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71 Carnival Caribbean Cruise Reviews

Graduation celebration cruise for the kids - our 2nd cruise and won't be our last. Embarkation in Galveston was fantastic again. Drop off to on deck in under an hour. The Freedom was nice but we all preferred the Valor more (just a ... Read More
Graduation celebration cruise for the kids - our 2nd cruise and won't be our last. Embarkation in Galveston was fantastic again. Drop off to on deck in under an hour. The Freedom was nice but we all preferred the Valor more (just a more beautifully decorated and themed ship despite the same layout). Service, food, and entertainment were all good. Nothing stood out as fantastic or negative, just good overall value. The only real complaints would be occasional foul smells by the elevators on the main deck. (2nd level) and the washers/dryers not working. Booked transportation in advance and went snorkeling at Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay. Great value and looks just like a postcard. Did the Sea Turtle Excursion in Grand Cayman. It was enjoyable but not nearly the experience we were anticipating. Fun but a little let down. Shopping in Cozumel is always good. Absolutely ready for another! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
this ship was great oval.Very big from the last one i did 5 years ago i can't even remember the name.Cabin was bigger and better i've to admit(interier).We never got the dinning we requested but the open time 630-930 daily option ... Read More
this ship was great oval.Very big from the last one i did 5 years ago i can't even remember the name.Cabin was bigger and better i've to admit(interier).We never got the dinning we requested but the open time 630-930 daily option worked great with our schedule.Please have some money coz most of the free meals that comes with your cruise sucks butt.They have plenty to do from step on...to step off. Service around the ship and anything that you might need is fast considering it's so many people on board. port service to board is around 45 minutes wait. i even don't know why they give you the option on the slot time they want you to come. no one checks that time and there is only one line for everyone and on side VIP for faster checking if you've the suits and up on the cruise.Kids friendly ship. My 8 yr old would have had a blast. he's got to come next time.Coming back,yes that's a given.getting on was okey coz everyone wanted to get on. now lets get back to prices..you'll need an extra 400-800 to spend while on cruise. just like the airlines..you pay cheaper for bags if you pay online way before getting to the airport. when you get to the cruise and find out the internet sucks,too slow,very expensive and everything is cut off completely so that you spend money. trust me. get one drink package..because that lemonade they have is the nastiest i've drunk ever in my life. $ 3.45 for 1.5 L of water bottles.how many will you need for 5-7 days depending on the length of your cruise. anything...i mean anything that you'll buy on board is added a 15% gratuity. so them small amounts add up so quick you'll be surprised. the workers work around the clock to make sure your stay is great. But what i found out there monthly salary.. i saddened me so much. 2800 people,each paying $90 for gratuity and not even half of that goes to those hard working people. while walking around the ship.look around and see how many americans work here? it's less than 5 in the whole ship. that says a lot. we spent almost 400 on food and onboard wifi. so make sure you save up on those hidden fees. carnival is on the business of profit in the name of FUN ON THE SHIP. i think they could make some of the paid things free coz $1500 for two people a'int cheap. hope this helps someone out there. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Great cruise with Carnival as always. It was our 30th Anniversary Cruise and we renewed our vows. Nickolette did an excellent job helping me make last minute decisions. I wouldn't have done anything differently. The food spread ... Read More
Great cruise with Carnival as always. It was our 30th Anniversary Cruise and we renewed our vows. Nickolette did an excellent job helping me make last minute decisions. I wouldn't have done anything differently. The food spread was beautiful. I Wayman was our cabin guy and he made sure we had what we needed. The 3 guys for late dinner in the Monet table 144 was great. They made sure we had plenty of sweets. LOL Only 2 of us did Dunn's River fall climb. Oh my that was so much fun and I even fell twice in the water. But when I go back to Jamaica I'm going to do it again. All 12 of us had a good time. It was relaxing. My first time on Conquest. From my understanding they are going to do an upgrade. That ought to be nice when it is completed. I would recommend Carnival anytime to all of my family and friends. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I chose this cruise because of the ports of call and to experience Carnival's newest ship. The ship is beautiful and the balcony cabins roomy and tastefully decorated. The food in the dining room was excellent as was the fare in the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the ports of call and to experience Carnival's newest ship. The ship is beautiful and the balcony cabins roomy and tastefully decorated. The food in the dining room was excellent as was the fare in the specialty restaurants. Not so much on the Lido deck. There were plenty of outdoor activities especially around the pool. I was particularly impressed with the sngers and dancers who offered three beautiful and rousing performances - for those few who could see them This enormous ship carrying 4000 persons has the smallest and most awkwardly designed theater of any cruise ship I've sailed on. No raised seating in back area; moveable chairs that can be crammed inches from the one in front; no tables for beverages. Very difficulot to see over the persons in front of you. I was impressed with the staff, the cleanliness and decor. The Guest Services desk was particularly helpful. The spa is beautiful. Enjoyed the cruise and would certainly sail on the Vista again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
As a grandma of 2 pre high school children, I was a bit concerned about our potential ship mates. Approximately a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the ship were indeed aged 18-23. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not witness any rowdiness-just a lot ... Read More
As a grandma of 2 pre high school children, I was a bit concerned about our potential ship mates. Approximately a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the ship were indeed aged 18-23. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not witness any rowdiness-just a lot of 'f' bombs. The Conquest is a mid size ship that we learned easily. To walk from forward to aft (vv) use our floor (7), 5 or 9. The public rooms were nicely maintained and it was easy to find a place to relax. The pool areas are busy on sea days. As always Guy Fieris hamburgers were fantastic. The kids loved them. Any time dining works best for us. When shore excursions kept us out late, we are whenever we want. Also, we requested our favorite waiter-Trevor and we were lucky to get him every time. We were lucky to be offered an upgrade to a ocean suite for $300 for all of us. We took it! I like the deep tub and the separate dressing area. The room was in great condition. The balcony needs some cleaning-rust abounds. We had robes and asked for service twice a day and also requested ice. Our room steward was excellent and our room was always in great condition. We enjoyed the entertainment and comedians were fun. We've been on many cruises so the entertainment has become more routine. Still good but we've seen to many shows throughout the years. Embarkation-we were there at our allotted time as requested. Although we had Priority status, our wait time was still over 1/2 hour after getting our sail and sign card going through the preliminary steps. Debarkation-We left our room after knocks on the door and a phone call. My granddaughter had vomited on the carpet and I was trying to clean it up. We left the remaining mess at 9:30 as ordered. Nothing more we could do. We promptly left the ship without further ado. I felt bad for the steward and cleaning crew but I did what I could while juggling the phone and door. The fitness center was nearly empty in the afternoon. Everything was there that I needed for a good workout during sea days. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Why chose this because of the itinerary. This is the first time we have been on Carnival (We went on the NCL Escape last year). It was a very good cruise but it lacked in Entertainment and Food. Also, the ports were ok and the shore ... Read More
Why chose this because of the itinerary. This is the first time we have been on Carnival (We went on the NCL Escape last year). It was a very good cruise but it lacked in Entertainment and Food. Also, the ports were ok and the shore excursion we picked was not what the description said. It was a 6 night Caribbean cruise that went to Ocho Rios, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk. Embarked and Disembarked in Port Everglades. I went with my 3 kids (Twin Boy & Girl 13) (Girl 16) and myself (the mother). I will also be comparing the Conquest and the NCL Escape. Cabin - OUR CABIN WAS AMAZING, plenty of room for everything, easily fit four people, bathroom was very nice and balcony was quite big too. Our steward Casy was very nice and was very helpful. (Our cabin was Balcony Deck 6) (6232). Cabin - Better on Conquest Dining - Dining was ok, the first few meals lacked amazing taste but were very presentable. Our last too meals were pretty good, and the dancing and singing was very funny, some nights though the service was a little slow. Our waiter Nilo was very nice. (We were in Monet Restaurant Upper). But better than Norwegian. Service - Better on Conquest Food - Better on Escape Embarkation - Very good, lines were just a little too long and they didn't have many people working, but it was quick and easy. Embarkation - Tie Enrichment - Never really had much going on for the port activities except for the port specific food every night. But they did have things to do on St. Patricks Day. Enrichment - Better on Escape Entertainment - It was ok, the welcoming show was good and Flik was pretty good, except there were some mistakes (Because there was rough seas). The other shows were pretty boring and they had the same people performing every night. They had lots of Karaoke and Comedy but it was almost always 18 and up. Entertainment - Better on Escape Fitness & Recreation - The gym was confusing to get to and they had average equipment to use. They had a pool and a slide (which was fun) but the water was usually cold. They also had basketball, soccer, volleyball, and mini golf, but it was small and was very windy up where it was. Fitness & Recreation - Better on Escape Onboard Experience - Very Good, usually on our two sea days we hung out on the deck, was not much to do though and the buffet was a lot of time closed, only the burgers, pizza, and ice cream was open. The only thing in the buffet that was good though was the pizza and ice cream. Also the ship was very rocky on half of the nights. Onboard Experience - Better on Escape Public Rooms - The public rooms were very neat except the bathrooms were ok and the buffet was sometimes messy. They also didn't have much hand sanitizer. Public Rooms - Better on Escape Service - Was very good, it was a little slow during dinner. And shore excursions was nice in refunding us some of our money for our shore excursion. Service - Better on Conquest Shore Excursions - They had plenty of shore excursions but most were pricey and some of the excursions were not all that they said they were. Shore Excursions - Better on Conquest Value for Money - We felt as if our money was well spent. Value for Money - Tie My kids did enjoy it, some aspects they like more on the Conquest but other on the Escape, but since they are teens, I think they enjoyed the Escape more. I would go on Carnival again, but for shorter cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
This was our 4th Carnival cruise and first time on the Conquest and at Port Everglades. Traveled with our 15 year old son who was looking forward to his Club O2 as he thoroughly enjoyed his Circle C clubs on the past cruises. ... Read More
This was our 4th Carnival cruise and first time on the Conquest and at Port Everglades. Traveled with our 15 year old son who was looking forward to his Club O2 as he thoroughly enjoyed his Circle C clubs on the past cruises. Embarkation was the usual standard fare. This was the first time we had a scheduled check-in time, but once we got there we found out that was actually just a "check-in" time and we still had to wait an hour or so to board the ship. It wasn't bad though. Once on board, our rooms weren't ready for another hour so we got our drink packages and head up to the Lido buffet for lunch. After walking around the ship and getting to know the layout, our room was finally ready and the luggage was already there. This was our first time choosing a balcony room and we were very impressed! It had more room then we were used to and the bathroom was bigger then expected as well. Plenty of storage space and we enjoyed sitting on the balcony. The one drawback is that the neighbors arerightthere so you can hear everything. The one neighbor had a roomful of young ladies who spent a lot of time on their balcony listening to salsa music. It was OK though as they weren't rowdy. The one problem we had with the room was the bathroom toilet clogged the first night and the shower overflowed every single time we used it. We had them service it the first morning (due to the toilet) but they couldn't fix the shower. Every time we needed extra towels to put down on the floor so it wouldn't overflow into the room. That was not pleasant. We generally pack light and do laundry on board so we always bring a few rolls of quarters. However, we found that the Conquest laundry is run with your sail and sign card instead of coin so that was a nice surprise! This was the first time we had "Your Time Dining" as the main dining times were full when we booked our trip. This is also the LAST time we will do "Your Time Dining" as well. This was by far the worst experience of any cruise we've ever been on. It's not "Your Time" by any stretch of the words. There is always a 30-45 minute wait and then it takes forever to get service. Our food was downright cold one time and only lukewarm the others. Dining is always our favorite part of cruising and this was a major disappointment. My observation was that our waiter had more tables then they usually do and they're serving different courses to all the tables so naturally everything isn't as scheduled as it is in the main dining hall. One table is getting drinks, another appetizers, still another main course and then there's the dessert table and maybe someone ordered seconds. It's just not organized and as I said we will NEVER take YTD again. If the main rooms are sold out we will pick another sailing. We did so the steak house one night this time just to break the monotony. We will DEFINITELY do the steakhouse again! That was a wonderful experience and well worth the extra $35/person. Wow. The entertainment was great. We attended every show and enjoyed each one. They were about to change out the cast though so not sure if the same crew are still at it. The cruise director Chloe was also FANTASTIC! She was far and away the best CD we've ever experienced. We ran in to her several times throughout the cruise and watched her morning LIVE show each day. Very energetic, friendly, welcoming. I never realized how much a CD can bring to a sailing until I met Chloe. The cabin service was OK. Nothing special but not bad. I interacted with this guy far less than any of our past stewards, but he did his job well. One more highlight for us was the Behind the Scenes tour held on the last day at sea. We've never done that before and really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it for everone and there are only a limited number of tickets sold so book early. They took us to the front of the ship for a "Titanic" moment (not the one with the iceberg, but think of the movie), we same the life boats and rafts for the crew (yikes), we went to the laundry area, food storage, freezer, main kitchen, engine room and the bridge to meet the captain. It was fabulous! Our ports were Ocho Rios Jamaica, Amber Cove Dom Rep and Grand Turk. We chose this cruise (and drove in from Texas) because we'd never been to any of these islands. No hurry to get back either. Third World for sure! Overall we enjoyed the cruise as we always do, but were very disappointed with the YTD'ing and shower overflowing. The ship was great though and we enjoyed the extra space in the balcony room. Overall thumbs up! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I choose this cruise because it was advertised as a new ship. I hardly think so, maybe new to Carnival but not a new ship. The boarding was horrible- we had to wait in a long line wrapped around the building to gain access. It was ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it was advertised as a new ship. I hardly think so, maybe new to Carnival but not a new ship. The boarding was horrible- we had to wait in a long line wrapped around the building to gain access. It was warm and not accomodating. The room was small than what I thought, the balcony I paid extra for had a small door to the balcony. We could not leave the door open at night, it would slam shut!!!! Why have a balcony that I paid extra for?? There was little space to unpack our clothes. The food was just mediocre at best. The best food on the ship was Guy Fieri's barbeque!!!! The bathrooms on the ship were few and far between an d hard to find. Like they were hidden. They often were not very clean and maintained. The staff was not friendly and often told us they were understaffed and you could tell by their behaviours. We bought the drink package and it took a half hour or more to get a drink in the casino. Unacceptable - seeing that is what we paid for. We dining rooms were under staffed and often the soft serve ice cream machines had no cones in the dispensers!!!!! I spoke to many many people on the cruise and there were so many people that had the same complaints as us - so it just wasnt us!!!!! I have been on 4 cruises - I thought I would give Carnival a try - I am sorry to say - I will never be back. I will go back to Celebrity where we are treated well. When I complained to guest services - all they could say was - sorry!!!!!! I will tell everyone I know - DO NOT CRUISE WITH CARNIVAL - save your money for a great experience on another line. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The ports were great and the way itinerary between ports and sea days was wonderful. I usually get exhausted trying to do 3-4 days straight of visiting ports. Whom ever planned this cruse should be doing more like this one. I enjoyed ... Read More
The ports were great and the way itinerary between ports and sea days was wonderful. I usually get exhausted trying to do 3-4 days straight of visiting ports. Whom ever planned this cruse should be doing more like this one. I enjoyed the ports and the Panama Canal was very interesting.The excursion offer a variety of options but some port do not offer for those with mobility issues. The food was alright and of course plentiful. I liked dining in the restaurant and the brunches. The cabin and service was excellent and room clean. The TV left a lot to be desired and leaking patio door that would not shut unless locked. The mattress was great. The singer performers were not great with trying to take voice to high and making microphone shriek made my ears hurt. The ship was set up great. I will be going on more cruises. I love traveling with my family. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We spent a 13 days on the Carnival Pride January 2017 and had a great time. Embarkation day - we always try to purchase faster to the fun. We had it for this cruise and we did get on the ship faster than most. We arrived at our ... Read More
We spent a 13 days on the Carnival Pride January 2017 and had a great time. Embarkation day - we always try to purchase faster to the fun. We had it for this cruise and we did get on the ship faster than most. We arrived at our designated time. This is the first time though that we had to wait in the port to board. Our luggage was supposed to be in our room but did not arrive until just before our 6:00 dining time. Overall not one of the most organized cruise starts. Resteraunts - we had a 6:00 pm dining time and always enjoyed ourselves. The staff was great and the food was good. Guy's Burger Joint s very good but almost too much food. The Lido was good most of the time. We ordered breakfast to our room one morning. It was fine. Cabin - we were in a balcony cabin 6210. It was clean & quiet. TV needs to be updated. They are still using old CRT models. The bed was not the best, hard mattress. Our cabin steward was excellent. She introduced herself the first day, asked what time of day we would prefer service. She also asked if we would like robes, extra towels etc. Entertainment & Activities - i was not impressed with the singing and dancIng. Normally the performers are either singers who do their best at dance or dancers who do their best to sing. This cast was mediocre at both and the choreographer did not do the dancers any favours. The comedy shows were mixed, some good some not. Ports & Excursion - Grand Turk - no excursion, beach stop. Amber Cove - no excursion, pool and bar stop. Cartagena - we did the land and sea excursion. I would give it a 2.5 out of 5. The boat was crowded and the speaker did not have a microphone. A few of the land stops were at staged stores, not stores anyone on the tour was interested. The history information on the fort was enjoyable. Limon - we did a river tour with Ricky Racardo Tours. It was great. We also got a Costa Rican lunch, very good. Routan - we did the beach excursion with kayak. It was a lot of fun. I would do this one again. Cozumel - we did the Salsa Salsa Margarita excursion. This was a lot fun. We made 6 salsas and 2 margaritas. Then they taught us the Salsa dance, individual and couple. It was great. Debarkation - we were off the ship by 9:15 am. No issues. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
If you expect to have the kind of food service you experience from Royal Caribbean Cruises, then do not come onboard because it is not about the food, it is about having a great time on board. This Old Ship packs great entertainment, we ... Read More
If you expect to have the kind of food service you experience from Royal Caribbean Cruises, then do not come onboard because it is not about the food, it is about having a great time on board. This Old Ship packs great entertainment, we were never bored, Live music every day, Rock, Disco, Salsa, Calypso, Live DJ, Theater entertainment, Comedy, all going at the same time!! Also, the stores all of them had great offers. At time the lines to eat were very long, but who cares, Food is Food!! At evening eating at the main dinning room, no complaints, I asked for 2 Lobsters and was served, also you can ask for extra steaks, or change your food and they will bring it. All cooked to perfection. The ports: Barbados- Boring, watch out they do not have very good tour operators and you can barely see the beaches/coast they are all blocked by buildings. All the other Islands were great. watch out for St Martin, very expensive. Bottom line, if it is food and sleeping you are looking for, well try another cruise. Also, the residents from Puerto Rico on this ship can really party and keep the fun and happy atmosphere going all night until the early morning. Great Latin feel and my god Salsa dancing was great. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Just returned from New Years Eve - 3rd cruise for us, 2nd Caribbean, 1st News Years Eve Cruise. Departure from Fort Lauderdale was pretty effortless. Waited in a crazy long line for about 30 minutes and then another 20 or so to get ... Read More
Just returned from New Years Eve - 3rd cruise for us, 2nd Caribbean, 1st News Years Eve Cruise. Departure from Fort Lauderdale was pretty effortless. Waited in a crazy long line for about 30 minutes and then another 20 or so to get through security, have our picture taken and obtain our sign and sail card. Our room was not immediately ready so we grabbed some lunch on the Lido Deck. Got into our room around 1:30 and did not get luggage until 5:30. There were many young children (under 18) which meant strollers, crying, hormonal surges (LOL), and running around. Kids running in the hallways at late hours of the night. Crew were friendly and helpful. It was interesting to learn about their background and help some practice their english. I was not thrilled with our dinner crew - he was a bit rude to my father in law making jokes and snide comments about his age. Thankful my inlaws are hard of hearing and missed most of it. Ports were nice: Enjoyed free bus in San Juan for a quick tour; St Thomas was lovely, but for the most part we stayed on the ship enjoyed the peace and quiet. Loved the evening movies on the Lido deck. Bar entertainment was good but did not see any shows. Ship was clean and attractive. Loved our balcony. Won a few dollars in the casino slots. Dinner at the Steakhouse and Chef's Table were our most memorable meals. It is worth the extra money for the steakhouse for the service and ambiance alone! Try the Chef's Table if you are an adventurous eater (be prepared for a 3 hour experience). Food - Food was just good. Nothing out of this world. The Lido deck buffet area always smelled like a lunchroom. BBQ place was good. Guys Hamburgers were greasy and rather tasteless. The Seafood Shack had some yummy Oysters for $1 each and a pound of peal and eat shrimp was $11 (21-25 lb). Drinks - The Pineapple Habenero martini from Alchemy and Lobby Bar was delicious. And I loved my Pina Colada's from the Lido deck Aft bar. Spa - hubby and I had an an overpriced massage and seaweed treatment. It was ok. The upsell at the end is shameful. Here you are completely relxed and they are trying to sell you $500 worth of product. Environment was not quiet or relaxing. Biggest disappointment: The coffee is DISGUSTING! We drink it black. Colored bathwater would taste better. Even coffee purchased at the coffee shop tasted burnt. If you like Dunkin Donuts, you will find it acceptable. If you like Starbucks, you will be very disappointed. Best Part of the Cruise: (1) no facebook, no fox news...really cut off from the outside world and electronics made for a super relaxing time. (2)Dinner at Steakhouse and Chefs Table; (3) Pineapple Habenro Martini; (4) Movies at night on the Lido Deck; (5) Time spent on our small deck watching the water and the occasional vessel we would pass. Yes, I would cruise Carnival Conquest again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
It always amazes me when I read people's reviews of a cruise ship. Some of the things that people complain or are disappointed about are simply funny to me. Everyone has their own opinions and expectations for what a cruise should be ... Read More
It always amazes me when I read people's reviews of a cruise ship. Some of the things that people complain or are disappointed about are simply funny to me. Everyone has their own opinions and expectations for what a cruise should be and I'm sure that there are things that you like about one ship over another ship, but I have been on 16 cruises with 11 of them being on Carnival and have NEVER once been on a bad cruise. It's all in what you make of the cruise. Reading these Fantasy reviews would scare a person from going on this ship if they had never been on this ship or a cruise, but we just got off this ship last week and will be sailing on her again in around 87 days and I look forward to sailing on her. We chose this cruise due to the dates of sailing, the great price we got and the port being somewhat close to our home - (7 hour drive). Sure, do I wish that there was a refrigerator in my cabin, yes, but it's not going to ruin my cruise or make me frustrated for 5 days and then look for everything and anything to find wrong with the cruise. The cruise director was fabulous and did a great job involving EVERYONE in the activities. He had a lot of energy and was quite entertaining. Our wait staff in the dining room was one of the BEST we have ever had- they were attentive, very fast and we enjoyed dinner every single night in the dining room. Our food was always served hot and quick and we enjoyed talking with them each night. We were in an ocean view cabin and our cabin steward was good- he seemed to always know when we were gone because when we came back our room had been freshened up. This ship is an older ship and doesn't have all the bells and whistles as the newer ships, but you know this when you book the cruise PLUS the price was great. Go with the mindset that you will enjoy yourself and don't let the little things ruin the whole cruise- you're still on a cruise which is better any day than a day at work. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We selected this cruise for price and ports. It was very reasonable for an eight night cruise and visited five ports. I just finished a major renovation of my condominium so I did not want to spend a lot of money on a vacation this year. ... Read More
We selected this cruise for price and ports. It was very reasonable for an eight night cruise and visited five ports. I just finished a major renovation of my condominium so I did not want to spend a lot of money on a vacation this year. I actually went on this cruise with no expectations and the idea to just have fun. Having grown up in Miami, I have been on many cruises in my life time and the last time I went on a Carnival cruise prior to this one was in 2005, and at that time I was not impressed with the Carnival product. Fast forward to 2016, and I decided to give Carnival another try. I have to say I was very impressed with this ship and the overall experience. Embarkation was extremely fast and in less than 30 minutes we were on-board the ship, sitting at the bar and having a drink. Drink prices were reasonable, and I was impressed with the large number of bartenders on board, we rarely had to wait more than two minutes to get a drink. The food was adequate and to my surprise actually better than I expected. Dinners were good with the exception of only one night when I did not like the menu and there was nothing I wanted to order. Both the breakfast and lunch buffets were adequate with a large selection of all types of food choices. I would say the buffets were very similar to the buffets on Royal Caribbean and MSC. Breakfast buffet did not have any berries, but there is a large selection of other fruits including melons. etc. The omelette station was very good and I really enjoyed the choices provided to make an omelette. I also found the other dining venues to be good including the Indian restaurant (Tandor), as well as the deli. Overall food on this ship exceeded my expectations. We booked a porthole on the main deck, cabin 2212. This cabin was adequate but the noise from the bow thrusters and the anchor chain was loud. The cabin was adequate and was a basic cabin. Karaoke was good and well attended and overall there were many activities. The comedians in The Punchliner were very good, and from time-to-time they pick on people in the audience, so be aware, if you sit close you might be called on. We really enjoyed the comedy shows, the only drawback is that the shows last 30 minutes, then everybody has to clear out of the El Morocco Lounge to make room for the next show. The few things I did not like were that no water was allowed on board the ship, I stopped off on the way to the port and bought a six pack of water (sealed) and it was confiscated at embarkation. I don't like the taste of ship water! Another thing that drove me up the wall is the lady's voice who called the bingo game, what an irritating voice, and after a while her jokes got old. All games have a 49 ball limit for the large prize, even on the last day, nobody won. The cruise director - MarQ appears to be a novice and in my opinion is not ready to be a cruise director on such a large ship, he seemed to have a hard time connecting with all passengers. The shows were disappointing, the shows basically consisted of the same dancers in different costumes dancing to different music every night, there was no live music in the show lounge which takes away from the quality. Finally, the music in the disco was HORRIBLE, with all the great music the DJ consistently played weird music and this was disappointing. We did the cave tubing excursion in Belize and it was great! We had a fantastic guide and this was a great day, we loved it. The only port of call that I did not like was Costa Maya. We took an excursion to Chacchoben, what a waste of time!!! It is about a 45 minute ride to get there from the port and there is basically nothing to see with the exception of three small pyramids. One tour guide said an open area was used by the Mayans as an open market, like a flea market, another said the same exact area was used as a public bathroom with outhouses. The tour "guides" make up what ever they want to say. There are no signs to guide you to explain what you are seeing. During our tour a crazy woman who works in the attraction verbally assaulted us and accused us not paying a fee to get into the attraction yet we were on a tour. Don't waste you money! Don't waste your money on Chacchoben, stay in the enclosed area which has a nice pool and shops, that is what I wish we had done. Overall, I like this cruise and the overall experience exceeded my expectations. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I booked this cruise because Vista was new to the US. Ship is new, huge, and exciting. Loved the SkyRide, the new interactive TV's with account info so you don't need Kiosks or Guest Services. Breakfasts in dining room awesome. ... Read More
I booked this cruise because Vista was new to the US. Ship is new, huge, and exciting. Loved the SkyRide, the new interactive TV's with account info so you don't need Kiosks or Guest Services. Breakfasts in dining room awesome. Same for Guy Fieri Burger Bar and his BBQ place, although it is only open on sea days. The new Italian place for lunch was interesting. Dinner in dining room was super for appetizers, starters, and desserts but entrees were somewhat lacking in quality. Biggest disappointment was later in evening because the pizza place was only place open (no midnight buffet or food). The lines were horrendous! Embarkation was a disaster and we got started so late we never got to stop at Grand Turk. I am a very experienced cruiser and overall was happy with cruise. Taking same ship again in March. Hope they correct the embarkation issue and the dining at night. Casino by the way has new machines for most part and was lots of fun. Entertainment crew (led by Matt) was awesome. Loved the trivia in afternoons. Great room steward. Nice dining room crew also. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
So there was suppose to be check in times, Carnival sent an email pushing back our check in time by an hour. However, when we arrived, we all just checked with no matter to the time. It went quickly though. The check in procedure was ... Read More
So there was suppose to be check in times, Carnival sent an email pushing back our check in time by an hour. However, when we arrived, we all just checked with no matter to the time. It went quickly though. The check in procedure was pretty standard. The safety meeting was better than RC as it was inside in an air conditioned room. The cabin was nice with an half bath and a full bath. There was plenty of entertainment activities. A lot of restaurant and bar choices. Service was pretty decent. No one was overly friendly and I only had two rude experiences with staff. We missed our port to grand Turk but was refunded our port charges. One thing I noticed was that there were no staff in the on the decks or the buffet offering drinks or willing to get you drinks from the bar. The speciality restaurants were only oppened from 12-2:30. the steakhouse restaurant was booked for the entire cruise. Overall, service was great and there were a lot of things to keep you entertained. I also didn't like the layout of this ship. It seemed really congested. Staff was very accommodating towards seniors and he disabled. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Carnival Vista Review I was on the repositioning cruise on the Carnival Vista from 11/16 to 11/27 I know many are curious about the ship so I wanted to put out a detailed review that I would have liked to have known about before I ... Read More
Carnival Vista Review I was on the repositioning cruise on the Carnival Vista from 11/16 to 11/27 I know many are curious about the ship so I wanted to put out a detailed review that I would have liked to have known about before I sailed. I hope this information is helpful! Good stuff: 1. The ship is beautiful the color scheme is one of the nicest I have been on. 2. Family harbor area is awesome 3. They have updated the TV to flat screens and have movie options on demand that are both pay and free. They even have your name on the screen welcoming you to the port of call for that day. 4. The camp ocean facilities and staff are outstanding 5. The comedy club is large and you could generally get a seat for most sessions 6. The guest services staff are top notch went out of their way to help us 7. The ship never felt crowded even though there were 4,000 people on board 8. Seeing an IMAX movie on a see day was great and the concession prices were very reasonable as well as the price for the IMAX tickets 9. Behind the scenes tour was a ton of fun on a sea day! 10. The bike attraction is a must experience! 11. Short lines for Deli and omelets 12. Fast debarkation process Bad stuff: 1. This was the worst dining, bar, and stateroom service I have ever had on any of my carnival cruises. 2. The liquid lounge is way to small you had to get in line 1 hour before the show to get a seat not behind a pole. 3. Only 2 current Imax movie choices for an 11 day cruise repeated over and over. 4. Mongolian Wok is no longer walk up you have to order like a restaurant now and wait in line took 90 minutes. 5. Seafood shack was reasonably priced but food was very poor quality 6. Very disorganized embarkation they did not enforce check in times check in process was very long (hopefully they fix that before horizon makes that her home) We had early dining and were there in line at 6pm every evening and it we were never done dining before 8 and many nights they were kicking us out trying to get ready for late seating at 8:30. This was a common complaint on this ship there was only 1 server and an assistant spread out over many tables. On past ships we have had a head waiter, assistant, and bread person generally dining can be as quick as 45 minutes but no longer than 90. This caused us to miss the dive in movies, and the show many times on the cruise. We go so frustrated we began eating at the pay restaurant spots and Lido deck to avoid the dining room. They didn’t even offer real pumpkin pie on thanksgiving such a disappointment. Generally on a carnival ship you have bar servers everywhere soliciting for drink orders. On this 11 day sailing I had bar service less than ½ dozen times. I would have to go to the bar and wait in line 30 minutes to get drinks. Hopefully they can get the service figured out and maybe we just got unlucky but it did put a damper on the vacation. Anything you want to know just ask! Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My husband and I booked this cruise as a getaway for just the two of us away from our 4 teenage children. We are platinum members but have only departed from Port Canaveral once before. It was very easy to get to the port and the ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise as a getaway for just the two of us away from our 4 teenage children. We are platinum members but have only departed from Port Canaveral once before. It was very easy to get to the port and the parking was convenient with minimal walking. The boarding area was the usual cattle call but it moved along quickly. From the time we entered the building until the time we were on the ship was less than an hour. I am a firm believer that you make your own fun. We take everything with a grain of salt. Our fellow passengers are not the highest class of people and some are downright rude, but we have soooo much fun people watching! We also met some of the nicest down to earth people too. Our cabin was a typical Carnival cabin. It was slightly worn, but very clean. Nothing special but nothing awful either. We saw our room steward at least twice everyday. He addressed us by name and was always friendly and helpful. We weren't very demanding though. I got the unlimited soft drink package and I was always served quickly and politely at every bar I went to. The only bar I had a huge wait was the casino bar around 11pm when it was packed with people. The lido buffet food was good and so was the dining room. I noticed other people posted that the temperature of the food was only lukewarm but I didn't notice a temperature problem with any of my food. If something was too cold, I would have noticed. The food was seasoned nicely also. I have no idea what kind of connoisseurs are judging this food or what they are cooking at home to be so incredibly picky, but we thought the food was outstanding considering they are cooking for so many individuals. The dining room staff is stretched very thin. Too many table and people and not enough waiters. This is not these poor people's fault. They would serve better if they were on rollerskates! We simply enjoyed the conversation with the people seated near us and patiently waited. Someone has to be first served and someone has to be last served. I never encountered a single rude employee not on just this ship but the 12 other Carnival Cruises I have been on. There is something going on in the main show room every night. I believe 3-4 nights of our cruise were actual singing/dancing Broadway type shows. The casino was smoky but it was no more smoky than a bowling alley or any other casino on land. I enjoyed the ports of call but I am not going to rate them because they have nothing to do with the actual cruise ship. We arrived and departed on time at all ports. All in all, this was a very nice getaway for a budget minded family, couple, or single person that has a sense of humor and patience for people from all walks of life. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Boarding was well organised and simple There was lunch available whilst we waited for our cabin to be available The cabin has a double bed – it was a decent size Air con that you can alter in the cabin, beach and bath towels ... Read More
Boarding was well organised and simple There was lunch available whilst we waited for our cabin to be available The cabin has a double bed – it was a decent size Air con that you can alter in the cabin, beach and bath towels provided Shower en suite, liquid shower gel and hair shampoo, no hair conditioner, a small bar of hand soap There is not an automatic availability of a hair-drier, if your statesman has a spare one you can have one if he doesn't you can't! The room safe is locked with a card with a magnetic strip This doesn't have to be a credit card. Loyalty card would do You need a lanyard holder to clip your sail and sign card onto this acts as your payment/ID card I bought the bottomless bubbles package about $7 a day, For unlimited soft drinks, you have to buy it for the week of the cruise, for me it was worth it They also do a wine package, this works out a bit cheaper for wine in the evenings Loads of food, so many different options available Mongolian wok was very tasty When you are organising trips off the island be aware that the locals know the prices that the ship charges and price themselves accordingly, so you have to haggle a bit to get the prices down Never pay until you are back to the ship Make sure you take something warm to wear in the evenings as inside the boat it is quite cool particularly in the evenings. There were 2 elegant nights on the ship so a nice dress and shirt and trousers for the guys The white night was in the nightclub so not mandatory or really needed Breakfast could be eaten buffet style in the lido restaurant you could sit inside or outside or served in the imagination restaurant inside Sukesh is a table magician He is absolutely amazing, he is gentle and fantastic with his tricks you have to make sure you see him whilst on the cruise There was a welcome aboard show , the day before we left completely focussed on the people who embarked at Puerto Rico The people who boarded at Barbados did not get a show like it when they boarded Comedians were very funny if you understand American humour Medical centre I popped down to see the facilities, and had a chat to the staff - it was very interesting and reassuring They can do all things a normal ER can do, plus minor surgery Spa on the ship This was disappointing On the first day we went for the tour and was told it wasn't happening We went for a seminar on detoxification this was very interesting, but whilst we were waiting we listened to the conversations happening at the reception desk - a guest was being told they couldn't help as no one was on duty who spoke Spanish- poor I felt We went to listen to a seminar about pain relief and we were told it wasn't happening because they were too busy So what do I think about the spa? A little elitist and not interested in anyone if they were not spending money This I find judgemental and disappointing I don't spend my money when I feel that someone thinks I am not worth bothering about Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We planned this cruise for a fall break. Little did we know that "Matthew" had other plans! Kudos to Carnival for getting the ship out and to a different port. Original ports were Nassau, private island and Freeport. ... Read More
We planned this cruise for a fall break. Little did we know that "Matthew" had other plans! Kudos to Carnival for getting the ship out and to a different port. Original ports were Nassau, private island and Freeport. Cozumel was chosen instead. Turns out, it was great. I did scuba in Cozumel with Sand Dollar. The dives were incredible, and the prices was very reasonable. The crew did an incredible job with the diversion and very great attitudes with two extra days at sea as we had to wait for Charleston to open for two days before we could port. This is NOT a mega cruise ship. We prefer this size as things are closer to where you are (less walking) and the crowds are not "mega." The port is close to our home and the prices are always great. Our biggest concern with Carnival several years ago was the food. That has significantly improved. We have also done the "Chefs Table" for the last couple of cruises, and the chef, his staff and the food was fantastic! A real experience! Casino is small but staff is friendly. In face, Carnival has trained its folks to remember your name after they meet you. If you're looking for glitz and glamour, this ain't it. but if you want a "fun" cruise that is a good value this is it! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The cruise was a nice one. Getting on the ship was easy and getting off the ship. The cruise director was wonderful. My problem was in our cabin 6365 it was just about the band playing in the casino. We go to bed at around 11 so that ... Read More
The cruise was a nice one. Getting on the ship was easy and getting off the ship. The cruise director was wonderful. My problem was in our cabin 6365 it was just about the band playing in the casino. We go to bed at around 11 so that didn't work to well. Also the music shows were so loud several of us had to put a finger in ear. We three females taking a trip together. We traveled to Grand Turk, Dominica Republic, Bonaire and Aruba. In Bonaire we took a tour from one of the people out on the deck. We rode in and open air van. He spoke English so was able to ask questions and enjoy it. In Aruba we hired a taxi. Our driver was named Elvis and was great. He also spoke English. In LaRomana, we caught a taxi to visit the caves and Altos De Chavon. He did not speak much English but we did ok. For 100.00 for all three of us it was a nice trip and cheaper than Carnival offers. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Family trip for everybody in the family. First cruise for myself and my wife. I learned a few things on the trip. FTTF is a must, as well as the cheers package. The drinks are expensive and having that covered is a great thing. Just ... Read More
Family trip for everybody in the family. First cruise for myself and my wife. I learned a few things on the trip. FTTF is a must, as well as the cheers package. The drinks are expensive and having that covered is a great thing. Just remember that in most port calls you won't be drinking onboard. Also remember the first day from Texas the cheers program isn't started yet. Had a great time in most ports, I felt like everything on the cruise was less designed to have you relaxed and more to spend more money. The "deals" and items for sale onboard were really bad. I checked everything with the paid internet (which wasn't that great) and the prices were horribly overpriced, but they act like they are giving you a deal. It's not too bad for jewelry and items you don't really need (because you don't really need them), but the essentials being overpriced (toothpaste or sunscreen) I think is not acceptable. The "pictures" for sale on board are 18-20 per digital download with no deal for buying multiples... This is way overpriced in my opinion. There were constant announcements to sell you something or about a sale that would be going on.. I want to purchase an all inclusive vacation, not a sales seminar... otherwise give me a free cruise and I'll spend all my money on junk you are selling. The entertainment singers and bands were the best part. You could float from area to area and relax to live music. The Lido deck had two pools (forward and aft) but they are usually filled with kids and the music was so loud (forward pool) that most people didn't hang out at the pool or sun-bathing areas. The aft pool had soot and dark crud on all the chairs from the exhaust. My wife tried laying out, but got covered in black specks and smeared by sitting in the chairs. The buffet food was by far the best option for most of the trip. While the food isn't great, it's not bad and you can serve yourself. When we ate at the Sapphire the food was mostly better quality, but be prepared to sit around for 2-3 hours (minimum). The drinks took forever, bring some drinks in with you at the Sapphire. The cleaning staff at the rooms and buffet area are by far the best crew members on board. They made us feel like we were special and was really happy to get help from them during the entire trip. The gym is incredibly small and most of the equipment was damaged or didn't work. They had more ellipticals that didn't work than ellipticals that did, but no signs indicating they were out of service until you tried to use them. The screens are all touch screens and are all to damaged to do anything with them. The weight area was too small for more than 3 people to work out at a time, and with over 4000 people on board, no matter what time I went, it was always busy. The weight machines were ok, 1 of each type, and were also very busy. The smith machine was horrible and was "repaired" to work, but not great by any means. The Cloud 9 spa was a great idea, but they cater to the higher class members of the ship. My wife one a free spa unlimited for the duration, but every time she went to use it, the staff was very unfriendly and wouldn't even help or show her around. My mother had an appointment almost every day at the spa and they treated her completely different. It you give a free gift, you should be treated the same, otherwise why give it? Doesn't make her want to purchase it for our next cruise... The casino was ok, but they only had 1 craps table, which is very very popular. They should add another to allow for more fun. Don't expect drinks by any staff in this area unless you go to the bar yourself. The announcements were pretty constant and really didn't give any good information. My grandmother came on the cruise and was usually in bed by 8 or 9pm and they had some announcements that I thought were not useful after this timeframe. If you are a first time cruise goer or don't spend lots of money adding extra non-essentials, you can sometimes feel like a second class person by other people and the staff, but ultimately it wasn't a bad trip. The shore excursions weren't great. We went to Good Hope in Jamaica and can honestly say that most people were upset. For 60/person I would think that food would be included, or at least not be an additional 20/person to get some bad/cold food. Thankfully Jamaica was our first destination and I didn't do excursion anywhere else. We loved being able to find our own things to do without waiting on buses or being surrounded by other people. In Cozumel we rented a scooter and rode around the island finding a beach we wanted to hangout in. It was by far our best shore time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Traveled with a group of 40 college friends. We had a great time but that had more to do with our being together then any activities on the ship. It rained much of the time so outdoor activities were somewhat limited. The entertainment was ... Read More
Traveled with a group of 40 college friends. We had a great time but that had more to do with our being together then any activities on the ship. It rained much of the time so outdoor activities were somewhat limited. The entertainment was fair. Nothing jumped out as a must see. The comedy club was decent. The explicit show was ho hum but the guy tried. The food was really good in dining area and on deck. Rondel was an outstanding waiter for our group. Jose was a great steward .The only real negative comment I had was that by day three seemed like we could smell urine in bathroom. (Like a porta petty smell)Maybe that's par for the course on a ship. May sound like a negative review but we had a great time. Would recommend to other friends. Looking forward to another cruise. Have already started planning. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This cruise was within driving distance from our home. The ship is really nice . was newly refurbished and had a lot of up dates. We opted for the obstructed balcony room and it was really nice, we were in between 2 life boats so we could ... Read More
This cruise was within driving distance from our home. The ship is really nice . was newly refurbished and had a lot of up dates. We opted for the obstructed balcony room and it was really nice, we were in between 2 life boats so we could see all the way down to the ground. We never went to MDR so can not comment on it. We ate on lido and the food was good , pizza was good and deli also. Never made it to guys burger. The room service is really cut down now, when us use to order pasteries and coffee we would get a plate full of about 6 things for 2 people. now if you say for 1 person you get 1 and for two people you get two so you need to number everything. there is a new sushi place to eat , I just don't see a big call for this food compared to the space used up for it. they have more comedians but not more shows. On sea days you pretty much just spend money on one thing or another. most of the shows are late at night so if you are a early riser and go to bed around 10 you will miss most of them. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Let's start with my stay down in Fort Lauderdale the night before the trip. I traveled with 4 other friends, all in our 30's. We wanted to keep the cost of a hotel room economical, so we decided to try the Red Carpet Inn. I ... Read More
Let's start with my stay down in Fort Lauderdale the night before the trip. I traveled with 4 other friends, all in our 30's. We wanted to keep the cost of a hotel room economical, so we decided to try the Red Carpet Inn. I had read reviews and it seemed like it would be an OK place to stay for just the night. Well it was more than okay! The room was $100 with tax, so break it down to $20.00 a person. They provided transportation from the airport at no additional feel, and to the cruise terminal the next day again, for no additional fee. So all in all for $20 a person we had a place to stay, and transportation. The rooms were nice, don't let the outside deceive you. We were lucky and had a brand new renovated room. There was a restaurant attached to the hotel serving food and drinks till 11pm. When we weren't ready to end the night, there was a bar/restaurant right next door (walking trail right to it) to satisfy that need. I have no complaints and thank a review on cruise critic for the recommendation. Embarkation: Went pretty smooth. Lines were long, but seemed to move along rather quickly. We had received an email the night before stating not to arrive until 1:30pm, a change from the original 12:30 arrival time. We were obviously the only ones who either received that email, or the only ones who had listened to the email. This process was pretty painless. Not the most painless one I've been through, but not the worst one either. First Stop On Board: Once on the boat we headed right to the Lido deck, stopping for a drink at the Rum Bar next to the pool. The pool however, was empty and the net was placed over it on the Lido deck. I was disappointed to see this, as I do believe a lot of travelers were. Also, and surprisingly we never once saw a souvenir cup for the drink of the day. I usually only buy it on day one to start the vacation, so I was sad that it wasn't offered, but now looking back they didn't offer them at any point on this cruise. State Room: Balcony Room, balcony room, balcony room! It's the only way to cruise. I swore I'd never do a balcony room, after my first 2 cruises in an interior room. I was never in the room, why am I paying more money for a balcony room... WRONG! This is my second cruise with a balcony room, and I'll never go back! Upon first getting to the room, and opening the mini fridge to stock it with our own stuff we were surprised to find half eaten desserts left behind from the previous cruisers. It was kinda gross to see, but worrisome on another level. They're supposed to have inventory of what is in your mini fridge, so if he didn't open it in between visits, how do you know what I'm starting with? You don't, and then when and if something is missing, you're gonna charge me. I called the front desk, but obviously it was embarkation still and they were chaotic. We threw it out on our own and hoped for the best. I figured we'd mention it to the steward when we saw him later that evening. Later that evening came and went, and we never saw the steward. Steward: For the first time ever I was disappointed with our steward. Don't get me wrong he did a good job of tending to the room for the most part. I was in a triple with 2 other ladies. We each need 2 towels when we shower, and I personally like to sleep with a lot of pillows. On day 2 after having our room tended to during the day, we still hadn't seen or met our steward. We left a note when we went to dinner requesting for 6 towels each day, and an additional pillow. In the note we indicated we were looking forward to meeting him. The next day he saw us walking out of our room, and approached us to introduce himself. That was the first and only time we ever saw him while on board. Some people may prefer this, but I've always enjoyed interacting with the steward. I've never had a steward where they weren't always greeting me by my name as I passed them at any point. I think he was good and what he did, but not as friendly as I've always experienced. Your Time Dining: I love the your time dining. I hate being constrained to having to be at the dining hall for a set time. The only down side to your time dining is you do not have the same wait staff all week. This time though for the most part we sat in the same section and had the same staff every night, it just wasn't guaranteed. I was disappointed on the last night, we sat in a completely different section. I'm not sure if the waiter was new, or training, but he didn't understand any English. Now I know English is a second language for mostly all of the waitstaff on the Boat, but he messed up our drink order, as well as appetizer order because he didn't understand. Overall the dining staff was okay. Nothing terrible, nothing to write home about. Entertainment: LOVED the comedy shows on board.... I have to say outside the comedy shows and BINGO we didn't go much else as far as on Board planned entertainment. Curly was awesome at BINGO, o and we saw him one night for Karaoke. Karaoke was a little dry compared to other ships i've been on but that's not the fault of the entertainment staff. Comedy shows were great each night. I think the MC was a little cheesy at times, but she got a laugh one way or another. The George Lopez rules video is played out, time for a new one! Guest Services Desk: Has to be the worst part of any ship. Had to wait 2 times to discuss issues. When we first arrived our A/C wasn't working, and the shower wasn't draining fast so if you were in the shower for more than 3 minutes it was pouring over the shower lip and flooding the bathroom. I had to wait in line for over an hour to report this on day 2. Upon reporting this on day 2 I also told them about the left over desserts in the fridge. No apology, didn't even seem to care. I know it's not a huge deal, and I never would have waited on line to report just that, but since I was there why let them know. NO reaction, no care in the world. The second time made me mad. I will preface this with the following... I've worked in the service industry off tips for over 15 years. I'm a pretty generous tipper, but performance based. I'm always leaving you the proper amount, but based on service I'll offer more. I remove the auto gratuity because it is the one thing that drives me nuts about going on cruises. I'm spending $1,000 plus to walk on your boat, and now you want me to tip every single person I come in contact with.... NO! I will tip where tips are deserved, and I will determine how much to tip. So judge me if you want, but I remove the auto gratuity. When I went up to the desk to remove the auto gratuity the person who assisted me replied "Well have you been tipping accordingly"- I wanted to respond, it's none of your business, but I'm not rude, so I just replied yes. She was busy doing something as I replied, and seemed distracted. A 40 second delay and she goes, well what did you say, you are or aren't. I said I am, and will be leaving cash for the steward. She replies well what about the dining staff and other staff. I've never been questioned about removing the gratuity. The whole line of people was there to do the same (the whole 2nd time of over an hour wait)- My friends all removed it as well and none of them were questioned. I was extremely annoyed by this. Overall it's a nice ship, it's clean. I wasn't blown away by any of the staff as I have been in the past. We're big drinks (no we're not the annoying drunks on board) but we're the type to order a few drinks during the day, have a few more at dinner, and then again at the shows. I've been on boats where waiters knew not only my name but portfolio numbers. They seeked me out wherever I was during the day or at night. I wouldn't have to get out of the pool to get my card, they knew the order and portfolio number already. We didn't have that on this boat. Not with bartenders, not with the servers. I was disappointed by the staff. I've already booked another cruise, and I'm hoping the staff on Board is more friendly. As far as the islands are concerned. We're not big excursions people, and I'm glad we didn't. We had considered 2, one in curaco, one in aruba. We happened to know someone on board from back home who did the excursions we had been interested in, but sold out, and she hated them. Aruba- We went to Eagle beach on a recommendation. Nothing fancy. Jet Ski's available. The normal haggling for a beach chair and umbrella. Aruba was beautiful, scenery was gorgeous but the beach wasn't anything to brag about. I'd imagine all the beaches in Aruba are gorgeous. I'd recommend finding one that has a restaurant and a real bathroom. Curaco- GORGEOUS! We went to Mambo Beach! When you first arrive there's a pool where you can rent lounge chairs or cabanas. Not bad pricing either, and completely worth it to have the pool. (I'm more of a pool person than a beach so to have a pool on the beach, with beach view I was in my glory) There's waiter service right to your chair/cabana. It was amazing. Bunch of small shops down there also, very clean. La Romana- GROSS! Dirty! Even the beach was sketchy. Want a day to enjoy the lido deck without the crowd? Stay on the BOAT! Wasn't worth it!!! I'm telling you now, stay on the boat. Grand Turk- Second time there, didn't see much more than margaritaville. It's good to do even if you have kids. There's a pool at margaritaville, with lounge chairs. Wave Surf Pool. Swim Up Bar, and stage. Always a good time there, always packed, but not so much so that you can't get service. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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