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535 Carnival Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

our children have been on other cruises and they prefer carnival, it was very nice and all the staff goes out of their way to be helpful funny and friendly. the ONLY issue I had was being in a wheelchair when boarding they should have ONE ... Read More
our children have been on other cruises and they prefer carnival, it was very nice and all the staff goes out of their way to be helpful funny and friendly. the ONLY issue I had was being in a wheelchair when boarding they should have ONE elevator specifically for the disabled as I waited 2 hours to get to my room. travelers would cut me off almost tipped over my wheelchair shoving to get on elevator. on our excursions the staff put me on private elevator was very nice not to have to fight a crowd. we are traveling in nov 2016 on the breeze I hope they take note of this review and do something for those of us who are in need of assistance other than that the cruise director dr e was superb kept us in stitches . hate to see him moved to Miami. we booked our next cruise before we left it was so enjoyable the excursions were fun we did private beach with all inclusive loved it no children only one other couple with us, swam with stingray got ripped off with pictures there but had fun and played with starfish too windy to parasail but will next time hopefully Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Due to another Carnival ship being in the harbor because of weather, our time in port was cut very short. We were allowed to disembark at 4 I wasn't off the ship til 4:15 and everything closed at 5. We never did get to the pink beach ... Read More
Due to another Carnival ship being in the harbor because of weather, our time in port was cut very short. We were allowed to disembark at 4 I wasn't off the ship til 4:15 and everything closed at 5. We never did get to the pink beach but saw a lovely beach right in town. I am not sure I'd go in Oct again. Wind was high at I don't balance well when seas are rough. None of this is Carnivals fault, and mother nature does what she does. The bed room was clean and comfortable the food as always was excellent . Guys burgers is a hit. Shows were good. They said if you get a partially obstructed view it only means you can't look straight down. Well there is more than that. It eats up a good portion of your balcony space so be warned. The only other thing I noticed was bar tenders would often walk right past and not offer a drink unless you stopped them. This didn't happen in the casino or the smoking deck but I was at the bar in the lobby and the red frog and never got asked if I wanted a drink. Finally ( and it's kind of silly) But I was kind of looking forward to the sampling bar and it was never opened. All in all was a very nice cruise and I think if the weather had cooperated I would have had a better time. BTW Embarkation and disembarkation from port of Baltimore , Piece of cake! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I and my wife cruised on the Carnival Legend for 9 nights from 26 October to 4th November 2015. Departure port was Sydney at the OPT at Circular Quay and places visited in date order were Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou and Noumea, this was ... Read More
I and my wife cruised on the Carnival Legend for 9 nights from 26 October to 4th November 2015. Departure port was Sydney at the OPT at Circular Quay and places visited in date order were Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou and Noumea, this was a New Caledonia sail around cruise. We had disabled access cabin 4207, which was an excellent large cabin with self opening electric door, we found this cabin to be very comfortable and our room steward, I. Gede ( pronounced "good ay" ) provided excellent service of the room and was very friendly. In fact we found most of the crew on Carnival Legend to be very friendly and attentive, they seem to be very happy to work on the ship and we were never short of being said "Hello too, how are you", this is a very welcoming ship. Embarkation process was very quick and efficient, as my wife is disabled (has mobility problems but can walk ), we were checked in, through immigration and on the ship within 20 minutes as a priority boarding, we were on the ship by 12.10 pm on the day of sailing and the ship sailed at 6 pm. Some people have found this ship to have "tacky, over the top decor" but we found this ship to be brightly lit inside and very nice. There was abundant seating in the many lounges, we never had trouble finding a seat, for a ship that carries around 2200 passengers, most of time it did not seem crowded and on this cruise it was at its capacity. We dined mainly in fine dining in the 'Truffles Restaurant" for breakfast, lunch and diiner when it was open as we believe when you go on a cruise you pay to be waited on, hand and foot and we are not really fans of the traditional help yourself buffet which we refer to as "the pigs trough". Food at Truffles is definitely superior than that in the buffet ( Unicorn Cafe ) but the buffet food when we ate it was quite okay and acceptable, typical mass market cruise fare. We loved to be greeted by the friendly "Mirella" and other staff at "Truffles", meet the lovely Hungarian junior boss "Katalin" a number of times as she checked if we had any problems or complaints about the restaurant which we had none. Our main waiter at Table 228, "Rafael" was very funny and attentive and along with his assistant waiters provided excellent table service...eating a very pleasant experience on Carnival Legend. About the drinks, Carnival Legend has a number of drink packages you can buy on the first and second day of the cruise only, I bought the unlimited soda or "bubbles package" at $7.25 per day which entitled you to unlimited soft drink from the Coca Cola range as well as unlimited orange, apple, pineapple and tomato juices. With alcoholic drinks they are expensive, a 375 ml stubbie of VB beer costs $8.25 AUD each, the Tooheys range of beers were $7.50 each a 375ml bottle or you could have something like a Corona for $7.50, 330ml bottle. Wines started around $9 AUD per glass, bottles from $26 to around $60, cocktails varied from $8.25 to around $14 ( or more if you wanted the plastic souvenir ship funnel, puffer fish, disco ball or squirly green thunder drink holder filled with the drink... we got a cupboard full of those souvenir plastic drink things from previous Carnival cruises so we did not buy any more. Entertainment on the ship at night is good with comedy running in the downstairs Firebyrd Lounge on Deck 1 with movies runnning during the day ( releases of about a year ago screened ), musical Las Vegas type themed shows ran in The Follies theatre that seats around 1200 on 2 levels, twice a night to conincide with the 2 fine dining seating times of 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm and they also had guest artists including a magician, the Carnival Legend singing and dance troupe put on excellent shows and the last show before the end of the cruise without spoiling it too much is "The Rock of Ages", an explosive performance of energy and pyrotechnics that will blow your socks off, it is the best show we have seen and we have cruised 6 times on 3 different cruise lines. As for the cruise destinations, do a shore tour at Noumea ( most places accept AUD and its was the only place the ship docked at a proper wharf, be it a container wharf where free local buses ferried you into town to the other cruise terminal proper...Legend was just too big to dock there...also at the Cruise/Ferry terminal they have a excellent upstairs market for souvenirs and private tour operators where you can buy Noumea tours on the spot for much less than what the ship charges, most take AUD and get off the ship early in the morning as soon as it docks to take advantage of full day tours), get off at Isle of Pines ( it's a tender boat ride ), it's nice and has a good market and local food and drink available onshore and they accept Australian Dollars, tender off at Lifou to a nice beach and market but forget Mare,don't tender off, there is nothing there, you get off there at a wharf and have to pay $20 per head for a bus that takes you to the other side of the island to a beach with nothing, we did not bother with Mare and stayed on the ship...it's just a stop put in by the cruise line for the sake of a stop. Another bit of icing on the cake was this was a Halloween themed cruise, it was fun, especially the sppoky dressed up sweets. Overall we found Carnival Legend to be one of the best South Pacific cruises we have done and we have been out there 5 times. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We loved our 11 day journey from Galveston to San Juan. Most of the folks on the cruise were staying to do the 10 day return trip and we wish we could have done this too. We have taken 7 cruises and always on Carnival so we cannot ... Read More
We loved our 11 day journey from Galveston to San Juan. Most of the folks on the cruise were staying to do the 10 day return trip and we wish we could have done this too. We have taken 7 cruises and always on Carnival so we cannot compare with other cruise lines. Embarkation went smoothly and although the lines were long, the fact that they were constantly in motion helped it feel fast. We usually purchase Faster to the Fun but they were sold out on this trip. Debarkation went pretty smooth as well. We stayed in our cabin until we heard our zone called. Get a porter, that line goes faster than the other. We have always been satisfied with the food options on Carnival. This cruise there were a couple of occasions where I was not happy with my food choice but the wonderful waitress Monica was quick to read my hesitation when she asked how dinner was and brought another choice quickly. We only ate breakfast cafeteria style one morning and we did not like the food. We enjoyed the eggs benedict one morning in the dining room and otherwise just had continental style on our balcony. Lunches were burgers or Mexican for us on sea days. We did not go on any Carnival excursions but found our own excursion or taxi once off the ship. Most islands we got off without a set plan other than 'let's see a bit of the island and go to the beach'. We enjoyed a few shows in the Rome lounge. We are pretty sure a couple of them we had seen before on other ships. We almost always enjoy the comedians. The juggling acts were fabulous and I never thought I would ever say that. These 2 jugglers were also comedians, so very funny. We played bingo a couple of times. We watched a movie one night outside under the stars but was disappointed a couple of nights later that it was the same movie playing again. Lack of a serenity deck on the Triumph was missed as well. We reluctantly went to the casino for about 10 minutes three times. We really could not stand the cigarette smoke. I would love to see a ship where the smokers had their own glassed in casino or no smoking in the casino at all. Marking one side as non-smoking is crap. The air filters do not work well at all. It is such a shame that the entire hallway that has the band and dancing area outside of the casino smells like an ashtray. It is disgusting even walking through the area on the way to the lounge or piano bar etc..With all that we know about second hand smoke there is no reason that ships should put their passengers and crew at risk. Health should out trump money in all circumstances. This 11 day journey to the southern Caribbean was great. It was great value for the money and I would do it again if I could. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our 4th cruise with Carnival. We have cruised with several others but have found the "Conquest" style ships of Carnival best to fit our likes. Had an ordinary ocean view cabin that was very spacious and well equipped. ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise with Carnival. We have cruised with several others but have found the "Conquest" style ships of Carnival best to fit our likes. Had an ordinary ocean view cabin that was very spacious and well equipped. Yes there is only one outlet but we bring a triple adapter, problem solved. Had some rough seas but ship was comfortable. Guy's burger joint, the blueiguana cantina and the mongolian wok are the main reasons we choose the "Conquest" style ship. Fresh food to order served hot, what a concept compare to the buffet which is always "old and cold"! The Fish and Chips was also a favorite in the past but this cruise the food was mushy, yuk. # good ports in Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. The cruise director, Malcolm is the best we have ever come across. Overall a very good cruise Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
All of the staff were very helpful and efficient. My sister and brother in law and I were traveling with three ladies that have both mental and physical challenges and we needed special assistance for them throughout our cruise. The staff ... Read More
All of the staff were very helpful and efficient. My sister and brother in law and I were traveling with three ladies that have both mental and physical challenges and we needed special assistance for them throughout our cruise. The staff was very accommodating and helpful at every turn. We had excellent service in the dining room provided by Sudana, Prieys, and Nestor. They made us feel so special.We hope to see them again on future cruises. The cabin was kept clean and it was comfortable. The towel animals etc was a nice touch. I was able to receive wake up calls when needed and room service for breakfast when I needed. The excursions were well organized and the tour guides were excellent. Maria de Carmen and Marcos did a great job on the Merida excursion and Alex was a great tour guide on the Passion Island excursion.Alex explained everything very well and was very informative and efficent. I was not worried at all during the excursion, I knew that Alex would make sure that everything would go well and we would make it back to the ship on time and safley. The sailors and the Captain on the catamaran on the excursion were very skilled and friendly taking special care for the safety of all. I loved the live bands on board. The DJ was very entertaining. I appreciate how clean the ship was,and how friendly the crew was. I loved the comidean the cruise director his assistant and the shows in the Rome theater.The excursions were great. I can't wait for my next cruise with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Overall I must say that we did have a good time. However there were several things that need improvement. The first thing is the bar service. We could not get any service in any of the lounges or the theater and had to find a bar to get ... Read More
Overall I must say that we did have a good time. However there were several things that need improvement. The first thing is the bar service. We could not get any service in any of the lounges or the theater and had to find a bar to get our own drinks. we had purchased the drinks package and was disappointed that it was a waste of money when you cannot get what you paid for. Our dining room waiter seemed to be in a bad mood most of the time and was very slow on serving us. The last night we were seated at 6.10 pm and our first course arrived at 6.50 pm. It was unacceptable. We almost left to go to the buffet. And lastly the windows on the entire boat were filthy including the cabin, I did have to wipe down the cabin myself because it was never dusted. Overall I would rate this cruise 2 to 3 Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We have been on 5 Carnival cruises. This was the 2nd time on the Carnival Glory. The last time we went we enjoyed the itiniary and our balcony room so much that we decided to go again and get the exact same room. We had an extended ... Read More
We have been on 5 Carnival cruises. This was the 2nd time on the Carnival Glory. The last time we went we enjoyed the itiniary and our balcony room so much that we decided to go again and get the exact same room. We had an extended balcony on the back of the ship and the room we chose, which we were lucky to get the first time, is bigger than all the other balcony rooms on the back by almost 50%. We had family having the two rooms beside us as well. We mainly cruise for the balcony and the stops as well as the price. If not for that we would definitely not choose Carnival. It was so neat sitting out on the balcony reading and watching the water and the sunset. There was a little yellow bird that rode with us on the ship all week. When the room was too cold we could go outside and warm up. We had great weather in the upper 80's each day. We did have to miss Half Moon Cay due to the Hurricane. We got $18 off a person for that and an extra hour in St. Thomas. I thought they would have the barbeque on ship but they did not. Our room Stewart was great and knew our names. Our two older daughters ages 10 and 13 had their own inside room across the hall. We used a baby monitor to communicate with them. Our 13 year old had a broken foot so that really slowed us down. I was hoping she could go to camp carnival with her 10 year old sister but they would not allow it. She could not do much on the islands with us and we did not want to leave her on the ship alone. Circle C sometimes didn't even open until noon and they are all over the ship so there was no way she could stay with them. I really think the age for camp should extend to 16 with the parent given the choice of allowing their child to be allowed to check out or not. My 10 year old went to camp a few times but did not care for it. She mainly went to dinner and the shows with us. Our 5 year old absolutely loved camp and never wanted to leave. We would take her each morning by 10 and pick her up at 12. We would then go swimming and back to the room for a nap at 3. We would take her to eat with the kids at 6 and pick her up at 10. She loved the workers who were called Mrs. Milk Shake, Mrs. Shake Shake, Mrs. banana, and Mrs Apple. They all complemented us on how smart and sweet she was. I did not like the shows at all on this cruise. Two years ago they were pretty good but not this time. The first one called Motor City which was the worst on the last cruise was now the best on this one. The next show which I think was Divas was very sexualized with the singers touching their butts and just doing a lot of nasty dancing. That was the whole show. My 10 year old went to all the shows with me and if I had knows she would see all that I would not have taken her. The next two shows had amazing graphics for the background but were so loud you almost needed ear plugs. The same actors were in all the shows. I think there were 8 of them. There was just not enough variety in the shows. I was bored by the 4th song. Also, I hesitate saying this but the last two shows seemed evil. The main character had spiked hair with red in it with a black cape and fire came out of his hands (in the background) and the other people had crazy hair and makeup and ugly black costumes. They all looked like street people you would find in bad areas. I did not enjoy watching them. Half the audience was clapping and seemed to enjoy it and the other half sat there not clapping at all. I thought the 70s and 80s show would be good. I loved the songs but not how they portrayed them. If I took this cruise again I would not go to a single show. We did go to one of the early comedy shows with the older girls and it was good. We also enjoyed watching the movie by the pool at night. They had pretty good shows playing including the latest Jurassic Park show, Inside Out, Ant Man and St. Andreas Fault. It was neat watching the San Andreas movie. It started raining and we huddled under our robes on the top deck watching a Tsunami in the show knock a cruise ship over sideways. On our last cruise we knew the food would not be that great. They had just started the new dining at that time. We ate in the dining room 3 times. The first night was the best. I got the corn chowder and strawberry soup for appetizers. I got the brisket for the main course and it was amazing. It tasted better than steak. It had a wonderful sauce and was cooked with carrots and potatoes. They also had a choice of about 6 side items. The mac and cheese was good. the next nights were not as good. On formal nights you do not get a choice of side items you have to take what comes with the meal. I did not care for any appetizers the rest of the cruise. One night I got Prime rib and it was tasteless. It came with a baked potato. If you like seafood which unfortunately I don't then you will be happier. They did have shrimp cocktails and several seafood choices each night. There was Lobster and salmon. Once they had frog legs or escargo or the tongue of some animal. The other 4 evenings we ate at the buffet for dinner. During dinner there is only one buffet open. It has about 5 salads and 7 hot items of which one or two taste very good. Then there is always salad, cheeses, and mixed fruit. Lunch was much better than dinner as you had two seperate buffets, guys burgers, and the burrito bar and fish and chips. Most of the deserts were not good and were tasteless. I mainly ate the choc chip cookies. I got the choc. melting cake twice but it was not cooked enough each time. Some of the cheesecakes were good. The last day there was a chocolate extravaganza from noon until two. Only one or two items were any good. There was chocolate expresso (yuck), orange chocolate, diet chocolate but only one or two chocolate chocolate. I was not very impressed with the deserts. Most cakes were tasteless. I tried the pizzas twice and thought they were horrible. The second time I got double the sauce and cheese hoping it would be better. They still didn't cover the whole crust with sauce. It was totally tasteless. I don't understand how anyone can like them. We loved the location on the back of the ship. We did hear a little chair scraping above us and had a lot of vibration from the ship but it did not bother us. We miss the sounds now that we are back home. I did wake up at 4 in the morning one morning with a guy screaming outside for 30 minutes yelling for people to look at him that he was "on the edge ahhhh ahhhhh". I seriously thought he was going to jump and phoned it in. We did the Catamaran tour in St. Thomas with just me and my husband. We got to snorkel for 45 minutes. We were told it would be an hour and 15 min. but they called us back in after 45. We had a good time. The bus ride to the sailboat was 30 minute there and back. The roads were full of exhaust. I had to hold my breath at times. We saw some of the run down areas of St. Thomas. In San Juan we took a taxi to the fort and walked around for two hours. Last year we went to fort Christabel. It is the better of the two forts. We then took a taxi to a small beach by the Hilton (The one right across the bridge into Puerto Rico). It was very nice and calm blocked off by large rocks to keep the big waves out. It was perfect for little kids. The taxi driver gave us his phone number and we called him when we were ready to be picked up to go back to the ship. In Grand Turk we snorkeled right there at the beach by the cruise ship. The water was about 20 feet deep by the rope. My 5 year old rode on daddies back with a life jacket on. She could see the fish under the water without a snorkel. It was not the best snorkeling but we did see quite a variety of fish. We saw some squid, a flat fish that hides on the bottom and some other fish I had never seen before with a pointed nose that was totally flat on the bottom. After that we swam in the pool at Margaritaville. The pool temperature was perfect. It has a zero entry side perfect for young kids. Two years ago in February, the temperature was kind of cold. We did not eat at Margaritaville as it was very expensive. We went back on ship and got the lunch buffet before it closed at 3:30 that day. It was a very hot day and we had all the sun and heat we could handle. We also did the walking path on the ship once. The kids played basketball and Putt Putt. They enjoyed ping pong outside the childrens area and my 5 year old played in the outside kids play area. I loved the chocolate yogurt ice cream cones. They were a really dark chocolate. We called room service nightly for my 5 year old when she came back from camp. She got peanut butter and jelly and grilled cheese sandwiches. Me and my husband got Blt's. They also had cheesecake, choc cake (it was good), and my choc chip cookies. Sandwiches came with chips, pretzels, potato salad or coleslaw. We usually got chips as the others were no good. The pretzels were stale. It also came with a pickle. They did have some veggies and dip but they did away with the fresh fruit on room service that we had last time. Two times we had to wait an hour and were almost asleep when it came. The other times it took about 20 minutes. One morning we ordered breakfast to our room. The other room didn't know they could do that because they had no forms in their room. We requested it arrive bet 7:30 and 8. By 9:00 we gave up and went to the dining room. I think breakfast is the worst meal. It is the same thing every morning. The eggs don't taste normal unless you have them cook you an egg or an omelet. You will have to wait about 20 minutes at times to do that. The pastries are plain and the waffles, french toast, and pancakes are soggy. I finally just started eating cereal like I have at home toward the end. We did do the cat in the hat breakfast which was fun. If you order the green eggs and ham you will get green eggs else they are regular. My older daughter got steak and eggs. The steak was too red for her to eat. My waffle said it came with berries or without. I guess I should have requested the berries because it came without. I was never asked if I wanted any. I found that with all the meals in the dining room you had to be very specific. They will not ask you what you want to drink. They will only ask you if you want water. If you want tea or lemonade you better speak up. They seemed irritated when we had to later ask for our drinks. Of course you are offered wine and other drinks which you have to pay for. We did take 24 cans onboard with our carryon of sodas. We drank them for lunch. I like tea but hot theirs. It had a wierd taste like instant mixed with lemon and I do not like lemon in my tea. Lemonade gets tiring after awhile. There was passion juice for breakfast as well as orange juice and apple juice but it was very sweet. We liked mixing it with orange juice and took a couple insulated cups with us and took it with us off the ship on the islands. They did carve two blocks of ice and the hairy chest contest was interesting (not for kids). I think my next cruise will be Alaska. It will not be on Carnival. I like cruising but would prefer to take a vacation to one of the islands and get to have more time at it. We will probably do more land vacations now that my two older girls will be too old for camp carnival. There is not enough for them to do on the ship as the shows are not appropriate. I do not want to pay more for another cruise line. I had a great vacation for the price. I had a disabled Aunt with me and she rented an electric scooter for the week. It was outside her room when she arrived. It had to stay in the hall as it was too big for her room. All the employees were great with helping her get on/off the ship and helping her get her food. It is unbelievable how deep the ocean was. At the deepest level it was around 20,000 feet deep. Most of the cruise was calm but there were a few times it was a little rocky maybe due to the leftover storm waves. I had to give my 5 year old a pill 3 times because she complained her stomach hurt from motion sickness. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My wife (Cunard-1, Carnival-3 cruises) and I (Cunard-1, Carnival-2 cruises) are 44 and 47 and we sailed without the kids for our 10th anniversary celebration. We drove to New York from the Toronto, Canada area and found cheap ($10 a day) ... Read More
My wife (Cunard-1, Carnival-3 cruises) and I (Cunard-1, Carnival-2 cruises) are 44 and 47 and we sailed without the kids for our 10th anniversary celebration. We drove to New York from the Toronto, Canada area and found cheap ($10 a day) parking at Journal Square (Park'n'Save) in New Jersey which is a dramatic savings from the $35/day that Carnival offers next door. It was a reasonable 60 minute train, subway and walk commute back to the ship while my lovely wife guarded the luggage in the terminal. Hotel the night previous at the Best Western Fort Lee, NJ was also excellent value and close to Manhattan. On Embarkation the loading staff were great except for the badly bent crutch my wife needed to use for the week that we found in our cabin when all the rest of luggage arrived. Surprisingly, or not, the Guest Services staff and then Manager refused to take responsibility for the damage. Thankfully the crutch was not needed as much as we thought since we used the wheelchair we also brought for my wife's badly cut foot that occurred two weeks earlier in a beach swimming mishap. Almost cancelled the trip but not a bad way to convalesce for a week :) Back to Splendor! PINK alert! Wow, from pink doughnuts on every door and pink dots on every table I saw enough pink to last me for the rest of my life. As well the "sunny side up eggs" all over the Golden Pearl dining room ceiling to the bright orange crown molding and pleather couch in our Riviera Deck (1) ocean view cabin was quite a lot to take in and odd at the same time. The engine noise on Deck 1 from cabins 1275 to 1350 (1/3 from the rear) was loud to walk over...don't want to imagine what it would be like to sleep over! In 1407 it was noticeable and at certain speeds the resonant frequency of the ship was a bone shaking cacophony! However, I noticed the Captain knew what those frequencies were and didn't let the ship cruise at those speeds for very long. Otherwise our ocean view cabin in "steerage" wasn't too bad, clean, with plenty of storage for two. Only ONE North American outlet in the whole cabin (nothing in the bathroom). Behind the bed there were two European (German style) outlets for the lamps. Take a 3-outlet adapter that fits into one outlet from home!!! The Lido deck was crowded every meal time and finding seating was always difficult. That was a pain. Cruisers! - please clean up after yourselves a little bit, at least take your plates to an area where the bussing staff are cleaning already or to a cleaning station. It helps other people find seating and the Lido is NOT a restaurant - think cafeteria rules please. Not too bad for navigating with a wheelchair. The Gold Pearl was more difficult, every other table we had to ask to excuse ourselves through people on chairs that were too close. Back to the Lido deck, this is what I meant by going down fast. The upholstery was noticeably aging fast. Runs in the fabric, wear and tear visible and tons of stains! Pretty disappointing. The walls were the strangest. The decor was supposed to appear as aging brass I think and where they had tried to emulate the "browning" or surface oxidation they got it right in a few places, the brown paint was feathered evenly and realistically so it kind of looked right. But in the majority of places it looked literally like someone splashed and splotched brown paint randomly on with a 3" paint brush and then walked away. Think bad paint touch-ups everywhere with the wrong colour of paint! There were a noticeable number of decorative clear plastic 3" "buttons" missing in many places of the Lido as well as section divider broken glass held together by clear packing tape??? Hopefully fixed by next New York visit. The food was noticeably poorer than previous cruises. Even though there were plenty of portions and all the seconds we wanted from our wonderful servers, ... the sweets were bland, more indigestion than I've ever had in my life, stale hard buns and baguette slices, and meat that had to be ordered 1-2 levels higher than what we're accustomed to (and poorer cuts than what we've seen on other Carnival cruises - well, that weren't an extra $20!! in Gold Pearl dining). My wife likes medium rare, it arrived rare so she had to send it back asking for well done. Maybe that's just our local area I'm not sure. The only foods available after dining hours were deli sandwiches, pizza (quite good to be fair and honest) and run-of-the-mill-nothing-spectacular hamburger, hotdog and french fries, oh and popcorn for the outdoor/under the dome movies. Also, if I hated lemonade I would be in trouble. Cold drinks after regular dining was lemonade only! Milk was hard to find other than breakfast. Excursions were good but don't order them through Carnival. Always cheaper from the locals where Carnival hasn't cornered the market. We were looking forward to the Peggy's Cove tour but Carnival wanted $50 each for a bus ride. Luckily we found another couple that asked if we would join them in a taxi drive to Peggy's Cove and share the $150 three hour tour. It worked out great! In Boston we should have taken a cab to Faneuil Market and the Cheers pub where my wife really wanted to go - two Carnival bus tickets - $32 total! The Cheers pub was fun with a reasonable selection of beer on tap. Staff were great. I would have loved a behind the scenes tour of the ship but $95! come on. On a good note the staff were great, always smiling, always offering to help and always quick to give a helpful answer to many questions. Watching a Korean trio jam out 80's rock tunes in the casino was very entertaining, in a good way. The Latin trio strictly as musicians were slightly below what I would have expected (sorry, I said ending on a good note didn't I). The Beat theatre rock musical stage review was decent, beautiful solo guitar guy Greg, impressive ImprompTwo, I loved piano girl Christine!!! and The comedians were absolutely the best. My wife and I attended most of the later sets by Rob Little, Tommy Drake, Ortiz and Mulroney. They were bust a gut, on the floor howling hilarious. Alcohol does help but they were indeed the cruise entertainment highlight for me personally. The "George Lopez" machine does a good job finding decent comics. Overall we had a good time, it was a nice romantic 10th anniversary trip for us. Just watching the ocean under moonlight is an enjoyable experience on it's own while hoping for bigger waves. But...it wasn't what we had come to enjoy about Carnival. Deteriorating furnishings and aging decor, mind you, only in the Lido deck to be fair and honest. And food that was indigestion causing (Zantac EVERY night, sometimes two - 2 days home and already feeling better), bland desserts, and stale bread!! Slight bad taste in my mouth after this cruise...probably looking at trying another cruise line...if we can afford it. Aye, there's the rub. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We selected this cruise for the ports. The only one we had visited was Grand Turk. There were 4 of us-myself, my grandson, my sister and her daughter. If I had to rate this cruise on temperature in ports it would fail greatly but that was ... Read More
We selected this cruise for the ports. The only one we had visited was Grand Turk. There were 4 of us-myself, my grandson, my sister and her daughter. If I had to rate this cruise on temperature in ports it would fail greatly but that was something Carnival could not control. I did ask one of our tour guides the best time of the year to visit and he said Dec-March. We drove down on Friday leaving home about 4:30am and reaching the Country Inn and Suites about 3:30. With 3 women in the car we had lots of potty breaks and driver changes. The grandson slept the entire way except for the food stops. The hotel was nice and clean, the room was great, and a great breakfast was served. We drove to the port and parked no problem. There was a long line at the first entrance but we went to the one it said on the boarding pass and were parked in minutes. Check in went smoothly (except for one grouch but we ignored her and kept going. Nothing else was said and were on the ship in minutes. We were on the fifth floor in a handicapped accessible room as my sister is in a wheelchair. My grandson was in a room across the hall by himself due to a glitch at work with his sister who didn't get to come because of work at the last minute. We enjoyed this area with the exception of the strips across the hall. We understand why they were there but some a wheelchair could cross without throwing the rider out and some not. Sis rode through the Shake Spot backwards all the time because of that. We enjoyed the activities we did. We would have enjoyed going into the Liquid Lounge from our floor but it was more like bleacher seating up there. No where for a wheelchair so they all had to be downstairs. Let me say our service was wonderful! Faruk was our room steward and he did a marvelous job. The rooms were always clean and the ice bucket full. Our dining room servers were Dalforinio (Dal), Nyoman, and Melanie. Our drinks were always there waiting for us and extras appeared without asking. Dal always pushed my sister out to the elevators and one night all the way to the room. I will say the one day we ate brunch was a bit of a let down. Our server was a different Nyoman from our nighttime server and his service was bad. He never brought me anything to drink (another waiter finally got me something) and I never got my dessert because he totally disappeared with never a smile or word except "your order". We only did three excursions because very few are wheelchair accessible. In St Maartin our tour director was Dennis the Menace. He was very knowledgeable and very punctual. We did the Butterfly conservatory and he kept us on track to visit the other places so we had time to shop. On St Kitts we did the 10 Best of St Kitts with York. It was very interesting but by the time it was over I was nap ready. We just got off and walked around the port area in San Juan because nothing looked like Sis could do it or sounded very interesting. And it was hot! When we got to Grand Turk we did the Family Beach Break and thoroughly enjoyed it. We didn't get the drivers name but he was loads of fun. Good food, free drinks, free umbrellas, a nice beach. My grandson walked out for a long time before it ever got over his knees but he is over 6 feet tall. They also had water toys out in the water for the kids. Disembarkation was a total mess. As FTTF we were told to be in the Sunset dining room at 8:30am and we were there on time. We were not allowed in because it was full of self assist people so the handicapped had to fill the Atrium with very little space for us to sit. An hour later they finally let us off the ship because it took them so long to unload luggage. My opinion is that they should let handicapped get off and out of the way so everybody else is not held up by the wheelchairs and slow movers. We heard lots of gripes about that while waiting in line to leave. To sum it up we really enjoyed the trip, even the heat. People were very good about holding the elevator doors and getting close so all of us could get on. We even had two couples hold the line so we could go into the Liquid Lounge when they opened the doors. No was impolite that we met only helpful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Carnival Legend. What can I say? Decor: Tacky. Food: Average at best (had me wishing I could be at home to cook my own meals). Entertainment: Average to Decent. Musicals were OK, but did not appreciate the juggler joking about ... Read More
Carnival Legend. What can I say? Decor: Tacky. Food: Average at best (had me wishing I could be at home to cook my own meals). Entertainment: Average to Decent. Musicals were OK, but did not appreciate the juggler joking about his "balls". Funny the first time. Crude and annoying by the tenth joke. Trivia games were trivial, but really the only things that could alleviate the boredom that set upon us. Staff: Great. Cabins: OK. We booked a disabled cabin for our guest in a wheelchair but the six foot lip between the cabin and the balcony meant he couldn't use the balcony. Pathetic. If you're traveling with a disabled person, choose another ship. They really screwed up on our day in Kona. Didn't get us off the ship until after 12:00pm. Blamed their lack of experience in the Kona port. They knew they messed up. They bought the whole ship free drinks the next night, but it didn't really make up for their confusion. Summary: I will never book another cruise on any Carnival ship after experiencing this one. My first thought upon entering the ship was that the decor was designed by failed or fired Disney Imagineers. Ugly ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Usually I am so excited to go on a cruise I already know the ship inside and out, when the buffets are open, whats on the ship to do etc. But my mother-in-law passed away exactly 6 weeks before the cruise from a long battle with cancer ... Read More
Usually I am so excited to go on a cruise I already know the ship inside and out, when the buffets are open, whats on the ship to do etc. But my mother-in-law passed away exactly 6 weeks before the cruise from a long battle with cancer and I was busy with my daughters wedding which she got married onboard the ship. No time to look but should have though. I think we explored the entire ship in one afternoon while my kids went into Cabo. This wasn't my first cruise but this ship was so much smaller than I am used to. There were only a couple of places to go hear music and one of the places to go to dance was closed the entire trip for a private party. Food: I need a bland diet because I am allergic to just about everything so usually the first night I expect things to get mixed up. I usually tell the head person I have restrictions and tell them what I would like to eat for the next night. On day 2 I didn't get dinner and the party of 20 people we were with were done with their dinner and realized I hadn't gotten any of my food yet. I probably should have said something earlier but just thought we would leave and go to the buffet and I could eat there and nope, everything was closed. And the food didn't really WOW me. Language barrier big time. I asked for a Hot Fudge sundae one night and I literally got a cup of Hot Cocoa and a scoop of ice cream on the side. The people I came in contact with absolutely made the trip worth it though! Outstanding from Captain to Photographers. I also went with my service dog and EVERYBODY was fantastic with Toby. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I picked this cruise mostly because of the departure port - I wanted to cruise with friends from southern California and it just plain made sense to leave from Long Beach. Two of us were first time cruisers and one had been on a previous ... Read More
I picked this cruise mostly because of the departure port - I wanted to cruise with friends from southern California and it just plain made sense to leave from Long Beach. Two of us were first time cruisers and one had been on a previous cruise with RCI for an academic conference (and hence had not done many/any of the 'typical' cruise things.) I flew in to LAX arriving at shortly before 8AM and we drove to the port for parking- they began boarding us around 10:30 AM. I have a disability that limits my ability to stand for a long time; Carnival was very accomodating in general for this but I wish I'd known to ask about muster- I had requested to find out if there was seating in any boarding area where we might be in extended lines; Carnival pre-boarded us instead (which was fine!). The muster drill was very slow, but this was NOT carnival's fault- mostly it was due to people having to be rounded up and brought late to the drill- I wish I'd known to ask about seating during that- there was apparently a separete drill for mobility/disabled people indoors and that would have been useful to know and request, as I think I would have heard more of the drill if I was not focusing on not falling over after standing in the sun for half an hour.... Our cabin was a balcony guarantee and we ended up with an extended balcony, 8225. It was roomy and lots of space for storage. Even with three adults, it rarely felt crowded. The sofa bed was a bit short (I'm 5'6 and fit on it fine, but a taller adult would not have). The cabin was quiet overall. We did occasionally hear noises during the night when the Lido seating area was being cleaned but they were never long lasting or particularly intrusive. (The noises from other cabins closing their balcony doors was frankly louder. Our steward was John and he did a good job at keeping us well supplied with towels. We did have a bit of trouble with the climate control in the cabin- the dial cover on the temperature control kept falling off, and we weren't really sure where it was indicating as a result. The first night was a bit cold, but housekeeping sent up blankets very quickly on request and after that we got it dialed into a comfortable level that maintained nicely. We didn't participate in too many ship activities. The Serenity area was nice- not particularly serene, but nice, with a great view of the ship's wake. Finding loungers was very tough, and we didn't tend to hang out up there for this reason. There were several fun trivia contests during the week, but mostly we were on board to relax, so we did! The cruise director, Corey, was a blast every time we ran into him. Hurricane Linda was an interesting experience during our sailing. The first evening, the captain announced on the PA that our ports had been rearranged to minimize the impact on us, but that sailing would be a bit rough. We didn't have any trouble with seasickness, but there was definitely quite a bit of turbulence. (This was obviously NOT the fault of the ship or anything like that- just a fact of skirting along the edges of what eventually ended up being a Cat3 storm!) At one point, the pools had to be closed because of the amount of motion posing risks to those on deck. We had late dining and our head waiter, Yudi, was fantastic, as was his team. The food was overall quite good- a couple of the beef dishes were very fatty and not great cuts of meat, but others were fantastic. The buffet was okay- nothing spectacular, but defintely adequate. The only food that we outright disliked honestly was the hot dogs from the grill. The dogs are very large (like kielbasa or smoked sausage) but not seasoned and are clearly just large 'regular' hot dogs, with very little flavor, cooked on a roller system as in gas stations. If they'd been actually grilled, they'd have been okay, but as it was, they were pretty terrible. The breakfast in the main dining room is very solid- the sea day brunches are fantastic fun and a great way to start off the day without rushing. We only ate breakfast in the Lido buffet once and found it acceptable but nothing to write home about. None of us purchased a beverage package. Water is freely available throughout the ship (and the regular nonbottled water tasted just fine to us), but if you like to stay hydrated, bringing a sports bottle or something is a must- the buffet only has these tiny little juice tumbler sized glasses, and the bars will give you water in highball glasses that don't hold much either. Drink prices weren't terrible. Cocktails and frozen beverages from most of the bars were around the $8-9 mark, and unboozey versions cheaper than that. We really enjoyed the premium Alchemy bar ith top shelf liquors, and in particular the Remedy- a fruity rum cocktail that just seriously was REALLY GOOD. (It was also good sans alcohol when we decided that the rocking boat didn't need any help from booze to make us lose our footing!). We didn't do our shore excursions through Carnival so not including them in this review. The ship's decor is very purple. We thought it was a great deal of fun and a bit over the top in an entertaining way, but if you want everything serene and unglittery, this may not be your ship. While the ship was fully booked, we very rarely felt crowded (the pool areas were constantly quite busy, at least every time we went) and there were lots of wonderful public areas to just relax and hang out in. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our 10th cruise with the majority of them with Carnival we have never had such a disappointing experience than we had with this cruise. We booked a balcony suite which was not any larger than previous cabins We have stayed in and ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise with the majority of them with Carnival we have never had such a disappointing experience than we had with this cruise. We booked a balcony suite which was not any larger than previous cabins We have stayed in and the balcony was so small you had to rest your feet on the railing and anyone walking on the deck below could look right up unto your balcony. We ordered room service on the last night and never got it.There is little to no shade on the sun deck and the no smoking policy was not enforced I saw people lighting up on restricted decks.My husband was in a wheelchair and it was difficult to get to all areas with the step over doorways.Our room steward was great he was very helpful to me and my husband. I won't sail on the Fascination again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Carnival Breeze was a great ship!! Matt Mitcham is the best cruise director ever!! He has great energy, very approachable, and very funny!! The entire entertainment crew was great especially Orlando!! All the crew members were very ... Read More
Carnival Breeze was a great ship!! Matt Mitcham is the best cruise director ever!! He has great energy, very approachable, and very funny!! The entire entertainment crew was great especially Orlando!! All the crew members were very friendly and very helpful... I had to use a scooter because I hurt my ankle prior to coming on the ship. Every time a crew member saw me in the buffet line they would take my tray and get my food for me. The food was delicious especially the lobster tail on elegant night in the dining hall, Guys Burgers, and the burritos at the Blue Iguana..... The deck parties were a blast and the shows in the Ovation theatre were great too. I had cabin 11275 which was an upper/lower handicap accessible room very spacious with a huge bathroom. Only problem which didn't bother me but I know will bother others was less closet space and the room is directly under the water works on deck 12. You actually hear the bucket dumping water right over your room. My daughter had a blast with her new friends but she said the counselor in Club O2 was boring!!! Please if you get the chance to sail on the Breeze go for it especially before Matt leaves in November 2015!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This cruise was so much fun! We really wanted to go to Aruba. They say it hardly ever rains there and that's why there are so many aloe plants growing there. We rented an open-air bus to take us on a tour of the island. That was ... Read More
This cruise was so much fun! We really wanted to go to Aruba. They say it hardly ever rains there and that's why there are so many aloe plants growing there. We rented an open-air bus to take us on a tour of the island. That was a mistake. There are so many people on the bus, that you cannot see the sights. Plus, it was so hot, that unless the bus was moving, we got no air. We prefer to rent a private van that is air conditioned. As it turned out, we liked Curacao better than Aruba. There, we rented an air conditioned van with a driver that took us to all the sights and even stopped to let us get a local drink and he took us to the post office to mail myself a postcard! My dad, being in a wheelchair, stayed in the van with the driver while we did a little shopping. Our driver, Javier, was so sweet that he got my dad out of the van and put him in his wheelchair and took him on a stroll through the town! We also had a stop in Grand Turk. The beach there is so calm and beautiful! The NASA exhibit is interesting. Visit Margaritaville while you're there! The food on the cruise was fabulous! We ate in the Sunrise Dining room every night and chose anytime dining, which is great because you don't have to be there at a certain time every night. They offer rare finds, which are things you wouldn't normally try, in addition to other choices. The chocolate melting cake is a must! We had 2 formal nights for dining on this 8-day cruise. Guys Burgers is a must for lunch every day! These burgers and fries are delicious! For breakfast, in addition to the huge buffet, we went to the Havana Bar for the absolute best omelets! They cook to order. We spent most of our sun time on the Serenity deck (adults only). Occasionally, people would allow their kids in the pools/hot tubs, which is a no-no. It's supposed to be for those 21 years old and older. Our cruise director, Donkey, was awesome! He really kept the fun going! Our cabin, as well as every inch of the ship was kept extremely clean. The staff was so attentive to whatever we needed. Overall, this was an awesome cruise and we plan to do it again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Boarding We arrived by car at about 10:50 AM. It took a while to get to the parking, but it wasn't bad since I didn't expect them to let us in until after 11:30 AM. We quickly arrived to the terminal and security line was ... Read More
Boarding We arrived by car at about 10:50 AM. It took a while to get to the parking, but it wasn't bad since I didn't expect them to let us in until after 11:30 AM. We quickly arrived to the terminal and security line was short. We answered the health questioner and headed to VIFP Check-in. It's not clear how they organize the lines once past security because the lines separate, but seem to merge again. Anyway, it didn't take long because we were on board before noon. Dropped off carry-on bags in cabin and headed to lido buffet. Lido Food I have to say the food was delicious. Yes, the salad bar isn't what it used to be, but it was still okay. There was plenty of different options to choose from. The Deli is still great. I have to say I've never seen such an efficient Mongolian Wok. Other cruises, that line is only decent on port days and when we just board. This cruise, the line was decent all the time. On the other hand, I think this was the worse Pizza line. It seems like there was always a long wait for pizza no matter what time you wanted to get pizza. Not true though, I got a slice pretty quick one time, not the other two times. Many times that I wanted a slice, I got something else because pizza line was long. The Grill line was decent. At times it grew, but never seemed to be too bad. The Rotisserie was almost always no wait. Buffet lines varied, but never seemed to bad. One Ice dispenser gave too much ice that people would throw some of it away and would run out of ice. Service was ok. I have to say the person in charge of the Lido Buffet was very nice and helpful. He even cleaned tables and brought drinks to guest. Some of the Lido Buffet staff seem to not pay enough attention to people wanting refills on drinks. That never bothered me because I could easily get my own drink; but other guests seemed disturbed. Most of the staff was great and friendly. Dinning Room We did Your Time Dinning. It was very good service every evening. No, it wasn't perfect, but it was great. Breakfast seemed a little less that great. Some servers were awesome, but others, not so much. We got the same dinner servers 3 times. They were so great that we tipped extra and it was well earned. Food was always delicious. Pools Pool was not a swimming pool during the day. It was crowded, but that's what vacation is for and it could be expected since it's a small pool for so many passengers. Whirlpools were nice. I liked the Adults Only Whirlpool since I don't get kicked like I do in the one that allows kids. The pool and whirlpools were kept clean and at good temperatures. Serenity Nice place to relax. Didn't use it much, but it was comfortable when I did. Spa I did not get any services, but the men's sauna and steam room worked well. The attendants kept everything clean and organized. Past Guest Party It was the first time I went to this type of party that was reserved only for Platinum and Diamond Guest. It was self service beer, plenty of finger food and drinks. It was much smaller than previous past guest parties and felt more intimate. Shows Not impressed. Many "shows" using passengers. The shows done by the entertainment staff only were great. Did not go to comedy club. Handicap Friendly I was very impressed by the helpfulness of staff and passengers. Many doors were opened and elevator doors held open for us. Many people from all ethnic backgrounds and all ages, even small children, were very accommodating to us when they saw me coming with my mother in a wheelchair. I have to say Carnival is very accessible to persons with disabilities. Thank you to all of you nice people! Half-Moon Cay This is the only port we got off the ship. Absolutely beautiful beach. The cook-out was a great plus, though we didn't take advantage of it. I could have spent all day at the beach, but due to taking care of mom, we only enjoyed it a short time, it was hot. Disembarkation Since we were diamond, we waited in the piano bar which had coffee, tea and juice. Once it was our time, we were escorted off the ship. Very smooth. Only complaint might be that they don't let you walk back to your vehicle, you have to take the shuttle to the nearby parking lot, but lines were long. It wasn't bad for me because my mother was in a wheelchair. Overall, a great cruise. Will definitely continue to cruise with Carnival if the price is right and the itinerary fits. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Our room was the best part of the ship (rm# 7228). The assigned service members in the dining room and stateroom were great! Other staff members weren't as friendly as our sailings in the past. However, it did seem that the ship as ... Read More
Our room was the best part of the ship (rm# 7228). The assigned service members in the dining room and stateroom were great! Other staff members weren't as friendly as our sailings in the past. However, it did seem that the ship as a whole was lacking enough staff members. For example, no one was offering drinks in the upper floor of the theater. Excursions lacked enough accessible activities. My wife (confined to a manual wheelchair) did take a walking tour in San Juan. I was able to push her up and down the streets without much issue. However, BEWARE, the tour did proceed up steep hills (no joke) and over some cobblestone. If a person was going to push a person in a wheelchair, he / she needs to be in great shape! The meal was at the restaurant which had an accessible entrance on the side. In St. Thomas, we went to the "Magic Ice" (an ice bar). As expected, it was cold but displayed some nice ice sculptures. The inside was fairly accessible for a manual wheelchair. Entertainment was good at the comedy club not so much in the theater. This ship had more comedians than any other ship I've seen. Sometimes there were 3 -4 shows ! I hadn't taken a Carnival ship since 2007. Overall it was ok...not a wow factor (except for our cabin). Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
I was very pleased with Carnival Imagination as my first solo cruise. This was my third cruise on Imagination and I find it very relaxing. A new feature that I took advantage of was the wifi. It was offered at $5 per day or $15 for the ... Read More
I was very pleased with Carnival Imagination as my first solo cruise. This was my third cruise on Imagination and I find it very relaxing. A new feature that I took advantage of was the wifi. It was offered at $5 per day or $15 for the duration of the cruise. I opted for the latter. The basic package that I chose allowed me to send me text messages, use instagram and snapchat. If you want to search the web or check email that was an additional package. I pre-ordered water for my room beforehand and had it delivered before I got there and that was perfect as I like to stay hydrated on a cruise. See my cabin review for more details on the water order. The staff as always were very nice and friendly. I spent most of my time relaxing by the adults only serenity pool tanning and the rest of my time in the casino playing the penny slots. I learned that while using my sail and sign card that once you hit 1000 credits that all of your drinks in the casino are complimentary for the duration of the cruise. You had better believe I got all of my drinks at the casino! BONUS!!! I really enjoyed listening to live music at the Dream Bar nightly very chill vibe here. The karaoke bar is always entertaining and I played Bingo each day. I would like to point out the embarkation. Generally when I have cruised before with my husband we would book a suite which came with priority check in. I decided to go minimal with ocean view just to see what it was like. I will never do this again. I wish I would have purchased the FTTF package. Faster to the fun. I saw people that had purchased it swooping by as I waited in an hour line. I had shown up at 2pm to embark. The lines were rediculously slow. If the fast to fun package is offered I would recommend this just to avoid the lines. Overall I had a very pleasant first solo cruise experience. It was exceptionally nice to not be bombarded with people trying to force me to take memory pics. I just floated right by like a ninja. I would definately do this cruise again solo or with friends. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I have to say that this cruise is NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY AT ALL.....It is only for those cruisers who are out to drink and party the whole cruise away. As for kids programs, if you are there to party and just have your kids babysat, then this ... Read More
I have to say that this cruise is NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY AT ALL.....It is only for those cruisers who are out to drink and party the whole cruise away. As for kids programs, if you are there to party and just have your kids babysat, then this is the cruise for you. If you are a family who is hoping to have family activities together, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY OR YOUR TIME. The only thing onboard the cruiseship to do together with your child is swim, and use the water slides. When a parent tries to go to the child area to participate in an activity, they forbid it. Really....this is ridiculous. For example, let's build a volcano for three days and watch it erupt, but parents can't be part of that. The only family activities with the kids club was the digital scavenger hunt and the Beary Cuddly activity (which is extra). The thing that really worried me about the kids program was even though they are supposed to check the kids out when they leave, they tried to send the wrong child to the desk for me when I went to pick mine up. Just think, if my child was too young to speak or had trouble speaking, it could have been a HUGE PROBLEM. :( Yes she went back, but I pointed this out to the staff. If you have an older parent with you who is in a wheelchair, forget having easy access to anything. Even the hot tub did not have stairs for them to get into, even in the adult serenity area. The pool had no access at all for them. Even when I asked about shore excursions I was told that nothing was wheelchair accessable. GUESS WHAT, WHEN I BOOKED THIS CRUISE THIS IS NOT WHAT I WAS TOLD. :( You have to go way out of the way to get an elevator to go to dinner or get anywhere else on the ship. Forget wanting to play put put golf with them, because guess what, no elevator to the sun deck. One good thing was the Seuss at Sea program, but even this was only three activities during the week which lasted only about an hour each, and one of the programs was an additional charge. The water onbard the ship tasted like they obtained it from the toilet bowl, IT WAS AWFUL. The food was hit and miss with the best thing onboard being the hamburgers and the ice cream. The pizza was like cardboard with no taste. Even the sit down dining area left much to be desired with the quality of the food. My husband ordered prime rib and it tasted like rubber bands and had more fat than meat. The sad thing is that other cruise lines like NCL and Disney have family acitivites where the whole family participates and there is a different show every night. They have wheelchair accessable programs and excursions every place that they go. The only two shows on this cruise were presented on two nights out of the whole cruise. Every other night if you don't drink or gamble, forget it, nothing to do. Let's just say, carnival will never get my money again. NCL AND DISNEY, I SHOULD'VE KNOWN TO ONLY GO WITH YOU. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Even though the Splendor is an older ship and does not have a lot of ammenities as the newer ones, with over 20 cruises, this Carnival cruise was better than I expected. My wife needed a wheelchair on and off the ship and the staff were so ... Read More
Even though the Splendor is an older ship and does not have a lot of ammenities as the newer ones, with over 20 cruises, this Carnival cruise was better than I expected. My wife needed a wheelchair on and off the ship and the staff were so attentive and nice to her. The waiter and support staff during our dinner service was excellant. Buffet service at breakfast was dissapointing and lunch buffet was average. The shows were really good from the lobby performers, lounges and the main show. The comedy club shows were hit and miss. The casino was not smoke free and really put a damper on entering it to gamble as well as walk by it as well. It really stunk and was a turn off. The best thing and must go was the Piano Bar and Martini Bar. Joslin in the Martini Bar had a great personality and made a great martini. Met lots of people there every night. The Kon Tiki excursion in St. Thomas was a lot of fun and was disable friendly. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We were to cruise with several family members in May on this same cruise. A few days before we were to leave my husband was hospitalized. Yes, we were thankful for the trip insurance. The only downfall is the same cruise a month later cost ... Read More
We were to cruise with several family members in May on this same cruise. A few days before we were to leave my husband was hospitalized. Yes, we were thankful for the trip insurance. The only downfall is the same cruise a month later cost more money. My husband isn't able to walk long distances, so we were planning on taking his mobility scooter. This is what caused me the most uncertainty. We drove to Galveston, so we didn't have to deal with the flying issue. I have to say everything went wonderful for us. The scooter for thru the door fine. The biggest issue was the elevators, even if we didn't have the scooter we would face that. We did an excursion in Jamaica and had a wheelchair van take us. In Grand Cayman we shopped. He was able to get around just fine. The tender has a ramp and he was able to just drive on. The streets were cut out and most of the ships had ramps. We did take a taxi and went to a few places. The scooter is small and folders up, so the driver put it in the taxi easily. In Cozemul, we just stayed in the port shopping and had no problem. All on all, we both had a good time and felt that things be accessible with the scooter was part of the trip being so successful. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Like others, read some of the reviews and debated booking it, but it was the dates and itinery we wanted and so we booked it and for the most part did enjoyed it. Cabin was good (outside) and luckily was mid/forward as this was good ... Read More
Like others, read some of the reviews and debated booking it, but it was the dates and itinery we wanted and so we booked it and for the most part did enjoyed it. Cabin was good (outside) and luckily was mid/forward as this was good for us. Serenity area good, provided you get up early to get sunbeds as they are gone by 8 a.m and you dont mind just a plunge pool with very little room, to cool down in. Other Lido area was very crowded and pool tiny so did not go there except for drinks. Show lounges are both disappoining after other ships, but staff try their best to work with a crowded ship. The ship is very anti disability and if you cannot get out of a wheelchair you will struggle as there is no space or usable ramps to many areas- the deck 11 serenity area being a really bad one to access.Dining room was o.k. and food mostly good but at times long waits for food. Drink waiters were very overworked and during sea days very hard to get drinks and long waits at bars. Shows were excellent apart from the juggler and game show which should have been saved for camp carnival. Comedy club was good but extremely crowded. If you have a wheelchair ask Noonan about using the rear exit. Elevators were sometimes a problem as they were slow and not all lifts go to all floors. This was made worse by lazy able bodied people hogging them when only going one floor!! This sounds very negative but just pointing out the negatives. Ports were good but didnt do ship excursions as very expensive, we did tours locally and had no issues anx much better value for money. Medical emergency on board was handled well and We were impressed with Carnival on this score. In summary this ship will never be as good as the others in the fleet as Carnival have squashed too many cabins in and the outside areas and lounges are therefor poor in comparison but zt the right price it is worth thinki g about, but if the same itinery comes up on a different ship then choose a different ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We flew to Orlando from Texas and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express is Cocoa, FL. We flew in the night before and called the hotel to see what was the best way to get there. The hotel advised that we get a one-way car rental and then the ... Read More
We flew to Orlando from Texas and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express is Cocoa, FL. We flew in the night before and called the hotel to see what was the best way to get there. The hotel advised that we get a one-way car rental and then the return place would be at the port. We did this and a large SUV rental was $50. The morning of the cruise (around 11am) my husband dropped myself, another wife and our children off at the port with all of our baggage and then went and returned the car and they brought him by shuttle to the port. The entire process took 30 minutes. Once we were all in the terminal, it took about 30 minutes (we are Platinum) to be on board the ship. This was our second time to cruise on the Sunshine and immediately, I remembered why I love this ship. I love the fresh looking design and the 2.0 improvements. We dropped our stuff off at the room. I had brought on a case of bottled water and a 12-pack of Diet Dr Pepper that were a bit heavy to lug around. Once we did that, we were off to the Blue Iguana and Guy's to get either a burger and burrito. We stayed in a Grand Suite (7195) and it was very typical of the other Grand Suites that we have stayed in while on board a Carnival ship. The storage is just ridiculous. There are so many drawers and closets and plenty of room for all of our stuff and our twin 9 year olds belongings and then some. The couple we traveled with stayed in an Ocean Suite (7183) and its very comparable just smaller. Our room steward Jason was fantastic! We ate at the early dining and every night we were taken good care of by Cornelius and his two assistants. The menu was good and every night you are given an option to have selections from the steak house for an additional $20. We only took advantage of this one time and got a lobster tail. Our group loves to play games so we attended 80% of the trivia. We really enjoyed all of the entertainment staff - Jess, Sara, Darnel, and Jamie. The Disney trivia is an absolute must. My kids will remember that for many years to come. We enjoyed the EA trivia as well. This cruise is the first time that we had that on a ship and even though we were awful, we went every night and enjoyed it. The shows are just fantastic on the Sunshine. They get better and better as the week progresses. The first time we were on the ship, we would come about 20 minutes early and wait to enter the showroom and we always got great seats. This cruise, the couple that we came with are lifelong friends and he is a retired Navy vet and has had a leg amputated. One of the lighting techs (Chris Ping) talked with us and got permission to reserve a couch in the very back of the showroom so that he would not have to stand in line to wait because its very difficult for him to do so. Just before they would open the doors, we would go to our couch and we were served nightly drinks without even asking by the sweetest bar girl, Melanie. She knew our order and our Sign and Sail numbers by memory - that's service! I cannot say enough about the Epic Rock show. I actually wrote down the "set list" so that I can create a playlist on my iTunes account to listen to whenever I am in a rock mood. My 9 year olds (one boy and one girl) had a great time at Camp Carnival. Daniel would literally wake up and couldn't get out of the room quick enough to get up to Camp. We would see him again at 10 pm. They did attend one of the Night Owl parties though, they would have loved to go to all of them. We had told them about the Hasbro Game show from when we had been on the ship in the Mediterranean and they could not wait. Daniel was actually picked to go up on stage and ended up winning the whole show. He won a $150 gift card and now I have a house full of Nerf guns and extra Nerf bullets all over the living room. Thank you Carnival! We went to almost all of the Comedy Shows and we really enjoyed Happy and the comedian from New Orleans. Some tips for people traveling on the Sunshine is that during lunch, no matter where you want to eat, take your plate to the aft of Deck 9. We usually sat in between Jiji's and the Italian place. We always get the bottomless sodas stickers. This ship did not use the soda guns but instead can soda every time, which is a plus for us. My husband loves the Mongolian grill at lunch. The Italian is great at lunch too, they give you a piece of paper and you indicate what kind of pasta you want, the meat that you want and the veggies and sauce. They then will give you a pager and then you pick it up when it's ready. There is no standing in line. I cannot say enough about the burritos, I love them and typically eat a burrito every day at lunch. Our ports were Saint Martin, St Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk. We did the French Beach Getaway in Saint Martin. It was just wonderful, beautiful beach and good lunch, We paid $10 for each child to use a ocean trampoline with slide the entire afternoon. In San Juan, we went to the Rain Forest. It was just beautiful. St Kitts, we just walked around the port area. Lastly Grand Turk, my husband and son went on the Helicopter ride and had a wonderful time. They got a video of the entire ride for $15. As always, the worst part of the trip is when the waiters sing "Your leaving our Funship" on the last day of the cruise. We got off the ship on Saturday morning, had luggage tags #1 and were in a car headed to Disney by 8:45am. Absolutely wonderful vacation! I have read many complaints over the years about this ship and I just cannot understand any of them. The only thing that seemed to be a drawback was for the people that chose "YourTime Dining." The first several days there was a long line for that. Every day we would walk past all of the people in line straight to our table and have a wonderful dinner with people that called us by name and knew our favorites. I have never understood why anyone would want to chose that and I continue to be puzzled. It doesn't make any sense to me. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The cabins were a good size bigger than I had thought. The staff was real helpful with my mom who had arrived in a wheelchair and need a cooler for her insulin. The excursions where a bit pricey but the guarantee that the ship ... Read More
The cabins were a good size bigger than I had thought. The staff was real helpful with my mom who had arrived in a wheelchair and need a cooler for her insulin. The excursions where a bit pricey but the guarantee that the ship won't leave without you is worth the extra insurance. They also have a price match program. The only downside I encountered was with the "CHEERS" program. I was not notified that I needed a signed doctor note from my moms doctor. She is a diabetic and can't drink. We rented the insulin cooler to boot and they still wouldn't let me purchase the "CHEERS" for myself. We were unsuccessful in getting in touch with the doctor to fax the letter. I didn't get to partake in the fun "CHEERS" with friends that I met on board. But, it did keep me from drinking too much as I refused to spend too much on the drinks. They were pretty weak in my opinion and not worth the full price I was paying. Drinks were about $8 to $12 each, Carnival automatically adds 15% gratuity to each drink order. The Punchline series is awesome. Of the 4 comics the ship had, 3 were very entertaining. The show with the Liberty dancers and singers was just OK. They did do a good job recovering in open choppy waters we experienced. Filipe was fun, engaging and entertaining along with his staff, most notably JC and Benjamin. WooHoo.... I enjoyed the Hot and Cool Club every night. I had a great time dancing. Wish there were more straight singles there. Another thing I liked is that the Liberty only had one sea day and we were in 5 different ports in 7 days. I feel it maximized my Caribbean experience. I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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