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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Carnival's web site, both before and after our cruise stated that parking was $17 a day at Long Beach, CA. However, parking was $19 a day. For long cruises, this could impact your choice of transportation. It should take less time to ... Read More
Carnival's web site, both before and after our cruise stated that parking was $17 a day at Long Beach, CA. However, parking was $19 a day. For long cruises, this could impact your choice of transportation. It should take less time to update a web site than to update signage and automation at the parking structure. In addition, we arrived early, and could only find parking on the top floor of the parking structure. We did not see any other reasonable options for parking. Good luck. We cruised on the Carnival splendor. The decor was the worst of any ship on any line that we have ever experienced. Decks 3 and 4 have no access from one end of the ship to the other, so one is far too frequently going to the other end of the ship to use just the right elevator to reach your destination. The only good ship's map was in the Carnival Hub app on my iPhone. We never found a single good printed map. However, if your iPhone is set to the wrong time zone, the Hub app will give you the wrong time of day while claiming to be a good reference for the time -- beware. Entertainment was good (with nice costumes for the ladies) provided that you liked music from the 80's -- each and every show had music from the 80's. Food was good, and our wait staff in the main dining room was superb (especially Stanislava from Bulgaria). For a ship with over 3,000 passengers, embarkation and disembarkation was well done. The cruise director, MarQ, did a great job of setting up and handling disembarkation, so we knew progress and could remain comfortably seated until we could get off Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was a great cruise overall. The weather was perfect and the ports were very nice. Our steward Imade was great as was our head waiter Clive. He was very personable and joked around with us at our table daily. The rooms were ... Read More
This was a great cruise overall. The weather was perfect and the ports were very nice. Our steward Imade was great as was our head waiter Clive. He was very personable and joked around with us at our table daily. The rooms were adequate and my wife loved the perks of the Spa room which included extra cloud 9 robes and unlimited access to the Steam rooms and thalassic pool. We had the superbowl party on the boat which was a great experience! Food was pretty good overall, there were a few things I wasn't a fan of but the good thing is that if I didnt like the dish the wait staff was more than happy to replace it with something that was delicious! Overall we really loved the boat and can't wait to go again! My wife did the swimming with dolphins in Cabo and she said it was the experience of her life. I did scuba diving in Cabo and it was also great. We booked both through Carnival and it was a very great experience. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Looking to get away for a short vacation, we traveled on the 4 Day Baja cruise. It was our 4th or 5th Carnival Cruise, but first one since a Celebrity Cruise to the Caribbean. First let me say that you get what you pay for with Carnival. ... Read More
Looking to get away for a short vacation, we traveled on the 4 Day Baja cruise. It was our 4th or 5th Carnival Cruise, but first one since a Celebrity Cruise to the Caribbean. First let me say that you get what you pay for with Carnival. It was a fun trip with at lot of activities. The big shows are pretty average, but one of the comedians was very good. Dining room food was also very good, but the buffet food was sub par. Recommend eating lunch at the two restaurants just outside of the buffet (Blue Iguana and Guy Frieri's). Since school was back in session there weren't a lot of people under 21 on the cruise. If you are looking for a quick vacation it is a nice getaway! This cruise is a great value in the off peak months of October/November and January/February. I would avoid anything close to Spring Break unless you want to be with a bunch of drunk Spring Breakers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive cruise out of the Los Angeles area and wanted to visit Catalina and Ensenada. I had heard that this was nicknamed the Booze Cruise because it attracts a young drinking crowd and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted an inexpensive cruise out of the Los Angeles area and wanted to visit Catalina and Ensenada. I had heard that this was nicknamed the Booze Cruise because it attracts a young drinking crowd and worried about it as we aren't big drinkers. There were a lot of non-drinking people from Utah on our ship and we were lucky enough to be seated with some at our early dining dinner table for 10. However, we did notice many drunk young adults in the hot tub on the Serenity deck every time we went there for some sun time and relaxation. Matey, our cruise director was entertaining and the shows were pretty good. They were geared to the age of the cruisers, so they were pretty loud! The comedians in the Punchliner comedy club were great! The food was outstanding, as usual on a Carnival cruise! But the best part of this was the excellent service by our cabin steward and wait staff in the dining room. Probably the best, most attentive service I have had on any ship in the past 10 years! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
I redeemed an award for this cruise, so my friend and I essentially went for free. We had only been on one previous Carnival cruise, although we cruise frequently with another cruise line. We both agreed that, while it was a nice, quick ... Read More
I redeemed an award for this cruise, so my friend and I essentially went for free. We had only been on one previous Carnival cruise, although we cruise frequently with another cruise line. We both agreed that, while it was a nice, quick getaway, you definitely get what you pay for. The food was pretty bland most of the time with the exception of Guy's Burger Joint and the salad/fruit bar. The pastries and French toast were great, also. We took advantage of the drink gift cards we ordered for ourselves ahead of time and found the drinks to be very well-prepared. The ability to order a 12 pack of water was terrific. The ports of call were good. We had a lot of fun, particularly on the Beer and Taco excursion in Ensenada. I highly recommend that one! We didn't really take advantage of the onboard entertainment as we were perpetually jet-lagged, so I can't comment on that. I do know they showed the same movie twice during a 4-day cruise, which I don't understand since there are so many great new movies out there. Some of the staff seemed a little grumpy, but the majority were very friendly and helpful. The cabin size was larger than expected for an Ocean View. The beds were great and we slept well. The bathrooms could use a good scrubbing. I tried hard not to look in the corners. The one major criticism I had with the cruise - and the main reason I wanted to write this post - is regarding infection control on the ship. Aside from the fact that this is cold and (an especially vicious) flu season, there was little visible attempt to decrease germ transmission on the ship. There are far too many things for people to "touch" in the buffet line. You have to push buttons to get your drinks instead of having the lemonade and tea pre-poured. There are community salt and pepper as well as catsup and mustard bottles instead of individual packets. I saw people reaching with bare hands into the bowl to grab a couple of cookies. There is nothing in the daily cruise newsletters promoting handwashing or use of hand sanitizer. Sanitizer is everywhere, but people walk right past it. There is no staff on hand to gently insist passengers use it. And during the entire four days, I only saw staff wiping down the stair rails once. Tables got bussed efficiently, but were not wiped - let alone sanitized - after use. Lots of people cleaning the floors - very few people cleaning touchable surfaces. I think Carnival could do a much better job in working to keep passengers healthy as well as happy. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We took this particular cruise because of "extra" entertainment shows offered through the travel agent we booked through. That part was fabulous! We paid extra for a balcony mid ship room 6363. Not a great room to pay extra ... Read More
We took this particular cruise because of "extra" entertainment shows offered through the travel agent we booked through. That part was fabulous! We paid extra for a balcony mid ship room 6363. Not a great room to pay extra for. Turns out, it's exactly above the casino lounge on 5. Since this was a cruise to Mexico, it made sense that the entertainment there most nights was of the Salsa/Mariachi type music. Unfortunately, since we were right above it, the entertainment was piped live into our cabin every night until Midnight. Fortunately, both my husband and I find the sea magical when trying to sleep and were able to dose off without much effort. But light sleepers or people just wanting a little peace and quiet should stay away from this cabin. Having said that, the cabin was very comfortable, clean and easy to get anywhere from there. We signed up for the Meet and Mingle with the Carnival crew and other cruise critic guests. No one from Carnival showed up except the staff that brought us some snacks to enjoy and then left after telling us these refreshments were for us. I understand that this is a new function to Carnival, but I don't think they understand how much we were looking forward to meeting at least part of the Senior crew. All crew/staff on board was extremely kind and seemed well versed in saying sorry. If the right occasion should arise in the future I would go on Carnival again, but most likely will go back to my two tried and true cruise lines, Norwegian and Holland America. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We decided to book a cruise, and a couple of our adult children and their children joined in. We have cruised on Carnival many times, and always tell everyone what a great time we have, how we enjoy the service, the food and most ... Read More
We decided to book a cruise, and a couple of our adult children and their children joined in. We have cruised on Carnival many times, and always tell everyone what a great time we have, how we enjoy the service, the food and most importantly the fun! Unfortunately, this cruise disappointed. There were a few major issues: FTTF - we paid for it, and we did get on the ship smoothly but not quickly, there was some issue with getting people off the ship before we could board. Our bags showed up in the late afternoon, so no benefit there. One of our group didn't get FTTF and they waited hours to get on the ship past their appointed time. The hallways to the staterooms all had signs saying the rooms weren't ready. We went in anyway and our room was ready, but it deterred a lot of the FTTF people from going to their rooms. Disembarkation was smooth, but we self-disembarked. Dinner service was deplorable. Our table regularly waited for our dinner while others were eating dessert. We could see our domed plates sitting on the side tables, but they weren't being delivered. The effect of this - cold food. At its best warm food. On one night we had just been given our dessert when it was announced in the dining room that it was time to clear out for the next sitting. We gave them the benefit of the doubt for the first few days, then finally spoke to the maitre'd. He got things sorted out and it seemed to be smoother after that. Our last night our food was served on time and hot! I personally thought the food, although cool, was good. The steaks were delicious and cooked properly most of the time. The serving sizes were a bit hit and miss. The men often felt theirs were too small. Thought the server could have warned them to order extra. I thought the buffet selection was limited at lunch time, but we really only wanted a salad to counteract the larger dinners. The staff clearing tables etc at the buffet area were very friendly. Our cabin was very clean and exactly what we expected. Our only issue was having to argue with the room stewardess about getting a laundry bag. She insisted she had given us 3, we explained we had 1...after 5 minutes she gave us the bags. They're only paper...not sure what the problem was. There was lots going on, but the Fun Times reported wrong information a few times, which was distressing to some. All the usual antics going on to keep us entertained, but didn't like that they kept choosing the same people for contests etc. 3000 to choose from, didn't expect to see the same faces contest after contest, show after show. Bartenders. Fantastic! Learned our names and our drinks. They were the clear service winners on the cruise. We didn't do much on the shore days. We did a short private excursion at Mazatlan, the snorkelling disappointing. Save your money for when you go to the Caribbean :) We had a 6 year old with us. We couldn't keep her out of the Carnival Kids camp. She enjoyed every moment of it. Felt like we hardly saw her! As soon as dinner was over, she was asking to go back haha. That was a great help for her mom, who got to enjoy some mom time. Something that might help people with kids...remember to ask your server to have fruit or veggies or something at the dinner table when you get there every night. Otherwise little people sit for too long with nothing to eat, which makes for crabby little people. I think every staff member on the ship knew her name, and always said hello or stopped for a little chat. It was very cool for her. I'll definitely give Carnival another try since this was not our typical experience. We like the casual fun atmosphere. Get out there and have fun! Watch the contests, play trivia, sing a song. You might surprise yourself and like it! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This cruise replaced my cruise out of San Juan that was canceled due to the hurricanes. I am a 74 y.o. female, frequent cruiser, traveling alone. I was very disappointed in the food and the service in the dining room and on the Lido ... Read More
This cruise replaced my cruise out of San Juan that was canceled due to the hurricanes. I am a 74 y.o. female, frequent cruiser, traveling alone. I was very disappointed in the food and the service in the dining room and on the Lido deck. Food was served cold, small portions, tables not clean on the Lido deck buffets, and I had a couple of waiters in the dining room that forced another table mate to rely on the maitre 'd to resolve her problems. I had a comment made to me when I ordered 2 entrees because they were very small. My crab cake the last night as an appetizer was about the size of silver dollar and was served on cole slaw!! It looked burned. I actually told several first time cruisers not to rate Carnival on the basis of this ship. Carnival usually has excellent service and sufficient amounts of food, buffet tables are clean, etc. Anika, the assistant waiter, worked her butt off; she carried the heavy trays of food and made sure we had water and bread. My room steward also was first class. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Just not for seniors! Bars are late and excessively loud, too much smoke in the casino, bands not good - the whole experience was not our cup of tea. We have traveled a lot and this is the first time on Carnival and it will be our ... Read More
Just not for seniors! Bars are late and excessively loud, too much smoke in the casino, bands not good - the whole experience was not our cup of tea. We have traveled a lot and this is the first time on Carnival and it will be our last.......... The big show was awful....no one on pitch, cheesy themes! Only one band was good - Free at Mightnight and they didn't play enough around the ship. The staff in the dining room and our cabin steward were wonderful but the rest of the staff we found to be indifferent and at times rude. Food was good but too sa]ty for some of us. Wait staff in the brunch area on sea days need training....... we sat there for over 10 minutes before we got service and even at that we had to ask for it........ overall, the waitstaff needs better training if they are going to be in that area. And it was obviously that the big boss was not respected....he asked the waiters to do something in a very nasty tone and the looks on their faces said everything you needed to know - he is just a big bully! We subscribed to the spa only to find that the water was never warm inspire of talking to management and the heated chairs were lukewarm, again talking to staff. They were just vey indifferent. And getting on and off the ship was a ZOO! It was so disorganized! Not a good example of what good and true cruising can be. Read Less
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