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The only 3 Day available in my area. But we were very happy for the service and address of NoNo, who is an excellent director, demonstrates a lot of love for what she does and her joy and affection is for everyone, from children to the ... Read More
The only 3 Day available in my area. But we were very happy for the service and address of NoNo, who is an excellent director, demonstrates a lot of love for what she does and her joy and affection is for everyone, from children to the elderly. It really is very positive that they have people like her in the Carnival family. In addition, all the staff made us feel part of them and at all times were willing to help us. We are very pleased to have had this experience that will certainly not be the last. Thank you for everything you made us feel and for the energy and joy of your director NoNo. We love her. The attention of my dining room team was excellent: THW- Marcos, Jeffrey Jimenez. TW- Jele, Siphilisiwe, ATW- Chua, Hazel Ong. Something we don't like is the child care schedule that on their first day they only have to register them and very late for what is a day that children cannot enjoy that service they should think of a better schedule and that neither they offer children meals or snacks while they play. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Getting on the ship and off the ship was simple in and of itself, but getting TO the ship was another story. We had purchased a package that included transfers from the airport to Port Canaveral, however, our flights were delayed and ... Read More
Getting on the ship and off the ship was simple in and of itself, but getting TO the ship was another story. We had purchased a package that included transfers from the airport to Port Canaveral, however, our flights were delayed and changed a few times, getting us to Orlando quite a bit later than we were originally scheduled. When I tried to call NCL from Chicago to confirm that we would still be able to get the transfers, no one was able to assist me and I wound up being on hold for almost the entire time (40 minutes or so) that we were in O'Hare airport, never actually receiving any assistance, but just being on hold before the first person who didn't help me and again before a second person didn't help me. Once we arrived in Orlando, thankfully we were still able to get our transfer, even though it was after the time listed that the transfers would be running. We were not given enough information once we got on the ship to be able to enjoy this cruise as I'm accustomed to doing. We were never given an accurate shipboard layout to know where things were and the signage on the ship doesn't help. There are signs displaying what places are on what decks, but not *where* on the deck and since you have to walk through multiple spaces to get to other spaces, we were consistently confused. Hallways would be nice. I had purchased unlimited internet, but was never given instructions as to how to use it until I hunted someone down for the information. Since I had purchased it prior to embarkation, I thought that info would have been included in the packet in our state room along with the non-existent ship layout to help us get around. Additionally, I feel that the value of the "unlimited" Wifi is actually nil, since it was nearly impossible to get anything on the internet to actually WORK while on the ship. The bar staff at the pool and above the pool were never friendly and many times rude. We enjoyed the Champagne bar and the one with the Starbucks attached, along with the staff working at them, but those were really the only two places we felt welcomed. I've not been on such a small ship for a cruise before, so I was not expecting to feel the ship in motion every time it was in motion. I've never been motion sick before, not on big ships, nor speed boats in the Gulf or on lakes, but got sick on this ship on the 3rd day. I didn't realize that we wouldn't be assigned a table and time for dinner, as had been the case on my two previous cruises, so I was a bit disappointed by that. I missed meeting others and chatting over dinner and having a team of wait staff that would come to know us and be super attentive at dinner. We ate in the no cost standard restaurants twice. The first time it was OK. The second time, the restaurant was not all that busy, but we barely saw our waiter and the food was sub-par. I actually had a baked potato that had been held too long and was hard and barely warm. The Sun seems extremely outdated for 2019. We had a shore day canceled, which I do not hold against NCL, as they obviously have no control over the weather, however, this ship seems woefully unprepared for days at sea. There is so little in the way of things to do that everyone was at the pool, many getting excessively sloppy-drunk, which made for not the best day on top of having missed out on our planned excursion. Had there been more places on the ship to do things, or even more than one pool area, that may have at least helped a bit. Our room steward was great. Always friendly and helpful. Had someone mentioned that there were USB ports on the lights by the bed (always hidden by pillows during the day) before we accidentally discovered them, that would have been super nice, since there are only two electrical outlets in the stateroom. The massage therapists in the Spa were nice, though that was also priced in the ridiculous range. Also, it seems deceptive that you don’t state that VAT and an additional gratuity amount will be included on the price list. Or, if you do, it isn’t clearly stated where most will see it and be aware that the $159 massage (already overly pricey) will actually end up costing $207. The photos are also priced ridiculously. We wanted to get smaller prints of a couple of the pictures because they were fairly good photos, but didn't because paying $25 for a single 4x6 inch photo is ludicrous. This was my first cruise with Norwegian and will very likely be my last. I didn't find anything about the boat to be impressive and many things were quite lacking. I would not recommend to anyone Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise for the price. The ship was very clean and refurbish. I loved the linen because they are taking care of the ocean. The food area was small and very clean, small plates and different options. You can even dine out. I ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the price. The ship was very clean and refurbish. I loved the linen because they are taking care of the ocean. The food area was small and very clean, small plates and different options. You can even dine out. I did not like the they were not visible signs directing how to get from one place to the other. We went across the dinning pool area to get to the pool and it got crowded. I enjoyed that many activities were going on, that way we had options to choose. The store were small and not well assorted. The Fun director Luz was not the right person for the job. She was missing that charisma for the position. In the dinning room the staff was not as efficient because you had less staff. You also need more water stations, so people can keep hydrated. They were hard to find. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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My daughter 4th Birthday and she wanted to go on cruise. So I surprised her and we had a blast. It was both my sisters first time cruising and they loved it. The experience was wonderful. Staff was great. They weather held up even thought ... Read More
My daughter 4th Birthday and she wanted to go on cruise. So I surprised her and we had a blast. It was both my sisters first time cruising and they loved it. The experience was wonderful. Staff was great. They weather held up even thought we wasn’t able to go to Great Stir due to the storm. They did give us a little credit for the Inconvenience. The Bahamas was great but I wish we could have been their longer. Over all I would defiantly come back and try another ship to have that experience. The crew snags for my daughter and sister birthday and they loved it. I was happy that they made sure everyone coming in the dinning area or buffet used their hand sanitizer that a assigned staff member sprayed in your hands before entering. Get the germs away. Drinks was very delicious. Until next time toodles. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
From booking (confusing and expensive add-one), communicating (no replies when I sent my 3 or 4 email questions), mediocre food (nothing exciting or delicious and desserts were gross), long lines for drinks, insane cost of internet, ... Read More
From booking (confusing and expensive add-one), communicating (no replies when I sent my 3 or 4 email questions), mediocre food (nothing exciting or delicious and desserts were gross), long lines for drinks, insane cost of internet, overcrowding (constant chaos) , small pool with terrible TECHNO music the entire time except for occasional 45 min Jamaican band) missing our main island and doing circles all day because the captain didn't want to take us anywhere else! Same cruise ship a week prior rerouted to COZUMEL -but not us!! Bathroom toilets overflowed the first half-hour. My cabin phone was broken. Casino was disgusting and smokers everywhere. Observation area bar should have had the live music because it is a large wasted area for karoake. We couldnt understand the announcements because of the thick accents of the cruise director. Missing the main stop should have warranted a credit back to our expense. Terrible experience. WE WILL NEVER go again. Our "romantic" 10th anniversary was ruined! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Lets start out by saying that we know the free at sea air program is new but.... it needs a serious overhaul. They had us going from el paso to seattle then to orlando the way there. 6pm -6am . Shuttle from the airport doesn't arrive ... Read More
Lets start out by saying that we know the free at sea air program is new but.... it needs a serious overhaul. They had us going from el paso to seattle then to orlando the way there. 6pm -6am . Shuttle from the airport doesn't arrive until 9 and doesnt leave until 11. No food allowance for the 12+ hours of sleepless travel and we couldn't change anything so we stuck it out. The embarkation process was the best thing. Private escort so we didnt have to wait in line, VIP lounge with snacks and refreshments expedited check in. Amazing. But they lost a couple items from the drop off to our rooms, nothing to bad but rather a small annoyance ( among many) The view from the balcony was one of the highlights of our trip. Although it is unusable for the majority of the trip. It's super windy when the boat is moving and the hot tub takes for ever and a day to fill and was way to hot even for a hot tub. complimentary bottle of champagne, everyday snacks delivered was one thing the was amazing to have but there were days when the snacks weren't allergy friendly so the entire room couldn't enjoy them. The buttler francis was amazing but the concierge rubbed us very wrong from the beginning pushing expensive villas we repeatedly said we didnt want was one of the first. The room attendant was great and very attentive to our room but had complaints from others on our floor. They stopped doing towel animals which was sad but our butler did them for us. It was a hit or miss for enjoying our balcony because spinnackers bar was directly over us and a nice quiet still night turned into an obnoxious frat party real quick almost every night. The suite is in the front of the ship and all the dining options are in the back so you had to walk but it wasn't a very big ship for it to be a problem. My main complaint/concern is that we didnt know what duties and amenities were available to us from the staff. Feeling like we didn't utilize all the perks of our room was a little disappointing. Dining was great. Cagney's had complimentary breakfast and lunch for VIPs so it was a nice place to go to have a quiet meal. Portions are perfect. Enough for you to taste the food and go through all the courses. I never felt like I couldn't make make it to desert. Con: the staff is so fast at cleaning and clearing the table that I often found that I had to reorder a course because I blinked and it dissapeared. The food wasn't exotic. It was delicious and always had a variety but there wasn't something on the menu every night that I have never had before which was a little disappointing. Entertainment was great from the comedians dancers bands and performances. Glow party was a hot mess. There were couples and trios that got way too drunk and way too inappropriate. Not sure if was a rave or a public orgie. Layout got a bit confusing because the aft had only entrances so in order to travel to ANYWHERE else on the ship you had to go a couple floors up or down then towards the front. Once you hit the aft elevators you couldn't get out of the dining area. Elevators were tiny and only fit like 4 adults before you were ontop of another person. Spa was nice but the lady who did my massage insulted my post pregnancy belly and made me cry on two separate occasions by asking way to personal questions and didnt stop. Hurricane humberto was the reason why we couldn't go to great stirrup cay which was understandable and not to upsetting and many passengers expressed how unhappy they were with the decision to take a sea day instead of spending two days at a port or rerouting us to another one. Myself included. Each person was given a 20$ credit for the inconvenience. Overall it was nice but I dont think I'll be splurging on anything over a small balcony for future cruises with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I was aboard the Norwegian Sun for a work trip my company paid for. This was intended to be a treat for our team, but ended up being anything but. If anything, we've bonded over our mutual hate for Norwegian. First of all, and I ... Read More
I was aboard the Norwegian Sun for a work trip my company paid for. This was intended to be a treat for our team, but ended up being anything but. If anything, we've bonded over our mutual hate for Norwegian. First of all, and I can't overstate this enough, the food is extremely bad. This is important to state up front, because eating is virtually the only thing to do while you're onboard. The food served on the Norwegian Sun makes Applebees look gourmet. You will dream longfully for the reheated frozen food from TGI Fridays. The Orlando Airport food court will appear to be a culinary Valhalla after your time spent on the Norwegian Sun. Second, this extremely bad food is served by staff that simply don't care. You will sit down for dinner and wait 15 minutes to be greeted by your waiter. Each subsequent visit from your waiter will take 10-20 minutes. Your beverages and food will all arrive at room temperature. Your ability to even speak to your waiter will be blunted by the fact that he speaks under his breath and walks away as soon as he can. Finally, in case you were able to enjoy the cruise for other reasons, it will assuredly be spoiled by the captain's desire to catch air on the waves of the high sea. Multiple nights of my trip were completely sleepless as the captain pushed through intense weather, creating incredible turbulence onboard. The ship violently bobbed up and down for hours on end throughout the night. Many people I know were intensely seasick throughout the cruise because of this completely careless navigation. This is how your vacation tortures you. My work effectively made this trip free for me and I still hated it. I undoubtedly will never board another Norwegian ship for the rest of my life. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
You have to keep in mind that this is a smaller, dated ship. Your expectations should be equal. I only had one bad experience with LeBistro and would not recommend it. The service on this ship is top notch from one end of the ship ... Read More
You have to keep in mind that this is a smaller, dated ship. Your expectations should be equal. I only had one bad experience with LeBistro and would not recommend it. The service on this ship is top notch from one end of the ship to another. I truly felt like I was part of the Norweigan family. This is a smaller ship and the entertainment quality is not like big ships, but still pleasing. The amount of activity is enough to keep you entertained. There are plenty of games and chances for you to meet and intermingle with others. There is an average amount of shopping onboard. The photos are kept in books, which I enjoy that privacy as opposed to out in the open for all to view. There is a good amount of bars and a good selection of dining choices. The bar staff will keep you entertained. I would have liked to have seen a bigger selections of televisions only because it is football season, but they were strategically placed and I understand why. The atrium is very small and I believe during their refurbishment they should have put more emphasis on this. I believe that they could work with what they have and add more entertainment in that area. I like the fact that there were “get togethers and meets” for different groups. Embarking was confusing. There should be more announcements, more staff, and better visual signage for those who have had a long night or have difficulty with direction. Overall, excellent value for the money, fun time, and enjoyable memories. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Myself and 3 friends traveled on the Norwegian Sun on a 4 night Bahamas cruise for our annual girls' trip. We were incredibly disappointed. The food was between poor and mediocre, many of the staff seemed bothered, or downright rude, ... Read More
Myself and 3 friends traveled on the Norwegian Sun on a 4 night Bahamas cruise for our annual girls' trip. We were incredibly disappointed. The food was between poor and mediocre, many of the staff seemed bothered, or downright rude, and the public restrooms were disgusting. There was water (or it may have been urine) on the floor of many of the bathrooms. Not pleasant, especially when dressed up nice. Though we did not bring any young children, I would have been really mad if I did. The kids pool is a joke, It is so small, almost like an afterthought. We had a balcony on the 10th floor, and it was a pretty standard cabin as far as cruise ships go. We did not go to any of the shows, or do any excursions, so I can;t comment on them. I have been on approximately 12 cruises, mostly Royal Caribbean, and a Disney. This was by far the worst, and not worth what you get, That being said, we had an amazing time spending time together, and had a blast hanging out with other guests, as almost everyone was there to have a good time and were friendly. The Champagne bar is the place to go if you need a drink. The bartenders Mario and Ryan were friendly and quick. The drink package is also a great thing, Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We will not cruise the Norwegian sun again. We never saw our room steward the whole trip. All he/she did was bring fresh towels daily and make or turn down bed. We encountered several rude bartenders and staff. The food was ok nothing ... Read More
We will not cruise the Norwegian sun again. We never saw our room steward the whole trip. All he/she did was bring fresh towels daily and make or turn down bed. We encountered several rude bartenders and staff. The food was ok nothing special had almost same menu on buffet every breakfast and every dinner. The shows/ entertainment wasn’t fit to watch a lot of singing and dancing to music I wasn’t familiar with. Two small swimming pools beside each other packed full. Didn’t carry us to great stirrup cay because of a storm. But only refunded 22 dollars a person. Of corse that was the port we were wanting to go to the most. Not a very good cruise at all. But enjoyed greatly being with family I also was expecting to see a few towel animals. But the sun had none. We will go back to carnival next time Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise because it fit a tight schedule perfectly. We "Lyfted" from the airport for less than $20 when Norwegian wanted over $60 for 2 people. Once we arrived at the port boarding was amazingly simple, we just zoomed ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit a tight schedule perfectly. We "Lyfted" from the airport for less than $20 when Norwegian wanted over $60 for 2 people. Once we arrived at the port boarding was amazingly simple, we just zoomed right in. We were allowed to go to our cabin at 14:00 and our bags were right there when we got off the elevator on our deck. We had one minor problem with a light in the restroom of our cabin but we called guest services and an engineer knocked on the door in five minutes. We left for dinner and when we returned the problem was solved. Very efficient. The ship was very nice and staff was very gracious. The food was awesome and the entertainment great. We enjoyed the entire ship more than we really intended because we didn't get to go to two of the four ports of call. Granted, it was hurricane season and we knew before we sailed Freeport had too much damage, but we were really looking forward to the Great Stirrup Cay port since it is owned by Norwegian. But, with the looming tropical storm building, it was determined to be too dangerous to travel in that direction. Our less than stellar review has nothing to do with the ship but we question whether we made the proper choice to sail at this time of year... Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Note: Hurricane Dorian had just gone through a week beforehand so I am not going to base any of my review on the Nassau Port beach areas or initial expectation of beach enjoyment rather, I will focus my review on the Navigator, Nassau, ... Read More
Note: Hurricane Dorian had just gone through a week beforehand so I am not going to base any of my review on the Nassau Port beach areas or initial expectation of beach enjoyment rather, I will focus my review on the Navigator, Nassau, & Coco Cay's activities and amenities. We had booked beach/ocean excursions but canceled after the hurricane knowing that the water would be full of debris and not clear. It's a good thing or we would have wasted a lot of money. Myself & 18 Year Old Daughter Ocean View Room - Deck 2 Budget Trip to Enjoy the Ship & Ports - No extra packages etc. We literally wanted to sit by the pool and on the beach. First, the Cons: Ship: The ship is showing signs of wear and tear, seats in certain venues are worn and look rough. Cushions on the deck in the Solarium are stained and as the fabric is a solid, light color, it has a particularly "nasty" vibe on the cushioned couple's lounges...if you know what I mean. (Hey Designers....the cushions would be better off with a printed fabric.) The Solarium pool is a little worn and the fountains never worked while we were there. On cruise days, there just wasn't enough shaded seating as an option on the decks and if you didn't get there early, there wasn't enough seating around the pools, period. We spent a lot of time looking for pool seating then heading indoors so as not to get burned until people would disperse for activities. Seriously, there was NO music at the Solarium, no steel drums, no dj, nothing...just this weird dead air silence or chatter from the people laying about. We could hear music from the other pool but if you didn't want to share the pool with kids, you didn't get the fun entertainment or music at all. There wasn't enough music on board in my opinion. Cabin: Let me say, I was hesitant about our cabin location but I LOVED it. This was a budget trip but I can't do rooms without natural light so I spent more on the OceanView but didn't choose our room. Our steward was super nice and kept our space very nice but you could tell that she was just "done & over" the whole thing. We made sure to leave her a nice tip and try to keep our space clean. I felt that we may have been in her way a lot. As for the room, we had 2 twins set up and everything in our cabin was perfect except, 1. there was mold growing between the glass and wall in the shower behind the seal, not a place that can be cleaned. (poor design) 2. The decor and linens are starting to look worn and there are a lot of stains on the whites. 3. Our window stayed pretty dirty which hindered our view.....we couldn't tell if it was between the glass or outside but it's probably because it was so low to the water. Food: Windjammer had too much repetition, especially at breakfast and lunch. The food seemed to be geared toward the kid's palate, not adults as much. This is probably a good way to get cruisers to try the elevated dining but be prepared for that if you plan on traveling on a budget. The "American" food choices were a bit bland while the "International" foods were sometimes oversalted, especially the meat at the taco bar by the pool.....add rice and beans to subdue that. Also, if you like chocolate, you are going to really be searching the ship, there wasn't a lot. If you don't drink a lot of alcohol or sodas, buying a drink package is pointless but be prepared to have little to no selection for beverages. On day one, the Windjammer had coffee, hot tea, water, ice tea, lemonade, and oj, after day one, I only saw coffee, hot tea, water and apple juice (watered down)....you had to really hunt down water as the dispensers were often empty. It's difficult to refill water bottles at the dispensers but quick tip, if you go to the soda dispensers, they also have water and you can fit a water bottle under the spout. The hot tea selection is pretty decent so if you can find ice (good luck) you can make a decent ice tea....bring your own reusable bottle/cup or you will struggle to stay hydrated. Entertainment: Again, more music on the Solarium deck please! Also, throughout the ship, there needs to be more music during the daytime. The rest of this con is personal preference as entertainment is so subjective. Much of the Promenade entertainment felt very "middle school pep rally" except the live bands across from the Cafe Promenade...they were awesome even though you had to stand in the walkways to watch. The library needs to be repurposed; I was told that a lot of the books get thrown out when there is a shipboard virus or people walk off with them so it was really a sad sight to see almost empty shelves. This would be a good space to display more art, have a coffee house vibe, or even just some sort of interactive space. If you are a solo traveler or have a travel companion that is introverted, plan on a lot of people watching as most activities on board are hard to enjoy solo. Nassau - Since we canceled our water activities, we decided to explore Nassau by foot and have lunch at Senor Frogs (go see Michael, he's great). We explored the Straw Market and walked around the town a bit. There is a LOT of aggressive souvenir selling, most of which are repeated items, look for local artisans that are sitting and making and buy from them then just say no thank you when you are finished. On the walking paths, a lot of "high end" shops with "callers" from all sides. If you are traveling with small children or those who have sensory sensitivities, this can be overwhelming and scary. We decided after several hours of being called after ("Mami, can I be your son-in-law!" was constant) it was time to go back and just enjoy some quiet pool time. Ok, Now the Pros - If you are traveling with kids, this is the ship for you!!! Ship: The waterslides, flowrider, rockwall (early before it gets hot), courts, putt putt golf, pools, WATERSLIDES, game rooms, ice skating rink (bring long pants and socks), laser tag, splash parks, teen rooms, WATERSLIDES are AMAZING!! Did I mention the waterslides???? I'm almost 50 and I LOVED them, totally went on them more than you can imagine. If you are are traveling with kids, you are going to have fun. You can even sit in the pool and watch family friendly movies after dinner. The side balconies on the 4th deck and deck 3 are the best places to hang out when the ship arrives and leaves the docks....it's just beautiful and gives that windy "I'm king of the world" feel. If you don't mind being in full sun, there are a lot of upper deck areas to enjoy the view the ride. However, if you need to be indoors because you fry crispy in 10 minutes, head to the Cosmopolitan during the day, it's practically always empty and has a gorgeous view from the top with wrap around windows. You can take your drink up there, a journal, book, sketch pad and have hours of uninterrupted solitude with a great view. Food: If you aren't eating at the Select Restaurants on board but are tired of the Windjammer, make sure you go to the dining room! Their food is top notch and if you get Rob & Felix as your servers, you are going to be pampered. Don't feel bad if you want to order 2 desserts or appetizers, it's totally worth it. Do it! Never leave the dining room without experiencing the creme brulee....if you don't get it, you have missed out. I've decided that anytime the dining room is open when I am on a cruise, I will be there. It saved the food experience for our trip. The taco bar by the main pool is a tasty alternative to the lunch in the Windjammer but their meat tends to be on the salty side so make sure that you get a little extra beans or rice to cut that and some lime and you will be happy! Entertainment: If you are planning a cruise and you love art, add an art budget to your allowance....oh my word, the art auction by Park West was the absolute best fun. I didn't have it in my budget but I left with 6 authenticated, signed art prints in hand and I'm waiting on my Anatole Krasnyansky print to arrive. I just kept entering raffles and participating in the art games and I'm stoked that I came home with so much artwork. I have a few that I like and I've got gifts for Christmas! Look for the piano man in the elevators, that's a lot of fun. Go to the shows....some are hokey but Showgirls was great! We saw their last performance but I'm sure it will be replaced by something else equally great. I enjoyed the Latin dancing and music on board BUT would have loved to have someone to dance with...they need to add professional dancers (like in Dirty Dancing) to dance with solo cruisers because otherwise we have to sit and watch. :( Go to the late night dance parties if you like pulsating dance club vibes on a low key level. I noted that there were a lot of in-bar activities during the day; game show type games, karaoke, bingo, wine/martini/whiskey tastings, and most were geared towards couples. Coco Cay - IF YOU HAVE KIDS>>>>>>>WOWZA! The splash park, waterslides, pools, etc are amazing, you will have a blast. It's a waterpark on an island. Plan on spending the whole day the same way that you do at a waterpark....bring your sunscreen and just let the kids RUN. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Chose this cruise based on itinerary to Key West and timing available, happened to be peak of hurricane season. Norwegian cancelled Freeport prior to cruise due to devastation, was planned to be a sea day which was fine, but no refund of ... Read More
Chose this cruise based on itinerary to Key West and timing available, happened to be peak of hurricane season. Norwegian cancelled Freeport prior to cruise due to devastation, was planned to be a sea day which was fine, but no refund of port fees. Due to worries about Hurricane Humberto, Stirrup cay was cancelled as well, with another sea day, with a $4 credit per person, not sure what that was about. Balcony room--Super tight on space, smaller than any other ship I've on(6-7?). Cabin would be fine for 2 guests, but 3 adults is not comfortable due to storage space. Basically kept clothes that would go in a drawer in the suitcase, could only be accessed when the sofabed is stowed. Shower is about the size of an RV, smaller than experienced previously. reserved room for 3 people, only received towels for two, but quickly corrected. Buffets were ok, but expected meals to be kind of themed for locations visited, didn't really see that, seemed to be decent variety, but rather plain. The Local has Pub-type food, wanted to try the fish and chips but serving hours were only 9pm to 5am, too late for me...would have loved to have lunch there once, but not an option. Main dining rooms were good, liked the crossings better, tried each meal in each place. Small thing, but on two separate occasions, we had two salts and no peppers, and not enough settings for our party of three, just seemed like training in progress and not polished, but attendants quickly remedied all issues. Awesome high quality sushi/rolls in the Pinnacle, used one of the free dinings there, and the other at Cagneys--Surf and Turf is a popular selection, and 8 oz Filet was perfect...Lobster was a bit overcooked, and doing it again, I would pick all meat instead. Was worried about the cabin directly under the fitness center, we could hear the treadmill pounding on the ceiling during the day, but luckily not too many people there in the wee hours. plenty of equipment in the gym. Sauna is inside the spa, but is free to access if you check in with the staff. Not a big fan of singing/dancing type entertainment, but the comedian was quite good. Service at front desk was great, we were able to split the drink package and dining package between different people. In booking, it was only possible to give all freebies to Guest 1 and Guest 2, so we asked at teh desk and they switched it...not sure if that is normal, but worked out great for the wife who isn't a drinker and we were able to dine at the fancy places together. Lots of younger people on the ship, and the free flowing alcohol on multiple sea days led to some unexpected "entertainment" factor at the pool/hot tubs (which were not hot). A new addition was a lifeguard whose job it is to keep people from holding their drinks at the pool/hot tub. Can have them on the outside edge of the edge, but not within the confines. Overall a good cruise, but small room, food variety and non-creative itinerary changes were detractors. Don't think I would choose this ship again, and will definitely be checking the square footage before booking next time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Carnival review First I would like to say that the staff on this ship was excellent! Unfortunately the overall cruise left us rather disappointed. I knew going in this was going to be a budget get away but I expected more from Carnival. ... Read More
Carnival review First I would like to say that the staff on this ship was excellent! Unfortunately the overall cruise left us rather disappointed. I knew going in this was going to be a budget get away but I expected more from Carnival. It is obvious they cut corners to cut cost on this older ship. Now for the details: Jacksonville Port: 5/5 stars. We paid for parking at the cruise terminal and parking was right there in front of the ship. Since we had Faster to the Fun we walked right in, checked in, had our bags scanned, and were on the boat without any wait at all. Our car was safe for the week and we were able to disembark, walk out to the car, load up, and drive away within minutes of getting off the boat. No need for taxi or shuttle. Ship: 2/5 Stars. The Carnival Ecstasy is an old ship. Overall it is still in good condition but it does show its age. There was a smell of sewage or trash on occasion in different areas of the ship. I do not think it was lack of cleanliness, as the staff was very attentive to keeping things clean, but more due to a lack of ventilation on this old ship. This layout of the public areas is choppy and makes for crowded events. The pool is way to small the hot tubs are tiny. The one club with a dance floor was extremely small. The Buffet is small. The putt putt golf course is unusable space due to wind. Overall its just a poor design that lacked functionality for a cruise ship. Cabin: 3/5 stars. Cabin M262 Ocean View (6b) was a good size. The window was nice to have. On Port days we could feel a good bit of engine vibration as the ship positioned itself and the tie ropes were pulled out. However since we were already waking up for the day this was not that disruptive. Our room steward was excellent. I did notice some stains on the linens and the pool towels looked old. The room needs more draw space and at least 2 power outlets. The TV worked fine though it was small. The first night it was kind of warm but apparently they fixed something because our room stayed nice and cool after that. Food and Dining: 1/5 stars. The food was very lackluster and basic. Breakfast buffet was equal to a basic hotel breakfast. It was exactly the same every day. On 2 occasions my husband got spoiled milk! The lunch and dinner buffet was not better. It was small, had very few options, and the desserts were not good. There was a serious lack of vegetable options at all dining venues. If you are hungry later at night your options are soft serve ice-cream that melted faster than it could dispense into a bowl or pizza from the 24 hour pizza counter (which we never tried). The dessert selection was mediocre at best. I found some chocolate chip cookies a couple times that were pretty good and resorted to taking about a dozen back to our room to have as a snack after the evening comedy show ended. The main dining room food was good but not "great", for example the steak was flavorless. The staff at the main dining room was great though sometimes they took a little too long to bring dessert menus or refill our water glasses. There were a few things that were good but overall Carnival needs to up their game on this cruise’s menu. Entertainment and Activities: 2.5/5 stars. Before 7pm it was total boredom unless you wanted to hang out at the pool which was way too small and over crowded, play bingo, or gamble in the casino. After 7pm the entertainment was pretty good. The evening stage shows were excellent. The Comedy guys were pretty good. One guy was better than the other one but both made us laugh. Beyond the stage shows and the comedians there was a piano bar /sing along which was cool until overly drunk people came in and were so loud and obnoxious you couldn’t enjoy it anymore. There was a violin duo which was very good but there wasn’t much room to sit and listen or dance while they played. There was a band at another bar area that was great but it was right in the main walk through so you couldn’t dance there either. There wasn’t really anywhere to go to dance other than the one “nightclub” room that was small and had a DJ that played music based on a theme (80’s, 90’s, Motown etc) for about an hour. Service: 5/5 Stars. The staff and crew are all very hard working and attentive to the guests. Only one staff was somewhat rude. My husband stopped a buffet staff member to tell him about the spoiled milk and his response was “get another one” and he walked away. Later we let the head staff member know about the milk and he seemed aware there was a problem. Ports and Shore Excursions 2.5/5 stars: We went to Half Moon Cay which was beautiful but lacked activities in my opinion. We did not try to eat at the cook out on the island and went back to the ship for lunch. In Nassau we just walked around close to the port since we stopped here right after a major hurricane and there was a huge influx of refugees from the other Bahama Islands. I was happy to find a Starbucks for some coffee and we shopped at the touristy souvenir shops. Obviously there is more to this beautiful Island but we just did not venture very far. There were a lot of people urging you to take their taxi or carriage ride or buy from their shop. This is expected and no one was too aggressive, a polite “no thank you” from us and they moved on to the next passenger that walked by. We took the Behind the Fun tour on the ship and it was enjoyable. If you like to learn how the ship is ran it’s a great experience. Unfortunately we had rough seas the day of our tour and by the time it ended we were quite sea sick. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Over 20 cruises with Carnival. Each one an experience. Although this ship is a little old now,she is still a fun ship. Great staff on this ship makes the voyage lots f of fun and entertaining. Cam,the cruise director is definitely one of ... Read More
Over 20 cruises with Carnival. Each one an experience. Although this ship is a little old now,she is still a fun ship. Great staff on this ship makes the voyage lots f of fun and entertaining. Cam,the cruise director is definitely one of the best. He really puts his all into everything he does. One of if not the best singing/dance teams we have seen. Ardestra Gardens in Nassau was beautiful. Small garden with marching flamingos! About $18 for ticket and a $20 taxi ride there. Definitely worth a visit, highly recommend. Half moon cay was beautiful as usual, watch out for jellyfish! Otherwise beautiful sandy beach with lots of room for fun and relaxation. Looking for jewelry? Check out Effy on ship, Marianne or Alexandra are 2 ladies who know their stuff. They also give away lots of cool stuff. Guys burgers are always a hit, and they have improved their desserts in the lido restaurant. Had ocean view room, which was comfortable and plenty of storage space for 2. There was worn spot in shower floor which was repainted during cruise while we were out and about. I also recommend that when looking at reviews to take more notice of this who have done more than one review. These folks have cruised often and know what to expect. Just saying! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We are Florida residents and have a Disney Vacation Club membership. We chose the Disney Dream cruise instead of the Disney Theme Parks this year and it is an easy drive to the port. We cruise on the Disney Cruise Line usually every ... Read More
We are Florida residents and have a Disney Vacation Club membership. We chose the Disney Dream cruise instead of the Disney Theme Parks this year and it is an easy drive to the port. We cruise on the Disney Cruise Line usually every other year. This year, Hurricane Dorian was in the Bahamas the week before our cruise and we were stressed out from the preparations for the hurricane which had been expected to hit us directly, so it was a relief to have such a nice chance to relax for a few days. Our Vacation Club membership was purchased in 1995 when our son was young, but we continue to enjoy it. There are adult areas on the ship, the entertainment is top quality, and we enjoy the family atmosphere. Our cabin was on deck 2, and it had a large round window, which we enjoyed. It was a convenient location, on the same deck as one of the restaurants and just one deck below the main lobby. Once we were in the room with the door closed, we did not hear any outside noise. We were able to stop at Castaway Cay. Although there was visible beach erosion due to the hurricane and most of the activities weren't operating, the family beach was open and the lunch pavilions were operating. The water was beautiful and clean and we enjoyed our day there. The ship also stopped in Nassau but we've been there many times so we decided to enjoy the adult pool on the ship. The entertainment was top quality. Since it was a Halloween cruise, there were two costume parties, one for families and one later in the evening for adults. The pirate night was also fun, and the fireworks were shot off the top deck. We had a chance to see the new Lion King movie, and all the seats were taken. There were also live performers in the smaller venues: a violinist, a piano bar entertainer and a duo that sang popular music. There were a lot of large family groups on board and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Why not? It's Disney! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I am a Diamond Member in the Carnival Loyalty Program, so I've sailed with this line at least 75-plus days. I live in Jacksonville FL area and it's an easy drive to both JAX Port and Port Canaveral. I like the character of the ... Read More
I am a Diamond Member in the Carnival Loyalty Program, so I've sailed with this line at least 75-plus days. I live in Jacksonville FL area and it's an easy drive to both JAX Port and Port Canaveral. I like the character of the older ships based in these two ports, and they are kept ship-shape in every way. My 'outside' cabin was center ship, around the corner from an elevator, was well appointed with more than enough storage, and has a lovely ledge in the window which is large enough for me to sit in and enjoy the ocean view. The food served in the Lido is always enjoyable and there's plenty of variety for even picky eaters like me. There are also a number of alternate eateries. (I skipped the main dining room this trip, but know from past experience the food and service are top-notch.) The cakes served daily are some of the most beautiful and moist that I have ever had anywhere, land or sea. There is always something to do, and a place to do it, from casino action, to lounging in the quiet of the Serenity areas reserved for adults only. My fellow passengers at this time of year, when children are in school, tend to be mostly young adults who drink to excess, and behave badly. I stay away from the parties held on board, and the bars, but the foolishness creeps all over the ship by late evening. BE AWARE: the crew WILL NOT intervene. I avoid the fray by returning to my cabin to read or watch tv, and relax with a glass of wine. I have never let this flaw deter me from cruising with Carnival, and I plan to continue to sailing on their short trips to the Bahamas. If you're not a Diamond Member, be sure to buy the FASTER TO THE FUN PASS and avoid ALL lines and waiting! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Booked this 5 night cruise because we wanted a shorter vacation than typical 7 day but longer than the 3-4 day ones also offered. This was a first time cruise for my travel partner as well. I’ll go day by day to give you an idea of what ... Read More
Booked this 5 night cruise because we wanted a shorter vacation than typical 7 day but longer than the 3-4 day ones also offered. This was a first time cruise for my travel partner as well. I’ll go day by day to give you an idea of what to expect. I will review the ship and her services and not the ports since you can read about them separately (two of our port days were cancelled due to hurricane Dorian’s destruction (Grand Bahama) and a new tropical system that formed over Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island). First, arrival at Miami airport went as planned. Finding Norwegian transport desk was very easy on baggage claim level. Staff there were friendly, professional and prompt in getting us to the ship. Once we arrived at cruise terminal, going through various stages of embarkation went so quickly we were on the ship within 30 minutes (fastest embarkation I’ve ever experience!). We were given ship information and locations open for lunch. We decided on main dining room (Crossings). Again, staff were friendly, welcoming and helped ease us into vacation mode. Food was good....wine was too lol! Note, even with drink package , whenever you are in US ports and waters, the ship will charge tax and add it to your shipboard account. After lunch we heard the all clear to be able to get into our staterooms. The Norwegian Sky is an older ship (put into service in 1999) and had a substantial renovation earlier this year. Most public areas were nicely refreshed. Even stateroom art and bed linens were updated. Unfortunately what WASN’T updated was stateroom carpet and furniture. I was really surprised to arrive into my stateroom (balcony 9268) to find stained and worn carpet and stains on love seat, in several places. That was kinda disappointing considering how good public areas looked. The bed was very comfortable. Also note, stateroom size is identical to windowed/portholed staterooms. The only difference is the addition of the balcony and bed/loveseat configuration (instead of bed being on outside wall, it’s turned to side wall leaving about 10 inches between foot of bed and cabin wall and providing access to balcony door. Also note, cabin has a full length single glass door with a wall that has a porthole on balcony side and not usual full length double glass...strange appearance, but you get used to it. Bathroom is, well...small, but it’s functional. Definitely very tight for two but again, functional. My cabin steward, Michael, always had my room freshened up and ready whenever I returned. I kinda wondered if he ever got sleep lol! He was very talkative and friendly too. I unpacked quickly (had carried our bags on with us) and headed out to the Spinnaker lounge for sail away. The lounge, as much of the ship other than buffets and pool/hot tub areas always felt roomy and not crowded. In fact sometimes we felt as though we had the ship mostly to ourselves. Not sure if it’s always that way or just for this cruise. After sail away, we had a few more drinks, then went to dinner in Palace main dining room. Again, we were greeted with smiles and immediately seated. Great service and good food. There was a nice variety on the menu. Some items are available everyday, while others only once, ask your server. Menu is the same in both dining rooms so it just depends on which dining room is your preference for location, decor and servers. Although we ate non specialty dining dinners in Palace, lunch was usually in Crossings (Palace is only open for dinner). Food generally was good in main dining rooms. Steak was cooked as ordered (med rare) too, which was nice. After dinner, we headed to theatre for evening show. Keep in mind, main dining rooms are not fast food places so plan your time accordingly if you want to make evening shows. First night show was very good! I’m fact I was surprised at the quality of shows in main theatre. I don’t normally enjoy non production shows, but this cruise the comedian and magician were really good! So, I definitely recommend seeing them. I’d also like to take a moment to say how good the cruise director Jasper is! He’s a natural up on stage and at putting people in a relaxed vacation frame of mind. Next day was port day in Key West. Ship docks at Naval dock so Norwegian provides shuttles to the base of Duval Street. Shuttles run frequently. After spending time in town, we returned to ship to get ready for our dinner at Cagney’s Steakhouse. What a great experience that was! Awesome service, ambiance and food! I can’t recommend Cagney’s enough! Day 3 was at sea...although pool area was crowded and total party atmosphere, we were able to secure lounge chairs in a quieter area close to the atrium while still having access to pools and hot tubs. Fun relaxing day. Drinks flowed freely both from the bar and servers walking around taking orders. Dinner later in Palace was good. The comedian performed in main theatre that night, again enjoyable! Day 4 was a port day in Nassau. We did not take advantage of any excursions as I’ve been here several times. Once back on ship, went to gym, small but very adequate and never looked crowded. Dinner in Palace was good, and again consistently friendly service! Next up was magician night in main theatre. This guy was really good. He was entertaining and talented. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at the talent on the ship. Day 5 was supposed to be a port day at Great Stirrup Cay. However that was cancelled due to weather, so we had another day at sea. Basically we had a repeat of day 3. However dinner that night was at Le Bistro, the French restaurant. This place was the biggest disappointment of the trip. I’ve eaten at Le Bistro on the Escape a few times. On the Escape, the food was excellent. Le Bistro on the Sky (while quite beautiful in ambiance) was a total disaster. The service was incredibly slow and inconsistent (can’t blame our server, he was the only waiter for our whole section). But what made the meal a total disaster was the food! NOTHING was good. The escargot were bland and over cooked. The scallop appetizer was basically ONE sea scallop cut into 3 pieces and even more bland than the escargot! The mushroom soup was runny and bland. Wine pours were small (I had the drink package so I don’t understand a pour that is less than the pour mark on the glass...I just had to wait and wait for a refill). Once the recommended entree’ (the Sole) arrived, it was over cooked and cold. I’ve eaten a lot of sole in my life in various places. I’m NOT even sure this WAS Sole. Regardless, it tasted more like the sole of my SHOE. The dessert (the Napoleon) was sickeningly sweet with cheap hard chocolate on the top. The French Press coffee was the best thing about the meal. I cannot stress just how bad this meal was. As we walked out of Le Bistro, another patron was leaving as well. Her opinion of her dining experience was spot on with ours! So, in the end. If you have a dining package, make two reservations at Cagney’s and skip Le Bistro altogether. Day 6 was arrival back in Miami. Disembarkation went even faster than embarkation! Norwegian Sky is part of a new program using facial recognition technology to process passengers. We were off the ship as quickly as we could walk! The transport for Miami airport was just as we left terminal. We boarded the bus and waited for delivery at the airport. Everything went smoothly and as planned. All in all, an excellent cruise experience. No, it’s not Crystal, Regent or Seaborn. But, the value for what you pay is really good. All the staff were friendly, professional and efficient. I would take this cruise again for a nice relaxing trip! I’d avoid Le Bistro like the plague.... Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
First, I was a single traveler on this trip. My wife had girls outing in the Lake of the Ozark so I decide to travel alone. I learned a lot about traveling alone. There are no perks for being a single traveler and what there is, is ... Read More
First, I was a single traveler on this trip. My wife had girls outing in the Lake of the Ozark so I decide to travel alone. I learned a lot about traveling alone. There are no perks for being a single traveler and what there is, is based on double occupancy. The only benefit is my drink package was based on one traveler and two. I would really think hard about booking a single cruise with Royal Caribbean again, This cruise turned out to be a humanity cruise and not a pleasure cruise. Due to the massive destruction in the Bahama, Mariner of the Sea changed it sailing itinerary and we lost our day at sea. The original itinerary was leave Port Canaveral, day at sea, Nassau, then Coco Cay. What we got was Port Canaveral, Freeport, Nassau where we spent overnight and two days then we went to Coco Cay. The reason why was, Mariner stopped at Freeport and dropped off several thousand of meals and supplies and then loaded several hundred refuges and then we went directly to Nassau to allow the refuges to disembark there. I like to commend Royal Caribbean on there efforts in helping the victims of the hurricane. My only complaint is no one knew about the changes until 30 minutes before departure. My travel agent got the memo after we left. I miss my day at sea, to me this is very peaceful but giving the big picture I understand. By the way, all of the refuges were restricted to the auditorium and was not allowed to mingle with the passengers. The refuges were taken care of. I enjoyed the Mariner of the Sea and this is the third trip on her. The staff were great and my room attended went above and beyond what he was required to do. He later received a nice reward. The food is still the same and there was not changes there. I had to laugh, when I went into the Windjammer and one of the staff I have seen before was not singing “Please wash your hands”. He recognized me and we had a good laugh when he pointed to his guitar and said that he needed a break. If you have ever traveled on the Mariner of the Seas you will know what I am talking about. The jingle is one of those songs that plague your mind and you keep repeating if over and over almost as bad as Disney “it’s a small world”. Despite the changes I am booking another cruise I just hope I get my day at sea. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
They do not know the meaning of "All Inclusive" or customer friendly. Everytime your turn around they are trying to charge you for something. Whether it be the seafood shack or steak house , they are charging you for something, ... Read More
They do not know the meaning of "All Inclusive" or customer friendly. Everytime your turn around they are trying to charge you for something. Whether it be the seafood shack or steak house , they are charging you for something, not just the drinks. Don't waste your money on a cruise with Carnivale , they just want to get you on the ship to sell you as much stuff as humanly possible. And, not to mention the cut one of our ports off because of Hurican Dorian, they spend that day trying to sell you more crap u don't need. Their customer service is crap. You tell them your issue and they repeat explanations, not helpful answers but robotic explanations. I was ready to go home the second day. Here's a idea Carnival, if you are going to cut someone's port for any reason, give them the option to either go or reschedule for another day. Oppps, but that may make you loose money and we know that your only concern. Not happy with my shortened trip. Do better Carnival, and stop nickel and diming your customers!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Departure City: Port Canaveral has to be my favorite port to leave from in Florida. The drive to isn't the greatest but, it doesn't feel like it takes forever like going to Port Miami. Embarkation/Disembarkation: I've ... Read More
Departure City: Port Canaveral has to be my favorite port to leave from in Florida. The drive to isn't the greatest but, it doesn't feel like it takes forever like going to Port Miami. Embarkation/Disembarkation: I've done a majority of my cruises(3 cruises) through Port Canaveral and I feel like it is the smoothest of them all. I've never had any issues with getting on the ship. The front end staff is very hospitable and is very diligent in making sure your experience with NCL is an unforgettable one. Disembarkation Side Note: Pay attention to your tag color on your bags. The night before you disembark, you'll be given a sheet with times, color codes and Latitudes colors that will allow you off the ship. Should you choose to leave the ship in the wee hours of the morning, you'll be first. Ship: This was my first 5 day cruise and small ship. Mind you, I've been on Carnival Glory, RC Oasis of the Seas and NCLs Epic. This was all new to me but, new in a good way. Everything was close by so I didn't feel like I had to go all the way to one side of the ship to accomplish anything. I did like the size, it made it easy to find everything and easy to chat it up with someone new should I be going to the same place. Cabin: I was really impress with this cabin. Much better than the balcony cabin with the NCL Epic. There was plenty of space for two people on the bed and the sofa was a pull out bed. As far as cargo space for clothing, I couldn't say, I was glad about that. I wish there was a bit more but, its a small ship so I learned to roll with the punches. The bathroom is tiny as is the shower. Ladies plan accordingly, especially when it comes to shaving your legs. My wife had a hard time doing that. Dining: This is just a personal opinion but, spend the extra money on a cabin other than a sail away cabin. Take advantage of the specialty dining that is on the ship. First off, breakfast wasn't as good as I was expecting. It was alright. Mind you, I'm easy to please. I just had to figure out how to make breakfast work for me. They don't change the menu for breakfast so be prepared to see Eggs Benedict on the menu several days in a row. Lunch was pretty decent, your basic carb/protein mixture(burger or meatball sub). Dinner was fantastic!!! I can't say anything bad about Norwegian's specialty dining. Our first day at sea(day 1), we ate at Teppanyaki. If you're unfamiliar with this, it is hibachi style eating. The Teppanyaki restaurant is very small(3 grills). You share your grill with 8 other people. It's a great way to meet new people on the ship. It's basically, dinner and a show. Your chef will prepare everything according to what you ask for and any food allergies. There's plenty of food at the grill, so come with an appetite. Our second specialty dining was our last night on the cruise. We ended up at Le Bistro and we were not disappointed not one bit. The food was cooked to perfection and our server was top notch. As for the Main Dining Room Dinner. I was satisfied with it. The portions were pretty big so I was never able to leave with having dessert. I recommend trying something different on the menu, you just might find something you never knew you liked. Entertainment and Activities: We met a lot of awesome people on this cruise. We actually made friends with one couple on this cruise. We always tried to find something fun to do. We ended up checking out the pianist at Windjammer Bar. The guy was amazing singing John Legend. The jazz band at the Spinnaker Lounge was really good as well. Spinnaker Lounge has some of the best views during the day and when coming into the port. We took advantage of Bliss Ultra Lounge during most of the nights on the ship. Service: This is truly my only compliant. Our room steward never took the time to introduce himself to us. It was really weird not getting a chance to know who he was. Also, not once but twice did he enter in on my wife while she was changing. I know she probably should have had the "Do Not Disturb" Tag hanging from the door but, that's no excuse for him either. Other than that, we had no real problems. Jeremy in the Seven Seas Dining Room was an awesome server with a great sense of humor. (sp?) Michael in the Sports Bar was awesome as well. Ports and Shore excursions: Our cruise was overhauled completely. We were originally suppose to go to Freeport, Nassau and Great Stirrup Kay. Because of Hurricane Dorian, our ports were changed to one port with an overnight stay(Nassau). Hopefully you've read all of my review so far...People in Bahamas will as you a million times to purchase something of their's. I get it, I know it's annoying but put yourself in their shoes. They have very little money as a country and this is a port town so they depend on us spending our hard earned money on their island. If you're not interested in anything they have, just look them in the eyes and tell them, no thank and be on your way. The first day we just roamed the streets, I wanted to buy a shirt saying something Nassau, Bahamas on it(what can I say, I'm a sucker lol). I went to the Bahamas Shirt Company(about 4-5 blocks from the port) and found something I really liked. If you like beer, you can visit the only brewery in Nassau. Pirate Republic Brewing Company. They have an awesome collection of beers. Before you purchase anything look around, they have some really good deals(2 beers and a shirt for $28). Also, they have a happy hour on their beers. Mind you, Nassau does close down at 5 pm so we ended up heading back to the ship a little after everything had closed. Day Two: We took a taxi to Cabbage beach. This beach sits east of Atlantis. The cab trip to the beach was $5/pp which is pretty cheap seeing as it's about a 10-15 min cab ride. Once you exit your cab, prepare to be bombarded by guys trying to get you to buy beach chairs, umbrellas, coconuts(mixed drinks), snacks, cigars, trinkets, etc. If you think you need anything of that stuff, it's on you. Prices seemed somewhat reasonable. Mind you, this beach is rough the water that is. Be prepared. If you're not a strong swimmer, I suggest you pay attention to where you are when the waves crash. I saw a lot of people get tossed around while only mere feet from the water. Nassau Tip: Make sure you carry cash. You will get hit with currency conversion on your bank account if you're using a debit card. Also, carrying cash will make it easier for you when going to any of the beaches to pay the cabbies. Conclusion: I really like this ship, hopefully I can cruise on it again and maybe go to Freeport(God Bless Them) Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We are experienced cruisers. We got together on a cruise ship. We even got married on a cruise ship. We chose this cruise because NCL always seems to have specials and we wanted to give them a try. The Sun seemed comparable to ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers. We got together on a cruise ship. We even got married on a cruise ship. We chose this cruise because NCL always seems to have specials and we wanted to give them a try. The Sun seemed comparable to Carnival Pride. Moreover, the ship was leaving around the time of our first year anniversary. I really wanted to like this ship and this line. However, save your money, folks. This is the worst cruise ship we have ever been on and for the first time ever....we were bored. Let's start with the first day. People were so sloppy drunk, I thought someone was going to fall overboard. And the worst part? The drinks and most bartenders were terrible. The bartenders couldn't even remember drink orders. One walked away...out of the bar...after we ordered. The food in the main dining room and the breakfast was not good at all and it sits out way too long. Crunchy pancakes, really crunchy waffles, wilted bacon, etc. The salad dressings all tasted like mustard. The hollandaise sauce tasted like mustard. The pizza was burnt at the bottom. Stick with the food at the pub. We saw our housekeeper once. He never really introduced himself. In fact, the customer service severely lacks on this ship. It is almost like the staff doesn't care. Don't go to Guest Services if you have a question. They will not know the answer or will give you the wrong answer. Our tickets for our excursions were delivered AFTER the excursion. We had to go to the excursion desk to get them. Also, they changed our itinerary due to Hurricane Dorian which I completely understand. However, it doesn't appear that they are refunding our port fees for Grand Bahamas or Great Stirrup Cay. When you ask Guest Services they don't know anything which basically means no. The casino? We are big casino players. NCL won't be getting our money. Their minimums are too high. Their slots don't even let you connect with a game. It was awful. The specialty restaurants had great food. La Cucina had just splendid Italian that really hit the spot. The steakhouse is a must try. The drawback to these specialty restaurants? The service was poor. We had to repeatedly ask for drinks before we got them. We had to wait for 20 min for our cards to be returned and almost missed a show we wanted to see. There was a plus. The steakhouse did find out it was our anniversary and did a nice small cake. It was a really nice touch. We will be reluctant to try NCL, but if we do it will not be the Sun. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I have to say I was happily surprised about many things that weren't like I had read on the reviews on this site. This was my husband and my 4th cruise and our two teenage daughters first cruise. We parked our rental car at 528 Port ... Read More
I have to say I was happily surprised about many things that weren't like I had read on the reviews on this site. This was my husband and my 4th cruise and our two teenage daughters first cruise. We parked our rental car at 528 Port Parking. We only waited a few minutes for the shuttle to Carnival Liberty. It was only $35 to park and the shuttle was included. We arrived an hour earlier than our boarding time but they sent us right on the ship. We went up to the Lido deck and had lunch. Most of the tables were full but the lines were short for food and moved quickly. We didn't check any bags so we headed to our room at 1:30, unpacked and went to the muster. This is a miserable process because it is hot and you are so close to so many people but it seemed to go smoothly. We chose anytime dining and chose to have dinner at 5:30 the first night. We were some of the first to arrive. The service was great, the food was hot and tasted good, the portions are small but I love that because you can try more things. We ate in the dining room every night. The menu was different each time. We even went at different times and we still had great service and great food. As far as other food experiences, we loved the burgers at Guy's, the pizza place was good, the crust was a little thin but we didn't mind that, the deli was good, I had a turkey avocado sandwich on a pretzel bun and it was really good, the breakfast burritos at the Mexican place were to die for (I even ordered an extra at breakfast and ate it for lunch at Atlantis), Sea Day Brunch is a must, I loved the 12 hour french toast, we had chocolate melting cake every night in the dining room, it is so good, the girls ordered room service one day and they liked it, I had read about long lines, we only experienced this at the pizza place once after everything else was closed. Many reviews talked about how old and run down Liberty is. You can tell it is an older ship but it is still nice. Some reviews talked about the workers not clearing tables or cleaning, I saw many of them clearing and cleaning up. Our cabin was an inside cabin and it was super crowded with 4 of us in there but we don't cruise to sit in our room so that didn't matter to us. The a/c didn't stay as cool as we would have liked but we really like it cool. The ship lay out isn't super easy to navigate but you learn quickly. The Carnival Hub app is awesome. I highly recommend using it. It helped with ship navigation but also help us know what activities were happening all the time. We liked the Rock show and the Hasbro Game show. We didn't attend any of the others. My husband went to the casino a few times. He lost his allotted money quickly so he didn't stay long. I played bingo once and liked it. We didn't go to any of the comedy shows. We did however watch movies on deck every night and we loved it. They have popcorn. The girls sat in the hot tub and I on a deck chair. We booked a room at Comfort Inn and Suites to get the free Atlantis tickets that they offer. It was much cheaper than buying through the ship or Atlantis. Book your room ahead of time though because they fill up fast. We had a great time at Atlantis, there were no lines, we loved the rapids river and the slides, we snorkeled in the Lagoon and spent some time on the beach. The water in Nassau is the most beautiful blue. We took a water taxi to Atlantis and we took a regular taxi back to the ship, it was about $20 each way for 4 of us. Make sure you have your sail and sign card and your ID to get back on the ship. Debarkation took longer than we expected but we were on deck 8 so we were the last to be called. We waited about 30 mins for our shuttle. We love cruising and it was fun to see our girls experience cruising. Oh, I almost forgot. I was given a $50 card to use at the spa from Carnival for my birthday that is this week. I had the most amazing combined facial and massage. TY Carnival for the cherry on top. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were so anxious to sail on this refurbished ship since we had sailed on her before many times & loved her Sadly we were the first sailing on her after the hurricane Dorian. But on the brighter side we experienced her delivering ... Read More
We were so anxious to sail on this refurbished ship since we had sailed on her before many times & loved her Sadly we were the first sailing on her after the hurricane Dorian. But on the brighter side we experienced her delivering food & supplies to the Bahamas. It was a great experience to even bring some refugees from Freeport to Nassau. The food on this ship was average & plentiful. No reason to go hungry Luckily Nassau was not too affected by the hurricane. However, we were looking forward to Coco Cay since we also have this ship booked for a Christmas Cruise where we are taking our whole family of 14 with 6 cabins booked. Coco Cay in our opinion was not ready for visitors. The island smelled like sewage & the ocean was disgusting. After about an hour we returned to the ship as I felt sick. We just could not eat there. Our outside window cabin was very nice & our attendant was average Our dinner server was fabulous & kept us entertained. We were disappointed in the quality of the coffee in the coffee shop on deck 5. We remembered it for having excellent coffee. I guess they wanted you to use Starbucks Embarking & Disembarking went great & smooth. All told it was a relaxing getaway but nothing above average. Gjginparadise Read Less
Sail Date September 2019

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