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5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We sailed as part of a package deal with a timeshare presentation. We stayed in Freeport for 2 nights, then back on the ship for another night. I have been on 14 cruises prior to this one...the shortest. The ship was formerly operated by ... Read More
We sailed as part of a package deal with a timeshare presentation. We stayed in Freeport for 2 nights, then back on the ship for another night. I have been on 14 cruises prior to this one...the shortest. The ship was formerly operated by Carnival as the Carnival Celebration. It is a 30 year old ship, but it still looks pretty good. I would say not quite as good as other cruises, but as a smaller ship, it feels less crowded and more relaxed than other cruises. Embarkation was fairly simple, and debarkation, although fairly easy, came with one glitch. We decided to self debark by taking all of our luggage with us. While we had a time frame for this, the ship did not announce when the ship was cleared and we could leave. By the time we got off the ship, there were 400 passengers in line to clear Bahamian customs. Fortunately, we bypassed that line because my wife is handicapped. Recommend self debarkation, but don't expect an announcement that the ship is cleared. Some people diss cruises, but personally, I've never had a bad one. Just go on this simple 2 night cruise, and just enjoy it! It is what you make it. I would go again. The only two things that took away from the experience: 1) The cruise line charged us $9 a day for a fuel surcharge. Not sure on what this is based, as worldwide oil prices have been very moderate, and 2) valet parking the port (not fault of the cruise line) was $18 a night. So this raked up a bill of $72 just for the 4 nights we were gone. Not many other options. You can self park, but not recommended. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Given that this cruise goes out of West Palm Beach, it was an easy location to gather and get on the boat. We were travelling with our 95-year old father and they went out of their way to make sure he got a lot of attention. On the other ... Read More
Given that this cruise goes out of West Palm Beach, it was an easy location to gather and get on the boat. We were travelling with our 95-year old father and they went out of their way to make sure he got a lot of attention. On the other hand, this is a tired party boat. And given that it rained each evening, no activities were taking place on deck. Many folks only go one way and stay a few days on the island - the return night was very quiet (in general). Food was OK - but not spectacular. Attended the "show" one night - pretty poor and walked out about 30 minutes into it. Entertainment in the lounges tended to be loud making it difficult to find quiet places inside to sit a talk. Keep in mind that this ship goes to Freeport Harbor - which is about 15 miles from Freeport - there is nothing to do just outside of the boat except for a few souvenir vendors. There a faster ways to get to the island - but this was pretty cheap for a cruise. Read Less
31 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I personally wasn't expecting a lot because we are spoiled from the larger cruise lines that we have traveled in the past but this trip was put together by my sister in-law who has stage 4 cancer and it was on her Bucket List to go on ... Read More
I personally wasn't expecting a lot because we are spoiled from the larger cruise lines that we have traveled in the past but this trip was put together by my sister in-law who has stage 4 cancer and it was on her Bucket List to go on a cruise ship for her first time.. The issue with jumping through the hoops to get the tickets from the supposed 90 min time share deal was so disappointing. We were up front and honest about why we were at Vacation Village .. booked for this ship and that we were not buying. ..4 hours and 53 min later they finally gave up the vouchers. So we get to the cruise terminal, valet parked for 18 bucks a day...was told 14 bucks over the phone.. No big deal. Used Handicap line to check in. The lady that did our check in messed up the tickets 3 times. It took 1 hour and 24 min to check 4 people on the cruise. GET A PASSPORT....it will save you time getting on and off. So..got aboard and went straight for the ice cream!! I remembered the ship when it was at Carnival so getting around for the wife and I was easy. Was kind of sad that the condition of the ship was just not up to par. You can see the wear from the usage it has had for all the years. Got to say though.. All the staff that we had contact with gets a A+++.. Absolutely no complaints...as well as the food.. I thought it was great. They can afford larger cups I think for the cash they get.. The free drinks were limited ..water apple.. orange juice..or something that had the flavor of apple and orange... The Tea wasn't to bad for being pumped in.. Had the typical bar drinks.. They didn't have much in the way of beer choices.. I don't drink lite beer and only like a few mixed .. Over all the ship was clean..just rusting and the wood teak is splintering. They could have more activities for kids. The game room had only 6 or so games. Kids were running pretty wild all over the ship.....which I am not knocking cause my kids had the same fun when they were that age..but I didn't let them just be wild. An now they are both over 18 ... Rooms were clean. only 1 US plug in so take a strip with you if you go on this ..what I call "Taxi Ride" to Freeport. The TV...well..lets just say THEY SUX.. 5 channels only...and old tech TV's.. I wanted to use the HDMi cable from my phone to play some movies but the TV was from the 80's it seemed like. Hard beds. My A/C vent was screwed up. Had to call for someone to fix it and after the 5th time, they showed up. The vent was held in with 2 drywall screws and there was very little air flow. That's because my room was last on the A/C line....but my son'\s room next to us was connected to the Kitchen. He had perfect A/C.. They gave us a fan so that was better Entertainment was great. The Casino was so small though... like only 25 or so slots...TIGHT slots I should say.. even the 1 cent slots were tight. Only saw 1 jackpot of 450 bucks...The table games were great. Good looking lady's dealing. I did find that most of the men dealers...not while they have a game going..seemed aggravated if you ask them how to play the game.. I passed those tables up.. They should give free WiFi.. The computer area they have..I never saw the first person using them.. Wasted space for sure. In Freeport.. Was my first ..and Last time there. There is nothing..even the shore excursions were kinda lame. My kids did 4 wheeling ..we did Grand Lucayan..and friends we met did snorkling ..4 wheelers were crap they said.. Guide was ok..took forever to get from port to destination ..Same with just going to Grand Lucayan Resort...Best part of that portion of out trip was the bus driver.. He was funny... Gave him a 20 dollar tip for the long drive to nowhere.. The market place was just like every Flea Market here in the states but with more colors.. Coming back was pleasant.. Pretty smooth ride for sure. Again entertainment and staff were great. At port this morning....a Zoo.. GET A PASSPORT like I mentioned.. I had mine but the wife and kids had expired so they had to use birth certificates. That Birth Certificate line took 2 hours. Only took 5 min to get the car.. Bottom line.. Old Boat...Old Port of Call.. Old standing in line for getting on and off. Old going through a timeshare speel... No need to ever go back to Freeport....But the main deal was for the sister in-law with her health issues.. We made it through with minimal drama about our stay and made sure he had a smile on her face for that will most likely be the last cruise she will ever be able to take.. I think I will see about a 7 day trip with her on Allure or Oasis.. Love those ships.. Hopefully she will still be with us.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
First I wanna start by saying I have been on other cruise lines and after reading these reviews I was disappointed before I got on the boat. After I booked this vacation for me and my family a party of 8 we had 3 cabins I was so ... Read More
First I wanna start by saying I have been on other cruise lines and after reading these reviews I was disappointed before I got on the boat. After I booked this vacation for me and my family a party of 8 we had 3 cabins I was so disappointed after reading the reviews. Thankful to say it DID NOT go nothing like those reviews. We had an amazing time. We got there and everything was on time and lines were fast and organized. Once on the boat we had lunch. Which is typical boat food buffet diner style food. It was good. Lots of choices. Half of us did carry on and the other half checked in luggage. Luggage took forever to get to room I recommend carry on. The pools are small there salt water but weren't over crowed at all. I was expecting something nice with slides a little bigger. They do have a kiddie pool small as well but again not over crowed at all. The dinner was at stellar dining room and the food was good desserts were delicious mango sherbet was to die for and the people so nice. One of our cabins had a small problem with the sink we let them know by the time we came back from dinner it was fixed. The other cabin has a problem with the bed and by the time we can't back from the pool it was fixed as well. We arrived at the port in the morning walking distance to the market had an amazing time at senor frog. Once on board the ship sailed and my son got sick the crew was amazing giving him crackers and green apples once he felt better we saw the show which was very nice and went to our 2nd night dinner which was yet again a very nice dinner. Beef Wellington very good and chocolate mousse cake was amazing. Lines to get off at west palm beach port were long to immigration but over all the cruise was nice. Do they have room for improvement? Yes! Without a doubt they need more activities for children. The juice was awful fruit punch. Coffee is not all that either. Boat needs more TLC. More activities for adults as well (night karaoke was nice on deck) Air condition in the cabins not very cool. Hot water not to good in the handicap cabin but in the other cabins was good. Elevator always busy(had to wait allot on them) It is a small boat and the price is way cheaper than other. For the price it's very good. If I had to rate the crew members alone I would give 5 stars very nice crew amazing attention with me and my family. Over all I would go again. Yes there is better cruise lines with more luxury and better pools and food but yet again this is a small ship on a small budget. Read Less
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