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Sail Date: February 2018
I have avoided Carnival because I have heard bad reviews and that the overall atmosphere is geared toward the "party crowd". I took this cruise because I won it, so it was free. I was apprehensive, but went into it with hopes ... Read More
I have avoided Carnival because I have heard bad reviews and that the overall atmosphere is geared toward the "party crowd". I took this cruise because I won it, so it was free. I was apprehensive, but went into it with hopes that Carnival would rise to the occasion and impress me, which for the most part, they did. The staff was outstanding! They were not only friendly and helpful, but very knowledgable! The ship was in surprisingly good condition and well maintained and clean! Yay! I did not care for the design as much.. It was difficult to get form one end of the ship to the other without going through the casino and breathing the second hand smoke. Yuck. And we went to talk to the crew about re-booking another cruise, but it was right next to the casino and the smoke was just too much. We said we'd come back, but never did. The food was ok. It was better in the Dining room than in the buffet. The Guys Burger joint was GREAT!! And the pizza was pretty good too. Service was excellent, and the shows were really good!! I was quite impressed with the production quality, given their space and technical limits. They did an outstanding job! The talent in the shows was fabulous!! We had the pleasure of meeting one of the performers- Naomi Murray. She is incredible! Beautiful voice, bubbly personality, and excellent performer! Meeting her and seeing the shows was definitely a highlight of our trip! We also saw the comedians at the Comedy Club. The new club manager, Kasey for Canada is charming and so funny!! She made everyone feel right at home!! And the best comedian i've seen on a ship was Doug Williams! He was HILARIOUS!!! We only went to his PG shows, and we were rolling in the floor! We really enjoy comedians who are funny without relying on crass humor and bad language. That is REAL talent!! Good job Doug, and thank you Carnival for continuing to offer PG shows!! There were some things for young children, like the Dr Seuss parade and story time. Also there was a build a bear workshop that was fun for little ones. We didn't see very many teens on board, and there's a reason for that. There is just not much for teens. It is definitely a party ship... There were always fun games and entertainment in the main lobby, usually hosted by Cookie, the new cruise director. He is HILARIOUS and SO FUN!!! The music trivia games were always packed to the top balcony with people on all levels dancing, singing and participating! He does a great job getting everyone involved and having fun! Our cabin was quite spacious with plenty of storage space. I thought the bathroom was quite adequate for a ship, except i prefer a split bath. Our cabin steward Apollonio? was great!! Always smiling when we saw him and he cleaned our room and left the most adorable towel animals!! I even did the towel folding class and bought the book! Overall, i was really impressed and had a great time. My biggest complaint (and i wasn't alone- i heard people commenting on this the whole cruise) was the lack of hand cleaning before dining. I've been on other ships where a crew member stands just outside the dining room / restaurant and dispenses hand cleaner to EVERYONE as they enter. I'm shocked that in the midst of flu season, they didn't do that, and some of the hand washing facilities near the restaurants didn't even work very well. I asked one of the crew who was working the food service on the buffet line why there weren't crew members making people sanitize their hands as they entered, (especially in a buffet!) and he said, "Oh we only do that if there's a Government Inspector onboard". That is not ok. The major drawbacks (aside from the hand cleaning neglect) were the smoke from the casino, the layout of the ship which makes it had to get around without going through the casino, and the attire of some guests. I don't understand why it's ok for guests to were thong bikinis at the family pool area. I guess if they want to wear them, the adult area would be ok, but I don't want to see people's butts when i'm walking around the ship or swimming in the pool, and how is that sanitary for them to be sitting in chairs like that?? Ick. Also, i hated the spa. The atmosphere was not at all soothing or relaxing feeling.. it doesn't even LOOk like a spa. The staff in the spa were the only rude people we encountered on the ship. The sauna, however was the nicest one i've ever seen! I was disappointed that my husband and i couldn't together in the sauna, there are separate sauna for men and women. Sad face. Our excursion was to Atlantis for Beach Day. I would NOT recommend paying for the water park there if you are on a cruise, you can't get off the ship before the park opens and by the time you would get to the waterpark, the lines are already long. The price for the waterpark for cruisers should be considerably less. If i were staying at the resort a night or two, i would totally pay for the waterpark. But for cruising, i think the beach day is the best for the price (for Atlantis). The beaches are pristine, the aquarium and exhibits are really nice and fun to explore! Very Disney! On the beach, of course the vendors are very aggressive. You have to just smile and say "no, thank you" over and over. But it didn't bother me. They are just trying to make a living, and they aren't rude, just persistent. And I HIGHLY recommend pay for Faster to the Fun!! We zipped through embarkation, debarkation, and lines at Guest Relations, easy peezy!! And there were a few other perks... Totally worth it! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise for the schedule, the destination ports, and the departure port (we had Southwest miles we could use to fly to a Southwest destination, so we used them to get to New Orleans) When you think of how well you eat on ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the schedule, the destination ports, and the departure port (we had Southwest miles we could use to fly to a Southwest destination, so we used them to get to New Orleans) When you think of how well you eat on the ship, the quality of the shows each evening (the performers and special effects were amazing!), the various activities available, and the incredible ports we were able to visit without having to unpack and pack again and again, this cruise was an incredible deal. We were so pampered from beginning to end! We did an independent tour to Tulum from Cozumel, a cruise shore excursion to Caye Caulker to go snorkeling from Belize, and an independent tour and snorkeling on Roatan. All fantastic! It was just two of us, husband and wife, aged 55, taking our first cruise. Based on our experiences on this cruise, I'm sure we will cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship ... Read More
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship was newly remodeled to a less tacky decor color scheme and the new food venues were fantastic. One recent review stated the vents in the cabin doors let in noise. I couldn't agree more. I had to sleep with earplugs and that still didn't drown out all the sounds from drunk people yelling in the halls at all hours of the night and the dreadful steel drum music that played from 6 pm until 10 pm. I got headaches from all the noise and it was hard to relax and go into your cabin to just sleep when you needed it. The vents do help with smells in the cabin, but bad from noise control. Guy's Burger joint is so yummy and fun. The Blue Iguana gives made to order burritos, tacos for breakfast and lunch options. The buffet has gone downhill however. This is especially true for Dinner. The food one night was just awful. It was a weird combo of dishes: veal parmesan, pasta with peas, rice, top round, succotash...I pretty much went hungry that night and we checked the dining menu that was the same. The bad thing is that Guy's closes at 6pm and Blue Iguana closes even earlier. The buffet needs serious improvements! I really missed the chicken tenders that used to be served at lunch too. Breakfast is pretty good in the Lido restauant, but they need to put fruit in the express area. You can wait over a half hour in line just to get fruit. Our cabin was remodeled with woods that gave it a spa feel. We were in 8272. It was a horrible location. We were next to the cleaning closet, so the stateroom attendants would park their carts on both sides of the door and talk non stop at all hours of the day and evening loudly and bang around. People would seem to congregate by our door talking and sounds from the lobby (steel drums) would carry up to our room as it was located right at the opening. Avoid this room at all costs!! The mattress is hard as a rock and pillow hard or lumpy. It wasn't the comfortable beds we have been used to on Carnival. The entertainment on the ship needs an overhaul. The exact same shows as two years ago with less talent. The comedy "all ages" show was lames as heck. The first night, the second guy (Derek) basically rehashed the first show's material. The second night, Derek, couldn't produce any laughs. He seemed ill prepared. The Vegas style show "Livin' in America" was awful. The girls were g-string style clothing that is inappropriate for kids especially and the singing was bad. We lasted 10 minutes and bailed. The Love and Marriage show was good though :) I love the exercise facilities on the ship. There are many new weight machines and tons of cardio equipment. One of the best cruise ship gyms I have been in. Many of the tv's on the machines are broken. The girls working in the spa and night very nice and when I asked for a price list, they said they didn't have one. They gave me a $50 random credit in the spa for the Half Moon Cay day, but services were so pricey, I couldn't find anything to spend the credit on ($160ish for a massage or facial)? The ship colors have been changed from Multi-disco rainbow bright colors to turquoise and coral/orange but looks like someone sponged turquoise on all the gold painted trims to update it. The carpet is new. The ship was clean and in good repair. The walkways especially in the dining area were very cramped. There is only tea/coffee, lemonade and hot cocoa to drink on board without paying extra, but I noticed people bringing one 12 pack of soda each onboard to use. Embarcation went pretty smoothly. We'd arrived at 11:35 am for our 11-11:30 am appointment and bypassed the line. Debarkation was awesome! They made an announcement at 7 am that if you had all your luggage with you, you were cleared to leave right then (although the info sheet the night before stated you could only get off per deck starting at 8:15 am). I noticed a lot of conflicting info. The cruise director would announce one thing (like if you are near your cabin at muster, to grab your life jacket) but when we did, the stateroom attendant told us to leave them in our room. Another time they said that if you were near your stateroom, you could watch the muster on your tv, but they made it very clear at muster, that you HAD to attend no matter what. Muster took a ridiculous amount of time to complete. Mostly, it was because people took so long to get to their muster stations. They need to speed this up more. We were supposed to depart from Miami at 4 pm, but the ship didn't sail until after 6 pm, which was fine with me, but just strange and inconsistent. Most of the crew seemed to be trying really hard to be friendly and nice. We were on anytime dining and so the first night, we got one waiter who was very rude. He didn't say two words to us, didn't pour our drinks and barely showed up. We waited forever to get each course of our dinner. Their were only us two at our table and it took 90 minutes to get through dinner. I'm not sure what his problem was. I also experienced sea sickness on the 2nd and 3rd night. The ship was rocking quite a bit. We were worried about Half Moon Cay being cancelled due to strong winds. The winds were between 15-20 mph and we still were able to do Half Moon, but it was only 72 degrees and not warm enough to get into the water there with the wind. We still enjoyed it very much and had shade (although it was behind the clam shells which blocked our view of the ocean. Over all, we weren't expecting much since before on this ship, things were pretty bad. We were very pleasantly surprised and liked our cruise despite a few issues. We are glad that Carnival is stepping it up a bit and hope they work on a few things to make the experience even better. This is our 7 cruise (5th on Carnival and 2nd time on the Victory). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing ... Read More
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing else..port a Johns were outside in a different trailer, so our beautiful vacation now was delayed by 9 hours..( by the time our our ship sailed.) We did NOT get to stop at the most important port which was the princess cay island .instead we got to stop to cape canaval.florida.which it was quiet cool.we made so many turns on this ship.. It became very very rocky and made the strongest of us ill.. this actually became a nightmare cruise..not happy at all.. I am not even sure we will be sailing Carnival again.. finally when we got to Bahamas our time on shore was cut short. Then the trip back was so fast back to cold weather .so our 7 day cruise was all cold except the 2 days we actually was ported in Bahamas.very dissapointed. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was an excellent time for a Caribbean Cruise. Last year we did the same cruise, same ship, but this spa suite was three doors aft of the previous year. Special occasions again! -- Celebrated Birthdays and Wedding Anniversary! ... Read More
This was an excellent time for a Caribbean Cruise. Last year we did the same cruise, same ship, but this spa suite was three doors aft of the previous year. Special occasions again! -- Celebrated Birthdays and Wedding Anniversary! Dining was, so so. In other words not up to par. Menu choices in the MDR were not that great. The shrimp in the Shrimp Cocktail have shrunk to about a inch and a half including the tail. The Lobster Tail was on the verge of being over cooked. The Prime Rib was ---- ok. In the Lido Buffet the Menu choices were ---- well, naaaa Breakfast: Oatmeal got cold before you got to the table and would not melt butter. Bacon was not done. The omelets were wonderful! Lunch and Dinner: Too many Italian dishes. No meat substitutes ( Cottage Cheese and Fruit, Tofu, etc..) Roasts were over cooked, Ham was under cooked. Slim selection of vegetables. Deserts were fair. Guys Burgers --------- Best food on the ship!!!!! The entertainment was fabulous. The Cruise Director -- Schwartz was fabulous!!! Very entertaining. Don't miss all of the Lip Sync Battle, 3 or 4 different things going on Service was ok. Shore excursions were wonderful. The Mayan ball game in Cozumel with .lunch was very entertaining, Cayman by Land and Sea - a repeat excursion, Turtle farm, Hell, and the half submersible boat viewing the aquatic life was enjoyable. Due to the problems in Jamaica, we stayed on the ship. Already thinking on booking next cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Carnival, and we had a great time as expected. The service was outstanding. Most of all we want to give a shout out to several crew members: Thuthisa and Sanja-servers in the Saphire dining room, Glenn-server at the Red Frog Pub, and Arnata-our cabin host. These folks truly made our trip such a delight; we will deeply miss seeing them, and we will cherish all the memories of the laughs we shared night after night. I am not a big snob about decor so we can sum it up as clean and beautiful. The food was good. We stuck to eating mostly in the dining room, but we also tried Guy's burgers a few times, and we have no complaints. Carnival ships are all about having fun, and they do a great job of giving you the opportunity to stay engaged. As far as the cruise ports... I hated Jamicia. The Montego Bay port runs a racket for duping tourists. We asked for a cab to take us to Doctors Cove and were shown to a small bus that charged 7.00. Once on the bus and driving, we were informed that we would not be going to Doctors Cove. Instead, they were offering for 11.00 more than the 14.00 fair to a souvenir shop and back, they would take us all around to several places so that we can experience Jamicia to the fullest and we would also go to a "much more beautiful" beach than the crowded tourist destinations. At this point, you were already stuck paying 14.00, so it didn't sound so bad. What ended up happening was we stopped at a shop with a bunch of crap made in China, drove halfway up a driveway and looked at a former plantation house (but we never went up to the house), sat in a hot, crowded bus as we went through a part of town that was not safe for tourists, and ended up at a beach that we had to pay 5.00 each to get in and had broken glass everywhere and garbage strewn about. I highly recommend you book a cruise excursion. You've been warned. The Cayman Islands If you like to shop, this place is for you, but the island dollar is worth more than USD so prepare to pay a bit more for your souvenirs. The snorkeling part of our Pirate Boat excursion was canceled due to high winds, but we made the most of the open bar and had a good time nonetheless. Cozumel We had the most fun here. The locals are friendly, there is a lot of stuff to explore around the ports, and we booked a private excursion of horseback riding for over two hours through the jungle and to Mayan ruins. I can't wait to revisit Cozumel. Overall, I have no complaints about the ship or Carnival Cruise lines. As for the ports, we should have booked more excursions. Lesson learned. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
I give Carnival Dream a 9 out of 10, with 10 being the highest. Enjoy the ship and cruise. Ship is clean and neat. Our interior cabin was very roomy and comfortable. Crew was very friendly, Especially Wasanna in the Buffet Area, Always ... Read More
I give Carnival Dream a 9 out of 10, with 10 being the highest. Enjoy the ship and cruise. Ship is clean and neat. Our interior cabin was very roomy and comfortable. Crew was very friendly, Especially Wasanna in the Buffet Area, Always telling you good morning. She puts a big smile on your face every day. Food was good in the dinning room 7 out 10. "I am kinda picky, being from New Orleans" The buffet was very good 9 out 10, So much food by Wednesday I told my wife I didn't want to see any more food. Guys Burger, has some great burgers. The Blue Iguana has good Mexican food, especially the fish tacos. If you like good pizza, they have it. My wife ate pizza every day. Great entertainment and always something to do on board. We stop at Key West, love Key West. Freeport, 4 out of 10. Nassau was nice, 7 out of 10, Just be careful. Felt very uncomfortable. Meet some very nice cruiser on the boat and made some new friends. Embarkation and disembarkation was not bad. Parking was a little pricey. Will I sail on Carnival Dream again, You bet. Looking at booking another trip next year on the Dream. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Had been on the Magic for the Halloween cruise and had such a nice time that we booked another on the same ship. We found the dining room to be fabulous. Great meals and the wait staff is the best that we had ever experienced. We went to ... Read More
Had been on the Magic for the Halloween cruise and had such a nice time that we booked another on the same ship. We found the dining room to be fabulous. Great meals and the wait staff is the best that we had ever experienced. We went to the steak house and it is well worth the money. I was not impressed with the Italian restaurant. Our food was not great, poor service and not well trained. The waiter did not know the difference between white and red wine. The comedians were funny and the bands were all great. Our favorite was the violin trio. Our cruise director was Dr. E. He is great in the evening and does a wonderful job with the name that tune. I was not impressed with his singing in the morning, however many people thought that was hilarious. We missed Amber Cove due to high winds. Went to Secret Harbor in St. Thomas, always a fun quiet spot. Sangria in San Juan and of course Jacks Shack in Grand Turk. They have the best jerk chicken for $10 and $4 beers. We are platinum and could have gotten off the ship at 7:45 but chose to relax and have breakfast and let a few people clear out of the ship. Left the ship around 9:00 and was through customs and in our truck by 9:30. Awesome ship and a very positive and happy crew. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We chose this 5 night cruise from Mobile to celebrate our birthdays. We have done the same itinerary twice before sailing form New Orleans and enjoy visiting Mayan sites from Progreso and love everything about Cozumel. We drove in the ... Read More
We chose this 5 night cruise from Mobile to celebrate our birthdays. We have done the same itinerary twice before sailing form New Orleans and enjoy visiting Mayan sites from Progreso and love everything about Cozumel. We drove in the night before and were able to experience one of Mobile's many Mardi Gras parades, which was quite a treat. Embarkation was about as painless as possible, we parked at the port, as alternatives were hard to find. We parked about 11:00 and were on board by about 12:30. We stayed in a porthole room, it had plenty of room and storage for the two of us. While we had lunch on embarkation day from the buffet and deli. we had most of our meals in the Celebration Dining Room. Food was generally good, as was the service. We particularly enjoyed the new breakfast menu served on port days. We also enjoyed breakfast burritos from BlueIguana several mornings and burgers from Guys for late lunch after touring from Progreso. We went to a comedy show one night, the lounge used for comedy is smaller than on previous Fantasy class ships, so that was very crowded. We went to all three production shows, they were decent overall, but we felt the country show was week. Live music around the ship was pretty good, there was one very good duo and a single performer and second duo that were pretty good too. The fun squad seemed to do a nice job keeping the energy level high and there seemed to be a fair amount of activities. In Progreso, we took a shore excursion to Dzibilchaltun, It was an interesting site, and our guides spoke English well. In Cozumel we took a taxi to the ruins of San Gervasio and toured on our own, which we enjoyed. We had the driver drop us off at La Choza where we enjoyed a delicious lunch. We walked back downtown and took a cab the rest of the way back to the ship Debarkation seemed to take a long time, but went smoothly. Overall we had a very good time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I choose this cruise to see if Carnival upped the game with their new ship the Vista, since I read so much about it. The ONLY asset the Vista has is Matt the cruise director. He was entertaining, engaging, pleasant and made everyone feel ... Read More
I choose this cruise to see if Carnival upped the game with their new ship the Vista, since I read so much about it. The ONLY asset the Vista has is Matt the cruise director. He was entertaining, engaging, pleasant and made everyone feel like family. Our cabin was dirty upon arrival. It took an hour just to get into terminal D building, embarkation was a nightmare!!!! I asked our steward the first day for a bucket of ice, needless to say I did not see him or the bucket of ice the rest of the cruise. My time dining was a joke, we had to go to deck 5 to stand in line and ask for a reservation, in which we were handed a beeper and had to wait for a table. Every day you had to repeat this process to go to Horizons Restaurant. Service was slow in the dining room, the buffet had the same hum drum tasteless food, so we ate pizza every night, Carnival is NOT cheap unless you cruise one of those old battleship looking ships like the Sensation!!! Carnival needs at least change the color of the decor from ship to ship!! NOT worth the money!! Read Less
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