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Our cousins invited us to join them for their 1st cruise and i’m so glad they did because it was once in a lifetime experience. Our cabin was so clean and we enjoyed the balcony at room 1063. Thank you to Heri for keeping our room ... Read More
Our cousins invited us to join them for their 1st cruise and i’m so glad they did because it was once in a lifetime experience. Our cabin was so clean and we enjoyed the balcony at room 1063. Thank you to Heri for keeping our room clean and tidy. The food overall were great. We liked the burgers, sushi and the buffet. So many varieties to choose from. Always taste good and fresh. And most of all our dinner at Washington dining was awesome, delicious food. We set at table 309. The servers were excellent. Always asked us how’s the food and if we need something. Even when we just see them in the hallway, approaching us and asked if we already had breakfast or if we need something. We felt so welcome. I felt so bad for not getting their names and tried to post pictures of them but for some reason it won’t post. Hope they get the credits that they deserved for doing an axcellent job. We had a great time and before arriving home we already planned our next cruise with carnival. Overall rating was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Premier cruise w/ fun perks & great casino . They had lots of the newer games. Our casino hosts kept us entertained with daily games & prizes as well as special gifts in our room, from from cookies, wine, Fanny pack etc, Also ... Read More
Premier cruise w/ fun perks & great casino . They had lots of the newer games. Our casino hosts kept us entertained with daily games & prizes as well as special gifts in our room, from from cookies, wine, Fanny pack etc, Also selected based on the specific port stops. It was my 1st time on the Magic. It is older looking & could use a refurb. The service was great from our aft end bartenders (Richard was awesome kept drinks flowing!) as well as our dining room servers Joseph, Jitendra & Bipen who were exceptional. Every meal we had in the dining room was excellent from prime rib to beef Wellington. Their “rare finds” were good too. Seemed to be a lot of kids on this trip & they overtook the hot tubs as usual. It would be nice to have an adults only pool without having to book the Havens. But Carnival is known as the fun ship & they delivered on that. The rock n roll show was good, comedians just okay. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale the day prior to our cruise. Stayed at the Four Points Sheraton Cruise/Port which was a 5 minute drive from Port Evergaldes. For a small fee you could book a shuttle to your ship. They also offered a free ... Read More
We arrived in Fort Lauderdale the day prior to our cruise. Stayed at the Four Points Sheraton Cruise/Port which was a 5 minute drive from Port Evergaldes. For a small fee you could book a shuttle to your ship. They also offered a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel. Arriving at Port Everglades was a smooth process though the port is under renovations. The shuttle dropped us and our luggage at the ship where porters where waiting to greet us and load our luggage onto the ship. The embarkation process was very fast and smooth. Each passenger was required to fill out a questionaire regarding their recent travel overseas due to the Corona Virus. I must say Carnival handled this wonderfully. My boyfriend has MS and uses a walking stick for balance and support. As soon as we entered the terminal he was offered a wheelchair as it's long walk to the ship. We were taken through the boarding process and onto the ship within 15 minutes of arriving at the port. As we're Platinum cruisers we were able to access our room as soon as we boarded. After unpacking our carry-ons and putting our valuables into the safe we were off to get some lunch on the Lido deck. Prior to leaving our cabin Rolan our cabin steward arrived to introduce himself and his partner Diana. Throughout the 8 days on the cruise Rolan and Diana were there day and night to take care of our cabin (twice a day). Anything we requested was provided and questions we had were answered. We were greeted by our names from the moment we boarded the ship and acknowledged by every employee we encountered whether they were passing us in the hallways or helping us in another way. We've been on 15 cruises (all on Carnival) the service was always good but I think Rolan and Diana were the best steward we've ever had. There were many offerings for lunch, Guy's Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina and the buffet. There was no lack of food and the lines weren't too long, but your on a ship with thousands of people so you have to expect lines, your on vacation, what's your hurry! Checked about an hour later to see if our luggage had arrived, I'm not happy until everything is in it's place, then I'm ready to start the vacation. We had an inside cabin on deck 10 (Lido), a good size and all that we needed. The cabin was clean and well taken care of the beds are amazingly comfortable and the bathroom was also in order and clean. The ship is an older one but is well taken care of. Staff are always cleaning, painting or refinishing something. We had early dining in the Northern Lights dining room where Team Headwaiter I Wayan, Team Waitress Anastasia and Asst. Team Waitress Gayathri took excellent care of us. We had a table for two and every want and need was provided and more. We were greeted every night as we arrived at our table and even sometimes greeted at the dining room entrance and escorted to our table. I Wayan, Anastasia and Gayathri were I think the best dining room staff we've ever had on our 15 cruises. I'm the first person to bring something that is wrong to the employees attention but there was no need as the food was excellent. Appetizers, main course and dessert were all very tasty, portions were good and presentation was delightful. After dinner were generally spent our evenings in the casino at the 3 card poker table. Met some very nice people who we ended up spending most of the week with and also ran into 5 pit bosses and dealers we'd had on other cruises. It was an great experience and we both ended coming home winners! The ports of call were Grand Turk which we had been to many times so opted for a little shopping and a drink at Margaritville, then returned to the ship to grab a spot on Serenity before others return to the ship. La Romana Dominican Replublic was the next stop where we did Extreme Ziplining. I'd recommend this to anyone that is looking for a good time and who is an adventure seeker. 12 runs, well trained staff and a good time had by all. Curacao was a 1pm docking, so we got off and grabbed a drink with some new friends from Colorado got back on the ship had a bite to eat and got ready for our Night Bar excursion. This excursion is excellent, the company that runs it were friendly, efficient and lovable. They took us to 3 bars and a quick tour of Curacao with a free drink at each bar. "27" the last bar was the best and I highly recommend it. Aruba was our last stop and we roamed the town, shopped, stopped for a drink at Iguana Joe's and wandered back to the ship. All of the tours that we took were from Carnival. They maybe a little more expensive but they are safe, well run and they will always make sure you get back to the ship on time or the ship has to wait as it is a Carnival tour. Always make sure you always leave your watch on ship time. Sea days were always lively, people need to remember your on vacation with 1000's of other people, so don't be a chair hog, if you aren't using a chair don't leave your belongings on it. It was difficult to find a chair even at 9am after breakfast but we did and soaked up the sun. There were always many options for meals, the buffet, Guy's burgers, the Blue Iguana Cantina, Guys Pig and Anchor, Bonsi sushi, Prime Steakhouse to name a few. Debarkation was a breeze as well, as long as you listened for the zone and deck number they were calling you were off the ship in no time. Since we were staying another day in Fort Lauderdale we arranged for the same shuttle company to pick us up and bring us back to the Four Points Sheraton. They were right there when we got off the ship and once again we were back at the hotel within 10 minutes. All in all the weather was great, the ship perfect, the staff the best we've ever had. Hats off to Carnival for a job well done. Already booked for next Frebruary! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was our first cruise and one of our last family vacations before our oldest goes to college. We chose the week of President's day because NY has the week off for winter break. The itinerary was also a deciding factor for the ... Read More
This was our first cruise and one of our last family vacations before our oldest goes to college. We chose the week of President's day because NY has the week off for winter break. The itinerary was also a deciding factor for the cruise. It was the Eastern Caribbean with port stops in Amber Cove, St Thomas, San Juan-PR, and Grand Turk. Weather was warm and sunny. There was always high winds on sea day so that prevented us from entirely enjoying the lido deck. There were A LOT of kids due to the break but that didn't impact our enjoyment at all. Ship was very clean and at full capacity according to the CD. I never felt overcrowded but we didn't hang out on Lido all the time. Staff was cleaning and they even painted the hull (?) during our port days in Amber Cove and St. Thomas. Public bathrooms were clean and well stocked. Fun shops were okay. Casino was the only negative. So smoky!!! It drifted out of the casino into the atrium and ocean plaza. There were small ionizer within the casino and it actually was less smoky when you walked through the casino. I did not see any ionizers outside the casina and there should be because the stench was unbearable on sea days in the atrium. Cabin was a Cove balcony on deck 2. We had connecting cabins for our family and two bathrooms and more room saved us from many arguments. Luggage can be stored under beds and there were three closets. two for hanging and one had open shelves. Steward's name is Carmina. She was so kind and friendly. Did a great job!! Food was plentiful. We didn't reserve any specialty dinning. We had Any Time Dining and were assigned the Sapphire dinning room. On the Carnival Hub app you can reserve at your leisure but can't request a table or server. the wait was never more than 10 minutes. The MDR service was alway great. We never had the same servers but they were all excellent. Buffet was okay. Mongolian Wok made to order was excellent. Guy's Burgers were very good. We ate pasta Cucina del Capitano for lunch and it was delicious (upcharge for dinner but not lunch), Pig and Anchor was very good. I had pulled pork and mac & cheese that was yummy. Entertainment was good. Comedy was good. Went twice because the times were conflicting with Ovation theater productions and by the time you walked to Lime Light theater it was standing room only. Band in Ocean Plaza had a very good. The band called Quite My Tempo & Nice Brass was excellent and the female singer was fantastic. The Piano Bar was the only major disappointment. We tried him twice and both times it was not good. Craig was the name. Nice guy but not gregarious. The violin trio in the atrium is another great act. There were others that we didn't see but overall music is very plentiful. Cruise Director was Leigh. He is from Australia so the accent had me at "hello". Great with kids and had the type of humor that I like. Port and Shore Excursion were the highlight of our trip: Amber Cove, Dominican Republic - Very nice port and had our passport stamped here. We did a non-Carnival excursion with Marysol Tours to Damajagua Falls. It was so much fun and I highly recommend both the tour company and tour. We also hired the paparazzi and it was well worth the $50+tip. We had over 150 pictures and 10 videos. St Thomas - Beautiful and still recovery from the hurricanes. We did a non-Carnival tour with Godfrey Tours included open bus ride of the City and Beach Break at Sapphire Beach. Again, the tour was good and highly recommend the tour and Godrey. San Juan PR - My favorite port. We walked to the visitors center (across from CVS) and they mapped a walk. So fun!! Went to Barrichina's for lunch and Pina Coladas, walked to the fort and Governor's mansion. Grand Turk - Did a beach day. Elation was in port before us and the free area was too crowded. We walked to Shark Reef Bar and rented 4 loungers and two umbrella's for $30. We just swam in the clear water, had drinks (very expensive compared to even Carnival) and toured the port area. I stuck up a conversation with a guest from Elation that did a snorkel tour and really enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Spoiler Alert: Ignore EVERYTHING negative you have read about the Vista so far. Based on our most recent trip none of the negativity is true and the naysayers are just complaining because they really don’t know how to appreciate a good ... Read More
Spoiler Alert: Ignore EVERYTHING negative you have read about the Vista so far. Based on our most recent trip none of the negativity is true and the naysayers are just complaining because they really don’t know how to appreciate a good cruise when they’re on one! This was our second time on the Vista, third cruise on Carnival. Once again, Carnival exceeded our expectations and delivered an amazing adventure for my family. We chose the Vista based on the excellent itinerary including Cozumel, Belize and Roatan, Honduras. We flew into Houston International the night before and stayed at the Airport Marriott because out flight landed after 11pm. The subway from baggage claim one stop to the hotel was a bonus after a long day at work then a 4 hour flight. The hotel was fine and we enjoyed a late night snack when we landed. We took a Lyft to the Port of Galveston, but will probably take the Carnival Bus from IAH next time. Having a specific “Check-In” time made embarkation a breeze and we were on the ship in no time after going through all the check in points beforehand. The Vista is a beautiful ship and we love her low-key vibe and laid back ambiance and décor. We had a mid-ship balcony room on the 8th Deck. There was more than ample space for the three of us, although our teenage son is growing so fast I might end up on the pull-out couch on the next trip. Our room steward Jay was wonderful. No request went unanswered and he went above and beyond every day to see to it that we had what we needed. No surprise that the service everywhere on board was exceptional. We met so many hard working, sweet, kind staff and we never once encountered anyone who was less than enthusiastic to help us with a request. The staff was upbeat and positive and we look forward to the chance to spend another week with this crew at some point. We ate dinner almost every night in the MDR except for one night we opted for Bonsai sushi. Every meal was wonderful and my son and I took advantage of the steak offerings most nights. The dishes were interesting and the selection was wonderful. Dessert was always something to look forward to and the Lava Cake was again the highlight of dinner on our 2nd to last night. The waiters in the MDR were so kind and we looked forward to “Show Time” whenever they performed. We only ate at Bonsai one night and even by our standards thought it was some of the best we’ve ever had on the Vista! We enjoyed Sea Day brunch one morning in the MDR and in addition to some excellent Eggs Benedict – the fresh pressed juices were worth every penny. The drinks were off the charts and a great way to start the day. This was a much needed relaxing vacation for us so we didn’t do much in the way of entertainment at night and because we’re sensitive to smoke, avoided the Casino at all costs. We mostly played Bingo on sea days with the amazing Entertainment Team. Britni was a riot and she kept the games fun and exciting. Schwartz is one of the best Cruise Directors we’ve ever had on a cruise and he was so kind and gracious to everyone he met. We enjoyed to the Lip Sync Contest the last night of the cruise at the invitation Hannah, who was competing for the grand prize. We thought she did a great job, but the crowd was behind the other contestant and she came up short. Still, Schwartz and his crew put on an excellent show that night and the inclusion of all the little kids from the camps, etc., was brilliant. Lots of laughter and their precious little faces were too much! Great way to end the cruise! We loved seeing all the kids get a chance to participate in the fun! Our son spent every night in the Teen Club and came back every night begging to stay out longer because they were having so much fun. He loved the Teen Club and made some sweet friendships on board. All three ports were safe, clean and our beach day/diving/snorkeling excursions were wonderful. My son and I chose Mr. Sancho’s (not a Carnival excursion) for Cozumel thinking it would be a family fun day at the beach with lots of kids and families, which there was, but we were both put off by the amount of visibly inebriated folks we saw at the end of the day and had to refuse a cab ride back to the port with a group of folks who’d had just a little too much to drink. Belize City was a completely different vibe and we thoroughly enjoyed the Carnival “Reef/Sharks Excursion w/Lunch” – the weather was perfect for snorkeling and the guides were quick to include you in getting the chance to encounter the reef sharks (Nurse sharks) and gentle stingrays. Lunch was pricey but the great bargains at the port for T-shirts and Hawaiian tropical print shirts more than made up for this. Mahogany Bay is the prettiest port I think we’ve ever been to and we spent a nice day at the Mayan Princess. The crush of vendors when we sat down in our chairs was too much to handle and we were later disappointed to find that someone had rifled through our bags while we were out in the water. Next time we are in Roatan we plan to just go to the beach near the port – it’s a beautiful beach and you can stay longer at the beach because you don’t have a long drive back to the port. Disembarkation was smooth and uneventful and we will definitely opt for the chance at one more shot in the buffett before heading home. The Port of Galveston is a well-oiled machine which made getting on and off the ship a breeze. My only regret is that I didn't take advantage of my "Spa Pass" as much as I should have. The spa is a beautiful sanctuary for peace and relaxation and I thoroughly enjoyed the little time I did spend in the spa. Overall, it was a “Top 10” vacation for us. We slept too much, ate too much, laughed too much and really had a wonderful time on the Vista! It’s a beautiful ship with an excellent Captain and crew who provided top notch service at every turn. We’re considering our next trip on the Mardi Gras but our heart will always be with the Vista! With so much to see and do on the Vista, we’re still shaking our heads at all the “naysayers” who have found it necessary to complain about the ship on social media and on Cruise Critic. We’re beginning to think “perspective” is the key to a fun and enjoyable vacation! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Cabins: We had two cabins 2371 & 2369. 2371 was a Cove balcony which was a first for us. I now prefer the cove balcony to a regular balcony. The cove balcony has more shade and privacy and less wind. Two doors down is a ... Read More
Cabins: We had two cabins 2371 & 2369. 2371 was a Cove balcony which was a first for us. I now prefer the cove balcony to a regular balcony. The cove balcony has more shade and privacy and less wind. Two doors down is a "service" area, but that is only used to load and unload luggage on embarkation and debarkation days so it is quiet. 2369 is an interior upper/lower room. The configuration of this room means that there is no couch to sit on our coffee table. There is also less closet, desk and drawer space. There is only a stool to sit on. It is awkward to sit on the bed since they are bunk bed style. There is more floor space even though the cabin is smaller than standard, but that is because there is so much missing furniture and the beds are upper/lower and not side by side. This room is only good for people who do not plan on spending any time in the room other than sleeping. Both rooms were very quiet despite being by the elevators. Having the dining room above us turned out to be a big plus from a noise perspective. Food: I thought the food in the main dining room was generally very disappointing and the Lido Marketplace was worse. Fresh fruit or vegetables selections were extremely limited. I would avoid the main dining room except on lobster, filet mignon and prime rib nights. We did enjoy the nightly parade of waiters and napkin waving and dancing in the dining room. I would recommend specialty dining for dinner for some nights, the Vista dining room for breakfast (eggs, yogurt parfait, chia banana pudding were our favorites), and for lunch we liked all of: the pasta restaurant (free at lunch). Mongolian Wok (free at lunch), Pig & Anchor (free at lunch), Guy's burgers and the Cantina (also good for huevos rancheros in the morning). For dessert they mostly had cakes - most of which were OK, not great. My kids also liked the pizza, but I didn't try that. The only desserts that we thought were really good were the ice cream and gelato. Note that the "chocolate extravaganza" just means that the cake station at Lido Marketplace (the buffet) only has varieties of chocolate cakes. Carnival Kitchen: We did the cake decorating. It is a great concept, but they need to refine the class a bit. Assigning the station you go to needs a new process. It took too long and there were many confused people (understandably). Be aware that it is 2 people per cake so if you go solo not sure how you "share" the cake. They should just eliminate the instruction on how to bake a cake because watching someone pour ingredients into a kitchenaid mixer was boring and not part of decorating. There is almost no instruction, but it was fun. The cake tasted pretty gross. We didn't eat ours. Entertainment: I thought the cruise director had a lot of energy and a staff that ran great activities. On this ship, I felt that the main shows were really music shows with something to watch and not productions - although we didn't see Celestial Strings as by then we had enough of the shows. Note that there aren't enough seats and they fill up so get there early to get a seat. The trivia and other games were a ton of fun. My kids liked the rope obstacle course and did it several times. They did the bikes once and thought that it was great, but with an hour plus line the norm didn't go back. My teens liked Sky Zone - it was small, but fun. 20 is the maximum, but both times my teens did it, it wasn't sold out. Teen Center: This was amazing. I didn't see my kids most of the week. A special thank you to Dustin. You were amazing. Pools: There is no adult pool and the 2 adult only hot tubs are small and almost always full. Lounge chairs are hogged early in the morning and so there are none available at Serenity or other prime spots unless you are an early bird. Carnival (like most places) doesn't enforce the "40 minute" rule. HUB App: This is a great concept. I would have done anytime dining if I had realized that you could request your reservation from the app when you were ready to eat. Very convenient. You could look up your account, the dinner menu, activities, and make reservations among other things on the app. My only complaint about the app was that it froze frequently. Ports: I thought that they could have done a much better job providing port information and "ship time" changes. I have been on many cruises and this was the first one where I felt like there was such little information about the port. There was conflicting information about "ship time" as the time on the TV, the time on the paper and the time on the apps all varied. Elevators: This ship uses a new system to call elevators that is very common in other countries and usually efficient. It did not work well. Elevators took awhile (no more than other ships), but here there was no way of knowing if the elevator was on a nearby floor or would be awhile. I think people would have been less aware of it if there was anything in the elevator lobby area to look at to keep you occupied, but there is nothing. Cleanliness: The ship looked very clean. Dirty dishes were picked up quickly. Everything on the ship is very new. I was surprised though that there wasn't anyone pushing hand sanitizer or hand washing at any point during the cruise, especially entering the buffet area. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have cruised previously on HAL and RC, first time on Carnival. We sailed during the mid-winter break for California schools. There were 1500 kids (full capacity on the ship and they were everywhere. We would not knowingly book our ... Read More
We have cruised previously on HAL and RC, first time on Carnival. We sailed during the mid-winter break for California schools. There were 1500 kids (full capacity on the ship and they were everywhere. We would not knowingly book our vacation during school break again. Embarkation: We traveled about 3 hours to port and embarkation was fairly organized at the 12:30-1:00 PM check-in. The only negative was we were rushed in security as eager passengers threw their carry-on items on the conveyer belt for ex-ray before we completed the process, causing one of our carry on items to be mixed in with theirs. There are a lot of staff placed on the route to the ship guiding passengers to the gang-way. Once on the ship we were welcomed by many of the crew. We found something to eat on the Lido Deck 10 and explored a little prior to finding our room keys in an envelope at the our cabin. Our luggage didn't arrive until after sail-away and dinner around 6:00 PM. Disembarkation: There is a Disembarkation briefing on the last sea day, also a flyer is left at your door with disembarkation information. Numbered luggage tags can be picked up at the briefing or at guest services. If you check your bag you must have a numbered tag on it. If you are in a suite, Diamond or Platinum or have priority status you will be disembarked early. You may put your bags outside your cabin between 9:30 and 11:30 PM to be picked up for checked baggage on the last sea day. Passengers must vacate the cabins by 8:00-8:30 and wait on the Lido deck or the Liquid Lounge. Decks are disembarked one at a time beginning with Deck One according to the deck your cabin was on. You may also choose to carry off your luggage yourself and disembarked ahead of passengers with checked baggage. Ship: The ship is new and offers many different spaces to explore on decks 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12. There are deck maps at each elevator bank, along with a touch screen for selecting the your floor, make the floor select6ion prior to entering the elevator - there is no option inside the elevator. Pay attention to ships time reflected at some elevators, on your cabin telephone and on the television screen. You will pass through different time zones and there was a couple that almost missed the ship at one port due to the time difference. I found the Carnival Hub App helpful. You can't really see the menu until you board the ship. What I didn't know prior to boarding is while the App is free, they charge $5 extra to use the chat option. Shame on Carnival for nickel and diming their passengers. Especially after they purchase the internet plans. Dining: Caution: While in port on Day 1 you will be charged tax on drinks even if you have the Cheers and Bubbles pass until sail away. There are plenty of dining options and most are good, some are excellent. JiJi's was excellent one of my favorites. This is not ordinary Asian fare. Staff at this restaurant go all out to give you a special evening. Each person gets 2 entrees, 2 starters, 2 sides and 2 desserts and it is served family style for sharing. If you gave special requests they are most accommodating. Very Important: Let them know what your desired spice level is, they want to get it right. The steakhouse is also very good with the meat prepared as ordered every time we went. The portions are small on the surf and turf but enough. I also can rave about the taco (fish, port and chicken) and burrito bar and Guys burger joint (best burgers) and the pizza place (24 hour pizza operation-hand made) all on deck 10. I think the fish and chips are good too at the Seafood Shack also on deck 10. The buffet is at the market place on the Lido Deck 10, breakfast is good here and a fine selection of desserts. You can also find the same breakfast on a smaller scale on deck 5 near the Coffee Bar which is also highly recommended. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating there. Pizza delivery is $5 or you can pick it up. They make them fresh and there is always a line. Entertainment: I saw and recommend the Rock Revolution production show in the Liquid Lounge on day 4. I also saw a female comedian who was hilarious and an older male comedian who was disgusting and centered his routine on insulting the audience, as people were walking out on him he would chase them out and insult them some more. Even though it was an adult show, I didn't find him funny or entertaining, only vile. There were some musicians located in different areas that were very good - Nightshift band was one of them. Activities: There were many activities, trivia and puzzles and contests and bingo, mixology and towel folding along with an ice carving demonstration. Carnival Kitchen cooking classes: Between my husband and I, we took 10 classes. Chefs graciously assist and make sure you are on track to prepare the dish or dishes you signed up for and answer all your questions. The classroom has new stainless equipment and quartz countertops and is well appointed. There is an I-pad with the recipe at each work station and students follow the chef on the I-pad. Depending on the class, you may sample what you make during the class or it will be sent to our dining venue that evening or you will have a sit down dinner in the Carnival Kitchen. I have received all of the recipe cards by e-mail for the classes we took. I have already made my own pizza. Something I would not have tried before this class. Spa and relaxation: I had relaxing massages from Lal in the spa and a very nice facial from Hardashi. I had my hair braided by Shannon at 9:00 AM and it was undone by 2:30 PM; when I returned to have it repaired I was told she was booked and couldn't be worked in by the blonde European lady, so I cancelled my other appointments. You can get massages for much less in the ports and a braid as well. Thermal Suite: This is a nice area but they overbook it and it is so crowded I couldn't relax most of the time I was there. Staff does not control the chair hogging where people put their towels on the lounges while they do other stations. Also, staff isn't good to pick up towels people leave in the steam room, but there are always fresh towels available. Spa is too small to accommodate all the spa suites and day pass guests. Over all, nice concept and facility but overbooked, too small and underkept. Gym: Very busy on sea days, but well equipped and everything seemed to be working fine. I like that the machines are positioned in front of the windows. Too bad the locker rooms aren't closer. Be ware the bathroom is tricky to lock inside the locker room. Casino: Too smoky to use and no hand sanitizer in sight. Pools: Water was cold even in the warmer climates. Spa on the Serenity deck is too small for the size of that deck. Also, there should be enforcement of chair hogging with towels. This is done on all decks and every pool and spa area. Overall: The staff and crew were friendly and went out of there way to make the cruise special for all passengers. I was impressed with the staff and considering the ship was at full capacity, most of the passengers seemed happy and friendly. Staff kept the ship clean but it would be nice to have more focus on germ control with rail and surface cleaning and hand sanitizer dispensers. There were health questionnaires in the Carnival Kitchen prior to each class and at the Embarkation lines. Information: There isn't enough signage and information given to passengers. They are left to navigate the processes and ship themselves. In ports: Other cruise lines have air conditioned buses to transport their passenger to and from the ship and nice welcome tents and welcome towels and water where Carnival has a open air tram in Maztalan with a long line and a long wait and no information or welcome tents. In fact there is very little information provided throughout the ship. You are left to figure it out on your own. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We are experienced AZ cruisers with Mexican Riviera cruises due to easy access to ports. We have sailed various Mexican Riviera itineraries with Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean (no longer avail). We loved this cabin (1432) and ... Read More
We are experienced AZ cruisers with Mexican Riviera cruises due to easy access to ports. We have sailed various Mexican Riviera itineraries with Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean (no longer avail). We loved this cabin (1432) and location. We prefer aft ship location and this cabin was convenient to elevators and only a few stair flights to the action. We were always the first on the elevator to get to lido deck. We would definitely book this class (6L) of cabin again. Cabin was larger than expected (recently cruised on a Norwegian Bliss aft balcony that was much smaller). WE HAD 2 BATHROOMS!! One without a stool but it had a very deep, small bathtub. The primary bath was much larger with a shower. A full size couch that could double as a single bed - coffee table, a desk, two closets plus a third storage closet with two shelves, a safe, and 3 deep drawers. All of this with ample room to walk around. Our 25" suitcases fit easily next to wall at bottom of bed. We had a 12:30 embarkation and were eating on Lido at 11:30am. Crowded but we found a window seat. Two buffet areas with different menu choices. In the past, Carnival had a variety of high quality main shows. Variety included broadway style shows (2-3), magic, hypnotists, single singing performers, acrobats, etc. Now there were 2 main shows and fill-in shows were uninspiring. Liquid Lounge had strange seating availability and it was COLD in there. We did enjoy the comedy club each evening. It seems comedy is now the main event on Panorama. Loved the Guys Burgers and Mexican grill (Blue Iguana), and Pizza... and Seafood Shack. It would be nice to see hotdogs as one of the choices at the midnight buffet and by the pool. We did specialty dining 3 nights... JiJi's Asian (very good - $12 upcharge), Capistrano Italian (comp from casino) - VERY LARGE PORTIONS, Bonsai Teppanyaki... all were very good. We felt the $38 upcharge for Teppanyaki and the Fahrenheit steak house were too high. On Norwegian, there are specialty dining packages at very reasonable prices - not offered on Carnival. Our MDR experience was excellent! Early seating in Horizon dining room. Joel, Jose and Alawesus were a great team and took great care of us. We ordered a total of 3 entrees to split between the two of us each night because we like to try a variety. We had one of the best whale watching experiences in Puerta Vallarta. Booked the small boat experience (8:30-12:30). We saw a mother and calf playing - mother extending/splashing pectoral fin, baby whale tail splashing about. Next was a mating pod. One female with 4 suitors - spectacular breaching. Finally an experienced mother and baby with an escort. Whole experience was fabulous and educational. We tipped big on this one. We took Lyft from LAX to/from port $35-$40 each way. When leaving, we have a suggestion. Exit ship and walk toward the Queen Mary. We had 2 checked bags and 2 carry-ons and it was an easy, paved walk the entire way. You will see a loading/pickup zone as you face the Queen Mary parking lot. Schedule Lyft from there to avoid long line that forms in the cruise terminal parking area. We had a late return flight so hung out on Lido deck until the last call to leave (we carried own luggage off). We departed ship around 10:30am. Panorama had one of the best activity / sports deck areas I have seen. Arranged activities in basketball court were adult basketball game, dodgeball, volleyball. A separate playzone for kids, foosball tables, outdoor exercise equipment, mini golf, walking track. Skytrain was so fun! We didn't try the ropes but will do next time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Our last cruise was the Celebrity Reflection, we have not cruised Carnival in 10 years, so i was a little nervous to return to the line. The Panorama ended up being our favorite cruise! My husband and I are 55 and we took our 16 year ... Read More
Our last cruise was the Celebrity Reflection, we have not cruised Carnival in 10 years, so i was a little nervous to return to the line. The Panorama ended up being our favorite cruise! My husband and I are 55 and we took our 16 year old son. We flew in from Detroit to LAX the day prior. We took an Uber to Best Western Long Beach. I would recommend this hotel. It's clean, they have a free shuttle to the cruise terminal, and have a great staff. We took a Lyft back to LAX on our last day. We booked a Havana suite, which was way more than I wanted to spend, but it was worth it. I tried for months to get a Havana Cabana for 3, but there only a few cabins to accommodate more than (2) guests, so when our cabin popped up after months of searching, I grabbed it and didn't look back. The Havana area is fantastic, and I can't imagine going back to a non-Havana cruise! The pool, hot tubs, and bars are right outside of the cabanas and almost private. Embarkation and Debarkation were so smooth and easy with the suite perk. The ship has a much more upscale decor than our past Carnival ships, we really liked it. We ate all dinners/sea day brunches in the MDR with YTD and they were all fantastic with great service. All of the food we had at Guy's Burger, Guy's Pig and Anchor, Blue Iguana Cantina (breakfast burrito was fantastic!), Carnival Deli were also great. We only ate in the Lido for a snacks and gelato but people seemed to be enjoying the food there too. My son said the pizza was great. We loved all the food we had on the cruise, we only ate at included restaurants and we thought it was at the same caliber or better than our food on the Reflection. We did not get a drink package this time. We knew we would be drinking in ports 3 days and my husband drinks beer on the ship. We brought our (2) bottles of wine-which was gone on day 2, and we each brought a 12 pack of soda/diet soda. We brought too much soda, we only needed (2) 12 packs. I bought bottle for the room to make drinks. Being in the Havana area on deck 5, this was really convenient because you are right by your pool, the MDR, Guy's BBQ, Ocean Plaza dining to quickly get a drink. If we were on a different floor, this would have been kind of an annoyance. This worked for us, and we saved a lot by not purchasing the package, but it really depends on what you drink and when you drink to determine if the package is for you. I also purchased a 12 pack of small water bottles to be delivered to our cabin pre-cruise for about $4. The skyride, ropes course, sports deck, and water slides were really fun. We did them multiple times and just paid attention to times when lines were the shortest. My son made friends the first night at the O2 club and they enjoyed the outdoor theater a few times. I did not like the gym on the ship, it seemed very closed in to me, but my son enjoyed it. We took a tour of the spa, and it looked very nice, but we didn't get a package. We did not buy internet, and did not miss having it for a week, even my 16 year old. We all checked email and texts while in ports. Get the HUB app before you leave, it is great for making your YTD reservations and seeing the Fun Times. I only bought the $5 chat option for my son and I would suggest this is if you have kids; when they meet other kids on the ship this is how they communicate/plan to meet. Have your kids go to the clubs the first night, that's how they meet their "group". The older kids rarely hang out at the club after that, but they do exchange names to chat/meet. My son met a nice group of kids and they hung out a lot together on the cruise. This made our vacation fun for all of us! Our room steward, Mauricio, was outstanding. Every employee we came in contact with was so nice, friendly, and helpful. We loved all the ports, we didn't book any Carnival excursions. This was our first time in this part of Mexico so we wanted to explore. I pre-booked a glass bottom boat/water taxi with Blue Baja Los Cabos before we left. They are on Facebook and they were great: took us on an arch tour, which I would highly recommend, and then dropped us off at the Sandbar, and picked us up a few hours later to take us back to the ship. All for $11 pp. At the Sandbar we pre-booked massages and had lunch. It was a great day. Mazatlan was very nice too, people really give this place a bad rap, it's a very quaint, pretty area and it was very safe. We walked following the blue line to the town and explored the Malecon, had lunch, and went to the beach. The open air cabs here looked very fun, but we ran out of time. Puerto Vallarta was beautiful. We took the bus from the marina to the Malecon, had lunch on the beach at Swell, swam in the ocean, explored the area, and took the bus back. The bus was very safe and easy and cost $4 round trip for 3 people. We spent most of our time in the Havana area. It's very quiet, but people still save chairs like they do on the rest of the ship. However, you can always find a place. Laying out on your cabana is the most peaceful. Our cruise was full but I always saw open deck chairs by the main pools and on the other sun decks. We were cruising in February, we had great weather except for the last sea day, which was cloudy and 70, so there were a lot of open deck chairs through out the ship. I was very worried about rough seas, but we had no rough seas at all there or back. I brought motion sickness medications, and never had to use them. We did see a couple comedians which were not our style, same with the shows, and the casino. This is never why we book a cruise, the food, view, and the ports are the highlights for us. We definitely recommend the Panorama, and would love to go again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The experience was great. Nice having a new ship on the west coast. The food was better than a recent cruise on the Miracle and the activities were nice. The beds were much more comfortable than the Miracle as well (I know that the ... Read More
The experience was great. Nice having a new ship on the west coast. The food was better than a recent cruise on the Miracle and the activities were nice. The beds were much more comfortable than the Miracle as well (I know that the Miracle is going in for dry dock shortly, but... those beds gave us a terrible back ache). The ship is definitely big, but it doesn't really affect wait times except for elevators. Other than waiting for the elevators, the queues were fairly manageable and never seemed to be a problem. The skyride and the ropes course were a nice new touch. The embarkation and debarkation process definitely feels smoother than it was while they were doing construction in Long Beach and it was definitely a better experience than in years past. It's nice to know that this ship will be here long term for the seven day cruises and that we'll be able to enjoy all of the nice add-ons for this ship for years to come. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We booked this cruise last minute to have quick family getaway during the holiday weekend. This was my 10th cruise experience and by far the worst. I did my research on the ship ahead of time so I was aware it was Carnival's oldest ... Read More
We booked this cruise last minute to have quick family getaway during the holiday weekend. This was my 10th cruise experience and by far the worst. I did my research on the ship ahead of time so I was aware it was Carnival's oldest ship. For this reason, I was not expecting a lot of beauty and activities that you'll experience on some of the newest or newly renovated ships. I was at least hoping that the service, food and entertainment was up to par but I was sadly disappointed. By looking at the exterior of the ship, you can see it is in need of an upgrade however, the interior main areas were comfortable. Our interior cabin had a strong odor of paint, visible dirt and dust on the walls and furniture. At times a sewer smell would be in the bathroom, and we experienced brown water coming from the faucets. Luckily we had bottled water which we used to wash and brush our teeth. The rooms do not come with a refrigerator. If you'd like one, you have to request one from guest services. They apparently have a limited supply and are only given to those that truly need it for health or dietary purposes. Food in the main dining room was average, the buffet food was often cold and unenjoyable. I am assuming due to the small size of the ship, I felt the motion of the ocean a lot than any other ship I've been on. I lost a drink one evening due to the shaking of our table. Our cruise director was great. The most fun was in the atrium and in the comedy club. Our cabin stewardess was good but the dining staff most evenings were very rude and had an awful tendency to reach over you without saying anything. I almost got elbowed in the face a few times. Photographers had this same poor behavior, sometimes, leaning over my guest just to snap a picture across the table. Thankfully, this was a 4 day cruise, it would have been miserable spending any more time on this ship. Usually, by the end of my cruise, I would want to add a few more days to continue my experience but I could not wait to get back on land being on this ship. I certainly do not recommend cruising on the Fantasy. Book one of Carnival's newer ships. Carnival should strongly consider removing this ship from the sea because I believe it will tarnish the Carnival brand. It is a poor representation of their service. I cruised on the Vista which was a great experience so I have experienced what Carnival has the potential to offer. However, if this was my first Carnival cruise, I would never want to cruise on Carnival again. So any first-time cruisers, save your coins and book on another ship or cruise line, otherwise I think this will ruin your thoughts on the whole cruising experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
This was my 7th cruise, 1st on Fantasy. The service was personal and amazing ! The cruise director Andrew (Andy) was the best I have every experienced. He went above and beyond to entertain the passengers. On the last night he hosted an ... Read More
This was my 7th cruise, 1st on Fantasy. The service was personal and amazing ! The cruise director Andrew (Andy) was the best I have every experienced. He went above and beyond to entertain the passengers. On the last night he hosted an event in the Atrium where he sang and danced as he interacted with the guests. During one song, "American Pie" he poured sugar on himself as the song lyrics rolled "pour some sugar on me". He went over the top! This was a family vacation with my husband and 8 adult children. We were treated with such good care and service by everyone. Our room valet, I Wawan, was so courteous and provided us with anything we asked. Our dinner servers were amazing as well. The wait staff came to anticipate our individual needs before we asked, such as bringing me coffee every night at dinner the moment I sat down. I must give a special shout out to Johnamay. She was part of the dinner service crew that made our experience on the ship. Johnamay danced and sang to one of my daughters, which made my daughter's trip even more memorable. Thank you to all the staff and crew. We will be back. Thank you for sharing us and creating these special memories. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Carnival Imagination was a great experience for a first time cruise. They have amazing service and the place was always so clean. The buffet had so many options for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The pride restaurant was a wonderful ... Read More
Carnival Imagination was a great experience for a first time cruise. They have amazing service and the place was always so clean. The buffet had so many options for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The pride restaurant was a wonderful experience especially for valentines. I recommend having all your dinners there. There was plenty of activities to do on the boat but of course many things cost extra money. They have an arcade, miniature golf, water slides, a library with games, and much more.You can not pay anything in cash so everything gets charged to your cabin. The casino however is the only place you can use cash to gamble which is nice. Be sure to check out all of their activities because they give out prizes and raffle great things. If you are without kids the serenity room which is hidden in the back of Xanadu Lounge, a great gem. My only complaint is that i bought a Happy Anniversary cake from the fun shop. In all the pictures it shows a beautiful heart shaped cake with the words spelled out. When i saw my cake it was round and only had to letters HA, I complained to several people and no one showed any interest in helping me out. It was delicious but very disappointing. In all reviews everyone seems to have had the cake i wanted, my cake was very lazy and guest services was rude because i complained. I would go again but i will never order anything from the fun shop again. And at the end of the trip they charge us 40 bucks each for gratuity so keep in mind this is not included in the ticket pricing. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Ship felt loud noisy during a bad storm part of ceiling came down. Stateroom 6017. On the bow. Not a good place during a severe storm Ambulatory assessable cabin was decent sized and easily fit my ecv. But not in the bathroom step out ... Read More
Ship felt loud noisy during a bad storm part of ceiling came down. Stateroom 6017. On the bow. Not a good place during a severe storm Ambulatory assessable cabin was decent sized and easily fit my ecv. But not in the bathroom step out to the balcony. Food average entertainment meh. Definitely a partiers Cruise. Lots of very drunk people. Passing out drunks Nothing to do of value education or interest. Just beer pong and hairy chest contests. Etc. meh But the worst was feeling that the ship was not safe in a severe storm. The loud banging and whistling wind and part of the ceiling coming down during a thirty hour storm. Very scary and miserable. I tried to call about the piece of ceiling that fell down but never had the phone answered. So I ventured down to the cruise desk and they were very nonchalant they just said to tell the cabin steward and he would contact the electrician. Well I did and nothing ever happened. So I told them again in the morning and same answer so I just disembarked. Nothing else I could do. Carnival is a crummy company. It’s cheap but not worth the feeling of the ship not being safe in high seas. So I guess you get what you pay for. Lol. Never again Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Let me start by being fair and let you know we have only been on two other cruises. We recently went to Alaska on Holland America and 15 years ago on a carnival to Mexico. I chose carnival this time because they were the only ship going ... Read More
Let me start by being fair and let you know we have only been on two other cruises. We recently went to Alaska on Holland America and 15 years ago on a carnival to Mexico. I chose carnival this time because they were the only ship going out of Charleston. It was a family Birthday trip with my husband and our 20 yr old daughter. I truly felt that the ship was completely understaffed. I realize that there are cruises going out back to back, however the ship just seemed dirty. I used wipes to wipe down our sink and toilet because it seemed to have only been sprayed down, it was not clean. There are people cleaning all the time but they just don’t seem to be able to keep up with the flow of people. Yes it’s a party ship ( really not our thing, because it never stops). The food was mediocre at best. Back to staffing issues there is a long line for everything. Spent an hour and a half trying to get a soda the first morning. Starting on deck 2 at the coffee shop ending on 9 (by then the Havana bar was open ) every bar stop in between and they were either closed or didn’t have soda. We really enjoyed the movies on deck probably the best thing about our trip. Some other cruisers I spoke with said they cruise with carnival all the time and this one was the worst they had been on, that if we went out of another port we would have a totally different experience. I really do want to be fair saying that others said carnival was not usually like this cruise was. I personally wouldn’t want to cruise carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise over Valentine's Day for our group of 12 as it fit perfectly with the kids traveling with us school schedule that allowed them a few days off for a winter break. We had 4 adults in their 20s, 2 in their 30s, 2 in ... Read More
We chose this cruise over Valentine's Day for our group of 12 as it fit perfectly with the kids traveling with us school schedule that allowed them a few days off for a winter break. We had 4 adults in their 20s, 2 in their 30s, 2 in their 50s, and 4 kids aged 6, 11, 12, and 14. This was the kids very first cruise as the rest of us are experienced cruisers. We are big fans of the Carnival Sunshine so were excited to try out the Carnival Sunrise. It was not quite the exact same as the Sunshine, especially the Serenity Adult Only area being smaller than Sunshine, but overall it is a ship we enjoyed. We really enjoyed being able to sit in the Sports Bar and watch softball since we are big fans and pleasantly surprised to see it being aired on board. The food options on this ship are wonderful. Breakfast is offered in the dining room, lido buffet, Guy's Burgers Breakfast, Blue Iguana Breakfast, omelette stations, the Lucky Bowl even had different options.For lunch, you can have the buffet, if its a seaday the dining room is serving until 1, Guy's Pig and Anchor BBQ, Cucina del Capitano, Guy's Burgers, the Deli, Blue Iguana Tacos and Burritos, Lucky Bowl, Pizza, and Ice cream. Dinner we had assigned dining at 6pm which was our first time having early dining our Carnival. We thought we wouldn't like it, but honestly it went so much faster than late dining since the table had to be cleared by 8pm and we loved being finished by 6:30pm every night. This was the first 4 day cruise we had been on in awhile. We typically go on 7day+. This limited our opportunity to try and do as much as we want to on board. We enjoyed the sports square with Putt-Putt, the waterslides were fun, but not as big as the Sunshines, and the trivia/entertainment was pretty good on board. We enjoyed the violins playing in the atrium most nights. The kids seemed to enjoy the youth programming offered. We did wish the pictures were updated to digital with the ship remodel, but they were not. Overall its a beautiful ship perfect for a family vacation. The service was very good all around. Our room on deck 5 was awesome being close to the action and activities on board. Our cruise sailed to Half Moon Cay and Nassau. We have stopped in both locations many times, but were excited about our ports as it has been a few years since we have been to the Bahamas. In HMC we enjoyed a perfect family beach day. The weather was beautiful, we walked right onto a tender as we had platinum status and got straight onto the island on one of the 1st tender boats. We found 12 lounge chairs right by the water and set up for the day. We spent most the day in the water, but found time to explore around the island, rented a float for $20, and had lunch on the island which was less than spectacular. It was a great port day to get some sun and hang out. Our stop in Nassau, we booked Blue Lagoon Island Dolphin Encounter through Carnival Excursions. This was the perfect excursion for the kids and really wasn't badly priced at $109 a person including boat ride to blue lagoon, access to waterpark at blue lagoon, lunch on the island, and the dolphin encounter, This was a great excursion with so much to see and do on blue lagoon and an awesome encounter with the dolphins. All in all, really only have great things to say about the ship, the staff, and the cruise. Our cruise director Erin was visible and friendly. We have cruised with another line our last few cruises after only being loyal to Carnival so it was nice to come back and have a good experience. There is plenty we love about Carnival and still a few things we think they can do better, but we are always happy to step foot on one of their ships. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We always choose Carnival....great price and great value. You get the most bang for the buck.We choose the Paradise because it fit the time frame we had without a lot of $ extras. This was the 3rd time on the Paradise and it did not ... Read More
We always choose Carnival....great price and great value. You get the most bang for the buck.We choose the Paradise because it fit the time frame we had without a lot of $ extras. This was the 3rd time on the Paradise and it did not disappoint. The beauty of the older ships is what the new ships are missing. The atrium, the glass elevators,the beauty of the showrooms the new ships are lacking. I realize we are trying to attract new cruisers,families with kids etc.The water slides may be great for a few but taking away a pool is not a good trade.Lets talk service....they have down sized many things. Room cleaning to once a day,no pillow mints,menu is limited, linens on the dinning room tables and less people cleaning on the deck areas,drink servers. However service is top notch from the room attendants to the servers in the dinning room. We have been back cruising for the last 9 years and this was the best food in the dining room we have ever had. Food was fresh, hot food hot, cold food cold, ice cream well you get it. Rodolpho in the Elation dining room was amazing. He did not have time for extra chit chat he had far to many people to serve And dinner did not take 2 hours. We did miss the scheduled tournaments like corn hole, ping pong, mini golf hope to see these on our next cruise with of course CARNIVAL! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
After reading all the negative reviews of this boat I was terrified of what was to come but was pleasantly surprised. The boat is smaller but there was loads to do and the service and food were all great. I've cruised before and the ... Read More
After reading all the negative reviews of this boat I was terrified of what was to come but was pleasantly surprised. The boat is smaller but there was loads to do and the service and food were all great. I've cruised before and the food was some of the best I've had! A word of warning... the boat did get a bit tippy at points which I heard was due to the lack of stabilizers. I would reccomend packing gravel or some kind of seasick medicine if you're sensitive to motion. The ports were incredible with Turks and Caicos my fav. We did the stingray kiss encounter and it's something I'll never forget. There is a beach right at port so you could just relax all day here. Amber Cove was also good with a massive swimming pool and waterslides. We traveled with our kids who are are 9 and 6 and loved it. My only negative is the shows are not nearly as good as some I've seen on other cruise lines. The late night ones sounded good but weren't appropropriate to take the kids to. Overall an excellent holiday in the sunshine and I would reccomend this! Keep in mind it's an older boat with lots of purple and is a smaller ship...but get past that and you'll have a blast! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Any person or persons thinking of going on this ship Think again Company lied about the ports cancelled and the cyclone we went through Food like slop Cold tasteless 2 hours to clear plates from piggy Buffet Coffee ... Read More
Any person or persons thinking of going on this ship Think again Company lied about the ports cancelled and the cyclone we went through Food like slop Cold tasteless 2 hours to clear plates from piggy Buffet Coffee machines didn’t work Toilets dirty Dinning room same food every nigh Cold staff rude and disgusting Entertainment what entertainment Guest services staff so rude Could not care less from any passengers Rails on swimming pools loose Had my phone stolen 38 families got off at port villa And said this ship should be destroyed The buffet was like a piggery staff slow at replenishing food The tables were so dirty with dirty plates cups and cutlery Carnival knew so much about cancelled islands 8 days before And offered us a lousy $50 back Stuck on a disgusting ship for 10 days with 2 days off never never again carnival destroy the ship Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We took this cruise because it was departing from Melbourne...……..the ship itself is old and the décor is dark.... our stateroom was very comfortable and the housekeeping men were fabulous and friendly nothing was to much trouble for ... Read More
We took this cruise because it was departing from Melbourne...……..the ship itself is old and the décor is dark.... our stateroom was very comfortable and the housekeeping men were fabulous and friendly nothing was to much trouble for them'. The food in the buffet was poor meat was tough, chicken tough and fish over cooked. pizza was average, Mexican excellent, sandwich bar great, burgers average......dessert bar great... one incident in the eating area of the buffet, when a guy dropped 2 desserts and one spilled up a cupboard and all over the carpet, a crew member that was picking up plates etc saw it and ignored it, I reported it to the head guy of the waiters, he had a look and did nothing, so it was left and the food on the floor was trampled into the carpet. The food in the Empire dining room was excellent except that the Vegetables were always COLD, the service was excellent from all the waiters, again nothing was too much trouble, special diet needs were met. The team members in the Gym very rude would not acknowledge you, it was like you were invading there space so didn't go back Entertainment excellent...…...just great. Over all service good, drinks a bit expensive. Ports ok Noumea very expensive $40 for 2 cups of coffee and 2 cakes Excursions ok would book of shore as a lot cheaper than on ship. I would like to see a few bins inside some of the areas as there was no where to put rubbish so went back to cabin to get rid of tissues etc. Disembarkation was smooth. Would not do Carnival Spirit again though. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Travelled from England with 4 friends to Memphis, took the Amtrack train to New Orleans and after a 3 night break boarded the Carnival Valor for 5 night cruise. If you want a fun, casual and informal cruise would recommend. Was a bit ... Read More
Travelled from England with 4 friends to Memphis, took the Amtrack train to New Orleans and after a 3 night break boarded the Carnival Valor for 5 night cruise. If you want a fun, casual and informal cruise would recommend. Was a bit apprehensive when we first boarded and made our way to the Lido and buffet, it was so busy but once we were in our cabins and got settled into sealife we had a great time. The entertainment on board was excellent - the T & T Duo and the Blues Band with Lucca and the 2 shows in the Theatre, so proffessional. Karaoke was fun, went to the Art Auction and we went to the Bingo on the 2 days at sea. Was a bit worried about Keviiiiin (!), entertainment manager, when we first heard him over the tannoy but he warmed on us and when we finally met him at the Captains Question time he was our best buddy!!! We didn't use any of the ships excursions but when we got to Cozamel we walked off the ship, went to the taxi rank where there were many small tour vans offering trips around the island. We paid $150 for a 4 hour trip for 5 of us - first we went to the Tequila factory where we sampled many tequila's which were free - then on to the Mayan ruins. You had to pay to enter and if you wanted a guide this was extra but not expensive. Then we continued on our journery to the south of the island where we visited 2 lovely beach bars, the views were stunning. Our driver took us to the Coconut Beach Bar which was very different to what we were expecting but a lot of fun. Our driver was excellent. There were about 6 cruise ships in port on the day but we would not have known. Had a great time. Next day we were in Progreso - did not know what to expect. Just walk through the duty free shops and catch the free shuttle from the port to the town. It drops you off at the bus station. The free shuttle service were selling trips and we took a 45min tour around the town in a fun open sided musical bus.$9. Friendly tour guide who was so much fun and so enthusiastic. When we got back to the bus station we followed the signs for the Beach. What an amazing beach with pelicans flying along the waters edge. We spent the rest of the afternoon at a beach bar drinking Sol! These 2 mexican ports exceeded our expectations. You dont need to book the ships expensive excursions and we felt very safe. We never went to the main restaurants but prefered the more informal buffet, When we finally arrived back in port we booked the Airport Shuttle and this was very well organised and was very easy to exit ship. Had a great time and dont be put off by any negative reviews. Just people watch, go with the flow and enjoy and you will have a lot of fun. The americans were friendly, fun and made us very welcome. Only negative we had to wait sometimes for drinks at the bar - too many people drinking cocktails and at times not enough staff. Its our second Carnival Mini Cruise and would highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Just back from our short cruise on the Liberty. I am a Platinum with Carnival, have been cruising with them for years. The last past two years we did cruise with Royal Caribbean, on the Oasis and then the Harmony because we wanted to ... Read More
Just back from our short cruise on the Liberty. I am a Platinum with Carnival, have been cruising with them for years. The last past two years we did cruise with Royal Caribbean, on the Oasis and then the Harmony because we wanted to cruise on the BIG ships. Anyway...we are booked on the Mardi Gras on 01/02.21 already. Now why I am writing this. We were not pleased at all with this last cruise. The only thing clean was our cabin. People that also traveled with us were not as lucky as we were with their cabin. The food was really bad, service was terrible. We have never had any of this before. In the dining room it took forever for our food to come and when it did it was not hot at all. The portions have been reduced to nothing at all. I mean my vegetable was broccoli, I had "one" little piece not as big as my thumb on my plate! As I said the food was not good at all. What a change from before when I use to brag about Carnival to others and got them to go on their ships. No more lobster nights either ! ! ! The buffet on the lido deck was no better, food was not hot and was NOT good. The BBQ was burnt and tasteless. The bake beans ...YUCK! Now we have had Guy's BBQ on other cruises and it was the best. Not this cruise. Each time we got Pizza it was brunt too (black Crust), hardly any cheese and toppings. The wonderful shows that Carnival use to put on are no more. The games and the Fun all gone. I have talked to a few relatives and friend's since getting back and they agree with me. Carnival has changed and not for the better. Since we are booked on the Mardi Gras next year we will give Carnival one more chance. Hopefully they will wake up. This is no way to keep them coming back like we have been doing for years and we take at lest one cruise a year. If the Mardi Gras disappoints us like this last cruise we will forever go with other cruise lines and tell others about how Carnival has forgotten about the FUN, and Value that they were know for. Clean up your ships, bring back the FUN to your cruises and PLEASE go back to your out of this world Food that you use to have. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Went down for a long weekend visiting family and decided to extend our visit by booking a 4 night cruise on Carnival. Had a blast! Although we have cruised many times before, this is our third cruise on Carnival. From the time we arrived ... Read More
Went down for a long weekend visiting family and decided to extend our visit by booking a 4 night cruise on Carnival. Had a blast! Although we have cruised many times before, this is our third cruise on Carnival. From the time we arrived at the port, until the time we were sitting at a table nears Guys' was probably less than twenty minutes. Painless embarkation. Absolutely loved MarQ the CD. He was always a ball of energy! We enjoyed all of the food venues...especially Guy's Burgers. Pizza Pirate was ok but as a New Yorker, any pizza outside of the NY/NJ area leaves something to be desired. Wait staff in the dining rooms were attentive. We enjoyed the little shows every night. What I didn't like was that the maitre'd kept reminding us about filling out the survey that we would get at home and hoped his staff would receive 10's. We enjoyed the sea day brunch. We had an inside cabin on deck 1 which seemed roomier than the ones we have had on NCL. Excellent service from the stewards who always called us by name. We did not take any excursions and mostly hung out at the adult pool in the back of the ship. I was very impressed with the lifeguards who actually told parents that it was an adults only area and that their children weren't allowed in the pool or hot tubs. On other ships that has not been enforced. The shows were good. We especially liked the music trivia with MarQ in the lobby. Lots of fun! Disembarkation was not as efficient as embarkation but still not terrible. Went to the comedy club and wasn't impressed with the PG comedian. I understand that the over 18 show was better. I believe that I had seen the first comedian previously and didn't enjoy his show at that time either so I guess it is personal taste. Overall, we had a great time and I would cruise on the Liberty again! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
I booked this cruise because it went out of Baltimore and it was the best deal I could find. I had very low expectations, and just wanted to get away for a week with my family, see some new places, and not have to cook or clean. The ... Read More
I booked this cruise because it went out of Baltimore and it was the best deal I could find. I had very low expectations, and just wanted to get away for a week with my family, see some new places, and not have to cook or clean. The Carnival Pride surpassed my expectations in every way. The musicals at night were awesome. Our cabin was perfect. My kids had so much fun in the pool and doing the water slides over and over again. I had read reviews saying that the food on Carnival Pride was lukewarm and not good-- we ate mostly in the main dining room, and the food was wonderful and always hot. My husband did wish there had been a live dealer for poker in the casino. I had also read reviews saying that the passengers on the Pride are rude-- this was not our experience at all. Everyone was friendly and seemed to be having a great time. The other passengers did not act annoyed by our children, which I had been a bit concerned about as this is supposedly a "party boat." Many people stopped to talk to my kids and really seemed delighted by them. The ports were decent-- we swam and hung out at the beach in Princess Cays, and did a glass bottom boat Carnival excursion in Freeport. Those were both nice. We explored Nassau on foot and went to the Pirates Museum and the restaurant next to it for lunch. I enjoyed getting out of the cruise terminal area and walking to the museum-- we were able to talk with several local people who helped us with directions, and it was nice to interact with these kindhearted Bahamian souls. Nassau was my favorite port out of the three because it felt like we got to experience a bit of the true culture of the Bahamas. Ultimately, this cruise was so much fun and my whole family can't wait to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this cruise because we live in central Florida and prefer to drive to the port. Tampa is about 1.5 hour drive for us. We are early 60's and this time our daughter and granddaughter joined us for our 7 day Western itinerary. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in central Florida and prefer to drive to the port. Tampa is about 1.5 hour drive for us. We are early 60's and this time our daughter and granddaughter joined us for our 7 day Western itinerary. We arrived in Tampa around 11:30 and parked the car in one of many parking lots along the main road across from the pier. Pricing varies at these lots so do some research and check out Groupon to see if any are offering specials. We find the parking in Tampa to be cheaper than Port Canaveral. Our 1 week spot cost around $65.00 including the tip back and forth to the pier to the driver. We were dropped off at the entrance to the terminal checked our bags with the porter and rode up the escalator to start our check in process. What a pleasant surprise that literally their was zero wait we were through all the check points including the first photo opportunity and on the ship in about 15 minutes. The ramps and halls leading to the ship are not as long as other ports which is nice for those with luggage. We entered the legend right into the elevator bank and their were staff directing you to deck 9 for lunch. Our first meal was of course a Guys burger and fry's we did check out the offerings at the buffet and it appeared to have a good variety that would appeal to most. For those that have never tried a Guys burger its comparable to Five Guys or BurgerFi although I would say the Fries are better at Guys not to mention a large toppings bar that has enough topping choices to make your burger huge. This burger is on point and will not disappoint if you are a burger lover. Ship Layout: The ship is a mid size ship which we love as its less walking for us and easier to get around. The ship decor is renaissance and the coloring is muted. Each elevator bank has black with gold designs which was pretty but made the ship feel dark. The elevators have paintings that show male/females in little bits of clothing covering the areas that need to be covered however I would be prepared to explain to the little ones as at first my 10 year old granddaughters first reaction was to cover her eyes. The same holds true for the statues placed around the ship. The main lobby is small and surprising the shopping area was quite large for this size ship. Most shopping was on deck 2. The lido deck was divided into sections with sliding doors and had 2 pools and 2 giant hot tubs. The ship itself was in great shape considering its age and someone was always cleaning. Cabins: We had 2 inside rooms on deck 1 the rooms were of normal size with plenty of closet and storage space for 2 people. Our rooms were kept spotless by our room steward and he always remembered our names when we would cross paths throughout the week. I at first was concerned about being on Deck 1 but it was actually less rocky than it was mid ship/mid deck which is usually the sweet spot. No noise from deck 2 could be heard even though deck 2 is public areas. Food: This is our perspective on food and none of us are very adventurous so keep that in mind. Overall we found the Lido buffet to be excellent with good variety and was always hot the buffet set up kept lines and bottle jams to a minimum. Pizza was being made to order and was always piping hot and most mornings the omelette station had only a line of 1 or 2. tables were kept clean and plates removed as needed. We ate in the steak house 2 x and both times had delicious meals. Hubby tried the Wagwu beef and he did not care for it but that was his taste. We had anytime dining and found that it appeared that the wait staff had been reduced as their was times where we waiting a long time for something to appear and then everything would come at once. The dining room staff were working probably at their peak speeds but I think they were covering more tables with less teams. We had very pleasant servers but they also were working very hard. The main meals were so-so often served warm not hot. Dining room deserts had its ups and downs some lacked flavor even though they looked good in appearance. Ice cream is always a safe bet! Sea Day brunch was offered on both Sea Days. One critique which is small is that anchovy is blended into the caesar dressing so at times it has a "fishy" taste to it. Entertainment: Frankie is the cruise director on the Legend and he brought it on. He is full of energy and has a voice that is clear and consise. His announcements were not intrusive and he leads an entertainment team that has energy and really looked like they were having fun doing their job. The activities were the usual ship offerings of trivia, crafts, talks, shop specials, and music offerings. The main shows were Motor City, Studia VIP and Epic Rock. This group of Playlist singers and dancers were one of the best we have seen, they were in tune and all participated in solo's the lead male/females were both excellent. Clue and Hasbro Game show as well as Lip Sync Battle and Love & Marriage, Bingo and the Quest rounded out the main offerings. Music from most of the main bars were offered depending on your taste as well as electric violins in the lobby each night ( my favorite). Deck party's were the Mega Deck Party, 80s Rock & Glow as well as the traditional Sail Away. Punchliner Comedy Club was always packed for both PG and 18+ shows. The comedians were on point and had a good mix of topics that were relevant. Most were able too switch it up based on the crowd. The comedy club is located down on the 1st deck its a fairly large venue and some of the seats do not give you clear view of the comedian so I would plan on arriving a minimum of 30 minutes to ensure you get yourself a good seat. Ports of Call: our first stop was Grand Caymen, this is a tender port that went extremely smooth. We did 7 mile beach on our own by walking a few blocks up from the port and taking a city bus to Calico Jacks. This is a public beach however if you want a chair and umbrella the price was $20.00. They also had jet ski and snorkel equipment rentals right on the beach. The beach was clean and had soft sand with smooth entry to the water . Bus ride was $2.50 each way PP. Second stop was Isla Roatan, we port at Mahogany Bay which is a Carnival Corp built pier what we love here is their is a beach right here at the pier that is free!. The beach offers everything you can get at a private island beach to rent. We opted to get 2 loungers and a clam shell for shade closer to the water at a cost of $26.00 for the day. Free chairs are available but a bit farther from the water and no shade. You can either walk to this beach or you can take a Magical Flying Chair ride over which is picturesque and calming. Bar and Food service was available from the beach at costs. A great beach day and plenty of stores to shop in before returning to the ship. Belize: This is a tender port that also went extremely smooth however it is a longer ride back and forth ( about 15-20 minutes). We walked around the port and had some beverages at 1 of the pier restaurants. The port has some cute picture spots so be sure to check out the entire pier. Cozumel: We love this port and always try something new. This time we decided to try out an all day resort for a day pass at the El Cid. This resort is walkable from the port! They offer 2 choices an all inclusive with drinks and buffet for $65.00 or for $23.00 not including food and beverage but they give you back a credit of $13.00 PP to use towards drink and food. This resort was super clean and had a nice size swimming pool and 2 sandy areas the sand area to the far left had a "beach" entry to the water although it was a rocky entry and had a shallow pool with some hammocks in the water that were interesting. Those that snorkeled here said they did see many fish. We had a great time at El Cid and would recommend it especially for the price. Casino: We both love the casino and although it was a bit small it was never over crowded and you could find something to play. They held 2 events during the week one was a Fireball raffle and then a hot seat promo as well as a slot and blackjack tournament. The staff was friendly and the bar staff was easy to get drinks from. For those that don't smoke you may find it to be smoky and unfortunately you had to walk through to get around the ship their was no way to avoid unless you went down or up and over Overall we had a great time on the Legend and would definitely not hesitate to choose her again. PS: For those that want to know the Diamond/Platinum gift were luggage tags and the party invitation did say plus guest. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
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