncture. We paid extra for the message and acupuncture and also my wife got her hair done before dress up night in the main dining room, Great service everywhere on board Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Pros: 1. Beautiful ship 2. Fast internet Cons: 1. You may be misinformed throughout the trip as one question can get several conflicting answers, depending on whom you ask. Just returned from the Serenade of the Seas in Nov. ... Read More
Pros: 1. Beautiful ship 2. Fast internet Cons: 1. You may be misinformed throughout the trip as one question can get several conflicting answers, depending on whom you ask. Just returned from the Serenade of the Seas in Nov. 2015. We were told as diamond members we can get 2 free bottles of water per person per day from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, so we did every day for 14 days throughout the ship. Before I wend to collect the water first day on the Anthem, I called the customer service and was confirmed that's the case. Then, when I went to the bar that was next to the Diamond Lounge, the bar attendant told me "You don't deserve it". Later, the concierge told me the Serenade got it wrong. It's one thing you got it wrong one time; it hard to dispute that every bar attendant on the Serenade was wrong for 14 days. 2. Chaos in the Windjammer Usually when you enter the Windjammer, you can see the food from far away. This was not the case in the Anthem; all you saw was people, droves of people. There's no direction, thus there's no beginning or end of the line. People cut in right in front of you or bumped into you w/o even an "excuse me". 3. Food Seemed everyday was the same food in the Windjammer for breakfast and lunch. For 4 days straight, I had nothing but chips w/ salsa and same vegetables. Moreover, everywhere seemed to be out of supplies throughout the week, such as Windjammer had no maple syrup one morning, and Promenade had no Camomile tea the last night. 4. Technology Technology is great only if it works. For our cabin door, unless you slammed really hard, most of the time, it's ajar. I wish someone could have taught us how to flush for the first time b/c there's no button to touch. You just stood there & tried to figure out every way you can to make the toilette to flush. If there's a toilette seat holder on the wall, you would expect to see the cover sheets, but I saw none throughout the public restroom during the entire stay. The robotic drink mixer looked great on TV, but it didn't work when I ordered my drink, and the bar attendant was so frantic and frustrated that there never a smile on her face. 5. Fitness place You would expect there are plenty of mats in the fitness room for a ship that holds 4900 passengers. In reality, there had less than 15. The 1st morning when I went to work out at 7:15, there was no mat left. I had to request a special one to be reserved for me, and I did feel obligated to get up early every morning to do work out. The worst part was I could never find the fitness staff onsite to learn how to use certain equipment. So, here you go, folks. Enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I don't even know where to begin. First let me start by saying, typically we only cruise on royal caribbean (one of the most amazing cruise lines) but we decided to give carnival a shot. I can say 100% they blew there shot 110%. Very ... Read More
I don't even know where to begin. First let me start by saying, typically we only cruise on royal caribbean (one of the most amazing cruise lines) but we decided to give carnival a shot. I can say 100% they blew there shot 110%. Very outdated. Disgustingly horrific customer service. Every staff member on board was rude and and absolutely no knowledge of anything we asked and barely spoke good english. There was food in the hallways from room service and it took them at least 1 day and a half to remove it. We had bugs, mold & mildew in our shower. I myself can understand a mistake or 2 but once we discovered dirty/used gloves on our bed from the state room attendant cleaning toilets showers and anything else that was the end of our belief in ever cruising with carnival again. Then the next day we discovered the state room attendant broke my wife $300.00 sunglasses. Their excuses was "we provide safes in each room, you guys should have used it". So i guess we aren't allowed to set our personal belongings down anywhere safely on carnival cruise lines. The on our last night we discovered what looked to be either old dried up blood or poop on our sheets. So basically the bottom line is, if your looking for cruises to attend, trust me when i tell you to stay far far away from carnival. If you have never cruised before you may not know the difference between good and bad cruise line service. So you need to take other peoples word for it in order to avoid making the mistake. It may seem like they have better prices than other cruise lines but with carnival your going to get much less than you bargain for. Look into royal caribbean cruise and you will be much happier with the results of your vacation. Carnival has absolutely not one single benefit on royal caribbean. Even a man had a heart attack and past away while cruising and it took medical response a very long time to show up. I know because my mother was the one performing cpr on the guy before they showed up. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
This is what I liked about the cruise; the food was available throughout the day and the sweets had real sugar. The ship was clean except the bathrooms. I have to say I was impress with the ease check-in and out system, I give them a 5 ... Read More
This is what I liked about the cruise; the food was available throughout the day and the sweets had real sugar. The ship was clean except the bathrooms. I have to say I was impress with the ease check-in and out system, I give them a 5 stars for that. Other than that there was no entertainment for my 12 years old son other than being in a room that was decorated for 5 years old kids. They will not allowed him to be with the 13-17 year old teenagers so he stayed in his room every night after dinner. One of the reasons we do cruising is because my son is entertained so we can enjoy our vacation. This cruise line should expand the group age from 12-17 because a 12 year old kid is in middle school and have friends older than he or she. The food was horrible, just hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch with a bunch of starch. The cruise should offer a nice salad bar and a variety of fish and meats for people who are vegetarians or on low carbs diets. The same thing for breakfast, sausages links and bacon and a bunch of starch. I like going to the gym and I did not enjoy the gym very much. It did not have a variety of equipment. Customer service is very important to me as I am in the public service business. The employees did not seem happy and it was reflected in their customer service. Some of them were even rude and disrespectful. We watched the showdown on the last night and I left after 5 minutes because it was not even entertaining. We enjoy dancing Spanish music and 2 singers were singing on deck 7 and the show was stopped even though people asked to keep playing. It is like it bother someone to see a bunch of people dancing Spanish music. The last night on the cruise there was a tribute to Carlos Santana with a life band and it was cancelled. Then they put a D.J. instead and it was turned off at 12:00 a.m. even though we wanted to dance and enjoy our last night. The only place that was open was the club and they were playing silly adult games. There was a bartender that did not know how to serve drinks so it took half an hour to get a drink with no wait. There was only a few bar sections on the last night and some of them were shut down by 11:00 p.m. giving people only one option on their last night which was at the club with silly adult games. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Being my first time I was very impressed with all the activities on board and since I am so new at this cruising is a very enjoyable and fun experience. This vacation was I feel one of the best I have had in a long time and was really a ... Read More
Being my first time I was very impressed with all the activities on board and since I am so new at this cruising is a very enjoyable and fun experience. This vacation was I feel one of the best I have had in a long time and was really a luxury for me. I usually go on fishing and hunting trips so I did not have to do anything except be pampered and spoiled by you, relax, rest and really just enjoy and experience luxurious living and vacation like the "rich and famous." The staff and all employees were always so pleasant, kind and professional oh and helpful. The cruise Director and others kept us informed and were given a sheet daily with all activities. Thank you again for the best vacation and my retirement celebration is actually what it was for me a time to cherish and remember for the rest of my life. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
You can take an exercise class or just use the equipment. You can eat whatever you want whenever you want inside or outside. You can see the shows or just look at the ocean. Nobody tries to make you do anything yet there's a million ... Read More
You can take an exercise class or just use the equipment. You can eat whatever you want whenever you want inside or outside. You can see the shows or just look at the ocean. Nobody tries to make you do anything yet there's a million things to choose from. So it's a true vacation, the way you want it. The ship is clean and attractive and the private islands are unbelievable nice! Dress code runs the gamut, dress up if you want. The staff was mostly super friendly or at least polite. It was one of the best vacations I ever had. You can be in the crowd or spring for the Vibe Club or Spa pass. I traveled solo and had a great time! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
I like to give detailed reviews on my cruises because the more detailed it is the more helpful I think it would be for other cruisers: We went to the C. Ecstasy from Oct. 30th - Nov. 2nd/2015. FOOD: The food on the main dinning room, ... Read More
I like to give detailed reviews on my cruises because the more detailed it is the more helpful I think it would be for other cruisers: We went to the C. Ecstasy from Oct. 30th - Nov. 2nd/2015. FOOD: The food on the main dinning room, as always, was outstanding, the service was very slow but the food was delicious; the food on the buffet was OK, but the breakfast on the buffet was AWFUL; this is my 3rd cruise, 2nd with Carnival and the breakfast on this ship was the worst in the world, everything tasted like carton, get away from it!! The buffet during the rest of the day was very good, the ice cream machine is perfect and so was the pizza! They are both very good!! Buy the CHEERS! program, is totally worth it and there are servers anywhere so you can get your drink fast! ENTERTAINMENT: The shows on the theater were very low quality, the first night show was OK but the rest of the shows were extremely boring and you can notice that on how empty the theater was; Carnival needs to invest a little more on their entertainment; the casino was fun and so were the rest of the bars; the nightclub was so much fun! they always had good music; I didn´t like that the bars on the pool closed so early; the hairy chest contest was very fun! SHIP: We were a group of 8 people (6 new cruisers) accomodatted in 2 oceanview stateroom on deck 5. The rooms were perfect, very comfy and perfect for 4 people; it was clean and the a/c was perfect; our steward, Rachel, was very nice and she made our room once a day in the afternoon; I wish she left us some animal towels since it was the first cruise for most of the group and I wanted them to have a great impression. The ship was old but very clean and very well maintained, you can barely notice that the ship is over 20 years old. The ship is very small but there are many things to do on board. STAFF: Most of the staff was cranky and rude, I hated the bar tenders, servers on the main dinning room and the staff taking photographs, they need to improve their attitude or leave the ship; the people on the shops are very nice and funny (Jose from the liquor store and Juan from the gallery/accesories)! The director Adam is so so, nothing special. NASSAU, BAHAMAS: I was a bit dissapointed from this place, probably because our tour guide sucked, she took us to the poor areas and never let us get off the car to take photos, she was a little slow and didn´t know much about Nassau; we wasted a lot of time with her, but at the end we ended up going to JUNKALOO BEACH were we had a BLAST! You have to spent your afternoon in CRAB-N-TING, their server, ASHLEY is the best in the whole world! She is so much fun, her service was outstanding and they treated us like kings! Best time ever plus you get to put your own music, they have speakers for you using bluetooth. At night we went to a nightclub located in the ATLANTIS Hotel and we had so much fun, just be careful because the club has a cashless system and is very expensive, but the people and music are so much better than anywhere. OVERALL EXPERIENCE: I had a lot of fun with my friends, we partied a lot, met fun people and we ate a lot; the ship is old but you cant really see it, its very well maintained but still I would never go back to a small Carnival ship, I prefer by far the newer and bigger ships from Carnival; most of the people on this ship is very ugly, so have an open mind, just have fun, drink it up and laugh it off! Everything was almost perfect; I love Carnival, just a few details like the shows and the breakfast, they suck. Thank you again Carnival !! See you soon again!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first criuse. We wanted to check if we get seasick. We are a Family of 5 and although one of our cabins was large enough, we were required to book two cabins. So we booked two cabins in one reservation. They still put two ... Read More
This was our first criuse. We wanted to check if we get seasick. We are a Family of 5 and although one of our cabins was large enough, we were required to book two cabins. So we booked two cabins in one reservation. They still put two floors between the two rooms. At booking we were promised side by side cabins. The booking however was done with a marketing company that never revealed their real name. One of our rooms was ok, tempwise. Although on the edge of being too warm. The other room was too cool. We complained three times to our steward and once to the customer service desk. Nothing was ever fixed. When we wanted to leave the ship we had to wait 45 minutes, then we wete told to go back to the service desk. I did so and it turned out they didn't understand we had two rooms. So some explaining later we could leave for a two day stay on the Bahamas. It turned out that they had forgotten to give us a Bahamas immigration paper. So we had to get those from a not so funny immigration officer. Good was however, the evening food buffet, the breakfast buffet and the athmosphere on the ship Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We took this cruise for a five day stint as first time cruisers for any cruise line. Before reviewing anything at all, I will let the reader know that the five day cruise for the non experienced cruiser is not enough. I will explain why ... Read More
We took this cruise for a five day stint as first time cruisers for any cruise line. Before reviewing anything at all, I will let the reader know that the five day cruise for the non experienced cruiser is not enough. I will explain why in greater detail below but will simply state that in sum, that by the time you get the hang of what to do, the cruise seems to come to an end. Warning, this is not a short review, but I will break this down into 32 things that will help you as a cruiser on the Dream. I will break this down into precruise, during cruise and post cruise helpful hints. I will not tell you how to book the cruise as that is a personal choice experience (be it online, via Disney cruise line, travel agent etc), but I will give you some hints that allow you to navigate what to do after you have booked your cruise. PRECRUISE: First, and this is for you folks who have a Chase Disney Rewards Card. Make sure that you contact the people at Chase and transfer your Disney Rewards Dollars to a Chase Credit Card that can be used on the ship. You will see where it comes in very handy at the end of this review. After you book your cruise, Second, I would recommend that you book a Disney mid range hotel, such as the Port Orleans (I just reviewed this hotel) on TripAdvisor as well) one day before you arrive for the cruise. Although I traveled with the ever reliable Jet Blue, there is always concern that having a flight arrive on the same day of the cruise can be a bit unsettling, especially if the flight is delayed for any reason. The ship will not wait for you and unless you have awesome travel insurance, good luck getting any money back if you don’t show up on time. I recommend a mid range Disney hotel because you will be afforded the benefit of the Magical Express that will pick you up at the airport and will ensure that your luggage is delivered directly to your room without you having to deal with baggage claim. Third I would highly recommend using Happy Limousine for transport to Port Canaveral, where the cruise ship departs from. There are those who would say that one could use the Magical Express for Cruise lines which is also offered, but the problem here is that you arrive with a busload of people at about 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. and it is a bit of a glut to get on board the ship. Book Happy Limousine and if you are lucky, you will get a driver who is text savvy and will stay in touch with you via text before arrival to pick you up at your hotel to take you on the ship, and will also text you the moment you arrive back at port to coordinate pickup time. Fourth, Book the Atlantis Excursion if you have children who like waterparks. The Excursions will be discussed in the during cruise part of my review but I put this part of the discussion here simply because it is part of the pre cruise process. If you do not have a particular penchant for waterparks, the Atlantis Excursion is going to be nothing more than a couple of fast moving water slides, with or without inner tubes with a lazy river experience. You can experience this at almost any stateside waterpark and I the only difference is that you get to waterslide in a tunnel immersed in a shark aquarium tank. Don’t let the commercials fool you though, you are going through these tunnels in a blink and won’t notice the sharks. I would rather recommend, if you don’t have the kiddies in tow, that you consider exploring a little bit of the Bahamas shopping and local environment. It’s safe if you have an escort and most importantly do not arrive on a Sunday. Why Sunday? Well, if your ship docks at port on a Sunday, most shops are closed. So if a Bahamas excursion/experience is on your plate, this is worthy of consideration. Fifth, While I recommended booking a hotel prior to your cruise, so that you would have a buffer to ensure prompt arrival for the cruise, I would recommend you book an afternoon flight back to your home city on the same date of debarkation (fancy words on the cruise for when your ship comes back to port to boot you off the boat). The ship arrives at port at about 6:00 a.m., and you will be fed at 6:45 (if you chose the earlier dining time – which I will also discuss next) and you will be off the boat and through customs by about 7:45 the latest (assuming you haven’t declared anything unusual on your customs forms and have US passports etc). The ship is prompt and you will be out of port fast, assuming you booked Happy Limo See hint second above and thirtyone below). You will be bound for the airport by about 9:00 the latest and if you have an early afternoon flight, you will have absolutely no problem getting the flight. Sixth, Two items to bring that you wouldn't think to bring: 1. An extension cord since the staterooms are a little sparse on electrical outlets and if you have tablets, computers, MP3 players etc, you will run out of charging areas. You can't bring a power strip, but there does not appear to be a ban on an extension cord with maybe 3 outlets on it. 2. Another item to bring is a waterproof case for your cell phone so you can take it with you on excursions and take pics of what you are doing. Seventh: Your cell phones will not work on the boat - no service, no internet, no email, no youtube, no facebook etc... but hey! You are on a Cruise so get over it. You should load the Disney Cruise App on your phone well in advance of cruise day, since it has a neat countdown function whenever you turn the APP on, which tells you how many days are left for your cruise. With the app, you will be able to use your smart phones to text eachother, if your family is using smart phones. The room provides you with two phones that are like personal communicators that you can use to converse with eachother on board the ship. You can also text eachother, but only exclusively on these phones - try as I might, I could not get these phones to text to my mobile phones. That was the only minus, I could report. I would think that with all the money being spent, that the Ship would provide a phone per person using the Stateroom. It's a big boat and they seem to think that a family of four would pair up leaving two phones per couple. That's not practical, since the activities are geared to literally everyone's personal tastes and you will be tempted to venture off on your own, but still want to be in touch with family. DURING CRUISE: I will first discuss a bit about the process of boarding and then what to do when you get on the boat. Once you are dropped off at Port Canaveral, you can wait on a line to get into the port building that is the Disney Port’s building. It’s a very big air conditioned building that has a basic metal detector that you will need to pass through. It’s not as complicated as the airport security detector (ie shoes off, computers out and in separate trays etc), but it’s still a security checkpoint. Once you take the escalator upstairs, you come into an atrium which you learn is a processing center. You need only ask any uniformed Disney person (who sports the large Mickey Hands) what to do next and they will guide you. That being side, you will get on a line to present your passports to a checking counter where they get scanned and a plastic card gets printed up for you. This card is the equivalent of your wrist band that you would have on any Disney property, as it has you personal info, stateroom number, credit card info etc all rolled into one. It also makes a pretty coot souvenir after the cruise. THERE ARE NO WRISTBANDS ON THE CRUISE, EXCEPT…. If you have a child whom you want to enroll in a club (who is under 12 years old). Eighth: Register your under 12 year old child for the under 12 clubs so that they can be deposited in these clubs or if they are confident enough, can check themselves into the clubs during your cruise. Once you are processed and your child is registered (if you have one under 12), you can go sit on one of the sofas in the waiting area and wait for your group number to be called for boarding. I would take this time to take a few pictures of the model ship. Once youre group number is announced, you board. Your name is announced as you enter the doorway of the ship and you receive an ovation from white uniformed staff. Pretty cool! Ninth: for DVC members. You will see that there is a small kiosk where DVC will welcome you right before you enter passport processing. They will give you lanyards to hold your key card (which is great because you don’t have to buy one on the ship this way and you have the benefit of having access to DVC events and gifts that are handed out on days’ one and two of the cruise. There is also a sales pitch party which is set at about 2:30 p.m, disguised as an orientation of sorts for DVC members, where you can get some other souvenirs(we loved the DVC cups because they were reusable and you can get unlimited soft drinks and water to carry around the boat)… You’ll never not be hydrated. Tenth: Have some lunch! You can Aquaduck anytime! Other sites have stated that you should hit the waterslide on the boat ASAP. Wear swimsuits and go on this ride when you get on board. Well yes, if that’s your thing, I suppose it’s important. But believe me, you, your spouse and kids will be hungry by the time you get on the ship. You don’t have your luggage yet, so you are probably still traveling light with just carry on stuff. Go to the Cabanas buffet. It’s the first meal of the cruise and first impressions are key with Disney. You will not be disappointed and believe me there is anything and everything available, starting from carving tables to different breads for consumption. So as soon as you board, go and eat. Get some energy or just grab some grub so that you can settle into your stateroom for a quick nap prior to the ship leaving port. Eleventh: Yes, there is a party where you will be asked to assemble on Deck 11 and 12 of the ship. Check it out at about 4 pm when the boat leaves. But it’s not Gavin McLeod’s love boat with confetti being tossed onto the docks from the departing ship. Disney’s port is truly utilitarian and no one except the dock people are on the dock. It’s a cute kickoff party so it’s a great idea to go see what all the buzz is about. There is a huge screen in the mid/forward part of the ship, in front of the pools, which also sits above a stage for the shows or DJs or any events that will later take place. The party will have everyone assembling for a kickoff and it is exciting. Twelfth: You will need to attend an evac drill, where you will be assigned a letter, where you would be expected to assemble in the event of having to leave the ship. It is mandatory to attend, so do not think you can skip it, like you would wander off or read a magazine when the stewardess is telling you about how to put on your oxygen masks. It’s not as rigorous, say as the emergency instructions you get when you are waiting for a plane to take off, but there are life vests that are in your stateroom closet that the crew encourages you to try out on your own time. However, they will demonstrate the actual donning of the vest and verify that you and your family have assembled at your designated latter on Deck 4 of the ship, which is next to all the lifeboats. What’s kind of neat is that this deck is also the running deck for you runners out there. The letter signs that also provide great markers as you are running if you need to know exactly where you started and where you want to stop. Thirteenth: Become familiar with your navigator handout. When you are done with the drill, you might want to squeeze in some time to check out what’s going on before dinner, and after the drill. Fourteenth: Opt for the early dinner! You are getting a fresh staff and you are also given the options of attending fun activities after dinner. The dinner times are at 5:45 and 8:15. If you grab an early meal, you will have enough time to digest before passing out on your not very healthy (but tasty) meal. The great thing for an early dinner is that turn down service will happen during this time while you are away. Fifteenth: Check out the movies at the Buena Vista Theater, located in the forward part of the ship after dinner. Disney runs recent and new releases. We were fortunate enough to catch Tomorrowland, Inside Out and Monkey King, on the ship when they were released to theaters. The great deal is that the movies are all free! The Popcorn is not, but if you’re smart, you can grab some snacks at breakfast or lunch at Cabanas and save them for the flick. Also, you can grab free ice cream in a large cup and bring it in with you. Sixteenth: Enter the Buena Vista from the 5th Floor. The theater has 2 levels and you won’t hit a crowd, essentially coming in from the back end top of the auditorium. WOW, THAT WAS JUST DAY 1 Your second day will be at on shore at Castaway Cay (pronounced Key). It’s Disney’s private island with beaches, snorkeling, simple water slides and little souvenier shops with Disney flavored (and some seemingly local/Bahamas style trinkets). Seventeenth If you are a crazy beach enthusiast, eat light and get on a tram for a 5 minute ride to get to the first or second beach. The itinerary says you are supposed to be at the Cay for 9:30, but that’s not mandatory. The only reason to get to the Cay is that I believe that you can only get the buffet lunch at the Cay and that there’s no food service on the ship. I did not think to inquire, but I would tend to believe that for people who stay on ship, there must still be food to eat. If you are interested in the beach activities, then go early, get an umbrella, enjoy the day and get back by 4:00. The neat thing about the Cay is that although you are warned about making sure you return to the ship on time, there’s no other ships at the island and you will more likely than not have your boat within view from wherever you are so you have the security of knowing you have not been “marooned”. Eighteenth: Lunch at the Cay is mostly standard mid grade stuff you’d probably see at a BBQ. You can have anything from Ribs to Hot Dogs to cous cous. Stay away from the Corn on the Cob (nothing was wrong with it really, it just was a little gnarly and surprising considering this was Disney Sanctioned food). The sodas and dessert are free flowing but again not blue ribbon fare that you will see on the ship – ship buffet included. Lunch starts at the Cay at 11 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Remember you will be stopping at the Cay on day 4, so if you do want to stay and explore the ship and take chances on dining on board, it is a worthy exploration of options and you will have a very uncrowded boat. I do not know if all activity ceases (shops close, pools close, aquaduck closes, arcade closes etc), but I did note that on the days that the Cay was in the itinerary, the Navigator did not imply that activities cease on the ship. It seems that people have said that they encourage you to leave the ship for the Cay days, but I do not think it is absolutely mandatory. As I said before, you will only know what you can get if you try. Nineteenth: Get back earlier from the Cay and make use of the spa. Guys… get a haircut and a shave. I’m a straight forward no nononsense guy who usually frequents the mall salon (no appointment necessary) when I remember to get a haircut. I shave with a disposable razor (which overstays it’s welcome long past the time I should have disposed of it) in the shower. I had never experienced a facial, shave and haircut. I had the chance to chat politics with a friendly South African stylist who’s amazing facial earned the incessant caressing of my 11 year old daughter at dinner, who could only exclaim that I actually looked 10 years younger. My wife had the massage spa experience and loved it. Twentieth: Grab another movie after Castaway night 1. Or see a live Disney themed musical show. Check your Navigator. I would tell you to avoid the comedians, magicians and “adult” style entertainment (Don’t worry, it’s not R-rated entertainment, it’s just a little edgy but boy let me tell you, it is 2nd and 3rd rate stuff). The musical performers were good, though, but they pervade the main hall during the evening hours, near the grand staircase which is mid ship. They also alternate playing at clubs that are on board the lower decks of the ship. As I said before, avail yourself of the musicals which have great special effects and are very entertaining. We made the mistake of trying the comedians and missed a couple of shows. I won’t repeat that experience. Twentyfirst: Try room service! It’s fun and you can find out what you can order, literally any time, to be brought to your room. Again, it’s not the same blue ribbon fare you will see at the restaurants or at Cabana’s but it’s not bad food either. Other reviewers have denigrated the food quality of room service on the Cruise Line, but remember, it’s just a convenience thing and if you are still vigourously awake, you can grab a late night snack after you have seen your movie, grabbed your show (and if you don’t feel like free ice-cream again). It’s similar fare to what you would receive at the Theme Parks (sandwiches, pizza, French fries etc), but it’s a cruise! Chill out and enjoy it! If you are a foodie or food snob, rest assured you will be seated at one of the restaurants the next morning. Twentysecond: Royal Palace cannot cook vegetarian to save their lives! If you are a vegetarian, we consistently found that the Royal Palace restaurant was sorely lacking in making Tofu flavorful and undercooking veggies. I have had Korean Vegetarian Tofu dishes, cooked to simulate chicken etc. and the Tofu was excellent – so I know it’s not criticasting but reasonable to expect decent tofu dishes. I did find that they meat dishes were adequate. However, the Beef Wellington was cooked properly, but the pastry around the wellington was soggy. I had a Gordon Ramsay potty mouth moment playing in my head from “Hells’ Kitchen” . That being said, Animator’s Palate and Enchanted Garden were excellent. If you can set up your dining experience ahead of time to limit your dining rotation to only one time at Royal Palace, that’s ideal. Perhaps by the time I go back, RP will be up to snuff! I’m hopeful. Twentythird: Ask for seconds at dinner or two entrees/desserts(or both) at a time. If you are hungry, your server will bring you more than one entrée or side dish. Leave your modesty at home. If you see something interesting that you wouldn’t normally try, give it a whirl. Your server will bring it to you, so long as you are not completely cramping up their efficiency. Remember, they are running two dinner shifts so try not to be too late to dine. Twentyfourth: You sit with your family during dining. There was a time, it appeared, that you sat with others (and I suppose you could if you wanted), but you are limited on this ship to your family. You have an assigned table number and it rotates with you as you rotate from different dinner restaurants nightly. You will be seated if you get there on time or a little later. You won’t be waiting. That’s cool! Twentyfifth: Wake up early and enjoy a sunrise. Coffee is brewing at all hours on deck 11. Get up at 5 and get it. You have solitude and the ship is at its quietest. Watch the sun rise. There's no comparison to a sea sunrise! DAY 3 NASSAU, BAHAMAS You will see the boat pull into Nassau. I already commented on Atlantis vs. touring the island. Again, I would advise you to leave the boat on this date. I do not know if there is any food service but know that all stores have to be closed when the ship is docked in another country. So this particular date, you are encouraged to take your excursion shoreside. Next time, I tour and avoid the waterpark. The only caveat is that you are on your own for dining that day if you do not go to Atlantis. Twentysixth: On Pirate night....Get back to the boat, shower up and put on your Pirate Costume early. There is a Pirate's of the Carribean party with a show that's at the Funnelvision stage. But you will not be able to see the show, unless you get there with some time to spare. If you followed my advice and took the earlier dinner seating, then go dine in costume! Remember, it's going to be hot, so if you like an elaborate costume, then be prepared to lose few pounds dancing. The little children love elaborate costumes and it's fun. If you don't have dinner, don't fret, there's a full dinner/like buffet right after the party that's on Deck 11 at Cabanas, although it's later in the night. If you don't have all the necessary pirate regalia, the Disney Ship's stores will have costumes, tee shirts, toy pistols, toys swords, and even a Captain Jack Cap with dreadlocks (which I bought).... AAARRRRR! DAY 4 Twentyseventh: Regarding Castaway Cay I undertook the Stingray Adventure. There is a snorkel rental area right next to the entrance, so you won't need to bring Snorkeling Equipment with you. The adventure begins with a 20 minute class tutoring you on the types of Rays at the Cay, their origins and habits. You then enter a shallow beach area, which has been cordonned off and populated with Rays that will assemble on a table with your host and eat from you, if you feed them. They don't bit and have no external teeth. If you are daring, you can opt to feed them mouth to mouth. My host told me that I was the only one who ever took him up on the offer. It was an interesting experience. You will have an hour on for this activity and it goes fast, but beware, the rays don't really swim up to you as promised. They move about but don't really show interest, unless you are with your host at the "dining" table. The other caveat is that the host tells you that you will get a badge/pin for having been part of the adventure, and that this pin is tradable with other Disney pin fanatics (at the equivalent of being valued for 3 pins). Beware, it is not true! My family and I don't really do the pin thing, but my 11 year old daughter was curious about the validity of the bold claim. The pin was worth nothing, but it does make a keepsake of the experience, if you weren't taking pics with a waterproof camera/cell phone I described earlier. The rest of day 4 pretty much goes along with Day 2, so I won't belabor the point. DAY 5 This is a great day to shop on the ship, do some of the things you didn't get to do earlier (like hang out on your verandah if your stateroom has one, or get that massage or haircut etc). Get your ice cream and pizza and bring it back to your room and chill out for a while! Get to really use your Navigator and take in any and all live musical shows! I stated this earlier but it bears repeating. Twentyeighth: Beat the crowd to settle your bill. There is a lot of stressing out by people who wait to the last minute to settle the bill with guest services on the last day, especially as night rolls in. So you have an idea of what's coming, I'll break down my experience for you. You will find little envelopes left in your room by staff for tips for your head server, server, drink pourer and person who makes up your room everyday/gives turn down service with the chocolates etc. Note, that you can authorize the tip to be taken from your credit card(which is what I did since I didn't feel like leaving cash/or carrying loose cash either. The total left was $300.00 for the 5 nights, which got apportioned out between the four persons mentioned above. I've heard that people haggle this up or down, but I would suggest not stressing out over it and just go with the suggested tip and the suggested amount (which is what I mentioned above). This monetary figure ($300.00) may not be your tip amount, since I had a party of four people. The only other gripe I could state is that how can one justify tipping the guy who just brings a bottle of wine to the table and pours it, who is not the same person who is actually having to take your order, process it and bring this back to you. I had to wrap my head around the idea also tipping the head server (who really does not serve you but is more a trouble shooter if you have a problem). I settled my bill at the reception area/front desk area of the ship and this was great because there were no surprises Twentyninth: Here is where your Disney Dream Rewards Pays off! If you have a Disney Chase Card which gives you points and you've been saving them, you can square off your bill with any Disney Dream Rewards Dollars that you have racked up. It cut my final bill in half. Thirtieth: Pack smart for departure. You will be given all instructions on gathering and leaving your bags in the hallway at 10:30 that night, so that they can be gathered up and taken to the luggage area for quick offloading. Keep a day back with your clothes for the next morning (or keep them in your closet) and to hold you PJs and toiletries when you leave. Do not pack any thing that you'll need to declare (such as the expensive Jewelry) since you will be facing customs when you get off the boat. You will get Cardboard Disney character tags that will be identical and you will fill in your names on these tags as well as indicate how many pieces you have (for example your first luggage tag will have your name, address etc and state Bag 1 of 3). You then fill in the remaining tags accordingly. Also, fill out the declarations page (real short 1 page document - don't make any mistakes on it. Don't fret though, there are extras at that reception area of the ship (where you settle your bill). DAY 6 - THE DEPRESSION SETS IN Your ship pulls into port at 5:30 a.m.. You will be asked to attend breakfast which is a very meager dish, as compared to what you were offered for the days before and then. It is quick and efficient, but well mannered (you are not hurried off the boat or anything, but you will leave in an organized manner, much like how you entered five glorious days earlier. Once you enter the customs area, you are met with reality. Your luggage will be put together on racks that you collect and walk over to the Customs Officers. NOTE that if you lost anything, Disney has a lost and found it works! My son misplaced a shirt that he removed to go on Aquaduck on Day 2, and the shirt wound up here. Note, The customs agents are not ill mannered but they are not paid to make you feel special. So they will rather indifferently direct you to an officer/agent who will ask you some basic questions and ask you for declarations. Thirtyfirst: Happy Limousine Rescues again! If you used HL to get you to the boat, your driver, if he is tech saavy will text you that he is either en route or waiting out of the pick up area and when you give him a final text advising that you are nearing customs, he or she can be ready to meet you within minutes. Thirtysecond: Here's a personal choice issue but I would advise you to book an afternoon flight to return home on the same day the cruise returns. The ship is very prompt and you will be out of Port Canaveral by 8:30 a.m.. I stayed an extra day at the Port Orleans on Disney Property but it was probably an unnecessary expense. It was enjoyable but not needed. Happy Limo can just the same get you directly to the airport and you can be home bound. Thirtythird: Start thinking about your next cruise at the end of this one. It's the only way you can beat the sadness that has set it. I cannot say enough about how great this cruise line is, starting from the little details, friendly staff and the fact that it is Mickey's nicest boat! My family and I will be likely undertaking an Alaskan Cruise in a couple of years, courtesy of the "Ears" and this time will make it a 7 day gig. I hope it was worth your read. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Well lets start with this. The best food we had on the ship was at the late buffett. Decent chicken wings and onion rings. The first meal I ordered was only made edible with the bacon and the sauce. Over cooked and extremely small ... Read More
Well lets start with this. The best food we had on the ship was at the late buffett. Decent chicken wings and onion rings. The first meal I ordered was only made edible with the bacon and the sauce. Over cooked and extremely small portions. Yes I know cruise ship small portions I understand and wouldnt really think anything of it if it was cooked correctly. So I ordered a steak Medium rare. That too came well done. The second dinner I had was seared tuna salad. Lots of filler maybe a spoon full of seaweed and 4 of the smallest slices of seared tuna I have ever seen. More appropriate as an appitizer. So I tried a steak again. This time opting for Rare. I will give them that there was a sliver of pink but for a rare steak that was a dissapointment. Breakfast was disapointing no matter where you went on the ship. I tried to eat the buffet breakfast and it was ...well buffet breakfast so I got what I asked for there. Then tried the dining room with another buffet but you can order eggs. Ordered eggs benedict. It was sour. Orange juice was very watered down. For lunch I tried the burger and hot dogs on deck and got a well done burger and some cold fries. The hot dog was actually a good size but I have tasted better gas station hot dogs. "Entertainment" I really wont even get started with that. The only entertainment we enjoyed was in the piano bar. I think her name was Tonya she was short and Very funny and unfortunately wasnt on our return voyage. Now My biggest issue on the ship was an A/c issue on the first night. All the rooms were hot and heard many guests complaining after I had to go to customer service because a server in the casino gave me someone elses ship card after I ordered a drink. So I know I wasnt alone on this. Embarkation in Palm beach. Security is tight and no real line just right when you come in the door is the metal detectors. so we checked bags and got onboard easy enough. But we arrived early. Disembarkation in the bahamas. Another big issue We got off at 10 to go to the resort. Rooms wont be ready till 3.... ok so we assume a late checkout no big deal. they send you to a room to leave your luggage on racks with attendants. I didnt experience any issues here but I could see issues not being a big surprise. Luckily our room was ready before 3 our friends wernt so lucky and had a nice little wait as all the other guests checked in at 3... So we are awakened on our last morning at the resort by housekeeping. Checkout is at 10am........ 10am-3pm to clean rooms. I will simply leave the comment of LOL. We scheduled our transportation via direct bus transport on the ship from the resort at 12:30... so another 2 and a half hour wait to go nowhere. so we wander the market and get breakfast at a little restaurant. We go back at 12:15... there is still a line for 12:30 passengers Behind the line for 12:00 passengers that were not picked up... so we grabbed our baggage and jumped in line.... FInally at 1:30 we get on a bus. We arrive at port and manage to make it through scurity and customs with ease. Disembarkation back in Palm beach. The line off the ship was backed up from Customs all the way inside the ship. It took 3 hours to get off the ship. Once we got 1/2 way through the line we find out there is another line for passengers with passports and passport IDs. not only that but Ship officers and crew would pass by everyone in line transporting crew getting off and even refreshments for the new guests about to come aboard. Customs handled us very quickly so I dont think that was the issue. In Summary I met a lot of folks who took this voyage as their first cruise. I would not recomend it as it might turn you off to cruising all together. If you dont mind dealing with sub par cruising as a quick vacation then by all means go ahead but I wont be doing it again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 ... Read More
Our family of three left Port Canaveral to Bahamas, 4 nights. We were part of the VIFP group and had priority check-in. We had room U-87. Embarkment was a breeze & organized. It did take long for us to receive our luggages (3 checked-bags), we got our luggages around 6 p.m.! luckily I packed us a small carry-out with a change of clothes and shoes. Ship decor is a bit dated but otherwise kinda cool looking. I did notice some areas of the ship have been renovated (washrooms, cafe's) Housekeeping: Excellent, our rooms was serviced twice a day (mid-morning and early-evening), clean and tidy. Room U-87 was one of the largest rooms on the ship, in the middle of the ship, with a king size bed, large couch that turns into a bed, coffee table, chair, 40-inch tv, plenty of mirrors and lighting all around the room, drawer space, small refrigerator, walk-in closet, safe, large washroom with jet tub and a large balcony. Well worth the money for staying on the cruise. with Large windows and view of the oceans waters. Food: was just OK - a couple items were really good, each day was something different but it was not terrible, just OK. If you dine in Ecstasy/Fantasy is much better then the lido/seagrill buffet Dining Service in Lido Buffet, Ecstasy/Fantasy Dining Rooms, all EXCELLENT, they remember your names and take great care of you and want to provide you with excellent service and make sure you're satisfied. Many Activities through-out the day with tons of shows in the theatre, lounges, nightclub, casino, arcade, photo-taking, pools, mini-golf, track, gym, waterslides. Great music/dj. We did not have our child participate in the available toddler programs but I did see select rooms for youths that looked pretty cool. Shopping is available on the cruise, men and women's clothing, jewellery (brand-name, low or high-end merchandise), merchandise for children and youth, candy store. Excursions we tried were the private island in the Nassau, Bahamas (was beside a Sandals Resport) beautiful white sands, clear blue water, clean vacinity, plenty of chairs of everyone, food was pretty darn good, HUGE portions. and Dolphin Close encounter in Freeport. THis was an amazing experience to be able to get up close and personal with a live dolphin beside you. and the instructors were excellent and friendly, they encourage their visitors to ask many questions about their dolphins. Summary: Despite the negative reviews I have read on this site prior to my cruise. We enjoyed our stay, nice large size room helped a lot with all the space and windows/mirrors and a balcony doesn't make us feel claustrophobic, we thought the service was excellent and really nice workers, they will get to know you and have a chat with you, very friendly. The only cons I have with this ship are Food - was just OK, I got sick of the buffet, although they change their menus daily and have plenty of options, Its probably a personal preference as my husband enjoyed the food they served and had no problems eating over and over again! and that it is a bit dated. It certainly looks kinda cool and out-there but it was a bit too dated for my taste. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our third cruise with Norwegian. We have also cruised with Celebrity 3 times. My husband and I decided to purchase a Spa Haven Suite since Norwegian was offering promotions that couldn't be beat, or so we thought. The promo ... Read More
This was our third cruise with Norwegian. We have also cruised with Celebrity 3 times. My husband and I decided to purchase a Spa Haven Suite since Norwegian was offering promotions that couldn't be beat, or so we thought. The promo included the beverage pkg, gourmet dining pkg, gratuities, spa, butler, concierge services. We feel the communication should have been a lot better. For instance, we didn't know that we had a separate phone number that we could call to access concierge services to plan our trip. This was included in our pkg yet I had to wait for over an hour on the phone with guest services only to be told by the rep that I paid for this service and I should use it. Once I called the concierge services to see what we needed to plan in advance I was told repeatedly that things were sold out. She seemed unaccommodating and I asked her if she was only going to say no to the rest of my requests. I was told that most restaurants that I wanted were booked, Cirque was booked for the first night, Ocean Restaurant was booked, Aqua Adventure for Atlantis was booked (we went directly to Atlantis and got there was no problem getting it), Clam Shells and Rock of Ages needed to be booked on the boat. To be fair, we did book our trip 3 wks prior to sailing which isn't much time. I was reminded of this over and over even though our pkg entitled us to special concierge services. We were told that the show that we could see the first night for free was sold out even though we were able to meet with the concierge the night of a show 30 minutes prior in order to be taken to a special elevator and to the seats that are reserved for Haven Guests. This is awesome but we didn't know until the last minute. Even the concierge on the boat was telling things were sold out until the last minute when they finally told us we could meet them and we wound up in the first row! Once we actually got to take advantage of the services for Haven Guests our trip was phenomenal but it seemed like the concierge was holding back until the last minute. Even when you go on excursions. We didn't know that someone will have a sign with Haven on it in order to get you on the return boat sooner rather than waiting on a never ending line at the end of the day. We stayed until the end to enjoy Coco Cay but we were ready to go. While frying at the end of the line we finally saw the man with the Haven sign. Our worst experience, though, was with our butler who was mostly MIA for the whole trip. We didn't even know who he was because he made no attempt to introduce himself. While other couples that we made friends with couldn't say enough about their butler service, ours needed to be chased. We mentioned our dissatisfaction to the concierge who told us to fill out a card for breakfast, but our friends never had to ask. Their butler brought a pot of coffee each morning with Danish. They had a cheese and fruit platter waiting for them in the afternoon, or he'd surprise them with little sandwiches and chocolates. He brought them special spa products and was just exceptional. I should also mention that they didn't book the same level Haven cabin (Spa Suite) that we did so their gratuities were not included. We feel that we were penalized for having the free gratuity pkg., even though we fully intended to tip if we felt the service was there. It really put a damper on the trip. The other negative was that you couldn't walk the full length of the ship because it's broken up. I always enjoy a good morning walk outside on the top deck but there is only a puny track that wraps around the kids area and some eateries so people and kids aimlessly wander on to the track since it's in their zone. Also the smoking was disgusting. Who wants to take a shower, put on nice attire only to smell like smoke just from walking on thru the casino or the outside areas. We were told by staff that some of the guests argue with them and smoke on the balconies and in the rooms despite their policy. Our Lavazzo Coffee machine seemed to malfunction. Our cabin whirlpool was broken from the start but they came after 11 pm to check on it out and fixed it the next day. They could have told us they were coming to check it that late. The Haven pool area is nice but the pool is not usable. Especially when people travel with kids and they monopolize the pool area. Now for the good news. We liked our cabin. We loved the Haven Restaurant. We loved the Maitre-de, Edgar, & May, who were exceptional, the breakfast, lunch and dinners were great. Ocean was great. We liked having our own Haven area before boarding the ship where they had a spread of coffee, tea, water, sandwiches, fruit, chocolate, and priority boarding and disembarking priority. Overall, if we did this cruise again we would book a Haven Spa Suite, since now we know how it should work. It's a great value if you get the right butler and the services are better communicated or simply executed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Being born in the Caribbean and traveling each year over there, I can say this Norwegian Cruise Vacation to the Bahamas has been one of the best ever. Amazing crew members, service, food, and activities aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. ... Read More
Being born in the Caribbean and traveling each year over there, I can say this Norwegian Cruise Vacation to the Bahamas has been one of the best ever. Amazing crew members, service, food, and activities aboard the Norwegian Breakaway. Awesome ashore places including white sand beaches. Just one of the best vacations ever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We recently returned from our Jan 19-23, 2015 4 night cruise on the Dream, 2 parents in mid 30's and 2 daughters, 5 & 7. This was our first Disney cruise but we have been on 7 RCCL cruises, mainly on the Freedom class ships ... Read More
We recently returned from our Jan 19-23, 2015 4 night cruise on the Dream, 2 parents in mid 30's and 2 daughters, 5 & 7. This was our first Disney cruise but we have been on 7 RCCL cruises, mainly on the Freedom class ships (Liberty, Independence). We have also been on 1 Carnival cruise. In summary, the cruise was excellent and we would highly recommend it to anyone. My biggest concern is the value for the money. We were in 7690, an aft balcony room, which cost ~$2800 and was booked 11 months before the sailing. A neighboring (standard) balcony room was ~$2600 and interior rooms were ~$2300. The increased cost from an interior to an aft balcony seemed very small compared to our prior experiences with Royal Caribbean ships, where interior to balcony costs can be more than double. So we splurged on the aft balcony for this trip. Parking in the port- For the 4 night cruise parking was $75 in the General Parking or $95 for Preferred Parking that you pay upon entering. There was a hard sell from the parking attendants to park in the preferred area when it was only 30 yards closer. They said there would be a line of cars in the general area upon leaving which would delay our trip home. This was not the case, leaving the parking area could not have been easier. By the way, the parking attendants do NOT take the disney gift cards, only debit/credit and cash and they did NOT take large bills so come prepared. Porters- The cruise got off to a rough start. My 7 year old had saved up $54 and innocently put it in a clear baggie in the outside of her luggage (the water bottle pouch). There is no way the baggie fell out of the luggage or was misplaced anywhere else. The luggage arrived at our stateroom by 2pm with the baggie of money missing. We immediately notified our stateroom attendant, who encouraged us to report it to guest services. Three to four DCL security personnel discussed the matter and stated they are only responsible for issues arising on the ship, that we could report the issue to a Florida sheriff on land before the ship sailed off. This seem futile given the amount of money and the likelihood of it being recovered/prosecuted. The biggest concern wasn't the $54 but the loss of innocence and having to explain to a child that the money was not just lost and why we can't leave it where others can see it. Characters- Meeting Anna and Elsa were highlights for our daughters. Immediately after boarding the ship we waiting in line for 40 minutes to get tickets to see Anna and Elsa (could only see them by tickert) the next morning and also to meet other princesses (princesses TBD) in the atrium. This ended up being Belle, Tiana, Snow White and Rapunzel. With the tickets in hand, the lines were only a 5-10 minute wait. Guest Services FTW- In true Disney fashion, guest services inquired what my daughter liked and created a very nice gift package including a Frozen doll and picture frame to help make the situation better. This was delivered to our stateroom in the middle of the cruise. This is just one more example of Disney going out of their way to make an unfortunate situation better, when they could have simply filed a report and moved on. I have to give Disney all the credit in this situation and honestly, I'm not sure how other cruise lines would have handled this situation. Gluten Free- My wife was diagnosed as having an allergy to gluten within the last year and Disney went above and beyond in all instances with preparing GF meals for her. The Waiter and Head Waiter would ensure she picked out her meal the night before and it was specially prepared for her. Even at Castaway Cay, she had a special plate that was waiting for her for her lunch. She said she felt spoiled by the extra special care and attention she was given. She especially liked the GF donuts and the bread basket that was prepared for her each evening for dinner. Castaway Cay- The port was very nice. My main comment is that Castaway Cay is in the Bahamas so I was surprised how cold the water was. I am used to cruising in the Caribbean where the water is much warmer. The beaches are white sand but there are definitely some rocks along the shore, however I would not say you need to have water shoes here. We also sent a few post cards from their Post Office. The post cards are $1.35 and each stamp is $.65, so $2 total. Make sure to bring cash (dollars, not Bahamian), they do not take the ship card (Key to the World) or credit/debit. The post office attendant was super friendly and a great extension of the experience from the ship. Oceaneer Club and Lab- Our kids LOVED the club and lab. They were torn between doing other onboard activities and the club. My wife and I were equally impressed and there seemed to be many more workers to kids compared to the kid's clubs our kids have participated in with RCCL. Our kids enjoy the RCCL kids clubs but they were extremely excited about the Disney clubs. In room movies- Just a reminder that you are able to view nearly every movie Disney has created via on demand, for free, from your stateroom. You are also able to watch the entertainment shows (Golden Mickeys, Villians, Believe) on demand. Food/Dining- We were not impressed or excited about the food in Animator's Palette and only slightly happier with Enchanted Garden. The filet in AP was just okay, probably as exciting as Friday's (TGIF). The shrimp in EG was flavorless. Honestly, the best food items we liked of everything we ate was the french onion soup and the watermelon soup, both served during the same meal at Royal Palace. I personally much prefer the food in the main dining rooms on the RCCL ships. If it weren't for the exceptional treatment and options for my wife's GF needs, I would be much more critical in this area for Disney. We did not do any of the upcharge dining. However, 2 soups shouldn't be the food highlights for a 4 night cruise. Ship Layout- I am a huge fan of the promenade layout on the RCCL ships compared to the Dream's layout. I could not get used to walking through Cabana's (buffet area) to get access to the pool area. Also, the atrium of the Dream is nice except it nearly deserted by 11:30pm. Jogging Track- there is a jogging track on the 4th deck and 2.5 times around = 1 mile. The forward and aft sections are fully covered and it makes jogging a little difficult due to the tight corners. Also, there is a smoking area right beside the track. Fortunately, there were no smokers outside in the early morning hours when I used the track but it felt like an interesting location between these 2 locations. Entertainment/Shows- Disney excels in their production shows. We especially like the Believe show but also liked the other production shows. They are must see and had plenty of jokes that kept the adults entertained as well. The Villians show was not too scary for our kids, we were a little hesitant at first but are glad they went. We were not as impressed with the illusionist although I think the kids liked him. Overall, we had a wonderful trip. Given we have been on 6-8 night cruises with RCCL that cost nearly half as much as a 4 night Disney cruise, it is difficult to justify the value for the money. I'm very glad to have experienced this cruise but given the shorter duration and wanting to take advantage of the Disney experiences, it definitely was not as relaxing as past cruises. I could see going with Disney again but I still feel RCCL hits the happy medium for relaxation and a good value. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
I loved this cruise!!! I loved the starting horn, the gym, the food, the rooms, and the entertainment, the fun activity's, the camp.The food was really really really good. We could explore, and this and that. The cabins had a bunk ... Read More
I loved this cruise!!! I loved the starting horn, the gym, the food, the rooms, and the entertainment, the fun activity's, the camp.The food was really really really good. We could explore, and this and that. The cabins had a bunk bed, it was so comfy, it is a clean cruise, and there is a really nice window. The activity's in the camp were really fun and awesome, the gym is good, and the swimming pool. The shows in the theater were awesome, and the food was too good. The cruise was spotless and clean. The games and everything was so good. The library, the deck, the starting horn, the deck, the carnival logo on the deck. Exploring the cruise and running around it was fun, and the running of the cruise was fun. The room key was really good and fun. And the shopping area's were good. I also loved the ports outside, they were really fun too Read Less
Sail Date December 2014

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