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Sail Date: February 2018
As first time cruisers we went with some friends who are frequent cruisers. We left Port Canaveral on the Carnival Magic for a week long trip to the Western Caribbean.We stopped at Cozumel, Belize, Roatan Island in Honduras and Costa Maya. ... Read More
As first time cruisers we went with some friends who are frequent cruisers. We left Port Canaveral on the Carnival Magic for a week long trip to the Western Caribbean.We stopped at Cozumel, Belize, Roatan Island in Honduras and Costa Maya. The ship crew saw to our every need. They all remembered our names and what our preferences were. We had a spacious balcony cabins which connected with our friends. It was very relaxing to sit out there with our morning coffee or an afternoon beverage. Our cabin steward and his crew did a wonderful job cleaning and prepping the room for us while we were busy with excursions or activities. We got to see the Mayan ruins at Altuna Ha in Belize. Very fascinating! The food choices in the dining room were great and every one that we tried tasted delicious. Our wait staff, Porchulo and Carla were very attentive and kept us entertained and not feeling rushed. The comedians and the shows were lots of fun. I can't think of anything to improve. Great job! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Had a great start to our trip with Cocoa Beach Shuttle despite our late arrival into MCO, and a good night's sleep. That's about the last good thing I have to say. I will not go on this ship again. The interior layout of the ... Read More
Had a great start to our trip with Cocoa Beach Shuttle despite our late arrival into MCO, and a good night's sleep. That's about the last good thing I have to say. I will not go on this ship again. The interior layout of the ship and the ventilation system caused most of the public spaces any where near the atrium to feel of smoke from the casino, which was filled with smokers due to the inadequate and totally exposed smoking areas outside. I use a mobility scooter and was restricted to using the Lido deck to go outside because there were no doors I could get through on my own because there were no automatic doors. The Lido buffet was tiny and the staff (except one) was far more interested in socializing than being helpful. The Cucina del Capitan might have been good but we didn't try it because it smelled so strongly of the JiJi Asian restaurant. The staff in the main dining rooms were attentive. We were delayed in our arrivals in several ports for no apparent reason (sitting in the sea for several hours) and had to cancel several day's shore excursions. I won't mention the ongoing sewer problems in the 6th deck forward. From the mildew and mold smells this won't be fixed until she goes to drydock. Don't bring a Service Animal on this ship. Some off the tiniest cabins I've ever seen. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our fourth Carnival Cruise and sad to say now that they have made so many changes to how they are run our last. We have sailed on the Sensation, Tropical their smallest ship, the Victory, and lastly this year the Carnival ... Read More
This was our fourth Carnival Cruise and sad to say now that they have made so many changes to how they are run our last. We have sailed on the Sensation, Tropical their smallest ship, the Victory, and lastly this year the Carnival Sunshine. They have completely changed how Carnival ships were run. Gone is our great Midnights buffet with the beautiful ice sculptures. Gone are the great Las Vegas style shows they used to have. Gone are the free food anywhere on the ship. Gone is the fantastic dining room food every night. The Service is still good our room was taken care of by our attendant as it used to be but the rooms seems smaller. I think because they have taken a ship that at one time held 2500 people that now will hold over 3000 passengers. Let me start at the dining room. First we used to have an actual menu every night with a number of food choices. No longer. The only night that the food was great and we had more than two choice's to pick from were the two elegant nights o our 8 day eastern cruise. The other 6 nights you had only two entree's and if it wasn't something you might eat oh well. You could pay the extra 20 dollars an entrée and order lobster or the steak. Or you might even choose to go to the fireside dining room for35 dollars a person and order there. In fact the lido buffet each night at least had choices and better food. What a shame. Our Breakfast was the same almost every morning. So the food if you don't pay now is sub par only. Shame shame Carnival. Not what I expected. Moving onto the shows. Every night we used to have two shows at two different for those of us that were dining. Now they only had two shows the entire cruise and I'm sorry to say they were not what I expected. Almost like they were not professionals at all. And only lasted 35 mins a show pitiful. We did go to a few late night comedy shows. Only one of 3 were really good the other two mostly had a few one liners that I guess you can say made us laugh a few times. I don't know who in the name of god is booking these show people or comedians but they sure as hell can't be paying to much. The funniest and best shows were done by the guests themselves on lip sink night. They at least were funny. We had balcony rooms on the 8th floor. I walked out when we first got in our rooms on our balcony and could not believe to see rust all over the piping above me. I have never seen their ships not completely clean. The windows were even dirty. Our guy did he very best to keep our room clean and even brought me ice every night. But now we no longer get to have the same dining staff every night like we used to so how do you tip your gratuity if you don't even know who the money is going to? The first elegant dining night was our best. I had lobster tails that were fantastic and our waiter even brought both my brother and I two extra tails so I tipped him an extra $20 did I have to no but like I said each night we had someone different. So how can you tip or rate your service? There were 6 of us cruising together. My wife, sister and brother-in-law, and my brother and his wife. We were all disappointed. This was my sisters first and as she said as well her last Carnival Cruise as well. What a crying shame. Now on to the islands we visited. Grand Turk was the first and I will say the smallest but best. The beach is right off the pier and you can lounge with umbrella's for free or pay if you want to get right by the water and the drinks were very reasonable. The shops are also right there as you exit the pier. Puerto Rico forget it yeah we stopped there. Only a few shops are even open right off the ship. AND THEN THERE ARE ROPES BLOCKING BETWEEN THE SHOPS. With huge signs saying you cross at your own risk. Guess where we went? Right back on the ship what a waste of time. I understand they had hurricane damage in September but Carnival should have given us another island choice we could actually go to. Next came St. Kitt. All the excursions that were open which were not many were booked. The shops are a ways from the pier we docked at and had to be bused into. Nothing is cheap let me tell you. Duty and tax free big deal LOL. Last island stop was St. Marteen. the first thing as we dock our Captain announces that there are two large fires burning debris from all the hurricane damaged buildings. And if anyone has breathing trouble you might need to avoid those areas. The smoke was drifting all over the island I have video to show. Most of the excursions here were closed as well due to the damage done. AGAIN CARNIVAL WHY GO HERE. We had a few shops open right off the pier. and only a few excursions were available and most were filled long before we even got there. Can I say anymore? I cannot think of a worst time we could of had. We spent most of our time in the casino but since I'm not a smoker i gagged most of the time from the amount of smoke that seemed to be coming from almost everyone gambling there. with the exception of only a small number of us the casino was so smoke filled it hung in the air where ever you went. Carnival how about some damn ventilation for those of us that like to breath? I guess our next cruise if and when that will be WILL NOT BE CARNIVAL. What a shame. We used to totally enjoy ourselves on these ships. To change so much they have ruined it. Embarkation was what you can expect packed. But went fairly smoothly. Just took time getting on eve though we had a boarding time scheduled. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I chose this cruise because of the ship. I sailed on the Sunshine in 2014 and loved the Cloud 9 Spa balcony cabin I had (same room I had this time) the amazing Serenity area (best of any Carnival ship) and crazy water park. I liked the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the ship. I sailed on the Sunshine in 2014 and loved the Cloud 9 Spa balcony cabin I had (same room I had this time) the amazing Serenity area (best of any Carnival ship) and crazy water park. I liked the itinerary and the 8 days. This cruise was fairly expensive compared to all others we booked in previous years but we had several first time cruisers that we convinced to come and felt this ship and itinerary would put Carnivals (and cruisings) best foot forward. I always purchase Faster to the Fun so embarkation was a smooth as butter. I was on the ship within 30 minutes of getting dropped off at the port. I can't say it exceeded my expectations but thats only because of the high standard that Carnival has set in this regard. Faster to the Fun is still worth the price, even though the price had gone up this year. I had heard rumours about certain levels of service declining due to staff cuts and that was immediately clear. My cabin wasn't ready when I arrived (12:00 PM), even though thats part of the Faster to The Fun. I did have access to it so I was able to leave my bags and go get lunch. I didn't actually meet my room steward until the following day. When I did meet Junior he was very pleasant. During our initial conversation Junior asked if we preferred afternoon or evening cleaning. One of the things I always loved about cruising is the way you are spoiled by all of the staff on the ship. Having my cabin cleaned in the afternoon and a turndown service in the evening isn't necessary but it adds a lot to the value of my trip. Its also advertised on Carnivals website. I told Junior I wanted both and he didn't fuss at all. I also asked that he keep my ice bucket full so I could enjoy mixed drinks in my cabin. I paid Junior an additional $20 for the extra effort I know he made to look after us. I asked Junior if there had been cut backs and he confirmed that before he would have been responsible for 20-25 cabins and now he has to look after 30-35 cabins. To be clear, he wasn't complaining, just answered my question. That certainly explains why Carnival has them suggesting guests only have a choice of one cleaning service a day. I also felt a simelar effect in the main dining room. This is the first cruise I have been on where the dining room staff doesn't seat you, place the napkin on your lap and offer to place a piece of bread on your plate. These were all self service on this trip. Other than that the service was wonderful and my wait staff was great. I am cutting some extra slack here though because my head waiter was off sick for the first five days so that left them short staffed but the service didn't change when she came back. The MDR meals were ok but not over the top. The MDR menu has for charge items on it now and it almost seems like they want to steer you towards those. An example is the fact that Maine Lobster can only be had for an extra charge. That used to be offered free on at least one night. I did try the for charge Italian restaurant, Asian restaurant and the Sushi Bar (for my first time ever). The Asian restaurant was amazing and defiantly worth the $14. The sushi was also very good. I wouldn't do the Italian again because it wasn't that much better than the pasta offered in the MDR IMO. I only did two excursions on this trip. One was Scuba Diving for beginners in San Juan and the other was a power boat tour of St. Maarten. The scuba was booked through Carnival. It was expensive and the water was cloudy because of heavy rains but it was still worth it. My wife and I had a blast and loved every minute. The boat tour was a private excursion but was the highlight of the cruise. It was six hours long and when your on a Cigarette Boat with two 300 HP engines you can see and do a lot in that amount of time. The devastation on St. Maarten is biblical but the people are grateful for the tourists the cruise ship passengers and the much needed money they bring. The seas were on the rough side for the first four days of the cruise and temperatures were on the cool side but thats obviously not on Carnival. Things I loved to do on the ship included the comedy club, the magic show, spa (included in the cloud 9 spa cabin) and the games in the Red Frog Pub. Debarkation was the smoothest I have ever experianced. I don't know what has changed but something defiantly has. One last complaint I had was the smell of sewage on the ship. It was always noticeable on deck 4 forward just outside the liquid lounge and near the back of deck 4 by the Lime Light Lounge. This was a complaint of this ship when I sailed on her in 2014 and its too bad they haven't fixed this. I also thought it was disappointing that when I mentioned it to a guest services agent he acted like he had never heard about it before. I'm not sure what else he could do but it was so patronizing. I think I speak for all 12 members of my group when I say we had an excellent trip and would do it all again. Some of the group that have sailed 3-5 times are now saying they might want to try NCL or RCL next time. Thats not because of a bad trip this time but because Carnivals loyalty program is an absolute joke and they didn't feel the service was so good that they are afraid to try something different. For the record four of the twelve (including my wife and I) are already booked on the Magic next year with our children. I wish Carnival would re-consider the cuts made to staff, loyalty programs and bring back the future cruise certificate. I do believe they will loose customers if they don't. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Price, dates and length was perfect. Food was very good......service in the dinning room was superb!! The waiters and bartenders were very freindly and treated you like you were royalty. Emma, the cruise director, was very entertaining ... Read More
Price, dates and length was perfect. Food was very good......service in the dinning room was superb!! The waiters and bartenders were very freindly and treated you like you were royalty. Emma, the cruise director, was very entertaining and fulfilled her job to a tee to ensure all cruisers were entertained. The ship was clean and well kept to ensure no mess on tables or floors were clutterd with dishes. A music night/disco night with dancing would have been nice. ******Down fall was the lack of chairs*****. TOO MANY saved with towels and personal belongings. Sign posted states no longer than 40 minutes.....sat beside 2 chairs for 4.5 hrs that were not used but yet stuff was left on them. Several were left unattended for up to 3 hrs. This should be enforced. Chairs should not be saved prior to 7 a.m. and the signs posted should be adhered to by ALL staff of the ship. Lots of people walked around looking for seating. the only downfall of this cruise was the lack of chairs on the decks......by 6:30 a.m. all chairs were already covered with towels and personal belongings.......chairs not used for 4 hrs and the rules leaving your chairs for longer than 40 minutes were never enforced by anyone. Chairs should not be saved prior to 7 a.m. daily. This should be made mandatory!!!!!! The embarkment and disembarkment was really good. No time loss and ran smoothly. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our first time on the Sunshine, sailing to Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten, myself (56) and hubby (60) in a Cloud 9 balcony room. I really liked the ship itself, hubby thought the layout was weird. We ... Read More
This was our first time on the Sunshine, sailing to Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten, myself (56) and hubby (60) in a Cloud 9 balcony room. I really liked the ship itself, hubby thought the layout was weird. We encountered more grumpy crew than ever before on Carnival, not enough to ruin the trip but enough to be noticed. Some nights the food was great, others just okay. Our cabin was always clean and we had turn down every night but we rarely had any contact with our room steward. The shows were okay, much better shows on the Paradise last month. The worst part of the trip was Carnivals total lack of transparency about the destruction of St. Maarten and San Juan. St Maarten looks like a war zone. Ship should not be going or we were owed an update from Carnival about the condition. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
This cruise was booked for a birthday celebration. The group included 11 ladies split between 4 different cabins. This review is solely based on my cabin and experience. Charleston is a convenient port for those in the areas of ... Read More
This cruise was booked for a birthday celebration. The group included 11 ladies split between 4 different cabins. This review is solely based on my cabin and experience. Charleston is a convenient port for those in the areas of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and areas within driving distance. Although you can fly, the airport is a quick taxi ride to the port, this would get so much more use if they had more ships. Several people shared that the city of Charleston is only wanting one boat at a time using the port. Carnival is switching out the Ecstasy for the Sunshine in 2019. Embarkation was speedy, I made it through security and over to the check-in counter with ease. I was on the gangway within 10 minutes.Get there by 11 and you can get on the boat. They give you a special time on your boarding pass but it didn't seem to matter. Once on the boat the party was revving up on the Lido Deck. Guy's Burger Joint was ready as was the Blue Iguana Cantina and the lunch buffet. The pizza place at the very back of the Lido Deck was great, the Caesar salad was a HUGE hit. If you have the bubbles package (sodas, not alcohol) you need to pay SC tax while in port. Also, the bubbles/alcohol packages cannot be used on the private island or on room service. We were allowed to our cabins promptly at 1:30 and many bags were already there. We loved our room, small TV (not a ton of channels, not good if you are seasick or stuck in your room, thankfully we weren't). Bathroom was tiny but that's to be expected. Water pressure was not good, fuse blew when too many people were drying their hair and some cabin bathrooms had a slight odor but essential oils took care of that issue. We mustered around 3:30. This was a typical muster, we listened to the rules, walked up to where our lifeboat was and that was it. We didn't need to bring our vests. We sailed away and toured around the ship. It's a smaller ship, maybe 2000 people on board but, unless you walked the length of the boat on our deck (Deck 5 Main) we had to weasel in and out of rooms (mostly the casino on Deck 9) which was filled with cigarette smoke. There was awesome nightly entertainment near the China Town bar but the smoke kept us away. Piano Bar was fun, comedy was great, shows were great, the Love and Marriage show is always a winner and we were even able to watch the Super Bowl in the two lounges as well as the Lido Deck. The Alchemy Bar was awesome, martini tastings were a big hit and there were wonderful areas at the bar and in it's vicinity to sit and enjoy your drink. We had the late seating for dining and we LOVED it. Our server, Lucy, knew our names almost immediately, catered to the specialty dishes some of our party needed and was a delight over the entire trip. Support staff in the dining room was wonderful as well. The food was quite tasty overall, I have to admit, I was very pleasantly surprised (just ask the 8 pounds I brought home with me hahaha) Day 2 was all day at sea, the boat is older so we felt LOTS of rocking. Some didn't like that and had some sea sickness. Thankfully I didn't and found the rocking to be soothing and relaxing. Sea Day Brunch was another pleasant surprise- get the steak and eggs. The steak was tender and seasoned well. Omelets were good too I heard but on both sea days, during the brunch I got steak and eggs. The private island, Princess Cay, was great, the water was chilly and it was windy but we found a great pavilion with plenty of seats both in and out of the shade. The island lunch was okay, burgers with accouterments. Some of us headed back to the boat (you have to take a tender to and from the main ship) and before boarding you need to go through security so plan accordingly. I heard that as the time to board got closer, the lines were long, the sun was hot and if you wanted shade there were limited seats on the bottom of the tender. The next day we got to Nassau and opted to go to the Nassau Hilton, its right next door to Senor Frogs. $79 got you a day pass that included a $40 food/beverage credit to use, access to their private beach, pool, chairs, umbrellas etc. It was worth every penny. It was clean, quiet, not crowded at all. I would go there again in a heartbeat. The food was pricey, a burger was $19.75- so your credit doesn't go too far. Beachy adult beverages averaged around $10 as did a shot. Yup. A shot was $10. Note that there is a tax added to the food and drinks but gratuity is already included. On our way back, our second sea day, it was chilly- windy and somewhat cloudy so time on deck was limited. We had fun sleeping in, going to the sea day brunch, playing BINGO and taking naps. For our final dinner we headed back to the dining room (we went every night, the choices were great, rarely was there an issue choosing something yummy) and followed it up with the comedy club and show. The morning of debarkation was loud as I said above, the boat is old but don't let it deceive you, it was a really fun time. Plenty of places to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. It's not a mega ship, it has few modern features but the size of it can be a good thing. The private beach day wasn't crowded, the deck always had seats available, getting on and off the boat happened with minimal wait time. We made our way back to the security building, grabbed our luggage (we left it outside our doors by 11pm the night before, you could carry it if you wanted to) and made it through customs quickly. I grabbed a taxi to the airport but others in my party waited in line for a shuttle to get them to the parking deck. If you are looking for a fun getaway, this is great for those on the east coast who don't want to go to the major ports. I may need to return when they put the Sunshine on rotation. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
My GF and I sailed on the Fantasy out of Mobile on Feb 1. We celebrated her birthday and our anniversary on this cruise, and the staff went out of their way to make it special! Overall it was a FANTASTIC cruise (even though it was still a ... Read More
My GF and I sailed on the Fantasy out of Mobile on Feb 1. We celebrated her birthday and our anniversary on this cruise, and the staff went out of their way to make it special! Overall it was a FANTASTIC cruise (even though it was still a little cool temperature wise)....OK, in my attempt to keep from babbling and going off on tangents, i will try to keep this organized!! EMBARKATION: We drove to Mobile day of cruise from Northwest Georgia. Prepaid parking in advance and got to the terminal around noon. No traffic around the port, drove right in, dropped off luggage with porter, and parked. I would highly recommend pre-paying, as there was a pretty long line of people waiting to pay at the pay station. We breezed through the lines and security, and they even let me go BACK to my truck to get my cellphone (yep, i am that guy!!). We got our sign and sail cards and boarded the ship. In all the embarkation took less than 30 minutes from parking to boarding. SAIL AWAY: once on board, we immediately headed up to the Lido deck for food and drinks. We had purchased the CHEERS program (and were glad we did...definitely got our $$$ worth on that deal (more later about that). After all the reviews about Guy's Burgers, that was our first stop...not disappointed!!! I wanted to get a fruity drink with an umbrella in it, but it just didn't feel right at the time as we still had to wear light jackets as it was very overcast and chilly, so we went with beer first. ROOM: Our cabin was on Main deck #47. I was quickly reminded why i had previously splurged for balcony rooms or suites, as the cabin was a tight fit. But we booked last minute and this is what was available, so we made do. It really wasn't that that bad and the only complaint we had was we both at some point during the cruise banged our head on the bunk bed that sticks out from the wall - it sticks out about 8 inches right above the pillows of our king bed. We had plenty of room for storage and closet space, and used our suitcase under the bed to store dirty clothes. Our room steward was very attentive to our needs/wants, and it seems every time we went down to the cabin, it was cleaned and a new towel animal was awaiting us!! On arrival, you fill out a card with any requests you have and how often you want your room serviced. DINING: Because we booked so late, we were assigned YTD, but we wanted early seating. One of my favorite aspects of Carnival cruises is the dining experience - eating a the time each night, while getting to know your table mates as well as the OUTSTANDING wait staff! After reading other threads on here, I learned the email address for the Maitre de, so I decided to give it a try, so I sent a quick email letting them know about our celebratory cruise and if there was any way we could get into early dining (and maybe even a table by the windows!). I heard back from Pablo within the hour and said he would try to make it happen.....and he did!! We had a great table with some awesome other couples that we became fast friends with and hung out a lot together (shout out to Ed and Jane!!). Food was great, even though the portions are smaller than i remember - but that doesnt really matter because you can order more than one of anything you want! By the end of the cruise, our waiter Edulin just pretty much brought me one of everything, lol. Best recommendation that i learned on this board was the melting chocolate cake with ice cream - make sure you ask for a side of peanut butter....it is DEVINE!!!!!!! Food on the Lido deck was good too. we ate breakfast up there each morning, and we were always able to find a table in the back corner of the deck looking over the back of the ship...made breakfast even better! Lots of food options for any kind of eater and the lines were never too long. ENTERTAINMENT: I read several reviews stating how awesome the entertainment staff is and how great Mikey the CD is.....those reviews are dead on!!!!! Mikey was simply fantastic - this was my 6th Carnival cruise and by far, Mikey is the most involved, energetic and fun CD i have ever had. He was always around, starting spontaneous "shenanigans" as he calls it all over the ship. DJ cruise was up on the Lido deck stage in the afternoons playing music and really fed off the crowd and got people involved in games, dancing, etc... The shows in the main lounge were really good, with great singing and dancing. Before each of the shows, Mikey would lead some pre-show fun and games with audience participation (and yes, i got up on stage a couple of times so the audience could have a great time at my expense). In our opinion, the best entertainment was the 70s and 80s music "trivia" nights in the Atrium with Mikey and DJ Cruise. He really knows how to get the crowd involved in having fun - and even if you don't want to join in, its just as much fun to sit back and watch those that do!!! We did not spend anytime in the casino (or really any of the public rooms/bars on that deck as the smell of stale smoke was overwhelming. That really was the only area of the ship that smoking takes place, so the rest of the ship was pretty much smoke free. PORTS: Cozumel was our only port, and we decided against a Carnival Excursion, and decided to get a day pass at an AI resort. We decided on El Cozumeleno, and had a good, lazy day over there. DEBARKATION: got into port at 8AM, and we went with the self-assist option, so we just had to wait for our deck to be called. The longest wait was for the call to head to the gangway, but once called, the line went fairly smooth, just a little slow. But we were back in the car and on the way home by 9:30, so it wasnt too bad. Mobile port does not require declaration forms so that really speeds up the process, and they have several lines going at once to help with the flow. OTHER TIDBITS: as previously stated, we did purchase the CHEERS program, and feel we got our $$$ worth. We are not huge drinkers, but on vacation it sure is nice to not have to worry about prices of drinks and keep up with how much we have spent. Plus, when you add in the sodas, bottles water, and specialty coffee drinks - it was a good savings for us. I did reach the limit one night, and it kind of gave me a sense of accomplishment, lol....it was on the Cozumel day too!!! But that evening was the 80s music trivia party, then the party moved up to the Lido deck for an awesome deck party, so the drinks were flowing!!! Another tip we did was to decorate our cabin door - because it was Susan's bday on board i decorated it with Happy Birthday banner and a birthday scroll thingy that other cruisers could sign - it was so awesome to see all the little bday notes written by the end of the cruse - a neat memento to remember this great celebration!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
First time cruisers. Everyone one said we would love it. You would if you like crass decor, overpriced drinks, second rate entertainment, hoards of people - mostly overweight, small swimming pools and buffet dinning that is just an excuse ... Read More
First time cruisers. Everyone one said we would love it. You would if you like crass decor, overpriced drinks, second rate entertainment, hoards of people - mostly overweight, small swimming pools and buffet dinning that is just an excuse for a pigs trough. The only redeeming features were the Truffles dinning room with excellent dinner service and the Noveau restaurant ($45 extra). Very hard to find quiet areas to read a book as you have constant piped music everywhere or entertainers screeching down microphones. It was a shame that wine or other alcohol was banned from being taken on board as drink prices were very high, giving the cruise line of a mark up of over 1000% The decor was totally over the top and nauseating, although Americans would love it. The crew generally were a delight and friendly, more so the Asians rather than the East Europeans Having said that, we did enjoy the relaxation on being on the water. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our 10th cruise. 3rd with Carnival. Also the last with Carnival. Food was average and at times terrible. Cold meals twice. Had to return two meals. One was cold and the other was dry and cold (due to waiting too long to be served ... Read More
This was our 10th cruise. 3rd with Carnival. Also the last with Carnival. Food was average and at times terrible. Cold meals twice. Had to return two meals. One was cold and the other was dry and cold (due to waiting too long to be served up). Manager arrived and said " I want you to try your meal while I am here). He was rude and intimidating. No apologies, he offered me a tour of the kitchen as compensation. I just wanted a nice hot meal. For this one reason I would not sail with them again. The ships décor is woeful. Getting on/off the ship in port was good. Service was average. Cabin was average. (needs updating) TV is as big as my laptop. Entertainment was below the standard of other cruise lines. The miming on one show was embarrassing. Departing the ship was quick and easy. Will not sail Carnival again. Third and last time. Read Less
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