40 Baltimore Romantic Cruise Reviews

First think I want to say the Crew did a great job keeping us safe from the Hurricane. We were suppose to go to Grand Turk, Half moon Key, and Freeport. We made it to Grand Turk, but could not stay due to weather. Everything was ... Read More
First think I want to say the Crew did a great job keeping us safe from the Hurricane. We were suppose to go to Grand Turk, Half moon Key, and Freeport. We made it to Grand Turk, but could not stay due to weather. Everything was cancelled and we left. We then sailed around for 5 days. All ports cancelled. I understand and agree with this, safety first. My complaint is the lack of things to do. They added like 5 trivia activities. They did not open the bars or dance areas. They did not have entertainment in the show areas. Except Bingo you had to pay for. Really, there are like 6 bars they could have open for music and dancing. Next let's talk about the smoking pit called the casino. Really put some smoke eating vents. Horrible you can't breathe. Why not make a few times a day, smoke free. Food was great, I mean great Debarkation was great. Read Less
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
Sail Date September 2015
We boarded in Baltimore and port was easy quick and we were ready for sailing. We were in cabin 8139. Surprised of the size of the cabin, larger than expected. Balcony was wonderful. The cabin out dated and needs some updates. T.V was an ... Read More
We boarded in Baltimore and port was easy quick and we were ready for sailing. We were in cabin 8139. Surprised of the size of the cabin, larger than expected. Balcony was wonderful. The cabin out dated and needs some updates. T.V was an older model with the big backs and they charge as much for a movie as my home for a 52in flat screen with HD. Furniture very out dated. Two plugs for use and one was only for a shaver in bathroom. Their Muster drill was miserable and uninformative. They held us for 45mins and it was done in the heat with a loud speaker. Man in front of me was swaying back and forth from the heat. They closed the main pool during our cruise limiting the two other small pools they have on board.Oil, was spitting out of the Serenity pool area from the engine covering everything even us, so we left. The food was very good, but always had long lines and limited. Room service was ok but also limited to what you could order. We spent most of our cruise in our cabin. You either were drinking or eating with nothing much more to offer. They canceled shows, and activities due to the main pool closing for maintenance work and one comedian not making his plane. My husband and I have cruised in the past and enjoyed all that it had to offer, except this cruise.Deporting was miserable, do not check your luggage , because you will wait an extra two hours just to get off the ship. If you like to spend lots of money and hang with drunken people you will have fun on board this ship.The Stewart and crew were very good.They created a deck of animals made out of towels . That didn't cost a dime.As it stands we will not be going on another cruise using Carnival Pride. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our 14th cruise on RCI, and our second one this Summer. We sailed on Liberty of the Seas in June to Bermuda as a family of four (two adult children joined us for that cruise). My husband and I decided to take a cruise as a ... Read More
This was our 14th cruise on RCI, and our second one this Summer. We sailed on Liberty of the Seas in June to Bermuda as a family of four (two adult children joined us for that cruise). My husband and I decided to take a cruise as a couple in August, and we chose the Grandeur because of her size, and itinerary. We had booked a cruise on her 2 years ago but it was cancelled due to the fire on Grandeur that year. Anyway we chose the Baltimore - Bahamas itinerary. Embarkation: Embarkation was quite easy as we were ushered to the front of the line because we are Emerald Club at this point. Lunch at the Windjammer was the first nightmare. Even though we were fairly early to board, there were already no seats available in the Windjammer and very few deck lounge chairs either. We were lucky to find two regular chairs (no table) outside and balanced our plates on our laps. All we were able to get was salad, as all the other stations were way too crowded. Cabin: We had a Junior Suite (8088) at the far aft of the ship. We had chosen this cabin because we had read that the balconies of the aft cabins are larger than those on the sides of the ship. The fitness facility was directly above our cabin. Indeed we had a nice large balcony which we both enjoyed VERY much during this cruise. The cabin was very well maintained by our cabin steward, John. However, this Jr. Suite was MUCH smaller than the Jr. Suite we had on Liberty only a few weeks earlier. This Jr. Suite did not have a walk-in closet, and the bathroom was far smaller than the one on Liberty. The cabin itself was MUCH narrower. The furnishings looked quite worn. The sink and tub drains were often clogged, and the toilet refused to flush on several occasions. While we were sailing at night, the odor of diesel fuel often woke me up. While we had expected this cabin to be very quiet as it was at the end of a hallway, we did get a lot of thumping noise from the fitness center above us. A family of five was in the cabin next door to ours, and a baby cried for hours and hours. Since I work at a school this didn't bother me all that much, but we were surprised at how much we could hear through the walls. Dining: We ate 6 of our seven dinners in the main dining room, at early Seating. Our waiter and assistant waiter were excellent. The head waiter made an appearance at our table every night and was extremely friendly and nice. We had requested a table for two, even spoke to a representative by phone to confirm this before sailing, but we were placed at a table for six. Two of the six people didn't show up all week. The two women we sat with were pleasant enough, but since we were taking our first trip alone together as a couple in 27 years, we had really hoped for and expected a table for two. The food was much better than cruises in the past few years on RCI. The desserts were out of this world for the most part. We paid extra for filet mignon one night, and it was not any better than the regular menu option of beef. Also the baked potato was pathetically small. The portions have REALLY gotten smaller on RCI in the past few years. One night we ate at Giovanni's, and we were extremely disappointed. The choices were very limited on the menu, and the veal I ate was worse than anything I had eaten in the dining room. However our table for two by the windows was so very nice and intimate, and our server was very accommodating. Entertainment: If you wanted to attend a show, you had to get there over a half hour early, or you would risk not being able to find a seat. Several nights there was only ONE show for both dinner seatings, and there was no way the entertainment venue could hold that many passengers at once. As a result we most often watched the show on the in-room TV the next day. The entertainment was average. Pubic Areas: The Centrum was beautiful, but many activities were held there, and again crowding was a big issue. We never actually made it into the swimming pool, as it was quite small and we could never find a pool lounge chair, so we sunned ourselves out on our private cabin balcony, which was nice, but it would have been nicer to be able to get in cool water as well. The schooner bar was a pleasant place to get a quiet drink most nights, and we were grateful for that. Bar service at that venue was average; my husband often had to go up to the bar for service rather than wait at length for a bar waiter to provide service to our table. The shops were very nice, if a bit small, and service in those was very good. The jewelry making workshop was the only "enrichment activity" we attended, and it was nice, but it was advertised as "adult only." No doubt RCI was trying to keep small children out of this activity, but certainly older children and teenagers would have enjoyed it too. As a result of the age restriction on this activity, only a handful of people showed up, and most of them were over 65. I heard several passengers later complaining that their daughters would have liked to attend this activity as they have in the past. Shore excursion: The only shore excursion we had pre-booked was the Nature Walk at Coco Cay. We had pre booked it for 9 a.m. The tickets we received were for 11 a.m.?! As it turned out by that hour we were both too hot to consider taking a 1 1/2 hour walk, so we skipped it. We did not use the Fitness and Recreation facilities. Service on this ship was hit or miss. It was much better on the Liberty. Our cabin steward and dining room service was very good, but bar waitstaff was often just goofing around with each other, or totally absent. Unless you added an additional gratuity to the 18% already included per beverage, you rarely saw the bar waitstaff again. Beverage service in the large showrooms was nearly non-existent. Ports: We did not get off the ship at Port Canaveral, as we have been to Florida many times. There were over 600 children on this cruise, and I assume that may have been because Disney was a shore excursion as was the Kennedy Space Center. We did get off the ship in Nassau, and found that more native Bahamians were bothering passengers as soon as we got off the ship, than five years ago when we went there. We did some nice shopping in the town however, and the mainstream stores were very pleasant and the staff helpful. Coco Cay was a beautiful island, but the island seems to be made of rock and is hard on your feet, even at the beach area. The little shops there are all so commercialized now; with most trinkets from China instead of locally made as they were just a few years ago. Debarkation was a hassle as usual. The public area we were assigned to was overcrowded (no surprise there, as the entire ship was such), and we had to stand while we waited to be called off the ship. RCI should take a page from Celebrity and let passengers stay in their cabins until they are called for debarkation. Being made to feel like a herd of cattle at debarkation is not a very pleasant way to treat passengers when it CAN be done in a more pleasant manner, as seen on other cruise lines. Going through customs was easy, and we got our luggage as soon as we entered the luggage area. It took some time to get the attention of a porter, even though several were just standing around doing nothing. Parking was convenient and leaving the parking lot for home was no trouble at all. Value for the money: This cruise was fairly priced due to the local ports of call, but the value for what we received was not up to what we paid, especially for a Junior Suite. Our cruise to Bermuda on Liberty was a better value, with better service, accommodations, and a nicer port than the Bahamas. It appears to us that RCI is taking much better care of their newer ships, and letting these older ones go when it comes to maintenance and service. We were very surprised that nearly everything was a step up on the Liberty just six weeks prior. This was a disappointment, as we have been planning on sailing on Grandeur for over two years, and had thought since she was refurbished somewhat after the fire, things would be nicer. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Background information: My husband and I, both 31 years old, no kids We love cruising for relaxation (on most cruises we do not get off the ship) We have been on 6 cruises (2 Carnival, 3 Disney, 1 Royal) and was married aboard the ... Read More
Background information: My husband and I, both 31 years old, no kids We love cruising for relaxation (on most cruises we do not get off the ship) We have been on 6 cruises (2 Carnival, 3 Disney, 1 Royal) and was married aboard the Disney Magic in 2011. We chose the Grandeur because it was cheap and we didn't have to fly but wanted to go somewhere for vacation. Ship information: The ship was small but it was a very beautiful ship However, some parts of the ship were under construction - for instance there were two automatic doors that did not work the whole time we were there. On the 10th deck they had some of it blocked off for renovation, however, it did not cause any issues, some of the jogging track was covered but it was not unable to be used. The adult only area was nice because it was enclosed, the sun still shined through but there was no wind which was really nice. Activities: The ship offered a lot of small activities; trivia (constantly), movies on the pool deck and in the theater, table tennis tournament, karaoke, etc... They offered a lot of activities in the all ages pool area, however, we prefer the adult only pool since we don't have kids and would prefer to be in a quiet area. Port: We are ship people and prefer to stay aboard the ship while others port because the ship is nice and quiet when others are on shore. However, we did get off on Royal's private island Coco Cay in the Bahamas. Unfortunately this island fell flat for me. The beaches were covered in large rocks and I didn't have any water shoes so it was hard to walk around. Since I was married on a Disney Cruise ship on their private island Castaway Cay-Coco Cay was very disappointing for me. Travel to embarkation Port: Embarkation was fast and went with ease. We had no issues and it did not take too long to get on the ship! Cabin: We had inside cabin 3055. I enjoyed how it was in the middle of the ship and there wasn't too much swaying. It was also very quiet which I love! Of course it was small - but it's a cruise and that goes without saying. Our phone didn't work but we didn't need it anyways. They didn't have any small refrigerators either, it would have made that a bit better so I could keep my water bottle cold or bring snacks down or leftovers to keep in my fridge until later. Dining: This was a let down. Some of the food was good - I enjoyed the tempura mahi mahi and tiger shrimp, but like I said before, sailing on a Disney Ship makes my expectations pretty high. However, since I paid way less for this cruise I will say I got what I paid for. The dinners were not spectacular but they were edible and far better than anything I would have prepared for myself at home! The ship had three additional PAY dining restaurants and before you even board the ship they are pretty much in your face forcing you to pay for dinners. I didn't understand that because we paid to have our food all inclusive but they still wanted me to buy three more dinners in their pay restaurants? Anyways, we did get one dinner at the Chops Grille. It was $48 and the dinner did not disappoint at all. I got the filet/lobster tail, crab cake, goat cheese salad. Yes it was VERY good. Dessert was a hit with the Red Velvet Cake however the Chocolate Lava Cake was a dud. Also, service was extremely slow. We spent almost 2.5 hours in there eating dinner. The view was nice though - the table next to the window was perfect, if it wasn't cloudy outside we would have seen a beautiful sunset. Even after stuffing our faces the server was pressuring us to join the buffet luncheon the next day at $30 a person. (we declined). The Windjammer - was exactly that - JAMMED. Every morning and lunch time it was so difficult to find a table to eat at. And employees took forever to clean off tables so it was difficult to know if someone had actually left their table or were coming back. One time we went outside and ate at the bar because there was literally NO WHERE to sit. The food offered there was pretty average, however, I will say I did enjoy their 'healthy section'. I was able to get hard boiled eggs and scrambled egg whites which I have not been able to do on other ships. I would have loved a fresh omelet but the line was always so long I didn't want to wait for it. We went to the Windjammer for dinner after our sit down dinners almost every night because we didn't like our food selections that much in the main dining area. It was easy to find a table during dinner time. I enjoyed the ice cream they put out with toppings but did no like how the ice cream was always a melty mess. The Windjammer was just average - breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Park Cafe at the same selections every day and every night. No variation. It was just OK. Service: Let me tell you - the service aboard the Grandeur was terrible. Almost everyday I felt like an inconvenience to someone. I jog at 4am and obviously that is when the crew wakes up to get the decks ready for the day. I got so many dirty looks from the crew on Deck 10 and the one day the guy throw the lawn chair across the deck. It's my vacation and I felt like I was in their way. I have never felt that way on a cruise before. The service at dinner was not good either. There was no pleasant interactions with the servers. One day they had pistachio ice cream, I had asked the server the next day if they had any left from the night before. Usually, from my experience the servers go out their way to at least CHECK to see if they have anything you request. This guy said "No". That was it. He didn't even LOOK. I was not happy with dining area service. We hardly saw our stateroom attendant and while walking through the halls all the other stateroom attendants didn't even acknowledge us, no hello's, good morning's, nothing. Again, I felt like I was an inconvenience for this people just walking in the hallway. On the Disney Cruise Ships you can't go by ANY of the crew without getting a "GOOD MORNING!!" "HAVE A GREAT DAY" or a simple "HELLO!". Entertainment: One thing I did enjoy was the cruise director, Mitch, and his staff. They kept things fun and lively during the day and night. The entertainment on board - magician, comedians, and a variety act was just pretty average. The variety act - el gaucho was the best out of all of them. Everything else just eh. I wouldn't recommend the Grandeur of the Seas to anyone, do some more research or save your money and do a Disney Cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date July 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
Sail Date May 2015
Sept 21-18, 2014. This was our third time on the Pride. We really enjoyed the cruise, we love the Pride and it feels like home. We cruised with several friends we met on the Pride a few years ago so most of the cruise was a positive, fun ... Read More
Sept 21-18, 2014. This was our third time on the Pride. We really enjoyed the cruise, we love the Pride and it feels like home. We cruised with several friends we met on the Pride a few years ago so most of the cruise was a positive, fun experience. There were a few notable differences this time on the Pride. Embarkation was painful but was the first poor embarkation for us in Baltimore so hopefully a one-off. -Balcony cabin 6283 was as expected and overall we were satisfied with it. Our Cabin Steward was 'ok', but he was the first we did not give an extra gratuity to (normally tip an extra $25-$40). He never did introduce himself to me (he did introduce himself to my Wife), I called him the first night and asked for ice and asked him if he could make sure we had ice every day when he did the room (we had no additional special requests). He had room service send us a beer bucket full of ice which melted all over the place. Daily we would ask either for ice or glasses as he wouldn't replace the drinking glasses in our room after taking dirty ones. In our opinion he did the bare minimum. -Food: Room service was pretty quick but as expected, cold sandwiches nothing fancy. Pizza bar was a good quick fix but the guys working the pizza bar are the most miserable we have ever encountered on a ship's crew. These guys should be moved to laundry duty or someplace out of the way if they don't like interacting with passengers. Buffet was hit and miss, loved the Caribbean dishes, but a lot of the food was cold and/or pretty bland. Dining Room was as expected, quality food, usually pretty good. Tried the steak house option from the MDR for $20 but was not the same as eating at David's. Do yourself a favor and just go to Davids and spend the extra $$$. Most MDR staff were very pleasant and good at their jobs. Comedy Brunch was as we remembered, very good and enjoyable. Didn't hear a comedian this time so maybe Carnival is listening. -Entertainment: Comedians were very good, we saw two (BT and Cee-Jay). Karaoke we usually enjoy even though we rarely sing. While there were some very talented singers on board, why is Carnival hosting karaoke in the Ivory bar??? Constant stream of people walking between the singers and the spectators. It needs to be moved back into one of the lounges ASAP. The band on board was pretty entertaining. -SPA: Wife and I enjoyed the best relaxation massage we have had on a ship yet. Hayley and Bianca were amazing and really gave a good relaxing massage. If we had gotten the massage earlier in the trip we likely would have booked a second one with them. -Ship: Really glad she is going in for upgrades as she is showing her age in several areas. Panels from the underside of deck 9 rusted and/or falling off (one panel missing altogether-looked u from our balcony), some fluid ?? dripping on us from the ceiling in Beauties night club while we sat downstairs against the back wall. Air conditioning in cabin was barely working, go to bed and its hot, wake up it's cool, wake up later on and it's hot again. Mattress on bed closest to the TV was old and sloped downwards towards the TV (presumably from people sitting on it all the time over the years). They need to spin these mattresses each cruise IMO. Gym equipment not working or damaged. Looks like they are not bothering with repairs or replacements as they are upgrading soon anyway. It's a shame because we paid 100% of our cruise fare and do not want a ship that is no longer being maintained because they don't want to waste money on repairing a ship going in for an overhaul soon. -Ports: Grand Turk, great beach day as always. We walk down to Jack's and grab some drinks, food and an umbrella and relax...water was so refreshing and cool. Half Moon Cay: Was our first time here and is now one of our new favourites! We were lucky enough to be part of a group who had the Grand Oasis Cabana and was worth every penny! The bartender in the Oasis (Dante from the crew bar) was awesome! He was better than any bartender we had on the ship. Freeport: first time we have not explored a port. We have done Freeport a few times and not interested anymore. Gold Rock Beach is a paradise but no time to do it so we stayed and hung out at Senor Frogs and getting silly. Next time I think we will look to hire a taxi for 5 hours and have them take us to Gold Rock and wait for us. Experience: As with every cruise we had fun and will do it again. If we hadn't been sailing with such a bunch of great people, the drop in service and condition of the ship would have given us pause before sailing her again at least until after 2.0 upgrades. A great cruise is usually a result of the people you are with and not the cabin stewards ability to get ice etc., so of course we will be back. Having said that, we hope Carnival steps it up soon and reminds us why they are (were?) our favourite cruise line. A recent cruise on the NCL Breakaway has us considering another trip with NCL when we book next. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was the smallest ship I have ever been on in 4 cruises. Not necessarily a bad thing but I like more choices and more to explore. The good thing about the size is that we had a big wedding party (it was my sister's wedding on the ... Read More
This was the smallest ship I have ever been on in 4 cruises. Not necessarily a bad thing but I like more choices and more to explore. The good thing about the size is that we had a big wedding party (it was my sister's wedding on the ship) and it was very easy to locate people from our party. There are also ample amounts of public phones around the ship so we could call around to everyone's stateroom if we needed to get a hold of anyone. I cruised Freedom of the Seas back in May 2008 so this review will be comparative to my experience on that ship. Food: For some reason RC must have had some big problems with sickness on the ship because EVERYWHERE you went where there was food they basically forced you to use Purell from their dispensers. The dining in the main dining room (Great Gatsby) was good. Just good. Not great. Escargot was basically garlic and butter soup with pieces of snail in it. They have a decent menu, nothing was too appealing. They offer some great dishes for extra $$. The wait staff was excellent and friendly, aside from a mix up on the first night where they had split up the wedding party into two separate parts of the dining room when we had asked to be all seated in the same area. After my sister (the bride) threatened to unveil Bridezilla to them they fixed the issue that evening and we received an notice of table change the next day. Windjammer Cafe was mediocre, about Golden Corral standards. Not nearly as good as Freedom's buffet but better than food on Carnival cruises I have been on. Breakfast syrup was disgusting. The scrambled "eggs" were powdered (unless you go boiled eggs) and OK and so was the bacon. We decided to stick to the main dining room for lunch and dinner after the first day. Room service was same quality of Windjammer. We had room service delivered to the stateroom every morning, which is a nice feature, but the food was mediocre. Childcare Don't cruise with a child under 3 or a child that is not potty trained on Royal Caribbean if you can help it. Wait a few years or find someone to watch your child while you are away. There is nothing for them to do except babysitting for 6/8 dollars depending on the time of day. Anyone with a diaper may not use the pool facilities. There is no splash area on Grandeur. That being said everyone LOVED our son and most of the staff was calling him by name the 2nd day. The people in Royal Babies and Tots are wonderful and he was well taken care of when mommy and daddy needed some alone time. We usually dropped him off for just a few hours a day (2-3). The full day we were in Bermuda we dropped him off for the entire day just after breakfast. He enjoyed it. I just don't like the fact that we had to pay normal price for a 2 year old when there are no free activities for him and then had to pay daycare fees on top of that. My nieces and nephews LOVED Adventure Ocean (they were ages 5 through 11). Pools Average seawater pools. There's one small main pool and one small adult only pool (solarium). I was bummed that they closed the solarium pool so early at night. My wife and I went by at 9 after dropping off our son for some alone time in the quiet adult pool but it was drained for cleaning. Entertainment I wanted to do more physical activities other than the gym. Rock climbing was great and the attendants are very fun to talk to. Fitness Center was PACKED in the morning. Freedom had treadmills that faced the sea at the front of the ship right in front of the windows. The fitness center had limited window visibility. No Flow Rider on Grandeur. There were a number of dancing shows and live music, not really my cup of tea. I think I heard "No Woman No Cry" about 50 times. I used to love Bob Marley before this cruise. Overall I think the ship was too small for my liking. I will cruise RC again, but I will try Freedom Class, Oasis Class, or Quantum Class probably. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
My mother, husband and two 17 year old twin boys and myself just got back yesterday from this cruise. The ship was supposedly given a makeover in 2012, but there were many things that shouldn't have been an issue if this was the case. ... Read More
My mother, husband and two 17 year old twin boys and myself just got back yesterday from this cruise. The ship was supposedly given a makeover in 2012, but there were many things that shouldn't have been an issue if this was the case. The first thing we noticed was, the large outdoor screen that they used for evening movies and daytime entertainment had large blackout rectangular bars in it, obscuring the picture. It made watching a movie very annoying--like a block of pixels were dead, only it moved around the screen. The second bit of inconvenience was, the top deck had railing that was missing, so a large section of it was blocked off. This made trying to use the track to jog very inconvenient. The windows looked like they'd never been cleaned since the ship was launched, and the dining room carpet looked as though it rarely got vacuumed. For the first three days of the cruise, the Windjammer restaurant was very crowded and it was difficult to get a table. If I did manage to procure a table from another family leaving, I could not get anyone to bus the table, even though the crew were sanding around not doing anything. In fact, one guy I asked, who was just standing at the dirty dish station gave me a dirty look as though I had some nerve asking him if he would bus the table. Halfway through the cruise, this changed because 600 people had come down with norovirus. Gee, go figure. Then dining did a complete 180. We were no longer allowed to take ANYTHING for ourselves, not even a box of cereal. They had people handing out everything, including butter, salt, pepper, creamers, everything. It was so annoying, because if they'd been more diligent to begin with, it wouldn't have happened. For that reason alone, I will never sail on that ship again. That was not the only place the crew was a let down. Organizing the port of call tours was a disaster. On the first port, people were lined up at the stairs, and the girl working that station would not let anyone off, even when the captain came over the intercom and announced we could disembark. I can't count how many people called her names, and then she wondered why. People just unhooked the rope and walked around her while she called us rude. We wondered if she was deaf, or did not speak english. In either case, she shouldn't have been stationed at that job. When we took a cruise several years ago on the Navigator, people just got off, and found their groups once off the ship. This ship attempted to organize people on the ship and let them off according to group. It was complete chaos because there simply wasn't enough room. It was a ridiculous way to handle this. In Key West, they assigned us times to get off the ship, according to tour. We utilized this procedure and found our group neglected once outside for almost an hour. No one knew the correct times for restaurants either. We had a suite and supposedly could dine for breakfast in the Italian restaurant. However the hours for this are not posted anywhere. And when we asked, not once, but three different occasions, we were told the wrong times--BY THE RESTAURANT STAFF. The last time was the return to Baltimore yesterday, and I think they just opened late. We were told 6:30, but when we arrived, they were not set up, and claimed they opened at 7. The food in the main dining room, the Great Gatsby, was fair. It was what I expected, not fantastic, but not bad either. I was promised a private table for 5, but when we showed up were seated at a table for 10. This would have been fine, had it not been for the one single traveler who was so obnoxious that both our group and the other party of 4 showed up the next morning asking for separate tables. We were accommodated with a separate table, but the service at that table was AWFUL! It was consistently 2 hours for every dinner. We were always the last to get a menu, the last to have their order taken, and the longest for it to be delivered. The last evening in the main dining room, we watched as the waitress spent 15 minutes laying out dessert spoons and serving water before entering the meal orders in the computer. She had three tables, and all three tables received poor service. It was only the second to the last night when the waitress and the guy that is supposed to handle refilling water and passing out butter that they became super friendly and eager to please. When she asked how we would rate her service when we received our email review did it become clear why she suddenly cared. Too little too late. The other issues were the amount of effort they put into trying to sell us extras. One day at lunch were were pressured to buy a cookbook and a tour of the galley, and I saw similar tactics at dinner as well. This was not a simple, "here is our cookbook, and a tour if you'd like," it was high pressure, stand over your table not taking no for an answer. It was truly obnoxious. The same thing happened when we got a massage. High pressure sales for massage oils for 200.00. Ridiculous. The gym is very small, which make the out of commission jogging track even more sorely missed. The other thing I don't get is, I had read that the entertainment was very good on this cruise, yet it was almost non existent on our sailing. I think there was one comedy act the first or second day. Other than that, it was mostly contests, and showing movies. It was quite dull. My other complaints don't really have anything to do with the cruise line; the weather was chilly most of the time--I think there were only 2-3 days that were actually warm enough for a bathing suit, the water is very rough sailing until you get down to Port Canaveral. I think it's the wrong time of year for these destinations--Key West, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Coco Cay. The water was so cold at Coco Cay the boys asked to come back to the ship--and they can tolerate pretty cold water. Spending the day at Atlantis was probably the best day, but that was a little chilly as well. The Chops restaurant, and the Italian Restaurant, Giovanni's is ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY. The service is very good, and the food is just fantastic. If you book as suite, I would take the extras with a grain of salt. They will tell you how worth it it is to pay the extra for a suite because you get all the extras, but the fact is, there really aren't much in the way of extras. If you need the space it's nice to have, but don't be lured into thinking you're going to get something for it in return. The whole, you have your own butler. Personally I don't think it's that big a deal (I mean why does anyone need their own personal valet anyway), I just don't like being told it's a perk when it's a lie. He did bring us a cheese plate on the third day, and filled our ice bag from coco cay for two days after. He was efficient, but twice forgot to leave a compass of the next days activities, and twice did not replenish the shampoo and soap. All in all, I would not do that itinerary again, nor that ship again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Me and my hubby took this cruise to celebrate our 10th anniversary. This is our 5th cruise and it was very relaxing for us. The food was good. Although, the Windjammer did not have the variety of food that I am used to based on other ... Read More
Me and my hubby took this cruise to celebrate our 10th anniversary. This is our 5th cruise and it was very relaxing for us. The food was good. Although, the Windjammer did not have the variety of food that I am used to based on other cruises I have taken. The selections were the same each day with a few different dishes thrown in. The staff was friendly. The cruise and activities directors were entertaining and friendly. Public restrooms did not flush completely - waste did not always go down after first flush - felt like I was always flushing for the person that went ahead of me. Ship was not overcrowded and I was thankful for that. Lots of small children, but we still had a good time. Dress code for dining room is not followed. On my first cruise I brought a gown and dressed very formal but after seeing how the rules are not followed by all I scaled back a lot. Why have rules if you are going to allow folks to come into the dining room in shorts anyway. Why tell folks not to save seats (in theater and around pool) and not enforce it. I saw towels on almost all the chairs around the pool one day. Nobody in these chairs and the pool was not crowded. This was the first cruise where I saw maintenance workers in jumpsuits working each day. I think it's due to the repairs after the fire in May. That's probably why we smelled paint fumes in our stateroom RC was still making repairs. Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Boarded early to learn the ship. We were so excited.Found our cabin small but ok. It did not have a mini fridge. Found paper work for romance package i ordered for the wife and i. Our bon voyage champaine and cupcakes were not there. They ... Read More
Boarded early to learn the ship. We were so excited.Found our cabin small but ok. It did not have a mini fridge. Found paper work for romance package i ordered for the wife and i. Our bon voyage champaine and cupcakes were not there. They were suppose to be. Called room service and they said the cupcakes were not ready. We did not get them until 5 hours after we set sail. No bon voyage party for us. We ate in the main dinning room that night and had the worst prime rib of my life. The veggies werent even cooked through. The next day we finally met our room attendant.Yep on the second day. Most staff we encountered were rude and ill mannered. Our breakfast in bed we were suppose to have, part of romance package. Turned in the paper to head waiter like it said stating what we wanted and the time.In the morning only half the order was delivered. The experience of romantic breakfast in bed on ship with your sweetie...don't know it was ruined. The ports we visited were fine because we were able to get off the ship. This was our third cruise. The first two were on Carnival, The Pride out of Baltimore. We highly recommend The Pride. That is the level of service we like. Their food is outstanding. Very attentive staff. The events are all the time unlike on The Grandeur.RCI really fell short in many ways for us. The Grandeur had 2 comedians on the ship 1 day each. The Pride 2 comedians a day going all week and not the same comedians either. We paid more to go on The Grandeur to get so much less. Less activities, service, etc.... If you want to sail out of Baltimore please please please sail Carnival on The Pride. You can get a balcony for the price of an ocean view. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
It was a huge difference from just 8 months ago! Apparently the Pride has changed its executive staff and the ship has gone down hill ever since. First off, sailing out of Baltimore is great! They really have their act together at ... Read More
It was a huge difference from just 8 months ago! Apparently the Pride has changed its executive staff and the ship has gone down hill ever since. First off, sailing out of Baltimore is great! They really have their act together at the port. Getting on and off the ship is one of the best I've seen and the port workers are friendly and helpful. The ship itself needs some cleaning up and maintenance. It's still nice, but the wear and tear is showing. My biggest complaint is the executive officers and their assistants. My wife and I work different shifts and when we go on vacation we devote all our time to just ourselves. The very first thing I do when I get on the ship is wait in line, 'over an hour' to see the matradee and get our dining assignment changed to a private table. I've never had a problem on 10 previous cruises until this one! Now this "my time dining" has consumed most of the private tables so the chances of getting one are very slim. Some people might call it petty, but that's my vacation! Quiet and private! I will say the room stewards were good and the waiters were excellent. But the new Matradee and his staff are rude, don't follow through with their promises and treat you like a pest. I was also amazed at the officers in uniform drinking at the casino lounge for over an hour on the last night! If your off duty, at least take the uniform off! A lot of people were taking notice to that, doesn't give you that comfy felling after they just had another ship sink because of a cowboy captain! I'm done with cruising for awhile. Going to try flying to a resort next time and see how that goes. Cruising was great just a few short years ago but the cutbacks on the food and service has taken it's toll on me. I would rather pay a higher price for excellent service like it used to be. I'm sure the newbies won't understand that! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We chose this cruise because of destination, Bermuda, and the fact it was only 52 miles from home. The trip to Baltimore was easy with plenty of time to spare. We arrived early, around 11AM. and were able to board early. very easy ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of destination, Bermuda, and the fact it was only 52 miles from home. The trip to Baltimore was easy with plenty of time to spare. We arrived early, around 11AM. and were able to board early. very easy embarktion, very smooth and courteous.We walked around and then went to the lido deck for lunch. The ship was delayed, and we watched while they loaded late deliveries. Our room was ready early and bags were there. Great service. Room was clean and spacious although the balcony could have been bigger. Room steward was super. Trip a bit rocky to start but smoothed out. The speakers throughout the ship need to be updated, as most times you couldn't understand what they were saying. Dinner was open time,and we never waited more than 5 minutes. Very polite service, but never got a hot meal in the dinning room. Hostess was very nice but the last two nights our serves were slow or non entities. Breakfast and lunches at the Buffet. Pools very small, Hot tubs even smaller. Shows OK but not as good as the other cruise. Casino very outdated and laid out poorly. Would probably go back, only if they go out of Baltimore and to somewhere we haven't been. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was my first cruise and my girlfriend's second (she'd previously done a two-week Baltic cruise aboard a Norwegian cruise ship). We sailed on July 31st from Baltimore. Day 1 - As we live in Annapolis, sailing out of ... Read More
This was my first cruise and my girlfriend's second (she'd previously done a two-week Baltic cruise aboard a Norwegian cruise ship). We sailed on July 31st from Baltimore. Day 1 - As we live in Annapolis, sailing out of Baltimore was wonderful! It was so nice not to have to worry about catching a plane or making hotel reservations. I will say I wasn't expecting to have to pay over $100 to park at the terminal. Just one more way that cruises nickel and dime you to death I suppose (more on that at the end). Checking in was relatively quick and straightforward. No complaints there. First Impressions: As other reviewers commented, the dEcor felt overdone and really dark and the public spaces were much smaller and tighter than I expected. Most of the public spaces did indeed feel overcrowded. My girlfriend, who does have some cruise experience, felt the same way. Cabin: While our cabin was right off of one of the main stairwell/elevator areas, it wasn't nearly as loud as we expected it might be. The room itself was nice although there were a few times that it got very warm even though the thermostat was turned all the way down. The biggest issue was that the balcony doors aren't sliders, so every time another cabin slammed their balcony door (which isn't hard to do since they're very heavy doors), it reverberated throughout our cabin. It was extremely annoying to say the least. The towel animals and chocolates every night were a nice touch. It was fun to come back after an evening out and see what our towel animal would be. We ordered breakfast room service a couple of times and had no complaints with either the fare or the delivery (delivered right on time). The highlight though was our cabin steward Vance. He was very responsive, personable, and took very good care of us. An all-around nice guy! Days 2 - 3 - At Sea We spent the majority of these days just touring the ship and sunbathing. We did attend the art auction in the Butterflies Lounge one day for something to do. We felt that the majority of the art was sub-par and overpriced and couldn't believe some of the money that was being shelled out for it. I saw some previous reviewers complain about the ship rocking. While there was some slight rocking (this is a ship after all), we didn't think it was excessive. I guess some are just very prone to motion sickness. Day 4 - Grand Turk We really liked this island. If you're looking for a lot of shopping or a town to visit, you're in for a disappointment. Grand Turk is all about the beautiful beaches and water. My girlfriend and I went on the scuba diving excursion (my first time!) which was simply awesome. While we were scuba diving, a Princess cruise vessel arrived, so as you can imagine, every available beach chair quickly filled up. We therefore decided to take a cab "downtown," where we had a local brew and walked down the beaches away from the cruise ship crowd. We had lunch at a small local hotel (you have to try the cracked conch!) and made our way back to the ship as it was sailing at 2:00 pm. We really wish we could have spent more time at this quaint little island! Day 5 - Half Moon Cay As a previous reviewer commented, "If Grand Turk was GREAT, Half Moon Cay was INCREDIBLE!" While it was a little irritating having to take a launch to shore, the crew really has the process down to a science and it went quickly and efficiently. As an active duty Navy officer, I've taken countless launches from aircraft carriers into foreign ports and the Navy could really learn something from Carnival. It's never this efficient on a Navy ship! We had an early excursion planned, so after arriving ashore we made our way to the meeting area. Our excursion in this port was parasailing (another first) and it was a blast! From 600 feet up you can see the entire island. After parasailing we made our way down the beach and found a nice area away from the crowds. The beaches and water at Half Moon Cay are simply amazing! We spent most of the remainder of the day frolicking in the crystal clear waters (which led to some significant sunburn). Day 6 - Freeport We originally had another excursion planned for this stop, but as I mentioned, we got so sunburned the previous day, we couldn't possibly spend another five hours kayaking and snorkeling. Kudos to the Carnival Excursion personnel on giving us a refund although we were well inside the 24-hour no-refund window. So, with no excursion planned, we decided to take a taxi to the main shopping area. Big disappointment! As the previous reviewer stated, we could have skipped Freeport entirely! Since we got to the shopping area before most of the stores opened, we decided to check out the public beach behind the police station. To say it was a big letdown, especially when compared to the beaches at Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay, would be an understatement. We walked down to the beach and immediately turned around and left. We spent the rest of the stopover hanging around the shopping center and having lunch. We'd been to Nassau previously and Freeport doesn't come close to Nassau. We practically couldn't wait to get back to the ship. Day 7 - At sea We spent most of our last day simply napping. We'd been around the ship so many times at this point that we were bored with it. We just couldn't think of anything else to do. Sad but true. Departure: Our zone wasn't scheduled to check out until nearly 11:00 am, so luckily we brought books to read. It would have been nice to spend the time waiting in our cabin, but they wanted us out so they could prep it for the next guests. Luckily we ended up being called a bit earlier than expected and the departure process went quickly and efficiently. Food: Mermaid Grille: We quickly tired of the lines and crowds in the Mermaid Grille. It was a hassle making our way from station to station spread throughout the large, crowded eating area and finding a seat during peak times was frustrating. As for the food itself, it ranged from good (Indian meal and sandwich station) to mediocre (most every other meal). Normandie Dining Room: I've always heard from others how good the food is on cruise ships, but I must admit, I was not overly impressed. We chose the Your Time Dining option which others complained about, but we actually liked it. It was nice not having to worry about being at dinner at a certain time and we were glad we didn't have to stand in the long scheduled dining lines. There were a couple of times when we were given a pager, but our wait wasn't all that long and it gave us time to have a before-dinner drink. For us, Your Time Dining was the way to go. David's Steakhouse: The highlight of our dining experience! While you do pay extra to eat there, what you get for $30 makes this option a bargain in our opinion. From the appetizer to dessert and everything in between, the food is delicious! So good in fact, we ate there twice. It was also nice having a little ambience at dinner and not hearing a thousand other people talk. Our one criticism would be with the music selection. A Muzak version of YMCA is still YMCA. They need to play music that's more fitting of the elegant atmosphere. Activities: We dropped in on a couple of shows in the Taj Mahal, but found them so hokey that we didn't hang around long. While most of the older passengers seemed to like them, I guess we're not old enough yet to appreciate musical reviews put on by so-so singers and dancers. We did take in several adult comedy shows and with one exception, really enjoyed the comedians. The little red-headed assistant cruise director/magician/comedian we could have skipped. If you do intend to take in an adult comedy show, get there early as the seats fill up early, up to 30 minutes prior to showtime. We're not gamblers, so I can't comment on the casino. The karaoke bar was somewhat fun. While we're not courageous enough to sing in front of others, it was a hoot watching others do it. Pools: While the adults-only Serenity Pool area looked very nice, we never got an opportunity to experience it first-hand as it is very small and always filled up early. We thought that all of the pools were small and trying to find anywhere to lay out on a sunny day was frustrating. Everywhere was just so crowded! Drink service was non-existent in our experience. The bottom-line: While many people love cruises, this will probably be our last experience for quite some time. While it's nice to visit more than one locale, we feel we get more bang for the buck at an all-inclusive resort. Our prior vacation was to Jamaica, which cost us around $2500 for four days, including airfare. As it was all-inclusive, all meals were included (I believe there were seven restaurants at the resort), but more importantly, all alcoholic beverages were also included. For the cruise, we paid around $2800 for balcony stateroom a week (would have been more had we required airfare), but then we tacked on another $100 for parking, another $400 or so for two excursions, and nearly another $1000 for our end of cruise bill, much of which was adult beverages and overpriced cruise photos. When you're paying $7-8 for each mixed drink and $30-40 for an average bottle of wine, you can see how easily it adds up over a week's period. Read Less
Sail Date July 2011
We are a young couple (early 30's) with 3 kids and were finally able to get a week away... without the children. The Pride cruise out of Baltimore was convenient (we live about an hours drive away) and the price was right. This was ... Read More
We are a young couple (early 30's) with 3 kids and were finally able to get a week away... without the children. The Pride cruise out of Baltimore was convenient (we live about an hours drive away) and the price was right. This was our first cruise experience. Embarkation: Our folks dropped us off at the pier so we saved $105 parking for the week. Fairly straightforward process. Took about 90 minutes from security to check-in to ship. While waiting for the staterooms to be ready we had a very hard time finding a place to sit down up on the Lido Deck. Lots of people with lots of luggage. We circled completely around 3 times. Of course it was too cold to be out on deck, so I'm sure that made the problem worse. Stateroom: Extended Balcony on Deck 8 Mid-ship. Nice room overall. Stateroom stewards were very attentive. Significant noise from pool deck above. Also, lots of loud "creaking" in rough seas. Seemed worse near our stateroom -- wouldn't have been so bad farther down the hall. Bed was comfy. The thermostat knob broke off in my hand the first time I tried to adjust it. A call to guest services resulted in a repair that night. The TV in our room has seen better days, but worked fine. Decor: As others have stated, the Pride's decor is a touch garish. For a family-oriented cruise, there were certainly a lot of breasts and other body parts on display in the artwork around the ship. It didn't bother us, but then again, our kids weren't with us. Just seemed contradictory to the image Carnival is trying to portray. The common areas seemed dark and a touch cramped. Food: The Lido buffet was were we did most of our dining (the rough seas later in the cruise made dining in the main dining room tough). There wasn't a ton of variety. The food was about what I expected, though, so I'm not complaining. Of the times we did eat in the main dining room (we had "Your Time" dining), we were impressed with the wait staff. We did eat at David's Steakhouse one night and the food and service was excellent. Entertainment: Kirk Benning, the Cruise Director, was very personable and witty. Jaime, the assistant cruise director, and later revealed to be Kirk's girlfriend, was also great. They were a good team. We were less than impressed with the "Around the World" show -- seemed very "blah". The lead female singer's voice really annoyed us. The later revue show "Vroom" was cancelled on Friday night due to rough seas. The comedian, Hank McGauley, was hilarious. We didn't get to see the other comedian, Darren Smalls, as we were stuck in the room with seasickness (rough seas strike again). Other Activities: We're not really the bingo-playing type, so we were kind of annoyed that it seemed like Bingo was the Pride's activity of choice. We just didn't find a whole lot of activities that we were interested in. (Hairy chest contest? Really?) We'd suggest more "interactive" activities (i.e. having the dancers teach us dance moves or something like that) Port Canaveral: We took the shuttle to Cocoa Beach and had a good time. It was a little on the chilly side for the beach, but not bad. Nassau: We had pre-booked the Segway tour. Carnival cancelled it without telling us about two weeks before the cruise. I saw it disappear from the website and we got a refund on our credit card. They didn't tell us it was because a bunch of people had been robbed at gunpoint on that excursion. Most of the excursions in Nassau seemed pricey to us. We settled on a "Beach Break with Lunch" at the Wyndham hotel in Cable Beach. The lunch buffet wasn't bad. While it was sunny when we got off the ship, it was breezy, chilly and raining when we got to the beach. Oh well. Freeport: We missed this port-of-call due to rough seas, high winds and strong currents. Carnival issued us a $20 per person Sail and Sign credit. The entertainment staff did what they could to re-arrange the schedule for the day, but had to later cancel many of the activities due to the motion of the ship. At sea: Unfortunately, we experienced very rough seas on Friday and Saturday with 65kt winds and 15'+ swells. Even with a couple of doses of Bonine, my wife spent most of Friday in the cabin (unsuccessfully) trying to keep her food down. I didn't do very well either. Saturday was slightly better, but we were making our way directly through the center of a Nor'Easter that brought 20+ inches of snow to the east coast. By Saturday night, we were very happy to make the calmer waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Debarkation: Sunday morning was very easy - we were in the second "self-assist" group and were off the ship and clear through customs by 9:30. The only problem is that there was 20+ inches of snow on the ground, it was under 30 degrees and there was no place to wait for our ride inside the terminal. We spent about 30 minutes out in the cold waiting for our ride to arrive. Overall: Had the conditions not been so bad the last 2-3 days, I think the overall impression would have been better. I'd have no problem booking another Carnival cruise, but I think it's going to have to be from a warm-weather home port during the summer so we can spend more time on deck rather than having to rely on indoor entertainment options. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009

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