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4 Carnival Gourmet Food Cruise Reviews

Sailed Non 2017. We loved this ship from the minute we got on-board. It was showing it's age a bit but nothing terrible. I believe it is in dry dock at the moment for a small update. Which will be great because we are returning on the ... Read More
Sailed Non 2017. We loved this ship from the minute we got on-board. It was showing it's age a bit but nothing terrible. I believe it is in dry dock at the moment for a small update. Which will be great because we are returning on the same cruise in Feb. 2018, same cruise, same ship and same room. Felipe Couto is the cruise director and he is amazing. By far the best we have ever seen. Looking forward to seeing him next month. Back to the cruise. We were worried 4 days would pass too quickly but it didn't. We had a great time. Food, entertainment and the ship were just great. We did not take any excursion because of the short itinerary and mainly because we cruise for the ship. We stayed on-board and enjoyed ourselves. We have cruised on other cruise lines but we prefer the Fun Ships of Carnival. This will be our 5th cruise with Carnival and will definitely not be our last. F or those who have cruise with Felipe Couto, Woohoo! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Just back from the Athens to Barcelona cruise Oct 2016. Boat is very nice. Great condition as new (even so all of the foyer carpeting had to be replaced during our cruise). Lots of room and rarely felt crowded. Drinks - beer, wine, ... Read More
Just back from the Athens to Barcelona cruise Oct 2016. Boat is very nice. Great condition as new (even so all of the foyer carpeting had to be replaced during our cruise). Lots of room and rarely felt crowded. Drinks - beer, wine, cocktails & pop very expensive. Also got stuck paying 24% VAT tax so Carnival removed drink package option. The Thirsty/Red Frog beer was amazing. Food. Had all dinners in the Reflection (same as Horizon). Special thanks to Frank & Ilyana (sp.?) for their wonderful, attentive service. Amazing looking menus with superb selection but always looked better than it tasted. One of the problems of serving up hundreds of simultaneous meals - becomes a commodity regardless of how you dress it. On Lido deck Guys Burgers offered AMAZING hand-made, delicious burgers with great fixings. Same with the Iguana tacos. Felt like we could have eaten here all week. Mornings we had continental room service. Always great coffee. Toast always served cold. If it can't be delivered hot, suggest they offer up cold, fresh breads instead. Decent fruits, cereal, yogurt otherwise. Outdoor theatre was fun. Blankets were available as was chilly outside. Great sound so don't understand why English speaking movies also needed English sub-titles? Very distracting. Free popcorn was nice idea but terrible quality - served with some sort of edible (barely) oil product. The IMAX & 4D theatre were great - reasonably priced and not crowded (at least when we went). Sky ride also good. On rainy or cool sea days could really use indoor observation lounge (move the spa?). Would sell more alcohol as well. Otherwise stuck with poor side views from inside. Music & entertainment. Great throughout and lots of variety. Latin band, piano bar, shows, combos, all well done. Personally there was way too much "jazzy saxophone elevator" music played throughout the ship which grated on us after awhile. Also, for a cruise that was 90% age 50 +, we really did not like the liquid lounge DJ "music". Saw many people come in, than turn around and high-tail it out. Was playing rap, hip-hop, electronic more suitable for 19 year olds (a handful). When asked about selection or requests was told the music supplied by Carnival was very limited (like no Drive By - Train?). Balcony room @ 9th floor was very nice with larger bathrooms than previous cruises. Elevators. Always slow. Need to press at least 3 sets of buttons as one set does not control all up or down elevators. We got used to using the stairs most of the time. After an excursion, expect to wait 15 mins from 0 to 10. Pools & hot tubs looked nice but we did not use. Something about hundreds of sweaty, unsanitary, people hopping in totally dry (no shower before entering) is a turn off (especially with showers right beside!). Come on people...seriously, in this day & age? Glad to see at least rules enforced regarding the "lounge hogs" who put towels on primo chairs in the morning, then leave for most of the day. Crew allowed 40 mins of this then towels removed and loungers freed up. The Spa. We did not partake so no comment on the quality of service. We found it very expensive and really did not like having to be forced to pass through the "sales gauntlet" of charming young ladies always standing at the entrance to the lido deck promoting this over-priced (obviously profitable) service. Excursions were well organized and good value. Despite the numbers never felt over-crowded. All considered the Vista offers good value in what I would call a commodity cruise. The proviso being that while you are being lulled into a sense of care-free wonderment, they are there to make a profit. This by extracting as much money from you as possible with their many extra-cost services geared to take advantage when your budget defenses are in holiday mode. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife and I mainly choose Carnival Liberty because of the Port is was sailing out of (Galveston) and for a long weekend getaway. We sailed Carnival back in 2000 & 2001 and had not sail on them until now, a lot has change (for the ... Read More
My wife and I mainly choose Carnival Liberty because of the Port is was sailing out of (Galveston) and for a long weekend getaway. We sailed Carnival back in 2000 & 2001 and had not sail on them until now, a lot has change (for the better) We were surprised, very nice ship and staff were all friendly, nice and informative. Normally we have been sailing with Disney and Princess. Back to this cruise, Some highlights were The Chef's Table, Diamonds Steakhouse & the Ship Tour. Had fun in the Casino. Our Stateroom was very nice (Grand Suite) Lot of fun things to do on the ship, entertainment was very nice, fun, funny & exciting. Getting on and off the ship was seamless. The excursion was just ok..."La Casa en La Playa - A Select Retreat" beach water very rocky, not much sand, Food was served and it was great, drinks were great. They had a swimming pool, it was very nice. Staff were very friendly and nice. Found cig buts all over. If you go, spray yourself down with bug spray before you leave, everyone got major mosquitoes bites. One lady went into the water and her foot got hit by a stingray, very painful, lots of blood. Yuck. If you go, pick out a spot quickly, only a few nice shaded areas. We won't do that one again. We did have very nice weather throughout the whole cruise. We would go on this cruise again soon. Oh great Eggs Benedicts I've had on any cruise ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise because it was a way to have some time together as a couple prior to Christmas. The itinerary took us to Progreso, Mexico and to Cozumel. This was our second time on Triumph. We enjoyed the ship, the friendly ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a way to have some time together as a couple prior to Christmas. The itinerary took us to Progreso, Mexico and to Cozumel. This was our second time on Triumph. We enjoyed the ship, the friendly staff, and the activities. The shows were Christmas themed, and were well done. The ship was decorated for the Christmas holiday with wreaths and garland. The gulf waters were rougher than we expected because a storm had blown through just as we were leaving. Hence, the ship rocked back and forth for the first two days of travel. I took medicine and learned how to 'get my sea-legs.' The staff was helpful, carrying my tray on the Lido when I had a hard time walking steadily. After a while, we just got used to it. We met up with a facebook group to 'mingle' on the first afternoon. That was a nice way to start things off. It gave us a chance to get to know some people and compare notes on excursions. I was a bit disappointed because we were placed at a table for two in the Paris dining room. It was in a walkway area, and it felt awkward. We prefer to be seated with a group of people, even if we do not know them. I found out that you can request seating arrangements if you go down to the dining room and talk to the maitre de. Will try that next time. The dining room was not as inviting as on our previous cruise. Carnival has introduced a new menu called American Table. It should be called Bare Table because they have discontinued the tablecloths, even on elegant night. American table is all about things Americans are supposed to like---steak, potatoes, etc. However, we prefer the European style menus they had previously. We further request the return of the tablecloths. If I wanted to eat at Denny's, I would have stayed in Texas. We tried a wine package (3-bottle, premium). The selections were limited, but varied enough to meet our needs. The good thing about the wine is that they kept the leftover wine and had it waiting on our table the next evening, chilled and ready to pour. There is a basic and a deluxe wine package. You can save about 20% by purchasing this package prior to the cruise. The deluxe package has Zonin Prosecco, which, in my opinion, is better than champagne. Progreso was wonderful. We went to a beach hotel with a buffet and open bar. It was very nice. The bus ride took 35 minutes, but the time flew by due to the entertaining stories and lessons given by Alejandro Fitzmaurice Laviada, our tour guide. On the return bus ride, several people vomited because of the choppy ocean effect combined with too much tequila. Cozumel was excellent. We purchased a non-Carnival excursion to Nachi Cocom for $55.00 apiece. They had a clean pool, great beachfront, and plenty to drink with poolside/beachside service. The food was very good. There were six cruise ships in port that day, but even so, there was plenty of taxi service available. Our favorite activities on board were the hot tub, comedy club, and the casino. I coaxed my wife to gamble bit. We decided that on our next cruise we will ask for the 8:15 PM dining slot since there are fewer kids and less rush in the dining rooms at that time. The shows have multiple times, so you have to work your MDR time around that as well. Overall, I think Carnival does a great job with their cruises, and we will continue to stay with them. Dining room, bar, and stateroom service were excellent. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
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