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4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
Before I get into the pros & cons of our cruise let me state that anyone who takes a Carnival Cruise and has a boring time or is left hungry it's your own fault!!! We are just short of being Platinum guests and we have ... Read More
Before I get into the pros & cons of our cruise let me state that anyone who takes a Carnival Cruise and has a boring time or is left hungry it's your own fault!!! We are just short of being Platinum guests and we have experienced many levels of satisfaction on the Carnival ships we have sailed. We have been away from Carnival for two years due a very bad experience (Splendor) and Carnivals lack of concern. We (5 family members) are on the fence about next year. What we missed about Carnival and the reason we booked this cruise was that when you ended your cruise you left family behind. You really get to know your cabin steward, wait staff and ships crew. In this, the Sunshine did not disappoint. PROS We booked two Ocean Suites (7312 & 7314) the cabins were a first time experience as we always book balcony cabins. The cabins were a real treat and the cleaning crew on deck 7 was absolutely fantastic! Dining on the first day left us feeling disappointed, it was not what we were used to aboard a Carnival ship. However, they stepped up their game on the following days! The additions of Guy's Burger Joint and Pig & Anchor Smokehouse was a big plus. Having the option to order from the Steak House in the dining room was a good move! We did not go to any speciality restaurants this cruise due the good food & service in the dining room and we have eaten in them all on other cruises. My only disappointment was that I did not get the opportunity to eat at Bonsai Sushi. Entertainment aboard ship is plentiful and sometimes hard to decide between them all. Cruise Director Chris (The Flying Dutchman) was the best and most likely the top Cruise Director of any ship. CONS All the hype about the renovation of the Triumph into the Sunrise makes you believe that you are sailing on a new ship. Understand that when you book a cruise aboard this ship the renovation was mostly the addition of cabins that left little space for all the guests and many of the guests areas reduced in size. There are plumbing and hardware problems in the cabins. Indicators that much was left alone. Next to us was a Grand Suite that had a balcony door that slammed and a large family that oped and closed the door all through the day and late night. When it slammed close it shook two cabins (4 in total) adjunct to it. Our pleas to fix the door went unanswered. The toilet in our cabin (7312) did not always flush right away. Most of the time it would flush 1 minute after you pushed the button. This too went unanswered. Many of the windows on the ship have paint splashed on them. You would think that a 220 million dollar renovation would include the scraping of the new paint off the glass! On an 8 day cruise we ate at the buffet (Lido Deck 9) once.This was due the agonizing slow and long lines. Trust me, on a cruise you expect to stand in lines but not like these! I timed my time in line and it took me 8 minutes just to reach the plates and another 7 minutes at the food selection. The design of the new buffet area was extremely poor for a cruise line that specializes in moving large numbers of people. We were told that Carnival was aware of the problem and was making corrections. When? Deli was the same, always a very long line and slow service. You could not get a hotdog anywhere on deck 9 except the deli. Yes, I only had one hotdog in 8 days. Stay off deck 9 to eat and go to the speciality restaurants or the dinning room aft. Serenity area for adults was a bust! very small and no shade! Again due to max profit of cabins over the guests comfort or spaces. There is also a noticeable reduction of crew. Fewer bartenders and servers, many bars are closed and only open for short periods. Will we sail aboard the Sunrise again, no. The Carnival Victory is a sentimental ship as it was the first ship cruised from. It too is about to undergo a renovation and come to NYC in July of 2020. I hope Carnival does not make the same mistakes with this ship. Overall, Carnival gives you the best deal for the money you spend. I'm critical only because we are Carnival cruisers and as such see the changes. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
First Cruise for us a learning experience you might say. The idea of a cruise is neat but this particular one was a complete disappointment. Embarkation was super crowded and a bit confusing. Forget lunch on boarding day. The buffet was ... Read More
First Cruise for us a learning experience you might say. The idea of a cruise is neat but this particular one was a complete disappointment. Embarkation was super crowded and a bit confusing. Forget lunch on boarding day. The buffet was totally out of control, crowded, full of inconsiderate people and extremely long lines ( 20 minutes in the deli line - that didn't even move ) then after moving to the buffet line another 20 minutes to finally get to the food line with people butting lines to be with family. Cabin was nice, relatively clean and well appointed with a cool view from our balcony. Our Stateroom Steward Ady was pleasant and make sure our room was clean and stocked well. The bed which was supposed to be a King size was in actuality 2 twins together with a " gully" down the middle. We though peace would be on our balcony at sea. Not so some times, neighboring rooms though that it would be a great place to blast Rap music and smoke weed. Dining in the Golden Room was wonderful. Food was tasty and our Wait Staff, Oliver, Olaf and Benjamin were outstanding. Entertainment was okay more suitable for younger folks. So bottom line this kind of cruising is not for us. We'd rather spend that money on a nice resort where there are no unruly , inconsiderate crowds. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Great to be with an older girls cruise for the long weekend. Friendly service. Food so-so and always only mildly warmed in dining room. Bread very hard. As for entertainment, the dance shows were LOUD electric music with flashing ... Read More
Great to be with an older girls cruise for the long weekend. Friendly service. Food so-so and always only mildly warmed in dining room. Bread very hard. As for entertainment, the dance shows were LOUD electric music with flashing lights. Singers going to the top of voice range which means I had to put hands over ears. Nice costumes and movement around stage. Avoid Kirk as a comedian. Saying the best part for last was the newly appointed cruise director——Chris. So full of life! Makes everything he does so fun Whether it is Harry Potter trivia or atrium music. Awesome!!!! This was his first cruise director position and he was ready for it. He had an accessory for each event he was doing. He was entertaining just to talk to. Boring destinations but only ones if leaving from Jacksonville. Parking easy, Embarked within 30 minutes. Could have been sooner if Elation could figure how to disembark. Total headache. Easy walkoff took until 10:00. Poor ports, mediocre food, and terrible disembark gives it a three. On deck, Guys burgers and burrito bar are good. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
DW & I have been on four other cruiselines and this was our first on Carnival. We went on this one since we wanted to join a large group gathering of about 50 folks. Even though it was a four day Carnival Long Beach-Catalina ... Read More
DW & I have been on four other cruiselines and this was our first on Carnival. We went on this one since we wanted to join a large group gathering of about 50 folks. Even though it was a four day Carnival Long Beach-Catalina Island-Ensenada-Long Beach trip from embark Monday and debark Friday, it was still a party crowd. We usually prefer a quiet, refine cruise but wanted to join the many folks we knew. Since there were many we have known for many years, the party type atmosphere worked well and we were pleasantly surprise that we enjoyed it. The cost was relatively inexpensive and we set our expectations lower and were overall happy with the cruise. The Guy's Burgers, deli, and pizza were great. The other dining venues, such as buffet and sitdown dining were disappointing. The servers often did not bring us and others what we ordered. Even request for crackers was given a response of call room server. A request to clean some chairs with food debris was met by the worker slapping the chairs with her dish towel. What was worst was that the sour cream and butter were not fresh, i.e. the potential for an upset stomach or worst. The cabin was larger than other cruiselines for the same category but the restroom had a foul odor that repeated attempts to pour water down the floor drain only partially helped. A number of folks got seasick even though they never had before on other sailings. Being a smaller ship of about 70,000 tons is part of the reason. But more likely it was the short sailing distance between the ports. Long Beach to Catalina is about 29 miles and the sailing was a leisurely 13 hours which meant say 2 miles per hour which is far too slow for the stabilizers to be effective. Also this slow speed means the wave actions will affect the ship more. The shows in the main theater were not Broadway type productions. They were just singing with related dance moves and much of the time was wasted with pulling audience members up to the stage to participate. The timing of the show comedians were too close to the main theater shows so we could not see them. The raffles at the ship stores were a big waste of time. They kept on delaying the start of the drawings and the prizes were terrible, such as a cheap shopping bag. The embark and debark were fast since for the short cruise we did carry on luggage. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
CARNIVAL SPIRIT embodies CARNIVAL’S value for money and family themes. WATER SLIDES and SPLASH POOLS plus TWIN FAMILY SWIM POOLS appeal to the young (and not so – at 73 I can’t resist the high GREEN THUNDER SLIDE nor the 24hour soft ... Read More
CARNIVAL SPIRIT embodies CARNIVAL’S value for money and family themes. WATER SLIDES and SPLASH POOLS plus TWIN FAMILY SWIM POOLS appeal to the young (and not so – at 73 I can’t resist the high GREEN THUNDER SLIDE nor the 24hour soft serve machines). Dining rooms my 3 previous cruises saw food vary from good to overcooked. Wait-staff usually great – only one guy hopeless. Highlight: the nightly song and dance by wait+kitchen staff – enjoyed by most passengers. + head honcho DESSIE does a brilliant job. Latest trip saw saw gppd waot staff. one meal brilliant – othrs slightly cold overcooked food (how long had they been sitting in the kitchen? – this was the second sitting seeing CARNIVAL could not meet all requests for ANYTIME DINING) + fellow table guests just too colourful fer this introverted couple (I got the impression they thought us boring – not wrong in comparison) + meal finishing time which dictated the LATE SHOW in the theatre – not great for old dudes wanna hit the sack before 1300. Consequently LADY BLACKELDO and I abandoned the dining room for a buffet dinner after the 3rd night. Gotta say there was nothing disappointing about the buffet dinner in comparison. BUFFET food away from dinner echoed dining room. Good ….. and not so. Somehow the spacious buffets seem more crowded than other ships. There are a few bottlenecks – surely some hotshot expert can sort this out. Sunning areas spacious and numerous – maybe best of all ships. But interior lounge/relax areas a bit short. Each theatre spacious – entertainment from good …. to not so. Gyms most spacious and best equipped of all 5 lines I’ve used. I noticed this trip my one complaint re NO CHIN UP BARS had been rectified. Spacious, sunny (but with shade) ADULTS’ ONLY areas policed VERY well. This is important – I’m over sharing the adults’ only pool and spa with kids – suffering the glare of parents – can you dudes read THE SIGN ON ENTRANCE?? …. apparently not. Sensitive types may find CARNIVAL’S Las Vegas style décor a bit flash – although SPIRIT is down a step from LEGEND. But I did notice some LEGEND type wall art in the corridors not seen on previous cruises. DESTINATONS – I kinda like PORT ARTHUR and HOBART. Fer a start, they are a bit different fom our usual PACIFIC ISLANDS destinations. Plus both were great for TIGHTWADS like us who just wanna get off the ship and explore the area independently. I’m over expensive ships’ tours. This latest cruise saw streamlined check-in (cruise cards not issued – waiting at cabin doors [yeah I know what yer thinging]): quickest of all my previous 13 cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was a six day cruise for me and a friend (two seniors). I have been on five other Carnival cruises and over 22 on other cruise lines. We left on March 2nd and stayed overnight at the Best Western Premier since we flew in from Nova ... Read More
This was a six day cruise for me and a friend (two seniors). I have been on five other Carnival cruises and over 22 on other cruise lines. We left on March 2nd and stayed overnight at the Best Western Premier since we flew in from Nova Scotia. We arrived at the ship at the allotted time of 12:30 and were able to breeze through security and directly onto the ship. We had an aft Havana balcony cabin (# 8474). I would definitely recommend the Havana area as it is private all day until 7 PM at night. There is a small pool and two hot tubs and it is adults only. The cabin was very nice with a tropical colour scheme of turquoises and oranges. Three closets: two with hangers and one with shelves and a safe. There were also two small drawers in each bedside table. The bathroom had no storage area and only six glass shelves to store items. It was a very small bathroom and the shower had a curtain and not a glass door. The water temperature in the shower was not very consistent. It was nice and hot on a couple of days but the rest of the time it was only warm no matter how high you turned the thermostat. The elevators. I have never had to discuss elevators before but the ones on this ship are the newest innovation in modern technology and will take some getting used to. There are NO buttons inside the elevator itself. There are small computer screens outside the elevator banks and you have to touch them to have them list the various floors on the ship. You touch the one you wish to go to and the screen will list a “letter” (A – Z). Each elevator is labelled with a letter above it and that is the elevator you are expected to take. At the main elevator banks there is a larger computer screen that shows which elevators are going to which floors. A very unique experience but works very well once you get used to it. FOOD: I was not very impressed with the food choices in the buffet and found that a lot of the selections were covered with sauces. We did not go hungry since the burgers at Guy’s Burger Joint were amazing and we had a lot of salads. We did eat at the Pig and Anchor once and had an excellent prime rib meal with all the trimmings for only $10.00. We ate in the main dining room only once and it was disappointing. The prime rib was thin and tasteless and the chocolate melting cake was only lukewarm so not very appetizing at all. I have had the chocolate melting cake on all of the Carnival ships and it is usually HOT and wonderful. ENTERTAINMENT: This was disappointing. This ship does not have a “theater” with stadium seating like most ships. It now has the Liquid LOUNGE which is used as a lounge with a bar and dance floor when they do not have a production show for the passengers. The main level of the “lounge” has movable upholstered chairs and some small tables. If you are sitting in most areas your view is going to be partially blocked by people sitting in front of you. There is a balcony which is tiered and I would recommend that over the main floor. One of the featured singer/dancers was injured so the show was modified and was only four singers sitting on stools and taking turns singing and three violinists (who were very good). The second show was a production number but again you could not see all of the players from our vantage point. The other BIG problem is the sound!!! I am a senior and do not have any hearing problems but I always wearing earplugs to the shows. Even when using those in my ears there were times during the performance that the loudness actually gave me pain! I have no idea why this is allowed as it is actually damaging to your hearing especially when the shows are over 30 minutes long. There is really no need at all to have the music and singing amplified to this level. CASINO: This can be summed up easily…SMOKE FILLED. We could not stay any longer than about 10 minutes because of the heavy cigarette smoke everywhere. As far as I could tell there were no areas where smoking was not allowed inside the casino. They will be losing a lot of business because people will not go there. ACTIVITIES AND STAFF: We used the mini-golf and tried the sky cycles which were great fun. It is not so crowded on port days. The staff were excellent everywhere on the ship; friendly and helpful. PORTS OF CALL: We did not take any excursions as we normally book our own and in Jamaica all the resorts we wanted to book were at least a 30 minute bus ride from the ship. The resort we planned to book in Grand Cayman was not available and we didn’t bother taking a tender into the port just to shop. There was no use trying to do anything in Cozumel as we were one of the late arriving ships at 10:00 AM and there were SIX other cruise ships in port before us. It seems the cruise lines are seriously messing with their timetables and it is making it hard to plan any private excursions plus it is too crowded with that many people. Overall we enjoyed the cruise but that was mainly because we mostly just used the pools and relaxed around the ship. I would not go on this ship again because of the smoke in the casino, the poor food choices and the fact that they no longer have a normal theater for their shows. NCL has the right idea with their new ships since they now have a separate and enclosed casino just for smokers! Carnival could take a lesson from them. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I had cruised this itinerary on the Splendor twice before this cruise and so looked forward to this cruise despite the Splendor aging (like we all do...). I was surprised by the many changes I noted that included the elimination of the ... Read More
I had cruised this itinerary on the Splendor twice before this cruise and so looked forward to this cruise despite the Splendor aging (like we all do...). I was surprised by the many changes I noted that included the elimination of the tablecloths in the dining-room except on "Cruise Elegance" evenings. There were no chocolates left on our beds with the turn down service., the art auction lacked selection and variety, but the flat iron steak was still tough as shoe leather. They even cut the note pads in half that were left in the cabins now w/4" pencils instead of pens! I know this is all little stuff, but the devil is in the details and the cuts all add up. I realize these trims make it possible for Carnival to continue to offer wonderful cruising experiences to the average person. You do definitely get a lot of bang for the buck! I will commend the staff though very highly for taking such good care of a room full of us late arrivals. Our flight didn't land at LAX until 2:25 P.M. Our taxi arrived at the port at 3:10P.M. Cutoff time for embarkation was at 3:00P.M. I was so worried that we would be waving at the ship sailing away without us, but they boarded us and we had a great time. Our room was comfortable with 2 portholes and 2 beds; one of which was a couch made into a bed for our week long trip's duration. We were at the forward end of the ship that gave us ample exercise to the dining rooms and lido. Our cabin steward was Bagus. He was attentive, smiling, and knew us by first names. We dined in the Gold Pearl Dining Room all but one evening. The quality of the food and service was all very good with one exception: the flat iron steak, which was tough. Our waiter even arranged for specially requested escargots on our last eve at dinner too. I enjoyed the lobster and tenderloin dinners the most. They were tasty. We enjoyed the entertainments on board the ship. The "Pop to the 80's and "The Epic Rock" shows were good. We liked going to the movies for the "Dive-in" to see "The Green Book." We were not impressed with 2 days in Cabo San Lucas. We probably would have enjoyed ourselves there more if we'd been able to take a motorized raft trip like we did a few years back, but we couldn't locate the same this trip..Puerta Vallarta was the highlight of this trip for us though all we did was walk around there. The tendering process at Cabo was much better organized on this trip. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We chose the Conquest because friends invited us to join them. Embarkation from Ft. Lauderdale was quick and easy. First thing we noticed after boarding was how dirty the windows and floors in the eating areas were. This ship is in need ... Read More
We chose the Conquest because friends invited us to join them. Embarkation from Ft. Lauderdale was quick and easy. First thing we noticed after boarding was how dirty the windows and floors in the eating areas were. This ship is in need of a major renovation. Chaise lounges around pool area had threadbare cushions and stains. Decor throughout ship was aged and worn. Our balcony cabin was comfortable and quiet. We were on the forward port side Lido deck and the views were amazing. Cabin steward was very friendly and did a great job. We got stuck with the late (8:00 pm) seating time for the dining room. We tried to get it changed to the early time but no dice. Food was good, service was great and we ended up going there three nights. I should add that we purchased the beverage package which was a value for us but the constant barrage of paper receipts got old. We also dined at the steak house one night and the meal was very good. It was a shame that the place was nearly empty. Biggest surprise was the first formal night or whatever they call it on Carnival. It seemed like 90% of the passengers dressed up. The last two cruises I was on in the last year (Holland & NCL) it seemed that hardly anyone dressed up. For breakfast and lunch we stayed with the buffet which I would say was average at best although the burger bar was great. Entertainment was so so. The singing and dancing act was definitely the B team. The casino was very smokey but at least they didn’t allow cigar smoking in there. The piano bar lady put us to sleep. The fitness center was great. Fantastic sauna and steam rooms. We had a good time with good weather at all of the shore visits. Nassau, Grand Turk, Amber Cove and Half Moon Cay. Half Moon Cay was our favorite even though a bucket of beer (six) cost $52 once they added taxes and tip. Half Moon has one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen! Debarkation was wonderful, we docked early and the whole process was quick and orderly. Port of Ft Lauderdale has their act together! Bottom line is that we had a great time with great weather and the crew was very friendly and polite. I wouldn’t sail on the Conquest again because there are too many newer and cleaner ships out there. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
The shows were the best part. The performers were very talented The cruise director kept the entertainment flowing well The staff was accommodating when asked. The dining experience was poor in the dining room. A few too many ... Read More
The shows were the best part. The performers were very talented The cruise director kept the entertainment flowing well The staff was accommodating when asked. The dining experience was poor in the dining room. A few too many cold over cooked foods for our small group of four One guest needed special food preparations due to food allergies The food was not prepared as well as it had been on other ships The choices were limited and were often served plain without flavor We booked 3 excursions through Carnival basically bus tours due to the mobility of one of our group. These tours always depend on the tour guide you get Unfortunately we did not luck out with oue San Juan tour. He was not very good.not engaging at all Our guide in St Kitts was informative and you felt at ease to ask questions The last was of St Martin the bus driver as well as the tour guide were very good. Our trip was wonderful I hope when The Sunshine starts sailing out of Charleston the dining will improve Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
This is an older ship but well maintained. Mobile cruise port is easy access with convenient parking should you drive.. Positives: Crew and staff; selection and availability of food and drink; cabin steward and cabin upkeep; wait staff in ... Read More
This is an older ship but well maintained. Mobile cruise port is easy access with convenient parking should you drive.. Positives: Crew and staff; selection and availability of food and drink; cabin steward and cabin upkeep; wait staff in Celebration Dining Room; while the entertainment was adequate it was not what one might call top tier but for the price it was OK. Negatives: (1) Carnival requires you to select an arrival time and tells you that you cannot board until your time slot. This was NOT the case on our sailing. Our arrival time was 12:30 to 1:00. We arrived a few minutes early but when we got there the line was long and slow. We asked about our reserved time and were informed that it was first come first on. Only if you PAY for priority boarding do you bypass the line. There were people in line with later arrival times. (2) Carnival allows smoking inside the ship on Deck 9. Unfortunately you have to pass through this area for many of the activities and shopping. There is no ventilation and it smells like you are in a forest fire when you pass through. This was a major disappointment for us. (3) Through no fault of Carnival, the port of Mobile was closed due to fog when we returned. However, Carnivals handling of debarkation was miserable. Although they announced an orderly process for leaving the ship many times, it was summarily ignored by passengers and not enforced by the Carnival crew and staff. So be aware that there may be a mad rush with tempers flaring and crowds pushing and shoving. Carnival could have done a better job of enforcing their own procedure. Overall the cruise was adequate for the money spent. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We choose the Vista, because it is a newer ship, and had great reviews. It was very pretty, and the LED light displays were amazing. We missed; however, the large central area. We had trouble getting our bearings on the ship because ... Read More
We choose the Vista, because it is a newer ship, and had great reviews. It was very pretty, and the LED light displays were amazing. We missed; however, the large central area. We had trouble getting our bearings on the ship because there was no central point to help us. The ship was very pretty, but not spectacular. Our cabin was lovely. We were in the spa area, so the colors were pleasing. Our cabin was spotless, and our room steward was the best we've ever had. His name was Yasa, and he was extremely efficient and courteous. We weren't looking for a lot of activities as we have cruised for years and we just enjoy going to sea. We did have some serious problems. We noticed that the hand sanitizers were not working most of the time. There was no one at the entrances to the eating establishments to see to it that all hands were sanitized. We were a party of 16, and when we got off the ship, Eight of our party either had the flu or strep infections. The floor in the Lido Cafe was slick when the humidity was high, which was most of the time. They either need to replace that tile or run matting down the surface. One of the biggest problems we encountered was the smoke from the smoking areas. They had one of the smoking areas right outside the children's play area. Our twins were taken there to play, but their parents took them away immediately because of the smoke. The smoking in the casino has gotten out of hand due to the Vaping people we're doing. It's time to stop the smoking in the casino. Celebrity doesn't allow smoking inside their casino, and it is just as active as the Carnival Casino. We probably will not go on the Vista again, because it is not really handicap accessible. We were on deck 11, and couldn't go to the stern from our hall, because there were two steps at the end of the hall. We had to go up and down many elevators to get from one end of the ship to the other. The spa area needed work. There were overhead lights out as well as some of the jets in the tubs weren't working. the entertainment was spectacular, but the lasers flashing everywhere were hard to deal with. The Liquid Lounge was too small for a ship that size, and having all the center seating on the same level on the main floor made it hard to see, especially if you were in a handicap area. there are no card areas with the exception of the Library which was doubling as the display area for purchased art. They were complaining that the art sales group didn't have a place for their business that was big enough. The designers of this ship missed the boat! The main saving grace for us was the wonderful crew. The workers were super. They also made it possible for our entire family to be together at a huge round table for our evening meals. That was so appreciated. To sum up our observations, we will go on Carnival again, but not Vista. Our Embarkation and disembarkation were perfect. Everything was extremely well organized. The only wait we had was because of customs. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
the layout of this ship is NOT user friendly, the lido has two lines for food instead of an area of buffet that is spread out. the end result is very long lines even if you only want a salad. there seem to be two bulkheads on this ... Read More
the layout of this ship is NOT user friendly, the lido has two lines for food instead of an area of buffet that is spread out. the end result is very long lines even if you only want a salad. there seem to be two bulkheads on this ship making navigation to different lounges or restaurants difficult. food and entertainment average, They did have a comedy club which we enjoyed very much. The service in the dining room was actually quicker than waiting in line in lido so we took most of our meals there. Carnival did one thing that was REALLY SPECIAL on Valentines day they did a mass renewal of wedding vows on all their ships followed by dropping red pink, and white balloons over us in the atrium. the staff was great had a problem with the tv, and they brought out a remote control right away but discovered it was the tv itself so the very next morning they brought out and installed a brand new television, kudo's to the maintenance team. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We drove to Long Beach from Las Vegas the day before and stayed at the Hilton Long Beach. Embarkation with Faster to the Fun was amazing! We left the hotel at 11:00am and we were on the ship having lunch before 12 noon. Porters and port ... Read More
We drove to Long Beach from Las Vegas the day before and stayed at the Hilton Long Beach. Embarkation with Faster to the Fun was amazing! We left the hotel at 11:00am and we were on the ship having lunch before 12 noon. Porters and port staff were very pleasant and helpful. Crew, cabin, ship, dining room and steak house were excellent. Excursion in Puerto Vallarta very enjoyable. The only downside was the food on the lido deck. Usually cold to room temperature and not cooked properly (over or under cooked). Deli was very different than any other ship we have been on. Sandwiches are not grilled or pressed, but toasted in a subway type toaster oven. Costin and his team in the dining room was awesome. Our cabin team, Richard and Kit, also awesome. Cruise director Lee was very entertaining and friendly. Photographers were impressive and we actually purchased some pictures. Enjoyed the dive-in movies and the play list productions. The weather was quite cool but did not spoil our vacation at all. The last day the sea caused a lot of rocking and rolling causing my first ever experience with sea sickness and we chose to skip dinner that last evening. Still had a great time! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
This was our first time back on Carnival in a couple of years. First the good. Vista is a nice big ship with lots of on board activities. The crew was really friendly, always smiling and went out of their way to be helpful. We had an aft ... Read More
This was our first time back on Carnival in a couple of years. First the good. Vista is a nice big ship with lots of on board activities. The crew was really friendly, always smiling and went out of their way to be helpful. We had an aft balcony 9074. This is nice big cabin and the balcony is much bigger than standard and is fully covered unlike the aft balconies on the other decks. If you are subject to motion sickness this is where you want to be. We usually eat most our meals in the dining room. Be sure to download the Carnival app. You can request your anytime dining table without having to go to deck 5. The food was typical cruise food and was mostly good. A couple of times nothing jumped out to me so I got a flat iron steak and it was good. On some days they served brunch there. The steak and eggs were great. The dancing waiters at dinner were fun and invited everyone to dance with them. We didn't try any of the specialty restaurants. The lido was pretty good but anything that was especially good had a long line. The last time we were on the Glory there was a seafood shack that was part of the lido. On vista it is a charge per item place. Guy's barbque was good. I liked the soft serve frozen yogurt. The entertainment was typical Carnival which is good or bad depending on your taste. It's why we don't normally do Carnival cruises. If you are a young person that likes your music ear ringing loud and girls with very little clothes it's great. The pg comedy shows were very good. The others get fairly raw. We liked the outdoor movies. They have a counter to check out a blanket which was nice. Movies on demand in the room had a lot of good movies for free. Others were $4.95. There is music all over the ship. Mahogany Bay on Roatan is a nice alternative to a typical cruise port. You just get off the ship and walk to it. Lots of shopping and beach with lots of places to sit. Unlike every other private island we have visited none of the food was free. If you want to ride the skylift over it costs $13 per day. We got right on the ship because we didn't get there till 2:00. I am in a wheelchair and they took great care of us all over the ship. Getting off the ship we waited for a little while but were at our car by 10:00. You can see your pictures and check your bill on the tv or on your phone with the app. There was a $15 laundry charge on my bill which we did not do. They promised to take it off but never did. We used to sell cruises and have been on most of the lines and have lost count of the cruises we have been on. I don't remember hearing so many negative comments about a ship by frequent (mostly Carnival) cruisers. The fact that so many things cost extra and the long wait times for elevators and most anything worth doing seemed to be big. Also the lack of good shows to go to at night were universal. We used to live in Atlanta and had multiple ports to drive to but Galveston is limited to Carnival and Royal Caribbean. We will fly from now on instead of going on this ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Excellent ports of call, terrible customer service in many aspects. Some awsome people some Horribke things. Our room steward was super sweet though we only had cleaning once a day. Bought the ultimate WIFI package with horrible ... Read More
Excellent ports of call, terrible customer service in many aspects. Some awsome people some Horribke things. Our room steward was super sweet though we only had cleaning once a day. Bought the ultimate WIFI package with horrible service due to need to do job searches and staying in touch with family! It took literally 3 days for one fb post to load on the ship. It did not matter if I was online at 3 am or 5 pm the WiFi was hideous. The 5.00 hub chat was broken!! I complained about my WiFi mid week my money was refunded and they neglected to tell me they were shutting it off!! In st. Kitts our exercusion was canceled with no notice, Also wheel chair assistance was horrible returning to the port I couldn’t even get my moms name on the list we ended up walking her out!!! We were told to put my moms name on the list with the guy that had the clipboard he stated one sec and was calling a few people to be taken out. I came back up to him and he was writing down people’s names that were coming in the door after we had!!! By then we had, had it. My mom has had a knee replacement in one knee and needs her other knee replaced. She can’t walk stairs or long distances. She had decided she was going to attempt to walk from boat to cruise terminal by then we were so mad. So debarkation was awful!! When we got in cruise terminal it was nice to gather luggage and not have to fill out a customs form and easy to get a porter. I followed close behind him and he was nice enough to wait for my mom to catch up Behind us to go through customs. When we got out he was kind enough for me to follow him and took is straight to the carnival bus to go to the airport. Over all we will never sail on the conquest again this was our second journey on it, and we will NEVER go out of ft Lauderdale’s port. We have used Orlando, New Orleans, and been out of California overall ft Lauderdale carnival port is horrible. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Chose this first time carnival cruise, I was very disappointed. First off the twin bed like sleeping on a hard board. Housekeeping was average rooms were clean. The extra outdoor space enjoyed the outdoor deck movies and ... Read More
Chose this first time carnival cruise, I was very disappointed. First off the twin bed like sleeping on a hard board. Housekeeping was average rooms were clean. The extra outdoor space enjoyed the outdoor deck movies and entertainmentt. Bars were pleasant not much afterdinner show. Now to food main dinning room menu was nothing special no table clothes and the Bruno Mars dance number was loud was only disguised the time it took to be served. Buffet was average the good dinning was at additional cost. Heaven help you if you have a customer service unless you’re used to being talked down to and intimidated. Besides the beautiful islands the cloud spa was top notch. I have been on several cruises this rates at the bottom. Poor to average rating. Matt the cruise director did a good job ships maintenance was good. Clean and painted. Balconies were enjoyable. For a large ship service needs work, Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
This was our third cruise, second time on Carnival. I was looking for a bigger ship. Although this was bigger than the Pride, it was not like our Royal cruise a few years ago. Biggest complaint, which I will put down as still learning ... Read More
This was our third cruise, second time on Carnival. I was looking for a bigger ship. Although this was bigger than the Pride, it was not like our Royal cruise a few years ago. Biggest complaint, which I will put down as still learning cruising, was the excursions. One in Belize had to be canceled after we finally all got together, as we would not have had enough time to complete the trip before the ship sailed. We had scheduled the trip with Vacation2go. I did not realize that Carnival "Owned" the ports and only Carnival sponsored excursions were allowed in the port area. We had to walk through the port, take a taxi, get picked up by a van and taken to an assembly area to meet up with the rest of the group.We were on time but when we were all assembled the tour was running late. Our other issue was with dinning. I am now handicapped. Our room was 3 from the bow and our dinning was at the stern (literally). I did not take the electric scooter or have a wheel chair so the long walk really got to me. I am also per-diabetic and have issues eating too late. After working with the staff, we were moved to another dining room and earlier seating. We had requested to be seated with others, but ended up at a table for two. Even with these issues, we will cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We are platinum members with the Carnival Cruise line. We have been loyal to them because we enjoy the fun on the fun ship. We did a B2B January 2- 19...eastern/western Caribbean. The quality of the food, especially on the buffet, and ... Read More
We are platinum members with the Carnival Cruise line. We have been loyal to them because we enjoy the fun on the fun ship. We did a B2B January 2- 19...eastern/western Caribbean. The quality of the food, especially on the buffet, and the temperature of the ship were our main complaints. We didn't go on a Caribbean cruise to freeze in our room, the dining room and all lounges. We didn't go to one comedy show because it was just too cold. We tried to go - we bundled up in sweaters, jackets and blankets. Embarkation and disembarkation went well with no complaints, we didn't really enjoy the entertainment because unfortunately we saw most of the evening shows and it was just too cold to use the Ebony lounge where the comedy shows are held. We did enjoy the Blue Bar where karaoke is held. We went to the cruise critic meeting where we spoke with our cruise director about the temperature and he attributed it to the ship being cooled by zones that they can't control individual rooms. We didn't enjoy these two cruises at all. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Well, let’s start from the beginning. The debarktion process was smooth. It seemed to be organized and my room was done quite early. I must say, I was expecting the ship to be cleaner and a little nicer. I know the ship is older but a ... Read More
Well, let’s start from the beginning. The debarktion process was smooth. It seemed to be organized and my room was done quite early. I must say, I was expecting the ship to be cleaner and a little nicer. I know the ship is older but a little white paint can go a long way. The lobby area had lanterns hanging from the ceiling which had stains all over them. My bathroom shower was cracked. The ship was more run down than I would have liked to see. I’ve been on Norwegian and Disney cruises and this ship was NOTHING in comparison to those ships. The food was okay. What made our dining experience amazing was one special waitress! Her name was Irvina. She was lovely. She went above and beyond for us every night. Her smile and warmth made us feel like we were at home. The girls at the coffee shop were also just as lovely. They always had a smile on their face and by the end of the cruise they new my fiancé’s order by heart. Our room Stewart Heru was extremely accommodating. We had family members who came down with a cold on this cruise. They were stuck in their cabins for a few days. Heru, did everything he could to make sure they were comfortable and had everything they needed. Overall, the cruise staff were great. The entertainment was awesome. Donkey our cruise director was hilarious. The casino was a huge hit. It was large and we did very well there. However, there is only one computerized poker table. My fiancé loves poker. He was quite disappointed with the computerized table. It didn’t stop him from playing, but he did say he would have rather had a dealer. One of the biggest downfalls on this cruise was the drink package. First of all, my finance has MS and he is a hemophiliac. He is not allowed to drink. We were not able to submit a medical note to excuse him of purchasing the drink package. Since we were sharing the cabin and are both over the age of 21 we had to purchase the drink package if one of us wanted it. Which I found to be quite unfair. I understand why Carnival is strict with this policy however, my family and I chose Carnival because it was cheaper than Norwegian (who has an unlimited drink package including soda). So the drink package cost me an extra $860. Then to top it off I couldn’t order an extra shot on top of my pina colada or a double on my Tito’s and vodka. They literally measured out one shot per drink. They limit you to 15 drinks a day. Which seems a lot. However, if you wanted an extra shot that went toward one of your 15 drinks. Furthermore, if you wanted an extra shot in your drink you needed to wait 5 minutes and you could go back with your drink for them to add the extra shot. It was just extremely inconvenient. If I would have known that I was going to pay all this extra money and have this much of a hassle to have a decent drink on my vacation I would have chose to go back on a Norwegian ship in a heart beat. The ships are cleaner and there is NO drink minimum and they aren’t skimpy in pouring their drinks. Another thing that stumped me was my brother who didn’t have a drink package was able to pay 3 dollars extra to have extra alcohol added to his drink. When I asked the bar tender if I could just pay the difference I was told no because I had the Cheers package. It didn’t make any sense. When I expressed my frustration to the bar tender he tried to say its a safety issue. I didn’t understand and asked him to elaborate what he meant by a safety issue. He said they limit the cheers packages to 15 drinks per day because that is a lot of alcohol. So my answer back was but if I was to never have the drink package and pay per drink I could easily purchase over 15 drinks per day and nobody would ever know? So how is this a safety issue? Plus, I didn’t care if they deducted an extra drink for an extra shot in my drink. I wanted to actually have more than a tbsp of alcohol in my drink. This may make me sound like an alcoholic which I am NOT by any means. I didn’t reach my 15 day drink minimum any day I was on the cruise. It just was inconvenient the way they have this package set up. The second WORST part of this trip was a disturbing night that was inexcusable. At about 12:30 one night my fiancé and I woke up to what sounded like a air compressor going off right under our cabin. It was horribly loud. So horribly loud that multiple guest around us went onto their balcony looking around. We were all upset and didn’t understand what this noise could be and the time it was. My fiancé called guest services and they apologized and assured him it would stop. About an hour later the noise continued. I called guest services and was notified that they were doing construction and they were unaware that this outside company would be doing Maintnence until 9:00am. Mind you, it was around 1:45 when I called. I was furious. My fiancé was sick. He had caught a cold. Therefore, while not feeling well and hearing this awful sound all night on your vacation was far from enjoyable. The next day I got a call from guest services. They gave me a bottle of wine, cookies, and apologized. They told me that the construction would occur again that day from 6pm-7pm. I cannot wrap my head around how they thought it was okay to make that much noise in the middle of the night. One of the guest a few doors down from us mentioned the noise to us the next day while we were in the elevator. She had two little girls with her and she said they were all up all night due to the noise. It left a horrible taste in my mouth about Carnival cruises. As far as our ports that were stopped at they were all great. A few tips...if you are going to St. Thomas Magen’s Bay gets crowded very quickly. Try to get off the boat early! By the time we got there we were unable to rent chairs. They had no more. Which wasn’t a problem for us but I know some people surrounding us weren’t too happy. At Dominican Republic we went to a local beach. It was gorgeous. I didn’t feel as unsafe as I expected to at this port. I went to Punta Cana in the past and it wasn’t the safest area. At amber cove it seemed to be cleaner, safer and more developed. Puerto Rico, we enjoyed waking around the forts, we ate at an authentic restaurant and did some shopping. At Grand Turk you NEED to get off the boat early if you want a spot close to the water on the beach. The beach is located right off the port. It is gorgeous. It does get crowded quickly! We rented a golf cart off the port for 50 dollars for the day and explored the island. It’s safe. I wouldn’t advise you to go if you are a bunch of 18 year old girls but as a family we had a good time. We literally rode the entire island. Ate at a local restaurant. It is an impoverished country. Stray and and malnourished dogs, horses, and donkeys were everywhere. If you are an animal lover like me, next time I will be bringing dog treats with me. Overall, Carnivals cleanliness, noise distruption and drink package was really a turn off. 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
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
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
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
This was a good cruise only spoiled by lack of shade for the sun loungers, No real news channels, and no Guinness. Cozumel was missed because of hurricane Michael. As usual Muster was a nightmare with passengers collapsing in the heat ... Read More
This was a good cruise only spoiled by lack of shade for the sun loungers, No real news channels, and no Guinness. Cozumel was missed because of hurricane Michael. As usual Muster was a nightmare with passengers collapsing in the heat whilst we all waited for no shows. We never saw the comedy show because of lack of seats why cant they move it to the main theater. Belize continues to be a nightmare with passengers struggling to get on and off the tenders. Entertainment was fair, only one contest at poolside on the first day at sea, other 2 days nothing. Shows at night not Broadway by any means, but I had been told that on European cruises they don't invest the money on shows because of the long day excursions. But having passengers volunteer to be karaoke stars and perform for the last night show was a little lame. Read Less
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