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10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value was ... Read More
This was my 6th Cruise, 1st on Carnival. Previous cruises have been mostly on RCI and Celebrity, so admittedly, I was a little biased coming into this cruise, however, being a New Year's cruise and traveling with friends, the value was unbeatable (close to $400 less than RCI's Liberty on the same dates, different Itinerary). Cabin chosen was interior, as has been on previous cruises as value is important to me more than room category. Cabin was adequate albeit a bit smaller than those offered on the previously mentioned lines. Nevertheless, Cabin was kept consistently clean by our almost non-existent cabin attendant (ok with me!) who left us the traditional towel animals my roommate kept destroying the first couple nights. It was her first cruise, but our attendant finally caught on and started leaving them on my bed instead. Needless to say we had a better-kept collection of towel animals by the end of the cruise. One pet-peeve was that I had asked the agency that we booked with to ensure we had 2 beds (despite being a male & female traveling) and I even went back and made sure that selection was made on Carnival's website after booking. Nevertheless, when we arrived, we found only one bed and had to hunt our aforementioned disappearing attendant to make sure it was fixed before we headed off to the New Year's festivities on boarding day. Once the problem was solved, it was "smooth sailing" (more on that later...) after that. So OK on Carnival's part, but why make choices beforehand if you're just not going to see them? (BTW, this has happened on previous cruises too... so I guess, Oh well...) Embarkation was a smooth process... we went through Carnival's website and ensured we had all proper documentation: Sail&Sign documents, Boarding Pass, Bag Tags, etc. Picked 1:00 pm for boarding and I was dropping my friend off around 12:40. By the time I had parked (at official Galveston Parking, $65 pre-pay) and returned on a very, very crowded shuttle bus (thankfully I snagged the first seat), I rejoined my friend/roommate to joint he queue and we were on board by 1:15ish. As I said, with all our paperwork together, we were just herded through the queues (one for those with reservation times, and those without, plus priority line). We only really stopped a few times, once to scan passports/check docs, then to security (we only had carry on bags), a quick check for our pre-approved, 2 bottles of wine (one each) and then right before the gangway because my friend's passport pic was too different to her current look, so they had to take a quick pic on their handheld tablets, mine was ok, so I was spared. After that, off we went! KUDOS CARNIVAL! After boarding right at the Atrium on Deck 3, we headed straight for our cabin to find the aforementioned bed problem (but key-cards, etc, were all in order). BTW, kind of sucks that aft-cabin passengers have to either fight the crowds on the forward elevators (mid-ship off-duty for bag service) or haul their carry-ons up the stairs to deck 4 or 5 to get across to the aft elevators.... It was great to board at the Atrium (from my cruise-geek perspective) and awesome to climb the atrium stairs and start exploring before heading to the cabin, but for those who had their own large bags, etc. to carry, I'm sure this was not a pleasant experience. We went up to Deck 4 and walked aft to our elevators. Anyway, bags had not arrived, but how could they possibly get them up so quickly? So off we went to explore the lovely Carnival Breeze. I had personally picked the Breeze because of the reviews, age, tonnage, etc. Being one of Carnival's "Freshest" ships, and being the newest option for us out of Galveston. Reviews proved true, and Breeze is indeed a very beautiful ship! None of that garish, early-Carnival decor that I might have been dreading/wanting to see. Breeze definitely has a "South Florida/Coastal" feel, very apropos to our destination and conducive to a festive, yet, relaxed atmosphere (more on that later too..) One pet-peeve was that I found the ceilings in the public decks very low... I do believe some of them are taller than a regular stateroom-deck, but they certainly felt lower than on some of the other ships I have been on. On another personal observation, the ceilings might seem "lower" because of the heavy, horizontal stripe theme (that though classy, and chic) does make the space seem... wider... in a way. Also, at the Lido Marketplace, where they try to recreate a lovely street-side market complete with trees, etc. the ceilings just felt so low.. like anyone taller than 6' might hit their heads on the "umbrellas and trees". Nevertheless, as I mentioned, the decor was pleasant and fresh, and Breeze is truly a very beautiful ship (but makes me wonder if I wanna get on the older boats... just a personal thought) but more on the ship later. We had an "oddball" Eastern Caribbean itinerary for the New Year's voyage, and I say "oddball" because Breeze tends to stick to alternating Western Carib. itineraries. So we had Key West, Nassau, and Freeport (the last two in The Bahamas, in case you're wondering) to look forward to. Mind you, we knew we were booking a winter cruise that was not going "very far south", so we were expecting temperatures perhaps in the lower 70's... but oh...#BombBlizzard... little did we know... Thankfully, we had planned on "playing it by ear" as only my Friend/Roommate and I were traveling, so no excursions were booked at any of our ports of call, both of us having experienced some sort of the Caribbean in various versions previous to this trip, so the expectations were low (Thankfully!) We left a cold and rainy Galveston on NYE2017 (Temps around mid 40's) and set off to a rocky (and would remain rocky) Gulf of Mexico for our week ahead. Sunday Departure, followed Monday at Sea, Tuesday in Key West, Weds. in Nassau, Thurs. in Freeport and 2 days at sea back to another Sunday in Galveston. My last cruise had been a Western Carib. XMAS2013 Cruise and we had also left a cold and cloudy Galveston behind, but after a rocky 1st day at sea, we emerged onto warmer weather halfway through Day 1. Not this time... wrapped up in the Holidays and traveling back home from the West Coast to catch the boat, I had no idea any sort of weather phenomenon was going to happen. I landed back in Dallas on the 29th and kept up with the fact that it could snow the night of the 30/31, so we scrapped our plans to leave the 31st in the morning and decided to drive to Galveston on Saturday night (Dec. 30) to ensure we would make the ship. Nevertheless, forecasts (on a couple phone apps) still showed 70's for the destinations ahead so we stuck to our packing plans (i.e. warm weather clothes). It was a great choice to drive down earlier, and I would say I would recommend to do it for any sailing if you are coming from further than Houston.... Just in case. Back to the destinations... after we boarded and started using Carnival's pretty awesome "FUNHUB" app (where you have weather, news, activities, deck plans, your account, #of Drinks if your on the package, etc, etc. etc, Well done Carnival!) we found out the forecast was pretty bleak for the rest of the week (50/60's throughout), our best bet was Nassau which was promising a measly 72. So off we went to into the Gulf of Mexico and headed South-South-East towards the Florida Keys. After a moderately rocky (nothing to write home about) day at sea, and a very fun New Years Eve/New Years Day (more on that later...) we docked in Key West. It was very cloudy and rainy throughout the day with some relative breaks but weather was in the "okayish" mid 60's. Having known it was going to be mucky, we slept in and got off the boat after noon. We got a chance to walk around the very nice (still, after hurricane rumors) Downtown area of Key West. Wish we could've had the chance to walk further and explore, but the rain came back around 2pm and we decided to head back on board. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, etc. in just the few blocks around the dock, so Key West sure remains a great place to visit and explore. Nassau was a bit sunny during the morning, but after we got off the ship around 12:30, things started getting a bit windy and cloudy. By the time we got back around 3:00pm it was full-on winds and rain, on a rush to get back from the Port itself to the various docks holding multiple ships that day. Downtown Nassau is quite nice and walk-able (10 mins. from Ship to Port, then 5/10 min. walk into different shops/restaurants/etc.) We had planned to walk to the beach that is close to the port, but since the weather was not the greatest, we stuck to the streets of downtown and had a refreshment and did some window shopping. In retrospect, should have bought my Rum Cakes here as they were cheaper than on the boat. Oh well. Soon it was evident the weather was turning for the worse, so we started the walk back (around 15 mins. back to port, then the walk to the ship). It gradually grew worse, and needless to say it was a mad rush from tons of folks from 6 different ships (Anthem, Empress & Grandeur, plus Disney Dream, NCL Sky & our Breeze... probably 20k plus cruise guests on shore that day.... Yikes!) rushing to get back to their boats. The port itself, which is at the base of town and heads out to the different piers, is where everyone's Key-Cards & ID's get checked, so this place was utterly packed as we were all trying to rush back. Thankfully it only took around 10 (rain-soaked) minutes until we got inside and got our ID's checked. Then it was a mad 10-min. rush on the semi-covered walk back to the ships. There are trams, and if you're on an excursion you'll probably be bused back to the ship. But with these many people, there was even a huge line for those who really needed to use the trams, so we just braved it back in rainy, very windy, very wet, 60-something weather. The wind-tunnel created in between the piers (in our case, between Breeze & Anthem) was astounding(-ly cool! for me...) but truly hard to walk at times! But back on board it was, and off to Freeport we went later that evening. We had better hopes for Freeport as "Sunny" was in the cards, alas, it was Sunny but only around 64 and with a harrowing wind blowing throughout. I had earlier in the morning gone out to the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5 to "try out the weather" since we're in an inside cabin, and it seemed "sunny and pleasant" but I was badly fooled by the fact I was wearing a sweater and that I was covered to some degree by the high glass on this deck. Needless to say we went ashore in less than appropriate outerwear and we only managed to try to scour the many shops by the pier to find a sweater for my friend/roommate to no avail (plenty selection, but user did not find satisfaction.. LOL) so again we hurried back on board, this time to a much quicker re-boarding procedure (there are 2 piers in Freeport, Costa Atlantica(ish?) was next door but left early, and both piers are pretty much independent sharing the same shopping/entertainment area where there seemed to be lively music as well... didn't make it that far though. As you can see, our itinerary was plagued by the troublesome #BombBlizzard, but alas, we escaped 20-degree weather back in Dallas and were on a very fun boat and got to see some pretty sights, even for a few minutes, so all in all a great experience and def. want to go back to try out a beach or two. Back to the ship, it rocked a bit throughout, but all in all, I will say it fared well in the relatively choppy waters of the Gulf/Upper Caribbean (if we can call it that...), I guess one cannot expect the boat to be completely still during the entire journey... also, our cabin position (bottom of the bunch!) on deck-1 aft-mid probably made it all that easier to carry on with some of the motion. Both friend and I seem to have good sea-legs, except for the fact that I still have some feeling of the motion a whole 5 days after the fact... Service and Entertainment on board were pretty ok, to pretty awesome, depending on the situation. The entire program for the Cruise was pretty complete for the expected New Year's crowd. We had a pretty awesome NYEve party (held in the Atrium in lieu of the Lido due to weather) but the staff did an impressive job and had a massively-packed Atrium rocking! and even included the ever-important Balloon Drop (despite previous reports of an impossibility of having that happen due to Breeze's Atrium decor) and complimentary Champagne (sparking-wine) toast! KUDOS AGAIN TO CARNIVAL! Great fun on the #FUNSHIP! The first few days at sea were pretty fun as well trying out the different parts of the ship, but this is where, and the weather plays a part in some way, I felt a bit let down by Breeze. After Nassau we felt we had pretty much experienced everything that appealed to our particular traveling party. We had done the ever fun Piano Bar, Karaoke (both offered multiple times throughout the week), a lot of Casino action (not necessarily gambling, but yes for smoking), and some of the other music/entertainment. Breeze does offer a good array of entertainment, ranging from the aforementioned "Cruise Favorites" to a "Modern Group", a Country Band, a Latin-Duo, a Calypso-player, and a Guitar/Acoustic Guy. So all in all, you could find a mix of these folks throughout the venues of the ship on any given day, but as I said, after about the 4th day, we had seen them all at least once. Main-Theater entertainment is also one of my cruise-go-to's, however, due to different travel companions, that was not necessarily in the cards on this sailing. However, Carnival does try to have a very full schedule for the "Theater-proper", and a few shows did jump to my attention even though they're only about 45/60 mins. long. I ended up only attending a few, one which was a tribute to Music from the Movies. Cast was talented, technology on board is great, sound might be better in certain areas of the theater (also, it seemed every performance was packed! so get there early!) and sight-lines are poor from many areas of the Theater (I tried a few), so again, ensure you're there soon so you can grab a good spot! I will say Carnival does in fact try to boost different activities like lectures, etc (specially on the last 2 sea days of this particular sailing) but nevertheless, I felt like I was a bit bored around Day 5. And again, I will say weather did play a part, as I'm sure we ran out of things to do as we could not spend much time on the Lanai Promenade or the Lido Deck due to the weather even though these remained in operation throughout most of the cruise. Speaking of the Lanai Promenade on Deck 5, I do have another pet-peeve... and again, weather might have played a factor on this sailing, but it is very hard to access this area from the ever-busy Deck 5. It seemed like for most of this cruise the only door available would be through the Red Frog Pub/Starboard. And yes, it was windy, but the doors by the Casino and by the port side of Red Frog remained mostly closed as well as the starboard side of Ocean Plaza. I wonder if this works better when the ship is in fairer weather? Nevertheless, this is a great area of the ship, and I know it has been bettered on the Vista, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk around the ENTIRE ship (no closures, even on choppy days this cruise!), having a quiet smoke at night, and using the hot tub once (even though it was hell getting out!), hence my problem with it being not easily accessible! Dining was ok, to great, as the rest of the boat seems to be... Never made it to breakfast, but lunch was just ok, and I know this is the "less popular" time, and we were screwed for being late risers, but I wish perhaps Carnival could have a "late-risers" area as does RCI, to have some type of breakfast elements. Nevertheless, lunch was ok at the Lido, and you can never go wrong with Carnival Deli, day or night, awesome, fresh-made sandwiches and hot dogs. Dinner was also quite decent at the Lido. We ended up skipping the dining room after night two (for circumstances I will describe shortly) which was something I had never done on a cruise before, so the Lido was great to find some kind of dinner-like items (rice, chicken, turkey, pork, etc.) plus the lovely deli and some dessert options. Sad item is that at dinner, only the aft portion of the Lido is open, so don;t even think about the Mongolian Wok or going to the forward part of the Lido for dinner. Also, the Mongolian Wok should be more like a "pan-asian Wok"? The flavors are a bit different, with much South-east Asian influence, so take it with a grain of salt. We did once, and once was enough. Also, don't expect BEEF items in this area... they hardly exist, also, seafood is negligible... look at other options above. By the other token, in this area are some other "casual" outlets, like Blue Iguana (which earned rave reviews from my roommate and other cruise friends) and my personal favorite, Guy's Burger Joint - which offers amazing burgers and a whole assortment of toppings. Only pet-peeve here was that the cheese (S.M.C. as Guy Calls it...) kept getting smaller and smaller as the sailing went on... Last day I had 1/3 a slice of cheese on my very juicy burger... why? Also by the Lido, but aft, are the Tandoor, and the ever-popular Pizza Pirate (where the line is endless... literally... even at 3am...) Love the fact Carnival wants keep things fresh (and keep waste to minimum!) by making things fresh... but something as high-volume as Pizza Pirate, the Deli (and other outlets) should at least consider pre-making some favorites... lines were a bit long at times, but quality and taste at all of these is superb! (as far as casual goes...) Dinner in the Dining Room however was a bit of a disappointment.... and one of the points I look forward to the most on cruises! Roommate and I arrived the first night and found our table at the aft of Blush Dining Room (Upper, Deck 4), that first night we sat on 2, side-by-side 2-top tables with another very nice couple. Service was a bit slow, but it was New Year's Eve and everyone was in a festive mood. Dinner was Lobster, which was great, however, the portion was a bit... small. In fact, all 3 courses (except dessert) were a bit... sparse... 2nd night we showed up very much on-time for our 8:15 seating and our neighbors next door sat a few minutes behind us. We discovered our two, separate two-tops had been pushed together (don't mind sharing, but we were ok with the original arrangement), but we managed to get them to separate the tables as there were 2 different table numbers on them. Long-story, short. Our table neighbors from across the way had their entire meal as we were still waiting for our second course... Don't know weather we had to wait for our section to get seated or what, but this was unacceptable, all other tables were through 3rd courses when we were still stuck at the end of the 1st with no waiter in sight. Maitre d' did check in and said hello on 1st night, but this 2nd night he kept passing by even though we kept glancing over and trying to get someone's attention. One of our waiters was at first apologetic, but when we asked why everyone else had dined, he became a bit confrontational, and it was all a bit uncomfortable as I did not want to get into any of it as we are on a "cruise". In any case, 2nd course came and waiter spilled some of my chilled soup, said he'd return with a towel to clean... 3rd course came and went (which was pork and was nothing to write home about...) and it wasn't until he was bringing dessert that he remembered he needed to clean that "spill"... truly deplorable with barely an apology.... Needless to say neither of us was too eager to go back and we stuck to the Buffet, a missed reservation at Cucina d' Capitano (sad we didn't try!) and the amazing Steakhouse. Roommate did want to go back the last night, but glad we ended up being late and thankfully (for me) missed seeing those poor representatives of Carnival Service. To wrap up dining, service everywhere else was pretty great, the lady at the Deli is an absolute angel (taking sooooo many orders on her own at one point... Come on Carnival! open more stations!) and she even customized every order if we so wished! Most places were quick, specially Guy's which has it down to a science (except for, or because of... the "Disappearing Cheese", and just a tad slow at Pizza Pirate (due to the high volume). Service at the Steakhouse is OUTSTANDING, but of course, you're paying an extra $35 to be here... so thankfully they do make you feel it's worth your while, both service wise and food-wise.... WHAT A FEAST! Truly worth it and would do it again any day! Inventive dishes, posh atmosphere, great service, what else could you ask for? Also on that note, it does seem you do have to fork over some $$$ to truly get great service, as Bonsai Sushi was also incredibly great, but thankfully, at the tune of only around 14 bucks (extra tip included) for some Sushi & Sashimi... not bad, and INCREDIBLE quality, freshness,service, and taste! Well worth missing a buffet or two. (plus, they give you a comp. edamame plate! yum!) plus you get to see the chef's right at work before your eyes! Lastly, Bar Service, which also goes from Sun to Shade... but this my friends, as always, comes down to the science of which bartender you tend to lean towards the most, or "befriend", throughout your cruise. We had many exceptional servers that seemed eager to engage us, others happy to just serve, and others... well... altogether bothered of having to be there all together, All in all a great bag of folks which do not differ much from the great, awesome staff that dot many of the ships out there. Cruise Lines do have it cut out for them to select the few and the proud. Glad each of them get their fair share. Due to the itinerary and weather issues addressed earlier, we ended up choosing certain spots, and the Tides Bar (aft, Lido, Deck 10) always great, and the Casino Bar was always amazing with Runtawan and Angelo being rock-stars. Also, always had great service at Liquid Nightclub, which is appreciated as they DO make you feel you;re in an "ultra-lounge: Nevertheless, there were always the bad cases that if you weren't tipping you were not seen, and also the cases where they would make your drink wrong (a Vodka Tonic with Sprite? Really?) but all in all, this team takes a lot! From a huge, rowdy crowd, many of us with "CHEER!S" packages, so, yeah, they did the best they could and we are grateful for them. Shout out to Atrium Bar Staff, who rocked not only through NYEve, but throughout the cruise, truly a great bunch. And of course the beloved Casino Bar Staff (mixed bag... but love them all..) who had to put up with the "CHEER!S"ers... lasting till 4/5am daily... All in all it was a great cruise! Would I cruise with Carnival again... (as an avid RCI Cruiser...), YES, if the circumstances (and Price! as it always is) were right again, otherwise, I'm eager to go back to Royal Caribbean, and certainly Celebrity. I want to feel that level of enjoyment again, even though this was FUN plenty! THANK YOU #FUNSHIP for a great start to 2018! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
This is a smaller ship so therefore less people and I had a great time. The Christmas activities were really nice. My cabin stewards were great despite the amount of cabins they were servicing, and my cabin was well serviced. Room ... Read More
This is a smaller ship so therefore less people and I had a great time. The Christmas activities were really nice. My cabin stewards were great despite the amount of cabins they were servicing, and my cabin was well serviced. Room service was on time and very friendly. The dining room staff were awesome and super fast delivery of food or drinks. I am booked back on this same ship next Christmas The cabin is an accessible one which I need as a am an above knee amputee. The roll in shower works really well with a nice big bench. There are plenty of grab bars around the bathroom as well. There was plenty of space for my wheelchair to get around the cabin. The only down side to it is if you are restricted completely to a wheelchair you would have problems getting out on to the balcony. There is a large step to climb over to get out there. With my prosthetic leg on this was not a problem but it would have been nice to roll out there in my wheelchair. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
I chose this cruise to go to Honduras, Belize, Cozumel out of Port Canaveral. It was for 7 days. I have been on 8 cruises, with 6 being Carnival. I prefer Carnival because it is more family oriented and there is more to do than other ... Read More
I chose this cruise to go to Honduras, Belize, Cozumel out of Port Canaveral. It was for 7 days. I have been on 8 cruises, with 6 being Carnival. I prefer Carnival because it is more family oriented and there is more to do than other cruise lines (except maybe Disney). I did like the ship, it was more updated than other ships. You can look at your photos digitally instead of having to search through hundreds of photos to find yours. There were more choices for food, there was even one for BBQ, which I didn't see until the last day of the cruise. Of course it has all of the usual fun activities. This ship has the Rev Dr. E as the cruise director, if you have never seen him before you will love him!! This is the 2nd ship I have had him as a director and he always makes it more enjoyable. There were only a couple of things I wasn't happy with. I am sure they work their butts off but the entertainment was not as great as other ships. I only went to one show and didn't go back. Maybe they improved but it was not very good. Another issue is with breakfast, need to find a better way to directing people in the morning on the Lido deck. Breakfast was just a mad house, dinner was definitely much easier to maneuver in. And the one thing I was actually disappointed in was my steward. All of the ones I have had I have liked and done an outstanding job. Not so much on this one. I am sure they work hard but this one was not very personable or helpful, didn't have the "warm and fuzzy" feeling. Overall I would take this ship over others, but thought I would give a review Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
There was 5 of us in total, (20,21) 2 in a 4J cabin #9203 and us 3 (31, 42,48) in an 8D cabin #9229. The kids kept their cabin a mess 90% of the time so cabin steward did very little in their cabin all week. But our cabin steward was ... Read More
There was 5 of us in total, (20,21) 2 in a 4J cabin #9203 and us 3 (31, 42,48) in an 8D cabin #9229. The kids kept their cabin a mess 90% of the time so cabin steward did very little in their cabin all week. But our cabin steward was good, introduced himself and we never saw him again all week. He did ask us if we wanted service, morning, evening or both? I told him both and he came twice a day. We always had plenty of towels and our beach towels were always replaced. The balcony was small as usual. There was only two mirrors in the entire cabin, bathroom and vanity. There wasnt even a full length mirror in the cabin?! Weird So us 3 were always fighting fo mirror time before dinner. Purchased FTTF but only one of the 5 got their luggage immediately. The rest of us had to wait until after munster to get ours like 4:30. Also though we had 10:30 checkin time, we still were made to wait over an hour to board. First time using FTTF and not sure I will use it again. The 2 things we wanted it for, luggage and early boarding was a bust. We ate every nigth but one in the dining room. We had anytime dining and had to wait every night with a pager to be seated, whether it was 3 of us or 5. Most nights, we waited 30-40 mins. Dinner was okay, nothing to rant and rave about. But we definitely didnt go hungry either. We ate pizza late most nights and there was always a line. Three of us purchased CHEERS package and we loved it. Wont ever sail Carnival without it again! We bought Jeep tour through Viator for $85 a person and loved it. It was our 3rd time doing this excursion so we knew already what to expect. The weahter was perfect all week and we all got beautiful tans to show off when we got home. Went to 2 theater shows and 2 comedy shows. Both were good but comedy shows were the best. Didnt find ship freeze inside venues at night. Disco was packed every night with DJ playing a variety of music from 80s-current. All in all a wonderful cruise for the price we paid. $400pp for a balcony on Lido pool deck was cheap! Looking forward to going again real soon. Any questions, message me. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
I'm not sure where all the bad reviews come from, but Carnival ROCKS! Their staff is en pointe! They anticipated my every need. I traveled alone and every staff member I encountered made sure I felt special. The food was fabulous! The ... Read More
I'm not sure where all the bad reviews come from, but Carnival ROCKS! Their staff is en pointe! They anticipated my every need. I traveled alone and every staff member I encountered made sure I felt special. The food was fabulous! The buffet does shut down just before lunch, to turn it over, so be aware. Each buffet has a theme, such as American, French, Italian. They don't run out of food either. It was so pleasant to take a plate and find a seat outside to enjoy the ocean view for a leisurely brunch. The main dining room is mouth watering! Just the right amount of choices for your 3 course dinner. And feel free to get one of everything if you want. I didn't have dinner reservations and only had to wait about 10 mins for a table on the last night (due to my timing)The spa staff exceptional! Make sure you get the manager special from the spa tour on Embarkation day. Worth every penny. The Elemis products are top notch. The only down side is that the jogging track is right above the spa treatment rooms, and you can hear people running. But, its not intolerable. OH, and you can get a spa robe to use in your cabin, like to wear to and from the pool/jacuzzi. So be sure to ask for one. Can I possibly put any more '!!' in this review? The ship was nice and clean. The decor is a little Vegasy, and a wee bit dated. They did deck it out for Christmas, which I hadn't anticipated. And the Christmas decor was pretty. There are easy to read maps at every elevator and most stairwells, so its hard to get lost. This was my 1st cruise and I'm ever so glad I went. Lots of fun stuff to do, from shows, to bingo to trivia games. Tons of raffles to enter, chances to win prizes. The Fun shops are pretty well stocked with Carnival shirts and keychains. There are even some toys for the kids. The jewelry shop is popular. Very sparkly. Make sure to go on the 1st day and enter all the raffles. I'm not convinced the prices are all they promise, but you can say you got your watch on the ship, right? The casino is a nice size and offers slots and table games. They allow smoking in the Casino, but to be honest, the smoke is very well filtered. It was no worse than any large Vegas casino room. I didn't gamble, but know it's only available while at sea (laws, I guess) Bingo is a hoot! Its very interactive. The Yahtzee and Hasbro games for the kiddies are very entertaining. I dare you not to smile! I enjoyed the live shows too. Very generic and family friendly. Songs you know and costumes that don't make you blush. There is a PG and R rated comedy show. I only went to the PG show and it did make me laugh. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze. Carnival really tries to keep the lines to a minimum. The tender to Catalina is very quick. They run at least 2 boats back and forth so you can expect to wait no more than about 15 minutes. Coming back took about 45 mins all told. Go on the Undersea Boat tour on Catalina. I loved seeing all the fish! Also rented a Golf cart and toured the island. You can do the whole route in an hour, so don't spend extra on that. Shopping is a little lacking , but I still managed to stop in just about every single store. Mostly typical tourist kitch, like Tshirts and magnets. Prices are normal, too. I really cant find anything good to say about Ensenada, unfortunately. There is a small pavillion right on the dock, so you can jump off the ship, buy a doodad, and get right back on (like I did). The view from the dock is lacking and to be honest, only after dark was the view worthy of even a picture. Carnival does a nice Disembarking presentation, so if its your 1st cruise, you don't want to miss it. Lots of good information and it really made leaving much easier. Took about an hour to get off the ship. OH and the Carnival bus to and from the airport is a must! So stress free! No traffic, no hassle, no parking, no worries. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
As a solo cruiser and my first cruise, I really enjoyed this cruise overall. It was easy to meet other people and to do activities with them. Every dinner, for evening activities and for island shore excursions, I had dining companions, ... Read More
As a solo cruiser and my first cruise, I really enjoyed this cruise overall. It was easy to meet other people and to do activities with them. Every dinner, for evening activities and for island shore excursions, I had dining companions, conversation and company for activities. Lots to do each day......not a problem for a solo cruiser. The food was varied and plentiful. Great service given in the MDR and at the buffet. Loved the production shows in the theatre each evening. The comedy shows were a bit hit and miss. Mare Island stunning water and sand.......but lots and lots of blue bottle jellyfish so could not swim (early December). Isle of Pines had a relaxed feel with beautiful, easy to swim in shallow lagoon. Water was cold on an overcast and drizzling rainy day, but still beautiful and only 23 degrees temp. A good mix of relaxation and activities for an enjoyable holiday! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
I picked this cruise to take a couple of first timers on a short getaway. The level of service was so low that I will NEVER sail will Carnival again. When I complained to management nothing was done. DO NOT SAIL !!!!!!! It seemed ... Read More
I picked this cruise to take a couple of first timers on a short getaway. The level of service was so low that I will NEVER sail will Carnival again. When I complained to management nothing was done. DO NOT SAIL !!!!!!! It seemed like everyone had an attitude and didn't want to be at work. When we asked our housekeeper questions his response was that as if we had annoyed him for asking questions. When I tried to order room service I was hung up on, and then rushed through my order when I called back. I complained to Guest Services who wasn't even interested in hearing what I had to say just replied with "I can remove the gratuities".. The service here was the lowest I have ever seen in customer service anywhere. I would not sail on this Liberty cruise or any other carnival cruise again. Royal Caribbean is the way to go Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
My husband and I booked a quick 4 night cruise without the kids and had a wonderful time on the Carnival Liberty. Embarkation was smooth and the personnel at the terminal were friendly. We were on board within an hour of arriving. ... Read More
My husband and I booked a quick 4 night cruise without the kids and had a wonderful time on the Carnival Liberty. Embarkation was smooth and the personnel at the terminal were friendly. We were on board within an hour of arriving. Our room was ready when we arrived. Our cabin steward was unobtrusive, but always around if we needed him. We were in cabin 2473. It is in the aft of the ship and was always quiet and peaceful. No one was ever in the hallway near our cabin. We have been on about 12 different Carnival ships and this was one of our favorites. It didn't look like a circus threw up! The colors were muted pastels and everything was actually coordinated nicely. The ship was in good repair and well maintained. Every employee we encountered was polite and seemed genuinely happy to be there. We have never been on a cruise with such a wonderful, happy atmosphere. The food seems to improve every time we cruise with Carnival. They are really stepping up their game. Overall, we were very pleased with our experience on the Liberty. The only complaints we had was the temperature in our room was warm the whole time. If it were summertime it would have been miserable. Also, there was a horrible smell of raw sewage in a couple of the hallways. I mean HORRIBLE smell. I hope it was due to a temporary problem and not a permanent one! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I choose the ship to experience one of the newest ships of Carnival and interested on the ports of call that with the exception of Cozumel were all new to me. Even got a cove-balcony cabin which was my first disappointment! Balcony view is ... Read More
I choose the ship to experience one of the newest ships of Carnival and interested on the ports of call that with the exception of Cozumel were all new to me. Even got a cove-balcony cabin which was my first disappointment! Balcony view is great as it is close to the water and it is also covered by the lifeboats. However these get all the dirt when deck 4 is clean or work is done on the lifeboats. Also and perhaps of proximity to the water rust is all over the place. My balcony (2393) also had an ugly patch (masking tape) work between the door and the window. Balcony chairs apparently were not covered when painting (God knows when). In conclusion not the balcony you have been dreaming of ! Dining room food was the worst. Even the buffet had more variety! Guys burgers, the Mexican place, Cucina del Capitano, the BBQ place on deck 5 were all great! The ship has all the new gimmicks but there was so many things not working, closed and / or broken that honestly ruined the experience. Hot tubs were cold or constantly closed for cleaning(?), public bathrooms out of service all over the place! Entertainment was good (Carnival standards). Director was good. Not annoying and very informative (to the point). Comedy shows went from very good to bad (literally). Service also was not at par with other Carnival ships, although thank God, I found many excellent good exceptions through the ship. Hope I just got a bad week and it is not always as it was that week. However I don't think will give a second try to this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I chose this cruise out of Tampa so I could relax after Hurricane Irma and I was not disappointed. I was traveling solo which is always fun to do! This was the new Cozumel Plus with extra time in Cozumel so I was able to go to Chichen Itza ... Read More
I chose this cruise out of Tampa so I could relax after Hurricane Irma and I was not disappointed. I was traveling solo which is always fun to do! This was the new Cozumel Plus with extra time in Cozumel so I was able to go to Chichen Itza for the 2nd time. The first time I went I was visiting friends and they took me there at night for the sound and laser light show on the pyramids. Fabulous! And this trip in the daytime was fabulous too. We were given a light lunch on the bus, sandwich, chips, fruit, water, and a cookie, which was quite good. Our guide was great and pointed out many not readily apparent carvings on the ruins. Overall, a great trip. I also snorkeling with the stingrays in Grand Cayman. Really fun and got great pics of me kissing the rays! Be sure to take an underwater camera. The food was good in both the main dining room and the buffet. No problems there. Casinos were smoky but still fun and slots were loose! I have already booked another cruise on the Paradise for September 2018! Read Less
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