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It was a trip paid my my boss at great clips, I have to say the staff and Ship was truly amazing, the staff made my trip so wonderful, I will most defiantly do this ship again, the entertainment group really made all the days great , they ... Read More
It was a trip paid my my boss at great clips, I have to say the staff and Ship was truly amazing, the staff made my trip so wonderful, I will most defiantly do this ship again, the entertainment group really made all the days great , they kept the energy going director Leon and his group keep us all completely entertained, the restaurant crew made amazing food and the service was a five star service, thank you to all the staff at carnival for truly making y trip amazing , I will be back next time bringing my family, ps the staff at the fun shops were truly fun and helpful as well, and the shopping guide helped me to plan my day in Mexico , Charmaine was a huge help , best trip of all times thank you again for making it the best cruise I have ever been on, xoxo Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It was my mother's 50th birthday cruise, we had a group of approx. 34 ppl. Paulvic and Yuseph were amazing at keeping our room looking spotless. The staff was constantly cleaning so I feel like it was a sanitary environment. They even ... Read More
It was my mother's 50th birthday cruise, we had a group of approx. 34 ppl. Paulvic and Yuseph were amazing at keeping our room looking spotless. The staff was constantly cleaning so I feel like it was a sanitary environment. They even cleaned the pools nightly. My children loved camp and the staff there made me feel comfortable leaving my children with them. If a large group use walkie talkies, it helps you stay in contact. However my son's hand got crushed in the elevator frame (in between the elevator door and the wall) and Carnival is refusing to listen to me on how they can prevent this from happening to other children. THIS IS 100% PREVENTABLE ON CARNIVAL'S PART. I'm said to see that they are trying to sweep it under the rug when they can fix it. My son is terrified of elevators now. Their staff didn't even know what to do, I have pictures of the medical staff just watching in aww. Other than the safety of children the ship was good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I am a former cancer patient. I entered remission just a few months ago and had my leg amputated. This was my first cruise. I want to start off with the musicians. There was music for everybody’s taste. But I enjoyed ALL of them. Luisa, ... Read More
I am a former cancer patient. I entered remission just a few months ago and had my leg amputated. This was my first cruise. I want to start off with the musicians. There was music for everybody’s taste. But I enjoyed ALL of them. Luisa, Juliana and Juan in the Accidental String Trio were just...the only word to describe it was beautiful. Neil was singing and Jammin’ the reggae hits on the steel drums. And Rob was rocking it on the guitar. DJ JD with the hits. The Brassaholics with the amazing Maroon 5 medley. And the Latin Band covering latin hits. Emma, Layla and Francois brought so much energy throughout the whole ship. Vargus Mason with the jokes! T.A. Williams at the Piano Bar. Diana and other bartenders tending the bar at the Lobby very well, including the bartenders on Lido who also bring their energy to the ship. I tipped what I could. Next I want to say how much I really appreciate how kind, thoughtful, and caring the staff was. They always offered help. I don’t usually accept help but I made some exceptions. I also made some friends on the cruise. The whole experience is one to remember. They always had smiles on their faces, and always greeted as we cross paths. And as you’re reading this to all of the staff, I just want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. I hope I get to meet you all again. Cheers "Let your smile change the world, don't let the world change your smile..." - unknown "My cup is full to the brim, I could go on and on, the full has never been told" - Buju Banton Side Note: Im looking for a job also (galvancromeo@gmail.com) all photos are unedited Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I've cruised with Carnival before, we liked the itinerary, and the price was reasonable. The food was excellent and the wait staff and cruise director were great. Also, we really enjoyed the ship's entertainment. The spa and ... Read More
I've cruised with Carnival before, we liked the itinerary, and the price was reasonable. The food was excellent and the wait staff and cruise director were great. Also, we really enjoyed the ship's entertainment. The spa and the showers in the locker room were very nice. The ship itself is pretty warn out. Our stateroom was not clean upon arrival (we found clothing tags, contact lenses, hair extensions and other debris in our room upon arrival. Our in room safe didn't work, but after 2 phone calls it was replaced. (We had to contact your seward as the guest services phone number is never answered) The equipment in the fitness center is pretty old. Several treadmills were not even operational. The basketball court is above the space where they do yoga, and the kids giant slide is right near the adult only "Serenity Area"...poor planning? There were many children on the ship, often not supervised. We called to complain about yelling and crying during the night from the room next to ours...the parents were staying in a different room across the hall. One pool was closed during the last few days of our cruise, and the adult only pool didn't look very clean and was full of drunks. No serenity there. Finally, we could not hear the intercom system in our room, so we often missed out on directions. We had fun, but it certainly has room for improvement. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We choose the carnival Breeze this year because we heard it was an incredibly ship, and it was. Our cabin Stewart was Great she was very friendly and made us feel welcomed. The lines on the lido deck were long but hey we’re on ... Read More
We choose the carnival Breeze this year because we heard it was an incredibly ship, and it was. Our cabin Stewart was Great she was very friendly and made us feel welcomed. The lines on the lido deck were long but hey we’re on vacation, not a big problem for me. I enjoyed the chance to talk and meet new people. We Loved the 80’s Rock and Glow night, we just wished they had the 80’s trivia game the same night. We enjoy dressing up in our costumes. The ports were beautiful and breathtaking, the water was so blue. The staff was also extremely friendly and really helpful we never needed anything. Our waiters in the Dining Room were incredible, they remembered our names and what we liked to eat and drink. Thanks Carnival for the wonderful memories Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We did this cruise via a casino coupon and we upgraded to a Junior suite from an inside room . Mistake but I will talk about this in my cabin review. We were two couples in our early 40's and my single friend in her early ... Read More
We did this cruise via a casino coupon and we upgraded to a Junior suite from an inside room . Mistake but I will talk about this in my cabin review. We were two couples in our early 40's and my single friend in her early 40's. The single friend was a first time cruiser and she loved it! The rest of us have been on 5 or 6 other cruises and thought it was up there in our favorite 2. We didn't go in with huge expectations and maybe that is why we had a blast. Embarkation was a breeze. Because I upgraded to a Suite we had priority boarding which meant a really short line compared to the huge line for everyone else. They will let your non suite friends get in the short line with you. We were there at noon and on the ship by 12:20. We all bought the drink package and thank god! We like to drink and some of them got cut off by midnight because they reached their 15 drink max. But hey, drinks get warm, you set them down, you may not like one, they still count so we were glad we bought it. Lunch on the Lido deck we all chose guys burgers and fries and they were all great. We hung out all day by the pool, in the casino, walking around etc. We missed going under the sky bridge in Tampa as we were in the casino (woopsy) . Anyway this boat rocked alot more than other cruise ships I have been on. Sometimes you noticed it, but I just tried to not look out the windows as we moved and I was generally fine. I am also very sensative to sea sickness and I never heard anyone else complain about it. We met for early 6pm dinner in the main dining room Destiny. We sat the 5 of us and 3 lovely ladies from Virginia. Our two waiters were great and our drinks and apps were on the table in 5 min. All our meals in the main dining room were very good! we did all pay $20 extra one night and got the filet and lobster and it did not disappoint. Day 2- arrive in Key west at noon, I really wished we got here sooner as it is very close to Tampa???? I was confused why the itinerary didnt allow more time at this port. Anyway we had a few cocktails on board and waited for the masses to fight their way off. We walked off at 12:50 ish and no lines. It rained all day in Key West but we did a little bar hopping and had fun anyway. Irish Kevins was for sure our favorite spot with the live singer/comedian guy. Got back on the little trolly thing around 3pm and went back to the ship. I will definately be back in Key West as it wasnt nearly enough time here. Got back went to casino (after we were like 12 miles out of course) and made it to the main dining room again for dinner. I say made it because it was a long day of drinking and some people wanted to nap! Food great again! Day 3- woke up around 8am, some ate breakfast (my husband and I don't really eat breakfast) Waited for most to get off the ship in CUBA, we got off around 11 am with absolutely no one in line. Customs took 30 seconds as did money exchange. Just to give an idea of how much you will need in Cuba, most of us took our $80 US and it was too much (for what we did). First of all DO NOT get suckered into buying an excursion if you want to just walk on your own!!!! Carnival will try and tell you that you have to check off "people to people" and book an excursion. We being in Cuba last year knew to check off "support the cuban people" option and you can totally just walk off. We walked to the main square accross from the ship and you will get a few locals asking if you want to pay $1 each and they will walk you around. We said no, but one guy seemed to never leave so what the heck we let him walk us around. He took us to a local John Lennon bar (dive bar but very cool!!) we all go cubra libras (rum and cokes) and were surprised it was $10 a drink!! We had one, felt very buzzed and moved on to the next stop. We walked through beautiful streets, saw the market, other squares, local people living life. It was great. Ernest Hemingway bar right near the port was our fave as it had live cuban music and here a round of drinks for 5 people was $7.50 US. Or $7.50 CUC. Totally cheap and fun here. We danced and walked around some more. We all tipped our guy $25 US and he was more than happy I am sure. Got back on the boat and only 2 made it to dinner.... Day 4 - Cozumel- We arrived at 12:45pm to port and we chose again to wait an hour before getting off to avoid the crowd. We had booked El Cid's for the twilight day pass as our ship was here 1pm to 9pm. No other day pass resorts were offering this late day pass. It was $65 each I think?? MAKE SURE you bring the printed piece of paper with your reservation or they will make you print it at the hotel. We had drinks, food (good food) towels, pool, snokeling, all included. It was a fun day! The shopping area right a the ship is awesome, I thought it was beautiful clean and lots to do. We were back on the ship around 6 as we are wimps of the sun and apparently cannot drink too much in the sun. Day 5- day at sea, usual activities, silly games by the pool, lots of food.... I dont really know as I was burnt from Mexico and did not hang around outside. We were mostly hanging around the casino area/American bar. Now 3 of us were smokers and even as a smoker I will say that this small one side of the bar and in the casino were always VERY smoky.. The air suckers in this area seemed to not work. This was also the area that they had the trivia games which we LOVED!! So much fun. But dang do something with the smoking vents! CASINO!!!!- Ok we hung out here ALOT!!! Like every day for a long time especially at night. We usually go to Greektown Casino in our hometown near Detroit. We usually hit at greektown pretty much every time we are there so we think it is the loosest best slots in the world lol . This casino was pretty close. It is small but it pays good!!! Every single time you sat down people were hitting like crazy! My husband probably won $1000 a day on slots easily. I couldnt believe it . I loved playing roulette with our group. I won one of the pong games in the casino where they called my name and I had to throw one out of ten ping pong balls into a gift bag with money on it. I won $75 it was fun. Overall the wait staff was fantastic, you always had a drink in your hand, we never waited once at any of the bars nor in the casino. Dinner service was fast, we never waited more than 10 min for dinner. I couldn't believe we were on the same cruise that people were ripping on the slow service and crappy food. We did not think this at all. Look , don't expect Ruth's Chris style meals, expect more like outback or Texas Road House lol. Then you will not be disappointed. This boat is small and therefore you won't get lost and everything is easy to get to. Having said that it is small and can sometimes feel like there is not much to do. There is not much craziness going on near the pool, which I like sometimes. We NEVER had a problem getting a chair, there were never any big drunks partying like it was springbreak. There was no more than 20 kids on the whole ship. It was just a great cool crowd of people. Cabin review is next.... Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was a chartered cruise adventure and i plan to address my issues with that group as well but many problems that i had personally made me want to go home by day 3 of a 7 day adventure. My cabinmates mainly kept our cabin clean prior ... Read More
This was a chartered cruise adventure and i plan to address my issues with that group as well but many problems that i had personally made me want to go home by day 3 of a 7 day adventure. My cabinmates mainly kept our cabin clean prior to service coming in but i was disappointed to see that an obvious makeup spill on my bunk stayed all week which let us know that bedding not changed. Food service lines were ridiculous and menu selections were bad. Dining room service was slow/2 hours to completely get our meals which caused us to miss shows. The entertainment venues were hot and air conditioning was also scarce in other parts of the ship. Mostly, this was an all-adult cruise that we had always had the option of hot tubs 24/7. The pools/hot tubs all shut down at 8p. Embarkment was a nightmare! It took 3 hours to find my final piece of luggage and i embarked in the first group. I loved the casino but smokers and poor ventilation made it difficult for me with my asthmatic condition Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some ... Read More
We went on this cruise with some other couples. We did Faster to the Fun- it was helpful to get right on the ship, but apparently we could have gotten on earlier... Our cabin was ready to go with our room keys and we went to grab some lunch in lido buffet. The way they have the food lines does not make for an easy experience. You have to wait in line cafeteria style instead of having different stations. One morning I just wanted some grits and the line was wrapped around the corner. So, that was a no. Also, they have upstairs seating which is great except you can't get to it because the sweets station is there and they have cake cutters right at the entrance to the stairs which means there are people on both sides trying to get cake and you can't walk by them as there is just not room. Guy's burgers were great- except at peak times they just hand you a cheeseburger- there is no ordering one off the menu. The breakfast burritos were pretty good at the Blue Igauna (i think that was the name). The dining room was hit or miss food wise. My husband ordered off the $20 steakhouse menu the last night- his food came out way later than everyone else's and was super tough. He didn't even eat half of it. Room service was not advertised except for breakfast. There was a hanging menu. We ordered the $3 breakfast biscuit one morning and neither one of us could eat it. The sausage was disgusting. Like spat it out gross. The waiters were great. The room steward was super nice. Our particular room was on the 8th floor and was the extended balcony-room 8428. We couldn't use our deck half the time because water pooled around the entrance to the door ( I mean several inches deep). Our steward had to sweep it several times. Stuff would fall down (cigarette butts, hats, random liquids) and kids at the pool deck could look down on us so that was not awesome. On the sea day, we got a note saying they were doing routine work on our balcony. Basically, they hosed it down and it was soaking wet so again, we couldn't use it. So disappointed. The comedians were funny, karaoke was super entertaining, and the shows- well people walked out. I felt bad, but they were not very good. The ship overall was pretty good, the lobby was nice. But, because they galley for the kitchens was located in the middle of decks 3 and 4, you had to go to 5 to get across the ship- which meant walking through the smoky casino (kids, families, everyone). Not my favorite. Our excursions were ok. Key West, we took an uber to the southernmost point and then walked to Hemingway House. Great tour and loved it. Then, headed to Sloppy Joe's for a drink and a small bite to eat. Didn't have enough time - 7 am- 1:30 ( i think). Cozumel excursion was not worth it. We did the downtown shopping and beach break. The tour operators were great - no complaints there. We got on a large and pretty comfy bus to go to downtown Cozumel. On the way, they tell us that everything is shipped in as Cozumel does not produce anything. Then to the shop, which is basically like the dollar store of crappy souvenirs. We were there about 40 minutes in that one store. Nice bathrooms though. Then, we went back on the bus to another shopping area- except it was different crappy souvenirs that you had to haggle the price on. Most people had already bought stuff so we just sat in chairs we could find for another 40 minutes. Waste of time. Then to the beach. We only had like an hour or so to enjoy the water and chairs. It just wasn't enough time to do much. Overall, the trip was fun because of who we were with, but I wasn't pleased with the final experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We booked this trip as a weekend getaway for a bachelorette trip. It started off terribly. Trying to park at the New Orleans port was a complete disaster. We arrived before we were supposed to board but spent almost an hour and a half in ... Read More
We booked this trip as a weekend getaway for a bachelorette trip. It started off terribly. Trying to park at the New Orleans port was a complete disaster. We arrived before we were supposed to board but spent almost an hour and a half in standstill traffic.. then to be told we had to turn around and go to overflow parking and take a shuttle. We were treated unkindly and yelled at- all while just trying to figure out where to go. Once on the boat, I was very surprised at how outdated our stateroom was let alone the rest of the ship. The cabin was very small and the bathroom had not been cleaned properly. The food was TERRIBLE. The ONLY good food was the Guy’s burgers. I would give those a 5/5. Find that place and eat it for every meal. I survived on ceaser salads at dinner. Room service is a joke!! We would wait anywhere between 15-30 minutes just to get someone to answer, and then another 1-2.5 hours to get what we had ordered. We waited over 1.5 hours just for a Diet Coke. The bar service was extremely slow. We would wait nearly 30 minutes to be waited on. The bar tenders did not seem to care because most had the cheers program which has built in gratuity. We eventually figured out that we would have to pay in cash a server to come to the deck where we were sitting. Find the serenity deck and claim a chair!! There are clean bathrooms and nicer chairs on this deck. Unless you are into filthy music, bad smells, and people grinding, I would recommend the serenity deck. This boat is not kid friendly AT ALL! Our best part of the trip was getting off in Cozumel. We just explored around the port. We had excellent food at Pancho’s and loved the shops. Fat Tuesday’s was also fun. Returning to the cruise ship was dreadful. Disembarkation was a nightmare as well. Do not listed to them when they tell you that you must leave at a certain time. Have your stuff ready in your hand and on deck 3 at 7am on the dot. No one follows the rules so you can get stuck in a hallway or stairwell for hours if you do not stand on ready at 7 by the door. Good luck if your going to be on this boat. Bring lots of snacks and just try and dance out your attitude. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
DW & I have been on four other cruiselines and this was our first on Carnival. We went on this one since we wanted to join a large group gathering of about 50 folks. Even though it was a four day Carnival Long Beach-Catalina ... Read More
DW & I have been on four other cruiselines and this was our first on Carnival. We went on this one since we wanted to join a large group gathering of about 50 folks. Even though it was a four day Carnival Long Beach-Catalina Island-Ensenada-Long Beach trip from embark Monday and debark Friday, it was still a party crowd. We usually prefer a quiet, refine cruise but wanted to join the many folks we knew. Since there were many we have known for many years, the party type atmosphere worked well and we were pleasantly surprise that we enjoyed it. The cost was relatively inexpensive and we set our expectations lower and were overall happy with the cruise. The Guy's Burgers, deli, and pizza were great. The other dining venues, such as buffet and sitdown dining were disappointing. The servers often did not bring us and others what we ordered. Even request for crackers was given a response of call room server. A request to clean some chairs with food debris was met by the worker slapping the chairs with her dish towel. What was worst was that the sour cream and butter were not fresh, i.e. the potential for an upset stomach or worst. The cabin was larger than other cruiselines for the same category but the restroom had a foul odor that repeated attempts to pour water down the floor drain only partially helped. A number of folks got seasick even though they never had before on other sailings. Being a smaller ship of about 70,000 tons is part of the reason. But more likely it was the short sailing distance between the ports. Long Beach to Catalina is about 29 miles and the sailing was a leisurely 13 hours which meant say 2 miles per hour which is far too slow for the stabilizers to be effective. Also this slow speed means the wave actions will affect the ship more. The shows in the main theater were not Broadway type productions. They were just singing with related dance moves and much of the time was wasted with pulling audience members up to the stage to participate. The timing of the show comedians were too close to the main theater shows so we could not see them. The raffles at the ship stores were a big waste of time. They kept on delaying the start of the drawings and the prizes were terrible, such as a cheap shopping bag. The embark and debark were fast since for the short cruise we did carry on luggage. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We called ourselves "Chicks On the Run" and a group of girlfriends decided to take a three day cruise and have fun, play cards and enjoy music and laughter and girl company. Boy were we in for a negative surprise!! We chose ... Read More
We called ourselves "Chicks On the Run" and a group of girlfriends decided to take a three day cruise and have fun, play cards and enjoy music and laughter and girl company. Boy were we in for a negative surprise!! We chose the line and ship so that we did not have to drive eight plus hours to south Florida. First the room attendant only gave us one small bar of soap for two guests. Towels were gray and rough and even though we asked for extra towels we never received them nor did we ever get a bucket of ice in our room. Dirty glass was left for us to clean??? . Cabin was kept clean, however the vinyl couch left much to be desired and one would never want to sit on it! Dining room staff gave us terrible service; so bad that we complained at Guest Services. Wine was brought to the table after we had finished most of our meal and the table was still filled with dirty dishes while the the waiter was serving us our dessert. Steak was tough, prime rib was tough and they do not know what au jus is. We received gloppy beef gravy for the prime rib. Breakfast was not much better in the dining room, as you had to ask for every little thing, including jam, butter and little pastries, just to name a few. Lunch at the buffet was good. Guy Fierrri's burgers were the best and the line to get a burger proved it. The Mongolian Wok station was also very good, however long, long lines to have your selections cooked. Dirty floors all around the ship, lack of help all over the ship was quite obvious. Do not get the "Drink Package" as you will never get the service to order the drink and if you do, you will not receive it, way within an hour! Daylight savings time and the ships clocks were never corrected, so we got our wakeup call an hour late! Public bathrooms were nasty. Needed a luggage tag for disembarkation, go get it yourself! I am still waiting for credit for my beverage package that I was told would be credited to my account!! The best part of the cruise was being with friends! Carnival was to give us a "Cocktail Party with dry snacks and drinks. It turned out to be drinks we really did not want and not even a cracker was to be found! Desserts were good. So I guess the saying "Let Them eat cake" is the way Carnival thinks!!! Smoke was terrible wherever you walked on the public areas of the ship. Felt bad for the staff that had to inhale all the second hand smoke around them. I have sailed over 25+ cruises, including Carnival and I have never been on a ship as bad as this. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, ... Read More
I heard the Carnival Miracle has the most elbow room on all the ships, its true, it seemed to have a lot less people all over the ship, the food and waiters / waitresses were phenomenal in the MDR, the buffet was very good for breakfast, lunch and snacks, pizza pirate never disappointed, steakhouse was worth the $35, I reserved a table for us before the price increase, Chopsticks was a tasty treat. The ship is very easy to navigate and we loved the decor throughout the ship and she is still clean even though it is a older ship, there is a little rust here and there and I expected that. Our shore excursions were faster to the fun, Deluxe Beach, Catamaran Sail & Snorkel in Cozumel and Rays & Reef Snorkel in Grand Cayman, all of these excursions we outstanding and well worth the price, in Mahogany Bay we just walked to the beautiful beach and Tiki bar were we swam then had the really delicious jerk chicken with wonderful margaritas. We took the tender to the port of Belize were we did some shopping and had drinks along the way till we went back to the ship, it was a awesome trip and we will sail on her again in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The ship was dirty and the food was terribly disappointing. It was like a bad night at a Golden Corral just before they throw the food out. The wait staff and stewards were very friendly, but 2 of the 3 times I went to Guest Services, I ... Read More
The ship was dirty and the food was terribly disappointing. It was like a bad night at a Golden Corral just before they throw the food out. The wait staff and stewards were very friendly, but 2 of the 3 times I went to Guest Services, I dealt with someone who was totally incompetent. I don’t know if this was a training issue or personnel issue, but the attendant was totally unfamiliar with the what the “First to the Fun” included or even what it was. We also purchased the “Chef’s Table” experience. Again, the service was great but most of the food was terrible. The pro was not with the food itself, but with the execution. The wagyu beef in particular was over cooked and drenched in what tasted like McCormack’s sauce. We got back to find that Carnival double-billed all are expenses onboard and sent my bank account into chaos. We will cruise again, but never with Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We chose this cruise because it was the Music City Concert Cruise. We didn't care which ports we were visiting because for us it was all about the concerts we were going to hear. It started from the beginning - with embarkation. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the Music City Concert Cruise. We didn't care which ports we were visiting because for us it was all about the concerts we were going to hear. It started from the beginning - with embarkation. Due to an accident on the roadway we did not arrive at the ship until after 2:00pm. We had to carry all our luggage on ourselves. Thankfully we were able to go directly to the cabin and leave the luggage. The cabin was just about what we expected for an inside cabin. The carpet needed to be replaced as it was very stained and dirty. We went up to the Lido deck to have some lunch. The buffet was completely closed as was every other place to get any lunch. The only place with any food was the pizza place - with a line wrapped around the pool. You didn't get to order what you wanted - you took whatever came out of the oven next! This ship is OLD, very dark and extremely dated. I couldn't decided if the windows were extremely dirty or just so old they were marked. There was lots of heavy dark metal scroll work and the colors were terrible. Areas of the ship smelled of mold and sewer. This smell never did go away - it was there day after day. I felt sorry for the passengers who had cabins in that area of the ship. The service was very good. It seemed that all the staff went out of their way to try to please because they knew the ship was so bad. They all worked very hard to make sure we had everything we needed or wanted. The food in the dining room was surprisingly good. There were not a lot of dessert choices, but the chocolate molten cake was amazing! Also, the steakhouse was beyond great - the shrimp in the shrimp cocktail were huge. We had the 9 oz filet and it was grilled to perfection. The cheese cake was soooo good and was huge!! There was enough to feed four people. We did not engage in any of the activities on board as we were attending the concerts. Also, we only went to the "Love and Marriage" show - which we left. I understand this was for "mature" audiences however, simulating sex acts on stage is inappropriate for any age. We understand that Carnival is the "party" cruise line but again no class at all. We did not leave the ship as we had just been in Nassau in October and it was to cool for us to do any water type activities while at the island. Will think long and hard before going on another Carnival cruise. Maybe in a year and on a larger, newer, ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We joined a group with common interests for a 6-day Western Caribbean Cruise. I usually cruise with other lines and never in the Caribbean but made the journey because of the group and the chance to escape winter weather in January. We ... Read More
We joined a group with common interests for a 6-day Western Caribbean Cruise. I usually cruise with other lines and never in the Caribbean but made the journey because of the group and the chance to escape winter weather in January. We found the ship in fairly good shape—older and smaller than many, though I like the smaller ships. We found getting around a bit confusing with little direction, and the decor a little strange. Food was good to very good. Bitter and Blanc and Chocolate Melting Cake we’re favorites. Small portions were perfect for us. Of course, you can order more if you wish. The servers were excellent at our table. They knew on the second or third day, without being asked, each person’s preference in beverage and idiosyncrasies (extra butter, nothing with mushrooms). The cabin, 6186, was fine in size and convenience, the bathroom adequate. There was a bit of rust on the balcony and some wear here and there. The one (!!!!) wall outlet did not work well—my cell phone could not be charged there, and one day it did not work at all. Repair was immediate, though. We attended two comedy routines which we enjoyed. I normally enjoy the slots but found the casino much too smoky. We took only private excursions, and enjoyed them very much. Our favorite was Maya Chan in Costa Maya. Absolutely perfect weather was a great bonus, but the exuberance of the staff, privacy, and great food and drink made a wonderful day. I found the cruise a good value with no major problems. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Need more hot tubs or keep them open past midnight. We could never get in until really late because they were always full. We enjoyed the IMAX theater but it was expensive at $12.95. We expected to pay a lot less. Our steward was great ... Read More
Need more hot tubs or keep them open past midnight. We could never get in until really late because they were always full. We enjoyed the IMAX theater but it was expensive at $12.95. We expected to pay a lot less. Our steward was great and every time we had an issue with the room; he got right on it and was fixed within 10 minutes or so. I do wish that snack like cookies/cakes/fruit would be available throughout the day. There were several times when I wanted a later afternoon snack at 3pm but everything was put away and didn't open back up until 6 in the buffet area. We had late dining at 8pm. Our dining room staff were very nice and attentive with our group of 10. I do not recommend the salon as my daughter paid over $60 twice to have hair done and a 5 year old could have done a better job. The Sky Track ride was really fun but plan to wait in line for at least 45 minutes. It seems that Carnival is moving more and more towards for activities/food that cost extra. I did enjoy the new Photo shop with the digital pictures and it was very easy using the app to purchase the ones I wanted. This review may sound a little negative but we did enjoy the cruise and will schedule again with them. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We did not choose this Cruise it was chosen for us. We were part of a group. We always said we wouldn't choosarnival and now we know why. The entertainment on the ship in the lobby was so loud after 10 p.m. that we couldn't ... Read More
We did not choose this Cruise it was chosen for us. We were part of a group. We always said we wouldn't choosarnival and now we know why. The entertainment on the ship in the lobby was so loud after 10 p.m. that we couldn't sleep. And we were on the lido deck where the entertainment was also very loud. But we didn't hear it from the Lido pool area, we heard it from the lobby,. Being on deck 10, that meant the whole ship heard it. The service was slow and bad. We would something at the beginning of dinner and it would come at the end of dinner. Like a glass of wine. Or perhaps a sauce for the thing that we were eating. There were lines everywhere. Lunch was abysmal. You would have to stand in line after line after line to get your food. We told the room Steward that our shower and sink were both backing up and flooding out. It was never fixed. No one ever came into the cabin during the whole trip. We don't know if the room Steward never told maintenance or if maintenance just never got there. We also noticed down the hall that a fan was continuously going in the hallway. Which meant that there was a continuous flood or dampness in the carpeting. Rather than fixing it they just had a fan on the whole time. The worst is the huge design flaw in Splendor's layout. Who puts a smoking bar, the casino, in the entire middle of the ship? For a family cruise with a lot of children and infants that needed to go through a very smoky casino, this design is thoughtle In order to get from one end of the ship to the other, you are forced to go through a smoke filled area. And going above makes it inconvenient and going below is impossible. . Let''s not forget that the Robusto Bar is advertised as the smoking lounge, but it isn't. Now smoking in a far-off little corner of the ship in a bar that children do not have to pass through would be so much smarter than smoking in the middle of the ship making all your ship smell like smoke. I understand Carnival is a ship for families and kids. But why should families get abysmal service, be unable to sleep because of the loud music and other people, and just have a horrible time. There were many people who enjoyed the Carnival Cruise. For us, as we enjoy good service and excellent food on a cruise, carnival was not the cruise line for us. We would never choose carnival on our own and we hope that in the future we don't have to go on carnival with our group. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This review concerns only the Carnival ship and company. Our cruise was an adult-only charter and we had no complaints about its organisers. Our overall impression was of a penny-pinching enterprise seeking to squeeze every last dime ... Read More
This review concerns only the Carnival ship and company. Our cruise was an adult-only charter and we had no complaints about its organisers. Our overall impression was of a penny-pinching enterprise seeking to squeeze every last dime from its captive customers. Specifically : - Food in general was very poor. Everything in the buffet was cold and poor quality (exception: the bacon was lovely). The MDR was pretentious and lacking real quality. The smaller venues (omelette station, Blue Iguana, pizza bar...) were notably better although the burger bar food was disgusting. Most places were closed too often, giving a poor choice of food for "non-standard" meal-times. Conform or go hungry? - Drinks prices were outrageous (with alcohol packages unavailable on charters - I can't think why). Wine “deals” were available at slightly less outrageous prices, whereby you effectively pre-purchased bottles from a selection. Having taken our money THEY RAN OUT of the most popular wines. We felt defrauded. We also often received our wine when our meal was half over. Water that wasn't heavily chlorinated and decent coffee also had to be paid for. - They confiscated the bottles of wine we brought onto the ship as apparently we had put them in the “wrong suitcase". They were never returned, despite the letter that said they would be! That left a VERY bitter taste (but presumably a rather pleasant one for staff). - The internet was extremely expensive, with very limited options to choose from. There definitely ought to be a per-minute option too for those who just want to research a lunch in port etc. The staff, without exception, were friendly and helpful. However there was a noticeable lack of management and training at the level above their individual jobs. They need to know how it all fits together! Our cabin, a deck 7 interior, was absolutely fine. It was well designed, had just enough storage, and nothing was damaged or missing. The only problem - a grave one - was that the toilet stopped flushing on several occasions towards the end of the cruise. It was quickly fixed each time but it was difficult to cope with, particularly in the night. The self-serve launderette on our floor was useful although each wash, dry and detergent cost a rather high $7.50. The gym facilities were also adequate. The ship has had major refits, I believe. There are certainly some oddities, including confusing lifts. Two major problems are: 1. The casino forms a main thoroughfare, particularly when it's raining, and smoking is normally allowed there. It wasn't on our cruise, but the stench lingers. 2. Everyone walks through the Limelight Lounge to get to the MDR as there are few viable alternatives. The route runs along the edge of the stage - most off-putting for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
First of all, the good things. Our cabin steward Lamphong, Matt from the casino and our head waiter Pablo were exceptional. Always doing their best to make you smile. We ate in the steakhouse 2 times because it was so good. Also Guys ... Read More
First of all, the good things. Our cabin steward Lamphong, Matt from the casino and our head waiter Pablo were exceptional. Always doing their best to make you smile. We ate in the steakhouse 2 times because it was so good. Also Guys Burgers is awesome. Now the not so good. We were late getting into port in Ocho Rios which I guess snowballed people getting off for excursions. They herded a couple of thousand people into a small building with tour people trying to yell instructions over the din. Very very unorganized. It was unorganized in all the ports. They need to find a better way. (Celebrity/Royal Caribbean does a great job). After arriving to our room (an aft balcony) we asked for robes and were told there were not enough on board for everyone. Who does that? And this is the second Carnival cruise in which we purchased a wine package and they ran out of my wine. Hubby prefers Merlot and I prefer Pinot Grigio. They ran out of Pinot on the last evening on two trips. Makes no sense to me. Another thing is Carnival does not have anywhere on their website to post comments. Afraid? Carnival is okay. We had a good time. They just need a little improvement in some areas. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My wife and I travel regularly, however Cruises are not our primary choice. We joined some friends/business partners for an excursion recently on a 5 day cruise to Cozumel. The highlight of our cruise was our couples massage on our second ... Read More
My wife and I travel regularly, however Cruises are not our primary choice. We joined some friends/business partners for an excursion recently on a 5 day cruise to Cozumel. The highlight of our cruise was our couples massage on our second day at sea. In fact it was so relaxing and enjoyable we decided to schedule another massage on our 5th day at sea! Our masseuses were so amazing! If you decide to travel on Valor and are looking to make the most out of the experience, I suggest booking a massage with Dexie Ruiz or Natamon Wiboonma. One last thing, book a night at the steakhouse as well. A 5 course meal for only $38 per person is a steal...Hope the review makes your trip a little better! In case anyone is wondering for excursions...we did Passion Island at Cozumel, the only downside was how fast the excursion went...we could have stayed there an extra 5 hours! At the Yucatan, we did the Mayan Ruins (only 30 minutes away) then to the beach. The tour guide Adam made that excursion worth the cost, highly suggest it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was a group cruise for an international group onboard on Jan. 20, 2019 sailing out of Tampa. Embarkation was very fast and easy. Really enjoyed cruise with couple exceptions. Dining room late seating, service was very slow, and after ... Read More
This was a group cruise for an international group onboard on Jan. 20, 2019 sailing out of Tampa. Embarkation was very fast and easy. Really enjoyed cruise with couple exceptions. Dining room late seating, service was very slow, and after 35 cruises, when ordered more than 1 entree or appetizer, Have never had them deliver all the appetizers or entrees at same time. Made for a very crowded table, especially since at a 6 top. We had also requested to be with our group, but were put halfway across the dining room. Both travel agent and our Carnival rep had multiple booking numbers to tie reservations together, but didn't happen. Only other complaint was when you get a comedian the caliber of Just Judy, you need to move her to the main theater and not Punch Liners Club. She has been on Carnival for a long time, and you guys know she can fill the larger theater. Also, never saw more than a couple times our CD Savanna, and we had a Cruise Critic Meet and Greet on LAST day of cruise????? NEVER in 35 cruises, had that happen. Usually on first sea day so we could meet our fellow cruisers and hang out with them. She said she just learned about our meeting that morning, although we met the required 25 members 3 months ago. A good cruise, but not a GREAT one, but there is not a bad cruise, just some better than others. After this one, even though am platinum, may consider a different line for a change. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We took this cruise as part of a specialty group, which had to get permission for onboard activities, thus we were limited to this particular itinerary. Both my partner and I have traveled on Carnival for some time... I turned Gold on ... Read More
We took this cruise as part of a specialty group, which had to get permission for onboard activities, thus we were limited to this particular itinerary. Both my partner and I have traveled on Carnival for some time... I turned Gold on this trip, and she turned Platinum. We had a balcony room on the 8th deck, and it was certainly a nice room, with a great view. The ship is still in great shape, and was very enjoyable, however there were a few things that I didn't like. First... the NFL football playoffs were not available unless you went to the casino, or to the sports bar. The casino was filled with cigarette smoke, and the sports bar was just filled beyond capacity. Because Dallas was playing in the Saturday night game, there was a LOT of interest in the game. Carnival no longer has local channels on their shipboard TV (speaking of which.. the choices for in-room entertainment are very slim). Unfortunately, in todays world, its almost impossible to get totally out of touch, therefore internet is a necessity, not a luxury. However, the shipboard internet is woefully lacking. Download speeds were as bad as a 1200 baud modem at times, and never got any better than decent dialup (for those old enough to remember that). This was a nice itinerary, although The Bahamas was not as much fun as it could have been, due to cruising in winter. Although the outside temperature was nice (70s), the chill on board ship was not fun. And water activities were uncomfortable at best. I would not consider cruising in winter again, unless it were a special activity. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I was invited to join a birthday group traveling to the Bahamas. We cruised on the Carnival Sensation. The staff was quite friendly, I must say! Our steward was very outgoing (the three times we saw him), our dining room service team of ... Read More
I was invited to join a birthday group traveling to the Bahamas. We cruised on the Carnival Sensation. The staff was quite friendly, I must say! Our steward was very outgoing (the three times we saw him), our dining room service team of Alex, Soe, and Karla was magnificent, and the cruise director Deon kept the party going! Those were the very best parts. The cruise ship is kept pretty clean. I could not rave about our housekeeping team or our steward, who was never available by the direct line that he offered to us on the 1st day. Bathroom was not kept clean or stocked until day 2/3 or so, which was disappointing. Regarding the food...the reviews on this site are accurate in that the buffet, IMO, is terrible. I chose to stick with Guy's Burger Joint (surprisingly delicious), the Blue Iguana (tasty taco bar), and the Main Dining Room fare. I really wish that there were other dining options; I got pretty tired of having burgers and tacos almost every day for lunch. The main dining room was the best bet (brunch/dinner only). The portions are tiny, considering the limitless dining offering (you can enjoy as many dishes as you'd like--the entire menu can be had for dinner). We chose open dining, too, which was a nice flexible option. We also enjoyed the Cheers alcohol package, which I HIGHLY recommend. The bartenders are pretty slow-moving, and not super friendly, unlike the rest of staff...however, the package pays for itself in 5 drinks or so throughout the course of the day. The cruise ship director Deon made a BIG impact on this trip. He livened up every night (and day) with his beautiful singing voice, great sense of humor, and vivacious personality. My sister is booking another trip solely because of him, so...there you have it! The nightly entertainment, games, and shows were available almost everywhere, so there truly is ALWAYS something to do. There are also quiter activities like board games in the library, yoga/morning stretch, gym time, and more. The ports-of-call were delightful. Princess Cays was beyond beautiful. Nassau was more authentic, but I found it to be a lot less clean than expected. The straw market was full of repeated stalls, but I was able to get great, "handmade" gifts well within my budget. I also especially enjoyed a vendor in the promenade near the Tortuga store (where I also tasted some great rum and cake, and the ladies were so friendly). I would have liked to have traveled off the main thruway, but was nervous about going it alone. I also voided the jeweler's row that we were encouraged by the cruiseline sales team to visit; it was not for me. Overall: a nice and relaxing trip with the girls. You could not beat the options for "fun," for which Carnival is known. There are activities abound and a lively spirit brought about by the Cruise director and friendly staff. The affordability, as well, probably can not be beat. I would like to try cruising again, perhaps on another line or a nicer ship (the Sensation is outdated, apparently), as I would love to have more dining options. I looked forward to eating well on this trip, and was a little disappointed. I enjoyed my vacation nonetheless. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I don’t want this to be read as a negative review, but there were things Carnival Australia could improve on. We cruised on Carnival Legend ex Sydney 17th Dec 2018 for 10 nights to Pacific Islands. This was our 11th cruise holiday ... Read More
I don’t want this to be read as a negative review, but there were things Carnival Australia could improve on. We cruised on Carnival Legend ex Sydney 17th Dec 2018 for 10 nights to Pacific Islands. This was our 11th cruise holiday (Cunard, 2xRoyal Caribbean, 2x Princess, MSC, 2x P&O Aust, P&O UK and Carnival Caribbean). So we have other cruises to compare this with. We were warned Carnival Australia was considered more budget conscious, and we were happy with that, but didn’t expect their penny pinching to be so blatantly obvious. It started within minutes of us boarding the ship and making our way to our stateroom. Our room attendant welcomed us and showed us around, before he asked if we’d like our room serviced in the morning, OR the afternoon. All previous cruises, our room has been serviced twice a day. Not on this ship. For breakfast I like a muesli. In the Unicorn buffet, there were Corn Flakes, Rice Bubbles, Cocoa Pops, All Bran. No muesli. So on the 1st morning, I asked, just in case I had overlooked it. I was told yes, they had it over at the “Continental” counter. Oh yes they had it, but it was hidden under the counter, out of sight. Some days I was told they’d run out, then it reappeared the next day. So I spoke to a crew member dressed all in white (unsure of his position, but he was involved in the restaurant or the food). I then got it every morning after that. But it was always hidden, under the counter. The only reason I can think why it was hidden is muesli is a lot more expensive than the other cereals available. It was summertime. Think of all those lovely summer fruits. Strawberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, pineapple. Yum. But not on this ship. At the breakfast buffet you had the choice of various types of watermelon, prunes and I recall canned peaches. I did see whole apples, oranges and pears. Guess what. The other summer fruits cost more. I like kiwifruit with my muesli. Not on this ship. Prior to the evening dinner, we would always go to a bar for a drink. Most other ships, we’ve been given complimentary nibbles with our drinks. It doesn’t have to be much – just a saucer full – but not on this ship. Lunchtime, I like to have a salad. Yes, they had lettuce and tomato, grated carrot, corn etc, but nothing special. I cannot exactly remember now, but I was struggling to find other foods to put on my plate. Before bedtime, I like a cuppa tea and a bikkie. I’d go to the Unicorn buffet and get a cuppa tea but there was nothing else to nibble on except a freshly made pizza!!! During the day they had nice little cookies available to have with a cuppa, but not later in the evening. Whynot? They had a kiosk machine guests could check their onboard account. Opening a new bank account would be easier. I thought the machine was going to ask for a blood sample. Ridiculous. We gave up. A suggestion box in Guest Services area may have been helpful. Some guests complained some of the dishes served at Truffles Restaurant were never hot. By the time they were delivered to the table, they were warm +. I personally didn’t have a problem with this, but some did. ON THE POSITIVE SIDE. We did have an issue with some noise in our room during the early hours of the morning. Anytime from 2am – 4.30am. We spoke to neighbouring rooms and they heard it as well. We could never pinpoint its origin exactly, but we guess was it was coming from the Unicorn buffet (we were the floor below it) and the noise was travelling through the air conditioning system. When we contacted room services, Carnival Legend never questioned our reports and compensated us very generously. We assume it’s an ongoing issue for guests in these rooms. Everything was clean and tidy on the ship, all the staff were excellent and I was happy with the food in Truffles Restaurant. Would I go Carnival Legend again? YES I would (but if there was another cruise line doing a similar cruise, I would choose the other cruise line). I think Carnival could improve some of the things I’ve mentioned, without costing them too much extra. An ‘enjoyable cruise’, could become a great cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Was on this cruise as part of a baseball camp/cross cultural game experience. I have cruised many times with both Carnival and Norwegian and have also cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean. This ship has the most pleasant and ... Read More
Was on this cruise as part of a baseball camp/cross cultural game experience. I have cruised many times with both Carnival and Norwegian and have also cruised on Princess and Royal Caribbean. This ship has the most pleasant and accommodating staff that I have come in contact with in quite some time. They were all very welcoming throughout the course of the week unlike some ship reviews which have stated the staff appeared worn out and miserable. The food was also very tasty and the wait staff at our 8:15 seating were very accommodating. The buffets as usual were very crowded during peak times and even the dining room for breakfast had a wait. My cabin steward was excellent. Room kept in great condition, ice left as requested with towel animals further beautifying the cabin everyday. Didn’t see any of the shows in the main theatre but found the live music to be outstanding. Attended the Quest which was definitely R rated, and also experienced one comedian that was very good and another who should be fired. Arrived at around 1:30 and the lines moved briskly. Debarkation to the various ports was frustrating because people refused to follow directions and created traffic jams on the stairs and corridors as one person tried to stay a step ahead of the other person while at the same time trying to keep their group together. This brought things to a crawl. People did much better when we disembarked in Miami. The Magic as a ship is mid sized not too small but not so large that you become exhausted going from one end of the ship to the other. I would certainly go on the Magic again should it visit some ports that I have not experienced. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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