2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We loved it! Service was amazing and that made the vacation fantastic! We traveled with my parents and my kids (13 and 9). RC changed the itinerary twice without compensation. They canceled a day at Coco Cay and replaced it with Miami of ... Read More
We loved it! Service was amazing and that made the vacation fantastic! We traveled with my parents and my kids (13 and 9). RC changed the itinerary twice without compensation. They canceled a day at Coco Cay and replaced it with Miami of all places! Then they canceled grand Bahama island and made it 2 days in Nassau. But boat was fun and we had a great time. All of the food was delicious. We all tried new foods and ate a lot. My teen was in food heaven- room service for pre- breakfast, buffet for breakfast, buffet/dining room for lunch, cafe for afternoon snack, buffet for pre-dinner snack, dining room for dinner. Trivia and other games were fun to play as a family. We won family bingo and got medals! Excursion to blue lagoon was to die for. Go there if you can. Well worth the money! Btw, this was our first cruise and we all get motion sickness easily. I was motion sick the first night. We were still on the Chesapeake bay so I was thinking I would have to get off cruise at first port (because I thought the ocean would be way worse). But then we all put on a scopolamine patch and sea bands. We felt great the rest of the trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
We wanted to get married on the cruise and it worked out great. We did not have to want for anything while we were there. The entertainment was great. Tanya and Susan were fantastic and such high energy. The dining room with our servers at ... Read More
We wanted to get married on the cruise and it worked out great. We did not have to want for anything while we were there. The entertainment was great. Tanya and Susan were fantastic and such high energy. The dining room with our servers at table 424 could not have been better. They are so friendly and by the second night they new what we wanted without asking. We loved Kings Wharf and Cococay but were not as impressed with Nassas. I felt very unsafe there. It was dirty and had we known about the Atlantis tour we would have taken it. We will go on this ship for sure again and I hope to have another great time. The people who work for you could not have been more friendly and also so kind. We enjoyed it more than we could express. Im glad that we took Royal Caribbean as our first cruise. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it with. Overall, it was okay. Not spectacular, not awful. The water was thankfully smooth, the weather cool. We had a cabin on deck 2 in the center and it was very quiet and we barely ... Read More
This was my first cruise so I have nothing to compare it with. Overall, it was okay. Not spectacular, not awful. The water was thankfully smooth, the weather cool. We had a cabin on deck 2 in the center and it was very quiet and we barely felt the movement of the ship. I was surprised at how tiny the cabins are and the bathrooms are about the size of a airline bathroom. Crazy small. For the cost, I would think they would be bigger! The room was clean and kept this way by a good attendant who visited at least 3 times a day. The space had a small loveseat that we piled things on because we had no place to store our bigger luggage. The space under the beds is too low. The ship uses the room space well, little storage cubbies everywhere and a decent sized closet. I found the small area a bit claustrophobic and spent as little time in the room as I could. The activities on board are simple little games like bean bag toss and themed trivia lists. RC would do better if they had an explanation of the activities in the paper they leave in the room each evening for the next day. I didn't understand that "family trivia" was for everyone. I thought it was for those traveling with families. The same with the line dancing. I figured a partner/spouse was required. Basic explanations might have made my leisure time more enjoyable. A first timers orientation, announced well and given more than once would be helpful too. Entertainment: As mentioned, some simple games going on much of the time. Music performers in the center atrium each afternoon and sometimes beside the outdoor pool on deck 9. Island music. Classical piano/violin. And the cruise line's band that featured a bored girl singer with a decent voice who looked and sounded as though she'd rather be anywhere but there. Each night, the theater has some sort of show--magician, comedians a couple of times, the cruise lines performers/singer/dancers, a wonderful violinist who surprised me by keeping my attention the full time. The ship is older and a bit dated looking but clean and pretty well kept. Any problem was immediately taken care of. I discovered the walking track on deck 5 about halfway into the cruise. It's a bit more sheltered than the open air track on deck 10. Not being a person who likes to sit or lay around much, I spend a lot of time walking the decks, wishing we weren't at sea for 2 boring days! A favorite place is the Solarium on deck 9 that is adult only. It's a large area with lounge chairs, two hot tubs and a pool. Heated and covered for all types of weather. Food: There are three "free" eating places. Two of them are on deck 9 and open much of the time. One is a buffet and the food is well prepared, the lines kept clean, and I always found new things to enjoy. A small Park cafe is a soup and sandwich kind of place at the other end of deck 9 and open except for about four hours in the middle of the night. Tea, coffee, lemonade, water and soft serve ice cream are available all the time for no cost. The free main dining room is on deck 5 and requires reservation you make when booking the cruise. White linen, nice table settings, very, very attentive wait staff, and a menu of assorted higher end foods with three courses. There were two formal nights where people dressed up a bit--mostly church clothes--and the rest of the nights were casual. There are several specialty restaurants that cost extra. With all the food provided, we never tried them. The ship has a spa and shops and there is a soft up-sell at every turn. The spa is the worst. They daily offer "free" treatments that last five minutes or less and then they try to sell you a costly treatment. If there prices were more in line with onshore prices, I would have jumped on a massage! The shops had sales on certain nights so for $10 you could pick up a duty free souvenir--scarves, bags, T-shirts. On this particular cruise to New England/Canada the stops were Boston, Portland, Maine, Bar Harbor, St. John and Halifax in Canada. Boston is full of things to do but plan well. We didn't and missed so many things because everything in Boston closes at 5! . In Portland- we took the lighthouse tour. It was okay but a bit disappointing that two of the lighthouses are tiny, the third was being remodeled and none of them allowed us inside the tower itself. Bar Harbor is beautiful little town though the weather was foggy/misty. We took Ollie's Trolley into the National Park which is lovely but were disappointed not to go to the top of the mountain because of the weather. They made a big deal about taking us to Jordan's pond which is not as nice as the pond in my back yard! Still, we enjoyed the day and the lovely town. We walked out on the sandbar to Bar Island at low tide. Shells and drift wood everywhere. At high tide, the bar is covered with water. St. John - nothing at all to do here. The people are friendly and trying so hard to make it a tourist destination but have little to offer. We did the hop on hop off pink bus tour and eventually got off and walked to a Jewish Museum which was quite informative. Their claim to fame is the Bay of Fundy and it's reversing falls/ tides but you have to be there at a certain time of day to catch that. The buildings here are quaint and could be wonderful with some paint and sprucing up. Halifax-we took a 6 hour tour that was marvelous. Loved Halifax. The tour took us to Peggy's Cove, a picturesque fishing village with a big lighthouse. This day a man in kilt played the bagpipes nearby. What a treat! From there, we saw a Maple Syrup "factory" and sampled many maple products. Lovely place and people. Then back to Halifax to tour their spectacular park and then the Titanic Cemetery. The guide was so respectful and did a marvelous job here of telling stories of the people buried there. We also had some shopping and eating time on their main street. McDonalds had "McLobster" on the menu which my companion said was good. Demographic of the cruise was an older crowd with only a handful of younger families. Many are frequent cruisers. The cruise team works super hard to make the trip pleasant. Kudos to them. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was the first cruise for my 17 year old daughter and myself. I would book it again in a heartbeat. In the past I would have never considered going on a ship with 2,000 strangers for 8 days. Well, never say never! We had a fantastic ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my 17 year old daughter and myself. I would book it again in a heartbeat. In the past I would have never considered going on a ship with 2,000 strangers for 8 days. Well, never say never! We had a fantastic time. I was really surprised at the cleanliness of the ship. We were in room 7130 with a balcony. We did not venture below deck 5 so were unaware of any smells reported in a previous review. The food was quite good. I am very particular about food, so I was not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. In addition to the Windjammer and Great Gatzby we had dinner in the Italian, Japanese and Chops Grill restaurants. Everything was fantastic. The entertainment was fun and the cruise directors and staff were top notch. You can partake in the activities, or simply relax in your room. Our room was very clean, spacious and quiet. The rooms must be soundproof because I did not hear anything outside. It never seemed crowded on the ship. One day I was the only person walking around the track on deck 11 (it was windy though). Kennedy Space Center was amazing. We didn't get much time in Nassau but it was enough. We went to Atlantis and for the first time in 3 years were actually able to go in the sea as the conditions were good. Coco Cay is STUNNING! I wish we had more time there. My daughter went parasailing and then we went on the glass bottom boat tour. The guides on the tour were really friendly. They went out of their way to show us sealife by actually diving down and bringing live specimens onto the boat and then returning them back to the sea. Key West was interesting. We went on the Key Lime bike tour which was fun and informative. They gave us a delicious refreshing piece of Key Lime pie at the conclusion of the tour. Yes Grandeur you may be 20 years old but you stole my heart. For the past several years I have watched you sail by my house on the Chesapeake Bay, now I know what you are all about. Thank you Royal Carribean, I had a blast! Read Less
31 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Lets start here. There was 11 of us that booked with Carnival Cruises. They booked us in a hotel and shuttled us to the ship. Well let me tell you about the hotel first. We got there after an 11 hour car ride from Toronto Canada. They ... Read More
Lets start here. There was 11 of us that booked with Carnival Cruises. They booked us in a hotel and shuttled us to the ship. Well let me tell you about the hotel first. We got there after an 11 hour car ride from Toronto Canada. They gave us our rooms and we got settled in. My wife and my 2 kids and I put our clothes in and went swimming. That was fine only that the water was green. We were covered in rashes afterwards. We went to dinner at some restaurant that was on the main floor. My wife orders the "prime rib steak". Not only that they cooked it wrong. It came blue. My wife had atleast two mouth fulls before she noticed that the meat was blue. So we got the attention of the waitress and explained to her that the steak was too rare for my wifes liking. They waitress took the "prime rib" and took it back to the kitchen. My wife explained to the waitress that she did not want the steak anymore since it wasn't done right the first time. About 15 minutes later she/waitress returned with the same steak. Which is against the health and safety regulations. My wife asked for medium rare and the steak was still blue. She got the attention of the waitress once again and told the waitress that 1 she didn't want the steak and 2 the steak was not only not cooked right it was the same steak and cold. It was never recooked. At this time we asked for the bill and just wanted out of this restaurant. We got the bill and they still charged us for the steak. After 15 minutes of rudeness from not only the waitress also did the supervisor gave us nothing but attitude. They finally agreed to take the dreadful steak off the bill. Come to find out there was a few other customers in the same restaurant beside us. Also had the same issues with the steaks. There was one customer who had their steak recooked 3 times and still had an issue. After a night sleep I noticed that not only my wife had been bitten by bed bugs my children did also. At this time we just wanted to get out of this hotel. We told the customer service desk of our issues and they said oh sorry we will look into this. Nothing was done about my wife and children. There was no concern for them at all. Finally get on the ship, and we got a balcony room on the 8th floor. Which was beautiful. For 2 nights. One the 3rd day this is when our cruise became terrible and beyond. Finally out at sea we wanted to open our balcony and look out at sea at the beautiful waters and we were approaching Florida. This is we noticed our balcony neighbour's all around us. towards the right, 1 after them and downstairs were non stop smoking on their balconies. I told my room steward and me told me that he would look into the issue. Also at 10:30 at night for an hour or so the cruise crew upstairs on the 9th floor kept on dragging the patio furniture around to set up for the next day or the nights party. Remember I stated that we had 2 kids. At the ages of 5-6. This kept my kids up till at least 1 am every night. I called the service desk and they told me that they will look into it. This went on everyday till the end of our cruise. Now on the 4th day our air-conditioning stopped working. Yeah in Florida no air-conditioning, we cannot open the balcony door due to cigarette smoke from our cruise neighbours. We told our cabin room steward and he told us he will look into it. We call the service desk and they told us they will look into it. Nothing was done even calling a few times till at least the 6th day. Image in the Bahamas with no air-conditioning. Yeah hot. On the 5th day we were told by the steward that the cruse offers laundry service give it to them in the morning and the laundry will return at the same evening. Wow nice. Yeah No, We didn't get our clothes the next day only noticing that it wasn't all of clothes. We sent in a full paper bag full of clothes and only hald was returned to us. Hold up here...We got the attention of out Stewart and explained to him what was going on and the missing clothes. He stated to us " yeah I noticed that the bag was small". He went downstairs and came back to us about 2 hours later stating that the rest of our clothes are missing and that they needed to be located. But wait. Missing clothes. The Stewart told us that the clothes will be washed on their own and no other clothes will be washed with ours. So why is there clothes missing. My wifes underwear, my childrens underwear, my 250$ pair of jeans and my wifes LuLu pants. About 5 hours later, my jeans, wifes underwear and childrens underwear was returned but not my wifes pants. I gave 47 articles of clothing and 46 was returned. The Stewart explained to us that we need to call customer service on the boat. So we did. Nothing was done at all. till the last day after 4 calls messages on the where-about the missing clothes. We explained to customer service on the boat the the pants cost us $139 Canadian. On the 6th day of the cruise at 7pm the service desk manager called our room and asked us if we were sure that we sent in the pants. But wait. They are now calling us liars. We explained to them that we had proof of us packing the paper bag with our clothes. Not only a few people also the room stewart. They told us that they will call us back later. An hour later, they called us and stated they will give us a $100 amercian for the pants. We asked on why did it take so long to have someone respond. They said they were busy.. Remember the issue of the air-conditioning, they didn't fix the issue until half way back from Florida. After all the heat, Now almost in the cold we didn't need the air-condition any more. The smoking issue continued till at least the 6th day of the cruise when we called and screamed at the service desk that our cabin smelt like smoke. They finally responded and sent security. Seriously on the last night. We were soo hot in our room due to hot weather and couldn't open the balcony door to enjoy the sea air. Reasoning why we got a balcony 8th floor room. So all in all not impressed with the hotel, the cruise and customer service. I will not be paying for a trip on the Carnival Cruses ever again nor will I or my 11 family members. My inlaws are frequent cruisers of Carnival Cruises and they said after seeing how we were treated and how matters were dealt with by customer service. They will never book with them again. Not impressed and please rethink booking with Carnival Cruises. REALLY..... Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
If you are someone who is sensitive to motion- BEWARE going out of Baltimore can be rough seas. This was my first time cruising and I spent a majority of the time in my room because I was so sick. I took Dramamine and it didn't help. ... Read More
If you are someone who is sensitive to motion- BEWARE going out of Baltimore can be rough seas. This was my first time cruising and I spent a majority of the time in my room because I was so sick. I took Dramamine and it didn't help. (I know that's not carnival's fault) but I am just throwing it out there. One thing I want to say is that I find it annoying that you can't get weather reports. The channel that shows where the ship is gives you winds and stuff but doesn't give you weather. The captain could at least come on and say something about how rough the water is or what to expect if you won't update us on weather... Instead the staff looks at you like you're crazy when you ask because they are used to it. It's like they are trained to give you the same answer- "this is nothing" Maybe they want you to pay for the wifi to get the weather. The service is not that great. There are language barriers for sure. Room Service is worth the wait..the very long wait. However I wanted to order chicken tenders at 11:30 and they told me it wasn't available yet. Plus the woman who answered wasn't pleasant to deal with either. She could have at least been nice about it. Your menu that is left in your room says nothing about time restrictions. The only thing you ever hear about is "included 24 hour room service!!" Yeah- then right away she's like- NO, not yet. Okay... Sorry I have a kid who wants chicken tenders. It was annoying. If you ask for anything that is not specifically on a menu- for instance I asked for a southwest omelet-he didn't have a clue what I was saying. I figured that was pretty common. So I had to rephrase and ask for all of the ingredients. I asked for lemon with my water- again blank stare. I asked the deli to make a turkey and Swiss grilled and that I wanted lettuce, tomato and mayo on it (obviously after you grill it) he put everything on it and then attempted to grill it. EW- I stopped him and explained and then he just handed it to me cold. So it's not always easy communicating with the staff. It seemed to never fail- whenever I wanted to check out the buffet it's closed and switching over. I paid for 3 soda packages that I should have never wasted my money on. Sodas are not readily available to you. You have to go to a bar to get them. That's annoying because it is a very long wait. Plus when you find a nice place to sit down with your family (not to mention have a 3 year old) you don't want to get up right as you get settled to have to walk all of the way to the rum bar to get your soda. They should have other ways to get sodas. They should have a beverage area set up with the other food on lido deck just for people to get non alcohol beverages. SO obviously none of us drank the amount of sodas to even have the package pay for itself because of the struggle to get a soda. The dinning area is annoying as crap. On days where you are at port- they close at 8:30AM. Okay...but there are a lot of people who don't get off of the boat, especially in Florida. Why do we have to suffer because you don't feel like enough people will be eating brunch that day? It was very inconvenient.. I just wanted to have a nice sit down breakfast with the family...nope. The eggs on the ship are not edible. I don't know what they are, but I had to spit them out. Breakfast on the ship is crap unless you are eating cereal and fruit. Again, why I wanted to go to the dining for breakfast. The ship stinks like sewage and in other hallways its a gross fried food smell. Also-- there is nothing for kids to do on this ship if it is cold outside. Coming from Baltimore...ehh..I don't recommend sailing with children if it's going to be cold. Dining took too long. Server was very nice...but she was sweating bullets to keep up. Donkey is kind of annoying. But I get it, he's the "cool guy on the ship" It seems like whenever there is good music playing, he interrupts it. Just let us listen. I feel like I got to listen to music in 15 second intervals. Guys burgers- pretty good just hard to eat that over and over. I will probably never cruise again. Yes- I consider myself to be a negative Nancy about this. It sucked for me. Maybe others will have better luck. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
Staff was top notch. Everybody friendly and nice. Bar staff at casino were absolutely fantastic. Ship was very clean and well kept. Entertainment options were above average. George Lopez comedians were very good if you like honest Dirty ... Read More
Staff was top notch. Everybody friendly and nice. Bar staff at casino were absolutely fantastic. Ship was very clean and well kept. Entertainment options were above average. George Lopez comedians were very good if you like honest Dirty comedy. Other options were dance shows, bingo, and other entertainment involving getting the audience involved. Don't feel like the cruise line did a very good job of communication. Unaware of several activities I would have participated in if I would have known, including beer pong and corn hole comps. All 3 pools were small and ocean water cold. No driving range, just 9 hole putt putt. Food wasn't good! Deck 9 buffet was disappointing. Burrito, salad bar, and guy burger joint was very good. Pizza was average. Breakfast was bad, which included powdered eggs and tasteless bacon. Please stay clear of the sausage! Restaurant was also disappointing. Portions were small, and entrees were pre cooked and heated to serve. Stay away from the flank steak! Sushi joint was good, but you pay extra. Are room was a hell hole. Ac didn't work for the first 3 days. We had to keep balcony door open for any ventilation. Port days were disappointing! Orlando and Freeport were nothing unless you wanted to pay for excursion. Nassau was cool, offering beach and city touring. Overall- cruise if you want to stay drunk and socialize for 7 days. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
This was a first-time cruise for myself, second for my husband (though they were nearly 30 years apart so that doesn't really count). This was something we had talked about for 17 years but had never had the opportunity to do, so we ... Read More
This was a first-time cruise for myself, second for my husband (though they were nearly 30 years apart so that doesn't really count). This was something we had talked about for 17 years but had never had the opportunity to do, so we were very, very excited to receive a down payment on the cruise as a gift the year before. Since it was a gift, we did not have any choice in ship, destination, or embarkment...however, other than stopping in FL, we were very happy with the length and destinations. This was supposed to be AWESOME! Key words were "supposed to be"...I will NEVER go on a cruise again... EMBARKMENT: Due to inclement weather the ship arrived and departed very late, which wasn't an issue for us, until is was nearly 11pm or so and we were standing on a freezing deck for a half hour listening to other passengers talk and joke while the safety meeting was taking place. We had been up since 6am to travel to Baltimore and all we wanted to do was sleep in a warm cabin. For safety reasons I was happy to attend (not that you have a choice, they check each room to make sure everyone is out), but the safety officer had no microphone and they line you up three people deep so not only could I not hear over the wind and chatter around me, but I couldn't see either. SEAS: I grew up on a fisherman's boat. This is my first cruise but not my first time to sea or on a boat...The seas were rough. The boat rocked literally from the time the boat pulled out until our return 7 days later. And not a little - A LOT - all the time - day and night. It did not get better - EVER. There were times I had to leave the comedy club or restaurant because they were in the worst spots for rocking. And at first I thought it was just me, but by the middle of the cruise there were a lot of others complaining about it. The worst part is is took almost three weeks - 3 WEEKS - for the rocking sensation to go away after we got off the boat...If I am ever forced to take another cruise again I will leave out of a quieter port and make sure that I am not out to sea more than 1 day at a time. ROOM: We had been booked an obstructed-view stateroom, which was awesome. The room was huge. The bathroom was big enough for two of us to be in there at the same time (as long as we weren't using the sink together). There was plenty of closet space, a couch, a vanity, and a mini fridge (they keep it stocked with expensive drinks - just ask them to remove them and not re-stock it). This stateroom had french type doors that open out to a view of a life boat and a small sliver of water. The only complaints about the room was that the french doors had been nailed shut (and not professionally), they were supposed to open, and the TV was so old and hard to see. DINING: There are multiple food choices but not nearly as many as you think. There are more food options at one run down casino in Atlantic City than were on the ship. I am a foodie, my husband is not, and this was one of the biggest disappointments on the ship for both of us. Free options consist of a buffet which provides three meals a day, with a pizza counter that stay open 24 hour. Guy Ferrari has a burger station - I say station because it' not an actual restaurant or eatery. They pre-make fries and burger patties by the bulk and have a toppings bar - you take your pre-made burger and go. A taco station (same concept as the burger station) that I only saw open for lunch once, but always served breakfast burritos in the morning. Rooms service, which consists of a few sandwiches and a couple of salads - no fries - just chips. And, most importantly, what we called the "free" restaurant. This is a very nice restaurant everyone can go to with a pre-set menu that changes nightly. They have a full wait staff and the only charges are for drinks and if you upgrade your meal to an upgrade option at the bottom of the menu. Get the "any time dinning" upgrade - otherwise you could be locked into a small window to be seated and stand in line forever waiting for a table. The first two nights the food was amazing, and one night steak and lobster were on the free portion of the menu. After that the free restaurant was hit or miss. There was a night or two my husband even left his food untouched because it was so bad. What was awesome though was that you can order as MANY items of the menu as you want. Can't decide between stuffed shrimp and steak - order both. Want to try all of the appetizers - go ahead. Want more than one dessert - have at it. There is no limit on what you can order or how many times you can order. We regularly ordered the dish we knew was safe and the dish we wanted to try but weren't sure if we liked...it was pretty awesome!! No tipping is required here - it's included at the bill you receive on your last night. The buffet was a different story - we ate there for breakfast and items to pick up for the room, we were never impressed. The food was always grade school cafeteria quality or less. The burger station was ok. The fries were very, very good, the burger was just ok. The taco station was horrible. We did not get a chance to order room service but I did see other people's trays sitting outside their door. The sandwiches looked really good - but then again the plates were still full and uneaten - so who knows. We did order the continental breakfast but stick to the cereal, coffee, and juice. The ice cream station is also a joke - it's a soft serve machine with no toppings...and of the two only was one working the whole trip. There are also a few FEE based eating options. A coffee shop, a sushi place, and the "special" restaurant. We did not eat at the coffee shop or sushi restaurant. Given that the quality of food went down each day we were there, I would say if you want sushi do it the first day or two while all of the food on board is fresh. We did pay the $35 a person up-charge to eat at the "special" restaurant the last night. It was AMAZING. Well worth the cost. Bring nice clothes, it is fancy, and while we didn't order more than one main dish each, we did order two appetizers each. You DO tip here...it cost us $80 without drinks - for two people. Happy to do it! ENTERTAINMENT: We go to AC a great deal, and while the shows there are ok, they beat out what we watched on the boat by a mile. They weren't bad - they just weren't good either. The comedians were ok, the "shows" were really just crew members singing songs from the 80's, and the rest of the shows were retirement home versions of old game shows. Not good. It's certainly not Broadway or even Off Broadway quality...not what I was expecting. ACTIVITIES: This is were it got really bad. Every "activity" is really a sales pitch for their spa, jewelry store, or liquor store. From their "pamper party" to "free shot night" - it's all designed to sign you up for services and goods. I didn't pay $1000 to be sold items. The entire cruise is like a giant time share sales pitch...The two free (half) shots we got weren't worth listening to a 30 min aggressive sales pitch. I went to the pamper party, which was supposed be a mini facial and provide beauty tips and tricks, but was really a sales pitch for their Spa services and some sort of bronzing powder they were selling "exclusively" on the boat. I did sign up for a massage package, which cost me $150 after they included the automatic gratuity, but before and after my massage the massage therapist gave me a 10 min sales pitch on this "exclusive" alkaline oil they only sell "on the boat", but wait...if I buy it right now, it will only cost me as much as one massage (you know, the one I paid $150 for and had to listen to a sales pitch during)...I never do things like this for myself and to have it ruined by a sales pitch was really upsetting. Their other "activities" included a seminar on how to pick quality gemstones - which of course came with a catalog of "exclusive" items you could only purchase on the boat, and bingo which ran between $20 and $40 a game. My favorite was when they tried to sell me a silver plated charm bracelet with glued in "crystals" (aka glass) for $29.99 that was originally selling in their ship store for $120.....please. I can go to my mall and get a solid sterling silver charm bracelet with hand-set CZ stones for less than $120...why would I pay that much for your junk??!! They did have a few musicians that played here and there and trivia games through out the ship but nothing worth participating in out of anything other than sheer boredom. FITNESS/RECREATION: The gym was nice and came with steam rooms and a jacuzzi - which was the only jacuzzi worth going to. There were three pools on board, but my neighbor has a bigger pool in their backyard. The pool is a weird shape so that a section all the way around is for sitting and only a small section in the middle is deep enough to stand or swim. Each pool has a jacuzzi but the two family pools had cold jacuzzis. Not that it mattered, because of the weather the pools were too cold (not heated or covered) and the jacuzzis - meant to hold five people - had 10-20 people every time we went to use one. They also have a small water play area for kids next to the two water slides, which were ok. A very small arcade that was closed every time we went there, and a mini golf station we never saw. MOVIES: They offered movie on the big screen out at the pool. But they were always at night, outside, when the wind kicked up and it was cold. They do offer in room movies for $5 but the room TV was an old heavy tube with poor video quality. We had to watch with the lights off just to see the screen, so I certainly wasn't paying extra to watch a movie on it. CASINO: They have a casino. Slots, tables, roulette, craps. If you gamble long enough the first day or two they will give you a free drink card to use in the casino for the duration of your trip - but I wouldn't make it a goal. It was very expensive! DRINKS/SODA: I bought the soda package for him (around $50). I didn't need one - so I thought - because I drink coffee, tea, and water which were supposed to be free. However, the powdered tea and lemonade, along with the water, is on the 9th floor - one station being outside.The tea was gross...I wish I had bought the soda package. Every time you want a drink you have to trek up there. The soda package isn't good everywhere - so check before you order. Neither one of us drink enough to make a drink package worth it. You are allowed one unopened 750ml bottle of wine per person in you CARRY ON and up to one 12 pack of canned or boxed juice/soda per person - on the day of embarkment (don't try to bring anything on from a port - they will confiscate it until the end of the cruise). However, if you bring wine make sure it has a screw top because it's $15 to have it uncorked. I pre-ordered a 12 pack of water ($3) to be delivered to the room and then used the empty bottles to fill up my water and carry my wine around in. Don't think it's worth buying a bottle on board either - their prices were outrageous. $85 for a bottle of Amaretto - $8-$10 for a pina colada. SERVICE: This is where they excelled. Every employee was awesomely nice. Everything was clean. Everyone was pleasant. Everyone works 7 days a week, 13 hour days on several month long tours. One of our wait staff works 7 months on and has 2 months off. They get a lunch off one day a week - otherwise it's 7 days a week, 13 hour days. At the end of the trip they give you a bill for gratuity. They break it down to about $12 a day per person and then divide that in unequal portions between three categories of employees. Wait staff gets the highest amount, room staff gets the next highest amount, and misc staff gets the least. You can go to the desk and change the total amount of the gratuity and how much each group gets if you want, but even though I'm not a tipper and I felt like $1000 to get on the cruise should have covered it, they work so hard I was happy to give it to them. I did change it so our room staff got the highest amount because they took the best care of us. WIFI/CELL SERVICE: There is a per day fee for the use of wifi or cell service. I wish I had paid for it so I had something else to do...It's $5 a day for FB and Twitter...$25 for full internet coverage so you can check your email, move money around, and talk with your kids. 7 days was too long to be out of touch. TIPS/TRICKS: Every night they take pictures and sell them - account for the extra cost. Don't forget gratuity at the end of the trip. You can set a spending limit for guests in your cabin. If you have a gambler/spender you should do this at the start of the cruise. Bring a power strip. There is only one outlet in the whole room - none in the bathroom. DO NOT GO TO THE MEDIC unless you are dying - one of our excursion mates had to miss an excursion - with no refund - because she felt sea sick the night before. They quarantined her to her room for the whole day, even though she felt better by morning. Bring a deck of cards, book, or something to do if you're bored. Remember that the ship's store is limited and expensive, and laundry service starts at $4-$8 per garment...pack well. Regardless of what anyone says no one is really willing to barter in port and souvenirs were expensive. $25 for a pre-printed t-shirt that looked like it came from Wal-Mart $10 for a lunch from a lunch truck, $8 to take the taxi...it adds up quick. OVERALL: I'm not picky. My favorite vacation was a camping trip to Niagara Falls with two little kids. I drove there, we were broke, we slept in a tent. With that said I must be destination people, because this was horrible. Being on the boat was like spending a $1000 to be in a floating, dizzy, prison. I was bored and irritated by the lack of real activities and the constant sales pitches. I felt like the commercials and the website were very, very misleading. It wasn't at all what I was expecting. The only thing that saved this vacation-of-a-life-time for me was the excursions we booked. I wish that we had started with a shorter cruise that had less sea time and more port time. For two people (not counting the gambling) the entire trip with souvenirs, excursions, upgraded meals, drinks, etc. costs us about $2500. I had a year to save for it, so it wasn't too bad but I'd rather have taken that money and flown to the Bahamas and spent 7 days on the islands. It probably would have cost the same and I would have been happier. **I didn't rate the excursions because we only booked one through the ship and they had little to do with Carnival or the Pride. I was very happy with my excursions - I even enjoyed FL (no excursion - just walked around), but I was so happy to be off the boat it probably wouldn't have mattered where I was and what I was doing. I will say that booking through Carnival takes some pressure off of figuring out the logistics but the best excursion was one we booked on our own. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my first time on an ocean-going cruise. I was afraid to be on a ship with that many people, given all the horror stories I have read about Norovirus and malfunctions at sea. I chose Grandeur of the Seas, because I live only an ... Read More
This was my first time on an ocean-going cruise. I was afraid to be on a ship with that many people, given all the horror stories I have read about Norovirus and malfunctions at sea. I chose Grandeur of the Seas, because I live only an hour away from the port in Baltimore. I took my niece, because my husband wasn't convinced. The price was right, and the vacation a necessity, so off we went. I can't compare Grandeur of the Seas to other ships, but I was very, very impressed. Boarding was easy. Our room was clean and well appointed, if a bit cramped, which is what I expected anyway. We spent no time in the room except to sleep. We never lacked for activities. My niece dubbed it "hitting the wall" (the interactive activity board by each elevator). Just hit the wall and find out what is going on. We participated in almost everything except for gambling, as neither of us are gamblers. It was non-stop fun. The excursions we chose were fun. We really didn't have much time to explore Nassau (glass bottom boat in Nassau -- a bit disappointing, but worthwhile). By the time we got back from our excursion, the shops were closing down. We loved the bike tour we took in Key West. Best way to see all the sites and get a bit of exercise. The food in the formal dining room was excellent. The casual fare in the Wind Jammer was fine for breakfast and a quick lunch. The entertainment variety was very good. If you weren't into performance pianist, there was always something else. From morning until late at night there was something fun to do. The best excursion was Coco Kay, the private island. It was a bit of paradise. Disembarking was not too bad. We chose self-help, and after a bit of confusion in a long-winding line, we were off the ship at 8:00 a.m. (docked at 7:00 a.m.) and on our way toward home. I loved the cruise, and am already working on getting my husband to agree to come with me next time! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
My first cruise! Royal Caribbean is great! The service in the Great Gatsby dinning room was fabulous! They worked to provide the best - and they delivered. I can't say enough commendations for our servers, Darshon, Alexandar, ... Read More
My first cruise! Royal Caribbean is great! The service in the Great Gatsby dinning room was fabulous! They worked to provide the best - and they delivered. I can't say enough commendations for our servers, Darshon, Alexandar, & Saby. They got to know our likes & preferences. They always made great recommendations and made our dinning experience truly a pleasure. They seek to deliver the best. Yes, the cabins are small - but that's ok. Our steward was very attentive and was really nice. The staff were all friendly and helpful. The entertainment was excellent. It takes a while to get through the embarkation process. Snorkeling in Nassau was must harder then expected due to the water being a bit rough. On/off the ship in Nassau is time consuming and you are after-all in a different county. I did notice the screen issues on the screen on the Pool Deck. But, overall we all thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. I would and hopefully will - go on more cruises and would recommend Royal Caribbean! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first cruise. It was just my husband and myself. We loved it! We did lots of research on the cruise before we booked. We thought the ship was just beautiful. The staff was great. They were always there if we needed anything ... Read More
This was our first cruise. It was just my husband and myself. We loved it! We did lots of research on the cruise before we booked. We thought the ship was just beautiful. The staff was great. They were always there if we needed anything (and sometimes before we even knew we needed anything!). The food was delicious! Fare warned...you will gain weight on this cruise! We had an ocean view room. The window was over the bed. At night we would turn the lights off and lay on the bed looking out the window. Just perfect! We did get the alcohol package and the soda package (well worth the money on both!). I loved how the soda drink package offered non-alcohol frozen drinks and specialty coffees. We liked the ports. The best one was the private island. It really is amazing. I wish we had more time there. One day just wasn't enough! We went to Port Canaveral. Not much to do there. We did the brewery tour. It was nice. We also went to Cocoa Beach. No one goes there. Great place to have space and be on the beach. Nassau was ok. There is a lot of "pan-handling" there. We did not do an excursion there. We walked around and shopped. Next time we go, we are staying one the boat. Nassau is a place once you have been there....done that. We went to Key West. It was very hot. We did the trolley and aquarium. It was fun. We learned a lot about Key West. We would definitely recommend this cruise to any and everyone! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
My husband and I chose the Carnival Pride for our honeymoon and first cruise. The basis of its appeal was the fact that it was inexpensive and allowed for a flexible itinerary. We had days where we kept ourselves busy with activities and ... Read More
My husband and I chose the Carnival Pride for our honeymoon and first cruise. The basis of its appeal was the fact that it was inexpensive and allowed for a flexible itinerary. We had days where we kept ourselves busy with activities and days where we lounged and relaxed. This review is from the perspective of a first time cruiser but we hope it is helpful to others considering a cruise for their vacation. -Affordability-We booked the cruise through a travel agent and paid for the gratuity upfront. I recommend this as it was one less thing to worry about during our vacation. The drinks and restaurants on the ship were fairly priced. -Atmosphere- We enjoyed the "theme" that the designer created for the ship. Personal preferences aside, there are areas that appeal to all interests. We loved the fact that we could find quiet places to lounge at any time of day. The sunset garden around the theatre is almost always empty if you're looking for a nice table by a window. -Rocking the boat- We read a lot of warnings that cruise ships could be noisy from the guests, decks, and ship motors. A smaller ship like the Pride could mean a rocky cruise in the waters are rough. We stayed in an aft room on deck 6. You could hear the ship running however if you are use to white noise when you sleep this won't bother you. It was noticeable but not obnoxious. We traveled in late October and did experience some waves. During the day I found myself distracted to notice it however it did keep me up a few times at night. The only time I felt nauseous was the night we went to David's Steak House on the very top of the ship. Since we were up high we felt the effects of the waves even more. As far as noise from our guests and the decks, being on deck 6 we never heard anything from our neighbors or the crew. -Crowds- We traveled in late October and did not see a lot of children on the ship though there were a few. A majority of the guests kept to themselves. On occasion you'll enviably be disturbed by a noisy group of intoxicated guests. We found the lido decks to be the most crowded. The Serenity Spa also filled up fast but guest seemed to be more courteous to share their time. On one of the sunniest days the decks were packed with lounge chairs. Getting two and from the ship on port days was not as bad as expected. It was crowded but not very time consuming. Getting off the boat on debarkment was the worst. It took a long time, was not well organized and extremely crowded. -Dining- The free dining areas include the Normandie dining room, the Mermaid grill, the Blue Iguana and Guys Burger Joint. The Normandie has different time-frame dining options. We choose not to have a set time for our meals and never had to wait for a seat with the exception of formal nights. During those nights our wait was 20-30 mins but you were given a buzzer and could walk around the ship. The Normandie always had dinner menus outside their doors so you could plan when you'd prefer to eat elsewhere such as the steakhouse. During sea days the Normandie also offered a brunch between 8:30am-1pm. We always ate dinner at a table for two. During the brunch you might be seated to a table with others. Breakfast is also served during port days but is different from the brunch menu. We didn't care for it as much. The Mermaid Grille was open for all meals and had different cafeteria style stations. We loved the large windows so we could watch the ocean while we ate. I usually only ate here for fresh fruit and coffee. They have a pizza selection that is open all night. I got a slice during a movie night and it was delicious. The other food was nothing special so I chose to eat most of my meals at the Normandie. The Blue Iguana was a build your own taco or burrito bar which was delicious. We chose this for lunch once or twice. Guys Burger Joint didn't appeal to us as much. We would ask for a small portion of fries for a snack. On the same deck there are ice cream machines the guest can use at any time. Being an early morning person I would be at Mermaids around 6 for coffee and start with a walk around the ship. I went to the gym often and would stop at mermaids again for fruit and water. I brought my own water bottles and could fill them up at mermaids throughout the day. My husband would have time to sleep in and by the time he woke and showered we would go to the Normandie for brunch. The brunch is only on sea days and we went to every single one. The food was delicious and it was nice to meet other guests on the ship. We usually would snack or have a late lunch at Mermaids or Blue Iguana. Dinner was between 5:45pm-9:30pm as we choose "your time dinning". We both enjoyed the food served here. The dinner menu will list starters and appetizers that are served every day. The other half of the menu are meals specific for that day only. There is also a section on the menu labeled didja ever which offers a unique dish for guests far braver than myself to try. The dinner ends with a selection of desserts to choose from as well. We were tipped to have the bitter and blanc dessert when offered and offer the same advice. We both enjoyed the atmosphere of the Normandie as well. It was beautiful and we were lucky enough to be seated at a large window one night. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
The food, the scenery, the ship and it's attendants surpassed my expectations! My husband had never had a desire to try a cruise, but gave this to me for my birthday! He enjoyed it very much, especially the music. Our favorite was ... Read More
The food, the scenery, the ship and it's attendants surpassed my expectations! My husband had never had a desire to try a cruise, but gave this to me for my birthday! He enjoyed it very much, especially the music. Our favorite was Rosario Strings. The entertainment was ongoing and top notch. We especially liked Earl Turner from Vegas. We ate only one time in the main dining room, the Great Gatsby. We chose to eat the rest of our meals at the Windjammer, which is a buffet, but has excellent food and plenty of it. Our stateroom attendant, Ishmael Scott, always greeted us with a smile and gave us good service. Our first day In Bermuda we spent a few hours on Horseshoe Beach. The water is a remarkable aqua blue color and the beach has pink sand. The next day we took an excursion by mini bus from one end of the island to the other. The roads are very narrow and the pastel color houses are close together. We learned some very interesting facts about so many things there. School girls, even in high school, aren't allowed to wear makeup, not even lip gloss. Gasoline is $9 a gallon. Oprah was not allowed to buy a house there because she is too big a celebrity and they did not want the paparazzi there. I could go on an on, but I won't. LOL! The only complaint we have is that the bed's mattress was too hard and a little lumpy. Word has it that they are replacing the mattresses, but not all at once. Overall, I absolutely loved this cruise and have memories to last a lifetime! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Disclaimer: this was a free cruise that we received from my ladies cousin. Review: Overall the trip was a bust ,but this wasn't the fault of the crew or the cruise line. Guests with medical issues and of course a Cat. 5 storm that ... Read More
Disclaimer: this was a free cruise that we received from my ladies cousin. Review: Overall the trip was a bust ,but this wasn't the fault of the crew or the cruise line. Guests with medical issues and of course a Cat. 5 storm that kept us on the ship for 6 straight days. Things of note: -the crew: each and every person was helpful and friendly, and could not do enough for us. Bravo! -the ship: she's an older vessel and it shows. Ripped seats in the food area on the Lido deck, signs with room numbers rubbed off. Don't misunderstand, the boat was very clean, but shows her age. -the food: went from terrible (the pizza & "Guys Burgers" to just outstanding (David's Steakhouse) -snacks: bring all manner of snacks (cheese/crackers /nuts/popcorn, etc). -the alcohol and it's prices: very reasonable, which surprised us. Unless you REALLY pound the booze, save the cash and don't get the drink plan. Can't speak on the soda option. If you want to save even more cash, smuggle your liquor on board. Many ways to do this (do a search on Google). -the cabin: upgrade for $50.00 to a balcony room. Spend the cash and do it BEFORE you board....you can't upgrade on the day of sailing. The cabin was fine, a lot of hidden room for storage. Having a cabin without the balcony would have been hell on earth. -things to do while at sea: not much really. They push buying this or that, but that gets old very quickly. Not enough places to dance (the "disco" was too loud and obnoxious to even contemplate). We only got to dance once or twice on the entire cruise, and we love to dance! More bands with better music are needed. The piano bar with Steve was charming. -sea sickness pills: you'll need them if not used to being at sea. Pools, spa's and hot-tubs: WAY to many people means you have to pick your times to enjoy them. Use the pool and hot tubs when people are seated for the first dinner meal, the places will be yours. Also, very late in the day is a good bet as well. -water: much has been made of the quality. It was just fine, really no need to bring bottled water on board. Make sure to ask the cabin steward to give you two ice buckets of ice at the beginning and he end of the day. If anything, bring a water bottle and fill up at the fountains. If you need to flavor the water, you can bring those little bottles of flavoring, or better yet, cool-aid. -mini bar: no reason to use it...and no, the water is NOT free. I guess the best advice I can give is if you're going to do it, go all the way...play the bingo, gamble, go to the sales pitches for jewelry and art, see the comics, dance at the mambo contest, sing karaoke. What the heck...you'll never see these people again...be cheesy! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
I absolutely agree with every single comment NCBN0902! It was my very first time cruising and it was absolutely horrible. I understand the company had no control over the weather but they did absolutely nothing to assist passengers. My ... Read More
I absolutely agree with every single comment NCBN0902! It was my very first time cruising and it was absolutely horrible. I understand the company had no control over the weather but they did absolutely nothing to assist passengers. My cabin was at the very back of the ship and in order to get dressed to our "formal" dinner, i had to lay on the bed to get dressed because staying up was impossible. I had an unlimited drinking package but the seas made me so nauseous that it wasn't even needed. By the second night, i knew every single song that played on that ship. The entertainment was boring and targeted towards an older audience. Food in the Great Gatsby dining room was the same every night and so was breakfast. Decided to eat at the Italian place onboard on the ship due to arriving at Bermuda so late and nothing else to do, and it took 2.5 hours to get my food. Service was extremely slow. It appears most of the waitressing staff had too many tables to attend and the majority of them were stressed out which decreased the quality of service. The onboard casino was the main passageway to get to the Palladium Theatre and if you are not a smoker, you were out of luck and were introduced to second hand smoke and the same happened on the decks. The acrobatic show was four people dangling from bungee chords-not impressive at all! The time in Bermuda was unfortunately very short due to the ship arriving really late and leaving on time at 1 pm. By the time, I left Bermuda, I was wishing i was in Baltimore once again. it couldn't have come any faster. I absolutely hated every single minute of it and needless to say it will be my last cruise ever. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
My wife and I are in our mid-40s and decided to take a cruise to Bermuda thinking that it would be a great way to spend a romantic week together while also getting to experience the culture of a foreign country. We were wrong. What we ... Read More
My wife and I are in our mid-40s and decided to take a cruise to Bermuda thinking that it would be a great way to spend a romantic week together while also getting to experience the culture of a foreign country. We were wrong. What we got instead was a "bus trip" aboard a no-tell motel to a shopping mall. The details are as follows: - The overall look of the ship was old and shabby, this was the first thing that I noticed as we ascended the gangway. There was peeling paint, rust, carpeting hanging from the stairs, dirty windows and every door that wasn't glass, be they cabin doors or elevator doors, was dented as if hit randomly and repeatedly with hammers. - When we arrived at our cabin, the first thing that greeted us was the stench of sulphur (like a septic tank) and wet carpet at the entrance to the bathroom. After notifying customer service about this, the room was cleaned, the rug was "dried" with a massive air blower (that blocked the entire walkway) and the shower was recaulked. This entire process took place over the first three days but the smell was gone and the carpet dry. - The toilet randomly just refused to flush. It always eventually did, just not on demand. - The food was mediocre AT BEST. This applied not only to the Windjammer buffet where, being a buffet, you'd expect mediocre food but also to the "fine dining" restaurant where the pretentiousness far exceeded the quality of the food. The "food" at the Park Cafe bordered on inedible and regardless of where it came from, the coffee tasted as if were filtered through a mixture of burnt sofas from a house-fire and ground up railroad ties (I wish that this was exaggerated). - The activities aboard the ship ranged from boring to embarrassing. Some of the highlights were the "World's Sexiest Man" contest, where having any sense of decorum was clearly grounds for disqualification, the belly flop contest, where the runners-up from the previously mentioned contest could put their splendid physiques to good use and, perhaps best of all, the "Fine Art" auction. This was the most offensive of all. Not because it plainly showed that the cruise line thought of their captive guests as pretentious dupes, who believe that actual art is sold on a cruise ship, but because they were apparently at least partially right. - The staff were all very friendly and always smiled, even when a "guest" gave them little reason to do so. - Many of the "guests" simply had no idea how to behave properly in public. Obviously this is not the cruise line's fault but it did have a great impact on the experience overall. - It's almost inconceivable that in 2015, smokers are still allowed to engage in their filthy habit in such close proximity to those of us that choose not to poison ourselves. Yet all of the starboard-side outdoor decks and the entire casino still allow this, as though they are somehow actually separated from the rest of us. Sorry smokers, it's your addiction not mine. Thanks Royal Caribbean for the opportunity to breathe second-hand cigarette smoke. - The entire cruise is a never-ending "up-sell". While eating in one restaurant, people from another badger you to come to theirs. You are ceaselessly encouraged to book your next cruise, starting while still at the dock. Plainly, the free coffee is designed to send you running for the on-board Starbuck's. The spa staff are always "encouraging" you to visit - When it rained, water leaked from everything but the lights. - Our daily one-mile walk on deck 10 doubled as trash pick up. The staff simply didn't do it and we couldn't just ignore it as it would have blown overboard. In hindsight this was rather silly considering the environmental rape that cruise ships inflict upon the oceans with what they dump overboard. - Once we arrived at Bermuda all of the ship's closed, forcing anyone inclined to spend money to do so on the island, at the grossly inflated prices that having a captive audience allows. - Snorkel Park "Beach" I won't get into details about that. You can find out all you need to know on Trip Advisor. I STRONGLY advise that you do so before visiting this physically hazardous dump (it literally is a "reclaimed" dump). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
I can eat anything and I am not picky but the food was ok nothing special. Really the food was not great. I had no choice in the room because it was a family trip. If you are older don't pick a room with a pull out bed. I struggle ... Read More
I can eat anything and I am not picky but the food was ok nothing special. Really the food was not great. I had no choice in the room because it was a family trip. If you are older don't pick a room with a pull out bed. I struggle getting up and down but young kids might like it. It was also damp and nothing dried in the room so bring extra bathing suit. Bermuda was beautiful even if it rain some. It very expensive so bring your own water and snacks. Take the bus and go to horse shoe bay it is very nice. You need to walk down a hill but the van charges 2 buck to take you up or down. They kept putting on the same music and dance the same dance. They had some fun activity but most of the time you just want to drink. You still owe money to the ship because they charge you tip. They try to get you to spend money so estimate another 300-600 bucks if you drink or buy anything like pictures. They did not have the air show as they advertise in the centrum. I was very disappointed. People are territorial about chairs by the pool and everywhere. It was my first time and I realized I do not like it. If I went on a cruise that was extra special maybe I would have done it again but no! They let smoker smoke on one side of the boat but they never follow the rules. It was very smokey. My daughter did not like the food and she ate French fries only. The late snack was a joke the lady who serve it was rude and a jerk. So much for service. In the main dinning room they take forever for the food then rush you out. We had the late dinner time. The food was over cooked and I saw the same deserts day after day. they had some good service like the cabin Stewart did a great job kept the room clean and always gave us new towels day and night. He worked hard. You get what you pay for so do get a nice room. You do spend time in it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
My family and I just returned from Carnival's cruise out of Baltimore to Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport and we had an awesome time! Embarkation was easy; we arrived early and waited about an hour and half before we got on the ... Read More
My family and I just returned from Carnival's cruise out of Baltimore to Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport and we had an awesome time! Embarkation was easy; we arrived early and waited about an hour and half before we got on the ship. The crew was outstanding. Our cabin steward, Don, was very friendly and accommodating. Neil, Leo and Cesar, our wait staff were outstanding! There were more than enough activities to keep us all busy from morning until late into the night. If you chose to do nothing, the adult serenity area was extremely restful and well-designed. There were many places to find respite -- even a library and beautiful chapel. The gym was amazing and my son and I visited on 4 different occasions. We went to Kennedy Space Center and booked through Carnival. It was pricey but well worth it. What an amazing place; lots of great tours that reminded us of our awesome astronautic programs. We missed the simulator due to time constraints; it would be nice to extend the tour day to 4p or 4:30p instead of ending just before 3p. We booked Atlantis through Bahamas Day Pass which saved us over $300. This pass gave us full access to the water park and slides. Unfortunately, there was just one check-in desk and the line to get our wristband was slow and long. Eventually, we enjoyed the beach, the pool and one slide before the weather forced them to close other slides. Still lots of fun; beautiful resort that we may visit in the future. We didn't book an excursion at Freeport. There were some vendors right in port so we visited them then went back on the ship. This was a great vacation!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
I've read many of the reviews, both the positive ones and the negative ones. However, I'm shocked by the few remarks regarding the crew. If you treat them with respect and courtesy, they will do the same. If you befriend them, ... Read More
I've read many of the reviews, both the positive ones and the negative ones. However, I'm shocked by the few remarks regarding the crew. If you treat them with respect and courtesy, they will do the same. If you befriend them, they will befriend you back. Now... everyone has a bad day - even you and me. And unlike you and me, the crew sometimes work 12 hours so that just makes a bad day drag on longer. A little compassion for them goes a long long way. Remember, you are on vacation but the crew are humans and they have what you want so, you reap what you sow. Personally, I found the crew on the Pride to be extremely courteous, going above and beyond to make sure I had the best vacation, they could make. I talked with them... asked them where they were from, asked about their families, and they couldn't stop smiling. In a very short time, every crew member I met knew my name even if we were meeting for the 2nd time. While you do sign for everything, some even conveniently remembered my folio number from my sign & sail card. They all taught me a lot humanity more than I could give back. That was the best enrichment activity I could have ever imagined. Jerrewut (Indonesia) was my cabin stewart. He was great. He got to know my routine and "did his thing" when he knew I wasn't in the room. Kevin, Nick and Gary (I think) did a great job entertaining us. Renzo (Peru), Anton (Belarus) at the Lobby Bar, Anton's crew cabin mate, Roystone (India) served up the best drinks with a smile. Anton was also at the Bell Bar on Half Moon Cey. He's a great guy and I hope he and his girlfriend have a wonderful when she comes to visit in a few weeks. The lobby bartenders never leave you thirsty. Sudhir (India) at Serenity was so nice - it took him 3rd time to remember my name but we laughed about it and he never forgot me after that. Bernardo (Philippines) was remarkable. This guy was serving up drinks around Serenity during the day and waiting on us in Normandie during late seating dinners. Kristijan (Croatia, I think) in David's was a wonderful waiter. He likes mixed martial arts (MMA). Then, there was Steffon (Bosnia), one of the photographers. This guy was VERY good. Seek him out. He could make the Hunchback of Notre Dame look like $1million in 2 dimensions. The entertainment was average. But, I was on a cruise ship. I wasn't paying a few hundred bucks for a seat at La Scala and expecting to see Lady Gaga or Maroon 5. From the piano bar to the lobby bar, if you asked them to play a song and they knew it, they accommodated you. The piano player in Ivory was very good. Mickey (College Park, MD) at the lobby bar fascinated me with his abilities to record several different tracks to build the song he was singing. He made me smile imitating Ed Sheeran's accent when he sang, Don't. The reggae band, Middle C was excellent too. A special thanks to Gerrant (Dominica - the island with Roseau as the capital) for a copy of the raggae version of When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars. I played it while getting gas last the station yesterday and people were asking about it, singing to it. The cabin accommodations were great. Jerrewut and his team kept the room spotless. Once, I got to watch him make a Long Horn steer from the towels. I recommend a balcony room. There were nights when I slept on the balcony. Tuesday (2nd day at sea), we spent at Serenity. Even in an adult-only part, we can sometimes act like kids. The cannonball guy was great. And some may have regretted egging me on to do one after the splash I made. That night, we had dinner at David's. There is a nominal charge but it was worth it. The cuts of meat were USDA Prime and cooked to perfection. MonaLisa and Kristijan waited on us. I am truly sorry I missed out on the Chef's Table on ship excursion. First stop, Grand Turk... Great place to sit back and relax. We did some shopping and had lunch, served by "Lady Bling" at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville. I wandered up the beach some and found another bar - something like Captain Jack's Shack. It wasn't "americanized" like Margaritaville but it was a great place to get a drink. Second stop, Half Moon Cay. The best beach of the Caribbean. Book a bungalow. It's worth it. The first floor has a hot tub and a private bath. The second floor is a kitchenette with food and air conditioning. We also went swimming with the Stingrays. The Stingray excursion is okay. I really didn't have any opportunity to touch them. I would have like more of an encounter with them other than feeding them a squid. I was fascinated that they took all this stuff off the ship (tendered offshore) and make a huge beach party. The DJ played great music, Anton served up libations at the Bell Bar, and the food was delicious. Third stop, Freeport. The least favorite of the 3 destinations. The noise from them offloading container ships across the pier was annoying. We went on the Dolphin Close Encounter excursion and I would recommend it **IF** there is nothing else you want to do - including shopping. Our meeting place was on the ship so we couldn't get off and go shopping before. Then, we went by bus to Lucayan, checked in and waited more 1 hour for a boat to the dolphin experience center. No one wants to waste a precious hour when you have so few in port. The encounter was something I will never forget, bucket list material. We barely had enough time to buy a T-shirt and the photo they took of you with the dolphin. We were running late so, they rushed us back the port and onto the ship. The last full day onboard was a flurry of activity from the St. Judes pool party to 1-hit wonder trivia. We took in the "Behind The Fun" on ship / tour excursion. It was fascinating and I recommend this to ANYONE. I may have missed the Chef's Table but I did meet him during the tour (I cannot remember his name but he is from India). We met the lighting engineer and a dance backstage at Taj Mahal, went to the galley where we watched a member carve swans out of soap, walked the I-95 corridor that spans the entire length of the ship. There we met the officer in charge (from Honduras), saw all the liquor cooler. We also went down to the laundry where they showed us a machine that dries, presses and folds automatically. We didn't go to the engine room but we did go to the control center and met the engineer on duty (from Italy). We eventually made our way to the bridge where we met Captain Alessandro (Italy). He even showed us his garden on the bridge where he grows everything from tomatoes to basil. Afterwards, I returned to my cabin to find the chef sent us strawberries dipped in chocolate, and a complimentary swan carved from soap. After 7 days, I have to say I was ready to move on to my next big adventure. However, I was extremely thankful for the time I had, and the new friends I made. This vacation is going to be hard to top. AGAIN... remember, you reap what you sow. Don't be afraid to smile and say "good morning"... or "good evening". Treat other guests and the crew how you want to be treated and they will take you on a journey of a lifetime. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
First things first. To all nay sayers, BOOOO! I know that every experience is subject to judgement from each perspective but I'm in awe of our experience. We are a Midwest family of four. Husband and wife, married 15 years with a ... Read More
First things first. To all nay sayers, BOOOO! I know that every experience is subject to judgement from each perspective but I'm in awe of our experience. We are a Midwest family of four. Husband and wife, married 15 years with a 12 year old son and 14 year old daughter. We were all on our first cruise from 6/14 to 6/21. I will try to explain our experience in our terms. The amount of crew to passenger is insane, I could just walk around the ship intentionally dropping things and a crewmember would thank me and pick it up. They are that good. Great cleaning service as well as busing, waiting and bartending. Our kids had a great time, they made friends easily and absolutely loved their first cruise. Amie & Pongyos who are bartenders in the casino ama,ed us with their service and even more so, their personalities. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
My DH and I sailed from Baltimore on May 24th -- we were in Balcony Cabin 6239. Our cabin was mid-ship and just off the elevators. The cabin location couldn't have been better. Cabin Service -- The cabin attendants were just ... Read More
My DH and I sailed from Baltimore on May 24th -- we were in Balcony Cabin 6239. Our cabin was mid-ship and just off the elevators. The cabin location couldn't have been better. Cabin Service -- The cabin attendants were just great. This was our first cruise so we had no idea what to expect. Our room was good size with three closets and several drawers -- enough space for luggage under the bed. Although -- wish I had brought a power stripe -- there is only one outlet in the room:) Activities: GYM -- Classes -- We wanted to work out and do spin classes while on the ship, but we missed classes for the first few days because they filled up immediately -- there are only 10 slots per day for the spin and yoga classes. If you want to do spin or yoga while on the ship, go to the gym in your first hour on the ship and sign up. Also, the spin bikes are "locked up" and can't be used other than in classes. The gym is really well equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, weights and a hot tub. Also, bring a plastic water bottle -- the gym has a water fountain but no cups. Hasbro Game Show -- Really a fun time -- loved the energy. Beach Musical Taj Mahal-- I guess it was okay if you like "Show Tunes" type shows -- a little corny for my tastes. Casinos -- Enjoyed the slots -- won $10 bucks and quit! Seminars -- We attended a "How to Flatten your Stomach" seminar with two of the trainers. All I can say about this is -- RUN -- do not attend any of the seminars -- they are just an uninformative preliminary warm up for trying to get you to buy an expensive Algae Supplement. At the seminar they tell you to get a Body Fat analysis with the trainer at $50 -- this leads to a very heavy handled sales pitch from the trainer for a $300 Algae supplement. I didn't buy the supplements and I was really upset about wasting my time and money for a worthless Body Fat Analysis that I didn't trust. SPA -- We had a one hour couples hot stone massage that was superior. We regularly get massages and this one on the ship was perfect. We had our massage on a Sea Day and paid full price -- you can get them 1/2 price if you book for a port day. Dive in Movies -- Really nice watching a "Big" screen movie by the pool at night. FOOD -- The food was either really good or really bad. The good first -- 1. David's Steak House -- Wow -- it was really, really, really good. There is a $30 charge per person, but it is worth it. No crowds, no waiting, great seating, wonderful servers and the food is just perfect. We went two nights -- I had the Sea bass both times and my DH had the Filet Mignon both times. The second time I skipped the salad course because I wanted to have room for dessert. 2. The second best food on the ship was the Iguana Breakfast Burritos on the Lido deck -- just super. They also have a fresh toppings bar and fresh sliced fruit. 3. 24 hour pizza place on the Lido deck. The pizza is thin crust and really good -- but there is always a line . . . 4. At Sea Brunch -- Normandy Room -- good smoked salmon, bagels, pastries, eggs -- servers are cheerful and good service. 5. Room Service -- We ordered room service twice after shore excursions -- We came back to the ship tired and just wanted snacks / lunch in the room. The food didn't disappoint -- it was simple and good -- sandwiches, pizza, sushi rolls. We also ordered breakfast before the early morning Freeport excursion and it was good -- cereal, toast, fruit, coffee. The bad -- 1. Buffets on the Lido deck -- all the food is just awful. Think Golden Corral -- everything is low quality -- but there is plenty of it. 2. Dinner in the Normandy Room -- we had "Your time" seating so we would show up and wait for a table. We learned that sitting on the second floor was a bad idea -- the servers were rude and rushed -- the good servers and tables were on the third floor. We would wait for a third floor table. The food was plentiful, but low quality -- someone else compared it to Applebys and I agree. Although, the desserts were okay. Excursions: Grand Turk -- None just walked over to the Margaritaville pool -- but I wish we had done the "All you can eat and Drink" at Margaritaville Pool for $50 each -- each drink was $10 and lunch was about $25. The drinks were really good :) and i could have drank several. Half Moon Kay -- 2 hour Bike Tour -- nice tour and very informative. Freeport -- Swimming with the Dolphins. Nice Excursion -- there is a 20 minute bus ride from the ship, then a boat ride to get to the dolphin area --- the trainers were awesome and well worth the price. Pools -- these were just a crowded mass of humanity. If you want a chair by the pool, be prepared to get there by 9am. We just never wanted to get to the pool by 9am so we only went to the pool one afternoon at port -- the Adult pool area was empty at 2pm on the Half Moon Kay port day. The double pool lounger was really nice. Never did get in the hot tubs -- they were always full. Other info -- Parking -- easy at the Baltimore port. Soda -- We brought on 2 six-packs of soda per person in our carry on luggage. Also bought the Bubble program and it was well worth it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
We traveled with our two and five year old children on our first family cruise. So excited to visit another country and to leave from Baltimore, close to where we live. The cruise and the ship were so much work for us, the parents, that I ... Read More
We traveled with our two and five year old children on our first family cruise. So excited to visit another country and to leave from Baltimore, close to where we live. The cruise and the ship were so much work for us, the parents, that I would not recommend it at all. My oldest didn't like Adventure Ocean (he's almost 6, so felt like the 3 - 5 year olds were too young for him, and wasn't ready for the 6 - 8 year olds). There was nothing, or maybe one thing, a day that interested the kids. We didn't feel safe putting our 2 year old, who gets up every night to use the bathroom, in the bunk beds, and the 5 year old wouldn't sleep there. (We didn't know that the beds were not recommended for small kids; our travel agent suggested them.) The family movie playing in the afternoons didn't have sound, despite our repeated requests, so that was out. The pools were fun, but much effort. The staff warm and welcoming, and we loved our room steward, but so little entertainment for the kids. The first night in the dining room (Great Gatsby) our waiter couldn't find the kids menu, then it took 30 minutes to get our appetizers, so we just couldn't go back. We all loved the windjammer (buffet) with terrific food, but we took turns getting huge amounts of food on one plate to distribute; too hard to have our small kids navigate the buffet. We also stopped eating inside and always ate outside, b/c it was crowded, and once the kids were done eating they wanted to walk around or look out the window, which were not possible inside the Windjammer. Our kids hated the small shower where we hosed them down; if the nozzle had been lower, they could have 'shot the hose like a firefighter' (which we have done before) and loved it. Contests like the belly flop and the sexiest man provided some entertainment, but the sexiest man wasn't age appropriate for our kids. Line dancing was not small kid friendly so that mean all afternoons without any kid activity. I had done a ton of research (and used a travel agent) but wish I'd known the pool was salt water (every time the kids complained about the stinging on their cuts, but we did use the pool every day). I did bring multiple swimsuits and googles, plus lots of sun screen. I wish I'd known that the beds were not good for small kids. We did the pirate museum in Nassau, which terrified my 5 year old and my 2 year old slept through (waste of time and money -- fun museum, but not good for small kids). The island was fun, but it rained, which meant my 2 year old was miserable, and left her with no activity. We didn't get off the boat in Florida. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was my first cruise and the experience I had was awesome on The Granduer...Food was excellent. The great Gatsby staff our servers Beemal and Antoine treated us like Royalty. Dennis also made sure everything was running smoothly. Our ... Read More
This was my first cruise and the experience I had was awesome on The Granduer...Food was excellent. The great Gatsby staff our servers Beemal and Antoine treated us like Royalty. Dennis also made sure everything was running smoothly. Our room attendent Jamal always was on top of making sure everything was neat. The ship is beautiful. The first person we met was Adam (The Tin Man) he helped with the drill and then I saw him around the ship. The bar staff in the Centrium Angeline and Gilbert very nice and friendly people. I met some friends Gizzy and Andre...they are the best and know how to get the crowd started. I cant forget about Kayce with the line dancing and Mitch the cruise director. The games were very funny. i will definately be back next year. The only confusion was the desk where you put money on your card. One guy supposed to have put 500 and he only put 100 which we caught early...Thanks Royal Carribbean the name speaks for itself..."Royal" Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
I left on my first cruise to the Bahamas on April 12th, I wasn't sure what to expect but it far exceeded my expectations. the crew on the ship couldn't have been any more pleasant, kind and helpful. In the main dining room we ... Read More
I left on my first cruise to the Bahamas on April 12th, I wasn't sure what to expect but it far exceeded my expectations. the crew on the ship couldn't have been any more pleasant, kind and helpful. In the main dining room we sat at Kris' s table every night. .He always treated us like we were the only ones he was waiting on..When he literally worked from morning to night. .Always knew us by our first names. .It's amazing how hard he and he's helpers worked to make us smile. ....The ship was always immaculately cleaned with all those people aboard you would think you would see dirt but we never did. The crew was absolutely amazing!!!.. On the Serenity deck I had Delvoy who served drinks with a smile. . Always there to help felt as if I gained new friends in the staff, they are the best! !!!.. Every aspect of my cruise went smoothly. I had the time of my life! !! Thank you Carnival cruise for all you did to make this cruise wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We returned home yesterday from an 8 night Bahamas cruise. We absolutely love this ship. I had read previous reviews about the ship being small but we liked that the most about this ship. Easy to find your way around and you actually ... Read More
We returned home yesterday from an 8 night Bahamas cruise. We absolutely love this ship. I had read previous reviews about the ship being small but we liked that the most about this ship. Easy to find your way around and you actually get to meet people more than once! Granduer staff were friendly, helpful and always smiling. Ports were port Canaveral Florida where we took Kennedy space center tour which was wonderful. Naussau was the next port, we did not go to straw market but did do shopping on main street. There was a lot of police and army presence so safety was never an issue. Took the #10 bus and got a heart stopping ride but we had the best time exploring on our own and swimming on a beach were there were no other people except 2 locals. Coco cay was the most relaxing. The water was fabulous and the lunch served was really good. Key West was our final port and was pretty but very congested and was really hot! We took the conch train tour and Bob our guide was great. The embarkation and departure was smooth and quick. Will definitely go on this ship again. Read Less

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