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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Every year a small group of us do a reunion around Thanksgiving time, usually on Carnival out of Port Canaveral which is the closest to my home (75 miles) I am Diamond status on Carnival with 49 cruises with them and 135 lifetime on all ... Read More
Every year a small group of us do a reunion around Thanksgiving time, usually on Carnival out of Port Canaveral which is the closest to my home (75 miles) I am Diamond status on Carnival with 49 cruises with them and 135 lifetime on all lines.Check in for luggage and Citizenship and sign and sail went quickly. the parking garage was less the 400 feet from the pier.. weather was perfect. no rough seas. all three of us elderly gentlemen , ages 85, 71 and 67 walk with canes. and had no problems with hallway obstructions. I was offered the use of wheelchair service to board and debark and was very happy with the offer. also, to go ashore in one port I had to borrow a wheelchair which one of my friends pushed for me and only had to give a $50 refundable deposit for its use and safe return. the local tender folks in Belize were also very helpful with the wheelchair as well. The dinners were all excellent, especially the night in Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse. The Chocolate buffet on the last day at sea was plentiful and tasty.. we did not go to the repeater parties. we did not buy any shore excursions. we didn't partake of any of the entertainment options as we felt they were too amplified for our taste and, honestly, we've all been "over-entertained" having grown up in NYC and Los Angeles.. Carnival corp has obviously made a deal with their cable company as there was only the Turner Networks package of tv shows and news on the in room tv. the selection of free movies was ok. they repeated the same 6 or 7 all week in rotation. the wi-fi package was only $119 for a whole week and one of us purchased it due to health issues and staying in touch with their concerned family. it worked well 98% of the time but response times on the in-house computer screens was notoriously slow like in the old 64K Dial up days. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I have almost 25 cruises under my belt, I have cruise the sunshine three times this year, I keep me coming back for more. I can’t get enough of the Motown celebration and Mardi Gras night to name a few. The entertainment staff is ... Read More
I have almost 25 cruises under my belt, I have cruise the sunshine three times this year, I keep me coming back for more. I can’t get enough of the Motown celebration and Mardi Gras night to name a few. The entertainment staff is awesome they keeps you on the edge of your seat. The dining room staff are very attentive and appear eager to meet your needs, it is amazing that they can call you by name. Shout out to Mikey, one of the best cruise directors I have ever seen and the DJ aboard the ship was awesome. As we sailed away l observed all the passengers aboard The Royal Caribbean packed to one side of their ship, it looked like they were wishing they were aboard Carnival Sunshine, the Dj shouted out Who cares about how much noise we make, we’re out on the ocean and the song played “turn down for what “. The staff aboard the ship were awesome, in the dining area the Casino and house keeping. I'm currently planning to return to the Sunshine again in May 2019 and I have a back to back cruise planned for December 2019 aboard the Panorama out of Los Angeles. Any reason to go on cruise, is a good reason, as I continue on the hunt for more delightful times at sea! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I am a seasoned cruiser (40+) with diamond status on ccl.Being new the ship was in nice shape. Signage should be better in public areas, such as location of restrooms,beverage stations,&fore&aft. My interior cabin on deck8 was ... Read More
I am a seasoned cruiser (40+) with diamond status on ccl.Being new the ship was in nice shape. Signage should be better in public areas, such as location of restrooms,beverage stations,&fore&aft. My interior cabin on deck8 was fine,however I still can not understand why they do not provide a chair that has a back on it. I did not attend any shows but the entertainment in the various bars was outstanding ,probably the all around best I have enjoyed on any ccl cruise. Food was average. Why cant they serve real orange juice at the buffet instead of orange cocktail? CCL has enough ships sailing from fl. you would think they would serve a real fl. product. I had been to the ports numerous times&only took a tour in st.kitts which was well worth it even though the windows on the van were too small.Embarkation was delayed by an hour due to the prior voyage having an unexplained late debarkation.My debarkation was fine&it seemed I passed thru customs in record time. The strongest asset of CCL has always been the friendliness of the staff & this staff met (already high )expectations. NOW FOR THE NEGATIVE.I do not take cruises to watch tv,but in the past we always had access to the major networks which would let me watch my NFL games in my room if I so chose.I love my beer&football but sitting in the sports bar from 1 till 11 is abit excessive. This also caused overcrowding in the bar because somany chairs were occupied by non drinkers CCL PLEASE FIX.Also there were many upset patrons who could not watch the SEC championship game.NO MORE CCL CRUISES FOR ME DURING FOOTBALL SEASON. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Recently, I returned to Carnival Cruise Lines from a three year stint on Royal Caribbean. I was seduced by RCCL's mega ships, the quality of their entertainment and the novelty of their gorgeous mega ships. However, RCCL lacks ... Read More
Recently, I returned to Carnival Cruise Lines from a three year stint on Royal Caribbean. I was seduced by RCCL's mega ships, the quality of their entertainment and the novelty of their gorgeous mega ships. However, RCCL lacks something that Carnival has in spades - FRIENDLINESS and Horizon is no different. I'm a solo cruiser and on RCCL, I was very much alone. The staff at the dining rooms never even sat me with anyone else! On Horizon, I met friends on the first day during a tour of the spa and while I had dinner with them most nights, when I didn't, the staff at the dining rooms made sure I was sat with friendly people unless I asked to be alone. Embarkation: This process was not smooth. I had a check-in time of 12:30-1:00. When I arrived at the cruiseport via Carnival shuttle, I had already been checked in at the airport. Thank God! Because the lines to get in were ridiculous. I would have missed my check-in window by hours. When we got to the port, since we were already checked in at the airport, we were ushered through to a line to go through security. I was not happy about being yelled out to hurry up. The staff overseeing embarkation were clearly under a great deal of stress and were taking it out on the embarking passengers! Not cool, Carnival - not cool! I finally got onto the ship and it's a beauty. The Atrium was beautiful and friendly crew were selling lovely drinks. Elevators: One thing you should YouTube is how to use the elevators. They are very different from anything else I've ever seen and the first day was not pretty! They had a couple of elevators going to the Lido deck for lunch and a couple going to rooms. There was a long long and again - the staff was stressed out by complaining cruisers (I'm sorry to say I was one.) Please know that after Day 1, the elevators actually work really great. However, I kept reaching for buttons inside that were not there! A bit unnerving. Cabin: I had a Spa Balcony on Deck 11 and it was beautiful! I really enjoyed that cabin. I had a slight issue with a urine smell in the bathroom, but I left a note for the room steward and it was taken care of immediately. The cabin was spacious (as cabins go) and the balcony just awesome. The room was clean and well taken care of. One thing I do have a huge complaint about is the TV. It wasn't working right. The picture made everything look like an old movie. I did not complain to anyone, so I have no idea what they would have done had I mentioned it. But the worst thing was the lack of content! I think they had TBS and one other channel, some cartoons and that's about it except for cruise advertising channels. Very disappointing. I know most people don't spend much time in their rooms, but I like to kick back at night sometimes and RCCL has many stations and movies available. I really wish Carnival would up their TV game. There were some good movies available for a small fee and some for free. I like how RCCL has movies playing all the time 24 hours a day. Carnival, please improve this. If I hadn't loaded my iPad with NetFlix movies, I would really have been bummed. Steward: The steward cleaned my room every morning, kept me in ice, which I told him I liked when I first boarded, however, he wasn't the friendliest person. He was perfectly nice, but took absolutely no interest in me. On past Carnival cruises, the room steward became my friend. He was there at the beginning of my day and toward the end ever day, asking me if I needed anything, asking me about my day, where I came from, etc. This room steward - nothing. Just polite smiles and that's it. And his tip reflected that. Dining: Fantastic! I had the Java Cafe, which was more formal than it sounded, with My Time dining, which worked perfectly even without reservations (much different than RCCL, where I got a stern lecture on making reservations (jerks)). I only ate there one night, after which I either met my new Aussie friends for dinner at the other dining room reserved for My Time or went to a specialty restaurant. The food and presentation were amazing. I have mixed emotions about showtime. Some nights I had the energy to participate and some nights I was just tired from a full day and just wanted quiet and dinner. I highly recommend a trip to the Steak House! It is totally worth the price. You're treated like royalty and the food is mouth watering from beginning to end. I'm planning on going back for my next cruise in March. I heard a nightmare story about guest services messing up people's cruise accounts, so keep a close eye on that. Being the only person in my room, there was no way they could mess it up. Do yourself a favor and download the Carnival Hub app. It shows you everything that's going on around the ship, you can make dinner reservations, sign up for shows, etc. It also has a chat feature for $5. Gone are the days of looking all over the place for your friends - old and new! YAY! Spa: Carnival has one of the best spas at sea and Horizon was no different. I love the new saunas, but I don't like the way the thalasotherapy pool is right in the middle of the thermal suite with no privacy (like on Carnival Breeze where it is set aside in its own room). There were not enough heated, tiled divans and people were saving them (a habit I can't stand!). Otherwise, if you don't have a spa cabin, I recommend a day or week pass for the thermal suite, which has a beautiful view of the ocean while you relax. The Theater: I was very disappointed in Horizons theater. Other ships have couch style seating with small tables, however Horizons Liquid Lounge just has chairs. It's tacky and messy looking. Carnival - WHY?? The show I went to was with electric violins and the whole theater was set up looking like a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Best - this was one of the BEST shows I've ever seen. Karaoke - get there early or you won't be singing - like an hour early! I never got to sing Karaoke during my trip on the Horizon. During some of the 18+, there were many children under 18 who were allowed to take up the few spots there were. The contest was randomly picked instead of picking from among the best singers. Disappointing. They need a new Karaoke DJ on that ship as the one working it was not personable, did not interact with the crowd, did not sing and did not enforce the age restriction rules. In St. Kitts, I went on the Fan-ta-Sea excursion. The crew was fantastic, the boat was beautiful as was the scenery. I highly recommend this excursion. It is pricey, but you get first class service. These guys worked so hard for us. They were friendly, entertaining and danced with us all the way home. Remember to bring cash to tip them, because you will want to after this excursion. The food was also very good. I saw a lot of sparkly fish, a ship wreck and a giant barracuda. I also saw a couple of really cool puffer fish. This is a long day. The rum punch is excellent and the beach they took us to gorgeous. I was constantly in awe of the beautiful scenery. The crew was happy to answer questions about the distant islands, etc. Oh, and this is just a short walk from the pier, which is always a plus. They did not stop to pick up any other people - straight to the catamaran, a short briefing and then away we went. Overall, the Horizon was beautiful and her crew friendly. I've mentioned a couple of things that disappointed me, like the theater, my room steward's general invisibility, and the TV, but I had the best time of my life! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We cruised from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. It was a back to back. We had a room on deck 1, and had to change rooms for second half. That was not a big deal. we packed everything up and Lyndon our room steward moved our bags for us. Lyndon ... Read More
We cruised from Dec. 1 to Dec. 15. It was a back to back. We had a room on deck 1, and had to change rooms for second half. That was not a big deal. we packed everything up and Lyndon our room steward moved our bags for us. Lyndon and his crew are great. He is one of the best. Also, we ate in the Reflection Restaurant more this cruise than ever before. Our waiter Slavisa was great. We had table 236 and had a great time with all the diners around us. I really do not have anything bad to say about the cruise. Our cruise director Mike is fantastic and very friendly. Loved the ship , very beautiful. We were checked in at the airport so when we got to cruise terminal, we went right past everyone and thru security and on ship. This was the best boarding process we have ever had. Larry and Linda Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise because it was sailing out of Sydney and I have always wanted to do that. It was also going to New Caledonia where I haven't been before. It was my first cruise experience and I was a little nervous about doing it ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was sailing out of Sydney and I have always wanted to do that. It was also going to New Caledonia where I haven't been before. It was my first cruise experience and I was a little nervous about doing it on my own. It was the most social holiday I have had on my own. I must have spoken with 50 people at various times during the cruise. The overall experience was fantastic. I did upgrade to a Grand Suite so my room was very nice and comfortable. I also chose the pick up at Sydney airport as I was flying in and out from New Zealand. Because I was the only person doing that they put me in a taxi instead of the coach. Great service. No problems with embarkation and disembarkation. It was probably not a good idea to be flying in and out on the same day as the cruise but lucky for me all went smoothly. I even got time to take the ferry over to Manly for a few hours before boarding the ship (they stored my suitcase). The food was pretty good. I chose to do the Chefs Table and that was a great food experience. I felt the alcohol side of this was a let down. No Cocktail just a glass of bubbles and the wine served during the meal was house wine standard. It was interesting to see the kitchen but i think it would have been better to then go to a separate dining area. It was difficult for me to hear what the Chef was saying due to the background noise. My time ashore was fantastic. Loved Mare and Isle of Pines for snorkelling and swimming. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Pros: Medium size ship is relatively easy to navigate. Generally polite staff throughout the ship. Most guests on Carnival are friendly, unpretentious people. Cruise director was pleasant and efficient. Two of the four ... Read More
Pros: Medium size ship is relatively easy to navigate. Generally polite staff throughout the ship. Most guests on Carnival are friendly, unpretentious people. Cruise director was pleasant and efficient. Two of the four comedians were very entertaining. One of the movies that was offered was excellent. Fresh fruit was available on Lido for most meals. Several dishes at the Lido buffets and main dining room were prepared well and had excellent flavor. A few desserts were works of art. There are several nice displays of decorative crystal in the ship stairwells. Shipboard shops had a couple of nice sales and sales staff were quite approachable and helpful. Debarkation at the end of the cruise was smooth and uneventful, despite long lines. Luggage was well organized and easily located in the terminal. And terminal personnel were helpful in their directions. Cons: Embarkation delays and difficulties, especially for the handicapped, as there were not enough wheelchairs to meet needs. 2-3 chairs per ship is too few when each trip takes half an hour or more to board each person and there are several dozen people waiting and more arriving all the time. Most staterooms are not available to guests until early to mid afternoon on embarkation day, so guests must lug their carryon baggage with them everywhere they go until then. There was a bad shudder (shaking) to the ship throughout the cruise. Is something wrong with the engines? Not many good choices for dining, activities or entertainment. Very limited offerings on the Lido deck for dinner. No wait staff on hand there in the evenings, either, to offer beverages or other services. Food was generally mediocre, either spiced the same or very bland, portion sizes in the main dining room sometimes varied wildly from one plate to another, sauces and dressings were often too thick to pour or use as a dip, options for ordering and free beverages were never offered by main dining room staff. Choices for pizza, outdoor grill and deli were fixed and too limited. Outdoor grill food was often overcooked, cold, dried out and inedible. One of the two soft serve machines was not functional during the entire cruise, creating long lines. No juices are offered on Lido for breakfast, only sugary drinks. Juice is offered only in main dining room, but the main dining room breakfasts were not cooked properly. Long lines for dining and entertainment venues. Gaudy, visually jarring decor in many of the public areas such as the main dining rooms, bars. Tiny uncomfortable "library" had few books, felt like a wasted space. Very heavy glass doors to some public rooms, making them inaccessible to some disabled guests. Entertainment venues were too small for most shows/comedy performances. Serenity adult area at the stern of the ship was anything but serene — packed with people, chaotic and noisy. An assault on the senses. No anniversary celebration was offered despite it being listed on our dining room slip and general cruise documents. Very disappointing. Dining room service spotty, some tables were skipped for dessert, ignored for beverage refills, etc. Spa services refused to supply a price list -- prices for each service had to be "negotiated" separately. No prices were ever listed for "specials," either, only "$$ off." Choice of stateroom service (morning or evening) was ignored by stewards, leading to daily inconveniences. "Chocolate Extravaganza" was mostly cakes. Main dining room sometimes opened late due to poor scheduling of staff meetings, stressing staff as well as guests. Slow dining room service often meant guests would have to leave before dessert to make it to the other end of the ship early enough to find seating for scheduled entertainment. Popular entertainment was often scheduled in conflict with dinner and other one time entertainment so something had to be missed. Why not have some matinees? Several entertainment activities and presentations were too childish for most adults. Because of the location, relatively few guests could get a view of the ice carving demonstration. Some port tender boats were exceedingly slow and/or poorly maintained, making for uncomfortable rides and long waits to get ashore as well as to return to the ship. No tender ports had seating in the onshore waiting areas for those wanting to return to the ship. Drinking water for returning guests was provided at one tender port but was located beyond the security ropes out of reach of guests. The Western Caribbean itinerary is always the same out of Tampa, limiting its appeal. Much of the musical entertainment was mediocre to poor, amateurish. Too many cutbacks in recent years-- no bathrobes or bath amenities in staterooms, no birthday or anniversary celebrations, no sea day teas, stained towels and threadworn bedding, ragged carpets, burned out lightbulbs, fewer stateroom stewards to service rooms which makes staterooms inaccessible to guests for 6-8 hours every day. Stateroom "categories" are practically meaningless except for location within the ship. A "large" stateroom can be very tight with little space for storage. Although we paid hundred$ extra, it was the smallest stateroom we've had in over 20 cruises. Room safe can be accessed only with a magnetic strip type card, not a keyed in code that could be used by spouse or fellow roommates. Guests cannot hear ship-wide announcements when inside the stateroom. There should be an option for this. Yet all guests were awakened in the middle of the night by an in-stateroom announcement about a private medical emergency. Announcements made in noisy public areas such as the Lido buffets and outdoor decks could not be understood at all. Also, music piped into many parts of the ship was so loud that it drove away guests. There were persistent problems with the toilets throughout the ship -- dirty water, non functioning, etc. A couple of times the electricity in the stateroom went out. There is no dedicated movie theater, no outdoor movie screen and no schedule or guide for the limited television channels. No access to the stateroom folio account or daily schedule/menus through the television, either. Most of the few movies that were offered were aimed at juveniles. Water slide was dry and nonfunctional during our cruise. No explanation given. Never enough chaise lounges or other seating near the pools to meet demand. Poltergeists apparently took over one elevator, leading to trapped guests not being able to get where they wanted to go and then opening the door only extremely briefly so guests could not safely exit, either. Sales in the atrium are never a good idea -- too many shoppers in way too small a place. People actually fought to get to the only available side of a table of t-shirts. Shipboard bar drinks were generally not well made and were much higher in price than on several other cruise lines, as well. No encouragement or urging for guests to wash their hands and use hand sanitizers, especially in the dining venues. As a result, most guests did not do so, spreading their germs/illnesses everywhere, to the detriment of all. Lots of coughing and sneezing passengers aboard the ship. Some venues (Mad Hatters Ball) were so cold the staff supplied guests with blankets to watch movies. No popcorn, though. Constant heavy "mist" spewed into the air of the Phantom Theater for theatrical atmospheric purposes smelled bad and caused coughing amongst the guests. This mist was not turned off regardless of whether it was appropriate for the entertainment production. Poor ventilation in and near the casino made for unpleasantly smoky conditions throughout that deck and beyond. Raffles in the shipboard shops (must be present to win) were held during the late evening when most guests would be at dinner or attending entertainment productions/events. Folio charges and credits were issued per guest instead of per stateroom, even though only one credit card was on file to cover the account. This meant that each guest listed on the account had to make individual purchases to cover their individual credits instead of one large purchase being allowed to absorb the entire group's or couple's credits. There should instead be an option to group the credits on the same account. Some shipboard charges, such as gratuities, are not added to the passengers' account until the last day of the cruise, creating unrealistic expectations for passengers and naturally followed by long lines at the Front Desk. Only a two hour window (9-11 p.m.) was allowed for setting luggage in the hallway for pick up the night before debarkation, leading to missed entertainment on the final night of the cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Our sailing was Nov 24th-Dec 2nd. We chose this sailing because of the itinerary, which was awesome! The rest was just Meh! The food, for the most part, was not so great. We had to order a bunch of things from the menu just to find 1 or ... Read More
Our sailing was Nov 24th-Dec 2nd. We chose this sailing because of the itinerary, which was awesome! The rest was just Meh! The food, for the most part, was not so great. We had to order a bunch of things from the menu just to find 1 or 2 decent items. The fish tacos were gummy and bland. The ship is definitely dated and could use a complete remodel. The muster drill...SIGH! It was a cramped, hot, unorganized mess. It was never that bad before but this time, it was the absolute worst. The whirlpools in the back of the ship were the 2nd worst part of the sailing. I usually look forward to my time in the whirlpool but they were not even hot. I informed guest services, but they barely did anything. The staff working on the ship, including our cabin steward, were amazing and we were grateful to them for taking such great care of us. After this last sailing, we will not be sailing with carnival anytime soon. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was my first cruise ever. Did not know what to expect at all. We were on the lower deck all the way in the back. In spite of this, the sailing was rather smooth. Kudos to our cabin Steward, Wayan, who surprised us each night with ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever. Did not know what to expect at all. We were on the lower deck all the way in the back. In spite of this, the sailing was rather smooth. Kudos to our cabin Steward, Wayan, who surprised us each night with a different "towel animal" (like Organami with towels) sitting in the middle of the bed. It was really cute and made us look forward to getting back to our cabin in the evening, to see what sort of creature Wayan had left for us. Also, our hats off to our fantastic dining crew, Sudika, Authur and Ketut who kept our stomachs full and our pallets satiated. The food was wonderful, but the service was better. Thanks to our bartender, Rajesh, who kept our glasses full and always strived to deliver drinks the way we wanted. We chose not to go with the Carnival Shore excursions, instead, we googled a Snorkeling beach in the Cayman and a Scuba place, Blue Magic, in Cozumel. Experiencing the local taxis and local cuisine was quite exciting and the instructors at Blue Magic Scuba were amazing! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
It was one of the best cruises of my life. Crew were very courteous, friendly, and helpful. Ship was clean and the food was better than the last few cruises. The big problem was with the bathroom. The step up into the bathroom was the ... Read More
It was one of the best cruises of my life. Crew were very courteous, friendly, and helpful. Ship was clean and the food was better than the last few cruises. The big problem was with the bathroom. The step up into the bathroom was the problem. The step was too high. I can not do stairs. It hurt every time I stepped up into it. Next time I will bring an extra small step to make it easier. Then when it was time to go home, I was told to be in the theater at 7:15 I The morning as I was group 1. At 8:30 they did not know about wheel chairs to get off the ship. Some people did not make their plane. Finally the wheel chairs showed up. The guy who helped me out, had never pushed any one in a wheelchair. I slipped and fell. No big deal. Finally got off. Beauty and Ruth in the casino were very helpful and friendly. The lady who cleaned our room was exceptional. With out asking she cleaned the room twice a day and refilled the cooler with ice, that I brought. I have 10 more cruises booked with Carnival. This ship was just not handicapped friendly with the friendlyest crew. I really enjoyed my self. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Prior to this cruise I had taken 11 Carnival cruises and loved them all. I had also done this itenerary 3 times in the past and loved it. I was really wanting to visit Key West again and was only 8 days after a cruise on the ... Read More
Prior to this cruise I had taken 11 Carnival cruises and loved them all. I had also done this itenerary 3 times in the past and loved it. I was really wanting to visit Key West again and was only 8 days after a cruise on the Fascination,craving another cruise. This one was perfect ,Key West Interary and nice ship i had never been on. Embarkation was quick and easy.This particular ship has the sign and sail cards placed in the mailbox outside the cabin rather than issued at check in,so that speeds things up considerably. You can use your boarding pass to purchase drinks,etc prior to getting to the cabin to pick up your card. I loved the design and decor of this ship,so lovely!! the crew were so nice and helpful at all times. I only had dinner in the MDR twice,as I simply didnt see anything on the menu I was in the mood for the other two days.The food is delicious and of great quality. I booked this cruise for the interary,and it did not disappoint. I booked the Hop on,hop off conch train in Key West so I could see all the sights I wanted. I know you can walk up Duval to get to the Southernmost point,but I was not up for that long of a walk so I did the train. You can get off at a stop and walk over a short distance to it,so thats what i did.Key West is beautiful,and I highly suggest the conch train or the trolley tours for a great tour of the island This trip to Cozumel was my best ever. I booked a tour through the shore excursions desk that included snorkelling,lunch , a tableside guacamole demonstration,as well as a tequila tasting and demonstration. Protip: the passionfruit tequila was my favorite . Yum! this was my first attempt at snorkeling so I struggled a little with getting the hang of keeping water out of the mask and snorkel but when was doing it right it was amazing to look down at the fish and coral just a few feet below me! I felt like I could reach out and touch the fish. This was just a great cruise all around. I would definitely book this ship again. I hear it is going to be redone and changed to the Radiance,so I willl be trying it when it gets done. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We enjoyed the Glory. Crew members were very friendly & helpful. This is a "Conquest" class ship, which means you are unable to go from forward to aft on a few of the decks, which is a bit confusing & inconvenient. ... Read More
We enjoyed the Glory. Crew members were very friendly & helpful. This is a "Conquest" class ship, which means you are unable to go from forward to aft on a few of the decks, which is a bit confusing & inconvenient. Food service & quality were excellent. Entertainment was a bit sparse. I was disappointed that CCL has decided to charge $ for cranberry juice at breakfast, also disappointed that CCL no longer had a future cruise agent on board. We are Platinum guests, which means we should have gotten 3 bags of laundry each on a 7 day, done for free. But no laundry bags were in our cabin & when I requested bags, I only received one, having to ask for the 2nd one. I was never offered anymore, this was a bit disappointing. Perhaps part of CCL's cutbacks. We had rain for 2 out of our 4 ports, a bit disappointing, but of course not the fault of CCL This was a premier cruise, so the casino was always packed. Machines were generous on the 1st couple of days, very tight the last couple of days. Casino was even open on a couple of port days, which was surprising to me. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We have been on 35+ cruises and enjoyed this one as much as any before. The ship, since its 'remodeling' was in great shape. We know companies promote friendliness, but on this trip it all seemed sincere. Dining was good ... Read More
We have been on 35+ cruises and enjoyed this one as much as any before. The ship, since its 'remodeling' was in great shape. We know companies promote friendliness, but on this trip it all seemed sincere. Dining was good (although we miss the white table cloths). Casino staff was exceptional. The menu was very similar to others, but the preparation was much better. We left port on time, very unusual and had no problems with embarkation or disembarking. We did adventure out on two excursions and even after many visits to the same ports we were able to find wonderful, new experiences. The one we enjoyed the most was in Roatan, 'Roatan Adventure Tours' and a guide named Jeffery Johnson. In Cozumel we did revisit a previous tour, only because it has always been a great time -- Mr. Sancho's all inclusive beach tour. You must try their coconut shrimp and 'Dirty Monkey' drink. Book this ship and you won't be disappointed.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Had previously cruised on the Dream, and was very satisfied. Wanted to have a repeat of a good time with cousin and sister. Other than not having received a satisfactory cabin, we had a good time. Cabin steward Pande was fantastic, he was ... Read More
Had previously cruised on the Dream, and was very satisfied. Wanted to have a repeat of a good time with cousin and sister. Other than not having received a satisfactory cabin, we had a good time. Cabin steward Pande was fantastic, he was very friendly and polite. Entertainment in shows were great. Cruise director Alex was very entertaining and easy to talk to. He made sure any and all questions were answered. Staff on lido deck were friendly not pushy when told you didn't want drinks. Ship was very clean and maintained. Dining was outstanding. Loved the fine dining room, only wish you didn't have to dress up on certain nights casual dress should have been ok, (I don't mean shorts, bathing suits or tank tops) Both boarding and exiting ship was fast, and organized. All ports were set up basically the same with same merchandise and shops, sales people were pushy and each said the same thing. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
This is my fourth cruise on this lady, Carnival Ecstasy, she is in good shape for an old gal! EMBARKMENT: My wife and I drove down from North Carolina and utilized the new cruise port parking arrangement. We used to park in an old ... Read More
This is my fourth cruise on this lady, Carnival Ecstasy, she is in good shape for an old gal! EMBARKMENT: My wife and I drove down from North Carolina and utilized the new cruise port parking arrangement. We used to park in an old warehouse and take buses after you dropped off the luggage at the parking lot. Now you drive in, they take your luggage and your park in the open air parking lot and take the shuttle to the cruise terminal. It appeared to be a little faster. The bottleneck at the terminal remained the same, long lines that are slow. You do get onto the ship in about an hour or so. ON BOARD: Your room key is now at your cabin's mail slot next to the cabin door, so when you get on board if you want a drink you have to show your boarding pass and give your cabin/stateroom number, the new system is a little faster, but not much. You head to the buffet on deck 10 and have the "standard" buffet food, good but not great. You get into your cabin by 1:30pm, you room key card and onboard charge card is in the mail slot next to the cabin door. INTERIOR: Rivera (4th deck) R63 is an interior cabin, with a queen bed, two twins pushed together. as my wife and I are CPAPer's we had the stateroom steward, Wayan, split the beds for us. He provided excellent service through out our cruise. Standard interior cabin, a little dated but functional. ENTERTAINMENT: On the ship, the entertainment is by cruise staff, all production shows, a couple were good, the cruise director, Deon, is a high energy and very personable. The Punchliner Comedy Club had a very good comedian, Jody White, we only saw her PG show and it was an entertaining 45 minutes. COST of DRINKS: They are getting expensive $6.50 for bottled beer and $9 and up for cocktails, similar to RCCL. PORTS OF CALL: My wife had not been to Bermuda in about 25 years, back in "those days" we did the snorkeling, glass bottom boat, the pink sand beaches and explored the island, now we sort of just walk around the port area. I will comment later about Bermuda it is a beautiful island to visit. MAIN DINING ROOM: We were "your time dining" from 5:45 pm to 9:30 pm, and there are long lines to get into the restaurant and your are given the buzzer that goes off when your table is ready, no matter what time we went, early or about 7:30 pm, there was about a half hour wait time. We dining in the Wind Star main dining room and fortunately got the same section at our request, with the team head waiter Iman and the team waiter Sentana, with a third rotating team assistant waiter at tables 138 to 146. They provided excellent service throughout the cruise. THE MENU: Standard fare, we had prime rib, two nights, beef tenderloin one night, and the menu varied on the beef and pork, with spare ribs, beef short ribs, along with the pasta, vegetarian, and seafood selection. There are two formal nights on the seven day cruise in which there are table cloths on the tables. The appetizers are standard, and they only have escargot (my favorite) one night of the cruise. Overall, the food was very good but not great. Now the "salt shakers" in the main dining room are the little cylinder ceramic shakers with three little holes onto and THEY ALWAYS CLOG!!! Five of the seven nights we had to have our waiter bring us salt shakers that were not clogged. Carnival get new salt shakers! If that was my main complaint, what am I complaining about. MEET and MINGLE gathering: I would have to rate it a poor compared to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. There were about 25 Cruise Critic M and M folks, and they coffee, juice, water and danish. On RCCL's meet and mingle, they had bottles of wine and champagne, hats, a backpack and the coveted pens and markers. THE CASINO: My wife and I were here on the Carnival Players Club "bounce back" casino offer, it you gamble "enough", and I do, you get a offer of an interior cabin for $100 per person, plus port charges and on board credit of $100 each, so essentially, its a "free cruise" excluding the port charges and taxes. Unfortunately the casino is small, and as I play three card poker (only two tables) and WPT heads up hold 'em (only one) I had limited table time as this cruise was also a Carnival players club "Premier" players club cruise and people were sitting at the table to play before the casino opened. There was a mix of old and new slot machines, mostly older vintage, and I did not hear of any really big slot machine wins announced. DEBARKMENT: Under an hour we went from the gathering place, Sapphire Lounge to pick up our luggage, through customs onto the shuttle bus and to our car in under one hour. Amazingly fast. OVERALL IMPRESSION: It was a nice cruise on an older ship, with standard accommodations, very good but not great food in the MDR that provided excellent service,that visited the beautiful island of Bermuda. There few kids on board as it is the school season, a good age group mix. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We had never been to Aruba before and were looking forward to it. I had researched the Sunshine and had read some bad things but I also new that the ship was going to dry dock before this ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We had never been to Aruba before and were looking forward to it. I had researched the Sunshine and had read some bad things but I also new that the ship was going to dry dock before this cruise so it should be in pretty good shape. Then we heard the news about the issues the ship had on the cruises coming out of dry dock and it had us a little worried but I also knew that Carnival would address the issues. This cruise was incident free for us. The Sunshine is a remodeled ship and is unlike any other carnival ship we have been on, from reading previous reviews I was ready for the different ship arrangement. On most Carnival ships when you leave your cabin you just have to think what deck your destination is on and you can take any elevator to get there. Not the Sunshine for this ship you not only have to think about what deck your destination is on but also what elevator you need to get on to get there. Just getting on any elevator will not get you there. Some of the elevators also will take you to the Sports Court or the Serenity area but only if you push the proper up call button, there are 2 up call buttons for some of the elevators and those elevators will not stop on your floor if you do not push the proper up button. It took us a couple days to figure this out, until we figured it out we thought the elevators just had a mind of their own and was part of the entertainment. Because of these reasons the elevators are always busy all the time. I was also surprised at the size of the public areas, they were smaller than other large ships. There is no theater, just a lounge where they have the musical review shows, Liquid Lounge, and the lounge where the comedians are, Limelight Lounge. The public areas being smaller gives the ship the feel of a smaller ship that is crowded. The serenity area on the Sunshine is one of the best I have experienced it is large, spans 3 decks and has its own pool, hot tub and water fall, like all of Carnival's serenity areas they are popular and you have to get there early to get one of the better locations, but we could always find someplace to set in this area that was shady with as much privacy as you can expect with 3000 people on board. The Sunshine has all of the restaurants that Carnival currently offers on its ships except for Guy's Pig and Anchor barbeque. All of the food we had on board was very good. The Lido buffet was small but it is forward of the Havana Bar, The Italian restaurant and the Asian restaurant and all of these locations also serve food during lunch and breakfast and their seating areas are available to the buffet, so we never had an issue finding someplace to sit. The only specialty restaurant we tried was the steak restaurant and it was worth the extra amount of $38.00. We had a great experience there. The main dining room was very good and we enjoyed all of the food we tried. The waiter's and waitresses were very good but also very busy. My favorite part of this ship was the crew, they were very welcoming and always had a smile on their face and willing to speak to you and greet you. Another surprising thing also was the availability of live music around the ship. Besides the musical review shows I am accustomed to live singers, pianists and such being around the ship playing music in the atrium and other places during the day, especially on sea days. This type of music didn't usually start until 5PM and by the time we ate dinner and took in a performance by a comedian or watched a show, they were usually on break so we saw very little of the individual performers. The movies on the big screen were good and we enjoyed watching a couple of these at night during the cruise. We had a balcony stateroom that was on deck six and it was nice, had plenty of storage a refrigerator and a great balcony. Our stateroom steward was wonderful, never disturbed us and always seemed to know when we were in or out of our stateroom so he could clean it. He also did a great job and he was great with the towel animals and always greeted us by name when he saw us around the ship. Our stateroom number was 6227 and it was between the forward and mid elevators so, it was convenient to everywhere. It was also quiet. The bed was comfy and we slept well. The cruise director was Mikey and he was great and very entertaining and he made himself very available all the time. I am a veteran and Mikey did a great tribute to the Military and first responders that was attended very well. We did not particularly like the layout of the ship but we had a great time. I do not consider embarkation and debarkation to be cruising because it is always a horrible experience. With the way Carnival does embarkation now if you arrive during your assigned check in time then it is a fairly smooth process, if you arrive early or late you are toast, long lines await the early and late. For debarkation it did not go as smoothly as possible, For the self debarkation or express debarkation which we did where you carry your own luggage. It didn't go as planned. They announced that everyone was to be off the ship by 9 am and then they took forever, they had to call your deck number before you could go to the lobby to get off the ship and this took forever. We finally got off at 8:45 AM which is not bad, but they had not called all the decks and then they were going to have to call zone numbers for the ones who checked their baggage. we had also gotten up early because we knew that they would start debarkation at 7AM and we thought we would be able to leave the ship as soon as they got the FTTF, platinum, diamond and suite people off. So we waited longer than usual due to having to wait for our deck number. We only did one excursion and this was at Grand Turk. We had been to Grand Turk several times and decided to do the "Home Sweet Home" excursion. This is where they take you to a beach house and everything is included, drinks, water toys and they also serve you lunch and it is a smaller group probably about 30 people. This was a great excursion, the staff was attentive and available and they were on the beach taking drink orders and letting you know when the food was ready. The beach was sandy and beautiful. Overall the cruise was great with only the ship layout being a negative. Aruba by the way is beautiful, we walked around the town, had a drink at Iquana Joe's and ate dinner at the Old Fisherman, a great seafood restaurant that is right off the cruise port. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We selected this cruise because it was an 8 day to ports we had never visited before. We love the Alchemy Bar. Our only disappointment was that there was no real "dance" band. Good musicians if you just wanted to sit and ... Read More
We selected this cruise because it was an 8 day to ports we had never visited before. We love the Alchemy Bar. Our only disappointment was that there was no real "dance" band. Good musicians if you just wanted to sit and listen. The DJ was very good, but never seemed to be in any of the venues we visited. The food was the standard Carnival fare, but great, as always. And our wait staff and service was amazing - from the hostesses to the waiters - always smiling and professional. Our favorite shore excursion was the sunset catamaran cruise in Aruba. Our cabin mates also enjoyed the snorkeling trips in both Aruba and Curacao. We had been to Grand Turk several times, so opted to have the token margarita and nachos at Margaritaville, and didn't do any excursions there. Overall, it was a great experience. Personally, I prefer the smaller ships because I'm not into rope walks or water features. But the Serenity Deck on Sunshine is one of the best around. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
Have never sailed with Carnival before so decided to take a break. The ship had been refitted this year. The decor of a Greek theme was very dark and oppressive. The ships layout was easy to navigate. It was surprising to see ... Read More
Have never sailed with Carnival before so decided to take a break. The ship had been refitted this year. The decor of a Greek theme was very dark and oppressive. The ships layout was easy to navigate. It was surprising to see sanitization ok n stations in obscure locations . They were not manned. The wash stations were not manned and looked like a drink dispenser. What was a surprise was there was no attempt to educate passengers on hygiene. Now on a double dose of antibiotics from throat infection . Thanks Carnival. The ship has a constant vibration that keeps you awake. Fatigue will set on and something will fail. Maintenance of small items took forever Fridge was defective for 3 days and took 3 calls to get attention. Cruise Director was good. Buffett was ghastly. Food was stewed and sat there. Burgers and tacos were good. Pizzas passable. The buffet menu suited the overweight and obese. Full of sugar and carbs. Dinner in the dining room was superb . Service was very good. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
My husband and I flew in the night before the cruise, then we used an Uber to get to the port. No problems at all. The embarkation went smoothly and we were on our way to fun quickly. We ate lunch at the buffet on Lideo. Lideo is ... Read More
My husband and I flew in the night before the cruise, then we used an Uber to get to the port. No problems at all. The embarkation went smoothly and we were on our way to fun quickly. We ate lunch at the buffet on Lideo. Lideo is where we ate breakfast and lunch most days. The food was okay but I have found that the food is not as good as it was when we first started cruising many years ago. That being said, there is something for everyone. So if you don't like one thing just try something else. We really enjoyed dinner in the dining room each night. Our table mates became friends over the week. The servers were great and so friendly. We did pay extra to eat in the steak house one night and it was so good!! Definitely worth the extra $$. Our inside cabin was a good size and the bathroom was bigger then on most ships. Our room was taken care of by Marvin and he did a great job. Carnival services the rooms once a day now instead of twice. Which is fine with us. There was a lot of entertainment on the ship. Something for everyone. This was a Halloween cruise so there was several themed things going on. There were singers preforming in different areas of the ship each night and most of them were very good. We went to two performances in the theater one wasn't so good but the other one was great! We didn't go see any of the comedians preform. The itinerary was very good for this ship. I hurt my knee the day we were leaving on the cruise. So there were two ports that we didn't get off the ship. This is the first time we have ever stayed on the ship on port days. I was surprised that several people did the same thing. We did take a taxi tour in Roatan which was very eye opening. A very poor country. Our driver was a very nice young man who had three small children. He said that even though it was still a poor island the cruise ships had brought a lot of jobs. He had even made enough money to buy a small piece of land to someday build a small house. In Cozumel we took a taxi to a small beach area and just relaxed in the sun and water. Overall we were pleased with the ship, service, ports, food and entertainment. The price was a very good price point. We retired this year so we were able to cruise when the deals were good. It was a enjoyable week and we would cruise on the Miracle again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
First i would like to say carnival tries to give you a fun experience and usually succeeds.Embarkation was fair. Food was fair service in Lido food court was terrible Service from our cabin steward was wonderful Dian was our cabin ... Read More
First i would like to say carnival tries to give you a fun experience and usually succeeds.Embarkation was fair. Food was fair service in Lido food court was terrible Service from our cabin steward was wonderful Dian was our cabin stewards name. He was attentive and one step ahead of us. We never had to remind him of anything he had our wine chilled and waiting for us every day. He made sure we had plenty of clean towels and bar soap. And the towel critters were a fun surprise everyday. The ship itself could have had more identification for direction and what is available on each deck could have been better defined like in elevator. The tv could have provided interactive account for those who could not download hub on cell. The entertainment was good The comedy club was a fun time with comedian Mrs. Ford who was very funny. The quest which i usually enjoy was a little raunchy and i am not prudish but found a real low life crowd not usually on any of the other ships i frequented in the past.No fault of carnival . But it kind of turned a funny and risky adult fun into raunchy dirty pig show.. The crew in the entertainment shows put on a good show and caught the audience attention and the lighting and tech group was actually excellent. The bingo was a sham. I would never be rooked again into paying for play with such ridiculously payouts with stupid contingencies to the winner. Likpick the right envelope or pop the right balloon to get the winners jackpot which they already clearly won. What happened to giving away the jackpot to the one who calls bingo? And quite frankly a 100. dollars or 200. should not be the winners payout ever if they pay 29 to 59 to play. and most of the time have to share with 3 or more winners lol. Cruise hip bingo has changed they use to give the whole jackpot of 5000. to 7000. away what happened. And being a bingo player i know that 49 numbers are very improbable to get in a coverall thus no jackpot winner usually. Shame on you carnival conquest. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
So different people cruise for different reasons right? We took this cruise to give our 2 1/2 year old grand daughter her first experience. I am platinum on Carnival and my husband is gold. I have five cruises booked at this time to ... Read More
So different people cruise for different reasons right? We took this cruise to give our 2 1/2 year old grand daughter her first experience. I am platinum on Carnival and my husband is gold. I have five cruises booked at this time to give you some background. We drove from Tallahassee and it only takes about three hours so travel was easy. It was puzzling to me that coming from the east there was very little direction to the terminal. We found our way but not without a lot of turning around. Fantasy is an older ship but easy to navigate. We walked right on the ship without waiting in line more than five minutes. We arrived about 11am. We went right to the room and it was ready. We had an ocean view room and the bed was very comfortable. Our room steward was very helpful and we did ask that he service our room twice daily and bring ice. There was no refrigerator in the room. The window was stained and foggy but it was still ok. There was no bad sewage odor like you smell on some of the larger ships. Our room was very clean. This was a Getaway offer from the casino so we got gifts everyday and that was a nice perk. There were two drawstring bags the first day, champagne the second, chocolate covered strawberries the third and cookies the fourth. We also got the platinum gift which was the gray backpack. I already have one and found it very useful on my last cruise. The casino also treated us to a bottle of wine in the dining room. We did the green eggs and ham breakfast and the parade with our granddaughter and she loved it. We only ate in the dining room once and the service was ok. The food was normal Carnival fare and ok. We had room service once and it was very prompt in arriving. The rest of the time we ate pizza, burgers and marketplace food. We know how annoying kids can be in the dining room and tried to avoid spoiling anyone's dinner. We didn't do any shore excursions in Cozumel. We just got off the ship and walked around a little. We uses the time on the ship for her to play in the waterworks. The ladies in Camp Carnival were very helpful but she only went once and then refused to stay after. A little too much separation anxiety I think. I have to say that I've been on few ships that the staff was any nicer than on Fantasy. Everyone was very helpful and eager to assist at any moment. We did self debarkation and it was quick and painless. Off the ship by 8:45. By the time the cruise was over our gd had adjusted and was opening the door with her room key, sanitizing her hands frequently and telling everyone hello. I think it was a good experience for her and hope that this is the first of many cruises. I have a cruise booked on this ship in February and look forward to going back. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We chose this cruise because we were drawn to the newness of the ship and a chance to do an 8 day vacation. The ship and its physical features were clean and fresh. From towels, linens and furnishings, it was very nice. The service ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were drawn to the newness of the ship and a chance to do an 8 day vacation. The ship and its physical features were clean and fresh. From towels, linens and furnishings, it was very nice. The service was excellant throughout the ship. The dining staff continually sought a “10” rating and with only one minor issue, they worked hard to succeed. The current gimmick is that service personnel attempt to address guests by their first name in an effort to personalize the dining service. Due to the design of specialty restaurants including outdoor seating, the promenade deck offers many comfy chairs and couches that are available when the restaurants are not open. Embarkation was very easy and soon found our bags inside our room - or that could have been a necessity based on very narrow hallways. Some of the individual musical acts were delightful. However, there is no ‘big’ show on this ship. There were Purell dispensing machines near food service areas and several extremely innovative hand washing stations. The staff and signage placed absolutely no emphasis on hand sanitation at any of the food service areas including the private restaurants. This was particularly disappointing as we have seen exceptional efforts made on other cruise brands. While we are not gourmets or foodies, having been on Carnival cruises we felt we had our food expectations set appropriately low. In spite of the shiny brand new ship and the staff working very hard to be personable, the food was consistently poor/bad. The dining room worked very hard to serve us, but the food was of poor quality. The Lido Marketplace has two main dininroom areas with four serving areas, each of which had identical offering. You were able to see the same huge bowl of rice and mysterious Hot dishes - four times. Oddly shaped carving station ‘meats’ were exceptionally unappetizing. The basic salad ingredients were available, however the salad dressing was thin with little to no flavor and was served in tall plastic pouring pitchers, which naturally were completely covered with oily handprints. The primary dessert offering in the Lido was a variety of very attractively decorated cakes. The lack of flavor and texture was evident by an incredible volume of wasted, uneaten cake slices. The real gut turner was the horribly unsanitary cake cutting procedure. There were tall water filled cylinders full of cake and icing sludge being used to rinse the utensils between slices. This resulted in you receiving a wet drippy slice of cake. CertInly not moist cake. As for the private branded food offerings, the Guy Fiery burger station served the best cheeseburger afloat. The Pig & Anchor barbecue, a bar restaurant, offered the best authentic beef, pork, chicken barbecue. In our opinion. The best food on the ship, except for the best cheeseburgers afloat. We were delighted to find the highly attractive Cherry Top candy store only to be disappointed in stale candy and tasteless watery ice cream. How can such a new ship serve stale candy ? Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Went with 10 family members kids and grand parents etc. Fantastic French provincial day core. Glass elevators. Elegant dining room. Rooms were adequate. Had a balcony double bed and 2 bunks. Cupboards and drawers could be better if they ... Read More
Went with 10 family members kids and grand parents etc. Fantastic French provincial day core. Glass elevators. Elegant dining room. Rooms were adequate. Had a balcony double bed and 2 bunks. Cupboards and drawers could be better if they had suitcase space only. Bathroom adequate. Larger then the P&O's Jewel bathroom. Not as good on board activities that we expected. Could have been better like movies should have been on in the theatre instead of just on the open deck where it was raining and noisy. Most of the time no movies were playing throughout the day. In room should have had the better movies playing also. Bad movie scheduling that collided with early diner service also causing people to be late. 7.30 pm dance shows were good. comedy shows good but not enough seats in small theatre. Not as many shops on board as the Jewel also. Most on board activities were geared towards spending big bucks like art auctions that not many people showed up to and had old chipped frames obviously had not sold very often. Come on we paid enough to be there already. Pools were nice with kids shallow bit but could have been heated and needed more spas as overcrowded. Be nice to have an indoor kids playground too for bad weather. Buffets were good and elegant dining and waiters dancing entertainment a plus. Elegant dining was only opened for lunch and breakfast sometimes. 24 hour pizza and ice cream. Needed more ice cream machines in buffet area. Sore excursions were very pricy and the free hop on and off at Noumea was not advertised until the morning of after we had spent hundreds on tours. $530 for 4 for 3 days of tours. The train was good value but not the afternoon bus tour as it doubled up on the look outs we had already been too and beach not as good for snorkelling. Maree was beautiful and only cost $90 for 4 for day for bus transfer. Good snorkelling and local beach food sold. Noumea was a beautiful and clean place but very expensive for currency conversation. $20 for 2 coffees in an ice cream shop. Good shops above ferry terminal that took Australian dollars. P&O pulled up to the Warf where Carnival had bus services as docked in the shipping yard a bit painful. Good kids arcade and kids club activities, but not as good for older kids as the Jewel. Overall enjoyed our cruise and staff were helpful. Excellent frozen cocktails for $10.50 end up. Excellent gym and sauna if you can find it. Gym and adult spa closed for chlorination in the day on a rainy day, bad scheduling. Hardly any fitness classes, only expensive PT sessions. Need yoga and abbs classes on. Spa was extremely expensive minimum $175 a treatment. Mini golf never had any balls, always missing. Fun themed dress up nights, but didn't know it was Halloween until final days before and we purchased the wrong costumes. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
The VISTA was a bad experience for all..embarkation was a night mare...having priority boarding means nothing..you are part of the heard of cattle....the wait for a wheelchair was an hour....with no bathrooms available....once on the ship ... Read More
The VISTA was a bad experience for all..embarkation was a night mare...having priority boarding means nothing..you are part of the heard of cattle....the wait for a wheelchair was an hour....with no bathrooms available....once on the ship it took forever to get an elevator....some only went to the lido deck ...some stopped on the way down on 3..had to change elevators to go to lower floors.... The anytime t dining was a . Mess...we were a group of 4 wanted to eat early as we all are diabetics.....and couldn't wait till 8:30....finally had to complain to the head of the dining room to get the same table...same time by the 3rd night....the food was ok....service was poor.. needed ..butter. water coffee no one was around to serve us... didn't get to go to Roatan...heard different reasons water too rough and there was rioting on the island....this has happened more than once.......let's rethink the stop....poor choice......debarkation was another nightmare Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We went to get away and relax. The boarding process did not start until almost noon. We were on deck 7. You can tell the boat is not being maintained, it's rusting and dirty. The crew is lazy and they do as little as they can possibly ... Read More
We went to get away and relax. The boarding process did not start until almost noon. We were on deck 7. You can tell the boat is not being maintained, it's rusting and dirty. The crew is lazy and they do as little as they can possibly get away with. Over all the quality of the food was the worst I've experienced on any ship. Our cabin was not cleaned while we were out and we had to ask for clean towels and bath soap. The fridge did not work and toilet was hard to flush. There was a odor in the hall outside our room that was nauseating. The ports have not fully recovered from the hurricane of 2017, only about half of the shops have reopened for business. Carnival seems to be having problems with these ships, Maybe it's time to think about retiring some of the older ships. Read Less
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