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Close to home, part of a group we have travelled on many times (Princess, Cunard, P & O International & Holland America), but this was all so different. Before we left we received an email that stated there would be extra health ... Read More
Close to home, part of a group we have travelled on many times (Princess, Cunard, P & O International & Holland America), but this was all so different. Before we left we received an email that stated there would be extra health checks, what a joke, we signed a piece of paper & we were on board. Our biggest shock was there was no hand sanitation enforcement, didn't happen until the last few days of the cruise, and that was hit & miss, outside the dining room no-one supervising & many people just walked past. Overcrowded, terrible dress code, even on Elegant night in the dining room had to suffer bogans dressed in muscle shirts, board shorts & rubber thongs. Sorry I don't want to share a meal with hairy armpits. Met some lovely families with young kids who wouldn't even let their kids in the pool LOL We were on a cruise to the tropics. PS: it was not school holidays! Children running unsupervised everywhere putting themselves & others at risk, children were served soft drinks at the Casino Bar sitting on stools in the evening. No lounge bar was opened for pre dinner drinks, never saw the bar operating once in 10 days in the Cool Lounge, Piano Bar only open for about an hour later (after dinner). Won't go on any more, guess you have the picture, so I'll add some good things. Our room stewards were great, only do the room once a day, but that was okay. Good waiters & the food was okay, just restricted. Loved the singing waiters, and we booked a Ocean Suite but was upgraded to a Grand suite. The suite was huge with lots of cupboard space, spotlessly clean, a bit dated but every thing worked. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Best to just do in point form. Most of other reviews I have read are all true. Bad points. Ship has strangest decor like the Spirit and Legend, different lets say. Entertainment started out good, but faded rapidly as cruise ... Read More
Best to just do in point form. Most of other reviews I have read are all true. Bad points. Ship has strangest decor like the Spirit and Legend, different lets say. Entertainment started out good, but faded rapidly as cruise went on. Sanitation was non existent for 7 days, then suddenly it's a priority ( obviously lots of people became sick). Dinner at the bistro was sad, very little choice. No room to sit on deck 3 I think it was where reception is located and they do lots of trivia etc, all read by Spanish fellow that has the strangest sounds in English. KIDS wild everywhere especially worse each day, no control. Our room had no hot water for 4 nights then another room had nothing but problems and noises - all they offered was a few drink vouchers. Water from the ship for tea and coffee and cold water tasted terrible for days, complained to desk and they thought I made it up, but most guest were tipping tea out and pulling faces after tasting, came good just before end of cruise. Trivia - must be a shortage of questions as same trivia 3 out of 4 days! Good points. Dining room was excellent, best we have had in 47 cruises. Maybe just lucky.? Water slides were great. Because we went to Port Vila the on board duty free for alcohol were same price as in port give or take a dollar. Prices on board were in Australian dollars - drinks etc a bit more expensive then some other ships eg beers were $8 and wine about $15. Guy's hamburgers were great, also Indian and other outlet which did toaties etc but only open till 5pm. Staff all looked like they didn't want to be there. Laundries on board and no charge as some computer problem. Ice cream dispensers around ship. Pool attendant watching and controlling kids. Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
My wife booked the cruise this time and did very well as always. The Splendor is a very nice ship which we were pleased to be aboard. We sailed at a very turmultuous time with covid19 on the rise. I cannot praise the staff ... Read More
My wife booked the cruise this time and did very well as always. The Splendor is a very nice ship which we were pleased to be aboard. We sailed at a very turmultuous time with covid19 on the rise. I cannot praise the staff highly enough on this. Their diligance and professionalism was fantastic in every way. Yes we missed several ports that were planned But at no fault of Carnival, the captain, the crew or the ports. In whatever way possible they tried to give us the best possible experience. The portside entertainment whilst in Port Vila from the local musicians was great. Fahrenheit 555 was deliciously awesome you have to try it. Casino staff and management absolutely amazing. We had so many good conversations whenever we were there. Wait staff 1st class thankyou Daniel, Patrick, Sumali, Jose. HUGE Thankyou to Mateo, Ivan, Jodie, Gladys, Larry, Mihai and all casino crew Ryan, Roan, We had a blast. Black Pearl staff and Gold Pearl staff you all Amaze me. How you carry those trays, balance everything like watching juggling. Evening waiter entertainment was so fun. Thankyou Angela, Leilani, Putu and all we met during our dining experiences. "You Hoo, Yummy Yummy". Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
I was part of a group of 18 family members who choose the Magic for both its departure / return dates as well as itinerary. Let's just say, the family made the cruise memorable not Carnival. Yes Carnival staff work hard to make your ... Read More
I was part of a group of 18 family members who choose the Magic for both its departure / return dates as well as itinerary. Let's just say, the family made the cruise memorable not Carnival. Yes Carnival staff work hard to make your cruise experience enjoyable.....and the Cabin Stewart was awesome. Conversely, there are many Carnival shortcomings. Being a group of 18 we have a difficult time coordinating two tables of 9 at main dining. The 'HUB App' lets you pick a maximum of 10..... We we told to just pick ten people on the app then tell the hostess the party number is actually 18...... dinner was a 2 hour event every evening. Too long for me. Carnival needs a better method of facilitating both My Time Dining and large group dining. The non-showtime entertainment was good. I found the volume of the music at most venues (except Main Lobby and Red Frog) was too loud. It's not a concert, it social. Pool Side live music was unbearably loud. I could not hear by kids two chairs down...... again, its a social, not a concert. The live music is meant to be 'background' and not in your face do to speak. As for the health concerns that kicked in for the last sea day, let's just say why didn't it start on Day 1 of the cruise...... and also fill all the health concern gaps, like the water station, the condiment tables, etc.... Yes Carnival staff we continually cleaning the common areas (stairs, elevators, etc...). Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
As a group of 12 family and friends who have been talking about cruising together for years, we finally got to do it last week on the Carnival Magic. All I can say that as a veteran of 23 cruises on all lines, except Disney, this had to be ... Read More
As a group of 12 family and friends who have been talking about cruising together for years, we finally got to do it last week on the Carnival Magic. All I can say that as a veteran of 23 cruises on all lines, except Disney, this had to be the best of the best!! Simon London is the cruise director..fun, visible, friendly, crazy without being over the top, inclusive, talented..warm...he made the trip in my opinion. There were so many activities..all kinds of trivia that you never find on a ship, great music all over, contests, deck dancing , lessons, art shows and so much more. Every day there was a top movie showing under the stars. You could also access them on your stateroom tv. We chose the anytime dining so we ate each night in the Northern Lights dining room where we had no trouble getting accomodated. The Carnival app is a must to do all of your planning and to save time. Agus was our cabin steward for room 9394..one deck below the buffet which was so convenient. The guests on this cruise were so much fun but very well behaved..they were participants. We all agreed that the Motown night in the lobby was the most fun, singing dancing, men vs. women competitions....Simon dressed as Tina Turner. On 80's night he came out as Richard Simmons... Food was terrific..no complaints And finally, the singers and dancers and shows on this cruise were the best I have ever seen Looking to book again for next year. Give the Magic a try..you won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
For the ports visited that we wanted to go to and living in the midwest, Orlando was not too awfully far to go. Our embarkation was the fastest and smoothest we have ever had in my 19 cruises. This is due to the workings of the ... Read More
For the ports visited that we wanted to go to and living in the midwest, Orlando was not too awfully far to go. Our embarkation was the fastest and smoothest we have ever had in my 19 cruises. This is due to the workings of the Orlando port. Our cabin was an inside which is what we always get. Our dining was always at the main dining room, and it left a lot to be desired. It was the worst dining I ever had on any ship. Food was very overcooked, desserts like creme brule' was super sweet and grainy tasting.We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants. a We were disappointed in the entertainment aspect as the main room show was a did, and when we went to the piano bar, there was no piano player. We did not travel with children. We will not cruise on the Breeze again. We did not have a meet and mingle because not enough signed up for it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We are a family of four from Montreal, Canada, who cruise extensively. We have 9 previous cruises with Carnival, 22 overall. This trip was supposed to be husband, wife, and son only, but my daughter’s school trip to Europe was cancelled ... Read More
We are a family of four from Montreal, Canada, who cruise extensively. We have 9 previous cruises with Carnival, 22 overall. This trip was supposed to be husband, wife, and son only, but my daughter’s school trip to Europe was cancelled at the very last minute due to “the virus that shall not be named”, so we had to scramble to book her to travel with us. We got absolutely killed on airfare, but Carnival (kudos to them) were very reasonable about changing our booking from a triple to a quad cabin. The fourth passenger’s fare was only slightly more than my son’s, and we upgraded from a porthole to a large outside cabin. Good on them. EMBARKATION: We had Faster to the Fun, so we basically walked onboard at 11am. No delays whatsoever. There is one major flaw to this system, however: there is no counter stop in the boarding process anymore to attach our credit card to the ship-board account. The result was: charges were being declined soon after we sailed. The lineup at guest services was an hour long, with everyone trying to fix this issue. One employee in the terminal could have saved many passengers a lot of trouble: “Is your credit card attached to your account? No? Over here, please.” Faster to the Fun allowed me to skip the line and use the Platinum/Diamond line, so that alone was worth the cost. Waited 10 minutes max and credit was established. Our cabin was ready right away, and keycards were in the mailbox, but no luggage was to be seen. It was supposed to be there already, due to FTTF. Luggage arrived later, after Muster drill. CABIN: We had a large outside cabin, which featured two bathrooms, but only one toilet. Cabin was initially very clean, and we only had it made up once a day, so everything was as expected. TV remote didn’t work properly all cruise. We showed it to our steward, but it decided to work whenever we showed it to him. Then malfunction later on. There was only one news channel, and the news was looped and cut for time. I did manage to locate an audio output on the back of the tv to connect headphones (great for watching TV and not disturbing others who might be sleeping). The fridge worked, sort of…. I propped the cabinet door open but the fridge didn’t work any better. Mattresses on the beds were old, lumpy and uncomfortable. FOOD: This is very subjective, but this was our 9th cruise with Carnival over the years, and every passing year the quality seems to decline, particularly at the Lido lunch buffet. There were perhaps four meat choices, including one carvery choice. Carnival “used to” have the best lunch options at sea, remembering back to our cruises on Dream and Freedom. Not any more. Guy’s Burgers was ok… I found it a bit dry. Mongolian Wok was excellent, as usual. We also ate at the Seafood Shack (snow crab), Italian restaurant and steakhouse, all of which were excellent. We had Your Time Dining, and because we ate late (8:30-9pm) we never had to wait for a table. In fact, the room was nearly empty. The dining room menu had the usual hit-or-miss fare. Prime rib, filet mignon and lobster were good, most chicken dishes were dry/overcooked/kept warm, and the rest was so uninspired I have already forgotten it. Service teams ran the gamut from excellent to downright surly. Room service took about 30 minutes, and the food was ok, I expected better since there is a charge per item now. My wife was looking forward to the dessert offerings and was generally disappointed. She found the cakes lacked sweetness. One night in the Bliss dining room, the accent lighting was blue, which made the food on our plates look absolutely disgusting. Fix this, Carnival! No blue lighting in the dining room. I also found that many Lido buffet servers just stood around, until elbowed by a supervisor to wake up – customer is waiting…. Also, food counter closing times, as announced in the Fun Times, seemed very arbitrary. Some counters closed on time, others were kept open late. No way of knowing in advance. DRINKS AND BAR SERVICE: Drinks were consistently mixed and had a decent amount of alcohol. Service was good, with one exception: during one comedy show in the Limelight Lounge, the floor waiters were short-staffed, and the second waitress (Alejandra, in her infinite wisdom) decided to follow the same route as the other waitress, leaving half the room un-served. I actually got up and asked her to serve our side of the room, but she ignored me. I know she heard me. No drinks were sold in our half of the room that night, and many were not happy. Profits lost, Carnival! Train your staff! ENTERTAINMENT: Cruise director was very good at his job, keeping everyone entertained. Production shows were spotty: some singers were excellent, some were WAY off pitch, and no falsetto voice for the Michael Jackson songs??? Special effects and lighting were very good. Soundtrack was pre-recorded. One thing of note: This ship had the most clueless, abysmal DJs of any ship I have ever been on. The same 12 songs played over and over again. AC-DC and Rob Base seemed to rule, with Run DMC (It’s Tricky) thrown in ad nauseum. The 80’s party had the absolute worst song choices…. and Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock (It Takes Two To Play This Song So Much – and there were indeed TWO most awful DJs on this cruise) cleared the dance floor completely. Good job, Mr. DJ! (perhaps you should stick to reggae… just sayin’). On a positive note, the Quest show was hilarious, and the comedians were mostly very good (again, subjective). Some very ill-bred passengers, of which there were many on this sailing, kept a screaming baby in the lounge for the entire comedy show, and a fistfight almost broke out after the show. Some people have no class whatsoever. Take your child and step outside…. PLEASE! The comedian kept his composure throughout the distraction, to his immense credit. No staff member did step in, though. Afraid… I guess. One piece of advice for those wanting to attend the comedy shows: get there 45 minutes early or you will have to stand. DEBARKATION: An absolute cluster-(you know what) with people blocking the way with later assigned times, waiting to jump first in line. No staff to guide us. Elevators jammed. People exited elevators and jumped a very long line. So we waited an eternity. Once past the card scan, we flowed smoothly, and were outside in minutes with our luggage. CONCLUSION: The itinerary was very good if you like nice beaches. This was a very ordinary cruise, where the only things that truly stood out cost extra. Food was a complete disappointment. We will try another line for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise for the ports and mid winter break. The disembarkation at the ports was excellent. That could not be said for the end of the cruise at Port Canaveral. Apparently there were issues with the gangplank having to be ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ports and mid winter break. The disembarkation at the ports was excellent. That could not be said for the end of the cruise at Port Canaveral. Apparently there were issues with the gangplank having to be reset. After cruising on the Spirit, the Sunshine and the Paradise I would say this one fell short in both the food choice & preparation in the lido buffet, the cabin service and the dinning room service. We had a terrific time and enjoyed ourselves despite the slamming cabin doors, the marijuana wafting over our balcony, not meeting our cabin stew or being asked about cabin service preferences for am or pm, forgotten dinning room main orders and missing after dinner coffees. Compared to the outstanding service on the Paradise these made the cruise lack luster. I thought the CD was very good. We didn't see any shows but did go to the comedy club and the marriage game.. Arriving 30 minutes before any show is a necessity as seating fills fast. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We loved all of the locations for stops. The sushi restaurant and Italian are amazing! So good we ate at each several times. Overall, the food was pretty good on the buffet and dining room as well. Love Guys burgers, Mexican and the pizza. ... Read More
We loved all of the locations for stops. The sushi restaurant and Italian are amazing! So good we ate at each several times. Overall, the food was pretty good on the buffet and dining room as well. Love Guys burgers, Mexican and the pizza. The ship was very clean, the Crew are amazing. Always smiling and offering a hello or help with whatever you asked for. The boat was very clean and the crew worked hard to ensure it stayed that way. It was an amazing trip! We did the BOSS underwater in St Thomas. It was so amazing. I would give it 100 stars! Only down side was the rain on the 2nd day, but they can’t help that. Also, we lost use of the TV for the last whole day which was disappointing since it was cold and rainy outside. We talked instead! Something we almost forgot to do! Overall. Fantastic trip! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My boyfriend and I chose this cruise for my 30th birthday and it did not dissapoint. I hadnt been on a carnival in 16 year and they were as great as i remember. Everyone of the ship bend over backwards just to back just YOU are comfortable ... Read More
My boyfriend and I chose this cruise for my 30th birthday and it did not dissapoint. I hadnt been on a carnival in 16 year and they were as great as i remember. Everyone of the ship bend over backwards just to back just YOU are comfortable and having a good time. Anything you could think of.... is there. You can or ANYTHING or NOTHING at all.. 24 hours a day. We laughed till our cheeks hurt at the comedy shows; we sang along to the of amazing shows they preformed; ate till we couldnt see color anymore; took naps; enjoyed the spa amenities and 21+ deck; went down the water slides; watched movies on the top deck while being served pin a coladas; room service 24/7; you name it.. they had it. What made our trip even more memorable was our room stewart named Eddie and the bartender name Jerome. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I chose this cruise for a 70th birthday blowout with my family. Big mistake. We love Carnival and have cruised with them 3 previous times. I was excited to book on this new ship however I did not investigate it enough. I am mobility ... Read More
I chose this cruise for a 70th birthday blowout with my family. Big mistake. We love Carnival and have cruised with them 3 previous times. I was excited to book on this new ship however I did not investigate it enough. I am mobility challenged with RA and OA and bring a walker with me. My review is mostly based on these facts, not for an able bodied person as my family enjoyed the trip more than I. If you are mobility challenged, be aware that you were not factored in when the ship was designed. I could not get into any of the pools nor the hot tubs. The pools all had a wide, raised edge around the perimeter with no handholds available. I could not raise my knees high enough to step over and there was nothing to hold onto while trying. The hot tubs were a "step in" with no way to ease in. I cannot bend my knew very far so could not crouch down to slide in. They had handicapped washrooms with automatic sliding doors. They were mostly unavailable as the general public would use them even when the regular ones were empty. Oftentimes they automatic doors were not working so you had to try to get into the regular ones, park you walker in a tiny corner or out in the corridor as they had no wide stalls inside. I found the staff disinterested in helping if you appeared to need a hand. It is awkward to carry a coffee cup in one hand and try to maneuver your walker to a table but they would just look at you in passing and keep on going. Other cruises I have been bowled over by the staff's helpfulness in getting a meal or a drink to a table for me. They mostly seemed to be "going through the motions" of their job and didn't smile very much. The rooms are very nicely laid out and the room staff was awesome. The activities were abundant and the ship very clean. They had these amazing Dyson hand washers that you put your hands in and a swirling warm water bath was started. Amazing! Made us wash our hands a lot! It was like a garburator without the teeth! The food was very good however unlike other ships, the variety was very scarce. They had mutiple stations with the same items. It was very different from other Carnivals I have been on as well as other cruise lines (Royal Caribbean and Celebrity). I hope this doesn't sound like a spoiled traveller however it was disappointing after so many wonderful cruises. Plus, it was expensive and I like value for my money. The Panarama did not provide that in my opinion. The Legend was amazing however! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise because my hubby and i wanted to see the pacific side of mexico, Why not on a NEW SHIP?! .We only have Celebrity to measure to but here is what we found... the main DR was ALWAYS cold...like very cold. The food was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my hubby and i wanted to see the pacific side of mexico, Why not on a NEW SHIP?! .We only have Celebrity to measure to but here is what we found... the main DR was ALWAYS cold...like very cold. The food was just...meh.. and the decor was not as nice as celebrity, however.. playing to a different crowd, i wouldnt want to have it super posh and kids jumping all over it. NOT dissing kids, it is what it is...EMMA was amazing, never really actually met her but her voice is infectious and her ALWAYS ON (bless her soul) attitude was over and above. She is the voice of Carnival.. i can only imagine, her time off she must spend sleeping.. thank you Emma for your very hard work at trying to please everyone! Havana bar was nice, it would have been nicer had the weather been better, but thats not Carnivals fault. More beverage options as opposed to you coming up with one on your own, would have been more helpful.. your on vaca, you don't want to think..lol.. The entertainment was definitely better than celebrity, and JOHN...loved him. Im glad he got to see his moma today! JIJI'S was AMAZING food. It was a refreshingly different taste and the service was done well. The seafood shack was also good.. the Casino was fun, a lot of winning from a lot of people. Surprised is both, actually.. I would suggest they take time during the evening and clean off the machines more often of the "stuff" people leave lying around, particularly ashtrays and empty glasses..(although i would prefer to put this on the people using them, i feel most dont think it should be them cleaning up their own mess) i cleaned a couple off just to sit down and play. The staff on board, for the most part everyone was pleasant, i did feel some were getting tired as its close to the end of their run, felt you were asking for too much sometimes, but I wouldnt hold that against them.. It would also be nice to have a few more garbage cans, (recycling) maybe near the elevators as you have coffee cups as your walking around but have to hunt to find a place to discard them. All in all, i didnt mind the Carnival, and i would cruise with them again, its a new ship..their is always kinks to iron out. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I have done the 7-day Mexican Riviera trips several times over the last 6 years through Carnival Miracle and Carnival Splendor. I was excited to learn a brand new ship was coming to the west coast and just knew that I needed to take a ... Read More
I have done the 7-day Mexican Riviera trips several times over the last 6 years through Carnival Miracle and Carnival Splendor. I was excited to learn a brand new ship was coming to the west coast and just knew that I needed to take a cruise on it. In fact, I scheduled two cruises. One for February 29 2020 and another on January 16 2021. On the February cruise, I got a category 4F inside cabin (7307). I was on the ship by 1PM. I parked my backpack at the back of the ship on deck 11 and got myself a Lobster Roll from the Seafood Shack. That was delicious. I will do that again. I started to explore everything about this ship. It is SO completely different than the other west coast ships Carnival had. (Imagination, Inspiration, Splendor, & Miracle) Panorama was not gaudy and loud like my previous Carnival ships. The Panorama was very pleasant to the senses. I didn't feel there was any over the top interior designs. I loved the clean sleek feel to the ship. I definitely loved all of the dining choices. I ate at the Fahrenheit 555 (the steakhouse), Guy's Pig and Anchor Smokehouse, Seafood Shack, Cucina del Capitano, Guy's Burger, BlueIguana Cantina, Pizzeria del Capitano, and the Dining Room. And there were still a lot of other choices for me as well. I participated in quite a few of the trivia games on the ship. Through the games I met fun people that I was able to join throughout the cruise. (I traveled solo on the trip.) The first port of call was for Cabo San Lucas. I got off the ship here to come in and have lunch at one of the local restaurants and to get some obligatory souvenirs for my office. Cabo is a great port. If you are new to this location be prepared for the onslaught of locals trying to pry money from you for their services or goods. If you are not interested just say No, Gracias and move on. They do expect you to haggle on the prices so, be bold and work a good deal. I was only in port for roughly 2 hours. I have been here many times, so there wasn't anything special for me to do this time. That night was Elegant Night, which means you have the opportunity to dress up a bit and come to dinner with everyone else dressed nicely. The next port of call was Mazatlan. You arrive at a commercial port. You can just walk off the ship, but you are confined to a small area where you will be transported from the commercial operations of the port and taken into the city. This is an interesting port. Mazatlan is a port in the Mexico state of Sinaloa. If you go into town, you must take care in where you travel. Stay in the tourist parts of town. Take the normal set of precautions you might take if you were traveling in a bad part of town. I have always had good luck there. The people you meet are friendly, and want to do business with you. There is a lot of very interesting things to see there. The cliff divers, the Gold Zone, the Malecon, the old church, the market and all of the bars and restaurants catering to tourists. Many times I take the Hop On Hop Off city tour bus. It costs about $35 US per adult and the entire circuit may take about 90 minutes to 120 minutes. This time I took the bus and never got off. (Again, I have been here 6 or 7 times already.) The next day we go to Puerto Vallarta. Many times in the past we would arrive mid morning and that would present you with an opportunity to see migrating whales or even a school of dolphins off the bow of the ship. This time we were in port by 7AM. This is my favorite location. There are so many wonderful things to do here with your family. My most favorite memories are from going to Las Caletas beach hideaway. You can snorkel or scuba dive there, they have lunch prepared for you when you arrive, There is an open bar. There are many paddle boards, or inner tubes to float on, You can have the kids visit the critters they have there. In 2018, I got to play with sea lions and stingrays but I don't know if they still do that at Las Caletas. They have just simple hammocks and lounge chairs if that is all you wanted to do. This year, I jumped into a cab across the street from the port and as I was figuring out what I wanted to do, a couple wanted to go to a fleamarket in town. The driver asked if I would share his cab and I said sure. I was already sitting up front, so the couple jumped into the back seat. We all made little chit chat while we drove to our destination. I noticed some irregularities in the driving and that is when I actually looked at the driver and saw that he was falling asleep when driving us to the flea market. At one point I had to wake him up to drive. Fortunately we were in bumper to bumper traffic so he was not going to do much damage. We all got out of the cab anyway. I did some shopping for clothing. Lesson learned. ALWAYS try on the clothes and be sure there are no stains on the clothes. I wound up on the ship with a shirt that technically should have fit but was way too small. So I am stuck with the shirt. The next two days were Sea Days. I did a lot of trivia games on the ship competing for the coveted Ship on a Stick. We got into Long Beach before 6AM on Saturday 3/7. I was already on Lido deck getting breakfast when I heard the siren of a firetruck and ambulance. I looked over the edge of the ship and saw both vehicles pulling all the way up next to the ship. This was around 6:15 but they didn't leave until almost 8AM. This was a bit odd, but I didn't think anything of it. The next odd thing was we weren't being called off the ship either. We were the ship that got stuck in Long Beach quarantined for 18 hours. An announcement was made finally around 9AM there was some sort of medical situation and tests needed to be conducted to see if the passenger had the coronavirus. 10AM there was another announcement but no additional news. 11AM, another announcement but this time they said they would open the Lido deck dining options for the convenience of the passengers. Around 11:30AM, they said we could go back to our staterooms if we wanted and that it take up to roughly 6 hours to get the coronavirus test results back. They made all of the movies on the TV in the room for free. They played a couple of movies at the DiveIn Movie screen by the swimming pool. The Fun Squad put together some entertainment and games for the passengers to play while we all waited for the results. The main dining rooms were opened for the passengers. During dinner the Captain announced they have not gotten word on the results yet. But they would keep us updated as time goes by. At about 10PM, the Captain announced the results came back negative and the passenger DID NOT have the coronavirus. The Captain offered for people that wished to debark right away, they would be able to. However, the Border Patrol people were not onsite and therefor no one was getting off the ship. Everyone got off the ship the very next morning, Sunday March 8 between 6:30AM and 11AM. Although it was a high stress situation, with people not knowing when they would be able to disembark, people had planes to catch, some people had family or friends in the parking lot to pick them up. But there were no riots, or crazy behaviour, pretty much everyone took it all in stride. In spite of everything, I would go back on this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My wife and I sailed on the Carnival Panorama on Feb 29th –Mar 7/8th (I will explain more on that later). We are experienced mass market cruisers having sailed on Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Norwegian, Celebrity and Royal ... Read More
My wife and I sailed on the Carnival Panorama on Feb 29th –Mar 7/8th (I will explain more on that later). We are experienced mass market cruisers having sailed on Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Norwegian, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean previously. This was our 28th cruise. We are senior citizens. Those of you who have read my reviews before know that I might be politely described as picky. I can’t help it. I was born with the glass half empty gene. I know this is not a good way to go through life and I have tried to change, believe me, but I am stuck with my perfectionistic attention to detail. I try to counter this by bending over backwards to give the benefit of the doubt and see things from the other point of view. I usually fail. However, I am balanced by my wife who has a Mary Poppins optimism and sees the good in everything, even me. My wife and I do like cruises for the same reasons. We love being on the ship and enjoy the relaxation and variety of entertainment that it offers. We don’t care where it goes, as the ship is our destination. Since we live near the west coast, the majority of our cruises have been either to Mexico or Alaska. We don’t even get off at the ports in Mexico any more. We shop for bargains and typically cruise during the off season. The things that are important to me in choosing a cruise ship are food, stateroom, entertainment, service, general ambience and activities – pretty much in that order. That being said, the Panorama appealed to me because of two things. 1) It had a trampoline park on board ship – the first and only ship to do so. 2) It had a category of ocean view rooms that had 2 bathrooms or technically, a bath and a half. The half bath had no toilet and smaller square footage but it had its own sink and a 2/3 size bathtub (but deep) and shower combination. The full sized bathroom with a toilet had a standard shower. The last time I was on a trampoline I was 16 years old, 5’8” tall and weighed 135 lbs (maybe). I had fond memories of how much fun I had doing all kinds of gymnastic tricks on the trampoline: twists, flips, every manner of trick. The trampoline and I were one. Everything came natural to me. I looked forward to impressing my wife with my emergence from the couch potato she knows me as into an acrobatic marvel. The fact that I am now 73 years old, have shrunk about 2 inches and gained 85 lbs., not withstanding. As I started my warm up jumping, I noticed that the trampoline and I were no longer one. The bouncing felt awkward and alien to me. I tried a simple knee drop and was unable to bounce back up to my feet – and it hurt my knees and ankles. I bounced some more, I tried a seat drop and landed awkwardly to my right side and fell onto my right arm and shoulder. When I tried to get back up, I found I could no longer use my right arm to push myself back up and had to rely on my left (I am right handed). That ended my trampoline session. My wife, however, was impressed - WITH THE DEPTH OF MY STUPIDITY! For the rest of the cruise, I came to be known as Lefty as I was unable to raise my right arm very far and could not lift with it. But enough about me, onward with the ship. FOOD – A The food in the MDR was great. Not just good – great. I have cruised Carnival before. I am pretty much a meat and potatoes kind of guy. My favorite foods are steak, hamburgers and hot dogs and pizza and any kind of potato. I have the taste of your average 9 year old. According to my wife, also the mentality. The buffet had average buffet food. No better or worse than you receive on any other mass market cruise ship. On some Norwegian ships (not all), Celebrity and Royal Caribbean ships, I have experienced better than average buffets. Although the buffet on the Panorama was often crowded, never had a problem finding a table/seat. One below average thing about the buffet was limited variety of offerings. Much more limited than most ships. Back to the MDR. Since I tend to order meat and potatoes, I often order that flat iron steak which is on the always available portion of Carnival’s MDR dinner menu. In the past, this has been an okay experience but not memorable. The first night on board I ordered it for dinner. It was amazing. More tender than usual but bursting with flavor. It was all good. Never had a bad dinner in the MDR the whole trip. Guy’s Pig &Anchor charged extra for dinner but served complimentary lunch on sea days. The problem was on sea days the was a very long line to stand in before you ever get to the food. Lines tended to be the norm for lots of things. I don’t do lines well. Rather skip the venue than wait in line so we did not eat at Guy’s Pig and Anchor. JJ’s Asian and Cucina Capitan, both extra dollar restaurants, also provided free limited lunch items. We never ate at JJs but did the Cucina for lunch one day. Quite good. Of course, there was Guy’s burgers and the Blue Iguana (Mexican food) with lines for each. On occasion, when there was a short line, I had a Guy’s burger. I know I am going to sound like a heretic, as everyone raves about Guy’s burgers and fries. The burgers are good but not fantastic, IMHO, and I do not like the way the fries are seasoned. I would rather have regular French fries. I find the burgers and fries at Holland America’s Dive In to be far superior. For one thing, they are cooked to order. Second to the Dive In, I favor the burgers available at O’Sheehan’s or the Local (depending upon what ship you are on), the 24 hour dining venue on Norwegian’s line. To each his own. Pizza was good but not my favorite, but again, everyone has their own pizza preference. I think Carnival aims for the middle of the pack, which makes sense. STATEROOM – A+ We had the deluxe ocean view stateroom with the one and a half baths. The luxury of having essentially two separate bathrooms so two people can get ready at the same time cannot be overstated. Did not know what I was missing, but any Carnival cruises I would take in the future would have to be on a Vista class ship that offers this type of stateroom. Much rather have the extra bathroom than a balcony. Nice TV that offered only a few channels and a few free movies. Comfortable bed, adequate storage. Thermostat worked great. I like it cold and lots of times I cannot get it cold enough to sleep. My wife, needless to say likes it warm. Our compromise is she can have it warm during the day and I get it cold at night. Thermostat worked great for both of us. ENTERTAINMENT – B Musicians, singers and dancers were all A to A+. The reason for the B grade was the venue. The main theater, known as the Liquid Lounge, is a hideous monstrosity of a venue. On the main level, the chairs which are not theater type chairs but regular sitting chairs quickly become uncomfortable after 10-15 minutes of sitting on them. The floor is flat and does not slant upwards so the chairs are all on one level. The farther back you are from the first row, the greater your chance of not being able to see what is going on because you are blocked by either one of the people in front of you or a pillar. Sight lines are awful. If you want to see a main room show, better get there an hour before, even though doors don’t open until a half hour before, as there will be a very l-o-n-g line. SERVICE – A+ Every crew member was attentive, friendly, warm and greeted us with a smile despite the onerous duties of their jobs. From our room steward to our dining room servers to the cruise director – just everyone we encountered were above and beyond. I admire and have utmost respect for those crew members. I could never be like that but their attitudes just made the whole cruise that much better. GENERAL AMBIENCE AND ACTIVITIES - A The general ambience of the ship appealed to me. It was nicely decorated and had lots of organic wood and earth tones. It was incredibly clean but it is also Carnival’s newest ship, just put into service in November and this is its inaugural season. Activities rate an A+. The top deck which has the water park, slides, sky obstacle course, sky pedal ride, pool tables, club house, miniature golf, outdoor exercise machines – too much to list, really is incredible. The elevators take a little getting used to, You push the floor on a touch screen outside the elevator banks – not buttons in the elevator itself. Then the touch screen tells you which letter elevator gets assigned to that floor. Sometimes you can wait quite a while for your elevator and it might be packed at peak times, but most of the time it worked okay. Embarkation was relatively easy. We were supposed to disembark on March 7th. We put our luggage out the night before and had our carry-ons with us ready to go that morning. It was announced that disembarkation would be delayed as customs would not clear the ship and the cruise line could do nothing about it, Apparently, there was a woman who had taken ill but clearly had a non-COVID condition. Nonetheless, customs wanted to do a thorough screening before the cleared the ship for disembarkation. Carnival knew what was going on with the passenger and was confident that she would be deemed to not have a condition that was virus related. Being that everyone is hyper vigilant with what is happening these days, customs (I think with CDC input) decided she should be transported to a local hospital and tested. We were advised it would take 6 hours for the test results to come back. At that point, it was pretty clear that we were on the ship until nightfall and probably overnight. Carnival was great about it. They opened up all the restaurants, gave us free wifi, made the pay movies on TV free, put together an entertainment schedule with the entertainment staff and did everything they could to keep us happy, fed and entertained. Hats off to the crew of the Carnival Panorama. Could not have been more accommodating and all with smiles on their faces even though they were under the most pressure of any of us. They also had to deal with the people on shore who were supposed to board for their cruise but could not as we were still on the ship. I could almost hear those poor people yelling as the buffet opened up again –“ Hey, hey – that’s our food. They’re eating our food. I paid for that food.” As it turned out, the results of the testing came back negative, just as anticipated but at that point we were well into the evening and had to stay overnight on the ship until the next day when we disembarked. Such are the risks of cruising in the current climate. The cruise itself was terrific and I would do it again. My only objection was that there were lines for almost everything and I hate lines. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was my second Caraval Cruise my first was with Dream. I have to say it was easy bordering ship just beware uphill walking to get on board in terminal. Once on ship is beautiful designed started out in Hero’s Bar waiting for other ... Read More
This was my second Caraval Cruise my first was with Dream. I have to say it was easy bordering ship just beware uphill walking to get on board in terminal. Once on ship is beautiful designed started out in Hero’s Bar waiting for other family members. First stop of course buffet, it was too crowded and as the week progressed they serve the same items . We had burgers at Guys(lifesaver of cruise) not only really favorable with plenty of options. Our Cove Balcony 2361 was private and beautiful. Plenty of room your clothes and shoes. Nice spacious bathroom and our Porter Arthur greeted us immediately presented his card and asked us what we wanted he was amazing. We ate at Horizon on fourth floor, our waiter Faub was great. Food in my opinion was mediocre everyone else loved it. Finally Emma she was the best cruise director I’ve ever had and I’ve been on several cruises(12). She made everyone get up and enjoy this cruise. My family loved her, Hell everyone dead!! When we had to stay on the ship due to a passenger being taken off Emma came on explain and was very accommodating. They returned our baggage to the room and offered free movies and Wi-Fi would recommend Panorama. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Just back from a week on the Panorama plus a bonus day on the ship when a passenger got sick and needed medical testing to ensure it wasn’t corona. It wasn’t, thank goodness. The ship is clean and modern. It follows the Carnival ... Read More
Just back from a week on the Panorama plus a bonus day on the ship when a passenger got sick and needed medical testing to ensure it wasn’t corona. It wasn’t, thank goodness. The ship is clean and modern. It follows the Carnival layout for the most part. However, for those of us who need accessibility features, Panorama is vastly better than its predecessors. There are handicapped restrooms everywhere now. Huge help for me as I use a wheelchair and cannot stand or walk. We had a fully accessible balcony cabin and it was pretty easy to manage. The balcony was not easy; the depth was narrow and I would not have been able to turn around to go back in the cabin. Our cabin held a lot of mobility equipment with ease. We managed with my husband’s large scooter, his large walker, and my large power chair. Then my wheelchair frame snapped (steel!) and I had to borrow one of the ship’s small scooters. It fit too! The ramp to access the balcony is too close to the side of the bed, making getting in and out of bed even more difficult due to the angled floor. A grab bar near the bed would have been smart. Dining was terrific and we enjoyed all the options. We did the anytime. Never had to wait. The steakhouse was amazing. We loved Guy Fieri’s burgers last year on the Magic. Not so much on Panorama. The cheese seemed different. It was equally unpleasant in Pig and Anchor’s macaroni and cheese. Not a crisis as there is plenty to feast on and it’s all tasty. Crew was fabulous and warm and showed such hospitality when disembarkation shut down due to the health crisis. They were wonderful. Our room steward Ade was a peach. The big shows were great. We saw Broadway Beats and Rock Revolution. Excellent! We also hit the comedy club and several smaller live performances and loved all. The violin trio wasn’t quite as good as the trio on Magic. No worries. Overall, a wonderful cruise. I can’t speak to the ports as I wasn’t permitted to take the borrowed scooter I the ship. My husband had fun in all three. Cruise director Emma is so bubbly and sweet. Other senior staff were also relaxed and pleasant. Embarkation took forever and we waited in endless lines to board. The first attempt at disembarking was chaotic and confusing. The second time was better. That said, I am a large woman and when we reached the dome in Long Beach I got stuck because so many wheelchair pushers refused to take me. I get it; I’m not easy. But they were openly nasty about it. One of the porters suggested we take a Carnival bus to LAX. We had planned to use Access Paratransit but the bus team escorted us to a big bus with a lift and said it was free because we were ADA. Nice surprise! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I don't know if I am the first to write about the Mexican Riviera that sale 2/29-3/7, but let me start by sharing we were one of the ships on the news that was held up at Long Beach, unable to Disembark due to a sick passenger that ... Read More
I don't know if I am the first to write about the Mexican Riviera that sale 2/29-3/7, but let me start by sharing we were one of the ships on the news that was held up at Long Beach, unable to Disembark due to a sick passenger that LOCAL authorities wanted to first be sure didn't have COVID-19 and she didn't. However, this hold up did give us an extra day onboard, being fed and entertained at no extra cost. Let me also share this was my first cruise, so maybe my opinion is lacking due to not having comparison, but nonetheless I feel compelled to give it. Ship: Its clean, beautiful and massive! I was traveling with my older sister, but had visions of how much fun my grandson (due next month) could have on this boat when he's old enough. Cabin: Small but enough. If you go on a cruise and spend any more time in your cabin other than to sleep, you may has well stay home. That isn't what a cruise is for, so these folk who complain about space kill me. As long as the room is clean and you have space for yourself and your luggage, that's all you need. Dining: Nothing to compare to, but I didn't go hungry for sure. Most meals were from the buffet for convenience and food was hit and miss. Most disappointing is that the breakfast selection was the exact same thing every day. Guy Fieri's Burger & Fries was ALWAYS good as was the Taco bar on the other side of it. 555° Fahrenheit Steak House served perhaps one of the best rib eye steaks I have ever had. Entertainment: Cruise Director Emma is such a breath of fresh air. She's full of energy, always upbeat (even when our disembarkation fiasco was happening) and as genuinely sweet as the day is long. Her "Fun Squad", I believe, has some potential future Cruise Directors in its midst with the likes of LeLe (spelling?), Gabe and Aussie Neil as the most memorable for me. I didn't attend any shows (not my thing) and saw one comedian who was really good, but didn't go see any others. I was able to take part in a Build-a-Bear workshop and now have the cutest little bear to share with my grandson when he arrives next month. Service: EXCEPTIONAL! Every single employee I interacted with was friendly, smiling and never once seemed as if I wasn't their most important priority. Ports: So, funds were limited for me and my sister who has cruised no less than 20 times wasn't really interested in doing much. We planned to get off the boat at all 3 ports, but only paid for one Carnival sponsored excursion that was 5 hours of beach time in Puerto Vallarta. It would have been nice had our view of the beach not been blocked every 2-4 minutes by a local peddler trying to solicit their wares for the ENTIRE time. :-( The shopping right at port at Cabo San Lucas is just a glorified flea market, but much better in Mazatlan. Finally, the last day arrived. We sent our luggage down the night before and excited our cabin with our carry-off luggage by 8:30 am as directed. Packed into a smoking area like sardines (unable to smoke due to ship fueling), we knew we could have a potential problem when we saw 2 ambulances, a firetruck and a helicopter. Sure enough, a sick passenger who (per the announcements) "did not meet any of the CDC's criteria to be at risk for COVID-19" was taken off the ship and local authorities in Long Beach would not clear us for disembarkation until testing was done. The results did not return until after 9pm and we were told while that was great news, we couldn't get off the ship until the next morning. A lot of people were angry. I missed a flight back to Arizona and had to pay for another, but let me tell you, under the circumstances, Capt Carlo Queirolo, Cruise Director Emma Nixon and the entire staff handled this snag PERFECTLY! Those passengers who were angry should be ashamed of themselves. It wasn't something that could have been avoided by the ship's crew and to mistreat them as a result is uncalled for. If you're reading this and you were one of them, your mama didn't raise you right! I am so grateful for the time I had on the Panorama and for the care taken to make sure we were all fed and entertained even though there was an unplanned 8th day. I was at ease and will jump back on this boat at my earliest opportunity! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We sailed on this cruise departing on 02/29/2020 along with our son and his girlfriend. Embarkation was somewhat delayed. We were in the "A" group and embarked around 12;30 p.m. Once we arrived on the ship, we found ourselves ... Read More
We sailed on this cruise departing on 02/29/2020 along with our son and his girlfriend. Embarkation was somewhat delayed. We were in the "A" group and embarked around 12;30 p.m. Once we arrived on the ship, we found ourselves on the 4th floor and worked ourselves up to the 11th floor AFT to the Mongolian Wok for lunch We really enjoyed the new methodology with the elevators; you choose the floor you would like to reach and you are notified what elevator to approach. Overall, I found the ship to be extremely inviting. Although I missed the dramatic atrium as in other ships, the ever changing lighted tower was inspiring. It was easy to navigate through the ship as it mirrored other ships with regard to the activities etc on the 4th and 5th deck. Overall, the ship was very clean and I enjoyed the Havana Cabana theme throughout. They set up the Lido deck loungers in such a manner for all guests to enjoy. In past cruises, the littles would leave their towels laying around on chairs you thought were occupied. Not so on this cruise. We were able to enjoy a chair or lounger without the lIttles claiming it when they were only spending time at the pool. Regarding the food. For breakfast, we had omelettes every morning on the Lido deck. The cooks were wonderful. I actually nicknamed one as our singing omelette maker. Within a couple days, he knew exactly what we wanted on our omelettes! It was definitely worth a healthy tip at the end of the cruise. For lunch, we ate at different venues. On sea days, the Mongolian Wok, Guy's Pig and Anchor and Capitano Cucina are available for free. Mongolian Wok is located in JiJI's Restaurant. It is nothing like the Mongolian Wok we had experienced in the past. Previously, you would fill your bowel with veggies and choice of noodle, ask for your protein and sauce and they would cook in front out of you. The Mongolian Wok on this ship is the complete opposite. Once you enter the restaurant, you are given a paper ticket to check off the vegetables, noodle, protein and sauce for your selection. They are heavy on the noodle and very little on sauce, vegetable, and protein. I missed being able to have more influence on my Asian stir fry. We did also try Guy's Pig and Anchor and thought it was very good. We did not eat at any of the other specialty restaurants. For lunch, we either ate at Guy Fieri's burger, the Deli or Blue Iguana. Did also taste some food at the lido marketplace. I found that all of the food we received was warm, so no issues with receiving cold food for us. We ate dinner at the main dining room and enjoyed it. Service was very good. If you have anytime dining, a tip for you. Proceed to the Java Blue Cafe after you get on board and meet the maitre'd to have your table assigned. If you choose, they can guarantee a table and time throughout the cruise. Regarding the entertainment. I have to agree with others that the productions in Liquid Lounge were not as good as on other ships. The only show I thought was worthwhile seeing was Celestial Strings. Liquid Lounge is too small for amount of guests on the ship too. We did, however, enjoy the comedians. I also enjoyed the DJ's and the trio of violins. Never got the band because we were caught up in other venues of entertainment. The sports deck was a lot of FUN. It had a lot of activities!. Cornhole, pool, golf along with a lot of indoor games too. Skyride was fun too. As far as disembarkation, we were on the ship that was held over for a day due to an ill passenger. We waited many hours standing around with our luggage until they finally announced the news it would take an additional 2-6 hours before they would receive the results as to whether or not the ill passenger had coronavirus. They reopened the rooms, set up activities, and opened up the food areas for lunch. They also opened WiFi and in-room movies were free. I actually felt sorry for the people waiting to get on the ship. We had the run of the ship when the prospective passengers were sitting outside waiting for hours to hear if they would embark. By the way, we were given an extra sea day on our account due to the remaining on the ship that extra day. It was also a nice bonus that the parking fee was waived. As far as the cabin, we had an interior room on the 7th floor. It was relatively easy to navigate around the ship. Plus if you are hanging around the upper decks and want to avoid using the public restrooms, it was a quick walk up and down the stairs. The refrigerator is not cold, it is similar to a cooler (as noted by another reviewer). I just grabbed two cups of ice a day to keep our drinks cold. This seemed to work. I was somewhat disappointed in the cleanliness of our room. I'm glad I brought Clorox wipes. I think our steward had too many rooms to clean or he was burned out. When we did disembark the following morning, it ran smoothly. I think we were able to get off so quickly because they started the process quite early and a lot of people were still on the Lido eating breakfast. If you are looking to have fun, enjoy music and like a diverse group of passengers this is the ship for you. You will have an enjoyable, relaxing, fun time. I've already scheduled my next cruise :) Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Thought we would tryout the new Carnival Panorama since it's only a 6 hour drive to get there. Anyone that has sailed out of long beach knows the Pacific is cold so we didn't use the pools. But other than that the ship is ... Read More
Thought we would tryout the new Carnival Panorama since it's only a 6 hour drive to get there. Anyone that has sailed out of long beach knows the Pacific is cold so we didn't use the pools. But other than that the ship is fantastic and cruise director Emma Pack made it all that much better. This was our 14th Cruise and the shows in the Liquid lounge were the best by far I have seen on any cruise ship.Guys Burgers and Guys pig and anker were my favorite places to eat the food in the buffet was good and so was the main dining room. The crew on this ship went above and beyond when it came to making us comfortable when the CDC made us stay onboard another day while they checked a guest that was sick we had to wait till they got the Corona test results which were negative but not only did carnival take care of us in grand fashion they even wiped out everyone's parking fees in the parking garage already have 2 more cruises booked with carnival for this year Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My husband and I have done many cruises and this was our third carnival cruise. The food was awful and cold breakfast and dinner regardless of eating at the tiny buffet or dining room. It seemed like there wasn't enough crew to take ... Read More
My husband and I have done many cruises and this was our third carnival cruise. The food was awful and cold breakfast and dinner regardless of eating at the tiny buffet or dining room. It seemed like there wasn't enough crew to take care of the guests on board. The ladies room on the pool deck only had two stalls and one was broken from the moment we got on board. The pool was rusted and not pretty to look at. The ship is going to dry dock 23 days after our cruise and the attitude for the crew on board matched. They ran out of miller lite/bud lite on the last night of the cruise and my husband was very upset after paying for the cheers package these are the only beers he drinks. Also, they started packing up (shrink wrapping) chairs on the last full day made us feel not welcomed (serenity deck). The only plus was the burgers and fries which is only open for lunch. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We planned a 5 day trip to Disney and decided to take a cruise. Family of 5. My husband 40, myself 40, daughter 19, son 14, and youngest daughter 8. I had no preconceived thoughts. My first cruise. I would have rather just take the money ... Read More
We planned a 5 day trip to Disney and decided to take a cruise. Family of 5. My husband 40, myself 40, daughter 19, son 14, and youngest daughter 8. I had no preconceived thoughts. My first cruise. I would have rather just take the money spent on this cause and booked a week long vacation at Destin, FL. The room was spacious and it accommodated us just fine. We really enjoyed our private balcony. However, it was not clean. The bathroom smelled of urine/sewage and was hard to stomach. The water was yellow that came out of the faucet. The boat was extremely rocky but I realized I was in the middle of the ocean. I felt there were surprise charges that were not properly explained. We paid them because, it is what it is. The formal dinner was a joke. The only thing I loved food wise would be Guy burgers...yum. Hong was an awesome server! He appeared everywhere. The room service food was gross. Nassau was trashy. We could not afford anything excursion at the ports. Freeport was better with a cute shopping area at port. You can not walk to or see the ocean unless you taxi out of the gates fenced port area. Again we could not afford an excursion. Let some 2 for 5 people. I was shocked at how raggedy the boat looked. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Hey everyone I just want to share my one and only cruise with carnival.At the beginning of March we made a spur of the moment decision to try out a cruise for a small get away. We booked our cruise and after that everything just went down ... Read More
Hey everyone I just want to share my one and only cruise with carnival.At the beginning of March we made a spur of the moment decision to try out a cruise for a small get away. We booked our cruise and after that everything just went down hill. Prior to our cruise we booked our VIP dolphin swim, paid gratuities, ordered and paid for our alcohol, I ordered us an anniversary cake to be delivered on the last night of the cruise. So let’s start from the beginning we boarded on the seventh deck which just so happen to be the same floor our room was located. We got The ocean view stateroom. So after boarding the ship we had to wait until 1:30 to get our room which was fine. We get to the room my luggage is there but my boyfriends is not. We wait until 4:30 still no luggage, 6:30 comes around still no luggage 8:30 comes around still no luggage, this went on until 12:39 am. When finally a random stranger brings us our luggage in the middle of the night and says he found it in his room. So our first day we did not to enjoy the hot tub he was still wearing jeans. They gave him a t shirt and said we would get 20% off of the gift shop for his luggage. Okay so thankfully we got his luggage in the middle of the night. So everything else was okay until our shore excursion day..... well guess what the. VIP dolphin swim we booked with snorkeling and kayaking and water boarding - we find out as we are literally heading to do it they cancelled all water activities except swimming with dolphins. We were supposed to leave at 9:30 we didn’t leave until about 10:15 so that is 45 minutes we were practically cheated out of out of a 4 hour excursion. Then we swim with the dolphins everything was great went and ate lunch and listened to a sales pitch at our lunch for photos then 10 minutes later it was 1:00 and it was time to head back to the boat. So we check with check with guest services and due to us being aware of the water cancellations we get No sort of compensation. Basically what I’m saying is if you want to be screwed over. Cruise with carnival. So back to the cake we ordered for our anniversary. It was pretty cheap. I got the chocolate heart cake that was supposed to say “happy anniversary” and we got a white circle cake with the letters “HA” idk if that’s supposed to mean “happy anniversary” or “haha we screwed y’all over”. The entertainment was great. Food was not what we expected but it was tolerable. I called them to just give feed back. They don’t want to hear it. Today I was taking to a lady about the cake they totally got wrong... they wouldn’t even refund me back on a 11.00 cake they messed up!!!!! Just because we signed a shore excursion ticket we don’t get back anything for the 45 minutes they screwed us out of. Not including all the water activities they cancelled. They are totally not worth cruising with. I would rather just stay at a resort and spend my money knowing I will be treated the right way. Because at a resort it is about QUALITY not QUANITY, and we were treated just the opposite on carnival fantasy cruise. Oh and I forgot to tell you all the bathroom smelled horrific in our cabin. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I was super skeptical of taking this cruise given the reviews, but the price was great, it fit the dates we needed and was driveable. It’s a 30 year ship so yes there is wear and tear but it’s clean and comfortable. Food: Guys ... Read More
I was super skeptical of taking this cruise given the reviews, but the price was great, it fit the dates we needed and was driveable. It’s a 30 year ship so yes there is wear and tear but it’s clean and comfortable. Food: Guys and the blue iguana were fantastic. We could have eaten here every meal. The dining room was hit or miss. Staff: They seemed to definitely have less staff, dishes set on tables longer than expected. It’d been a while since I’ve cruised carnival and maybe this is normal, but our room was only serviced once a day, no turndown service which is totally fine with us. Andy, the cruise director is fantastic! Best cruise director we’ve ever had and we’ve been on 20+ cruises. Entertainment: The shows and activities were all well ran and organized. I would take this cruise again, especially if Andy was the CD. There’s plenty to nitpick with the ship but the staff and food made up for that. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Lets start with this dang coronavirus...You state you are taking extra precautions including medical evaulations before boarding. OH so filling out a sheet of paper is a medical evaultion! What are you people smoking! Here fill this out ... Read More
Lets start with this dang coronavirus...You state you are taking extra precautions including medical evaulations before boarding. OH so filling out a sheet of paper is a medical evaultion! What are you people smoking! Here fill this out have you been to Asia? Are you sick? Have you been around someone who is sick? Now sign your name and get on the boat. You have got to be KIDDING ME! Room service....I tried ordering room service twice on the ship. We preordered both mornings for coffee and Danish to be delivered to our room. The 1st day we received the Danish with coffee mugs and creamer but no coffee 15mins late. Take in mind they give you a 30 minute window for delivery. I called down and they brought up our coffee about 10mins later. No harm, I thought at least we got our coffee. They even tried to make up for it by sending us chocolate covered strawberries. Well thank you except for the fact that once I removed the chocolate from one there was MOLD on the strawberry! I decided ok we will try one more time for our coffee in the morning. It arrived late again, but this time no coffee mugs! Please explain to me how in the hell you deliver coffee but no mugs! Thankfully we ordered juice so we drank that first and just used our juice glasses as coffee mugs. ROOM SERIVICE IS A NO GO! Now we have elegant night: NUT JOB SHOW!!! waited 45mins just for our appetizer. no organization for seating. Everyone running around everywhere. And my chocolate molten cake had not "molten" to it and was cold! For a dessert you are know for you would think you would get it right. We even watched several other couples get up and leave because they were tired of waiting on food. We never ate in the main dining area again. HORRIBLE SERVICE! Bar staff: Can you say not enough! We gambled in the casino for a few hours and in the prime time there was 2 bartenders! 2! For a company who wants to make money selling drinks and mandating tips you would think you would have more staff. This is my 2nd cruise and I will never go on Carnival Dream again! Worst possible service ever! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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