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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Boarding was well organised and simple There was lunch available whilst we waited for our cabin to be available The cabin has a double bed – it was a decent size Air con that you can alter in the cabin, beach and bath ... Read More
Boarding was well organised and simple There was lunch available whilst we waited for our cabin to be available The cabin has a double bed – it was a decent size Air con that you can alter in the cabin, beach and bath towels provided Shower en suite, liquid shower gel and hair shampoo, no hair conditioner, a small bar of hand soap There is not an automatic availability of a hair-drier, if your statesman has a spare one you can have one if he doesn't you can't! The room safe is locked with a card with a magnetic strip This doesn't have to be a credit card. Loyalty card would do You need a lanyard holder to clip your sail and sign card onto this acts as your payment/ID card I bought the bottomless bubbles package about $7 a day, For unlimited soft drinks, you have to buy it for the week of the cruise, for me it was worth it They also do a wine package, this works out a bit cheaper for wine in the evenings Loads of food, so many different options available Mongolian wok was very tasty When you are organising trips off the island be aware that the locals know the prices that the ship charges and price themselves accordingly, so you have to haggle a bit to get the prices down Never pay until you are back to the ship Make sure you take something warm to wear in the evenings as inside the boat it is quite cool particularly in the evenings. There were 2 elegant nights on the ship so a nice dress and shirt and trousers for the guys The white night was in the nightclub so not mandatory or really needed Breakfast could be eaten buffet style in the lido restaurant you could sit inside or outside or served in the imagination restaurant inside Sukesh is a table magician He is absolutely amazing, he is gentle and fantastic with his tricks you have to make sure you see him whilst on the cruise There was a welcome aboard show , the day before we left completely focussed on the people who embarked at Puerto Rico The people who boarded at Barbados did not get a show like it when they boarded Comedians were very funny if you understand American humour Medical centre I popped down to see the facilities, and had a chat to the staff - it was very interesting and reassuring They can do all things a normal ER can do, plus minor surgery Spa on the ship This was disappointing On the first day we went for the tour and was told it wasn't happening We went for a seminar on detoxification this was very interesting, but whilst we were waiting we listened to the conversations happening at the reception desk - a guest was being told they couldn't help as no one was on duty who spoke Spanish- poor I felt We went to listen to a seminar about pain relief and we were told it wasn't happening because they were too busy So what do I think about the spa? A little elitist and not interested in anyone if they were not spending money This I find judgemental and disappointing I don't spend my money when I feel that someone thinks I am not worth bothering about Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
This cruise line does not cater for british passenger out of around 3000 passenger there were only 6 british the rest porta ricans very loud and rude this ship was quite small compared to others food was quite good with lots of choice ... Read More
This cruise line does not cater for british passenger out of around 3000 passenger there were only 6 british the rest porta ricans very loud and rude this ship was quite small compared to others food was quite good with lots of choice cabins very small. Ship was clean but the other guest were very untidy. Entertainment was poor only seen one show the whole cruise a few shops but very over priced. Dont book trip with ship very over priced again can get much cheaper inport .Suggest getting drinks package even though very expensive but the drinks are on ship.The main restaurants were very nice staff very friendly but the officers on the ship talk to them like dirt in view of guest seen one officer make a girl cry.All in all wont travel carnival again .Did not like embarkation process took a long time also disembarkation. Lots of silly rules. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Wow! We tied the knot this year on the Fascination and must I say we were not disappointed. The day was perfect. They made us feel welcomed and my goodness everything came out the way we wanted. The quality of the photos... ... Read More
Wow! We tied the knot this year on the Fascination and must I say we were not disappointed. The day was perfect. They made us feel welcomed and my goodness everything came out the way we wanted. The quality of the photos... phenomenal .... Our photographer did a fantastic job. The honeymoon??? a week to rem. Our steward ensured that our bed was made every time we stepped out. and when we returned there was aways a cute animal to greet us on our bed. The food??? hmmm Delicious My husband loved the lido deck.. i preferred the fine dining Plus we were able to eat our wedding cake every night at dinner . our wedding day was just filled with fun. Everyone complimented us and said that they had never been to a wedding ceremony like this.. We are planning on going back next year for our first anniversary I recommend anyone to do a cruise ship .wedding. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Having been on Carnival Vistory Valor n Destiny. Fascination left nothing to be fascinated about. There was no water in cabin toilet for first 3 days but toilet flushed well 4th day there was a pungent stench of sewage. Toilet overflow ... Read More
Having been on Carnival Vistory Valor n Destiny. Fascination left nothing to be fascinated about. There was no water in cabin toilet for first 3 days but toilet flushed well 4th day there was a pungent stench of sewage. Toilet overflow on 4th &5th day. The plumber had to be called on 2 occasions due to the fact that when the toilets were flushed water appeared in toilet and rose to rim. Stench on sewage in cabin for 2.5 days We were informed by guest services that the stench was from a shower drain blocked by sand (we did not go to the beach as we live in Barbados and the beach is not a novelty to us). Too little entertainment,menu needs variety on lido deck,ppl washed hands at water dispenser n filled their personal bottles,wash room filthy on lido deck,incorrectly labelled my liquor with invalid cabin no. Never again. Read Less
43 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
On board the Carnival FunShip Fascination is like living with “Aladdin's Lamp” First time on a cruise which has been postponed for many years, for many reasons. Then this "oh, never on Carnival" comments we ... Read More
On board the Carnival FunShip Fascination is like living with “Aladdin's Lamp” First time on a cruise which has been postponed for many years, for many reasons. Then this "oh, never on Carnival" comments we heard/read from many, put a stop to our wishes to experience a cruise to the destinations we would love to go to. If you're impatient, or bored of reading long reports you can move to the next one, because this is long!!! Although we are beach people, we do many of the "cultural" and exhausting sightseeing vacations too, or sometimes the two together. But, a cruise! 10 years ago was a straight “no”, then it was a “maybe”, for the last 3-4 years “yes, but can we really do it”?… Let me tell you: it's a fact that we're all getting old, and we all want our peace and quiet when vacationing, but, as much as I am not sociable, no more parties etc in my life, I thought I'd rather be on a party cruise than being on a cruise there is only elegant and quiet dining with high profile businessmen & women! And, this is what we heard about Carnival, only the partiers go on this one!! Finally with my vacation period from work (Henry works for himself, so no concerns with his schedule), we only had one option to the destinations we wanted to visit and that was on Carnival Fascination. Reading cruisecritic.com and many other websites, I was expecting a little boat, with lots of noise, a small room, terrible food, terrible staff, terrible service, and only drunk customers around... Well … It was about 3 weeks before the departure date I was able to get my schedule at work for June, and plan/book the trip. Arranging and organizing everything around it, we arrived at our lovely hotel in Barbados about 5 days in advance ... Yes you can call it a "Vacation before vacation". This was not our first time visit to our little heaven Coconut Court Beach Hotel, and returning somewhere we knew, felt awesome (check my report about this place from several years ago on tripadvisor.com, but now it is even better than the last time). But the real worry on our minds was if in 7 days, were we going to find ourselves getting bored on the cruise, or really enjoying it!... We were at the Barbados port right at 11am on the embarkation day, with some other passengers who were staying at Coconut Court as well. The first observation: the employees at the port, who were lovely, fun & helpful, directed us to a shuttle bus between the port and the ship. When we stepped on the ship we were in awe! My first reaction getting out of the elevator was "OMG... This is like visiting a classic Las Vegas hotel". ... So, it was a love at first sight for me! Yup, I love classic Vegas ...new too...but, you know what I mean. That feel of a well established business is always cool ☺ Then we waited for our official check in, when we got our keys in our hands with tons of info, we got kind of nervous... Are we now really trapped in here? By the way, there were many employees everywhere wearing a red t-shirt, with large text on them “JUST ASK”. This was a really nice arrangement and comforting welcome. While heading towards our room, we bumped into many other employees on duty, and all were smiling, working and welcoming us. And the second we opened our room door... Haaaaaa... Shock, a pleasant shock. The size of the room, the balcony, the view from our balcony, and the way our room was prepared. Let me provide this info before we go on: if one finds these rooms small, and complains about them, one should never travel to Japan (my favorite, my #1 destination). The room & bathroom size together is 3 times bigger than any room in Shinjuku (except Hilton & Westin etc with CAD350+ price tags per night). The cleanliness of the room was better than many hotels anywhere in the world including Canada. I travel for work, and stay at different hotels frequently, so I have a slight idea of hotel room cleanliness. Right after our arrival we met our room steward Tri ... He and his team took care of us for the whole 7 days. Because of him specifically, I used the headline I used. Aladdin's Lamp! Every time we walked into or out of our room, Tri showed up to make sure we were ok. If we needed anything, he was available all the time. Every night when we returned back to our room, he had already turned our bed with a magical towel ornament on it!!!! It was different every night, which put a big smile on our faces. After the first impression of all this, we attended an orientation & mandatory safety briefing. We even won a St. Kitts zip-lining voucher but at our age we are not into it, and also we had other plans there (the details are below). So, we showed up at the shore excursion desk to ask an employee if we could exchange the voucher for anything else that was available, at any of the other destinations. Well, the one and only disappointment was this lady, who just shrugged her shoulders, and took the voucher folded up, possibly for recycling. However, her shrugging shoulders behavior has been recovered by ALL THE OTHER Carnival employees that were on the ship. So I will not belabor this point. I, of course, left a little note with the customer service desk suggesting they look into these situations, as the girl at the excursion desk didn’t seem to care, and didn’t attempt to do anything (not even an apology!). We’re not sure if my note was the reason or not, but on day 2 there was a (1 week early) birthday card for Henry with some wonderful gift vouchers. A spa gift card for USD50, another gift card for a bottle of wine (value USD25), and a voucher to be used towards a photo! So, no matter how this happened, this was an elegant way to engage the customers by the Carnival management. Bravo! Because we are very early risers (6-7am even with the time difference – for us it’s 3-4am), we had our breakfast at the buffet except 3 mornings... Also many of the mornings we were either the first to leave the ship, or within the first 5-6 people as per security.... OK, back to the breakfast! The buffet breakfast is for everyone... If you can't find a breakfast item you like or you can’t eat at this buffet, you must carry your own food. Fruits, eggs, omelette made to order, cereals, yogurts, sausages, bacon, pastries, cheese, toast, French-toast, pancakes and many more ... They are all available. The dining room breakfast was with selected items, which were amazing. I also like my coffee in a porcelain mug, and this was available only at the dining room. They are not available at the buffet. Only plastic (reusable kind) cups... But the reasoning behind is understandable. Pretty much each day we left the ship at around 8 am and returned back at around 230-330 pm. Either we ate our lunch at the shore, or we had a snack on board. Then we hit the “million dollar” view gym! The gym/spa area was so attractive we basically wanted to go to the gym. I know, I know! Magical stuff happens on board Our dinner was "your time" dinner, which we loved. We didn’t have to sit with other people at all. It was at the dining room called Sensation. The staff at Sensation worked also at the buffet with different uniforms. So, I have to say the head-waiters/head-waitress, Elias, William, Ayu are rockstars ... We enjoyed their service immensely. Also, Hendra, Richy, Milagres, Ireneo, I Made and many others who work there every single night are fantastic people, fantastic characters, fantastic workers who knew us by name and gave the best service that can be given to the customers. Although, when we were seated in their section, each one of them introduced themselves and their team for the night, Ayu really stood out with her conversation opening introduction. “Hello, good evening! Welcome, my name is Ayu, I’m from Indonesia, and I’ll be serving you tonight with my colleagues … (and she says the names of her team mates)”. After this kind of a welcome, only one thing happens, your heart warms up … and after the first time she welcomes people (for example us) “Hello Idil, hello Henry, welcome back … how was your day today?”. I have never had such an experience in my whole life. I’m 50 and travelled almost around the world. And, the little music/dance break during the dinner is a fantastic idea. So, the music starts and the whole service team stops what they’re doing and starts singing and dancing (all synchronized!). Sometimes they dance with the customers too. What fun every night! Great choice of music too. Service is one thing that we see and judge … but I cannot NOT mention the kitchen folks... the food quality (taste & presentation), the menu choices... Oh my god … It’s 20 out of 10!!! There is an everyday menu filled with fantastic appetizers, main courses (and there is a choice for vegetarians too), then the second page menu changes every day. Again everyday there would be a choice of a vegetarian meal. I am not vegetarian but I read the menu everyday very, very carefully! For sure you will find something that will tickle your fancy, or something you were always curious about would be showing up, and you’d try! Your taste buds will have a major feast! In the end, whoever prepared that menu did one fine job. I'd say the person who suggested and made the final decision to keep the warm melting chocolate cake on the everyday dessert menu should be the President of the Food and Beverage department (perhaps s/he has already been promoted!). It's just out of this world! Almost every night after midnight, I heard my name being called at the buffet area while Henry was having his “before bed” ice-cream treat at the 24-hour self-serve machines... It was always Ayu finishing her shift at the buffet clean up. It is such a casual environment, but, there is always that knowledge & professionalism. I simply loved the style, mentality and the customer approach of this company, and Ayu for being so personable. It is a pure vacation & pure relaxation! Having said all this, hats off to the trainers who train these people all the same: respectful, knowledgeable, very professional, yet very friendly and genuine. Who are the direct & indirect supervisors and managers of these frontline workers? They have to be commended as well. Obviously, there are some people behind the scenes who are doing their jobs just perfectly! Congratulations! And now the Cruise Directors... Always available, always fun, always laughing, mingling with the passengers (customers). So, good looking Felipe is funny, confident (rightfully so!), knows what he is doing (aka Mr. Woohoo!!!), and very comfortable on the stage. I honestly don’t know what other responsibilities he would have, but I’m sure he is good at what he is doing. The assistant Cruise Director... “Kris with a K” is a very special, solid guy with a great smile. Oh my god, he is so charming, he has such a positive disposition (how? I need tips!). He is fun, he FOR SURE is one of the BEST dancers out there (along with the headwaiter William) and his name tag "Kris with a K" is more than brilliant. And, yes, his charm made me spend “a lot of” money at the bingo games he held. I never thought I'd like bingo this much, and we simply can’t wait to be on one of his future cruises. All these guys have their own personalities that reflect to their jobs & positions to make them perfect at what they are doing. My compliments to the hiring department to hand pick these wonderful people. Way to go! So, overall, those who rated this cruise line poorly must have seen something we haven’t. But for us, if/when we are booking our next cruise, Carnival will get the first choice, and if “Kris with a K”, Ayu, William, Tri etc are there, I’ll be on board before anyone. Food - more than excellent +++++++ and at the Sensation dining room, our waiting time was usually 15 to 55 seconds to get in. Very fast, very efficient service! Drinks (to the Carnival food and beverage department - please do not read this part of the report!) - As we were waiting for our check-in on day 1, we were offered the alcohol drink package. For us, it was not a necessary purchase, as we wouldn’t drink more than 1 to 2 glasses of wine or beer at any time and to be honest, unless you’re a heavy drinker, the bar prices are very affordable and/or they were not any different than any bar/pub (if not cheaper) for a drink or two every night. Also, we were advised that we were allowed to bring a bottle of wine or champagne on board if we wanted. We took 2 bottles of wine, and we couldn’t even finish it all! Bogart’s coffee shop was one of the most affordable coffee shops I’ve seen lately (only comparing to Europe/Asia/N. America/Australia) … and the desserts they sell there ….drooooooollll …. Service - more than excellent +++++++ Staff - more than excellent +++++++ Outstanding … Note: Can you believe Tri thanked us coming to his home, and giving him the opportunity to serve us! Yes, I can imagine living on the ship for 6-7 months at a time makes it their home … but thanking us for the visit made me almost cry! Carnival Fascination - for us it was a perfect size floating hotel as this was our first cruise, we felt extremely comfortable navigating around. And, during this vacation, we simply couldn’t sleep as we were so excited all week, we simply didn’t want to waste our time sleeping! It’s one of those things in life. Also, we were not forced to purchase anything on board (as some people commented on that). We were given the information, opportunity, but never felt the high stress sales tactics etc (which would have irritated me)… that was a perfect customer service. The sea day - I thought we'd be bored out of our skulls, but the day went so fast (even though we woke up at 7!). They kept us busy all day long, they really should have had 2 sea days not just one! On board entertainment - I can’t comment much or compare to anything, as this was our first cruise, but we had a fantastic/fun time. There was almost no time to get bored while on board. Production shows, comedy clubs, music, BINGO and if you don’t like any of that stuff, there is the gym/casino/bar/romantic hang out deck “Serenity” etc. And, “Kris with a K” popped out from every corner & made everything even more fun! (I told you Fascination is the Aladdin’s Lamp!)… you see him running up the stairs, then you turn around and he is in the elevator waiving … you turn around again, he is at the Atrium Bar area chit chatting with people or dancing! The one of a kind majestic itinerary by Carnival – Boarding in Barbados > always amazing, always magical (Coconut Court is the place for us to stay, Barbados Blue is the company to go for a snorkeling/scuba diving tour to swim with the turtles!) St. Lucia > such a pretty place … such a lush, green island! We didn’t have any plans other than going to Vigie Beach right by the airport (we love airports). It was a quiet airport, but the setting while swimming and sunbathing was fantastic. When we first got off the ship we were stopped by many cab drivers quoting USD15-20 to go to the Vigie Beach. But one guy asked me “lady, how much do you want to pay?”, I asked back “how long does it take to get to there?” the answer was “5 minutes”, I added “then USD5 it is!” … He looked at me, he told me we were the first getting off the ship, so it would be ok for him to take us for USD5!... Then as we were approaching the beach he asked if we wanted to see the city and a beautiful view from the highest point and perhaps we would take some pictures. So, back and forth, we agreed for USD20, and that also had to include a pick up from the airport beach. Overall, he gave us about 1,5-2 hour touring, on the way he showed us the school he attended to obtain a certificate to be able to drive the tourists around. Then he stopped at different areas in St. Lucia to have us take pictures, look around, and look at the breathtaking views of the island! When we got back to the city centre we picked up his girlfriend in the market area (she was going to some kind of school enrolment process). Then we got dropped off at the Vigie beach. We were not sure if he was going to come back and pick us up, as we paid him the whole amount, but he did show up to pick us up to take us to the city centre where we had to have our Piton Beers and I had to do a little shopping! By the way, while we were at Vigie beach, we walked to the airport terminal building. Facilities are spotless And, the terminal is just so cute ☺ If you’re there, go see it! Driver Winston’s contact info: Winston’s Taxi Service / Cell: (1-758) 486-0397 or (1-758) 284-2187 (no email contact on his card) St. Kitts > The only place we thought we’d make an arrangement to get around. First of all, do not believe every negative comment you read. But, obviously we did believe what we read, that’s why we booked a cab to take us around. And, I believe everything is for a good reason as we met with this fantastic lady, Rose, who we found reading comments about her on tripadvisor.com You will see many people mentioning little monkeys thrown at you and get asked USD20 for it and you get in trouble if you don’t pay them etc etc … It’s not true! There are many people holding the monkeys (unfortunately some monkeys are even dressed up!), if you want, you can go get your photo taken with them, and pay the fee/tip. Personally, I would rather see the animals at their own habitat, and on the way to the beach we saw tons of them running in and around the bushes by the side of the road. They are everywhere, they are every size! Anyway … Our pick up was at 930 at the port, we the early risers, couldn’t sit on the ship, so we decided we’d go out early to look/walk around the port and see if Rose was there a little earlier than 930, so we could get going. As we were walking out, I saw and recognized Rose with her husband (it was a little after 8 am!). It was great … we were able to start our day early. Rose took us to the famous Cockleshell Beach via fantastic wilderness stopping every now and then to take pictures, and we got to listen to her telling us all the story about the area (although she is from the UK, she’s been living there very happily for the last 33 years!). We ended up staying at the Reggae Beach Bar area, which again was poorly rated by many online, but for us they were amazing, courteous, friendly and welcoming … we were one of the first ones at the beach … it was incredible! So peaceful, so lovely. Later they put the music on but nothing disturbing! And, at around 1130 we got a very quick rain (3-4 minutes) then the guys from the bar came out to flatten the sand! I also treated myself to a nice beach-view massage by Shona. She was good, really good ☺ Then we were picked up at 130 pm by Rose who took us back to the port area stopping again at the most magical spots to take some pictures. And, of course after the beach time, it was the shopping and looking around time … The local vendors at the shopping stalls were really nice, but I felt like they were not in a great financial situation. I purchased a handmade all natural soap made by the vendor herself (I should have bought all the supply she had, but I didn’t! Another reason to go back). After I paid her, she made a very sensitive & kind comment “this is me who is making these, one by one, not your usual made in China product, thank you for supporting us” … I’m glad I was able to help a little! Rose’s contact info: http://roseandjimstaxi.com/ You can send them an e-mail via their website and you will not regret you did! St. Maartin > This one destination has been on our list for a long time which we were not able to get to. Actually this was Henry’s one reason to choose this cruise (remember, I said we love airports!). We took the cab from the port as Henry had to visit Maho Beach asap and add more airplane photos onto his photo collection :D No cab bargaining was possible as all the prices were listed on a board at the taxi stand. But, the famous Maho beach got so crowded after 1130-1200 noon, it made us literally gag … the heat, the noise from the people, the crowd at the Sunset Beach Bar area where we rented chairs and an umbrella (the nice guy there provided 3 umbrellas which was great, but also he charged a whooping USD17 for 2 chairs and an umbrella … rip off? Yup … clearly… but we were at his mercy as there was no shade around). It was nice and quiet between 830 and 1130, it was disgusting after that and we left just after 1pm. Would I ever go back to Maho Beach? Absolutely NO… would I go back to St, Maartin? Absolutely YES … the beaches in the town are out of this world. The colour of the sea, the sand, and long and large beaches … Also, with our luck, I think it was the hottest day during that 7 day cruise. By the way, we took the water taxi from the city to the port, which was nice and pleasant. I wish it was a little longer journey though. San Juan > The one and only destination I’ve never thought I’d go! What a mistake! A wonderful place. I should say, a wonderful place, filled with wonderful people. It was one of those things, you disembark, and don’t know what to expect (especially going through the US customs there and it’s not a fast process). We planned to take a cab to the beach called Escambron. But then when we were quoted the fares we were quoted, we gave up on cabs, and looked for a public transport. We met a couple out of the blue on the street from Florida visiting San Juan (they had been there for the last 6-7 days) and told us that there are two routes for two different trams which are free and they run every 15 mins or so. We decided we would take the tram first to find out the lay of the land. Later we hopped on the other one with a different route, as this was really fun way to go around the old city and the historical points of interest. On one of those tram rides there was a couple from our cruise ship, who wanted to go to the beach as well… so sharing a cab with them to the beach which made it more affordable, less than USD4 per person. We took a cab from the Sheraton Hotel, and we asked the cab driver to come and pick us up at 130 pm as we wanted to walk around the old town. However, the couple from our ship no-showed for the return journey from the beach. Either they left earlier, or they decided to stay longer. Never saw them on the ship after that … Back to our journey…. As it was the Father’s day, the beach was packed with families … and apparently almost everything was closed (good that I didn’t have to do shopping for anything particular!). Although it was crowded, and the music was going on from each family’s shed, it was not disturbing at all. Huge beach … enough room for everyone. When Henry decided to go buy some food, a nearby family kindly offered us sandwiches and bbq chicken which of course we declined. But I thought that was the nicest offer ever at a beach! Really nice, really human, really kind … And the “helado” guy! Go find him, he rings a bell, so there is no way not to see where he is! He sells 3 kinds of gelatos. I asked him how much it was, and he told me “una copa” (one cup) 2 dollares … so my thinking, ok one cup per flavor. And, took 6 dollars to pay, as we thought we’d try all three … well … my mistake … He said as long as it’s in the same cup, it’s 2 bucks. Was it my Spanish that failed, or I’ve never purchased such a cheap gelato here in Vancouver, I don’t know ☺ And, I must add, it was delicious. (flavours: rainbow, coconut, and passion fruit) Our cab driver came to pick us up right on time … but we waited for the British couple for a while. Since the driver had to go for a dinner party, he wanted to leave. We had no choice but leave after waiting for about 15 mins … then we asked him to leave us at one of the highest points in old San Juan, so we could walk down to the bottom and see around before we go to the ship. Our walk was amazing! The architecture reminded us very much of old Havana (where we stayed for a week last year) but way cleaner and very well taken care of. The people are similar, happy looking, talkative but more in English than in Spanish (I was hoping to practice my Spanish, but it was almost impossible). We found a little hidden bar in the end of a dark alley and had some punchy mojitos and tasty empanadas. Café El Punto with live music either in an air-conditioned seating area or patio seating. And, we continued walking from one street to another seeing many historical buildings, churches etc … At the end of this little sampling of San Juan, I think I want to go back there to spend more time ☺ Cab driver Bryan’s contact info: Bryan Jimenez (787) 383-6777 vsjchauffeur@hotmail.com St. Thomas > And, this was the destination I wanted to see the most and my reason to go on this cruise! They saved the best for the last. It’s like a little town in the Mediterranean, be it Italy, or Turkey, or France.. it’s like out of the movies ... the cobblestone old streets with steep hills … and the most beautiful views from those street tops. It’s like the history is bursting out of each and every corner. But as every other destination we have been to, our plan was to go to a beach. We chose the beach that was by the airport (I know! Please don’t think we’re crazy!). As per our cab driver it was called the Emerald Beach!... It was so beautiful, so peaceful it should have been called the Zen Beach. We took the cab again from the port. Apparently, the cab prices are dictated by the government, so no negotiating was possible. And, it was a bit expensive for the drive (USD7 per person), perhaps for a no more than 10 minute ride. He also told us he’s been living there for the last 30+ years, and absolutely loving it. Also, he mentioned there are “only” 32 beaches in St. Thomas, and he doesn’t have one favorite one, as that changes as per his mood of the day. After our beach morning, we took a cab from the beach area to the downtown area where I wanted to stay for at least a month or even forever ☺ In one of the little streets we found a cool place to sit down and have some drinks (Greengos Cantina)… It was nice, good food, refreshing drinks (more expensive than the ship!), and awesome ambiance. This was our very last stop on the itinerary. But we were so pleased with everything on our cruise, I think it was in St. Maartin, we checked online if we could book for another week (also because I had my schedule published for July and I happened to get a great surprise having the first week of July off), but the websites I checked showed this cruise was sold out!... I guess, we’ll have to wait for another vacation period to do this all over again. In my opinion the crew on this cruise won our hearts, the itinerary took us to our dream destinations that we couldn’t have afforded otherwise. Until next time we’ll keep dreaming of what we had … Peace! Ps- I will post pictures/videos on imaginairie.wordpress.com and Henry will post his videos on youtube.com (search for airlinehobby.com DVDs) if you want to see these places and cruise from our point of view … Read Less
Sail Date: February 2016
This was our 11th cruise and first on Carnival. We sailed out of Barbados. We had some appartment in the middle of nowhere, even the taxi could not find it. Because there where only a few hundred people embarking, this was really fun. No ... Read More
This was our 11th cruise and first on Carnival. We sailed out of Barbados. We had some appartment in the middle of nowhere, even the taxi could not find it. Because there where only a few hundred people embarking, this was really fun. No lines, very quick. The cabine was already done before noon. Only the luggage took a while. We where hungry so we went to the lido. The breakfast was just gone, but the deli just started. We ate some warm sandwich with ham and cheese. When the luggage arrived we changed for the pool. The weather was perfect every day, just de last morning there was some rain in Barbados. We haven't seen many activities, not one show in the Venetian, only on the seaday we noticed some near the pool. On other cruises there was more activitie. The service was good. Shore excursions where okay, but getting to the busses was very chaotic. Sometimes you didn't know were to go. We had some long excursions and when we got back on the ship around 3 pm we had to hurry to get something to eat because the buffets in the Lido where all closing. Other cruiselines (Costa; Norwegian; Celebrity) do this much better. After closing the buffets, the lines at the deli, pizza and burger were very long. The cabin was fine, great bed, a lot of storage, and a very good cabin steward. Also there were many plugs, even one for 220volt. One of the main activities on board is dining, we had "on youre time" in the golden dining room, and that was really disapointing. The first day we ordered a steak, it was cold so it went back. The second day i ordered a steak and it was cold, the second one was over cooked (i want medium red), the head waiter went to the kitchen himself to look after the 3rd which was excellent. Day 3 we had enough from the dining room and went to the Lido. This was the worst diner we ever had on a cruise ship. I guess that carnival people only want to go to the silver and golden dining rooms. Day 4, we went back to the golden and we ordered a steak and asked the waiter for a warm peace of meat. When they put it on the table, the plate was really hot, but the meat on it was cold. The manager went to the chef and we got a new one, now it was hot. This was on feb 6 and my wife's birthday was the next day. So we had a table in the diamond steakhouse. I told them the day before that it was the birthday of my wife, they called me in the cabin and asked for her name, when we got there it was on the list, so everything was arranged. The waiters where really working hard to make it an excellent evening, the food was 100% better then in the main dining room. When we got the check to sign i asked him if he hasn't forget something. He said what? I said only: look at yous guest list. (there sang already for two people). We got a bottle of wine for the mistake. So day 6 we were again in teh golden dining room. We told our waiter about the cold steaks and he told us: you will get hot steaks. We got them and they went back, they were colder then ever. The canadian's next to us asked what happened and we told them the story. They agreed with us. When there food was standing there around for more than 10! minutes they yust eat it. They had a steak too. Most people are afraid to complain about something they paid good money for. Maybe when more people asked for warm food, the cruiseline would do a better job. On the norwegian spirit we got only one day cold food, after that it was always okay. (When the manager saw us he went to the waiter, wispering in his ear). The last day we went back to the steakhouse, and again the food was warm. Worth its money. Guys burgers were better then MC D. burgers, but not as good as in our home town. Deli made some nice sandwiches. The omelets for breakfast were well made. The mongolian wok was fine, only it took a while before you where gone. The rest of the buffet was not bad but also not good. Not really warm food, not much choice. What surprised us was the fact that we never had to search for a table. Not for breackfast, neither for lunch. On other cruises we sometimes had to search more than 5 minutes for a chair. The icecream was always available, never had a cruise were you could take icecream every minute of the day, and i love icecream. I was almost every morning in the gym, and what i saw there was not good. Most people didn't clean up after there exercise on the machines. Disembarkation was easy because only a few hundred of people went of the ship. We could stay until 1 pm, an after that we took a taxi to the airport. Besides the cold steaks it was a pleasant cruise. Overall it was not that what we expected. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2016
This was our third cruise on Carnival doing this itinerary, and we had a good time as always. Hubby and usually cruise around the end of April/early May to celebrate our anniversary on board, but this time due to the timing of the ship ... Read More
This was our third cruise on Carnival doing this itinerary, and we had a good time as always. Hubby and usually cruise around the end of April/early May to celebrate our anniversary on board, but this time due to the timing of the ship change (Carnival's switching out the Liberty for the Fascination this April) we decided to do a much earlier cruise and bring a few family members along! We live in Barbados, so we gladly take advantage of Carnival's provision for embarking here. This really makes cruising with them a real value vacation as we never have to fly anywhere in order to cruise, and the port is only about 15 minutes drive from our home. EMBARKATION Super easy, as always. As we embark in Barbados, we never have to deal with the huge crowd in San Juan that the majority of the passengers have to deal with. There was absolutely no line whatsoever. The Carnival employees just checked our names off on a list, gave us a sticker with our names on it, took our luggage and waved us through. Once on board, we were directed to the Golden Olympian Dining Room to fill out the necessary paperwork, then we were free to go up to Lido for lunch, as our rooms wouldn't be ready until after 1PM. CABIN We were a bit skeptical about choosing a cabin on Deck 6 because it's right above the Promenade Deck where the noisy casino, clubs and theatre are, but there were very few choices for cabins when we booked. We usually book the Empress deck if we can, as it's sandwiched between two decks of cabins, and therefore is super quiet. We finally chose cabin 6211 which was one of the cabins toward the very front of the ship. I would not recommend choosing any cabin near the front of the ship if you have motion sickness problems. Hubby and I are fine in that regard, so we weren't worried, especially since we had booked a forward cabin on the Valor two years ago and had no issues. The cabin itself is your typical Carnival balcony cabin: lots of storage space, a good size for a cruise ship cabin, and despite our concerns, there was actually zero noise coming from the deck below. Unfortunately, the door seemed to have an incomplete seal. We had some very choppy seas and super windy weather (probably typical weather for early in the year, but as I said, we usually cruise later, so this was a first for us) and you could hear the high wind whistling through the door all night. It didn't prevent us from sleeping, but it was a bit disconcerting. My family had cabin 6331 directly over the promenade itself and they had zero noise issues. DINING We ate lunch on the Lido deck, and there was always a different theme every day as well as several selections to choose from. My parents and little sister especially loved the free ice-cream and Guy's Burger Joint. :-) The Golden Olympian Restaurant was where we were assigned for dinner, and we did eat here every single night. I had absolutely no problems with with the American Table Menu; there was always a variety of things that could be ordered on any given night, and everything was delicious. My sister was really dizzy her first night on board and had to leave the table before the appetizers even arrived. Our wait staff made sure that her order was prepared and gave it to my father on a tray to carry to their cabin, making sure that she still was able to enjoy some hot food. We didn't order much from the new for fee room service menu. Hubby was annoyed that they'd moved his favourite item from the 'free' section, but gave the for fee chicken wings a try. He said they were just okay. We usually order breakfast from the room service menu, so as to avoid the crowds on Lido deck in the morning. The selection is more limited, but we're usually cereal/fruit/yogurt breakfast people anyway :-) We did the Sea Day Brunch in the Silver Olympian Dining Room, and it was great. Hubby had an omelette that he enjoyed, and I had the Flamin' Tomato Soup, a bagel with cream cheese and LOTS of smoked salmon and the funnest French toast with cheerios. The fresh orange juice was great. PORTS We have friends on various islands, so we got them to give us tours instead of booking through the cruise line. The islands of St. Lucia and St. Kitts are especially beautiful, although St. Lucia is my favourite. Definitely take a trip to see the Pitons :-) We didn't travel much outside the port in St. Maarten this time, but we did visit Maho beach the last time and it was fun. :-) Puerto Rico was just another port of call for us, although the majority of the passengers disembark here. We did some shopping here and took a short tour of Old San Juan. St. Thomas was one of our laziest port days. The ship actually had a Live Gladys Knight concert, so it left after 11PM instead of the usual 5PM. ENTERTAINMENT We really enjoyed the Broadway like productions in the Venetian Palace theatre, and the live singing in various areas throughout the ship. The dancing waiters in the MDR are always fun to watch. :-) We went to a comedy show, but weren't particularly impressed. The comedian just wasn't very funny to us. The Love and Marriage show was fun as always. For the first time, my husband and I played a few games in the Arcade (probably because we had my 15 year old sister with us) and we had a surprising amount of fun playing air hockey :-) SERVICE The service was excellent as always, which is what we've come to expect from Carnival. Out cabin steward Uhten made sure he met us and took care of our needs very well. Also, the dining room staff was great, especially Vincent. 'Java Joe' in the Jardin Cafe interacted really well with everyone. DISEMBARKATION This was also no hassle, as the majority of passengers were not disembarking here. We filled out our customs forms, were called by groups to have the officers check our paperwork, and were free to stay on board, relax and have breakfast until 1PM where we had to check out. We actually left at 11:30AM. SUMMARY Overall, the trip was very fun. I was happy that my parents and sister enjoyed themselves (this was their first cruise ever). We all did manage to pick up some sort of flu like virus before we left the ship, and on the last day, both my husband and father were really under the weather. That being said, my parents have said that they enjoyed themselves very much and will definitely be cruising with Carnival again, as will hubby and I. :-) Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
My husband and I planned this cruise since august 2014. So we were very excited about it. This was our second cruise with the Carnival Liberty. We did our first cruise with our daughter in December 2012. Karl was the cruise director ... Read More
My husband and I planned this cruise since august 2014. So we were very excited about it. This was our second cruise with the Carnival Liberty. We did our first cruise with our daughter in December 2012. Karl was the cruise director then. We arrived at the port around 11:30 on the embarkation day and by 12:00 we were seated and having a meal. We then went back out and browsed around the shops in the port. At 1:00 our baggage were in our cabin #2284. Everything were neat and in order. We meet the workers who clean our cabin and throughout the cruise they ensured that we had everything we needed. Michelle was fantastic and saw that all were cleaned and in order. Carnival Liberty is indeed a fun ship. There were so many activities that we were not able to keep up with all. However, you must take in the shows in the Venetian lounge and the comedy shows. The welcome aboard show was also good. I still prefer our last cruise director Karl with a K. There are lots of things to do and see. Breakfast and lunch are also most the same each day. Carnival need to offer some variation to the meals. We had my time dinning in the Golden Olympian dinning Room. Hats off to Freddy and his team. They made our dinning experience one we will always remember. The night of our anniversary he and the others sang happy anniversary and also brought us a cake with a candle. The food were great most of the time but almost the same menu every other night. There should be a variety. Thanks Freddy we will always remember you and your kindness to us. The ports of call were all excited places for us to visit. We enjoyed Puerto Rico and St. Thomas the most for the shopping experiences we had there. The internet package offered was great and through out the cruise we were able to keep in touch with our friend and family. Formal nights were very formal indeed. About 90% of the people dinning were all dressed up in formal wear. Overall we did had a tremendous time and will be going on that same cruise in December 2016 once God spare our lives. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
We went on the Carnival Liberty from Barbados back in December 2015.The boarding experience was very quick and easy, mainly due to the fact only 150 people boarded in Bridgetown, the rest of the people had boarded in San Juan. Puerto ... Read More
We went on the Carnival Liberty from Barbados back in December 2015.The boarding experience was very quick and easy, mainly due to the fact only 150 people boarded in Bridgetown, the rest of the people had boarded in San Juan. Puerto Rico. The Carnival Liberty was a bit run down in parts but very good in most parts. When we went on Royal Carrabeans Independence of the Seas 2 years ago we used to look forward to our meals (especially) the evening meals as the food was excellent, but not so on the Liberty, just at best average. We tried the entertainment which was ok but seemed to cater for the American sense of humor, yes they say Carnival are party ships, but the music was just too loud at times. We were also charged for a can of beer from the cabin mini bar that we hadn't taken. After about the 4th time going to customer services to try to get this sorted we were told the charge was staying and were basically told we were lying that somebody in our party must of taken it . On the the morning of disembarkng the ship I went back to customer services to ask to speak to the housekeeper, only to be told she was in a meeting but the charge was to stay. So at this point I wrote a short note adressed to the housekeeping staff explaining that nobody in our party had taken this drink and that in future they should put a full inventory list of the contents of the cabin mini bar so that this can be checked. I took the note back to customer services staying that I wanted it passed on to housekeeping and not to just bin it. I was told to wait as they would e-mail a copy to them, with that they eventually refunded my account, but no apology. I was not concerned about the cost of the beer but the princible, how many other people get charged?I have since filled out a Carnival guest review and have also e-mailed carnival guest care uk about this problem but have not heard anything back. But that seems just like Carnival. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
Thankfully we had cruised before, because this would put you off cruising for ever. The ship is "decorated" with so many different materials, textures, colours (we counted approx.11 in the lifts) that it assaults the eyes. The ... Read More
Thankfully we had cruised before, because this would put you off cruising for ever. The ship is "decorated" with so many different materials, textures, colours (we counted approx.11 in the lifts) that it assaults the eyes. The food was absolutely awful, my wife ordered her food and on 3 nights received MOST of what she ordered. I had the flat iron steak one night couldn't cut it due to gristle. On another night we recieved our starter course only after 80 minutes. Yes EIGHTY minutes. The buffet was like a pack of frenzied piraña fighting for the food, but the burgers were spot on as was the fish and chip shop. The cabin we had was very good plenty of space the balcony adequate for us. The ports of call were fantastic, entertainment was iffy. Also we are encouraged to use the hand sanitizers which are dotted all around unfortunately most were empty. All in all very disappointed won't cruise carnival again. Back to RCI, NCL & THOMPSON they aren't faultless but a heck of a lot better than carnival if liberty is the norm. Just a final remark made to us by an American couple who have over 10 cruises with carnival they said the standards of food, entertainment and general standard has dropped noticeably over the last year to eighteen months and they doubt they will cruise with them again Read Less
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