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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 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
4 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
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: November 2018
I thought the cruise was amazing! I’ll agree Carnival could improve the buffet. Dining room was great, Guys burgers are amazing. The staff work there tails off and keep a smile on their faces and always willing to go the extra ... Read More
I thought the cruise was amazing! I’ll agree Carnival could improve the buffet. Dining room was great, Guys burgers are amazing. The staff work there tails off and keep a smile on their faces and always willing to go the extra mile. Our wait staff was amazing Walter was fantastic! The cruise director is fun and keeps the party going day and night! The ports were so fun! I believe you make your own fun and do the things you enjoy and if you stick to that your trip will be amazing too. The ship is immaculate, there constantly cleaning. My only complaint would be the deli where the sandwiches are superb, the problem is the line is long and never movers by no fault of the poor guy behind the counter since there’s only one guy back there you need 3 - 4 people working back there. Also maybe keep the deli, Guys and the barbecue place open longer. But for the most part.we were 9 people on the cruise and we all had an amazing time!!!! We can’t wait to cruise Carnival again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We sailed on Carnival Conquest from the 27th of October to the 4th of November. Even though my mother and I have been traveling together ever since I was born (22 years ago), all around the world - it’s only recently we started cruising. ... Read More
We sailed on Carnival Conquest from the 27th of October to the 4th of November. Even though my mother and I have been traveling together ever since I was born (22 years ago), all around the world - it’s only recently we started cruising. This was our fourth cruise and the first Carnival Cruiseline. Stateroom 2214: It was a very cozy, little cabin. Nothing extremely exciting, but what to expect from a standard cabin. The cabin-stewards were always very quick with cleaning the cabin, so it always looked nice. The cabin stewards were very sweet and always made sweet towel animals - so many that we had a zoo on the last day! The beds were outstanding! Never have we slept in better beds - not in hotels or other cruises - the madras was so soft and the pillows were fluffy and big. Dining: There were quite a lot different places to eat - but if it is doing the busy hours, not enough room to sit. We eat mostly on the Lido Deck with the buffets, Blue Iguana and the Pizza place. The food, in general, was good, but the variety isn’t the biggest. We liked the fact that we were able to get pizza almost any hour of the day and the frozen yogurt was available 24/7. The frozen yogurt/soft ice was very tasty and even though there weren’t more than three flavors to choose from - you never got tired of them. Breakfast: the croissants and most of the bread wasn’t fresh - which were quite a big bummer. The pasties such as cinnamon rolls were fresher and tasted great - but you expect to eat fresh bread every day when you are on an 8-nights cruise - actually no matter how many days you are onboard. Lunch: we loved the burritos and tacos - in general the lunch was great with a better variety. Dinner: the variety wasn’t the biggest, but it had a good taste. It could have been a plus if the Blue Iguana were open doing dinner-time. Desserts: Most of the cakes lacked taste and texture. Many were almost uneatable due to the huge amount of gelatin, so they became rubbery. Crew: We had the great honor of having Leigh as our cruise director - who is absolutely the star of the ship (if not the company). Leigh is energetic and shows a lot of passion and enthusiasm about his work. He cares a lot about the passengers, always allow himself time to chat with them and knows everyone onboard. He is without a doubt the greatest gift to this company and will with guarantee make your vacation even more unforgettable. He became a great friend of my mother and me, and we will always be thankful for everything he did. You will differently be missing him when you get back home. We hope to cruise with him again!!! Captain Claudio is - just like Leigh - a star of the ship. He is a very sweet, outgoing, charming man, that cares about his passengers, his crew and his ship. He likes to chat with people - not only doing events but also outside of the ship. My mother told him, I want to be a captain myself, and he immediately courage me to do so. The officers: all of the officers we came across were very smiling, sweet and caring. They always said hi and wanted to chat. Not only onboard but also when they saw you outside. The waiters: our experience with the waiters on the lido deck wasn't the best. They did not clean the tables very quickly and did not speak very much with the passengers. They did not seem to be very happy about their job and did not really want to get in contact with anyone - this was a shame, many want to talk with all kinds from the crew, and every other ship we have been to, the waiters were much more talkable and made you feel special. Entertainment: You will never be bored on carnival. If so, it’s your own fault. They have so many different activities during the day and night - so the only problem there is is the time-limit you have. Everything with Leigh is a must. He can make every event laughable. The game shows are a great fun - especially the love & marriage show. The shows with the dancers and singers have a beautiful, creative scenery, the performers and music are great - but the shows are quite the same concept except from a different theme (Motown, the 70’s & the 80’s). so it lacks a bit of variety. We were so lucky to be on Conquest on Halloween night. It was great to see that so many had a costume and Carnival for sure did a lot to put up special drinks and decoration for the night. The only minus was that it wasn’t the guests who chose the winner of the costume competition. It was a shame. Many talked about this afterward and they wished they had a saying in who should have won. The Wi-Fi was terrible. You have to log out and reconnect all the time, and you aren’t able to make a call over Messenger. The Hub-app, Carnival have is a great way to see what’s happening during the day and even get a reminder for the events. You are also able to see a map over the ship, which can come in handy for the first few days. Unfortunately, the app wasn’t able to download after leaving the port due to the Carnivals weak internet. Overall our first experience with Carnival was a success and we look forward to joining the fleet again in April on Carnival Splendor. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
19th cruise, 9th with Carnival and this was the best ship out of Jax so far! M148 was large with converting twins, no elevator noise and excellent room stewards! Don’t buy the alcohol package, the ship ran out of Budlight and Michelob ... Read More
19th cruise, 9th with Carnival and this was the best ship out of Jax so far! M148 was large with converting twins, no elevator noise and excellent room stewards! Don’t buy the alcohol package, the ship ran out of Budlight and Michelob Ultra day 4 so everyone hashtagged Facebook to complain- crew bar below deck had to give up theirs so we had beer by end of day. Ship was clean, employees were polite and the ship didn’t not smell of sewage like other reviews complained about BUT no free lobster, yes we had a bar fight and a couple went to jail. A lot of pot smell but security and housekeeping cleaned house and more people went to boat jail. People who drank too much and yes we saw a few were escorted to their room, card cut off and all alcohol removed for 48 hours! Guys hamburgers were okay but definitely ask for a double and don’t take no for an answer. They have to give you what you ask for! Pool was drained and cleaned everyday, tables were always stocked...to be honest the only problem our group had was was rude cruisers with an attitude that they should be treated like royalty. The Jax Port is being refurbished so here is the best tip I can give you...get there early and forget what your boarding pass says..people who were scheduled at 2 pm were on board at noon! They have no where to make you wait at so just get on board as soon as you can or you will be standing in the heat sweating your butt off! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to go to Bermuda, Embarkation was poor, this was the longest it had taken me to get on a ship in my 20 cruises since 1991.The Sunshine is a nice ship, this was my second time on board, it has a difficult deck plan.Cabin was very nice I had a balcony 7249. Dining was very good except they did not follow my request that I had book from May 2017 for a table for two only.After talking very firmly with them this was resoled, We also dined at the Fahrenheit Steak house, the manager had very poor customer service skills, she however apologize for not greeting us. Entertainment and Activities was very good.Overall service was GREAT!!. Ports and Shore excursions was great I did the Island tour of Bermuda and it was wonderful.I also meet some wonderful people on board in including staff and cruisers,Overall this was a wonderful cruise and I would do this again. Capt. Greene Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose our first summer cruise (6th cruise overall) to celebrate our 20th Anniversry! It was fun! We arrived later than normal the day boarding at 2pm. Easy peasy. Once onboard we went to our stateroom where our keys were waiting outside ... Read More
We chose our first summer cruise (6th cruise overall) to celebrate our 20th Anniversry! It was fun! We arrived later than normal the day boarding at 2pm. Easy peasy. Once onboard we went to our stateroom where our keys were waiting outside our room. We opted for our first balcony experience and we quite enjoyed it! We were in room 8300. Quiet spot, lots of room and storage, comfy King bed. Of course we brought a power bar and put it to good use. Shower was hot all the time, bathroom big enough for us. Mini fridge is always handy. One day an hour after we left Cozumel I noticed a large fish in the water below our balcony. After watching it for a few seconds it came up for air and I realized it was a baby dolphin! I called my wife out too see but she was too late. Not two minutes later we saw two more young dolphins! A very cool experience we wouldn’t have gotten if we didn’t have a balcony. Most of the time the balcony upgrade is too pricey but for this four day cruise it made sense. One great upgrade in all rooms was the night light that would come on near the floor when you got up to go to bathroom in the dark! Someone was thinking, cool feature to have it on a floor motion detector. Only came on when your feet hit the floor. Food was good on board. The Atlantic dining room was our place to “anytime dine” and Nick and his crew were fantastic! Food was hot and tasty and Nick worked hard to make our experience great. We even got sang too and presented with a special dessert for our anniversary. That was a nice touch. We found that line ups were often long at the deli and pizza place. Go in off peak times to avoid this. My GF diet was catered too everywhere on ship except at the Blue Iguana, no corn taco shells!! Even the deli had a turkey wrap ready in a FF wrap! Buffet was decent and had two omelette stations. We had the cheers drink package and really enjoyed ordering whatever we wanted without worrying about the cost. Entertainment on board was great! Good shows in the main showroom and funny comedians, two of them. Wasn’t a big fan of Leticia, solo singer. Voice seemed to over power the ambiance. The casino was Smokey in areas but fun! We were premier guests and enjoyed Kyle and his crew with all the fun games and draws. I won $75 in one game when my playing card was pulled and I got to select an envelope to open. My wife’s name was drawn for a $400 prize but she was enjoying the balcony and couldn’t make it in time to collect her prize. Slot tournaments were fun as well as the BJ one. First cruise I ever finished up at. Only $300 but I’ll take it! Pool areas were fun, crowded but we just hopped in to cool off then jump in the outdoor shower. Water slide was fun, I enjoyed trying it. Lots of chairs could be found if you weren’t stuck on a particular area. I found good service at all the bars, staff was great. We really liked the itinerary, Keywest is vey fun and reminded us of a mini New Orleans. We did a hop on hop off trolley tour for $35 each, 90 min. Narrated. It was a great way to see things and hear the history. Next time we can go do something more specific. Leaving at 1pm made it a short stay, would love to hang out in Sloppy Joes and other bars longer. Cozumel is one of our favs and this time we booked an excursion privately with four other lovely people we met here on cruise critic. Tour was awesome, picked up in an air conditioned van and taken to a Tequelia farm, local bar, Coconuts bar and Tortuga Beach bar where we were fed free lunch (yummy tacos) and got to do some snorkeling for free. Very cool, was a 5 hour tour all over the island. Thanks to our tour organizer Cindy and Michael (NCL CIN) for including us and for our other new friends Tonya and Jill for being great passengers with us!! Tequelia farm is NOT to be missed and none of us were Tequelia fans prior to this. It tasted NOTHING LIKE the Tequelia we drink in North America. So tasty and smooth, no salt and lemon needed. Everyone bought a bottle Beiderbecke we left. Local bar was eye opening, 8 drinks and free apps, the bill was $25!! Coconuts was on the no hydro side of the island and well worth the trek. Drinks were pricey but bar and view was fantastic. All in all another great Carnival cruise, felt longer than four days! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose the Dream because we went on the Freedom two yrs ago and wanted to try something else. By far the Freedom was a lot better ship. I guess the time we went out there was a lot of children and so disrespectful and rude . They ran ... Read More
We chose the Dream because we went on the Freedom two yrs ago and wanted to try something else. By far the Freedom was a lot better ship. I guess the time we went out there was a lot of children and so disrespectful and rude . They ran up and down the halls yelling and would not let an elder get by they would just stand in the way like someone owned them something. Room service was nothing like the Freedom, we only got our room freshened up one time a day on the Dream and on the Freedom it was every time we walked in or out of our room. We had to repeatedly ask for things and ice . The service in the Bar was the best they remembered our names and we met new friends there. Romela, Aundre, I Wayne, and Carlton was the best ever . Was very disappointed in Costa Maya and Belize I will recommend the Freedom over the Dream. The entertainment was not half as good as the Freedom seems like there was so much more to do on the Freedom. Will not recommend the 9th floor lol we was right under the lounge and heard every move Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose the Carnival Horizon when another line changed to an iterary that would not work for our group. The Horizon had the dates and pricing that fit into everyone's budgets. Even though the ship is huge, you never feel like ... Read More
We chose the Carnival Horizon when another line changed to an iterary that would not work for our group. The Horizon had the dates and pricing that fit into everyone's budgets. Even though the ship is huge, you never feel like you're in a crowd. We had a balcony cabin and it was spacious enough for the two of us. The showers are slightly larger than other ships we have been on but it's still small. We also had a sofa and table and stool in our room. My only wish was for more drawers, three is not enough. The cabin was always clean and the towel animals were replaced daily. The dining room was service was excellent our wait staff, (Doni, Supack and Milosh) remembered all of our names by the second night, even though we kept changing seats on them. These poor people not only have to serve food but dance and put on shows almost every night. They do it all with a smile and with style. If you have a chance to cruise with Cruise Director Chris the Flying Scotsman, do it. The man has more energy than a power plant and gives 110% of himself every show. We didn't see too many of the shows because we had late dining. Do yourself a favor and either get the early dining or my time dining. We didn't get out of the dining room until after 10 each night. No one rushes you out. We ate at the Pig and Anchor one night. The food was good but can be a little salty. The coffee shop on board made really good iced coffees and hot teas, much better than the ship's coffee. Also try the deli sandwiches and the pizza and tacos. Lines tend to be a little long so try and go off hours if you can. The shows we got to see were good but not broadway quality like on other ships, they were shorter but enjoyable. Casino was very smokey and crowded but never had to wait for long to play any machines. The elevators, everyone has complained about the elevators. There is a short video on the tv in your stateroom and it explains how the elevators work. Watch it and learn. Also learn what bank of elevators are closest to your state room it makes it much easier. The Ports and shore excursions are ok. The cabana at Grand Turk was worth every penny with it's waiter service and air conditioning. We walked to Jack's Shack but should have taken a cab there as we were walking on the road and missed the sign. If you can stay on the beach it's a short walk. Seeing all the homeless doggies made me a little sad but they seemed ok and were very gentle. Amber Cove in the DR was very nice and the service at the resort was amazing. I also had an excellent massage when we got back to the ship after a day in San Juan. So overall it was an amazing cruise and my husband and I would highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
First, let me say this is my first time on a cruise that was longer than 4 hrs. I jumped onboard a trip that was rescheduled from Sept 2017 with a friend's family and friends who numbered about 23 folks so I expected good times. I ... Read More
First, let me say this is my first time on a cruise that was longer than 4 hrs. I jumped onboard a trip that was rescheduled from Sept 2017 with a friend's family and friends who numbered about 23 folks so I expected good times. I loved my cabin 12216 and only wish I'd taken advantage of the thermal suite prior to my last day. I enjoyed the morning stretch, yoga which was hopped up pilates and boot campish, and an ab work out.. All of that was absolutely necessary because of the volume of food I consumed - I wasn't forced to .. let me mention that. The room size was adequate and it was nicely appointed in the Cloud 9 Spa theme. My date and I had Your Time Dining which was cool but I didn't like that were relegated to eat at the same restaurant each night or head to the market place. Speaking of the market place, the breakfast was great but dinner was 50/50 where some nights you had tasty meals and another night you had gray water logged hot dogs with brown sauerkraut. Comedy shows and dance club provided great entertainment. Lido was "popping" Great blockbuster movies shown on the cruise. Price of drinks and food outside of the package were reasonable. I liked Jiji aka Mongolian Wok and Pigs and Anchor BBQ and dining at Horizons didn't disappoint. On and off boarding at the ports were a bit of a pain unless you waited a bit but then you've used some of your time ashore. I didn't like that they didn't enforce the 40 minute lounge chair holds. My cabin was on deck 12 and when I came out at 6a to watch the sunrise, ppl already had a towel and other item on the cabanas on Serenity deck 15 to hold their space they didn't occupy until 2-3hrs later. A bit inconsiderate. trash cans were hard to find and a microwave or two would have been great.. perhaps near the ironing stations :-) Overall, I enjoyed myself. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Myself and a group of friends cruised together the overall experience was pretty awesome! Entertainment was on point the entire staff is friendly!! The embarkation was the only problem, checking into the ship was bit of a pain, I feel it ... Read More
Myself and a group of friends cruised together the overall experience was pretty awesome! Entertainment was on point the entire staff is friendly!! The embarkation was the only problem, checking into the ship was bit of a pain, I feel it could have ran more smoothly had they been more organized. The stateroom had a strange smell to the bathroom, the food was pretty good,guys burger joint is amazing the bartenders are simply amazing specifically "Delveroy" from Jamaica and "Gede" from Indonesia was awesome they were very attentive and are hilarious. They made our trips to the bar amazing everytime. as well the nightlife. It is amazing the cruise director Leon is a breath of fresh air! He gets the crowd going and he's very friendly.The mega deck party at night was awesome there was line dancing, giveaways. Karaoke was a good time.Overall we had an awesome time. We would definitely cruise with Paradise again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Am part of a group that plans ahead and travels together. We will have a good time together no matter what. I was a little disappointed with the room steward. When on board, I had to hunt her down. My request was simple.. ice everyday and ... Read More
Am part of a group that plans ahead and travels together. We will have a good time together no matter what. I was a little disappointed with the room steward. When on board, I had to hunt her down. My request was simple.. ice everyday and just turn down service at night with of course a towel animal. Received no service that night and towards evening of the next day, she told me she would service my room in the daytime as she had too many at night... really? Dining room 2d night service was beyond horrible. We were able to switch our section thanks to any time dining and our service was never better! The piano bar which I usually enjoyed was ruined by the entertainer, she talked way too much in between songs and her language was so foul, I had to leave... not even the adult comedians could top her Shows were good. Comedy club was fantastic Casino was fun and not at all smoky as some say on other ships. Saw quite a few big winners! Getting on and off the ship was well organized Overall entertainment was good. Bar service was good Staff very friendly and accommodating overall I would definitely cruise on Sunshine again Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Turned out to be very good cruise and very interesting, diverse group of old and new friends. Captain Vito was wonderful, friendly and courteous to all. DJ Cookie is one of the best new entertainers to enjoy. Absolutely hilarious, ... Read More
Turned out to be very good cruise and very interesting, diverse group of old and new friends. Captain Vito was wonderful, friendly and courteous to all. DJ Cookie is one of the best new entertainers to enjoy. Absolutely hilarious, Cookie that is! :) First time I have not eaten every day on the Lido deck! Food was great for breakfast in the Main Dining Room with meeting and enjoying new friends. Did the Italian restaurant twice and enjoyed to the fullest. The waitresses and waiters sang both times; first time was way to loud but did enjoy and the second time was just right (sound). Other than an embarrassing incident by a guest, really enjoyed the restaurant. The Chef dinner was good but would have preferred to be in a private room, not the galley....hard of hearing and sounds bouncing off the walls (left early). Enjoyed Steakhouse so much couldn't eat breakfast! Did not have to order from Room Service and did not have ice cream.... All-in-all would cruise again on the Magic with or without same friends. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We had been planning a cruise for over a year to celebrate a couple of milestone birthdays birthdays. Our first choice was a Southern Caribbean cruise out of San Juan, but due to the hurricane last fall, that became too complicated to get ... Read More
We had been planning a cruise for over a year to celebrate a couple of milestone birthdays birthdays. Our first choice was a Southern Caribbean cruise out of San Juan, but due to the hurricane last fall, that became too complicated to get to for the group, so we selected the Exotic Eastern Caribbean cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale instead. There were a total of 15 in our party, coming together from different parts of Canada to celebrate together. Embarkation went smoothly, and we even got VIP treatment due to the birthday celebrations! We were ushered in through the VIP entrance, and given priority boarding as a wonderful perk! The first day was spent exploring the ship, getting familiar with the layout and the cabin. Most of us were berthed very close to each other on deck 2, with 3 couples having selected balcony cabins. Those of us on deck 2 were in aft cabins. The cabins were roomier than on some of the other ships I had sailed on and were clean, and the beds were amazing! So comfortable! I do have to say though, one couple in our group had to be moved from their assigned cabin, as it was very very noisy - their cabin # was 2461. On days 1 & 2, the noise from below (not sure if it was the engines, or pipes, or what) made it impossible to sleep. The rest in of the cabins were a bit noisy as well, but not as bad as that particular cabin. There was one evening where the ship was rocking and swaying - it was a particularly windy day - and a couple of our friends experienced some sea sickness. Being berthed in aft cabins likely didn't help that situation, but most of us were fine. The dining. Wow! The dining was so good. It was like feasting at a high end restaurant every single night, with the most attentive and fun servers you could wish for. Our team was top notch - absolutely adored them! Ni Made, IIN & Yan - they were phenomenal and remembered our preferences and treated us like family. We had a wonderful cruise - with a few exceptions: 1) Stage performers - they were the absolute WORST I had ever experienced, and this was my 9th cruise and 5th Carnival cruise. Every other time there had been such great shows, that I had talked up that part of the cruise to the rest of our group - some were novice cruisers. So, when we got on board and experienced the "Welcome Aboard" show, we were all shocked and horribly disappointed. Amateurish productions of 80's song & dance - I think my kid's high school did a better job. Honestly Carnival - what happened?? 2) Comedians - the 2 comedians who performed were excellent - Mark Sweeney & John Wide. HOWEVER, on a 6 night cruise, there was one night without a performance and one night with a repeat performance. Really? There wasn't enough material to have a new show?? Every night was packed, so not sure why skimp on the shows. 3) DJ's - Disappointing. Went to Henri's nightclub for Latin night. We got there and it was completely empty. There were some songs playing, but nothing that was good for dancing, although we tried. As we tried to get some fun and dancing going, the DJ put on slow songs....we were a group of 4 ladies on the dance floor at that time....we all went and sat down, hoping for some better music. It was slow song after slow song and then some fast songs that were not really suited to dancing. So we left, never to return to the club for the rest of the cruise. Very sad. The cruise was during March break, so there were a ton of students on board. For the most part, they were just having a fun vacation and partying. I did love that the crew kept a close eye on ensuring that no kids came into the adult pools, or the adult serenity areas. There were a few times that the partying carried over into the corridors late at night, but I am a sound sleeper so that didn't bother me, although a few of my friends were bothered by it. Ports of call: Amber Cove was good, but too long at that port. Not much to do but shop, swim or lay on the loungers without any umbrellas or shade, unless you paid for a cabana (min. $300 USD) Grand Turk - great beach and good length of time Half Moon Cay - too short at this beach - it's the most beautiful beach of all Nassau - also too short of a stay, but have visited many times, so didn't really matter to me Overall, we enjoyed the cruise, the staff was mostly wonderful. Entertainment was extremely lacking though. That was very disappointing. Hope this helps someone! Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2018
This was a casino offer. They gave me a free balcony for 2. Carlos and Jelina the casino hosts were amazing. The bar staff raymund and Milian and Tasha were very attentive and kind. Our cabin was 8416 balcony. Near elavtor which made ... Read More
This was a casino offer. They gave me a free balcony for 2. Carlos and Jelina the casino hosts were amazing. The bar staff raymund and Milian and Tasha were very attentive and kind. Our cabin was 8416 balcony. Near elavtor which made it noisy. Cabin steward leave his car out in the hallway near our door in the morning and you would always hear it and people talking to him. Also there's a rattle you hear which is from the Lido deck when they roll a cart over he passed away that the floor has metal on it. So I don't recommend the room location Agus the cabin Stewart was amazing probably the best Stewart I've ever had in all my years of cruising. The cabins are very nice very roomy water pressure was amazing. If you use a hair dryer bring your own the one in the room is really bad. We had early seating for dinner and dinner was always very nice. I recommend the sushi at the sushi bar. Cost about $7.50 for a roll you get a lot and it's so good. We also ate at the Sea Shack had crabs and shrimp it did cost us $30 but it was amazing. We did eat in the steakhouse $35 per person I do not recommend it. Save your money. I have never been on the glory but I do feel the ship was immaculate they were always cleaning you never saw dishes laying around I was very impressed. Of course Guys Burgers and the Pizza Pirate are always great! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
we chose this cruise for the stops. out of the 16 of us that went 8 of us would not go on that boat again. the handle to the door on the balcony was very hard to operate. the service at most of the outdoor and casino bar was slow, it ... Read More
we chose this cruise for the stops. out of the 16 of us that went 8 of us would not go on that boat again. the handle to the door on the balcony was very hard to operate. the service at most of the outdoor and casino bar was slow, it regularly took 20 minutes to get a drink when sitting at a machine or table. seemed like on sea days one of the buffets was always closed and the lines were long. red frog pub, and steakhouse were excellent. guys burger,the pizza place and asian were good. this is the first time i have not gone to the dinning room(not for any reason i just didn't go) room service was excellent as always. cruise director matt was the best I've encountered. i loved the fact that they now have a military and veteran appreciation day, they raffle off a cruise, they could do so much more like higher discounts for service people, and first responders. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2018
We just returned from a cruise aboard the newly renovated Carnival Victory with a full ship charter for the Invicta Ocean Voyage II. The cabin we had for this cruise was 9196 and is one of the brand new Scenic Ocean View, category 6J, ... Read More
We just returned from a cruise aboard the newly renovated Carnival Victory with a full ship charter for the Invicta Ocean Voyage II. The cabin we had for this cruise was 9196 and is one of the brand new Scenic Ocean View, category 6J, cabins on deck 9 forward. This cabin class was added to the Victory during the latest dry dock that took place in January 2018. The cabin along with the two newly added Captain's Suites and two Scenic Grand Ocean View cabins completely replaces the forward section of category 4J interior obstructed view cabins along deck 9 above the bridge. The Victory category 4J had been a "hidden gem" in our eyes as it was a larger cabin with a forward facing window at an interior cabin price. As an extra bonus it had easy access to a huge open secluded deck above the bridge that most other cruisers never used. Now that deck space has been completely incorporated into these new cabins which are of course being booked at a higher price. So is the new Scenic Ocean View cabin worth the added price? Without hesitation, YES! The moment you walk into the cabin you are greeted by a wall to wall, floor to ceiling picture window view out the front of the ship at the far end of the cabin. The glass is angled inward toward the ceiling and provides an uninterrupted view over the bow. There is a power operated window shade which can be controlled by the switches to the left of the bathroom door. 360 Degree VR Photo: https://flic.kr/p/24NkRbW Along the left side as you walk into the cabin there are a series of three large closets. The first has shelving and a standard sized safe. The second has a half height hanging area and drawers on the bottom. The third has full height hanging space. Next along the left wall there is a sit down vanity with lighted mirror and multiple outlets. There is a small flat screen TV on a swivel mount and a desk. Under the desk is a mini fridge and a set of drawers. Further down the wall is a door to the adjacent cabin. On the right side as you enter is a keycard holder that activates the room lighting. There is also a door to a standard sized bathroom with a curtained shower. 360 Degree VR Photo: https://flic.kr/p/24Nn44b Past the bathroom is a double sized sleeper sofa with a full sized end table and lamp on the right. Next is a king sized bed that can be split into two twins with half sized end tables on either side with integrated lamps. Finally in the area by the window are two armchairs with a small coffee table. The floor space in this cabin is quite generous and the view is even better than a balcony in our opinion with the only drawback that the window does not open. However, we did note that the walls seem to be very thin and poorly insulated so you can hear noises from the adjoining cabins quite easily. As for the rest of the ship we did really like the new 2.0 upgrades such as Guys Burger Joint, RedFrog Rum Bar, and Blue Iguana Tequila bar. The entire ship seemed to be quite clean and the service was friendly. Our cabin steward, while exceedingly friendly, was apparently responsible for 30+ rooms so he could only attend to each cabin once a day. This is less than we are accustomed to on other cruise lines. Used glass cups were not replaced unless we called housekeeping and we only saw one towel animal during our cruise. We ate most meals (breakfast and dinner) in the lower level of the Pacific main dining room at the aft of the ship. Our dinner seating was “late” at 8:15 and we noted that the staff kept the outer doors closed until 8:15 with often over 100 people crowding the landing area between the aft elevators waiting for the doors to open. As soon as the doors open there was an unorganized free-for-all stampede of people rushing into the dining room to grab their favorite tables. Again this initial chaos and crowding each night is not at all what we are used to on other lines. The main dining room food selection was good and we had no issues ordering multiple appetizers or entrees from the menu. Breakfasts including the seaday brunch were fantastic and we enjoyed the dishes very much, especially the french toast with bananas. At dinner, one of our favorite starters was the kale caesar salad. The food quality of the entrees was good but not spectacular. Beef ordered medium rare was served either overcooked or quite undercooked. But with the ability for each person to order more than one, it allowed everyone to find something that was appealing. This was our first time trying Guys Burger Joint and it was just as good as others have said. We found the burgers to be to be cooked just right and loved the toppings bar. Other than embarkation day the lines for the burgers were usually very short. The Blue Iguana Cantina was also good but often had long lines for the build your own burrito section. Speaking of embarkation day, the Miami Carnival Cruise Terminal always seems to have a sort of “hurry up at wait” atmosphere to it. We were scheduled for the earliest boarding time of 11-11:30. When we arrived we went through security relatively quickly but once upstairs we sat in the waiting area for at least 30 minutes before they started calling group numbers. It was the same thing last year as well. Being a full ship charter cruise for Invicta Watch Company most of the daily activities aboard were watch related. Also many of the ships retail areas as well as the piano bar were converted into Invicta Watch stores. The lines for these stores the first few days were often exceedingly long and extended out into the public walkways. We waited until the final day to peruse the stores once the lines dissipated. Overall, for the low, low price that we paid for this cruise (only $89/person) we felt that we certainly got our moneys worth. The Scenic Ocean View Cabin is a true highlight of the dry dock changes that have been made to the Victory and anyone who is looking at booking an ocean view, balcony, or suite should consider this option. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
precious cruise was nice. Everything was great. 18 of us were on the Magic in 2016. Before that were were a group of 16 on Royal Caribbean. both cruises were wonderful. this time Carnival failed. Next time going back to royal Caribbean. ... Read More
precious cruise was nice. Everything was great. 18 of us were on the Magic in 2016. Before that were were a group of 16 on Royal Caribbean. both cruises were wonderful. this time Carnival failed. Next time going back to royal Caribbean. Don't understand how Carnival can fail on 7 cabins. How many others are disappointed but won't say anything. Carnival handled the sewage problems by saying they were doing routine maintance. apparently they think people are stupid. the dining room staff works really hard, my guess is that more staff are needed. We got our bar drinks after dinner when we were leaving. We waited 20 minutes between appetizers and entree's. The room stewards are wonderful but, why were the maintance issues not noticed? Carnival never even acknowledged or apologized for the sewage issues. A officer personally appologizing would have gone a long way to alleviate some bad feelings. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We had a group of 20 of us for this cruise. Three of us were considered expert cruisers and 6 brand new cruisers. The remaining had cruised a couple of times. We chose this ship due to the location of the departation port and the fact ... Read More
We had a group of 20 of us for this cruise. Three of us were considered expert cruisers and 6 brand new cruisers. The remaining had cruised a couple of times. We chose this ship due to the location of the departation port and the fact it was so close to home. We all had a great time with only one or two complainers who would complain even on the best of cruises. We had a great time really and the food wasn't bad. We thoroughly enjoyed the Mexican Bar and Burger Bar (aka Blue Iguana's and Guys Burgers). Also really enjoyed our specialty coffee's in the morning as well as an iced one in the afternoon. We did have the Cheers Package, but would probably not do it again as I think we drank just to make sure we got our money's worth. Our cabin was not a bad size and the bathroom was pretty large too. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Our service from maruta,sherme, and rambat as are waiters and servers was excellent and enjoyed them. Very polite and friendly did there job very well and i will tell everyone i know about how nice it was. The fitness center was top of the ... Read More
Our service from maruta,sherme, and rambat as are waiters and servers was excellent and enjoyed them. Very polite and friendly did there job very well and i will tell everyone i know about how nice it was. The fitness center was top of the line. The shopping on board and shops were nice. Both excursions i was on were good and service was extremely good too. Jimmy jack foundation was treated with respect and staff did a good job with giving us are time for our music, devotions and equipment moving. On deck staff was also very helpful finding places on deck. Everyone i asked always pointed me in the right direction and were polite. Food was tremendous again and there was alot of varieties of dishes. The head staff was excellent on explaining what we had to do to get off and in case a emergency what to do. All in all it was a great experience for me. Amen and God Bless Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Let me just start with Guy's Burger Joint is the BEST burger I have ever eaten!! It was amazing. Rest of the food was better than I expected too. Drinks were tasty and STRONG. The Alchemy Bar was a great addition and high quality. ... Read More
Let me just start with Guy's Burger Joint is the BEST burger I have ever eaten!! It was amazing. Rest of the food was better than I expected too. Drinks were tasty and STRONG. The Alchemy Bar was a great addition and high quality. Rooms were fine. Really wish they had balcony rooms but we made do with the Oceanview stateroom. Lots of storage and good size bathroom. Few improvements for the ship. Wish the pool had been heated. It was COLD!!! Also wish the kids club was bigger. Looks like it was an afterthought. All in all it was a nice 4 day getaway. Catalina was beautiful. Could have stayed there for two days. We could do without Ensenada. Not my favorite port. Too many people trying to sell you junk and I felt like we were always trying to be taken advantage of. Not the cruise lines fault. Just my opinion. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
To start with embarkation was a little disorganized but did not take an excessive amount of time. We chose 1:00 to 1:30 arrival time which I recommend. They seem to stick to the schedule at this port. We were able to go straight to our ... Read More
To start with embarkation was a little disorganized but did not take an excessive amount of time. We chose 1:00 to 1:30 arrival time which I recommend. They seem to stick to the schedule at this port. We were able to go straight to our cabins without purchasing FTTF. The Buffet was not crowded at this time either. My only complaint on the Conquest was that our steward was not as attentive as others we've had in the past. Usually we meet them right away and at least have a quick introduction chat. We had to call guest services for our needs the first day. We wanted to have the balcony dividers put down so that we could join our party of four cabins and they were not able to do so. Several calls later we were told it wasn't a possibility on our floor. I'd love to know if this is true or if they did not want to take the time. Later we had an issue in the bathroom that was quickly solved and we did get other things when we asked for them. I thought that both the food and entertainment on this ship were the best of all the Carnival ships we've been on. We did not do any specialty dining on this trip so that's saying a lot! The shows and activities were top notch and included plenty of variety. The new serenity deck is nice. We got to watch a sunset from there after leaving Half Moon Cay. We did private shore excursions since we were with a big group this time. The ports were all as scheduled which was nice. Grand Turk was our favorite. The tenders to Half Moon Cay take all morning. This was a surprise to me. We did not get tickets early thinking we were in no rush and would let the crowd out first. However the crowd was not done tendering until 12:30 pm. We didn't get a very long beach day because of that, but I should have done my homework on the tenders at this port. Get your tickets early! Disembarkation was the fastest I can remember. We carried our own luggage and our floor was called first. We walked right off the ship with no lines anywhere. Our group ranging from 14 to 50 in age had a great time. There is plenty to do and lots of room to spread out. I didn't see the congestion on this ship that I normally see. I don't know how that happened because we sailed right before Christmas and the sailing was sold out. The Conquest is a well maintained ship with enough of the upgrades to make us not miss being on a newer ship. Read Less
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