We left NYC on 9/11/12. It was a nice touch that the crew acknowledged the date as we sailed by the World Trade Center site.
I did notice that there have been a great deal of cutbacks regarding food (salad bar was very basic service, less selections at the buffet, main dining room service was awesome, however, drink service in the theatre seemed to take too long. We frequented the comedy club which was good but several shows were standing room only. The Serenity deck was always occupied and the usual shenanigans of people hogging chairs was evident. Not once did we see staff even attempt to remove towels (as posted)when someone was gone for more than 45 mins.. Hot tubs were "hot" enough unlike our previous cruise on the Glory. We had to ask for robes in our staterooms. I like that the ice cream/yogurt station is tucked away now. Tea time was fun.
Cruise critic meet and greet appeared on the schedule but no one showed from carnival and no bar service was available at our meeting place. Shows were great.
We chose the unassisted option on debarkation (no luggage left outside our room) and there was quite a delay getting us off the ship. Seems like everyone chose that option. Cabin steward very attentive. Brought a corkscrew immediately when we requested one. This was the first cruise I was able to go to the gym and actually use the equipment.
A sailaway party would have been nice but it hasn't been done on the last 2 cruises we took. Staff was great particularly Leonardo, our waiter and his staff, Corey the cruise director. Danielle (one of the hostesses /cruise directors team) was particularly helpful and gracious. Also Maddie who sang with the band was wonderful.
The show band was great. We really enjoyed them. The gentleman who played guitar in the atrium lounge was disappointing as he didn't sing. One other performer who played guitar did sing and he was good. The piano bar always seems disappointing to me but perhaps it just isn't what I expect.
Great time overall. I'd definitely cruise again with Carnival.
Took the hobie cat out and did some snorkeling. Lunch was fine. Good time!
Obstructed view exactly what were expecting. Roomy enough in the cabin with ample storage space. Carpet stains here and there and mattress was "adequate" but not really comfortable. We were very satisfied witht he accomodations.
We found the port very convenient (the cruise pier was awesome) but busy.
Also since we wanted to "walk" the city we got away from the crowd, but did find the neighborhood heading up to Fort Fincastle a little rough. Wanted to snorkel when we returned after lunch. The Ferry rep in the terminal blatantly lied and said that snorkeling would be possible on Paradise Island. We ended up sitting on a very crowded boat (with NO life jackets) for over 45 mins while they hawked at the crowd in an attempt to fill the boat.
Once arrived at Paradise island we were misdirected to "Cabbage Beach" at every turn. We did eventually find it but no snorkeling there. Felt a little duped. Also the locals were selling everything from beads to water.
After we left a nice lady stopped us on the street and told us "everyone" gets a bracelet on the island (oh really, for a price they do). We gave her a few bucks to extricate ourselves from the situation.
Once back in Nassau we did walk around, do some shopping and had a good time. Still our trip was a bit disappointing due to all of the above "shenanigans".
Tendering was a bit rough (but nothing compared to Nassau) as we were all squished into a boat and shuttled to the island. Rented a Catamaran and it was very enjoyable. Did a little snorkeling. Lunch was great!
A nice trip kayaking. Only one glitch, the crew forgot water. They quickly got an igloo jug with some cups and apologized profusely to us. Nice trip (a little slow moving but we are experienced kayakers). Good value as well.View All 26 Kayaking Reviews