3 Jacksonville Spa Cruise Reviews

EMBARKATION: easy with RTF. OV room nice -Steward good. Weather: stank. I usually get a balcony room but glad I got OV. Balconies were closed most of treat I o due to very rough seas. Couldn't use pool due to weather. This was not a ... Read More
EMBARKATION: easy with RTF. OV room nice -Steward good. Weather: stank. I usually get a balcony room but glad I got OV. Balconies were closed most of treat I o due to very rough seas. Couldn't use pool due to weather. This was not a tropical vacation. We never saw the sun. Most active cities (hairy leg contest, etc ) cancelled due to weather. I went to bot tubs, fitness center most of trip. I d I did 2 massages on port days- deep discount. Steam room was not working most of trip. Our excursion in Bahamas was a nightmare. We were scheduled to do a private beach day. The operators took us despite rain showers. We got in a squall, rocking boat , getting rained on,- cold! They did a tourney tho g and asked for tips while going on nightmare boat ride. So wrong!they took us out to get their tips! AFTER 2 hours of misery they took us back to port and refunded our money. But they Got their tips! That's 2 hours I will never get back.I forgot name of excursion but its very popular. Due to weather, we couldn't port in Little Stirrup Cay. I was looking forward to that. Instead we diverted Freeport.not my favorite, so stayed on boat for cheaper massage. Food was good- went to Magnolian Wok daily,as well as made to order omelettes. ENTERTAINMENT DE T. W E LIKED Motown and Divas. Disembark: We were FTF and had early flights a due to some security issue, did not get off boat until 10ish.Cruise before us was 4 hours late and we didn't start. Boarding til 2. If you like no frills and small boats this cruise is for you. We go on bigger boats usually. We did Magic in Auguast and doing NCl Epic in March. We like more activities and dining choices. I would recommend this for those who want to snooze and cruise. We not go on A WINTER CRUISE AGAIN.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was the best idea I have ever had. The ship was well kept, the staff was friendly, we all had a blast, and I have the absolute best wedding photos. The Ceremony was quiet and intimate, everyone cried including our Wedding ... Read More
This was the best idea I have ever had. The ship was well kept, the staff was friendly, we all had a blast, and I have the absolute best wedding photos. The Ceremony was quiet and intimate, everyone cried including our Wedding coordinator, Vanya. She was one of the highlights of the package. She was attentive, understanding, helpful, and my wedding would not have been the same without her. I read previous blogs about he photographs not turning out well, which I'm sure depends on the photographer that you get, but Wayan was FANTASTIC and made me turn in ways that made me look so good in the pictures! I think I lost 10 lbs in front of his camera. The reception had the best food on the ship. It was also never ending so when all the delicious fruit martini glasses were eaten - they would just bring more! Also the open bar was fantastic. A couple things to look out for: I was a little disappointed that I had to choose between a Social Host and an Entertainment Specialist. This meant I had to choose between my own playlist with my friends announcing things like the first dance or a dj picked top 40 with a professional announcing the activities. I chose my own playlist and my man of honor and matron of honor did a great job, but I don't understand why I had to choose. Although everything turned out great it was a little nerve racking knowing that the flowers (with your input) was pretty much up to the local florist. Also, the rooms were not 100% guaranteed until a week beforehand -- however, once I got on the ship I realized any of the lounges would have been a great place for the reception. Advice to couples looking to get hitched on the boat: 1) Keep it small (this is cheapest, most manageable, and most fun) we did about 20 people. 2) Start early. The earlier the better. We started about 1 1/2 years before to give the guests time to get vacate and such. 3) Plan, plan, plan - we brought (6) tall vases from Hobby Lobby with fake flowers (real ones not allowed on the ship unless from the local florist) as well as fake flower petals for the aisle. It turned out magnificent. 4) Have all of your guests cruise with you (perfect atmosphere for bachelor and bachelorette parties) 5) Make your spa (hair/makeup and nail) appts really early on board - as in right when you step on the ship. 6) Gift baskets can be delivered to the room (make sure all water is unopened) for a $1 fee. This added so much to the experience of our guests. We included a water spray fan, deck of playing cards, disposable camera, walkie talkies, and bottled water. 7) Oh yea, walkie talkies are a MUST to keep in contact, but avoid the crazy cell phone roaming costs. Overall I would rate the Wedding a 9/10. On board it was actually a 10/10, but the planning process made me dock that one point (I had to be over prepared to get what I wanted). It was fantastic! Thank you Carnival! Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
I knew I was booking on a budget cruise; I knew there would be about 800 kids and 1500 adults (summer time cruising from Jax = lot's of kids!)and this was NOT my 1st Carnival cruise - but it's my last because of what I had to ... Read More
I knew I was booking on a budget cruise; I knew there would be about 800 kids and 1500 adults (summer time cruising from Jax = lot's of kids!)and this was NOT my 1st Carnival cruise - but it's my last because of what I had to eat. I'm over 55 and just don't need to endure such terrible food anymore. I'll give the staff good marks for being nice and trying hard, but the food - YUCK. Our 1st night we had fried chicken. It was not seasoned at all and was so dry that I had to drink a bit of water to wash it down. I ate a few bites and gave up. I did taste one bite of the 2 table spoons of mashed potatoes along with the cold gravy and decided to give up. It was THAT bad. The kitchen just missed the mark on every occasion it seemed. Food that was supposed to be "hot" was served warm at best and food that should have been "cold" was served at room temperature - like salad. Even the fruit wasn't ripe yet. The MILK was served "luke warm" I mean come on - who's in charge there? Just so you know - I've been in the food & beverage industry for decades and have run HUGE cafeterias so I know what CAN be done in the kitchen. On our last night we did the "build your own hamburger" thing in the dining room (NOT the pool patio) and was served a hamburger that was obviously cooked HOURS earlier and COLD french fries. I had to send the fries back and I usually don't do things like that, but I was completely fed up with the lack of quality control when it came to the food service. If you have kids, or are looking for a budget cruise then this would be a cruise for you to consider. Just don't think you're going to eat well. Read Less
Sail Date June 2011

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