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Looking for a cruise scheduled for my son's birthday that stopped at Grand Turk. This one had good rates for a balcony at the time I booked. Nothing was terrible, except for the (lack of) exercise classes. But when I go on a ... Read More
Looking for a cruise scheduled for my son's birthday that stopped at Grand Turk. This one had good rates for a balcony at the time I booked. Nothing was terrible, except for the (lack of) exercise classes. But when I go on a cruise & spend what is for me, a goodly amount of money, I expect better than just "not terrible." I want a nice cruise, comparable to most of my other cruises, and this one fell short. The cabin steward did a good job, but was grumpy and even snappy at times for no reason I can think of - other than how hard they have to work & likely short on sleep. His assistant was at least very pleasant & friendly. I always, always pay our gratuities, and will tip extra for extra things. I had called for ice one day from room service, and all of a sudden he was there knocking on my door. I thought he had got up for the ice? But he was bringing laundry by. I mentioned calling room service for ice, and he said that's good because I'm on my break. :/ In any case I had not tried to wake him up so it seemed a less than friendly response. Our waiter did an adequate job, but was not at all concerned with whether the food was good or even acceptable. I had one good meal in the dining room - the first formal night. I ordered the lobster & shrimp, and it was perfectly cooked. Not tough, not mushy, probably the best lobster I've had on a cruise ship & I'm comparing that to Murano on Century & the steakhouse on the Miracle. But the jerk pork I had on another night was incredibly bad. The flavor was bad, the pork was as tough as nails, and with no table cloth I sawed & sawed at this piece of meat while the plate ran all over the table. The steak knife seemed sharp but was no match for the pig, that must have been fighting back. I had 3 miniscule bites, and the waiter timed his question for me to put a bite of the pork in my mouth before asking me how it was. It wasn't a big mouthful of food but would require at least a full minute of chewing before I could speak. I think he knew. I couldn't speak, but shook my head and shrugged my shoulders when he asked if it was good. In response, he smiled, said "I'm so glad you like it" and then took off without waiting for any more feedback. The fact I barely touched my dinner should have given some clue as to how much I liked it. Despite leaving most of my food at most dinners he never once was concerned at why I ate so little. This is not normal for a cruise ship waiter. On other cruises if I didn't eat all of a dish I had waiters worried why, and they always, always offered me a different dish instead. My first time eating at Guy Fieri's burger place was pretty good. Nothing to rave about, to me it just tasted like a normal home cooked burger. But it was good. Blue iguana cantina was excellent. I think the best meals I had were here, the wraps were incredible and I had a salad bowl that was really good too. Kudos to this place. I also stopped at the seafood shack. I know we don't like the notion of the surcharge for what used to be free, but I think this place is worth it. The service was excellent, friendly, and the prawns I had were perfect. I am allergic to potatoes, so said just don't give me any. Instead, the guy added 6 more prawns! I must have had 20 perfectly cooked prawns for $6. What a deal. And these were light as a feather. Rivaled my Mom's tempura prawns - not greasy in the least. I was impressed. These are worth the charge, it's a steal. I skipped the hot sauce & got tartar sauce on request. The conquest is slated for refurbishing later on this year, there was some rust on the balcony & I noticed stains on the carpet in the cabin. None of this bothered me. There is always a little rust on a cruise ship if you look for it, and the carpet felt clean. Anyone who has had carpet in their house probably knows the phenomenon of the stain in the carpet that has been cleaned to a high degree but still doesn't look perfect. The service in the bars was hit or miss. Usually there are more servers offering drinks at the lido bars, but not here. Service in the blue iguana bar was non-existent as the waiter would only serve the people who were seated right in front of him. He either needs to learn to turn his head or get better peripheral vision. It is so loud on that area of the deck that he must not have heard me trying to order. I would say the worst thing on the cruise ship was the lack of fitness classes. Yes, they list them on the fun times, they advertise them, but in reality - at least on this sailing of the Conquest - they were not offered. I went on 4 separate occasions, and every time, the fellow in the gym who was to lead the class - a tall guy with a Scottish brogue - had no interest in teaching. One time I got there 10 minutes early, while he was busy doing some high pressure sales routine on a couple for some cruise ship service that would purportedly change their lives, and the lack of which would lead to catastrophe in the future. I could not help but overhear as I was waiting nearby hoping the class would be starting, & I didn't want him to think he had no waiting participants. He kept me waiting until 15 minutes after the start of the class, at which time he said "You are the only student, so as you know, if you want to take the class you will be charged for a one to one training session." He had given me this excuse at a different class the day before. Which actually, is not true, as I have been the only student at an exercise class on other cruises, only paid the usual cost, and had an instructor who was happy he had one student & complimented me on being the only one of 3,000 passengers who wanted to work out. This fellow does not want to bother with leading fitness classes, he wants to try to sell high cost packages for which he can make bank on commission. Another time, for the 7AM stretch class, I was there 5 minutes late because I had trouble finding my sail & sign card. I hoped someone else might lead the class, but again it was the fellow with the brogue. I should have got his name, but didn't. In my mind he was Mr. Crankypants, a name that fit him to a T. He stomped out, no smile. There was no class going on, I asked if there was a stretch class, and instead of giving a verbal answer he just angrily tapped at his watch. I guess there was no class because I was late? I asked "The class is over already?!" and he then replied that there was no one else to take the class so no, no class unless I wanted to pay for a private session. Did he lose track of which excuse he would fall back on? I don't much like being the only student, and certainly not with a hostile instructor, so did not take the class. But I wonder if his less than friendly attitude influenced other people who might have wanted to work out, or if others had stopped by to take the class & got the same treatment. Most instructors, if not enough students have come to run the class, will at least ask students to wait in case there are stragglers coming. This guy just does not want to teach. I am platinum on Carnival, but I think for the most part I am done with this cruise line. The food has taken a dive with the American Table, the entertainment as well with playlist productions (although there was a lovely show the 2nd night, and I really did enjoy the great class Pauly taught with the Thriller Dance). Pauly and his dance classes were the high point of my cruise. I will likely go for a short ensenada cruise out of long beach, or the occasional caribbean from time to time. But I am now more interested in longer cruises, and have baltic & british isle cruises on my bucket list - or new england cruises that include montreal. These aren't offered by Carnival, so it's yet another reason to branch out to other cruise lines. Sad to get to platinum & have the product change for the worse, but it is what it is. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We booked this cruise with a large group of friends. We had never been to Cayman and wanted to see it. For a ship that is only 4 years old, the Breeze is showing signs of wear and tear. Attention to detail was lacking where housekeeping ... Read More
We booked this cruise with a large group of friends. We had never been to Cayman and wanted to see it. For a ship that is only 4 years old, the Breeze is showing signs of wear and tear. Attention to detail was lacking where housekeeping was concerned. The last 3 days of our trip we were without hot water. The Carnival team tried to make repairs but were unsuccessful. Comparing notes with others in our section, we learned we were not alone with the cold showers. The lido buffet was OK but the dining room was above the norm. Corrina was our head waitress and she was top notch. She never missed any detail, no matter how small. Always friendly and inviting, it was a pleasure to eat in her section. We highly recommend Stingray City in Cayman. IT was a lot of fun and we did not feel like cattle being driven to market. We booked the excursion through Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
After saving all the year, after a 9 hours flight from Argentina, we took the Carnival Glory Cruise hoping our experience would be the same as it was four years ago in the Carnival Imagination. Cabin was OK. Great Space. Bigger than in ... Read More
After saving all the year, after a 9 hours flight from Argentina, we took the Carnival Glory Cruise hoping our experience would be the same as it was four years ago in the Carnival Imagination. Cabin was OK. Great Space. Bigger than in other cruise. On day 1, they informed us in an impersonal paper letter that we weren`t reaching Half Moon Key (stop nº1) due to Cold fronts "All right" we said, we have 3 stops more, weather is weather. Day 2 and day 3 were normal days at the sea, the food is one of the best things of a Carnival Cruise, the waiter team is really the best. Activities that were supposed to be fun, weren`t too fun but I have no regrets with this things. I had fun with the people I met. White Heat dance club is Ok. St. Thomas and Puerto Rico Stops were OK too. Excursions offered by Carnival were really expensive for us. We were able to get excursions in shore at the half of the price Carnival offered to us. In Puerto Rico port, people from a Royal Carribean cruise told us that they had been notified that they weren`t heading Grand Turk Island because they knew the port was closed. That surpirsed us. The thing was that, apparently we were heading to Grand Turk. So, when the day came, at a distance of 100 meters from the shore, being able to see what Grand Turk was about, they told us via speakers that we weren`t able to reach the last island due to strong winds... We were really sad and upset. My mum was crying really hard. This cruise meant too much for us, So, we went to the main lobby where the guest services desk is, and saw how a lot of people started to gathered complaining about the situation. We went there in order to have more information, ask if there were a B plan, maybe get a better answer from navigation staff...but nothing, the only thing we recieved from Carnival people was security people above us treating us as if we were animals, making a perimeter around us...we were only clapping because nobody was giving us a nice answer, as you should with people that paid for your services. Via speaker again, the captain apologized for not being able to deck at the port, and told us that the company was offering a 25% discount in a future cruise. That answer really made us angry, that refund forces us to give our money again to the same company and to make another long distance flight to have another cruise. Maybe it will work for people that live inside the States, but it does not work for a lot of people that had also paid and live fare away. After midday, as we didn`t have any nice answer or treat nor from navigation staff (nobody showed up except for security officers) nor from the company, we gathered again at 5.00 pm with at least 100 people that were angry with the situation. After and hour and a half, the captain (Massimo Roja) came down and had a meeting with us in a separated room. He explained us why he had done what he did, telling us that his priority number 1 is safety. Truly speaking, he was one of the only people who treated us well (in adition to Victor, a mexican from Guest Services desk) like humans, like customers that had paid for a service. An Italian man, I think he `s the second of the captain laughed at me due to my age. I am 23. We told the captain that most of us were looking foward to get a refund for the money we had spent in the cruise we took and no for a future one. Captain compromised himself to work as mediator in this request between the company and us. Last monday we recieved an e-mail from him and from Carnival CEO telling us that they will stand on the 25% refund for a future cruise. We can understand that mother nature is umpredictable. But what we cannot understand is they did not have a plan B (with Century XXI technology is really impossible to make a call to the future port and know how the wind is there? Do you need to be at least 100 meters from the coast to know the weather conditions?) We also cannot understand the treat we had, and how many staff people and security guards were laughing at us. If I hadn`t had such great dinners, such great treat from the dinning team (Joven was our main waiter), If I hadn`t met such amazing new friends from all over the world. this cruise would have been 0 stars out of 5. Also White Heat Club was OK. Dj Ice Cold did a great job. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my 10th cruise, 8th with Carnival. Deck one, interior. Our routine is a few days of relaxation on the Serenity deck, viewing the main pool games/contests, comedy shows nightly, followed by casino and dancing. Listing our ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise, 8th with Carnival. Deck one, interior. Our routine is a few days of relaxation on the Serenity deck, viewing the main pool games/contests, comedy shows nightly, followed by casino and dancing. Listing our disappointments with suggestions for Carnival as you can't fix what you don't know about. SERENITY deck (designed to allow adults only to relax)- Bigger than other ships but not big enough for the number of passengers on Vista. Hard to find a seat. Had to sit at a table instead of resting in a lounge. Two hot tubs at capacity. Constant screaming children sounds from nearby slide area. Not relaxing. MAIN POOL- Too small! Was shocked that there were such small pools for the amount of people. Design fail. Three sea days and jumped into pool only once to cool off. Small size of pools taken up by kids. Games/contests were great. CD Matt, Cookie and Nono did a great job with the games. We returned early from port to get a good seat for the scheduled sail away party from Puerto Rico. No party. No explanation. Wasted our time. Overheard arguments and frustration from passengers about saved, empty chairs, not enough chairs, waiters stating certain drinks couldn't be bought from pool bars when the passenger bought that drink earlier. COMEDY club- Ridiculous waiting in long line. 30+ minutes. First visit, room was empty. I suggest allowing people in and beginning drink service. Host, Fluffy, would state that she called for additional wait staff. Served one drink out of three nights. Was told we had to leave after show to line up for next show. By the time we returned, it was standing room only. Wasted time in line. Frustration. Second visit, waited in same long line. Doors open to line, room is immediately almost full. Earlier audience was allowed to stay in room. Inconsistent fairness to guests. Got a seat along back wall. Couldn't see comic due to one of many large columns blocking view. Third visit. Yes, same long, frustrating line. Had a seat. Now view was blocked from two rows of standing guests. NIGHT CLUB- Multi-purpose room on Vista. Some nights used for shows. There were dance parties held on Lido deck and Havana area on these alternate use nights. Although it was nice to watch kids dance at deck party and adults and kids dance at Havana bar, it wasn't the dancing atmosphere I wanted and expected for my vacation. Went in one night and was told it was a private party. We didn't go to any musical shows. Quest show was hilarious. HOT TUBS- 6 Two at tide pool. Constantly filled with kids. Two in serenity. Two in private Havana area. Another passenger said they thought we could use Havana tubs but each time we went, a sign stated you needed bracelets to enter area. Suggestion- install more hot tubs on future ships. ANYTIME DINING- we weren't given a choice for dining when we booked in August. You go to deck five to check in, 15 minutes prior to desired seating. Seated 45 minutes later. Suggestion- Don't specifically advertise a 15 minute wait. CABIN- We prefer lower deck so no noise can be heard from above. Comfortable bed. 3 drawers, one closet. SERVICE- Wondering if staff is having to endure upset guests and are fed up. Not the usual friendly vibe from bartenders and wait staff. OVERALL- Would suggest the ship to families as there was a lot for kids to do, with a side note to prepare to wait for everything. Would not suggest to couples wanting the same things I listed at start of this review. I felt badly at the thought of people who saved all year for their one week vacation, only to be left frustrated. Most people we spoke to would not suggest this ship, nor return to it. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Where do I begin. I sat out on Lido deck two afternoons and on neither afternoon did any servers ever approach to see if I needed a drink. if you needed a drink, you went to the bar yourself. Since that was the case for everyone, the ... Read More
Where do I begin. I sat out on Lido deck two afternoons and on neither afternoon did any servers ever approach to see if I needed a drink. if you needed a drink, you went to the bar yourself. Since that was the case for everyone, the bars were very busy with long waits to get drinks. Two separate times at dinner we ordered drinks we never received. Two different times we were at FredFrog Pub for a trivia contest. The bar was too busy so we waited at tables for someone to wait on us and after 20 minutes (each time - went through entire trivia event), no one ever did. Lines to get food, or do any activity was always AT LEAST 30 minutes long (many times, longer). We went to comedy one night. Got there early to get good seats. Watched the 7:30 and 8:30 PG-Rated shows and was told if we wanted to watch the R-rated shows, we had to leave and get in line. By that time, the line was all the way down the hall and there was no way we would get good seats (or any seats at all). I felt that was very unfair. So the only way I could've gotten good seats for the R-rated show was to leave the 8:30 show I was watching early. They should do reservations. On 3 separate occasions before the cruise ever took place, I tried making reservations for the Steakhouse and never ever received an email confirmation. By the time I got on the ship, they were booked. the one thing I will say was positive was our room steward. That service was superb (though we did get the same towel animals 2 nights in a row). Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I wanted to experience the largest carnival cruise and I was disappointed on the staff how dirty the dinning room tables were and bathrooms The dinning experience was horrible wait time is a joke they need to build their standards up ... Read More
I wanted to experience the largest carnival cruise and I was disappointed on the staff how dirty the dinning room tables were and bathrooms The dinning experience was horrible wait time is a joke they need to build their standards up the cabin phone is on the desk not at the bedside table embarkation was a long 2 hour process with staff not knowing whats going on The entertainment was below standards of my previous experience customer service lines were long with minimal staffing The ship is so compact and stuff to get around the casino you have to walk sideways in between the chairs and the smoking in the casino is horrible Carnival sky ride is 1 1/2 wait for 10 minutes of fun And the prices for the cruise are much higher and the quality is much different from other ships Thank God for Guy's burger the best thing on the ship Carnival do you even listen to these reviews Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I chose this cruise for the destination: Cozumel, as well as the price. Embarkation was smooth, disembarkation was not smooth. I monitored my account via Carnival Hub. The night before disembark, I had money, and was expecting return ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the destination: Cozumel, as well as the price. Embarkation was smooth, disembarkation was not smooth. I monitored my account via Carnival Hub. The night before disembark, I had money, and was expecting return to be mailed to me. When attempting to leave ship, I was re-routed saying I owed balance. After reviewing detailed summary, I found several discrepancies on bill. The ship is aged, and despite attempts to update, poor maintenance is evident. The deck was uninviting, in need of paint and repair. The fake palm trees are faded by the sun. THE FOOD IS HORRIBLE. The best meal was off ship. The food reminded me of hospital cafeteria food. I lost weight on the cruise. Shore excursions were plentiful, with a nice variety. I traveled with my husband , our 2 adult daughters, as well as 2 granddaughters. The kids camp was nice. The first night on the ship, after we sailed from Miami, I enquired about the process to end cruise when we arrived in the Key West. I was told each traveler would have to pay 300.00 to end cruise; that would have been 2100.00 for our party of 7, plus airfare. We stayed. At times I felt like a hostage, in hell. I would never sail this ship again, not even for free. I certainly would not recommend. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
As a frequent traveler with Carnival - we found this ship as providing the lowest standard of room and dining service we have ever received. The staff appeared to be over extended. Our dinner took more than an hour - after ordering - to ... Read More
As a frequent traveler with Carnival - we found this ship as providing the lowest standard of room and dining service we have ever received. The staff appeared to be over extended. Our dinner took more than an hour - after ordering - to receive, for three of the five days. Our room service was basic - on scale of an economy hotel - bed spread and fresh towels only. The carpet on the floors did not look like they had been vacuumed in several days. The entertainment the first night was the cruise director attempting humor by making fun at the various people boarding the ship / the actual comedians were mediocre, There was mold/mildew in the showers at the spa. It appears that Carnival has cut cost in areas that has reduced the level of services as well as entertainment. Next time, for us; it will be different ship and possibly a different Carrier. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Seemingly, one gets what one pays for. This 4-night cruise was very cheap...almost as though there was a catch. (Guess what?...there was!) Starting with the embarkation, expect to lose between 1 and 3 hours from your life (but this will ... Read More
Seemingly, one gets what one pays for. This 4-night cruise was very cheap...almost as though there was a catch. (Guess what?...there was!) Starting with the embarkation, expect to lose between 1 and 3 hours from your life (but this will feel more like a flight cancellation). Actual check-in was fast; the wait afterwards, more tiresome than awesome. Getting the green light to board only prolonged the agony of now having to stand on the gangway for another half-hour. The usual anticipation after boarding of a large satisfying lunch as reward for queuing was not quite the fulfilling experience I am used to. Yet more slow, sloooowww queues! In my experience, certain European cultures - who shall not be named - would appear to be ‘disrespectful’ in how they help themselves from a buffet; they queue only for the part of the buffet that they want to take from, instead of waiting for the WHOLE line. For example, one queue of around 50 hungry passengers - a 20-minute wait approx. - could be kept waiting by just ONE person who decides to carefully transfer one melon cube at a time over onto their plate at the very start of the buffet. Imagine this unneeded gap gradually opening up that nobody behind dared to step enter for fear of breaking protocol. Crazy. Things never really improved: Food average, never piping hot; entertainment boring - singing & dancing, dancing & singing. It would have been a great time to recharge one’s batteries with a theater-nap, except there was nothing afterward to recharge for besides tomorrow’s buffet queueing. Cabin clean enough and well-provided. For this middle-aged couple, this was our first and last Carnival cruise. Meeting a Texan couple who unashamedly, proudly admitted Carnival was their only ever cruise line (and 30th cruise), I couldn’t help thinking these poor souls have never experienced what cruising variety actually entails. Sad. So very sad. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The day we was to leave on our cruise. We had to wait in line outside the terminal for over 3 hours. No where to sit, the elderly, the handicapped all waiting outside in the sun. Our ship was supposed to leave at 4, instead it was at 6. ... Read More
The day we was to leave on our cruise. We had to wait in line outside the terminal for over 3 hours. No where to sit, the elderly, the handicapped all waiting outside in the sun. Our ship was supposed to leave at 4, instead it was at 6. They stated it was a problem with the ship. No V I Ps was let on early like normal. This was my fifth cruise. Third thru the Galveston Terminal. I will never cruise on the Breeze. I did not enjoy the Huge Ship experience. I will stick with the smaller ships, from now on. This ship was way to lenient on allowing children into the Casino. The last night of our, cruise they make an announcement about having No Kids in the Casino. We also had on our last night drunk teens screaming and cursing one another in the hall way. Beating on their doors of their cabins. Our Balcony neighbor was smoking pot, on his balcony. The workers are nice on the ship, and the food was better than normal. Hopefully your experience with the Breeze is better than mine! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
6th cruise, 4th with carnival. i knew this ship was almost a 20 year old ship but i went in with an open mind. If this was your first cruise or is going to be your first cruise. You will be fine. you will enjoy it and you will be ... Read More
6th cruise, 4th with carnival. i knew this ship was almost a 20 year old ship but i went in with an open mind. If this was your first cruise or is going to be your first cruise. You will be fine. you will enjoy it and you will be happy. those of you are have cruised before.. Whether on rcl, ncl, celebrity or carnival, chances are this will be the worst cruise you ever been on. There is no party for past guests unless you are a diamond or platinum member. so they saved money that way. the food is a step up from hospital cafeteria food. the same food is served in dining room and in buffet. so if you don't want to get dressed.. You don't have to. These rooms are small. those of you who have been in prison-- these rooms are smaller than the 8 by 10 cell you are accustomed to. these rooms are for 2 grown adults. That's it. that's as long as both people are not in the room at the same time. the rooms are outdated by many years. some guests complained of mold in their rooms. we were promised a room with a pull out couch.. Got a trundle bed that is really a mattress on a 3 inch box spring. slept on lido deck with 15-20 other people experiencing the same other issues. Kids on the serenity adult deck. kids running. Screaming. Breaking things. security did absolutely nothing. fyi-- do not leave from nyc ports unless you really have to. very low class clientele. **the shows are the same shows from 2000. you seen 1 you seen them all. ** no need for faster 2 the fun. the boat docks and everyone is on and off at the same time. **the cruise director emma is definitely not like the carnival splendor cruise director malcolm "woo hoo" burn. Could not understand anything she said If you win any games you get an 18 cent plastic ship on a stick. all this money and they cant give adults a free drink voucher? ***embarkation and debarkation was extremely easy. BEST OF ANY SHIP I EVER BEEN ON** Folks, this ship is 20 years old. that's it. They stretched it 40 feet and added 1000 more passengers. If you can avoid this ship... I would. be warned ahead of time. th staff on this ship hates the ship and some are trying to relocate. hold off. Save your money and if you have to leave from NYC take the Carnival Vista or leave from Jersey and take RCL **piano bar 88-- patrick the piano player is hilarious!!.. plays dirty rendtions of songs! Carnival only wants as much $$ as they can get. the casino points are a joke and they only give you free drinks or a free cruise if you lose alot or win alot. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Being on 20 cruises, we know what to expect on a ship. After reading the reviews of the Carnival Paradise we lowered our expectations. Listed below are pros and cons: Pros: - Service in the dining rooms was excellent - Stateroom ... Read More
Being on 20 cruises, we know what to expect on a ship. After reading the reviews of the Carnival Paradise we lowered our expectations. Listed below are pros and cons: Pros: - Service in the dining rooms was excellent - Stateroom steward was fantastic, as always - The ports were very pretty - We took one excursion (Amphibious Boat) and that was good Cons: - At the very beginning of our cruise, we were notified about an engine problem which changed our port itinerary. - Since this is a fairly old ship, it is in badly need of a renovation - Our room had no Air Conditioning, just a single vent which blew cool air, not cold; cool - The bathroom in our stateroom stunk continuously of urine - Constant clanging of machinery and mallets that woke us up very early in the morning - The teen club needs to be larger - More activities on the ship - Larger buffet with more food - Wifi was very slow no matter what plan you purchased, on the last evening it was very, very difficult to connect - The shows were okay, the two main singers were excellent - The basketball court was a joke, one hoop and a couple lines is not a basketball court - During the safety briefing, it took too long and we actually had to travel to where the life boats were which took around 1 hour We travelled with teens and tweens. They said compared to other Carnival ships, this was one of the worst. Our family will definitely be back to cruise with Carnival but not on a ship built before the 21st century. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We picked this cruise to end a recent holiday in the USA. We have done several Carnival cruises before and have enjoyed them. This cruise was so bad it may have put us off using any Carnival company again. Check in was rather chaotic with ... Read More
We picked this cruise to end a recent holiday in the USA. We have done several Carnival cruises before and have enjoyed them. This cruise was so bad it may have put us off using any Carnival company again. Check in was rather chaotic with a large amount of lines here there and everywhere. We had opted for the "faster to the sun" option and this gives you priority checkin, luggage delivery and stateroom access. From what I could see we wasted our money. Spotted huge amounts of guest boarding the ship in large groups where only one person had the pass. If they are not going to police the lines then don't even offer the option as we felt totally ripped off with this. The Cabin was okay for a 25year old ship but the a/c was rather loud when you turned it up. The service in the dining room for dinner was a joke. It seems to us since they changed the tipping to automatic the level of service has gone through the floor. Not once did we get what we had ordered. Items were missed every eveing to the point that we just gave up. Partners steak was over cooked every night. SIde dishes getting to the table when you had finished your main. And the waiter giving you your selections in the order that was easiest for him not for you. Cabin was reasonably clean and the cabing steward was okay but the service again was slow. We did not do any excursions or go to any entertainment. But the misic by the pools was far to loud and found the cruise director to be a pain in the rear with announcments every 15 to 20 miniutes We did walk round the ship and it is so obvious that this ship is well past her best with rust and dirt everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The ship in general was ok. The rooms were clean and quiet. , and I felt safe. I was disappointed with the food. It wasn't very good, and the majority of the restaurants closed early (after lunch).Which didn't leave much of a ... Read More
The ship in general was ok. The rooms were clean and quiet. , and I felt safe. I was disappointed with the food. It wasn't very good, and the majority of the restaurants closed early (after lunch).Which didn't leave much of a choice. After about 3 days I could not eat it anymore. Most everything closed by 12 a.m.. Including the casino . I saw no one win anything. The machines were real tight and that was annoying.. It would have been nice if each floor would have had some sort of refreshment area etc. As it was,, I had to travel 9 floors to get a cup of coffee. You had the option of room service, but at a price. The entertainment was really lame. .Same country singer for days, Overall - Bad food, to much oi a time frame -on and off boat Very expensive overall I wouldn't do it again because I didn't like the structured and timed atmosphere . They could have been more helpful with the first timers with information about the islands in which we were visiting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Went with large group, first and last trip on Carnival. Entertainment subpar and hoe-hum. Comedians NOT funny and sometimes inappropriate. Dance and singing shows not great. Food was just OK. They have no specialty ... Read More
Went with large group, first and last trip on Carnival. Entertainment subpar and hoe-hum. Comedians NOT funny and sometimes inappropriate. Dance and singing shows not great. Food was just OK. They have no specialty restaurants, period. You have to walk thru a stinking smoke filled unhealthy tobacco factory (casino) to get to your assigned eating. Why oh Why do they allow people to smoke on a boat? Blaring disc jockey everywhere, hard to find place to be quiet. On loading took hours and was like pulling teeth without anesthesia. Too many people, and elevators took forever. Merchandising/marketing CONSTANT. Really really gets old. They take pictures all day long, they put up the pix on the wall enticing you to buy. Many people fell for this expensive unnecessary trick. Excursions were overpriced. Felt a shaking and vibration much of the evening hours while in cabin. Motor ? Very irritating. Was on the boat 7 days....way too long. Three days is plenty. I cannot recommend Carnival to anyone. Pay more, get much more. They seemed like they were trying to invent stuff to do on the boat, silly question and answer contests with a silly prissy male. Every 10 minutes some guiy got on the intercom to tell us stuff, speaker just outside out door......wanted to strangle him Good things: Carry off your luggage, got off in 20 min Room service was pretty good each morning breakfast. I did like the gym, but had a hard time with all the motion of the sea which was aggravating. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was actually two cruises back to back. The first being 11 days from New Orleans to San Juan and the second being 10 days from San Juan to Jacksonville, Fl. Upon reaching Jacksonville, we have now sailed 15 times with Carnival. We ... Read More
This was actually two cruises back to back. The first being 11 days from New Orleans to San Juan and the second being 10 days from San Juan to Jacksonville, Fl. Upon reaching Jacksonville, we have now sailed 15 times with Carnival. We had never sailed from New Orleans and had never sailed on the Elation. We took this 'Journey Cruise' because of the itinerary with several ports we'd never been to. Embarkation was fairly smooth. At our muster drill, we had our first experience with the most irritating Cruise Director we ever had. The muster drill drug on much longer than any we've ever participated in before. Hennie, the CD, has multiple personalities that he voices throughout the drill...giving the directions in crazy accents. We were to discover that his 'voices' would continue throughout the entire 21 days. Following the muster drill, we went up on deck to find a good seat to watch the sail away. We waited and waited and waited, not knowing why we weren't leaving. Finally, two hours into the wait, the CD comes over the PA and tells that we're delayed because 'they're still loading food'. We actually sailed 2 1/2 hours late. We've never experienced a late departure like that. And I find it hard to believe that we were delayed because they were still loading supplies. Carnival has that down to a science. Due to a medical emergency that required diverting the ship to Cozumel. As we were already 2 1/2 hours behind, we arrived at our first port 4 1/2 hours late. The itinerary for the cruise was very nice and we discovered several spots that we want to travel back to...but not on the Elation. We had YTD and our first experience in the dining room was very disappointing. Service was very slow and disorganized. We found the food to be pretty mediocre. In fact, overall, the food was disappointing on this trip. Certainly not up to the level that we've experienced in the past with Carnival. As Platinum members, we attended the VIFP cocktail party..which has been whittled down to 45 minutes. This was vastly different than those we've attended in the past. It was very difficult to get a drink. The waiters would sail past a table full of people with their trays and not stop. The snacks offered were nasty sushi. One example of their poor organization is that prior to the cruise, someone from Carnival came onto the CC Roll call and announced that Carnival was now hosting M & Gs on the ships. We were instructed as to how to sign up for it so they would know how many people to expect and they would announce the time and location in the Fun Times on board. We followed their directions. We did, indeed, see the announcement and a large group of us showed up to the specified lounge and found 3 pitchers of ice water for refreshments..and not a soul from Carnival. Thanks to one of the young men in CC group who got on his computer and started trying to contact someone, they did reschedule it as a 'Farewell' meeting and provided some juice, tea and a tray of cookies. Hennie the Cruise director and one officer did attend for a few minutes. The main shows were not up to par, either. I don't know if it's the 'Journey Cruise' format, or what, but we did not enjoy them and after a try or two, did not attend them. We did enjoy the assortment of comics that came on to perform in the Punchliner lounge. We caught as many of their shows as we could. We had an outstanding room steward, Rosella, and can't say enough good about her. We really appreciated all she did for us. Once we arrived in Jacksonville, Fl, the debarkation process was horrible. As Platinum passengers using the easy debarkation method, we were directed to the theater to wait for our luggage number to be called. We had #3. We all sat in that theater for hours waiting for information. The PA announcements were not being directed into the theater and we scarcely saw a crew member that could relay information. It was almost noon before we were allowed off the ship after docking at 8:30 AM. I will say that we loved the itinerary and appreciate all the wonderfully friendly crew members on board. However, this trip left us very disappointed in Carnival and not interested in sailing on the Elation, again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Cruising since 1985 21 plus cruises. This one rates at the bottom of our list (there has always got to be one on the bottom and I guess this is the one without a doubt. Boarding was a snap (we had an Ocean Suite so we got ... Read More
Cruising since 1985 21 plus cruises. This one rates at the bottom of our list (there has always got to be one on the bottom and I guess this is the one without a doubt. Boarding was a snap (we had an Ocean Suite so we got "special" boarding treatment-nice!). I am 68 and wife is 58 and wanted something different for our 35th anniversary together. She wanted a bathtub and I wanted a little more room and a balcony...we splurged. Room was great. Location was forward and next to the elevators, perfect, and not much outside noise. No big complaints at all. The ship itself is very nice but the atrium seems very tiny with a small dance floor and when the band/group or single singer was performing the music was SO LOUD that it made it unpleasant (I do like music but the performers seem to think that LOUD is Better than quality. This is the way it is everywhere on the ship LOUD but not GOOD LOUD it is just LOUD. Dining: (if that is what you want to call it) Our cabin was in the Forward section of the ship ahead of the atrium which means it was very near the front. Our dining room seating was in the Silver dining room at the BACK of the ship (a long way from our cabin) and situated at the very back of the dining room. We did request and receive a move to the Golden dining room. Not that it mattered because the food which we were looking forward to was JUST NOT GOOD. The presentation was great but that is where it ended. (I will say that the Escargot was a delightful surprise) but the Lobster was tough and cold and the tenderloin was overcooked and actually tasteless. We decided to try for the buffet on the Lido the next time and tried several different entrees but never found anything that would constitute a wow factor. (believe me, I tried). The first two days dining was disappointing. Then i got sick. First two days at-sea went well until I got "THE VIRUS" which destroyed our planned excursion day in Jamaica. The only time off the ship is when my wonderful wife had to trek into town for some medications to help my condition. It was a nightmare for her due to the 20+ dollars it cost her to get to town and the 15 dollars for the Pepto and another 10 to 12 dollars for some useless pills they said would fix me up and another 20 dollars back to the ship. This was not the ship's fault but it really says something about the port of Montego Bay. The cruise line DID refund our money for the nearly $400.00 excursion that we had purchased . Props to them!! I did end up at the ships Medical Infirmary and they treated me with a shot and some pills at no cost to us (we had purchased the cruise insurance thankfully). Staff was excellent. I was quarantined to my stateroom so the next day I would have not been able to go on our second excursion. with that said: The next day our ship was supposed to dock in Georgetown Cayman Island BUT we didn't even stop there due to " high seas" making it impossible to tender to the island for our next excursion. (money refunded. nice of them but we STILL missed out on the Port. I would have been able to get off the ship around noon if we had been able to tender to the port. We ended up having a Guy's Burger which was pretty good. I recommend it. Next Stop was Costa Maya, Mexico (custom built shopping village just for cruise ships!) Nice to get off the ship but not exactly why we went on this cruise. Last cruise port was Cozumel the typical cruise destination tourist trap but we went to a place called Paradise Beach ($3.00 per person to get in and it was a wonderful place to unwind among the beautiful trees, awesome pool, and wonderfully landscaped area with hammocks picnic areas and a nice restaurant. Beach is great with a walkout pier and some great snorkeling. Off the ship by 8:00 am Back to the ship by 2:00 leaving at 3:00 (short day). Had a small pizza on the ship (absolutely nothing special about it but it stayed my hunger until (yes, it hit me again..I had a re-lapse of my virus so the Medical staff got to see me again. No shot this time but some pills for nausea and so I could sleep. final day at sea stayed in the cabin. Dis-embarkation was a breeze on Saturday the 26th. We did the self-assist and were off the ship by about 9:00am and on our way home. Overall: Embarkation 5 out of 5 (because we had an Ocean Suite). Dis-Embarkation First off the ship 5 out of 5 (self assisted and because we had an Ocean Suite) Ship 3 out of 5 Only two shops worth looking at. Main pool too crowded to use. Pool at the back of the ship was pretty much adults only ( a few kids but well behaved). Stateroom 4 out of 5 (too much to pay for having a bathtub). Balcony is ok but next time just going with an ocean-view will save lots of $. Cruise director "Cory" was a great personality and had lots of energy. Entertainment was mostly boring and not worthy of mentioning. Food was mediocre at best 2 out of 5. Specialty restaurant not worth the price 2 out of 5 poor food quality and cold meat. Cruise (missing a primary port) Cayman Islands really hurt and the short day in Cozumel brings it to a 2 out of five. STAFF: Dining room staff 4 out of five (not their fault the food wasn't good but the service was really slow (not even water for the first 15 minutes after seating). Cabin Attendant 5 out of 5 (ALICIA) very very nice hard working lady. Medical Staff 5 out of 5 (helped me a lot) very professional. Drinks are WAY Overpriced!! Not sure about another cruise ever again but IF we do, it will be a different cruise line and and much smaller ship (less than 2000 guests if that is even possible nowadays. Mega ships make you feel like a bunch of cattle being herded around and there is no personal feel like it used to be before the MEGA SHIPS became the normal. Just my honest opinion. It wasn't ALL bad. Just parts of it. It was Not So Great This Time. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
The food was good. The staff was excellent. They have added cabins, making the deck space smaller, hence, the pool area was overcrowded and people would mark their chairs and leave. The comedy lounge could not accommodate too many people ... Read More
The food was good. The staff was excellent. They have added cabins, making the deck space smaller, hence, the pool area was overcrowded and people would mark their chairs and leave. The comedy lounge could not accommodate too many people and you had to wait in a line outside the lounge about 35 minutes before each show, just to get in. People in any time dining had an average of 1.5 hour wait. I still had a good time, adjusted to, 'it is what it is" and enjoyed myself. Our cabin had an a/c problem and it was 58 ° in it. They could not fix it. Being from Florida, we froze the entire cruise. Being a cruise-a-holic, when I am looking at cruises, and I see the Sunshine, I quickly pass. I will not consider going on it again. Not when I love the Breeze, the Dream, the Legend, the Vista, the Liberty, the Sensation, the Valor, the Conquest and the Magic. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We thought the ship was very small and needed an update. The bathroom in the cabin was very tight! My boyfriend had to put his left foot in the shower while he was going to the bathroom. It would have been better to make the cabin a ... Read More
We thought the ship was very small and needed an update. The bathroom in the cabin was very tight! My boyfriend had to put his left foot in the shower while he was going to the bathroom. It would have been better to make the cabin a little smaller so the bathroom could be a little bigger. The entertainment was hit or miss. I had a hard time going to the casino because of all the smoke. The itinerary was great with 8 ports of call and that is why we picked this cruise. My boyfriend ended up getting norovirus at the end of the cruise and had to stay on board at the last port. Good thing was that we had already been to St. Thomas on a different cruise and we did get some money back for the missed day. It wasn't a terrible cruise, but we have decided that we probably won't cruise with Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
CARNIVAL DREAM REVIEW Our Carnival Dream cruise was an eleven plus ten day back to back Caribbean cruise in January 2016. The pricing of this cruise was our main reason for travelling since we have done similar itineraries in the past. ... Read More
CARNIVAL DREAM REVIEW Our Carnival Dream cruise was an eleven plus ten day back to back Caribbean cruise in January 2016. The pricing of this cruise was our main reason for travelling since we have done similar itineraries in the past. If you are looking for a inexpensive cruise which focuses on suntanning, beach activities, adequate food and drinks, the ship delivers. If you are looking for a Princess or Holland America or Royal Caribbean experience you will be sorely disappointed. In fairness I have to say that the Carnival corporation does a good job of gearing each of their cruise lines to a target market so it is pretty easy to find your own niche. For us, it is Princess by a mile. I have heard that the Carnival experiment with the "Journey" cruises has not gone well. I can see that because the crowd seemed a bit older than usual on this longer Carnival cruise and I think that demographic is looking for a more sophisticated experience with better quality food and entertainment. The decor of the ship is cold and sterile, think warehouse with 80's colours. Seating areas are pink fake leather or diner-like. I don't think I felt truly comfortable at any time. While the production shows were excellent and not to be missed, we found the rest of the entertainment was not as good. The comedy shows were hit and miss and some of the bands were of similar quality. One major complaint we had was the sound level of the bands in the Ocean Bar and at the main pool. Earsplitting! It is difficult to find a quiet place on the ship if you just want some reading and relaxation time. Even the Serenity area is too crowded to be truly quiet. The other evening entertainment shows included the requisite jugglers, magicians and hypnotists. I wonder why cruise ships insist on this type of entertainment, surely their day is done. The hypnotist show on the first sailing had to be one of the worst shows I have ever seen. We left after ten minutes. Food was okay in the dining room but service was extremely slow and this made it impossible to see much of the early entertainment. On the second leg of the trip we opted out of the dining room and ate exclusively at the buffet which allowed us to see the early evening entertainment. This worked well for us timing wise. The Lido buffet offered similar food to the dining room and I don't have too much to complain about except for the salads which were exactly the same for 21 days. Lines were often long for dinner. The Tandoori grill was excellent and was our go to place for lunch. Pizza and burgers were OK and were available throughout the day. The beverages offered were coffee, lemonade and iced tea. If you are a hot tea drinker, bring your own...the quality and selection of tea bags on the ship is poor. Desserts were nothing special and for 21 days three types of cookies were offered and I'm sure they came from a box. The ship seemed extremely crowded on sea days. It is a large ship but there didn't seem to be enough in the way of deck space or loungers on those days. Curiously, exiting the ship on port days went quickly, probably because they often had two gangways open. Embarkation also went very well, however we had priority boarding so that may have been why. There was unnecessary confusion on our turn around day, however. Back to back passengers were given in transit passes, but there were no signs directing us to the separate line and the staff on the pier made little attempt clarify the situation. Organization on the ship was very good however and I give credit to the Cruise Director, Brandon for this. We have been on many cruises and he is one of the best...And he can sing! We find that the service staff on almost all cruise ships to be consistently excellent. The staff members work incredibly hard to provide the best service . Carnival is not our preferred cruise line for a great many reasons and it is doubtful we will sail with them again...the ships are uncomfortable, crowded and extremely noisy, food is marginal to poor. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We wanted to try the Journey experience since it promised a lot of extras. So we did the back to back cruises beginning and ending in New Orleans a total of 21 days. Our last experience on Carnival was the Miracle to Mexico out of ... Read More
We wanted to try the Journey experience since it promised a lot of extras. So we did the back to back cruises beginning and ending in New Orleans a total of 21 days. Our last experience on Carnival was the Miracle to Mexico out of Los Angeles which we enjoyed. Unfortunately the Dream stuffs too many cabins on the ship resulting in a lack of public space especially on bad weather days and overall crowding on the ship. The crowding was made worst by having photo booths every day blocking the only way to go from front to rear on deck 5. That means that when you leave the comedy club in the rear and want to go to the front you have a narrow passageway. This isn't good since people are lined up waiting to go into the next show. A secret....drop down on the stairs to deck 4 and you'll have clear sailing. The only real highlights of the Journey experience were the cooking demos from local chefs and local entertainers on the ship in Puerto Rico and Jamaica. On 2 nights out of 21 they tried to have local food based on the 2 local chef's recipes. It didn't work. The carnival chefs could not come close to the local chefs. For example the chefs shrimp taco included big beautiful shrimp sauteed in butter. The dinning room copy of this dish included tiny tasteless shrimps. Generally the food was average to poor in both the Lido and Main Dinning room. The items were repetitive, using cheap ingredients, and poorly prepared. This ship is designed for short sailings and no adjustments for a 21 day cruise. The only bright spot was the Indian food on the Lido deck. The comic style of the comedians was vastly different on the Dream compared to the Miracle out of LA. The LA comics were witty and appealed to my West Coast sense of humor. The Dream comics were oriented toward the largely Southern passengers and most of them were not funny to me. The cabins were nice and the cabin attendants did a good job. In fact giving the lack of public space on the Dream I suggest getting a balcony cabin since you will have to retreat to your cabin a lot to enjoy the cruise. The entertainment on board was sub-par with lackluster stage shows. Only two pools with close to 4000 passengers meant on good days at sea the pools were overcrowded. The sauna wasn't hot enough. The fitness center was way too small for 4000 people. There was no forward looking lounge at all which mean that the ship felt cramped and boxed in. We went to some unusual destinations that I enjoyed. I especially liked Bonaire and Dominica. Unique destinations. I don't know if Carnival will continue these journey cruises. The longer cruises appeal to an older crowd who are retired. And that was the bulk of the passengers. People in the 50 to 70 age range who are retired. This crowd didn't buy as many excursions, pictures, and drinks which are where Carnival makes its money. The excursions seemed overpriced and lacking creativity. Carnival did a good job for the 1700 people who were going back to back. They made getting off in Puerto Rico and back on later in the day very easy. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
A large group of 18 of us, cruised to Grand Cayman and Ocho rios, Jamaica 26th thro 31st Dec 2015. Lemme briefly get to the good and bad. Good: Stewardess are good, always approachable and ready to help. Room service was well taken ... Read More
A large group of 18 of us, cruised to Grand Cayman and Ocho rios, Jamaica 26th thro 31st Dec 2015. Lemme briefly get to the good and bad. Good: Stewardess are good, always approachable and ready to help. Room service was well taken care. Dinners were good. Comedians did a good job with their shows. Staff and crew were nice but not to the point were they leave an impression. And after running my own restaurant successfully I know what quality service means. Bad: Ship is so outdated. Water leaks in multiple places. 3 of our rooms reeked of stench. The toilet bowl would never flush. Plumbers were prompt to come and take a look but the problem was never solved. The plumber said there is less water in the bowl and will fix the problem. Never was fixed. Which resulted in bad smell and bathroom usage for my kids was a nightmare. Sorry to be so gross...but I had to always pour extra water to help flush, which was like ...yikes...esp on a vacation. The entire ship had these bad foul smelling spots and corridors smelled old and rusty. Breakfast and lunch lines were long with below average food. Very greasy too. Waiters for dinner times looked tired and over worked. They were not in a position to accommodate any small change , such as a new cup for water, as the one on the table smelled bad. Request for a wine glass would throw them off. They seemed trained like robots to just follow a set of code. Entertainment for adults was pathetic. No shows ,except for one average production . Comedy nights was the only saving grace. Dance club was not up to its mark Oh ..Pictures..How can I forget that...Very average photographers, who overlook a lot of broad details. Dont waste your $ on those pictures. We did buy , but realized it was a mistake ..a bit too late. Kids entertainment again is poor. On comparison , not as bad as for the adults. Overall, my strong suggestion is to look at the age of a ship before you choose. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Here's the thing, I love to cruise. To me, it is the best value for a vacation, and it has always been enjoyable. However, I have never had a more awful experience than I have had on this ship. There were some high points, that I will ... Read More
Here's the thing, I love to cruise. To me, it is the best value for a vacation, and it has always been enjoyable. However, I have never had a more awful experience than I have had on this ship. There were some high points, that I will highlight so that you know that I am not just trashing the entire experience, but know that I will probably never sail with Carnival ever again. First of all, getting "Faster To The Fun" was an extremely smart decision. Boarding was a breeze and we got our luggage not too long after we got settled in our room. So 5 out of 5 on that. We had an interior room and it was spacious and it fit the bill. No complaints there. Overall, the boarding experience, cabin, and housekeeping team was phenomenal. The Lido deck, no matter what time of the day or night, was crowded. That was to be expected. However, it did not matter if you were one of the first people there in the morning to grab a chair to sun bathe on, you were still going to have search high and low for a chair. It was almost impossible, and at some points, VERY impossible to grab a space to call your own for an hour or so. Once we set sail, the boat never stopped swaying. I have been on about 10 cruises and have NEVER had this experience before. I did not sleep at all this entire cruise because of it. The dining staff for my group of tables was terrible. Patrons would sit there for a while without receiving their first glass of water or their first pieces of bread while others were being given their second helping already. If one of us asked for something such as ketchup, a soda, more butter, etc. it would take them forever (or never). We constantly had to remind them what we needed. Most nights my food would get cold because I was constantly missing things. Our section learned patience, because we had to have it in order to stay sane. The activities on board were the same old things every day. Nothing new was ever happening. If you want to go watch a show, make sure you are half an hour early, or you won't get a seat. The boat holds around 3700 guests, but the Liquid Lounge seats close to 500. Maybe. We got tired of trivia and bingo everyday, and for an 8 day cruise, you would think they would try and spice things up a little. The gym and spa were average and there isn't anything to complain about or to rave about with them. The variety in food everyday for breakfast and lunch was null and void. Both meals had the exact same food each day, and it was not even that great of food to begin with. We were constantly finding little black hairs in our food after sitting down, and eventually gave up and stuck to bagels and cereal. Don't even try to eat in the dining room for breakfast, because the wait staff takes their time. The shore excursion choices for Aruba, Bonaire, and Grand Turk really only left you with snorkeling and scubaing. If you didn't want to do those two things, well you were out of luck. Also, if you don't enjoy kids running around in the hallway shooting each other with Nerf guns and screaming, then don't ride Carnival. We were constantly kept up by kids (who accounted for 1/3 of the people on board). The pools were taken up by children as well as any other thing you wanted to do. The only way to get away from them was to go to the Casino. Last, but definitely not the least. A young, teenage girl sitting at our dining room table for dinner was sexually harassed by a crew member in the Lido marketplace (the buffet food). He saw that she was alone and reading and took advantage. He was then locked in his room until further investigation. If anything, I would tell you to do your research. I hated this cruise, and I will never do Carnival again. There are much better cruise lines around with better food, service, crew, entertainment, etc. Carnival Sunshine deserves a GINORMOUS thumbs down. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I am a platinum member who love cruising. However, we were very disappointed with the experience on the Carnival Breeze. The service was the worst I have ever experienced. I never met my cabin stewart. The service in the dining area was ... Read More
I am a platinum member who love cruising. However, we were very disappointed with the experience on the Carnival Breeze. The service was the worst I have ever experienced. I never met my cabin stewart. The service in the dining area was pitiful. I'm use to being greeted upon our arrive to our table and my napkin being placed on my lap. That never happened. I complained once to my waiter, who accommodated me when I complained, but never again. Tables on the Lido deck remained dirty while waiters slowly strolled around pretending to look for dirty tables. The entertainment was poor. The performers seemed to not care if we liked it or not. The only bright light was the cruise director, Matt. He was fantastic! He was engaging and entertaining! The comedy shows were good, too. I would not recommend this ship and would never sail on it again. It seems as if the staff did not care because they assumed the tip was in the bag. The ship is beautiful, the service was terrible. I'm already scheduled to sail out of Charleston, SC in January 2016. I cruised out of this port numerous before; however after this trip I probably will go back to Royal Carribean to give Carnival time to improve its service. Also, was not allowed to use some of the exercise equipment until after 8:30am because it would disturb a cabin that shared a wall. Pitiful! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Well let me start by stating that i'm a frequent cruiser with Carnival,next to be a platinum member,i always had a great time on Carnival cruises, but this one was just ok, the ship shows her age, the staff as usual are great people ... Read More
Well let me start by stating that i'm a frequent cruiser with Carnival,next to be a platinum member,i always had a great time on Carnival cruises, but this one was just ok, the ship shows her age, the staff as usual are great people that works very hard. my biggest disappointment was the cabin, had a balcony , this cabin are very dingy,they need to be refit, the curtain had holes from cigarette burns, door in the bathroom was all rusty, the furniture, and the rest of the cabin are very rundown ,and in a desperate need of refurbishment, i can spend much more time talking about it but guess you have the right idea of what i'm trying to say. The ship is one of the oldest of the Conquest class, i just find out by talking to the staff,that on July 2015 they chance some policy,no more lobster at dinner only on 7 days and up, no more chocolate in your cabin before bed time, and since my last cruise i saw a big decline in the quality of the food on the menu, at the buffet,as well at dinner. the Entertainment is the same pretty lame, i think is time for a change , the shows at the theater are the same since i start cruising, anyhow i'm looking forward to the new ships, a suggestion for new fellows cruisers, choose your destination yes but mainly choose the newest ship possible,try to avoid old ship, i'm glad the Vista is coming to Miami next year Breeze, Magic, Dream, are very good ship but the rest are old,and shows it all over. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
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