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My mother set up a family vacation. The ship it self is very beautiful. The ship have lots of entertainment and food. 1 thing they need to change is the elevator. SMMART ELEVATORS MUST GO. No one should have to wait 10 minutes to ... Read More
My mother set up a family vacation. The ship it self is very beautiful. The ship have lots of entertainment and food. 1 thing they need to change is the elevator. SMMART ELEVATORS MUST GO. No one should have to wait 10 minutes to get from 1 floor to the next. Another thing is the food. Its lots of food but pizza every night. Need to change up the mean. My group was sick of eating the same thing. And another thing if I pay for a soda package I should be able to get my can of soda with a glass of ice. They give everyone a hard time about giving them their can of soda. We paid for that soda so we should receive our can of soda.. Nowhere to heat your food up late night. Must places have fruits and vegetables out at all times. Its was hard to relax in hot and swimming pool due to parents not attending to their children. Kids all over the food also Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This is not a new topic. I just want to write about what I was feeling. I just came off the Carnival Horizon Oct 5-13. There were many things that took place during this time. First I miss my flight with Southwest and had to find another ... Read More
This is not a new topic. I just want to write about what I was feeling. I just came off the Carnival Horizon Oct 5-13. There were many things that took place during this time. First I miss my flight with Southwest and had to find another flight. AA wanted to charge us 1300 for 2 people one way that is not including baggage. WE found a nonstop flight with Delta that would get us there in time to get on the boat. Thanks Delta. We finally get to the boat at 1:55 to find out that the people that normally take our luggage doesn't take luggage after 2.. So my husband and I had to carry our own luggage through security. I put my back pack on the conveyor belt and left it when I walked off. As I was going to get on the escalator my luggage was too heavy for me and my luggage tumble to the ground, my shoe went the other way. Security came to help. When I reach the top of the escalator I realize my back pack was left and my hubby realize that he had lost the slip that security gave him. I went back to get my back pack to find that the security officer had my back pack in the lost and found but then he tried to come on to me. I retrieve my back pack from him. I left to join the Mr then he had to go back to get the slip that he lost so we could continue through security. Once we get to the next security he lost the slip again after searching he found the slip stuck to the back of his cell phone. After this I told my husband lets go back in prayer again so we prayed. After all this we were glad to be on the Carnival Horizon. While on the ship for the week a lot of unfortunately things took place. MY husband met a couple on the 11 deck and later we found out that her husband was taken off the ship because he had died. Also a fight broke out that included about 25 people and they were put off the ship in Curaco. I didn't see the fight. But I did see a little boy got burn with hot chocolate and on the first floor I witness two young boys in handcuff laying face down on the floor screaming "I am going to sue yall." I met a mother that daughter left her medication and she share with me that her daughter had to pay the doctor 100 to see him and pay 100 for the shot that she needed every day. I shared all of this to say After all I been through I still have my joy!!! And after all the mistake mishap having COOKIE as our cruise director made it all right. COOKIE you were AMAZING. MY cruise would not have been a success if it weren't for you, not only are you amazing you are AWESOME. Carnival should allow you to TRAIN ALL the cruise director on all the Carnival fleet except for MATT. YOU & MATT is a force to be reckon with. Canival please pay attention to your Customer. WE Need people like Cookie & Matt that are gifted for this job as a CD. . Who wants a boring CD. NOT me. I will go on a cruise just because MAtt & Cookie is there please take heave. Someone please show this to Cookie & Matt. I want them to know how VAUABLE they are. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was my first cruise & I was very impressed. The people on the ship & everyone there is very polite,friendly & helpful. The food was very good overall, there is a lot of variety and there are several restaurants that you ... Read More
This was my first cruise & I was very impressed. The people on the ship & everyone there is very polite,friendly & helpful. The food was very good overall, there is a lot of variety and there are several restaurants that you can enjoy but that you will have to pay but prices aren’t bad. The rooms are very clean & spacious. Also they have a lot of thing to do for lots of different ages. I think you should definitely go. It was well worth it. There is lots of variety in music & there is a few adults only places which is good if you would not like to be around kids & also lots of ways to win free items & money. The process of getting on & off the ship is awesome & good thing is that I was able to travel without a passport just with my drivers license & my birth certificate. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We chose this cruise because it was the same itinerary from the same port we took on our honeymoon 25 years ago. Embarkation/Debarkation were both very smooth. Quickest on/off the boat we have had. Carnival's new procedures for ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was the same itinerary from the same port we took on our honeymoon 25 years ago. Embarkation/Debarkation were both very smooth. Quickest on/off the boat we have had. Carnival's new procedures for priority were amazing. We were on the boat in probably 20 minutes including security, and off and in the uber in 15 or less. Really liked our cabin - 8320. Afternoon there is some noise from Lido, but nothing that bothered us. It's a good location for getting to the lido, and I really like the decor and the amount of storage. Dining was just ok. Enjoyed Guys Burgers, but everything else was pretty much just average. This was our first shorter cruise in many years, and will probably be our last. Lends itself to a bit more of a rowdy bunch than we are, and the crew doesn't seem to work on the connection to passengers that you get on the longer cruises. We didn't meet our steward until later in the evening, and I really felt that I was bothering him. It was a struggle just to get our wet pool towels changed out. And the cabin wasn't nearly as clean as it should have been. Our waiter Thomas was very nice and worked hard to provide service, but his assistants seemed overwhelmed, and we had almost no interaction with them. But not because they weren't there, they were just constantly working! Really enjoyed Key West, but they really need to give us more time. Nothing opens until 10, and we had to be on the boat at 1, with the last shuttle leaving for the boat at 12:30. Felt a little rushed and didn't get to see all that we would have liked to. On the other hand, loved the schedule in Cozumel. 12-10 was just perfect. Got several hours at the fabulous Mr. Sanchos and got to close it down, then onto town for a delicious dinner at Palmeras where we dined on our honeymoon, followed by Cuban cigars and delicious, reasonable drinks across the street at La Casa del Cabano. Did enjoy the big screen movies, and the smoking area is very large and comfortable for my DH who is an avid cigar smoker. The Latin Duet was really good as well. We didn't go to any of the bigger shows. Spent most of our time in the adult pool which never got too crowded with plenty of tables around. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
5 day Sensation Miami Nassau Half Moon Cay and Grand Turks. Embarkation fastest ever about 10 minutes.   Ship was at Port D if you take Uber.   Not allowed in state rooms until 130 pm so if u come early just know that.  Lunch is ... Read More
5 day Sensation Miami Nassau Half Moon Cay and Grand Turks. Embarkation fastest ever about 10 minutes.   Ship was at Port D if you take Uber.   Not allowed in state rooms until 130 pm so if u come early just know that.  Lunch is open of course.  Luggage took about an hour. Cabin steward came by and asked if we wanted morning or evening cabin service and his sheet also said both so we said both and he did.  Also asked for ice and he supplied a bucket of ice all cruise.  We tipped extra at the end. We had a back balcony which was good.  Most beds in most cabins run parallel to the ship, meaning as the bow goes up and down your foot end of the bed goes up and down slightly if that make sense.  However for the few cabins at the aft the beds run perpendicular to the ship meaning the bed goes up and down left to right instead of foot to head.  It was just weird to be rocked that way all night. Nassau is the only port on this cruise you need both your key card and I.d.  a driver's license is all you need for this cruise. No passport.  The other parts needed just your sign and sail card.   We walked 3 blocks south and 3 blocks east from the port and took a city bus on an unnarrated island tour for a buck and a quarter.  You pay at the end.  Bus 19 is a good one to see behind the scenes of you have done this island alot.   Private island... No tips...it was very hot.  Bring lots of sunscreen.  Excellent cell phone service.  Grand Turks.  It was so hot the locals were swearing badly.  There is limited free beach  chairs and cabanas and such right off the boat on the left of their pier so you want to be the first off.  The green umbrellas are free and the blue chairs behind them are free. First come first served.  The others are $25 for 2 chairs and an umbrella.   The 2nd night is formal night and an upgraded menu.  Be sure to try the rare finds like frog legs if that is your thing.  Most of the dinning room tables were for 8 to 12 people. Long gone are the days of tables for 2 and 4.  Every night they would stop service and the staff dance.  It use to be 1 night on cruised we took in the past.  Now everynight.  The background music is the same track each night.  We are dessert to Kenny g, entrees to a remake of Richard Marx, each night. It became a joke at our table.  Oh, this song is on, must be time for the bread..etc. By far the best part of the cruise was Deon the cruise director.   On 3 nights he had an event in the atrium about 845 pm. This is a must do.  It might be listed as name that song or something but just go. He had hundreds of people leaning over the edges of all the levels in the palm of his hand. IMHO one of the best vocalists at sea that we've seen is with the band Sixth Element.  They played most nights midship level 9.   Mostly standards from the 80s and 90s.  Some before.  They nailed so many songs so close that my phone app was showing the titles and original artist.  They have a new big fan   the crowds got bigger each night as passengers learned of them. The ship is old and worn out.  They have worked hard with upkeep but the price was right to overlook stuff.  The cabins have a hair drier and in the shower there are soap and shampoo dispensers.  One power outlet in cabin and 1 in bathroom.  We brought a very small splitter to charge 3 devices. Internet and cell phone...nassau if you have TMobile its local.  Others international plans work.  Half moon cay cell tower right by where dock is.  Turks the same.  On the sea day about 4 pm and off and on all night you are nearby towers on the islands you pass to get phone and internet.  In other words just make sure you are not on cellular at sea which is the ships towers, and you can stay connected without buying the ships internet package.  Overall a Nice cheap getaway. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The food was horrible. One in our party was vegetarian and the choices were slim to none. Same Indian vegetarian meal in dining room every night. The food in Lido restaurant needs to be labeled better. There was a pasta dish that looked ... Read More
The food was horrible. One in our party was vegetarian and the choices were slim to none. Same Indian vegetarian meal in dining room every night. The food in Lido restaurant needs to be labeled better. There was a pasta dish that looked like regular pasta with marinara sauce. After asking found out all the pasta sauce has seafood base. There seems to be no care given to people with dietary restrictions or needs. They have these hateful ladies (aka crumb patrol) in the Lido restaurant. They get in line right on top of you and clean crumbs the whole time you are in line. Felt very unwelcome. Hot tubs are not hot. I’ve had warmer baths. The temperature control in the cabins on deck 7 were horrible. I’m cold natured and I couldn’t get cool the whole trip. Then I saved the best for last. The muster safety drill! We had to stand outside sweating for an hour (because of waiting for late people), for a five minute safety drill showing how to put on a life jacket. The guy doing the demonstration in muster station F was so short we couldn’t see him. People were about to pass out from the heat. This was my 3rd cruise and my worst. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Haven't been on Carnival for a few years but got a good promo and liked the itinerary of this cruise so booked it Ship is older but can't tell from the very well kept areas all around the ship and lots of cleaning going on ... Read More
Haven't been on Carnival for a few years but got a good promo and liked the itinerary of this cruise so booked it Ship is older but can't tell from the very well kept areas all around the ship and lots of cleaning going on 24/7 which is a lot better than what I experienced on Royal's Harmony of the Seas last year Food on Lido had good selection and guy's burger (especially fries), burritos, pizza was great . Lines for Deli can get long and they premake the sandwiches which leads to them being soggy sometimes Buffet quality and selection is sufficient but can't match the variety of the newer/bigger ships The main dining room food was good and better than Royal Caribbean but the servers are clearly stretched and things like drinks, taking orders and even food can take a while depending on server and time. The deserts were mostly very well done Pool is small and there's only one water slide but didn't have issue finding chairs on deck Movie under the stars showed current movies with free popcorn (not like Royal charging$5) and usually had two movies a night Didn't watch the nightly shows as I never do regardless of cruiseline due to low quality for all cruiseline compared to shows on land Comedians were good Overall very enjoyable cruise and glad to see Carnival keeping up the quality of the basics like food and ship upkeep unlike other cruiseline chasing bigger and more gimmicks at expense of basics However, some fellow cruise passengers on this Carnival cruise were rude and lack basic manners to staff and others . Had an OV cabin which was in very good condition, great size and soundproof compared to other newer ships I've been on. Gym was generous size and had lots of cardio equipment though resistance/weight can sometimes have a wait but much better than other newer ships with more pax but even smaller fitness area than on conquest Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I’ve travelled on this cruise ship 3 years ago and I remember the food being so amazing and I was super excited to have that again. Unfortunate, that was not the case. Guys burgers and all those workers there 100% saved the day. We had ... Read More
I’ve travelled on this cruise ship 3 years ago and I remember the food being so amazing and I was super excited to have that again. Unfortunate, that was not the case. Guys burgers and all those workers there 100% saved the day. We had an awesome waiter every night Herbert so amazing at what he does and so very sweet, Milovan made sure to put a smile on our faces throughout dinner and the show they put on, Juno and Budi very prompt and polite which made us feel more than welcome. Overall service was always superb and I am convinced that made the trip so memorable. Because the food wasn’t as great as expect we often ate at the sushi spot with Eduardo (I cannot remember the other gentleman’s name) and I can guarantee the $70 I spend on sushi in a week was well worth it. He described what was what and made the experience delightful and makes bomb sushi. Up on the deck, Iwan will always greet you by name, which is insane because there were well over 2000 people on that ship, made us feel so special. Our room was so cold, just the way I like and was always spotless. Jeerawut did an amazing job and was so patient when we would stay in during the cleaning times we set. Him and his crew are such hard workers even though we left a huge mess of confetti every night. (they deserve a raise!!) Overall, the cruise was pretty smooth sailing and our cruise director Andy made the experience worth while (even though the food wasn’t as great and we couldn’t enter the twerk contest) Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I came back to Carnival after almost 10 years. I am a Platinum Guest. The priority boarding was the best part of the cruise. The ship is showing its age. I dislike the way they went with their entertainment. No reggae band. Just ... Read More
I came back to Carnival after almost 10 years. I am a Platinum Guest. The priority boarding was the best part of the cruise. The ship is showing its age. I dislike the way they went with their entertainment. No reggae band. Just a guy playing a steal drum to canned music. They have too many rug rats on board. They run around free even in the adult areas. The food has gone downhill too. The wait staff is great they can’t control the food they put out. Overly spice. Got sick the second day from fish dishes. The pools are dirty I doubt they test the water. They smelled. The bar staff overall were not too friendly. The rugs in the ship could use a replacing. The ship should be sent to dry dock for a full overhaul. The ship was built in 2002. The furniture in the cabin is worn. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was the second week of our Back-to-Back on the Conquest. We love the crew, especially our room stewards, Dan and Muzaki! They did an outstanding job both weeks as they cared for our cabin and requests. The waiters in the Monet Main ... Read More
This was the second week of our Back-to-Back on the Conquest. We love the crew, especially our room stewards, Dan and Muzaki! They did an outstanding job both weeks as they cared for our cabin and requests. The waiters in the Monet Main Dining Room were excellent. Sherwin, Wendell, and Leila made every evening special. All of the wait staff in the Monet were great at breakfast and brunch also. Customer service was very helpful, as was the excursion desk. Entertainment was fun, from evening shows (even if aimed at a younger crowd!), to the musicians throughout the ship every evening to the Mardi Gras party on the last evening. BTW - We LOVE Carnival's Groove for St Jude's parties and donation opportunities. That hospital for children with cancer does incredible work! I really hoped this was a GREAT GROOVE!! The food in the MDR was great with a wide variety, and lunch at Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana is always fun on sea days. We started the week at the The Point steakhouse on embarkation day. We ordered filet for my DH and lamb chops for me. WOW cuisine!!! Lovely evening! Worth the upcharge for sure! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I was very disappointed with this ship. Starting from the staff down to the food. I have cruised 3 different times in the past. Twice with Royal, and Once with Carnival. I can honestly say Carnival seems to be slowly falling off a cliff. ... Read More
I was very disappointed with this ship. Starting from the staff down to the food. I have cruised 3 different times in the past. Twice with Royal, and Once with Carnival. I can honestly say Carnival seems to be slowly falling off a cliff. You can definitely tell they're cutting around every corner they can to save money. The food wasn't up to par, with any of my previous cruises. The food on the menus at the restaurant, would stay the same almost every day. And only 2 or maybe 3 things would change on the menu. The buffet seemed to lack variety, and the 5 options they had weren't edible. The wax they put on the floors makes it very slippery. I slipped on it and fell carrying my 2 year old. Carnival and the crew aboard the ship know about this issue but just don't seem to be worried or care to fix the problem, so people just keep slipping and falling all over the place. Our rooms weren't cleaned thoroughly enough. The plumbing in our bathroom stunk from the first day we walked in. The curtains and floors had stains on them. Finger prints on the balcony glass door. Dust build up on top of the tvs. Trash inside one of the cubby compartments under the kids tv in our family harbor suite. Also it seemed to me and a few other passengers aboard that some of the staff seem to be overworked and unhappy. The whole ship seems to be way too crowded. Especially in the buffet and main attraction areas. Allure is twice as big of a ship and Royal will only put 1200 more passengers. I did however like the bar, my kids loved the kids pool area. I like that in camp ocean they watch my kids for free. And also that Carnival does offer better ports to visit. But i do not think that for the $3200 i paid this ship was worth it. This ship changed my overall view of Carnival as one of the best in the cruising industry. And i do not see my self ever cruising again with Carnival, even with all the ports they offer to visit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Due to a continuing health issue, we chose this cruise’s Eastern Caribbean schedule. I will preference this by telling you I’m a Platinum level. So how can they screw up the embarkation and disembarkation. Embarkation went smoothly. ... Read More
Due to a continuing health issue, we chose this cruise’s Eastern Caribbean schedule. I will preference this by telling you I’m a Platinum level. So how can they screw up the embarkation and disembarkation. Embarkation went smoothly. Disembarkation, so so, this time we decided to carry our luggage off the ship. We received our waiting area location, right next to the “fast to the fun” quests. When the time came to disembark, the cruise director came in said Platinum quests can go, all the Fast to the fun people headed for the door. The cruise director stated we are all platinum today. Don’t know how you feel but I earned me status. Once on the ship my wife and I took a tour to become familiar with the ship. Standard layout for Carnival’s older ships. We hung out until time for the muster drill. This is where it starts to go downhill. We get to our muster station, it’s 90-95 outside. We stand there for over 30 minutes waiting on the safety instructions. Finally they give the instructions, lasted less than a minute, and had to wait another 30 minutes to be released. Our luggage did not come until right before dinner, we selected the early dinning. So much for being priority. Headed down to dinner, table mates were great, we hit if off from the beginning. I was surprised at the lack of menu selections. Portions were small and the taste was less than savory. Service was great, waiter took very good care of us. Standard entertainment you would expect from Carnival. We went to the comedy club, comedians were great. Standard lido deck entertainment, nothing new there. Our ports were nothing special, San Juan, Grand Turk, St Thomas and Amber Cove. Took an excursion to St Johns, beach was OK, water was rough, due to the storms out in the Caribbean. On our way back to St THOMAS they break out the rum punch, as you can imagine some, many indulged way to much. To the point that I had drinks spilled on my hat, Hands stepped on and people falling all over me. Not a good trip back. Once back we headed to the ship. We noticed a longer normal line to board. Again we stood in the backing sun for over 30 minutes to board. The metal detector broke down and they had to wand everyone. You would have thought to open up the other gangway. The onboard ship experience was less than stellar, smokers know no boundaries, the smoking areas were well defined, however some felt they could walk the ship with lit cigarettes. Smoking on the balcony was common, yet I did not see a single Carnival crew member say a word. I understand what to expect on a Carnival cruise, drinking, parting, and general a wild crowd. However, I have never been on a cruise with so many cabin, balcony doors slamming shut at all hours of the night. People running up and down the hallway every night at 2am. My wife and I have decided we will not sail on a Carnival cruise again. We are going on a Celebrity cruise end of October. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The ship overall looks old and the decorations are cheesy and tacky. The art hanging on the walls in the main gallery area have broken frames. Their suites are small. The dining rooms served a lobster dinner that totaled 4 bite and we ... Read More
The ship overall looks old and the decorations are cheesy and tacky. The art hanging on the walls in the main gallery area have broken frames. Their suites are small. The dining rooms served a lobster dinner that totaled 4 bite and we had to go up to the Lido deck to actually have dinner .As for entertainment, only four singer, but.eight performers, everyone should have at least one song in every show. In the soul performance there’s two blonde girls two white boys ...two dark-haired girls and two young men of color. It was racially and culturally insulting that everything was preformed by white singers. Magic show A+! Servers Are very polite and well mannered I saw people vacuuming dusting and cleaning day and night. And our room Stewart was phenomenal I felt pampered like a princess. As for our ports of call they were dirty and full of beggars and thief’s. only one was worth seeing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Booked this cruise because of the low price for an inside cabin. Recognizing that Conquest is an older ship lacking many bells and whistles, I realized that some wear and tear may be present; however, filth is another matter entirely. ... Read More
Booked this cruise because of the low price for an inside cabin. Recognizing that Conquest is an older ship lacking many bells and whistles, I realized that some wear and tear may be present; however, filth is another matter entirely. The floors of the lido buffet were consistently sticky, slippery, and visibly dirty, regardless of the time of day. Grime was visible on all elevator buttons (when you could find a button that worked). Hair, bugs (both living and dead), and dust were common on window sills across the ship. Dining ranged from mediocre at best to downright terrible. Typically I enjoy visiting the steakhouse, but between being swindled into paying for a bottle of wine that should have been free - our assistant waitress insisted that Carnival does not offer complimentary wine on the first night of the sailing and thus charged us, this was later rectified by speaking to the head waiter - and an inedible steak, I was left disappointed. Portions in the dining room were exceedingly small, nor was any customization available due to pre-prepared food. For example, my wife does not like cocktail sauce and prefers her shrimp plain. It was not possible to have shrimp without cocktail sauce drizzled over it since it was already prepared. Likewise, the vegetarian option was the same every night, quite frustrating for my vegetarian wife. While I certainly understand Carnival as the "Fun Ship" line, many fellow guests took the fun too far. The muster drill lasted over 40 minutes due to a group choosing to play a game of hide-and-go-seek. Forty minutes standing in the Miami heat was not enjoyable. On several occasions we witnesses intoxicated guests wandering the promenade during the dinner hour with no shirt or shoes on with no crew asking them to cover up, at least for the sake of hygiene. The highlights of this cruise were the ports of call - Grand Cayman, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico. The staff at the Alchemy Bar were also warm, hospitable, and engaging. Despite this, I can firmly say that this was our last cruise with Carnival. Standards have slipped greatly. From now on, we'll pay the premium to cruise Celebrity instead. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Loved this ship design, loved the itinerary. But the service varied from excellent, to adequate, to poor. First time on one of Carnival's big ships. Plenty to do every day. Cabin service was excellent, some of the best I ever had. ... Read More
Loved this ship design, loved the itinerary. But the service varied from excellent, to adequate, to poor. First time on one of Carnival's big ships. Plenty to do every day. Cabin service was excellent, some of the best I ever had. Entertainment ran the gamut, some very good music groups, I thought the show performers were quite average (the Cuba show was great), bar service was overall fine, but the dining service was poor. Slow, inattentive, and often wrong. The restaurant management did try to address it, but it never got solved. The comedy club is too small. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early for the adult shows to make sure you get a seat. The main theater is oddly designed. I'd guess at least half of the seats have some level of obstructed views due to odd seating angles, a flat main seating area, and metal posts. Loved the itinerary with plenty to do in all ports Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Port of Miami would not let passengers board the ship on our sail date. Totally NOT Carnival’s fault. Carnival wants nothing more than their ship sailing the full length of time and packed with passengers. We stayed a total of five ... Read More
Port of Miami would not let passengers board the ship on our sail date. Totally NOT Carnival’s fault. Carnival wants nothing more than their ship sailing the full length of time and packed with passengers. We stayed a total of five nights in Miami at three different hotels. We got in on Friday and expected to sail Sunday. Long story short, we got on the ship on Wednesday. I LOVED the look of this ship! The decor is beautiful and toned down compared to the other Carnival ships we have sailed! I didn’t find the ship confined like others have noted. Also, if you have half a brain, the elevators will not outsmart you. We tried Anytime Dining and I loved it. Will definitely do that from now on. Servers were all wonderful. Food was tasty and we enjoyed the Italian restaurant as well. Only miss in the dining room was Eggs Benedict. The sauce was soooo bad! I would guess there were about 3000 passengers on board. A lot of people decided to go home versus stay in Miami for three nights. FYI—no cruise line will pay for your pre cruise hotel in the event of a hurricane. This was a great example of why we travel with a good sized contingency budget. If you can’t afford to be stuck somewhere for a few days or get home if you miss the boat, don’t go! We loved the water slides and the string quartet was so amazing!! I loved listening to them! As a comparison, we sailed on the Allure of the Seas last November, and we both preferred the Carnival Horizon. The bed on the Horizon was so comfy! Definitely much more manageable in size, and this ship did not feel like a shopping mall. Carnival does attract a “different” crowd, i.e. loud party animals, but a vacation is what you make of it. I try not to judge others, and I know I will have a wonderful time if I go with the flow. I’m personally surprised by the negative reviews here. We are already planning our next cruise on this same ship. We stayed in a spa balcony cabin, and that will now be our go to. Worth the extra $$$! We did a couples massage, but won’t do that again. Almost $400 after gratuities. We did enjoy the nice warm tiles loungers! The spa cabins are in a nice quiet area and are so pretty and calming! Nancy was our room steward. She was the best! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
First time and we wanted to go to Jamaica, Grand Caymon, and Cozumel. Trip was diverted to the Bahamas due to Dorian, but Cookie, the cruise director, made the trip. He was witty, funny, and brought great energy to every event. We are ... Read More
First time and we wanted to go to Jamaica, Grand Caymon, and Cozumel. Trip was diverted to the Bahamas due to Dorian, but Cookie, the cruise director, made the trip. He was witty, funny, and brought great energy to every event. We are still quoting him days after the trip and always looked forward to his announcements. If we book again, we will actually try to book one with him. The comic, Macio was for real funny. Best comedy I’ve ever heard. Activities were amazing and the excursion was fun. We did the stingray experience but would have done the dolphin swim if it would have been available. It looked amazing to watch others swim with the dolphins. Leo was a lot of fun too and a good host and comic. The swimming pools were a little crowded but expected. Would have stayed at the Havana area for the private pool if it would have been available. Spa tour seemed a little pushy and I’ve had treatments before and those were expensive and the benefit claims were a little exaggerated. Overall, great cruise and experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose Carnival because it was budget friendly! It was my husband, myself and our 2 year old and 6 other family members. Went onto the ship with such hesitation as everyone seemed to have terrible things to say about Carnival and I can ... Read More
We chose Carnival because it was budget friendly! It was my husband, myself and our 2 year old and 6 other family members. Went onto the ship with such hesitation as everyone seemed to have terrible things to say about Carnival and I can tell you none of them were true. Our steward Yoga was incredibly kind and thorough. The entertainment staff Adele and Lee made us feel like family and always at home and we were hugging them when we left the ship, they were fun, upbeat, kind and caring! The entertainment was phenomenal. The Cruise Director Mat was incredible, he has the best attitude and is so good at what he does as is everyone else. Cristian and Lauren who both do bar waiting we incredible they are such nice people and made us feel at home. But Tommy the head waiter in the Renoir Dining Room was absolutely incredible! When I say personable and kind I genuinely mean he made us feel so welcomed and we requested him every single night. We had a chaotic family of 9 and he and his team we wonderful. My daughter was looking for him every single day as we walked the ship and the last night she gave him a hug and we all took pictures. He knew every single one of us by name and I hope we get to see him and the others again next cruise, that goes for all the staff. Everyone from housekeeping to fun squad was great. By the end of the cruise we felt like a family on the ship! The only con is the added extras you pay for and they can get pricey but I would do it all over again. My entire family and I have already said this was our best family Vacation we have ever had. The Gaudette Family Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I was on the Sensation many many years ago. There was a sale I couldn't pass up. Cost for both my husband and I 377.00 with a 100.00 OBC for an inside room. I did get a call the night before because I am platinum that they had an ... Read More
I was on the Sensation many many years ago. There was a sale I couldn't pass up. Cost for both my husband and I 377.00 with a 100.00 OBC for an inside room. I did get a call the night before because I am platinum that they had an ocean view no charge for us so I took it. I forgot about the fantasy ship purple and brass. Carnival really needs to do something when they do refurbishments they need to make more changes. The pool area was ugly. Maybe I am spoiled but I do not like the mega ships so I have cruised many times on sunshine ( my favorite ), Dream and others. I did fly down from CT I did spend money to get the ship so it wasn't that cheap when I added everything in. Our cabin was m39 and our room steward was awesome!! Our room was nice and cold and always clean. FYI no hair dryer. I forgot to bring mine. Sea days were boring. I am not into bingo , art sales etc. I spent all my time on the serenity area. Way too many kids for one small pool on the lido deck. They need more umbrella's . They only had 4 the first row and after that good luck. It was so hot we used the shower to cool off. If we went into the hot tub we went in early and sat in the shaded part. Food was the worst ever. Pizza , I would not even call it that. I loved it on the the other carnival cruises I have no clue what happened here. I had a grilled cheese at the deli and my bread wasn't even grilled. Dining room only item worth eating was the braised beef, and some of the soups. We did the buffet twice and at least we can maybe find a couple of items. The desserts were lacking at the buffet at night most were diet desserts. The water tasted like water that came out of garden hose. I was so upset not to enjoy any meals. Guys burger too much paprika on the fries and the burger was just okay. Crew staff was always smiling and I thought the ship was kept very clean . Now, the entertainment was awesome, this is what saved my trip. Deon the CD was terrific. Don't miss his trivia nights in the atrium lobby. He sings and dances and gets the crowd going. Just June the comedian was great. We went to all of her shows and the shows at the main theater were actually very good. Casino very smokey and small. Not many places to just chill inside and people watch. Just the main strip near the casino and coffee cafe. They didn't hound the people much for pictures so that was a plus. If they made some major cosmetic changes ( pool area, serenity, and upped their food I would try it again. I like the fact that it's a small ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Wow
Getting on the boat was a breeze! I am blown away by the service that we received while on board. Our servers in the restaurant were absolutely amazing. They called us by name every time they addressed us; they pulled out my chair for me; ... Read More
Getting on the boat was a breeze! I am blown away by the service that we received while on board. Our servers in the restaurant were absolutely amazing. They called us by name every time they addressed us; they pulled out my chair for me; and I loved the dancing. Putu Agus was our lead server. He was awesome! So friendly and funny! There was plenty to do each day, and the drink package was well worth it. The drinks were delicious, and the bartenders were quick and always smiling. In fact, I never saw a single team member who was not smiling. Fellipe, the cruise director, was also wonderful. He was so full of “energy”, as he would say. I was always glad to see him hop on stage at the different events. Our room was a lot bigger than I expected. Wir did an excellent job at keeping our room tidy and checking in on us. There was also a ton of room for storage. He also did a great job with the towel animals! I loved seeing those each day! Getting on and off the boat was easy, yet still secure. The shops were nice, the casino had plenty of room, and the boat never felt crowded. I love that they had adult-only areas. It was a nice spot for people without kids. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this ship. It was lively, entertaining, spacious, and the service still blows my mind. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I was a little fearful about this ship after reading some of the recent reviews. But after 4 very enjoyable days, I wonder if they were on the same ship? All the employees did whatever they could to make you comfortable and happy. Our ... Read More
I was a little fearful about this ship after reading some of the recent reviews. But after 4 very enjoyable days, I wonder if they were on the same ship? All the employees did whatever they could to make you comfortable and happy. Our steward, Tri , was excellent, and our waiter, Nick, and his team were just wonderful. We never encountered any long lines, and both getting on and off went very smoothly. Guy’s Burgers, and the Blue Iguana were so yummy! And the Seafood Shack had excellent food for just a few dollars. All the bar people were so helpful, never had to wait for more than a couple of minutes- they were all so efficient! We had a small suite for 3 people, and with the extra big balcony, it was positively roomy, with so much storage. I know Victory won’t be around much longer, but I am so glad we took this lovely short, 4 day cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Chose the cruise due to the western Caribbean destinations(Grand Cayman, curaçao, Belize and Cozumel). The conquest, although less than 20 years old, was old and tired. Very few fun activities to do on deck. Pools packed and small. ... Read More
Chose the cruise due to the western Caribbean destinations(Grand Cayman, curaçao, Belize and Cozumel). The conquest, although less than 20 years old, was old and tired. Very few fun activities to do on deck. Pools packed and small. 30 minute lines in the buffet. Dry beef and too many spicy ethnic foods. Buffets closed down early. If you wanted food after hours or between excursions you waited in more 30 minute or more lines for the burger joint or sandwich shop. Water and ice machines constantly out or broken. Only a god awful super sweet lemonade available during the day to drink. The ship removed all the fruit juices in the machines shortly after breakfast. They had a nice tropical punch in them and I’m sure they closed them down so guests couldn’t use them for rum mixers. Had to pay $2.50 for a glass,of juice. Rude and unmannerly people. Seemed 90% were from the inner city and they forgot their manners. Kids who had soda bubble passes were forced to go to the bar to get a beverage. I don’t want young kids to be forced to mingle with drunken passengers to get a soda. Had to present their ship ID and sign for a coke! Constantly hawked by photographers. Fair entertainment. Dining room food good, service and our wait team was fabulous. The Conquest was only able to dock at one out of the four ports of call! The other three we anchored in the harbor and had to disembark and embark on water taxies. This was a slow and tedious process. Lines, lines and more lines! The Shore excursions we chose were well worth the money. Sorry Carnival....never again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I know everyone is entitled to their opinions and so I always read reviews with an open mind and then I like to go back and give my experience based on my travels with the cruise line. This was our 9th Carnival Cruise. To be honest we ... Read More
I know everyone is entitled to their opinions and so I always read reviews with an open mind and then I like to go back and give my experience based on my travels with the cruise line. This was our 9th Carnival Cruise. To be honest we are 15 days away from Platinum so that is our goal. Embarkation was swift and easy. This was our first VIP entrance since we were staying in a suite - and it was truly faster - but then again Carnival has made strides in improving and making this process as quick as it possible. Once on the boat - our room 7312 was ready at 1:30 as told to us inside the terminal. Our bags made it quickly to our room also. We did not buy the Drink Package (alcohol) we prefer to smuggle in Rum Runners. We did buy one over priced six pack of Sprite and Coke for mixers and a 4 pack of beer - also overpriced but a little cheaper pre-cruise. I would suggest buying and paying for as much as possible before a cruise. Tends to be cheaper and less of a bill at the end. The Internet and hub worked just fine and was quicker than experience last year on different ship. Much better and we shared on social for the adults and a basic for the two teenagers, again purchased prior to leaving. The ship was nice. It has three small pools. So we always sat between the two pools on deck 9/10. Plenty, plenty of chairs to be had by all. You should remember their is a set of stairs in Vincent's bar which leads up to the walkway where the photos are taken and you can get to the piano bar and pixels too. We watched a video on YouTube on our exact room and some tips on navigating the ship and from their it was easy. Quick to navigate in a day or two. Food was good. They repeat the menu every week so they have it down to a science. Now you can get a molting chocolate cake for the whole table if you want. Where improvements have been made are on the sit down breakfasts and the "sea day brunch". Both were fabulous to us - since we can recall the days the sit down was the same as the buffet food wise. The bagel tower and the 24 hr French toast to die for. Entertainment was good. Fun Squad was great too. We choose to interact, greet others with a smile and become a part of the cruise family for the week. Robbie, Ritchie and Jake were real, real good and funny and you could have a blast if you wanted. Don't be afraid to join them - the payoff is rich in kindness and stewardship of the cruise world and passion of the fun-ship. It truly is part of the experience. We went to Grand Cayman - did our own thing at Eden Rock and Smith Cove. Amber Cove was nice but the country is so poor looking. Belize City was again nice and the pier was great.. lots of fun things to do right there. The last tender was not good at all - took nearly and hour and a half to leave and get back on boat. Way too long. Disembarkation - piece of cake, we were in a suite so you get to leave early -but what was bad was the terminal - they had all zones of luggage kind of thrown together at some point. Not a big fan of that since with the conveyors they had made the process better.. but someone just started moving luggage cause the terminal got backed up. The cruise ship itself did a bad job keeping us posted on Hurricane Dorian. It did not affect our trip on the boat - I understand - but for some it affects/affected their lives - so they could have been more open. In closing - the ship was nice. I do not think it needs to be overhauled and updated. Staff was great and it was a good trip and vacation. In my opinion a litte homework ahead of time goes a long way in enjoying a trip. Peace and safe travels. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had a great time on the Carnival Horizon. The kids enjoyed the water park and activities. The movie theaters were great and Antonette was always so kind and happy to help. On the last 2 days of our journey, we were in the middle of ... Read More
We had a great time on the Carnival Horizon. The kids enjoyed the water park and activities. The movie theaters were great and Antonette was always so kind and happy to help. On the last 2 days of our journey, we were in the middle of Hurricane Dorian. The captain did a awesome job in keeping us informed about the situation and how he will continue the sailing. The captain definitely went above and beyond to make us feel safe. The show were great and all the restaurant server, cabin steward, bar staff were wonderful. One thing that can you use improvement is the customer service area. There was always a line if you go after 10:00am. One day, I waited almost an hour just to ask about my card. If you have kids, this will be the perfect cruise to keep them entertained. Overall, great service and great cruise. Will definitely book it again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
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