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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because of the pictures we seen online which were a lie there was no basketball courts no movies theater and the arcade was so...small! I had a lot of fun but my two boys 14 and 16 were very much disappointed. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the pictures we seen online which were a lie there was no basketball courts no movies theater and the arcade was so...small! I had a lot of fun but my two boys 14 and 16 were very much disappointed. The staff was great Jurry who cleaned our room was awesome and my favorite bar waitress was Zailene she was always around when we needed a drink. We traveled with 14 of us and my sister is in a wheel chair this cruise was not for her she could only get out side to sit in a few spots, and lastly it wasn't a very clean ship a lot of broken things the toilets didn't flush but overall I had a good time with my family. Thank you for your time and I hope you find this helpful ! I forgot to mention Jamie was amazing keep her around she should move up to a bigger and newer ship I hope that's what we will be on next easter! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose the Pride because we wouldn't have to fly to cruise. This is my 4th cruise and second with Carnival (previous Alaska on Legend). This is a nice ship overall although I can't compare to a megaship, I found the size ... Read More
We chose the Pride because we wouldn't have to fly to cruise. This is my 4th cruise and second with Carnival (previous Alaska on Legend). This is a nice ship overall although I can't compare to a megaship, I found the size reasonable. I was pushing my mother in a wheelchair around the ship and it was very easy. The casino was on the small size and too tight with winning! but still had fun giving them my money..lol. We didn't attend all the shows but enjoyed the ones we did go to -it's not broadway but the singing and dancing was very good. The food in the main dining room was good and we always had excellent service. We did eat at the steakhouse one night and besides our snooty waitor, the food was SOOO good! My mother used the spa and tried every massage available, hot stone was her favorite. She used the same massuese and really loved her. We went to Garden of the Groves excursion in Freeport and it was fantastic- great guides and beautiful garden. We also went on the glass bottom boat excursion in Princess cay as well as the coastal cruise excursion in the afternoon and enjoyed them both- same boat. The organization after getting off the tender was poor and confusing but we made it to the excursion. On the ship, The drinks run $8-12 a piece but unless you drink a ton, the drink package is not worth it. Drinks are free in casino after 1500 points earned. Seas were a bit rough but I use the prescription patch and highly recommend it, I wasn't sea sick at all. I enjoy cruising and carnival is a fun atmosphere. We went spring break so there were tons of kids, lots of families. Seemed like there was plenty of activities for all ages. I am already booked for the Pride in the fall. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
I chose this cruise because there were limited cruises left to choose from. The ship is small compare to what I have been on before. The ship had a few wears and tears. Our restroom had rust and strips loosen. We were on a ocean views side ... Read More
I chose this cruise because there were limited cruises left to choose from. The ship is small compare to what I have been on before. The ship had a few wears and tears. Our restroom had rust and strips loosen. We were on a ocean views side and the windows had small leaks. The food was GREAT!! JUST TOO MUCH FOOD. My sister and niece went along with me and they found it to be fun as well, until the ocean sickness hit my niece on the first day. When we got out to sea the Ship rocked like it was playing in a rock roll band, over the ocean blue. She has motions sickness so bad that we spent half of our fun moneys on medicine, motion waist bands, drops behind your ear to relief her of this rock and roll storm and etc... Eventually she had to just go to bed. The next day she felt a little better and attempted to enjoy the cruise. Other than that the cruise was great. The crew members were awesome especially, Brittney, the cruise Director. A big Shout out to Brittney and all who accompany her. Lee the one who hosted the BINGO did an outstanding job. James our house cleaning great job. OOPS! missed some people. Before we entered the ship the security offices were awesome. Carrie, Greg and another older Guy can't remember his name but they were so nice and they appreciate theirs job. Ioana Opris, Guest Services was good, very organized. The men dressed in all White during other Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner were very pleasant. The one in particular was Nenad! hope I spelled it right. unfortunately I will not sail this Ship again, it's not the ship its the depart. Do not like South Carolina. Nassau Bahamas; when we arrived the crooked people blend right in with the business people. Be careful who you talk to. They offer drugs, try to sell you stolen goods and sexual offers. Please be CAREFUL!!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Wheelchair for security checkin - then wait in area for another wheelchair to board ship On ship at 11-50am - drinks in Lobby Bar and lunch in Lido Buffet while waiting to get into cabin at 1:40pm. Our cabin keys were in a sealed ... Read More
Wheelchair for security checkin - then wait in area for another wheelchair to board ship On ship at 11-50am - drinks in Lobby Bar and lunch in Lido Buffet while waiting to get into cabin at 1:40pm. Our cabin keys were in a sealed envelope outside our cabin. You can use your boarding pass to obtain drinks, etc. prior to finding you keys. Lido Buffet was average food - very long lines that move very slowly! Lobster night and service in main dining room on elegant/sea day - great and fast! Did not partake of specialty restaurants - except for lunch (free) at Italian one day Did partake of seafood bar one night - extra cost - but very good - oysters, shrimp, etc. Trivia contests were our highlight - many every day - winner gets a "ship on a stick" Entertainment in Lounge (not a theater) foer main show and comedy - outstanding! Excursions very pricey (like all cruiselines) - did Top 10 in Ocho Rios - had fun Stairwells very congested on port calls getting off ship - OK coming back on Lifeboat drill was a mess - far too much pedestrian traffic to congreate and use elevators Elevators very slow - lots out of service on first day and last day - moving luggage of course! Did not like layout of Vista (so Horizon similar) - far too much hype. However we still had fun. Pixel (photographs) - no photos - just digital imagery on screens - combersome - still very pricey ($20 for a 5x7 and 4 wallet size). Cocktails/Beer extremely pricey - 2 glasses of KJ Chardonnay - $24 - so ask for house brand In spite of any negatives - will sail on Carnival again Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We went on this cruise for my 21st birthday and just got home from the cruise this past saturday (3/24) I have sailed with carnival before and have been on the Carnival Miracle back in 2009. I was very excited to go on this cruise because ... Read More
We went on this cruise for my 21st birthday and just got home from the cruise this past saturday (3/24) I have sailed with carnival before and have been on the Carnival Miracle back in 2009. I was very excited to go on this cruise because in 2009 I had a blast (i was 13 then). I was very disappointed with the ship, food, activities and especially the spa. The dining room was good food BUT it was so small.. we ordered fried oysters as an appetizer and got two..I ordered shrimp cocktail as an appetizer and got 5 tiny shrimp with less then a tablespoon of cocktail sauce. The servings were just ridiculously small, for a billion dollar company you'd think they could spare some more food on your plates. The ship itself was outdated, things needed maintenance, there were quite a few things we saw that needed to be painted or updated. Maybe that was just because we are a family who has dealt with boats and my boyfriend is a boat mechanic at a marina. It was just very outdated and needed maintenance. Our cabin lights were broke, the switch to the bathroom barely worked half the time so we just left the light on at all times to save the trouble of messing with it. The toilet seat was wobbly. The activities on board were so short. For example, the mega deck party was a half hour.. they played the most basic songs (typical party/dancing songs; cupid shuffle, wobble, etc.) We wanted to see this game night they did in a theater, we were late by 10 minutes and when we got there it was ending... they did a pup crawl on the first night because it was St. Patricks Day.. they went to 3 bars and stayed there for 5 minutes, I couldn't even finish a drink before moving to the next one. It was all rushed and to short. The Spa.. I was very upset and displeased (and will be complaining to carnival) about the spa. For my birthday I received a $50 gift card to the spa. I was very happy about this and went to schedule, the girl was helpful and i picked a "hot and cold mani and pedi" The girl when i scheduled it informed me it was a 2 hour mani/pedi where they massage your elgs up to your knees and arms up to your elbows with lotion, warm oil, hot stones and then put this icy hot stuff on and then your basic mani/pedi (nails trimmed, painted, etc.) It was $120.. so $70 for me after my gift card. The mani/pedi was just under 1.5 hours, the girl rubbed this exfoliating stuff on my legs and arms, rubbed water on them, then hot oil, then the stones and then icy hot. She never massaged just simply applied all these things. She filed my nails and slightly trimmed them and painted my nails. When I got back to the room i noticed my nails needed another coat or two (she never put base coat and barely applied top coat). When i gave them my gift card and sail and sign to pay I noticed she didnt charged me extra for tip, so i figured it wasnt included and left her a tip in cash. At the end of the cruise I received my statement for my sail and sign and noticed the spa charged me $88 dollars, meaning they charged me a $18 tip... $33 dollar tip between what they took and what I gave her in cash... I am very annoyed and mad that they did this. when I handed her the tip she should have stated they take a tip out (even if she thought i was tipping extra). the mani/pedi was not completely as advertised and I would and will never go to the spa there again.. NOT worth the money at all. The cruise was still fun, we made the best of it. But I would not travel on this ship ever again. Next cruise we take we will be cruising with another cruise line. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise for the dates and itinerary. I saw that this ship was going to get the 2.0 upgrade so was hopeful. Luckily, I booked a year in advance. I needed a handicapped accessible balcony. There was only one left and I now ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the dates and itinerary. I saw that this ship was going to get the 2.0 upgrade so was hopeful. Luckily, I booked a year in advance. I needed a handicapped accessible balcony. There was only one left and I now know why. There were less than 50 balconies on the entire ship. Our room was the smallest that I've ever been in on a cruise ship and really expected it to be much bigger especially since it was handicapped accessible. It was a 3 person room. My 24 year old daughter had to sleep on the pull out bed on top of us. Needless to say, we all bumped our heads a time or two. There was only one closet. One side had a place to hang clothes and the other side had shelves and the safe. There were four very small drawers in the vanity. Overall, not much space to put your clothes especially for 3 people. There was no refrigerator either. The ship is old and outdated. They recently updated by adding Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina and the two corresponding bars. We were very disappointed that they didn't put a big screen for showing dive-in movies. We really look forward to that. They did show a very few movies in one of the theaters but it was usually in the afternoon when we were off the ship. Other than Guy's and Blue Iguana Cantina, the food was awful. The buffet was very, very small with very limited choices. The pizza was really bad. It was paper thin with very few toppings. The Deli was pretty good though. Service was EXCELLENT. Everyone we encountered who worked there was extremely nice and helpful. Eugene was our room steward and he took great car of us. Wilson in the Dining room was funny and really nice. I organized a slot pull and Veronica, the casino host, was so helpful and even came over and cheered us on. She donated a few prizes to the winners too. We don't typically go to shows, but we did participate in the Song Trivia, the Clue game and Bingo. They were all fun and well organized by Addy. The ports were FANTASTIC. Very very beautiful. My favorites, in order, were Barbados, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Martin, and St. Kitts. I booked our shore excursions through ShoreExcursiousGroup and they did a great job. The thing I really like about them is every day we had at least 5 hours at the beach. It seems that if you do an excursion through the ships, you only get about 1.5-2 hours at the beach. Even though I did not like the ship or the food, it was a fun and relaxing cruise. We had a great time. I would not travel on this ship again but we certainly didn't let it ruin our great time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Sorry for the delay, my wife stop me till I cooled down. My wife needs a wheel chair to get on and off ship, when we got to the port we were told she needed to get in the building and then they would find a wheel chair, we waited over a ... Read More
Sorry for the delay, my wife stop me till I cooled down. My wife needs a wheel chair to get on and off ship, when we got to the port we were told she needed to get in the building and then they would find a wheel chair, we waited over a hour in the VIP lounge, then when they came they only took her to the lobby of the ship and told us the third party staff could not go onto the ship, we were in a area with 30 other people trying to get to there cabins. We were traviling with 5 other couples and were seated at a table for 12 in the main dining room. The first night we did not get our food for over 2 hours, the staff turned the lights up to clear the table before we got or disserts. On the second night they served prime rib/lobster. I had the prime rib with baked potato, everyone was done with their diner before I was offered any topping for the potato so I told them where to put there diner. The head maiter'd gave me a guarantee this problem would be fixed the next night, We were happy that he did fix the problem. They put more staff and a head waiter that know how to serve a large, they should have had this all along. We had to call room service to get ice in or rooms and they would only bring a quart bag at a time ( why ) Getting off the ship was a joke, this time no wheel chair was available so we had to use a walker the hole way. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
It was my 69 th birthday and I was looking for something that might be fun for 10 people. My sister is in a wheelchair as is one of my friends So we all booked it. Going by Cruise Critic guidelines for the review : Departure and ... Read More
It was my 69 th birthday and I was looking for something that might be fun for 10 people. My sister is in a wheelchair as is one of my friends So we all booked it. Going by Cruise Critic guidelines for the review : Departure and Embarkation were fine. The ship was old and run down but the customer service and the staff were deplorable. Most of the food was in edible with the exception of Guys Burger joint. Burgers were good if the person serving them understood what you were ordering. Had limited hours. The Carnival web site boasts of Its steakhouse and other resturants avaliable for an up charge of $35. Guess what...no other resturants on the ship.So you are stuck in the so called dining room (NOT). Or the roomservice menu which is ridiculous. Unless you want to take a chance at one of the buffets where eveyone and their children are touching the food as were the flys and the smell of disinfectant permeated the room. They sell you the drink package and then you find out they have no Baileys, sometimes no fruit or garnish for your tropical drink. The juice is all powdered. If it is could outside you are linited to two bars. The one in the casino area is sooooo smoky you can not breath and the other was always full. My niece found an ampule of sodium nitrate left in the closet from the last guest, The TVs have a handfull of channels four of them that sell Carnival . Poor selections. Not enough room for me to continue. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Had a great time on Carnival Liberty. Our cruise director Donkey was so much fun.The shows were Fabulous.Our head waiter Joseph and Team waiter Reeves made our dining experience wonderful. The menu that was served each night was over the ... Read More
Had a great time on Carnival Liberty. Our cruise director Donkey was so much fun.The shows were Fabulous.Our head waiter Joseph and Team waiter Reeves made our dining experience wonderful. The menu that was served each night was over the top! Especially Carnival's Chocolate Melting Cake.The Gold dining room was beautiful! We are from Crystal River Florida only 2 hour from the cruise port.This was my eighth cruise with Carnival and very affordable. We shared a inside Cabin which was very comfortable and perfect for our needs.Randy kept our room so neat and what I really appreciated was having clean towels at our disposal especially when there is 4 women sharing a room.This was my daughters first cruise, she has kidney Disease and you fulfilled all her expectations.Everyone was very helpful with Christina due to her being in wheelchair.Especially the entertainers in assisting her with to be able to see the show down in front.They made her feel special. Thank You Carnival for making our experience Wonderful!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We had just about given up on a carnival cruise lines, BUT thankfully booked on the Vista and my faith in carnival has been restored! It is a relatively new ship, nice decor, light colors, inviting for conversations. This is not a lavish ... Read More
We had just about given up on a carnival cruise lines, BUT thankfully booked on the Vista and my faith in carnival has been restored! It is a relatively new ship, nice decor, light colors, inviting for conversations. This is not a lavish ship with glass elevators, fancy fixtures etc but very welcoming. We liked that it was open, friendly and clean. Our room was perfect for us. Handicap accessible, lots of room and easy to get in and out of. We were on deck 11 (Spa Deck) and was one of the nicest rooms we have had. We did have a window which allowed us to watch the sun rise. Our room steward was great and kept our room tidy at all times. As a handicap (wheelchair bound) person this ship is tight. I avoided the LIDO deck because it was difficult to manipulate the wheelchair between tables, food lines and general seating area. I NEVER waited in a food line because my chair would not fit without moving the barricades etc. I did eat outside where there was more room. The hamburgers were wonderful and easy to get too. Pizza was the normal cruise ship pizza but easy to get to. Up on the 15th floor there is a wonderful "salad" bar. Great fresh food, tasty and easily accessible. The Pig and Anchor on deck 5 is a little hard to find but great food. Worth the search!! Evening dining room was easy to get around in and the service was great compared to the last couple cruises we have been on. Food was good, typical of cruise, yet lots of selections to choose from. I am not a "foodie" so I had no trouble finding things to eat. Servers we much improved from previous experiences. The servers remembered our requests for ice tea, extra better without being reminded every night. They called us by name so I know there are trying to improve their guests relations. Our table of 8 gave each server an additional $20/30 tip per person along with the "standard" tip added to your room. If we ordered room service or coffee in the morning everyone received a tip. Extra service should be rewarded!! Due to the difficulty (which may be only my problem) getting around the LIDO deck we generally went down to the dining room for breakfast. Again, great service and tasty breakfast selection. We did not use any of the specialty restaurants. Guess we are "cheap" but heard great reviews from those who did! Even those ordering in the main dining off the speciality menus loved the food. It did look tasty if you like fresh seafood! I felt carnival really tried to give us a great experience. I really missed the carnival/caribbean vibe on the out decks. Very little music to bob your head too during dining hours. I used to love to get onboard that first day and hear the music playing getting you ready for an exciting week ahead. Really missed that! The decks are super busy - on the upper decks you had to up and out before 6-7 am to get deck chairs. One chair can usually be found but 2-3 chairs in one group was a bit more difficult. Still it can be done! Beautiful ship with lots of things to explore. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We decided to go to New Orleans this year instead of Florida for a change. What a pleasant change indeed. I must say I was a little nervous going on the triumph but quickly put that in perspective. Check in was awsome. The ship was ... Read More
We decided to go to New Orleans this year instead of Florida for a change. What a pleasant change indeed. I must say I was a little nervous going on the triumph but quickly put that in perspective. Check in was awsome. The ship was clean and a great atmosphere everywhere. Our room was also a pleasant surprise as we have always booked a balcony but this time was a ocean view. It was spacious with a great view. Dining was also a great experience, at first we were disappointed with our table location but was quickly changed by the best matre de we have ever had! Mario was a superstar and made our cruise unforgettable in the best way possible. We have been on 8 cruises and this was the 1st time we have ever met or talked to the matre de. The serving staff was also some of the best ever. So a big thank you too MARIO, MIRASLAVA, RANDY AND ANTOLII for making our cruise one of the best ever!! We only went for the comedy shows and the outdoor movies and they were awsome. Highly recommend them all. Bar service was great, no real complaints. Sea days service was a bit slower but to be expected. Ports were Progresso which we just went shopping downtown and Cozumel we went to mr Sancho´s which was a nice getaway, good food, pools and beach was beautiful and it’s all you can drink and eat which was awsome with a great variety of food and drink. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for ... Read More
The crew, security and cleaning staff were all stellar. Melbourne folks are an absolute blast to party with. Carnival Liberty sells more alcohol than any other ship in the fleet largely due to the good folks from Melbourne's love for celebrating life to the fullest! If your looking for a glass-half-full trip then this is the one. It's also largely suitable for families, we could see no evidence of any impropriety.. just great great times. Truffles restaurant was great and they would break the dinner up with their dancing cabaret through the enthused diners. We didn't really try the buffet up on the Lido deck except for cooked breakfasts. The staff were so very courteous and helpful. They made the whole experience very personable one which I really love. The best advice I can give is don't try to participate in all the activities all the time - you will exhaust yourself. Just pace yourself and give yourself a little buffer to go and enjoy the view of Bass Straight from the observation deck. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We wanted to do a quick getaway and booked this cruise at the last minute (we are locals and live 45 minutes away from the Long Beach port). We are a family of 4 with 2 children (ages 11 and 5) and love to cruise (we’ve gone on over 15 ... Read More
We wanted to do a quick getaway and booked this cruise at the last minute (we are locals and live 45 minutes away from the Long Beach port). We are a family of 4 with 2 children (ages 11 and 5) and love to cruise (we’ve gone on over 15 cruises so far). We sail primarily with Disney and have done a few with Royal Caribbean. The cruise overall was okay. It wasn't spectacular but for under $1k for 4 people for 3 nights and 4 days with food included, you really can't expect too much. We went knowing that it was a small/older ship and adjusted our expectations accordingly. We really enjoyed Guy's Burgers and the Mexican place (Blue Iguana) by the pool. We ate there every day for lunch. The food at the buffet was VERY limited and not exactly our taste so we never ate there. Food during dinner at the main dining restaurant was fine. Nothing out of this world memorable, but it wasn't bad. CONS - Some areas of the ship are not accessible by wheelchair. Our 11 year old son is special needs and there was no way we could get him to the mini golf area in his wheelchair. We had to carry him up the stairs. - Waterworks was cool BUT, the water is NOT heated and is pretty cold. The main pools are warm so I didn’t really quite understand why they wouldn’t warm up the water in the water slides area. Because the water was too cold, not many kids were there. - Senior crew members are nice and friendly but there are many newbies who are clueless. I lost count how many times I asked a crew member a question and was given the wrong information or he/she simply said, “I don’t know” - LIMITED family friendly activities - The DRUNKS!!!! (there were so many of them). This was a party cruise no doubt! PROS - Kids club counselors are awesome. They really do a great job keeping the kids entertained. I would say that Carnival runs their kids program very similar to RCCL. Our 5 year old daughter enjoyed her time there. - Main dining room crew really do try to go above and beyond. We had a great headwaiter who catered to all our dining room needs and he even played with our children (always a plus for us). - Spa staff was knowledgeable and friendly Our very first cruise was with Disney and it was that experience that got us hooked into cruising. We tend to gravitate towards cruise lines/ships that cater to FAMILIES. My husband and I were talking about our cruise experiences with different lines and I think what makes Disney our absolute favorite and what truly sets them apart from the rest of the pack is the lasting impression they leave their guests. Most cruise lines cater and provide service for the “masses” while Disney focuses on PERSONALIZED service. Granted, DCL does charge WAY MORE so it’s a give and take. If this would have been our first cruise, I don’t know we’d be enticed to cruise again any time soon. But with Disney, the first impression they left our family was so incredible that we couldn’t wait to book our next cruise with them while still onboard their ship! Lastly, would we do this cruise again? Yes, if the price was right and the timing was perfect (ie: long weekend where the kids don’t have to miss school). Cruising is our preferred way to vacation. We like the convenience and offers our special needs son the flexibility he needs when travelling so whether its with Disney, Carnival or RCCL, we will continue to see and travel the world by sea =) If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Loved the overall experience . Traveled with a teen, and was lots for her to do . Service was wonderful. The crew stayed busy all the time . Dining was great .(the melting chocolate cake is to die for ! ) PUTU attended to our cabin and ... Read More
Loved the overall experience . Traveled with a teen, and was lots for her to do . Service was wonderful. The crew stayed busy all the time . Dining was great .(the melting chocolate cake is to die for ! ) PUTU attended to our cabin and was amazing. I traveled with a walker (healing a broken leg ) anyway.... when the luggage was being delivered or taken up at the port, the middle elevators were closed . This made it extremely hard to get back to my room . I had to walk from one end of the ship to the other , especially from the 10 floor .There is not an elevator in the back of the ship from floor 10 to 9 and the stairs for a person with a walker is almost impossible. Overall I would do it again . Thanks to the crew and carnival freedom for a very nice time . Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I went to seethe Elvis show. I plan on going to it next year. The ship employees were among the best I have ever had the opportunity to cruise with. Being handicapped, they put me in a wheel chair and took me up the on ramp. And when time ... Read More
I went to seethe Elvis show. I plan on going to it next year. The ship employees were among the best I have ever had the opportunity to cruise with. Being handicapped, they put me in a wheel chair and took me up the on ramp. And when time to disembark, they put me in a wheel chair, took me to get luggage, wheeled me through customs, then out to my shuttle bus. You can not ask for better than this. The Casino staff were exceptional, kept coming around to see if there was anything they could do for me. The food was very tasty in the MDR, and wait staff were very prompt with drinks and meals. They even got my drink orders right. Last ship I was on, I ordered a martini with no olive juice bet with olives. They brought me a chocolate martini. They could not speak English. I did not want to get them in trouble, so I drank part of it. We are already thinking about another cruise on the Freedom. We have one coming p in June going to the Mexican Riviera and one the first of next year the vista out of Galveston. We will probably have two more cruises in between these two. I just hope my future cruises go as ooh as this one was. Out of 13 cruises, since I started counting, this the most enjoyable. I love to stay in the Casino, and fortunately they had good machines. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
So many things wrong!!! When we got in our cabin it was not set up so we did it ourselves and found that the carpet was disgusting under the beds. The very next morning we woke up with flea bites - multiple times to Guest Services only ... Read More
So many things wrong!!! When we got in our cabin it was not set up so we did it ourselves and found that the carpet was disgusting under the beds. The very next morning we woke up with flea bites - multiple times to Guest Services only got us a quick "Go to Medical". We bought the drink package and found that it was a waste of time as there were only a handful of bartenders on the deck at any given time. Most of the time it would take over 30 minutes of standing at the bar to get a drink. No one walking around! Our shore excursion was awful - billed as the "Great Race" all it had us do is walk around the worst parts of Cozumel - the snorkel part of it didn't bother to offer us a place to change into swimsuits so we didn't get to do anything. Incredible waste of money. Meals were mediocre at best - at one time only one elevator worked on our end of the ship. Painful as my mother is in a wheelchair and we had to use the elevators. One floor had construction so lots of noise. Not much to do - my grandchildren were totally bored as they are pre-teens and there isn't anything offered for them except sitting in a game room. This was absolutely the worst cruise I have ever been on. It was so bad I'm not sure I will ever take a cruise again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We had never been on a cruise before and wanted to try a short cheap cruise that we could travel to easily. Carnival Imagination fit the bill with the 4-day Baja Mexico Itinerary. Ship: Ship is smaller than I expected. However, I ... Read More
We had never been on a cruise before and wanted to try a short cheap cruise that we could travel to easily. Carnival Imagination fit the bill with the 4-day Baja Mexico Itinerary. Ship: Ship is smaller than I expected. However, I appreciated the size because it was easy to get around. Decor is dated -- think 90's Vegas. However, only a few areas of the ship were decorated to excess, like the atrium. Lots of shiny brass. Everything was clean. Cabin: We chose a room with a porthole. I don't think that it was worth the extra price over an interior room since we spent most of our time on deck. Room was clean and standard. Only bathroom amenities were generic shampoo and soap. Reputation: I was concerned with this ship's reputation as a "booze cruise" as we don't drink. However, we found plenty of things to do, and most passengers were friendly and well-behaved. Crew members told us that they had more serious drinkers during their three-day itineraries. Keep that in mind when booking. Because we went in February, most of our fellow passengers were from Southern California who also took advantage of a cheap get away. We sailed during Super Bowl 2018 -- we're not big football fans, but I can see how this cruise would be excellent for those wanting to watch. We stayed in Long Beach port later than usual, so the game could be broadcast. For the game, the Imagination displayed the Super Bowl in their Dynasty Main Show Lounge and set up a buffet of game-time snacks like Philly cheese steak sliders and chicken wings. Dining: The buffet is sub-standard. Another reviewer compared it to downtown Las Vegas, and I'd have to agree. However, if you go past the warming stations, the sandwich station is maintained by staff who make sandwiches to order. However, we enjoyed the food in the dining room. Most dishes were excellent, particularly the appetizers and desserts. The fish dishes tended to be average, but not surprising given that the fish is prepared from frozen. Guy’s Burger Joint is a celebrated eatery, but I found it average. It’s a good burger that you can dress yourself or have them build for you with such things as a raft of bacon. Lots of sauce, ways to add heat, like jalapenos. But the eatery that is outstanding is the Blue Iguana cantina. The Blue Iguana cantina serves fresh tacos and burritos (including breakfast burritos). Fantastic salsa bar, including a jicama and watermelon pico de gallo. Crew: Crew was very friendly and helpful. Service was fantastic. Entertainment: The two stage shows had a small cast. However, we were impressed by the quality of singing and stagecraft. We preferred the Epic Rock show (classic 70s and 80s anthems) to the Divas show (contemporary pop). The comedians were good – same caliber as found in LA clubs and other big city comedy clubs. Conclusion: Great starter cruise to get your feet wet for cruising. Great value for the price. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Had a great start to our trip with Cocoa Beach Shuttle despite our late arrival into MCO, and a good night's sleep. That's about the last good thing I have to say. I will not go on this ship again. The interior layout ... Read More
Had a great start to our trip with Cocoa Beach Shuttle despite our late arrival into MCO, and a good night's sleep. That's about the last good thing I have to say. I will not go on this ship again. The interior layout of the ship and the ventilation system caused most of the public spaces any where near the atrium to feel of smoke from the casino, which was filled with smokers due to the inadequate and totally exposed smoking areas outside. I use a mobility scooter and was restricted to using the Lido deck to go outside because there were no doors I could get through on my own because there were no automatic doors. The Lido buffet was tiny and the staff (except one) was far more interested in socializing than being helpful. The Cucina del Capitan might have been good but we didn't try it because it smelled so strongly of the JiJi Asian restaurant. The staff in the main dining rooms were attentive. We were delayed in our arrivals in several ports for no apparent reason (sitting in the sea for several hours) and had to cancel several day's shore excursions. I won't mention the ongoing sewer problems in the 6th deck forward. From the mildew and mold smells this won't be fixed until she goes to drydock. Don't bring a Service Animal on this ship. Some off the tiniest cabins I've ever seen. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This cruise was booked for a birthday celebration. The group included 11 ladies split between 4 different cabins. This review is solely based on my cabin and experience. Charleston is a convenient port for those in the areas of ... Read More
This cruise was booked for a birthday celebration. The group included 11 ladies split between 4 different cabins. This review is solely based on my cabin and experience. Charleston is a convenient port for those in the areas of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and areas within driving distance. Although you can fly, the airport is a quick taxi ride to the port, this would get so much more use if they had more ships. Several people shared that the city of Charleston is only wanting one boat at a time using the port. Carnival is switching out the Ecstasy for the Sunshine in 2019. Embarkation was speedy, I made it through security and over to the check-in counter with ease. I was on the gangway within 10 minutes.Get there by 11 and you can get on the boat. They give you a special time on your boarding pass but it didn't seem to matter. Once on the boat the party was revving up on the Lido Deck. Guy's Burger Joint was ready as was the Blue Iguana Cantina and the lunch buffet. The pizza place at the very back of the Lido Deck was great, the Caesar salad was a HUGE hit. If you have the bubbles package (sodas, not alcohol) you need to pay SC tax while in port. Also, the bubbles/alcohol packages cannot be used on the private island or on room service. We were allowed to our cabins promptly at 1:30 and many bags were already there. We loved our room, small TV (not a ton of channels, not good if you are seasick or stuck in your room, thankfully we weren't). Bathroom was tiny but that's to be expected. Water pressure was not good, fuse blew when too many people were drying their hair and some cabin bathrooms had a slight odor but essential oils took care of that issue. We mustered around 3:30. This was a typical muster, we listened to the rules, walked up to where our lifeboat was and that was it. We didn't need to bring our vests. We sailed away and toured around the ship. It's a smaller ship, maybe 2000 people on board but, unless you walked the length of the boat on our deck (Deck 5 Main) we had to weasel in and out of rooms (mostly the casino on Deck 9) which was filled with cigarette smoke. There was awesome nightly entertainment near the China Town bar but the smoke kept us away. Piano Bar was fun, comedy was great, shows were great, the Love and Marriage show is always a winner and we were even able to watch the Super Bowl in the two lounges as well as the Lido Deck. The Alchemy Bar was awesome, martini tastings were a big hit and there were wonderful areas at the bar and in it's vicinity to sit and enjoy your drink. We had the late seating for dining and we LOVED it. Our server, Lucy, knew our names almost immediately, catered to the specialty dishes some of our party needed and was a delight over the entire trip. Support staff in the dining room was wonderful as well. The food was quite tasty overall, I have to admit, I was very pleasantly surprised (just ask the 8 pounds I brought home with me hahaha) Day 2 was all day at sea, the boat is older so we felt LOTS of rocking. Some didn't like that and had some sea sickness. Thankfully I didn't and found the rocking to be soothing and relaxing. Sea Day Brunch was another pleasant surprise- get the steak and eggs. The steak was tender and seasoned well. Omelets were good too I heard but on both sea days, during the brunch I got steak and eggs. The private island, Princess Cay, was great, the water was chilly and it was windy but we found a great pavilion with plenty of seats both in and out of the shade. The island lunch was okay, burgers with accouterments. Some of us headed back to the boat (you have to take a tender to and from the main ship) and before boarding you need to go through security so plan accordingly. I heard that as the time to board got closer, the lines were long, the sun was hot and if you wanted shade there were limited seats on the bottom of the tender. The next day we got to Nassau and opted to go to the Nassau Hilton, its right next door to Senor Frogs. $79 got you a day pass that included a $40 food/beverage credit to use, access to their private beach, pool, chairs, umbrellas etc. It was worth every penny. It was clean, quiet, not crowded at all. I would go there again in a heartbeat. The food was pricey, a burger was $19.75- so your credit doesn't go too far. Beachy adult beverages averaged around $10 as did a shot. Yup. A shot was $10. Note that there is a tax added to the food and drinks but gratuity is already included. On our way back, our second sea day, it was chilly- windy and somewhat cloudy so time on deck was limited. We had fun sleeping in, going to the sea day brunch, playing BINGO and taking naps. For our final dinner we headed back to the dining room (we went every night, the choices were great, rarely was there an issue choosing something yummy) and followed it up with the comedy club and show. The morning of debarkation was loud as I said above, the boat is old but don't let it deceive you, it was a really fun time. Plenty of places to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. It's not a mega ship, it has few modern features but the size of it can be a good thing. The private beach day wasn't crowded, the deck always had seats available, getting on and off the boat happened with minimal wait time. We made our way back to the security building, grabbed our luggage (we left it outside our doors by 11pm the night before, you could carry it if you wanted to) and made it through customs quickly. I grabbed a taxi to the airport but others in my party waited in line for a shuttle to get them to the parking deck. If you are looking for a fun getaway, this is great for those on the east coast who don't want to go to the major ports. I may need to return when they put the Sunshine on rotation. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We joined the Carnival Sunshine from Cape Canaveral,FL to visit Aduba, Bonaire and Grand Turk.. I will segment this review in order to provide the best story of our experience. Boarding: I have mobility issues, but do not use ... Read More
We joined the Carnival Sunshine from Cape Canaveral,FL to visit Aduba, Bonaire and Grand Turk.. I will segment this review in order to provide the best story of our experience. Boarding: I have mobility issues, but do not use walkers/wheelchairs or powered scooters - normally I can walk the distances needed to board without major issue. This time was different as the walk to the terminal was long and up ramps. By the time we reached the security check point, it was pretty apparent that I was having some distress. Once I got through security, the Carnival shore support personnel noticed that I was having issues and did everything they could to make my boarding comfortable by providing a wheelchair which I did not actually ask for - they provided it. In essence, the shore side personnel were on the ball and helped me tremendously. Accomodations: The ship itself is showing its age - wood refinishing was needed in all areas of the ship exposed to the weather. A lot of rust on the balconies,in corners, etc. In places (notably near the entrances to the open Lido deck area), the floor was pitted and uneven - steel drains needed to be replaced as they were curved down and not even with the surrounding deck. In some places the carpet was worn although still serviceable - it was more an esthetic problem in truth. It was obvious that the ship needs a refitting. Room: Small, no refrigerator, wardrobe doors were loose and would open and close with ship movement,balcony door handle was very hard to open (reported to the Steward, but it wasn't fixed or repaired), bathroom was quite large, but the door wouldn't stay open. The bed was adequate, the TV mount was loose (also reported - no fix). As far as in room TV service, only CNN/HLN, TBS (spanish) and TCM were available. This is one area in which Carnival has created itself an issue. I will say that our cabin steward was attentive and very efficient - that was a plus. The room was clean, the bathroom sparkling so even with the other issues, it was a place to spend the night. Food: There aren't enough bad things to say about the food on this voyage. We did our time dining, but it often took a minimum of an hour to order, eat, dessert and leave. The wait staff had a tendency to order the food from the kitchen in bunches - several tables at the same time which created problems with hot food coming warm and warm food cold. I had a lasagna which was a congealed mass of fat - couldn't eat it. The Lido buffet was better with a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner choices. I'm not sure what the issue was with the Our Time Dining. We did notice bread plates and saucers being wiped and reused which was reported to the office in charge. Excursions: Our first stop was Aruba - we did the Top Ten tour (bus tour) which really turned out to be a Top Six with meaningless stops for uninteresting sites. We spent more time driving than actually touring. This tour was run by De Palm Tours and was not worth the money spent. Second stop was Bonaire and we did the trolly tour which was wonderful, informative and fun. The Tour guide was Anita and she did a terrific job. Unfortunately, our third stop was Grand Turk, but the ship was diverted to the Dominican Republic due to two medical emergencies - went to Amber Cove instead and that was nice - not a place I'd return to again though. Overall, the trip was adequate. As most January passages, the weather played a big part and the ship captain did his best, weather and sea state is out of his control Normally, I'm not bothered by ships moving as I've spent most of my life on the water including a stint as a Charter Captain, but this time it was different. The motion was constant when at sea and made the balcony unusable - which is not Carnival's fault. Self inflicted wounds: The weekend we left was the NFL League championships until mid-day on Sunday, nobody was going to be able to see the game and there were no plans to make the game available. There must have been a lot of complaints because "arrangements were made" to show the first game on the outdoor screen, but not the second, then a half hour before the second game, "arrangements were made". This was a self inflicted wound as there were a large number of fans of all the four teams on this cruise - even the choice of the Lido deck was odd as there wasn't enough seating to go around. Debarking was a horror show. There were ten elevators available for the called decks to depart, BUT all ten elevators exited at the same choke point creating a mass of humanity all trying get past this narrow area. Very poor planning and design on getting guests off the ship. I had some real difficulty moving after standing, but the debarking crew in the terminal was hell bent and determined to get everybody off, in a line and out of their space. To add insult to injury, I couldn't get to the elevator because one of the terminal workers made me go down an escalator with my baggage. Half way down, the bags caught on a step and I fell down the escalator. To their credit, the supervisors were immediately present to help, but the damage was already done and I had to take a wheel chair out of the terminal. It was not a positive experience. I felt that the whole debarking process was not properly organized or coordinated - rushing to get passengers off the ship because it was two hours late arriving (due to weather) to get the new passengers on, creating traffic jams, inadequately trained shore side personnel (with respect to debarking) made the whole trip less than fun. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
My January, 2018 cruise aboard Sensation was the worst cruise I have had to date. The problems began at embarkation. Even though we had FTTF, we had to wait at the terminal over 2 HOURS to board. I can't imagine how long we would have ... Read More
My January, 2018 cruise aboard Sensation was the worst cruise I have had to date. The problems began at embarkation. Even though we had FTTF, we had to wait at the terminal over 2 HOURS to board. I can't imagine how long we would have had to wait if we had not had FTTF and got "priority boarding." Once aboard I was immediately struck by how shockingly dated the decor is on board. It screams 1970s and 1980s. I ended up getting used to it by the end of the cruise, but it was very jarring for the first couple of days. I felt like I had stepped into a time machine. There also was some cosmetic wear and tear on the ship, such as visible rust. Our interior cabin was horrible. Even though we were a party of 2, they put us in a cabin with 2 bunk beds. When closed, the top bunks overhang the bed and my husband and I both bumped our heads several times. Rather than a piece of artwork, there was a curtain over a "fake" window (nothing behind it but plastic wall). Who do they think they are fooling? I'd rather have the artwork. The room was extremely small and cramped and there was NO refrigerator. That was a big deal to us. We had to constantly have our steward refill our ice bucket - which wasn't big enough for the drinks we had pre-purchased to have delivered to our cabin. The shower water temperature and pressure were very good. The worst incident that occurred was when I was injured in one of the lounges. The lounge had tables with glass tabletops that were NOT secured to the table legs. I was drinking water all night - no alcohol - and slightly leaned on the table to stand up because I have osteoarthritis (and have never had a problem before doing this.) Due to the defect of these tabletops not being attached to the legs, it slid off and shattered, injuring my foot which was bleeding profusely. My foot had been stabbed by broken glass in many different places. But that wasn't even the worst part. The worst part was the horrible customer service I received at Guest Services when I reported the incident. I was told point blank it was "not Carnival's fault," rather than the "we are so sorry this happened to you" I should have received. There was no empathy or express of concern whatsoever. As for whose "fault" it was - that should have been up to a manager - not a low level customer service agent, and he should have gotten a manager to speak with me. The defective furniture was the reason this happened, which I think clearly makes it the fault of Carnival - but regardless, they should have at least not been rude in response to my injury! This was the first cruise where we had to wait to be seated for dinner (my time dining.) Then, once seated, service was extremely slow and the food was lukewarm instead of hot when it got to us. What made all this worse was the lack of dining options aboard for dinner. The best alternatives - Blueiguana and Guy's Burgers, closed early so we could not eat dinner there! The Serenity deck was a joke. People who clearly appeared to be under 18 were allowed to stay, one of the jacuzzis and a third of the deck were closed, and it was completely packed and noisy most of the time. There was nothing "serene" about it. The entertainment did not appeal to us at all. It was mostly game shows, expensive bingo, kids events, and other things that didn't interest us at all. The production show we went to was okay, but no where near as good as the production shows we'd seen on other ships - even other Carnival ships. One of the comedians was surprisingly good though, and I usually don't like comedians. The rest of the trip went a little better, but I still left the ship determined never to sail on Sensation again and planning to still go on the future Carnival sailing I already had booked but not planning on booking any more. I do not recommend this ship to anyone unless they like terrible cabins, poor customer service, injuries, and lots of waiting around at the terminal. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
1) because my brother and his wife have never cruised before. 2) the price 3) where it was going. 4) because my brother and his wife still like to party. Carnival seems more like a party type atmosphere. The staff was wonderful from our ... Read More
1) because my brother and his wife have never cruised before. 2) the price 3) where it was going. 4) because my brother and his wife still like to party. Carnival seems more like a party type atmosphere. The staff was wonderful from our room steward Wayan to our dinner stall Dede, Ignatius, and Polett. to the staff in cloud-9. spent the day in New Orleans before embarkation. Embarkation went very smoothly ( great job) our cabin 7203 is classified interior, but has a window. It is interior with a picture(walkway view).It was our highest level yet. and a good choice. they do sell out fast. we enjoyed most of our dinning I was disappointed in the main buffet, but like the other 3 buffet or was it 4? guy burgers was very good, the pasta bella was not a buffet, but a sit down where you place an order and drop it off at the head of serving line and then go sit down and they deliver it piping hot as you ordered. a don't miss if you travel on the Dream. Main dinning room was very good. the chef's table was an outstanding experience. It di cost extra, but we thought it well worth it. the shows in the encore lounge were to mush like Vegas style and loud. we like more Broadway style performances. disembarkation went very smooth also. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
This my 7th Carnival Cruise Just decide to write this review of my recent cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston Texas. We had the deluxe Ocean view suite mid ship 1St floor. Overall the cruise was fun, But The hallway and ... Read More
This my 7th Carnival Cruise Just decide to write this review of my recent cruise on the Carnival Breeze out of Galveston Texas. We had the deluxe Ocean view suite mid ship 1St floor. Overall the cruise was fun, But The hallway and our room had a funky smell for the several hours, We were traveling with several members from our church and some family members from Fort Worth Texas and were all on the same hallway with our room all in a row, They also had problems with the smell. After a few Hour, we all went nose blind to the smell, by the end of the 2nd day. This the 1st trip on any of the Carnival ships that We experience really loud noise a night. We purchase the mid-price wifi service and was really disappointed It was slow. The guest services and photo employee were really busy helping cruiser installing the Carnival hub app on their cell phones a tablet, some cruiser never got connected and was given a refund. Install the Carnival hub app before you leave home to avoid the long lines at the guest service desk. Coming from central Texas I am spoiled by traditional Texas-style barbeque I was not impressed with Guy’s barbeque. The side, however, was great his Mac cheese was the bomb and the baked beans were off the chain, Slaw was just plain good. Guy’s burger was great as usual. The dining room staff was really good. Our room steward was OK. The 4x4 jeep excursion at Montego bay was good.I would not recommed this excustion to any with knee or back problems the 4x4 ride is rough.I would recommed that you gone on the 1:00 excursion to the hidden water falls when leveing the falls area late you get to see a great sun set. Plaining my next crusie on the Carnival Vista. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Carnival Breeze Cruise 01/14-21/2018 (Noted That the Breeze failed its CDC/saturation inspection in December, but after reviewing the report, we saw that most of the failures were technicalities, not really health risk problems. It ... Read More
Carnival Breeze Cruise 01/14-21/2018 (Noted That the Breeze failed its CDC/saturation inspection in December, but after reviewing the report, we saw that most of the failures were technicalities, not really health risk problems. It seems it might indicate the staff is overworked or understaffed) Sunday 1/14 Shawn dropped me and our luggage at the cruise terminal and a porter took the 2 large bags and my walker. Shawn drove the car to EZ cruise parking then walked back to meet me (only 4 blocks). As a Platinum cruiser, also in a wheelchair, we got priority boarding. Got on at 12:30 (an hour late due to previous cruise’s debarkation delay). Helpful friendly staff and the wheelchair was quickly thru and up the ramp to the ship. Check in was extremely simple with the just checking our boarding passes then putting us thru the metal detector and out carry-ons thru the x-ray machine. New procedure on the Sail and Sign Cards which function as ID, Charge Card and Cabin key – you go straight on to cabin with cards waiting for us outside the cabin. I unpacked from our carry-ons while Shawn went to check on the deck 5 hot tubs. Starboard Promenade hot tubs were open so we put on our suits and headed down despite the chilly weather. We enjoyed the nice, warm bubbly tub until 2:30, then tried to get lunch but ALL restaurants closed early (2:50). We went to our assigned Muster Station, Upper Blush Restaurant on Deck 4, for the safety briefing and at 3:15 they announced food service WOULD BE CLOSING which irritated me because everything was already closed. The Safety Briefing was held in areas where people could sit which was a great improvement over standing out on the decks as they used to do (ad still do on other ships, according to other passengers) After the Safety briefing, they let us gimps out first but the elevators were crazy busy. Finally got to deck 5 and went to Red Frog Pub for pub grub – but there was only one server and he was overwhelmed (and possibly indifferent). Went to Lido after long elevator wait. Long lines for all food. Finally went to deli - Reuben and tuna sandwiches were yummy as were the curly fries and potato salad. Love the tasteful decor of this ship but miss the comfy couches usually found along the Promenade on other Carnival ships we’ve sailed. Back to cabin to unpack - walker finally delivered. Internet plan for one activated meaning only one of us could be online at a time. The Internet is 1Mbit/sec with a huge ping of about 1.5 seconds (very poor response). We purchased the “Value Plan” ($60) before the cruise (at a small discount) – it is supposed to be for all basic internet use which doesn’t involve streaming videos, Skype or other massive data use, but this seems slow. Some apps would timeout and fail instead of just being slow. Already had the Carnival Hub app – it includes lots of useful info like maps, what’s happening, menus, etc. We also paid for texting with other cabin mates for $5 each. Went to 3-forward atrium for a Cruiser Special rum drink and to listen to Kudos Strings - 3 violinists- excellent!! Lots of Beatles songs and song from movies. Weird sewer smell down near the elevators was yucky. Late dinner in Blush upper got our own 4 top! Servers Retno and Winaya both from Indonesia. I had corn chowder, poppers, flat iron steak and creamed spinach. Shawn had Cesar, fresh tomato soup, salmon and baked potato. The soups were hot and delicious esp. the chowder. The bread basket was varied: fresh French, rye and a cranberry walnut roll. The Caesar is good but strongly fishy. The steak was a small portion but perfect for me - cooked medium rare and served with a delish peppercorn sauce, small baked potato (perfectly cooked and great!) and 2 pieces of broccoli. Very small but good portion of creamed spinach. The salmon was fine, served with baked potato, carrots, and broccoli Caramelized phyllo for dessert was superb! I am glad they have reduced the portion sizes a bit – I like to order and try several of the numerous offerings and with smaller portions, I can enjoy them more. Back to the room for an early night. The bed was extremely comfortable!! Note: Schwartz, the cruise director, was a lively and popular character, beloved by kids and adults alike. 1/15 Monday at sea S up early to walk laps in the Promenade – did 8. Walking track around the outside of deck 5 is wonderful. Walking laps is a fun way to start the morning, and to watch the sun rise. Each lap is .387 miles The Hub app includes sunrise/set times and but not ship positions I used the slow Value internet. S took me for a lap on the Prom- windy on the pier side and 2 narrow points near the bow where the wheelchair didn’t fit. Sea day brunch at Blush started at 8:30 but they seated us early – yay! Had a coupon for a brunch drink - Breeze’s Bloody Marie’s are bloody awesome! And they do bread VERY well - the croissant was great. Had fresh squeezed orange juice (another good reason to go to Blush for brunch). Shared the fruit plate (pretty and tasty). S got pasta pappardelle “Principe di Napoli”- loved it. Delicate sauce with wide ribbon noodles, bits of ripe tomatoes and fried mozzarella. I had an omelet, cheddar grits and bacon. The omelet had spinach onions mushrooms and cheddar - 2 eggs, perfect size for my meal. Grits were creamy and tasty. Bacon was ok. Went for a tour. Spa and serenity deck were ok but $40 to have to climb stairs to the Thalassotherapy pool seems excessive. Serenity Deck has cool cubbies, chairs, hammocks and 2 hot tubs all for 21+-year-olds. Had to take Spa elevator up to 15 Serenity Deck, only stairs otherwise and no exit on 14 or 12 without stairs. The Waterworks looks fun for kids (and adults) but climbing is required. Went to Lido to cross back to the sports area but learned there is only stair access to 12 aft for the Ropes Course and mini-golf :-( so people in wheelchairs or limited mobility are apparently not welcome on that deck. Also noticed only high-top tables at the sushi restaurant making it hard for gimps like me. Loved that there are lounges as well as chairs on all the decks as well as some benches. Went to Red Frog Pub for lunch - after waiting a while, the server came by and took order for a drink but said food wouldn’t be available until 11:30 (despite all postings saying lunch 11am-midnight). Tried the Jamaican Sunrise (Skye vodka, peach Schnapps, red passion fruit, orange and cranberry juice) - very tasty! We waited until 11:40 but the server disappeared so we gave up. They were clearly understaffed. We did not return. Went to Lido and waited for Tandoor to open at noon. YUM!! Murgh Salan (chicken and chiles in peanut sauce) and beef kabob were my faves while Shawn loved the fish and the pea and tofu Paneer. The naan was great (warm and crispy) and most all the salads were interesting and tasty! One negative note: they had what looked like roasted ears of corn, but they were actually boiled & seared to look like they were grilled. Relaxed on the rear balcony for the afternoon then sat on deck 5 to see some of the Elegant Night outfits. Back to the cabin and got ready for the elegant night. Had a plate of chocolates and strawberries plus a form asking if we needed anything - asked for 2 more pillows and a bathrobe (got them when we returned from dinner), plus we let them know we only needed once-a-day room servicing – no turn-down needed. More people at Blush tonight. Shared our table with Kim and Sherry from OK. S had fried oysters (loved them), Cesar salad, wild mushroom soup (wonderful) and root veggies in a pie crust which was good but dry. I had the soup (excellent) and spaghetti carbonara which was great, with the hot Creme Brûlée for dessert - yum. Our tablemates were first-time cruisers and Kim was quite vocal about his disappointments with the cruise (many complaints) but finally seemed to realize he was being a downer and started reminiscing about his life in Austin in the 80’s. Back to cabin to divest our fancy duds. Also received a throw as a platinum gift. Really appreciated the extra pillows. Tuesday 1/16 Awakened by room service at 605 Got tray then Shawn headed out for laps - did 8. I fiddled with comp and had hot tea and toast - note: even Carnival can’t make gluten-free bread taste good. Shawn returned and I put on a swimsuit under a dress and we went to Blush at 8:10 even though they were scheduled to open at 8:30 - they opened doors at 0811 - this is a very nice departure from every other place opening late or closing early! Seated at the same table as yesterday so same servers: Natali, and Joseph We got orange juice (very diff from on Lido), iced tea, and fruit plate to share. S got pasta again (server remembered) and I ordered eggs Benedict with extra hollandaise. Nat asked if we wanted a Bloody Mary again and we agreed. It was delish and the lady who made it came by to make sure we liked it - said the secret was her magic she added! We appreciate that touch. S lived his pasta again. They brought my eggs B with 2 extra servings of sauce and it was wonderful, especially with the little serving of home fries. The small servings make sense and I appreciate them - it’s easier and better to order more if you’re still hungry than to waste food if there’s too much! Ate breakfast and went to the aft starboard Jacuzzi on the promenade. It was too sunny and had people in it, so we went to the port side Jacuzzi where it was windy but empty. The tub temperature was a little lower than the first day so we hovered over the hot jets for a half hour. Tried going back to the starboard tub, but it was no warmer so we headed to the room. Changed then headed to the excursion desk to ask about wheelchairs on the Cayman Crystal Caves Trip. They said probably wouldn’t work so they refunded the full amount. BTW passengers can’t get from aft to midship on deck 3 so plan accordingly! Up to Lido for frozen yogurt and ocean views. We were going to try the pizza but no slices were out and no one was around (despite the pizza place supposedly being open 24hrs) Wandered a bit and checked email. Waited for noon Sushi opening but they were open when we got there! Very nice, helpful server let us order to go so we didn’t have to use the high top tables. Order a Bento Box for me and Spicy Tuna roll for Shawn. (Not a place to go if you’re in a hurry) A lovely young woman brought our order and everything we needed to the table where we sat outside the Red Frog Pub. It’s worth noting that the server at RFP saw and ignored us before we ever got our food. The staff at Bonsai Sushi, on the other hand, were observant, helpful and plentiful! The Bento came with Miso soup (delish), salad with ginger dressing (nice), 6. Pc California roll with real crab, avocado, cucumber and fish eggs sprinkles, as well as 3 pc Sashimi (shrimp, tuna, and salmon) which I gave to S. Shawn had an 8 pc Spicy Tuna roll which was excellent - obviously and meticulously made by a pro! Went up to get tea and see if Tandoor had different entries - they did, so we share a piece of naan and some Peas and Fenugreek (Methi Matar Malai). Then back to the cabin. Trying to use the internet during the day is an adventure in frustration - SLOW!!! Not worth what you pay but... slightly better than having no access. The trick appears to be using it at 4 am. Since S didn’t like anything on the dinner menu, we went to Lido buffet to eat. Good shrimp and breading and the chicken Milanese were great. Afterward, we made our way to the Breeze Atrium 3 to hear Kudos Strings again - fun! 1/17 Wednesday Jamaica Up at 5:30 to get internet to work and prep for Jamaica! Room service arrived at 6 AM as requested. Actually, the food delivered was substantially different than yesterday. Despite being almost the same order, things changed. Yesterday, I got four slices of toast and two tubs of cream cheese as well as two bags of tea for the hot tea. The only difference in the order was that yesterday I ordered gluten-free bread – which was awful. Today I ordered wheat toast. I received one slice of toast, one tub of cream cheese, and one teabag though the order was for two people. Slightly disappointing. On the plus side, the Internet works well at 6 AM. S off to walk laps on Deck 5. Packed donation for Jamaican school and organized cabin for carpet cleaning (about which they notified us) Rain started so S came back from deck laps and we hit breakfast on Lido. Not many folks and no lines. Basic breakfast fare although the raisin French toast was nice as was the sausage gravy. I missed as the wonderful salsa which was available at breakfast a couple of years ago (on Liberty I think) Watched as we motored into Montego Bay. Gangplank on 0 Forward - a little hard in a wheelchair so we went to the Breeze Atrium on 3 to wait. At 930 we went to the elevators where a helpful crewman called the special elevator to deck 0 for us. S pushed me off the boat (in a good way) and onto the terminal where we were directed to our tour zone. Waited until 10 then out to a small bus with 23 passengers, Driver Seymour and guide Michelle Drove thru MoBay with running commentary. Saw markets, tons of yams, fruits, veggies. Saw cannons only ever fired by accident at Brit ship by Brit soldiers. Stopped at oldest church, Anglican or Episcopal. Bell tower is very loud when the bells ring as S found out personally. Looks like the church had not changed much at all relative to its colonial beginning, with the exception of the addition of steel-drum band equipment. Drove into the countryside on bad roads toward Kingston and stopped at Mt Olive Basic School. Kids aged 3-5. The children lined up on the stairs of the school and sang songs and spoke poetry to us. Then the tourists sat with them and took pictures. The teacher brought two over to meet me in the wheelchair and was followed by many more, so we took lots of pictures of gorgeous children being sweet. Toured the school; teaching English is a clear priority. Shawn tried to give one boy an item—big mistake. Almost started a riot, which the teacher quickly resolved by taking the item away. We gave a bag of school supplies to the teacher. The materials we provided (chalk, playdoh, and paper) seemed very appropriate, given the kids’ ages. We then drove up the road and most of the people took a walk in the rainforest up a hill to a local restaurant. I stayed on the bus because the hike was rough, but Seymour brought me a cup of coconut water to try, then he drove me up the hill to the gift shop area where peacocks roamed and a little burro posed. There was also an aviary with many different birds including a small eagle. Seymour brought me samples of all the fruits the rest of the tour group got: coconut with brown sugar, watermelon, papaya, and pineapple. Seymour and 2 men waited until our group got to the shop area then pushed me and my chair up a STEEP pathway to the restaurant area atop the hill. A little black cat was roaming but disappeared when the group started arriving. Once everyone arrived there, they offered samples of fruit punch and sugar cane, then let us go thru the buffet: sweet potato salad, yams, coleslaw, jerked chicken and pork, festival (like hush puppies), Ackee and salt fish (the national dish) and 2 homemade breads. All were delish! S loved the ackee n salt fish. Coconut drops were offered for sale $1: chopped coconut meat cooked with ginger and brown sugar - yummy! S had a Red Stripe lite beer and I had water. I was scared to let the man roll me down the ramp so I braved the stairs then rolled into the gift shop where I tried sips of rum drinks. Bought a Cuban cigar for SJ then back on the bus and eventually MoBay. Stopped at a “1/2 price gift shop” but we waited on the bus. Then back to the ship. Went to the cabin - carpets cleaned! Rested a bit then went to Red Frog on Lido for a drink. Got the Red Rum Treasure which was great! Looked for a seat with a view but it started raining so we drug a chair under the deck 12 overhang on deck 11 and enjoyed the view of Jamaica. Watched the rain and the view until the ship pulled out then had dinner on Lido- fish n chicken for Shawn and chicken and ribs for me. The desserts were lovely - some warm honey oatmeal cake and mousse for me, ice cream for S. Back to the cabin for a pain pill and to read. Fell asleep between 7-8 then went to bed at 9! Thursday 1/18 Grand Cayman Woke every 1-1.5 hours as the ship rocked and rolled. The wheelchair rolled itself across the cabin and the TV swung itself out. Got up around six and Sean tried to do laps around the deck. The driving rain at the bow drove him back to the cabin, wet and cold. Got to Cayman around seven, but the rocking and rolling continued. The rain stopped so Shawn went to do laps again while I tried to make the computer work – if Carnival wants to gift my platinum status with something for me, perhaps upgrading me to decent Internet would be the best! The wind around the bow was crazy strong—very difficult to walk against it. Captain made an announcement at about 730 that we could not safely tender into Grand Cayman, so the Breeze is headed to Cozumel early. After giving up on the internet, we went to Blush for breakfast - servers Joseph and Natali :-). J told Shawn, “No pasta today!” Shawn had smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel plus a yogurt and granola parfait. I ordered avocado toast with poached eggs and a broccoli cheddar scramble. Delicious. The Parfait had little yogurt and was too sweet (lots of honey, minimal yogurt) for S but I finished it for him. Back to cabin so Shawn can nap and I can get super frustrated by horrible internet. Sat on the balcony and enjoyed the ocean motion, then we went to 11 for the view and the breeze, but it was more a gale so we retreated to another spot to wait for lunch venues to open. At noon, we headed to 5 to try the Pig and Anchor but all the doors to the outside were blocked due to the wind. Finally got out an aft hatch and tried a little of everything offered at the P&A. I liked the pork butt and smoked beef and collard greens. S liked the chicken. The potato salad and Mac n cheese were ok but nothing special. Getting back indoors proved a challenge - we rounded the stern and went all the way forward to find an open hatch. Went back to Lido and made our way thru the hordes to check the kind of curry available at Tandoor. Finding a table was hard - lots of readers taking up dining spots - but finally parked at a bar table aft by the pool. Had some curry and naan then went for desert - S had ice cream and some key lime cheesecake while I had cheesecake and a mini carrot cake (which looked better than it tasted). Back to the cabin (1:30 pm and not yet cleaned) so I could warm up - lay on the balcony in the sun for a bit then went inside and got under the covers. Decided to go get pizza - asked for and received mushroom - it was good. The pizza was good, but minimalist in the extreme—very thin crust, very little sauce, and minimal toppings. That was good, though, in that it made the pizza very crispy and light, and likely minimized waste. Got a drink (Beachcomber) down at Red Frog mid ship on Lido. Heard announcements that tonight is Elegant night and saw that the comedy shows were canceled so have to rethink our plan for the night. Decided to eat buffet and not dress up - being stick-mud-people! Planned for Cozumel tomorrow. Drinking man, Sam from Missouri, with a Marvin the Martian tattoo on his calf joined us and talked for a bit after his wife pulled his chest hair. We went by the cabin to get a shirt for S and a coverup for me then down to the Breeze Atrium but no music- everyone taking portraits. We planted in the Piano Lounge to watch elegant outfits. At 6:10 we headed to Lido for dinner. I got a southwest chicken wrap from the deli while S got clam chowder, fish, and a Cesar salad. The amaretto cake was too chocolaty for either of us. Back to the cabin to rest before going to hear music in the Atrium. (Cabin STILL not cleaned) Rested for a minute and Volter came to clean so we went to the Piano Bar to read. Heard an announcement that there’s someone needing medical treatment so we are powering full steam to Cozumel - arrival 0100. At 8ish we went to The Atrium to hear Kudos Strings. Listened to faves like Stairway to Heaven, Devil went down to GA, Phantom of the Opera and more, while 2 little girls danced to the music! Back to cabin @10. 1/19 Friday Cozumel Woke at around 2 AM and we were docked. Got up at six and Shawn went for laps around the deck. My room service continental breakfast was brought at about 620 and was double or triple what was brought up the last time. It was great. NOTE: The carnival Internet is horrible. We paid for the middle – class version, the value Internet, and it is horribly, horribly slow. They advertise that their premier version is three times faster, but three times the pace of a snail is still a slow turtle so I can’t imagine that it is much better. I cannot recommend paying money for the service. Got the internet to work well enough to finish daily chores - only took 1.75 hours to do what would take 10 minutes at home. Packed up supplies for the orphanage tour. S came back from laps (40+ overall)! Went to Lido for breakfast buffet - great sausage gravy! Back to cabin to pack up, lather up (sunscreen) and ship out. Out 0 forward and saw all the other ships: Carnival Dream next to us, Regal Princess at semi- dock, 2 RC ships at piers closer to downtown. Got all the way to Three Amigos then realized I forgot the excursion tickets:-(. Shawn parked me and headed back. S back with tickets and we checked in with Give Back tour then went to the drug store. Shawn went in and found higher concentration Volteran plus Aleve gel but had to stand in line 35 minutes. Met tour guide David and got aqua happy face sticker. Ran to Pancho’s Backyard for a margarita - took too long. Got it five minutes before departure and took it with us. Back to meeting spot and group of 15-18 followed David to open-air safari bus. Climbed up the tall stairs into the bus. The bus hit the road bumps like a tank. First stop at San Jose Del Mar church. Only 26 years old, but cool stained glass windows. Not only the stations of the cross but also local history depicted. This was in sharp contrast to the church in Jamaica, which was an adopted colonial church. Then on to the City of Angels orphanage (Cuidad de Angeles) a charity of the Church of Christ which houses kids with surrogate parents in houses (2 parents to 5-10 kids per house, 6-18-year-olds). They have 5 acres of land with house-building ongoing. They are trying to raise money for that, education, healthcare, etc. Julio showed us around and gave us info. We saw only a few young people, and we did not interact with any of them. Back on the bus to Cocina Economica Los Chilangos (Chilangos which means “out of towners” because the proprietors are from Mexico City). Local food: Pasta soup, chips and green salsa (HOT), Homemade corn tortillas and a choice of entree. I had Deditas en crema chile poblano (chicken pieces). Shawn had Cerna de res entomatada (beef in tomato sauce) both with refried beans and rice. Lovely lunch then back to the pier. Went by the drug store and got then went back to Poncho’s Backyard for guacamole and rum punch. Back to the ship and a quick rest before heading to the port side to watch the drunks and late runners. Found a salt-encrusted window on deck 5 and saw a few drunks and almost no runners despite their being 30 minutes late! Schwartz the cruise director tried to chivvy them along with Chariots of Fire music but to no avail. We finally left Cozumel at about 6:10 pm. Went to 3 Atrium to hear classics by Kudos Strings. Then dinner on Lido as Guy Fieri’s burgers were closed at 6:30. We went back to the cabin to get a jacket and I wimped out. Shawn went back to hear Kudos Strings while I lay down. Read for a while - S back at 9 and to sleep. 1/20 Saturday Day at sea I slept until 6:45 while Shawn did laps. Got up but even before 0700 the internet sucks. Shawn back at 7:25 after 10 laps! Internet off and on Went to brunch in Blush and tipped Joseph (from the Philippines) and Augustina the Bloody Mary lady. I had filet and eggs with grilled tomato and home fries (extra béarnaise)- perfect! S had the pasta. Lovely meal!! Checked spa temps but both were tepid, so back to cabin to read/time Cs play, but S napped instead. Today, Volter came at 0910 of course! Said he’d come back later. He never introduced himself but knew our names. We timed Cs play then went to Lido for tea. S saw the Ropes Course was open so parked me on 11 and went up. I enjoyed the sun and breeze and ocean view. S came back as the Ropes had just closed for lunch (at 11:30) until 1:30. We went back and edited until 1:40, then Shawn went to Ropes while I fought the computer. He came back after an hour and showed me pictures of the hard vs easy sides of the course. Shawn did the easy and hard parts, which were all fun. The ‘hard’ side looked to be particularly difficult for people who were big/heavy. We went to 10 and split a burger then went by the shops for gifts before returning to the cabin. We read for a while then showered and packed up everything we could. Read a bit then went to Blush for farewell dinner. S had caprese salad, creole shrimp, and a baked potato. I had creamy mango soup as well as baked onion soup, then ricotta ravioli. S had a complimentary glass of Merlot and I had lemonade. Tipped and said bye to Winaya and Retno. Down to Atrium to hear Kudos Strings one last time: Bohemian Rhapsody, Only You (Patsy Cline), Celebration, and La Bamba. Back to cabin a little after 10. Finished packing all but the essentials and put out suitcases then to bed. 1/21 Galveston Alarm at 6. But it was 6 EST so we went back to bed a while. Up again at real 6 and Shawn went for 4 laps while I finally shed packing. Went up to Lido for breakfast but Shawn was disappointed - no gravy! Ate then back to cabin to get stuff, including walker! We were supposed to meet other priority departures in the midship restaurant at 8:15. Loaded up and headed to forward elevators which the ship announcements had said were for deck 11-12 and priorities only -ha! Waited 15 minutes because all elevators jam-packed. Finally got an empty elevator up to 12 then down to deck 3 where people were already exiting. Got right thru and got a porter to pick up luggage and take us through customs/immigration (no customs forms anymore. Porter dropped me and bags at F and Shawn went for car. Fast and easy disembark! Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
We were part of a group reunion. Had done 2 Carnival cruises in 95-96 so was rather curious about today's Carnival ships especially since this is a newer ship. Overall, the ship is satisfactory, but doubt if I would sail again with ... Read More
We were part of a group reunion. Had done 2 Carnival cruises in 95-96 so was rather curious about today's Carnival ships especially since this is a newer ship. Overall, the ship is satisfactory, but doubt if I would sail again with them as they did not have the WOW factor for me. Overall decoration of the ship was ordinary. Food was okay, but portions were generous -- French onion soup and melting chocolate cake were excellent. The Lido buffet did not have a great deal of variety, vegetables were limited. The layout is spread out and makes it initially confusing and inconvenient. First day of Anytime Dining was confusing and hectic. Much improved the next night. In fact, kind of nice in that you register for a table on deck 5, are given a unit that glows when a table is ready. In the interim, there is a lounge near by for cocktails or just comfortably waiting. Guy's Burgers were excellent and not long lines on off-peak times. The soft serve and frozen yogurt machine areas were constantly busy. Did not really participate in any of the main showroom or lounge entertainment, but did not hear any great reviews. A great big plus for Carnival with their Military Appreciation. The Cruise Director Matt did a great job in recognizing all service branches. The showroom was almost full with active, retired military, their families and cruisers who were just there for support. Indeed a highlight and heartwarming. Overall, the staff was accommodating, courteous and friendly. The Hub app was great when it worked. It was $5 for each phone for the week. The tv access to the activities, account, etc were easy to navigate. The Serendity area for adults only was disappointing. It was small, limited number of chaise, cabanas, umbrellas, etc. Handrails to one of the whirlpools were loose and posed a safety concern which I reported to Guest Services. Yellow towels were generously large and thick which you have to sign in/out. Onboard shopping is typical cruise availability with 'sales' thorughout the week. Embarkation was relatively quick and easy although hectic. The Lido was open for lunch while the cabins were being prepared. Disembarkation was delayed due to the recent government shutdown in which there were limited TSA agents available. Luggage tags are provided the day before to facilitate staggered disembarkation. Previous other cruise lines offer priority disembarkation for their excursions, but I did not hear any announcement for this if it was available. Ship scooters for anyone needing special assitance are available, but must be reserved in advance. Wheelchairs were available. Read Less
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