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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We choose this cruise for the 3 consecutive days in port in Bermuda, (Didn't happen) We received an email right before we sailed (after full payment had been made) that we would be going out to sea one night verses being in port ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the 3 consecutive days in port in Bermuda, (Didn't happen) We received an email right before we sailed (after full payment had been made) that we would be going out to sea one night verses being in port the whole time. After that they shorten our time in port 2 more times, after so many itinerary changes it left us with very little time to explore. We were never given an explanation to why all the changes. We were very disappointed in Carnival. If we had been informed of this PRIOR to final payment we would not have taken this cruise. Now on a positive note, our room steward Ibara was fantastic! Our dining crew (late) Carlos, and guys were great! Another note, I wish there were other activities on sea days, trivia is ok but it would be nice to have other options. Bermuda (what we saw of it) is a beautiful place and we hope to go there again someday but it won't be with Carnival. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
This was my first and Last cruise with Carnival. My wife and I booked a 4 day cruise with Carnival Horizon from NYC to Bermuda. The check in process took a very long time. Once we finally got to our cabin, I noticed how tiny it was....only ... Read More
This was my first and Last cruise with Carnival. My wife and I booked a 4 day cruise with Carnival Horizon from NYC to Bermuda. The check in process took a very long time. Once we finally got to our cabin, I noticed how tiny it was....only one single bed and a couch (in which my wife had to sleep on). The buffet area was always very crowded, many passengers were rude trying to cut in line bumping into us. The food at the buffet was very limited on any given day. On most days there were a couple pasta dishes, a seafood dish, and only once they had boneless chicken (which I had to wait a few minutes for it to be refilled). There was a lot of available seating, but still tough to find a free table at times. Also, the floor area in the buffet area was EXTREMELY slippery and dangerous! The Lido Deck was also a terrible mess. Hundreds of people, and two overcrowded bars including the Red Frog and Blue Iguanna where it took my wife over 15 min just to get a drink. There were way too many passengers and not enough staff at the Lido Deck bars to handle the massive crowds of people. There were two small swimming pools, yet about 4,000 people on our cruise ship so do the math. It was basically impossible to find available seating near the pools and very little room to even take a dip in the pools filled with mostly kids splashing around. Later during our cruise, we found out there was another adult pool near the Havanna Bar on Deck 5, but only open for a couple of hours after 7PM. How much sense does that make?? Now a few positives, aside from the Buffet Staff and Lido Deck Bar staff, the other workers were very friendly. We loved our housekeeper who did an amazing job keeping everything very clean for us. The Dining Room staff, especially the waiters were also amazing! They had a great system in which you grab a reservation ticket on Deck 5 first, then you proceed to the Dining Room on either Deck 3 or 4 and present your ticket for a free 3 Course meal. I will really miss that food and great hospitality. Also, the Comedy Shows were hilarious and a lot of fun. However, make sure you arrive at least 30 min early if you want a seat. There was also some good nightly entertainment including free movies under the stars on the Lido Deck, 80's music event, accoustic guitar performances at the Atrium Bar, Live Latin Music at Havanna Bar, and my favorite was the country music duo band at Guys Pig Anchor Bar (which didn't attract too many people though). They also had karaoke one night next to Internet Cafe, but the wait time to sing was 1 hour and 15 min. They allowed several people to sing twice, without giving newbies a chance. Very poor organization. When we arrived at Bermuda, surprisingly there were no announcements. We only realized it was ok to to exit the boat once we realized how quiet the boat was. At first it took a while to get a public transit bus to take us to Horseshoe Bay Beach, which was gorgeous but extremely packed! We managed to enjoy a few hours at the beach. We also walked around Hamilton, but really nothing worth seeing there. Once we got back to nyc, departing the boat was a nightmare. It took us two hours to get off the boat and go through customs. Lines and more lines while carrying our luggage. Never again! Overall, it was not worth the money we spent to be on an overcrowded boat without being able to do some things because they pack 4,000 people on a boat and not enough staff. No more cruises for me! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I have been a long time cruiser on Carnival and many other cruise ships. I have always enjoyed myself on each of the cruises booked.I have always found trips relaxing and a great value This time I CANNOT say that I had a satisfying time. ... Read More
I have been a long time cruiser on Carnival and many other cruise ships. I have always enjoyed myself on each of the cruises booked.I have always found trips relaxing and a great value This time I CANNOT say that I had a satisfying time. The Horizon was overcrowded to the point of being very uncomfortable. The Lido and Serenity decks pools and hot tubs were ridiculously crowded and one was not functioning properly. The highlight of the ship, the sky ride, was not operating at all.The Food on the lunch buffet was not appetizing at all. After awhile, i found myself just walking away because lines were way too long. The pizza was the only option that was reasonable in wait time depending on the time of day. The shows did not live up to my expectations of Carnival's entertainment. I am fully aware that this is a vacation business but Carnival used to have a way of making vacationers feel that their satisfying experience was the first priority. They used to have an art of presentong food in an awesome way. However now they have no problem presenting upcharges ,overpriced excursions and overcrowded facilities. On a positive note our servers in the Meridian Restaurant were outstanding and our cabin was kept clean by hard working staff who earn every penny. When I called after disembarking they said SORRY.Well I am sorry... My Family and friends will be looking to other cruise lines for future bookings. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
It started when they couldn't control the crowd lining up to get on the ship. People were annoyed they were in line for 2 hours so they started just throwing their luggage into any open bin and walking on to the next huge line. Once ... Read More
It started when they couldn't control the crowd lining up to get on the ship. People were annoyed they were in line for 2 hours so they started just throwing their luggage into any open bin and walking on to the next huge line. Once you finished line 2 you were permitted to enter the boat. All of the elevators were being used to bring luggage up to rooms, but there were no signs posted to let you know that. After waiting 2 hours in line you had to walk up (6 decks in my case). Once you get to your room you notice there is no electricity!. Fortunately I saw on a blog that I had to stick my sign and sail card (room key) in a slot near the door and leave it in the slot or you didn't get any power. The rooms are clean and very nice. They leave you cards to fill out with your room service breakfast requests. There is only one problem... They do not put any pens or pencils in the rooms. If you are looking for an ice bucket for the one liter of wine that the website states you can bring per person, you are out of luck. No wine buckets no ice but don't worry cause they confiscate your wine and dump it out anyway. They do leave you a lovely note in your suitcase letting you know that they trashed it. Apparently they changed their policy but forgot to tell anyone. There were no shows onboard except for explicit comedy shows. Probably a good thing though considering the boat was packed with over 5,000 people and about 1300 crew members so everyone was on top of each other and lines to even be able to eat were outrageous. There are 4 beautiful pools but good luck getting in any of them. The food was just ok. Nothing special. But if you wanted special you could get it for an additional charge! Unlimited soda was also not unlimited. You had to have a 5 minute wait between beverages and my husband was not permitted to get himself and me a beverage at the same time. Problem was there was no where to sit so when we found a seat anywhere I would guard the seats and he would get the drinks, or should I say drink? We had to share. The staff was amazing and polite and helpful and they always seemed happy. (Perhaps they were drinking all the confiscated wine?) I will be going to an all inclusive resort next time. Oh one more note. We had pictures taken and for only $1,999.99 We could have taken 30 of them home! Not kidding that was the price for an album with 30 pictures! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Upon embarkation and going into the cabin, my son found a huge smashed cockroach on one of the magazines in the room. Housekeeping was notified. Guest Services were overwhelmed. They never, ever answered the phone, no matter the time of ... Read More
Upon embarkation and going into the cabin, my son found a huge smashed cockroach on one of the magazines in the room. Housekeeping was notified. Guest Services were overwhelmed. They never, ever answered the phone, no matter the time of day. The phone kept on ringing, no pickup by anyone. Excessively long lines and waits of over half an hour to speak to someone at Guest Services. Ditto the bizarre elevator system, the use of which was not explained, leaving disabled people, children, non English speakers, and those adults not technologically savvy standing in front of elevator cars for excessive time periods just to get on, and then the car doesn’t stop on their floor! Food was mediocre at breakfast, the same thing all four days of the cruise. Lunch slightly better. Dinner was at least the highlight of the day. Kids all over the place, yelling and screaming and clogging up the pool, not to mention excessively long waits at the water slides. The bicycle around the ship was out of commission for the whole cruise. We were four adults and four children. The movie theatre cost us $88 just to see Jurassic Park. The candy shop is a rip off. The popcorn machine was out of commission, so we went into the candy store onboard. Four small sandwich size bags of gummy bears came to $46!!l On the outside they’d probably be about $10 total. My son accidentally left a medical device on board, and instead of trying to assist us in getting it at NYC, they put it in lost and found onboard and sent it to their facility in Miami to be shipped to us, in NYC, within 30 days!!! The Carnival agent, in Miami, didn't seem to be making an effort to Contact Carnival in NYC to put the medical device aside so we could pick it up in NYC. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
My 2 sisters and I decided to take my mom on a cruise. We decide to get a nice suite. Not only was there no wheel chair elevators for disabled people, but the lines for the Buffet was insane! The line to get onto the boat took over 35 ... Read More
My 2 sisters and I decided to take my mom on a cruise. We decide to get a nice suite. Not only was there no wheel chair elevators for disabled people, but the lines for the Buffet was insane! The line to get onto the boat took over 35 minutes due to rude people not allowing a disabled lady in a wheel chair go first. Then the 10th floor buffet was gross! Lines that took way over 45 minutes. Also to get to the buffet the floors around the pools were so slick and wet we couldn't chance one of us pushing my mother to fall! Someone is seriously going to get injured. As to the restaurants thankfully they were delicious. Liked the steak house very much. The one thing I had was a great time laughing. ONLY THING. Way too crowed. 5000 people on one ship. UM no. And to have no wheel chair elevator is not smart! And they don't just have where you push the floor you want to be on. Nope. They make you wait and advise when that elevator will be ready. Again by this time rude ignorant people jump in front of my mother in a wheelchair. Lastly being on a floor with a suite, we had our own bar and pool. Loved that. BUT.....the pool was only for us till 7pm. Then it was open to the entire boat. I didn't spend thousands of dollars for rude ignorant people to be allowed on our floor's pool! Oh and best part? There was a bachelor party on this floor. LOUD, RUDE, AND didn't want to go back to the suite pool as all the guys were drunk the entire time. Shocked no one kicked them back to their suite. Would I go back? Nope. For the amount of money I spent I could of went to Ireland. Waste of money. Don't do it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
disembarked 5/28/2018 in NY 1st the positives, our balcony stateroom was clean & stewart kept it clean thoughout our cruise, the food was good and wait staff were good, The temperature on the majority of the boat was extremely hot my 8 ... Read More
disembarked 5/28/2018 in NY 1st the positives, our balcony stateroom was clean & stewart kept it clean thoughout our cruise, the food was good and wait staff were good, The temperature on the majority of the boat was extremely hot my 8 year old (special needs) and I were sick from the temperature on the boat,(not sea sick very calm seas) we had to move our table for dinner 3 times, our stateroom was hot, stuffy and humid our cloths were damp in the closet from the humidity. Trying to sleep we were dripping with sweat. complained to guest services (that don't answer the phone) on deck 3 you must wait on long lines every time. finally 3 days later a lady was sent up to take a temperature reading of 75 degrees, I was told "she would tell someone" that was it never heard back from them. the movie theatre was dirty and gross. Camp ocean for kids seemed like a great idea however they have no way to contact you, Oh wait they do they can give you a cell phone (they won't tell you that) while at guest services trying to get a wine opener for 3 days they told us to ask camp ocean for a cell phone, I went back to camp ocean and asked for a cell phone they refused to give me one. The water park is great in theory, an employee stands on the top entrance and send people down the slide that employee cannot see the exit of the tubes and relies on another employee who always seemed to be busy talking to a 3rd employee who was on break. very slow process. The arcade was ok (small) it was about 90 degrees inside. The dodgeball, volleyball and basketball tournaments are only for 18+, non for younger kids, all of the attractions are under staffed very long waits sometimes well over an hour. On many occasions a large party travel the elevators together and you must travel/wait for the same elevator ( no other option) so you must wait for a second elevator but only after the 1st elevator already left your deck. We walked to every location on the boat the wait for an elevator was to long. My son developed some sort of infection in his throat while on board, while I developed some sort of infection on my foot. today is 5/29/2018. I will not sail with them again, ill stick with royal caribbean from now on. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This was a cruise I was very disappointed with. I will keep it short. I have 37 cruises under my belt, 7 with Carnival, and each year, the quality seems to be going down hill, This cruise was clearly better than NCL and RCL. The Bad ... Read More
This was a cruise I was very disappointed with. I will keep it short. I have 37 cruises under my belt, 7 with Carnival, and each year, the quality seems to be going down hill, This cruise was clearly better than NCL and RCL. The Bad The elevators took for "Ever" to come. The technology is really bad that they are using. Carnival should have looked in to queuing theory before they ordered the worst technology known in the 20th century. Queuing Theory has been around for 70 years and they do not use it. The crew, knew nothing. Giving wrong directions, wrong floors etc. They would send you to the other end of the ship, wrong floor, make you very late for a show, The shows, this is where they have cut costs. They are unprofessional, and the theaters are so small, can not fit anywhere half of the 3,900 passengers that are on the ship. Get there very early, or you will not get a seat! The Ship is Dirty, things are missing, holes are everywhere. This should not be the case for a New Ship. The drink plan, you have to wait 10 min between drinks, but the staff does not show up for a long time. So, plan on not being able to get drunk on the drink plan. Your bill will not be correct. Expect double charges on your credit card. Split charges from shops. And holds on your credit card, for which you can not find what the charges are from. CHECK YOUR BILL!!! before you leave the ship!!!! Drinks are not consistent, Some drinks have too little spirit, some are too sweet and some will get you drunk on 1 drink. The décor is clearly on a low budget. Not what I would expect compared to the older ships. Very plane, not the elaborate décor of Carnival ships that I have taken in the past. And clearly not the technology that RCL has implemented. Carnival should take note of the adult activities that RCL offers. ie FlowRider, IFly etc. The activity lines were long, and very slow The comedy was very poor. The comics did not have depth of material. Very amateurish, and their background that they stated was not true. The entrainment was clearly a D-. But get there early, or you will not get a seat. I mean when doors open. The seating is a big miss on this ship. How can they make such a big mistake!!! The Tea, WHY CAN THEY NOT BREW THE TEA? and make it drinkable? Shore Excursions, Just say NO. The Good The food actually was the best compared to RCL,NCL, and Princess. I was presently surprised, and the service was good, for the low passenger to crew ratio. Carnival has really cut back. The server staff was very overworked. The key is to get there very early, so the food is fresh. Make sure you get a burger, taco and pizza on the ship. The best I have ever had on a ship. The BBQ place, well it is over smoked, and I really like heavy smoked food, under seasoned and too lean. The bacon macaroni was notable, and I don't like Mac and cheese and the first time great, the other times, the cheese was granular. Really no complaints about the Cabin. Again, the cabin staff was very over worked, due to short staff. I was surprised, that the curtains and other fixtures showed worn-out with just a new ship. The attendant was very good, about the best I have seen from any ship in the last few years. The cruise director was great on the Cruise. All in all, Carnival has a lot of work to do to live up to their past level of quality. Compared to RCL, NCL and Princess, it was a better experience. But Carnival really badly designed this ship. I prefer the older ships in the fleet, as long as they did not refurbish them to a lower standard then they were. Be prepared to be squeezed for every dollar you have. And if it seems to good to be true, it is not true, even if you are on vacation Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
My sister and I sailed on the Pride in Dec 2015 to determine if this ship would be right for a 50th wedding anniversary celebration. We were impressed with leaving from Baltimore and with the service on board. This cruise was ... Read More
My sister and I sailed on the Pride in Dec 2015 to determine if this ship would be right for a 50th wedding anniversary celebration. We were impressed with leaving from Baltimore and with the service on board. This cruise was disappointing. Service standards seem to have fallen. There was little or no communication between service departments and between supervisors and workers. A private party we had planned at great expense was coordinated badly. Especially disappointing was the failure of the photographer to show up even tho' we had ordered those services ahead of time and had checked with the Photography department on board the day of the party. The food all over the ship was of the quality of a Golden Buffet. David's steakhouse was waaaay overpriced. The steaks were tough and not flavorful. We had organized a party of 32 people, many of whom had never cruised before. We were embarrassed that we chose Carnival Pride for our group. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I have only gone on one cruise prior to my trip on Carnival Sunshine. This was my first time traveling with Carnival and I can truthfully say, very likely to be my last. I am not a difficult person to please and when I read some of the ... Read More
I have only gone on one cruise prior to my trip on Carnival Sunshine. This was my first time traveling with Carnival and I can truthfully say, very likely to be my last. I am not a difficult person to please and when I read some of the reviews on this site, I thought we would be just fine because we had realistic expectations of the cruise. Unfortunately, this cruise did not meet my expectations. The Good: I was very pleased with our housekeeper. He kept our room clean, was quick to clean it, knew our names, was friendly, was thoughtful and all that I could ask for in a housekeeper. He was the best service we received on our cruise. The room itself was also very nice and larger then I am used to on a cruise. We booked an oceanview room and the size was far better then are our last cruise where we had an interior room. I loved that this room had lots of drawers to put things, my luggage fit under the bed, and there was an end table on both sides of the bed. I loved Bermuda. It was awesome and a great port to stop at. I also really enjoyed sailing out of NY and enjoyed the view leaving NY. The Carnival Hub app is awesome and well worth the $5 to communicate with other people traveling with you on the boat. The Bad: Now, Carnival is known for being an affordable cruiseline. That being said, I did not think our trip was cheap, so I did have certain expectations. We did pay $1000 per person when all was said and done with the room, gratuities, and drink package for only 4 days so this was not a steal in price by any means. Most service on the boat was very slow, especially the drinks. When we finally did get drinks, they were sometimes wrong. I was disappointed by the lack of variety in the shows. When I traveled with Norwegian I was blown away by the entertainment. With this cruise, the only entertainment seemed to be comedy shows. I get that for one night, but I wasn't impressed that this was the entertainment on all four nights.There were a few other things going on like a game show etc, but now shows like acrobats or magicians or anything like I had seen with Norwegian. As I mentioned I got the drink package and I completely understand why you can't order two alcohol drinks at the same time. What I don't understand is why I couldn't order non alcoholic drinks with an alcoholic drinks. So I couldn't order a bottle of water and milkshake at the same time or a margarita and a bottled water at the same time for example. And because service was slow, this became frustrating to wait in line and then not be able to get two things at once. It made me really question why I got the drink package because I felt like I ended up wasting so much time in line, whereas people who were buying as they went could purchase two things at one time. We purchased the internet package and shouldn't have. It was so slow you could barely use it. I did talk to Carnival and they refunded my money on that, which I appreciated. Cleanliness really surprised me. Although I didn't necessarily feel like things were dirty, I felt there was not enough emphasis on it. I didn't see people sanitizing and cleaning the way I did when I took a trip with Norwegian. Noise. This trip was filled with kids in the hot tubs and running around. I generally am not a person who cares about this, but I do think it's worth noting as it would bother other people. The only time it upset me was when people were being rude in the middle of the night screaming or drunkenly yelling in the hallways. The So-So: The food was not bad, but it was not great either. There were plenty of options for me and one night I did have a really awesome prime rib, but overall I would say pretty average and what I expected from a cruiseline. This met my expectations because I had realistic expectations of the food. You're not going to get an unforgettable meal, but definitely lots of options and you won't go hungry by any means. Read Less
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