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150 Carnival Galveston Cruise Reviews

We  paid a 5 day cruise to Progresso and Cozumel  instead we went on around the Gulf of Mexico. According to Carnival they are nor responsible for what happened to all of us the passengers who have not been forewarned  before boarding. ... Read More
We  paid a 5 day cruise to Progresso and Cozumel  instead we went on around the Gulf of Mexico. According to Carnival they are nor responsible for what happened to all of us the passengers who have not been forewarned  before boarding. Heres are some bad experience we had with Carnival Ecstasy 1. No Captain nor the officers ever the entire cruise time  did they talked to us and gave us news instead they're all hiding in the bridge. 2. Food and entertainment was a OK  but you can get it inland. 3. No ports, no beach ever seen. 4. I understand what swine flu is but it was on the news before we sail and that Carnival Ecstasy did not have a contingency plan for us? They  thieves took our money and it feels like we are prisoners since we are stuck in the middle of sea while the Captain  announcing about the longitude and knots we are in I don't care what's that nonsense is all about.   5. And we given a $40 credit after we are in the middle of the sea and we do not have any option left whereas the succeeding  Carnival cruise line future sailing  dates they have  better option, such as, a refund, a 5 day cruise changed to a 7 day cruise etc. thats totally unfair. 6. Added to the insult we head back to Galveston a day early. For those who's thinking of taking a cruise, read our review,check BBB website, and never ever take carnival bad experience from all of the passengers sailed last April 27,2009 from Galveston. Read Less
Sail Date April 2009
I would never cruise on Carnival again. The cruise team was very friendly but there were some very drunk unruly passengers with a blow up doll. There is nothing more obnoxious than a bunch of uncontrolled drunk women. They would bang on ... Read More
I would never cruise on Carnival again. The cruise team was very friendly but there were some very drunk unruly passengers with a blow up doll. There is nothing more obnoxious than a bunch of uncontrolled drunk women. They would bang on people's doors in the middle of the night and thought it was funny. But worse than that was the coffee and tea. I even complained to the captain when he made the rounds at dinner one night. HE said they had to use that much chlorine to make the water safe. If I wanted a better cup of coffee I had to go to their gourmet coffee shop and pay a small fortune. The coffee and Tea were absolutely horrible. It all tasted like chlorine. The captain's answer to me was to put more lemon in the. Really? They never heard of water filters? The even shows for entertainment were really bad also. I have seen better entertainment at my local dinner theatre. Very campy and truly awful. I only went once. The formal dinners were much better but again, the drinks were terrible. The hamburgers, hotdogs, and lunch fair were very below average and I was very disappointed at the quality of the food. Again, the water, tea, coffee, and even lemonade were made out of that horrible water. Very mediocre food. Also, our cruise director was named Tina. I called her Talking Tina because she never shut up. She talked in our cabins, morning in night no matter where we were, we had to listen to her. Shut Up!! There was a twilight zone episode where there was a killer doll named Tina with Telly Savales in the show. Twilight Zone was where I got talking Tina from. The entire cruise line is geared toward making money. Anything extra you want to do costs money. Play Bingo? Fork over $10 per card. They are constantly announcing sales at their stores.. for only 2 hours.. the gift shop on such and such a deck everything is only $10.. that means absolutely everything in the shop is only $10. That is for clutches, scarves, and cheap watches. Well, guess what? The price is ALWAYS $10 for everything. They try to sucker you in to buying jewelry.. they have a drawing for some free jewelry. I am not kidding you the entire cruise is geared toward hooking you in to buy something. I was so unimpressed with Cozumel also. I am sorry folks, but those people are not our friends. They will try to cheat you at every corner. DO not buy anything down there. And if you do , never pay asking price. Everyone who walks buy gets a different price. I had dinner with a very nice lady who bought a ring for $800 and it was supposed to be a genuine stone of some sort. It was a CZ worth about 30 bucks when she got home. WE went to a beach resort in cozumel for the day. There was nothing but rocks on the beach and in the water. IT hurt! It was way over crowded, too hard to walk and the buffet lunch was really awful.. I am not kidding. should have stayed on the beach. YOu had to wait for the bus to come back to get you and you are ready to leave within the hour. Not a good experience overall and will NEVER cruise on Carnival again. Also, watch out for the art auction.. another gotcha and you will pay a fortune for those prints, etc.. another rip off.. they ply you with free champagne to keep you there but the framing costs associated, with insurance, shipping, etc.. huge rip off.. Buyer beware!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
My Carnival Cruise Nightmare I booked a 7 day cruise for me (5 months pregnant), my two girls ages 5 and 6, and my sister to go out on the Carnival conquest from Galveston on July the 27. Our cabin was an ocean view on the Spa deck with ... Read More
My Carnival Cruise Nightmare I booked a 7 day cruise for me (5 months pregnant), my two girls ages 5 and 6, and my sister to go out on the Carnival conquest from Galveston on July the 27. Our cabin was an ocean view on the Spa deck with floor to ceiling windows. This was to be my eighth cruise. I have sailed before with Royal Caribbean, Princess, Holland America, and Norwegian and never had any problems to this extent. This was to be my first cruise with Carnival. I really was not expecting much, but what I got will never be forgotten. It started on day one. I had preordered a bottle of champagne for my sister and chocolate covered strawberries for the sail away. When we arrived at our room the strawberries were their, but the champagne was missing. A quick call to the pursers desk and to room service assured me that the champagne was 'on the way'. The second thing I noticed was the lack of air conditioning in the room. After the having to bring my stateroom attendant to the room so she could see for herself, and then calling the pursers desk again I was assured that this also would be taken care of. At about this time the real nightmare started. The family that was to be in the cabins next to be had booked all three cabins. They put the adults in the first two cabins that were furthest away from us, but in the cabin that was next to us, they put SEVEN preteen boys!! My first inclination that there was going to be a problem, was the wrestling noises I could hear coming from the wall, then pounding and shouting. At first I tried to handle things on my own by telling the boys directly to quiet down, and that I could hear everything that they were doing and saying through the wall. All seemed well at first. By this time it was so hot in the room I kept seeing black spots and kept almost falling down. After finding my room attendant, it was only at this time that a demand call was put into maintenance to fix my ac. I was made to lay down and had to miss the muster drill. We never did receive the bottle of champagne and after I felt better I went down to inquire about a refund. I was actually told that once an order was placed that their were no cancelations. Even though I never received it! After a heated debate at the pursers desk I was told that I would receive a full refund and that everything was taken care of. Imagine my anger when we returned from dinner at 9:30pm. and there was a bottle of champagne waiting for me! After the ac incident we thought this would be the last time we would be seeing maintenance, until we tried to lower our floor to ceiling window shade for sleep. The cords in the back were hopelessly tangled into each other and then rigged (maybe by the room attendant) to stay open. Another call to maintenance and they arrived, cut all the strings breaking the shade permanently to stay closed. They left saying they would be in in the morning at 9am. to fix the problem. We started to drift into a nice sleep when the neighbors returned to their room. Immediately starting with the shouting, curse words, jumping from the upper birth to the floor and wresting. This was to be the first of a series of calls to security. Day two We returned from breakfast at about 11am to find the window shade in the exact same spot from the night before. No one had come to fix it. At this point it was incompatible because of the cut strings, and trying to raise it manually provided to be quite difficult as it weighted almost 50 pounds. I found my room attendant again and she said that they would be returning to fix it. At about 4pm and going almost one full day without our ocean view I finally called the pursers desk to demand they come and fix the shade. Maintenance arrived ten minutes later and had the shade replaced in about thirty minutes. All is going well until we layed down to take a nap. After falling asleep briefly we are awakened to the sounds of the boys wrestling shouting and slamming doors. Security had to be called. After returning from dinner security was called to their room once more for the ongoing noise. Day three I am starting to loose my patience with security. At the pursers desk I let them know that if this continues, that I would like to get off the ship in our first stop Jamaica and return home. It is only after this comment that my complaints are started to be taken seriously. I am ushered to the security office where a full complaint is made by the chief officer who seemed very concerned at the time. I was assured that the problem would be taken care of even if someone had to stand guard outside their door (never happened). Little did I know that there is a guarantee policy stating that if you leave the ship at the first port, you will be reimbursed of all charges. I did not find out this information until I returned home. Security is called out a second time that evening. Day four Grand Cayman Today is when the real trouble started. Security stopped showing up when I called. The boys next door have taken to beating on the wall as a new tool upset us. It was not until I was in tears at 12:30am and threatening to confront the family myself that security showed up. Get this, after awaking the mother to let her know I was complaining again. She stated that her boys were sleeping and been doing so for a couple of hours. It was then that cabin door flew open from the boys room and they ran into the hall screaming and hitting each other with pillows! I can still see the shock on her face. Day five New tactic The hitting of the wall has now stopped and any noises I hear from next door I try to tune out with the tv. Today I start receiving the hang up calls. It begins at 2:30 in the morning and I get four more before I decide to unplug the phone from the wall. Day six Only one more day to go! Another new tactic is being preformed, after hearing a load thud on the door, instead of opening the door to see what it is I look out the peephole. There I see one of the younger boys run by and hit the door with his fist. I report this to security and again they do nothing. The hitting of the door continues for the rest of the day. Last night on the boat After returning to the room we begin our nightly ritual of tuning out any noise we hear so we can sleep. At about 1am the boys get into a big fight. The f word is used repeatedly and my girls wake up scared to death. After making three phone call to security and them not showing up I finally go down to the pursers desk enraged. Security finally makes it's appearance and the mother pretty much slams her cabin door in their faces. The boys thankfully listen to security and go to sleep. Summery This was the worst cruise I have ever been on. After trying the following day to get all the transcripts for my complaints I was told no. I was given a number to call in Miami for headquarters which I did. I really doubt based on other reviews that I will even get a call back. Carnival is the budget of cruise lines, it seemed that there were more people crammed on this boat than any other I have been on. I have never seen up to 15 people at a time walking around with trays because all of the seats were taken at the buffet, or at the pool. The shows also had this problem. The adult shows we went to had a least thirty people standing because of lack of chairs! Breakfast in the lido restaurant was a complete joke. Cold tasteless food with no variety. Grapefruit half, yogurt, sausage, egg, pancake or cereal were the only choices. During the entire cruise they have a channel dedicated to the architect of this boat. The conquest has the most complex and unfunctional layout of any boat I have ever been on. For instance the only way to get to the entrance of the dining room, was to go down to deck 5 walk to the very back of the boat and then go down again to deck 3. The master architect decided that walking straight across deck three to get the rear of the ship just made too much since. This was only one of many architectural blunders we had to ponder during the cruise. After getting off the boat I slept 24 hours straight. I have contacted my travel agent and I am working with her also on a possible solution to this problem. Amount spent $3,500 for me $2,200 for my sister UPDATE!! Carnival has sent me a voucher for 10% off my next cruise booked with them, for two people. After speaking with a supervisor at guest relations I was told this was the best that they could do. I have learned my lesson and will NEVER travel with Carnival again Read Less
Sail Date July 2008
Arrival. We drove to Galveston. After dropping off passengers and bags I parked in the City lot. Ten dollars a day or fifty for the cruise. There are cheaper alternatives but security and excellent shuttle service argue for the City lots. ... Read More
Arrival. We drove to Galveston. After dropping off passengers and bags I parked in the City lot. Ten dollars a day or fifty for the cruise. There are cheaper alternatives but security and excellent shuttle service argue for the City lots. Embarkation. Good. My wife turned over the bags to a porter and they eventually showed up on the ship. She got in line and I joined her after parking the car. The line was long but there were plenty of agents and it went quickly, especially if you have pre-registered on the Carnival web site. Cabin. Not bad. Adequate size very clean and kept that way by our excellent cabin steward. We had an inside cabin which was all we good get ay the late date we booked the cruise. We had our two grandchildren with us for four in the cabin and it was ok. In eight cruises we have never had an inside before and thought we would not like it. However it was relatively quite and comfortable even though it was way aft and on the next to the bottom passenger deck. Ship. Older but clean and well maintained. The layout is awkward and sometimes difficult to walk from point to point. The public rooms are small and inadequate for the number of passengers. The ship was very crowded and extremely noisy. Walking inside was made more difficult by the excessive number of portable photography sites which tended to spill out into the passages ways making walking that much more difficult. The pools are small and overcrowded, in fact all public areas are small and over crowded. Food. Substandard. Worst food, both in the dinning room and in the buffet that we have had in 8 cruises. We have been on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, NCL, U.S. Line ( went out of business) and a small ship around the Greek Islands and this was by far the worst. The quality and preparation was just barely adequate. Crew. Very good, among the best we have had. The dinning room staff was excellent as was all the crew members that we came in contact with. Entertainment. The production numbers were very good. Some of the best entertainment we have seen on a cruise ship. Ports. Cozumel is ok with decent shopping and some good beach activities. Progresso is just plain bad. There are some beach outings that are good and you can opt for a tour of Merida which is a little better than Progresso. Debarkation. A mess. They offer an early off option if you are willing to carry your own bags off the ship. This sounds good until you encounter hundreds of people and, seemingly, thousands of bags in passage ways and stairwells. Not to mention the hour or so wait to clear customs. In fact the early off is for the convenience of the ship, not the customer. The more bags that are carried off, the less they have to pick up and move to the dock. We opted to have our bags picked up and delivered to the baggage claim area. We got off the ship, engaged a porter which got us in a shorter customs line and were out of there in 20 minutes while the "early offs" were still waiting in line. Overall. The cruise suitable for first time cruisers with children who are looking for a low cost experience. It is not for seasoned cruisers or those who desire a better atmosphere. Read Less
Sail Date June 2008
Our cruise was really a nice pleasant cruise and the excursion where wonderful! The Dolphin Swim was absolutely Awesome. We had great people we shared dinner with every night! Tom and Tiffany, Tiffany's Mom and a work mate of ... Read More
Our cruise was really a nice pleasant cruise and the excursion where wonderful! The Dolphin Swim was absolutely Awesome. We had great people we shared dinner with every night! Tom and Tiffany, Tiffany's Mom and a work mate of Tiffany's Mom. We could not have asked for better people to share our meals with. We where stuck on the late dinner which was hard on my Mom who is 70. This was my first cruise and my mother's 3rd. cruise. We had the best food the chefs made the best foods and the desserts where out of this world. We also had a staff member on the Lido Buffet dinning named PI who took the time to learn our names and always greeted us by our names. PI was such a wonderful Staff Member always a smile and a greeting for us. We also enjoy an evening with Carol her daughter Lisa who we did the Mayan Ruins with them then enjoyed drinks out of the Coconut Monkeys. The beds were great and it was quiet on the cruise even though we had an adjoining room. We did have one Loud Mouth Braggart on the Cruise who bragged about winning "ANOTHER FREE CRUISE" in the raffle drawing. He did spoil things for others with his bragging and his big mouth! He really did create a hush in the crowd when he started bragging about winning "Another Cruise". I would say he spoiled it for a lot of people who bought tickets in that raffle! Disembarkation was the pits! We were on the Rivera Deck and the last ones to get off! So we stood the longest in line at customs! We selected Carnival because they go out of Galveston and Mother had cruised with them before. But the one trip on Carnival for me will likely be my last! They said fill out your surveys and get them turned in for the drawing for a "Free Cruise" just before we disembark from the cruise. Well they called my Name. I was so excited and I went to the desk on the main floor and waited to receive a STUPID PIECE OF PAPER to be in their "Monthly Drawing from all the Drawn Names". Needless say I never heard another thing! I had to tell the friends I had made on the Cruise who also where under the mistaken believe that you would Win a Cruise that I got a PIECE of paper for a "Chance" at a cruise. So beware and pay attention to what they say about the Survey and a "Chance to Win" a piece of paper! Carnival calls me four times a week and I decided to cruise with a different cruise line since they feel I am just a piece of paper! This has left a BAD TASTE in my MOUTH! Of course a call to Carnivals Customer Service was on no use either. But they love to call me four times a week to cruise with them again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2008
This was my 10th cruise and my 4th cruise on the Ecstasy. I have always given this ship and crew a very high rating. Compared to cruises with other lines Carnival still gets my vote. However, this cruise was a great disappointment. We ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise and my 4th cruise on the Ecstasy. I have always given this ship and crew a very high rating. Compared to cruises with other lines Carnival still gets my vote. However, this cruise was a great disappointment. We drove in from Fort Worth on the morning of the cruise. We were traveling with a party of 10 adults. The Ecstasy was nowhere in site. She was outside of the channel due to fog which of course was not Carnival's fault. The ship made it in about 5. I think we departed about 9. It was a very fast turn around and the crew and passengers were all exhausted This was our first balcony cabin on the Ecstasy. It was a Penthouse suite. I was very disappointed in the cabin. The carpet was stained and although there were many, many drawers in the cabin only half of them would open. The balcony windows were filthy. The toilet wouldn't flush, and the couch belonged in a college dorm. I asked the steward to make the couch into a bed each evening. The first 2 nights passed and still no extra bed. The room remained dirty and the steward remained grouchy. On the 3rd day I beeped him. After sitting on my balcony and watching both balconies and windows of the cabins on either side of me being washed down and shined up. I asked him to clean the windows and balcony and to let out the couch that evening. He was very unhappy but did as I asked. THEN he left the couch made out ALL the time. We had no place to sit during the day. He refused to make it a couch during the day and a bed at night. I am a huge tipper and the loss was not only mine but his. Back to the second day. We spoke to the main dining room and asked to be seated at a large table or at least 2 tables close to each other. We were told it couldn't be done and were placed in two booths back to back next to the door. The waiters seemed tired. Glasses went unfilled. There were tables for 10 empty all around us. My first cruise on this ship was spectacular in food and service. It began declining on the second, third, and now this 4th. The food was nothing special and the buffet was horrible. I was shocked at the rate of decline in 4 years. Knowing just how spectacular this ship, food, and crew can be made for a sad and frustrating experience. Overall in the main areas the ship looked great. Sparkling. Other than the steward and dining room waiters the crew seemed happy. The duvets and pillows that were fabulous after the ship came out of dry dock have now scunched down and are very flat. They have lost that wonderful "sleeping in a marshmallow" feeling. The casino slots were impossible to even play. It took every time and didn't even allow for a little playing time. This is not only my experience but everyone else's that I spoke to in the casino. I don't expect to win. I do expect to get to play a little while winning a little to keep playing and eventually feeding it all back in. I stayed on the ship the day we were in Progresso. I watched about 200 women and children from Progresso come into the buffet. The crew was standing ready to wait on them and help with all the children. I spoke with an officer onboard and Carnival feeds the poor while in port. So they get a big THANK YOU from me for that. The Ecstasy also has adopted an orphanage in Progresso. Many crew members go and work at the orphanage while the ship is in port. They were planning the Christmas party for the children and were very excited that they had 80 dollars to spend on each child for gifts. They have even allowed the children to ask for what they want and are shopping for each child's request. We pulled into Galveston at 8am on the dot. Disembarkation was smooth and fast. I won't cruise the Ecstasy again. I may try the Conquest but the Ecstasy really let me down this time. By the time you are dimed to death, I think an all inclusive at a nice resort would be a better vacation value. Cruising has gone up in price over the last few years and has lost it's value for the money. mssilversumo@hotmail.com if I can answer any questions. Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
Just off the Ecstasy, she may not be as big or as new as some of the other ships but she is still a good ship to sail. Sue to the fog we didn't see the Ecstasy come in until about 5:30p.m. and we weren't able to board until ... Read More
Just off the Ecstasy, she may not be as big or as new as some of the other ships but she is still a good ship to sail. Sue to the fog we didn't see the Ecstasy come in until about 5:30p.m. and we weren't able to board until 7:30p.m. we got to our cabin at 8:30p.m. and she sailed about an hour later. It was heart breaking not to find her at the dock when we checked Monday morning and instead the Conquest was there and had not left from the night before. Everyone at the port was very helpful and explained the problem and told us to come back at 5:00. We stayed in our hotel until Noon, went to lunch and then down to the pier in front of the Harbor House, we enjoyed checking out the pier area, the kids played games, climbed trees, did somersaults played tag and several other games and we passed the day very easily. My hat is off to the Captain, what a nice man and he is so friendly and caring. He did an excellent job getting us out of Galveston after a 5 and a half hour delay due to fog, he made up the time and got us to our ports on time. Our cabin was comfortable for a handicap cabin, we had a little problem with the bathroom floor having standing water after a shower, but a few towels mopped it up and we were fine. The mattresses were very comfortable and the bedding very nice. The cabin was kept clean, with plenty of towels and ice. The staff were very friendly all over the ship. Our wait staff in the Windstar dinning room were very friendly and did an exceptional job with the children. They were helpful and would explain the menu so that the kids understood what they were ordering. Entertainment lacked somewhat, they could have more entertainment, but the dancers were great, the female singer did not impress me but the male singer was good. I found better singers in the Society Bar doing Karaoke. Ports were okay, we just went to town in Progresso, the merchants were pretty pushy, we just got our shopping done and returned to the ship, enjoyed the less crowded swimming pool and lounge chairs. My son and his family went to Merida and had a wonderful time seeing the buildings there, and taking in the culture. In Cozumel we went to Playa Mia, the kids had a great time, on the water trampoline and the ice berg, they enjoyed kayaking, swimming and snorkeling. We had planned on Paradise beach but the Taxi driver convinced us that the kids would enjoy Playa Mia more and that my DH who is in a wheelchair would have more room to move around. The open air restaurant was huge, and everything was very accommodating for the wheelchair. There was also a pool and shops. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and today was the end. We were on Empress deck cabin E053 and did not have bed bugs nor did any of my children or grandkids that were in E015, 021,025 and 029. I'm very happy to report that. I feel so sorry for those that had the problem. Embarkation was slow, but again, I think it is pretty normal for that terminal. We made several new friends and enjoyed talking to people from all over the place and to swap stories of cruising. It was a great cruise and I could have easily stayed for another trip, but I'm afraid the boss wouldn't agree. I hope everyone got home safely, especially the midwest people. I get the pictures on the web soon. Karen http://picasaweb.google.com/gramsklk Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
After years of dying to go on a cruise, I was extremely disappointed to get to the port to find another ship still waiting to take off due to the fog. This are circumstances beyond our control. We got on line at 5pm and after 3 and half ... Read More
After years of dying to go on a cruise, I was extremely disappointed to get to the port to find another ship still waiting to take off due to the fog. This are circumstances beyond our control. We got on line at 5pm and after 3 and half hours on line we finally made it to our room at almost 830pm. We were exhausted from the four hour drive and the long wait on line and hungry. We drooped our carry on and quickly went to the dining room at 9pm when the ship took off. After dinner we just went to bed. The ride was very choppy and I got sick. I was miserable the next day. We went for breakfast at the buffet and the lines again were super long. I felt there was chaos during breakfast time. I knew right then and there I would not be going on any more cruises any time soon. We stopped at Progresso and went to Corona Beach. It was not a pretty beach and many of the chairs were broken. The people in our group were mostly drinking and while having fun, some were acting so silly I felt like I was at a college frat party. We decided to go the flea market, the sellers there are very pushy. We made it back to the boat and then the next day stopped at Cozumel and went to Mia Beach. It was fun, a little too crowded so it was hard to do the kayak but it was fun. It was a much better beach then the one in Progresso. The next day we sailed all day. My complaints about the ship is the lack of activities. I found them to be boring. The entertainment left much to be desired. I was more entertained at the Karaoke Bar. More talent. There are lots of trivia games going on during the day that last for a whole 15-20 minutes and that is about it. That left only the casino to go and the pay offs are awful. I did not expect to get rich but i expected to at least make more money to continue to play for a little longer. I was bored. The movies on the TV were more entertaining then the entertainment on the ship. My second complaint is that they nickel and dime you to teach, gratuity for every thing. The drinks at the bar are watered down and very expensive. The best part of the ship was the dining room, the service was excellent, the food just ok. I will not be going to any other cruises any time soon and if I ever do, it will certainly not be the Ecstacy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
Let me start off by saying that I eagerly anticipated this vacation for months and read every CC review of the Conquest since last June. My husband and I are early thirties and traveled with his family. We were a group of 19, 13 adults and ... Read More
Let me start off by saying that I eagerly anticipated this vacation for months and read every CC review of the Conquest since last June. My husband and I are early thirties and traveled with his family. We were a group of 19, 13 adults and 6 kids, ranging in ages from 9 to 52. I had heard good and bad things about Carnival, but wanted to keep an open mind. We arrived at the pier in Galveston at 10:30, hoping to get on as early as possible to start our eagerly anticipated vacation. The fog in Galveston was as thick as pea soup, and the port was closed. So, the Conquest was late arriving. They handed out fliers saying that boarding would begin at 2:00 due to the late arrival and everyone would receive a $15 credit on their Sail and Sign account. We took that in stride, went and ate lunch and settled in for the long wait. They started allowing people in at 2:00 as promised, but the inside of the terminal would be our home for a bit longer. They crammed as many people as possible in the terminal and then were upset that people started getting anxious. The Carnival employees were inexcusably rude to passengers who had been waiting all day to board. What a start to a vacation! We went to our room, an 8th floor room with a balcony, to unpack. The cabin and bathroom were larger than expected, which was a pleasant surprise. The fog never lifted and the captain made an expected announcement that night. If we could not leave Galveston by 7:00am, we would not be going to our Montego Bay port. My husband and I were married there two years ago, so that was not a huge loss for us. Every passenger was compensated with $75 for missing Montego Bay, when we could not leave Galveston until noon the next day. As a side note, when the ship is in port, the casino is closed, the shops are closed, and they can only serve certain alcohol. So, we were at sea for 3 days, and on the third day, we learned that a tropical depression had formed and was heading for our area of the Caribbean. What a surprise. So, we would now be missing our Cayman Island port. That night, the cruise director made an announcement that to make up for Grand Cayman, we would be porting in Progresso, Mexico. Now, if you have never heard of Progresso, there is a reason. There is nothing there! When you dock, you have to get on a bus, to traverse the 6 mile long bridge. Then, there is nothing to see or do in town. The only decent excursion is a 40 mile trip to Chichen Itza. What a joke. I have to say that our waiters in the dining room were excellent. We had the 5:45 seating at table 516 in the Monet dining room. Hardly any of our party ate there, though, because of the constant rocking. The food was only passable. Maybe, being from Louisiana, I have high expectations, but the dining room food was equal to cafeteria food. Don't even waste your time on the buffet. It was disgusting. The grill's hamburgers and fries were good, as was the pizza from the pizzeria. My husband actually lost weight on the cruise. Our cabin attendant, Andree, also did an excellent job. The drinks were good, but you definitely pay for them. We spent a bit of time in the casino, but never won. By the end of the trip, we couldn't wait to get off of that boat. And, guess what...another delay, which I blame on the captain. We were only miles away from Galveston on day 6, and were scheduled to arrive early at 7:00am. But, to keep people in the casinos and buying drinks as long as possible, we puttered around in the Gulf. The next morning, we were informed that due to high winds in Galveston Bay, we couldn't dock until 10:00. What a joke. All in all, this cruise was the absolute worst vacation I have ever been on in my life. Can Carnival control the weather? Of course not, but they could have offered more compensation and been better organized. The Conquest and the port of Galveston is poorly managed and you are better off avoiding them at all costs. On another note, the kids from our group attended Camp Carnival regularly. On the 4th day, my nephew who had been outside all day and was dehydrated asked to go get some water. He was told no because they counselor was not allowed to leave the other kids unattended. That was reasonable. What was not reasonable or even explainable, is that when my brother-in-law went to pick my nephew up, he caught the Camp Carnival counselor coming back from bringing a kid to the bathroom. When my brother-in-law asked the Camp Carnival director why the rules were not the same for all kids, he was told that no one was brought to the bathroom. When he insisted that he had just seen such, she was adamant that the counselor had never left. Needless to say, he filed a formal complaint and what do you know...the counselor who would not take my dehydrated nephew to get water, but took someone to the bathroom (which is across the hall from the water fountain) called that night to admit what she had done and apologize. No more Camp Carnival for our group!!! My final advice...skip Carnival and spend your money on a true all inclusive like Sandals. Hope this has helped. P.S. We are still trying to get a partial refund from Carnival. P.P.S. The hot tubs will fade your bathing suits!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
On Dec 14 2007 i took my family of nine boys {all were teens} on a cruise. I heard that royal caribbean was better then carnival but i thought carnival was more family oriented so i booked on carnival. embarkation- we got to port around ... Read More
On Dec 14 2007 i took my family of nine boys {all were teens} on a cruise. I heard that royal caribbean was better then carnival but i thought carnival was more family oriented so i booked on carnival. embarkation- we got to port around 8 o clock and boarded the ship around 1:30 Ship- The ship was big but the rooms were little and stuffy. But the open places they had they tried to decorate it vegas style but it was ugly and they i guess thought it would be nice to cover up all the windows in the atrium but it was not nice i like light airy rooms Food- The food was horrible. In the dining room the food tasted like it was old and stale. The only o.k. food is the pizza. Staff- The staff were very rude and they looked like they did not want to be there. I got a smoking room and i requested it to be cleaned i had to ask three times for it to be cleaned. We got animal towels 1 night i don't know why? The state room was o.k. but left dirty the dresser was sticky and i left them a note to clean it up but never happened. They don't follow there word. teen activities- My boys thought the camp was boring they said there was absolutely nothing to do. They said they talked to them about puberty. i said they did not have togo back. The next day they were bored to death the only thing that was fun was the water slide. adult activities- i loved going to the spa. the was my most favorite thing. The sauna was so relaxing there really was no other thing for them to do but the spa Ports- The ports were nice and the excursions were nice we all loved them our fav was grand cayman it was beautiful. Service- The service was terrible. I called for room service and it never came i was mad. The food in the dining room took 30 minutes to get to our table and our water Pablo was so mean and rude. Overall-overall we had a good time we did not let everything stop us from having fun we will NOT go on carnival again i will try royal caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date December 2007
The ship was over 10 hours late to embarkation port. Very little notice was given to passengers. We waited in Galveston for 12 hours without a place to store our luggage as the port did not open for stranded passengers. Carnival could have ... Read More
The ship was over 10 hours late to embarkation port. Very little notice was given to passengers. We waited in Galveston for 12 hours without a place to store our luggage as the port did not open for stranded passengers. Carnival could have begun processing people early in the day to prevent the massive line that over 2000 people compose. Rather than leaving at 4:00 PM, we left at 2:00 AM. We missed it! We were tired. Port of call was changed from Cozumel to Progresso. I would never suggest that anyone visit this place. The beach is dirty as is the water. There is no snorkeling which is what we had planned in Cozumel. We were given $100 per person to be spent on board or on an excursion. I would have just liked to have had my money to spend as I pleased. We missed a full day of the cruise but we were charged for every day of gratuity including the day we were not on the ship. When asked, the charge was removed. I am sure that many people did not know to ask. The evening dining staff were excellent. The staterooms were constantly kept clean. I would not suggest Carnival to anyone. There was no attempt at easing passenger tension. Rather it was sell, sell, sell. Needless to say, we did not buy anything on board that we absolutely did not need except for a photograph. We are flying next time. No more water for us! Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
After scheduling my vacation 3 mos in advance I was very excited to be going somewhere and snorkeling as this would be a new adventure for me. I have a very stressful job as a nurse and my husband works 6 days a week. the day before ... Read More
After scheduling my vacation 3 mos in advance I was very excited to be going somewhere and snorkeling as this would be a new adventure for me. I have a very stressful job as a nurse and my husband works 6 days a week. the day before departure at 3pm we got a call and said our ship would be late we could board after 9 pm and we would not be going to Cozumel but to Progresso...my husband and I decided to make the best of it. When we arrived in Galveston we were in line to board for a good two hours the ship did not leave until about 1 am. We booked an excursion at the ship for Progresso at a beach resort, I must say the beach smelled horrible, the food there at the resort was Tostitos, warmed over cheez whiz and the taquitos so hard they could break your tooth, we each paid $75 for this. My husband said we could have saved our money and went to Brownsville. The food aboard the ship was horrible as well and I could not eat it. I know that some things are beyond their control for instance the weather, but I would have never booked that cruise if I knew Progresso would have been our stop. On the way home we hit some 18 ft. swells that had a good majority of the ship in the infirmary where they were giving phenergan injections for $40 a pop. The service was good, we always had our bed made when we left, I tried to complain about our excursion and they gave me a letter to follow up with, I know there were a number of people that did this also. I don't believe I will be sailing Carnival any time soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2007
First of all this was my fifth cruise, second on carnival. This was by far the worst cruise ever. Embarkation- Horrid, an endless mass of lines that led to nowhere, I arrived at 1pm, and was on the ship after 3:30pm. Very disorganized and ... Read More
First of all this was my fifth cruise, second on carnival. This was by far the worst cruise ever. Embarkation- Horrid, an endless mass of lines that led to nowhere, I arrived at 1pm, and was on the ship after 3:30pm. Very disorganized and not nearly enough staff to accommodate arrival of passengers. Sea Days- If you don't gamble, play bingo, or shop, your out of luck for things to do. I try to relax and enjoy the outside atmosphere, NOT on this cruise! Deck chairs are removed & stored promptly between 4pm & 6pm, whether people are lounging or not!! Imagine sitting on a chair and around you crew members are slamming & pushing chairs to store! Forget about finding decent places inside, the entire boat at times smells of cigarette smoke, because all the smoking places are open aired & in right in the middle of the main areas. Ports- Port arrivals were never announced, but getting to and from the ports where very easy & uncomplicated. I enjoyed all the ports we had on our itinerary. All were very beautiful, and had plenty to do whether you did an excursion or not. Service/Food- The food was hit or miss in the main dining room. A lot of people complained that the taste was bland so salt, hot sauce, ect. was used as a remedy. Deserts??? what deserts you had 2 choices & one was sugar free, every night, along with the usual cookies & ice cream. The buffet was a usual buffet, nothing great. What was really frustrating is there are numerous restaurants throughout the ship, but most were never open or only open occasionally for very short periods. Our waiter must have been having a bad week or something, he was rude & very unpersonable. A question I asked about keylime pie turned into him going on & on about how he does not make the menu, how he is not the boss, how he has worked for 14yrs and serves what the tell him to serve, how they gave him that menu and that was it. Can you imagine, a simple no pie would have sufficed. I asked him for another piece of bread & showed him the bread I had was burnt, he went into another long song & dance about how the bread was from "America", and if wanted the real cooked bread from someother day they did not have it???? The Maitre d had the personality of a fly, when he spoke he was always looking up at, perhaps the ceiling?? Cabin Steward- Did the bare minimum. I gave him a tip, when I arrived at my room and explained I liked a lot of ice. His reply was to explain to me his working hours. I had to ask him to change my bedding twice, the counter/dresser area was dirty, sticky from pervious cruisers, and did not get cleaned until I requested it. I gave him pants to be pressed 1st night, I had to ask to get them back 5 days later?? Ship/Cleanliness- The ship was beautiful the main deck and layout also beautiful. All the public areas were decorated in grand colors, and not much wear visible. Crew were always visible cleaning the buffet areas after hours. Although, many times during the day crew were painting the deck areas, so paint fumes were a bother. There was mold visible around all the pools & saunas I even observed a guest point it out to a crew member. The usual baby accident (#2) in the main pool was talked about by many guest. And mysteriously the last night crew members were seem painting over the before mentioned mold. ** Like I stated above I have cruised carnival before, and this was such a disappointment. I can say the 96% of the crew members looked like they did not want to be bothered, or just going through the motions. I can count on 1 hand the crew members who spoke to me & where friendly. I know, I know, how hard they work & ect., but it does not take much effort to be polite & smile. Read Less
Sail Date September 2007
This was our first Carnival cruise and I must say it will be our last. Having previously sailed RC and Princess cruise lines I did have a somewhat lower expectation but never dreamed it would be this bad. First of all, our stateroom people ... Read More
This was our first Carnival cruise and I must say it will be our last. Having previously sailed RC and Princess cruise lines I did have a somewhat lower expectation but never dreamed it would be this bad. First of all, our stateroom people were excellent and one gentlemen serving hotdogs and hamburgers was great, other than that, forget it. There was not enough food when the lines were open which wasn't very long. I think perhaps it may have been their way of trying to get people in the dining room. By the way, our dining room experience was just okay. The crew (most) were rude and not helpful. I asked for an ashtray at a bar and was told it was down at the other end if I wanted to get it. The outside pool leaked into the area below and was unavailable the rest of the cruise. While I understand things happen we were not informed of whether or not it might be available anytime during the remainder of the cruise. Speaking of not being informed. I do not recall hearing the captain's voice one time. We heard from Butch, the cruise director, several times but not the captain. Not even when we stopped and picked up refugees. I was on the Princess cruise when the 2 people went overboard. That captain kept us very well informed. He was the best. I guess I could sum up the experience as saying, if they were to offer us a free cruise on Carnival, we would decline. Read Less
Sail Date September 2007
Here were the issues: 1. No one called us from Carnival to ask us if we still wanted to go on the cruise even though their was an itinerary change and hurricane in the Gulf. We spoke to several other guests, and they were called (they ... Read More
Here were the issues: 1. No one called us from Carnival to ask us if we still wanted to go on the cruise even though their was an itinerary change and hurricane in the Gulf. We spoke to several other guests, and they were called (they did not purchase any type of trip insurance). If given the choice, we would have opted not to go due to the Hurricane and missed port - what is your vacation guarantee? 2. Mark Price said the Royal Caribbean cruise did not go to Jamaica, but after speaking to several Royal Caribbean traveler's in Cozumel and the Grand Cayman, we found out not only did they go to Jamaica, but they also went to the Florida Keys. 3. I called the Housekeeping department for 4 extra pillows and no one answered. I went out in the hall and asked one of the housekeeping staff for 4 extra pillows and they told me I needed to call 7777. I called 7777 and they told me I had to call housekeeping. 4. Telephone stopped working after the first day. 5. We had NO hot water during the entire cruise - spoke to several crew members and called to get the situation fixed - but NOTHING was ever done about it! . 6. We have sailed on the Pride and Miracle and have had EXCELLENT customer service, well maintained and clean. The customer service on the Conquest was the WORST I have ever seen. The wait staff around the pool acted like they did not see you. Hardly, anyone made eye contact or smiled. The ship was dirty and in need of repair. The seats in the main show place were filthy and falling apart. Only a few crew members gave positive customer service. Nobody working seemed like they were happy to be there. 7. Vincent in the Piano Bar and his staff were AWESOME! It was the only worthwhile entertainment. The one main bar waiter, he is bald, was always very energetic and always engaging the guests in songs. He was always on top of our order and had a positive attitude. 8. The bar staff in the dining room were AWESOME. However, the waiters were so, so. I never ate at my table, I always ate with a different group of people. 9. The food on the Lido deck was okay, except the servers were very stingy with their servings and got snippy if you tried to serve yourself. I don't recall the Miracle or Pride limiting your portions. I believe it was serve yourself. 10. There was plenty of security on the ship; however, too visible at times. When we left our room in the morning and their was always a security guard standing in hallway, watching the housekeepers. It made us feel like there was a problem with stealing. 11. During the days, there was always a hammering noise above our bed. It was hard to take a nap or have quiet time. 12. All day and night there was a swishing noise coming outside our window. It sounded like the cruise ship was flushing something out into the ocean. It was very disconcerting. 13. The captain took us on a dangerous path, we went through rough seas which could have been avoided. Carnival should have rerouted us to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. 14. On our last night, we had dinner in the Supper Club, I was sick for 3 days after eating there. Read Less
Sail Date August 2007
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES!!! This cruise was a waste of vacation time and money. The ship was WAY overcrowded. The service was terrible. Carnival automatically charges your credit card for gratuity, so the crew ... Read More
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES!!! This cruise was a waste of vacation time and money. The ship was WAY overcrowded. The service was terrible. Carnival automatically charges your credit card for gratuity, so the crew doesn't have to "earn" their tips ($70.00/person!). My wife, myself and 4 children cost me $420 in gratuity for terrible service. The overcrowding may have attributed to this as well. There was a long line for everything. On more than one occasion, they shut the buffet line down right in front of people that had been standing in line for a long time. When you finally did make it to the food buffet, there were mass quantities of mediocre food. The buffets were shut down a lot of the time. Many times there was no place to get anything to eat on the entire ship, unless you wanted a hotdog or hamburger. After a few days of those, you wonder why you spent so much money to be on this ship. Ice cream machines were shut down or empty on more than one occasion. NO clean coffee cups in the dining area to get coffee. Several times our rooms were not serviced. The waiter service at dinner left something to be desired. You had to get to a show at least 30 minutes early just to get seat of any kind. Everything was so crowded, I felt like we were trapped in Six Flags waiting in line for seven days. At the end of the cruise, I received my bill for the "sign and sail on board credit card." The charge for gratuity was $420.00. $70.00 per head, even for my small children. I went to the Purser's desk to discuss this, but again, there was a huge line. We were trying to get off the ship, so I decided to call when I got home. Finally got someone to talk to me on the phone, but their answer was "I had to take care of that before I got off the ship." I told him I would still be there standing in line if that was the case. "Sorry, nobody can help me" was the only answer I could get. I will never be on ANY Carnival Cruise ship, ever! Read Less
Sail Date May 2007
We were excited to go on a cruise to the Western Caribbean but were quickly disappointed. When we booked the cruise we were told to call back with our flight information in order to book the airport transfer. When we called to schedule the ... Read More
We were excited to go on a cruise to the Western Caribbean but were quickly disappointed. When we booked the cruise we were told to call back with our flight information in order to book the airport transfer. When we called to schedule the transfer, we were notified that it was too late but that booking at the airport shouldn't be a problem. After arriving we were told that we were lucky to catch the last bus... first problem averted. I waited to book the cruise until upgrades were offered (less than 2 weeks prior to departure). The Carnival telephone rep told us we had a good chance of getting an upgrade. When we arrived to check in, we were told that cruise was long since sold out and there would be no upgrades. Prior to departure we also did not receive our "blue book"??? in the mail and therefore the staff had trouble checking us in (sent to different lines in the terminal, etc.) We were asked for our preference in meal times - we asked for 6:30 and were told that it couldn't be guaranteed but we would likely get our requested time; we received 8:30 (the latest seating). Our table was always the last to be served and had the same VERY unenthusiastic server every night. The service was so slow that the lights regularly were turned on during dessert and the vacuuming would begin (on one occasion this occurred prior to dessert orders). I tried to get our server to smile by asking; he said, "I don't fake it". Some of the other servers seemed great; unfortunately that wasn't our experience. When we tried to prepare for dinner the first night, we found that our shower drain wasn't functioning - it actually drained the water into the bathroom. Not so pleasant once you've just gotten wet and soapy and the bathmat is soaked. We were told that the plumber was very busy but he should be able to fix it sometime that night. Estimate ~ a few hours (aka after dinner.) When returning to the room after dinner a couple nights into the cruise, we found that housekeeping had taken our washclothes and not replaced them. I tried to call housekeeping but the phone rang and rang. I then tried the information desk - the man who answered the phone said, "this is information, we don't have washclothes here. You'll need to call housekeeping." When I informed him that I had already tried but there was no answer, he responded, "of course not, housekeeping is probably already asleep." (~10PM) I wasn't offered any other suggestions/solutions... I was frustrated and figured I would just use a hand towel. About 20 minutes later he called the room and said housekeeping was bringing us washclothes - this seemed to be the first good service we had received... we waited an hour and went to bed (and placed the do not disturb sign on the door), the housekeeper who didn't speak English arrived a little later to bring us a stack of 4 towels with no washclothes. My boyfriend tried communicating that we needed washclothes, but the housekeeper smiled and said "yes". Yet another frustrating experience... we tried to laugh it off, but with one frustration after another - the cruise experience deteriorates quickly. Most meals, I would classify as "okay" at best. The coffee service after dinner was nice (with the exception of the vacuums). At one buffet breakfast I observed the busboy returning unused milk and yogurt cartons from dining tables to the buffet line - gross! During the same breakfast, we received still partially frozen sausage links. The deli sandwiches at lunch were a relief from the other food. Several people at our dinner table had intestinal indigestion for much of the cruise. The only highlight of the cruise that included the cruise line was the portrait photography - a good deal with multiple backgrounds from which to choose. The ports: Cozumel, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman were enjoyable with activities including sting ray snorkeling and zip lining. Cozumel is damaged after the hurricanes; however, relaxing on a beach is always nice. As compared to the Norwegian sailing I have experienced - Carnival had a larger ship but was outclassed in food, service, price, and overall experience. We're bargain hunters but do not plan to sail with Carnival again - ever. K & W - San Diego, CA Read Less
Sail Date September 2006
My husband and I, and my sons family which included a 12 and 13 year old teen. We thought it would be a nice Christmas break. Embarkation was fairly easy and we were on the ship in 1 hour, but we didn't receive our luggage until ... Read More
My husband and I, and my sons family which included a 12 and 13 year old teen. We thought it would be a nice Christmas break. Embarkation was fairly easy and we were on the ship in 1 hour, but we didn't receive our luggage until after 6pm. The public rooms on the ship are very nice--kind of Las Vegas glitzy--but it is hard to get around. Most of the public room decks don't make a complete loop and there is a need to go up and down decks to get to the aft or front of the ship. The cabins are good size and have nice bed linens and the beds are comfortable. Although, I didn't use the fitness center, my son thought it was adequate. The dining room meals were pretty good (not nearly as good as Celebrity or Royal Caribbean) and the waiters were very good. We booked Main dining and found that they had given us Late dining. It took 3 phone calls and 2 days to get our seating time changed. We booked this cruise 6 months in advance so we should have not had to fight for early dining. The food in the buffet on the Lido deck was awful. The breakfasts were identical everyday. I cannot think of enough bad things to say about the 24 hour pizza, Wok station, sandwich station and seafood station. They were terrible and boring. The grill on the aft of Lido Deck made a good cheeseburger but the line was so long you might have to wait 20 minutes to get lunch. The upstairs area of the Lido buffet (where the seafood station is located) had no place to get a beverage. You had to go back downstairs to get a drink--even water---. Room service is important to me. The first morning we ordered coffee and croissants. The coffee tasted stale and was not hot. The delivery person for Room Service was very gruff and unresponsive to generous tip. We did not have room service again. The only coffee that was drinkable was that in the main dining rooms--buffet coffee was not good. Service was good by the cabin attendants but otherwise It seemed as though the morale of the crew was low. Not much of the happy faces and cheery "good mornings" we have experienced on other cruise lines. The cruise Director and his staff were obviously overworked and un-happy campers. On ports days, there were no activities on board ship for those who wanted to stay onboard. Almost all activities had someone selling something--no really free things to do. The entertainment was mediocre to say the least. They imported a magician from Las Vegas named "DEJA" that made a fool of herself. We did a shore excursion in Montego Bay that was fun--snorkeling and a trip to Margaritaville. We were unable to tender to Grand Cayman due to unstable ocean conditions and most of the activities on board that day cost money. They have all these great rooms and lounges and they crowded everyone into the Atrium for trivia and other games. Why not make the passengers comfortable in the lounges and public rooms. This was my 11th cruise in the past 8 years and by far the worst one. I would not recommend Carnival cruises to anyone. I saw parents buying drinks for their underage teens and saw these same teens out running the halls at nite. It may be a good cruise for people who go on cruises to get drunk and party every nite but for a relaxing,classy cruise I will go Celebrity or Royal Caribbean any day. This cruise was not any cheaper than a really good cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2005
I booked this cruise as a Birthday present for my (now fiance) then boyfriend as well as a fun way to celebrate our first Thanksgiving together. It was his first cruise and my second (other one was on Disney cruise line many years ago). ... Read More
I booked this cruise as a Birthday present for my (now fiance) then boyfriend as well as a fun way to celebrate our first Thanksgiving together. It was his first cruise and my second (other one was on Disney cruise line many years ago). What we liked: The shows, the casino (him winning $1600 helped!), the fitness area and the cabin (decent size for a cruise ship and kept clean with the towels folded into cute little animals every day). What ruined it for us: The food. All the days and weeks beforehand everyone told us how spectacular the food was on cruises and to expect to come back a few pounds heavier. We were shocked and disappointed in the food choices on the actual trip. Most of the time our choices were pizza (looked like microwave kind), hot dogs, tater tots and corn dogs.(all looked like stuff you buy in the frozen food section at the cheapest grocery store in town) Even in the formal dining room the choices were so limited we got up and left a few times because we didn't like either one being offered. They didn't even have turkey as an option on Thanksgiving day! When we did stay and eat our waiter seemed annoyed to have to be serving us. We explored every corner and morsel on that ship trying to find some sort of palatable food and there was none. We asked if we could have steak one night and they just flat out said no. Never did see a fancy steak that is what they advertise in the brochure. The midnight buffet had cheese and crackers on it like you would serve in a pre-school! ANd even though it was after mid-night there was preschool kids all over the place. We are not fancy people-we both work for cities and in fact my fiance works in a small town police department. The sad truth is we realized the food served in our town's jail is better than what we were stuck out in the middle of the ocean trying to eat. I could go on and on for each meal, but you get the picture. Neither one of us are large people at all and put much importance on food(were more interested in the activities), but when your out in the middle of the ocean and can't get a good meal it is very frustrating. We actually found ourselves getting snippy with each other we would get so hungry at some times. Thankfully, our relationship was able to sail past this misadventure! We tell everyone NOT to ever go on Carnival. I don't possibly see how simple folks like us could be so disappointed and yet they claim to be the most popular cruise line in the world? When we got off the ship and back to our car we drove to the closest restaurant we could find and stopped in and had the huge nice meal. In fact, that 5 lbs we planned to gain? We both actually lost weight on the trip! Maybe they should advertise it as a dieting cruise....put people out in the middle of the ocean and give them disgusting food and they will lose weight! Read Less
Sail Date November 2005
I went on the Carnival Conquest on Oct. 16, 2005. This is my first cruise, but I have done a lot of traveling throughout the world even to third world countries like Angola. I was extremely unimpressed with my cruise experience that ... Read More
I went on the Carnival Conquest on Oct. 16, 2005. This is my first cruise, but I have done a lot of traveling throughout the world even to third world countries like Angola. I was extremely unimpressed with my cruise experience that Carnival provided. I went when Hurricane Wilma was just forming. Carnival changed my port to Progresso, Cozumel, and Costa Maya which I can understand since no one can predict Mother Nature. Embarkation: We went around 11:30 AM thinking we will be ahead of all the people. Wrong. The terminal was filled with people because they did not start letting people on the cruise ship until 1:00PM. Food: The food is pretty bad. I thought the quality of food on the Lido desk was worst than any food you can find in a mall's food court. However, the food served at the main dining room was okay. Staff: The staff on Carnival was very rude and unhelpful. I got bumped by the staff many times and without any apologies. This is quite shocking as staffs in any hotel or even motel are much nicer than the Carnival staffs. One day at 11:30AM, we wanted some pizzas. We were the only one there. The pizza guy saw us waiting and just ignored us for 10 mins talking with another staff. I do not think this kind of service is acceptable at all. There were about three staffs that were extremely nice to us throughout the cruise and we definitely will call Carnival to praise on those individuals that made our cruise more bearable. Excursion: Please do not book any of your excursions with Carnival. You are told that Carnival does not want you to book outside the cruise ship due to any issue that might come up. However, they do not resolve issues when you run into problems with the excursion you book with them. I booked a Clear Kayak and Beach Break Tour excursion provided by Pelicanos Tours through Carnival. We were on shore getting ready to get on the Kayak when the tour operator told us to give them all non-waterproof cameras. My boyfriend took his camera from our zip-lock bag and gave it to the tour operator. We then all got in the clear kayak. We did not see any fish or reefs. All we saw was sand and grass. We also went against current and the wind which caused the kayaking to feel like an endurance test. Finally, we reached the beach. After hanging out on the beach for two- three hours, my boyfriend had to go to the restroom. This is when he noticed a lot of people were gathered around the restroom with their camera. He went over there and found out that the tour operators took all of our digital cameras in a non-waterproof bag on a jet ski and drop it in the sea. We went back on the ship and complained to Carnival. Their response is it is privately operated tour and they cannot do anything to help us at all. The excursion staff was rude and just argued with us. All we want is a disposable camera ($10) so we can take some picture on the rest of our tour and they refused to even provide it. How do we work with a tour operators from Costa Maya when we are on the cruise ship? Activities: All of the main shows were very disappointing. I thought they hired some Vegas rejects to perform the so called Vegas Style shows. The juggler was dropping rings and batons throughout the show. The magician was a joke. She messed up the first act and had to restart it. She was suppose to pop up on a stand but when it come time she was no where to be found. I was able to see all the secret pockets she had her stuff hidden in. The dancers were performing out of sync. The performances done by nonprofessionals were way better. Todd the cruise director was very funny and the newly wed game was a lot of fun. The last night they did an improv show (Who's line is it anyway) and it was hilarious. The talent show was also very entertaining. Debarkation: We were told to sit around in the lounges until our color tag were called. After two hours of waiting, we were still on the first color tag. This is very uncoordinated and frustrating. The whole time Carnival blamed the Galveston custom people and process. Finally, they called our color and we went through custom within 20 mins. It is quite interesting as the custom process was much faster than they make it sound. Overall: I had a horrible time on the Carnival Conquest, majority due to the rude staff on the ship. I will not recommend anyone to go on this ship due to the nightmare that we experienced. I would not want anyone to have to argue with staff members during their vacation since we all know how hard it is to setup a vacation. I also talked with numerous people on the ship and about 2/3 of the people had a bad to terrible cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2005
I just returned from the Conquest on Monday, October 24, 2005. This was our second cruise on the same ship. We took the same ship the same week in 2004. Last year our cruise was wonderful, we did miss the Caymans because of Hurricane Ivan, ... Read More
I just returned from the Conquest on Monday, October 24, 2005. This was our second cruise on the same ship. We took the same ship the same week in 2004. Last year our cruise was wonderful, we did miss the Caymans because of Hurricane Ivan, but that didn't matter. The entire onboard experience made up for missing one port. We could have missed all three and still had a great time. This last cruise was entirely a different story. We were to visit Jamaica, Caymans, and Cozumel. Well Wilma changed that, we went to Costa Maya, Cozumel, and Progresso. So what, we were still on a great ship right? I couldn't be any more wrong. We did have a great room steward, Albert. And our waiters in the main dinning room did loosen up after a couple of days. But that was it for the great and wonderful Carnival Conquest. With an exception of these few individuals, every staff member on the ship was very rude, short spoken, almost as if "why are you bothering me". I had two kids with me that spent time with Camp Carnival. The staff there was awful as well. On the first day, my 10 year old was not allowed to sign herself out, so the staff told her she could not go to the restroom until her parents came back to sign her out. My 7 year old did not sign himself out, but he was allowed to go to the restroom. While on the Lido deck, we were literally ran over by a staff member with a cart of dishes, this happened several times. They didn't offer an excuse me, I'm sorry, or even get out of the way. Most of the staff would hardly make eye contact. Last year everyone was friendly, staff members would say hello or something every time they passed me. (This did get better the last two days at sea, you know just before we adjusted out gratuity.) Anyone can have a bad day but when the over 1000 staff members have seven bad days in a row, all at the same time, what I hear is Carnival already has your money and we don't care about you any more. By Wednesday, we were trying to out run Hurricane Wilma, the seas were very rough. One of the shows was canceled due to the rough water. Our cabin was right above the disco lounge and the Degas lounge. Karaoke every night, except that one night when the "r" rated comedian was there. Good thing our kids were exhausted from swimming and already asleep. I hope the person singing "Proud Mary" won, she was very good. All of this was the good news! The cruise was out of Galveston, TX. We had a flight out of George Bush Airport in Houston at 3:40pm Sunday. An hour and a half from Galveston. Early disembarkation was only for flight before 2pm, NO EXCEPTIONS. Customs could only accept 50 people at a time. The ship was cleared for disembarkation about 8:15-8:30. We got off the boat at about 1pm. Believe me we tried and tried to get off early. We overheard on one of the staff radios, that all luggage was cleared at 10am. We left Hertz in Galveston about 2pm. We were in line at the airport by 3pm. At the ticket counter at 3:20. Our tickets were already given away to standby passengers. We missed our flight. We got a flight home on Monday at 1:05. $400 extra to change our flight, plus the $100 for a hotel room. We spoke to about a hundred or so people aboard the ship and at the airport in the same situation as we were. This will be our last cruise with Carnival. I’ve heard that Carnival is one of the cheapest cruise lines, and now I know why, you get what you pay for. We will cruise again. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We just got home last night, haven't had time to contact Carnival yet. But talking to others and reading reviews here, I don't think I'll get very far. Read Less
Sail Date October 2005
I bid and won this cruise from an online agency because we have used this agency 2 times before and are very pleased with the service and email response. This particular cruise, the agency had a plate full of designer chocolate ... Read More
I bid and won this cruise from an online agency because we have used this agency 2 times before and are very pleased with the service and email response. This particular cruise, the agency had a plate full of designer chocolate delivered to our cabin and the next day, a bottle of champaign (sp). The embarkation was not handled too badly and we arrived in our stateroom quickly after testing the buffet. So far so good. Then came the meals-Swill. A fellow passenger was ill one full day with vomiting/diarrhea, another passenger said he'd never put so much into his mouth and taken out so much from his mouth in so short a time and that if this was a restaurant, he'd never return. We found the food to be particularly bad as compared to other cruises that we have been on. Many leftovers were used and understandable since this is one area that one can save a lot of money with. But, even the filets that were prepared were tough. Most other ships had the herbal tea set out for consumption but on the Elation one had to ask for a bag of tea. (Regular Lipton teas were by the coffee maker for passenger pickup) When my wife asked for a herbal tea from one of the busgirls, she promptly got it for her and handed it to her with the plastic gloves still on after scraping plates. I noted that the inside handle and surrounding door area in the pizza prep area was filthy from being opened and closed. It had what looked like grease and soil from staff entering and exiting the pizza prep area. Never met our cabin steward until the last full sea day. Children were stomping up and down the halls, slamming doors and waking us several times during the night. We were GLAD to disembark, now the wife never wants to cruise again. The food is one MAJOR reason to cruise but on this cruise it was like being at a 2nd class truck sop on some highway in Wyoming. Jorge the cruise director was especially funny during the customs briefing and found to be better tna some of the comedy shows. The Caper for Cozumel was never delivered to our cabin and I found one the next day at the Purser's desk after returning from that island. Regardless of where we ate whether in the Tiffany Buffet or main dining room, the food was extremely poor. Perhaps those who eat out and don't like to cook found it palatable but we can and do cook and know quality food and this simply wasn't. I wish it had been better but it isn't. We arrived at the port of debarkation tired, sleepy and wanting a good meal. A day later at home we haven't recovered. The wife is still complaining of abdominal discomfort. Maybe someday she'll agree to cruise again but that day probably far off. In consideration for other passengers, some felt the food was good and others said it was so-so. Maybe we had so much difficulty because it was such a small ship? Also, I noticed the table servers were taking the plates beneath the salad bowl and setting them aside for later use with 2nd seating (And I know I put my fork and knife on the plate). Read Less
Sail Date March 2005
First let me say that, please do not judge all cruises by this one. I am a veteran of 9 cruises and this one on 11-15-2004 is by far the worst I have ever been on. The AC in room R-179 and probably the whole floor wasn't working ... Read More
First let me say that, please do not judge all cruises by this one. I am a veteran of 9 cruises and this one on 11-15-2004 is by far the worst I have ever been on. The AC in room R-179 and probably the whole floor wasn't working properly, so bad that a ship's engineer came to the cabin to check it out.. His solution!! Turn off the lights and don't take hot showers with the bathroom door open. We weren't the only ones. I spoke to an elderly gentleman who was on one of those breathing things used for people with breathing problems in their sleep and the poor guy was beet red from the lack of AC..I could go on and on about the AC but that would take too long. I spoke to at least 15 people on my floor with the same problem. Cabin steward even ripped the vent cover off and still very little air from this manhole in the ceiling. I was told some people even slept on the top deck cause it was so hot in their rooms. Second..and I still have a hard time believing this..our pillows stunk like they had been in Grandma's attic for 63 years. Not only that, but the sheets had some rust colored stains on them and it took everything in my power to get the cabin steward to change them. As for the food, it was ok, and I mean just ok. Our waiter Borislav always had a look on his face like he was sick of being on the ship and was pretending to be friendly because he had to. On the subject of bumpy and roughness..this is an old ship "1991" and was not properly fitted with stabilizers (spelling) and if those of you that were on the ship noticed that on those 2 rough days, the waves weren't that high, it was mostly wind doing the rocking and shaking. So if it had really come into rough seas, there'd have probably been some DEAD people on board..not really!! Service was not the best I've ever experienced. Whenever I bought something, I was never looked in the face or given a really heartfelt "thank you." I work for FedEx and I know if I were to treat customers the way me and some other people were treated on this ship I would definitely be out of a job. This cruise is designed for the hollering, whooping, PLAY SOME SKYNARD kind of college kid who's never been on a cruise before. The colors on this ship were so tacky and bright you'd have thought Elvis and Liberace had puked the color scheme together. I even needed sunglasses to go eat in the top grill.." bright blue walls and lights" and on at all times of the day and night..All the walls were lit up with either some bad tastefully decorated skyline scene or wall hangings that reminded me of the bright orange shag carpet I used to have in my apt when i got married back in '72. The walls in the eatery were that '57 Chevy Blue color. But I will say, the food was ok, not great like on other ships, but i guarantee you will not go hungry. Word to Carnival..Hot Dog chili don't have no beans in it !! Burgers, Pizza, fries. ice cream and omelets were great! I guess for the "first timer" it would be a great cruise, but for me and the other people that have traveled on other cruises and have something to compare it to, I will never, ever, ever again take a Carnival cruise. I'm not bitter, just truly disappointed that a company that owns some of the biggest and most beautiful ships in the world would not take better care of the ones that have their name on them... P.S..should you get sea sick, don't go to your room and lie down, go to the top deck for some fresh air..it works. And probably the question you're probably asking yourself is, Why did I go on this ship in the first place......$521 for 2 people, airline rate, that's why.. 1 outta 9 ain't bad!!!! Good Luck Everyone.... Norwegian Star 1998,99 Norwegian Sea 1999,00,01 Royal Olympia 01,02 Rhapsody of the Seas 03,04 Ecstasy 04 Read Less
Sail Date November 2004
This is a cruise we will never forget but unfortunately for the wrong reasons. We booked our cruise through RCI (booking was easy and paperwork arrived as promised). We are in our late 30's traveling with three children ranging in age ... Read More
This is a cruise we will never forget but unfortunately for the wrong reasons. We booked our cruise through RCI (booking was easy and paperwork arrived as promised). We are in our late 30's traveling with three children ranging in age from 4 to 11. This was our first cruise. We sailed on the Elation during Thanksgiving week. We are seasoned travelers who have ventured as far as Southern Africa with our kids. Our home is in Houston. This review will be blunt and to the point. If you are accustomed to staying at properties such as the Hill Country Hyatt, Ritz Carlton or any 4 star hotels then this is not a cruise for you. 1. Food - Not memorable. Dining room service is mediocre and often slow. The European head chef was very proficient at creating elaborate menus but could not deliver when a ship was fully booked. Sauces often lacked consistency and the meats (beef) where tough. Even the desserts where ordinary and tasteless. The wine list was ok but by the fifth night the top flight wines where sold out. Eating in the Tiffany's restaurant was not as a good as Denny's, although my kids thought it was as nice as a kid's summer camp dining room. Pizza 24 hours a day may sound inviting but after 4 days even the kids wanted a change. Note: We had requested a 6:15 p.m. dining room seating (we have a 4 year old) and ended up being assigned the 8:00 p.m. seating. My 40th birthday was the second evening. My wife had ordered a cake in advance but we never did get to celebrate as a family since the kids would not sit through an 8:00 p.m. dinner. After 2 days of pleading we where finally moved to the 6:15 p.m. seating. 2. Ports of Call - Don't bother getting off the ship unless you enjoy scuba diving or snorkeling. Progresso and Belize are as inviting a Juarez, Mexico. 3. Kid's Camp - Our 4 year old was entertained at times. The staff for his age group was very professional and eager to please. Our daughters never had much fun. A direct quote from our eleven year old was "cheesy." 4. Services - Our cabin was a large suite with a really big balcony. The cabin staff did a fantastic job of cleaning and converting the cabin to sleeping 5 at night. When we called for the room steward from the room phone we never once got a response. This was very annoying. I found the ice cooler myself which was hidden in a corridor cabinet. Bar staff throughout the ship where excellent. Drinks are inexpensive. My wife ordered a birthday room decoration set up in advance via the Internet and it was really nicely done. The birthday cake was also very good. 5. Spa - Huge and professionally run. Not a complaint here. 6. Entertainment - Average way off Vegas strip quality. We may cruise again but not on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2004
As extensive travelers and past cruisers, we looked forward to introducing our adult children and grandchildren to the world of cruising. We are not picky or demanding people. Bending with the wind and going with the flow in any given ... Read More
As extensive travelers and past cruisers, we looked forward to introducing our adult children and grandchildren to the world of cruising. We are not picky or demanding people. Bending with the wind and going with the flow in any given situation is more our modus operanid. We went onboard with the 'you make a cruise what you want of it" attitude. However, there is a limit to anyone's patience and tolerance. We're sorry to say, ours was stretched to the extreme on this trip. Please bare in mind, we wish not to dissuade anyone from taking a cruise. This is only our experience we report on. PARKING: We discovered EZ Cruise Parking online, made advanced reservations, and were extremely pleased with the location (one block from the ship) and service we received. The attendants loaded our luggage into the shuttle, delivered us promptly to the terminal, and assisted us in finding a porter to handle our luggage. Upon our return, we found EZ waiting for us with an air-conditioned bus. Without delay, they loaded us up and whisked us back to our vehicle. We highly recommend this parking facility for the Galveston cruiser. EMBARKATION: We encountered mass chaos at the terminal, with departing passengers pushing and shoving to get out of the terminal. Buses, shuttles, taxis, and private cars challenged each other for space to drop off and pick up passengers. One wrong step placed you in grave danger of being hit by a charging vehicle. The situation was basically a "survival of the fittest". The police and/or port authority attempting to direct the grossly congested traffic were less than effective. After processing through the scanning station, we were directed to the Skipper's Club while the others in our group were routed through normal check in. The clerks were cordial and efficient, but that was the extent of the VIP processing. We finished in the same amount of time the normal check in lines did. At this point, the herding of passengers began and continued throughout the cruise. Our VIP status did not afford early boarding as promised. We moved with the rest of the cruise cattle. Abbreviated instructions were given and we were put into line to get on the ship. Passenger comfort was not of priority. From beginning to end of the cruise, the rule of the day was 'hurry, move faster, get out of the way, don't ask questions, don't ask for anything'. SHIP CONDITION: The Elation's dEcor was based on the Greek Muses, but the color scheme made the interior appear to be dark and small. There was a musty order to the carpets in the hallways and rooms. During the cruise, one elevator or another was being repaired. The Lido deck proved to be hazardous when the salt-water pool was open. Two four foot rubber mats were placed end to end at the ladder leading up to the slide, but the remaining exposed deck around the pool was very slippery. We witnessed a few bad falls by young and old passengers. The other malady was the ongoing severe rolling of the ship, which kept most passengers reeling and unsteady. Very few were unaffected by the intense rocking, dispelling the belief that you do not feel the motion on the larger ships. The general comments were suspicion that the stabilizers were not being activated. Throughout the cruise, sections of the ship were being blocked to the passengers due to repairs of one sort of another, making getting around the ship difficult. CABIN: Our balcony cabin on the Veranda deck was a major disappointment. We'd expected it to be small, but the old, worn carpet, bedspreads and drapery left much to be desired. The musty odor took some getting used to. The balcony was just large enough to accommodate two plastic lawn chairs. Sitting down was like threading a needle. You had to hold the rail and skinny between it and the chair to sit down. The enormous price was worth paying to quietly watch coming in and leaving each port. The room safe was nice to have and proved to have no problems with security. The refrigerator was a Godsend for keeping our special meds cool and safe. The cabin was constantly hot due to ineffective air conditioning. We never got this issue resolved with ship's maintenance. Our many requests were ignored. FOOD: Main dining: dismal with little or no variation. Atmosphere music...crashing dishes and staff falling on wet floors. Getting wine and mixed drinks was quick and easy (naturally, since this was extra expense on the passenger). However, getting a simple glass of tea (one of very few freebies) took an act of Congress. It normally arrived after the meal was over. Tiffany's: better than the main dining room with a better, wider variety. Room Service: limited menu, but very prompt arrival. Specialty cafes: only open certain hours, except the pizza bar where your choice was limited. Coffee: The coffee islands offered a very strong, bitter serving of coffee. STAFF: Cabin Stewards - High marks for V15 attendants. They went above and beyond their duties to take care of us. Waiter - table 199, Imagination dining room. This man should find another line of work. He was rude, pushy, arrogant, and completely unable to understand what you wanted. On the formal night, my husband had pulled my chair out to seat me. The waiter jerked the chair out of his hand, shoved it into the back of my knees, causing me to fall into the chair, and then he shoved me into the table. He avoided taking orders for tea. You had to step out in front of him to get him to bring it to the table, normally after the meal was over. We never went back to the dining room again, ate the rest of our meals at Tiffany's. Busboy - not much better than the waiter. Maitre d' - not a clue who this was, never saw him. Security - the most arrogant and ill mannered of all the ships crews. Sea-going Gestapo. Bar Attendants - Tiffany's bar - good; Lido deck bar- very bad manners, disrespectful. Photo Gallery - very cute lady with nice sense of humor when she wasn't inundated with unruly crowds. Purser Staff - Curt, short, and seeming lost as to what they were supposed to do. Cruise Director - Risa -very nice lady. Ass't Cruise Director: Janie-best person onboard the ship, funny, entertaining, helpful. Room Service - extremely nice staff, quick and efficient. Photographers - obnoxious, rude, disrespectful...total paparazzi...would not take no for an answer, forced their photo taking on you, and became hateful if you refused. SAIL AND SIGN: The onboard credit card took some getting used to, but proved to be better than having to carry large amounts of cash around. The one problem we saw was there was no distinguishing between an adult card and a minor's card. We witnessed underage alcoholic drink purchases being made all over the ship. All the teens had to do was wander around and find out which bartenders would ignore the rules and sell liquor to them. The kids had an information network for their pleasure-needs up and running in short time after boarding. Billing statements didn't arrive until the last night with the warning that you'd be publicly embarrassed over the PA system if you were overcharged and didn't settle up with the purser. If you queried prior to the statements were issued, you were greeted with disdain. There was no way to check on your balance on the television as advertised and questions about that was not welcomed or answered. FUN DRINK CARD: This card proved to be more hassle than helpful. You could only buy very small (six ounces) fountain drinks, which were extremely diluted. To get a bottled drink or canned drink, you had to use the Sail and Sign card and pay twice the price. Also, you had to present one card per drink when you tried to purchase more than one drink at a time, i.e. husband and wife had to present their individual cards to get a less-than-satisfying cold drink. PORTS OF CALL: Progresso: great shopping in a primitive little street market. Cozumel: very tourist oriented town. Paradise Beach had many water toys and excursions offered. San Francisco beach was wonderful. Disembarking was not a pleasant experience. We were pushed, shoved, shouted at, whistles blown in our ears by the ship's staff and local law enforcement, with no explanation for the heavy-handed treatment. Belize: Cannot make comment on this port since we were very distressed by this time and opted to stay onboard. ONBOARD ACTIVITIES: Shows - mediocre. Games - only slightly better than the shows. Casino - crowded and loud. Karaoke - dominated by the unruly, unsupervised teenagers. Swimming pool - too small for the number of passengers. Closed too early each night. Ping Pong Tables - unusable due to unruly teens. Basketball court - no comment. Spas - overpriced and over-advertised, Galleria Mall - a few good sales, but over all overpriced. Photo Gallery - one of the worst issues onboard...ill organized, ill located, and ill staffed. Many people were unable to find the day's pictures. The gallery was only open in the evening hours and in the worst location. DEBARKATION: This only went moderately better than embarkation. The staff began shutting down the pool, game rooms, refreshment areas, and even decks the night before, leaving the passengers use of very limited areas of the ship. Our group had the orange colored tags, which put us off the ship by nine am. Make sure you put something very noticeable on your luggage handles so it stands out in the mounds of 'tossed' luggage inside the terminal. TERMINAL PORTERS: This man was wonderful. He wadded in and found our luggage for us. We followed behind him as he created an opening in the crowd for us to walk through. We handsomely tipped him for his courageous effort. GENERAL COMMENTS: CCL advertises their cruises as being the best bargain in vacations packages, XX% all-inclusive...this is far from the case. CCL neglects to mention all the subtle charges, fees, and extras you encounter at every step on board. The passenger is bombarded with non-stop hawking of this sale, that special, and other money-grabbing announcements over the PA system. Once on board, the passenger becomes the hooked fish waiting to be reeled in. If you are an older cruiser, we suggest you pick trips during the school year. Also, from June first to November is the hurricane season. We were hesitant to believe some of the stories told on various online message boards about how the children were running amuck, uncontrolled, unruly, and totally disrespectful of other passengers. We now, without hesitation, verify this to be true. They take over the ship like an infestation. There is no such thing as a quiet night stroll around the deck. You will be approached by pot smoking, cigarette -bumming, booze-mooching teens. The open decks are littered with drunken teens until early morning. Stairways are hazardous to navigate due to children running helter-skelter and hazardous litter from the night before. Elevators are a nightmare with unsupervised, screaming children using them as play toys. Between the rude, ill-mannered staff and unruly, unsupervised teenagers, this cruise brought us to realize that the loud, rowdy, unfriendly, alcohol-driven 'Fun Ships' are not what we wish to sail the seas on any more. We will move on to more sophisticated ships. Read Less
Sail Date August 2004
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