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before i Sailed i checked here for a few reviews and didn't see many up to dated ones so i thought i would add one, it was a few ago and i did not write anything down so i will try to be detailed. This was a 4 day cruise from Long ... Read More
before i Sailed i checked here for a few reviews and didn't see many up to dated ones so i thought i would add one, it was a few ago and i did not write anything down so i will try to be detailed. This was a 4 day cruise from Long Beach Ca. Catalina, Ensanada Mx. sea day back to Long Beach So for the People reading this in the future we just started getting serious about the Corona Virus 3/9/20 and everyone was canceling there cruise, Carnival was trying to fill this ship up and so i booked this 10 days before they sailed through the Carnival Players Club ( Casino ) The Deal was $20 pp for a IS and I upgraded it to 6C for $10 so for double i paid $60 plus taxes of $105 and i received $100 OBC and a Drink on us package in the Casino then a few days after i booked is when the cruise industry really getting hammered with people getting Corona Virus. Carnival offered us a $100 more OBC if we didn't cancel but would honer anyone who wanted to cancel so to recap i Paid $165 got $200 OBC and free drinks..i couldn't say no. Before I boarded everyday Carnival sent emails everyday saying if you feel sick or have any signs dont show up you will not board that there was strong screening before you get on...making it easy to cancel for full refunds..and they were true to there word they did screen everyone, they took everyone's temperature as they boarded. never once did i feel like i would get sick, they were not allowing people to spoon there own food in the buffet they plated everything for you and they had full hospital gowns on face masks gloves etc..there were always people walking and wiping rails tables etc. This was my 9th Carnival Cruise 5th Fantasy class Ship and 2nd time on the Inspiration .So i knew the layout and i knew what to expect a older ship with funky coloring i like the ship and the layout and i know where to stay I like my room right by the Elevator that leads to deck 10 right in front of the buffet. easy access to food and the lido deck fun. I stayed in M 199 the room was set up as a king by my request and it had a hanging bed that was folded up out of the way. What i wanted to do this cruise was play some Craps in the casino and read some books I did just that I played a lot in the Casino they Have one of those Crap Bubble Machines that i love I probably played 7 or 8 hours on that plus about the same on live craps. I did not eat in the MDR... i ate Sushi twice Buffet once and Deli once for Dinner everyday is was Guys buggers and Fries...Omelettes for breakfast. The Buffet sucked i did not eat all of it i went and got a sandwich at the Deli later that night.I also had a new guy trying to make omelettes one morning he had to make it 3 times before he got it right,,,besides those few issues no problems with food. I only went to a few shows ...the same as always if you have not seen it go see it if you have ...unless your bored ,,, my guess was the ship sailed at about 90% so there was always people on the Lido deck as usual i walked around a few times tryig to find a quiet place to read and was not able to find it even on the ship the library had people playing board and card games only place was my cabin to read which sucked but im one of those guys who has distraction i cant read... Hey I have never been on a bad cruise I have not Issues but never have they ruined my Cruise this was no different.. My Cabin steward I met him my first day I tipped him $40 and said I am Solo i probably not gonna need a lot from you but Ice please keep my Ice chest full... I had to call him every time but once I only had him clean the cabin once which is the time he got the Ice...he was polite and professional but didn't seem to want to do the extra effort... he would of got another $40 but did not earn it. and yes i kept on the auto tip as well. also like i said with my breakfast i felt they were training people to do it, Besides that everyone was awesome and friendly the Casino crew was top notch from the dealers to the Cocktail servers i was greeted by name every time i walked in there. the staff during the Muster drill was awesome they were the Dancers in the show so they new how to Entertain us while dealing with a boring issue. So here are some weird issues this cruise had that normally you wont run into often We were suppose to leave Long Beach at 5:30 pm I was up on the lido and we just sat and sat finally i went downstairs because it was getting dark and i was hungry.. we set sail at 8:05 Captain came on once and said we were delayed because we hadn't been cleared to leave yet..First day we were suppose to be in Catalina I was going to stay on board the weather was poor and i have been to Catalina many times nothing i wanted see but i was woke up at 7:45 by the Captain saying the weather was to bad to be able to tender back and forth so we were going to make today the sea day and go to Catalina tomorrow and Ensanada on the last day. and any excursions would be refunded, taxes etc. everything would be re booked for Ensanada about 12 pm the captain came back on and said we were heading to San Diego to drop off a sick passenger and please dont try to get off the ship we are only going to stop and drop...then about 30 minutes later he cam back on and said the Coast Guard decided to come and pick him up instead please stay away from the back of the boat...of course everyone was up on the lido taking pictures...and we ended up canceling Catalina altogether and went to Ensanada as planned with the last day being another sea day... Getting off the ship I walked off at 7:45 right to my truck and on the road by 8am Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Ship needs refurbishment badly. Rips, tears and holes in furniture throughout. Stained, dirty upholstery. Ripped, stained, faded flooring throughout. Chipped and peeling paint throughout. Broken window in the Silver dining room. Decor is ... Read More
Ship needs refurbishment badly. Rips, tears and holes in furniture throughout. Stained, dirty upholstery. Ripped, stained, faded flooring throughout. Chipped and peeling paint throughout. Broken window in the Silver dining room. Decor is very old, odd colors, strange designs. Water shut off during lunch hours two days into the trip for floors 8&9. 9 is Lido, the buffet. Sewer problem 1st floor. Oceanview rooms are on floors 1 & 2. Staff party hard with loud, thumping music, yelling and cheering until the wee hours 1am, 2:30 am. Their game room is mid ship, floor zero. So if you have a midship Oceanview room, good luck getting any sleep. Had to complain several times. Customer service is poor and many of them are seen walking around doing nothing or cutting up. A select few staff tried really hard to correct what the others lacked. Breakfast service and evening dining service in the Silver dining room was enjoyable. Staff were efficient. They could do without showtime because it just interrupts the dinner experience. They could really do away with elegant night. Not many people dress up anymore because most people vacation to relax. Pool areas were relatively clean. Photographers are pushy especially in the walkway on the 5th floor next to the casino. I felt like we were in Nassau being harassed to take photos. We didn’t care to have a photographer walking around the dining room trying to take pictures while we were attempting to eat. Lido buffet was always organized and clean. Food was good. Except for the barbecue upstairs. It was terrible-dry, greasy, overcooked. Overall the ship is ok. The staff needs to be trained in customer service. She ship needs the 2.0 upgrade and dry dock overhall. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We had not been on a Carnival cruise for almost 50 years! We were VERY pleased with our 5 day cruise and as far as VALUE for your money it really was pretty awesome. My husband and I are "Seniors" and do a lot of traveling. We ... Read More
We had not been on a Carnival cruise for almost 50 years! We were VERY pleased with our 5 day cruise and as far as VALUE for your money it really was pretty awesome. My husband and I are "Seniors" and do a lot of traveling. We have been on numerous other Cruises on different cruise lines and we just did not have very high expectations for this trip. However... it met some of our "needs" - a trip to Charleston, getting to see family, as well as celebrating my husbands 78th birthday. The food was way better than we ever expected. Especially lunch. LOTS of choices and I never (my husband did ) even get to try the pizza. Breakfast and dinners were fine but nothing to rave about. We found the dining service in the main dining room to be "hit or miss" - sometimes almost perfect and other times (a lost order), not so. We also ate (for my husband's birthday) at Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse. The food was definitely worth the extra charge. Our cabin was better than what we expected and especially the shower area. Shows and entertainment were just fair. Something to do. The staff on board was excellent and everyone was very up beat . We would definitely consider another Carnival Cruise in the future and recommend anyone to give it a try. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was a "girlfriend's" cruise for my wife. She turned platinum on this cruise. These are her comments. Glory looked and felt old and run-down. Food was not up to previous Carnival standards. General cleaning ... Read More
This was a "girlfriend's" cruise for my wife. She turned platinum on this cruise. These are her comments. Glory looked and felt old and run-down. Food was not up to previous Carnival standards. General cleaning was poor. Saw leftover coffee cups in the same spot for 2 days by the elevators. Elevator buttons were dirty the entire trip. I used my elbow to press them. Ship's windows were dirty and salt crusted. Louder shows do not make them better. I am a Carnival shareholder, and generally love the product. Although this cruise was very disappointing on many levels, we will enjoy more cruises with Carnival again. The crew all seemed ready to please at every turn. The ship's condition and cleanliness, especially in this time of coronavirus, was disappointing. We have taken one other cruise out of New Orleans. I must say that the disembarkation was much faster and easier than the last time (2010?). Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was my first cruise. I had a good trip, even with the changes caused by the corona virus. The food was very plentiful and the varieties seemed endless. There was dinning for every type, from the burger joint to the verrrry formal. ... Read More
This was my first cruise. I had a good trip, even with the changes caused by the corona virus. The food was very plentiful and the varieties seemed endless. There was dinning for every type, from the burger joint to the verrrry formal. Like what you saw on pictures of the movie THE TITANIC. The restaurant staff was very polite and tables were always available. The dinning times kept your eating times regular. The stewards I can not say enough good about them. Seemed to be there when ever needed, every time you turned around, but not intrusive. The live entertainment was good and there seemed to be something for all interests. The excursions : since things were changed by the virus, I will not say much about then except that for last minute arrangements were good considering the time allowed. Shipboard activities were available if you had the sense to take advantage of them. Since the itinerary was changed every cabin received $200 back. Totally unexpected. As a summery I would give this cruise a rating of 9.5. Granted I have on other cruises to compare the cruise with. All though I am no longer a neophyte. The Doing Listener --- No kids -- Party of four -- Do it again -- Middle age ---- ! Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
My wife booked the cruise this time and did very well as always. The Splendor is a very nice ship which we were pleased to be aboard. We sailed at a very turmultuous time with covid19 on the rise. I cannot praise the staff ... Read More
My wife booked the cruise this time and did very well as always. The Splendor is a very nice ship which we were pleased to be aboard. We sailed at a very turmultuous time with covid19 on the rise. I cannot praise the staff highly enough on this. Their diligance and professionalism was fantastic in every way. Yes we missed several ports that were planned But at no fault of Carnival, the captain, the crew or the ports. In whatever way possible they tried to give us the best possible experience. The portside entertainment whilst in Port Vila from the local musicians was great. Fahrenheit 555 was deliciously awesome you have to try it. Casino staff and management absolutely amazing. We had so many good conversations whenever we were there. Wait staff 1st class thankyou Daniel, Patrick, Sumali, Jose. HUGE Thankyou to Mateo, Ivan, Jodie, Gladys, Larry, Mihai and all casino crew Ryan, Roan, We had a blast. Black Pearl staff and Gold Pearl staff you all Amaze me. How you carry those trays, balance everything like watching juggling. Evening waiter entertainment was so fun. Thankyou Angela, Leilani, Putu and all we met during our dining experiences. "You Hoo, Yummy Yummy". Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
We chose this cruise for the ports and mid winter break. The disembarkation at the ports was excellent. That could not be said for the end of the cruise at Port Canaveral. Apparently there were issues with the gangplank having to be ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports and mid winter break. The disembarkation at the ports was excellent. That could not be said for the end of the cruise at Port Canaveral. Apparently there were issues with the gangplank having to be reset. After cruising on the Spirit, the Sunshine and the Paradise I would say this one fell short in both the food choice & preparation in the lido buffet, the cabin service and the dinning room service. We had a terrific time and enjoyed ourselves despite the slamming cabin doors, the marijuana wafting over our balcony, not meeting our cabin stew or being asked about cabin service preferences for am or pm, forgotten dinning room main orders and missing after dinner coffees. Compared to the outstanding service on the Paradise these made the cruise lack luster. I thought the CD was very good. We didn't see any shows but did go to the comedy club and the marriage game.. Arriving 30 minutes before any show is a necessity as seating fills fast. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Chose this cruise because it didn’t involve going to an airport. Easy embarkation for my 77 year old mum. Driven straight to the door of the ship. However on disembarkation private cars were not allowed on the pier. Wasn’t informed ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it didn’t involve going to an airport. Easy embarkation for my 77 year old mum. Driven straight to the door of the ship. However on disembarkation private cars were not allowed on the pier. Wasn’t informed there was a shuttle bus until after my mum had walked 700 metres. Good to know for future cruises. Whatever you do, don’t miss the 88 keys show. The lead male singer is 11 out of 10. The food was very nice with many options. Noticed on second last day at the entrance to the smorgasbord the food in the blueiguana looked very nice. A corn chip basket and you can choose your filling, prawns, chicken, salad. Heard one gent asking for 2 more scoops of prawns. No problem. We ate many meals in dining room and the thumbs up options were delicious, especially the sugarless meringue cakes. Gazpacho (cold tomato soup) was delicious. Ordered lobster from the pay extra menu twice and 2 of the tails were very tough, perhaps over cooked or just naturally tough. Told waiter and they were replaced with good ones. Ordered 2 mains for myself one night, thinking I would get a bit of each but no I got two main meals. Very accommodating. Up in Lido I tended to order omelettes from the omelette station and pizza. Paid to have a good look around before choosing your food. I’m not a huge drinker but enjoy a glass of wine with dinner so I ordered a nice bottle of red, which the staff cheerfully tracked down each night until I finished it on the last night. Ship is well noted for its over the top Vegas style and showing a little wear but clean and comfy. Port Arthur is a big walk for a 77 year old but it had golf carts cruising around to take you where you want to go, and the drivers were friendly and accommodating. We took hop on hop off bus in Hobart when it was 27 degrees. Try and get on the newer ones as they have great commentary and air conditioning. I allowed for a fair bit of on-board spending as I have previously cruised with Carnival, and overall we really enjoyed this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Booked this cruise because we could drive to the port and do a "Snooze and Cruise" at the local Best Western. Hotel provided parking and shuttle to and from the port. Embarkation was delayed an hour due to the ship entering ... Read More
Booked this cruise because we could drive to the port and do a "Snooze and Cruise" at the local Best Western. Hotel provided parking and shuttle to and from the port. Embarkation was delayed an hour due to the ship entering port late because of bad weather. Initially a little confusing because the shuttle dropped you off at a building where you went through and then boarded another shuttle to go to the actual terminal. Go figure. Carnival very accommodating due to wife needing a wheelchair. Embarkation went pretty smooth and were on board in about an hour. We had cabin #1603 aft, an ocean view on the 01 Deck. Can be set up for 3 with a fold out couch but it was just the two of us. Cabin was roomy with lots of storage and no complaints. Antonio and Nina Lyn were our cabin stewards and were efficient and caring. Both of them smiling and nice. Dining was in the MDR with anytime option for dinner. Dinners were for the most part, very good. Must have the Carnival chocolate melting cake! Breakfast try Ji Ji's for superb omelettes and lunch with oriental bowls with chicken, shrimp and beef with your choices of veggies. Lido for a quick breakfast or lunch. Entertainment was high energy with engaging performances with the exception of one night. Young performers danced like they were on fire. Loved the shows. Service was hit or miss. Bartenders were too few for the amount of people they were serving. They were overworked and it showed. We are not big drinkers, but what we had was good and powerful. Only did one shore excursion at Nassau. The Dolphin experience was something both of us wanted to do and it met our expectations. A word of caution: NO CAMERAS, CELL PHONES, GO PROS, ETC. ALLOWED. Why? They take their own photos of you when you are engaged with your Dolphin. Afterwards you see about 30 photos on a computer and they are available for purchase on a flash drive. For a total price of $117.00. No other option. So be prepared. We bought the package as it was a once in a lifetime experience for us. Printed them out at Walmart when we got home. Just a word to the wise. They do take credit cards. Went to the private island via tender. It was OK but the free food was a hike and the wife was out of gas. Spent 2 hours there and tendered back to the ship. If you have done the island gig before, having the ship to yourself while everyone is on the island can be a plus. No kids with us but there was plenty to go around on the ship. We would take this cruise again to kick the winter doldrums. Note: The cruisers were a diverse group, lots of screeching toddlers to senior scooter drivers. be prepared. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Carnival panorama is a beautiful new ship. Everything is new, carpeting, furniture, drink ware, flatware, etc. with over 4,000 passengers public spaces are very crowded though. The beach pool area midship and tides pool area aft fill up ... Read More
Carnival panorama is a beautiful new ship. Everything is new, carpeting, furniture, drink ware, flatware, etc. with over 4,000 passengers public spaces are very crowded though. The beach pool area midship and tides pool area aft fill up by 9am every morning with people reserving loungers and chairs with towels, caps, and backpacks. For adults only, the serenity area isn’t quite as crowded but there is limited spaces and people reserve spaces up there like the other pool areas. There is one pool area that is not crowded, the Havana pool area. Here there are two hot tubs and a infinity pool. If you don’t like dealing with a crowd and would rather relax on your cruise you MUST cruise in a Havana cabin. The Havana pool area has the best aft view of any public spaces onboard. It’s very laid back and service is outstanding. The area has ample loungers and several day beds for relaxing. There are even call buttons for service. You don’t need to get up from your lounger or daybed or pool or hot tub to order a drink. Just press the call button and a waiter will be there in seconds. This is also the best place for viewing whales in the Cabo area. It was NEVER crowded here. Of course you must cruise in a Havana cabin or a Grand Suite cabin to have access to this area and they monitor this very strictly. It is well worth it for these cabins. We will definitely do this cruise again in a Havana cabin. Dining: Main dining rooms were ok. Lido marketplace was ok and the omelette bar here is great. The steakhouse was great and the table art desert is a must if you eat at the steakhouse. Bonsai teppanyaki was good food with a great show by the chefs. Seafood shack was ok, pizzeria was ok, and Cucina Del Capitano was ok. We also did the Elegant Affair cooking class. This was a lot of fun and the chefs were very accommodating and helpful. We prepared an entire meal at our individual workstations lead by a chef. Then afterwards we were served the meal prepared by the galley, which was much better than what we prepared. Our best dining experience was the Chefs Table. It was the most interesting dining experience ever, you must do the chefs table. It’s like no other meal you’ve ever experienced. It is well worth the price. Bars: All were very friendly and no matter where I went in the mornings, bloody Mary’s were delicious. Never much of a crowd at any bar. Casino: Had lots of slots and live table games. However it was always very Smokey in the casino with cigarettes. Unbearable at times. Slots seemed very loose the first couple nights then very tight, alt least for me. Shopping: Loved Cherry on top, especially sour candy selection. Not much in way of sundry items and the shops seemed small. Not a very large selection of tee shirts or shorts. Excursions: We did not purchase shore excursions. We hired taxis in port and went where we wanted on our time. We usually do excursions through the ship, but not this time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We usually do two back to back cruises in February to get a break from our long upstate NY winters. We had booked the first one to go out of New Orleans on NCL. We hadn’t been there before so we thought we’d combine some sightseeing ... Read More
We usually do two back to back cruises in February to get a break from our long upstate NY winters. We had booked the first one to go out of New Orleans on NCL. We hadn’t been there before so we thought we’d combine some sightseeing with a cruise. Then I needed to find a second cruise on a different ship with a departure date that would work. Carnival had this cruise the day after, going out of Galveston. We hadn’t been on carnival in over 6 years. We primarily do NCL or Celebrity (about 28 previous cruises). The Dream is about 10 years old. And the decor is very dated and like the other 5 carnival ships we’ve been on, it has lots of smoked glass, mirrors, and other decor that frankly makes the ship look like an old nightclub. And there was a noticeable amount of rust on our balcony. We usually eat in the main dining room. But after two dinners there we decided that the food in their buffet was far better. And I don’t know why Carnival doesn’t put tablecloths on the dining room tables. Unlike the other cruise lines that we use, our Carnival room steward asked us if we wanted him to clean the room in the morning or the evening. On the other lines it’s done twice a day...no need to choose. Our steward said he could do it twice daily, but just the fact that he asked made me think that maybe he was overloaded with cabins, and I didn’t want to add to his workload. So we only had him do it once a day. Our balcony cabin was actually a bit larger than we’ve gotten recently on other lines. And it was always very clean and comfortable. The casino allows smoking all over and there were times when we couldn’t avoid having to walk through there. We went to one of the shows...an energetic cast, but they need a larger entertainment budget...playing memorable movie themes and having lots of lights doesn’t make up for a rather dull, lifeless show. Every crew member we came across was always very friendly and helpful...as we’ve always found on any other cruise line....they all deserve our thanks. All in all, it’s still a budget cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I have been on at least 20 cruises. This is the darkest ship I have ever been on. I think part of the problem in the buffet is that the ceilings are painted a dark color. There are several places around the ship that seem really dark. ... Read More
I have been on at least 20 cruises. This is the darkest ship I have ever been on. I think part of the problem in the buffet is that the ceilings are painted a dark color. There are several places around the ship that seem really dark. I had a great cabin steward and Ronnie my waiter in the dining room was very good. Plenty of games and such during the day, although I do wish there was more crafty things. The evening was filled with eiher shows in the theater or the comedy club. Nice to have both options. The selections on the dining room menu were quite limited. I now know that I could have asked for the children's menu for more options. While the food was ok, it was not great. I did a back to back sailing 2/9/20 by myself and my sister and brother in law joined me for the second week 2/16/20. Due to the whether we got back late in to Baltimore on Sunday. I had a 330 flight out and missed it. Ended up getting one out the next day around 1030. Other than giving me the phone number of American Airlines, the front desk was not very helpful in getting me back home. Pretty much felt like they were saying for me to deal with it on my own. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Any person or persons thinking of going on this ship Think again Company lied about the ports cancelled and the cyclone we went through Food like slop Cold tasteless 2 hours to clear plates from piggy Buffet Coffee ... Read More
Any person or persons thinking of going on this ship Think again Company lied about the ports cancelled and the cyclone we went through Food like slop Cold tasteless 2 hours to clear plates from piggy Buffet Coffee machines didn’t work Toilets dirty Dinning room same food every nigh Cold staff rude and disgusting Entertainment what entertainment Guest services staff so rude Could not care less from any passengers Rails on swimming pools loose Had my phone stolen 38 families got off at port villa And said this ship should be destroyed The buffet was like a piggery staff slow at replenishing food The tables were so dirty with dirty plates cups and cutlery Carnival knew so much about cancelled islands 8 days before And offered us a lousy $50 back Stuck on a disgusting ship for 10 days with 2 days off never never again carnival destroy the ship Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The 14 day journey cruise on the Glory was overall memorable. Embarkation was great as soon as we got to the port and went thru security we were on the ship. We had some great stops, Montego Bay Jamaica, Aruba, Cartagena Columbia, Puerto ... Read More
The 14 day journey cruise on the Glory was overall memorable. Embarkation was great as soon as we got to the port and went thru security we were on the ship. We had some great stops, Montego Bay Jamaica, Aruba, Cartagena Columbia, Puerto Limon Costa Rica, the Panama canal and cozumel. the crew was great. Depending on where your room was on the ship there was a constant movement of the ship. I think the stabilizers are not working properly. Interior spaces were in good condition. The elevators were fast and smooth. The exterior needs some painting but you see the crew working on that. Food was on pair with carnival ships. Entertainment was good. There was plenty of activities to take part in.The cruise director " Lee " was informative but I don't think he will not be on the ship much longer. He's going to one of carnival's newest ship soon. Carnival's excursions are expensive.. independent operators are just as good for less money. Disembarking at the end of the cruise was a disaster because there were so many diamond and platinum members and a large number were getting off at the same time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Wanted to see the Panama Canal Cruise was good. Had a few hiccups with getting off the ship. We arrived late in one port , and rather than let passengers off by excursion time, they let everybody off at once. People got on the busses ... Read More
Wanted to see the Panama Canal Cruise was good. Had a few hiccups with getting off the ship. We arrived late in one port , and rather than let passengers off by excursion time, they let everybody off at once. People got on the busses for the incorrect excursion time and had to be asked to get off so the correct people could get on. Could have been avoided with a little planning. Food was ok. Nothing special with the exception of a few special nights. The Sushi ( which was extra, but good pricing) was excellent. This was a Journeys Cruise. Staff mentioned several times that the cruisers were “older” - music was very loud! When we got to the canal, they had a step on guide that was very good explaining about the canal. We were on the Ludo deck watching. It took almost 30 minutes to find someone to turn the music off so we could hear the guide. Staff kept saying they didn’t know how to turn it down and folks were getting angry since this is what we came for! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Just complete a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Freedom, Feb, 2nd-9th 2020 this was my 3rd cruise on the Freedom. The Freedom is beginning to show it age the upper deck track need to be resurfaced, I notice several area where what appear ... Read More
Just complete a 7 day cruise on the Carnival Freedom, Feb, 2nd-9th 2020 this was my 3rd cruise on the Freedom. The Freedom is beginning to show it age the upper deck track need to be resurfaced, I notice several area where what appear to be some sort of access panel where rise or maybe the painted surface was loose. Freedom TV was not great, it was hard to hear announcement, while in the room I had to open the door and listen, I choose the mid price internet service and it worked very good had no problem connecting . I notice that coffee was always piping hot in the morning and only warn after 8:pm maybe it was just me seem to me as if they was try to save energy and l lower the temperature of the coffee pot at night. The safe in my room would lock; I did not complaint to my room. Steward Andri. I have cruised on the Vista and like the way I could check my account on my TV in my room at any time. This would be a great improvement the next time the Freedom goes into dry dock .My room was mid-ship 2375,My Toilet was little tricky to flush, Had push the right spot, Each night I would hear a sound that sound like some was moving furniture over a wooden floor. Several nights I could see a rope outside of my window however I never saw it during the daylight hour, additionally we could hear a popping or slapping sound as if the wind blowing against something that was tie down like a tarp or the net over the basketball court. My group had several rooms on this hallway starting at 2363 ,2367,2375,2387 and 2389 and we all could these noise during the night and was not able tell what it was and where it was coming from. Room 2363 is next to a mechanical room and stayed the engineers may several attempts to bring the temperature down. We spoke with another guest who was having the same problem with her room; final solution was adding fans to the rooms. We all had a good time on this cruise but have decided not to book another cruise on the Freedom. I could like say that we had a great room steward his name was Andri all the members in my group was very please with Andri and his helper I do not remember her name but they great. Andi would assist my wife getting in and out of our room if I or other members of my group was not present. My wife uses a scooter on this cruise and really appreciated his help when she needs it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Warm weather cruise in both the Pacific and Atlantic. Staff was ...as usual, outstanding. The ship was set to be refurbished at the end of this cruise. It needed it. Really could have been discounted because of the needed repairs. ... Read More
Warm weather cruise in both the Pacific and Atlantic. Staff was ...as usual, outstanding. The ship was set to be refurbished at the end of this cruise. It needed it. Really could have been discounted because of the needed repairs. Carnival has really fallen off in quality since we started with them nearly 35 years ago. Food quality and entertainment need upgraded. It would have been good to have had an expert on board or a movie prior to going through the canal to tell the story of the canal. The company needs to cater more to the group on the ship...only say two families with children as most folks were at least 55. Having the comedy start at 11 was past many bed times. Hate the game show entertainment...cheap. Wish the frequent cruiser program crossed with the sister company lines. Making everyone wait for the emergency drill at the start of the cruise while trying to roundup a few is wrong. Freeze their cruise card and then they have to attend later or assess a fee. Do not like the excursions for shopping when the only places allowed to shop are specific and no time to shop on your own. Love to have more big screen movies and in room movies. Get Fox News and ESPN in the rooms. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We loved everything about this cruise....except the comedian(so bad it was embarrassing- many people left halfway through his performance) and the Comedy Club hostess with her squeaky voice and her fake hair flips. The food experience was ... Read More
We loved everything about this cruise....except the comedian(so bad it was embarrassing- many people left halfway through his performance) and the Comedy Club hostess with her squeaky voice and her fake hair flips. The food experience was exquisite. Indrawan was our favorite waiter. Attentive, professional, and always smiling! The meals were delicious each day. The dining room was spectacular. The buffet stations on Lido Deck always had fresh, tasty food and smiling staff. The shore excursions were more about visiting the tour guide’s brother’s t-shirt and jewelry store. A lot of wasted time. Not enough time to properly look at the attractions. Were it not for the gamble of being left behind while doing non-sanctioned shore excursions, we would do exactly that. We could do much better for a lot less money. The performances in the theater were awesome. The staff there worked hard, and each night presented a great experience. Adam, the Cruise Director, did his very best to make sure we all had fun. The finale with the Lip Sync and the Passenger Song and dance show just proved that anyone can do a great job of entertaining with a little coaching and choreography. Sensational show! The Casino was better than I thought it would be. Didn’t make any money on the slots, but had some small wins to keep it exciting. Terrible sound system in the Casino, and smoky as usual. The poolside events on the Lido Deck were very loud, but they got a lot of people shaking and grooving. The DJ worked hard to make sure everyone was included. Bingo was a bust. Winning was almost impossible, and if it weren’t for Luis the Bingo Master, (who made it fun), it would have been a total waste. The Art sales and auctions seemed to be misplaced on the ship. It wouldn’t be my first choice of places to buy art, and then pack it or pay to have it shipped home. Fortunately, the Carnival Miracle is going into dry dock for refurbishment. It really needs some love! Lots of things need updating and painting. The deck furniture is uncomfortable and extremely noisy when you move it around. Not sure how to fix that, but it makes it hard to sleep while people on the next balcony are moving chairs around. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My husband and I aged 54 and 52 had an interior room on deck 6 (6376) for a 9 day South Pacific cruise at a total cost of $83 per day each, now thats exceptional value. As the old saying goes "You get what you pay for". ... Read More
My husband and I aged 54 and 52 had an interior room on deck 6 (6376) for a 9 day South Pacific cruise at a total cost of $83 per day each, now thats exceptional value. As the old saying goes "You get what you pay for". The ship overall look is older style with very gaudy decor, clashing colours and overall ugliness in some areas. "You get used to it". Stateroom was a good size clean and comfy. Food was a hit and miss. Some good choices in the Lido and some not so good. Sandwich bar is excellent, also liked most of the food in the Black Pearl dining room restaurant. Most staff where very good, a few seemed brash or uninterested. Unfortunately we missed 2 Island days, Lifou and Isle Of Pines, due to the Corona Virus scare. Island officials closing the Islands to ALL cruise ships until further notice. Ship gave all passengers a $25 credit to compensate for this. Instead of Lifou we went to Port Vila and a day at sea instead of Isle Of Pines. Ship holds a lot of passengers and finding seating especially near the 2 pools was usually impossible unless you staked your claim before dawn. Hygiene practices were nearly non existent. I hardly ever saw anyone use the hand sanitiser before entering eatery areas. Entertainment was very mediocre actually worst we've had on our 7 cruises. Please be aware if you have sailed on the Carnival Spirit and expect this ship to be on par, you will probably be disappointed. We will not be returning to Splendor even at the budget price. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
My husband and I just went on our honeymoon to Mexico on the Carnival Valor. The service provided by the crew was absolutely amazing but there are things to know about the cruise itself before deciding to go. My biggest problem was all the ... Read More
My husband and I just went on our honeymoon to Mexico on the Carnival Valor. The service provided by the crew was absolutely amazing but there are things to know about the cruise itself before deciding to go. My biggest problem was all the hidden fees. Before we even got on the ship they took a $100 deposit out of our account and then after the cruise is over you have to pay for expensive gratuities and port taxes and they WILL NOT let you off the ship until you’ve paid them. Also PLEASE don’t go unless you have money in your wallet. The first stop at Cozumel you can’t go to ANY beach without walking for hours unless you get a taxi or rent a scooter. I would HIGHLY recommend shore excursions that way you have a sure way to get where you want/need to go. The ship itself did not have much to do (aside from drink alcohol). Its definitely a good place to go if you like alcohol. They have plenty of it. I will say that room service was AMAZING as were most ALL of the crew members. They are all kind and accommodating and want you to have a good time. The actual restaurants on the ship have really good food but the buffets are not very good at all (especially dessert). We wish we would have stayed in an Airbnb or resort instead. Like I said it’s a good place if you’re older or you drink alcohol. Also I would recommend going to a less touristy part of Mexico. Even while we were on the beach, people were pressuring us and yelling at us to buy things or get massaged. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarkation and disembarkation went very quick and smoothly. We had a great time. The weather was perfect, seas as calm as could be. The staff was very well trained and very attentive to everyone's needs. Interior of the ship is ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went very quick and smoothly. We had a great time. The weather was perfect, seas as calm as could be. The staff was very well trained and very attentive to everyone's needs. Interior of the ship is very nice, clean and parts were beautiful. Cabin was was very nice and like most of the ship extremely well kept. On the DOWN SIDE, the food was, in a word, BAD. Don't really expect great food on cruises, especially buffets, etc., however, this was well below standards. Buffets were always late opening, and the selection minimal. BEST for us was GUY'S BURGERS and BLUE IGUANA TACO BAR. Both pool side, fast and yummy. Having taken this cruise so close to Christmas, was actually shocked to see so many KIDS, I mean, everywhere. One last note, always get the beverage package, great deal, as all drinks are very expensive. Oh yeah, they need more bars around the main pool. Would I choose CARNIVAL again? Not sure, they seem to cater to Kids. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Chose cruise for price and destinations. Easy embarkation. Having lunch by noon. We'd visited Margaritaville in Grand Turk and looked forward to returning. Had not been to Amber Cove. Pleased. Zip line $20 unlimited. We did not do ... Read More
Chose cruise for price and destinations. Easy embarkation. Having lunch by noon. We'd visited Margaritaville in Grand Turk and looked forward to returning. Had not been to Amber Cove. Pleased. Zip line $20 unlimited. We did not do excursions, finding them pricey. Had Super cruise director/Jen.. Quirky and fun!!! Rico/Imagination waiter excellent. He sang 2 nights. We requested his section each night. Not disappointed. Good food, plentiful and varied. Love chocolate melting cake and cold strawberry and peach soups. . Ship clean. Updated recently. We've cruised on Fantasy class 4 times. Like the size. Shows fantastic tho a bit loud at times. Amazing dancers. Weather wasn't the best but there was always something to do. Wish something could be done with casino smoke. Piano bar performer delightful. Favorite later evening spot. Met lots of interesting and friendly people. Love cruising. Have never had a bad one. They simply pass too quickly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We wanted to cruise from Baltimore, no flights this time. Relaxation and good food were our requirements. Since we were in a Suite, we were spoiled, and enjoyed our stateroom more than any other cruise taken in 30 years. Our room ... Read More
We wanted to cruise from Baltimore, no flights this time. Relaxation and good food were our requirements. Since we were in a Suite, we were spoiled, and enjoyed our stateroom more than any other cruise taken in 30 years. Our room stewardess was excellent. Loved the bath tub, the double sinks, and we couldn't begin to fill the closets and drawers. There was a sofa, with a nice coffee table to play cards on, or have the room service meals there. The arm chair was great to have, the TV was easily seen no matter where we were, in bed, on the chair, or on the sofa. The only downside was the lamps, we are readers and the lamps could have been better. We are booked on this cruise again in January 2021, and have a Suite again. Our balcony was larger than the regular balconies, we had a lounge chair and table, as well as 2 patio chairs. The food was excellent, we had anytime dining. Lobster was on the menu one evening, and we ordered it again a second night. The buffet offered great choices, from All American to Oriental and Sandwiches. The Taco bar had all the fixins, including guacamole, which we love. By the way, we had ordered bottled water for our room, which was delivered before we set sail. This saved a lot of money over purchasing single bottles. We saw passengers carry on 12 packs of sodas which would be a great savings as well. I highly recommend this cruise on THE CARNIVAL PRIDE. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We went on the Conquest last year and enjoyed the crews service. The band was so excellent that even though we knew there would be a new band we chose Conquest this year. The music director and band members were very good. We danced ... Read More
We went on the Conquest last year and enjoyed the crews service. The band was so excellent that even though we knew there would be a new band we chose Conquest this year. The music director and band members were very good. We danced every night and had a great time. Dining service was excellent and food was very good. Will do the conquest again next year. The serenity spot was very relaxing and the adult only pool was nice. I like using the sauna as well. If you do Carnival 2 years in a row the shows are repetitive but because we dance and love the comedians we don't mind that much. Grand Turk and Amber Cove are some of my favorite ports to visit. I will return to them. I will warn you not to do a 6 day cruise if you can do a 7 because there are so much more comedian shows and it is more relaxed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
New ship, new port, previous experience on Vista class ship, bad experience from arriving at LAX to use Carnival us transport but upon arrival could not not find representative not any indication of Carnival Rep, no signs, posters, etc. ... Read More
New ship, new port, previous experience on Vista class ship, bad experience from arriving at LAX to use Carnival us transport but upon arrival could not not find representative not any indication of Carnival Rep, no signs, posters, etc. Spent over 1 hour at LAX after getting baggage before as able to locate Rep, then had go take all baggage outside of terminal, walk about 400 yards, then met bus. Rep only had one baggage cart and over 40 of the people using the bus we over 70 years old, Upon arrival at terminal was another confusing situation. Had to sit on bus while baggage unloaded then everyone had to get off bus, find their luggage outside, and take to porters. Then, since there were no signs on which way to go, people randomly went to several locations trying to find entry for the cruise. Checkin was okay but then had to talk about another 400 yards up ramps to get onboard of the ship, Only people providing any welcome onboard was security person. Did not see of hear any ships personnel welcoming passengers. Shore excursion at Cabo San Lucas was a joke. On a Carnival sponsored excursion, there was no one ashore to providing direction to people,there were no signs to follow and just total confusion. Other cruise ships, Norwegian and Princess had signs, tents, and personnel ashore providing guidance to people, But absolutely nothing from carnival. Food onboard was average at best and in the markpetplace, selections were minimal and only one desert location which was always crowded and long lines. No Jello, cookies, limited fruit. Only one show was good and in several of the other shows, people got up and left 5 minutes after the show started,. Disembarkation was unsatisfactory and took over 3 1/2 hours. In the first hour of self assist carry off, only two decks were called. Carnival bus transporation back to LAX also resulted in a 40 minutes wait in line since no buses were present. Arrival at LAX just dumped people at one location and you had to find your way to specific airlines which resulted in a very long walk. Overall, I would not recommed this cruise to anyone and feel Carnival planning, logistics, and customer support are unsatisfactory. They had plenty of time to plan and execute the arrival of this ship at Long Beach but they did and continue to do a very poor job. Great ship but shameful cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
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