Carnival Long Beach to Santiago Chile leg 1. I just read the first review on this cruise, and was wondering if i was on the same ship. we found the cruise, with the exception of the embarkation disaster, extremely pleasant. when one cruises with Carnival , you have to expect something less than perfect. after all "you get what you pay for".
Embarkation: what a disaster. we have to agree with the previous reviewer. it really was quite stupid on carnivals part. no matter what they did after it, they still probably lost a good percentage of repeat business. As any marketing person knows, you don't make the client angry in the beginning. And no comp of any kind. Unbelievable.
Cabin: Really quite pleasant. Clean, bright and roomy. Downside is only one 110 plug in the whole cabin. we had read about this before and brought a multi-plug extension cord which solved the problem.
Dining: We found the Black Pearl anytime dining to be quite exceptional. we rarely waited for a table. we found an great waiter team and stayed at his table for the duration of the cruise. we have found that some waiters better than others. when we found poor service, we tried another area until we found one that was good. we never had to wait for our entrees, and were always greeted with smiles. Food was fine. If we did not like it, we sent it back and tried something else.
the Lido buffet was ok. we only went there for breakfast. we found going there just before they closed eliminated the the crowd problem. The best food we found was at the deli and the pizza counter. food was good with very little wait time.
Staff: We found most of them very attentive and friendly. Especially the room service people.
Entertainment: It was poor to excellent. the guy called the Mentalist was really great. I still don't know how he did it. Th main shows singers were OK, but the dancers were real professional.
We got off in Santiago, to fly over to Buenos Aires for a week of Tango and eating. Buenos Aires is such a sweet city. We will be picking up the Splendor for the final leg to NYC.
So, did we enjoy ourselves? yes we did. Except for the embarkation fiasco, it was what a carnival cruise usually is. A low priced, low end cruise. As i said before, you get what you pay for!!!!!
As to the other bad review, i can agree with some of the gripes, but not with the others. it was not a bad cruise in totality. Just one with good and bad. Like life is.
Nice room. quiet, good location near main elevators, lots of storage space, roomy bathroom, comfortable beds, great room steward.