24 Baltimore Romantic Cruise Reviews

Outdated boat with outdated activities and entertainment, if you are over 75 you will have a decent time as the boat is small. The entire boat looks like the it is straight out of the 70’s... with outdated furniture and carpet. The ... Read More
Outdated boat with outdated activities and entertainment, if you are over 75 you will have a decent time as the boat is small. The entire boat looks like the it is straight out of the 70’s... with outdated furniture and carpet. The bathrooms smelled like mold and mildew and using it just adds to the gross smell. The boat is past due for dry dock. I’m a bit surprised this is a Royal Caribbean boat. My stateroom shower uses shower curtains that never completely dry, with noticeable mildew growing on the surface. The fact that you have to touch the toilet lids to flush the toilet shows how outdated the boat is. The food was decent but could’ve been better for the prices we pay. The constant selling of drinks and packages became annoying and there was absolutely nothing to see in Bermuda. If you want an overpriced quick getaway on an old moldy outdated boat, this is the vacation for you. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I have cruised on Carnival 9 times and this was the 2nd to worst cruise. The activities were lacking, the assistant wait staff was poor for the first few days and one Alchemy Bartender was really rude and not customer friendly. On ... Read More
I have cruised on Carnival 9 times and this was the 2nd to worst cruise. The activities were lacking, the assistant wait staff was poor for the first few days and one Alchemy Bartender was really rude and not customer friendly. On the other hand our cabin steward Rommel was an awesome professional, our waiter Mehmet was the saving grace and the lobby bartender Katherine was the best bartender ever. The food was not of the normal quality and they did not offer escargot on this trip. The entertainment after dinner shows were bad talent and they need to find a better way so all passengers can enjoy the Captain's cocktail party. With all the competition among cruise lines Carnival needs to step it up. Further like Princess Carnival should consider allowing individuals to sign up for the Cheers Program. My wife does not drink and I don't think it is fair to require her to sign up just because I sign up. Also need to figure out a way to allow passengers to get to the dining room without walking through a smoky casino Need to step it up. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We chose this cruise because Baltimore was within driving distance. It was our first cruise. People said that the food would be great but....it wasn't. We typically eat at fine restaurants and so we were prepared to see similar ... Read More
We chose this cruise because Baltimore was within driving distance. It was our first cruise. People said that the food would be great but....it wasn't. We typically eat at fine restaurants and so we were prepared to see similar fare. Not even close. The Windjammer Buffet was a feeding frenzy with people acting like they never saw food before. It quickly looked like a feeding trough for barnyard animals. The Windjammer desserts looked amazing but they had no taste. The MDR service was great however the food and menu choices weren't very special. The menu got worse as the week progressed. I'm thinking of one of the last nights there was an appetizer: "Chilled Strawberry soup with Mint foam" The last few days seemed like they were trying to get rid of leftovers. I'm thinking of the Smoked Salmon cut up and scrambled in with eggs. Our cabin steward, Joseph, was the best part of our trip. He kept everything clean and orderly. Many other floors had a sewage smell but ours was kept odor free. There were some warm days however, the wind and rain kept us from enjoying the outside pool and the one day we could...some kid pooped in the pool and they closed it until the next day. (at sea, they dumped it and refilled it) The Adults Only Solarium permitted children during certain times because of the weather however, The Solarium resembled a nursing home by 10 am everyday. There were scooters, walkers, and canes. Older guests took up all the indoor poolside seating most laying there fully clothed, asleep, not even using the pool. The one man was so slack-jawed, I wondered if he might be deceased. The outer seating was filled with older guests playing cards, dominoes, scrabble and the like. The older guests never left. They would sit, sleep etc until it was time to eat again. Some people were cruising back-to-back-to-back. One lady said she'd be there for another 115 days! We only get one vacation a year. The full-time cruisers could not care less. This was their cruise ship and we were the interlopers. The Charleston Historical tour was great and very informative. The RCI provided tour guides in Miami were not the best. We felt man handled as we were quickly forced onto a double decked bus. I was concerned that we were being kidnapped. We didn't go to Cococay. We didn't even know this was a possibility. We had our most special excursions planned for that port. It didn't ruined our time together but I was devastated. This was a special day planned especially for my husband. Excursions were reimbursed but we took the whole cruise without ever getting to see a beach. We may try cruising again but not on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I chose this Cruise line because that first time I've ever been on a cruise it was so nice and enjoyable. My honeymoon on the Carnival Pride# Staff was not friendly the bar staff is very friendly other than that not at all. The staff ... Read More
I chose this Cruise line because that first time I've ever been on a cruise it was so nice and enjoyable. My honeymoon on the Carnival Pride# Staff was not friendly the bar staff is very friendly other than that not at all. The staff barely understood English that meant really no communication. The food was loudsy they do not cater to ur eating habits if u did not eat pork there was not much of a choice. Guys burgers not good too greasy. I lived on boiled eggs and french fries. The price match false advertisement . I found a tour cheaper then I paid on board bought back apix of the difference in money they came up with a lame excuse it has to be On Line That's not wat the commercial saids IF YOU FIND AT LOWER PRICE THEY WILL REFUND THE DIFFERENCE!!! LIKE I SAID THIS was not a good cruise Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This is my second Carnival Cruise-Legend was our first and Pride our second. Pride is a SMALL OLDER ship.Sailed out of Baltimore -we walked in and registered and walked straight on to the ship and INTO OUR suite--OUTSTANDING-no waiting ... Read More
This is my second Carnival Cruise-Legend was our first and Pride our second. Pride is a SMALL OLDER ship.Sailed out of Baltimore -we walked in and registered and walked straight on to the ship and INTO OUR suite--OUTSTANDING-no waiting anywhere, The port had their stuff together. Leaving the ship was just as easy, walked to customs and then to our car 500 feet away. Port parking---OUTSTANDING, JUST PERFECT--CLOSE AND SECURE PARKING!!! . Room service (food) was outstanding (makes the best pizza (approx. 14 inch), wings and banana splits. Breakfast (room service) was a disappointment. No hot foods for BREAKFAST ONLY, only options are toast, bagels and muffins AND COFFEE with good condiments such as jelly's and peanut butter. Coffee is good but only warm-out of 5 am services coffee was never more than luke warm. All delivery times were good, any where from 15 minutes to 1 hour (because people come back from excursions and order in). Four times the room service call would just ring 25 or more times. I guess it was because they were busy. Outside deck was nice but rust everywhere and paint all over furniture (had to have cleaned). Glass was excessively dirty. Furniture comfortable. Back to the inside, the bed was outstanding, I have a severe back issue to failed surgery and bed was outstanding. Pillow (got 2 additional for a total of 6) were great firm yet really soft. Bed cover must be down or something close to it. Very thick but really light weight. Restaurant food was outstanding, shrimp gumbo OMG, 2 guys burgers-better tan 5 GUYS burgers (in my opinion) another OMG, with a side bar or bacon, onions, hot and sweet peppers, potato sticks, mushroom, fried onions and much more. The PROBLEMS-------------DRINK PACKAGE (soda only--$7.50 per person) ALL PEOPLE IN PARTY ---MUST----PURCHASE) IS A RIP OFF. If one person in your room wants the alcohol package-EVERYONE MUST GET IT--EVEN IF YOUR WITH FAMILY AND HAVE SOMEONE 18 OR ABOVE WITH YOU--like i would want my son or daughter to have unlimited alcohol) Its not like on a larger ship where cup came with package (was IN ROOM UPON ARRIVAL)and soda dispensers were every where. BEWARE on the PRIDE-- anyone-kids included MUST GO TO THE BAR FOR SODA--YES I SAID BAR-and they MUST scan your card for every soda. We used our's 14 times in 6 days due to the inconvenience-we ended up paying $18.00 per six pack (4) we had delivered to our room so getting a drink was more convenient. It is not available at any eatery unless you request your server to get it from the bar. I asked for a refund for the last 24 hours (had 48 hours left on cruise) and "team member refused. It does say package is day to day but it also states no refunds even including what you do not use-- I advised the 'team member", in case he could not see my card was red (means you have cruised Carnival more than once) I advise him I was a VIP member and would like a refund for the non used soda plan. Still he insisted on NO REFUNDS PERIODS!!!! SHIPS CHAT PROGRAM (so you and speak to each other anywhere on the ship via your phone) -- ($5.00 per person) Team member could not even get it to work. They did refund our $10.00 (one plus for them, I hope we didn't break their bank).Since we had so many issues on this cruise I advised him I will NEVER use CARNIVAL AGAIN. Still no refund---I hope they enjoy their $15.00 extra profit. We had several other issues. I mean I will NOT RECOMMEND OR USE THEM AGAIN!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise for timing (dates 19-24 May) & availability out of Baltimore which is an hour away. The check in procedure was well organized and easy. They have this process down pat. The food on the Grandeur OTS was ... Read More
We chose this cruise for timing (dates 19-24 May) & availability out of Baltimore which is an hour away. The check in procedure was well organized and easy. They have this process down pat. The food on the Grandeur OTS was poor/very disappointing. The meals were barely tolerable; three meals were so disgusting I could not eat them. The food service at my work provides better quality food (and that is just an ordinary cafeteria). The first bad meal was linguini and carbonara sauce w bacon - the over cooked pasta was mush. Tried two bites and I put down the fork. With hope in my heart, I agreed to an upscale ($35 per person) brunch of lobster/filet mignon on day three. A brunch which turned out to be a buffet. The lobster was previously cooked & reheated. The lobster was the consistency of rubber w little flavor. Every single filet was over cooked & dried out. The desserts were tasty (I think they are prepared off ship). The sparkling wine and mimosas were pretty good too. Could it get worse? Yes! The worst meal was a turkey plate (I know I should not have ordered it but other selections we're poor). The top slice appeared ok but underneath was a slice of some conglomeration of turkey parts w connective tissues. It looked awful. The purported "stuffing" was gummy and distasteful. Not sure what they put in it. The sweet potato was decent. Cranberry sauce was watery. Ugh! My husband said 'Sizzler' was 4-Stars compared to the strip steak he got at that same dinner. My husband found a grill on the pool deck (limited hours) that offered a three-cheese grilled sandwich which was esceptionally good. Thank heavens for those grilled cheese sandwiches! The on board Starbucks was just like a regular Starbucks -- great iced mocha coffees. The onboard experience was okay. The had many music events in the central area that were entertaining but nothing like a real show. The classical strings performance was particularly good. Some music 'events' were just too hokey (almost silly) and of limited interest. A major problem was that the musicians had to compete with the chatter and significant noise from the adjacent bar which was very distracting. During this cruise, two stand up comedians performed in the theatre (we attended three shows) but neither were quite ready for prime time. There was lots of time to go out and enjoy the sea air on the promenade deck for a walk or grabbing a chair for an unscheduled nap. The smoke-filled casino was down right nasty. We avoided it at all costs. The bar service was mediocre. The servers were all pleasant and tried very hard but frequently they were overwhelmed (staffing seemed inadequate) and service was usually slow. The cabin was clean but initially seemed hot and stuffy. Upon calling it in, turns out that a fan unit malfunctioned affecting several other cabins also. They repaired it promptly and the air flow/cooling situation was resolved. The bed was tolerable but did not provide restful sleep. Cabin service was excellent. All requests were immediately responded to. Our cabin attendant was very hard working and exceptionally pleasant. He made sure to learn our names and warmly greeted us through out the day. I worried that he seemed to work 24 hours a day. I asked for assistance with shore excursions but RC could offer nothing. We were left to our own devices and we had a great visit in Bermuda going to the beach twice and seeing most of the island on our own. I don't know how Royal Caribbean (RC) Cruise Lines expects to have people come back with such poor food. Many people on this cruise w Grandeur OTS were openly stating and complaining how horrible the food was. I can say "never again on RC" for me. Overpriced and pathetic food; absolutely no value for the money paid. :( The upside was that Bermuda was spectacular. Can't wait to get back to Bermuda (by air thank you!!!). SLH Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise because it was in driving distance from our home. Getting to the port and parking was a breeze! We had priority so embarkation was quick and easy as well. Our cabin was nice, however the fan was on constantly in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was in driving distance from our home. Getting to the port and parking was a breeze! We had priority so embarkation was quick and easy as well. Our cabin was nice, however the fan was on constantly in the dressing area and was so loud I could not hear my husband talking to me as I was getting ready. The room steward, Ronito was excellent! On to the negatives... Yes, the first couple of days the weather was not the greatest, this can not be blamed on Carnival. However, I do feel like this trip should be an 8 day instead of a 7 day to give you time to get back to Baltimore without going so fast the whole boat is shaking. I have been on smaller ships that did not shake or vibrate as much as this one. We were traveling at about 24 knots most of the time. We ended up only going to the Dinning Room 3 or 4 nights, which is a shame because I enjoy the experience. This ship only has 1 main dinning room, which created long waits for both reserved and anytime dining. I'm not sure if the Dinning Room was understaffed or if it was a training issue, but the service was not up to par. The food also was not very good, it either came over-cooked, under-cooked, or ice cold. On this cruise we decided not to do any shore excursions, that was a big mistake! Port Canaveral- It cost $15 per person for a shuttle to Cocoa Beach, the highlight of which was breakfast at IHop and a round of mini-golf. I suggest skipping this area if it is not nice enough weather to go to the beach. Nassau was ok, we walked around town a bit, and visited the pirate museum. It is very expensive here (4 drinks =$50.00). Freeport - This port is a waste of time and money. You are stuck at the little port unless you want to pay $40 for a cab to the city that is 25 minutes away. All of the vendors have the exact same items and can be seen in 15 minutes. From what I understand of others that did the beach excursions, it is all pretty much the same beach just different packages. Overall, we are not sure will go back on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The grand mother recommended the cruise with Royal Caribbean. The good food was great the staff where friendly the room attendant was great the waiter in the dinning room was great. The bad 2 broken hot tubs, Broken ice cream machine, ... Read More
The grand mother recommended the cruise with Royal Caribbean. The good food was great the staff where friendly the room attendant was great the waiter in the dinning room was great. The bad 2 broken hot tubs, Broken ice cream machine, unwashed windows, and rust abounding on the exterior of the ship. Now the Ugly I dropped my children off at the teen center on the ship for a "in room scavenger hunt" as described in the teen flyer. I come to find out it was a all over the ship scavenger hunt how easy at 10 pm. at night would it be for teen to be abducted and raped and thrown overboard? Brought the issue to guest services it was never addressed!!!!!!! More ugly RC claimed a port of call at coco cay which I hear from others frequently is cancelled so they flat out lied and offered no other port of call. Last of the ugly Shore excursions were great but very short not a good value. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing ... Read More
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing else..port a Johns were outside in a different trailer, so our beautiful vacation now was delayed by 9 hours..( by the time our our ship sailed.) We did NOT get to stop at the most important port which was the princess cay island .instead we got to stop to cape canaval.florida.which it was quiet cool.we made so many turns on this ship.. It became very very rocky and made the strongest of us ill.. this actually became a nightmare cruise..not happy at all.. I am not even sure we will be sailing Carnival again.. finally when we got to Bahamas our time on shore was cut short. Then the trip back was so fast back to cold weather .so our 7 day cruise was all cold except the 2 days we actually was ported in Bahamas.very dissapointed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
I picked this cruise because my parents have cruised with Royal MANY times and always gush about how good it was and how relaxed they felt . HOWEVER, I would not use relaxing to describe our experience. We got an e-mail 2 days prior to ... Read More
I picked this cruise because my parents have cruised with Royal MANY times and always gush about how good it was and how relaxed they felt . HOWEVER, I would not use relaxing to describe our experience. We got an e-mail 2 days prior to our departure explaining that there was Noro Virus on the ship and therefore our boarding process would be delayed. Then we got another e-mail explaining that the ship had problems with the rudder and therefore we would not be sailing on the 11th, and would be delayed to the 13th. We were offered compensation for the 2 days, and provided with an updated sailing itinerary. We were also told that we could have a full refund if we chose not to sail. Because MANY arrangements had been made for myself and my family to go, we decided to continue on anyway. I wish we hadn't. 2 days makes a BIG difference on this cruise, and I feel that we did not spend any time in the "sun" at all (more on that later). ANYWAY- DAY 1-- we boarded in Baltimore, it was our first cruise and had NO idea what we were doing, we got into the ship at about 2pm ISH and were told that the state rooms were not ready, and wouldn't be for a while, this left me, my husband and our 4 kids lost on the ship, as it was our first cruise we had NO idea where to go and everyone working there was SO busy there was no one to ask. We ended up in a restaurant that wasn't included in the cruise fare, and we accidently walked through the back entrance. One of the wait staff welcomed us anyway. and sat us with people who didn't look impressed to see us (mainly the kids) who were starving and excited (not a good combo) . We had no idea that there were other options to eat at that time. We stayed at that restaurant for 10 min, then decided to leave (boy were those people relieved) and wander to see what else there was. We did eventually find the windjammer (thank goodness) ate, then left to wander some more, we missed out on a really good movie because we didn't know it was playing and some other events on the first day because we had to drag our bags around. We just sat where we could find a chair and waited. Would have been nice to know that kids could have gone to Adventure Ocean and we could have enjoyed a Movie... ANYWHO we eventually got our rooms and the "cruse compass" sheet which helped ALOT. Ate dinner in dining room VERY NICE -- No complaints at all food was excellent wait staff awesome. DAY 2-- CRUISING- Food Great- Only issue was inside pool was for adults only and I found that more often than not the weather was poor so our kids missed out on swimming because the outside pool was either too cold or sloshing onto the deck. Other pool is indoor and only for 16 PLUS BIG DOWNSIDE FOR FAMILY and was not opened for children very often, despite the poor weather all trip DAY3- FLORIDA- Getting on and off ship was smooth, went on air boat excursion, fun, then back to ship DAY 4- NASSAU-- This port was a HUGE let down FIRST-because of our changed itinerary -- we didn't arrive until 1PM ish and were really crunched for time to get to any shops, RAN thru them as fast as we could so we could get to our glass bottom boat tour then back to the ship- This day was supposed to be our "Long" day in the Bahamas BUT-- we were told by ANYONE we asked not to be on the island past sundown because it is NOT safe. SHAMEFUL that this was counted as our long day and it really was only 5 hours at most. Boarded ship and ate dinner-- went to show only to find out that our Coco Cay day (supposed to be going next day) was cancelled because they couldn't tender the boat) ASIDE-- I spoke with others who said that they were not sure that Coco Cay even existed because on the MANY cruises they had been on they had NEVER tendered there -- WOW--- so since our cruise was already being cut short.... Why didn't they cut the place that they NEVER get to stop at anyway????????? we could've at least had 2 stops then -- Felt this was very poor planning, and in general that there should be a back up place to sail to if Coco Cay is not an option due to weathers since this happens quite a bit and not once and a while. I know that Royal is building a port/pier at Coco Cay (YAYE) right now, but until its functioning this should be better planned for Anywho-- we decided to sleep in the next day as we had no place to go.......and were staying in Nassau. DAY 5-Nassau-- (again)-- Well, we woke up and went down to the general info desk to find out what was going on that day as things had been changed, only to find out that there were excursions planned by the excursion desk. GREAT-- or so I thought until I looked at the sheet and found out that over 75% of them had already left-- at 8AM or 9AM- I was VERY upset about this, as we had booked a beach hut for Coco Cay so technically we had something going on with them already and no once contacted us to say "hey noticed you planned on something in Coco Cay, want to re-book for Nassau? When I asked they said they had printed the sheets at 10PM the night before but NOTHING was delivered to our rooms or announced. I was not the only one upset about this, MANY unhappy campers . We tried to make the best of the day by going to the beach, but as the rest of the weather on this trip, it followed suit and was windy/raining (not Royals Fault) but was not pleasant. In addition to this, I have to say Nassau is NOT the nicest Island. I have 3 little girls, and I was CONSTANTLY harassed by the locals about hair braiding, everywhere we went, usually MULTIPLE times. Its so bad even the cruise director joked about it. Plus, the straw market smells like PEE and since you can't be out past sundown this place is really only good till 6pm anyways-- this port should be the only cut short, as its really not a place you can spend too much time at after dark anyway. DAY 6- Heading HOME--- This was the craziest day at sea-- My family and I spent the WHOLE DAY in BED-- the seas were at 15 or more feet and we were charging thru :( There were sea sickness bags EVERWHERE-- and people being sick almost everywhere. Royal cannot obviously control this-- it just added a crummy/ wasted day to our already cut short vacation :( To anyone planning a cruise PLEASE GET YOURSELF A PATCH FOR BEHIND YOUR EAR. In general the seas were pretty rough for our cruise, we handled it pretty good until this day. You never know how you will react to the "motion of the ocean". I wish we had come better prepared. Crew was very nice thru this process, and I felt bad for them having to clean this up :( DAY 7 -- you pretty much spend this day getting off the boat-- went pretty smoothly, However, just be aware that this will take at LEAST an hour if you have anyone picking you up. Overall-- we REALLY enjoyed the dining, and some of the shows were really excellent. Felt that the cruise should have been rescheduled after original issues as 7 days is not long enough to get down to the Bahamas and back-- No tan, no sun :( 1 port :( Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We were excited to see these ports in Canada and New England, all of them new to us. Definitely a trip I had looked forward to, celebrating our 45th anniversary and a birthday. Some of the things they could have managed were ... Read More
We were excited to see these ports in Canada and New England, all of them new to us. Definitely a trip I had looked forward to, celebrating our 45th anniversary and a birthday. Some of the things they could have managed were smoother transitions for tours off the ship. Maybe special accommodations for handicap accessible needs, such as a bus for their slower pace. Why show a skateboarding and bmx video almost 24-7 for such a senior crowd? Help the visiting speaker with his video and technology issues ahead of time. Dr. Thomas Ryan was disorganized, slides were too small, technically challenged. Keep the photographers from attacking you. Don't interrupt dinner to up sale the other dining rooms. The art work on many levels was not desirable. Have a quiet public space available at all times, even when at sea. Some staff members were amazing, others could have been more helpful when there was a need. The review said the ship was remodeled. I am not sure where. The emissions control that was blocked off looked like a long on going endeavor. Some things were out of the cruise lines control, such as limited fall colors, due to weather patterns. Boston was over crowded with way too many tourists to enjoy the city or really see the sites. Many of the passengers on the ship had physical limitations, which inhibited movement about the ship and on excursions. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this trip for the deal. Getting on the ship went smoothly. This was my first cruise and my husband's second. Our cabin attendant failed to give us a copy of the ship's compass for the first day, so we were sort of lost ... Read More
We chose this trip for the deal. Getting on the ship went smoothly. This was my first cruise and my husband's second. Our cabin attendant failed to give us a copy of the ship's compass for the first day, so we were sort of lost and did not know what to do. Our cabin was very small and very noisy from steam banging in the pipes. The water in our cabin was way too hot. We had no cold water. You could get burned in the shower. When we told guest services about it, they fixed it-somewhat. They turned off the hot water. Then, we had to take cold showers. The cabin was very clean. The staff in the dining room was excellent and the food was delicious! The entertainment each night was wonderful! The dance class in the afternoon went way too fast for anyone to catch on, and I am a ballroom dancer. Otherwise, the activities were great. The service was very good, especially in the dining room. Our wait staff was exceptionally good in the dining room! The food was great! When we got to Kings Wharf, Bermuda, my husband and I went exploring on our own. Our dog sitter visits Bermuda quite often, and told us what to see. First, the ferry to St George was not running on the weekend. We had to take the ferry to Hamilton, then transfer to a bus. We were told, when we bought our bus tokens, that when we came back, we would have to change buses in Hamilton in order to get a bus back to the dockyard. When we got as far as Hamilton, they told us that the bus we needed had stopped running for the evening. There were 11 of us that needed to get back to the dockyard. Our driver took us as far as the bridge. He left us out at the bridge at 10pm. He called a taxi for us, but it took a very long time to get one, because it was the weekend. Be careful, because the bus schedules are not always accurate! Bermuda was beautiful! Cocoa Cay, in the Bahamas was wonderful!! The shore excursion to Atlantis was great! Would I go again? Yes, but next time, I will do some things differently. 1st-Pick your cabin ahead of time, instead of just being assigned a cabin. 2nd-Stick to the ship's shore excursions if you have not been to a certain destination in the past. 3rd- Allow extra time when you explore. The locals are on "island time" which is way different from our time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was a getaway cruise for just my wife and I to relax away from our kids. However, it started off very poorly as soon as we got to the terminal. We spent almost 1 hour in our car in a line on the street waiting to get into the ... Read More
This was a getaway cruise for just my wife and I to relax away from our kids. However, it started off very poorly as soon as we got to the terminal. We spent almost 1 hour in our car in a line on the street waiting to get into the terminal parking lot. Then we spent an hour waiting in the Gold line to check in (Very poorly managed line versus tellers even when there was no one waiting in the higher level customer lines). Ship was 3 hours late leaving the first day due to engine problems. Ship appeared dirty during the entire cruise. Only half the soda machines were working. The internet package sucked. It would not stay connected and/or had trouble finding their network. As soon as your device went to locked screen, their internet would disconnect. Thus, any messages coming in would not wake up your device with a notification. You would not get those incoming messages until you manually woke up your device and reconnected to your device. These disconnects were long before the automatic 2 hour non-usage disconnect that they tell you about. There was still construction occurring on the ship during the cruise. It seemed like the ship was under staffed to take care of the customers. I don't believe the ship was even fully booked either, which makes it worse. Staff was very slow at cleaning up trash on the ship or clearing tables in common dinning areas of the ship. We were told the ship just sailed up from dry dock work, so this was the first cruise after dry dock. I don't think all the repairs were completed given our experience on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The Carnival Pride was seemingly decorated by a team of gypsy designers. The hallways are papered in scenes of Venice from the time of the Doges - which is fine - but the rest of the place, including the ceilings, represent a ... Read More
The Carnival Pride was seemingly decorated by a team of gypsy designers. The hallways are papered in scenes of Venice from the time of the Doges - which is fine - but the rest of the place, including the ceilings, represent a conglomeration of sights from almost anywhere. This should not be the case for a ship that was refurbished in 2014. Nor should the rust all around the doorways and verandahs. The food was excellent, which does not apply to the in-room breakfasts, which are minimal. The prime rib was good; the jerked pork was not. Service in the dining room was excellent. The main problem was sound, especially sound from the theater, which made the whole front of the ship shake. Never, never get a cabin on the 5th level front. The music for the most part sucked, and the music director should be taken out and gently but firmly shot. The poor old tub's mechanics are so loose and out of alignment that even sitting at the dock the whole ship rattles like a flatbed truck going over railroad tracks. We will be careful to never take this ship again. The ship's engineering department pretends that nothing can be done about the cold, cold cabin temperatures. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This cruise was a booking as part of a larger group booking with families of 25 teenage girls that had a chance to dance on the ship through their local dance company. This is why it was chosen, with the idea in mind that Bermuda is a ... Read More
This cruise was a booking as part of a larger group booking with families of 25 teenage girls that had a chance to dance on the ship through their local dance company. This is why it was chosen, with the idea in mind that Bermuda is a relatively crime free island and a place where we felt comfortable to take such a large group overall. This was my 4th cruise with Royal Caribbean and fell within our 20 year wedding anniversary. I usually do not write reviews, but this cruise with Royal Caribbean was less than stellar. First, this is the second time, of my past 2 cruises on Royal Caribbean; we were supposed to receive an onboard credit and did not receive it. Once on the ship, guest services told us, once again, there is nothing they could do, that we would have to contact our travel agent at the end of the trip. It was only for a lousy $50.00, but it is still the point that they couldn’t offer even something in exchange. Dinner service our first night was poor and slow until we complained, then it picked up the following services but it was still slow overall. We had the beverage package and it took nearly ½ hour to get a glass of wine. Service in Chop's Grille our second night was horribly long, we missed the captain's party because of it......2 &1/2 hours for dinner? The waiter was inattentive and the manager ended up clearing our plates. Again there was slow bar service at the table. The steaks and food overall in Chop's Grille were no better than in the dining room, I expected better quality for the extra $30.00pp it cost to eat there There was only 1 show time for most shows, we missed the welcome aboard show and the final evening show because dinner took so long, there were no late show seating’s offered. The shows and costumes were outdated and there were only late night comedian performances 2 out of the 5 nights, nightlife was dead. The ship has very little to do compared to many past cruises I have been on and there were not a lot of amenities, no mini golf, every ship at least has mini-golf for the kids. The rock climbing wall had limited open climb hours and for most of them, it was closed down due to wind while we were sailing. The jogging track was closed also 2 times when we wanted to use it and because the gym was so small, that was not an alternative option. My daughter and her friends went to the movie hoping they could swim while watching the movie, but they closed the pool when they got there and 2 of the 4 hot tubs were closed, the other 2 were filled with people. They also waited 1/2 hour in line at the movie for popcorn only to find out that they were selling it for $3.00, not giving it out like all other past cruises we’ve been on. Is Royal Caribbean really that hard up that they cannot give popcorn out for free with the movies like other cruise lines? The 24hr ice cream was not available after 9PM most nights, we found out later on the ship tour, that it was being rationed most of the trip because they did not have enough and that they later ran out of ice cream base because not enough was ordered. My mother in law had her walker taken and placed on the other side of the metal detector coming back in from port. After walking all day and with tired legs, she was asked to walk about 10 feet past the metal detectors to get it back. The next day, after complaining, she was offered a wooden cane to go through the metals detectors. When inquiring about a future cruise we were very interested in booking, I thought I would get a better deal booking on the ship, but the deal was actually $200-$300 more than what I pulled up online the week before for the same cruise. The future cruise associate was not engaged or very interested in making the sale, so we decided we would definitely wait for a better option. This being my 9th cruise, I've always thought Royal Caribbean was superior to other cruise lines, but not after this cruise or on this ship. I’ve since booked Carnival for my next cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My wife and daughter are gluten free. There were a number of times that my daughter was told that certain foods were gluten free but were not. She would have gotten really sick if she had eaten. For lunch the first day, there was ... Read More
My wife and daughter are gluten free. There were a number of times that my daughter was told that certain foods were gluten free but were not. She would have gotten really sick if she had eaten. For lunch the first day, there was nothing gluten free but they made something for her. One night we were going to bypass the dining room and do the buffet. Again there was nothing gluten free and she asked them to make her something but they refused. We were told that there would be gluten free food on the private island but there was not. If they didn't happen to have a few pieces of chicken on the grill that they had not marinated then they would not have had anything to eat. In addition, I and numerous people asked if we needed to bring cash to the private island. We were told that we did not and that the sign and sail card would suffice. This was not true. One of the shops only took cash. I had to lose 1 1/2 hours of my beach time to go back to the ship to get cash. You would think that if Carnival owns the island that they would know how things work on the island or would ensure that all shops accepted the card. One other thing. I traveled with my wife and 3 kids. Ages 17, 23 and 27. My wife and I in one room, our kids in another. We bought a minor photo package. The stupid thing is that even though I paid for both rooms that my older kids pictures could not be included in the package of my 17 hear old, my wife or me were not in the picture. I ended up paying separately for a few pics. Just a money grab Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My husband and I just got off our honeymoon cruise on Grandeur of the Seas. We're both experienced cruisers with Diamond status on RCCL. We'd never sailed out of Baltimore before. I didn't keep day-to-day notes, so ... Read More
My husband and I just got off our honeymoon cruise on Grandeur of the Seas. We're both experienced cruisers with Diamond status on RCCL. We'd never sailed out of Baltimore before. I didn't keep day-to-day notes, so let's do things by topic instead: BALTIMORE PORT/EMBARKATION: Small but effective. This was by far the least busy port I've ever embarked at. It hosts only two cruise ships, if I recall correctly, and as a result the facilities are small and streamlined. We hopped out of our shuttle, dropped off our luggage with some very helpful porters, and were on the ship ten minutes later without ever having to wait or sit down. As usual, the staterooms were closed off until a bit after 1pm. When we arrived at our room then, two of our four suitcases were already waiting for us, but by dinnertime that night, we still only had two suitcases. A call to guest services informed us that they were holding our other two suitcases in the "naughty room" behind the purser's desk; though we didn't have any contraband, they required us to come down, open our suitcases for them, and demonstrate that the wine-bottle-shaped things in our suitcases were indeed the two bottles of wine RCCL allows us to carry onto the ship. The staff handling this were all very nice and the matter was handled quickly and with no accusations, but we found it a bit odd - the only thing I can think of is that perhaps the padded sleeves our bottles were in made them look enough *not* like wine bottles that they needed to verify it. STATEROOM: We booked an interior guarantee stateroom and were put in 3519, deck 3 forward. Sadly, if this were my first RCCL cruise, I'm not sure I'd be returning to the line, solely because of how unpleasant our stateroom - especially its bathroom - was. I'm not particularly room-snobbish, and I'm quite used to the usual kind of "you can brush your teeth, pee, and shower at the same time" cramped bathroom on cruises, but this bathroom was nearly unusable. Let's talk about the shower first. The shower was, to my eye, half the size of a comparable stateroom shower on ships like Explorer or Allure; rather than a circular or curved stall with sliding doors, Grandeur's shower was a narrow rectangle about 4 feet long and two feet wide, with the shower head on the narrow end and one corner chopped off, all edged by a shower curtain (oh, yeah, Grandeur still uses shower curtains, some of which are six inches too short and some of which are six inches too long, none of which appeared to be waterproof or hung on a curved curtain rod and all of which *really* wanted to get up close and personal with you). Area-wise, imagine cutting a circular-style shower in half, then shaving off the rounded part. It was physically impossible for me to wash my hair inside the shower's boundaries because raising my elbows made me wider than the shower, and I heard the same thing from every woman I spoke to onboard. Most of us eventually hit on the same solution: pushing aside the fabric shower curtain and using the entire bathroom as a shower stall. Luckily for us, the non-shower portion of the bathroom has a drain. With a few days' practice, one perfects the art of leaning sideways to wash your hair or shave your legs, then using your towel and the bathmat to squeegee the pool of shower water down the outer drain when you're finished showering. There was nothing about this shower that made me think a human had been put into it at any point along the design line, to see if it was actually usable. And now, the toilets. Yes, those famous Grandeur toilets did not disappoint, as long as "did not disappoint" means "were every bit as bad as I'd heard." My husband described our stateroom toilet as a random-number generator. You would close it, push the flush button, and then at some random time point ranging from immediately to five minutes afterward, the toilet would flush. The average time seemed to be about 45 seconds between button pushing and actual flushing. Our room steward told us about this on day one, and we assumed she meant that there was a problem that was being fixed and she wanted to warn us in the meantime. Nope, this is normal on Grandeur. When I advised guest services the next day that our toilet still seemed to malfunctioning, Cara (a lovely woman who worked hard to help people out in any way she could!) replied that unfortunately, that was just how the ship was, due to low vacuum pressure. Cara did promise to ask maintenance to take a look, and it seemed like the flushing got a bit more reliable after that, but at no point during the week did the toilet flush normally. The bathroom sink, like many in the fleet, has a tap that sits too low to the sink bowl to actually fit hands under, and the water pressure in it (oddly, given how blastingly strong the shower pressure is) is very low. Not the hugest deal, but in combination with everything else it rendered the bathroom essentially useless for all three of its main functions: shower, toilet, sink. In contrast, toilets and sinks in public washrooms on the ship had none of these problems - their toilets flushed on command, and their sinks had adequate pressure and hand room. All bathrooms on the ship, both in my stateroom and in public areas, were prone to exuding unpleasant odors at random times, ranging from stale urine to "I could swear there's raw sewage flowing across this floor right now, if the smell is any indication." The bedroom portion of the stateroom was less terrible, though I wouldn't go so far as to label it adequate, either. The room was cramped, which is par for the course, but I did find it a bit odd that it was *so* cramped that there wasn't enough room to walk alongside the bed without dodging protruding furniture. I had assumed these rooms were designed so that everything fit alongside each other, but in this case it didn't quite work, and more than once either my husband or I got up during the night and bodyslammed either the television (which is on a swivel arm) or the corner of the dresser (which projects into what would otherwise be the walking space next to the bed). The bed itself was little more than two cots; the mattresses were about an inch thick and dipped in the middle, funneling both people sleeping in it toward the center of the bed, where we had to fight it out for sleeping space (I usually won!). We asked for a mattress pad, which we got, but it was a scant improvement. I woke up most mornings with serious back pain. Our larger suitcases did *not* fit under the bed for storage. There was adequate closet/drawer space and plenty of hangers for our clothes, but there was extremely limited shelf space for smaller items. Two cabinets alongside the vanity mirror looked promising, but one was occupied by the contents of our minibar, which our room attendant "took away" by putting the stuff inside it (it had started out sitting on the desk, taking up about half the space there). This left one cabinet of four small triangular shelves for everything else we owned (the bathroom had one shelf next to the sink, entirely taken up by the ship-provided drinking glasses), which didn't work out terribly well. Our stateroom attendant was friendly but slow - about half the days we were on the ship, our stateroom wasn't made up in the "morning" until 1-2pm after we left it around 8:30am. Multiple days, we were unable to get room service lunch because the room hadn't been made up yet and we didn't want to be there and prevent her from making it up when she did come around. DINING/BARS: Here, things improve significantly. Let's start with what I can't talk about: the Windjammer. Other than sticking our heads in one day to see the Coke Freestyle machines there, we didn't use the Windjammer the entire week. We ate most of our breakfasts and lunches in the Main Dining Room, where the staff during those periods ranged from absolutely fantastic (we had one lunch waiter during the week who saw us on Day 2, then not again until Day 9 and somehow remembered our drink and bread preferences from the first time to the second) to solidly adequate (the worst thing I can say is that service was slow). Dinners were also in the main dining room, where we got lucky enough to have what must have been the best team in the dining room. Our headwaiter, Denise, blew us away with her attentiveness. We had previously joked that we didn't know what headwaiters did, if they did anything at all, but Denise made it her job to make our week as comfortable as possible. When she found out that we had wanted a two-person table for dinner but hadn't been able to get one (they were in such heavy demand that week that we waited in line for a table change for more than an hour the first afternoon, only to be apologetically told there was nothing left), she made sure that any time she saw us for breakfast or lunch in the dining room, a 2-top was prepared for us. When we mentioned that we were thinking about doing dinner in specialty restaurants, she took care of making the reservations for us at the best time she could talk out of the restaurant staff, and got us a 10% discount on the restaurant cover charges because they were booked through her dining room. Our assistant waiter, Wilson, was also fantastic - I had begun to think that the days of waitstaff memorizing guest preferences were past, but Wilson nailed it every time, from my nightly Diet Coke to the onion rolls I adored to the new San Pellegrino water that appeared in front of my husband every time one was finished. He also entertained our section with magic - I'm still trying to figure out how he got the chain to loop around the ring in one trick! The MDR food was quite good; while it didn't rival the transcendent experience we had at Giovanni's Table (husband is *still* raving about their steaks - even better than the ones at Chops!), the food was tasty, hot, and as we requested it. The waitstaff didn't bat an eye at special requests or our habit of ordering multiple items from each course. We particularly enjoyed both lamb dishes (lamb shank one night, lamb chop another), and the banana creme brulee dessert (offered every night) is a great addition to the menu. Every pasta I tried throughout the week was overly salty; I suspect they were salting their water too much. All dining room service was far from speedy, but it wasn't the worst we've had. If you don't mind slow meals with spaces between courses, you'll be fine. Giovanni's Table was a great experience. We loaded up on appetizers, then regretted it when we got to the entree/pasta course and realized we had almost no room left! My advice is to believe the waiter when he tells you that most people do either a pasta *or* an entree; while you're allowed to get both, you really want to leave as much room as you can for that entree, especially if it's the steak (char-grilled on the outside, perfectly cooked on the inside). The olive ciabatta and the aged balsamic vinegar Giovanni's offers as its pre-appetizer bread is simply to die for. We could eat it all day and never get tired of it. Chops was good but not nearly as good as Giovanni's; we both had to send back our steaks for being cooked wrong (he ordered rare and got medium-well, I ordered medium and got medium-rare), and mine was still more rare than not the second time around. The sides and desserts were good but not superior. Husband and I both agree that we would do Giovanni's Table on another cruise in a flash, but would need to get a particularly good offer to bother with Chops a second time around. The waitstaff at both restaurants were entirely competent but didn't make us feel particularly special or catered to. We ate in the Park Cafe a handful of times, but its hours were surprisingly inconvenient for anything resembling meals - it didn't open until 2pm for "lunch" most days, which meant that on port days (when the MDR doesn't serve lunch), the only real lunch options for passengers staying on board were Windjammer or room service. What's the point of having a Windjammer alternative if you don't open it during prime food hours? That said, the roast beef sandwiches at Park continue to be worth the trip there. I enjoyed the tossed salads Park Cafe made on Allure of the Seas a few years ago, but I was disappointed that on Grandeur there was rarely anyone staffing that area of the Cafe, and the salads were no longer chopped or tossed to order (instead, the server just plops everything you ask for in a bowl and dollops some dressing on top). Still good, just not quite as worthy-of-a-special-trip. We got two different beverage packages (Premium for me, Royal Replenish for husband). These were relatively new plans (added in December or January, I think), and it was clear that not all the bar staff quite knew how they worked, nor had procurement totally ironed out the kinks of how the plans affect demand. When we bought the packages on day 2, we had to insist to the very confused bartender who sold them that yes, the price was pro-rated based on how many days were left on the sailing. After speaking to his supervisor and his supervisor's supervisor, he found out that yes, that was the case. By day 6, nearly all the bars had run out of half-liter bottled generic-brand water (the only size/brand included in the beverage packages) and were having to give us liter bottles by charging us for them, then reversing the charges back to zero. The Coke Freestyle machines are a cool innovation, but even when carrying my purse, the bulky, handle-less, RFID-chipped cup that works in the machines was a pain to tote around. Bartenders only sometimes thought to point out when I tried to order a drink worth more than my package covered, as a result I had a few small charges on my bill that I would have avoided had I noticed the cost beforehand (we got receipts to sign for our drinks about 25% of the time; some places always gave them and some never did). We do still think the beverage packages are worth it, in general, but I'm hoping Royal works out the kinks soon. Getting a bottle of water shouldn't be a huge production that requires you to read fine print about exclusions and the bartender to do fancy point-of-sale footwork. We rarely visited any bar other than the Schooner Bar, since the casino bar was impossibly smoky and the R Bar was always packed full of ballroom dancers using the Centrum dance floor (until the entire area shut down at midnight - we saw them literally turn out all the Centrum's decorative lights one night at 12:01). We loved Abraham in the Schooner Bar/South Pacific; he always greeted us by name and he did a great job of continually surprising us with tasty drinks we hadn't thought to try that fit within our beverage packages. Oddly, the South Pacific's bar never opened for service, even when events were being held in that lounge (Quest was in there, as was Bingo). Because we were Diamonds, we spent a lot of time in the Diamond Lounge (which, on this sailing, expanded to encompass the entire South Pacific lounge in the evenings), where the staff was also eager to do whatever they could to make our week enjoyable. The nightly Diamond Event was one of the high points of each day; we had about 600 passengers on our sailing that were diamond and above, but with the expanded Diamond Lounge in the evenings, it managed to never feel crowded. Nibbles and drinks in the evenings took on a homey feel as the same passengers and staff showed up each evening, which we really loved. ENTERTAINMENT: We didn't attend most of the headline-type entertainment events on this cruise. Our sailing was very, very heavily skewed toward older passengers (I've never seen so many walkers/scooters in one place!) and the entertainment was similarly aimed toward them; we're not particularly into big band music, ballroom dancing, or do wop musicians, so we didn't bother with those. I had high hopes for karaoke and the Schooner Bar's pianist after experiencing rollicking times with those on other cruises, but due to passenger demographics the performances both those places were also heavy on the Tom Jones and Sinatra and light on the music-made-after-I-was-born. We attended only one production show, the Broadway one, and I can honestly say that it was the most solid cruise-ship production I've ever seen. I'm used to either the singers, the dancers, or both, being, well, a little iffy, but on Grandeur both companies were spot on and they *killed* those show tunes. Performances at the aerial show (which also used the singers and dancers) were similarly solid, though the show was a bit short and the musical selections were less to my taste. As trivia buffs, we showed up to the thrice-or-more-daily trivia challenges regularly. Darryl's progressive trivia competition was a fantastically good time and about as hard (in a good way) as you could hope for cruise ship trivia to get. Darryl himself was just wonderful; we loved him and would happily sail on any ship he was working on in the future. The trivia rounds led by other members of the cruise director's staff (Freida, Jimena, and Roberto all hosted at various times) were somewhat less organized and sometimes re-used questions or insisted on obviously-wrong answers (Jimena almost had a revolt on her hands one day over a complicated math question). Nevertheless, the trivia was always worth showing up for - those dinky plastic key chains aren't going to earn themselves! The Quest was not as much fun as it's been for me in the past. While I obviously can't go into detail here, I will only say that under Ricky's direction it focused heavily on a single kind of thing that stopped being funny about twenty years ago. The casino was a big disappointment. While I don't go on a cruise ship expecting to profit from the slot machines, I've never had them eat my bankroll quite as quickly and steadily. Payouts were horrible, even on the first and second days, and most of the slot machines looked like they might have been original to 1996 - only some of them had bonus games or the extra features that are common on newer slots (though some of the new ones here did have cool 3D screens). The entire room stank of smoke; since the casino is now one of the only places on board where smoking is permitted, smokers would come to the casino just to sit and smoke, even if they weren't gambling. Even the "no smoking permitted" nook smelled. And as usual, the casino is amidships, which means you will, at some point, *have* to walk through it to avoid detouring. SHIP: Grandeur is a small ship, and after sailing Freedom, Independence, and Allure over the past few years, I found going back to an older-style ship an interesting experience. Rather than a dozen themed lounges and food venues open at all hours, Grandeur had a scant handful of generalist ones that closed early or only opened sometimes to begin with; rather than acres of deck seating, Grandeur had a few dozen chairs by each pool. On the other hand, rather than "I need to run back to my room" being a half-hour, mile-long experience, it could be accomplished in ten minutes from any place on the ship, and rather than staff being anonymous, they were familiar faces who remembered us as well as we remembered them. The ship was decently-maintained; I regularly saw staff cleaning windows, patching up paint and deck surfaces, and cleaning everything (there had been Noro on the sailing before ours, so they were being extra careful). Waitstaff whisked away used glasses and plates quickly and smoothly, and other than with room attendants, I got the impression the ship was well-staffed for its number of passengers, which has not been the case on larger ships. On the other hand, it's clearly a twenty-year-old ship, and there are rust and dated features in places. Our stateroom still used a corded, touch-tone phone that looked like something out of 1994; the only way to know if you have voicemail is to listen for the phone to ring. The internet center used computers that looked about ten years old and a browser that was so heavily outdated that some websites wouldn't even load properly on it and it is almost certainly vulnerable to serious security issues; swiping your seapass on the keyboards for internet access only worked about 5% of the time, giving an error message the rest of the time. PORTS: Since we'd been to all these ports before (Labadee, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan), we only got off the ship each time to poke around dockside. No real commentary to make here. DISEMBARKATION: Smoothest I've ever experienced. By the time we'd finished breakfast and tossed the last of our stuff into our carry-off suitcase, our disembarkation number had been called. We were off the ship by about 8:45 in the morning. OVERALL: It's hard to say that any cruise where someone else is cleaning your room and cooking your food is a bad experience, and we didn't entirely *dislike* our Grandeur vacation, but this is the first time I've flatly put my foot down about going back on a ship: I would not go back on Grandeur. Period. The staff was great, but they just couldn't make up for the ship's own limitations. No ship whose toilets don't flush reliably should be taking on passengers, and while I get along with older-demographic passengers just fine, in a ship that's small enough that it only does one type of entertainment as a time, the risk of landing among a demographic whose entertainment doesn't entertain you is just too high. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
My husband and I booked this cruise as an opportunity to get away by ourselves and take a relaxing break from our hectic lives. We live in Maryland so the ability to cruise out of Baltimore which is 45 mins from our home is an added plus. ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise as an opportunity to get away by ourselves and take a relaxing break from our hectic lives. We live in Maryland so the ability to cruise out of Baltimore which is 45 mins from our home is an added plus. Since this cruise departed on Jan 5, just after the holidays, it was certainly priced to sell cabins- almost too good to be true. My husband and I talked about the low price, and did worry that there would be cut backs on the ship before we departed, but we decided that if we just had some good weather and could be enjoying the sunshine on deck, we would be happy. The weather certainly was good, minus the first day after departing Baltimore, and the day before we returned to Baltimore. That is to be expected, it is winter in the North East! The ship recently went into dry dock and came back with 3 nice new additions- A poolside outdoor theater, a new food venue in the Solarium called the Park Cafe, and a new Centrum lobby area. All were appreciated- we did enjoy watching movies and sporting events pool side, and the Park Cafe which I think is linked to their Specialty Restaurant Chops was pretty good. I will also say that while our large outside cabin was actually quite small, it was comfortable enough and kept clean by our very attentive room steward. This is where my positive comments end. We got on the ship and were told that the ship had an out break of Noro Virus on the previous sailing. Noro Virus and severe colds were prevalent on our voyage. My husband, who probably has not been sick once in the past 10 years came down with a terrible cold, along with our cabin steward, bartenders, and many other guests and crew. On the cold days, it made sense to spend time in the Solarium. The Solarium has a glass retractable roof. The problem is that the roof is never opened. The temperatures and humidity quickly became stifling in the Solarium each day to the point where the crew who worked in there would be dripping with sweat. In addition, the Park Cafe is in a corner of the Solarium, so the servers and the sandwiches and salads in this area are also subjected to the extreme conditions here. Needless to say, the Solarium was a breeding ground for germs. I was told that the sunroof was most likely broken, as it had not been opened in the 5 months that this crew member had been on board. A little fresh air in the Solarium would have solved it's problems. The gym is another area that both my husband and I enjoy spending time in. It became clear on day 1 at sea that the gym suffered from similar problems to the Solarium. A small space, with motorized equipment causing heat, bodies causing heat, and no air flow and little A/C. While we are certainly used to sweating in a gym, this area was extreme. Even the personal trainer would have a moat of sweat around him 15 minutes into his spin class. To make matters even worse, the treadmills would routinely loose power most mornings- apparently a known issue on the ship. So imagine you are going for a run, getting into your workout, and boom, the treadmill stops dead. Now cool down, wait 15 mins, and maybe the power will be restored. The gym was surely another germ breeding ground. After a few days, we had to stop going to the gym. Another way you might like to relax on a ship is in a sauna or steam room. This ship had none, except for something called a steam shower. Apparently the sauna and steam room were removed to make space for more spa treatment rooms. The steam shower is basically a shower that has steam in addition to the shower head. The sign says it takes 10 minutes to warm up, but it really took 30. You if you went and turned on the steam shower to use it, chances are that when you came back after the warm up period, someone else was in it. It was lame. The entertainment was another dept that the ship was really lacking in. The cruise director, Luke Arrowsmith was mediocre at best. He was pretty good at a 70's party in the atrium, but that was it. The dancers and singers were lovely people, but their shows were not enjoyable. We had 2 comedians that really fizzled in the late night comedy show. The magician was OK. The best acts were a juggler, and a Celtic band called the Rouges that basically played for free on the ship (RCCL did not pay them). We did have a fun poolside farewell party out of Labadee, but just as everyone was dancing and partying, guess what? The sound system lost power! The pool band was a reggae band- the band was good, but the singer sounded like he was screaming at you. After about 15 minutes of them playing, people would start to complain about getting a headache. The absolute worst part of this cruise was the food. The Windjammer served SLOP. We ate there once and never went back. The main dining room was a step up from the Windjammer but not much better. They did have a decent salad bar in the dining room at lunch that made you custom salads kind of like the restaurant Chop'T. On lobster night, the lobster tails were mush. We did try to eat in the Park Cafe, as they had a good roast beef sandwich and good paninnis, but after 4-5 days of that, you get tired of it, and remember it's in the Solarium, so it's really hot and humid in there. In general the fresh baked bread was good all around the ship. We decided to try the specialty restaurant Chops one night. While it was OK, compared to specialty restaurants on other cruise lines, it was not worth the extra money. The NY Strip steak was tough, and the onion rings were frozen from the box. Chops was pretty much empty the night we went there, which said it all. Also, our waiter there did not know much about the menu, he told us he was new and not properly trained. We go the same story from our dining room busboy. He tried really hard, and we are grateful for that. We like to drink wine, so we bought the Platinum wine package. We had looked over the wines on the list before the cruise, and decided to go with it particularly for the Mondavi red and white wines on the list. When we tried to order this, we were told that they did not have those wines, and did not have them for many weeks. We really felt deceived. By the last dinner, I felt like I was slowly being poisoned by the food. The one plus about the dining room was the table seated next to us. We became good friends with this family, and had a lot of fun with them throughout the cruise. If they were not there, I probably would even be more negative in this review. We've been on over 20 cruises, and never before did we feel like we couldn't wait to go home. Guess there is a first for everything. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
My husband and I just returned from a 6 night cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda on the Carnival Pride. We had booked a 7 night cruise, unfortunately, due to rough seas, our cruise was delayed and we missed a day in Bermuda. We specifically ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a 6 night cruise from Baltimore to Bermuda on the Carnival Pride. We had booked a 7 night cruise, unfortunately, due to rough seas, our cruise was delayed and we missed a day in Bermuda. We specifically chose this cruise to get 3 days in Bermuda, so that was a bummer. Carnival emailed us the day before we were set to board, to notify us of the delay. We were told that we would be refunded for 1 day of the trip, which seemed reasonable, but we would have also appreciated a "goodwill" gesture -- such as onboard credit or free drinks or something. At least something for the inconvenience. We had trip insurance, which gave us a free night in a local hotel (Sleep Inn) and 2 meals. I highly recommend taking a hotel shuttle or having a friend drive you to the port. Parking was too expensive for us, and for the same price, we'd rather get a hotel room. On Monday morning, embarkation was fairly easy. We were some of the last to baord, but really didn't have to wait long in line. The staff at the port was very friendly -- I have no complaints. We boarded the ship around noon. Our room was ready immediately and it only took a few hours for our luggage to arrive. Our room steward, Putra, was very friendly and basically our favorite staff member on the ship. He was personable and seemed to really enjoy his job. We had an interior cabin and it seemed very spacious, compared to other ships. We had plenty of space to put our things away. The dining room (Normandie) was another story. Nearly everytime we sat down for a meal, we usually talked about how we wished we had gone to the Mermaid Grille. Service was unusually slow. Many times, it seemed like the server had forgotten about us. We didn't want to spend an hour and a half at lunch -- once, we walked out before our dessert arrived because it simply took too long. We rarely got refills on our water glasses. Was that a hint to purchase alcohol? Honestly, I think the dining room staff is exhausted and it shows. Some servers would barely acknowledge us -- just hand us our menus and leave immediately. I almost felt guilty for being there, as if I was being a bother -- definitely how I DON'T want to feel on vacation. Like most people, I just wanted a week of not having to cook and clean...I kept having to tell myself "I paid to be here, right?" I feel like we would have gotten better service if we had ordered alcohol at every meal. I asked one waiter for an iced tea, but I immediately felt embarassed when she told me that she only took bar orders. I had to practically flag someone down just to get a dang iced tea. Speaking of paying to be somewhere....all around the ship, it felt like were constantly being asked to buy something. It got annoying after awhile. We did spend time at the bar, but we weren't going to spend big bucks on portraits, soda packages, bingo, etc. I'm sorry, but the high prices were ridiculous. We had several sea days and on the schedule, it seemed like most things were selling seminars. One day, when it was cloudy and windy outside, everyone on the ship was huddled around the atrium (little kids included), watching 4 people play corn hole (bean bag toss). Now, I would have loved to play corn hole, but it was literally the ONLY THING planned for that time slot, and I'm sure everyone wanted to play. We just kept on walking. Our trip to Bermuda was cut short due to threats of Tropical Storm Sean. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the beaches and missed out on a few places in Hamilton that we had been wanting to see. We made the most of it, but it was still upsetting that we specifically chose this cruise to do those things and we missed out on them. The gym was great. It was never crowded, so my husband and I made good use of the machines, whirlpool, sauna and steam room. I wish I could go to that gym everyday! Our favorite entertainers were James the piano man and Thomas, the acoustic guitar player. We often just grabbed seats at the bar and listened to them play. Both men were very friendly and talented. Thomas learned a Pearl Jam song specifically for my husband (he had requested it the night before). We felt very honored. As for the shows in the Taj Mahal -- the first night was cancelled due to flooding from the previous cruise, and then there were the rough seas which made it impossible to perform...and then when we did make it to see a show, we we just weren't interested. I feel like the game shows have become pretty raunchy. I'm only 28, but I don't enjoy watching people squeeze a coin between their buttcheeks and try to drop it in a cup. Um. Yeah, that's just gross. Oh, and this was when kids were in the theater. Comedians weren't too funny. We went to see some R rated shows...and you know what? Dropping F bombs every 2 seconds doesn't make you funny. I LOVE comedy and have seen Dave Chapelle, Brian Regan and Bill Burr live...so I feel that I have something to compare them to. The asst. Cruise Director acted like a tool. He had his own comedy show one night. Sorry, didn't care for him. We made new friends on the ship -- most passengers were very friendly. The general consensus was that we didn't get nearly enough time in Bermuda and then nothing for our troubles. Then, a waiter walked up and asked if we wanted anything. Debarkation was easy, too -- had our luggage picked up the night before, and then we were able to grab breakfast, get our things and head off. We liked to wait until the lines died down before going anywhere -- made things much easier. The best part of our cruise was meeting new people. We also loved eating seafood and going to the gym. We didn't like how we always felt guilty for not buying someting every 2 seconds or feeling like we were bothering the crew. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Me and my Husband sailed on this Ship for our honeymoon from 8/21-8/27. We were supposed to be on the ship until 8/28 but due to hurricane Irene we were forced to come back to Baltimore a day earlier then scheduled. The Ship has a ... Read More
Me and my Husband sailed on this Ship for our honeymoon from 8/21-8/27. We were supposed to be on the ship until 8/28 but due to hurricane Irene we were forced to come back to Baltimore a day earlier then scheduled. The Ship has a very dark feel to it. It didn't give you that happy want to have fun feeling. There's naked art all over the ship. If your into that type of art then you wont mind. Me and my Husband found a lot of the art quite disturbing. Maybe we were reading too much into it, trying to figure out what the painting and statues meant. They had statues of a man lying on top of a dolphin in the ceiling of the ship and next to that statue was a mermaid. and that scene repeated throughout the ceiling of the buffet dining room. My husband thought that maybe it meant that the man had sex with the dolphin and that's how they got mermaids. I don't know but either way the decor left a lot to be desired. Our stateroom was probably the best part of the ship. The bed was very comfortable. The bedding was excellent. Our stateroom attendant was the most pleasant of the staff that we met. He remembered our names and our room was cleaned more often the we expected. Angel truly deserved his tip and much more. Dining- The dining buffet style was ok at best. The eggs were horrible. But of course you know that they don't use real eggs because of the cost. Even still I've had fake eggs that were much better. There was some variety but the taste of the food was sub par. We ended up eating a burger and fries most of the time, they were really good! Dining in the main dining room was horrible for many reasons. 1st- the waiter had no personality. he simply handed us our menus and then came back to take our order and that was it. He never explained the menu or made any recommendations at all. When my husband informed him that he was allergic to dairy,not lactose, but allergic and asked if they could prepare a meal without dairy the waiter never checked but simply stated the meals are pre made and can't be changed. for a couple of days we accepted that answer but then due to the amount of food on the menu with dairy we went to guest services and asked them about meals. and what do you know the hostess met us at our table at the next meal and asked my husband which meals he would like and that they would be prepared without dairy. Now tell me why the waiter could not inquire about this?? Because he didn't want to, he did not care. Even after making the waiter aware of my husbands allergy numerous times he brought the table complimentary drinks (because of the hurricane and us missing the Nassau port of call) with milk in them. I looked at the waiter and was like umm do these have milk in them, they clearly did. And the waiter was like "oh thats right, well here's a non alcoholic drink with no milk" really??? no apology, no offer to get him a REAL drink with alcohol like everyone else??? VERY VERY disappointed with the service at the dining room. 2nd- The food was nothing special.I've cruised before and I know lobster night is the best night for dining in the main dining room and sadly on this cruise it was not. The lobster had no flavor at all! It was very small and left a whole lot to be desired. The other meals didn't fair any better. I often left the main dining room hungry because the food was not great at all. Hamburger and fries it was again on many nights. Activities- hmmm lets see if your young like me and my husband (only 28) you want to have fun. As far as activities goes it was like taking a retirement cruise. The daily schedule included trivia, some more trivia and what do you know more TRIVIA!! There was Motown trivia, sports trivia, music trivia, pop trivia and the list goes on. There was one deck party with line dancing 1 night and it lasted truly only 30 minutes. Everyone was ready to dance and then the music stopped and you were left figuring out whats next. So me and my husband was like lets go to the club and go dancing some more. went to the club at 11pm and NOTHING!! no music no people!!! We were like what kind of "fun ship" is this?? Its a good thing we were on our honeymoon and could go to our room and make our own party other wise we would have been dead bored on this cruise!!!!! There were even activities on the schedule that we went to that never happened. and the ones that did happen started late most of the time. The comedy shows were the only ones worth attending. We got some great laughs from that. The Motown show they had, which consisted of one guy singing all of the Motown classics...sucked! The best part of that show was when the singer called some guys from the audience to come on stage and sing the temptations hit "my girl". The guys from the audience were awesome! They were better then the entertainment provided by carnival. I wanted them to sing some more!! Karaoke was the worst. When you in vision karaoke you see people having fun, making fools out of themselves which is fine because its all out of fun. but they had a girl on stage with people doing karaoke to help them out when they messed up. When they messed up she would start singing and try to get them back on track. WHY???? its karaoke!!! The fun of it all is watching people get up there and screw up!! This was no fun at all. we left. Ports of call- the ship was scheduled to go to port Canaveral Florida, free-port Bahamas and Nassau Bahamas. first stop port Canaveral- we got off the ship and there was nothing. we expected that its a port Canaveral but the cost of the bus to take you some place was way too much and you had no choice but to pay 40-50 buck per person just for a bus ride. we said no and went back to the ship. It's Florida we visit family there all the time. It was no island so we decided not to spend that much money for a bus ride. free port- it was ok, very slow. Not a lot happening because everyone was preparing for Hurricane Irene. We heard the beach was amazing but because of the limited time we were docked at free port we never made it to the beach. We went to some of the shops and of course they all had just about the same stuff for sale. We missed Nassau Bahamas due to Hurricane Irene. I've been to Nassau before and it was the one port I was looking forward too. I liked Nassau a lot!! Maybe next time. We headed back to Baltimore a day early due to the Hurricane. Which was fine. Safety first. But you would think because we missed a port and we had to come back early that Carnival would want you to have a a better experience but they only offed one day compensation. Maybe a discount on a future cruise or something would have said a lot more but they offered nothing. Being my Husbands first Carnival cruise he was highly disappointed and said he would never sail carnival again. I've been on Carnival glory some years ago and had a wonderful time but I agree with my husband I would never take Carnival again. Royal Caribbean all the way! They had so many activities and parties it was hard to get to them all, you couldn't it was that much to do on royal Caribbean!!! Overall if its your first cruise ever you may enjoy it because you have nothing to compare it to. If you've cruised before, especially on royal Caribbean I would recommend you cruise them again and skip this carnival cruise. It's not worth the money at all!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My Husband and I decided to book our 1 year anniversary cruise through royal Caribbean since we had heard so many good things about it. We sailed on carnival for our honeymoon and had a blast!! So we decided to give the company with 5 ... Read More
My Husband and I decided to book our 1 year anniversary cruise through royal Caribbean since we had heard so many good things about it. We sailed on carnival for our honeymoon and had a blast!! So we decided to give the company with 5 stars a shot. We booked our cruise on Royals Enchantment of the Seas for May 19th 2011 leaving out of Baltimore,Maryland. We would be returning on the 28th. during our cruise we would visit 4 ports..San Juan Puerto Rico, St.Thomas,Dominican Republic, and Haiti. We got into Baltimore a few days early and had the chance to go to an Orioles game and visit many different places. That was nice. We stayed at the the Days in booked through stay123.com we had a room for 79.00 a night and then we paid a one time fee of $22.00 to leave our car parked at the hotel while we were on our cruise. The hotel provided a shuttle to and from the port. That was nice considering the port was going to charge us $150.00 for parking. We arrived at the port and i must say it was nothing spectacular. Nothing like the view we seen leaving out of Miami. It like the port was sitting in the middle of an old ship yard. not anything to take pictures of. It was also raining and cloudy. Security to me was a little unrealistic making one man take off his clothes because he kept beeping. The poor fellow was like 85 years old. My husband also had a hard time going through security and he didn't have anything to make the machines go off. We have no idea what happened there. As we are sitting in the port waiting to board we are looking around at our fellow cruisers and we notice about 70%of them are over the age of 60. What have we done/? Another young couple next to us said the same thing. We finally board the ship and entering it was nothing great either. It didn't give us the WOW factor like the carnival ship we had been on. It was pretty but not that pretty. The ceilings were low and it just looked old fashioned. They had fruit sculpted into animals which was cute but that's it..just cute. we were informed our rooms were not ready so we could go to the Windjammer to have lunch. We walk in and it is small. Not enough tables for everyone and with it raining,who wants to sit outside. We push our way through the crowd to see whats for lunch. i thought I was at a retirement home with the food options. corned beef, stew, salad,sandwiches...what is this?? I found the burgers. not cooked fresh off the grill to your bun like on carnival but rather sitting in a pan with grease on the bottom. cold and not very tasty. the buns were hard from sitting in the air and the cheese wouldn't even melt. yuck!!! finally we make it to our room. it is a little bigger than our room on carnival but the TV? It definitely needed and upgrade. It was very small..like a 13 inch and it was facing the wall not the bed. it was hard to watch TV while resting. our guy that cleaned the room was weird. he went through our stuff to find sunglasses which i don't think is right. he would throw our bags on the bed or couch and leave them there. i don't think he should have even touched our personal belongings. he didn't get a tip. that's why i don't prepay my gratuities. our room was toward the front of the ship on the 3rd floor. we felt a lot of the boats movements which did make us sick and we needed some medicine for motion sickness the first couple days. The doors to the rooms we found to be heavy also and there is no vent in the bathroom. Not good. We did like the fact that the ship offered a pool with fresh water in it though during the day it was full but very peaceful at night. My husband and i took advantage of the peaceful swimming at night but found the guys that clean the deck watch us like a hawk. I felt like a criminal. The solarium was nice for adults but very hot. they never opened the roof..which i don't know if it even opened. We didn't go in there much except to get pizza when the windjammer closed which was alot. On carnival we could go into their dining area all day and there was always something being cooked. The entertainment was dull. Nothing went on the first day really. The comedians were ok. I wouldn't say they were extremely funny and they kept their stuff PG for the elderly. There was a juggler..and dancers. the dancers did the same stuff every night just to different songs. It kinda got old after a while but there was nothing else to do. Karaoke was not fun either. The host was dull and not very entertaining. Hardly ever was there anything going on out on the deck. several days they had a Jamaican band out there but i just thought they would change things up. by 9 every night the pool deck was empty. the halls were empty. there were shows going on but other than that nothing. by 12 everyone was in bed unless you were in the viking crown lounge which was the dance club. it consisted of mostly chairs. the dance floor was probably as big as a nice sizes storage building. you could fit maybe 20 people comfortably. It was the same thing night after night. the music wasn't good at all. it was like the DJ played what he liked and nothing to keep the crowd entertained. my husband and i decided one night to walk every floor because we were so bored and we noticed that the 4th floor smelled like sewer really bad. It was quite gross. The ship just isn't for me and Royal is more for the older crowd...like the ones with walkers. Yes there were walkers on there. The ports were nice. We loved the Dominican Republic. Royal told us that the Dominican republic was a newer port to them and there was no need to take money. There were excursions you could book through them but other than that you could just walk around. We had to tender in. so when we got there we found it to be a totally different story. there was all kinds of stuff to do. there were even tours that went to the waterfalls for 25.00 a person instead of the outrageous price that royal wanted. we were mad that they had lied to us and the tour guides there and the the people who walk you to the water fall depend on our money for survival. we always buy from the locals and nothing that says made in china. when we got to Haiti it was a private island owned by royal. I found out that royal only pays Haiti a small small amount per person to be on the island. i was disgusted. they are poor. there were these Haitian men working on the private island and royal brought in all this food for the cruisers and do you know those men said they aren't allowed to eat it that royal only provides them with water or lemonade. some people went and got those men a plate of food. all the food left was brought back on the ship to be thrown out. That makes me sick to my stomach. i will never sail on royal again. The service was ok and our dining room waiter was awesome but as far as the ship,entertainment,and food? No thank you. Don't think you can order room service when ever you want..they charge for that too and add a gratuity onto it. carnival does not. if you choose to sail with royal or you choose to sail this ship..good luck to you and happy sailing. I will be waving to you from one of carnivals fun ships!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2011
Sadly, the first few moments in the room were spent picking up pills found on the floor from the previous guest, scrubbing in the outside of the bathroom toilet and toilet seat, due to its complete lack of cleanliness and yes, I mean what ... Read More
Sadly, the first few moments in the room were spent picking up pills found on the floor from the previous guest, scrubbing in the outside of the bathroom toilet and toilet seat, due to its complete lack of cleanliness and yes, I mean what you think I am implying. It was hard to feel comfortable going forward in this environment. Additionally the lounge area waiters offered to take a drink order only one time over the 7 day experience. The restaurant waiter never appeared on our one night in the dining room sending us out to the Prominade bar to get our own drinks. Despite a few pleasant staff members like our restauarant waiter and the spa staff, the overall experience left us feeling more like we were in the way of staff socialization and not being acknowledged, let alone taken care of. One front desk staff member talked to us like we were stupid, despite being given improper debarkation information. We were surprised to find the shore excursions $50 cheaper as booked on our own. The Lido buffet areas felt like shopping at Walmart on Black Friday. The outside pool areas could aptly be renamed "Smoker's Paradise." The Serenity pool was dirty nearly daily. Soot from the ship snowed in the air covering our clothes upon leaving port. There was a smell of chemicals so strong in our room one day that we had to leave for hours while maintenance worked on this, when all we wanted at this point was a nap. This was sadly the most disappointing vacation my wife and I have taken in our 7 years together. For $1900 for cruise fare, an $800 room bill, and the cost of lost vacation days, dog kennels, etc, we left very unhappy. Only a year ago, we traveled on the Carnival Miracle and left raving about the staff, the pleasantries, the pampering. We debarked wondering if the Miracle vacation was a fluke or was it the trip on the Pride. Either way, we'll play it safe in the future. My wife said it best. The staff on the Carnival Pride made no effort to create the illusion. The last thing I want to feel like while on vacation is a bother. It's worse when you don't feel clean or comfortable. Despite Carnival's lower fares compared to other cruise lines, the value was still way below expectations based upon previous experiences. After contacting them and reporting the disappointment, we essentially got a "that sucks" and no hint of an attempt of "what can we do to make this right or keep you coming back?" So, I thought I could at least prevent others from making the mistake we did. Trust the ship reviews. Having read other Pride reviews, I'm just glad I didn't get food poisoning. It's good to be home. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
My husband & I booked this cruise as a present to ourselves to celebrate our wedding anniversary. As our anniversary is on December 30th, this meant we would also be onboard for New Years Eve. This is our 4th cruise; prior to this ... Read More
My husband & I booked this cruise as a present to ourselves to celebrate our wedding anniversary. As our anniversary is on December 30th, this meant we would also be onboard for New Years Eve. This is our 4th cruise; prior to this we've cruised on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas once and Grandeur of the Seas twice. We've been to the western Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and most recently Canada/New England. I'm in my late forties, and my husband is in his early fifties. My husband does have mobility issues and is unable to do much walking. We're not the most outgoing people, but enjoy just getting away and being able to relax. This was our first cruise without the kids. Pretty much by the second or third day of the cruise, we had decided we would probably not cruise Carnival again. We both feel that Royal Caribbean is far superior in food, elegance, helpfulness and friendliness of the staff, and overall a better value for our money. Our Carnival cabin did have more storage space, and it seemed the room had a better layout. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
I had read many reviews that were very positive regarding this ship/cruise, so imagine my surprise at how bad this trip/Carnival cruise lines really was. Let me say that cruising out of Baltimore is a breeze - just don't try to ... Read More
I had read many reviews that were very positive regarding this ship/cruise, so imagine my surprise at how bad this trip/Carnival cruise lines really was. Let me say that cruising out of Baltimore is a breeze - just don't try to be first on the ship. If you take your time and board at 2 - 3pm all will go smoothly with no waiting at all. The ship is hideous. Nude art and statues were the least of the problems. The ship looks like one big casino - dark and plastic and really gaudy!!!! The vessel is long and narrow making walking around it congested and irritating due to throngs of other people. There really is no place to just stroll outside like on other ships. The pool decks were not made of wood but some "composite material" that made them very slippery and unsafe - not to mention unattractive. The tile of the pools were chipped and would come off daily. Security officers monitor the pools but they did not follow their own safety policy and let kids jump continuously - this caused an altercation where my husband was threatened by another passenger. The fellow guests were largely rude and unruly - having the Walmart mentality and behavior of wearing cut-off jeans and football jerseys into the formal dining room. The adult only pool was very small and inhabited by people who seemed to enjoy drinking, smoking, and swearing at all times. Not my scene and certainly not "fun".. The pool band was simply two men and a synthesizer - hardly a band at all - well, maybe one with no real instruments. Our cabin was very nice with a 30 ft balcony. All service was good - but not as seasoned as on other ships. Davids was ok - it was fun but certainly not gourmet. The ports of call were awful - really humid, dirty and almost as scary as the "guests" on the ship. Oh and if all that wasn't bad enough - Carnival charged my debit card for all my expenses and also put a "hold" for those same expenses leaving me with very little money in my account as they have essentially billed me twice. They are blaming my bank, but the bank says that Carnival is responsible. Meanwhile I sit and wait for my money to be restored. So this just adds insult to injury -not my idea of a "funship". Read Less
Sail Date September 2009

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click