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The Carnival Glory was a great ship, offered fantastic service and wonderful ports. The ship was very clean and offered a lot of different entertainment options. This was my 2nd cruise on Carnival and my husbands 1st experience with ... Read More
The Carnival Glory was a great ship, offered fantastic service and wonderful ports. The ship was very clean and offered a lot of different entertainment options. This was my 2nd cruise on Carnival and my husbands 1st experience with Carnival ( we both have cruised with NCL before as well) Embarkation - Horrible... We arrived for embarkation at 1:30pm to find a VERY, VERY long line outside the terminal. After standing in line for 2 hours, we were finally on the ship. Thankfully the Lido buffet was still open, as we were starving. Cabin - Balcony room #7220 - located at the front of the ship. The room was typical, but the room steward Maruk was fantastic. Very little noise (except the rude people next door who kept slamming their balcony door). Sink wouldn't drain properly one night, both other than that small issue the cabin was great. Dining - we had a late seating (8:15 pm) in the Platinum lower dining room. We requested a table for 2 on our first night and the Maitre De accommodated that request for the remainder of the trip (which was awesome.... thank you!) The dinner choices for the American Feast and American Table were plentiful and everything was very good (except the desserts, but I think all Carnival desserts need a lot of work - so that's just personal preference) My husband is a meat & potatoes guy and ate prime rib, strip steak, flat iron steak every night. He enjoyed every meal. I tried a variety of the dishes and did not have a single complaint about the quality, taste, temperature, etc... of the food. Our servers were excellent, even remembering what my husband drank... having a Pepsi waiting at the table when we arrived :) Nice Touch The Lido buffet leaves a little to be desired... The breakfast was standard fare, but the lunches were of a different variety each day (Caribbean, French, American, etc..). I found it difficult to find anything appetizing on the Lido buffet. I ate at Guys Burgers and the Burrito stand for most lunches - both were excellent. Entertainment - We went to the Motor city Show - it was not their best work and reminded me of a high school musical. The comedians stole the show... very funny guys. We went to every adult show offered and it was a great time! The Cruise Director, Dr. E. is an entertaining guy as well. Go to any of the Name that Tune or Music Trivia nights that he MC's... it's a guaranteed good time. Casino - We only played the slots and won $420... Not bad but probably broke even. Lido Party's and Events - they need to do more during the day to engage the people especially during sea days. Ports: Nassau - we went on the Atlantis AquaAdventure. Cost was $140 per person. Well worth it if you have a full day. Water slides don't open till 10am and we had to be back on the boat by 2:30, so we felt like we were being rushed. Wished was had more time in port. St. Thomas - took taxi ($4 per person) to town and walked to the Gongola ride ($21 per person) took that to the top of Paradise Point (beautiful views). Did a little shopping and returned back to the boat by 5:00pm again wish we had a few more hours. San Juan PR - we went on the Canopy Zip Lining Tour. Cost was $126 per person. It was a lot of fun. Grand Turk - we rented a scooter for $60 for the day and drove around the island for hours - great time! Got back to the port with just enough time to take a dip in the ocean and do a little shopping. Back on the boat way too soon... Overall a great cruise... my only wish was that we had more time in each of the ports. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
2nd time on this ship. The 1st time was great all around ( service, food, entertainment. everything) This cruise, although we went to the same ports, was still fun and a great getaway from the snow, but wow what a difference. The ... Read More
2nd time on this ship. The 1st time was great all around ( service, food, entertainment. everything) This cruise, although we went to the same ports, was still fun and a great getaway from the snow, but wow what a difference. The entertainment at the evening shows, was terrible. what a change from 2 years ago. We went to 3 of them non of which were even half full. I have never seen that before. Walked out about half way through the Diva's show. that was embarrassing. the best thing we found to do was the Eboney Cabarate comedy shows, but it was so damn cold in there it was uncomfortable unless you were smart enough to bring a sweatshirt. As for the new American Table dining menu... IT IS TERRIBLE. the menu choices were minimal, the food was nothing to write home about. (very BLAH tasting) and the service completely sucked. We only ate in the Golden Dining room 3 nights out of the 7, John, and his assistant were by far the best in the dining room. They did awesome. (sorry dont remember the table number) The whole dining experience was very chaotic and unorganized. My wife ordered an iced tea when we first sat down, asked for it again when we got our appetizer, and a 3rd time when we got our main course. Finally, she was mad enough we didnt have dessert and walked out, never did get that iced tea. Oh and they dont tell you, if you order from the "off the grill" portion of the menu, that is all you get, so be sure to order a couple of the side items to go with it. I say a couple cause there aint much to them. Our Cabin Steward Santolino, deck 1. AWESOME.. never had to ask more than once for anything. We asked for a bucket of ice on day 1, and had a fresh bucketfull everytime we went to our cabin. We will sail Carnival again, because with a family it is affordable, BUT will never go on a ship with the new trial American Table dining. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We are a late 50's couple travelling with two friends of same age and sailed on the Glory for the second time in 3 years. We booked back to back eastern and western Carribean cruises, with the east being the first week. We are 10 time ... Read More
We are a late 50's couple travelling with two friends of same age and sailed on the Glory for the second time in 3 years. We booked back to back eastern and western Carribean cruises, with the east being the first week. We are 10 time cruisers with the majority being with Carnival. Embarkation on this cruise was the WORST EVER!!!!!!! From arrival at port to getting onto the ship was over 90 minutes in duration. Our balcony cabin was situated portside forward on deck 11. It was a great location for us because of the quiet setting close to the serenity deck, fitness center, and spa. Once aboard, we found the entire staff to be beyond spectacular. They are cleaning, wiping, sanitizing, and working 24/7. All were very friendly and professional, and I would like to acknowledge two in particular. The maitre' D, Cbasa (Chubby) is without question the most competent and charasmatic person I have ever met at sea. Our room steward named "Super Duper" was fantastic. He exceeded expectations in every way. We did not use ship excursions as the ports have been visited by us numerous times in the past. We have to agree with many other reviewers that the quality of the dining experience in the Platinum and Golden dining rooms has deteriorated significantly from years gone by. Not that it was bad, but just not as impressive as it once was. The wait staff were as phenomanal as they ever were, but the food selection and quality has regressed. Guy's burgers was a plus, and the Lido deck buffet was okay for breakfast and lunches.. The Blue Iguana Cantina and Fish and Chip Place were not visited. We ate at the Emerald Room steakhouse twice and really enjoyed the food quality there. The entertainment in the theatre was the usual cruise edition quality which would be more suited to 1st time cruisers. The juggler comedian used exactly the same jokes and in the same order as he did 3 years ago. The singers and dancers in the showroom and the atrium and lounges were below average in my opinion, but some may disagree. Our main concern or complaint is the general layout of the ship itself. The intended quiet areas are oddly interspaced with party and noisy areas that conflict with each other throughout the ship. The serenity deck at the bow is located right beside the camp carnival area for infants. It is difficult to enjoy a stress free environment when kids are playing and crying within arms length. The spa is located right beside the fitness center. The couples massage that we had on Valentines day was marred by the clanging noises of the various workout machines and treadmills. The library is situated right above and beside the atrium and photo areas which are extremely loud whenever someone enters or leaves. Our table at the Emerald Steakhouse was located beside a window where people congregate to smoke on deck. The ambiance is less than stellar while dining beside a group of obese shirtless men. You cannot access the dining rooms from the front (bow) of the ship on floors three and four because the galley interrupts the traffic flow. The travel must be made through the gauntlet of photographers and the heavy stench of cigarette smoke from the adjacent casino and then elevator (which were extremely slow do to high patron usage) or down two flights of stairs. On our first cruise on the Glory our balcony cabin was located at the aft (rear) so these issues were not that apparent at the time. Not deal breakers by themselves but certainly inconvenient. Since our flight out of Miami was not until the day following disembarkation, we waited until the last moment to self disembark which went much more smoothly than the embarkation did. Much of the Carnival experience was very enjoyable, but our next cruise will very likely be with a competitor because of the numerous cutbacks and cost saving measures that have occurred. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Just returned from the Carnival Glory 2/23/2014 to 3/2/2014 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise. The dining experience was exceptional in both my wife’s & my own opinion. The wait staff was attentive, polite & efficient. The Maître ... Read More
Just returned from the Carnival Glory 2/23/2014 to 3/2/2014 7 day Eastern Caribbean cruise. The dining experience was exceptional in both my wife’s & my own opinion. The wait staff was attentive, polite & efficient. The Maître Di and his assistants were very accommodating. We have cruised most other lines with the exception of HAL & Cunard & found that on most Carnival cruises the menu, selection & preparation to be superior. Took a Carnival excursion through San Juan stopping at Don Q for a drink & then on to a tapas bar for drinks (Mohito & Rain Forest) and then a basic Salsa lesson & demonstration. Really great tour & highly recommended. The only negative aspect of the cruise, which for us is a serious one, was the lack of ballroom dance venues. Two areas were available neither of which was optimum for ballroom dancing being either too small for anything other than a limited tight East Coast Swing or a rumba. The Club Casino was situated on a major thoroughfare on the promenade deck with passengers making their way fore & aft on the only passage-way available and the marble tile floor was totally unsuitable for dancing. To add insult to injury while the music provided was fine two other rooms, the Ivory Club & the Bar Blue were not utilized at all. On most other Carnival cruises the Ivory Cub, sometimes called the Havana Bar was a great place to dance just about anything. We did though use these venues during the day to practice, which my wife says I really need. We were really anticipating the opportunity to dance and were sadly disappointed. We have noticed on Carnival, Princess & Celebrity a general lack of availability to dance ballroom. If this continues we will vote with our feet, hopefully together & in time.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We had an absolutely beautiful stateroom. There was adequate closet space, and the bathroom with hot tub and granite countertops was lovely. Our room steward was very friendly and helpful; he greeted us by name on arrival. Most of the ... Read More
We had an absolutely beautiful stateroom. There was adequate closet space, and the bathroom with hot tub and granite countertops was lovely. Our room steward was very friendly and helpful; he greeted us by name on arrival. Most of the staff on the Valor was gracious. We disliked the gaudy decor that was prevalent. The diner theme of the buffet areas was unimp[ressive, as was the food. Except the fresh fruit and salads, which were very good. Wish that the Mongolian Wok had longer hours, since most days we were on shore for excursions during the lunch hour. We wished that there was a wraparound promenade deck. The small track on the upper level was ok, but only because the weather was good. What we most disliked was the smoking areas. We couldn't sit around the pool/open air theatre because of the smoke. Sometimes we couldn't use our balcony because of the smoke from neighboring balconies.The embarkation/debarkation processes were well organized. The safety briefing was aweful. Passengers crowded into lines 6 deep for about an hour, sweltering hot, and the presentation was 5 minutes, difficult to see from all but the front lines. Would have been much more effective if broadcast on the ship's channel, and if we actually practised with the life preservers. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
I'm not one to complain about things just for the sake of complaining. I do believe though, that there is always some room for improvement. First of all the boarding process in San Juan was smooth and painless. We cruised on ... Read More
I'm not one to complain about things just for the sake of complaining. I do believe though, that there is always some room for improvement. First of all the boarding process in San Juan was smooth and painless. We cruised on Superbowl Sunday and the ship postponed departure and the muster drill untill after the game was over. In my eyes that was exactly what they should have done. There was a fairly large percentage of passengers from Puerto Rico and the music on deck was more likely to be salsa than anything else. I suppose that is just a matter of knowing the demographics and catering to the majority. Personally I have always seen the steel drum band as an integral part of my trip to the Caribean. I missed it on this trip. I found the Itinerary to be exhausting but wonderful. This was our first time on such a port intensive itinerary and I found myself wishing for a day at sea toward the end of the cruise just to catch my breath. We had so much fun at every port and saw many beautiful beaches and islands that we couldn't really pick a favorite. Perhaps it was a byproduct of the busy itinerary but we found the entertainment on this ship to be less impressive than any ship we have been on. The song and dance reviews were pretty standard so we counted on the comedy club for nightly entertainment. It was pretty good. The comedians were great. I think what we missed was the big acts in the main show lounge. Magician or big name comic, something that makes you say "WOW". No wow factor on this ship. We chose to eat in the dinning room most nights and found our waitstaff to be pleasent and efficient. The menu seems to get trimmed down just a bit with every druise we go on but we still found plenty to pick from. The burrito window never seemed to be open. The coffee machines were hit and miss in the mornings. One morning my wife waited for 30 minutes at the omelet station, when it was her turn she ordered a bacon and cheddar omelet. The cook rudely told her that the bacon is on the buffet line, he only uses ham. "Next!" We had never experienced that type of behavior from a crew member before and really didn't know what to think. I would sum up our cruise by saying this was a less than exceptional ship and crew but an amazing itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
I went on this cruise with my wife and 2 girls (ages 17 and 22). We flew in on the day of the cruise because it doesn't leave port until 10pm. We arrived at the airport about 3pm and we were on the ship having lunch and drinks by ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my wife and 2 girls (ages 17 and 22). We flew in on the day of the cruise because it doesn't leave port until 10pm. We arrived at the airport about 3pm and we were on the ship having lunch and drinks by 4:30pm. Embarkation was smooth with little waiting time. First night on board was very active, as it was Super Bowl night and there were viewing parties all over the ship. Great eats at many different areas of ship to enjoy the game. Our first stop was St. Thomas. We booked the Dolphin Discovery tour with carnival. It got good reviews and did not disappoint. While the travel to/from the sight of the dolphins is long, it is well worth it! Just the girls swam with the dolphins, as my wife and I went just to observe. Just a note that Carnival does not advertise the "observation only" ticket for this excursion but it is available at the excursion desk on board. It is a cheaper ticket and they do allow the observers to take pictures! Overall it is a beautiful place to spend the day and the girls had an experience of a lifetime! The second day is a "day at sea". My wife and I hung out on the Serenity deck for most of the morning and the girls hung out poolside at the main pool where all the action takes place throughout the day. The Serenity deck is very low key and a great place to relax. The girls had a ball getting involved in the activities on deck. Plenty to do all day with bingo, shopping, casino, informational meetings and activities on deck. Barbados was our next stop. Our waiter suggested the Boatyard Beach Club so we caught a taxi there for $20 for the 4 of us. There we purchased a package for $15 each that provided us with beach chairs, umbrella, free drink and taxi ride home. By far our best value of the cruise, and the beach was amazing with very few "hawkers" and it included the use of a water trampoline, ice berg raft, diving platform and a rope swing! A fantastic day had by all!! On to St. Lucia from there. We booked Cosol Tours for this island. I had read many reviews about Cosol and they all were positive. Well this make one more positive review! I can't believe what a wonderful experience we had, and what a full day of activities that are included with this tour. Our driver's name was Sam, and he was very informative and fun! Check out their website, as it does a great job of showing what you get on this tour and you really do get it all!!! I cannot say enough good things about Sam and Cosol Tours! St. Kitts was our next stop and we wanted to just hit a beach and relax. I had read about Cockleshell beach and we decided to give it a try. My wife just stayed on board this day, so me and the girls set out on our own. You do get mobbed by taxi/tour people when getting off the ship. There are many beaches to choose from and the drivers right at the port all want to take you to the closest ones so they can get back to load up again. CockleShell is one of the furthest beaches, so we had to be firm with them to find someone who wanted to to that far (20 minutes only). We are really glad we did, because the beach was very quiet and beautiful. We got introduced to James who had a little beach shack there and took great care of us. He had chairs and umbrellas, and all the beer and water/pop we could drink. He sent us to the Spice Mill for lunch where I had the best jerk chicken of my life. Unbelievable day!!!! Our final stop was St. Martin. We didn't have a plan for this island so we just caught the water taxi right off the pier over to the beach near the port. It was a really clean and fun little strip of beaches and shops. We hung out all day there and relaxed in comfy chairs with umbrellas. Ate at a fun little beachside restaurant and had many cheap beers. The water taxi was quick back and forth and you can take it as many times at you want for $7. Disembarkation always seems long, but I think it is because we don't want to leave! We hung out pool side for as long as we could since our flight didn't leave until 3:30pm. No need to rush to get off the ship as it takes a while and there are long lines for customs. It seems though if you have an early flight you can get off pretty quickly if you do the self disembarkation and carry your own luggage. In summary, Carnival provides an excellent value for a cruise vacation. We just got an ocean view room on the Riviera deck and that was just fine as we spent little time in our room. Upgrades are available for everything, like rooms, eating at the Steakhouse, "Cheers" program and more. You can spend more and get more if you want, or you can do the basics, get a whole lot of fun, and be very, very happy like us! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
My husband and I have taken numerous cruises, mostly with Carnival. The Liberty is a nice ship, appeared clean and everything worked as it was suppose to. It is your typical ship as far as décor and layout goes. We had an inside cabin and ... Read More
My husband and I have taken numerous cruises, mostly with Carnival. The Liberty is a nice ship, appeared clean and everything worked as it was suppose to. It is your typical ship as far as décor and layout goes. We had an inside cabin and allowed Carnival to select our room since it was the least expensive. We were in cabin 7327 which was next to an Air conditioning equipment room. When we boarded and met our wonderful steward "Rodney", we asked if there was any noise that came from that room. Rodney said there had never been a complaint about it. Unfortunately, there was a humming and grinding sound that went on in the evening about every hour, it didn't bother me but did my husband. The Liberty's dining room and buffet service was fantastic and the food was cruise ship food. The Guy Fieri burger spot was very popular and the burgers were good as was the added Mexican bar with Tacos and burritos. The entertainment on the ship was mediocre with the exception of a fantastic band "Music Power". They played by the pool and then near the casino. They were one of the best bands we have heard in a very long time. They played oldies, rock, country, just about anything you wanted. If you are on the Liberty don't miss them. The adult comedy show was pretty funny, but everything else was ho hum! The ports of call were Nassau, which we have been to many times, then San Juan which was great, St. Thomas, which everything was very expensive and Grand Turk which we loved! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
As a first time cruiser, I was very Impressed. More experienced cruisers were weary about us choosing carnival which concerned us but having sailed with carnival liberty we were not disappointed. We arrived in the last hour of embarkation ... Read More
As a first time cruiser, I was very Impressed. More experienced cruisers were weary about us choosing carnival which concerned us but having sailed with carnival liberty we were not disappointed. We arrived in the last hour of embarkation and it was a breeze. Our room, an outside oceanview room with a window, was nice. Since we were on the first deck, we did feel quite a bit of vibration from the generation rooms underneath. Being midship was great because we felt the least amount of ship swaying relative to the aft and forward ship. Breakfast had a lot of variety although didn't change much everyday: scambled eggs, boiled eggs, omelette station, bacon, ham, cottage cheese, cereal, deli, fresh fruit, pancakes, French toast, muffins, croissants, danishes, etc. There was a plated breakfast option on sea days. Lunch had different salad varieties, deli, and some hot food that changed daily. There is also a fish and chips station that most people missed out on. There was also Guy Fiery burgers (be mindful of how many you eat as the cruise director commented that each burger packs 2,400 calories), tacos, a sandwich station, Mongolian Wok, and a 24 hour pizza station. There was a dinner buffet option but we had the sit down dinner every night (American Table). There were a lot of fancy "rare find" appetizers e.g. Escargot, frog legs, duck, tiny delicious spinach cheese pies, as well as inspirations from each port and great tasty mains with lots of options: steak, chicken, lamb, pork, salmon, mahi mahi and prime rib/lobsters on sea days. The service in the dining room was great. Ahmed was our server and provided a great dining experience. He learned our names right away, our food preferences, how much we could eat etc. His team was great too, learning our drink preferences and always attentive. Coffee and tea are the two things that could use a lot of improvement. The coffee all over the ship was very weak and dilute and their home tea brand bigelow was no good. There were a lot of enterainment options: lot of live music including in the lobby, in a spanish room, by the casino and sing-along with Jonathan who was entertaining and had great musical talent (there was a lot more talking than singing though), there were several comedy shows nightly, two shows nightly at the theatre, a night club, bingo, murder mystery amongst many other options. We usually frequented the same types of entertainment however found them repetitive/needing new performers. This is especially true for the performers at the Venetian theatre and the dances lead by the crew by the main pool. There were several pools and many hot tubs and tanning chairs. They were all incredibly busy on sea days especially with people holding spots with their towels when no where in sight. There is a 40 minute rule that if you aren't by your tanning bed for 40 minutes your spot will be released. It was rarely enforced but I was very grateful for the one time it was as some fellow passengers were quite inconsiderate, holding spots they werent using all day. I was also very glad to find pools and jacuzzis on the ship that were adult only as there were over 600 kids on the ship out of 3000+ passengers. Also, this wasnt relevant to me, there were great kid sitting options for those who had kids and they were based on age, e.g. one for 6-9, one for 15-18 etc. All-in-all, a great cruise. We had a great time, service was exceptional, dining and cleaning staff learned our names, rooms were spacious and clean, Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Our cabin was in the back of the boat. It literally felt like there was a freight train at times in our cabin. It was rocking so bad that we had to put towels around the lock safe because of the banging noise. My fiance had been on other ... Read More
Our cabin was in the back of the boat. It literally felt like there was a freight train at times in our cabin. It was rocking so bad that we had to put towels around the lock safe because of the banging noise. My fiance had been on other cruises and had never felt anything like it. It was my first cruise so thank God I used the wrist bands and did not get sick. It wasn't just the back of the boat however. People were complaining all over. Even the pools needed to be emptied at times. (btw-pools were very small). And the seas were not rough at all. As for the food. It was just ok. I was very disappointed because I had heard the food was awesome on cruise ships. I would have rather eaten at the buffet or the pizza shop rather than the fine dining room. Loved the Serenity for adults. When you aren't traveling with children it is rather nice to get away when you just want to relax. The crew was awesome and the ship beautiful.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
The Carnival Liberty was very clean and our room was great as always, and we did have fun visiting Half Moon Cay, San Juan, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk. This cruise we went out on our own and had a lot of fun, as for Grand Turk if you are ... Read More
The Carnival Liberty was very clean and our room was great as always, and we did have fun visiting Half Moon Cay, San Juan, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk. This cruise we went out on our own and had a lot of fun, as for Grand Turk if you are going Scuba or snorkeling just enjoy the day at Margaretville, DO NOT bother going on an Island tour (the hop on hop off bus is hop off but rarely hop back on). American Menu: We were very disappointed with the "NEW" American Menu, Carnival eliminated several very popular deserts and main courses that we use to really enjoy, the wait staff seemed somewhat flustered by the new menu, and our wait staff didn't seem to have the time to get to know us like they had on all of our previous cruises. Guy Burgers, and the Blue and Red Iguana Bars are a nice additions (had these on the Breeze). The Bar staff in the Serenity area were extremely friendly and made a point of knowing us and what we liked to drink. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This was our second time cruising with Carnival and we had a great time. Our cabin staff was awesome and anticipated our every need and our MDR staff was great as well - we never waited too long and our food was always super hot and ... Read More
This was our second time cruising with Carnival and we had a great time. Our cabin staff was awesome and anticipated our every need and our MDR staff was great as well - we never waited too long and our food was always super hot and delicious. We travelled with friends who had never sailed with Carnival and they enjoyed themselves although they thought our Head waiter was not the most friendly (we thought he was good). Half Moon Cay is absolutely beautiful and the snorkeling there was amazing (the best time we've ever had snorkeling), St. Thomas was okay but not our favourite island ever, we loved Puerto Rico and we enjoyed swimming at Governor's Beach on Grand Turk (although we heard there are better beaches further away). We did the ultimate snorkeling excursion and after Half Moon Cay it was a little disappointing but we still had fun. If I had any recommendations it would be to change up the buffet menu (it got a little old by the end of the week (same ol, same ol) and add a pool to the Serenity area - we never really were able to enjoy Serenity because it was always too crowded and no chairs available. I know that the back pool was adult only but does that really have to mean mostly adults over 60?? The music back there was boring and it was blah - it would be better if the adult only pool had the live music or D.J. and let the kids have the back pool. Also since we were repeat customers we would have liked to see more perks for return guests - not just a free drink in the dining room only - breakfast or lunch. Ultimately we had a great time and will travel again with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
I have to start out by saying I am amazed by such negative reviews. And to the person who did not like "Muppet" (not Muffet), while I do agree with you that she was kind of abrasive, I don't think it was quite as bad as all ... Read More
I have to start out by saying I am amazed by such negative reviews. And to the person who did not like "Muppet" (not Muffet), while I do agree with you that she was kind of abrasive, I don't think it was quite as bad as all that!! We left out of Miami. Arrived a day early and stayed at the COurtyard by Marriott Downtown. They have a great shuttle to the port, only five bucks a person, but the walls and windows in the hotel are way too thin. The noise was a problem. On to the Liberty....smoothest embarkation we have ever had. Our first Carnival cruise on the Splendor a few years back out of Long Beach was a nightmare. Everything here went great, we were on the ship before noon. Really liked the lido deck options. Guy's burgers were super good (even though I only ate a half one entire cruise, my husband and son had one almost every day!). The Blue Iguana has a really nice salsa bar and the breakfast burrito from there is perfect. I was not at all impressed with the breakfast offerings at the buffet. We did do Brunch at Sea on one of the sea days and I guess I expected the food options to be a bit better. My Eggs Benedict still looked like they had been sitting a while. Was nice to have a sit down breakfast though and be served. We really enjoyed the new menus. I don't feel like I am missing anything and I especially like how they offer rare items and also the specialties of the port each day: cocktail, appetizer and entree. Dining room service was ok. Most nights went pretty smoothly. We had the 6pm seating in the SIlver room. I have to say our beverage guy was worthless. Most of the time he didn't come by our table until we had already finished our main course! Carnival lost out on some revenue there as we probably would have enjoyed a glass of wine each night. LOVED the Punchliner comedy club! We saw 4 comics and by far they were even better than what we have experienced on prior cruises and lines. There was only one performer we were lukewarm on but everyone else we looked forward to their adult shows each night! The ports were all quite beautiful. We especially enjoyed Grand Turks and Half Moon Cay since we had not previously been to either of those. We took a snorkeling excursion t Turtle Cove when we were on St. Thomas and it was really nice. The people who ran it were great and very knowledgeable. Our cabin was good. We had a balcony which is always nice. The rooms were cleaned well though we did have to request that the bunk be put away each day. Seems to me they should do that automatically. The lower bed is supposed to be a couch but they never bothered converting it back each day. I was a little dissapointed by that. All in all I would highly recommend this cruise. We definitely got our moneys worth and it's a beautiful ship! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
It was great to get away from cold, snowy Buffalo and into the hot, sunny Caribbean. We got on the ship early...even before the Embarkation Photographers were set up so we had to take a Lido deck embarkation photo instead. We were on the ... Read More
It was great to get away from cold, snowy Buffalo and into the hot, sunny Caribbean. We got on the ship early...even before the Embarkation Photographers were set up so we had to take a Lido deck embarkation photo instead. We were on the ship with drinks in our hand before noon...no lines to wait in. My husband, daughter and son-in-law sailed off to the Caribbean for a week. We never had to make a bed, do dishes, worry about laundry, or shovel snow! Our rooms were made up in a timely fashion in the a.m. and beds were turned down with a welcoming towel animal every night. We asked for an ice bucket and it was filled every day and night too. I organized a Meet & Greet on the ship Carnival called it a Private Cocktail Party.. Geraldine was very helpful assisting with the arrangements. There were 24 of us from all parts of the USA & Canada who were complete strangers until CC roll call brought us together and we met on the ship. Now friends for a lifefime...from California, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Boston, Albany, Prince Edward Island, Texas, Long Isalnd. Every day was hot, sunny, enjoyable. Even the two times it rained (in PR and GT) it didn't last long and felt good. However you spend it, make the most of it. It is a cruise...enjoy the sunrises and sunsets and escape reality for a little while. OVERALL TWO THUMBS UP EXPERIENCE!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Overall- a good time with family and friends on the Freedom. We were a group of 21. Embarkation was quick we were asked to not show up until 2pm but showed up around 11:30am. I had three ,carnival gift cards, presented them at check-in ... Read More
Overall- a good time with family and friends on the Freedom. We were a group of 21. Embarkation was quick we were asked to not show up until 2pm but showed up around 11:30am. I had three ,carnival gift cards, presented them at check-in they weren't sure how to enter them so it slowed down the process slightly. Overall not much of a wait. The ship is nice, there are 2 dining rooms one for your time dining and one for the scheduled time dining. Our group thought we had a scheduled time but somehow it hadn't happened. New showed early at e chic dining room and they seated us together so it all worked out. The ship is a little gaudy but it seems to work after all we were there for fun. The service was good, our room steward was very nice and helpful as were the wait staff and the front desk staff. Our statement was hard to follow with the credits for the gift cards and onboard credits but again they were helpful in explaining it all so that I felt comfortable. The sail an sign kiosks were also awesome to help track on board spending, you could add cash to your account if you had a cash account at the kiosk instead of standing in line at the desk. The entertainment was good, the freedoms dancers and band were entertaining as we expected. The Motown entertainer was good but maybe not as much as the others. Good comedians and Thor punch-liner comedy club was well attended..packed actually. Food- the lido buffets were okay nothing outstanding but nothing awful either. I thought the food overall was not as good as it had been on a previous cruise on the Miracle. The dining room had a lot to offer but again the food was okay, not fabulous but good. We didn't use room service but saw a lot of others using it. Quite a few in our group loved the pizza. St. Thomas - fun we did a shore excursion to St. John which was beautiful Antigua- port was a little intense but once away from Roadtown beautiful Tortola- our overall favorite, beautiful, friendly Cane Garden Bay was outstanding Nassau the Bahamas- better than I expected, Ardastra gardens was low key and the foliage was lush. Felt relatively safe in port area. The cruise director prepared cruisers for nassau with safety tips. Disembarkation- we booked the Everglades tour after the cruise since we had a long wait for our plane. Exited the ship as one of the first groups off,gathered our luggage, boarded a bus and off to the Everglades on a well organized tour. A nice end to our vacation. There were a lot of activities, friendly staff, ok food, awesome ports and good weather. My only complaint was our room due to its location..under the lido dining room- very noisy and irritating. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Let me start by setting the stage: My husband and I are in our late twenties, from Boston and have been on almost every cruise line: Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and now Carnival. Last week's Carnival Freedom ... Read More
Let me start by setting the stage: My husband and I are in our late twenties, from Boston and have been on almost every cruise line: Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and now Carnival. Last week's Carnival Freedom cruise was, by far, the worst cruise either of us have every been on. When cruising, you expect to receive 5-star treatment for a fraction of the cost. The only 5-star amenity on this ship was the stops it made during its 8-day voyage. Below you will find my review for several categories: Pros: Cabin - The Carnival Cabins were definitely larger than other ships. They were clean and for the most part kept up. We had cabin 8363, directly below the Lido deck. Excellent location. Serenity (Adult Only Sunning Area) - This area was quiet, non-smoking and very tame. You need to get up and save yourself a seat by 9:00AM for an "at sea" day. Note: Carnival only allows you to hold seats for 40 minutes before picking up your towels and belongings. We saw this happen several times and it even happened to us once. I find this rule to be fair. Shows - The shows were some of the best I had seen. The costumes and talent were wonderful! Cons: Service - The service compared to the other ships we have been on is terrible. The waiters are inattentive, have no interest in speaking with you and barely speak English at a level that you can comfortably understand. Although they are terrible in the dining rooms, they will certainly hound you for bar service all day by the pools! Food - DO NOT EAT ANY SEAFOOD. The menus, again compared to other ships, were juvenile, unimpressive and not-so delicious. As I mentioned above, you expect 5-star treatment and the food was way below average. The Lido deck buffets are poorly designed, overly crowded and have poor selections. The Mongolian Wok station was the best thing on the boat, but took 45 minutes waiting in line to get your food. I was also surprised that we (the passengers) were not served at the Lido buffet for the first two days, like so many other ships do. The reason they do this is to prevent any sort of outbreak of illness. The ship appeared to be clean, but with Norovirus spreading around I would have liked to be served to keep the dirty hands of other passengers out of the food we were eating. Comedy Club - Although the comedy was funny, they only did the shows in the "Punchliners Club" a small area for such a big attraction. Be prepared to get to the club 20+ minutes before the show to get a seat. It is crowded and if you don't get there early you will not get a seat! Smoking - There seemed to be a lot of smokers on the ship and what irked me the most is that people were allowed to smoke near the Lido Deck buffets! Spa - I had the worst massage EVER! When I complained they told me that my only option was to get another massage, rather than my money back. I am battling with Carnival now to get a refund after reviewing their "satisfaction guarantee" rules. The spa prices are inflated and the daily deals are nothing special. They do have a $99 special for a 50-minute massage. So wait for that deal if you go! Gym - The gym has outdated equipment, the TVs on the cardio machines barely worked and it was SO hot in the gym. I complained and they did nothing about it. Sports/Piano/Cigar bar - We were traveling during the Olympics and they never had the events on in the sports bar. The Piano bar was a sad site, which we were disappointed in. The cigar bar was a false advertisement. There were no cigars in the Habana Bar, just sad Karaoke. Lido Deck - They only played 4 movies during the cruise and most were when we were in port and mid-day. The screens were not utilized at all. The amount of people smoking was terrible and the activities during the day were boring, forced and tacky. Overall review: You get what you pay for. I do not recommend this ship, at all!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
My husband and I cruised on the Carnival Freedom and it was the worst cruise we have ever had. We are not new to cruising, we have been on 19 and 8 were on Carnival. First, we could not believe the amount of children on the ship. You ... Read More
My husband and I cruised on the Carnival Freedom and it was the worst cruise we have ever had. We are not new to cruising, we have been on 19 and 8 were on Carnival. First, we could not believe the amount of children on the ship. You could not get into the jacuzzi because it was a play pen for the kids. .Parents brought the infants in with diapers on. The crew tried to get the kids under control in the pool, in fear that they would get hurt, but the kids nor their parents seem to care There was an adult pool but daily the kids would show up with or without parents. Our cabin was very nice and our cabin was always clean. We tried to enjoy the nightly shows, but there was babies crying and children running up and down. Dining was quite and experience. One night we waited 45 minutes for our first course and decided to leave and ate in the café. Breakfast and lunch we ate in the café. Half of the stations were closed so you had to wait in long lines. The coffee machine was always empty and we were constantly entertained by screaming babies.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Just on the flight home from a great Carnival cruise. This was my 7th cruise - 3rd with Carnival. It has been almost 8 years since I cruised Carnival. the Carnival FREEDOM was chosen by a group of Cruise Critic friends. We arrived at the ... Read More
Just on the flight home from a great Carnival cruise. This was my 7th cruise - 3rd with Carnival. It has been almost 8 years since I cruised Carnival. the Carnival FREEDOM was chosen by a group of Cruise Critic friends. We arrived at the port around 11:30am. We had a Dollar car rental which we were able to pick up at the airport and drop off at the port. Dollar shuttled us to the cruise port- quick and easy. There was very little line when we arrived and we quickly passed the checked luggage off to a porter and then went through the security scanners without issue. We ended up waiting in the holding area for about an hour. Once on the ship we found our cabin & dropped off the carry on luggage. I was honestly a bit disappointed in our balcony room - more because I was comparing it to the recent balcony on Royal Caribbean. Our cabin number was 7380 and it was an excellent place for a room with a full floor of cabins above & a full floor of cabins below. Also just two flights up from much of the nightlife, and just two floors down from the lido/ pools/ buffets so we were able to run up or down two flights of stairs to get anywhere quickly. Friends of ours had 6442 (below & aft) and they commented many times about hearing the music and loud base from the nightclubs below. They loved the aft cabin despite that. Our cabin was I oranges and while very very clean, it did seem a bit worn and dated. There was a door & a window to the balcony which I prefer a double door like Royal Caribbean better than the door & window here. Otherwise the balcony was great - normal decent size with two nice chairs & a table . There was tons of storage in the room. We had an excellent room stewart and once I got over the color scheme and that it was a bit dated, was happy with the room. The ports of call were Antiqua, Nassau, Tortola & St Thomas. Enjoyed all the stops though found Antiqua was pretty depressed. St Thomas - we did a tour (including blackbeard's castle and went to Megan's beach (spelling??) The beach was beautiful, then stopped at Senor Frogs at the pier and did a bit of shopping although wasn't impressed with the shops. In Antigua we were a bit nervous - we had been warned that there had been a fair number of crimes against tourist so we stuck together (about 17 of us) we were surrounded by locals who wanted us to hire them to drive - finally found one and one of the people who toured with us negotiated a rate of 7.00 per person each way to Church beach - the beach was lovely, had changing rooms, food, drinks sandy beach - only issue were some persistent jet ski rental people constantly trying to get us to rent one. Tortola - We did a Virgin Gorda Snorkel & Baths & it was my favorite. We jumped on a very big catamaran ? spelling?? went on an exciting ride about half an hour over to beautiful huge rock formations and were fitted with snorkel gear. We hopped off the boat & snorkeled to shore then followed the guides into the caves around the rocks. It was tricky to climb & crouch and squeeze through the rocks - I am short & it was easier for me but larger/taller & older guests had a more difficult time. The walk through the rocks took us maybe 20 min & we then came out to a beautiful beach where we snorkeled around for about 1 1/2 hours. After that we all followed the guides and snorkeled back to the boat. They had rum punch on the ride back - this was my favorite excursion. Nassau was our last stop and we were also warned about crimes against tourists there. We were In a group of 20 people and we took a city bus (1.25 each) over to the Breezes resort. It was nice but we didn't have nearly enough time there. Back on the ship. The food, in my opinion was better on Carnival then my last Royal cruise - We never felt the need to go to the steakhouse - We had anytime dining and that worked perfectly with our schedule each night. As far as the entertainment - it was ok. I enjoyed Royal's entertainment much more. I had an excellent cruise but I did feel this ship needed updating. They have done an excellent job cleaning but there are lots of areas that just seem worn compared to other ships I have been on. I understand that Freedom is going in for a big refurb in April. I wouldn't hesitate to go on the Freedom again, though I would prefer a bit newer ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
My husband and I have been on 20 cruises, the bulk have been with Princess and Carnival. In Oct of 2013 I was on the Legend and was very disappointed due to it's needing a complete overhaul of furnishings. I was happy to hear that ... Read More
My husband and I have been on 20 cruises, the bulk have been with Princess and Carnival. In Oct of 2013 I was on the Legend and was very disappointed due to it's needing a complete overhaul of furnishings. I was happy to hear that they are now in a much needed drydock. The cruise we just left was on the Freedom. We usually go with CCL because for the price, we usually get great service, great itinerary, and great food. The service remains wonderful, with Jordon our waiter going above and beyond to make us happy. He was for breakfast only. Our dinner waiter, I Made, seemed overwhelmed. It appears that they have cut staff and now each waiter services 28 people at dinner! The service was good, not great. The food, was just a 7 out of 10. Every evening the wait staff had to perform for us. Not appreciated. They also stopped the parade of Baked Alaska. Cutbacks everywhere. The Lido deck's buffet for lunch on all prior cruises offered 4 stations, each offering a different ethnic food. The menu selection changed daily and I quite enjoyed it. This ship, all 4 stations served the same selections which changed daily. If you didn't like the offerings, you did have a deli, grill or Chinese made to order (prepare to wait in line). There was a fish and chips station on a different level with no access for the disabled. 20 years ago they offered tours of the bridge and galley. Now, for a hefty price, you can do it. It also seemed like everything had a little extra $$ attached to the activity. What bothered us most was the layout of the ship. After 8 days we were still getting lost. It was the layout of the ship, not us. Over the years the entertainment has fallen a great deal. This trip only 1 show interested us, the Beatles, and we walked out 10 minutes into it. We did enjoy the XXX comedian, but if you go, arrive 45 minutes early or you will not get a seat. As a Gold cruiser (over 25 sea days on CCL) we received 1 free drink at breakfast, in the dining room only. How many want to drink before going onshore? What difference does it make where you get the drink, but yet, this was the "free" drink offered? Cheap! Another negative was the fact that the ship no longer provides a daily newsletter. Years ago it was delivered nightly to your cabin. A few years back they provided it only at the reception desk. Now nothing. The explanation is that they are concerned about paper waste. If that were true, how about the daily barrage of flyers promoting various "sales" or activities on board? Even the TV that was offered in the cabin had 28 channels. Sounds great? Yep, although 14 were specifically CCL related, 3 movie channels offering Alvin and the chipmunks EVERYDAY, 3 national channels, CNN but no Fox or CNBC as in years past. They even discontinued giving you the opportunity to critique to cruise, staff and activities at the end of the cruise. I did enjoy 1 excursion in St Thomas booked through the ship: Captain Nautica's ultimate snorkel expedition. Amber and the captain did a wonderful job (just remember to bring tip $$). I saw about 20 green turtles at one site and the traditional coral/fish at the other. Well worth the $76 until I found out that CCL takes 52% of the price of the excursion. (Rarely do I take on board excursions because the prices usually are marked up). The casino was nice as well. We will continue to sail on CCL, but they do seem to be cutting corners wherever possible. The only line I haven't sailed on is RCL. Maybe next time. Maybe all lines are cutting corners. I don't know but I do know that I love cruising and could easily live in a ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Having sailed with Carnival on several of their other ships, my wife and I were really looking forward to this cruise. They have streamlined the embarkation process, which was a pleasant surprise, and we were on the ship and in our balcony ... Read More
Having sailed with Carnival on several of their other ships, my wife and I were really looking forward to this cruise. They have streamlined the embarkation process, which was a pleasant surprise, and we were on the ship and in our balcony cabin within 20 minutes. The cabin and the ship were very clean and everyone we met from the service staff was pleasant and very helpful. Service was great, as was the food in the formal dining room and the buffett. We were very dissapointed with the "Pirate's Pizza" which was almost always burned and had very little flavor. On other Carnival ships, the 24 hour pizza bar had been a real treat, great for late night or between meal snacks, so this was a real let down. The shows were good and the performers really seemed to put their heart into everything they did. The cabin staff was very friendly and efficient. We were happy with the cabin (Verandah deck, mid ships) until the night time came. This cabin is right under the Lido deck and the noise from people dragging deck loungers around (even at 3:00 and 4:00 AM prevented any real sleep without ear plugs. The deck chairs, or deck loungers, legs drag on the teak decking on the Lido deck and it reverbrates through the verandah and the cabin ceiling. (Don't take a cabin in this location if you plan to sleep at all!) The shore excursions were very enjoyable, as we went on the StingRay Sand Bar and Coral Gardens snorkeling trip on Grand Cayman Island and the White Water Tubing Adventure on Jamaica. Both were well worth the price and the guides were funny and helpful. Disembarkation was also an easy and quick process, which was appreciated, as we had an early flight on the day we returned to port. Overall, things were very good and the cruise was enjoyable. The next time we go, we will select a cabin lower than level eight and expect it to be much more condusive to sleeping, as we spoke with another couple who were on deck 6 and they stated that they had not had any problems with noise of any kind. As far as the pizza goes, I hope the Freedom gets some input from some of the other ships and improves the taste and cooking procedure. We do look forward to crusing again with Carnival, just not on deck eight! Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
This was our first cruise and we took our 5 girls, ages 13, 11, 10, 9 and 8 .. And had an absolute blast .. Stayed at the CAMBRIA SUITES in Dania Beach the night before (Feb.7th) .. It was great .. No complaints ... $5 pp shuttle to port ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we took our 5 girls, ages 13, 11, 10, 9 and 8 .. And had an absolute blast .. Stayed at the CAMBRIA SUITES in Dania Beach the night before (Feb.7th) .. It was great .. No complaints ... $5 pp shuttle to port .. I believe every hour .. SUBWAY and some Cuban Restaurant are within a 10 min. walk .. Oakwood Plaza is further and has more options .. $20 taxi R/T ... EMBARKMENT - Was a breeze .. Took the 12 pm shuttle from hotel .. Not sure if it was so easy because I checked us in online beforehand or not .. Probably .. Was through everything and on the ship within 30 mins .. SHIP - Went to the LIDO deck and had lunch at the grill (Hamburgers/Fries/Chicken strips, etc) .. Purchased our Bottomless Bubbles stickers .. Hung out until Sail away .. Rooms were ready around 2 pm .. Luggage a bit later, around 5 or 6 pm I think ..Played mini golf a few times .. swam alot .. Water slide was fun .. Watched the nightly movies a few times .. KIDS CLUBS - I had pre-registered the girls but when we got down there they weren't interested at all .. My eldest would have been in Circle C alone and wouldn't even attempt it .. The 11 and 9 yr old did a few things in the club but that was it .. They found it "boring" .. FOOD - Never tried the Fish&Chips or the Mongolian Wok .. Deli was good ... FREEDOM BUFFET was good .. I would suggest more of a selection though .. Only had 4-5 dishes to choose from .. Example - Chicken parm, rice, baked potato, fish and veggie .. Desserts were good but once again more than 3-4 things to choose from would of been better .. Ate at the CHIC Restaurant twice .. It was great .. Had the chicken on one of Cruise Casual nights then Steak on the last Elegant night .. My kids tried Shark and Escargot for the first time .. PORTS - St.Thomas was great .. Went to Blackbeard's Castle .. $10 pp, Kids 12 and Under Free .. Taxi was $5 pp .. one way .. about a 15 mins. drive from port ... Lots of nice shops .. Bought some souveniors, etc .. Antigua was beautiful .. Day pass to Hawksbill @ Rex Resorts ($40 pp Adults, $20 per kid), great value, Lunch, local beers, drinks and non-motorized sports included .. Taxi was $4 pp each way .. But we really had to haggle to get that price .. Tortola - Not much to do off port .. some small shops with souveniors but nothing major .. Went to Dolphin Discovery and had the time of our lives!! Taxi was $5 pp R/T but we negotiated and got $4 pp .. Driver wasn't too happy about it but did it anyway .. Got to train 2 young dolphins then swam with 2 older ones .. which was not part of the package we had pre-paid for .. Picture package was $269 which included everything .. I knew beforehand it would be expensive but I was expecting over $400 so was surprised when it was cheaper .. It was an amazing experience and we will cherish it forever .. The dolphins are treated like royalty and everything is clean and well taken care of .. NASSAU - Was nice .. Much cleaner then the other ports .. Just walked around, checked out the Straw Market, bought some souveniors .. took some pics .. We did not arrange any of these excurions through the ship .. We arranged everything beforehand .. ENTERTAINMENT - Went to the "family friendly" comedy show - it was ok .. "Jump, Jive and Wail" - was pretty good and "Ticket to Ride" - was good as well .. DISEMBARKATION - Was SLOW .. they were calling one "section" at a time .. Were suposed to start calling sections at 6:30 am, didn't until almost 7:30 am .. I was starting to panic a bit by 10 am when we were still 10 sections away and we had a 1 pm flight .. We ended up just leaving the ship in hopes that our luggage was ready .. In which it was .. We were through Customs in 20 mins .. Took a while to get a taxi to FLL ($15) .. Overall we had a great time .. I spent 8 days on the ship and by the end still did not know 100% of the way around .. the girls knew better than me .. The pictures you buy on ship are crazy expensive .. $14.95 for small and $21.95 for big .. We bought one from each port and 2 from "elegant night" .. My BF (became my Fiancee on the cruise) bought a few Heineken's throughout the week, $7 each (taxes and gratuity included) .. I am not much of a drinker so didn't have anything .. The girls had a blast and have dubbed this the BEST VACATION EVER!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
My wife and parents went on this cruise. We left Fort Lauderdale with ease. The embarkation was really smooth, left the hotel around 11:30 got to port after dropping others off at different ships around 12 ish. Went right in with not a ... Read More
My wife and parents went on this cruise. We left Fort Lauderdale with ease. The embarkation was really smooth, left the hotel around 11:30 got to port after dropping others off at different ships around 12 ish. Went right in with not a long wait to check boarding pass. The longest line was security check. After getting searched we made it to the check-in desk and walked right onto the ship. Welcomed by staff and were told we could drop our things off at our rooms with no problems. We then meet up at the Fish & Chips above the Lido Buffet. The fish was a tad bit greasy but had good flavor. Visited the Spa for the tour and of course booked some visits. Went back for Spa raffle but did not win anything. The ship shows age but is still in good shape and very clean. In April it is going to dry dock for some updates for a few weeks before returning to cruising. We had a couple sea days to begin the trip which was very relaxing. There was a lot of events going on throughout the ship. First stop was St. Thomas which was a great port. Very good shopping and site seeing. People were friendly and welcoming. Some beautiful views around the island and some good history. Second was Antigua and we just walked around the town of St. John and took in the local vibe. Ate at a local place called Roti King which was great food. Third stop was Tortola which we took an excursion over to Virgin Gorda to visit the Baths. It was a great visit and very beautiful views and beaches. The hike down was not to bad but not for all since it is down hill and rocky. The hike over to Devil's bay was very fun and interesting through all the boulders. The last visit after another sea day was Nassau. I am not a huge fan of this port unless you visit Atlantis which is the BIG attraction and over priced in my mind. The shopping isn't the best and the people are a little pushy. We visited Senor Frog's for the people watching and party. It is over priced like all tourist attraction restaurants. The food at the Lido buffet was not impressive to me. it was repeats through out the week. The Chic restaurant food and service was great. The have the normal prime rib, lobster, shrimp, chicken, etc but the dishes were great. The entertainment was fun as well while dining. The deli, tandor, off the grill, and pizza is always a popular visit. The shows were better than the last cruise I was on last year. The entertainment staff was friendly and did a great job. The cruise was fantastic for relaxation and site seeing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Background information:  We have cruised 7 times previously with a variety of other cruise lines but this was our first time with Carnival. We paid for a package which included the maiden voyage of the Norwegian Getaway and two nights in ... Read More
Background information:  We have cruised 7 times previously with a variety of other cruise lines but this was our first time with Carnival. We paid for a package which included the maiden voyage of the Norwegian Getaway and two nights in New York before embarking the Carnival Splendor for an 8 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Embarkation: Rather chaotic and when we finally got to the desk, we only got our cruise cards. Photos were taken at another desk after again queuing and credit card authorization involved another queue inside the ship! On other cruises, all of this has been done at one desk before embarkation. Ship Information: I read many reviews regarding the Splendor before we left for our holiday - a lot were mixed and quite a few remarked upon the ship decor. My feelings before seeing the ship, were that people needed to get a life, no decor could be THAT bad…….. Well, it was worse than that!!! The decor was horrendous throughout the ship - we felt it was trying to be Art Deco (and failing miserably!) but instead it resembled a dark, dank and badly decorated cave….. and that was just the main entrance! The rest of the public areas were similarly garish. Shiny black tiles with lime green grout abound on many surfaces including the lifts. The decor needs total renovation - we saw areas on ceilings where tape had been used and then hastily painted to try and match the pattern! There appeared to be bamboo plates incorporated into the pattern throughout and where paint had flaked, it had been patched up with non-matching paint. The Spendido Lido was badly decorated and maintained. Paintwork again badly patched up with broken off mouldings. When we first visited the SPA, there was water dripping through a ceiling. We reported this and were told that it was just condensation! (it was cold and snowy outside!) The following day, there were 3 ceiling tiles down and buckets catching the pouring water. I’m pretty sure this was not condensation!! On the same day, there were also buckets catching water in the main atrium/lobby area and a part of the ceiling appeared to have come down. Throughout the cruise, the ship was very cold and they appeared to have trouble with the heating. People kept on coats, hats and scarves for the first couple of days and we heard that some people had had gratuities refunded for complaining about this. We had to find areas that were draft free to try and stay warm. The Lifeboat/Safety drill was held outside in freezing temperatures (below zero in New York) and snow. Even though it was mandatory, there was no check as to who attended and we saw people just walk off part way through. The corridor to our cabin on deck 6 had an area which constantly smelt of sewage and throughout the duration of the cruise, public toilets were locked and notices stating ‘out of order’ were on the doors. On one day, all public toilets on decks 4 and 5 were closed so we had to return to our cabin to use that one! Various rumours abounded of broken pipes, blocked drains, etc but we were never kept informed so cannot confirm if this was true. Smoking…… the whole ship had a smoky smell. Smoking is allowed in the casino, various other bars and public areas and on balconies, meaning whole swathes of the ship are unappealing to non-smokers. We don’t smoke and having to walk through the edge of the casino to get to other areas was unaccceptable. Cabin: The cabin was relatively neutral with salmon pink and green here and there, with a bright orange and worn leather-look sofa. The curtain (drapes) fixings were broken at one end meaning the curtain didn't quite reach the wall. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was kept spotlessly clean by our Steward. We had a small balcony with two chairs and despite the freezing cold, still managed to make good use of it. Disappointingly, there were no tea/coffee making facilities so we had to get drinks from the buffet at Deck 9 and bring them back to the cabin. Every day, we returned to our cabin to a different smell…. One day smoke, one day alcohol, fried food, indian food and finally on the last day chips!! We are not sure why this happened as our deck wasn’t near any food facility! We were also over a music bar which was very loud until about midnight every night. Activities and Entertainment: We didn't feel that having Hairy Chest, Karaoke and even Twerking competitions constituted family entertainment. None of this appealed to us. Other activities were bingo, trivia competitions, etc. which are standard on most ships. The entertainment was very low quality. We went to one show and found the dancing amateurish and the show quite boring. We went to a Motown special but left after three songs as did a fair few other people. Another show that looked quite good didn’t happen due to technical problems – the entertainments Director tannoyed (even in the cabin areas, woe betide you if you had put your kids to bed) at about 11pm that it was now on – but we couldn’t be bothered to get back out of bed!! We didn’t attend any other shows. The Spa - We asked if the saunas were free and were specifically told that we would have to pay to use them. We decided to pay the $249 per couple to be members of the private areas. On the first visit to the gym, we found out that the saunas are in the public changing rooms and could be used for free, so we were lied to. We did enjoy the Thalasso pool, steam rooms and relaxation areas in the provate SPA area but it wasn’t worth the $249 to gain access to it. We saw people in these areas without the SPA armbands so we’re not sure how they got in. Service: Our cabin steward Jay was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble and he knew our name as he greeted us. He was always smiling and pleasant. He ensured our cabin was kept spotless. We were seriously impressed with him and think he was probably the best steward we have ever met on a cruise ship. We varied where we dined in the Black Pearl restaurant but on 3 or 4 occasions sat in the same area where our waitress was Cokorda - again, she was brilliant and outshone other waitresses who had served us. Other service throughout the ship was very patchy. We tried to find quiet areas to sit but even so would have expected to see the odd waiter offering to get us a drink - this did not happen once throughout the whole cruise. We did think there weren't very many staff around - it always seemed short staffed in the Lido buffet for instance. Tables were left covered in other's left plates and cups meaning moving them yourself to get a table to sit at. We viewed one waiter take a USED serviette and clean tables with it!! We had seen other cruisers using serviettes to blow their noses….. the waiter had no idea what this serviette had been used for but was happy to use it to wipe tables!! And they wonder why cruise ships get illnesses spreading like wildfire……. Hand Sanitizers were in short supply and not at every entrance to food areas so you had to search for them yourselves…. We noticed we were in the minority of people doing this. There was no positive enforcement from staff whatsoever. We did notice there seemed to be copious amounts of staff in the casino area and felt that this was to ensure paying punters were kept happy and stayed attached to their machines! Public Laundry – we used this once. We quickly found out that it needed 8 quarters for soap powder, 12 quarters to use the washing machine and another 12 quarters for the tumble drier!! We had to go to reception for change and after queuing for ages, they changed our money but did say it would be easier if we had gone to the Casino!! Why on earth don’t they put a change machine in the laundry or at the very least, a sign stating where to get change, aaaarrgghh!! Port & Shore excursions: Nassau: we paid for the Dolphin encounter at Atlantis. The organisation was complete chaos and we were made to sign disclaimers stating that as we would be with wild animals, they could not be held responsible if our death occurred! Just how dangerous could this be?! Anyway it was a long walk to the coach from the ship – no problem for us but there were others in our group where walking was an issue. When we reached Atlantis, we were led by a guide who took us about a mile through the resort, making sure we went through the casino and shops, before pointing out the short route we could take on our return! He had absolutely no concern for those in our group who could not keep up. The briefing was terrible and took place after everyone had got into wetsuits so it was boiling!. Why this wasn’t done before? The actual dolphin experience was lovely and in a group of 10 but less than two minutes each with the dolphin. The 5 hour trip included free soft drinks – this turned out to be a tiny bottle of water each and water infused with lemon slices. We had paid $169 dollars each for this and to be honest, nice as meeting the dolphin was, it was not worth the money. Freeport: We booked the Western Heritage and Snorkel trip – this was good value for money and we had a great time. There was a meal and drink included. Our guide Ricardo was brilliant and took us all over the island – he had a through knowledge and was good at keeping us all interested. He was very patient with a screaming child and her annoying grandmother so we took our hats off to him. Port Canaveral: We travelled to The Kennedy Space Centre independently and had a fabulous time. Extremely good and well worth a visit. Dining: The Splendido Buffet was not great. We used it for breakfast but stuck mainly to fruit, scrambled eggs, beans and bagels. Occasionally, we went to it for lunch but it was awful – the fish was just warm never hot, the salad was uninspiring and unless you were a meat-eater (we’re not) there was not a great selection for you. We quite often skipped lunch and waited till our evening meal at 6pm. The Black Pearl Restaurant (we named it the Mouldy Egg due to the fried eggs on the ceiling!!) – the food here was good. There was a good variety on every day and we tried a lot of new things. The staff were good and our waitress Cokorda was exceptional – she needs to be promoted and placed on a better ship. She is far too good for the Splendor – although we were very grateful she was there. The ‘Showtime’ entertainment put on by the staff was very cheesy!!! Still, most passengers seemed to enjoy it. We once queued for Pizza on the lido deck but it was dry and slightly burnt with minimal topping so we didn’t bother again. We also tried a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel which was nice until we realised that the bagel had been toasted on the same griddle as meat had been cooked!! The fat was dripping from this griddle. Disembarkation: We had noticed on the carnival information that for $20 each, we could arrange for our suitcases to be taken to the airport – on the first day of the cruise, we went to the customer services desk to arrange this only to be told that it wasn’t available for customers flying out of JFK! So who this would actually apply to, I have no idea. So, we put our cases outside our door the night before leaving. On disembarkation day, all public toilets on decks 4 and 5 were again broken. There were no notices telling you which ones were open and there were very angry and frustrated people wandering back and forward looking for open restrooms. Some were finally found on deck 3. This was completely unacceptable. Other than this inconvenience, disembarkation was uneventful. Summary: We have cruised with Royal Caribbean, P&O, MSC and Ocean Village – this was our first time with Carnival and we will never sail with them again. Standards appeared to be extremely low on this ship and most staff strived not to get above this level. Carnival could not offer us enough to get on one of their ships again. You have been warned!!   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Just got back from the Carnival Dream. It was my wife and 5 year old daughter and I onboard. While we had a good time on the ship, as seasoned cruisers we were disappointed in the Dining. But first lets start at the beginning. Embarkation ... Read More
Just got back from the Carnival Dream. It was my wife and 5 year old daughter and I onboard. While we had a good time on the ship, as seasoned cruisers we were disappointed in the Dining. But first lets start at the beginning. Embarkation was the easiest I have ever had. We got to the port at about 1:30 and were on the boat in about 20 minutes. We did not have any Faster to the Fun passes or anything. We just dropped the bags, parked the car and walked right though customs and the baggage screens. they took our pictures and handed us our room keys and onboard we went. Outstanding job here Carnival.! One problem we had was the limited time at the ports. But we knew this going into it and many of the cruise lines do this. I wish they would either add a fourth port to the itinerary or extend the amount of time in port. We enjoy having dinner in port at a lot of locations but when you ship leaves after only 5 hours that is pretty hard to do more than one thing at any location. Now back to the Dining. Put it this way when we got off the ship on Saturday we stopped at a seafood restaurant in Titusville for lunch. (a typical fried seafood house that you can find anywhere in Florida) and it was the best meal we had in a week. Because we booked last minute we had to do the anytime dining. Of the five nights we ate in the dining room only twice did our waiter introduce himself (different waiter each night). And when my wife asked about what was in the Indian Vegetarian dish, the waiter replied "I Don't know they change it each night." HELLO, isn't it your job to know these things? The meals I had always came out luke warm. The Steak was tasteless shoe leather and inedible. The shrimp were very small seemed to be fried an hour previously. Lobster again very small 3 ounces at best. The French onion soup and cheese plate were actually pretty good. But one odd thing is that the cheese plate was on the dessert menu. where I come from cheese is an appetizer and not a dessert. The best food onboard was probably at the Tandoori Indian at the back of the ship or the Pizza Pirate by the main pool. Breakfast is typical buffet style. I hope you know like you bacon actually cooked. Cause only greasy undercooked, tasteless slop is served here. And when I asked for some that was crispy he just smiled and said this was all he had.(thanks for the effort) Room service is only cold sandwiches and chips. every cruise that I have been on recently they allow you to order off the main dining room menu and have it delivered to your room. We have made it a habit to enjoy a glass or wine(which we bring onboard) and an appetizer in the room(balcony) before dinner. Not an option on the Dream! Our cabin steward was very attentive and knew our names that second time he saw us in the hallway. Unfortunately I still don't know his and it was very long and has a lot of consonants in it. Any way I gave him an extra $20. where this the first cruise I ever went on, I would have left an probably never even think about going on another one. But we will again soon just not on the Dream :-( Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
We went with family members on Feb. 22 and it was wonderful. Yes it was not perfect . Some of the food was average, some long lines and some rude cruisers (including one young olive-skinned woman in the aft pool all week who constanlty ... Read More
We went with family members on Feb. 22 and it was wonderful. Yes it was not perfect . Some of the food was average, some long lines and some rude cruisers (including one young olive-skinned woman in the aft pool all week who constanlty yelled the f-word even with kids around and yelled to her boyfriend that he wasn't getting l---- the rest of the trip. People were laughing at her not with her). But that's what cruises are and its better to dwell on the positives. Embakation -- Easy. We parked off site at Port Park (at the Radisson) and that went well on both ends. We filled out all information before and had a smooth sign-in. We were on the ship at 11 and rooms available at 130. Food -- Generally excellent. We liked the deli sandwiches on the aft deck, the pizza and burgers on Lido deck. And try the Mongolian wok, but be prepared to wait. At breakfast. we had omelltes at the buffet. At lunch, the sit-downs were just OK. Dinners wre at table 468 with Ujang and Reynaldo. Great servers and people. Try the cold soups and then have two desserts. Melting cake is yummy. Cabin -- We had an inside cabin for one of the first times and found it fine. Plenty of space for clothes and other stuff. Ship -- Easy to navigate. Just know that much of what you do with be on decks five and ten. Shows -- Typical, which means average. The best shows were the comics John and Vern. Hilarious. Ports -- Nassau was ok. St. Thomas try this: cab to downtown to shop and then go to nearby beach after or before. We went to Magens Bay and that was expensive. St Marteens try veering left at the dock and do the water taxi to Maho Beach and others or go through the arch to vans to various locales. We did Orient Beach and it was full of sights (winks) and sounds. Fun stop. Debarkation - Easy. I think everyine was off by 10. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
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