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My wife booked the cruise this time and did very well as always. The Splendor is a very nice ship which we were pleased to be aboard. We sailed at a very turmultuous time with covid19 on the rise. I cannot praise the staff ... Read More
My wife booked the cruise this time and did very well as always. The Splendor is a very nice ship which we were pleased to be aboard. We sailed at a very turmultuous time with covid19 on the rise. I cannot praise the staff highly enough on this. Their diligance and professionalism was fantastic in every way. Yes we missed several ports that were planned But at no fault of Carnival, the captain, the crew or the ports. In whatever way possible they tried to give us the best possible experience. The portside entertainment whilst in Port Vila from the local musicians was great. Fahrenheit 555 was deliciously awesome you have to try it. Casino staff and management absolutely amazing. We had so many good conversations whenever we were there. Wait staff 1st class thankyou Daniel, Patrick, Sumali, Jose. HUGE Thankyou to Mateo, Ivan, Jodie, Gladys, Larry, Mihai and all casino crew Ryan, Roan, We had a blast. Black Pearl staff and Gold Pearl staff you all Amaze me. How you carry those trays, balance everything like watching juggling. Evening waiter entertainment was so fun. Thankyou Angela, Leilani, Putu and all we met during our dining experiences. "You Hoo, Yummy Yummy". Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was my 7th cruise, 1st on Fantasy. The service was personal and amazing ! The cruise director Andrew (Andy) was the best I have every experienced. He went above and beyond to entertain the passengers. On the last night he hosted an ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise, 1st on Fantasy. The service was personal and amazing ! The cruise director Andrew (Andy) was the best I have every experienced. He went above and beyond to entertain the passengers. On the last night he hosted an event in the Atrium where he sang and danced as he interacted with the guests. During one song, "American Pie" he poured sugar on himself as the song lyrics rolled "pour some sugar on me". He went over the top! This was a family vacation with my husband and 8 adult children. We were treated with such good care and service by everyone. Our room valet, I Wawan, was so courteous and provided us with anything we asked. Our dinner servers were amazing as well. The wait staff came to anticipate our individual needs before we asked, such as bringing me coffee every night at dinner the moment I sat down. I must give a special shout out to Johnamay. She was part of the dinner service crew that made our experience on the ship. Johnamay danced and sang to one of my daughters, which made my daughter's trip even more memorable. Thank you to all the staff and crew. We will be back. Thank you for sharing us and creating these special memories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The 14 day journey cruise on the Glory was overall memorable. Embarkation was great as soon as we got to the port and went thru security we were on the ship. We had some great stops, Montego Bay Jamaica, Aruba, Cartagena Columbia, Puerto ... Read More
The 14 day journey cruise on the Glory was overall memorable. Embarkation was great as soon as we got to the port and went thru security we were on the ship. We had some great stops, Montego Bay Jamaica, Aruba, Cartagena Columbia, Puerto Limon Costa Rica, the Panama canal and cozumel. the crew was great. Depending on where your room was on the ship there was a constant movement of the ship. I think the stabilizers are not working properly. Interior spaces were in good condition. The elevators were fast and smooth. The exterior needs some painting but you see the crew working on that. Food was on pair with carnival ships. Entertainment was good. There was plenty of activities to take part in.The cruise director " Lee " was informative but I don't think he will not be on the ship much longer. He's going to one of carnival's newest ship soon. Carnival's excursions are expensive.. independent operators are just as good for less money. Disembarking at the end of the cruise was a disaster because there were so many diamond and platinum members and a large number were getting off at the same time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
First and foremost let me say that Carnival has a automatic 18% tipping system built in that you can dispute at guest services but is very hard to do. Here is the issue I have with it. I may be traditional but in my book tips are earned ... Read More
First and foremost let me say that Carnival has a automatic 18% tipping system built in that you can dispute at guest services but is very hard to do. Here is the issue I have with it. I may be traditional but in my book tips are earned for starters and they belong to the employee who earned them. The next problem I have with the Carnival tip program is that a large part of it goes into a fund to pay for employee medical costs and other things like flights home etc... Thus the employee is maybe getting 10% of that 18% at best. The problem is that the average crew member earns ~$16,500 per year and the CEO earns ~$13.6M per year and you want the passengers tips to cover your employee medical costs!? Really! How about we reduce the CEO pay and put that towards the crew medical benefits? Carnival should be ashamed of themselves for paying such low wages and then pushing medical costs off onto the tips these hard workers earned. Where's my 1099 or receipt for my taxes if my tips are paying your medical benefits? I would rather pay more for a booking and tip in cash for better service and for the employees to have much better working conditions. The reason Carnival is "cheapest" with bookings is because they use cheap labor and earned a revenue of $20.8B in 2019. Let that sink in for a minute folks. RCI and NC pay on average $20,000 per employee (still not the world) and their CEOs earn less and they are still able to earn a nice profit. Why can't Carnival treat the employees better and not use passenger tips to offset employer costs? Frankly it's disgusting and amounts to slave labor if you ask me. Carnival is clearly going the way of airlines in so far as service and fees.Ok now let's get to the cruise. 1. We booked the “Island Hop” excursion in Grand Turk and the description states “Take this opportunity of a lifetime to explore three of the 23 islands that make up the Turks and Caicos Islands. We did NOT go to three or even two islands for that matter rather we went to ONE island only and stayed there for about 45 minutes. We spent 30 minutes snorkeling and we certainly did not relax on a “snowy white beach” dining on delicious foods and an included open Caribbean Bar. These are direct quotes from Carnival website regarding the excursion at $114.99 per person. Frankly the sub-contractor is ripping Carnival and the passengers off as the items advertised were NOT included nor did they ever take place. We paid $230 and basically felt that we had $230 stolen from us. 2. Our stateroom was dirty (we have photos). We immediately brought this to the crew’s attention and the reaction was “oh yeah it’s dirty” and we are “sorry”, but we just didn’t have time to clean but we will clean it when you are out of the room. They did spend 2 hours cleaning the room, but it never should have gotten to this point in the first place. 3. Steakhouse. Ruined our steaks twice because they didn’t know how to make a medium filet (have pictures) then the server and the chef start arguing with each other within ear shot of us on how to cook a medium steak to the point were I just asked if I needed to cook my own food?! The manager only charged us for one meal to their credit and provided a special desert. 4. Main dining room on 2/13/20. Hostess began to argue and raise her voice at us over a misunderstanding regarding the reservation and flat out stated “go eat somewhere else on the ship!” At this point a manager heard the commotion and stepped in to take charge and to his credit he got us a table for 6 and tried his best to make it up to us to. Kudos to him but it never should have happened in the first place either. If one of us would have had our phone with us it would have gone viral within minutes of us recording the crew members behavior. 5. Room service. We were given a muffin filled with raw bacon (have picture). 6. Then lastly, didn’t impact us directly but we were right behind the problem and cleaned it up for you as we were disembarking. Your crew did not know how to help a disabled person off the gangway with their wheelchair. My wife is a special education teacher with extensive training in this field and she stepped in to help the gentlemen and your crew. This should never happen – can you imagine if this was emergency evacuation? People would have panicked and trampled the passenger to death. We were speechless on how the situation was handled. On the positive side. This was our third cruise with Carnival, and we have our 4th one booked on the Breeze this summer but we are thinking about canceling due to this experience. We did enjoy Simone the cruise entertainment director (had him on the Dream and he is great). The majority of crew are always polite and work super hard to make it a fun and pleasant experience. The ship itself is overall a very nice vessel and except for the above we enjoyed ourselves and they could clean up the rust a bit better. The embarkation and debarkation were quick and smooth for us. The entertainment was very good, and the dance supervisor Simon was great and very friendly. The Cucina Del Capitano was great and the service was wonderful! Overall I would barely rate the Magic a 3 star experience and we tried to stay positive and make the best of it. Once of the ship at ports of call we went on land and enjoyed the local sights and had fun on our own. The people in these countries are just wonderful and they want you to visit and help them improve their economies and enjoy the culture. Side note - For some reason I can't get the photos to attach to this review. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Horizon was a lovely cruise ship overall PROBABLY my favorite so far as far as the carnival family.... We always choose Carnival bc we do family trips and CARNIVAL BRINGS THE FUN‼️ and Guys burgers... Hands down the BEST and on horizon ... Read More
Horizon was a lovely cruise ship overall PROBABLY my favorite so far as far as the carnival family.... We always choose Carnival bc we do family trips and CARNIVAL BRINGS THE FUN‼️ and Guys burgers... Hands down the BEST and on horizon Guys Barbecue Joint OMG good... Loved the new ship overall.. my only draw back would probably be I absolutely love the family dinning experience and on this cruise they were really slow and also love, love, love Latino music/atmosphere... We went to the Havana Bar and was never greeted or attended to at all. They clearly seen us, looked at us and we in fact had to walk over to the bar and order when we were at a table.. Overall we love Carnival. Our only disappointment was the Havana Bar bc we were treated like we wasn't there and dining was slower than usual but absolutely beautiful ship.. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We went with a group of 58 from our community. We do not normally sail Carnival as we are not big fans. I must say I was surprised by a few things. 1) When we were able to access our cabin, one piece of luggage was waiting for us!! ... Read More
We went with a group of 58 from our community. We do not normally sail Carnival as we are not big fans. I must say I was surprised by a few things. 1) When we were able to access our cabin, one piece of luggage was waiting for us!! This is the first time since we started cruising is 2002 that luggage was waiting for US. The second piece came about 20 minutes after the first piece. 2) The food was surprisingly good on this ship. I was on the Victory a few years ago and the food was just awful. This certainly was a pleasant surprise. We had a balcony cabin and the size was on par with other cruise lines - there was plenty of closet space and the shower was a decent size. Our Cabin Steward was fabulous - we have never had bad service on any cruise we have been on - and took care of our few requests in a timely manner. The entertainment - especially the comedians were excellent! They have really upgraded their entertainment and the special effects in the theater were awesome. The ports were the usual. We have never been to Belize and Roatan so that was interesing. We did a Zip Line excursion through the ship, which was very well run and a great deal of fun. We did cave tubing in Belize through a private company as the ship's excursions got very poor ratings on their website. We just went onshore in Grand Cayman and Cozumel as these were repeat stops for us. Now for the awful: 1. Muster drill was absolutely horrendous!! They still do it where you squeeze on to the deck and keep getting pushed back. It was so bad, our friend passed out because she was pushed up against the wall of the ship. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON why the can't use the public rooms. Royal and Celebrity have eliminated this uncomfortable muster. I hope that, in the future, Carnival changes their protocol. 2. Elevators - the lights on the elevators were hard to see and it was hard to discern when the elevator was there. We were on Deck 8 Mid-Ship and had to walk aft to get to the dining room on Deck 3. You could not walk forward to aft on 3 because the galley is mid-ship. There are four elevators at each spot, but it seems at night when trying to get down, ony 1 or 2 worked!!! Also, if you didn't know where to get off in the ports, there were no signs directing you to what deck to get off. 3. Luggage Retrieval - This is a joke. They give your numbered tags so you would think it was like the other cruise lines NO - they have a conveyer belt like the airports and the workers also just stack them up willy nilly on the floor in no particular order!! I know Carnival is building a new terminal in Miami - let's hope this improve. Like I said, we are not fans of Carnival - we went because of our group - and we had a good time but I don't think we will be sailing with them again - not even with our group. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This cruise was chosen for a group traveling together by an agent. The ship was old and in disrepair and had several items not working one of which was the water which flowed dark brown in the middle of the cruise. The hot tub never ... Read More
This cruise was chosen for a group traveling together by an agent. The ship was old and in disrepair and had several items not working one of which was the water which flowed dark brown in the middle of the cruise. The hot tub never worked nor the sliding cover over pool, we had a couple days of rain, and they allowed smoking by the pool side I've never seen that before. We didn't have a working lamp connection in the bedroom or towels or a remote for the TV; which we didn't get until half way through the trip. Our excursions paid for were never left in our room with information for the week. We were on a RCL in 2017 and there is no comparison, from the rooms, to service, to food selection, to entertainment. They had a piano never used in gathering area outside of the smoky casino. One of the most frustrating thing was I paid for internet with upgrade and I could never use my computer for work as it would never have enough service to even open any programs. We had trouble with our phones in and out of service the whole trip. It was funny how everyone was on their phones once off the ship. We never had trouble on RCL. Also frustrating was poor communication from excursions to ship times to meals paid for, some in our group couldn't access the Carnival Hub App and were in the dark the whole trip. Whenever the ship docked it didn't follow the correct time zone so you had to do everything by 'ship time' and couldn't count on your phone which had the correct time on it, and had to check the app for ship time!!! We were suppose to be on this ship this coming Sept for a Mediterranean Cruise and there is NO WAY I could deal with it. We are changing ships and will go with a Holland America cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Carnival Panorama Review - Havana Cabana Suite - 5233 Saturday, January 18th, 2020 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020 Mexican Riviera - $5300 (pre-paid tips) Weather was exceptional. In the 80s. Only cold night, was the last night on ... Read More
Carnival Panorama Review - Havana Cabana Suite - 5233 Saturday, January 18th, 2020 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020 Mexican Riviera - $5300 (pre-paid tips) Weather was exceptional. In the 80s. Only cold night, was the last night on the way back to Long Beach. Cold, Windy, but what do you expect in Winter, lol. I’ve cruised about 25 times with Carnival, Princess, Royal Caribbean & Celebrity. Virgin is my next line for Sept 2020. Cruise lines cater to couples, families, older cruisers. Etc. many activities for kids on this line, so it’s highly recommended and a great vacation for parents traveling with kids. We did not travel with children. This review is the about the stateroom suite, shops, casino, restaurants and features on the Carnival Panorama. Service: Exceptional. Our stateroom stewards were Mauricio and Ninja. Very nice and friendly. My waiters in the Casino were James and Adrian, very attentive. Stateroom: Booked in Sept, Price was $5300. Havana Suite Rm #5233. the biggest of the Havana Staterooms Suites, only 4 on the ship and amazingly quiet. Suite had a lot of closet space. Large shower, with dual sinks and a lot of bathroom space. As a woman, you need a lot of bathroom space. I looked inside my neighbors staterooms, only difference was a smaller bathroom and no wall divider. Large flat screen in bedroom and Large Flat screen in living room area. This suite has a private patio with a lounge chair, swing chair and a table. Very different than the balcony suites that I am accustomed to. People can walk by, but only your neighbors that booked the Havana Staterooms. This was not not an issue, as most people that walked by were going to the exclusive Havana Area. Suite is smaller than the Grand Suite on the older Carnival Ship, Imagination or Inspiration, but the modern decor makes up for that. So much cabinets, drawers, and shelves. The room divider also has a curtain to slide over to make a separate room or of someone is watching TV late, works great to keep out the light. The sofa was a bit large and a chair to sit on if you will be putting makeup, but otherwise, that chair was in the way. They should have used a chair that would slide into that vanity area. There were 2 USB outlets, and 2 electrical outlets in the room. 1 electrical outlet in the bathroom. The hairdryer was attached to the inside cabinet of the living room area, in front of the mirror. Mini buffet with coffee right outside the lounge for a quick bite, but omelette was a lot better in the dining room, but was convenient for me to grab a cup of coffee. Deck 5 Havana Bar & Exclusive Havana Experience: Havana Bar - every night, Live Latin band. Music was good and lively. Havana Experience - AFT - Entry with a Havana wristband only, and exclusive to the Havana Stateroom Guests. 1 pool, 2 jacuzzis, private bar, lounges, pool beds. Not crowded, no kids running around and quiet. Entry can be from the Havana Bar or directly from your stateroom patio. Ship Decor - beautiful atriums, paintings, decorations. This was a big wow for a carnival cruise. I enjoyed the LED towers in the Atrium and I liked the interchanging designs. There were a lot of different bars - Havana, Piano Bar, casino bar, just to name a few. Pizza Delivery- I did this one day to try it. Pizza was delivered fast to my room. It’s a thin crust personal size, but better to share with others for a snack. Restaurants: JiJi Asian Kitchen - Specialty Restaurant - $15 Surcharge per person . food here was amazing and so was the service. Dined here twice because it was exceptional. I recommend the Nanjing Duck. We ordered the pork belly, shrimp har gow, wagyu beef short rib, Singapore chili shrimp, Kung Lao chicken, stock pig, Hakka noodles, and Himalayan rice. All desserts were excellent. Chefs Table - $95/18% Gratuity - I don’t want to spoil the surprise...but a nice menu, presentation, and dining room in the kitchen. Always a nice experience. About 2.5 -3 hour. Try to do this on a sea day, and have a very light lunch, as you will be full. Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse - Specialty Restaurant - $38 - very nice selection of steaks. Ordered Filet Mignon & Lobster (Surf n Turf), Bone Marrow with Beef Tartare & Tuna Tartare. Food excellent and so was the service. Guy Fieri’s Pig & Anchor BBQ - limited lunch Buffett Free - Dinner A la Carte prices. Ordered a half slab of pork ribs...delicious. The free lunch here is inferior quality, as it is an outside Duffey with limited options. Guy Fieri’s Burger Joint - I think one of the best burgers that I’ve had! Plain, to chili, to overloaded. My fav....Chili Maximus burger. Seafood Shack - A la Carte prices. Ordered a Dozen oysters $1.50 each total $18. Ordered a lobster order with Fries $12. They also offer peel and eat shrimp, fresh fish, crab. Bonsai Sushi & Teppan - A la Carte - I ordered salmon, yellowtail and tuna sushi. Not bad, but cruise ship good. Ramen was available, but not like the ramen I’m used to. Did not reserve the Teppan. Dining Room- we are at the dining room on the last night. Food quality was not bad, but purchased the steak and Lobster for the $20 surcharge. The specialty restaurants were good. Did not eat at the buffet, was always to crowded with people. Specialty restaurants was the way to go, with less crowds and tasty selections. Casino- a lot of fun casino slot machines and many table games. Since this was a Carnival Player’s Premiere Cruise, there was a lot of gamblers, including myself. I am a smoker, so if you are a Non Smoker, avoid this place. The “on Us” drink card is when you gamble in the casino and accumulate 1500 points. Then for the duration of your cruise, drinks are free in the Casino Only (Up to 15 drinks per day, but that is still a lot of drinks, lol) Sky Ride - this ride was awesome. Lines can be crowded, but the secret is to ride this when you at port. We were in Puerto Vallarta, and returned to the ship at 3pm, and I only waited 10 minute. There is only 4 cars on the track, 2 on each track, so you have to wait about 3 minutes per each ride. Not a hard peddle, very easy. I’m scared of heights, but this ride is one of the reasons I booked. Water works- this was the biggest water slides I’ve been on a cruise ship. It is crowded. My secret, went in the late morning when we were at port. Only us, and 2 families. Went on the fast slide and the red tube with the inner tube. So fun. Shops- there is a Swarovski kiosk, Effy Jewelry Shop, Cosmetic Shop, and other mini shops on the ship. I purchased my Jewelry here, as I compare with Macy’s prices and you can haggle for a lower price, but better to buy your jewelry towards the end of the cruise for the deals. Best thing, no tax and Duty Free. Excursion - we did an excursion for Cabo. Cabo Adventures that was ATV riding, Indoor Sky Diving and lunch was provided. This to me was highly rated and extremely fun. Kevin and Mario did an excellent job. First time to see a drone used for video and photos. I never buy photos on excursions, but these were high quality videos and pictures, I purchased the entire package of digital for $50. Facebook & Instagram perfect. They also sell printed photos for $10 each. Mazatlan - we took a taxi from the port to Panchos, a famous Mexican restaurant with a nice view of the beach. Totally recommended. There is also a lot of shopping in that area. Puerto Vallarta - we took a taxi to Malecon - Old Vallarta, and this is a “must go” destination. The streets are picturesque with some beautiful architecture. The beach walk has a lot of restaurants, live music, bars, shopping, and very clean. Reminds me of Key West, Florida. Ports - Cabo, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta I did not visit the spa, due to Cruise Ship lines inflate massage prices, and the last experience on a cruise ship spa, was the upselling of products after the massage. I choose to have my massage at port for less than $40, with a beach view. What I didn’t like- A lot of kids running around in the main pool deck - but this is expected Quality of the free food. I am comparing to Celebrity Cruises as their food is excellent (Specialty, Dining Room & Buffet) Suites smaller than other cruise lines. Comedy shows were in small venues with Standing room only. Culinary classes were targeted more to baking, should open to a themed dish or local cuisine. Rude customers holding slots seats in the casino when they are not playing. Not enough events that caught my interest, but a lot of family oriented events. What I liked - Specialty Restaurants food was amazing. Staff remembering your name, top notch service and courteous. Skyride & Water works New elevators (selecting the floor prior to going in the elevator) Havana Cababa Suite with patio and exclusive use of Havana jacuzzis and pools Bartenders remembering “My Drink” Clean restrooms all throughout the ship Recommendations- Expand Thai, Middle Eastern, Indian cuisine. Carnival should bring up the “perks” as they do with Celebrity. Treats in your room, small logo themed tote bags and card holders etc..the cold towel when getting back on the boat. It’s these small things that bring me back to Celebrity. Would I book with Carnival Panorama in the Future? Yes!! And the Havana Cabana Stateroom Suite I had a great time.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Friend selected cruise. She had been on carnival spirit. Horrible. Horrendous. Scrap assault. Food poisoning and food pressure. All of us. Drinks taking varnish off tables. Bad behaviour. Bad food and alcohol. Lack of security. Boss ... Read More
Friend selected cruise. She had been on carnival spirit. Horrible. Horrendous. Scrap assault. Food poisoning and food pressure. All of us. Drinks taking varnish off tables. Bad behaviour. Bad food and alcohol. Lack of security. Boss food. No information tool third day. Terrible planning of the ship. Nothing to do. But drink. Eat food that is killing you. Aggression on the boat. Thinking food drink and whatever they were using to clean the cups plates. No vegetarian gluten free options. Msg in the food. Best thing. Comfy beds getting off. Again I thank the universe I didn't take my son. Children young ones. Children touched everything. Do yourself a favour and never go on this ship. It was my first, scared me for any travel ever again on a cruise. My boyfriend's first and last. Nightmare. I feel terrible. My friend organised this cruise. One chess board. Slides kids didn't even ride. Boat rocked in call waters. Crew had no idea. People trying crew like garbage. I felt trapped as in jail with people that fight. Group of men hit on and beat up others. Man cut his girlfriend's face with glass. Kids in adult section with smoking. This is a nightmare of a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I have been on over 10 cruises using 5 different cruise lines over the years. We were invited on this cruise with a group. I would not have chosen it but, then I thought, how bad could it be? Dining room food was terrible. Cold, fatty, ... Read More
I have been on over 10 cruises using 5 different cruise lines over the years. We were invited on this cruise with a group. I would not have chosen it but, then I thought, how bad could it be? Dining room food was terrible. Cold, fatty, soggy, runny, undercooked, overcooked, sparse, lack luster....you name it! I was shocked at how bad the food was. I even upcharged ($20) for a steak one evening and lobster another evening. It took one hour for my steak to arrive (everyone else at my table had already eaten). Dining room staff was trying to get me to hurry and eat since the second seating was waiting to get in! Lobster was cold and rubbery. Had Eggs Benedict in dining room one morning that was cold with hard yokes. No potatoes added on plate, nothing. Just two eggs on untoasted english muffins with a little hollandaise sauce. So went to the Lido buffet for breakfast the next day to powdered scrambled eggs! I will say that the hamburgers and Mexican food on the Lido deck by the pool was good. Rooms were as expected but the "refrigerators" do NOT cool. Ever. We thought ours was broken but then they corrected us by referring to them as just "coolers", not refrigerators. But they were warm inside, so why have them? My cabin mate's insulin had to be put in an ice bucket with ice changed twice a day. Couldn't even keep our soda's cool. They were warm. Room cleaning service was good but has gotten sparse. Instead of checking/straightening your room twice a day. It is only once a day. So if you shower before dinner, your towels are not replaced. (No more turning down your bed and placing a mint on your pillow.) Embarking was fairly smooth but disembarking was a crowded and disorganized mess. Long lines to get off and get through customs. Tables out by the pool would sit un-bused for hours before a staff member would come and take dishes away. One day we could not find a clean table to sit at so I went searching for a staff member to bus and clean a table so that we could sit down. Some lady dressed in a navy blue suit (looked like a team leader or manager) walked out and picked up one plate and took it away before coming back 10 minutes later to take another plate. We stood there holding our plates in disbelief at her lack of urgency. Finally, another young man came out and took the majority of the dirty dishes and placed them on another table. Once he wiped off the table we finally sat down. He never came back for the other dishes. Another couple walked up with their plates full contemplating where they would sit since all of the tables were still dirty. Out of disgust, I got up and picked up every single dish/glass/wrapper etc on every single table and piled them on one single table. Then I took some napkins and wiped every single table. The couple thanked me but still no one showed up for another 30 minutes to clean that one table. I even watched several staff members walk by but not one of them attempted to clean the table. Overall, I was disappointed at the steep decline of the food and service. The last Carnival cruise I went on was about 6 years ago on the "Elation" and I thought both the food and service was great! But this experience made me feel as if the staff doesn't care anymore! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We were with a group of 17 couples who met from across the country and cruised together for a week. This was our first experience with Carnival, but we have cruised twice before. We stayed in a Grand Suite and found the accommodations ... Read More
We were with a group of 17 couples who met from across the country and cruised together for a week. This was our first experience with Carnival, but we have cruised twice before. We stayed in a Grand Suite and found the accommodations spacious and lovely. Incredible amount of efficient storage. Bathroom was lovely, spacious, including double sinks, a jacuzzi tub and bidet. Service from our room steward to the dining room was excellent. We enjoyed the shows and my husband enjoyed playing Bingo one morning. The string trio was amazingly talented - able to play almost anything from a variety of genres. Our shore excursions were excellent. We especially enjoyed our excursion in Cozumel, where we went into the city, visited a church, traditional markets, and an orphanage, followed by a lovely lunch at a small cafe: https://www.carnival.com/shore-excursions/cozumel/make-a-difference-give-back-with-purpose-304265. Angel, our tour guide, was excellent and the orphanage was amazing. There are parts of the ship that could use a little facelift, but we found the ship clean, comfortable, and staff excellent. Most of the food was very good. We enjoyed breakfast best at the buffet - plenty of choices and quality good. Lunch was mostly good; some for the buffet items were unusual, but most were tasty. Dinner in the regular dining room was very good, but occasionally someone in our group had an item that was a little subpar. The wait staff was excellent. We found that there were a number of people that were clearly there to "party," drinking and smoking, but they tended to congregate in the bars and casino, so could relatively easily be avoided by those of us seeking more quiet relaxation. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily we were able to get elevators on such a busy ship. Port of Tampa was easy to navigate and everyone from the luggage porters to the immigration officers was pleasant, helpful, and professional. Embarkation and debarkation were easy and painless. Very quick and efficient. Note we had a relatively early flight, so handled our own luggage during debarkation. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was our 8th cruise. We were on the Horizon out of Miami, in a deck 8 mid ship balcony cabin. We had early dining with a group of 12 adults. Our embarkation process went very smoothly. We practically walked from curb to Lido ... Read More
This was our 8th cruise. We were on the Horizon out of Miami, in a deck 8 mid ship balcony cabin. We had early dining with a group of 12 adults. Our embarkation process went very smoothly. We practically walked from curb to Lido deck without stopping. Cabin service was excellent. Our requests were handled quickly and were remembered. We were greeted often and by name. There was a wide variety of entertainment on board and was great. Dining room staff were attentive but dinners were long. Seemed to take a fair amount of time to bring various courses. Often times we started at 6 and weren't finished till close to 8. We chose the Horizon because it was a new ship and I thought it would provide the latest and greatest amenities and services. The main lobby was nice, but seemed subdued. The center funnel image was nice but I liked seeing the exterior elevators as on other ships better. Lido deck (Marketplace) meals were pretty much the same as on other ships. Corner restaurants (Guys Burgers, Pig and Anchor, BlueIguana and JiJiAsian Kitchen were very good. Staff was experienced and excellent. Our cruise director was Mike and was great. Raquel is one of the Massage Therapists and is excellent. The gym fell short. They have reduced the Men's locker room to almost a closet. On other ships there would be 20+ lockers and 6+ showers for our use. Here there were fewer lockers and ONLY 1 SHOWER. The steam room has been moved to a "VIP room" and can be used after paying an exorbitant fee. Only 3 pools on the entire ship and I only found 3 Hot tubs, one on Serenity and 2 on the rear deck by the pool. Ports were great. Lots of shopping and good excursions. Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Ports, shopping and excursions were great. We got off the ship at every port for either an excursion and or shopping and the process was efficient. Some of our excursions were through Carnival and a couple were through a private group who gauranteed our on-time return to the ship. All were well worth attending. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was a group cruise in Jan 2020 and was the eastern Caribbean. The ports visited were Saint Maarten, Saint Lucia, San Juan. We missed Grand Turk as the wind was too high to safely enter port. The food highlight was the visit to the ... Read More
This was a group cruise in Jan 2020 and was the eastern Caribbean. The ports visited were Saint Maarten, Saint Lucia, San Juan. We missed Grand Turk as the wind was too high to safely enter port. The food highlight was the visit to the steakhouse (extra $$) but it was worth it. We visited the 2nd nite and was able to take advantage of promotion for free bottle of wine. We also brought wine aboard and were pleased that they didn't charge the corking fee in the dining room. The dining room food I found to be on par with past cruises on Allure of the Seas and Norweigan. There were plenty of lunch food options and the burger joint was quite good but the BBQ pit a disappointment. At dinner, if you missed dining time the buffet was rather sparse and limited. The ship entertainment focused more on party time. There were fewer shows and lower overall show quality than Royal Caribbean and Norweigan (based on our other cruises). The rooms were very clean and the staff very nice and attentive. Overall, the crew were the friendliest of any other cruise I have been on. Overall, the trip was ok but would not re-do this ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
First of all , let me start by saying that I have taken multiple new years cruise with carnival and other cruise line. My first impression was a worn down destroyed ship that needed a lot of work, but never thought that I would ... Read More
First of all , let me start by saying that I have taken multiple new years cruise with carnival and other cruise line. My first impression was a worn down destroyed ship that needed a lot of work, but never thought that I would experience a horrible sewage smell throughout the floor where my cabin was at all times!! (7th floor). My cabin was kept clean by my stateroom steward , WIRAT, VERY ATTENTIVE AND NICE. BUT TOWELS are OLD AND NEED TO BE THROWN OUT!!! My dinner experiences was nothing to brag about. Poor food selection but great service. Overall, the staff in the carnival sensation ship are wonderful, too bad the ship is in such a bad condition. There was rust and what appears as holes from the bottom part of the ship that I saw during debarkation . The ship should have not be allowed to leave the port under those conditions!! The tours offered by the cruise are good with the exception that you can not listen to the tour guide when there's a recommendation for local food and stores. Since it appears they take you where they might get a commission and no regards if the food is good or not. I would continue cruising but not sure if will ever go again on a carnival cruise due to my experience and definitely not on carnival sensation!!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We wanted to do something special for birthdays in the family, two of them in December during the cruise. We headed to Hawaii but might as well have flown. 4 sea days there and back were horrible. The second we stepped on deck, we ... Read More
We wanted to do something special for birthdays in the family, two of them in December during the cruise. We headed to Hawaii but might as well have flown. 4 sea days there and back were horrible. The second we stepped on deck, we smelled cigarette smoke, as smoking is permitted on Deck 2, indoors. There is really no way around it if you want to go to the casino, trivia events, or get on or off the ship. When we went to our stateroom, we found the toilet smelled disgusting, as it had not been cleaned because of the short turnover time between the last cruise and ours. They scrubbed it the next day and it was okay. The housekeepers are over worked, so they also get into such a routine they don’t check for when you run low on toilet paper or shampoo. We learned the Carnival Fun Hub app was also disappointing. We paid $5 per person for a chat feature that rarely worked. The app crashes more often than it works. Most importantly, we were told we would reach Oahu, Maui, Kona, and Hilo at given times. However, the organization was horrible. We left the ship 2 hours late each day, except for the last. We needed to leave the ship using tenders at Kona, but no one announced that we needed to obtain tickets to get off the ship or where to get them. A couple had their excursions cancelled because they couldn’t get off the ship on time even when prioritized. They weren’t allowed off the ship early, but had to take a ticket and wait, but they were not told this; they heard it from a fellow passenger. The Bacchus dining room is poorly lit and garish, it is filled with a theme of round purple lights and grape leaves everywhere. The gym is located in the front of the ship on Deck 9, one of the bumpiest places on the ship. Everyone on the treadmills was walking slowly or running while holding on. Being on a stationary bike was like biking while drunk. The entertainment on board was over much yet not enough. Every sea day, there were “wellness seminars,” trivia, games, lectures about Hawaii, or bands playing. There were different shows at night. They paid attention to the fun aspect much more than other aspects. The Carnival Miracle also has Park West Gallery on board, advertising marked up prices for so-so artists and their “hand embellished” art. These are printed paintings with dabs of paint added to them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We live in New Orleans- so it was a perfect opportunity to go on a cheap cruise sailing out of our native port. Our group includes one young adult and two seniors. Embarking had a few hiccups for my family- we forgot a form of ... Read More
We live in New Orleans- so it was a perfect opportunity to go on a cheap cruise sailing out of our native port. Our group includes one young adult and two seniors. Embarking had a few hiccups for my family- we forgot a form of identification, so we were pulled aside and asked to wait in a side area while we asked one of our family members to retrieve the document for us at home. After we got the proper verification, everything went smoothly. The ship's decor is classic Americana culture- the floor tile complete with the American flag. The design is not as flashy as other ships, but it doesn't feel too boring. The atrium was elegant, the theater was large and accommodating, and the dining rooms felt both large and intimate at the same time. The layout was a tiny bit confusing, but eventually when we got to know our way around, we could find things with ease. There are maps/deck plans on pretty much every wall near the elevators and stairwells. The cabin we had was at the very back of the ship on the lower decks, so we did feel the occasional rumble of the engines when we docked at a port. The room literally shook a few times- that would be an issue for any light sleeper. As for cleanliness, it was perfectly fine- and the towel animals were a surprise each night. From day one, the staff onboard the Valor made us feel so welcome. Anyone from the staff in the lido deck (Rosie's Restaurant) to the fun squad (Claire, Abbey, and Sarah are awesome), to the incredible housekeeping staff- everyone welcomed us with smiles. The Cruise Director, Kevin, was hilarious and kept us laughing the entire trip. The meals in the dining room were excellent- up to the high standard that we are used to by now from Carnival. The offerings ranged from classic steak, chicken, and fish- to adventurous things like rabbit, cured salmon, ox tongue, and the like. Dining in the Lido was also surprisingly delicious- the food was hot and fresh, the desserts were tasty. You will never be bored on this ship- from activities like trivia and games to the high-production-value shows, to the parties and nightlife, there is something for everyone. The highlight of entertainment for my family was the live house band onboard the Valor, Deep Blue Soul. They played in the Redfrog Pub on the promenade (deck 5.) Check them out. You will not regret it. The vocalists really know how to put on a show, and the guys and gals playing the instruments were so talented. The itinerary for the week included stops at both Cozumel and Progreso- our family only booked one excursion for Cozumel- and it was a trip to Mr. Sancho's beach. It was all inclusive- the drinks and food were excellent, the water was clean, the beach was not too crowded, and the service was great. Overall, we had a fantastic time. I am already trying to convince my family to go back next month! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We had the best time with the music entertainment Rubber Duck and Hot Brass. They were amazing! Kelli and Matthew front singers were awesome. We got to know them a bit more personally as we followed them to all of their performances. I ... Read More
We had the best time with the music entertainment Rubber Duck and Hot Brass. They were amazing! Kelli and Matthew front singers were awesome. We got to know them a bit more personally as we followed them to all of their performances. I will most definitely try to follow them to the location of their next contract!! YES that is how good they are!! Both beach stays were awesome. Cabbage beach is our favorite in Nassau. Princess cays was beautiful and fun to swim and snorkel. We rented chairs at cabbage beach. We are both professional chefs so food was important but we feel that the quality could use some work and giving a couple of more simpler dishes and also make portions are slightly larger. Drinks were great and late at night when hungry couldn’t find much to eat. There is pizza but it takes forever to get it. What happened to the ‘midnight buffet’????? Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My maiden cruise was awesome. Group of 61 . We had an absolute ball. Fun and action every where you turn. Embarkation literally took 15 minutes had FTTF. Room was ready and we were in it by 11:15 am. Chris was a gem of a cruise ... Read More
My maiden cruise was awesome. Group of 61 . We had an absolute ball. Fun and action every where you turn. Embarkation literally took 15 minutes had FTTF. Room was ready and we were in it by 11:15 am. Chris was a gem of a cruise director, Serenity deck is the perfect place to unwind after a day off excursions. Ship is clean all staff encountered were all attentive helpful and had bubbly dispostions. The MDR was the only bad experience the first night chicken and salmon was raw. Only went back last night ans food was not that great arrived cold. Guys burger was great as the deli was. My husband enjoyed the Blue Iguna cantina daily for lunch daily. The casino wasn't as smoky as I anticipated by reading other reviews. The sports bar was really cool as everyone wore Browns jerseys to watch Sundays game. Imagine 61 Browns jerseys in that bar. Disembarkation was quicker than embarkation one of the porters was an customs guys was exnavy like my husband. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Class Reunion was to take place on this Cruise Ship. It was set up by the worst Travel Agent in Tehachapi, CA.......... No Meeting set up anywhere... No information provided... That was a worthless gathering... We felt totally left ... Read More
Class Reunion was to take place on this Cruise Ship. It was set up by the worst Travel Agent in Tehachapi, CA.......... No Meeting set up anywhere... No information provided... That was a worthless gathering... We felt totally left out................ The "Masquerade Ball" lacked music and dancing... So, it was just people in costumes, or not... who barely spoke to each other. Nothing really. The Inspiration ship pales in comparison to others, such as the Miracle or Imagination... Tea Time, has always been a pleasant experience, and we have always looked forward to attend those. This time, we were told: "Lipton Tea is complimentary, but, the others are $2.00."........ Instead of individual tea pots, they just poured water in the cups............... So, corners are cut................. and what used to be elegant, has faded down to........... We Cruise often. We enjoy it. It is a luxury........ We see corners cut, and Grandeur is lost. The reason for this post, is a WARNING to all who enjoy Cruising as we do........... Much to my dismay, I must inform, and warn people, of Fraud and Thievery on Cruises. My wallet was in the top, zippered exterior part of my suitcase, in the closet, in the cabin. The ONLY person who ever entered the room, was the Room Attendant. On the way to the Parking Garage, I had counted the cash in my wallet because we needed that to pay our Handyman upon return from the trip. I did not use any of the Cash. My husband had plenty of Cash in his wallet, the Cruise and Excursions had all been pre-paid, and we had Credit Cards for Souvenirs. When our Handyman came, I reached in my wallet to pay him, and discovered the missing money... The next day, I discovered that my Social Security Card was also missing... The Room Attendant was very clever........ He left one $20. and the singles, so, I still had a stack of money, but the in-between was all gone. He also placed an other card from my wallet, where the Social Security Card was... My Social Security Card has my name and signature, which is easy to replicate.............. I feel violated. This is Fraud and Thievery. Carnival Cruise Line was immediately informed, upon each discovery, and so far, has not done a thing..................... I believe that such a report should remove the Room Attendant from accessing any other cabins, ever. He can work other posts, but, not be allowed in cabins. He can't be trusted. He should be investigated, because, this is not just Cash.......... but, a Social Security Card... What does he do with Social Security Cards? There is usually a safe in most cabins. From now on, we'll have to use it. I never, ever, expected a Room Attendant to take anything............ Now, we will never trust any of them................ I think that we will refuse them entry to clean. We can make our own bed. An other point, Cruises are charging a tip on our bill. This should NOT be allowed. We should tip what we want, if we want.......... It should NOT be mandatory... Our cabin did not have a fridge............ Chocolate covered strawberries were in our cabin when we arrived, but, without refrigeration, soon had a black fur coat, and had to be discarded... Our cabin was FAR from the elevators, and so, we had to walk a lot............. Elderly people should not be placed so far away from elevators. The Mardi-Gras Dining Room was a nightmare to enter........... There is a sign that reads: " Go up one level to come down..." We searched each and every single day... No matter how we went, we were always wrong... We went to the other Dining Room, and were TURNED AWAY......... We were told that we were assigned to the other Dining-Room ONLY. All in all........... we never want to go back on Inspiration............. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We are a late 30s couple and have just returned from the 4 night Halloween sailing. We have only sailed Celebrity ships but had an idea of the Carnival atmosphere, so we weren't overly surprised with the differences. We tried our best ... Read More
We are a late 30s couple and have just returned from the 4 night Halloween sailing. We have only sailed Celebrity ships but had an idea of the Carnival atmosphere, so we weren't overly surprised with the differences. We tried our best to go into the vacation with an open mind and were determined to make the best of any situation. Embarkment was quick and easy. We arrived around 11 and walked right on the ship. The sea cards were in the cabins but we could order drinks right away with our printed boarding passes. We had a mid-balcony cabin on the 8th deck. Service was okay. No turndown service. Steward was very nice. The rooms could use a good deep clean. Lots of dust. Otherwise, it was pretty comparable to a room on any older ship. Towel animals were a nice touch. The buffet was above us so I expected it to be loud, but other than a couple instances of chairs moving around, it wasn't bad. On the first port day, I was going to go out on the balcony and there was a huge pile of balcony chairs and tables sitting there from other balconies. So odd. Apparently, they had to do maintence but didn't tell us? The next day, we were woken up to banging around on our balcony. I open the curtain and there was a room steward. They should take care of the balconies as they clean the room. Good thing our blinds were closed. Very strange, indeed. The balcony window was super gross. My husband mentioned that someone kept spitting from a deck above and it was landing on the window. Not the fault of the staff but a quick clean would have been appreciated. The food was hit or miss. We did have a great experience with the staff in the Silver at the 8:15 timeslot. All 3 of our servers were great. We danced with them during their little show, which was fun and definitely not something you would find on Celebrity. Try the lava cake. Yum. Avoid the fried chicken (was it chicken? Lol). We liked the thin crust pizza a lot. We had the Cheers package. Warning: they will cut you off after 15 drinks, even if you want to pay for more. Not a deal for me but may be for some. It was next to impossible to get a large bottle of water, unless, of course, you pay. My husband tried to order two small bottles of water at the same time and was denied. So strange. I also found it super weird that you had to sign for every drink, even under the package. We had to pay 18% gratuity (paid at the time of package purchase) on top of the already pricey package but since you had to sign for each drink, we felt pressured to tip more, otherwise the staff seemed disappointed. The Halloween costume and "scary" chest contests were both a riot. The cruise director, Donkey, was awesome. They had a special 12am screening of "It" on the lindo deck outside. Pretty neat atmosphere to watch a scary movie. On Halloween night around 9:30, they started taking all the Halloween decor down. This was before the party even started. Another "Huh? Okay.." moment. We liked the casino, with the exception of the smoke. It's 2019, let's get with the times. Felt bad for the staff having to deal with that all the time. Lots of interesting smells, which seems to be a common complaint. From sewage, to smoke, to weed, you never know what you'll get! We laughed it off. Layout of the ship was weird. The MDR and galley were in the middle of the ship, so you often had to go up to the 5th floor to get all the way across, which happened to be the casino floor. Coincidence? Hmm.. Debarkation was a disaster. We wanted to walk our bags off for "early" checkout so we were up and ready at 7am. They didn't call our floor until around 9:30. We were told that we could stay in the room until 8:30am. I'd recommend leaving earlier unless you want your steward to knock on the door every 5 minutes and other staff to be banging around on that balcony (again, what is with that balcony??). While we did have a fun time and liked the upbeat, change of pace from Celebrity, we likely won't be sailing with Carnival any time in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We traveled in a group of 4 on the Carnival Liberty back-to-back cruise. Doing both the 3-day overnight Nassau itinerary and the 4 day Nassau and Princess Cay itinerary. The Carnival Liberty is not the newest ship in the fleet but is very ... Read More
We traveled in a group of 4 on the Carnival Liberty back-to-back cruise. Doing both the 3-day overnight Nassau itinerary and the 4 day Nassau and Princess Cay itinerary. The Carnival Liberty is not the newest ship in the fleet but is very well kept and has many of the Carnival signature bars. The Liberty makes a great getaway cruise and seems to be affordably prices compared to some of the other 3 and 4 day cruises. Embarktion/Debarktion: The Liberty sails of out Port Canaveral where in my experience has always been very organized compared to some other ports. We had a suite (more to come) but decided to board with our friends in a general zone. We arrived as soon as the port opened and did not wait more than 30 mins to get on the ship. Boarding started at 1100 and was a fast process. Debarktion was the same as every Carnival cruise. We chose to do the self-assist option where you are called by floor to disembark. We were on deck 7 and was not called until the lower decks were off the ship. We were required to be out of the cabin by 830 and our deck was called at 815 to disembark. When speaking to one of the workers they said the ship is usually at zero count (everyone is off) by 930. Again, a fast and well-organized process. Staff service: I have sailed on over 15 Carnival cruises and the staff on the Liberty by far has been the best I have ever had! We frequented the Alchemy bar and the bar staff was always excited to see us and knew what we wanted to drink before ordering it. If we were running late, they made sure to check in with us to ensure everything was ok. The dining room host and wait staff knew our party and when to expect us at dinner every night. One night we chose to do the Chef’s Table (more to come). The host went out of her way to check in on us during the experience knowing we was not going to be at dinner that night. When walking around the ship many of the staff would stop and talk with us and would go out of their way to make us comfortable. Public Areas: To be an older ship it is well maintained. The Liberty has many of the same public areas as the bigger Carnival ships. The Casino was always a busy area and one of the only smoking areas aside from the night club. On some of the ships smoke can be smelled on the entire casino deck. This is not the case with the Liberty. They do a great job isolating the smoke to the casino area. The lobby and casino had live music nightly including steel drum players. The Liberty has 2 pools but does not have an adult only pool. The pool at the aft of the ship seemed to be more laid back and less children throughout the cruise. The aft pool also has a retractable roof that covers the pool at night. When in the warmer climate it can get very warm when the roof is not open. Chefs Table: The Chefs table is a great experience if you are seeking to do something special. Be prepared it is limited space and should be booked prior to your sailing. It is also A LOT of food. The menu consists of almost 13 FULLSIZE courses. The chef meets us in the lobby bar. There was a group of 8. They take a complimentary chef table group photo that they give the guests at the end of the dinner. You then get a tour of the galley during busy dinner time and they talk about the amount of food they serve and how it is prepared. A pastry chef gives a demonstration on how to make the signature melting cake along with a recipe. Following the tour, you are taken into a private dining room and each course is served with wine pairing and description of the food. The chef did say the Chef Table is the same on every ship. The best advice would be to eat a small breakfast and skip lunch before the Chef Table. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
As stated above, my late husband and i were on this ship in 2004 and things sure have changed. My friends and i wanted to go on a 7 day halloween cruise and we have had good experiences before. Embarkation was, as always, a breeze, due ... Read More
As stated above, my late husband and i were on this ship in 2004 and things sure have changed. My friends and i wanted to go on a 7 day halloween cruise and we have had good experiences before. Embarkation was, as always, a breeze, due to the great staff in the terminal. The cabins were kept in good condition. The crew and staff were friendly and responsive to any requests. Entertainment? Was very poor. The comedians were not funny at all. Some people actually left before the end of their shows. Try to get joe marlotti and vargus mason on the legend. We saw them on the miracle in august and these guys are really funny. The dancers were good but the singers (one in particular) sounded like they were cats in pain. Everyone was saying the same thing. Why so loud? Not necessary. Now to the dining experience............the hotel manager would be doing the head chef a big favor by giving him a cookbook for christmas. His idea of spanakopita was outrageous. Where in the world did he get this recipe? If he tried to serve this to a greek they would have booed him out of the kitchen or worse. The night they served fried chicken, 4 of my dinner mates had to send them back they were so overcooked and inedible. some of my dinner mates had to resort to having a baked potato and some veggies for dinner. When did it become the norm for the waiters to bring all the food out at the same time? There was no room on the table and we had to either gobble down our appetizers (or have them put aside by which time the food was cold). Please so something about this. It spoils the whole dinner. I could go on and one but i think you have the idea by now. One last good thing. Halloween was fantastic since so many passengers really went all out and had costumes that were sooo good. There were no altercations or anything and the children were adorable. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Nothing is 100% so 4 stars. Well happy Halloween. Just returned from the Halloween cruise on the Magic. Halloween night was great as usual. First I will give a bit of my disappointments. Not many. 8 day cruise. One afternoon mashed ... Read More
Nothing is 100% so 4 stars. Well happy Halloween. Just returned from the Halloween cruise on the Magic. Halloween night was great as usual. First I will give a bit of my disappointments. Not many. 8 day cruise. One afternoon mashed potatoes. That’s it, we only do the buffet so maybe in the dining room. Hate the dining room because of the 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Other things to do than just sit and wait for your food. Then hopefully you will like what they bring. Food on the buffet was blah as usual. The butter needs to be changed to something different. What they did was put super thin whipped butter in a jar and you dig it out. It is so thin, (How thin is it?) It slides right off of the knife before you can get it to your plate. They supply a clean butter knife for each use. Even if you use a spoon, you then need the spoon to put it on anything you have on your plate. The knife is useless. The best way I have seen on a ship was squares of butter and you get them with small metal tongs. No foil, no mess. Now for plastic straws. What they are made of I have no idea. However it is a very bad idea. They are thick and in a short time go completely limp. Yes limp. They will hang down over the glass rim. The hole will close up completely. So you either get another, or ask for a plastic straw. My wife would not drink using it. She said the texture was disgusting. Guy’s Burgers were never hot. Just warm. Deserts were mostly cakes. Not much of a choice at all. We purchased the fish and chips. Not bad. But the next afternoon they had fish on the buffet. That was excellent. The TV in the room was a small 21”. Not a sharp picture and only one news channel CBSN. Now for the good. They now have a thin metal stirrer for your tea or coffee. They have a tiny spoon at the end. You do not toss them out. They wash them. So no wood waste as with the wood stirrer. Our room was an ocean view deck one. 1335 excellent location and it was very, very big. 4 big closets, two bath rooms. One with a commode, a shower and a sink, the other with a sink and a tub with a shower. Had a clothes line over the tub. Great for drying the bathing suits. The curtain over the window was ceiling to floor, wall to wall, a black out curtain. Real nice. The bed was super comfortable. The ship was in basic good repair. Clean and comfortable. Cool but did not freeze to death as on many other ships. All the shows were very good, one great one. Went to see 4 of the comedian’s for general audience. One was outstanding and left the ship the next day. My wife does not laugh much. With this guy. She could not stop, tears in her eyes. In the casino, I have not seen this before. They have handles about a third of the way down on the back of all the chairs. Made it so easy to pull out a chair. They were beautiful looking and very comfortable. Smoke in the casino was not bad at all. Almost un-noticed unless you sat down to someone smoking. The Deli was excellent. Something I have not seen on other ships. They always had fresh French fries. Nice golden brown straight cut. So I would get a warm Guy’s burger and go get the fry’s form the Deli. Nice! At 11:30 they had a small buffet for an hour or so. Chicken noodle soup, toasted cheese sandwiches, meat ball subs and a few other items. Very good. By the way. For the very first time on carnival, always super hot soup. Excellent. The steak house was awesome as usual. Carnival has the very best steak house out of all the cruise lines we have been on. Even the sea day brunch with the steak and eggs, excellent. Getting on was easy and fast so was getting off. Just keep walking. We left our room about 7:45 AM, they would like you out by 8:30 AM. We left our luggage in there and told the steward we would be back before 8:30 AM to get them. Not a problem. One major thing I like about deck one is the elevators. No one on them when you get it. Other than someone getting off. So when you want to get off with your carry on, so nice. This time the ship had to places to debark. Deck 2 and 3. What a great idea. I just walked up one deck instead of waiting for an elevator. We were mid ship and so was the gangway. Walked right off. So there you have it. A great cruise for a great price. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Ok to start staff is excellent as always. I have been on 11 cruises now and this by far is the most disappointing ship I have been on The new elevator touch pads are a nightmare and plan on waiting atleast 20% of your cruise on this ... Read More
Ok to start staff is excellent as always. I have been on 11 cruises now and this by far is the most disappointing ship I have been on The new elevator touch pads are a nightmare and plan on waiting atleast 20% of your cruise on this issue Everyone on the ship was pretty fed up with this situation and for us we had no choice to wait because my fiance was still recovering from ACL surgery The food has went down hill also in my opinion and could use a upgrade but maybe all the ships have went downhill and cheaper idk but my last cruise less than a year ago was excellent The only positive thing is the staff is still great as usual and they are always working hard One thing I dont agree with is that carnival takes 5% of the gratuity from them Thanks but wont be back on the horizon Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Our door would not stay locked, it kept popping open. Thus, the reason Our shoes was stolen out of our room. The wind star dinning was less than fabulous. The one night water poured out everywhere! We was eating dinner and had vacuums ... Read More
Our door would not stay locked, it kept popping open. Thus, the reason Our shoes was stolen out of our room. The wind star dinning was less than fabulous. The one night water poured out everywhere! We was eating dinner and had vacuums sucking the water up. The Buffett was also disappointing! And none of the good was offered long enough. Some of the activities was fun but overall it was a disappointing. The pools are not what they advertised. The hot tubs was not even warm! My friend got bit by a spider and had to pay $125 for medical to give her ibuprofen and hydrocortisone cream! Do not go to the public beaches in Nassau. They are gross and rather sketchy. WiFi service was expensive and did not work all the time. Oh and the ship itself was late getting to port. They did nothing to make this right! We had to find something to do for hours all while dragging our luggage everywhere. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
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