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Sail Date: March 2019
This was my and my husband’s 2nd cruise, but first for our boys (9 & 11). Getting on board was easy and quick. We were in room 1295. It was clean, so no problems there. Occasionally the shower drain would get backed up and overflow ... Read More
This was my and my husband’s 2nd cruise, but first for our boys (9 & 11). Getting on board was easy and quick. We were in room 1295. It was clean, so no problems there. Occasionally the shower drain would get backed up and overflow into the bathroom, but thankfully there’s a drain next to the toilet, so it wasn’t too bad. Our bags arrived quickly and we grabbed some food. The buffet usually had a nice variety and everything seemed fresh. Pizza was made to order and tasty. My boys loved the burgers at Guy’s. I had a half sandwich at the sandwich shop once, but the line was usually long, so after that I opted for other things. BBQ pork and Mac n cheese were good. I didn’t care as much for the Mexican spot. I got chicken tacos and the chicken seemed dry. I’m not a big Mexican food fan though. We ate in the dining room twice, but service was a bit slow. Food was tasty. Only one thing I had issue with was the crab cake. It came with a few little dots of sauce alongside it that seemed as though they had been sitting out for a while. I’d give the dining room maybe 3.75 stars. The first day was overwhelming - so many people and kids and with the party on the Lido deck the noise was overwhelming. I never saw any bad behavior, but my boys wanted to enjoy sitting in the hot tubs and couldn’t bc kids were splashing around like they were swimming pools. They also didn’t like that the pools were salt water. We didn’t do much in the way of entertainment, but we did attend a few all ages comedy shows which were funny despite being all ages. My boys checked out the kids club, but weren’t that impressed, so they didn’t go back. I didn’t think there was anything bad about it, they just hate that kind of thing. No biggie - we let them do their own thing as long as we knew where they’d be, but most of the time they stayed with us. The ship itself is starting to show its age a little, but they’re doing a great job of maintaining it and keeping it clean. Common areas are nicely decorated and not nearly as dated as the Sensation which my husband and I sailed on a few years back. Service was great everywhere we went. Our favorite waiter was Danny from Peru. He was incredibly patient with my kids ordering and so friendly to us all. Our room steward, Harry, from Guyana, was fantastic. Always taking the time to stop and chat with us about our day and see if we needed anything extra. He also gave us some tips on things to check out at our ports. We’d definitely sail with Carnival again as a family. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
A much needed last minute getaway. We took a bus from DE to NYC. The ship was beautiful. Not crazy about the layout/design. A little too closed in for my taste. Including a closed in Pool area. Walking decks 6,7 & 8 you’re ... Read More
A much needed last minute getaway. We took a bus from DE to NYC. The ship was beautiful. Not crazy about the layout/design. A little too closed in for my taste. Including a closed in Pool area. Walking decks 6,7 & 8 you’re immediately hit with cigarette smoke from the casino. Le Bistro’s sidewalk seating has to be for smokers only because they’re not as bothered by the smell. Enjoyed some absolutely awesome mud slides at the H2O bar! Cabin 9296 was a little tight getting past the bed to the balcony and also getting into the closet. The bathroom shower was great! We had an awesome cabin steward, her name was Xlaofong, pronounced Sal-fong. Crew on the ship were fun, helpful and very nice. Bring a little extra cash for some hard earned tips. The Manhattan room food was delicious. Perfect sized portions for us. Prime rib in O’Sheehan’s was very good. Had a great dinner in Le Bistro. Never tried any of the other restaurants. Although Taste and Savor both serve the same as the Manhattan room. The Entertainment was awesome! After Midnight and Uptown, absolutely loved them! Manhattan room with Classic Tones playing during dinner were Great! They also played in another room with a different type of music. Very versatile. Another group called Golden Octaves played the Atrium and we’re awesome. Thoroughly enjoyed all three ports. Walked around cocoa beach at Port Canaveral. Relaxed in the sun on Great Stirrup Cay and walked around town in Nassau. Junkanoo beach was too rough to get in the water because of the wind. Drinks in Sharkeez before returning to the ship. Nice day! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We had an opportunity to try out a bigger ship at a highly discounted price. For us, the package would have to be very good one for us to go back on Anthem. It wasn't that there were a lot of disappointments, but there were very few ... Read More
We had an opportunity to try out a bigger ship at a highly discounted price. For us, the package would have to be very good one for us to go back on Anthem. It wasn't that there were a lot of disappointments, but there were very few "WOW" moments. I was expecting a lot of WOW moments. The disembarking process was one of the most organized I've seen. We were out the door 15 min before our promised time of 7:30. For the boarding process, we went through it pretty quickly, got here around 10:15. The checkin lady sent us to the right were all the regular guests were sitting. Hubby is like, "No, this is wrong, we should be with the Suite people". He asked someone directly people and sure enough, we had been sent to the wrong side to wait. We only waited with the suite people about 15 min and then we go to board by 11. Everything when smoothly. The room (a Junior Suite) far far exceeded our expectations and eating dinner in the Coastal Kitchen was a great and yummy experience and the staff were the best of the staff.. We don't like formal nights and didn't really want to dress up, we were all about relaxing this time around. We feel the smaller ships offer the ability to interact with the same people over the course of the cruise. Windjammer lunch was like a free for all with kids running and rude people pushing in front of you to get to the food or open table. I've always taken a power strip with me (last 7 cruises) and this time it was confiscated and hubby had to go and get our luggage. we will keep to the smaller ships... we did a transatlantic on Brilliance and another on Freedom. We didn't go to any of the shows (not our thing) and the night we had scheduled for North Star was too windy (Thur). It also seems like the new "customer service" area as a disaster area. The staff couldn't answer every question or gave me wrong answers. The boards on each floor that was supposed to help were either down and asking for a PIN or never had the menus we were looking for. We essentially just gave up on them. It was nice to use the TV to see the menus but why is it the more technology on the ship, the less it seems to work consistently? It seems like RC would like to do away with the customer service and have it all done on kiosks and lose the human touch. Not a good move. Overall, I gave the cruise great ratings. This cruise was for us to unwind and just chill out and not try to do everything possible we could. I go in several naps a day and some reading as well. That is what we were looking for. The elevators were the biggest joke every. Everyone soon learned that you have to get in a Down elevator to go UP!! This was because by the time got your floor (13 for us), the elevator was full so we took the stairs many times. Same thing with going to lower floors, like 4 & 5. You would think with so many elevators, there would not be long lines of people standing around to try and get somewhere. All in all, the cruise was not a terribly bad experience, just a rather disappointing one. I'm sure for those with kids it was heaven to send them off on their own. That was the other thing that I noticed, more unsupervised children running around and playing on the steps and trying to run you out of the way. I was walking with a cane due to a bad knee and almost got ran over several times or had to move aside to avoid getting ran down. Not may idea of fun.. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
I read reviews and the ones I read before sailing were pretty critical of the ship and food, so here is my opinion on the ship I recently sailed on. Yes, the ship’s interior stateroom I had, 6011, could have used new bedding, curtains ... Read More
I read reviews and the ones I read before sailing were pretty critical of the ship and food, so here is my opinion on the ship I recently sailed on. Yes, the ship’s interior stateroom I had, 6011, could have used new bedding, curtains and furniture, but I found it to be very clean, with very fresh sheets. The lighting in the rooms could also be updated and I did not find a plug in the bathroom. I found the food to be very good, for what they serve. Their wait staff is professional and very courteous and work very hard. If I had to make one comment in general: the workers and staff are highly trained and very diligent performing their jobs. They all spoke and were courteous. Management was in evidence in every nook and cranny. Managers were conversing with the servers and overseeing their areas constantly. If you had needed something a mangager was never far away. I said “no frills” because it’s mainly, eat, sleep, and sail. Not a lot going on onboard the ship, but it was pleasant because Celebrity is making sure the basics are being covered in service and food. I would go on Celebrity again, maybe on a different route. After all Key West and Nassau are a little tired out themselves after thousands of cruisers are dumped on their shores daily. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise as we received an offer on a reduced room rate. Also as we live near Charleston, it just seemed right. This was our second cruise with Carnival, and it was enjoyable. The Ecstasy has some age on her (1991), but ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we received an offer on a reduced room rate. Also as we live near Charleston, it just seemed right. This was our second cruise with Carnival, and it was enjoyable. The Ecstasy has some age on her (1991), but she is a good ship. There are rust and mechanical issues, but... What really impressed us was the staff. They were first class. The day at Princess Cay was a nice beach-day. The lunch line-wait seemed a bit long. and the tenders were interesting. In Freeport we took the City Tour. It was a Sunday, so many stores were not open. Carnival "works" with the local vendors to open on Sunday. The tour bus we were on was not in the best condition (interior). Our driver was quite entertaining. I took the "Behind the Fun" tour - do not miss it if you like to see how Cruise ships operate. We are starting to plan our next Cruise on the Sunshine. It is just so nice to drive to the dock and gat on the ship! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We took the 4 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to key West/Nassau. The people were very nice, the food was good and plentiful and the ship was clean. We were looking to chill out for a few days, so we didn't take any shore ... Read More
We took the 4 day cruise from Fort Lauderdale to key West/Nassau. The people were very nice, the food was good and plentiful and the ship was clean. We were looking to chill out for a few days, so we didn't take any shore excursions or see any shows on the ship - we didn't even eat at any of the specialty restaurants. We had a balcony room on Deck 6 and it was nice. Our room steward,Irwin, was the best, very accommodating. The room was large enough for us and the balcony waas nice sized. There are plenty of bars to choose from - 4 at the pool area alone. The service was good and fast. We didn't buy the drink package, so our beer and mixed drinks were 7-$10 each. We don't drink enough to make the drink package worth while. The only thing worth mentioning is that the ship needs an update. It looks like it came out of the 80's - but it didn't affect anything - the service and accommodations were good. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
First time Carnival cruiser. Cruised on holland America multiple times. Inside cabin - roomy and staff was super. Always spotless!! Shows were good though somewhat similar. Comedy was good. . Cruise director was very good. Food on ... Read More
First time Carnival cruiser. Cruised on holland America multiple times. Inside cabin - roomy and staff was super. Always spotless!! Shows were good though somewhat similar. Comedy was good. . Cruise director was very good. Food on lido was great. Guys burgers were really, really great! Dining room food was good but never hot. After asking to make hotter, they handled it. Panda, our server was super - best of any cruise we’ve been on. Always ask for her. Only bad staff were bartenders at casino bar. Slow with attitudes! Ports of call embarkation / debarkation was fast and easy. Big downer was leaving when we returned to Jacksonville. Had to be Out of our cabin by 8:30. Our deck wasn’t called till 10 and then another 1/2 hour before we were off of the ship. We got a porter which cut out 45 minutes in line for immigration. They definitely need some help there! All in all great value for the money! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We are a Disney family through and through. DVC members, annual pass holders, and we do the parks at least once a year. We finally tried the cruise and it did not disappoint. On the plane home, I started reading a bunch of reviews and ... Read More
We are a Disney family through and through. DVC members, annual pass holders, and we do the parks at least once a year. We finally tried the cruise and it did not disappoint. On the plane home, I started reading a bunch of reviews and was surprised at all the negative ones. I really think some of the negative reviews are coming from people who are used to other cruise lines and don't do Disney parks. For those not used to having to get to things early and wait in order to get good seats or see characters (much like rope drop at the parks), this cruise is going to seem super stressful. For those of us who are park pros, it's just another Disney day! I saw a lot of bad reviews of the food, but we found the food to be quite good every night! They are serving 3000 people, so I didn't expect five-star dining.... but truly, it was delicious! My 15-year-old son had one meal he claimed was the best thing he had ever eaten. Cabanas was a pretty typical buffet, but we all enjoyed it. The kids of course all loved the soft-serve ice cream on demand. We had adjoining staterooms and it was great. Having the verandah was completely worth the little bit extra we paid for it! We hung up as much as we could to save drawer space. I would suggest bringing a hanging bag for your toiletries. That helped a ton in the small bathroom. The shower//tub is VERY small and I spent much of the cruise pondering how 6-foot-tall men deal with it. Every employee we encountered seemed happy and were very polite and helpful. Our servers, Radu and Juan were wonderful, as was our stateroom host, Goodluck. We tipped them all extra. We did not tip the head waiter extra above the standard tip just because we only saw him a couple of times. The shows were amazing. Believe and Beauty and the Beast wowed our three boys! We missed the Golden Mickeys the first night because we were all exhausted. Spent the rest of the cruise regretting that decision because everyone raved about it. The pool was as expected. Small and crowded. We had been warned and we know pools are cruise ships are notoriously small. The kids rode the Aquaduck a couple times right when we boarded and several times on Nassau day since we did not leave the ship that day. They enjoyed it! Castaway Cay was amazing and lived up to every expectation and everything we had heard about it. LOVED the constant hand wipe distribution at the restaurants and buffets. The ship was immaculately clean. We discovered trivia on Day 3 and had such a blast. We wished we had hit those earlier! Here are our criticisms: 1) We bought the popcorn buckets after the second night because our kids always wanted popcorn. But seriously. The popcorn should NOT be extra for as much as you're paying for this cruise. 2) The food at Castaway Cay was by far the worst food we had the entire trip. It was definitely not up to par. 3) The age range for The Oceannear's Club it WAY too big. Our almost 9-year-old and 11-year-old were both bored and never went back after the first day. They said there were lines for everything. I feel like they need like a 3-6 and then maybe 7-11 grouping? Our 15-year-old enjoyed the little bit of time he spent at Edge, which wasn't a ton. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
I picked this cruise for a family vacation that includes 2 teenage boys (13 &17). It has been 19 years since the last time I cruised and A Lot has changed. Embarking and disembarking were Extremely easy, quick, and efficient. ... Read More
I picked this cruise for a family vacation that includes 2 teenage boys (13 &17). It has been 19 years since the last time I cruised and A Lot has changed. Embarking and disembarking were Extremely easy, quick, and efficient. You can tell Royal Carribbean has put a lot of money into their Port Terminal. My 13 year old enjoyed the cruise the most. He loved trampoline and flow rider the most. 17 year old liked the rock climbing wall and challenging his Dad to mini golf. Had 2 rooms that had a promenade view. That made rooms seem bigger but due to late night activities it could be a bit noisy late at night. It was really easy to join the action or to run down for a quick snack. The promenade made it easier for me to orientate myself on the ship and finding room easier. Nassau....eh....not my favorite stop. Coco Cay was our Favorite stop. RC was handing out umbrellas for free that day and we hung out on the beach and went snorkeling. Food was a lot more variety than I was expecting from previous reviews. We could have spent our whole trip at coco cay. The new pier made it really easy to get on and off the boat. The main dining room experience was enjoyed by all of us. Our two waiters Paritosh and Moch went out of their way to personalize our service. Always took extra time to give us cruise tips or to chat about our day. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We booked this cruise through the RC website, along with a Universal Orlando package. First two days were at Universal, lodging at the Hard Rock Hotel. All transportation was provided. I only mention this to say the communication aspect ... Read More
We booked this cruise through the RC website, along with a Universal Orlando package. First two days were at Universal, lodging at the Hard Rock Hotel. All transportation was provided. I only mention this to say the communication aspect was kind of poor. We didn’t really get detailed instructions for the first part of the trip and had to figure things out as we went. I am comparing this to how a travel agent would handle this type of package. Saddest thing was the weather. 65 and a little rainy on ship-off day. Then, our day at sea was similarly cold, rainy, and windy. I’m pretty tolerant of being on a ship, but I was feeling pretty green after waking up on sea day. Captain said 10 meter seas! We upgraded to The Key and embarkation/debarkation were a breeze. I mean, amazingly quick and efficient. We self-carried off the ship and showed up at 7:10. By 7:15 we were off. Make sure to tell staff you have this and ask them how to use the benefits. It does include internet for all people in the cabin as well. We didn’t get much value out of this upgrade other than the things mentioned above, mainly because of weather and the nature of the ship itself. The ship is older and definitely shows its age in places. The cabin and hallways were worn from wall to floor. We had an ocean view at the back of deck 3 and I don’t think I’d do that again. We were right under the main kitchen and it was loud all night. However, the bed was comfy and everything worked. Service was top notch. Safwan, our room attendant, was extremely nice and attentive. He was great to the kiddos and always had a smile for us. Crisostomo and Mark, our waiter/assistant, were also amazing. Cris gave us a tip that made breakfast so much more enjoyable - eat in the Park Cafe! In all, it seemed everyone had a smile and a greeting for us that made us feel welcome. Food was good. As a former foodservice manager, I understand the difficulty in providing high level food to thousands of people. RC does an excellent job of this, though I wasn’t too impressed by the Windjammer. In fact, I hope I never have to eat there again. It was just too crowded and the food wasn’t that good. I’m comparing this to the Disney Dream buffet, which I thought was very nice. The pool deck is large and very nice. Two good size pools and four hot tubs. They opened the Solarium to everybody on the sea day, thankfully. Though I’m sure it annoyed the adults, there wasn’t much to do for the kids that day. Plenty of places to get drinks and they were consistently delicious. Speaking of drinks, I do wish I’d just bought the dang drink package ahead of time instead of the first day. Probably threw away $100 that way. We watched one show on night 1 and it was good. Just never managed to make it the other nights. It was Don Gray comedy and the kids loved it. Other nights we played bingo, trivia, watched karaoke, etc. The parade of flags on the last night was awesome! Never did gamble, but the casino looked decent. We have plenty of casinos at home, so it wasn’t a huge draw for us. Kids club was really well managed and the kids were always annoyed when we came to get them - a good sign! We utilized the kids club dinner once and enjoyed dining as a couple. As noted, the at-sea day was pretty lame. The crew added indoor activities, so it’s no fault of their own. We just had two kids cooped up in the boat. Originally had planned to use the Key for the rock wall and jumping attraction, but both were closed because of the weather. Nassau was fun! Last time I hadn’t really liked it much, but we walked down to Junkanoo Beach and the sun came out finally! Enjoyed some street food and drinks and swam the day away. The pier is open at Coco Cay, which made the benefit of priority status on the tender a non-issue. Well worth it of course, because it was so easy to get off/on the boat. While the water park still isn’t done, the humongous pool and new dining area is. Easily the best lunch of the cruise - they had some very good carnitas tacos. Weather at Coco was awesome and we just enjoyed every minute of the experience. Staff was quick to help with chairs and umbrellas. Tip: the farther you walk, the better your seat. Brought our own snorkels and used the complimentary life vests. Saw some fish and rays. Another tip: the pool is amazing and worth visiting. In all, we would do it again and hope for better weather. We liked RC for the fact that they make the whole cruise seem like a four night party. While Disney does kids very well, their adult activities sometimes seem like an afterthought compared to the plethora of things RC organizes for adults. Both have good kids clubs, but I think mine preferred RC because theirs was smaller and a little more personal. Read Less

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