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Grandure is a bit dated but if you are looking for classic cruising this is a good ship to meet those types of expectations. Royal has not updated this ship to include water slides and a wave runner. Because of this, the ship draws an ... Read More
Grandure is a bit dated but if you are looking for classic cruising this is a good ship to meet those types of expectations. Royal has not updated this ship to include water slides and a wave runner. Because of this, the ship draws an older crowd and there are few children, teens and college aged folks. Since the ship is older and lacks these amenities the price point is lower and attracts cotton tops on a fixed income and people who are looking for a bargain. The crew was awesome. It is not unusual for crew to try and remember you and your tastes but it seems that this crew really has a talent to make to feel you are the only person they are taking care of. I could write a review on Dan Burgess, the piano player in the Schooner Bar, and his talent for making connections and bringing an entire room of people together and making them have a great time. The food is standard Royal Caribbean offerings. I don’t find any uniqueness or variation in menu, quality or presentation from one RC ship to another. I believe corporate does this to maintain a homogenous expectation much like a chain of restaurants. I think this is a mistake because passengers feel like they are eating at the same chain restaurant every night and every cruise. The food in the MDR and the buffet are the same. The premium restaurants do serve a notch higher quality and portion and variety of menu. I would like to see RC put an exec chef of every ship and give them autonomy to create dining venues and offering that make one RC ship unique from another. My only truly negative feelings are of RC and their incessant and relentless jamming of dining, drink, internet, next cruise, jewelry, shore excursions etc etc. They are there to sell these things and I am here to buy them. Their nonstop, high pressure tactics is a HUGE turn off for me. Immediately upon entering the door of their terminal we were ordered, in a not so nice way, to empty all of our outside drinks on the ground. After checking in and even before getting to the ship we were hit up for dining packages, drink packages and the usual obligatory photo. I have no issue with this. Once on the ship, we were approached NINE (yes nine) times in the first hour to purchase premium dining. I began for feel this was rude and I had no problem being rude to anyone who approached me with a smile and a brochure by telling them to go away. Hitting the Windjammer for lunch as soon as you board is a bad idea unless you want to start your vacation by becoming angry. The spa personnel set up a table and greeted guests as you approached them instead of circling an area like a street beggar who is desperately pan handling for drug money. I purchased over $500 in spa services for my family. This is proof that slamming your guests with an army of beggars is not effective and creates a paradigm of anger that lasts for the entire cruise. If you are not a stickler for details and can turn a blind eye to sloppy repairs in public areas, worn furniture and scratches; then this may be a good fit for you. I would sail on Grandure again as the value is fair. If those little things bother you and mildew totally turns you off then you may want to look at Oasis class ships. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Disclosures: - Traveled with wife, both in our 30s; no kids or family on the trip - Both vegetarian, with extremely minimal alcohol intake Pros: - Excellent staff and service. As with our prior Norwegian experience, the staff ... Read More
Disclosures: - Traveled with wife, both in our 30s; no kids or family on the trip - Both vegetarian, with extremely minimal alcohol intake Pros: - Excellent staff and service. As with our prior Norwegian experience, the staff go out of their way whenever possible to accommodate your needs - Sports/water complex is an unexpected treat on the open ocean. Ropes course is death defying fun (I am intensely acrophobic). And water slide usage was limited only by my tolerance for climbing the tower over and over again. Water is gently warmed in all pools, making it very comfortable in 60-70 degree weather. - The gym is excellent, and an extremely small proportion of cruisers actually use it. Felt like an enormous private gym for the most part. - Oceanview balconies have beautiful views, and are built such that one can't accidentally peek into someone else's balcony space. Cons: - 1:4 staffing levels become noticeable during busiest dinner dining hours (6PM-8PM) - Due to the time of year, cold weather At Sea days made the ship feel quite crowded - Elevators are slow during the At Sea days and embarkation/disembarkation process. Not a problem for us, as the stairs were always accessible, but I could imagine issues Tips: - Pick a dining room/time (I would recommend the Manhattan Club for the rear views) early in the cruise and establish yourself with a server. The staff are extremely service oriented and can pamper you in unexpected ways if they know what you like. - Pick a port day and stay on the ship for at least some portion. Using the sports complex (minigolf, bocce, waterslides, and rope course) without a line is worth it if planned into your itinerary - Reserve all the shows you'd like on the first night. But just show up if you feel like going to any of the free shows. All of our shows had plenty of open seats for latecomers or standby's - Get a balcony room. On a trip with 3.5 at sea days in cold weather, you'll relish some quiet time with a beautiful view - For those same cold weather days, ensure you pack some additional warm clothes. Summary: - Good ship. Great service. Would book again, but only in warm weather. Norwegian again finds that amazing sweet spot on price and service. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Interiors are in excellent condition considering the fact that it was built in 1999. I expected this ship to be slightly worn out, but when I actually got on the ship it exceeded my expectations. Dining was indeed one of the finest ... Read More
Interiors are in excellent condition considering the fact that it was built in 1999. I expected this ship to be slightly worn out, but when I actually got on the ship it exceeded my expectations. Dining was indeed one of the finest experiences I've ever had in my life. The bar service considering that it's an open bar I was thinking that maybe there would be long lines, but I was absolutely wrong. there's always one or the other restaurant open to satisfy your hunger. every single crew member on the ship works really hard to make sure your vacation is filled with a lot of fun and a lot of food and drinks of course. So please be nice to them when I actually started the cruise I was not very happy about the $20 graduate d per day that Norwegian adds to per person. But by the time we departed from the cruise we were so impressed with the service that we walked around the ship, met the people who gave us exceptional service and gave them additional tips. The gratitude they expressed, was simply adorable. Al in all a perfect cruise for first timers like us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Here is my review of the Celebrity Edge. TERMINAL & BOARDING - Terminal 25, is the brand new, flashy, Celebrity Edge gateway to all things new. Since we were on the inaugural cruise, the ship was only about half full, so boarding ... Read More
Here is my review of the Celebrity Edge. TERMINAL & BOARDING - Terminal 25, is the brand new, flashy, Celebrity Edge gateway to all things new. Since we were on the inaugural cruise, the ship was only about half full, so boarding was super simple. We had pre-registered for everything, we showed our documents, passports and were quickly boarded. Speaking of which, disembarkation was simple. They have an eye reader, and you look at the screen, it identifies you and voila, you are off. It was very effective for embarkation and disembarkation. This was impressive. Initial thoughts…..This ship is truly amazing and beautiful and technologically advanced! ONBOARD - Once we boarded Celebrity Edge, we were handed some wine or champagne, and then had to return the glass, and could meander around the various venues and to our cabin. We went to our cabin to see what the new design was all about. CABIN – The cabin is elegant, well laid out and simply beautiful. The large window showing the outdoors is quite amazing. Instead of seeing a small half view as you normally would, you get an entire window of outdoors. There are doors where the actual balcony would normally be. You can keep those closed or open them up. There is a window shade you can open or close. The window is electronic and can be opened with the push of a button. Once the window is open, it seemed that the air conditioning would shut off, which made it quite stuffy. As such, we honestly didn’t use the balcony much, however, this was such a short trip, we were trying to pack in as much as we could. It was a neat feature, but that is the one downfall to me. I prefer go outside and sit on my actual balcony. Some people may love it, but a big balcony has always been a preference of mine. I did see a panoramic oceanview room, and personally, to save money, I would go with that cabin because I’m not sure how often I would open the window. The suite level categories do offer an actual balcony as you would normally see onboard. If you can afford the suite levels, the Villas and the sky suites were really nice, and then you have the extra options of the relaxation areas with loungers and bar not accessible to everyone. The iconic suites and other suite options were absolutely outstanding. We were fortunate to be able to see them, and they would be amazing and you wouldn’t even need to leave your cabin! Celebrity designers did a nice job with closet space, drawer space, and the electronics box to charge up electronics We had a large screen TV, sofa and bed. In addition, you have a big bathroom, nice glass enclosed shower, and the shower has a bar for the ladies to shave, which was a nice touch. Since we were in an aqua suite, all the shampoo, conditioner, soap and moisturizer were included. The rooms are technology at its best. It uses a smartphone app to control everything from the room temperature to the blackout curtain that can be raised or lowered. There is also a Eurpean plug. The aqua cabins are “spa” category cabins for other lines, so that provides you with the extra amenities of going to the spa and lounging on the heated chairs, you get a slight discount on cost of spa treatments, you also have access to many of the spa areas. VENUES – Magic Carpet. This was a really cool concept, but it does not move while you are inside it. It moves and then they open it up so you can go inside. It allows private events, or when they want to allow more space at venues, and also helps with disembarkation at ports. SHOPPING – They offer many of the nicest shopping venues onboard. You have Coach stores, Bulova, Gucci, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Cartier, among many others. BARS – There is a Martini bar to meet up with others or to watch people. There was a nice Sunset bar on the aft that we also enjoyed. There was also a bar near the pool area which made some delicious drinks! COFFEE shop – there is a coffee shop and a bistro that overlook the atrium. DINING - The Oceanview Café is a very lovely place to enjoy your food. I should mention that before you enter, they now have a wash station to clean your hands, which is a very nice touch. The buffet is located on deck 14 and has a nice open feel and it offers an airy feeling. There are multiple food stations with varying options for different tastes. We mainly used this area for breakfast, and there was everything from pastries and breads to eggs, omelettes, bacon, sausage, waffles (which Steve raved about), fruits and anything else you could possibly imagine. The food was very good, and the wait staff would bring you drinks if needed, and were very quick to clean up messes. We didn’t get to try many of the restaurants, however, there are many! We ate in the Cosmopolitan dining room, and the food was delicious and the staff were imepeccable and we really enjoyed interacting with them. They also have: Normandie for French fare, Cyprus for Mediterranean dishes, Cosmopolitan is “global-inspired,” The Tuscan serves up Italian selections. All of the venues, as well as Eden Cafe and Mast Grill – are complimentary. The Mast grill seemed to offer any of the hot dogs and hamburger options many like to grab while onboard. Specialty dining for a fee was also an option: Le Grand Bistro, French $25/person; Raw seafood; Rooftop Garden Grill (American BBQ $45/person); Fine cut steakhouse ($55/person) and Eden ($65/person) at night. The La Petit Bistro also offers $45/person with a 3D animation. Blu and Lumininae are available to Aquaclass and suite guests. EDEN – During the daytime, this is a jungle themed venue and it is really beautiful. At night, it is the most bizarre experience I’ve encountered. I am honestly not sure what they were trying to do, and I tried to keep an open mind, but it was just weird. They dance around and try to get the audience to participate as well. They look a bit sadistic and evil. As I was sitting in the chair watching, one came up from behind and whispered in my ear which I wasn’t expecting. Another one of the dancers kept trying to get me up to dance. As much as I love to dance, I was NOT getting near him. Lol It was just creepy to me. I’ll be anxious to hear what others think about this venue. It isn’t my cup of tea. ENTERTAINMENT – We saw the show Hype which is a musical journey, and we thoroughly enjoyed this. The entertainment team did a great job. We missed the Jewelry Box, but it was a technology and acrobatics show that many indicated was impressive. SPACE ONBOARD If you want to relax, you will find a myriad of spaces onboard the Celebrity Edge. There are multiple areas with chairs and loungers where you can just rest and relax. Most of these are found on decks 3, 4, 5. The Rooftop Garden area was one of my favorite places to escape. It provides beautiful views, and the space doesn’t even feel like you are on a ship. It also has music periodically, and they have a large screen television. POOL The Edge pool was innovative and had loungers you could lay in, which was very nice. There are also some hanging chairs and two hot tubs that look like champagne glasses. The techno music played seemed a bit odd for the crowd that I believe they are trying to entice, but those things may change with time. Spa We took the tour of the spa, and they have an amazing gym, with all sorts of treadmills, stairclimbers, bikes, and anything you could desire. They also offer all sorts of classes with different types of workouts from a bungee workout to others. That was a neat idea. They also offer various massages that I hadn’t seen on other lines, such as one you lay on a sheet with warm sand while the massage therapist provides your massage. They also had a zero gravity chair for a massage. In summary, my take is that this ship is for those who enjoy technology, want a more adult experience without the skating rinks, waterslides, and kid activities. Anyone wanting to have a wonderful time and get away from it all would likely enjoy the Edge. I was thoroughly impressed, and I believe anyone who experiences it will enjoy. In my opinion, those you enjoy Royal Caribbean and NCL would be most likely to enjoy this ship. If you have enjoyed Princess ships and want to try something a bit more techno, then this is the ship for you! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
The cruise is great, should be perfect if we spend 2 days at Nassau instead one! The Great Stirrup Cay Island is gorgeous, we love it... BUT the swimming with the pigs tour was ridiculous! You pay $109 per person to feed the pigs, they are ... Read More
The cruise is great, should be perfect if we spend 2 days at Nassau instead one! The Great Stirrup Cay Island is gorgeous, we love it... BUT the swimming with the pigs tour was ridiculous! You pay $109 per person to feed the pigs, they are NOT at the beach at all! They made a gate and space for them but it’s very commercial, they are not free... You don’t swim with them at all, this is fake add! You see them, you feed them, pad them and that’s it! Very expensive for what they offer! Beside that we like it everything else! Just wish to spend more time in Bahamas... for me FL stop wasn’t worth at all... We are there for Bahamas, and Florida was just a waste of time! ;/ It’s a great Cruise, they just have to improve somethings... How about a partnership with Atlantis as well? Could be great.... Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I have been on one other ship; Freedom of the Seas 3 years ago and loved it. Me and my mother went on this ship last week. I was hoping she could enjoy the same things I had on my Royal Caribbean cruise. We did have a great time. But, ... Read More
I have been on one other ship; Freedom of the Seas 3 years ago and loved it. Me and my mother went on this ship last week. I was hoping she could enjoy the same things I had on my Royal Caribbean cruise. We did have a great time. But, there were some things in need of being repaired. We had at least 2-3 broken electric outlets in our room and the vanity in the bathroom was scratched up. The shower was very small with a curtain; not a hard door. There was a place on the outside rail on one of the upper decks that was taped off because it was broken. There were 4 coke machines. 3 of them were right next to each other. One of those never worked. The others were frequently out of ice. It would be nice if they were more spread out and easier to access from different areas. This is the first time I have never had the choice of lobster tail on the formal dining room menu. They put some "premium" options from Chops grill on the menu for an additional fee.Most of the entrees that I chose were good, but a few werent. I really dont want to spend more money when we have already paid for food beforehand. The crew was extremely nice and helpful. WE loved our waiters. Even though we were stuck with " My time dining"; we were able to have a standing scheduled table and time every night when we asked. We enjoyed the singing/dancing shows in the Orpheum and there was a comedian that was mediocre. We loved Cococay beautiful beach and nice buffet set-up! Nassau is alot of stores; diamond and gold shops mostly; if you have seen it once, there isnt much point in getting off unless your doing an excursion. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I only like to cruise from late fall to late spring as to avoid hurricanes and rough waters, and because I live just 20 minutes from Cape Liberty and can avoid flying to FL at additional cost it's a no brainer. Nothing like the ... Read More
I only like to cruise from late fall to late spring as to avoid hurricanes and rough waters, and because I live just 20 minutes from Cape Liberty and can avoid flying to FL at additional cost it's a no brainer. Nothing like the convenience of just walking onto your ship with your luggage and not worrying about connections or flight delays. This was our first time on Anthem of the Seas and the ship is enormous. I generally always request a room far from the elevator banks as to avoid late night noise, but it's not necessary on this ship. Our room was so far from everything, we felt as if we were walking miles a day, and the elevator banks are pretty separate from the room corridors so if there will be a next cruise on the Anthem, I will not request my room be so far from the center of the ship. Things I loved about the ship are that is has so much to do and so many different venues to do them at. The open air deck pools and hot tubs could only really be used for 4 days due to cold weather on the way down and the way back. But the covered pool and whirlpools are great for still being in the sun but out of the wind, and the Solarium pools complex for ages 16 and over is really warm and the smoky glass has protection from the sun without slathering on the sunscreen. No screaming children or splashing in the Solarium. Between basketball, dodge ball, rollerskating, bumper cars, and the gym, fitness and fun can be had all day long. Not by me, but by anyone who's into that :) The NorthStar that has you hanging high above the ship is really neat, but if you're afraid of heights, don't do it. This ship has a lot of families with young children, so there are lots of strollers and crying kids at times. But there is so much for little ones on this ship, a baby pool, splash pool, you can see why it would be a draw for families with very young children. Shows are very professional and the technology in the Two70 lounge is awesome. Saw a virtual reality fireworks show and the Spectra's Cabaret show there and both were spectacular. Two Broadway type shows in the Royal Theater were also very good. Food is plentiful and dinners are very high quality. Breakfast and lunch buffets have lots of choices and are very good. I can't see spending my money on specialty restaurants when I've paid a good bit for a staggering selection of very good free food, but if you want a specialty restaurant, they've got quite a few. There are so many ADA accessible public bathrooms and ADA accessible staterooms on this ship, that it is really an inclusive place for those with disabilities. I saw many Jazzy's and other motorized mobility devices, and staff is always helpful in getting the disabled through lines quickly. Personally, I like a smaller ship better. There were over 4,900 passengers on this cruise, plus all the crew and staff, and it feels like a big city floating on the water. A little impersonal. Elevator banks are sometimes very crowded and waits for the elevator can be long. But the friendliness of the staff and the relative comfort of the cabins I find the same on all Royal cruises. The disembarkation process was very well organized and much better than I expected with how many people were on the ship. Do yourself a favor and after you get your luggage in the terminal, get a porter who will take you right to the head of the customs line for a small tip. It's definitely worth it. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
It was my first time taking a cruise and I had very high expectations from the review I received asking around about Royal Caribbean. As Hotel Managers in Miami, my friends and I had high hopes. The Check-In process to the boat was very ... Read More
It was my first time taking a cruise and I had very high expectations from the review I received asking around about Royal Caribbean. As Hotel Managers in Miami, my friends and I had high hopes. The Check-In process to the boat was very quick and simple. The stateroom was ready before expected and our luggage was there no much after, which is very convenient. After we got settled in the stateroom, we went to the dining room to eat. There were no tables available and it was annoying having to search for tables which was taking away from spending time on the deck. The dining room food remained the same throughout the entire cruise and there was not much variety. Other key points about the ship was the dinner at the actual restaurant which had really great service with servers such as Domingos and Alpesh who made sure we enjoyed our food. Also, the bartender Jefferson was funny and welcoming, he made sure to place a smile on all the guests. Unfortunately, not everything on the cruise was great, the shower water took a long time to get hot or it never did. The first night the AC in the room did not work and we had to ask an engineer to come fix it while we were all trying to sleep. On the last night, our room was not serviced until 2AM in the morning, we called several times down to the Guest Services and every time we received a different response and could not sleep until almost 3AM. After we told the room attendant to switch our bed sheets, we went back to the room to still dirty bed sheets and since we had to rest to get back to Miami the next morning we could not do much about it at that point. Looking to have a better experience next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We traveled with my wife and 1 year and 6 months old son, we booked a superior ocean view stateroom with balcony, which was beautiful and very comfortable. Anthem of the seas is awesome. sophisticated areas for everybody. the services ... Read More
We traveled with my wife and 1 year and 6 months old son, we booked a superior ocean view stateroom with balcony, which was beautiful and very comfortable. Anthem of the seas is awesome. sophisticated areas for everybody. the services throughout the ships was outstanding, especially staff from our main dinner, waiters, bartender from Boleros bar and our cabin attendant. Activities inside the cruise wonderful, musicians and comedians were great. we took the internet and beverages premium package and was the best. The only negative for us was the food at the main buffet on level 14, was almost the same food every day for 7 days. We did have a great time on this vacation and was very fun and relax. our embarkation and disembarkation was super easy and not complaints, we did have to wait in a line but they kept it moving. Royal Caribbean has done an amazing job with the new online check-in process. Thanks again Royal Caribbean for this amazing vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I received this cruise as a free offer and overall it was really great. however, the islands were not at all what i expected. Especially in freeport, i thought i would get to experience the island and not just a bunch on vendors. They did ... Read More
I received this cruise as a free offer and overall it was really great. however, the islands were not at all what i expected. Especially in freeport, i thought i would get to experience the island and not just a bunch on vendors. They did not offer a shuttle bus to the other destinations from the port other than taxi drivers and everything is so far away so we spent our time at the port and then back on the ship.....boomer!!! In the future please consider not selling the water to the customers if you are going to give them free alcohol. To have to pay $6.49 per liter of water is outrageous. i drink water for health reasons and i ended up paying $32.45 for drinking freaking water and that sucks ncl.....but like i said the overall cruise was a lot of fun. Please in the future will you all do something about all the smoke in the casino second hand smoke causes cancer as well..... Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining room, ... Read More
While this cruise/ship is not the most elegant, it certainly is a lot of value. Our cabin was quite adequate (an inside cabin) as we spend very little time in it. The food was quite good, especially in the dining room, but it is not quite as good as on previous Carnival cruises. We found the staff to be excellent. They were quick, competent, and remarkably friendly. The entertainment is quite good in the main show room, the comedy club, and throughout the ship. The ports of call (Nassau and Freeport) are a couple of our favorites. The convenience for us (we live in the Charleston, SC area) is especially good, and the staff at the terminal is remarkable. They got us on board quickly and put us in a great mood right from the beginning. What more could you ask for? My wife and I will definitely be going on a lot more cruises on the Ecstasy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
I decided this cruise because it fit our schedule (my wife and I) to get away with my wife and enjoy the warm weathers (for a bit). To disconnect from the busy world we live and get some alone time. To contextualize our trip: 1) We ... Read More
I decided this cruise because it fit our schedule (my wife and I) to get away with my wife and enjoy the warm weathers (for a bit). To disconnect from the busy world we live and get some alone time. To contextualize our trip: 1) We disembark from New York (we live in NYC Metro area) that only involve 2 carry-on. There was no luggage involved nor did we take any flight to get start the trip. 2) The trip involved a Chinese agency that brought 1000+ Chinese foreign tourists (reason why I want to make this point) 3) We got one of the balcony suite (port side of the ship) 4) The Trip heads to Nassau, Bahamas, (NCL's own) Stirrup, Bahamas, Cape Canaveral, Florida, and return back to NYC 5) Excursions: Balmoral Island (Dolphin), Stirrup (given for all passengers), and Kennedy Space Center (Florida) Embarkation/Disembarkation: NYC Got there by 11:00 am (schedule time to check-in 11:30 am). The wait time to board was crazy. We got in by 2:30 pm. While waiting, many frequent travelers have told me that it is usually very quick but the delay was due to the 1000+ Chinese tourists (their passport and they didn't have all the information for their children; language communication issue which further delayed). Standing in the AFT line for 3+ hours without water and hunger (for my wife) was not pleasant (especially our 1st trip). The disembarkation was a bit Bahamas No Issue and the excursion gave enough time to get back. I find it was not hard to get back on board.. They provide all information (just have to listen and read)... Stirrup No issue and it's their private island. So it should not be a problem but just waiting for the ships to be loaded with passengers to sail to or back from the island.. No issue really Florida No issue and the custom wait was a bit time consuming but it could be beyond their control (we waited at the theater and waiting for our trip excursion to be called so we could get cleared with customs and continue to the excursions.. Cabin: Clean and tidy... I do not know if our roomkeeper was exceptional but he cleaned twice per day. He seems to always punctual and in our room when we just left or just come back with everything all setup... He was one of the friendliest face I saw everyday... Dining: In general, the food is was good but the selections could be a bit more for the complimentary. One thing that was a disappointment was Shanghai Noodle bar... I do not know if the Chinese tourists just hogged the whole restaurant had 2+ hours waiting every night... What my wife and I experienced is that the system there is all messed up.. Their paging system does not work efficiently and the wait is very painful. 1) Customer service is not good.. One, the lady upfront seems very cold (and I could understand her frustration with their system) but the system do not seem to have any empathy for those waiting to get seats and foods. It was designed to fail in many ways How? a. The wait is based on first come, first seat. The ordering is done as a group/region of each table section (note, there is no private booth for each group... Each table has 5-6 seats on one side and the region could have 6-12 seats where two tables are connected to each other... So I could face another group opposite to my side and another group could be seating next to me).. So when we place an order (on 2nd visit), you could be the first person in but your order is placed together in your table region by the waiters *and come out last). And the order of the food coming out goes top down (appetizers .. dishes, desserts)... So we were seated 2nd on our 2nd visit (we waited 40 minutes before it opened). We got seated on the back end of the table (near the wall). We ordered appetizers, dishes, and desserts... The waitress covering our area got the pork dumplings out first (top of the menu) and our shrimp dumplings came out far later than pork (just so you know, we ordered by 5:10 even though we were seated at 5:00 and our shrimp dumpling came out by 5:30pm)... So what you order and where you are seated makes a difference... b. There is no POS on what you ordered so they tend to mess up on orders since your order is done on paper. Their argument is that they make all food dishes in batches (all together - so all dimsum comes out together for the table/region; egg rolls, shrimp rolls).. That is why when you order, your priority of seating does not matter. I didn't get to eat until 30 minutes into seating... Also, they had a tendency to mess up on orders (giving food to people that they did not order) c. Seems to be unprepared. On our second visit, they didn't have all tables setup by 5:00pm (no glasses and all napkins, chopsticks, and menu done just before it opened). d. Since ordering is done in groups; the seating could be open for time and not be filled (since they do not know who is part of what group).. They have table reservation but they do not know who is part of what group for ordering. It was so bad that I have seen seats with finished plates sitting without being cleaned or filled for 10-20 minutes. This was one of the thing I complained to the manager on our 1st visit. My wife and I waited over 1 hr and there were 16 seats open!!! They are waiting for people with the pager (they give 7 min wait time) to come back but they never did (pager loses battery).. We got the seat by that manager's executive decision and he realizing that we could see the issues... BTW, our first visit.. We were done in 20 minutes... The time waiting for the others in front was enough time for others to eat and be done already.. So to make the long story short, these are my recommendations (in general, the food was great there).. 1) Get there early!!! Though the wait could be a pain but be the first to eat there (do not wait for the 2 hours wait... Our 1st night, we were on 2 hrs 40 min wait and close to end of business time)..Our 2nd visit, we were there at 4:20 for 5:00 pm opening 2) Order everything that you want to try (portions are not big) and make sure to order all things in one shot.. So order quantities more than 2 if need be and make sure to get all the order in first (do not order some now and some later; you are bound to wait) 3) Seating might not be in your control but make sure to follow 2. Food disseminated are based on type of dish (and they all come out at once for the table region in general) Other things, tell them you are done (so it could help them get more people in). It is a common courtesy for other diners (I do not doubt that some never ate during the voyage due to the wait).. Hopefully, they will get a POS soon and take our recommendation to improve service and process... The food is worth it but the wait and service.... It could be hard to do that again.. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
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
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
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
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
I need to qualify my review so that similar type of cruisers benefit and those that could be put off without need will not be. Hope that makes sense. In the last year I've ridden twice on the QM2 in the grills, enjoying both an ... Read More
I need to qualify my review so that similar type of cruisers benefit and those that could be put off without need will not be. Hope that makes sense. In the last year I've ridden twice on the QM2 in the grills, enjoying both an eastbound and westbound journey. At 150k tons the QM2 holds 2,620 passengers. The NCL Breakaway, at similar tonnage held 4,509 for my week aboard. I chose the Breakaway exactly based on its name. A lousy winter and I just wanted a casual environment where I could relax and renew cold and weary bones. I was not looking for a formal ship and have a 3 cruise (Med (Dream, 11/01), Western Caribbean (Sun, 04/02), and New England (Dawn, 07/05) history with NCL so calibrated my expectations accordingly. OK, with that proviso, here I go. a) 4500+ (we had 4,509 with 700+ kids) people in a 150k ton ship is just too many, especially when we are talking only two banks of passenger elevators that ride on a very slow door close and movement rate. Constant tussles between passengers and frustrations were voiced, many often opting for stairs, even if it meant 5 or more flights, out of pure frustration. Having said that this ship is great for families. Though the cabins are very small, the Splash Academy and outdoor slides, rope course and putt putt course, along with the pools, an arcade, etc etc are tremendous for kids and family fun. Kids have a blast on this ship and are kept well entertained. (some of their parents can learn a thing or two but that's another topic) b) Inconsistent customer service: customer service felt like you were one among 4,500 most of the time, which isn't to say awful but don't expect a high touch service, especially if you hit a snag, except for The Haven, a segregated "First Class" area (I was in there the last 2 days). Friends of mine (two women sharing a cabin) had a very bad time of it. Their cabin had a kind of intense swooshing sound that would startle and waken them throughout the night (inside 13th deck). It took 3 complaints before they were heard (4 days into trip) and moved. Once moved their new room keys didn't work which took another round of complaints before it was understood they couldn't get in their rooms (they kept giving them (3x) new keys instead of having maintenance check the door). They were eventually moved to a third cabin (in 7 nights, 2 moves isn't great) and were finally able to catch up on sleep the last 2 nights (just saying that phase says everything about their experience). Not really how you want to spend 7 nights but they were good soldiers. c) Food overall was what I expected. A bit better then a catering hall and a bit above that in the specialty dining areas, though I never found a dessert I liked, including sorbet or ice cream, though the ship's coffee was very good. I thought it was just me but polled a bunch of folks and they agreed. I was great with starters and entrees (nice variety) but desserts, yuch. Breads were good too. I did the ultimate dining package allowing me to sample 5+ specialty restaurants. I ended up with Le Bistro 3x and Cagney's 2x with the main dining room (Manhattan and Savor) the other two. The Garden Cafe was well done with nice variety, spacious and well staffed, though I avoided it at peak day periods for fear of my life. d) Entertainment: if you can't find something you like on this ship you're not trying. From the rides (for the kids but I did too @ 58! - slides scared the heck out of me and were a blast) to Second City comedy, to Rock of Ages (didn't like this cast much but it was OK), ito jazz, to bank-e-okee, etc, there's a huge variety (of course casino) of things to do and see. e) Ambiance: Based in NYC it's clear the designers went for more of a subtle NYC sophisticated style over in your face stuff. Lots of use of wood style (I don't think it was wood) paneling, muted colors, etc. Deck space is often criticized for being tight with chair/chair/chair/chair setting. True - with the space taken for rides on the main sun decks this is not the typical pools with surrounding deck chairs and one above. Though there's a wonderful sunning space on the front of the very top, port side. Beautiful views and wonderful sunning place. Where there are tons of people, you feel it and in my case, wanted. to get away as much as possible, which leads me to, f) The Spa: where I spent most of my days. Great hydrotherapy pools ($198 a week for daily entrance), steam room, sauna, sauna-light and Salt room. Great location at forward on 15, a true get away (no kids allowed), not very populated (calm, relaxing) and well done. There's also heated stoned recliners good for warming. I also indulged in 2 massages with Boigoy, the only male masseur and they were excellent. I especially liked the stone massage. The spa made the ship for me. I'd work out in the morning and spend a lot of time in the spa hydrotherapy pool, jacuzzi, steam or sauna and just relaxing reading. This was well worth the price of admission and I'd have to consider better than the QM2 Canyon Ranch spa even. Embarking/Disembarking: NCL has this down well and there weren't issues beyond a long line for immigration. Getting a taxi across the street was a bit weird but ultimately easy. Never easy to cross the West Side Highway whatever the hour or day. Freestyle dining: I like it for the freedom it brings, along with the variety. Having said that you do miss a sense of home base for dining and getting to know your waiters, etc. Still, I prefer free style, especially when looking for an informal warm weather cruise. On the high seas with 'Cunard' I like one table and one main dining room. Overall it did the trick but I know I prefer something around 100k tons with a great spa. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Our First Cruise on Carnival Overall I would give it a rating of 7.5 out of 10.especially for the price, it was a real value. and we did loved leaving out of New York since we are from New Jersey. We really did love the ship with its ... Read More
Our First Cruise on Carnival Overall I would give it a rating of 7.5 out of 10.especially for the price, it was a real value. and we did loved leaving out of New York since we are from New Jersey. We really did love the ship with its décor and the way it was setup with the casino and bars and their reasonable priced drinks There are plenty of chairs and space on this ship with lots of room for lounging in the sun although for us it was not a issue since it was cold and raining for all eight days. I just feel that that if the crew could just raise the bar a little it would be a much better experience. The food was average at best and the lines were always long and why they cannot have more people working the pizza station I will never understand. I have been on at least 15 cruises on six different cruise lines so I do have some experience . The entertainment was OK however I will say that the stage where all the shows and entertainment took place was the best of all the ships I have been on. We had the 8:15 sitting for dining in the Golden Pearl which was very nice and the staff was very entertaining the selection of food was good and would compare it to eating at a good New Jersey dinner. If you like attending all the shows I would suggest the earlier dining time . My wife and I did love the location of room 8465, it was conveniently located to dining areas and outside pool. The room itself was a tight space and really not arranged well . The closet setup was just to tight and you could not even open the door fully without hitting the bathroom wall and the hanger setup from front to back as opposed to a normal side to aside was as a real ass ache when you wanted to find clothing. It is a very noisy room so if you are a light sleeper change you room right now.. You are under the adult sun deck and they clean it with a machine at 3:00 AM in the morning. They starting putting out the deck chairs at 6:00 in the morning, why they can not change that to 8;30 AM I do not know. I went to customer service to complain but the staff would not change its daily routine. I feel like the deck staff was really lazy, if they would just carry the chairs it would have help greatly. The next three mornings between 6AM and 7AM I woke up and went to the deck only to watch the was the Carnival Cruise people dragging the chairs across the deck which was driving us crazy so If you are a light sleeper it is not the room for you, however the folks caring for our stateroom were the best ! I would classified this room as noisy with obstructed views. Overall it was FUN and you can't beat the price out of NY. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
Sailed on the Splendor from N.Y. Nov 1st on an 8 day voyage. We were an extended family of 5 with 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 1 child of 3 yrs. old. We had no misconception that this was going to be nice family time on an O.K. ship going ... Read More
Sailed on the Splendor from N.Y. Nov 1st on an 8 day voyage. We were an extended family of 5 with 2 grandparents, 2 parents and 1 child of 3 yrs. old. We had no misconception that this was going to be nice family time on an O.K. ship going to O.K. ports of call. Embarkation was a breeze. We took a private car from Middlebury CT. Though it was a little pricey having room and comfort for the 5 of us and not paying the heavy parking fee for the 8 days was well worth the cost. We arrived at the cruise terminal at 11:45 and were on the ship by 12:20. First impression of the ship was like being in a Dunkin Donuts shop with a pinkish donut design everywhere. This does become less noticeable after several days. The ship itself seems to be a little short on space near and at the entrance of most public areas especially at the front of the pool. They certainly could have omitted some rooms and extended the pool area. This was the smallest main pool area that I have ever encountered. The same was true for the Adult Only Serenity area. Not sure who thought of this placement. Seemed to be an afterthought. The ship does have a decent flow to it and once you get use to the layout for the dining areas it becomes very easy to traverse. We enjoyed the layout and décor of the shops, casino and the lounges. Our favorite spot was the Punch liner's Comedy Club at the back of the boat. The comedians were great and varied. We watched 2 of the production shows, Varoom being the better. The production team seemed to be out of sync, the vocalist did a nice job but will be much better with more practice together down the road. Overall the shows were enjoyable. Our grandson seemed to enjoy camp carnival though it took some time for him to get use to the idea. They seemed to really enjoy the children on the ship wherever we were especially in the dining rooms. A word to the wise this is a family cruise ship and there will be young teens let loose and out of control and there will be young children crying. If this bothers you do not book this cruise spend the money and book another cruise line. Dining varied throughout the ship in both quality and quantity. There were many dining options to choose from daily. We preferred to have the late breakfast(brunch) in the Golden Pearl dining room and we had diner at the any time dining in the Black Pearl dining room. We found the food good every night but the service was exceptional. The wait staff were very attentive and the food was always warm to hot. Diners were served on a timely basis most meals lasting around an hour. We ate lunches mostly on lido deck 9 and though there were lines they were never more than a few minutes if that. Food varied and one could always find something to enjoy. Service at the buffet areas was adequate and always polite. We had a great room steward who was attenative to our every needs and loved leaving the towel animals every night for our grandson to enjoy. We had them all lined up on the couch like an animal parade and he would sit and talk to them when he was bored. Ports of call for this trip was nothing to exciting Port Canaveral- We rented a car and made a run for Sea World. It was a nice time wish we had another hour or 2. Nassau- Really wish we had been able to dock but we were in the midst of a windy cold front and seemed to be too dangerous to tie up........ Really at Nassau.... I've never heard of any ship aborting Nassau as a port of call. We did get reimbursed the $3.86 port tax per person. Yippee.........had a day at the Sheraton planned. Freeport- Did the beach and 2 hrs. shopping at the port. weather was the best and the grandson really enjoyed the water and the sand. This is what we really came for Disembarkation was relatively easy. We did not do the self assist because of the 3 yr. old and I was really glad we did not. Once our assigned # was called we were off the ship, collected our luggage and were thru customs in 20 minutes waiting for the car to pick us up by 9:40 Overall this was an enjoyable first cruise for the entire family to spend some quality time together. This ship will always be what you make of it. Do not expect first class, five star food and accommodations and you will not be disappointed. You can expect an enjoyable time with decent food and very good service at a great price for 8 days and remember there will be children Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
Hi - Fairly experienced cruisers 10 w/Carnival and 24 overall. Just the two of us for this trip. Two days at sea going down the coast from Baltimore. Much warmer on the second day - and plenty of sunshine for lying outside. Carnival is ... Read More
Hi - Fairly experienced cruisers 10 w/Carnival and 24 overall. Just the two of us for this trip. Two days at sea going down the coast from Baltimore. Much warmer on the second day - and plenty of sunshine for lying outside. Carnival is what it is - discount cruising for the everyman... The food is good, and plentiful. Service is good and usually prompt. Shows are fairly routine, with the exception of the adult comedy which is above average. Nothing on the cruise would stand out as exceptional, but it's value for your money. Booked early enough you can't beat the price for what you're getting. We paid approximately 430 bucks each (this included taxes and port charges) for a balcony stateroom. You couldn't get a decent hotel alone for that price, and this includes shows and entertainment. The drinks are expensive be forewarned. We dropped 20 bucks for two drinks a couple of times. Elegance will not be found on this ship, or Carnival in general - folks this is the Wal Mart crowd at sea, and yes I shop there regularly. This isn't a bad thing, it's just that some of your fellow cruisers may not have been taught proper manners in public, or haven't heard the phrase "Use your indoor voice please..." Additionally there are a lot of kids running around pretty much unsupervised. One of the larger hot tubs is used as a pool by them - think kid stew and you have the flick here. The decor is Renaissance, yes there is some (very little) nudity depicted, in a classy artsy way. I've heard people complaining about the nudity on line - Puhleeze people how prudish and stupid can you be? It's classical art after all. Over all it was a good November getaway to warmer climates - we would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was my daughters' first ever cruise and my first in 20 years, so perhaps I'm biased because I have nothing to compare the trip to. That said, there were some aspects of the ship that were amazing, and some that were ... Read More
This was my daughters' first ever cruise and my first in 20 years, so perhaps I'm biased because I have nothing to compare the trip to. That said, there were some aspects of the ship that were amazing, and some that were decidedly NOT. Let's start with the good news. The entertainment is top notch. The production staff of the Norwegian Sky offers singing, dancing, and comedy, and it's all done in spectacular fashion. Russ Rivas, the comic on tour, is particularly worth 45 minutes of your time----and I guarantee you'll walk away wanting more. He does family shows and one adults-only one. You can sneak your children in, but it's at your own risk---he won't tone anything down. The restaurants are beautiful and the crew is mostly fabulous. We had a "day at sea" due to choppy water and they brought around free drinks all afternoon. The ship also has marvelous toddler, child, and teen programs, offering parents time to get away from the kids, and vice versa. There's a running track and a nicely appointed gym, as well as golfing practice and a constantly hopping basketball court. They are also very health conscious, and offer hand sanitizing stations all over the ship, as well as having a crew member sanitize your hands for you before entering any dining area. Don't bring beach towels, because the ship provides you with one complementary one per passenger in your room. Then there's the ugly news. To start off with, we had difficulty getting on board because they had obviously never dealt with a dated birth certificate from my state. And we were not the only ones with issues. One poor man had to wait 3 hours because they double booked him rooms and needed to go to a higher power to figure out which room to stick him in. The pools are much too small for the number of passengers on board. There were three pools that together were the size of a standard hotel pool. That would be understandable if there was not any space, but there was plenty! The two foot lip around the pool area also made it difficult for children or anyone with disabilities. The crew did not leave enough time in port. A Carnival ship was taking the same route as we were, but they always had 2-4 more hours in each port. Also, they tried to get money out of you at every turn. Not all of the restaurants were complementary, in fact only half were. The food was so-so in the buffet restaurant. It was better at the traditional restaurants, but the service was awful. From what I heard, neither the food nor service was better at the restaurants that charged an extra fee ($15-$30 a head). They also charged for fitness classes, tried to get you to buy pull-tabs and raffle tickets every other minute, and promoted their Bingo more than anything else (it, too, cost a fee to participate). There was spotty housekeeping service, and only once did they make any of the famed towel animals. We were not given the room type we requested, and could not change rooms due to a booked ship. It was much smaller than the one we reserved, and did not have the necessary pull-down bed. My 13 year old daughter had to sleep on the couch. They did not have much of a "Plan B" for rainy weather. Their White Hot Party, which is advertised everywhere had to be moved indoors into a bar area that could hold 200 people in tight quarters, certainly not 2000, and the day at sea only had some free weak alcohol, nothing for the kids. The entertainment areas (theatre, bars) were so incredibly packed with barrel chairs that there was no room to move around, and when the person in front of you stood up, they knocked over the table holding your drink (at times all over your daughter). There were no trashcans anywhere to be found, and when a passenger passed out due to exhaustion, there was no quick call button or phone on deck to alert the medic in a timely manner. Guest services was very indifferent and not eager to solve any problems. On a less important note, their television service was very limited, and they had several repeat channels. They had two outlets in the entire stateroom (including the bathroom), and the one in the bathroom was so weak the complementary hair dryer did not work there. On another note, Norwegian has a contract with most of the excursion programs You cannot go straight to the excursion itself, like we tried to do. Norwegian charges you a 20-50% increase in price. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was my fourth cruise and my husband's first. While I had a good time, it was definitely not all that I remembered cruising with Carnival to be. The embarkation was simple and easy. The dining options and quality of food were ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise and my husband's first. While I had a good time, it was definitely not all that I remembered cruising with Carnival to be. The embarkation was simple and easy. The dining options and quality of food were absolutely SUBPAR! The most enjoyable food on this voyage was the Chocolate Molten cake on the evening dessert menu and the french toast. The public bathrooms tended to smell terrible so I always had to go back to my own room. We were located very close to the Taj Mahal and Butterflies lounge which were quite nice. The evening shows in the Taj Mahal performed by the Carnival Pride singers and dancers were hit or miss; the dancers were fantastic, the male singer was ok, and the female singer was quite disappointing (often sounding like she was screaming the songs, not singing). I felt like the Entertainment Hosts were overworked and I applaud them for not going crazy on some of the guests on my particular cruise. Pauly V, Harry, and Marissa all seemed like they were frazzled and in need of a break, so hey kids, cut them a break! The comedians were excellent, so great work Pauly V! The adult beverages were well priced and well made. The debarkation wasn't too terrible, other than the fact that when calling self assisted for level 1 all of the other levels decided that included them as well, making a longer debarkation time. For the price that we paid we got our money's worth, but as you can see all of these other little caveats to the trip cause me to be of the mindset that you get what you pay for. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
I don't know if it's because there are so many people on the cruise ship that the cooks cannot keep up with quality and demand. So sad because of the wasted food that goes uneaten, especially in the buffet and BBQ areas. They ... Read More
I don't know if it's because there are so many people on the cruise ship that the cooks cannot keep up with quality and demand. So sad because of the wasted food that goes uneaten, especially in the buffet and BBQ areas. They call it a barbecue but it's actually grilling hot dogs and burgers. The hot dogs really look bad. Meat on dogs looks awful, could not bite into one. We ate several times in the Northern Lights dining room, breakfast was ok, some days are considered brunch, but nothing exceptional, very bland food. Dinner mediocre, had fish one night, it was dry. Had beef and chicken on other nights dry and bland, no flavor whatsoever. Forget about the vegetables or potatoes, really bad, no flavor and cold. Now I will tell you where you should eat and it is great. The Red Frog Pub. Fried Shrimp served with plantains, burger sliders with chips, fantastic! If you are a big eater order both. They are supposed to be appetizers, but they are filling and very tasty. Waiters in the Pub are great. Actually went there for the food and a couple of cold beers several times. Those were our good dinners. Now about the rest. The stateroom we had was a Balcony on the 8th deck. We were in the center of the ship so we had a very nice cabin with very little noise. The steward to our room is named Mohammed and he was very nice, cordial and friendly. Got us anything we needed with expediency. We asked him for ice several times, clean robes as the ones that were in the room had stains on them. The pillows are great. I take my own pillow protectors when I travel and they are made out of a very light vinyl but it keeps your head off the actual pillow. Entertainment was bad, they also had karaoke and it was actually fun to watch because people actually think they can sing like Beyone, Pit Bull, Frank Sinatra, but actually there was one guy that really sang well. We did not do any excursions because we've been on most. In Key West we took the get on and off trolly and went to Sloppy Joes and to the Hard Rock Cafe. In Freeport we took a van right outside the ship on our own and went to the beach. Disappointment. Apparently, the beaches there are overrun by people trying to sell you all kinds of things. In Nassau we went on our own by boat (with many other travelers) to Atlantis. We went to the casino (no free drinks at the bar), but I understand there are free drinks while playing in the casino. Inside the casino, my husband paid to go to the beach and when he returned he said that it was a fantastic beach and the best money he had spent so far. On our way back to the boat we walked past a place that sells Daiquiris and we ordered two at $11.00 each, they were pineapple based and they were the best. The casino on the ship was cramped, too many people and some evenings you could not find a machine. They made alot of money on the guests on this trip. I personally saw people playing with alot of money. I myself lost quiet a bit of money, but I consider it entertainment or a donation to the CEOs of Carnival. (: Overall, if you see this as transpiration and accommodations, you can make the best of it. By the way, the Pizza is very good, lines appear long but move fast. Ship was very clean, stateroom clean. Booked my cruise directly through cruise line with a guy who knows his way around the cruise ships, If I do a Carnival cruise, I call him direct, his name is Justin Rickert and he is very knowledgeable and will do anything he can to make sure your cruise is planned well. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
My wife and I have just returned from a 4 night cruise on The Carnival Sensation which was followed by 7 nights in Orlando. The trip was organised through an agency via the Internet and we did not have a choice in what cruise company we ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from a 4 night cruise on The Carnival Sensation which was followed by 7 nights in Orlando. The trip was organised through an agency via the Internet and we did not have a choice in what cruise company we could choose. This was our first time on a cruise and our first impressions before boarding the ship was well organised. The booking in procedure was simple and straight forward and the staff were very helpful. They say a smile goes a long way and it did on this occasion. That said when we boarded the ship, it was not what we had expected. My wife immediately said, "It feels like Vegas" Now that may not necessarily be a good thing and I have to say there was a serious amount of neon throughout the ship. My father-in-law has been on many cruises all over the world and he did not mention the neon once. We were issued with a ship map and this did assist us in locating our state room. We had upgraded to one with a sea view and we both thought the room was adequate and clean and had everything we required. We then went on a tour of the cruise ship and found it fun to have a look around. We did not however expect The Lido deck, where the pools were, to be like a outdoor disco with people staggering around as if drunk having only just boarded.If we did want to use the pool there was no chance as there were far too many people using this space. This was a smoking area too and neither my wife or I smoke and it wasn't pleasant walking through the smoke to get to the Seaview bar and grill. Overall we found the food to be okay, nothing special but it catered for most peoples taste. It was claer that quite a few people took full advantage of the buffet ! What you will fing is that the drinks are expensive with beers at $6 each and cocktails at $9. The wines we had weren't very good and again quite expensive. We ate in The Ecstasy dining room for our evening meals and the staff were really good and very entertaining and we enjoyed our time there. We have 2 particular bar staff favouites who did make our cruise enjoyable, They are, In the Serenity deck area, Prajuab Thongprapin was particularly helpful. In the Mirage bar on The Promenade deck, Samuel Garamendi, who made a mean Gin and Tonic and was a funny guy. Chec both these locations out and you will see what we mean. Overall a good experience, we enjoyed the Bahama's and our time on the ship, just a few things we weren't expecting. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013

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