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4 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
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
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We sailed on the Carnival Conquest from November 18 through November 24th.We choose this cruise because we wanted to do something different for Thanksgiving and to celebrate couple of birthdays. The ship was a little dated and a bit ... Read More
We sailed on the Carnival Conquest from November 18 through November 24th.We choose this cruise because we wanted to do something different for Thanksgiving and to celebrate couple of birthdays. The ship was a little dated and a bit overcrowded. Let not talk about the sewage smell, it was unbearable at time. We won't do another holiday type cruise. The embarkment went smoothly. Once on the ship we went to our room to get our Sail and Sign Cards, then off to explore the ship. We got something to eat and enjoyed some time in the arcade area. The muster drill was unorganized and the sail away was uneventful. The cabin steward was excellent. The dining experience was ok. One morning we decided to have breakfast in the main dining room. Service was slow and the food was better on the Lido Deck. However, that dining experience gave us a good opportunity to meet some nice people. Ports and Shore excursions were great; ATV in Grand Turks was great and informative. Ziplining in Amber Cove was fun. The Disembarkation was unorganized and chaotic. Summary: We had a wonderful time take another cruise with Carnival but on a newer ship and not a holiday cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Went on this trip with my family and a travel group. My second time traveling with this group and had a lovely time. We left from Miami to Princess Cay Island which was lovely. This island is privately owned by cruise company and the ... Read More
Went on this trip with my family and a travel group. My second time traveling with this group and had a lovely time. We left from Miami to Princess Cay Island which was lovely. This island is privately owned by cruise company and the you can use your room key to purchase here. Also Carnival provided lunch on the island. Next stop was Nassau, Bahamas we did a guided tour this time 20.00 per person which I could hear others saying different prices which varying from 20.00 to 30.00 pp. The guided tour was cool I got see a little more of the island. Food on this cruise was okay. Breakfast we ate at the omelet bar which was delicious with your your choice of fresh vegetables, cheese, bacon or ham. They also had a all you can eat side with pancakes, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, hash browns, baked beans, bacon, sausage and breakfast burritos. There is also a area that offers brunch where they bring the food to you. Lunch they had typical burger joint which I stuck with. They had a salad bar and a taco bar. Drinks we got the free stuff (I learned from my first trip I do not drink enough soda to even bother with the plan) orange juice, lemonade, cranberry juice and water. Side note: bring a travel cup so you do not have to make a bunch of trips to the ice machine. We often are dinner in the assigned fine dining Restaurant. On the last night we went in the casual dining Restaurant and I was not too happy with it dried out pasta with vegetables that I had to mix with another dish to give some life back to the dish. Wait staff was SUPER AWESOME my 6 yr old niece was having a moment and the waiter went over and beyond to calm her down. Each night he would show her different ways to fold animal napkins, he did magic tricks for the kid and us adults. The room stewart was awesome too! He was very tentative to our needs. My heads up is about if you have a strong sense of smell you might have a problem. We smelled what at least think was the smell of raw sewage twice on this ship. Once in our room and the other time was in the Restaurant where they did brunch. The smell greeted you at the door but not in the back. The staff faces looked like they could smell it too, you know the look where you hold your breath so you don't smell anything and putting your hand right below your nose so you can smell your hand lotion. Overall: the trip was enjoyable we made some memories and that is all that matters. Will I travel Sensation again: Probably not due to the smell issues only. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We were initially excited to try out this new ship. Overall, we had a great time with our family. This is cruise #3 for us and all 3 cruises have been with Carnival. We have been on the Imagination and Glory prior to this cruise. Our ... Read More
We were initially excited to try out this new ship. Overall, we had a great time with our family. This is cruise #3 for us and all 3 cruises have been with Carnival. We have been on the Imagination and Glory prior to this cruise. Our cruise on the Glory was far better than this cruise. =============================================================== The Good: Dining experience was exceptional as always. Our servers were friendly and worked hard to get us what we needed. The first night was a little rough, but the remainder of the week went smooth. The food was decent with the exception of a few items. Guy's Pig and Anchor - Here you can get a variety of BBQ meats along with macaroni salad and potato salad. We ate here 3 time during the cruise. The chicken was exceptional and my favorite. The brisket was OK, but was not tender. I felt they rushed the brisket and didn't allow the connective tissues to reach the proper temp to become tender. I definitely recommend you try the food here. Guy's Burgers - I enjoy the burgers here as long as they are not sitting on the bun to long before you get one. Otherwise the bun will be soggy. Blue Iguana Cantina - Everything here is great. Build your own tacos and burritos. I just wish they were open more hours during the day. Rooms were clean and everything was functional. Plenty of room for clothes in closets. Housekeeping personnel were all very friendly and took care of our needs. I still had to ask for an extension cord for my CPAP machine. I thought since the ship was fairly new that the rooms could accommodate a CPAP without the need of an extension cord stretched across the room, but that was not the case. Overall, our rooms were great. Entertainment - Plenty to do and see. We didn't get to try everything during our one week cruise. Staff – Most of the staff were very nice and helpful. Especially in our room and dining areas. No complaints on hospitality here. Excursions - All of our excursions were well organized once on shore. I cannot rate some of them here since they were not a Carnival Excursion. Definitely recommend the Stingray swim at Cayman Islands. =============================================================== The Bad: Embarkation - Embarkation was very unorganized. The line of cruisers getting on was so long it was mingling with the cruisers getting off the ship. Separation of the two groups would help. Then our group was separated into different zones even after we asked to stay together. So our family was split into tow separate waiting areas while we all waited about 45 minutes before getting on the ship. All the elevators were in "X" mode being used by crew to move luggage so we had to use stairs with our carry on. Not too bad for me, but some in my group have physical impairments that make stairs difficult for them. Buffet - We avoided the Marketplace buffet due to the long lines. Several of our family members waited close to 30 minutes in line only to have the buffet close on them while in line. My wife and I used the buffet one night since we skipped our early dining due to the long excursion day and had to wait in line for over 30 minutes just to get our meal. Ridiculous. Elevators - Getting on an elevator was always an issue. We would have 5 to 10 minutes to get on. I believe this was due to the increased number of people on board. There were about the same number of elevators on Vista as Glory but 30% more passengers. We weren't the only cruisers who noticed this issue. It was a common discussion while waiting to get on one. Our room was on deck 2, so taking the stairs up to Lido Deck 10 was a bit of a trek. We actually got off the elevator when a disabled cruiser in a wheelchair and his wife were trying to get on. They were very grateful. Comedy Shows - The Limelight Lounge was packed at every comedy show. In order to get in, we had to get in line about 30 to 45 minutes before the show start time. Otherwise we would not get a seat. We also had an issue with people cutting in line once the doors opened. They would walk around and look at the art on the walls and when the doors opened, push their way in. We actually had it out with the comedy director, Kate, as she insisted that cutting doesn't happen. Once more of the cruisers behind us chimed in, she changed her tune. The next night she was directing the cutters to go back to the other end of the line. Cooking Demonstration - This was done in the atrium out in the open versus in a separate room (like on the Glory). Cruisers at the bar and those passing through the area would grab samples and walk off. As a result, many of those in attendance didn’t even get to sample the food that was demonstrated. Port Days – Getting off and back on the boat took a while, much longer than the 2 previous cruises we did. Drinks – I am not much of a drinker, so I was surprised when I ordered drinks and got such a difference in alcohol strength. I ordered the same drink most of the time and they were all inconsistent. My wife switched to beer after she was disappointed in the mixed drinks. At least the alcohol content was consistent. =============================================================== Overall there is plenty to do on the ship if you like standing in lines for your vacation. They have many new restaurants but they cost more money if you want food there. We are probably going to try another cruise line after this experience. This is based on our latest experience as well as reading other reviews that state many of same issues we had. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
For 50th Reunion I loved the Havana Experience Dining The dining room experience was the worst I have ever had. There were only tablecloths on the tables 2 night. You had to save your fork from your salad for your main course. ... Read More
For 50th Reunion I loved the Havana Experience Dining The dining room experience was the worst I have ever had. There were only tablecloths on the tables 2 night. You had to save your fork from your salad for your main course. I got a baked potato on several nights and it was hard. On lobster night the waiters did not remove the lobster from the shell like I have experienced on my past 38+ cruises. Your time dining was the worst. You had to go to deck 5 to get a table on deck 3 every night. On the one night we had a group dinner when we got the dining rooms the tables were not ready and caused us to eat a separate table. We were randomly invited to do a chef tasting at breakfast one morning. Now that was a treat. The only drawback was that after tasting everything we were not hungry for dinner. But if you get the chance take it. Entertainment Typical mediocre cruise ship entertainment. I guess I am spoiled by Royal. I did not like the layout of the main theater because of the poles The 3 D theater was fun but kind of hokey. Maybe the subject matter because it was Halloween. Embarkation and Debarkation was a breeze. Mainly because we are Diamond and had priority. Casino Very smokey in the entire Casino. Felt like I needed to burn my clothes when I got out. Since we had already been to the ports we only did one tour at the last minute in Cozumel. It was a good tour. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I'm genuinely not a person who complains about anything. I'm such a simple person to please, and pretty laid back. With that said, this ship needs some major updating. Yes, there's a musky smell as soon as you enter the ... Read More
I'm genuinely not a person who complains about anything. I'm such a simple person to please, and pretty laid back. With that said, this ship needs some major updating. Yes, there's a musky smell as soon as you enter the ship. You become desensitized to it during your stay on the ship, but it's noticeable each time you return from your port stops. In the main dining room, some lights (grapes) are broken, and they need to be replaced. I'm soooooo not a prude or someone who gets easily offended, however, the half naked "angels" in the dining room or in various places on the ship made my children feel very uncomfortable. They are way more conservative than I am (I'm not), apparently, and they said they hated seeing them while they were eating but couldn't look away; they're 6 and 7 years old. Personally, I didn't care about that. Additionally, I'm confused to the whole ship name of "Miracle". It's called Miracle yet the theme within the ship is very Halloween or dark. From a marketing standpoint, I would rename the ship to Halloween, or something to do with those characters. Throughout the ship you have pictures or areas named after The Phantom, Mad Hatter, Frankenstein, and so on. How does that have anything to do with Miracles? If they ever update the ship, they should stick with the Halloween theme, update accordingly, and rename the ship to appeal to a niche because 'Miracle' makes no sense. Also, add a costume theme party because that's always super fun. Before guests board the ship, remind them to bring a costume! This ship has a great port itinerary, so it's a shame that it's not as great as it could be. It has some great potential if Carnival chooses to update it. They also have a lot of room on the Sun deck to make it more fun for family activities. Painting that awfully colored green slide would certainly be a start. Camp Ocean was great! Our kids wanted to go there every single day, even after a long day at the ports. They're obviously doing something really fun in there, and staffed with great counselors. We appreciated the cameras located inside Camp Ocean too. The entire staff onboard Miracle were spectacular, and so very hardworking. They worked tirelessly, so please tip. We prepaid gratuities, and still tipped in addition to prepaying. I made it a routine to look at their tags and their countries of origin, and ask them about it. They were always pleasant to speak to, and answer any questions. The cabins were fine, and nice to come back to after a long day. Great beds, and they put me to sleep instantly. Our balcony was spacious, and our cabin was good enough; no complaints about our room. Loved the Western Caribbean port stops, and we plan to choose a ship with the same exact ports because we loved them. Although, we won't be returning to the Miracle unless it get's updated. Rating this ship as a 3* is being generous, if I'm being honest. Dear Carnival: update Miracle because it has great marketing potential. You're Welcome. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I choose this cruise for the entire family (14), 4 cabins. We had first timers and recurring cruisers. Our embarkation was fast and smoothly for all of us. I had every one doing their check in online , definitely recommend ,which help ... Read More
I choose this cruise for the entire family (14), 4 cabins. We had first timers and recurring cruisers. Our embarkation was fast and smoothly for all of us. I had every one doing their check in online , definitely recommend ,which help with the transition. For disabled assistance, the check in was fast too. I had requested wheel chair assistant for my parents ahead of time. We had 4 children during the trip, they loved the water slides, golf courts area, arcade, pool & the children clubs, recommend online registration for kids activities. This ship is one of the old one from carnival. Very simple, not much entertainment and activities onboard. Dance club not much options; DJ sucs no variety in music selection. Cabins were simple, small and some structures deteriorated.We had ocean view and inside cabins. The worst room service take long to bring your request. All shore excursions were bought at ports, cheaper.Yes will go again. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Im a first time cruiser so I chose a short cruise to test the waters. This was a group cruise,ages ranging from 5-62. GETTING TO THE PORT: We decided not to park at the port ($20/day), instead we parked a the hotel down the ... Read More
Im a first time cruiser so I chose a short cruise to test the waters. This was a group cruise,ages ranging from 5-62. GETTING TO THE PORT: We decided not to park at the port ($20/day), instead we parked a the hotel down the street,Country inn and suites ($6.95/day). You dont have to stay at the hotel to park. They provide a shuttle to transport you to and from the port. GETTING ON THE SHIP: We got off the shuttle checked our luggage and enter the security area. To my surprise, we were on the ship within 30 minutes. Our cabins were not ready yet so we hung out in the flowers lobby, got some drinks,and took some pictures. CABIN: I had an ocean view room. It was clean and smelled pleasant. I brought lysol and clorox wipes on board to wipe everything down. I met my room steward within the first hour. I didnt see him much but he did a great job keeping our room spotless and the ice bucket filled. FOOD: The food was just ok. Guys burgers is overrated. The blue iguana cantina was horrible for breakfast, the burritos for lunch looked good but I didn't try them. The buffet was good, except on the last night. The seafood shack was great. Carnival needs to better pizza. The dining was the best (must try the crab cakes). I didn't get to try the steak house. Only go to the Dr.Suess breakfast for the experience,not the food,it was cold and disgusting. The room sandwiches were good There is no sweet tea on the ship. ENTERTAINMENT: There is something for everyone to do. Read your fun times and I suggest downloading the app. Go to the shows and volunteer to participate. They give away great packages to the volunteers. PORT DAY: We walked the main strip in Nassau. We shopped for souvenirs. We also stopped by senor frogs, the liquor store, and Junkanoo Beach. Junkanoo beach was cool. We rented umbrellas and chairs. There are lots on vendors selling things but none were pushy. The water was clean. It was crowded. OVERVIEW: I think i like whole idea of a cruise,but next time I will try a different cruise line. I would definitely visit Nassau again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We just got off the Horizon - 9 days cruising from NYC.. The check-in was a breeze, Do not arrive earlier than your assigned check-in time. Try to plan to arrive right on time. We had a 1:30 p.m. check-in time, arrived at 1:20 and we ... Read More
We just got off the Horizon - 9 days cruising from NYC.. The check-in was a breeze, Do not arrive earlier than your assigned check-in time. Try to plan to arrive right on time. We had a 1:30 p.m. check-in time, arrived at 1:20 and we were on the ship by 1:50 p.m. make sure you do all your check in online. We could not believe with all the ppl checking in how organized they were. We got our bags in two hours to our room with no issues. The steward was right there when we came to our cabin and was so nice. Food was available the minute we got on board on the 10th floor, which was packed from the moment we got on. Our first night was spent in Meridian Resturant - we were a large group and we had any time dining on our card from 5:30 -9:30 when we arrived at the host stand at 7 pm. We were told we didn't have our table any longer we had to go one floor up and check in and wait for a table. THIS WAS very annoying the line was down the hall, and very unexpected.. the last thing you want to do on vacation was wait to be seated for an hour for dinner. Somehow we were able to get two tables b/c I complained and everyone sort of seemed confused that worked at the host and it worked in my favor. The food was ok in the Meridian, the service was good, except I ordered a btl of wine and was told they were out of that wine. That night when I was playing with my carnival app I was charged for four BTLS of the wine they were out of... which was $199 on my account.. which made them put another hold on my credit card right away. Guest services were VERY helpful with this overcharge and removed the wine that night from my account. The pool deck - let me just say if you like to lay and relax by a pool this cruise is not for you! There are NOT nearly enough lounge chairs for 200 people and the boat holds 3950 guests! It is packed, nowhere to sit nowhere to put your stuff just people everywhere near the pools, it is ANNOYING!! Carnival will put a sticker on your chair if you are up for 40 minutes they will remove your stuff from your chair, and let other guests sit. The pools are TINY like the smallest I have ever seen on a cruise ship, and if you think you can't get a pool chair good luck getting a little spot to cool off in the pool, it is packed!! The pools on every level are packed, water park packed.. just trust me it is VERY annoying to relax on this ship!!! We did find some quiet napping time on deck 5, which no one seemed to know about.. this floor is great during the afternoon for a glass of wine and a quiet hour. Dinners- book the restaurants that cost extra.. they were delish. It is annoying b/c you spend more $$ but worth it. We only ate the Meridian only 3 nights the rest at the paid locations. Make your reservations before you sail, you can always adjust the times once on the ship. Do the cheers package if you like to drink.. it is worth the money even if you don't drink the 15 dinks per day. The entertainment was good but almost too much! Every 30 minutes something is going on after 7 p.m. and you see people running to each location to make the shows and get a seat. The ship is PACKED and very crowded so not much time for downtime, just keep that in mind. I came back exhausted which should not be the case on a cruise! Overall we were impressed with how clean the ship was, you put your empty glass down it is cleaned in 2 minutes, the rooms were always clean and no issues at all. Leaving the ship - super organized and easy! Just choose the early time to leave, you get off the same time as the last time but it goes fast. We were off the ship by 10:15 and at our UBER by 10:30. If you have kids - Camp Ocean is the way to go! My kids wouldn't go as much as I would have liked b/c they were in two separate groups - BUT we were super impressed by how great the staff were! The camp was super organized and clean! Excursions - you are at the port for a VERY short time, it is very disappointing - Grand Turk - the beach was NOT great off the ship. We felt super unsafe and I wasn't going to pay to go to a beach for 3 hours, it was very disappointing. PR - NOTHING to do and was boring ( and you are at this port the longest) Amber Cove - Do the Dolphins that was worth your money. Pros of the Ship: very clean, good wine selections for the cheers program, cocktails were on point. Cabin stewards were great! Cruise Director and his staff were great! Cons: Super packed and not enough space for everyone. Long food lines, I never even tried a burger from Guys burger place b/c the line was always SO SO LONG! If you like to cruise this boat is, for you, it is a long 8 days!!! Enjoy! Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This was our 7th Carnival cruise, have also done 9 Princess cruises, switched to Carnival when our son was born. Hitting the Breeze again in February 2019 but then probably done with Carnival. We had a great vacation. Cruises are ... Read More
This was our 7th Carnival cruise, have also done 9 Princess cruises, switched to Carnival when our son was born. Hitting the Breeze again in February 2019 but then probably done with Carnival. We had a great vacation. Cruises are forever the best value for your vacation dollar, and you can do whatever you want, when you want. The Horizon is really nice, big, beautiful, new. Frankly, though, it was like a new Doubletree hotel....nice, new, but in a couple of years, it's going to look really beat up. Didn't see much in the way of the usual quality workmanship you are accustomed to in ships. Felt Target-y. Already after 2 months carpets in the main areas are worn. It's understaffed, sorry to say Carnival, and so it's not getting the regular cleaning and maintenance it's going to need. And finally, for a new ship, it just wasn't working right. AC in our room worked only half the time....we and many other rooms complained to Guest Services regularly, they finally came and drained the coolant system for our room on the 3rd day for it to work, but it never got working fully. Our sliding door howled for 3 days before they came and fixed that. Mistakes in build...our friends had a Family Harbor Suite on the second floor that was beautiful, but was RIGHT BELOW the dishwashing area where all night and early morning they are loudly washing dishes...ultimately our friends had to move to a new room and get some money back...they couldn't sleep there, and others were complaining too. The much written about elevators are actually better than what people say....when it's not a busy time they work beautifully. However when it's busy, like during dinner, you could wait 10 to 15 minutes. I had read a lot of articles about the build of the ship while it was occurring...the strikes in Italy, the delays, the worries about quality and workmanship, and it looks like those issues have definitely impacted the Horizon. All in all, nothing that's going to completely ruin your vacation, but disappointing these issues exist. Hearing Carnival may be done with Italy and moving to Finland for their new ships... Again, cruises are terrific for food...I have no idea what people complain about. It's plentiful and it's ok. Buffets are dinner are consistent, though the cooks for the steaks and meat do overdo, so order all your meats one level rarer. I don't expect 5 star food on a Carnival cruise. Main courses are good. Appetizers are good...portion sizes are smaller, but good. Food highlights, though....Guys Burgers and Fries are phenomenal, have no idea why he doesn't open on land. The Bonsai Teppanyaki grill was fantastic...though a little pricey at 35 bucks a person (ps....this is only a 12 seater, and if you reserve, you better cancel more than 24 hours in advance or you'll pay regardless, as you should....that's a note to the lady that whined about 2 of her party not showing up and them charging her for it...WHAT DID YOU EXPECT??!!!). Sushi was great. The 555 Steakhouse was very very good....a notch below the last couple of Carnival steakhouse experiences, chalk it up to early kinks. And BlueIguana (Chipotle-Plus on the sea) is ALWAYS good. We visited Grand Turk / Margaritaville, one of our favorite places, with their beautiful beach and pool. And San Juan is coming back, slowly....God Bless these wonderful people for what they've gone through....we walked through Old San Juan, did some shopping, spoke to a lovely young lady in one of the shops where she gave us all the details of the island's experiences of the last several months post Hurricane. And finally, Amber Cove, DR....this is a really beautiful port, and is going to become a top port next several months and years....the work there is beautiful, smartly designed...picture the cruise port at Grand Turk combined with Cozumel....STRONG RECOMMEND for Ocean World Day Pass Excursion....relative value at 49 adults and 39 kids......great time with beach, pool, animals, birds, excellent Sea Lion show...so much to do. Add 50 bucks per or so to live encounter a dolphin. We loved this place. Onboard: Waterworks is excellent, well done. TONS of activity, it's busy. And I'm skeptical they can keep up with the cleanliness, I'm sure kids peed in that water all day long. Didn't do the Broadway shows but reviews from others were mixed. Comedy was OK....did 5 of the later 18+ shows, mostly 2nd rate guys that felt talking about specific female and male parts were hysterical. It wasn't. Manny Olivera was the funniest of this bunch, a mix between Dice, Lampanelli......I'd look for him if he played locally, the others, not so much. Also, comedy shows too tight...a timed 30 minutes and you're out. Casino: Carnival Players Club VIP, so read on casino smarks: they changed all the slot machines to high volatility machines, so if you won, you won big...saw several Jackpots of 2000 to two 40000 (25 buck machines)....but if you lost, you lost big. You will not grind on this ship, slot players be aware. HATE that the poker table is in the sports lounge....and you need another one. BTW, TX Hold Em tournament where you 150 per 10 players, but only pay 750? That's freaking robbery!!! The VIP first day cocktail party was a nice touch. Need more waitstaff in the bar area now that anyone can get "free drinks" once they hit small number of points. Nice daily activities, trivia was always fun, Lido fun, and Hasbro Game show was fun. Camp Ocean is great for kids!! People....mix of folks you would expect from NYC...all types, all nationalities. Lots of kids. Parents: could you please watch your kids? KIDS DO NOT BELONG IN THE &*#&#$# Jacuzzis!! One woman got upset when her diaper ridden 15 month old wasn't allowed in Waterworks.....what did you expect???!!!! And some of you have punk ass kids preteens that are spoiled rotten crappy kids. Spilling burgers and food everywhere, not picking it up (this is to those of you that let your kids hang in front of the arcade all day)...and also destroyed the games in the arcade. I weep for our future sometimes. On that note, I have to say....some people suck, they treat the workers like crap. We as usual had many great conversations with the workers, they are great people and work their butts off.......try it folks, you'd be surprised, and you'll appreciate what you have so much more. On the other hand, there were a few workers who did deserve the poor treatment...particularly I notice the Eastern European "supervisors" in the dining areas....boy do they treat their subordinates badly. They all need a lesson in managing people.....buttholes! I'd fire them all....jerks. Need to call out our room steward Windu....TOP NOTCH, great guy, super nice!!! Costinel, from Romania in the MDR was one of the best servers we've ever had on any cruise!! Mike the CD was good, witty, quick thinking....and the host in the Comedy lounge was good. Some of the CD understudies, though, need to rethink their careers, they're not genuinely nice or good, and you can tell they go through the motions. All in all, again, cruises are a great value, and this was no different. And you're on vacation, so complaining is for the birds. For us, our son is getting older, and once we do one more Breeze (favorite Carnival ship) in the spring, we're moving onto RCL or back to Princess. For families with young kids, or first couple of times cruising, or budget conscious families looking for a nice vacation, do this. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We took my 18 year old son and 10 of his senior classmates on The Carnival Valor May 10th 4 day cruise to Cozumel Mexico out of Galveston Texas for their Senior Trip. The Carnival Valor was the best choice of ships because 1) We ... Read More
We took my 18 year old son and 10 of his senior classmates on The Carnival Valor May 10th 4 day cruise to Cozumel Mexico out of Galveston Texas for their Senior Trip. The Carnival Valor was the best choice of ships because 1) We live in Texas and the port is 4 hours away 2)The trip was only 4 days and one Port 3)The cruise, for the most part is inexpensive I will say from an 18 year old point of view is that they had a blast. Some of the students said 10 out of 10. My son had a blast, but has cruised before and knew that this ship was not as nice as the one he has been on (RCI FOS) Being with his friends was priceless for him though. I personally did not like the layout of the ship. One reason being that traffic is directed through the casino. I hate the smoke smell, and I hate that our teens walk through the casino to get from one end of the ship to the next. You can get land locked mid-ship. When you ask someone how to get through to AFT, etc, they will tell you "go up to deck 5, then come down to deck 3, go down stairs, blah blah" WHAT? I think the bottom line is that you get to the floor that the casino is on to get to forward or aft. Another layout issue is the Adult Area. The Adult Only pool and the Serenity Deck are not together. To get to The Serenity Deck, be prepared to climb up steps. There is no elevator. Why does Carnival ask their older passengers to climb stairs? I don't go on vacation to spend time climbing stairs. I don't mind some, but when your vacation is spent climbing, then to me, that equals no fun. My husband has had a hip replacement. Before the surgery, there would have been no way for him to get up there. My knees are beginning to get a bit sore in general. Food was great. We picked a cruise because most of our group of Seniors are boys and they need to eat. I think they loved Guys Burgers. The Mongolian got a thumbs down. My husband loved the Cantina. The Lido food was ok, not bad. Plentiful and basically good. The dining room was open for Brunch every sea day morning and the food and service there is fantastic. The evening meal was also very good. Carnival does their dining room very well. Dani our waiter was an absolute ROCKSTAR to our Seniors. They LOVED him. He could do no wrong in their eyes. The Carnival Valor served its purpose for the short trip close to home with our teens. The Valor is a value party ship. I personally will not be picking this ship for any future cruises Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. ... Read More
I choose this cruise because we brought family with us who never cruised before. It was the shortest cruise we ever did. I have always took a cruise with carnival to celebrate my anniversary. I got a gift card that was expired. They didnt sing Happy Anniversary to us or acknowledge us at dinner. This was completely strange to us. We always get a bottle of wine and the waiters sing to us. We actually enjoy the special attention they paid to us on our last cruise. We also told them it was my nieces birthday and they didnt acknowledge her at all. Every night we heard waiters singing happy anniversary and happy birthday to other guests. Destinations were at Key West and Cozumel. I think it would have been nice to know that at both destinations we docked away from all the major attractions, all on the other side of the islands. Key West was too quick, and they rushed us back on the ship ...we had until 1:30, that changed to 1PM and then they told us to be on the ship by 12 noon...we got off the ship close to 8:30AM that left no time to see anything on the other side. The food quality has gone down, cold food, no surf and turf (included) everything was extra which usually isnt for at least one dinner. The activities for late dinner guest were not properly timed. We missed the comedy and other things we would have liked to do. The ship was extra rocky. I witnessed one of the food servers using the restroom and walking out without washing her hands. This is my last carnival cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
I wanna be fair, this is a value cruise and I get that and I honestly had a very good time, state rooms are comfortable and where cleaned regularly, casino was fun, spent quite a few bucks in the slots and playing blackjack, the host ... Read More
I wanna be fair, this is a value cruise and I get that and I honestly had a very good time, state rooms are comfortable and where cleaned regularly, casino was fun, spent quite a few bucks in the slots and playing blackjack, the host treated me and the wife with "free drinks" and brought some cookies and a certificate for a bottle of wine to stateroom which I appreciated. Where I always have issues with Carnival and this was our second trip with them, is the food!! Main dining room dinner was fine on the 3 nights we used it, however the food and service at the main dining room for breakfast and brunch was terrible, very slow and almost not edible. Buffett we didn't do, just not our thing however we did try the pizza station which was good and you could get a decent deli sandwich or a fairly taste Guys burger, which had weird limited hours of 12 to 6??? Why? Pool area was always very crowded and the music was so loud!! I avoided it unless we had to walk through, upper decks where nice and the back serenity area was good but man it got crowded fast! (Best spot is forward near the putt putt top deck) Had a great excursion booked through carnival in Cozemel, it was called the elite Champaign catamaran, highly recommend this! Worse part of cruise was getting of the boat, they really screwed this up! You just wait and wait to wait some more, one que to the next, have done other lines that have this down way better! But if you want a short getaway and have a limited budget this is probally a good value, Myself I would try another line or go with one of carnivals newer ships. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
My husband and I have always sailed Carnival, and this was one of the few Carnival cruises to port in Europe. Let me start by saying overall I had fun not enough to justify the cost of this vacation and not enough to recommend it to other ... Read More
My husband and I have always sailed Carnival, and this was one of the few Carnival cruises to port in Europe. Let me start by saying overall I had fun not enough to justify the cost of this vacation and not enough to recommend it to other people. I had many friends on the ship who disagreed with my assessment. Here's what I think happened... Carnival doesn't usually sail in the Mediterranean so it probably won't be a problem for most people, but I feel like cruising is not the best way to experience Europe. We stopped in Sardinia, Florence/Pisa, Rome, and Naples (Italy), and Marseille (France), and we sailed from Barcelona, Spain. Most of our stops were not close to our actual destination and required a long bus ride (1-2 hrs) to reach the points of interest... Which left less time to explore and made for longer excursions. We only had one day at sea which was at the beginning of the cruise so all of our really long excursions were back to back. We were so tired by the time we reached our last stop that we actually skipped the expensive excursion we had already paid for. We just couldn't do another full day starting at 5:30 am (that's how early we had to get up to get ready, eat breakfast, and get to the meeting point in time for the excursion to start.) Plus, we were constantly rushing on and off the ship. On the excursions we were running to cram in as much of the sights as possible or to keep up with the tour group. I feel like we didn't have nearly enough time to really see anything Europe has to offer, which is A LOT. On the ship we were rushing to make it to some meal before the restaurant closed, or to some show, or to some other activity before they closed. Which brings me to my next point - I can't understand why Carnival had so many things closed so much of the time. It seemed like every time I turned around something that I wanted to do was closed and there didn't seem to be a good reason. On our last day on the ship we found only one of the four whirlpools on the ship was open. We had to wander around for twenty minutes looking for it. We did a lot of that - wandering around the ship looking for something that was open. I purchased the bottomless bubbles (soda) package which means you are supposed to be able to get free unlimited soda any time of day or night. I paid a lot for it. But there are so many catches... for one- you can only get a soda at one of the official bars (does not include the coffee shop or theater), which means yiu have to wait in line, there are no soda fountains. Second, you can only get a soda in a glass, (no cans) and only one at a time. So you can't use your bottomless bubbles to stock your in-room fridge. Last and most frustrating of all, not all of the bars are open at all times and not even the same times from day to day. Which means you have to wander around the ship all day and night searching for a bar that is open, or you need to constantly have your nose in a schedule trying to figure out which bar is open at that time that you happen to be thirsty. Most bars close at 11 or 12 at night and don't open again until 6 or 8 the next morning. If you want a soda between those times you have to go to the casino bar. If you're a non-smoker like me this can be exceedingly frustrating because the casino is a smoking area. You'll have to wade through the clouds of smoke to get a soda. I'm not complaining about the smoking, I'm complaining about the fact that the only bar open is in a smoking area. That's not very inclusive for people who don't smoke, and there doesn't seem to be a good reason for it considering there has to be at least 15 bars on the ship. Another example is the main buffet restaurant. During the day the buffet is almost always open, but only half of it... which makes for bigger crowds and longer lines. Why, Carnival? That's the main eating area, it's the busiest restaurant on the ship... seems like a really bad idea to keep half of it closed all the time. And if you want to eat between 12 and 6 am (hey, I'm on vacation... I'm allowed to eat late) the only restaurant open is the pizza place... Which will probably be packed since it's the only option. Or you can get free soft serve ice cream (If you can find a machine that isn't out). So basically late night entertainment and food is QUITE slim on this ship. Sometimes they have a night club open if you like that kind of thing... But I don't know if they have food. For those people who have babies and children under 2 yrs of age (there are a few of us at least) they do have a babysitting option but there are a lot of catches. It costs extra, of course but it's quite reasonable in my opinion. (6.75 per hour plus 15% gratuity). They only take babies 6 months to 2 yrs old at night from 10pm to 1am, and then in the mornings at different times depending on the day. Most days for us it was 6:30am to 12pm. That's a lot of hours but you have to work around the excursions you planned and the opening hours for all the activities on the ship. I felt like most of what I wanted to do was closed during most of those hours - not all of thise hours, and not everything. I did have a few small windows to take advantage of the baby sitting service but it took careful planning, and a lot of rushing, again. And one of those times was during the time I would have been on an excursion had I not been too tired. So I basically traded an excursion for a little bit of fun on the ship. So just be aware if you have babies. Lastly, the elevators. I don't know what they have done to the elevator system but I didn't meet one person on the ship who wasn't disappointed or angry with it. They have some kind of smart technology or poorly designed algorithm controlling the elevators. In the middle of the ship they have 6 elevators but I could only ever get 2 to work at a time. This meant you had to wait a long time for an elevator and sometimes it would be so full you had to push the button again and wait for the next one, or even the next one after that. I waited for 10 minutes for an elevator more than once on my cruise. Doesn't sound like a long time but when you're standing there doing nothing and you're in a hurry, AND there are 4 other elevators doing nothing at all... It gets frustrating. You can take the stairs but if you're on deck 3 and you want to get to deck 10 - who wants to climb 7 flights of stairs every day? This says nothing about people who don't even have that as an option. (Wheelchairs and strollers?!?) Another complaint I have is the amount of entertainment and food that costs extra now. Is it just me, or has Carnival started charging for a great many more things that used to be included? And it could have been my frustration clouding my judgment, but it seemed like the activities and food options that are included are closed more often than those things you pay extra for. I felt like a lot of the free "entertainment" was a sales pitch in disguise to get you to spend more money. There were faaaaar too many spa demonstrations and not enough live shows on the itinerary. The shopping was quite limited on the ship. A lot of expensive jewelry and watches, and not enough souvnire type shops. I was dissapointed. I really liked carnivals new candy shop, however. That was a fun place to go. I spent a lot of money on souvenirs for my children there. Another thing I really enjoyed was the service. Carnival always employs the hardest working and the friendliest people. I give them 5 stars for service. Also, the ship is always immaculate. There were never a shortage of clean tables to sit at in the main dining area (unless the dining area was straight up full - which didn't happen very often.) I loved the water slides, the sports square, and the skyride. The sky ride is soooo fun. You must try it if you cruise on the horizon or Vista. The sky course looked like a lot of fun too but I never got to try it. (I had a baby with me.) The ship is beautifully decirated as well. I loved my cabin which was just the right size. (A regular balcony room.) I love the addition if the mini fridge in the room. I also really appreciated the new hand washing machines in the main dining area. Those things were so cool and convenient. Overall, I had fun on this ship but it was very expensive and I feel like we could have gotten a much better value for our money if Canival had planned things just a little bit better. For that reason I do not recommend this ship to other people (especially families, people who don't drink or have conservative taste in shows and entertainment, or those with disabilities) and we probably won't sail with Carnival again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
My daughter's dance studio performed on this cruise, normally I am not a Carnival cruiser (usually Royal Caribbean), and Bahamas is not a favorite destination. However, we did find our cabin to be larger than anticipated (U72) and it ... Read More
My daughter's dance studio performed on this cruise, normally I am not a Carnival cruiser (usually Royal Caribbean), and Bahamas is not a favorite destination. However, we did find our cabin to be larger than anticipated (U72) and it was easy to find our way around the ship after exploring. The food was not bad, but not great, and our server seemed to forget a lot of requests (ie. condiment requests, sodas for my daughter, which happened a lot all over the ship, and she was on bottomless bubbles). My daughter only went to the kids club for about 20 minutes before checking herself back out and coming to me in the Bingo event, she said it was boring, and resisted all other attempts for me to get her to go back. The pool area could use some supervision, as I had to step into a couple of situations with other children being overly aggressive (actually I was one of three moms who had to do this in a matter of 30 minutes). The shows were great, bingo was fun, the casino was VERY smoky, and the corridor to our cabin also reeked of cigarette smoke, though it was not in our cabin. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We selected this cruise as there was a Special pricing: Nearly 50% off!! So that being said " You do get What You Paid for " Cabin-Balcony was ok but the Balcony itself was rusty and not in the best condition. Our ... Read More
We selected this cruise as there was a Special pricing: Nearly 50% off!! So that being said " You do get What You Paid for " Cabin-Balcony was ok but the Balcony itself was rusty and not in the best condition. Our Dining service waiters-Second Sitting were excellent. Interacted with the guests and made dining a fun time. Me( male) and 6 ladies. 4 had never cruised before so to them it was great. Food was quite good considering the number of people being fed. We bypassed Akaroa due to weather conditions according to the captain. Akaroa you disembark via Tenders. However there was small rumour, not verified, that the reason for bypassing Akaroa was that there was a mechanical issue(fire?) and we had to stay overnight in Port Chalmers for repairs. I guess we will not know if this is correct or not. Entertainment: Showtime dancers, costumes and setting were excellent-to a degree!! Given that 60% of the guests were possibly 60 upwards shows were loud and very heavy. If there had been at least one show catering to nice , easy to listen to music it would have been a bonus. Trivia was the main focus during sea time but after doing Trivia 3 times enough is enough. Overall if you can get a discounted costing on Legend and are happy with a No Frills environment then this ship may be for you. However as we have been on Princess 4 times and Holland America 3 I would not go back to Carnival. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We traveled aboard the Elation as a part of a group cruise for a wedding. When we arrived at the terminal in Jacksonville, there was a long wait. So our 12:30p.m. check-in time, really turned out to be 1:30pm. Aboard the ship, we had ... Read More
We traveled aboard the Elation as a part of a group cruise for a wedding. When we arrived at the terminal in Jacksonville, there was a long wait. So our 12:30p.m. check-in time, really turned out to be 1:30pm. Aboard the ship, we had lots to do! Our room was comfortable. Our steward was nice enough. The entertainment was comical. We participated in the Hasbro game show. It was a blast! We saw the Divas show and it was not up to snuff. the singing was subpar! The bingo games and deck entertainment were fun fun fun! The food was just ok. Guys Burgers were a highlight and interestingly enough, the tuna sandwiches through room service were great! We had a fog delay upon departure resulting in us getting off the boat at 3:00pm. The crew and staff were wonderful! Overall, I had a great time! I dont know that I would do Jacksonville Port again, but I would definitely do Carnival again! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
It was a charter for a nude cruise we have wanted to try. Generally all was great, however the buffet was less than acceptable at all meals. Switched to eating at deli, and dinning rooms for breakfast and dinners. Ship is older and ... Read More
It was a charter for a nude cruise we have wanted to try. Generally all was great, however the buffet was less than acceptable at all meals. Switched to eating at deli, and dinning rooms for breakfast and dinners. Ship is older and paint covers things up at a distance, yet up close not to good. Wondered why one hot tub was broken even after ship was in dry dock for a month before we sailed. Also, the pictures you see on the ads with nice clean windows are not true. Do not get me wrong, I know at sea that weather and water affect the windows views yet this was somewhat disappointing. Music everywhere except the fantail, music is nice yet it can be overbearing and weird going from one part of the ship to another with many different genres playing. Our steward was exceptional and very attentive. Did two excursions, one good, one not good. The "not good" one we should have gotten off the bus when the guide told us we were the first tour they were operating, plus taking us to a far off beach with no facilities without offering water was stupid. None of this was noted in our excursion information. Oh well, live and learn. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2018
We were on a recent charter cruise. The food was meh although on Captain's night the prime rib and lobster were excellent. The menu options were not that great. okay but not the best. More pasta than anything. They only offered flat ... Read More
We were on a recent charter cruise. The food was meh although on Captain's night the prime rib and lobster were excellent. The menu options were not that great. okay but not the best. More pasta than anything. They only offered flat iron steak which was not very good. We bought a wine package of 3 bottles each. My husband drinks Merlot and I prefer Pinot Grigio which we were able to get. Our cruise was 10 days. After that was gone on the last few days you couldn't even buy one glass of Pinot Grigio. It was completely gone. And most of the other white wines were gone also. All except Sauvignon Blanc. I'd rather gnaw on an oak tree than drink that. Had to settle for something i really didn't care much for. We very rarely drink alcohol at home. When on a cruise we like to have wine with dinner and maybe during a show. This to me was very disappointing. Our cabin was nice. We had a balcony. Our cabin steward was good. The entertainment was good. The shore excursions were excellent. The best food on a daily basis is Guy's Burger Joint. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
First of all, embarkation and disembarkation was the fastest I have ever done..We're talking seconds. Kudos for the new system. We did a Back to Back cruise for a total of 14 days. (1/29/18 to 2/12/18). I believe this was the 3rd ... Read More
First of all, embarkation and disembarkation was the fastest I have ever done..We're talking seconds. Kudos for the new system. We did a Back to Back cruise for a total of 14 days. (1/29/18 to 2/12/18). I believe this was the 3rd and 4th cruise after coming out of dry dock. It's still a work in progress. We were in cabin 7261. On Superbowl Sunday the ship had a ship wide plumbing issue, which meant one couldn't use the toilets for a couple of hours during the game. It was a guess on a day to day basis if our shower would provide hot water. The refrigerator in the room never worked. The tv was hit or miss. Chemical odors throughout the ship at times. The lido buffet was problematic, with only one serving line, hence a very good breakfast was had in the main dinning room. Every crew member I dealt with were great. I recall three or fours shows were cancelled. On the second cruise the casino was a smoke free zone, which was great compare to the first cruise. On the second cruise the ship sailed to the A-B-C islands, which were just great.. The cruise was fine, the ship's issues didn't reflect on the service by the outstanding staff of the Victory. I'm sure in a few months the Victory will be up to the standards that it was when we last sailed on in back in Oct 2005 during Hurricane Wilma. Read Less
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