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Sail Date: November 2008
Unlike most people my husband and I started planning for retirement in 1964 when we got married. After our first cruise in 1975 we knew this was something we wanted to do again. From that time until we retired, we were on 15 cruises, ... Read More
Unlike most people my husband and I started planning for retirement in 1964 when we got married. After our first cruise in 1975 we knew this was something we wanted to do again. From that time until we retired, we were on 15 cruises, mostly on Royal Caribbean. Because of our early planning, we were able to retire early and have been retired for 7 years. Since we retired we have been on 25 cruises. We really like the longer cruises. More than half of our cruises have been longer than 7 days. Our longest cruises have been 30 nights from LA, through the Panama canal, down into the Amazon River to Manaus and up to Tampa, and 33 nights from LA to Sidney, Australia with stops in Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and several other islands. We enjoy everything about cruising. We sent our kids on a cruise for their honeymoons. We took our granddaughters on a cruise 4 years ago and are taking them again in May for a graduation and will do the same next year for the same reason. We live in the LA area and had some points to use so we decided to cruise on the Carnival Paradise. The best service we got was at embarkation because we are gold card holders, so check in was a breeze for us. We usually book balconies but we had only enough points for an ocean view cabin. Be sure to print out your FUN PASS. We got to our cabin to drop off our carry on luggage and went to lunch before most of the people even got on the ship. The Paradise is the oldest ship we have been on in quite a while. The ship was not easy to navigate because it had a dining room in the middle. You had to go up or down to get from one end to the other when you were on that deck. The public areas were very nice. The cabin accommodations were OK except for the fact that the cabin had no heat. Our table mates also had no heat in their cabins. Our cabin attendant had the air cranked all the way up the first night and luckily we went to the cabin after dinner. We found him and he turned the air off for us. When we asked how to set the heat, he said there is no heat. We told him no more air and he forgot only once. Another problem we had was cigarette smoke coming into our cabin. The cabin attendant said the people across the hall from us were heavy smokers and there was nothing he could do to help us. For the most part he was good, as were most of the staff on the ship. In the main dining room, my husband ordered fish every night and said it was excellent. I ordered beef most nights and I got it the way I like it one night and not the next. The waiter took it back twice and the third steak was not sent back. I decided to have dessert with the rest of the table and go up to the Lido for pizza. The Lido restaurant had pizza all day every day and it was good. There was a soft ice cream/yogurt machine available all day also located in the Lido restaurant. Breakfast and lunch were run of the mill in the Lido. I was surprised that the cookies I had come to look forward to were no longer free. You had to buy them at one of the little shops. They were not on the room service menu either. Overall the food was did not live up to the food on other Carnival ships. We did not take part in the daily activities or in shore excursions. Since we live near LA we have been to Catalina and Ensenada before. . On past trips to Catalina we have rented a golf cart and driven around the island. That is always fun. In Ensenada there is shopping right by the pier. There is a pharmacy that is reliable and has good prices on many things. Something to think about if you don't have prescription coverage. We like to play cards and Carnival ships have decks with their logo at guest relations for free. That was a nice touch. Two of the shows (singers and dancers) were OK but the third one was excellent. The outside entertainment was also outstanding. We had a comedian and a magician. The cocktail party was nice. The wait staff couldn't bring us enough drinks. I do not drink and they brought me diet cokes without any hesitation. There were also plenty of hors d'oeuvres to go around. We also got early debarkation. Because this was a 4 night cruise we each had a 19 inch suitcase on wheels and a carry on so we opted to carry our own luggage off the ship. . That was a breeze. We go on cruises not only to get away, but also to be comfortable in our cabin, for the service we receive, and for the food. In my opinion, those are some areas that need improvement. They were not terrible but just left something to be desired. We would not go back on that ship again. Carnival has too many nice ships with better food, better service, and nicer ships with lots of balconies for us to go backward to a ship that doesn't have them. They do have a few suites with balconies but we did not see inside of them. Our other Carnival cruises have been on the Spirit class ships and the newer Liberty and the Freedom. We have booked balconies and they have been very nice. We have been in one suite on the Spirit and it was awesome. We really enjoy these classes of ships. They are bigger but they still give you the personal touch that you look for on a ship. I am glad we used points for this cruise and not out of pocket cash because it was not a very good deal to pay what they were asking. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Our cruise was on The Fascination. 3/16/09-3/21/09. We always have a great time on any cruise. It has nothing to do with the ship, we just love cruising. This was our 5th Carnival cruise (maybe our last) and our 30th cruise. In ... Read More
Our cruise was on The Fascination. 3/16/09-3/21/09. We always have a great time on any cruise. It has nothing to do with the ship, we just love cruising. This was our 5th Carnival cruise (maybe our last) and our 30th cruise. In all the years my husband and I have been cruising, we have never had such a dirty cabin. On such a short cruise our cabin was not vacuumed for 2 days. On one of the days, we did not get clean towels. The halls were constantly obstructed with dirty food trays and dishes that sometime sat for two days, there is nothing more appetizing than looking at old pizza, sandwiches and pasta. The huge dirty laundry bags sat in the hall as did the clean towel carts, vacuum cleaners and other sundry cleaning items that apparently was not used in our room. Some one regurgitated on the carpet in our corridor and it stayed there all day. It was disgusting. Adults as well as children walked through out the Atrium, halls and elevators in WET bathing suits. I stepped in a puddle in the elevator, if I had slipped, I might have owned a piece of Carnival. No staff member at the Purser's desk said anything to them as they stood in front of them dripping wet. The Captain should sign less autographs, sing less songs and pay more attention to what his hotel manager is up to. The hotel manager should check on his staff closer and more often. I can't figure out why when the ship docks on Friday and doesn't leave until Monday that the cabins aren't ready for the passengers at embarkation. When they embark on the ship (some people went aboard as early as 11 AM) the passengers must take their carry on luggage with them to the Lido deck, for lunch, where everyone trips over everyone else's luggage. The cabins are not ready until 3 PM, sailing is at 5 PM. The disembarkation was one of the longest I have ever waited through. The ship docked at 7 AM it cleared immigration at 7:35 AM and we didn't get off the ship until 9:45.......... Self assisted is fine for the young, but not for seniors. As I said we do love cruising. The shows were wonderful, the cruise director, Trevor Block was really great. The comedians really funny as was the juggler....amazing but more of a comedian. The dance shows really really great. The waiters needed more seasoning, but not the food. It was not as great as some other ships, but enjoyable and nothing to complain about. It would be nice if instead of putting the small non smoking section of the casino slots in a corner where you have to pass through the rest of the smoke filled casino to get to it, they put it in the front near the no smoking bar and lounge. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Our first time cruising with Carnival cruise lines, and probably our last. I was afraid after booking this cruise, that I might have done the wrong thing, and I was right. Ive cruised six other times on other cruise lines and have never ... Read More
Our first time cruising with Carnival cruise lines, and probably our last. I was afraid after booking this cruise, that I might have done the wrong thing, and I was right. Ive cruised six other times on other cruise lines and have never ran across such a chaotic mess. First of all let me say, that the embarkation was just average, I was not impressed. Looking around the terminal I knew we where going to have a less than enjoyable time when I seen the amount of college spring breakers there. Not being surprised at all, I was right on. The first day at sea was a complete mess, no where to sit outside to get some sun and relaxation. The kids where out and out ridiculously drunk and some uncontrollable. That evening noise in the halls, banging on doors using profound language was more than I could take. This went on the whole cruise, in fact they drank so much alcohol that they ran out of some brand named beers. The room was too small, and the walls not insulated very well, you could hear everything. I was not impressed with the ship at all, one pool, and the adult area should have been for the kids, it was so small. Crowded every day, and you had to get up with the roosters if you wanted a chair. Everyone saved chairs, I never had a chair problem on any other cruise line before. The entertainment was so so, the comedian was the only funny thing we seen. The standard marriage game just about done on all ships, not very original. The bingo games where ridiculous, the way they set them up. The food was nothing to write home about. What else can I say, the only thing worth while on the whole trip was the ports we visited, at least you had some peace. All in all, it was the worst cruise Ive been on, and a big waste of money for me. I think Carnival should just turn the ships over to the college kids during the month of March, a spring breakers cruise for kids only. The security on the ship was a joke, they had none or little control of there actions. What a joke. Thats it FOLKS! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
My sister and I took our mother on her first cruise to Catalina and Ensenada on the Carnival Paradise. Both my sister and I have been on several cruises and I have to say we both thought this was the worst cruise either of us have ever ... Read More
My sister and I took our mother on her first cruise to Catalina and Ensenada on the Carnival Paradise. Both my sister and I have been on several cruises and I have to say we both thought this was the worst cruise either of us have ever been on. Let me say that the boat was nicer than most of the low end boats for the 3 or 4 night cruises. Our room was 185 sq feet with plenty of room for the three of us. We selected this cruise because of the price which was only 169 and we then got an upgrade as our mother was a senior to an outside window for $200 total each. If we were not looking for quality food or service, then the price was right! Most of the employees were not friendly and only on occasion did someone look at you and smile. Our cabin steward was both pleasant and accommodating to any questions or requests. We got the nice towel animals and chocolates on our beds each night with fold down service which was nice to come back to each night. The bathroom which I was told was 4 x 7, was very large and did not feel cramped at all. Plenty of closet space and our room E4 was right off the center atrium area 1 floor down from all the action and promenade deck. Easy access to elevator and stairs. The entertainment was good and was probably the best part of the trip. There were two shows with the Carnival dancers, one night with a comedian,and one with a magician and comedian. You really should arrive early enough to get a good seat because anything beyond rows 2 or 3 had only marginal viewing. The rows in the theater have only a slight rise which did not allow for viewing over the heads of those in front of you. The casino in this boat was HUGE! The slots had a pretty good payout on a few select machines and plenty of open game tables. Lots of penny and 2 cent machines. We hit a few jackpots which allowed us to play quite a bit more than I expected. Although this boat was full, it never felt very crowded except in the buffet on the Lido deck at the end of the boat. The buffet was only so so but it was always packed. There was a 24 hour pizza area which had fantastic pizza. That and the yogurt/ice cream bar were the only items open 24 hours. Room service was available 24 hours but only minimal offerings of sandwiches and desserts. The chocolate cake through room service was better than the desserts served in the main dining room. They had 1 formal night and served lobster tails and prime rib for the beef entree. Both were good. There were no ice sculptures, food carvings etc. and the food was served without any special attention to arrangements or garnishes. You could ask for all you wanted but we did not find a single dish we wanted seconds on. The desserts lacked any imagination. The melted chocolate cake was good but so rich you could not eat more than 1/2 of it. The choices for desserts were minimal. My mother wanted pie and finally on the last night they had apple pie and the crust was so hard and thin you could not eat it. The dinner prior to that was chicken parmesan and it was burned black on the bottom and crispy. I asked for the short ribs instead for my mom and they were so tough that I had to give her my steak because she was too embarrassed to ask for a third meal. Not the kind of meals that everyone told her she could expect on a cruise and it was disappointing for her. They had a nice water slide and several areas with hot tubs that seemed to get lots of use. Drinks were offered constantly and sometimes they even got a little pushy. Lots and lots of bars and lounges on this ship but most were empty. As far as cleanliness is concerned, the boat was clean and late at night and early mornings one could see crew members scrubbing various areas of the ship. One complaint was the buffet area. Tables were not cleared very quickly and the crew that was responsible for cleaning the outside tables were outright hilarious at their attempts to do bare minimum of cleaning. Overall, we had fun but I think next time I will try another cruise line. I mean really, isn't the best thing about cruises the food? Apparently Carnival doesn't think so! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2009
KEEP ON DREAMING... Nice to cruise on a fairly new ship, the largest in Carnival's fleet. Liked some of the innovations such as a Promenade deck that you can actually walk around, miniature golf, a toned down and somewhat ... Read More
KEEP ON DREAMING... Nice to cruise on a fairly new ship, the largest in Carnival's fleet. Liked some of the innovations such as a Promenade deck that you can actually walk around, miniature golf, a toned down and somewhat pleasant color scheme in the atrium and around the ship. There are a few gripes however, and they include: · The atrium has the most slippery and uncomfortable bar stools I've ever had the displeasure to sit on. · Four whirlpools are placed on the Promenade deck of all places. It was interesting seeing all the folks in their robes and swimsuits and towels taking the elevator to the fifth deck then walking thru the shopping area and casino in order to get to the whirlpools. · Look up when sitting in the whirlpool and you will most likely see folks on their balconies on the 6th, 7th,8th, and 9th decks looking down on you. Smile and wave. · The least expensive balcony cabins on this ship are located on the deck below the lifeboats that overhang the side of the ship. These balconies have a cave-like appearance. Innovative design...perhaps, good design...I think not. · There are two swimming pools on the Lido deck, one mid-ship and one aft. Both are postage stamp size. Was the formula the Dream ship designers used "more passengers = smaller pools"? · The Lido deck dinner buffet was very minimal and had such a small variety of food and dessert, it made a KFC restaurant buffet back home look good. · Lunch on the Lido deck, however, was a much different experience. Passengers hurrying everywhere, and then waiting in the food line, drink line, or for a vacant table. Service personnel bumping into to you while trying to negotiate the passengers and obstacles in an ill-designed area. · The Lido breakfast was ok, but in no way exceptional. Note to food manager: why do you insist on having someone dishing out the bacon? Bacon is NOT gold. It would speed up the line if people could serve themselves bacon as they do on other items. · Speaking of obstacles...the positioning of the drink stations on the Lido deck is terrible. Their positions cause horrendous passenger bottlenecks that could be avoidable if their location was better designed. Additionally, at these drink stations, why place the coffee mugs in between the ice machine and the cold drink machine? Passengers are very frustrated having to endure multiple lines at these stations just to get something to drink. Surely the ship's food management officers have observed this crazy situation but what has been done to remedy it? Duh... · Room service is 24 hours but consists of a very limited menu. When we did place an order, the service was prompt but often there was something missing...such as condiments. · Supper Club was definitely a disappointment. The service was BAD. They did not refill the water or ice tea. Although only about 50% of the tables were occupied, there was not enough wait staff for proper service. The food presentation was good but the quality and taste were not. Save your money, don't eat here. · Note to Todd Wittmer, Cruise Director: Don't quit your day job. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
OK, I admit it -- my wife and I cruise because we love to eat. We have sailed on over 15 cruises, including 3 prior cruises on the Ecstasy. In the past the food has mostly been good with some being great, and occasionally being poor. This ... Read More
OK, I admit it -- my wife and I cruise because we love to eat. We have sailed on over 15 cruises, including 3 prior cruises on the Ecstasy. In the past the food has mostly been good with some being great, and occasionally being poor. This time the food was mostly poor. I'll start with breakfast and lunch, and then I'll do a day-by-day breakdown of dinner. Note that this was a 5 day cruise, leaving on Monday and returning on Saturday. Breakfast: As with most cruises, breakfast is the same each day. On this cruise, the bacon tasted "old" and not very flavorful. The eggs benedict was overcooked; I prefer runny yokes. My wife had a omelet and asked for salsa, and instead was given pico-de-gallo -- not the same thing at all. The orange juice was watered down. Overall breakfast was poor. Lunch: Very poor. The Lido buffet had several choices, but few were really good. The tomato soup was excellent -- thick, and flavorful. Other soups often had way too much onion. Entrees were usually dry, presumably from being set out too long. Entrees were not very hot, so I don't think they were drying because of heat lamps. And the entrees often had little to no taste -- even the jerk chicken. Note that on Carnival, the lido buffet lunch has different selections on the port and starboard sides (unlike RCCL which usually has the same selections both sides), so check out both sides before you make your selections. The pizza was OK, but drier than in the past (read that as "needed more sauce"). The made-to-order sandwiches were good -- don't miss this at the back of the Lido deck. Out by the pool, there was a hamburger grill (they will also grill chicken); this was OK. So were hot dogs. The french fries were OK if you got them hot from the frier, but the ones that have sat a while were tough and dry. I did not try the Mongolian grill also by the pool area (new to this ship). We ate in the main dining room for lunch on Friday. The wife had fish which was terrible. I had the ribs which were OK but room temperature. Now...On to the main dining room dinners. I'll break this down by days. Monday: I had a steak which was really quite good -- cooked medium just like way I ordered and quite juicy and tender. I don't remember what the wife had. The odd thing is that the side dishes now are all the same regardless of what you order; I don't remember that in on past Carnival cruises. So I was served mac-n-cheese with my steak, and not a potato. Shrimp cocktail was good, and you can have this every night. Soup must not have been memorable, because I can't remember what I had. Tuesday: This is meal most people look forward too -- Lobster and Prime Rib. And both were quite good. I had two lobsters and one prime rib (medium rare). However, the "au jus" was really a brown gravy -- good, but not really "au jus". Now, I always love the "West Indian Roasted Pumpkin Soup". But not this time. It was watery and not creamy or thick like in the past. I was very disappointed. Wednesday: I was not very hungry. I tried the chicken fettucini. The chicken was dry, and the fettucini was too pasty and not enough sauce. My wife tried the Mahi Mahi (available every night) and it was BAD -- very fishy and dry and tough. She could have ordered something else, but chose not to. Thursday: We both tried the chateaubriand -- mine medium rare and hers medium. It looked like it was cooked as we ordered, but both were dry. The only way I think this can happen is if it is under a heat lamp for a long time. But the worst of the meal was the lobster bisque soup. It was horrible. It smelled very fishy when served. We each took one small taste and pushed it away. Very disappointing. I wonder if anyone ate the lobster bisque that night. Why would any chef prepare something so horribly tasting? Friday: I had the beef short ribs. It was like an overcooked pot roast. My wife had the veal parmesan and said it was very good. The French onion soup was very good too. Well, on to other stuff. Music: The music was so-so. The ship's band was down to 5 pieces (keyboard, bass, guitar, drum, sax), and none of the musicians were great. They also had a female singer who was OK, but off-key on some songs. Other musicians were not very good. The best was probably Loraine in the piano bar, but it so smokey in there that we had too leave. No classical music at all this time. The covers on the real pianos in the atrium and also by the Rolls Royce were never removed to my knowledge. I love live music, so this was a real disappointment. Shows: The shows were pretty good. However, most of the singing-and-dancing shows use pre-recorded sound, so of course it sounds good. The main singers sing live. The dancing was good to excellent sometimes. The two comedians were funny. The talent show Wednesday night was fun as usual. The best entertainer is Steve Cassell, our cruise director. He play the violin/fiddle and also juggles. Steve is one of the best cruise directors I've had. My wife has multiple sclerosis, so we did not get off the ship and I cannot review the ports. The cabin was fine. We had an inside cabin, and usually do. We had some things that needed fixing, and these were fixed immediately. The shower always had plenty of hot water. On all of my past cruises, the ship's tap water was fine. This time the tap water had way too much chlorine, making it almost impossible to drink. I'm glad we brought a gallon of drinking water. Tip: Stop somewhere and get a gallon or two of drinking water. You'll need it if they don't change the water on this ship. Would I go on the Ecstasy again? Probably. For the money, it is OK. Just don't expect too much. Also, I have heard that food quality on all cruise lines seems to be declining. That is too bad. Does it really cost that much more money to fix a tasty hot meal rather than a bland dry room temperature meal? Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Heard good reviews about the new, large Dream so took a chance with Carnival. Ship has too many folks for the size of the ship. For example, swimming pools are smallest I have ever seen. Dining rooms were poorly designed with very cheap ... Read More
Heard good reviews about the new, large Dream so took a chance with Carnival. Ship has too many folks for the size of the ship. For example, swimming pools are smallest I have ever seen. Dining rooms were poorly designed with very cheap materials. Layout of Scarlet was very bad in that it was full of nooks and crannies like a mid-level restaurant. Bench seat was too low with very bumpy padding. Got apology from restaurant supervisor saying he was no way responsible for the poor design. Most ship's main restaurants have wide-open views, this large restaurant had very limited views. Our table looked at a stairway! Had an inside cabin on second deck that was small, only seat was a small stool. Never had a cabin before with no chairs or love seat. TV was a nice flat screen. Room steward did a fine job. Main theatre was a poor design with a lot of poles and bad seats. Thought entertainment was good with great dancing and comedy shows. PG comedy shows were great, but R shows were really raunchy. Didn't stay for the entire R show. Casino was very nice and we played quite a bit. Good part of the ship was the food and service. Dining room food was surprisingly good as was food in the buffet restaurants. Service was very good in the formal restaurant but mediocre in the buffet areas. Happened to be a lot of rotten, drunk spring breakers on this ship occupying the hallways past midnight on occasion. Had to call security about some foul-mouthed 18 year old. This ship has very limited things like lectures, classes, etc. like other ships I have been on. Ports of call were OK, except Belize City, which is a real "hole." Started to walk downtown, but turned around when I saw all the poverty and folks looking at me! Very easy time getting on and off the ship. Did notice sewer gas smell on our cabin deck a few times. Maintenance man said ship was to go back to the shipyard in the future to have the problem fixed. After cruising on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Princess, the Dream is a considerable step down because of the compact cabin and large number of people in limited public space. Carnival is generating a lot of profit by packing in a very large crowd in limited space, making passenger density very high and at same time using materials inferior to most ships, especially in the main dining rooms. Elevator wait was also quite long because of the large crowds. So, overall I was disappointed with the ship, but we did enjoy the shows and the food as well as many friendly fellow travelers. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2010
We were on the Carnival Dream May 22-29 to the Eastern Car. This was our 13th cruise and definately not the "Fun" Ship/trip/experience that we have grown to love. Where has the "fun" gone? The Dream was beautiful, but ... Read More
We were on the Carnival Dream May 22-29 to the Eastern Car. This was our 13th cruise and definately not the "Fun" Ship/trip/experience that we have grown to love. Where has the "fun" gone? The Dream was beautiful, but it seems the Carnival Marketing people have forgotten about the age of the people who are paying for the trips. The laid back, steel drums, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley mood is GONE. It has been replaced by flashing lazer lights and extremely loud, rap influenced music. Maybe that is why we had to stop two times to have "sick" people evacuated from the ship (we thought about jumping into the rescue boat ourselves!). Also, a passenger was missing for a period of time which was a little un-nerving. Thinking what we would have a table for two, we tried the "Your time" dining. It is very uncomfortable because you are taken to a table of 4, 6 or 8 who are at all different stages of their meals. Some may be ordering appetizers while others are having desserts. People are constantly coming and going and the wait staff seems to be very preoccupied and not very customer friendly.(This wasn't their fault and they were doing their best to do their jobs). During the week we talked to several couples in our age bracket who were also experienced cruisers who shared our feelings that the changes in music had drastically affected the "Mood" of the trip. We have already booked our next cruise, but it will be on Norweign. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
Hurricane Tomas reared his ugly head throughout this cruise. Carnival changed the order of our itinerary before we set sail to avoid the hurricane. The cruise port we had been most looking forward to, Grand Cayman was canceled completely ... Read More
Hurricane Tomas reared his ugly head throughout this cruise. Carnival changed the order of our itinerary before we set sail to avoid the hurricane. The cruise port we had been most looking forward to, Grand Cayman was canceled completely due to water washing over the pier. Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan are nothing ports. There is little if anything at these ports, don't waste your time, you can get the T-shirt on board. When we left Tampa the weather was warm with a few clouds. When we arrived at Roatan the rain came. The trip to the Caymans was the roughest I've ever experienced and many people including me were sea sick. The rough sea stayed with us until we entered Tampa Bay and were greeted with a cold snap (at least cold for Florida). We picked our cabin, a balcony, room 4209 because it was close to the water and the first balcony past the life boats. We hoped to avoid cigarette smoke from other passengers and actually get to enjoy the balcony for once. Directly underneath our balcony on the 3rd deck was a smoking station with ash tray just outside the Truffles Dinning room. There was some smoke but not too bad when we were moving. The bad part, was the band in front of the dinning room underneath us. The bass and microphone was so loud that it drowned out our television and shook the bed. We were watching the World Series so we were in our cabin early the first few nights. My DH got mad when he couldn't hear the ball game and called Guest Services to complain. Guest Services Supervisor Chuckrit Polyadetch got right back to us and moved us to another balcony cabin, 8131. We moved just in time for the extreme turbulent sea. We went from all the way Aft to all the way forward and 4 decks higher. We felt Carnival went out of their way to ensure we had a state room that we were happier with and Guest services deserve a thank you for their efforts. Kelvin our room steward was excellent. We had been on the Carnival Fantasy on a Bahamas cruise at the end of September this year so we could easily remember the menu. Same menu but the quality of the food on Fantasy was superior to the food on Legend. With the exception of Lobster and Prime Rib night, the dining room food was just plain awful. The last three nights on board we just gave up on the dining room and ate pizza, salad, and sandwiches on the Lido. Hot food on the Lido was every bit as bad as the dining room. Wednesday night of the cruise we chose Southern Fried Chicken and Beef Stroganoff. The chicken was fried until it was like chicken jerky and was burned and tasted awful. I couldn't eat it at all. DH had the Beef Stroganoff which had about a half dozen small tough pieces of beef with a quarter of a cup of pasta on the side. The Beef Stroganoff also came with a half of hard boiled egg, yolk removed with 2 hamburger dill pickles where the yolk would have been. Needless to say, DH could not eat his dinner either. Pizza again. Overall, all meat dishes including beef barley soup had tough, stringy meat. I had pork loin that I could barely cut with a knife let alone chew. Mashed potatoes were water mashed, i.e. no butter or milk just beat up in the water they were boiled in. Even if the menu said gravy, there wasn't any. Other vegetables were half cooked. I realize that many people like half cooked veggies but we aren't among them. Hamburgers were cooked until all moisture was gone. I tried one for variety but had to head back to the Pizza! Don't waste your time on any French Fries, cold and limp. The Pizza and the deli sandwiches were good and the salad bar was acceptable. The wait staff in the dining room (Riva, JJ, and Florence) were excellent. Riva felt bad that the food was so awful and kept offering to get us something else but the other choices looked just as bad. I noticed a lot of people leaving food and complaining. The best part of breakfast were the boxed cereals. Desserts were hit and miss. The Legend Staff shows were pretty bad. There was one female singer who sounded like a cat who just had her tail stepped on! A guest singer Marcus Anthony, was excellent and was the highlight of the entertainment for us. Our cruise director Wee Jimmy, had more on board time than he planned for. The weather turned cold and windy so the pool area was deserted and people were bored. I couldn't understand why the retractable roof over the pool area was not closed, it would have helped the problem. The upper decks were closed due to high wind. This cruise was a 7 day ship ride, with lousy food, and a great deal of time spent in the cabin watching TV or reading a book. That being said, based on our previous experiences with Carnival we bought two future cruise certificates. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
Nothing to do with the menus served before in Carnival ships and other Cruise Lines.The " cutting corners" in cost was so obvious. I would rather pay a little more and get the good food we were used to have than have this poor ... Read More
Nothing to do with the menus served before in Carnival ships and other Cruise Lines.The " cutting corners" in cost was so obvious. I would rather pay a little more and get the good food we were used to have than have this poor excuse of a menu selection.( mini filet mignon-complimented with a short rib (?)..... a small lobster tail and an addition of 3 shrimps...... No sirloin steak, instead they serve a "Flat Iron Steak" (?) On Carnival's website they have a set of 7 day sample menus: 1)on days one and three they say they serve NEW YORK STEAK 2)on days two and seven they say they serve ROASTED PRIME RIB OF BEEF 3)on days four,five and six they say they serve FILET OF BEEF DONT LOOK FOR THEM The only way to get a good steak on board is at their Steakhouse and you have to pay EXTRA. Stateroom Quality :Check the mattress!! Ours had a dip in the center you could'nt sleep. Service Staff Quality:they made us forget what we were eating,they were almost all of them EXCELLENT Entertainment & Activities :Nothing new ,the same old stuff We call it CANNED entertainment. Imagine , we had to live it for the two weeks ( two back to back cruises) Ship Quality :We loved her in 2006 so we sailed with her again Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
Sail Date: Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 2011. Port of Tampa Dropped off by neighbors, nice 35 minute drive to port. Makes it nice living close. Embark: Easy and nice. Found VIP section, presented documents while sitting down, and ... Read More
Sail Date: Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 2011. Port of Tampa Dropped off by neighbors, nice 35 minute drive to port. Makes it nice living close. Embark: Easy and nice. Found VIP section, presented documents while sitting down, and escorted to waiting area. About 1/2 hour wait, entered ship at 11:45. We always head up to Lido deck and check out the bar. Met a very friendly bartender by the name of Sean. Excellent Mud Slide. Told me to come back and get a chocolate martini, I did...very good. Waited for our friends from Hudson, Florida coming by bus. First time on 5 day cruise. Didn't think it would be long enough...it was. Still prefer the 7-8 day cruises. Nice cruise, smooth waters, Stephanie did a great job as our CD. Islands: Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Two of my favorites. Grand Cayman is known for it's beautiful water, turtle farm and 7-mile beach. I prefer the beach and we just grab a shuttle by the pier and have them take us to the beach. Have been there quite a few times, so this trip we just shopped the front shops and ended up at Margaritaville for drinks. In Cozumel, also have been there many times...just shopped the main area (which is great)...stopped at the drugstore and bought drugs...lol, antibiotic, etc. Ended our day at Fat Tuesdays for drinks. For 1st timers, snorkeling is great and getting a cab and going downtown for shopping. Ship: Old, no frills, atrium is small with 3 colored neon strips going around it, theater is small, one pool and it's packed. No chairs available in Serenity area, casino small and old machines (best slots were the "Hot Shots") BUT plenty of tables for table players. Drinks at the bar are expensive, $6.61 for a beer and anywhere from $6 to 9 for mixed drinks. Room: Inside room, Main Deck, aft. Had inside room this trip, small, needed more shelves in bathroom and makeup mirror. Also, there is no hairdryer, so bring one from home. I did but a lot of people didn't. This has been the only Carnival ship I have been on that didn't have a hair dryer or refrigerator. They do provide soda in the room, six cans which you can trade out for what you drink. Just tell your room Stewart. Large water is also provided in the room for a cost. Soda is $2.24...water around $4.50. Placed on your counter..warm. Ask Stewart for ice twice a day. Beds and pillows are good, and great duvet covers...triple sheeted. Enough closet, drawer & shelf space. Only one plug. If you need more, I brought a power strip with 3 outlets. I have sleep apnea machine and heating pad. Bathroom is small but do-able. Shower is nice with shampoo and body wash dispensers. Room was kept clean. Food: food was just so so (I didn't have to cook, so it was great), miss the good steaks. They do have flat iron steak but it's not very good. The Chocolate Melting Cake is still wonderful. Bread and desserts are great. We tried the "Your Time Dining" and loved it. Will do it again. The only wait we had was for one minute. Always asked for a seat by the window and got it. We order coffee in the morning in our room and the room service was excellent. Cannot beat the 24-hour pizza and wonderful grilled hamburgers and fries by the pool area. Regarding the VIP status...NO BIG DEAL. Sent really bad appetizers to room, we put them outside our door. VIP status for tenders....couldn't find signs for VIP..left with others for island. Never received the free gift which is a picture frame. The best VIP gift....free slot tournament...didn't win but placed. Last words: Don't think I'll do an old ship again. If you are cruising for the first time, you will love it because you don't know any better. I will stick to the newer ships. Was on Carnival's Dream last December and she is wonderful. Glory, Miracle, Liberty and Legend and great Carnival ships. For the price...this was a very good deal and cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2011
We went on the Carnival Freedom, Jan 14-23, 2011, to Cozumel, Costa Rica, and Panama. Overall impression of the Freedom: super clean, very friendly staff, mediocre food, excellent shows by the Freedom singers and dancers, one great ... Read More
We went on the Carnival Freedom, Jan 14-23, 2011, to Cozumel, Costa Rica, and Panama. Overall impression of the Freedom: super clean, very friendly staff, mediocre food, excellent shows by the Freedom singers and dancers, one great comedian; others just ok. We drove to Ft Lauderdale the day before sailing because we did not want to be delayed because of traffic or a car problem. We stayed at the Rodeway Inn on Hwy 84 near the port; we had booked this several months in advance thru Stay123.com because they allow you to leave your car at the motel for up to 14 days for free, and they will take you to the port and come get you when you return. We found out that they would take you to the port early(when they are going to pick up returning passengers), but they charge you $2/person. We figured it was worth it to get to the ship 1.5 hours early. Now for a more specific breakdown: Day 1 Sat: Embarkation was a breeze since we got to the ship early(about 10am), and we had VIP status. We waited in a specific area reserved for VIP's until about 11:15 am, and then we were allowed on the ship. We could not get to our cabin until about 1:30, but that was ok because we just went to the Lido buffet and had lunch. Although we were among the first 15 people to get on the ship, we did not get our luggage until after 5pm; guess being a VIP doesn't do much good when it comes to luggage! The ship was supposed to leave at 4pm, but we did not leave until 5:15pm. We later found out that shortly after we checked in, Carnival had a computer problem, and so they had to check people in by hand instead of by computer, and this delayed lots of people boarding. We had anytime dining and requested a table for 2, but most of the tables for 2 were less than a foot away from another table for 2, so it was almost like being at a table for 4 or 6. We then got smart and surveyed the Chic dining room for a table for 2 that was more private; there are only about 8 of those in the entire dining room, so at future meals, we then asked for a specific table number. We had excellent service for dinner and great seafood. The shops offered a free liquor tasting--what a joke--they had 1 guy giving out tiny samples of about 6 different liquors, so it took one person 4 or 5 minutes to taste them. When we got there, there were about 20 people in line, so we left because we were not going to stand in line for over an hour to get a thimble sized sample of booze. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10; very comfortable bed and great linens and towels. Unfortunately our cabin was adjacent to the air conditioning room, so it was noisy on the balcony. I should have looked at the floor plan more carefully; so don't get 1067 unless you like lots of "white" noise. Day 2 Sun: At sea. Leisurely day; smooth sailing, calm seas. Carnival does a sorry job of planning activities--they had the shore excursion talk at 12:30, when most folks were eating lunch--very dumb! Lunch on the Lido deck was good, but really crowded and noisy--more fat people getting fatter! The Captain's party was a farce--they offered you $1 off their high drink prices; we said forget that nonsense. What happened to the good ole days when you got free drinks and snacks at the Captain's party?? Lobster at dinner was fantastic; prime rib was undercooked and very fatty. Day 3-Mon-Cozumel. We shopped at the pier shops and did not go downtown like we did last year. The prices are better downtown, but you have to take a taxi and there are so many hawkers trying to get you in their shop that we figured it was not worth it. If you are planning on buying anything, get it at Cozumel because the price will be higher in Costa Rica and Panama. I bought a shot glass for $1 that was $6 on the ship and $8 in Costa Rica. There is a liquor store at the pier, but they were out of everything but tequila, and their price wasn't any better than the ship's. We had lunch on Lido deck--excellent Mongolian stir fry with salmon and chicken. This was the only day they had salmon. Fantastic comedian/juggler show at night. Day 4-Tue-At Sea. We had breakfast in the Posh dining room; excellent service, great food--had eggs benedict and salmon. We spent most of the afternoon at the Serenity area on deck 11; very nice lounge chairs and seats--all padded. They even have 4 hammocks, but they were usually taken. Day 5-Wed-Limon, Costa Rica. The ship docked about 10, and we got off as our tour left at 10:30 am. We took the Coastal Highlights and Banana Plantation tour. If you are considering this one, please RECONSIDER. The tour was supposed to take 4.5 hours, but it took almost 5 hours--and they do NOT give you a snack or lunch; fortunately we took our own water and snack. We had a large, comfortable bus which held about 50 people. The tour left the dock and took us thru a depressed area of Limon-lots of slums-and then along the coast where you really don't get to see much except the sea--certainly no big highlights. We then went on the worst road I have ever been on--super bumpy, and full of potholes; if you want your butt bounced around like a dune buggy on a rocky road, then this is the trip for you!! Otherwise, get another tour. We then went to a Dole banana plantation, where a very informed guy told us about banana growing and processing for over an hour; you will learn way more than you every wanted to know! After we left the Dole plant, we went to a resort hotel for almost 45 minutes, where they tried to sell you $5 beer and overpriced trinkets; but they did have clean restrooms. After we wasted 45 minutes here, we were then taken back to the dock, where we did shop at a flea market where the fleas were higher priced than they were at Cozumel. At $60/person, this tour was way overpriced, but most of the tours here were pretty steep. Dinner at the Chic dining room--overcooked fish; it certainly had gone downhill since Sat. Day 6- Thur- Colon, Panama. We got off the ship early since our tour left at 9. We took the San Lorenza & Gatun Locks tour; we actually got to the tour bus about 8:30 and took off immediately; we later found out there were 4 busses taking people on this tour, so it was good that we got an early start. We had a fantastic tour guide who was full of useful info about Panama, as well as the fort and the locks. We first went thru town to the locks and had to wait about 20 minutes to cross, as a ship was going thru. We then went thru a rain forest on our way to the fort at San Lorenza, which was built in the 1600's. This was not restored like El Morrow in San Juan, but it was interesting. We then went back to the Gatun Locks where we got to see a cargo ship going thru the locks. This was absolutely the highlight of our day! We were amazed that the water level could rise so fast, and the ship was actually being pulled thru the locks with two cog engines, one on each side of the canal. We were supposed to get a snack on this tour, but we did not get one--only a "free" bottle of water. At $90/person, I thought this tour was overpriced, but then all of the tours in Panama are overpriced in my opinion. However, it was a great tour, and we had a fantastic tour guide. We got back to the dock about 1:30 and went shopping at some nearby shops. Carnival does not bother to tell you about any of the shops except Del Sol, where they sell you overpriced t-shirts. There are many shops here and a great grocery store(that our tour guide told us about). I bought beer for $0.53/can and a liter box of wine for $2.05. I drank the beers while we were shopping and took the wine back to the ship in my backpack. Since it looked like a box rather than a bottle, security said nothing!! We also bought coffee for 2 bucks/lb at the grocery store, and the tourist trap shops were selling the same thing for $6. There are also 2 casinos at the dock, and Carnival tells you nothing about them. In my opinion Carnival does their guest a major disservice in not telling you about the other shops or the grocery store--I guess that is because Carnival does not get a kick-back. We saw several of the ship's officers in the grocery store; guess they knew where the good deals were. Wise up Carnival--quit being so greedy on kickbacks and tell your customers what is available. We went to the past guest party Thursday evening--great free booze, but limited snacks. Dinner had great filet mignon, but the red snapper was way overcooked. The chocolate melting cake was yummy. Day 7-Fri-At Sea: We had a relaxing day at sea-lounged at the Serenity area for a while. Did play slots for an hour or so. Carnival has a sign that says you get free drinks while gambling, but if you read the fine print, it says you have to earn 1500 points to get a free drink. What a rip-off! We played $0.25 poker slots for over an hour and managed to get a total of 15 points, and lost $17. We could have bought almost 3 beers for that price!! We did not go to the talent show, but watched some of it on TV; glad we missed it--it should have been called the no-talent show, with the exception of the guy who sang "My Way". Day 8-Sat-At Sea. Did not do much except relax and pack. Did go to the Park West art auction, as we had a couple of times before on this cruise. You do get free champagne, but they are pretty stingy about that--if you get 2 half glasses you are lucky. Basically the art auction is a rip off. About 95% of what they sell are signed/numbered prints that you can buy online at much cheaper prices. For example, I have purchased several Gary Benfield s/n prints on line or thru other galleries at prices ranging from $15-$100. At Park West, the minimum bid for one of Benfield's prints was in the $500-800 range--and this was on paper, not canvas. The exception might be if you saw an original piece of art that you could not live without, then get it because there are no more. But most of their art works have editions of 195-750 prints, and you can get them elsewhere much cheaper. Carnival had a customer appreciation party Sat at 5pm in one of the lounges; there was just a little blurb in the newspaper about this, and they did not mention free booze. However, they supplied lots of free drinks for an hour; surprised we found out way to dinner!! We normally went to dinner at 5:30-5:45 since we had "anytime dining". This night we went at 6, after the free booze quit flowing, and lots of others had the same idea. This was the worst experience at dinner we had all cruise. We sat at table # 217, with head waiter John and team waiter Kadek. Although we were seated about 6pm, we had to wait about 30 minutes before we even got our first course---and that was after I complained to one of the supervisors--twice. I don't know if it was the waiter's fault or the kitchen staff's fault, but we were not happy campers. We had to make an unscheduled stop Sat night at Grand Cayman because someone on the ship needed medical attention. Although this took over an hour we still managed to get back to Ft Lauderdale on time Sun morning at 6 am. Day 9-Sun-Ft Lauderdale. Since we are VIP's, we got priority debarkation, and we elected to roll our bags off ourselves. We were told to be at the Chic dining room area by 6:45 am. When we got down to deck 3, we were misinformed by 2 different crew members as to where to go; these people wanted us to go sit in the lounge. I told them we were VIP's and they had no clue as to what that was. I then found a crew member who knew what she was doing, and we were directed to the right spot. We had to wait until about 7:15 am, and then we were allowed off the ship. Pretty painless--had to wait a few minutes before they opened customs--customs only had 2 lines open--not too efficient with almost 3,000 passengers. I hope they opened up more lines later. Since it was 44 degrees when we got thru customs, we decided to catch a taxi back to the motel, rather than wait 45-60 minutes for the free shuttle to pick us up. Customs won't let you wait in the terminal. We were back at the motel and in our car heading back home at 8am. Still the fastest we have ever disembarked. This is the first time that I have seen Carnival, or any other cruise line, not ask the passengers to rate the cruise, and I have been on 25 cruises. Guess Carnival doesn't want feedback anymore. One last note: There is an adults only area on Lido deck aft by the pool. This area has a retractable roof, so on cool or rainy days, you can still feel like you are outside. An ideal place for breakfast with no crowds, but around lunchtime, it fills up. Nice not to have any kids running around screaming--good job Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
Boarding was fine. The balcony cabin was light colored and very adequate as a base of operations. The only exception to this was severe mold on the shower tiles and grout.Choose the "your time" dining for dinner at it suits ... Read More
Boarding was fine. The balcony cabin was light colored and very adequate as a base of operations. The only exception to this was severe mold on the shower tiles and grout.Choose the "your time" dining for dinner at it suits your schedule. Food was mediocre at best. It was an identical desert menu every night and contained only basic menu items. Dinner choices were simple, plain, limited and ranged from quite good to inedible. The buffet was horrible as it always is on Carnival. The sandwich and Chinese stations was quite good if you don't want to kill 1-1/2 hrs in the sit sown restaurant or choke on the nightly buffets. Do not cruise on Carnival if you like food. Carnival has chosen to close the sit down restaurants while in ports, which leaves only horrible food choices, consisting primarily of the buffet, yuck. We discovered the burger place was closed during dinner hours, another way for Carnival to save money.With only one "fun day at sea", the island stops were frequent, long enough and varied enough. Carnival continues to increase charges for their excursions however. You might want to avoid paying them inflated prices and chance doing things on your own.Snorkeling in St. Thomas was two locations on sandy bottoms. Without live color reefs there was no marine life to see. Save your money. We took an expensive fishing tour at St. Lucia was awful. Eight of us took turns in the single fishing chair with 10 minute turns. It was us to the quests to organize the timing as the mate did nothing. They advertise only going 4 miles out to sea but went about 15-20 miles out in extremely rough waters. All guests got sick and blessed an early termination of the trip to return to shore. Carnival refunded only a small amount of the costs. Save your money. Hope you don't need a lifeboat as the drill was impossible to hear. You left without a clue what to do in the event of an emergency. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
To our misfortune we picked up a virus from a very rude traveler who coughed all over us during the first show we attended and it really limited our activity, however, that is not the ships fault. For the record, this was our ... Read More
To our misfortune we picked up a virus from a very rude traveler who coughed all over us during the first show we attended and it really limited our activity, however, that is not the ships fault. For the record, this was our fourteenth cruise and our third Carnival cruise. Our favorite cruise line is Holland America, second favorite is Royal Caribbean. NCL and Carnival are not at the top of our list. We are retirees who cruise to get away from boredom and relax. First the ups. Cabin was excellent with the exception of the mattresses which are more like saggy hammocks. Nice fluffy duvets cover up the sag when the bed is made, but wait til you climb in. Was on Carnival's Glory a couple of years ago and found the same bed situation there. Nice long sofa, nice decor, excellent bed linens, nice bathroom, lots of storage. One of the balcony chairs reclines in the event you'd like to do some private sunning. It seems that each time we cruise Carnival, we find they have hired more and more Indonesian staff. That is one of the reasons we are so fond of HAL. Most of their staff are Indonesian and they are the warmest, friendliest people. They certainly make us feel as though they are dedicated to providing excellent service and the service on this trip was superb. We were not prepared for the fact that our March 5th sailing was the beginning of spring break - we thought it was later. Carnival bent over backwards to see that the students had lots and lots of late night activities and I must admit that the student conduct was excellent and the young folks were a pleasure to be around. In the past we've had bad experiences with breakers going wild on cruises and really being disruptive. The Dream was one of the cleanest ships I've ever been on. It was immaculate. There were alot of small children on our cruise but here again, Camp Carnival kept the little ones very busy, away from the general population, so they weren't under foot. Casino action was good. Adequate gaming tables and pleasant dealers. And the downs. Weird bath amenities included things like tape strips to open your nostrils and pepcid. Did they anticipate the food would upset your stomach???? Shampoo and shower gel dispenser in shower, but no lotions or shower caps. Carnival needs to understand that travelers, particularly females, enjoy the little sample packs of amenities that spoil us. It seemed that we were being used as guinea pigs for manufacturer's free samples of products they are promoting. I generally get one massage and one facial in the spa as part of my vacation spoil, but not wanting to spread germs avoided close contacts. Also, each year that we go, the prices for spa services just skyrocket, so be prepared. I'm a foodie, so that was where my biggest disappointment lay. Carnivals signature warm chocolate melting cake is always a treat and their creme brulee was excellent. The breakfast danish pastries are the very flakiest and excellent. Muffins had a hard crusty top like a hockey puck. The flat iron steak was definitely not as good as other reviewers mentioned. It had livery overtones - don't know what cut of beef they get theirs from. One night the menu featured "Chateaubriand with Bernaise Sauce", which got me excited until I read the fine print on the listing. Said it was cut from beef shoulder. PLEASE. Everyone knows that chateaubriand is the center cut of the tenderloin -AS IN LOIN, NOT SHOULDER. This is grossly misleading and a misrepresentation of a gourmet item. I guess you have to pay extra and go to the upscale steak house to get good meat. We did not try it on the Dream but we did on the Glory and it was worth every penny. Will say the vegetables were all tasty and well prepared. Particularly the fried eggplant. It was exceptional. Also, the ship serves butter from France and it is the best butter I've ever tasted, so skip the Land o Lakes margarine which is also offered. The buffet on the Lido was very disappointing and had very limited selections. The hot dogs at the grill are excellent and huge. The hamburgers at the same venue are sometimes cooked on the grill and sometimes on a conveyor being run through the pizza oven. Go figure. The Dream offers continental breakfast, sandwich and dessert items from room service. These are available 24 hrs a day, but selection is limited. HAL has the policy of allowing you to order anything from the regular dining room menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as long as you order during the regular dining times. This is a wonderful practice and provides the guest with so many options from bacon and eggs in your room in the morning, to a strip steak for dinner, when you're interested in privacy. We thought almost all of the entertainment was poor. Comedy club was not good. Even the family show was so gutteral. If you enjoy unsophisticated humor about farting and other bathroom habits, you'll love it. In the main show lounge performances, the male dancers were excellent, the female were very lackluster. The male singer was okay, the female to loud and abrasive. The only good show was one that some other reviewers have mentioned called Dancing in the Street and that is because of additions to the cast which I won't describe, in the event you are booked on the Dream - best to let you be surprised. Carnival has relaxed it's dress policy and now calls what used to be "formal nights", "elegant nights" but jackets and ties are no longer "required". Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
This is a review of the April 11, 2011 Carnival Triumph cruise from NOLA.It started well and went downhill from there. Got into a crowded elevator, you know the type, so crowded you can see down blouses. Before it started to go up, ... Read More
This is a review of the April 11, 2011 Carnival Triumph cruise from NOLA.It started well and went downhill from there. Got into a crowded elevator, you know the type, so crowded you can see down blouses. Before it started to go up, someone's cell phone rang and at the top of her lungs she answers "HELLO". She was offended by my request to speak quietly. While my ears were still ringing, she left by saying "this is my third Triumph cruise and I already met someone rude" Its too bad there wasn't a mirror on the elevator because we all saw someone rude also. For those of you on this cruise she's the same one during the welcome back party that thought being on the Triumph three times was a big deal.There were a lot of good things on this cruise. Those crew members that choose to work did a wonderful job and this was the norm. My cabin steward, waiter at dinner and bartender at the wine bar, were wonderful. But far too many crew felt it was their duty to hide and let someone else do their job, especially at the aft pool area.The whirlpools throughout the ship did not work properly. Water was cool or warmed by the sun. The jets were not pushing the water as they do on other ships. When a maintenance crew member was asked about them, his response was "they are working". He turned and walked away.The reason I am writing this review is to bring attention of what happened to my wife and me for the entire five day trip.We were in room 1007 but this would apply to every forward room past 1025, port or starboard. The noise level in this room was horrendous coming from above; it took us several days to figure out the source. Even though the gym closes at 10PM, crew used it until 12:30AM when a cleaning crew came to do their job. I found this out by going into the gym and watching them, especially those that were in the weight lifting area by dropping them on the deck with no regard to the paying guest that are sleeping below. For this we paid?We visited guest services several times, each time they told me the gym closes at 10PM and the noise can't be coming from the gym, the doors are locked. A lie, I walked in and saw everyone.Called security, waited, they never arrived. Walked outside and ask another to accompany me. All the while he kept telling me he will take care of this. There's no one inside, I kept walking and when we came upon the crew, the security guard changed his story saying they were the cleaning crew. Another lie or is it a cover up?I could go on and on about this incident, phone calls, so called inspections by guest relations with every comment made to prove me incorrect. In fact at one time I was inside the gym when a guest relations rep walked by and saw the doors closed and assumed no one was inside.I can't believe this matter had not been identified in the past. One of the crew led me in the correct direction to determine the source.Another source of noise in this section of rooms was the teen disco on deck 12 forward. Screaming, yelling till 1AM. While waiting for security to address the previous problem, I walked over and looked in. Whoa, what a surprise. Two teenage boys came over and asked if I wanted to dance. What is Carnival promoting here? They were acting like they were either drunk or stoned; but for sure they were loud. VIP passengers we were told to wait in one of the dining rooms and we would be allowed to disembark first, which is one of our perks. No coffee or danish were available, which is the norm on other lines. But worse, everyone who was trying to hang around the lobby was lead to this dining room, even first time cruisers. Where was the perk? Mass disorganization and confusion.NOLA has one thing to be thankful for, Triumph will be moving to Galveston.Out of my 57 cruises, this cruise ranks among the worst, right next to Mercury.Since I have a future cruise cert, I intend to use it on the Magic out of Galveston, then that's it for Carnival stopping at 15.I read Carnival business reports which show a ridership reduction. Most sail and sign cards were blue, no wonder. They must keep attracting newbie's to continue to grow. This company and ship needs a complete overhaul.Mr. Cahill, please save this wonderful ship. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
We've cruised many times in the past and were supposed to be on a hiatus this year..until I saw a good price on this cruise and talked DH in to going for Mothers Day, birthday, anniversary, etc. I think this was our 9th Carnival ... Read More
We've cruised many times in the past and were supposed to be on a hiatus this year..until I saw a good price on this cruise and talked DH in to going for Mothers Day, birthday, anniversary, etc. I think this was our 9th Carnival cruise. Enough background, on to the cruise.We went to our cabin on day one to find the beds together and immediately found our cabin steward to tell him that neither one of us seniors is physically able to crawl over the other to get out of bed! I also asked, "where is the chair"? He said the beds would be separated before bedtime (they were!) but that 'this class ship had no chair'. I begged to differ having been on the Fantasy a couple of times but let that drop. However, he found us a small chair and put it in our cabin which really we thought was very nice (and a tip was in order!). Next it was on to the see the matre'd and plea for a change to early dining if possible. We booked just 2 weeks ago and I was not very hopeful and was actually prepared to eat late each night but fortunately we got notice the next day that we were switched!! So far we are batting a hundred.Let me say right off that the ships staff were all very nice...from our room stewards to the waiters we had for each seating and - really - every one we encountered throughout the ship. And we lucked out on table mates. too.As for the ship itself, we thought it looked pretty good. But it had the slowest, squeakiest elevators we've ever seen!!HOWEVER, I do not think the food quality was as good as it has been in the past and not having a theater show on 2 nights out of 5 is a letdown, too. Entertainment on Carnival never was their forte but has really hit a new low in our opinion. Their singers and dancers had two shows...one very good (rock and roll!) and one they need to rethink..Win. Oh, they had something going on each night in the theater but I do not consider a game show, nightly bingo or line dancing on stage as being 'entertainment'.So it's back to NCL and RC for these two old fogies....definitely more our style. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Positives: Embarkation and Debarkation processes were excellent. Dining room staff were superb, especially Francisco and Ramona. Room steward's work was superb. Employees overall were very friendly and polite with the exception of ... Read More
Positives: Embarkation and Debarkation processes were excellent. Dining room staff were superb, especially Francisco and Ramona. Room steward's work was superb. Employees overall were very friendly and polite with the exception of some bartender staff. Circle C teen staff were outstanding and activities for our 13 year old granddaughter were both numerous and enjoyable. Cuedos to the staff and to Carnival. Negatives: The balcony is way too small, the furniture is too big for it, you can't walk between the chair and the rail. Food in the dining room is adequate but nothing special,nothing to rave about. The hot tub for adults is clearly marked with an "Adults Only" sign, it needs to be enforced. I saw security looking and ignoring toddlers and youngsters in the tub. Staff needs to follow through on what they say; our safe did not work, V25, when we checked in, I called and was told we will send someone up to fix it. No one ever showed up the entire cruise. On a scaled of 1 to 10 I would rate this cruise and ship a 6. We have sailed on 3 other Princess cruises and they were superior. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
If you like lots of activities and noise, this is the cruise for you. But if you are looking for a quiet place to read in comfort, forget it! This is my third Legend cruise out of Tampa to the same Western Caribbean ports. I knew what I ... Read More
If you like lots of activities and noise, this is the cruise for you. But if you are looking for a quiet place to read in comfort, forget it! This is my third Legend cruise out of Tampa to the same Western Caribbean ports. I knew what I was getting into before I booked. But the sale prices lured me and I forgot why I travel on Princess and Holland America lines. First of all a comfortable chair was not to be found on board. And the beds are hard and impossible to sit on for more than 20 minutes. In fact we bring foam waffle bed pads from home, so we can sleep at night. I realize that most younger folks are out enjoying the activities and the ships pool and/or bars. But I have been there and done that, this was my 40th cruise on many cruise lines. The main reason I return to this cruise is the itinerary. I love the ports and took two excursions, which were perfect: Passion Island in Cozumel and in Belize a catamaran to the reef and then a beach break on Bannister Island. The rum punch flowed freely on both excursions and the snorkel stop in Belize was great. I also like the Playa Mia beach break with lunch, which I did the last two cruises on the Legend. My next major issue was the noise level on this ship. Waiting to go into the dining room, the noise of fellow passengers conversations along with the entertainment was just too much. The stage shows also blast you out of your seat. I left the cocktail party for returning Carnival guests, as I could not take the noise. I know this sounds like I am little ole lady, but my Dad is 90 years old and very aware of the noise issue. And he wears a hearing aid! Enough said. It is a good 7 day getaway with great ports of call. Food is OK but steaks are tough. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Upon flying into Barcelona, we were met by Carnival representatives and efficiently transferred to the ship. The boarding process was extremely well done. So far, so good. Our balcony cabin was a decent size. Very comparable to our ... Read More
Upon flying into Barcelona, we were met by Carnival representatives and efficiently transferred to the ship. The boarding process was extremely well done. So far, so good. Our balcony cabin was a decent size. Very comparable to our last cabin on Holland America except there was a shower and no tub. The balcony was a little smaller but perfectly adequate. The bed was very comfortable. Our cabin steward provided first rate service. Magic is a very large (4500+ passengers)brand new ship. It was quite attractive but did not have the "wow" factor of the new Royal Caribbean ships or the elegance of the Holland America ships. Nohing bad, but nothing special. We had open dining and ate in the dining room five nights and in the specialty restaurants twice. Two of the meals I had in the dining room were good, two were tasteless and one was awful. The specialty restaurant served one of the best steaks (a porterhouse) I've ever had, although $30 per person is steep. We ate the other night at La Cocina di Captaino. We were surprised to find the menu to be limited and the food nothing special. The dining room and restaurant service was excellent. My wife has mobility issues so we only took tours described as Easy. Easy Rome was a problem. The bus dropped us quite a distance from St. Peter's. Much too far to walk in the summer heat. Many on the tour just gave up walking to the Vatican and went to grab some pizza a place to sit in the shade. Our tour in Messina was a ride to Mt. Etna and a visit to a jewelry factory. The sightseeing at Mt. Etna was very interesting but my wife was very upset when we found that the factory was in a villa and it was necessary to climb an eleven step marble staircase, without a banister. We wound up sitting outside for an hour. I believe that Carnival did not adequately describe these two excursions. We had a major problem with Guest Relations that I won't get into other than to say that they had the worst attitude I've encountered on any cruise. Overall, I was disappointed in this cruise. The ship was okay but nothing special. The food was not up to the competition. The attitude at Guest Relations was totally unacceptable. I don't expect to cruise on Carnival again. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2011
Our traveling and gambling partners picked us up about 1:00 PM on Thursday 8/18, we arrived at the Cruise Terminal about 1:15 PM. There were very few people waiting to board so we just zoomed on board. Boarding Carnival ships at Port ... Read More
Our traveling and gambling partners picked us up about 1:00 PM on Thursday 8/18, we arrived at the Cruise Terminal about 1:15 PM. There were very few people waiting to board so we just zoomed on board. Boarding Carnival ships at Port Canaveral is always a breeze. All the cruise lines should take lessons here. We took our carry-on baggage to our deck 6 midships cabin and met our room steward Sergiu from Moldova (a small country between Romania and the Ukraine). Sergiu turned out to be an outstanding room steward, out of sight, and the room was always ready for us. We then went to the Lido deck to have some lunch. I had my usual hamburger and French fries - Carnival has French fries that are as good as the best anywhere in the U. S. Sadly, after the port visit to Nassau, the Lido was full of flies, even the day after. The deli sandwiches are always good. Had the obligatory drill - it is a distinct improvement that we don't have to wear or carry the life jackets anymore. There was a delay in departure (?) so we ate dinner before visiting the casino. Our good Turkish friend, Maitre'D Orhan Aksu, had provided us an excellent window table for four, very near the dining room entrance. Orhan assigned Churchill, a large pleasant Jamaican as our waiter. I only wish the food was as good as the service. Most of the meals were not up to the standards we had gotten used to on 19 previous Carnival Cruises - Penne Mariscos tasted like some kind of cheap canned tomato soup. Alligator fritters were mushy and tasteless - should have chunky alligator meat and somewhat crispy - like conch fritters. Veal parmesan was tasteless. The lobster was quite good. The flat iron steak had a strange liver like taste. Next we visited the casino, our home for the next 2 ½ days. Surprisingly, this was the first cruise ship casino we've been in in many years that we didn't know a number of people from previous visits. We soon met Okan, the Turkish casino manager; Cheryl the casino host; Lily the slot lady; and Maria Cruz - a most outstanding floor supervisor. Maria was the friendliest, hardest working, most helpful floor supervisor I've ever met in 58 cruises. She definitely should be considered for promotion to manager as soon as possible. Some observations in the casino: Video Poker, maximum play $2 @ 10 coins (most casinos have $5 maximum play, 5 or 10 coins); many bill readers won't accept $100 bills (maintenance problem?) - not a problem on other cruise ships; Pairs Plus on Let It Ride $25 maximum - Pairs Plus on Three Card Poker (adjacent table) $75 maximum. The Craps table and Three Card Poker table were always busy, Let it Ride and Caribbean Stud stayed empty. No jackpot announcements were heard (weren't there any jackpots?). 2,670 people were onboard, 800 of them were kids. Of course, since it was a three day weekend cruise, there were a large number of younger partying people. I just wish they wouldn't have yelling contests and foot races at 3:00 AM in the hallways. We knew better when we booked this cruise - better stick to the longer cruises with other old fogies like us. All in all, a reasonably good, short trip. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2011
I just returned today from a 7 night cruise out of Port of Baltimore on Carnival Pride. This was my 18th Cruise and the second time on Carnival. I have been on Celebrity once, Princess 6 times and Royal Caribbean 9 times, My ... Read More
I just returned today from a 7 night cruise out of Port of Baltimore on Carnival Pride. This was my 18th Cruise and the second time on Carnival. I have been on Celebrity once, Princess 6 times and Royal Caribbean 9 times, My husband and I were disappointed every day with the food. Never have we been disappointed with the food on any other cruise. The meat was dry, tough, and unseasoned. We were use to having shrimp cocktails everyday and having lobster at the end of the cruise. None of this was ever served. The staff was the most unfriendly. The only friendly member was the coffee server. Oh yes, the FREE coffee was like dishwater. We had to buy our coffee everyday. Another expense that wasn't necessary.We deserved to have free, good coffee.The cabin Stewart was only seen on the first night and last night. We were never greeted any other time.The entertainment was disappointing too. The main singer sang off key. I pray that the other cruise lines have not resorted to this level. I don't understand since we are paying more for the cruises than before, then everything should have the same quality. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
BACKGROUND - We've taken 25+ cruises, mainly with Celebrity and Holland America, and several with Princess and NCL. We cruise 2-3 times a year. This was our second Carnival cruise, having enjoyed sailing on the larger Carnival Glory ... Read More
BACKGROUND - We've taken 25+ cruises, mainly with Celebrity and Holland America, and several with Princess and NCL. We cruise 2-3 times a year. This was our second Carnival cruise, having enjoyed sailing on the larger Carnival Glory in June 2010. This was a family cruise for eight people, ranging in age from 6 to 82. We booked the Carnival Miracle because of the ports and because we thought it would provide a better fun cruising experience for the younger family members. It was very disappointing that we didn't stop in Half Moon Cay due to Hurricane Irene - as Half Moon Cay is the best port! - so we ended up spending five days at sea and two days in Grand Turks and Nassau. We tried to make the best of it but the sea days were not a lot of fun. We generally agree with Dr Jimmy515's comments on the "Hurricane Irene" Carnival Miracle cruise - with the following personal comments: - EMBARKATION - a lot of time sitting and waiting but OK; to be expected as there were so many people showing up at the same time (noon). Very long hunt for tables at lunch. - BUFFET (Horatio's) - Food quality was average to poor. Very long lines at all lunch food stations on embarkation day; long lines daily at breakfast omelet stations. I think they try to wear you down so you just grab a box of cereal. Very good pizza at the pizza station. Fatty corned beef and pastrami meats at the deli station but the sandwich choices and presentation were good otherwise. Fried foods were inconsistent - sometimes delicious and sometimes so oily and undrained that people ended up throwing out the food. Suspected packaged (vs baked on ship) cookies, banana bread, muffins, etc. Limited selection of breakfast foods that did not vary; frozen waffles served at breakfast. Limited buffet dinner food was available until 9:30pm, with the deli open til 11pm and pizza around the clock - very limited compared to other cruise lines. For the most part, wait staff were not friendly and did not seem to enjoy their jobs - maybe because there were always frustrated diners looking for tables and food. Also, tables were left unwiped leaving the impression that the area was not as clean as it should've been. - MDR (Bacchus) - Food quality was inconsistent - ranging from very good to poor. Portion sizes in the MDR were inconsistent - very small to very large - so it was difficult to know how to order. Food choices available every day were limited to cheaper selections, e.g., flat iron steak (vs strip steak on other ships), no salmon. Food choices on the changing daily menu were better and tasted very good, e.g., lamb chops, short ribs, pork steak, maine lobster tail w/shrimp. Poor quality breads and (?)butter. Cappuccino and espresso were available but not that good-tasting. We were asked if we enjoyed the entrees and when we reported problems, we were not asked if we wanted something else. We were more assertive later on but it did delay dinner for the rest of our party. We were on a Princess cruise and a Holland America cruise earlier this year, and the service and attitudes were very different from our Carnival Miracle experience. The Maitre D's need to notice bad service and understaffing of tables under his watch, and not just make jokes and announcements at dinner time. Can't believe anyone would tip the Maitre D's. In contrast, we had a better dining experience on the Carnival Glory with higher quality of food but poorer service as they assigned too many diners (about 30) to our waiter. - SUSHI BAR - 5pm on deck 2 - good sushi selections but serving staff was not friendly. - CAFE on deck 2 - $4 for a poor-tasting cappuccino - due to poor quality coffee beans? Princess's International Cafe serves the most delicious cappuccino. - ROOM STEWARDS - friendly and excellent. - GUEST SERVICES STAFF - helpful, solicitous, friendly. - CRUISE DIRECTOR STAFF - friendly and enthusiastic. Entertainment was good, including the production shows (very energetic and enthusiastic), Miracle band, other guest entertainers were ok. Music was ok but too loud especially on the pool deck. - POOL DECK - need more shaded areas for lounging. Very hard to find lounge chairs on pool deck. SUMMARY - Like DrJimmy515, we had a good time on this cruise because our family got to spend time together. We enjoyed the excursions - the Aquaventure water park in Atlantis and horseback ride and swim in Grand Turks. The younger family members enjoyed themselves, but said that they enjoyed the Celebrity cruises more. They were disappointed in the food also. We did not take advantage of the kids club although some of the ships' activities were restricted to adults, e.g., bean bag toss. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2011
As seasoned cruisers who have travelled the world extensively and who rated the Carnival Liberty as our favourite cruise a few summers ago out of Civitavecchia (Rome), it was a shock to experience our Cruise from Hell aboard ... Read More
As seasoned cruisers who have travelled the world extensively and who rated the Carnival Liberty as our favourite cruise a few summers ago out of Civitavecchia (Rome), it was a shock to experience our Cruise from Hell aboard Carnival's new Magic from Barcelona. We knew it was a big ship with about 4600 passengers and 1400 crew members but we expected smooth sailing with lots of amenities. The ship has the potential to be great and the crew in general were polite and friendly but we were put off by all the extra costs for things that used to be included on a cruise. For example, we both like the spa and used the (free) dry sauna daily BUT were shocked to learn that the steam sauna was located on a different floor and at a cost of $175 per person for the duration of the cruise. Locating the saunas on different levels doesn't make any sense and only means inconvenience. The food was quite good both in the dining room and in the Lido buffet area although we did notice the absence of fresh berries and smoked salmon. The dining room assigned us a table for eight even though we had requested a table for two many months in advance. We ended up walking out of the Southern Lights dining room the first evening and managed to secure a table for two at the Northern Lights. We were happy with our servers who were personable and very bright. We ordered some wraps, salad and dessert through room service only once: the food was satsifactory but the dressing arrived with no salad. We enjoy watching movies on our t.v. to relax but the choice was pitiful: they played the same James Bond movie (a few years old) every 3 hours and then replayed the same movie a few days later (!) There was a movie preview channel that only showed previews in the hope that we would fork over our dollars to watch what used to be free. We did enjoy, however CNN, the BBC and Sky News, as well as a French channel to follow current events. Luckily we brought some good books with us to read. As wonderful as the ports were, we were dismayed to find no city history/background information; instead just a list of stores to spend your money plus a blank page to keep 'notes.' We appreciated the complimentary ice cream and frozen yogurt station, as well as the tandoor and pizza stations. The pizzas are well done but you need to order and wait for a specialty pizza like goat cheese. The complimentary coffee was okay but my first - and last -pay for latte on the lobby deck following a smooth embarkation was terrible. Our cabin was kept clean but when we asked for another stool to sit on our attendant promptly refused. And now for the worst part that ruined our cruise: directly across from us were two teenagers whose parents decided to have a separate holiday six decks up. Unfortunately they and all their friends had decided to party all night and they used their cabin as Party Central all night (they went to bed at 6 a.m. and got up at 4 p.m.). After a couple of sleepness nights we complained to Guest Relations and Security but little was actually done besides a couple of visits and warnings by security. The problem continued until the very last night and this ruined what was supposed to be a relaxing and memorable cruise. Carnival supposedly has policies but doesn't enforce its own rules with consequences and that is the core problem. We saw this several times,such as passengers placing towels on deck chairs first thing in the morning, then walking away and leaving their chairs empty for hours at a time. My partner and I walked by early one morning at sea and were amazed to see every single deck chair - we're talking hundreds! - covered with a blue towel and/or a magazine but nobody occupying them. We watched with dismay one evening as four young unattended boys fought in the hot tub in the aft of the ship and pushed each other under the water. Nobody intervened, whether it be passenger or crew member. The huge outdoor entertainment screen overlooking the pool would blast noise (only on some occasions would it actually be something akin to music) and this translated into headaches and cacophony. We were constantly put off by all the rude passengers who walked right in front of you without saying 'Excuse me.' It was quite upsetting after a few days of this. The crew members were all polite and well mannered, it must be said. The entertainment in the main lounge was substandard with the exception of one British singer who impersonated several female singers. Overall, a big disappointment. We skipped the comedians as we prefer intelligent humour without all the swearing. Being both non-smokers, we were upset to have to inhale second hand smoke further down our corridor each time we had to navigate to a different part of the ship. It would be nice to sail on a truly smoke free ship one day! Disembarking took longer than normal and there was a terribly long lineup for taxis (well over an hour) as there were other cruise ships that had docked that day. Lastly, the cruise review questionnaire that was supposed to be emailed to us two days after disembarking has not yet arrived almost 3 weeks later. Nor have any of the postcards we handed over to Guest Relations at the end of our cruise after purchasing $22 worth of European stamps. We're keeping our fingers crossed but right now we're not impressed. Think we'll vote with our feet and our pocketbooks - sorry, Carnival, but we're not happy customers. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2011
We chose this cruise because of destination, Bermuda, and the fact it was only 52 miles from home. The trip to Baltimore was easy with plenty of time to spare. We arrived early, around 11AM. and were able to board early. very easy ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of destination, Bermuda, and the fact it was only 52 miles from home. The trip to Baltimore was easy with plenty of time to spare. We arrived early, around 11AM. and were able to board early. very easy embarktion, very smooth and courteous.We walked around and then went to the lido deck for lunch. The ship was delayed, and we watched while they loaded late deliveries. Our room was ready early and bags were there. Great service. Room was clean and spacious although the balcony could have been bigger. Room steward was super. Trip a bit rocky to start but smoothed out. The speakers throughout the ship need to be updated, as most times you couldn't understand what they were saying. Dinner was open time,and we never waited more than 5 minutes. Very polite service, but never got a hot meal in the dinning room. Hostess was very nice but the last two nights our serves were slow or non entities. Breakfast and lunches at the Buffet. Pools very small, Hot tubs even smaller. Shows OK but not as good as the other cruise. Casino very outdated and laid out poorly. Would probably go back, only if they go out of Baltimore and to somewhere we haven't been. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
We had previously cruised Europe on Celebrity and there was no comparison. I decided to try Carnival for the ports and the fact it was a new ship. The ship was fine- large with plenty of lounges- but it lacked the ambiance of other cruises ... Read More
We had previously cruised Europe on Celebrity and there was no comparison. I decided to try Carnival for the ports and the fact it was a new ship. The ship was fine- large with plenty of lounges- but it lacked the ambiance of other cruises I have been on, the service at some places, and the food was poor. Embarkation was very easy at 11 AM and we were on the ship within 10 minutes after arriving at the port. We immediately headed to the buffet for lunch which was not yet crowded. At 1:30 PM our cabin was ready and our luggage arrived shortly thereafter. We had a balcony room (I guess a mini-suite but not called that) which was fine although it did seem smaller than on other cruises. Our room was always clean but this is the first cruise that the room steward did not come and introduce himself. We never saw him except an occasional wave in the hall. Our main complaints were the rudeness of some of the staff plus the lack of knowledge of the ports. The shore excursion desk was not at all helpful. We were given the wrong information on several times. I do not think they cared about answering questions about the port unless you took their excursions. With the exception of Naples where we took the ferry ourselves to Capri, all of our excursions were booked through the ship. On our first night, we received word after 8 PM that our tour the next day in Monaco was canceled due to not enough people signed up. By then the desk was closed and all tours were filled. If there were on 6 signed up for a tour for 40, they should have contacted us early in the day to say there was a possibility the tour would be canceled and what was our second choice. Then when I did speak to someone the next morning, he led me to believe there would be tours you could take at the port. Other than the 30 minute train ride around Monaco, there were none. Luckily, I guess they had a lot of complaints so they added a bus and made an afternoon tour to the French. They misled us about the shuttle services to town in other ports also. The time was not properly utilized on excursions- we were given 45 minutes in places that had nothing and yet less time in places with a lot of shops and cafes. The staff in the perfume shop were very unfriendly and rude. I saw that a sample of perfume I wanted to try was empty and asked if they had another tester. I was rudely told "not until the next cruise." The staff in the casino was also rude. We asked one attendant how to cash out a few dollars we had won and she acted like she was doing us a favor by showing us and was fresh. The same with the man in the cashier cage. The hours for currency exchange was also limited if you had an excursion booked or dining plans. However, our dining staff in the main dining room were great. Our waiter, Caesar, was wonderful as well as Made and Suraj. We thoroughly enjoyed their attentiveness and service. The comedians were great! I was not impressed at all with any other show. TV in the room just featured showing the cruise director and news. We were not on the cruise to watch tv but when we were getting dressed or relaxing, it would have been nice to have a choice. The food was nothing special - with the exception of a few entrees or desserts in the main dining room. The breakfast buffet was very poor- everything was not presented in a convenient location (pancakes, waffles, and french toast were only by the pool) and the selection was poor. There were no nice fruits like strawberries, pineapples, sliced oranges - only cantaloupe and water melon everyday. It never changed. Most items were cold. The deli was very good as well as the grill by the pool- the pizza didn't compare to that on Princess. Room service was very limited for breakfast if you had an early excursion. I just felt Carnival lacks something major. I doubt if I would cruise it again. Read Less
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