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We chose the Disney Dream because so many people had raved about the experience. Let me say that the customer service was exceptional from embarkation to debarkation. The cleanliness of the room and the cabin steward were excellent as ... Read More
We chose the Disney Dream because so many people had raved about the experience. Let me say that the customer service was exceptional from embarkation to debarkation. The cleanliness of the room and the cabin steward were excellent as well. The food was ok in the dining rooms. I actually enjoyed the buffets better than the selections and quality found in the main dining rooms. Because I am not the biggest Disney Fan, and my daughter is simply a "fun" fan, we were not overjoyed with all things disney on this ship. There opportunities to take lots of pictures with all of the characters from Disney. My daughter simply wanted to swim in the pool and on the beach.....and thats exactly what she did. The kids program was also phenomenal. Overall, I think the cruise was fun! We truly enjoyed ourselves. I do think that there are other cruise lines that provide a more "whole family" enjoyable experience. I would go again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Was our first cruise in 12 years,last one was Carnival. Food was just ok, Getting on and off ship could of use improvement, somethimes the lines were long, felt like cattle, lol. Staff was great, always willing to help. Night life shut ... Read More
Was our first cruise in 12 years,last one was Carnival. Food was just ok, Getting on and off ship could of use improvement, somethimes the lines were long, felt like cattle, lol. Staff was great, always willing to help. Night life shut down a little early but that could of just been the people going tobed early. Shows were good but not excellent. Felt like Carnival entertainment staff did better in getting everyone involved. Pool area always crowded. Kids in jacuzzi and no one said anything. Drinks were made well. All ages were on the ship. If you tip a couple of dollars, they remember! well worth a couple of dollars. Casino had a weird layout but it did payout! They had non smoking area in casino as well. Dress seem to be very casual at all times. Maybe the ship was too big for me, huge ship. Left from NYC. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The friendly crew members was the best thing about our cruise. They were so kind and helpful and worked really hard. My family and I had heard that Royal Caribbean was a step above Carnival. We would disagree with that. We were ... Read More
The friendly crew members was the best thing about our cruise. They were so kind and helpful and worked really hard. My family and I had heard that Royal Caribbean was a step above Carnival. We would disagree with that. We were disappointed in the buffet meals, the food on the buffet wasn't as good as I had been told from past cruisers....shortage of desserts on the dessert buffet. The soda machines were out on several occasions and the ice machine were not working at times. The soda machines were on another level from the buffets. Our nightly 6pm dinner was really nice, the food delicious and again the waiters were top notch. Activities were okay...the Las Vegas show was disappointing. The shore excursions went well...as did all the island activities. I keep thinking maybe the service, etc. was not it's best because it was the first voyage since the ship had been refurbished. Not sure if we will cruise Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Cabin - we booked a Royal Family Suite. It was huge and comfortable, but there is a strong, sour odor in both of the bathrooms. And the main bathroom flooded on the third night. Food - Chop Grille is not worth the money. $35 per person ... Read More
Cabin - we booked a Royal Family Suite. It was huge and comfortable, but there is a strong, sour odor in both of the bathrooms. And the main bathroom flooded on the third night. Food - Chop Grille is not worth the money. $35 per person already and you still have to pay extra for the lobster etc. And the woman at the front desk made us waited outside for 15 minutes even though we already made a reservation. Entertainment - satisfying. They do not have a huge dance crew though, the perforfance is really good. Service - the stateroom attendant service exceeded our expectation. He reacted very fast and was very friendly, folded animals with bathroom towels. I gave him extra tips. The waiter in the main dining room also did a good job. Shore Excursions - They do not provide bags for the towels and everything like Celebrity so prepare yourself with one. Overall it is a average rating for the Enchantment of the Seas. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this cruise because this is the only week we could go and the carnival elation was the only ship avaliable during this time. This was a five night cruise and the two stops were Nasau in the Bahamas and a private island called ... Read More
We chose this cruise because this is the only week we could go and the carnival elation was the only ship avaliable during this time. This was a five night cruise and the two stops were Nasau in the Bahamas and a private island called Half Moon Cay. We drove over 12 hours to the port in Jacksonville Florida. There were four of us traveling and we had 2 rooms. I realize the ship was older and was not updated as some of the others had been. We were very dissatisfied the the way things were handled. The carpet had been vacuumed, but definately needed to be cleaned. That was in both of the rooms. The biggest problem was that our room was not cool. Apparently they said the air was on but it was not blowing cold air. The hallway was cooler than our room. Went to guest services nearly every day to complain about how hot we were in the room. The other room we paid for was cool and we asked them to come feel the difference. We were never offered another room and were told they were overbooked. They came in with a random thermosat and said that 76 degrees met they're standards. Well it didnt meet ours because we couldnt sleep. They sent in a maintanance man and he said everything was fine. Well it as not fine and we even asked for a fan. We were told they didnt have one and then late the 4th night they delivered a small fan. The fan helped but it was still humid and stuffy. They never took care of this and we were not compensated at all. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I'm a Diamond Plus Member with Royal Caribbean and have a lot of experience with their ships. The staff was wonderful on this particular ship but I did feel it was lacking in it's maintenance. You could tell it just wasn't ... Read More
I'm a Diamond Plus Member with Royal Caribbean and have a lot of experience with their ships. The staff was wonderful on this particular ship but I did feel it was lacking in it's maintenance. You could tell it just wasn't as well maintained as the others. This was my first cruise without my family being present and my dad not handling everything and my friends first time on a cruise ever. Embarkation was very smooth we got priority check in with Diamond Plus flew into Miami arrived 12:30 and after we got our baggage took a cab to the cruise terminal where the porters helped us with our luggage tags and luggage in general. We were on board by 1:45 maybe even a bit before hand. We were able to go to our room right after we got on board and started to settle in. We changed into our suits and took care of a few things such as changing our chops reservation from the second night(which was also formal night so we wanted to be in the main dining room) and check on our spa reservations. Not sure what time our luggage arrived to the room exactly but it was well before dinner at which we had the late seating(8:30) so we were able to unpack and get changed. First thing we did after all of that was go straight to the bar and start taking advantage of our premium drink package. Got a mojito to start the trip off and BOY was it strong but delicious. We then went up to the windjammer to get some food. The food was just ok there. The windjammer was a little small and didn't seem well organized so it was always a mad house there. We often took our food and sat outside on the pool deck to just be able to breathe a bit. But the staff was always very helpful and made sure everything was well stocked. Dinner the first night wasn't that great. Our servers were trying their best and were very apologetic for how long it was taking. We were seated at a table with 3 other couples who were very nice. I ordered the prime rib and it was very fatty and very over cooked. Not at all what I am used to(though it did improve as the nights went on) our waiter Julius and assistant waiter Joan were fantastic though and took such good care of us. One of the couples at our table was rushing them which wasn't aiding the service. Things are always a bit crazy the first night as everyone kinda gets settled. We did trivia in the Schooner Bar before dinner with Assara(I might have her name wrong but she was wonderful!) We mentioned that we were big Harry Potter fans and she made it a point to play a clip from Harry Potter(it was movie music trivia) at the end just for us and let us know when Harry Potter trivia would be later in the cruise. The staff in the schooner bar was excellent as well. Very friendly bartenders and wait staff that we had some great conversations with. They all really made an effort to remember our names and what drinks we liked. Dinner over the next couple of nights was EXCELLENT we were the only two at our table for formal night and the food was incredible and we hung out with Julius and Joan the whole night. We went to chops on the last night where the service again was excellent we both got the filet mignon and it was so tender and just so good we were very full by the end of it. My friend was feeling a bit sick after getting badly sunburnt a few days before and then drinking a lot the night before so to help our waitress grabbed her a fresh banana from the kitchen. As for the ports! Coco Cay was excellent my friend did the snorkel tour(against my advice because she had bought her own snorkel fins and mask so she didn't need to pay the $37 or so for the rentals) she said it was pretty cool but not worth the money. I had my swedish massage in the morning(which was wonderful I felt incredible afterward) and I met her on the beach and just hung out, read a book and took a nap in the sun. The perfect beach day. The only thing was the seagulls were very brazen and would get very close to us. But I also understand that they are wild animals and the staff cannot really do much about it but if you left your food unattended for even a second they would swoop in and take it. We were back on the ship with plenty of time to get ready for formal night and to walk around a bit in our pretty dresses. Our second port of call was Nassau. I'm not a huge fan of this port in general we had some bad weather this day too(it was cloudy and humid in the morning then started thunder storming later in the day) I got off the boat for a bit in the morning to do some shopping but was back on with in 2 hours. I met my friend in the Solarium for some relaxing pool time in the shade(the sun and her were not friends at coco cay) It was good we were there for most of the day because when it started pouring and thundering and lightening later I was happy we had chairs because the solarium filled up quick. The roof was leaking a bit which was kind of annoying as I kept having water dripped on me while I was laying there. That night because of the bad weather the boat did tip significantly at one point(enough to cause several items we had on the vanity to slide off) my friend was a bit freaked out but I had experienced something like this happening before and knew that if it was a problem the captain would make an announcement in that moment. He did make an announcement later after everything had calmed down informing us what exactly had happened (we got slammed with 60 knot winds or 45 mph) It made for a good story and nobody was hurt. Our third port of call was Key West. We were delayed in the morning due to some more thunderstorms so we got into port a bit later than expected. We had booked a paddle boarding tour separate from the cruise line. We were worried it might be canceled due to the weather but we got lucky and it turned out to be a GORGEOUS day after a few hours. Did some shopping in port before our tour and got a pair of free pearl earrings thanks to a coupon they were handing out. We were back from our tour with plenty of time to get back on the ship. Disembarkation went very smoothly as well though we missed breakfast because we overslept a bit. But we got to the airport with plenty of time for our 2:30 flight home. We visited the Viking Crown lounge every night(well I did at least) and it was a lot of fun the staff was attentive the drinks were flowing and the staff was very focused on safety by not allowing drinks on the dance floor. It was a good DJ and a good crowd of people. Overall the staff was wonderful and made for a wonderful experience. We played trivia had some good food and some good drinks. But the ship just didn't appear to be taken care of as well as the others on the ship and it could really use some work. My showers kept going freezing in the middle of them and the water wouldn't heat back up. The water pressure was also atrocious in the sinks on board and it seemed like very little water was coming out. It was just eh but my friend enjoyed her first cruise and we're in the midst of planning another for January 2018 on the Navigator of the seas and I'll be travelling on the Allure this summer. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Fourth trip on this cruise line. First on the Sky. Pretty ship. Some updating needs to be done. Dining rooms nice but the food was unimpressive. Long wait for dinner to be served and it was only warm. Buffet was average. Breakfast ... Read More
Fourth trip on this cruise line. First on the Sky. Pretty ship. Some updating needs to be done. Dining rooms nice but the food was unimpressive. Long wait for dinner to be served and it was only warm. Buffet was average. Breakfast buffet cold eggs and cold potatos. Loved the pizza and pasta bar. The sports bar and longboard bar were great places to hang out. Had a great Mahi Mahi dinner the last evening (finally decent seafood) with tomato and sliced fingerling potatoes. Wish I could remember the sauce it was in. Anyone know what it was? Dancing with the Stars for entertainment terrible. The Staff not as attentive as on other ships. Never saw the Cruise Director. Heard his voice but did not ever see him about the ship. Not like on the Breakaway that guy was all over the ship. Next onto the Jade in November. Hoping for better. Must say embarking and disembarking went well! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
To start, I traveled with my husband and two children ( 3 and 5 years old ) So this critic is mainly for those looking to cruise with small children. After reading reviews and Norwegian's website, the Gem appeared to be a family ... Read More
To start, I traveled with my husband and two children ( 3 and 5 years old ) So this critic is mainly for those looking to cruise with small children. After reading reviews and Norwegian's website, the Gem appeared to be a family friendly ship with enough to keep families entertained. Wrong. I was entirely disappointed in the entertainment/activities for families. Sure, they have Splash Academy. But the way I feel is if I wanted to just cruise with my husband my children could have stayed at home with family. Unfortunately, due to the lack of entertainment and activities we ended up putting our children in Splash Academy for a few hours before lunch for the days we were out on sea. The kids were so overwhelmed and had no way to let off energy other than just running around the ship (or jumping around on the bed) There is only one children's pool which is over crowded with a bunch of teenagers who lack respect for smaller children. We spent no time in the pool it was far too crowded for smaller children. Dining: Having smaller children we avoided dining in restaurants. The buffet was okay- didn't expect anything more. They offered different styles everyday ( Italian, American, Mexican, Asian) The bars were pretty quick for service, the mixed drinks were delicious..we had the ultimate beverage package so we tried a variety of drinks. Only downfall is that there is little to no alcohol in the drinks so I feel bad for those who are paying $10.00 a drink. Stick to beer or wine if you are looking to get your money's worth. Room: We had a family ocean view. The room was bigger than I expected and was enough space for four people. But with the limited amount of activities we found ourselves going back and forth to our room which even though its big enough to sleep in not a great space to hang out. Room attendant was terrific! Always cleaned the room and was very friendly. Entertainment and activities: Not much, they held one family activity a day for an hour and was nothing special(create your own pizza) There was music and shows but not much that a 3 and 5 year old want to see. Although the Swing Dance and Magician were fairly good and the kids enjoyed both. Pool: One pool for children. Days out on sea the pool is crowded. The stairs where children actually enter the pool is full of kids and there was never a way to enter unless you put your child directly in the pool. Huge disappointment. The kids were so excited to go in the pool and never ended up due to being overcrowded & kind of dirty. Ports: We were notified two days before the cruise we were not going to Great Stirrup(due to maintenance) which was another downfall.Also heard from people that were on the cruise before us that they didn't get to go for the same reason so it makes you wonder. We were looking forward to access to a nice private beach without taking excursions and that never happened. We ended up staying in Nassau for two days which means more $$ We went to Blue Lagoon the first day and absolutely loved it! Would definitely go back and was perfect for children. The second day we went to Atlantis and did the beach and the dig package. Would not recommend. The resort is far to big, does not feel like you are within the Bahamas. The aquarium that they advertise to hold the most marine life does not live up to what they say. We wanted to use their beach but the water was so rough the kids could not go in it so we ended up going to their lagoon which was ok. Just seemed like a pool in the middle of their resort and had trash floating around in it. Was more expensive than Blue Lagoon and was not a great sight. But the kids had a good time so that's what mattered. We also went to Cocoa Beach,FL and it was a very good time. Shuttle over was smooth and quick, beach was clean and water was warm. The beach is full of pretty shells. There are tons of shops and places stock up on drinks and snacks! Boarding and getting of the ship: We arrived at the port around 10:00 and got on the boat a little before 12:00. Bring something to entertain your children. Getting off the ship they allow you to take your own luggage off(which they do not announce) or they tell you to get luggage tags with specific time frame for you to get off. Getting off the ship was fairly quick. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
First of all, the ship had an accident knocking out the ramp way to board the ship, so we had to enter through a small entrance at the front of the ship. They told everyone to return to the port after 1 pm because there was an incident on ... Read More
First of all, the ship had an accident knocking out the ramp way to board the ship, so we had to enter through a small entrance at the front of the ship. They told everyone to return to the port after 1 pm because there was an incident on the ship. The lines were congested and we waited a good while to board. We had a balcony room on Deck 6. Our balcony door was broken and did not seal well. Our room was not very cool and we had the air conditioner turned to the coldest temp. We asked for ice and the steward brought it to us in s big white plastic tub!! No ice bucket for the price we paid for this room???? Never had clean glasses each day either. The staff was not outstanding at all with the exception of our waitress at dinner. She was wonderful and made our dinner enjoyable. Her name was Galena and she was awesome. We cruised on the Pride last year and we were shocked in the difference this year. The staff was so much better and more helpful last year. All in all, it was just ok. Disappointed at the staff this year. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Overall this was a great cruise. I'll start with the positive: 1- Charleston is a beautiful city with the perfect port for cruising. The getting in/out of parking lot and getting on/off the ship was fairly easy considering this is ... Read More
Overall this was a great cruise. I'll start with the positive: 1- Charleston is a beautiful city with the perfect port for cruising. The getting in/out of parking lot and getting on/off the ship was fairly easy considering this is still a newish port. 2- Most of the staff were very friendly and happy to serve you. Sami - the bartender in the atrium was amazing! Very entertaining and would strike up a conversation with everyone at the bar despite slight language barriers. All of the hospitality staff would always greet you in the hallways on the way out of your corridor. The 2 girls who ran the coffee shop were GREAT! And last but not least...Benjamin Lambert - the cruise director was INCREDIBLE. super friendly young guy who honestly works his butt off with a smile on his face. He is also a talented musician and he did a afternoon of Bob Dylan covers - true talent! 3- the entertainment and shows were GREAT and genuinely hilarious to watch. Be sure to catch the "love and marriage" show - as well as the comedians. Also - Magic Tractor, the house live band were some of the most talented musicians I've ever witnessed. my husband and I are both musicians and were truly humbled watching this talented group of individuals. 4- yes, this is a old ship. It clearly states her age when you book the cruise. However you see the staff cleaning it EVERYWHERE. I don't agree with the reviews " oh she's showing her age" They have done a great job updating the ship and keep it spotless. Tell me you could do a better job with 2600 people on a boat. I even witnessed the crew empty the pool one night (although it looked spotless) and scrub the sides of the pool and refill. 5- Layout of ship is very easy to learn - beautiful upper decks including a adult only area with 2 hot tubs with a truly breathtaking crew. OK now for the bad - 1- Overall the food was good. HOWEVER - you can only get buffet at big mealtime hours - breakfast, lunch and dinner. The only other options other than these periods are the pizza place and the deli. We had to wait on the line (They are right beside each other) for 45 MINUTES one afternoon at 3 pm for a sandwich. Now - this would be something very easy to fix. The guys who run both of these places were the most unfriendly group on the whole ship. Don't expect a "how are you what can i get you" all you get is a blank stare and "next..next.." ALSO - for the pizza line - how about you go ahead and pre make pizzas then stick them in the oven for a minute once people order it? Instead - he was literally rolling at the dough and assembling the pizza PER ORDER. This is how any typical pizza restaurant operates- this would drastically cut on the 50 people hour long line. 2- If you smoke cigars or pipes - don't expect to be able to smoke them in the casino, even though there is a constant cloud of cigarette smoke hovering. My husband was instructed the only place to smoke his pipe is on deck 11. We walked up - it is a tiny area with a couple hard seats right beside the kiddy club. Why not allow to smoke a tobacco pipe at least in the casino. Previous cruises we have been on had a whole cigar/pipe lounge . 3- When you go to leave the ship on last day - be prepared to stand in stuffy corridor hallways with 1000 other people for about a hour and 15 minutes with no circulating air or water. If you have a hard time standing for that long - let them know because they can help you get off the ship quicker. 4- I'm not sure if it was the location of our room but every night I was awoken to these loud bangs. Even the vibration of it would awake me. It sounded like people SLAMMING their room doors? But i never heard it during the day so I'm not sure if it was waves hitting the ship or something with the engines. Just be sure to take ear plugs! So overall - good cruise with more good than bad. There are a couple of things I feel they could improve on that with drastically increase the experience people have. Would i go back? Yes. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
My daughter, son-in-law & I booked this particular cruise as we wanted to take a short vacation together with their 2 year old & 8 month old. As platinum members of Carnival's VIFP club, our embarkation was smooth & ... Read More
My daughter, son-in-law & I booked this particular cruise as we wanted to take a short vacation together with their 2 year old & 8 month old. As platinum members of Carnival's VIFP club, our embarkation was smooth & relatively quick & that was very important traveling with the 2 little ones. We had booked a grand suite with an extended balcony. It was as large as I had hoped & accommodated all 5 of us with no problems, including a crib that we had requested for the baby. However, after trying to get her to sleep in it twice with no success, we decided to have it taken out of the room. It was not as safe as we would have liked as the baby could get her arms and legs through the bars of the crib, a pack and play would have been better. The suite itself was in decent shape and our room steward was exceptional. However, the carpet badly needed to have been replaced. It had numerous stains that were the first thing we saw when we walked in. It has been about 3 years since my last Carnival cruise, & I've been on short weekenders to as long as a 12 night Hawaiian cruise, I have always been able to say that the regular dining room food was outstanding until this cruise. We were all disappointed by the mediocre quality of the food. The menus had a good range of items available but almost everything for the 5 nights in the dining room was only okay. Even the pizza bar, which I normally love, was not up to the standard that I was used to. The only consistently good food was the cooked-to-order Mongolian Wok poolside on the Lido Deck. Most of the staff was very welcoming and we were asked many times if there anything they could do to make our stay more pleasant. Although our 2 year old was the right age for Camp Carnival, the only time we actually left him with the group was while we went to the formal night dinner, the first full day of the cruise. They had issued my daughter a ship cell phone & after about 15 minutes we got a call that my grandson wanted to be picked up, they were having dinner on the Lido deck & were planning to be there for an hour before going down to the playroom. Our 2 year old can't sit still in the dining room for an hour. We didn't choose to try to take him there again. Luckily we had bought a small double stroller for the cruise, it was so helpful. We didn't get to any of the shows because of of the little ones. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We planned a family of 8 trip for 3 nights to the Bahamas with 2 stops. The boat only made one of the stops, and we were never told anything about cancelling the second stop. This was very disappointing to the whole family. Otherwise the ... Read More
We planned a family of 8 trip for 3 nights to the Bahamas with 2 stops. The boat only made one of the stops, and we were never told anything about cancelling the second stop. This was very disappointing to the whole family. Otherwise the boat was great and so was the staff. We were not that pleased with the sit down dinners that were offered in the dining rooms. The buffet was the better choice for all of us. We all did different Shore excursions and felt the snorkeling was the best deal. The rooms were very clean and well maintained. The ship was absolutely beautiful and clean. The entertainment was excellent, The only complaint that we had was on the last day of sail they played a kids movie at 5:00 pm on the big screen and cleared most of the people from the adult pool. (This was the day of our second stop that never happened.) The only thing that would keep us from booking another trip is that we did not get to the second stop (Cococay). We all were disappointed that the itinerary was changed and we were not informed of this change. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Those people who say such horrible things about this cruise ship should "get off your high horse". Do not expect a luxurious cruise ship because you are not paying top dollar for your cruise. I have been on RC, Carnival, ... Read More
Those people who say such horrible things about this cruise ship should "get off your high horse". Do not expect a luxurious cruise ship because you are not paying top dollar for your cruise. I have been on RC, Carnival, Princess, and NCL for a short two day get away out of Riviera Beach, this cruise is fine. Two things you must avoid is the Timeshare gig and the cheapest cabin on the ship. Our ocean view cabin was spacious, service was excellent, food was good, not excellent, and the shows were entertaining. I enjoyed the casino and I was given a big discount on the price of the cruise because of my casino play. We played the Family Feud game and laughed our heads off. We enjoyed the formal dining room much more than the buffet. Just do not expect a luxurious ship, and you can really enjoy this inexpensive cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Review Carnival Ecstasy April 25th This cruise review is how I perceived things and may not be how others perceived them. Both my DW and I are both Platinum cruiser and know what to expect on a Carnival Cruise. Pre Cruise My DW ... Read More
Review Carnival Ecstasy April 25th This cruise review is how I perceived things and may not be how others perceived them. Both my DW and I are both Platinum cruiser and know what to expect on a Carnival Cruise. Pre Cruise My DW and I decided that since our cruise left out of Charleston we would spend a few days ahead of time enjoying the sites, food and shopping that she has to offer. We left at 4 on the Thursday before and drove about halfway. Got up the next day and got into Charleston. While in Charleston we stayed at Sleep Inn in Mount Pleasant which is just across the Bridge from Charleston. We stay here because they had a stay and leave your car for 5 days deal going on. The hotel was a Sleep Inn nothing too fancy but it was very clean and the staff was helpful and friendly. I would stay here again. You had to get your own transportation over to the cruise port and the cost was about $16 through Uber, not too bad in my opinion. In Charleston there is so much to do and you can’t get it done in two and half days. What we did do was Fort Sumter, Shopping on King Street (what I mean by we shopped it was my DW went shopping and I found a bar and had a couple of drinks), City Market, Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet, Boon Hall Plantation, and had some wonderful meals. I would advise anyone to check out these restaurants for lunch or dinner Hominy Grill, Fleet Landing, Paige’s Orka Grill and Melvin’s BarBQ and for breakfast Charleston Café. Day 1 Embarkation As I mentioned previously we had to find our own transportation to the cruise terminal and was advised by the front desk of our hotel that Uber would be the way to go. Since I have used Uber before no big deal. We got up and a decent time went and had breakfast at the Charleston Café back to the room to check out and head to the terminal. We contacted Uber at 10 till 11 and was at the terminal with bags unloaded at about 11:15. The cost was about $16. Once we got to port there was a line waiting to board the buses that would take us to the port. After 5 minutes we were on a bus and headed to the security and check in lines. We quickly went through the Security line and Check in was fast and efficient. At this point we were asked to wait due to the ship wasn’t ready to accept new passengers. I would say that we waiting no more than 10 minutes. So by about 11:45 we were on the ship and looking to start our cruise. After a stop at the Excursion Desk we went to our Stateroom and dropped off our carry on. So we are off to get some lunch and plan some things for the rest of the day and explored the ship. Since I have been on this ship before it did have some of the new things such as the Blue Iguana or the Red Frog Bar. All of the new additions are quite nice and it makes the ship feel a more up to date with some of the other ships. We did a few things throughout the day and got ready for the Muster Drill. I have never complained about a Muster Drill due to how important they are but on this cruise it seemed that Carnival didn’t really know what they were doing. What in my opinion should have taken just a little bit of time took way to long and it appeared the crew really didn’t know how to do their jobs with keeping everything orderly and quite so you could hear the announcements. They also didn’t seem to know where cruisers should be going (this seemed to be an issue throughout the cruise and will discuss more about later). Once we got through the muster drill the ship set sail. Dinner in the Main Dining room the first night seemed to have some of same type of issues we noticed with the Muster Drill, that things were a bit off. While service this night was okay it really seemed that the staff had tunnel vision and couldn’t get past what they were doing right then and look around and see what the guest is needing. We had to ask for our beverages to be refilled. They got us our food but didn’t come back to make sure everything was okay until they brought the next dish and never checked back once the main course was served. My wife had to ask the bar waitress if she could bring over some sour cream for her potato. We chalked it up to being the first night and went on to enjoy our evening. Day 1 Sea Day There really isn’t much to say about the first Sea Day other than everyone was out at the pool and you really couldn’t find anywhere to sit until after lunch. Which might have been a good thing because I think it helped preventing us from getting burned. Outside of not getting a place to lay out until later the day was really relaxing. Dinner at the Main Dining room this evening was a complete disaster. When we showed up we had about a 10 minute wait, which I expected due to it being formal night and I figured everyone would eating in the Dining Rooms. We got seated and then waited for 20 minutes for anyone to greet us. When they did greet us the wanted to take the whole order they hadn’t even asked us what we wanted to drink. I asked them to please bring us our drinks and we would order once they got back (boy was that a mistake). No one got back to use for another 15 minutes. We have now been sitting with for 35 minutes without drinks. With a lot of time on my hands since I didn’t have anything to drink or eat I got to pay attention to what is going on and I could see that the serving staff didn’t handle things that weren’t apart of their script very well. If you didn’t get sat within the first few moments of the dining room being opened you had to wait until the wait staff got the main course out to those they had already taken the order. Once those were out then the wait staff took care of rest of the people in their section. Things did get better until the staff need to get deserts for the people who were sat first and again the drought of service happened again. Again I chalked this up to maybe being a very busy night went on to enjoy my evening. After the issues with dinner My DW and I decide to change out of our nice attire and just try to find something enjoyable to do. Once I got back to my stateroom I noticed that our bathroom really had the smell of sewage and the water had a brown tint to it. I contacted my cabin steward and he looked into it. We left and enjoyed some of the shows and found most of them quite enjoyable. Once we got back to the Stateroom to retire for the evening the tinted water was gone but not the smell. I reached out to guest services to see if we could get someone to bring an air freshener and of course they asked why and I explained. They said they would see what they could do. No one ever showed up. We just closed the door and went to sleep. Day 2 Nassau We have been to Nassau a few time and decided that we really didn’t want to do an excursion and all we wanted to do was a little bit shopping and have some fresh Conch. Which we were able to do without much trouble. We ate at Bahamian Cookin’ which is right near the Straw Market. I had the Cracked Conch and my DW had the Conch Fritters both were excellent and plentiful. Service was great as well. I would recommend this to anyone and will go back again if in the area. After our leisurely lunch and shopping back to the boat, after a quick change of clothes off to pool and hang out. With everyone out enjoying Nassau we pretty much had the pool to ourselves. I decided to order a Mojito and was informed they were out of mint no big deal and ordered a beer (this will come up again). After relaxing in the sun and enjoying or afternoon it was time for a nap and get ready for dinner. So after naps we decided to get ready for dinner and it appeared that someone had come to look at our bathroom. The smell had gone away and the water was clear in our toilet once again but in doing so it appears the messed up the shower head and the part that keeps the shower head up. So I had to take my shower holding the shower head to rinse off my hair and body from the soap. Not the end of the world just another small thing to have to get fixed. So after getting ready and heading to dinner I alerted my cabin steward to the latest issues and asked him to look into it. Dinner in the Main Dining room again was pretty much the same as the first two night and we just chalked it up to maybe the Ecstasy was a training boat. We could not believe that service was this bad but we let it ride thinking it would get better. Day 3 Half Moon Cay For my DW and myself this why we book this cruise and didn’t let us down. We had booked a Cabana and were on the first tender to island. The water was crystal clear and weather couldn’t have been better. I was a day to relax and just enjoy a place you don’t get to go to everyday. We did get a cabana near the end of the line just to stay out of the crowds. Still out of mint so no Mojito for me but that was okay. I think we might have been on the last tender back we loved it so much we didn’t want to leave. Once back in for the day the sewage smell was back so I think they are having some issues with the sewage system on the Rivera Deck because we smelled it walking down the hall in a couple of other areas. Since dinner for the last few days had really been horrible we decided to just eat on the lido. Day 4 Day at Sea Not sure if it was due to a lot of people got burned up in Half Moon Cay but the pool area wasn’t so busy that you couldn’t get a lounger and we did and just rested. It was at this time that I was offered a Dirty Mojito which is a regular Mojito but using spiced rum. I did order one and it was very good but I couldn’t quite figure out how for the last two days they didn’t have mint but they did today. I guess this is when I decided that enough was enough and headed to guest services with my list of issues. I asked to speak to the Maitre D and the Bar Manager. I got to have a chat with the Maitre D and explained what my issues where and he of course apologized and said they would be corrected but that night at dinner it wasn’t much better. I really do think this is a training cruise. My conversation with the Bar Manager was what can be expected and the excuse was that no one informed him that there wasn’t any mint and he apologized for the trouble. That night we packed and got ready for the long drive home the next day Day 5 debarkation We had decided due the fact we had a long drive that we would do self-assist. We got up got ready and headed to the ship’s library to be told to when we can get off the ship, since they cannot announce it over the PA system. We were off the ship by 7:30 it was quick and easy. To summarize: Cabin Steward - Excellent Bar Staff - not so good Wait Staff- Horrible Ship – Needs to get into a Dry Dock and get some repairs in Cruise over all – I enjoyed my cruise and would do it again in a heartbeat. I now know what to expect so I can set my expectation level to match. Food – It taste good it was always a bit cool do to the dysfunction of the wait staff. Charleston – One of the best cities to cruise out of in my opinion while the cruise port is lacking the city itself makes up for it. The staff in general just didn’t seem to have everything down to Carnival’s high standard and hopefully they will get to that level. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are a family of four, with two children under the age of 10. We sailed on spring break, and took the same itinerary and port last year, with the lone exception being the ship was the Carnival Fantasy, rather than the Ecstasy. This is ... Read More
We are a family of four, with two children under the age of 10. We sailed on spring break, and took the same itinerary and port last year, with the lone exception being the ship was the Carnival Fantasy, rather than the Ecstasy. This is an extremely economical cruise first and foremost. This is not a lavish, polished brass, type of cruise. You must know that going in. That said, here are my thoughts: EMBARKATION - As has been outlined many times, Charleston port is not very glamorous. You get herded in like cattle and shuttled to the terminal via bus. Not pretty, but it works. Check in for us took a while; certainly longer than last year. But, we learned that some of their computers were down, causing the delay. It was obvious when they came back up, because all the empty work stations were quickly filled with workers. Something I didn't recall from last year was the line after you received your check-in documents. A HUGE line was forming due to photographers stopping passengers for the corny welcome aboard photo. My family slid right by and headed on the ship. DINING EXPERIENCE - We chose MTD, as we have done in the past. This year the service was noticeably slower. Each night we waited 30-45 minutes, but to be fair, we did go to dinner around 6;30 PM most nights, which I would imagine is prime time, and we were a party of 13, and required two tables. Once seated, it was the typical hour and a half to two hour experience. The food was good, not great. It's the old menu with the standard selections. I did try the alligator fritters and another diner tried the oxen tongue. There was no caviar this year :( Our waiters were attentive, and went out of their way to help out our children's table. There was again a noticeable difference between this year and last with regard to the number of servers in each area. It seemed to be a bit thin compared to last year. The Lido deck dining was average, but that has always been the case. Kids love chicken tenders and french fries, not to mention all you can eat ice cream, so the Lido deck serves it's purpose. MDR Brunch was great the one day we did eat. Usual selection, but better quality than Lido. We used the Pirates Pizza often and never had a bad experience. We used the deli a couple of times and again, no issues. ENTERTAINMENT - The Blue Sapphire is typical of the Fantasy Class ships. Not really a good seat in the house due to the one level seating below, and the obstruction from either the glass or poles in the upper deck. The shows were good, not great. The Carnival talent definitely gives you their all every night, and that's appreciated. Our cruise Director Benjamin was good. He was sarcastically funny, but not flamboyantly over the top as we've had in the past. We did the PG comedy due to traveling with the kids. Both shows were very good...and appropriate. That said, for some reason I made the mistake of popping in the Blue Sapphire at 3 PM when the Love and Marriage Show was on. Funny as hell, but a few times it definitely wasn't appropriate for the kids! My mistake there. The biggest complaint I have, and have read it many, many times before, is the cigarette smoke that engulfs the common areas of Deck 8. I have no problems with people smoking, it's just I have a problem inhaling smoke when I'm trying to get a family photo done, or simply walking to a show or shop. I found out very quickly that my lung capacity isn't what it used to be, as trying to hold you breath the entire length of that area is impossible to do! STATEROOM - We had an interior room on Deck 7, the usual accommodations we choose. No issues with the room as it is exactly what we've had before. Once again though, the service seemed to be lacking. To clarify, the actual service was good, but our Steward made absolutely no attempt to see us, talk to us, get to know us. None. I was pretty surprised, but it is what it is. We didn't get a towel animal until Day 3. We usual leave extra for the Steward, but this year was an exception. EXCURSIONS - We did Atlantis last year, so this year we took a day pass to the British Colonial Hilton. A great facility with very friendly staff. I would certainly recommend this! HMC was honestly the best beach we have ever been to! We've been to Barbados, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, etc and HMC beats them all - hands down. If you go to HMC and stay on the ship, then shame on you! People actually did this? We swam with the stingrays which was a very cool experience. A little nerve wracking, but very cool. The staff make you feel at ease and give you the direction you need to stay safe. Our 7 year old son did this excursion with no issues. The food on HMC was average. The dining/serving area is very congested, but they have more than enough little dining areas carved our throughout the area to make you comfortable. DEBARKATION - If you can, I suggest walking off with your luggage. Otherwise your like us, and get stuck on the ship until 10:00 and then wait in huge lines to get out of the terminal area. This is where those shuttles really suck. It takes forever to get one and then you get dropped off back in the parking area and have to hoof it to your vehicle with your bags. OVERALL - We like this cruise for the cost mostly, but also because we live on the East Coast and we can drive to the port. The Bahamas are always wonderful, and HMC is not to be missed! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We were bumped over to the Majesty of the Seas after our Empress of the Seas sailing was cancelled. We were somewhat concerned about our experience on the Majesty, given the poor reviews here and elsewhere. It was overall a positive ... Read More
We were bumped over to the Majesty of the Seas after our Empress of the Seas sailing was cancelled. We were somewhat concerned about our experience on the Majesty, given the poor reviews here and elsewhere. It was overall a positive experience, and better than we expected. What was good: We were pleasantly surprised by Royal Caribbean's food and staff. This was our first experience on RCL, with the bulk of our prior cruise experiences on Celebrity and Princess. While no means gourmet, we thought both the Dining Room and Windjammer food and service were well above average. Staff was very positive and welcoming, with great energy and desire to please. Franky, our server in the dining room, was excellent. Kenroy, our cabin steward, was also excellent. For a 24 year old ship, Majesty of the Seas is in fairly good shape. (It was headed into a drydock after our sailing, but was very clean and crew were constantly doing work on it.) While it doesn't have the whiz and bang of the newer ships, it certainly did the job for a cheap vacation. It pales in comparison to previous ships we've been on, but it was certainly fine for the price point. As Diamond Level members (because of our status on Celebrity), we were treated royally. Free drinks, friendly loyalty desk, and nice Diamond Lounge each evening. What could have been better: The stateroom beds were not particularly comfortable and seriously needed replacing. The entertainment was just okay (again, it's a four night trip...don't expect Broadway). The ports are nothing new and are good for sitting on the beach or relaxing...we didn't do any shore excursions. The interiors and furnishings need updating. What was not okay: Rick Corso, comedian. His act was vulgar and offensive and contained really inappropriate material about transgendered people. If the same comments had been said about persons of color or about other minorities, I know Royal Caribbean would discontinue his act immediately. I hope they will do the same in this situation. Regardless of how one feels politically about the issue, there were certainly transgendered guests aboard, or people with family members who are transgendered, and it was just offensive to all. Passengers, including us, left the event in droves. I have never made a complaint before on the 20+ cruises I've been on, but I did complain to the Cruise Director via a written letter at the guest services desk. She made no response. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My hubby, 8 year old daughter, 12 year old son and I sailed on the Carnival Sunshine on April 24, 2016 for our 5 night cruise to their private island, nassau bahamas and Freeport Bahamas. It was NYC spring break. My background, I have ... Read More
My hubby, 8 year old daughter, 12 year old son and I sailed on the Carnival Sunshine on April 24, 2016 for our 5 night cruise to their private island, nassau bahamas and Freeport Bahamas. It was NYC spring break. My background, I have sailed once with Carnival 9 years ago and we had such a horrible cruise on the Carnival sensation from scalding shower water, to clogging toilets and just a tacky boat that my first cruise and my first cruise with Carnival was horrific! We take 2 vacations a year, and we always plan way in advance because we have to fly to Orlando to take a cruise and we have to save for our vacations. We have cruised on Disney 4 times, Royal 2 times and NCL once. Embarkation, we were told to get there through an email between 1-2pm and I know many ignore these emails but we did decide to get there after 1 and yet there was still crowds and still a 20 minute line to wait on until we could check in but thankfully it was inside and not in the hot sun. After checking in we walked on the boat and went straight to the Lido to grab some Guys burgers which are absolutely amazing!! Sad to say if Guys Burgers were not on this boat I would have taken off a star. The food was just not good at all. The buffet was small and although small just not good food. Even the 24 hour pizza was bland. Royal Carib and of course Disney has way better food! My family and I actually liked the boat! Not too big and not too small. Many people review this boat and complain about this ship (Im an avid Cruise Critic reader before any cruise) and I dont agree with many of the reviews. Our oceanview room was fine for the 4 of us, I was disappointed because booking almost 10 months in advance I thought I would have a bunkbed, but instead had a pull out bed, and I was prepared to not have a refrigerator. Our room was clean and our attendant was nice, tried to say our names when he saw us but never really interacted, which was fine. Gave us ice everyday which we appreciated. Our toiled didnt flush for 10 hours and we simply got a "were sorry", we got over it. We did the anytime dinning and because we cruised with my in-laws, we became a family of 8 and had to wait 45 minutes to be seated and then every night our food took over a hour to come. Service was nice, but you can tell the waiters heart is not there and there is no personal service because you have a new waiter every night. The food was just bland in the dinning room and going to the buffet was sad, nothing appealing at all, my kids didnt even want anything. Same for breakfast, just bland but thank goodness for the omelette station, where you can get fried eggs also. Another compliant was the bottomless bubbles package, getting a soda you had to go to the bar which was so annoying. The bartenders would ignore the kids and even the adults, it took at least 15 minutes to get a drink by the pool and the one bartender at the red rum bar was so rude! Royal wins with the Coke Freestyle machine big time! The free drinks of unsweetened tea and lemonade got boring and the variety of a coke or a sprite or any soda out of a can also got boring, the coke machines way better! We did the hasbro show (I was called on stage), we did karoke (my daughter sang and everyone clapped), we did the magic show both my kids were called up, we just had a blast. The kids did the sky walk several times, we played all of the games that were set up on the cruise, the water park was fun and my kids actually really liked the clubs!! They said it was better than Royal. People say that carnival is the walmart of the seas, well I shop at walmart and we need to accept that all people are different, and were all on vacation with the goal to have a nice time and that is exactly what my family had a good time and so did everyone else. Here are some tips (I want to help others, as other reviews have helped me) Bring a couple of cans of drinks on board (no bottles allowed) its better than waiting on line for a soda! Go to the shows, it adds so much more to your cruise Let your kids try to the clubs even if its for a hour We had no problem finding a chair by the pool ever, so dont wake up at 7am for this! When going to freeport, take the van to Junkanoo Taino beach its $14 roundtrip and we had a great time! The set up is right outside the security gate. The Junkanoo Taino beach had sea weed but we walked down a little and it was clear beautiful blue water. Many people from the cruise were there and everyone enjoyed themselves! Beach chairs and umbrellas were $3 each and yes they were a little broken down but we sat on them for less than 10 minutes because we loved the ocean so much. Not the fanciest beach but for a family of four we paid less than $75 for everything and with Carnival we would have paid almost $200 (not happening). We didnt get off the boat in Nassau, been there 10+ times and if we did, we would have walked to the free Junkanoo beach (10 minute safe walk). We got off the boat by 9am in Orlando and off to park and cruise where we paid $30 less than at the port! The van came to pick us up 5 minutes after we walked out of customs! The price of the cruise was really good, way less than Royal, but Royal's food wins hand down (yes we love food!) We had a great relaxing vacation. We all came home happy, didnt gain too much weight, great memories and would I do it again? Yes....only if they improved their food!! Thank you Carnival for a really nice vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My Husband and I stayed at the Hilton on Cocoa Beach and choose the park and cruise package with one night stay. It was great being right on the beach. Embarkation went very smooth as it was last time we went to that port. The ship was ... Read More
My Husband and I stayed at the Hilton on Cocoa Beach and choose the park and cruise package with one night stay. It was great being right on the beach. Embarkation went very smooth as it was last time we went to that port. The ship was so crowded once we were on but didn't have to wait too long to see our room which was 7328 aft balcony. We looked forward to this room having an extended balcony but truth is I wouldn't want it again. The balcony was roomier but that was only to see your neighbors more than we wanted many a time... Also ladies I suggest bringing your own blow dryer as it is connected in a drawer and was so inconvenient with a small cord to reach. The room it self was clean, bright and pleasant with a nice size shower. Food.... on the not so good side at the Lido deck. Just blah :( We did eat at the Italian restaurant for an extra charge.. it was good. Service was great all around ! Port to Half Moon cay was beautiful and lunch was yummy. Port to Nassau was so-so. We didn't take any excursions on this cruise to save money but shopped in the stores and found some novelty bargains. I liked Freeport best and had fun at Senior Frogs. The ship itself was sort of confusing and tight in many areas. Shows were top notch and enjoyed the comedy shows too. Pool/ serenity area always crowded. I would not choose this ship again but had fun anyway. It always is what you make it :) Loved our cruise director Donkey and would love to see him at another time. Met some really great people too. Disembarkation again went really smooth and organized. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I just returned from my 4th Carnival cruise. This was, however, my first time on the Sunshine. I was not impressed. The other ships I have sailed on were the Fascination, Elation, both in 2015, and several years back, the Celebration. To ... Read More
I just returned from my 4th Carnival cruise. This was, however, my first time on the Sunshine. I was not impressed. The other ships I have sailed on were the Fascination, Elation, both in 2015, and several years back, the Celebration. To be honest, I prefer the Fascination and Elation to the bigger Sunshine because the Sunshine just felt "cramped" compared to the other smaller ships. (A little perspective for you... the Sunshine is 40 feet longer than the Fascination and holds 1,000 more guests. My country girl math tells me that 40 feet doesn't add up to enough room for 1000 people.) Our room was bigger on the Sunshine (ocean view room) which was nice, but that size comes with a price which is smaller everything else. Now let me stop here and say, this was not a bad cruise by any means, I was just not pleased with the Sunshine. The food, did not seem as good as on the Fascination or the Elation, with the exception of Guy's Burgers. Those burgers looked to be (and tasted) hand patted and they had all the fixings (caramelized onions, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, etc.) Yummy! The fries...oh my!! I can't speak much for the entertainment because I was too busy losing (too much) money in the casino...LOL. However, we did watch a movie (Star Wars...not my pick.) and the outside theater was very nice. Carnival even provided blankets and popcorn (mine had no salt or butter...ugh.) This is an upgrade that the smaller ships do not have. The service was good, though not as good as we have had in the past. We had to physically set our glasses in the hall for them to be taken by our steward (which was very different from our other cruises). Our steward never really introduced himself, and I still do not know his name. With that said, he did his job keeping our bathroom clean and our bed made (and folded down at night)... oh, and our towel animal. :) One thing though, we didn't get our mints this time. :( Our cruise went to Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport. We did not do any excursions this cruise, though we have done the swimming with the stingrays previously at Half Moon Cay and it was great. There isn't really much at Nassau or Freeport, but in Nassau we took a taxi (not booked on the ship) to the casino at Atlantis and we had a great time (and lost more money). The taxi was $4 pp each way and the entrance to the casino was free though the rest of Atlantis was not. In Freeport, there are a handful of tiny businesses (kinda like a modern day straw market which is more upscale than it was when I went to Freeport on the Celebration years ago.) There is a Senor Frogs (mexican restaurant) there which we did go to and the restaurant staff were very fun (singing, dancing, interacting with the customers). I went to the Nassau Senor Frogs in 2015 and was not at all impressed. We purchased Faster to the Fun and we will not cruise without it. We never stood in line and was on the ship, and in our room, by 12:30 on day of departure. We were off the ship by 8:30 and through customs and to our car by 9:15. It was a very smooth process. We have a cruise booked in June 2017 to Alaska on the Legend...13 months, 12 days... but who is counting?! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I went on the Elation because it was out of Jacksonville and not far from home plus we used our RCI certificate on it. I have been on one other cruise 10 years ago on the Valor. The Valor feels like a Marriott while the elation seems more ... Read More
I went on the Elation because it was out of Jacksonville and not far from home plus we used our RCI certificate on it. I have been on one other cruise 10 years ago on the Valor. The Valor feels like a Marriott while the elation seems more like a days inn. We are in our 30's with a 3 and a 5 year old and maybe the theater theme just wasn't for us. The room seemed really out of date and old and honestly had old people smell when we first walked in. We thought the ship was from the 80s or early 90s but it was built in 1998. Needs updated in my opinion. The ports were nice and we enjoyed them and the dining experience and service was really nice and good food. Another pro is that it was smaller and easier to get around on with our two kids. Would we go on the elation again? probably not till it gets updated or its been about 5 years and memory isn't as fresh. Overall it was a good experience and we enjoyed our time just don't expect it to be as nice as the bigger ships. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are a couple 68 years old and retired. We chose this cruise because we could drive to Baltimore. It was a 31/2 hour drive from Gloucester, Va. We went to Baltimore a day early and stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn ,Arundel Mills. We ... Read More
We are a couple 68 years old and retired. We chose this cruise because we could drive to Baltimore. It was a 31/2 hour drive from Gloucester, Va. We went to Baltimore a day early and stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn ,Arundel Mills. We arrived at the cruise port at approx. 11:30 am and were on board by 1:00 pm, ate a good burger at Guy's and then went to our cabin. Our luggage arrived by 4:00 pm. The ship was a good size not too big or crowded. We had two things that we did not like about this ship and this particular cruise, which is why I only gave it a rating of three dots. The first problem is the number of children on this cruise. There must have been at least 500 kids on this cruise, we have never had more than probably 15 or 20 on any cruise we have taken before. The second problem was the lack of shade on the decks with the lounge chairs. We like to sit in the shade on deck and read. We ate all of our dinners in the Main Dining Room. We never went to the Lido at dinnertime. Our dining wait staff was - head waitress-Cokorda, waiter-Seng and assistant waitress- Supassara. Service from these three was outstanding. "Coko" was very engaging, cheerful, efficient and knowledgeable concerning the night's choices. We ate the seaday brunches the 4 days we were at sea and thought they were great. Sang and Supassara kept our glasses full and the table cleaned. We thought the food was excellant and there were many choices that could be chosen Our room stewards, Abraham and Aye Aye were fantastic. The cabin was clean when we arrived and was maintained in great condition thru out the cruise. Our every request was met and exceeded. We went to the show the first night and it was so loud we did not return. The activities seemed to be geared to the children. The ports we went to were great. Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk have gorgeous beaches and beautiful clear water. these beaches are one of the reasons we booked this cruise. We did not partake of any shore excursions. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our first cruise with the whole family, so we wanted it to be short and not too expensive. Several members of the family live in Orlando, so Port Canaveral was the obvious choice. Boarding was a breeze. Barely took 20 minutes. ... Read More
This was our first cruise with the whole family, so we wanted it to be short and not too expensive. Several members of the family live in Orlando, so Port Canaveral was the obvious choice. Boarding was a breeze. Barely took 20 minutes. The cabin (Junior Suite) was quite nice, although there were signs of age like peeling paint and such. Our cabin steward (Venoth) was exceptional. I don't recall ever leaving or coming back to the cabin and not seeing him. We had a pole in our cabin, but it really was a non-issue. We bought the wifi package for two devices. It worked, but was very slow and finicky, especially with iPhones. It worked better with the laptops. Still, for $90 for the 3 days, the value was questionable. The food in the main dining room was just ok. My wife requested non-dairy meals (allergies) and she was accommodated, but the choices for her were very limited and dessert for her was always just fruit. Why no sorbet or other non-dairy desserts? Wine at dinner was quite pricey at $15/glass. The portion size of the meals was less than you'd expect. Those with large appetites will be looking for something else to eat later. Luckily the Windjammer Cafe has long hours and truth be told, the food and variety is better there. I preferred breakfast and lunch in the Windjammer over dinner in the main dining room. Nassau is Nassau. We walked the loop around the marketplace and then went back to the ship. Coco Cay was the better stop. We went over early and walked to the south beach and found a great spot where we were mostly alone. We spent a good part of the morning there. Lunch was surprisingly good despite some iffy reviews I'd read. We spent several evenings in the Viking Crown Lounge at the top of the ship. It was close to empty all the time, so we had our choice of seats. It was a great place to gather the family without the noise and crowds of the other lounges. If you plan on drinking a few drinks or more per day, definitely check out a drink package. The full 3 day package was $173. At an average of $10+/- per drink, it pays for itself pretty quickly. There is also a beer/wine only package which is about half that cost. Disembarkation wasn't too bad. The line to get through customs was very long, but it moved along constantly. Just a lot of waiting so a customs agent could ask you if you had any fruit. We had family to drive us to the airport, but the cruise line has a shuttle for $37.50 per person. I'm not sure I'd do another Caribbean cruise, but if I did, I'd be tempted to try a different cruise line just to compare. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We left from Port Canaveral on Thursday morning. We got to the Port about 10:15 a.m. and parked at the port. Parking was easy and literally at the ship. Perfect way to start a vacation. We had booked Faster to the Fun and there was no line ... Read More
We left from Port Canaveral on Thursday morning. We got to the Port about 10:15 a.m. and parked at the port. Parking was easy and literally at the ship. Perfect way to start a vacation. We had booked Faster to the Fun and there was no line for us to check in when we got there. We waited about twenty minutes inside and then got called to board our ship. Faster to the Fun was a great option for us. We were one of the first on the ship, our rooms were ready when we got on the ship and our luggage was there just a few minutes after we walked in. Our room had a king size bed that was two twin beds that were pushed together. If there was too much movement on the bed they would start pulling apart but what can you expect. Our bathroom was small but one night when we were running late for dinner and two of us fit in there to shower and get ready at the same time. Plenty of closet space. I love that there was real t.v. on so we had something to put on when we went to sleep. Our housekeeping was perfect. Always on time and knew us by name. We really did appreciate the top rate service. Next up Lido deck for drinks and food. The bars were already busy and the lines were already long. We were only in our rooms long enough to drop of our carry on. The lido deck was not a fun place to be ever on that ship. It was packed full from the moment we arrived until the moment we got off the ship. Many people saving deck chairs. Most of the time probably 50% of the chairs were just being saved. The lines for the buffets were always long and it did take forever to get our lunch each day. Breakfast was not as bad but could be long too. Serenity deck was wonderful and I loved the bar and was usually able to find a chair there. I sat in the whirlpool with a drink and watched the Bahamas get closer and closer. Probably one of the best parts of my trip. Noel in the Casino bar was amazing. He knew us by name and would make anything we asked him to. The machines were all working from what I could tell and it was a good experience all around. Our Dinner staff was amazing and I wish I could request them for every cruise we go on. Special orders, drinks, Can I try this, they were always willing to go above and beyond the service we would have expected. The food was good and we were all able to find something we liked each night. I did order the lobster one night even though it was an extra twenty dollars. I feel like it should be included one night. I enjoyed the dancing and just fun vibe of the dining room. We went to the comedy club one night. I did not really find the comic funny but many did. We had to sit in the back of the club and the waitress would not even look at us when we tried to order a drink. I would have liked to have a drink to enjoy with my show but it's ok I could have walked to the casino and got one from Noel if I really needed one. Nassau was a nice little port. We visited the straw market to buy a few goodies to take home. Walked down to the beach by Fat Tuesdays and swam in the public beach that was not very crowded and was really beautiful. We ended up swimming with three manatees. Overall we had a wonderful three day vacation. Carnival Victory is an older ship but the staff works really hard to keep it clean. One thing I noticed was a lot of people on the ship to party. While we were all on vacation to have fun, the lady trying to pole dance in the casino was a little distasteful. There was a fight on the Serenity deck Where a man hit a woman and knocked her into the whirlpool. Then the woman's boyfriend/husband jumped in and the two guys went at it for a good 8-10 minutes before anyone showed up to stop them. I am hoping by choosing a longer cruise on a bigger ship there will be more people there to relax and less there to just party. But we did have a great time and I would do it again and again if given the chance. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I picked this cruise because it sailed on my husband's birthday and was coming out of Cape Canaveral. Getting through the port was easy and we were signed in and on the ship in less than 1/2 hour. Deck #9 (Lido deck) was where the ... Read More
I picked this cruise because it sailed on my husband's birthday and was coming out of Cape Canaveral. Getting through the port was easy and we were signed in and on the ship in less than 1/2 hour. Deck #9 (Lido deck) was where the main action was. They had the big screen over the pool and have the buffet set up for food on all sides. The lines were pretty long, but the food was actually better than in the dining room. No problem getting our luggage, we were in our room shortly after the life boat drill. Inside cabin was spacious, queen size bed with nice size bathroom. I could actually move around, especially in the shower which was hand held. Only negative was no flat screen tv. I was able to watch the NBA playoffs at the Sports bar on deck 5. Loved the room service which was very quick. Free for any items that weren't hot. $5.00 dollars for wings or pizza, which is still reasonable. Could hardly feel the ship, very smooth sailing. Enjoyed the Serenity area where you could lay out and get in the Jacuzzi, Top floor was a big mattress where you could just lay out. My husband enjoyed the spa. Shopping was at a minimum. Activities scheduled at weird times. Would try 4 night with private island. Plenty to do in the Bahamas, took tour to Whittier rum factory, everything done by hand. Don't forget to get your bottle of white Hennessy, not sold in the states. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My husband and I booked this cruise somewhat last minute. We had been booked on the 4/23 sailing on the Magic for a year for the Eastern Carib. but added this as a fun Mom and Dad getaway before the kids joined us on 4/23. We were, ... Read More
My husband and I booked this cruise somewhat last minute. We had been booked on the 4/23 sailing on the Magic for a year for the Eastern Carib. but added this as a fun Mom and Dad getaway before the kids joined us on 4/23. We were, overall, happy with the ship. As it was just the two of us (the first time EVER without kids) there wasn't much that was going to bring us down! I have yet to have a meal on any Carnival ship that I walk away from thinking it was wonderful! The food, as always, was fine. Mediocre. Average. We paid the $35 to eat in the steakhouse and again, it was fine. My husband got a filet mignon and said he preferred the filet he gets from Longhorn. While he was impressed with the size of the cut, the seasoning was poor and it was fairly flavorless. I had the lobster tail. While it was delicious - they served it with clarified butter which where I'm from is sacrilege! It wasn't a big deal and I happily ate that along with the adorable little chef's tapas that were sent to the table as well. It was fine. I wouldn't pay the money to eat there again as I found it to be nothing special. We only ate int the dining room one night. The staff knew our names even though we weren't frequenting the dining room, which is always nice. We were seated in the Northern Lights restaurant. I have to say, what an absolutely stupid place to put a dining room! The view out the window where I sat was a lifeboat. A lifeboat. Out the other windows was the corridor of deck four. Everyone that walked by - looked in the dining room. It was strange and I didn't like it. I didn't like enough that I begged the maitre d to switch us to the Southern Lights dining room on the 7 day the following week - which he kindly did. The dining room staff was excellent. The culinary shining star on this ship is the Pig and Anchor barbecue. Authentic and delicious, it beats out any strange pasta mix or plain jane said bar you might find at the Lido buffet. The Tandoor indian is awesome as well, spicy and just right. Pizza was good, though the lines could get long. Guys burger joint had the lines as well but went fast. Very heavy, so I only at there once. Our room was a balcony and was very nice The drain in the shower overflowed overtime we used it which was annoying. I never told our room steward because I literally never saw him. He was a ghost. He came in and out in a flash and kept everything clean. I'm not going to lie - this three day cruise was a strange mixed bag of guests. I've taken a number of cruises and I've never EVER seen anyone wearing their robes around the ship. Going to the pool? Maybe. Going to the spa? Okay - I get it. I'm talking about in the casino. In the buffet. Eating at the BBQ place. Perusing art in the hallways. Dancing in the atrium. Frankly, we didn't do anything in the Bahamas - we only got off the ship for a few minutes. It seemed like any other stop in the caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016

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