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59 Carnival Caribbean Cruise Reviews

Our honeymoon was wonderful on the cruise. It was our first cruise and we really don’t have anything to complain about. Many thanks to our wonderful room steward, 1 Gede is his name. The crew on there is absolutely so kind and selfless. ... Read More
Our honeymoon was wonderful on the cruise. It was our first cruise and we really don’t have anything to complain about. Many thanks to our wonderful room steward, 1 Gede is his name. The crew on there is absolutely so kind and selfless. Thanks carnival dream. We didn’t have our children there but we definitely will for next time. I wish they’d continue porting out of New Orleans,Louisiana but that’ll give us chance to try something else there. The food was great and I like how the tips are automatically drawn so we don’t have to worry about cash on hand. The shows were excellent and hilarious. Alex our cruise director has such a vibrant talented personality. The ship had problems getting the anchor up and made up the time for it. The fellow guests were all so friendly. Of course you’ll have one or two who complains about just about anything but hey, grateful cruiser here and I would do it again with the dream. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
This was our first cruise and we loved it. We departed from Miami, which we did not explore because what we did see in Miami we we're not impressed. To be honest it looked dirty and unsafe, but that can be anywhere. The food in Miami ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we loved it. We departed from Miami, which we did not explore because what we did see in Miami we we're not impressed. To be honest it looked dirty and unsafe, but that can be anywhere. The food in Miami was amazing though. Getting on the ship was easy but we paid for a fast track so we would not have to stand in line as we have a 1 year old. The embrakation was smooth. They did a safety drill for each Munster station which was a mess. I suggest they scan room cards as you come in and pass out bands for children 12 and under that way you don't have to stand for an hour waiting to get a demonstration of putting on a life jacket. Other than that it was easy to go. The ship itself was beautiful and looked new. The 5th floor had a Casino for those who want to gamble and life music with an amazing band. The fun shops are small but amusing. The theater is huge and beautiful. The public areas were beyond clean. Oh there is a small playground for kids, my daughter loved it! Our cabin was awesome. It was clean as a whistle upon our arrival. The showers have shampoo and body wash dispensers so that is convenient. We had a balcony beautiful room but wish I got a room with a window only for extra play space.l enjoyed seeing a new towel animal daily after house keeping cleaned. Which is done daily. Dining OMG food galore!!! I ate 7 meals a day, the Lido deck had a great buffet. There were great restaurants to eat at that we're free. I didn't do fancy dining cause I'm on vacation with family not the President of the United States. So I can't tell you about the food you pay for. Room service food was delicious too and the employees that bring it are beyond amazing. One was from Thailand another from Bahamas and Ukraine, amazing! I did not do adult entertainment because o was more concerned we the my daughter having fun so I did that. Their we're movies every night. We did a parade and story time. Tons of pictures with Dr.Suess characters she loved it. I wish there were more activities like that for her during the cruise. The music selection was not my favorite but hey peoy want to party, but I think there should have been more of a variety! Service was stellar! Seriously if anyone complained they had to be drunk. The photographers we're amazing and professional. Housekeeping professional, hilarious and worked hard. Cooks well the best because they fed us. Capatin out of this world. Our Cruise director Felipe the best. And I remember Josh the guy who was always making a joke for the performances great and funny. Bartenders quick and polite. Room service quick and didn't mind me picking their brains! Ports Key West Sucks! Their only place to walk is Duval St and nothing is open when you dock. Boring during the day and I will stay on the ship when I cruise again and it's a stop. Cozumel, totally beautiful. The natives are hilarious and so friendly, they do everything they can to sell stuff but hey that have to make a living too. The atmosphere here outstanding! I'd visit Cozumel Mexico anytime. The save the sea turtles was an amazing excursion my older kids did it and said that was the highlight of their day. Disembarkation was a gaggle they need to exit those who paid for quicker exit first by floors not herd us into a room tells us to sit then now leave. Customs was friendly and polite. The biggest issue of leaving was Miami TSA rude, rude, rude except for 3 TSA women who was awesome by my daughter. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
So...I was very hesitant to take this cruise after reading so many negative reviews! Fake News!!!! Some people are just negative in life and will find fault with anything. We had a FABULOUS cruise! This is my 9th cruise. I would put this ... Read More
So...I was very hesitant to take this cruise after reading so many negative reviews! Fake News!!!! Some people are just negative in life and will find fault with anything. We had a FABULOUS cruise! This is my 9th cruise. I would put this ship in my top 3. Oasis and Allure being my top 2. Did not have any problems. Embarkation was an absolute breeze! Elevators were great! Took the first day to get used to them...but they really are very simple. Press the floor you want to go on...(press multiple times for people in your party to ensure an elevator arrives with enough space for your party)...letter of the alphabet shows on monitor...stand in front of elevator. What is everyone going on and on about?? Chris Williams, The Flying Scottsman, was our cruise director filling in for Mike Pack. Chris was FANTASTIC! Loved his afternoon show on the last day. His performances in the Atrium were energizing! Hope he is appointed the main cruise director of Carnival's next big ship. Kyndall Fire, part of the Fun Squad was also great and made the family games and trivia a lot of fun for all. Our dining experience was great. We were a party of 11. Pedro, Piotr, and Igede are a fabulous team. The food was delicious! Zoran at the Alchemy bar really knows how to make a good cocktail. Milos and Dodge make a great smoked boulevardier at Guy's Pig and Anchor and are swift and engaging with the guests. Loved loved the Blue Iguana Cantina. Breakfast burritos and lunch burritos hit the spot. Guy's Burger Joint had great burgers! Fries were a little overcooked. My kids loved the pizza...always a line! There really should be 2-3 people working there at meal times. We ate in the Italian restaurant and the food there was very good. Family comedy shows (PG) were entertaining and good for all ages. Enjoyed the piano bar with Gregor, but wonder why the piano bar sing along was only late at night and 18 and older. My teens would have enjoyed that venue if earlier in the evening. There are many quiet spots on this ship. Main pool deck, as any ship, was a little too loud for our family. We found numerous quiet areas on all decks. Always a seat or lounge chair somewhere! My kids loved playing the numerous games in the Library Lounge. The coffee at the Java Cafe was delicious. We enjoyed the National Parks movie in the IMAX theater and the chills and thrills ride. I thought the picture package was a little overpriced. We purchased a few and had them downloaded digitally to our phone which was very easy. Our cabin steward, Mr. M. did a great job with our adjoining rooms. The only thing I wish was that the times of the shows were a little later. We had early dining at 6pm. Like clockwork, we finished dessert every night at 7:30pm. The comedy shows and performances start at 7:30pm. It's a little tough to find seats. We skipped dessert two nights to try to get a seat, and our family still had to sit separately. At 7pm, the Liquid Lounge was packed! A whole half hour before the performance. You must get to the shows early! Vintage Pop was great! My kids enjoyed all the trivia games at the Ocean Plaza. The Fun Squad does a great job! Carlos is very hardworking and was great with the kids during Karaoke. We enjoyed listening to Crushed Velvet in the Ocean Plaza most nights. ALL STAFF was very friendly and engaging. We chose to walk off with our luggage and had no waiting time or difficulty. Would I go on the Carnival Horizon again? ...Most definitely!!! :) Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted a short cruise and wanted to try the Galveston Port. We lucked out because the Cruise Director Frankie was fantastic. The ship was clean, staff were super friendly, and there was a general fun, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a short cruise and wanted to try the Galveston Port. We lucked out because the Cruise Director Frankie was fantastic. The ship was clean, staff were super friendly, and there was a general fun, relaxed atmosphere the whole time. We are experienced cruisers and so we have high expectations for the fun factor but this cruise met all of them. Each day provided fun entertainment both during the day and at night. Also, the food was delicious - loads of fresh fruits and vegetables and also amazing desserts. The music was also a highlight - there were country bands, and also fun 70s and 80s music. The dancing and shows were excellent. There was the usual Hairy Chest contest and also the Love & Marriage classic Carnival show and interactive shows. We found it to be a really fun experience and would definitely cruise with Carnival again! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
My wife and I travelled on the Carnival Sensation on February 4 to February 9. It was a great experience as we truly enjoyed the beauty and the nature of the Caribbean along with great staff and their outstanding service! Our cruise ... Read More
My wife and I travelled on the Carnival Sensation on February 4 to February 9. It was a great experience as we truly enjoyed the beauty and the nature of the Caribbean along with great staff and their outstanding service! Our cruise included two ports of calls. One was in Jamaica, where we purchased a trip to the Mystic Mountain. Another stop was at the Grand Cayman. Both places were great to visit and spend a day. Both days at the sea were also full of memorable moments. Entertainment, unforgettable views, and pleasant ship amenities created a great experience. Spacial thanks to our restaurant serving crew. Throughout the cruise we were dining in Ecstasy Restaurant. Our table 361 was taken care by waiters Yevgen A, Leonardo H, and Catalina T. Their attentive, fast, and professional service made our vacation even more enjoyable! I will definitely recommend this cruise to my friends. Vladimir S. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
My wife and I just finished a great eight night cruise on Carnival Vista and we had a great time. We have cruised over 20 times and this is one of the best cruise experience we have had. The ship is beautiful and the staff is great and ... Read More
My wife and I just finished a great eight night cruise on Carnival Vista and we had a great time. We have cruised over 20 times and this is one of the best cruise experience we have had. The ship is beautiful and the staff is great and always willing to assistance. The cruise director Matt and his staff are top notch. The Sky Ride is something to be experienced and fun to ride around the ship. We really loved the seafood shack and enjoyed great, fresh lobster rolls. You have to pay for this, but the price is not too bad and well worth trying one time. Guys Burger Bar is great with great burgers. We love having a hot burger there and the fries are the best. Of course being able to get fresh pizza any time of the day is great. You might have to wait a few minutes, but the pizza's are hot and great. The only thing is the main theatre (Liquid Lounge) is just a bit too small to accommodate all who wanted to see the shows. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The whole trip was amazing. Our room steward was great, the staff was friendly, knowledgeable and kind. Our wait staff (anytime dining) Ariel and team were GREAT!! they were wonderful with my 10 and 7 year old girls. We have one ... Read More
The whole trip was amazing. Our room steward was great, the staff was friendly, knowledgeable and kind. Our wait staff (anytime dining) Ariel and team were GREAT!! they were wonderful with my 10 and 7 year old girls. We have one small snag when they sent us the wrong way on our first tender in Grand Cayman. - we missed our tour to the Dolphins. The excursion company was AMAZING and fit us in just the 4 of us with an trainer and Lucy the dolphin. They were wonderful. We were too late to get to 7 Mile Beach though. We addressed this with Shore Excursions when we got back to the ship and they discounted our excursion by 30%. We felt this was fair as we got to the dolphins which was the goal - and because of the wonderful people at DOLPHIN PUSH, PULL & SWIM WITH 7 MILE BEACH (can't remember the company name) fitting us in and actually giving us a "better" experience - we got what we came for. Eric the Cruise Director kept the fun going. We were on the ship for New Years which was a great time! We were on the 8th floor, which I thought might be noisy being close to the Lido Deck but once we were in the room we heard nothing. Carnival once again lived up to expectation for us and we had a wonderful time!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We sailed on the Sunshine New Year's Eve, Cabin 11019 Serenity. Had the most awesome time. Cabin was very clean and comfortable. Deck 11 & 12 only have 2 elevators to them compared to the 6 elevator 1 deck down. Some people ... Read More
We sailed on the Sunshine New Year's Eve, Cabin 11019 Serenity. Had the most awesome time. Cabin was very clean and comfortable. Deck 11 & 12 only have 2 elevators to them compared to the 6 elevator 1 deck down. Some people complained the entire cruise about only having the 2. I seens no issue with it ! I mean come on we're in no big hurry to get anyplace ! If so walk down 1 filght if your capable of doing so. Deck 11 walks right out onto serenity. If you expect a good lounger get out there by 6am. The "CHAIR HOGS" are out in full force taking like 6-10 loungers at a time. THe view from the cabin was awesome. Food on the ship was great. Entertainment was excellent. Staff was 99% friendly and helpful, you always find that 1 person having the worst of worst days. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
New Years Eve Cruise With Friends~~~~ We flew into Orlando the day before and stayed at The Marriott Lakeside. We loved the shuttle service offered. Call the hotel when you arrive and they send the shuttle! Well, a nice hotel stay and ... Read More
New Years Eve Cruise With Friends~~~~ We flew into Orlando the day before and stayed at The Marriott Lakeside. We loved the shuttle service offered. Call the hotel when you arrive and they send the shuttle! Well, a nice hotel stay and then we arranged an Uber XL for the Port. Very inexpensive considering we had 3 couples. the driver took us to the local grocery store for wine and snacks etc... We arrived at the port and because of our diamond status we got right on the ship. The magic really is a beauty. Typically we try and stay on the lower floors due to the easy access on and off the ship on port days. Also, if the ship rocks at all usually it is not as shaky on the lower floors. We sailed to 4 ports, St Thomas ( we rented a boat at Compass Point and snorkeled), Grand Turk ( hung out at the beach and drank local beer ,Turks Head). In Puerto Rico we went to Barachinna and had local food and a Pina Colada, also went for a stroll through the streets of Old San Juan- I love this port. In DR we hung out at Amber Cove. Beautiful weather and people. Spent some time in the casino, It was very smoky and that is one of the main reasons I didn't hang out there more. The Comedy clubs had some good comedians and we really enjoyed Arvin Mitchell, so very funny. The shows and activities were abundant. The cruise director was hilarious with his I love you, I love you more routine...Young , fun crew on this ship. We also spent some quiet time on the upper decks away from all the music , just enjoying the sun and good company. I have been on 40 plus cruises and I will have to say The Magic is up there on my list. Please ask any questions @ expresgal1@aol.com as I don't often check cruise critic. Bon Voyage Liz Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We took this cruise as a back to back for a total of 14 nights. We had Faster to the Fun and the embarkation was made a little easier. We didn't have to stand in the long snaky line but we still had to sit and wait a bit. We ... Read More
We took this cruise as a back to back for a total of 14 nights. We had Faster to the Fun and the embarkation was made a little easier. We didn't have to stand in the long snaky line but we still had to sit and wait a bit. We enjoyed getting on the ship a little faster and having our cabin available as soon as we got on. Our room steward, Hari, was so accommodating and did a fantastic job. The first week it took a few days for the weather to warm up which we expected. We went to most of the shows in the theater and several of the comedy shows. No complaints there...some better then others but generally entertaining. We didn't eat in the dining room the first week mainly because we were pretty lazy and just enjoyed doing our own thing. The food on the Lido at dinner time offered many of the same choices as the main dining and was always good. In fact we found the food to actually be better than we have had on other cruises. The second week we were joined by a family member and went almost every night to the dining room. The service was great and seating was easy with the any time dining. We also went to brunch several times during the two weeks and always enjoyed that. The first week in Cape Canaveral we just stayed on the ship and enjoyed the serenity deck. The second week we rented a car and drove to Coco Beach and Coco Village. We had great weather on both days there but I think I really loved just lounging around on the Serenity deck the best. We walked to the Beach in Nassau on both days and had a great time swimming and people watching. Freeport had great weather both weeks and we shopped and listened to the music and just enjoyed the sunshine. The ship was nicely decorated for the holiday season and the Christmas show was very cute with the kids. Loved doing the back to back! Carnival makes it so easy. Basically if you are staying on for another week you meet in the atrium and a rep escorts all those spending another week off the ship and you just show your custom form to an agent and are walked back on. A very simple 5 minute process. Carnival then gave us all a glass of champagne and took a group photo which they sent to our cabins. We have sailed on the Pride several times and would have no problem doing so again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our first Carnival cruise. IT WAS FANTASTIC! We have sailed on RCI Enchantment twice. I sailed on RCI Liberty as well. Embarkation: we had a check-in time of 1 to 3, but took a chance and headed to the port at 11 am. check-in ... Read More
This was our first Carnival cruise. IT WAS FANTASTIC! We have sailed on RCI Enchantment twice. I sailed on RCI Liberty as well. Embarkation: we had a check-in time of 1 to 3, but took a chance and headed to the port at 11 am. check-in was a breeze and we were on the ship by 12:30 pm. chilled on the Lido deck til about 2:30. then a quick visit to our cabin and then muster. Muster drill, while inside, was one of the very few negatives - this muster drill was almost exclusively over the loud speakers which was good because you could hear it. however, it was to begin at 3:15 and people and staff wandered in over the course of 30 minutes before it truly began and then it took another 30 minutes to relay all the safety information. then we were all led up to our lifeboat stations. we stood there for 15 to 20 minutes then dismissed. so over 1.5 hours for muster. Food was on par with RCL. Not everything 5 star, but nothing bad and many high moments. We are foodies, but enjoy a good greasy burger and fries as much as the next person. We dined every evening in the MDR and had one sea day brunch: Excellent apps: smoke duck, escargot, crab cakes, cured salmon good apps: granited onion soup, sushi, stuffed mushrooms, alligator fritters, thai spiced chicken tenders not again apps: cream of asparagus soup, lobster bisque (dh liked this I did not) Excellent entrees: salmon, braised brisket, redfish, crab ravioli Good entrees: chateaubriand, prime rib, veal parmigiana, fried shrimp Excellent desserts: warm chocolate melting cake, grand marnier souffle, bitter and blanc, good dessert: orange cake, tarmisu reported not again dessert: amaretto cake Food on Lido: Deli - pastrami was excellent and dh had bagel and lox that was excellent Most mornings we had croissants with our coffee which were grand and then simply grazed when hungry. I did visit the omelet station for an excellent ham and cheese omelet. I had one slice of pizza and it was good. dh indulged in hamburgers from the grill several times. We twiced stopped by the Taste bar and enjoyed the experience, although it would have been nice to have at least a fork, even a plastic fork. Service was superb! I requested an ice bucket and put my bottle of wine in it. The next day I had a bigger bucket that allowed my wine to be completely covered with ice and it was refilled twice a day. Room cleaned twice a day. never wanted for anything. Waiters were plentiful on lido where we spent most of our time. They served us with a smile even when all i wanted was water. tables were kept cleared of dishes. All staff were more than friendly and helpful! The ship - yes it is obviously older, yes it is a bit gaudy but we enjoyed it. The one issue I would comment on is the 'choppiness' of the ship made it difficult to go from one place to another easily. Entertainment: We went to the '80's rock and Brits show. Enjoyed both. Saw Mark simmons, the comedian both early and adult shows very good! We tried watching karaoke in the Queen Mary Lounge and were very disappointed to find that the music was so over amplified you basically could not hear the singers. We intended to check out the Leonardo karaoke but did not get to it. I did download the Carnival Hub app and found it very helpful, particularly being able to check our balance and the schedule. We visited Grand Cayman and Cozumel. In Grand Cayman my intention was to wander the port area then take a taxi to My Bar at Sunset House. Unfortunately, once we got away from the taxi area none of the locals wanted to help us find a taxi. 'taxi expensive, you can walk, not far.' well, i knew a taxi would not be cheap and yes it was too far for my dh to walk. so, we ended up at Guy Harveys for a drink and a snack then back to the ship. that did leave room in the budget for dh to get a box of cubans so he was happy In Cozumel we had a private driver show us the sights and history then off to the tequila 'factory' where I learned I like tequila! lunch on the 'wild' side of the island and stops at several natural and beautiful areas. All in all, while I had some reservations about a Carnival cruise and Paradise in particular, we had a blast and will definitely cruise Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We love doing the Halloween cruises when possible. This was our 3rd Halloween cruise. We always dress up and join in the fun! We were on Deck 8 aft, which is our favorite spots. It was our 1st time on the Glory and we liked the ship. The ... Read More
We love doing the Halloween cruises when possible. This was our 3rd Halloween cruise. We always dress up and join in the fun! We were on Deck 8 aft, which is our favorite spots. It was our 1st time on the Glory and we liked the ship. The service and food in the MDR was great. Room service was always a little slow. We liked most of the shows and loved the comedy club. Our room steward was really good. Our Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle was completely forgotten by Carnival, Some in our group went and complain about it. They made an announcement at 250, for the 300 meeting they scheduled at the last minute. We had no bar staff and very few people that showed up, andwe had over 130 signed up.It was supposed to be scheduled and put in the fun times. We loved Half Moon Cay, the sand is the softest I have ever been on. In San Juan we just rode the trolley and went to 1 of the forts we missed llast time. At Grand Turk we went to Jacks Shack. In St.Thomas we did an island tour. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I was rewarded with a balcony room for my family of 4 from my company for my hard work the year before. We loved how accommodating Dream was in getting us all chances to hang out as a group. With 4 ppl in a cabin I highly recommend a ... Read More
I was rewarded with a balcony room for my family of 4 from my company for my hard work the year before. We loved how accommodating Dream was in getting us all chances to hang out as a group. With 4 ppl in a cabin I highly recommend a balcony. It's like having a waiting room when we want to get ready. Order room service for breakfast and set it up on the balcony! We also brought a shoe caddy and hung it on the back of the bathroom door to keep the bathroom clean and organized. The dining staff in the main hall was so entertaining! They even helped us get up on the tables to dance one night. Where else can you do that? My daughter always enjoys tea times. Getting to be a little fancy and try some new treats. Can't wait for our next cruise on the Carnival Breeze for Christmas 2016. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I chose this cruise because of the ports. The ship was def older but had a beauty about it. Yesteryear beauty. The entertainment staff was the best with one person clearly standing out. DJ Sarah B was the absolute best! She should ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the ports. The ship was def older but had a beauty about it. Yesteryear beauty. The entertainment staff was the best with one person clearly standing out. DJ Sarah B was the absolute best! She should def be considered for CD. She made our 8 days so memorable and we will def look for her when we cruise again! She always knew us by name and by far the best DJ we have ever had the pleasure of being on board with! The food was sub par but thats not really the reason we cruise. Embarkation and Debark was by far the easiest in 6 cruises that we have ever experienced! The ports were amazing! St Kitts is now my new favorite! My only complaint was our cabin was super hot. They tried working on it but it did not help so we didnt stay i there much. Why stay in the cabin when you have so much more to do!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Best cruise ever! My husband and I (yup! just us this time - all kids in college - no break for them in October) were on the ill-fated Ecstasy out of Charleston and into the whirlwind of Matthew. Carnival had to make some changes. First ... Read More
Best cruise ever! My husband and I (yup! just us this time - all kids in college - no break for them in October) were on the ill-fated Ecstasy out of Charleston and into the whirlwind of Matthew. Carnival had to make some changes. First change - Saturday night, prior to Sunday sailing, Carnival sent an email that our Bahamas cruise (Half Moon Cay, Nassau, Freeport) would be a trip to Cozumel. Yes, I was a little disappointed not to be going to the Bahamas as this was to be our first time, but that bit of disappointment was way overshadowed by my absolute glee at extra sea days. I just love sea days. I cruise to relax and what better way to relax than to find a spot on a big ship to be waited on by most gracious crew. Not only that, but Carnival offered $50 credit per person and 25% off the next cruise as compensation for the change, not to mention a refund of port fees. Hah! I should be compensating Carnival for the extra sea days. AND the email said they'd be sailing an hour early, which pushed embarkation up an hour. Woo-hoo! Extra sea days AND an hour tacked onto my cruise. So we drove down to Charleston and got a very good rate for the night at the Days Inn right at the end of the bridge in Mt. Pleasant and left our car there for free and ubered to the port on Sunday morning. We had the earliest staggered embarkation time and there was some confusion because of the hour early business, but once things started rolling embarkation was a breeze. Enjoyed the boat so much. Every morning I walked a few miles on the jogging track. Every morning saw the same fellow passengers; we developed a bit of a cameraderie as the week went on. Since it takes 11 laps to complete a mile, you'd think it would get pretty tedious walking around and around, but not at all. As you're moving through the ocean the sky changes constantly, the water color changes, you see the occasional bird. The best is the clouds and sun playing peek-a-boo first thing in the morning, And I saw too many rainbows to count, at least one that arched all the way across the sky. Morning exercise followed by a shower and breakfast with hubby. We enjoyed both the sea day brunch and the lido breakfast. I have no complaints about the food. My husband is from India and so he drinks his tea in a particular way, with a lot of hot milk and sugar and a little seasoning. When he couldn't get it in the dining room I reminded him that the chefs are Indian and he could probably get his special tea if he requested it. Sure enough, all he had to do was ask ahead of time and they had it for him every morning. Lunch was usually on the lido deck. I tried the wok, a turkey sandwich from the deli, a veggie burger from the poolside grill. All good, as was the salad bar. We always ate dinner in the dining room. We had anytime dining and the service was good. We especially enjoyed a waiter named Milos. I think the best menu items were the soups. We had excellent mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, chicken noodle soup. We also managed a few snacks during the day. Pizza really hit the spot as did the chips and salsa from the sea side grill. Every night late, like 11:30 - midnight, they had snacks at the lido buffet, like sandwiches and cookies, so every night I had a bedtime snack of cookies and frozen yogurt. And seriously, everything was good. I don't think I've ever had such good cookies on a cruise. I was glad to have extra sea days so I could do all the things I wanted to do. My husband and I spent a lot of time on the serenity deck, lido deck and the seating above the serenity deck. We read, chatted with other passengers, napped, soaked in the serenity hot tubs. We watched the sun set. We saw dolphins off the serenity deck! After dinner and before the shows we strolled around the decks and were awestruck by the stars! We enjoyed the evening entertainment, jugglers, the production shows, comedians. We went to the welcome aboard show on the first night and the CD Benjamin did a great job by leading a tour of all the late night venues on the promenade deck, I had pretty good luck in the casino. The casino host on the Ecstasy is very active, having a lot of drawings and activities. Earlier in the day when the lido pool wasn't too crowded I actually was able to take a few swims. My husband tried his luck and skill at all the corn hole competitions. There were hula hoop and hole in one contests as well. I did a little line dancing during sail away and other deck parties. See why I need lots of sea days? There's just so much to do. And I'm sure I've forgotten something. In Cozumel we got off the boat at a leisurely time and walked around a bit; actually we took a long walk and it was very hot, so it was quite a happy thing to be back on the ship where we knew we'd be comfortable and well-fed. The second change! The captain announced that we'd be staying over-night in Cozumel (still trying to keep away from Matthew) and that would mean adding an extra day to the cruise! Yippee!! The second day in Cozumel we went snorkeling at Sky Reef. It was ok snorkeling but good because they had a little pier so you could get right into the water without dealing with rocks. We found another couple to split the cabfare with us so it only cost $15 round trip and there's a nice little beach there. So another sea day and the bonus sea day - ahh- I'm just loving this relaxation. AND then the third change. Matthew blew into Charleston and the port is closed so we have to have one more sea day!!! Our 6 day cruise turned into an 8 day cruise and the transition was seamless. The restaurant crew, the bar staff, the cabin stewards, the entertainment people, carried on their jobs as if they knew all along that this was an 8 day cruise. No one missed a beat and I loved every minute of it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I booked this cruise for me and my lady friend through Travels and Tours aboard MCAS, Cherry Point, NC. Given that it was not known to us until we boarded the ship the destination had been changed from Bahamas to Cozumel, Mexicio due to ... Read More
I booked this cruise for me and my lady friend through Travels and Tours aboard MCAS, Cherry Point, NC. Given that it was not known to us until we boarded the ship the destination had been changed from Bahamas to Cozumel, Mexicio due to Hurricane Matthew, I probably would have cancelled and rebooked for later date. But like all other passengers and crew we made the best of a bad time. The transit to Cozumel was good and uneventful except for the fine facilities on board the ship the fact that the Cruise Director, Benjamin, worked around the clock to keep us entertained. And entertain us he did. He, himself, is a multi-talented individual and the onboard Fun Squad went out of their way to ensure we were entertained. The fact they flew an entertainer in to board for transit back to Charleston showed commitment to "keeping the customers happy". The Food Service Division was superb as was the Housekeeping Division. Mr. Mirza, Miss Puspa, and Mr.Joko of the Waitstaff were a joy to watch as the worked in unison to ensure hot food was served hot, cold food served cold and glasses were never empty be it wine, soda or water. Mr. Wayan, ou Steward, was polite and cheerful, went out of his way to ensure for our comfort and well being and, for sure, made sure we had clean linen and towels all the time. If you want a negative about the cruise then you got one coming. With a Hurricane keeping us from out destination and more importantly our return port, why was not there and television from Charleston beamed aboard our ship. I like all the other embarked passengers (and crew) wanted to know what was happening in Charleston and in particular motor vehicles. Miami, Miami, MIami is all we got. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I am a VIP cruiser and I always fly in the city a day before I cruise. It gives me time to explory the city. Embarkation is the BOMB. I walk right onto the ship. Awesome Job!!! went shopping and spent a lot of money on my outfits ... Read More
I am a VIP cruiser and I always fly in the city a day before I cruise. It gives me time to explory the city. Embarkation is the BOMB. I walk right onto the ship. Awesome Job!!! went shopping and spent a lot of money on my outfits for the cruise. I took so many pictures I got one of my picture free. I was place on the WALL OF FAME!! Carnival is by far my favorite cruise line. When they say the FUN Ship. It is the FUN ship! Everyone is very nice. I love all the Activities they have to offer for all age group. I always travel alone and I meet so many people from different parts of the World. I would love to travel with a group. If you looking to have fun. Carnival is the cruise line for you. I have one more cruise this year. I can't wait!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My sister and I chose this cruise because of the value and the great itinerary. We found the ship to be clean and well attended, our room was also clean with comfy bedding, and the food was good in both the buffet and dining, with varied ... Read More
My sister and I chose this cruise because of the value and the great itinerary. We found the ship to be clean and well attended, our room was also clean with comfy bedding, and the food was good in both the buffet and dining, with varied selections. We particularly enjoyed Guy's Burgers, The Wok, and Fish 'n Chips. We ate in the dining room every evening. We found the desserts to be somewhat lacking, no real cheesecake but a jello/mousse like substance, although the Chocolate Melting Cake is still yummy and the pies and "lite" desserts were surprisingly good. We attended both song/dance shows (only two on this eight night cruise) and found them to be very good. The juggler/comedian was entertaining, and we attended one PG show in the comedy club. We attended 3 craft times, making a paper flower at one, receiving handouts at the second (no real craft time spent), and making a braided bracelet at the third. The pools were clean and the waterslide pretty fast! We found the best time to swim is after sunset if you really want to have room to swim. :) There was a short program in the lobby on 9-11 with a pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives 15 years ago. Also someone read the meaning of the 13 folds in the flag-fold commonly used. Very nice program. We parasailed at St Maarten and then enjoyed lunch on our own at Orient Beach at an open air, beach side restaurant. We took a van-tour of St Kitts. At San Juan we walked to San Cristobal and rode the trolley to see a bit more, and at Grand Turk we enjoyed the beach and pool, then did a Segway tour which was quite fun. This was our 10th "sister cruise" and probably one of the best we've had. It WAS hot, but we were prepared with cooling neck towels and neck fans! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
we had a wonderful vacation!!! we arrived a day early in new orleans. we stayed at springhill inn and suites, the stay was good, we were in walking distance of all the activities and just down the street from the port. we enjoyed walking ... Read More
we had a wonderful vacation!!! we arrived a day early in new orleans. we stayed at springhill inn and suites, the stay was good, we were in walking distance of all the activities and just down the street from the port. we enjoyed walking through downtown new orleans. we had 26 people in our group. we chose this cruise cause it was the end of the summer for the children and we wanted an end of summer vacation. getting on and getting off the ship was fine,process went smoothly for both. i loved the fun force they were very talented. the entertainment on the ship was good and there was plenty of activities to do each day. our dining time was 815 pm,they managed to seat us in two round tables. dining room services were good. our ports of calls where Cozumel, Mahogony bay,and Belize we booked cabanas through carnival in mahogony bay, they were awesome a great value for the price. we went to Mr. Sanchos in Cozumel, and i am wanting to go back there soon!!! belize we had a city tour, the guide was great!! the three children i had with me ages(29,16,14) and one daughter-in-law had such a wonderful time we are now booked for July 2017. we have 29 booked so far!! the Dream is my favorite ship!! we were in a deluxe ocean view cabin, next year we will be in a cove balcony. i had three of my four sons with us, next year i will have all four sons with two daughter-in-laws,lots of friends,family and fun!!! the excitement is awesome!!! the dream has made my dreams come true!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
When it comes to the cabin steward and Dinner staff this is the best cruise we've been on in years. But you wonder why Carnival does this all the time they just can't get some of the simple things right. Everyone has some ... Read More
When it comes to the cabin steward and Dinner staff this is the best cruise we've been on in years. But you wonder why Carnival does this all the time they just can't get some of the simple things right. Everyone has some precruise questions, but when you call Carnival it doesn't seem to be on their script and of course it's not in the FAQ reading on-line. When I booked the room I asked for an extension cord and water for my CPAP, I checked on this a week out, then checked again at the embarkment desk, yet it still wasn't there. How hard is it go get a jug of water and extension cord. Additionally, why is there not an electrical plug on the bed side of the room. Nothing like walking around/over an extension cord for a week. Unlimited soda card. The bar staff everywhere on the boat is continuously hopping. Why do they need to run your sail card and give you a paper receipt ever time. Huge waste of time and paper. Cruise ships have went into the business of building their own ports in secluded locations of the islands. This means you can shop at Margaritaville, Ron Jon, and a jewelry store (that has exceptional bad reviews). Which you can do anytime while at home. When did we get away from experiencing other cultures and the beauty of the islands to go to the mall? Since Carnival owns the ports we had to take the excursions from the ship. We opted for the extreme terr-across ride (dune buggy). It was a great time but where you start the trip is where you end it. Meaning if you start in the back you end in the back. It would have been nice to have the front driver roll to the back after a while, then the next driver roll to the back, etc. This would have given everyone a chance to lead and others to suck some of your dust for a while. The Comedy Club was great, but every seat was taken, the isles were full, and it was at least three people deep around the back wall. I guess they don't have maximum capacity on cruises. One thing you won't get from Carnival is early seating, a show, and whatever or late seating, a show, then what ever. They just don't coordinate their evening events. Don't get it wrong it was a good cruise but some things just weren't thought out. Ribs on formal night? Seemed like the same thing every day on the buffets. Normally you could go to the sanctuary of a bar to escape children, but nope I asked a child that couldn't have been 10 and he said his parents said is was ok to stay. As adults we didn't go to play in the kids area, please keep your kids out of the bars and off the shuffleboard and foosball tables while we are trying to play and drink in peace. Last note: There was a guy that wore a Cruise Critic t-shirt that we saw every night in the dining room. Huge camera, blue t-shirt, with white bold letters...It reminded me of a Captain Obvious commercial!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We just did 8 nights on the Carnival Breeze and we were a little worried. Embarking was a little long and a pain but once we were on it was great. Cabin was 11253 and fantastic just a little smaller than our mini suite on NCL Epic. But it ... Read More
We just did 8 nights on the Carnival Breeze and we were a little worried. Embarking was a little long and a pain but once we were on it was great. Cabin was 11253 and fantastic just a little smaller than our mini suite on NCL Epic. But it was the cleanest I've ever seen. The placement was great to reach the pool area and movie time. Stairs and elevators close by. A little more expensive than our NCL as the drink package is $50 per person per day. But we really can't complain about anything at all. Our cruise director onboard Mike (from England) was fantastic on the go 24hours lol. Staff were all great and very attentive. Food was good and plenty to choose from. Shows were good I think we hit everything including the casino, which was not too smokey at all. The ship was full but you really didn't notice as there is so much deck space spread out never seemed crowed. Amber Cove was fantastic you really don't need to leave the cove if you don't want to. My son 13 was out and about all the time they really entertained kids of all ages. Didn't really like Antiqua people harassed us a bit but we did a small tour so it's off the list for next time. St. Maarten was great and loved St. Thomas the most. We did anything dining as we like to come and go and we didn't have to wait long for seats at all. Toilets on board were spotless at all times the whole ship was ship shape staff were very fast and attentive. Drink package is 15 a day which my hubby reached limit only 1 day but it was nearly midnight so he could have started next day's limit lol. Shore excursions were mostly great valve and a wide choice. Fitness center was huge and busy but that didn't bother me I don't use them on my vacations or otherwise. Entertainment was varied and mostly good did I say Mike the cruise director was crazy lol. Thanks Carnival will try your new ship Vista later this year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was my 20th cruise overall and 1st with Carnival. I was always hesitant to choose Carnival just because of hearing things about lack of food quality and excessive partying on the ships. The cruise date and location to leave and come ... Read More
This was my 20th cruise overall and 1st with Carnival. I was always hesitant to choose Carnival just because of hearing things about lack of food quality and excessive partying on the ships. The cruise date and location to leave and come back to worked for us from Raleigh, NC (4.5 hour drive) so we decided to take the chance. Embarkation -- the ship was late getting back (Carnival sent an email the day prior informing us) so we arrived at 6:30 pm at Carnival's request. This turned out to be a huge mistake for us. The embarkation process took us 3 full hours! We weren't on the ship until 9:30 p.m. The dining room had closed so all the food left was the Pizza Pirate and Deli upstairs. We learned later to arrive an hour or hour and a half ahead of when Carnvial tells you to as those folks got on the ship within an hour by doing so. Lesson learned. Food - the food was simply amazing. I don't know why the people I had heard from in the past or reading previous reviews would say differently. We didn't even go to David's Steakhouse because the food on the ship was that good. The main dining room is open every morning for breakfast and was great. For dinner, there were two nights with Prime Rib, one with Filet Mignon, several with shrimp and one with lobster. I had fresh fish three times (Sea Bass, Mahi Mahi and Tilapia), however, there was more fish available. There was always other fish and chicken dishes on the menu as well. Other than the main dining room there was also a mexican place, deli, Guy's burger joint, an american food cafe and a chinese place. Think of the burger, chinese and the other food options of a quick service restaurants (Chipotle, Pei Wei) as they move you in and out fairly quickly. Guy's burgers was great and so was the chinese. We didn't care for the mexican and the pizza was just pizza with nothing good or bad to say about it. Ship - The ship was very nice and was completely remodeled in 2014. No complaints and looked new. The water slides on the top were fun. We also enjoyed the minature golf and gym. This was the nicest gym I have seen on a cruise ship. I am an avid marathon runner so getting my daily exercise is very important to me (also to counter the food intake). Cabin - we spend the exta $150 (in July for December sailing) to have our first balcony cabin and it was well worth it. We stayed in 8269 and was a nice rear starboard side balcony cabin. The room was roomy and had lots of storage places for my wife and I. Shows - the ship had comedy and singing shows. Both types of shows were great and we attended nearly all of them. Movies - there is a covered outdoor movie theater. We really enjoyed the movies and the environmnet was great. The sound and visual were top notch. Get there early as seating is fairly limited. Ports - cape canaveral was nice. We actually had family there so spent the day with family and just hung out. Nassau was awesome. We spent the day at Atlantis and was well worth it. The resort has 2 aquariums, 9 water slides, the best lazy river and a lunch voucher. The lunch was below average to put it bluntly. Other than the food, the day at Atlantis was fantastic! The final port was Freeport. We just spent the day near the dock listening to music and getting drinks. However, we heard from fellow passengers to spend $9 per person and go to the free beach (not the $10 beach entry). They said that it was one of the most beautiful beaches and we missed it! Disemarkation - we chose to self assist our bags (so we didn't have to wait on the cruise line). This was a solid choice as we were off the ship within 45 minutes of when the ship docked into Baltimore! If you can carry all of your bags than choose self-assist. Overall - we loved Carnival and will start cruising with them the majority if not all of the time moving forward. Once you sail 75 days, you earn priority privileges so that is what we will be aiming for. We prefer driving to our departure port. Baltimore, NYC and Charleston have all been fairly simple to leave our car at while we are away on our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
we have cruised princess, holland america for years, and never considered carnival because we had heard that the crowd is louder and the food and ships where not as nice. we received a wonderful on line email offer for this particular ... Read More
we have cruised princess, holland america for years, and never considered carnival because we had heard that the crowd is louder and the food and ships where not as nice. we received a wonderful on line email offer for this particular cruise and the price was great, and the ports of call where awesome, so we said what the heck, we are not on the ship that much anyway so why dont we go. well where we surprised, the ship was beautiful, room was large, service was excellent, and the food was great (we do not go in for specialty dining either) the ports of call where great and the ships amenities where great, it was one of the best cruises we have ever taken. so much so we have rebooked on her for january 2018. our ports of call where, st. thomas, tortola, aruba, curacao, st.croix, st. lucia, san juan, turks and cacios, dominica,antiqua. we are over 60 and having been cruising for the past 15 years. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Girlfriend and I booked this as our first ever cruise. We normally stay at a resort when we travel to the Carinbean but decided to try a cruise at the urging of friends. We loved it. Although the Paradise is an older ship, the awesome ... Read More
Girlfriend and I booked this as our first ever cruise. We normally stay at a resort when we travel to the Carinbean but decided to try a cruise at the urging of friends. We loved it. Although the Paradise is an older ship, the awesome staff and great entertainment more than makes up for it. Room service and ship staff were perfect (and I want to stress perfect), extremely helpful and made it easy to kick back and relax. There was so much to do in the way of entertainment but our favorite part of the cruise was the comedy club. The club manager Ashely does a great job and Mike Macy was amazing and absolutely hilarious!! It was grew to have an adult comedy show to go to each night. His show alone is reason enough to book a carnival cruise, we went to every one of his shows. Highly recommend. If an older ship like Paradise has this much to offer, can only imagine what a younger ship is like! Will definitely book Carnival again! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Loved every minute of it. From the ease of pre booking shore excursions and ordering drinks for our cabin ahead of time for the cruise everything with Carnival was so simple. They even have an app for your phone that tells you what's ... Read More
Loved every minute of it. From the ease of pre booking shore excursions and ordering drinks for our cabin ahead of time for the cruise everything with Carnival was so simple. They even have an app for your phone that tells you what's going on at that exact time anywhere on the ship. What to play bingo look at the app. What to know what's going on in 1 hour because you're getting bored look at the app and head over to the next fun thing. Other lines don't have this they still have a sheet of paper. Not near as good. I used this app and found a seminar on events, played bingo, met some great new friends there, found a game show, learned how to do the Thriller dance by Michael Jackson with a bunch of great new people, learned about dolphins, shore excursions and a lot more. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
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