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We sailed on the Pride on August 17th. It was our first cruise and certainly won't be our last. I read a ton about this ship and cruising in general... Thanks Cruise Critic!... So I felt very well prepared. Embarkation: We paid the ... Read More
We sailed on the Pride on August 17th. It was our first cruise and certainly won't be our last. I read a ton about this ship and cruising in general... Thanks Cruise Critic!... So I felt very well prepared. Embarkation: We paid the fifty bucks for Faster to the Fun. It was worth it. We sat for less than half an hour before boarding and went straight to our room. Our steward said he still had to vacuum, but was happy to let us leave our carry on luggage. The rest of our luggage arrived in minutes, except for mine. I'd packed a power bar and they'd taken it out, which delayed my suitcase's arrival. We were able to walk around and grab some food before many other people were on board. Debarkation: Our floor was scheduled to debark last at 10:50am. Because we had the Faster to the Fun, we were off second, just after the diamond and platinum group. We were in our car and on our way home by 9:30am. We had an eight hour drive home, so this alone was worth the $50! Food: The breakfast was buffet style and had a good variety. Everything from salmon and eggs benedict, made to order omelets, cereal, muffins, etc. Coffee was also really good... Thanks goodness because I'm a big coffee drinker. Lunch was just okay. It reminded me of food court food, but it fed us. Supper in the dining room was always fantastic! Great ambiance, excellent wait staff, wonderful food choices that were delicious, and not once did we have a mistake in what we ordered. But, the ultimate food on the ship was at David's Steakhouse. Seriously amazing! Yes, you pay $35/person off it, but I'm not sure I've ever had better food! Entertainment: There were numerous activities going on on the ship every day. Pool Decks: We tended to spend time with our kids on the Lido deck around the pool during the morning. There's a smoking pool area and a non-smoking pool area... Loved that because I hate the smell of smoke. We often sent our offspring to Camp Carnival for the afternoon so we could enjoy the adult only Sernenity deck and pool. We met some great people there... My favourite place on the ship. Active Fun: My kids really enjoyed the basketball court, the mini-putt, the giant chess game, and the ping pong table (despite the elderly woman who hogged one of tables and was quite nasty to every child who came anywhere near it all week long... Not cool!) Shows: There were shows every evening in the theatre room, The Taj Mahal. We saw three of them. My husband ended up participating in the first evening's show. We had to dress him up in my clothes and he went on stage like that. We all had a great laugh! The funniest is that they played it on TV many times throughout the week. He was recognized constantly... Lol! We really enjoyed the a Legends show. It was held on the last night and guests had been chosen to sing dressed up like legends. Great fun! Our favourite entertainment though were the comedians. We attended both family friendly and adult only shows... They were all hilarious. My 9 year old is still quoting parts of the comics' shows now almost a week later. Great comics!! Room: We were very lucky to score the "bowling alley" balcony. There are four rooms on the ship that are located beside the steward's supply room, so they have balconies that are three times the length of the others. I spent time out there reading every morning until the rest of my family woke up. So relaxing. Our steward cleaned our room twice a day. He always did a great job and left us the cutest animal towels... And chocolates!! We are a family of four and we had plenty of room. The only issue we had, which was not Carnival's fault, was that there was a wedding party staying in the room above us who partied one night mid-week until after four in the morning. I called twice to complain. Guest services followed up not once, but twice, afterwards to make sure things improved. I was impressed. Other then that night, our room was quiet. We all had great sleeps in their comfy beds. No complaints here! Ports: Florida: We did not get off the ship in Florida. Nassau: In Nassau, we booked our own excursion with Stuart's Cove. I'd found them on Trip Advisor. I did not have to prepay. They picked us up an hour and fifteen minutes after we arrived, at 12:15, right near the ship, and dropped us off two hours before departure at 6pm in the same spot. We snorkelled at two different reefs, which were amazing, and then went to a third spot to snorkel with reef sharks. That was something I will never forget! The excursion cost $258 total for the four of us, which was way cheaper than most Carnival excursions would cost, so I highly recommend them. Freeport: We took a taxi to the beach, which cost $14/person return. We were going to go to the marketplace and the beach at Great Lucayana, but our driver convinced us to go to Junkanoo, aka Taino, Beach. We had a good time, but it was not the greatest beach. Lots of garbage, rocks, and pushy people. I really wish we'd have stuck with our plan. Overall: Many reviews put down the Pride, but we had a fabulous time. The Rennaissance art featured many nudes, but we had laughs at them. The decor, in my opinion, was beautiful. The ship layout was easy to figure out and navigate. The staff offered to take photos or sell us drinks on Lido, but were not pushy. And, everyone was upbeat and friendly... All there to have a good time. The only, and I mean only, problem we really had all week was that guest services did not give us our wake up call on the Freeport morning. We scheduled one for 6am since we were only in port from 7-1:30 and wanted to maximize our time. I woke I'll at 7:30 and was not at all happy. I called to complain, but never heard anything more about it, which I found odd since they had checked back with us twice after the upstairs neighbours had been noisy. But, really, if that's the only complaint I have of the entire week, so what?! We had an amazing time!! Going on a cruise was a big bucket list item for me. Despite sailing during hurricane season, we had perfect weather every day. It truly couldn't have been a more prefect vacation. I've been home a day and am already looking into booking another one in early 2016. Can't wait!!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Let me start with, this was a gift to our children and our grandson as a Christmas gift. My children are in their 30's and my grandson was 13 months old. We took private transportation to the pier simple and easy. Easy checking in and ... Read More
Let me start with, this was a gift to our children and our grandson as a Christmas gift. My children are in their 30's and my grandson was 13 months old. We took private transportation to the pier simple and easy. Easy checking in and we waited briefly, yes there was an itinerary change however while disappointed I understood and continued with vacation mode. We were on board by noon and went for lunch. It was a bit different traveling with a 13 month old but he was the star of the ship on so many occasions. He danced with the dancers and played the drums with the orchestra he had a wonderful time!. We had lunch at the buffet, there are many choices and I found the food to be good and no problems and if there was something I didn't like there were many choices to pick from. One of the favorite things for me is being able to try different foods I don't get to try at home. We went to our cabin, I loved this cabin 7443, would book this again, checked out the balcony and then went to explore the ship. I was on this ship during New Years and enjoyed the cruise, ship and came back to share with my family. Next was the Drill, the only thing I didn't like is we were all at different Muster Stations and would change that again on a future family cruise. My Grandson was not able to swim in pools as I read children in diapers were not allowed. People need to do some research on this and not complain, I brought a blow up bathtub for him and he had a wonderful time playing in there with water. I would suggest this for people with small ones wearing diapers. The ship was clean, our waiter Paul was great table 310, service was good, food was hot and I would also suggest early or anytime dining with a child. We went to Port Canaveral, I stated on the ship, this was the change and unable to do our tour at Turks and Cacos, will get there one day. Many people stayed on the ship, I wish they went somewhere else. Next was Nassau, we went to the British Hilton day pass and we loved it, close by walking distance and there was a pool, the beach and great food and service. You should check this out and don't believe all the nonsense people post on here about negative comments. We went to the private island my favorite, wonderful time, great service and wish we had 2 days there instead of Florida. I love the sea days and the Brunch is so good and don't forget there Bloody Mary Bar!!! Now the highlight was the Dr. Seuss, we were in the parade and had a wonderful time!!! they had it organized wonderful and it was a happy time for so many "Dr. Seuss in on the Loose" we went to the story time where it was a great time for all ages and not to be missed. The last sea day was the Dr. Seuss Breakfast, yes it is $5.00 pp but it was so well worth it, a fun fun morning. I would book this again, and hopefully Carnival will have some different itineraries in the future. Wish she was sailing all year again and gave New York a chance for all year but that's another story. This was a wonderful family cruise, filled with fun and great memories!!! I do love Carnival and thank you Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I very much enjoyed my cruise experience. I have done quite a bit of traveling, dining, and exploring but this was my first cruise. Allow me to start off by thanking the Cove restaurant for an unforgettable evening. My boyfriend and I ... Read More
I very much enjoyed my cruise experience. I have done quite a bit of traveling, dining, and exploring but this was my first cruise. Allow me to start off by thanking the Cove restaurant for an unforgettable evening. My boyfriend and I decided to have dinner at the Cove the first night we arrived. We had our reservation at 6p.m. so that we can have a window seat and watch the boat depart from the port. I highly recommend this! Throughout the night we conversed with our waitress, two other waiters, our wine lady, the manager and the Chef everyone was so kind and knowledgeable. The ambiance was perfect , perfect lighting, music, and decor. The food was absolutely amazing. The bread at the beginning of the meal was very tasty. Then I ordered my appetizer *drum roll pleas* escargot for my first time- AMAZING and my boyfriend ordered goat cheese crepes -AMAZING. I had the soup with lump crab I can't remember the other ingredients but it was delicious and we both had filet mignon and lobster tails- the best we've ever had! My boyfriend had mashed potatoes and mac and cheese as his side orders and the mac especially was scrumptious. I had onion rings (the best we've ever had and my boyfriend generally does not like onion rings) and another thing which I can;t remember but I remember my taste buds being happy. We received complimentary fries- delicious. By this time we were so full but dessert was coming and we forced it in hahahah. We ordered the lava chocolate cake it was too good and we received complimentary trio dessert which brought a french macaron sooo sooo delicious and a lemon chocolate cake and a vanilla chocolate cake. I was so pleased and happy with my overall experience this was our very first event on the cruise. We went to karaoke in the evening then clubbing at night we made friends with several people it was so fun! My room was so comfy and clean and room service was the best I've ever experienced. The staff overall was very friendly and willing to go the extra mile. Going to the Bahamas was so awesome. As soon as you get off the boat go get yourself a coconut filled with rum so yummy the special was 3 for $10 my boyfriend and I were tipsy early lol. Then we went to a random hotel's beach and we went snorkeling what a tremendously great time! My boyfriend and I were smiling the whole trip. The last night when we came back from the Bahamas we went dancing and we went on the deck. It was so awesome next time we are going to stay at the island I can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I am an experienced traveler with over 20 cruises under my belt with 6 different cruise companies. I chose this Carnival cruise because my son, his wife, and granddaughters live in Jacksonville, Florida and it was the easiest cruise to ... Read More
I am an experienced traveler with over 20 cruises under my belt with 6 different cruise companies. I chose this Carnival cruise because my son, his wife, and granddaughters live in Jacksonville, Florida and it was the easiest cruise to take. The ship is a good size, which means not too big and not too small. Even though there were about 2000 passengers (about 800 kids since it was during summer vacation) it only felt crowded around the swimming pool. It is an older ship (1994) but refurbished and very clean. The crew was constantly cleaning throughout the cruise. The food was excellent, my favorites were the brunch and afternoon tea during sea days. The service was outstanding. We had the 'anytime dining' option and only waited a few minutes once. The wait staff was very adept at having dinner flow smoothly, even though we would order several different appetizers, salads, and soups before the main course. Camp Carnival was a total success for my two granddaughters (7 and 4). They could not get enough of it. We were pleased that they offered dinner service for the little ones so that the adults could have a quiet, relaxed dinner. The kids loved the game shows and the dancers/singers for the shows were incredible. My granddaughters will not forget the end of the Motor City show where they and other kids were whisked down the atrium stairs by the cast (with our permission) to finish the show in the lobby area. Disembarkation was the easiest ever. Luggage was well marked, not crowded, and, since Jacksonville is a small port, we walked out to our parked car in minutes. I would definitely travel again out of Jacksonville, now we need more exciting itineraries, I have visited the Bahamas numerous times. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My wife and I wanted a quick getaway, so a short shot to the Bahamas and back seemed to fit the bill, though we stayed in Grand Bahama for two nights before returning. We have travelled all over the world on some of the big ships with big ... Read More
My wife and I wanted a quick getaway, so a short shot to the Bahamas and back seemed to fit the bill, though we stayed in Grand Bahama for two nights before returning. We have travelled all over the world on some of the big ships with big names....Celebrity, Crystal, Royal Carribbean, NCL, etc. so our expectations for the Bahamas Celebration were modest. We were surprised. We had purchased a "suite", which on this ship is small but nice. Upon arriving, we were offered to purchase "Concierge Service" for $125 round trip. It was worth every cent!! Priority seating at dinner and events, free this, free that, but best of all being escorted on and off the ship by a crew officer thus bypassing crowds and hassle, which alone was worth the fee. The ship is clean and the staff eager to please. I read one post here that was critical of the food. I disagree. We had terrific meals at the restaurants, particularly The Cove, where the staff bent over backwards to please and the food was excellent. It was our wedding anniversary, and the staff surprised us with a special cake for dessert. It was wonderful. In all, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the ship despite its age, but most of all by the staff and crew, who were again always eager to please and practically begging for some positive reinforcement, which we gladly gave. We will do this again when the urge strikes for another quick getaway. Lots of fun and relaxation.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
On August 24th, 2014, my husband, my five year old and I went onto Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral. This was our first cruise and because of our experience on this cruise, we plan on going again sometime next year. First off, we ... Read More
On August 24th, 2014, my husband, my five year old and I went onto Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral. This was our first cruise and because of our experience on this cruise, we plan on going again sometime next year. First off, we booked ONLINE to park our vehicle at the gated Radisson parking lot in which we paid $40 for five days of parking. (http://www.parkportcanaveral.com/) I recommend booking online because I learned that it is cheaper online then going in person. When we arrived at the parking lot, we had to park our car and the staff helped us load our 4 luggage's and three carry on's. Yes we come with a lot of baggage. We tipped like $3, any who they drove us to the port in which these men who are not affiliated with the cruise line helped take our luggages to the ship and we tipped the man like $5. Anyway, when we got to the port, you have to go through security, they checked our boarding passes, our bags went through the scanner and they checked ID's and birth certificates and or passport. We sat and waited about an hour (Staff passed around chips and water for free) and must I say we did not purchase that Fast to the Fun passes and we were glad we didn't because it went quick. Upon boarding,we took pictures with our own camera and went to the pool area. I recommend bringing your bathing suits in a bag and a change of clothes because luggage's don't get to the rooms till 3 hrs later. We also purchased the ocean view room and we were happy with it. We had a king size bed and there is also a wall pull out bed. We were on the Riviera deck. We were greeted with alcohol which was $8.75. We bought one and shared it. At 4 pm, they were serving lunch. The food is delicious I must mention. It does get PACKED and People do get Greedy!!! So let me fast forward a bit. That same day, the captain announced that we were no longer going to Nassau Bahamas which was suppose to be our second stop before going to FreePort Bahamas because there was a Hurricane and Nassau port was closed. We were supposed to go to Key West, FL after FreePort Bahamas. However, the Hurricane passed and we still went to Nassau. On Monday August 25th, we arrived at FreePort, we were greeted by Taxi Drivers, and vendors. We decided and I do recommend going to Lucaya Beach, it is FREE and the water is AMAZING (NO WAVES). We paid $5 for each person to get onto the taxi, but they charge $10 so that you can do round trip and they give you a card which means you paid round trip. After a 30 minute ride, we got to Lucaya Market Place, we bought some stuff, took pictures and headed on over to the beach. Don't rent those beach chairs, I didn't because it was dirty and they rent them for $10. The man who rents them is rude. We just put our towels down. Also, I forgot to mention that when you get to Lucaya Market Place, there is a woman that sells coconut with Daiquiri ($7) it is very delicious at a coconut stand. Oh yeah, look around before buying shirts, souvenirs, and other stuff because I noticed that we got ripped off several times. The same stuff I bought at FreePort, Nassau was selling some of it for cheap. For instance, at FreePort we were charged $5 a shot glass and at Nassua $1.95. Yes I know!!!! My husband and I did not buy any food because throughout the day Carnival Cruise serves food so we never went hungry, I think we actually gained like 10 pds from our entire trip eating on the cruise. Moving on, you can bring coconuts and alcohol on to the cruise but they will have you give them the alcohol until the last day of your cruise ship in which your steward will bring it to your room at 9 pm. Our steward was Eufrancio. He was nice and sweet. After coming back from FreePort, we ate, hit the swimming pools, the water slides and the jacuzzi. By the way, children take over the Jacuzzi's. If you are bringing children, Carnival does provide FREE daycare services but after 10 p.m. they charge a fee. The next day when we got to Nassau, we first walked around downtown and found a FREE beach called Junkanoo. It was about a 10 minute walk from the port. There were no waves but we left because we heard people saying that Atlantis was a better beach. We ended up paying $4 for a taxi to Atlantis. Must I say that everyone who went to Atlantis Beach regretted it. It seemed so ghetto there and no one got into the water because surprisingly the waves were HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. Even the life guards kicked people out of the water. We got bored and took a taxi back to Nassau Downtown. When we got to downtown, we explored, bought so many things even liquor and I bought Quenepas (a fruit found at most islands like Puerto Rico) it was a $1 a bag. Nassau downtown stores sell some cheap stuff. After some time, we went back on to the boat a bit early because the line to the ship gets packed. The next day is all ship day. If you're wondering, they do take pictures of you but it is $21.99 a Picture, not a package but a picture. The picture frames are affordable though. There was liquor tastings, shows, there's the casino, bar's, etc. If you do not want to dress elegant for the fine dining then you can always eat at the buffet on the lido deck 10. By the way, pizza and ice cream is 24-7. Fine dining is free as well as the buffet and so is Mangolian Wok. We chose our own time dining. It does get packed but we didn't mind. If you do fine dining, the waiter's are strict. They will put your napkin on your lap if you don't. Our waiter cut our son's meat and fed him twice (it was weird) but whatever. Also, my husband and I bought 9 bottles of liquor from both the ship and Bahamas in which four bottles of Bacardi was $35, and he bought other alcohol bottles and also from the Bahamas. If you're wondering about Customs, don't be because mu husband and I were TOLD that custom's might give us problems for buying 9 bottles of liquor and for bringing fruits back to the U.S. and we were honest on our customs paper about the fruits. There was no metal detectors, or scanners, we just presented our ID's, birth certificates and passport and our customs paper once we got to customs on the very last day and we were sent off to our shuttles. Our whole trip was great. We did not purchase any excursion's. Glad we didn't. One last thing, people complained and even my husband and I noticed the ship moving way too much. Many times we had to grab onto something because the boat rocked back and forth.. Good luck newbies. 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Sail Date August 2014
This was my fifth time on Majesty. My first was shortly after the major refurbishment in 2007. I remember being impressed then, and I am still impressed. For a 22 year old ship competing against her own Voyager, Freedom and Oasis class ... Read More
This was my fifth time on Majesty. My first was shortly after the major refurbishment in 2007. I remember being impressed then, and I am still impressed. For a 22 year old ship competing against her own Voyager, Freedom and Oasis class sisters, Majesty still offers something I think is special – a more intimate, still somewhat traditional cruise experience. You will not have a flow rider. You will not have a large cabin (unless you splurge on a suite). You will not have a ton of specialty restaurants. But you will have what I still think is one of the friendliest crews in the fleet. You can enjoy Cococay and Nassau, or you can stay on board and enjoy a nice relaxing day away from home. OK – specifics. Embarkation – I am Diamond and so check in was a breeze. We went from dropping off the bags and parking the car to walking into the cabin in under 20 minutes. I timed it to board right around 1pm so the cabin would be ready, and it was. Cabin: I got a Superior Ocean View (9016) to get the 30 extra square feet since I invited a friend along. I had requested ahead of time that they put a “bed wedge” in one of the beds since I have a reflux issue and need it for sleeping. That was not done, but our cabin attendant Jason was there in a flash, and promised it would be done by dinner, and it was. Our Diamond robes were waiting for us, too, as well as the extra pillows I asked for. Jason was an excellent and attentive cabin attendant. For those who wonder, an SO cabin does have a fridge, and does have a safe with a code (as opposed to needing a magnetic card strip). Even though all of the cabins on Majesty are smaller than cabins across the fleet, the SO is quite comfortable for 2 people with lots of storage options. I will say this about the safe: I have a 13” Macbook air and it barely fit. It took a lot of attempts, but I got it in, and worried about getting it back out (I did). But don’t plan on the safe housing a larger laptop. There are two 120v outlets by the desk – conveniently located for the hair dryer in the drawer right under them. Here’s what was waiting for us: An explanation of the Diamond “coupon” benefits pre-loaded on our cards, the Diamond onboard events information, our pre-ordered shore excursion tickets, and our soda cups (I had the Ultimate package, my friend had Royal Replenish). Windjammer opening lunch: We met up with another friend in Windjammer, and for those who don’t know, there is another whole section of the Windjammer if you keep walking forward past the initial area and crowd. It’s usually less crowded and offers all the same food choices (for the most part). It was standard Windjammer fare. It’s not gourmet, but there are lots of options and I dare you to go hungry. The cookies were exceptionally tasty this trip. Staff was very attentive to cleaning tables, etc. Spa/Gym tour: Next I wanted to book a couple of spa appointments and my friends wanted to see the gym. The gym is a bit small but well equipped. The men’s locker room is small but has a steam room. I obviously can’t tell you what is in the women’s locker room. I asked what the port specials were going to be, and decided on the “Top to Toe” massage/treatment combo for the afternoon we were in Cococay. I also booked a “Fire & Ice” manicure and pedicure for the Nassau afternoon. The daily specials are printed in the Daily Compass but you can ask ahead of time what they will be (like I did). The purpose of this trip was to relax as much as possible. Next up was muster drill. We all hate it. Especially in the Miami August humidity. But it is what it is. After that it was time for some cocktails. So many people ask “is the drink package worth it”. That’s a personal question though. Generally, if you have 6 or 7 drinks, a few waters, maybe some specialty coffees, an energy drink (or two) it really does pay off. And it’s easy to have that many drinks on a cruise (at least for some). All I know is that my bar bill per day has always been more than the per day package price, so it’s a no brainer for me. The one thing I don’t understand is why you still have to sign a slip after each drink. But the packages work very well. I never used the soda part, so I cannot comment on the soda package machines, other than to say I looked at the choices, and there sure are a lot of them. Pre-dinner, I picked up the embarkation photo and my Diamond “one free photo” benefit was automatically applied – no hassle. Usually I would have something to say about the internet and wi-fi. But since I am taking two cruises in one billing cycle, I bought the AT&T Cruise Ship plan which gives you voice, text (with picture), and data that also is good to go in Caribbean/Bahamas ports with the local carrier. That worked great for me. I took my phone off airplane mode every so often and let “cellular at sea” get me any texts or emails that had come in, and turned it back to airplane mode. They have options for just voice, or just voice and text, and you can add more data for the port stops if you want. It’s probably my first cruise ever (in the modern era) where I have not used a computer terminal while on board. Deck 5 “shopping”: The shops open at about 5pm. I thought the selection was a little thin in terms of the shops and finer products. For instance, the “top” watch brand was Citizen. Not that I was going to buy one, but was very surprised that they didn’t even carry a brand like Tag Heuer. For duty free, other than something like Absolut and the usual selection of rums, didn’t think the prices were worth lugging something that heavy off the ship. The second and third day is when they have the “sales” with the tables of jewelry and t-shirts, etc. Never tried the café in that area, but it looked like they had a nice selection of pastries and gelatos and coffees. Some free, some not, and some depending on whether you had the beverage packages. Diamond event: Diamond (and above) members have a special area of the Viking Crown each night where you can order beer, wine, cocktails and soft drinks. There seemed to be few restrictions on your ability to order what you wanted (within reason), Each table had a set up for snacks, and they brought around two kinds of spring rolls, mozzarella sticks and chicken wings. All of it was tasty and there was a sweet and sour sauce and a BBQ sauce for dipping. There was never a shortage and never a wait. But we did not have a large number of Diamond members on this sailing. Schooner Bar – Pre dinner, we hung out at my favorite bar on the Majesty – Schooner. Chafiq, from Morocco, quickly became my favorite bartender. Efficient and pleasant, but also did his job watching out for underage drinkers trying to use a friend’s sea pass, etc. Unfortunately his current contract is up around the end of August and he won’t be back until December. But I really could not quibble about any of the bar servers or waiters on Majesty (with one exception to come later). Our friend did not have a package but did have the new “3 free drinks” loaded on his card as a Diamond member, good from around 5pm to 8pm. He had no trouble at all using them. Main Dining Room – For some reason, we got a note in our cabin that we had been re-assigned to a 4 seat table by the window with a hand written note that said “for a more private experience” or something like that. It didn’t make much sense since we were just a few friends traveling together, but it was a nice table. Ronilo was our waiter and Yasmina was his assistant. The first night’s menu was “Pomodoro” – not my favorite, but still a good selection. I was not happy with one of the appetizers, and Ronilo would go out of his way to substitute and suggest things that any of us might like better. Orlando, the Head Waiter was a delight. He took a liking to our table and kept bringing us special desserts and generally just making very nice conversation. Before leaving that night Ronilo made it clear that even though the next night was formal night, these sailings were not very formal, and not to get worried about it. I had brought a coat and tie, so I wasn’t. We skipped the usual first night 70’s Party in the Centrum. There’s only so many times I can watch the cruise director and company in Village People outfits. But people seem to like it. We actually did not do any of the shows this trip. There was a juggler and a comedian, and the usual “Boogie Wonderland” the last day. Later that night we went to Spectrum (the night club). It was very crowded with a good DJ for a younger crowd. The bar service was terribly slow there, though, and poorly set up and managed. My one bar complaint. They have one terminal, not enough glasses, not enough back up bottles and beer, etc. It looked like chaos. Now perhaps it is planned that way to keep the bachelor partiers from getting too many drinks and getting out of control, but for those of us who are more responsible, it’s just a pain in the butt. We ended the night at Sorrentos, the only late, late night option (other than room service). I think it does truly help to have alcohol in your system to find it tastier than it is. But my buddy does not drink and he found if he had it fresh from the oven (and they keep em coming one after another) it was OK and hit the spot. I was willing to cut the pizza some slack because my last trips on Majesty I found it to be a lot better quality. I think it has slipped. DAY 2 - Cococay – we had reserved the wave runners for 11:30. Stupidly, I read the ticket that morning and realized we were supposed to leave an hour early and bring our drivers’ licenses. That was a run back to the cabin. Plus if you want a towel, you have to check them out with your card on deck 3. Anyway, the line for tenders at 10:45 snaked all the way up from deck 2 stairs to deck 3 and in around the Centrum. I thought Diamonds got priority tender. Nope. We found a nice crew member who took pity and escorted us down to make the tender to get over there. But fair warning – the 10 – 11 time frame is very popular time to go over, so plan accordingly. (And yes, I have been on Majesty 4 times before but can't remember everything ) We walked right to the wave shack, signed our waivers and reserved a locker for $8 – good for the whole day and can hold an average sized backpack. We had the safety video and were on our way. I have done it before and always enjoy it. They let the faster people go ahead and go full throttle. I was number 2. Unfortunately, on our first leg, there was a thunderstorm developing and moving by and with the possibility of lightning, they took us back in. We had to wait and see whether the storm would pass (which it did and off to the side of the island, so no rain even – it stayed sunny). Unfortunately for us, they could only get us back on at 2, and our massages were at 3. So we had to pass. They cheerfully said we would get a full refund, and we did that evening. One note though – they said the refund would go back to the original form of payment (in our case, one of our credit cards). That did not happen. We got a credit on each of our onboard accounts. That was fine since it went towards our massages then. But could be an issue for others. While on the island waiting to see about the storm, we had the BBQ lunch. I had heard horror stories about it. I think it’s just very basic. Hamburgers, hot dogs, ribby things or maybe it was pulled pork (didn’t try it), and a selection of “salads” plus fruit. I thought the quality was fine. Just don’t expect the Windjammer as far as variety goes and it’s not Martha Stewart in terms of imagination. If you are looking for the quiet areas, keep walking once you are off the tender. People just tend to stop at the first beach. There are plenty more options if you explore. Since we went back to the ship at 1:15 ish, there was no waiting for the tender. Spa – We went for “Top to Toe” massages – 75 minutes, with a back massage (I opted for the hot stone upgrade), mini facial, exfoliating body scrub, scalp massage and ankle and foot massage. It was great. A slight attempt at the upsell for products at the end but not a hard push when it was obvious I wasn’t buying them. After my treatment, I stopped at the Compass deli, my favorite snack place on Majesty. The sandwiches are always fresh and good and some made to order (and they’re all free). There’s also a selection of soups, a good salad bar and some desserts. I had the grilled cheese panini. Since Majesty does not have a specialty restaurant, they do a “Taste of Tuscany” dinner a couple of times a cruise at 6:30 in Compass deli, with “unlimited” wine and an Italian menu. It’s $30 per person, and although we did not do it, others were raving about it. On the 3 day cruise, they currently do it on night one and night three. (On night two they do a Chef’s Table option that is more limited than other RC ships, but also got rave reviews.) Since it was night two, as with 99.99% of all cruises, it was formal night and the Captain’s welcome event. There was a special repeat cruiser (Platinum and above I think) event that night, which was nicely done. I shook Captain Arias’ hand and met the hotel director and another senior officer. There were plenty of other officers around and they did a nice “welcome back” speech and presentation and called out the 3 top cruisers on the sailing. We had some “legendary” Pinnacle members on our cruise, with the top couple having over 1100 points, and each of whom are regulars on Majesty (and I mean regulars, like sailing back to back to back to back, etc). They upgraded the hors d’oeuvres for the event, to include things like salmon on toast, etc. I’m sure because we are both Diamond, we also had a plate of chocolate covered strawberries in the cabin. Yum. Dark chocolate, too, my favorite. For dinner in the MDR, it is decidedly getting less and less formal. For me, that is OK. I know it bothers some. But I certainly did not see anyone wearing anything offensive or shorts or anything like that. There are still those that go all out. Just not as many as in cruises past. The menu was “Saffron” – I decided to try the a la carte filet mignon for about $17.00 (You can also order a Maine Lobster or surf and turf. I think they were in the $30-$40 range, but not sure). The Filet was excellent and worth the money. There was a group of Indians on board (it was India’s independence day, I think they said) and Orlando brought us their special Indian dessert for the night to try. It was truly good. I have no idea what it was other than some sort of sweet rice, but really really good. After dinner was the traditional second night deck party. They used to call it the Caribbean night, now they call it the “white party”. Since no one knows in advance, very few are wearing white. There used to be a BBQ/buffet. They don’t do that anymore. But frankly, considering 2nd seating is at 9, I was too stuffed to eat anyway. The party was well attended and looked fun. I’m not the line dancing type so we just observed. Later on, we went to Johnny Rocket’s before the closed at 1am. It’s an excellent JR’s – very good servers and very good burgers and onion rings, etc. I got my fiends to try the apple pie with cheddar cheese, and they loved it. I’m usually a much later night owl, but I was exhausted and then went to bed. Day 3 My plan was, if it’s sunny, stay on board and enjoy the ship being fairly quiet. If it was cloudy, go do the aquarium at Atlantis (the only part of Atlantis I have not seen). It was sunny, so I stayed on board. But I can tell you this after many stops in Nassau – I think Atlantis is the most entertaining option with the aqua park. The slides are great, and the lazy river thing is the best. Yes, it gets pricey, but you basically get full access to everything except the dolphin and sea lion encounters. And if you hunt around there are options for purchasing your passes ahead of time besides from the ship. I personally would not do it through the ship because I don’t like being herded on buses and it’s easy to get a cab to Atlantis and get back. I hear good things about some of the beach places, but can’t give any personal advice. Check the Bahamas board on CC – there are very helpful people there. Anyway, so we stayed on board and enjoyed the pool. The pool is salt water, by the way, if that matters to you. It’s great to have the pool not be crowded and easily get a lounger, etc. There are plenty of drinks waiters around and it’s a nice afternoon. I’m not a breakfast person, so I can’t tell you a thing about it. I can tell you that Diamond and above have a special area for breakfast in the MDR, if you want. Lunch was another Compass deli stop and then mid-afternoon I had opted for the “Fire and Ice” manicure/pedicure. I know it may seem weird to some for a guy to get a mani/pedi, and I never do it on land, but the way they do it, it’s pretty relaxing and your nails/fingers/toes do look great. No polish. Just buffed to a nice shine. My favorite part is the exfoliation of your feet (soles and heels). Hard for the ticklish (like me) but makes them super smooth. With my Diamond discount off of one regularly priced service, I had 20% taken off the pedicure. Again, thankfully, no hard sell of any products. I spent the time after that wandering the ship, bought another photo, had another Compass deli snack, stopped to have a drink with Chafiq, etc. Met up with my friends and we did the Diamond “coupon” for 3 free spins in the casino – no luck, oh well. At the Diamond event that night, there was a family that was not part of the event (it’s a in a roped off section of the lounge) who were letting their little boy (probably about 6 and 7) run rampant through the lounge (including the event area) yelling and carrying on. One of the people at the event sternly, but politely, told the boy to stop running and calm down. The mother got very upset that someone would dare say anything to her child. The two got into it a little bit in Spanish. I don’t speak Spanish, but I am told that the woman stayed polite with the mother but basically said “why aren’t you controlling your child and why do you think it’s OK for your child to disturb everyone else – especially in an area where there is clearly an adult event going on?” The family went on their way. I know there are a lot of feelings on this type of thing, too, but I have to admit I was glad the woman said what she said. Other than that, I saw very little of what I would call “bad behavior.” I know the weekend cruises have a reputation, and it is certainly a younger crowd and more prone to the weekend party atmosphere, but I never saw anything out of control. The passengers were, for the most part, as pleasant and polite as the crew. The last night’s menu was Pimiento, which is basically an Italian menu and my favorite. I can’t tell you all the options of these menus. I’m just not that much of a foodie. But there are plenty of message threads on here with pictures of the menus and the food for those interested. I remember I had the strawberry bisque, which I always enjoy, and the eggplant parmagiana, which was very good. I know everyone has different feelings on tipping, and we had prepaid our gratuities, but I still give extra cash on the last night for excellent service (as we received). I can tell you the crew really appreciates the gesture. Quest is at about 11:45 or Midnight. Always extremely popular and fun, and if you want a seat you really have to go to whatever event is in the Spectrum right before it (that night it was karaoke). I think Quest is better in the "Studio B" environment on the larger ships and I think other cruise directors do some funnier stuff, but if you've never experienced it, you simply have to stay up and watch. I've played it many times, so I sat this one out. Since it's the last night, everything quiets down quickly after that. Played a few slots and went to bed. Last morning – back to reality. You can opt for express departure (carry your own bags off) as early as 7:15. Express goes to about 8:00 (officially anyway). We had chosen it because we were carrying our own bags off. I got 7:15 tags. Our friend really needed to get to work, so we traded my 7:15 for his 7:45. I asked our cabin attendant what was the latest we could stay without screwing up his schedule and he was kind enough to give us an extra hour. Once your tag has been called, you are free to walk off, so even though it was 8:45, there was no problem joining the line to disembark. We went from our cabin, to exiting the ship, through customs and were out of the parking garage in about 45 minutes. Since it’s a peak time for disembarking, that seemed fine. So that was number 5 for Majesty and I would happily go back to her again. She doesn’t have the Voyager, Freedom, and Oasis amenities (except for the rock wall), but her crew shines and there is plenty to do in Cococay or in Nassau if you need stuff to do. If you want a relaxing cruise weekend, she’s great, and there are weekends where the prices are really really good. Just always manage your expectations. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This review is long, but I appreciate reading the long ones myself for all the extra info, so I wanted to give something back. We went on this ship for our 10th anniversary. This was my DH's 2nd cruise and my 3rd. We both cruised RCCL ... Read More
This review is long, but I appreciate reading the long ones myself for all the extra info, so I wanted to give something back. We went on this ship for our 10th anniversary. This was my DH's 2nd cruise and my 3rd. We both cruised RCCL on our honeymoon and my first cruise before that was on Carnival in 2001. Overall, we had a great time. We are from Texas and flew into Orlando for Disney and Universal before heading off on this cruise (we took a rental car to Port Canaveral). And after having a horrible experience in our hotel (another story altogether), our cruise cabin was great. We were in balcony room 7116 and our sail date was August 29th. Pre-cruise: We flew in from Dallas on Southwest and reserved a Budget rental car with a great deal thru Southwest. We drove to Port Canaveral and dropped off the rental there at the Budget location at the port and took their shuttle back to the ship, no problem. The porters were great and nothing was broken in our luggage. Embarkation: Very smooth. I was stopped by security because I chose to carry on a metal and enamel jewelry box from Disney so it wouldn't get broken, and the security officer searching my bag couldn't have been nicer, very friendly. I will say that this cruise didn't seem to be as booked as I thought it would be for a Labor Day weekend, or as crowded as some folks on here talk about. So this was nice, as the dining options and ports of call were less crowded. Also, I still had some bottles of soda in my carry-on from the hotel and they didn't say anything about them. And I was able to bring on an extension cord, no problem. Sea Pass cards: I ran into several other cruisemates who had issues with their cards getting deactivated, including myself. I also ran into this issue multiple times on my last RCCL cruise back in 2004 on our honeymoon. In 10 years, I was surprised to see this still being an issue, especially when I can have the same credit card for years and never have this issue. I was disappointed this is still happening after all these years, so beware. Ship and cabin: I read other reviews here about how dated the ship looks, but I didn't see it. Everything looked attractive and clean. And our cabin was nice too. We did have a fridge. There were items in it you had to pay for, but there was still room if you wanted to put in your own items instead. No problem with the toilet flushing and we never smelled any bad smell as I often read about here. We were on deck 7, but we perused many of the lower floors and never smelled anything. Only thing was that I noticed on the room steward carts on our floor that there were tubes of lotions and/or shampoos, etc. But we never received any of these and I'm not sure why, since we were on the same floor and in a balcony room. All we received was bar soap, no tubes of anything. We did meet our cabin steward several times, and he was very nice. I didn't mention the tubes...I didn't see them on the carts till like the last night. We did get a different towel animal every day, very cute. I love those! Also, our luggage arrived at the cabin pretty quickly . (Although our poor neighbors weren't so lucky. Their luggage was lost and they commented that they might have to wear their bathing suits to formal night...LOL! Although, I think they did get their luggage a little while later.) Food: The highlight of mine and DH's day was dinner in the MDR. We booked so early that we were blessed enough to get a table for two (by request when I booked a year ago) by the window, and what a GREAT window view! We had early seating so it was always light enough to see out on the water. On our cruise we saw a tanker, cargo ship, Carnival ship and even a surfaced military submarine! Loved this view! And our servers Eduardo and Nitish were fabulous! I usually wanted two appetizers because I couldn't decide...no problem for Eduardo at all, even when DH and I split a second entree or dessert. With early dining, we often had to rush back from what we were doing, like in Nassau...but this table was worth it! As for the Windjammer, I can't say the same. The embarkation lunch wasn't that great, so that's when we decided to stick to the MDR...excellent decision, as it turned out. We did the MDR breakfast the first morning and room service breakfast on our balcony the second morning. MDR breakfast was OK, not as good as dinner though. We liked the room service breakfast on the balcony the best. For debarkation breakfast, there wasn't much choice, so we tried the Windjammer and it was pretty busy and it wasn't that great in our opinion. Good variety, but some things just didn't taste right to us. For Park Cafe, we had some late night snacks there like pizza and cookies and they were OK, but they didn't really wow us. Beverages: We don't really drink, but I did want a souvenir glass and the soda package, and the bars always seemed pretty crowded and you had to wait a bit for service, but they do seem to be doing their best and they were very nice. I loved the freestyle Coke machines, but for a period of like 24 hours, there was one of the only two machines on board that was out of carbonation, making the drinks very unpleasant. I reported to Guest Services and the issue was fixed, but I was surprised it was like this for so long on such a short cruise. Other cruisemates were also complaining of the same issue. The Guest Services gentleman that helped us with the deactivated card and the Coke machine issue was very nice and helpful. We did wait a very long time in line for Guest Services though, like about 20-30 minutes. So some additional help there would be nice. One more note about Guest Services. I had a coupon for onboard credit from an RCCL coupon book. I went to Guest Services to get it put onto our account and the lady was clueless and kept looking up our account to see if it was there. I kept telling her no, its a coupon that I need added to the account. She left for a long time and finally came back telling me they wouldn't honor it. Said that I had to call RCCL to get it added prior to the cruise. I think that is ridiculous, because how would someone on the phone know I had the coupon? It didn't have a code or anything to type in. (And it didn't expire till the end of this year, so that wasn't the issue) It also did not say you had to call and get it added ahead of time. She really didn't act like she cared. She acted more like we were annoying her with an issue that was taking more of her time than she wanted. I wish we had gotten that other Guest Services gentleman for this issue. I feel like he would have been more helpful and may have even been able to do something for us. So if you have any coupons for something, be sure and call RCCL about it before your cruise. Also, we are C&A Gold members, and our account did have the Gold member discounts. But beware...be sure and mention that you want to use your discount before the server rings up what you are buying, or else they won't be able to apply it. For example, I had the BOGO drink discount on my account and purchased a glass of wine, but didn't specifically mention the discount. The server said he didn't realize I had it and would have to ring up another in order to use the right "code" for the coupon. So I had to buy another to get the discount. So just let them know ahead of time. Nassau: We didn't do any RCCL excursions here, so what I have to say is no reflection on them, but I thought it might be helpful for some. My favorite part was the Pirates Museum. It's this little museum that was only $12 that I had been planning to visit for this trip. You could spend as much or as little time there as you want. There is some interesting history about pirates and a quaint little gift shop (not as big as the Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop at Disney mind you). But one of the tour guides dresses as a pirate and has some interesting facts and this little sort of a "show" that he does as you go thru it...he was cool. Also, I really was looking forward to going to the Straw Market to get souvenirs for my family and friends. But I swear, those people just ran me out of there, literally! Their sales tactics are horrible! Someone needs to instruct them on how to make sales and good customer service (I know that is probably a laugh). I was so disappointed. They were so greedy, they didn't want you to look at their neighbors' booths, just theirs...even if they didn't have what you wanted, they didn't care. They would try and guilt you into buying stuff like by saying, "come on, it's been a slow day and I need to make a sale". I'm sorry, but I can't help that. They wouldn't let you look around, they just bug you to death. If you saw something in the next booth, they would try to bully you into buying from them instead, whether you wanted that item or not. Finally my DH and I practically RAN out of there, without even getting what I was looking for. There was a shop nearby that was selling similar items for maybe just a dollar more that I shopped in. And since it was an actual store and not someone's "booth", they didn't bother you. How nice it was to just peruse the store and pick out your beach towel or bag or T-shirt without someone nagging the crud out of you! Unfortunately, I did miss out out on some of the handmade stuff, since we had to run out of there. And I do see talk on here about the knock-off purses. So I do want to mention that. I admit, I was looking for one for my Mom (she really wanted one) for a Christmas gift and a lady asked if I was interested...I was. So she was great. She took me to like 5 different shops till we found what I was looking for. It wasn't this 'scary' area either. It was right there across the street from the other shops we were looking at. I never felt unsafe. They even had a security guard in some of the shops and they took credit cards too, which surprised me. I was glad, because I was out of cash by that point. CocoCay: The BBQ lunch on CocoCay was pretty good, and we were the only ship this weekend, so there was no line, which was nice. We booked a jet ski excursion with RCCL, but they let us know that the water was very choppy, like a "washing machine", and some folks had fallen off. I am not a strong swimmer so they let us cancel with a full refund if we wanted to, which was very nice. And they say you don't need cash on the island. This is not true. There is like a "mini" Straw Market here. And they don't bug you to death! But I didn't bring cash because I was told I didn't need it. So I missed out on some things I could have gotten that I didn't get in Nassau when they ran me out. So bring cash! If you have an excursion, they do have lockers for free. (at least at the jet ski excursion, they were free for us) Entertainment: The welcome aboard show was a comedian and was very funny. They offered a talk on shopping in Nassau with offers of a free charm bracelet and charms...but you actually had to go to each afore mentioned jewelry shop in Nassau to get the charms. I would like for them to have offered some tips and suggestions on shops other than jewelry and the 'color changing' stuff. Even if they weren't "RCCL affiliated" it would still have been nice. (I put this in my feedback suggestion to them) My favorite part was the Karaoke every night (I am a karaoke queen anyway!), plus they have "rock band" karaoke the last night, where you can sing with a live band! It was neat, even though the song selection for that was very limited. The last night's show was a Broadway-type show that I really liked, 'Stage to Screen' with numbers from stage shows turned movies. Some of the shows they picked I thought could have been replaced with more mainstream shows (one of the shows I had never seen or heard of at all), but they did have 'Chicago' and 'Little Shop of Horrors' which were very good. And I thought the singers and dancers were very good, and I am a singer and dancer myself, so I feel I can judge. LOL! Debarkation: We chose not to carry our own bags off the ship. We had too many extra bags after buying stuff from Disney and Universal. And I can honestly say we were glad we didn't. It wasn't crowded and debarkation was smooth and quick and we got our bags immediately and there were porters available with carts to help us. They were great! Wrap up: I looked a while to find a cruise that was going for Labor Day weekend and this was the only one. Another cruisemate I spoke to on the ship said the same thing. We booked a longer cruise with our kids for next year on a bigger ship (not RCCL) out of Galveston so we can drive instead of fly. So for longer cruises, a bigger ship might be a better choice. But for a quick getaway, I would say this cruise is a good choice. All in all, I have had good service and amenities with RCCL. I can't say that I will always go with RCCL, because for me, I book for things other than just the cruise line...like length of cruise, departure port, price, etc. But I can say that given the opportunity, I would cruise with RCCL again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
The junior suite cost us an extra $240 per person, which is a little steep for a 3-day cruise, but we really enjoyed the balcony and would do it again. Check-in at 11:30am was a breeze -- there was no line at the suites check-in. We went ... Read More
The junior suite cost us an extra $240 per person, which is a little steep for a 3-day cruise, but we really enjoyed the balcony and would do it again. Check-in at 11:30am was a breeze -- there was no line at the suites check-in. We went straight to the Windjammer for lunch. Cabins are available at 1pm. We put on our swimsuits and hit the pool deck and enjoyed the Miami skyline for a while. We paid $165 per person for the drinks package. We had about 50 drinks over the course of the cruise ($6.60 per drink), so it was worth it. It's nice not having to stress and debate about the cost of the next drink since it's already a done deal. Plus drinks at CocoCay are included in the deal. I have absolutely no complaints about the ship or the crew. Everything was wonderful. The food and service were fine. We enjoyed premium margaritas at Boleros and played a bit of blackjack at the casino. We didn't get to enjoy the shows or many of the organized activities. We just relaxed on the top deck, ate dinner late (9pm seating) and turned in not too much after that. We got up early and enjoyed CocoCay and Nassau, which I'll describe separately in the port review. We signed up for the last disembarkation time at 9:55am, then took a cab for two great days (one night) at The Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach. Tip: we took SAS Transportation from Ft Lauderdale airport -- excellent service at a great price! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I booked a weekender cruise for myself and my 2 teenage daughters for a fun getaway. Our family has been on over a dozen cruises but never on NCL before. I picked the NCL sky because it had two ports and the carnival which we had been on ... Read More
I booked a weekender cruise for myself and my 2 teenage daughters for a fun getaway. Our family has been on over a dozen cruises but never on NCL before. I picked the NCL sky because it had two ports and the carnival which we had been on many times only had 1. My daughter pulled up the reviews after I had booked and found negative reviews that ranged from how uncomfortable the pull out sofa third bed was, the rude unhelpful staff, the food, uncleanliness, you name it. I told her negative people like to write negative posts and if we listen to them we will never do anything. We spent the entire cruise saying "what were they talking about?" . From the easiest boarding on and off to the no waiting restaurants, most comfortable pull out (which I claimed ahead of time to keep the peace, yay) beautiful stirrup cay, (take your own snorkel gear it's free) delicious food, most courteous and helpful staff ever. We were floored. I would definately go again. None of us had one single complaint the whole trip. It exceeded our expectations... which wasn't hard considering. We did run into that negative person on the boat who will write a bad review. Wish I could write one about him,lol. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I had broken my ankle and was bored at home. My husband suggested that we drive down to Charleston to go on a cruise. We thought it was a great idea at the time because all of our cooking, cleaning, and entertainment needs would be taken ... Read More
I had broken my ankle and was bored at home. My husband suggested that we drive down to Charleston to go on a cruise. We thought it was a great idea at the time because all of our cooking, cleaning, and entertainment needs would be taken care of. I would like to say that I enjoyed the cruise and knew I would have my limitations, being in a wheelchair. What I liked: friendly crew; happy, friendly people on board; some of the food (hit or miss, some good and some not so good); beautiful ocean view from our cabin; ocean sunsets; fun and lively atmosphere; shows in the evening ) our favorite was Punchliner; the beautiful Bahamas; service (for example, I asked for a shower bench and was promptly provided with one); my pleasant dining room experience. What I disliked (and this pertains to handicapped people): You have to walk UP a HUGE step to get into the bathroom. Nobody told me this regular room was like this. Get a handicapped room if you have difficulty getting up and down steps! I never dreamed of asking if I would have to climb up to go to the bathroom. My poor husband had to lift me up to the bathroom when we were in our cabin. When we went to the public restrooms on board, the handicapped toilets were SO low that I had to have my husband lift me up. (How do they expect you to get up???) Debarkation was extremely slow for wheelchair people. One person at a time. We waited an hour. We had our own wheelchair, and after bugging the guys a bunch of times, they finally just told us to go to the elevator and go. Getting on and off of the ship is a nightmare. The gangway starts out as a small ramp, but then, oh, then, you have to push up a steep hill to get to the dock. Once you've gotten up the steep hill, you go down again. I asked the male crew member who was standing there to pull while my husband pushed. Really, Carnival, is this the best you can do to get people in wheelchairs off of the ship???? Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I just got back from a great 4 day cruise on the Fascination. I cruised solo this time and loved it.  I made friends in the first 30 minutes I got on the ship. My room was big and clean with 2-port holes, which was great because I just ... Read More
I just got back from a great 4 day cruise on the Fascination. I cruised solo this time and loved it.  I made friends in the first 30 minutes I got on the ship. My room was big and clean with 2-port holes, which was great because I just paid for an inside cabin. I have been in Nassau and Freeport before and I didn’t bother to even leave the ship. Just lying on a lounge chair on the top deck and enjoyed looking and people coming on going and enjoying looking at the beautiful blue water was all I needed. It’s great when everyone is gone, I almost had the ship to myself. I have learned to Zig when everyone else Zags. The food was good, I was very careful not to over eat so I could enjoy myself. I really enjoyed the gym and I highly recommend the “Cheers” drinking package. You get 15 drinks a day, which was just enough for only $50.00 or so a day, and that includes tip. That way you are not surprised at the end of the cruise with your bill. I dropped $20.00 in the casino on a slot and I was over that. The comedy shows were great, I laughed till it hurt. As soon as I post this I am going to book another cruise. It seems to help with the daily grind when you know there is a cruise in your future.. Cheers~   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
My husband and I live in Jacksonville, fl. We have six kids! He works full-time, and I am a full time student and home maker. Our anniversary and my birthday are two days apart. We're heavily involved in our church so we were looking ... Read More
My husband and I live in Jacksonville, fl. We have six kids! He works full-time, and I am a full time student and home maker. Our anniversary and my birthday are two days apart. We're heavily involved in our church so we were looking for something quick but amazing. I found this cruise on groupon, and i thought it was too good to be true, but i figured what the heck let's try it out. It was absolutely amazing. We drove down to West Palm the night before, which happened to be our anniversary, and stayed at Embassy Suites. When we got to the port, check in was a breeze. It took less than 30 mins from when we pulled up, to when we actually boarded the boat. When we boarded, the crew had lunch already prepared! The service was amazing. The servers were respectful of the fact that we don't drink alcohol. Once they asked once and we said no, we were never asked again. We chose to do the Jeep excursion. It was unreal! The day we spent on the island was actually my birthday. When we got back to the boat, there was card in our room from the captain and crew wishing me a happy birthday. We ate at the crystal dining room! Definitely a gourmet experience. They even sang happy birthday and brought me a miniature cake! This cruise far beyond exceeded my expectations, and next time, i'm gonna choose the option to stay at the resort for a few days!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We just returned yesterday (August 17). Had a really good time. 11 people in our group for mom's birthday. Ate dinner every night at 8:15 p.m. in the Normandie dining room and never did we have a bad meal. In fact, we were all very ... Read More
We just returned yesterday (August 17). Had a really good time. 11 people in our group for mom's birthday. Ate dinner every night at 8:15 p.m. in the Normandie dining room and never did we have a bad meal. In fact, we were all very happy with our food. Great prime ribs, great eggplant, pasta, creme brulee, etc. NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT. Servers were terrific. Grand Turk. Get off the boat early and you will get a chair and have shade under a tree. Nice beach, close to ship, but nowhere near as nice as Half Moon Cay. I was surprised that there were not more people trying to get off early. I guess they were tired. By 12:30 we were done and went back on ship. Mom is 85 and we didn't want her waiting on long line in the sun. Good thing no other boat at the dock or there would NOT have been enough chairs. Would have been a HUGE problem. Half Moon Cay. We did not do a private excursion and spent day on beach. Again we left boat early and were in one of the first tenders. Rented a clam shell ($26.00) for shade that was under a tree. Worked fine. Saw cabanas. Not necessary if you get shade under tree but they are nice. This is a beautiful island. Water is absolutely fantastic -- up there with some of the best I have ever seen. Great day. Food fine and lots of it. Returned to ship around 2:30. Delayed departure from Half Moon Cay because someone died scuba diving. Not sure if a stroke or what. He was in 30s with wife and young kids. Pray for him and his family. Freeport. Walked around port. Some did excursions and had fun. Heard Lucaya hotel/beach was very nice.. Another injury. Kid hurt on banana boat. Somehow his teeth were dislodged and had to be rushed to hospital. Hit the gym every day. Nice. Sat in Serenity lounge. Had to get there by 10 a.m. to get chairs. Plus for the Serenity area is no noise/loud music and no kids running around (they told my 14 year old to leave). Minus is yes, there are black specs (soot) that land on you and you get some strange odors. Also, limited breeze at the back of the ship so if ship is not moving and it is sunny, it is really tought to sit there. Entertainment. Went to shows every night. They were entertaining. Woman singer was very good. Male not as good. If you like these types of shows, you will like these. If not, these productions won't change your view. Also watched some comediens. We liked them a lot. Overall. Would do it again. Good value. Mom had good time singing, dancing and eating as did everyone else. Only problem: if you try to do everything, like we did, you need a vacation from your cruise! Have fun. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was mine and my fiance's first cruise. needless to say, we are more than excited to go on another one. The ship was absolutely beautiful and all the staff was extremely friendly. It was much better than expected. We stayed in a ... Read More
This was mine and my fiance's first cruise. needless to say, we are more than excited to go on another one. The ship was absolutely beautiful and all the staff was extremely friendly. It was much better than expected. We stayed in a large oceanview stateroom. It was always kept nice and clean, and was in the perfect location. The shows were very entertaining and so were the seminars. There was more than enough to do on the ship. The food was excellent. All of it was very flavorful. The pools were also nice. We went to Freeport in addition to Nassau and CoCo Cay. We enjoyed Freeport more than Nassau. Coco Cay was probably the most beautiful. We did a jet ski tour that we would do again in a heart beat. It was neat to be tendered in and out of Coco Cay. We had one other ship at Coco Cay with us but it was never overly crowded. Nassau was definitely not what we expected it to be and the people there definitely are not the friendliest, but it's not too bad to deal with them. We did have one issue with an excursion being over booked, that we booked on the ship. We pretty much lost our entire day in Freeport and didn't get to do what we wanted, but we received a full refund and other compensation for our lost time. All we did was tell them what happened and they were more than willing to do what they could to make up for it. All in all this cruise was beyond amazing. We are already looking at a cruise for next year! Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Just returned from the Gem on Saturday, August 16th. DD and I cruise once a year together and we both had a great time. We love Norwegian and the easy convenience of sailing out of NYC without having to fly in order to cruise is just too ... Read More
Just returned from the Gem on Saturday, August 16th. DD and I cruise once a year together and we both had a great time. We love Norwegian and the easy convenience of sailing out of NYC without having to fly in order to cruise is just too good to pass up! In Florida we went to Epcot and had a wonderful day despite the fact that you only get about 4-5 hours in the park. We ate and drank around the world; saw the movies in China and France, the show in USA, the rides in Mexico and Norway and Spaceship Earth on the way out! On GSC we spent the morning lounging and floating around. Then we did the Jet Ski Tour in the afternoon which was so much fun! My first time....and I want one! The water was full of jelly fish (yuck) but no one got stung. BBQ lunch was tasty. A lot of work has been done on the island since we were there in 2012! In Nassau, we did not get off the ship. We had hot stone massages and then lounged by the pool. We attended the Murder Mystery lunch in LeBistro which was very funny. Meal was excellent. We caught all the shows in the theatre; Three production numbers by the Gem singers and dancers, comedy magic by Chip Romero, stand-up comic Jeff Harms and the comedy of the Second City cast. I have to say, they were very good. We attended many of the evening shows in Spinnaker Lounge. Don't miss Dancing With the Gem Stars. Just too funny. My only complaint would be the temperature of the food in the Magenta Dining room. We ate there every night. Some things were very hot, some warm and some room temperature. I know that they always say to tell them a problem right away so they can fix it, but we were always rushing out to catch the show that there just was not time. It was not a major issue. A shout out to Ketut our waiter each evening. He did a fantastic job catering to our special dietary needs. All in all at GREAT trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our first cruise and we were very suprised how fun it was. The room steward cleaned the room twice a day and helped us with anything we wanted. The food in the dining room was delicious and the dancing and singing by the waitstaff ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were very suprised how fun it was. The room steward cleaned the room twice a day and helped us with anything we wanted. The food in the dining room was delicious and the dancing and singing by the waitstaff was entertaining. Our waiter was a pro at the Gangham Style dance. The ship has an awesome Phillipino cover band that plays classic rock by the deck 9 bar. My wife and I sat and listened to them for two hours and had drinks. Comedy show has both a family and adult version. We only saw the family version which was very funny. Both comedians interact with crowd members. Plenty of places both inside and out to chill out and relax with a drink and people watch. The pool deck is like a non stop party. IF you are looking for a quite ship, go somewhere else. This ship is loud and fun. The only staff I found to be un pleasant were bartenders. Majority of them did not seem into their jobs. No interaction with guests. Pour drinks and move on seem to be their MO. The entertaiment director is hilarious. He did a "Newlywed game" in the Fantasia Lounge with 3 couples that was very funny. Very witty guy. The other shows in the Fantasia Lounge were good, Curves a Vegas showgirl type, and an 80s show. Husband and wife singers are very good and the band is excellent. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Thinking about a long weekend getaway? Norwegian Sky is a wonderful choice. We loved the cruise line and we had a balcony cabin right near the pool so it was perfect! We loved the drink packages, the Atlantis Water Park, the island (Great ... Read More
Thinking about a long weekend getaway? Norwegian Sky is a wonderful choice. We loved the cruise line and we had a balcony cabin right near the pool so it was perfect! We loved the drink packages, the Atlantis Water Park, the island (Great Stirrup Cay) was pure bliss!! As the first time cruising since I was a teenager, many things have changed about cruising. Highest marks goes to the teen club, for 13-17 year-olds. The coordinators were awesome and kept the kids busy running around the ship doing scavenger hunts, games etc. The air conditioner broke in our room one of the evenings and they fixed it right away. Did not have any trouble with people smoking on the balconies or bad food, as reviews I read prior to going had me on the look-out for. I thought almost everything was top-notch, The main areas they need to improve on NCL Norwegian Sky is communication about the photos that they take of you everywhere you go! No one ever told me where to go to see the photos or purchase them, and the next thing we know we are off the ship with no way to purchase or see them. I also had no idea what shows were going on, I kept checking my ncl.com and it did not list entertainment choices to reserve. I think due to the excursions, we were happy with early turn-in just when the ship was ramping up to party. The White-Hot Party was a highlight of the cruise, and something that everyone went to! Beware of the Spa trying to sell sell sell their spa toiletries. One of the BEST vacations ever! Just wish we could buy those photos... Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Sailed on the Pride on August 24, 2014 with my husband, we had sailed previously on the Pride in 2011 and had a great time. This was a very memorable vacation for us! There was a change of ports due to hurricane (Grand Turk/Half Moon Cay ... Read More
Sailed on the Pride on August 24, 2014 with my husband, we had sailed previously on the Pride in 2011 and had a great time. This was a very memorable vacation for us! There was a change of ports due to hurricane (Grand Turk/Half Moon Cay changed to Port Canaveral/Nassau) which left many people disappointed on Day 1. Things picked up as people got into vacation mode and we had a great week. There was a never a line to get off the ship. We have had terrible experiences on Royal Caribbean of waiting in line for an hour to get off the ship at ports. Dining – Breakfast was always good as well as the Seaday Brunch. Lunch was ok, the options got old after a few days but it didn’t ruin my vacation. We went to dinner in the main dining room every night. The menu was always too good to pass up. Had the melting cake almost every night as I had been waiting 3 years to have it again! We had a table for 2, but made friends with the tables all around us which was nice, I always like hearing what everyone did while in port, so many different ways to spend the day. Entertainment- Was excellent – better than I expected and just as good if not better than Royal Caribbean. We attended all of the below, and all were entertaining and fun: Marcus Anthony - Motown Singer Wonderful World Jazzin Vroom Legends The Love & Marriage Game (Newlywed Show) Liars Club Quest Comedians – Russ Nagel, Jason Anders, Lenny Schmidt, Derrick Eason Our ports changed due to Hurricane Cristobal, so I was not able to make plans in Port Canaveral or Nassau – so we had to wing it. Carnival was excellent in quickly providing shore excursion details, but they are expensive and we couldn’t research if they were good or not. Port Canaveral – We took a shuttle to Cocoa Beach it was $12 pp each way. If we had been there before we would not have cared to go here. Not much to see or do and the beach is nothing compared to the Caribbean. If we go here again I would stay on the ship or go on the airboat swamp ride, or Kennedy Space Center – which many people said they loved. Nassau – We got off the ship and proceeded to buy tickets for the ferry to Paradise Island. You can take a taxi or a ferry to Paradise Island for $4 per person, each way. Very reasonable price. We chose to take the ferry. It probably took a little more time using the ferry but I enjoy the open air, scenery, and there are locals that will tell you interesting facts about the island/things that you are passing by. Found it to be an enjoyable experience, they will also answer questions or tell you how to get to Atlantis/Public Beach. It was a decent walk to the Entrance of the Atlantis. The Atlantis was very nice inside, lots of shops and restaurants. Casino was nice inside also. You can walk through these areas and head out to the public beach. The public beach right next to Atlantis is Cabbage Beach. Powdery sand and clear blue water. Locals sell drinks, food, umbrella/ chair use etc. There is also music playing there. We had a great time there and had fun in the huge waves. Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - We had been here for before and I will say it has improved in the past couple of years. There are a lot more stands right when you get off the ship as well as a new Fat Tuesdays and Senor Frogs, which are nice options if you want to get off the ship without having to take a cab anywhere. I don’t believe there are any beaches within walking distance. We independently booked an excursion here to Pat & Dianes Sea Safari Snorkeling – 3 hours. Info is here: http://www.snorkelingbahamas.com/ This excursion was excellent from start to finish. Pat met us to check in, drove us in a nice a/c van, to Port Lucaya to meet the boat. Very simple process to check in and get on the boat, with a quick class on using the equipment. I liked that they have several lifeguards in the water with you, and also make everyone wear life vest around the waist – unless you are planning on “diving” under the water in which you can take it off. They also had fairly priced drinks and food onboard. The snorkeling was beautiful and crystal clear waters. An incredible experience and the fish will surround you as throw out the fish food. Boat also had a slide into the water, which the husband loved. And a rock climbing wall which the kids onboard loved. The staff were all very kind and gracious and helped ease any worries. We then got back to Port Lucaya and we had the option to stick around the shops for a bit before getting back on the shuttle. The staff communicated everything clearly on where/when to ensure you got back to the ship. Overall, we had great dinner, desserts, entertainment, sightseeing, and relaxation that made for a fun vacation!   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was my 10th cruise. I had not cruised in a few years, and boy have things changed. This was my first time on a Royal Caribbean ship. The time was a blast!!! From meeting Patty at the airport, luggage handler at the port, the ... Read More
This was my 10th cruise. I had not cruised in a few years, and boy have things changed. This was my first time on a Royal Caribbean ship. The time was a blast!!! From meeting Patty at the airport, luggage handler at the port, the embarkation staff ,everyone that I encountered were just absolutely fabulous. My wife and I rested in a inside cabin, space was cool, after all we spent minimal time in the cabin. Our cabin attendant, Mark was most attentive, he kept the cabin in excellent condition. The food was good. I notice on a lot of cruise reviews, people complain about the food. Well usually on a cruise, you will have people from all parts of Earth. So if a passenger is from Italy, I am quite certain they will definitely know the true taste and varieties of Italian fare. As I am from the south, and I can definitely tell you about some fried chicken. For instance they served fried chicken one day in the Windjammer Café, was the chicken as good as my momma's; absolutely not, but it was a good piece of fried chicken. None the less, when you cruise, step out of your comfort zone, and try some different foods. On land I rarely eat beef, but the Enchantment Of The Seas had a little café tucked deep in the corner of the ship, and this little café served a most delectable roast beef on a most tasty roll. I could have eaten this roast beef sandwich everyday. I am a purchaser and promoter of A LIST entertainment, and I must say that the entertainment on the ship was just absolutely fabulous. All of the musicians were top notch. There was always a myriad of activities for all ages. I will definitely take a RC cruise next year. That Oasis of The Seas is looking the choice. Hope to see you on the seas.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We are experienced cruisers pushing 30 cruises with Celebrity and probably 5 others on Disney, Carnival, MSC, Oceania, RCL and NCL. Both in our late 60s, we find the demographic and feel of Celebrity Cruises to be comfortable and have ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers pushing 30 cruises with Celebrity and probably 5 others on Disney, Carnival, MSC, Oceania, RCL and NCL. Both in our late 60s, we find the demographic and feel of Celebrity Cruises to be comfortable and have remained loyal to that line since 2003. We have recently taken two short cruises to find the best option for a cruise in August of next year for us and our three oldest grandchildren ages 7-9. We went with Disney Magic in December and just now, Carnival Liberty, both out of Port Canaveral which is drivable from Atlanta for us. Our first cruise with Carnival, sometime in 2007 or 8 out of Tampa on Inspiration was less than impressive. Kept us away from Carnival and loyal to Celebrity. This recent cruise with Carnival aboard the Conquest Class ship, Liberty, has changed both of our minds about Carnival. There is no question that Carnival has stepped up its game in a very competitive market place. Here are some pertinent comments that I hope are helpful for those who are shopping around for a cruise line or itinerary: Public Spaces: This is a beautiful ship inside and out. The décor tends to be somewhat more gaudy than what we prefer but this is not a complaint. Fun and somewhat garish or outrageous has been Carnival's style for years. Spaces were clean and well maintained throughout the cruise. I never saw a dirty glass or plate laying unattended. The ship suffers from a weird arrangement on Decks 3, 4 and 5 that I did not ever quite figure out. One cannot walk directly fore to aft on any of those decks and many of the very nice additions in what carnival calls Funship 2.0 are hidden away in hard to find corners of these decks. The main dining room, The Olympic, is also strangely separated by decks and fore/aft positioning. It can be frustrating to find your way around and to your table (Table 433, our table, was on the third deck. Go figure). Carnival allows smoking in the Casino and one of the adjacent bars on Deck 5 among other places. The feint smell of cigarette smoke, therefore fills most of Deck 5 and the deck's servicing stairwells. I found this to be a poor decision on the part of Carnival but smoking does have its appeal to part of Carnival's target demographic. On a very positive note, Funship 2.0 additions include a private area (Serenity) for adults 21 years and older. There is an outside lounge area, a smallish pool and two hot tubs. Mostly empty (except for the pool and hot tubs that were packed), we never felt the need to partake. It is nice though to know there is a quiet space for adults to hide out. Fitness: The spa and gym are run by Steiner. Not my favorite. Celebrity changed vendors in March of this year but we have not yet experienced whoever is running it now so hard to compare. The usual run of classes are provided some free (morning stretch, abs class, total body conditioning) some with a fee (Cycling, Yoga and Pilates). Equipment was well maintained and the gym and dressing areas/showers were well kept. There was not enough staff emphasis placed on sanitation. If you are one who takes the initiative in such matters, you do your part. However, I didn't see a lot of gym users wiping down/sanitizing the equipment after use. My advise is to adapt strict had washing techniques before and after exercise and do your part even though others may not be doing theirs. Stateroom: We booked a wrap around balcony cabin (7445) port side, all the way aft. It sports about 30 more square feet and has an aft facing and side facing balcony that wraps around the state room. It's narrow but functional. One part of it is usually in the shade and/or gets a breeze. There were two chairs and a table and two lounges that all fit easily in the space available. I was impressed with the stateroom layout and storage compared to a balcony cabin on the Solstice class ships sailed by Celebrity. Slightly less expensive on a daily basis than a Solstice Balcony it is much bigger, has better thought out storage space and has that huge balcony. Cabin service was on industry standard, if not slightly above; warm, welcoming and efficient. The cabin was spotless on arrival and remained well kept during this short cruise. Food and Bar Service: Expecting this to not be too good based on my one past experience with Carnival, I was totally surprised at how good both of these services were. Funship 2.0 includes Carnivals answer to Celebrity's Molecular Bar/Iced Martini Bar with Alchemy. Totally fun (a Carnival hall mark) and a different sort of feel with a very unique Martini menu. Highly recommended. Pool side bars were well stocked and service was good although tended to get understaffed at times ... this is an industry wide issue as companies try to reduce overhead costs by reducing staff. Not on Carnival. We ate in the main dining room (Silver Olympic) on Deck 3. First, I think it amazing that cruise ships in general pull off what they do in terms of food quality and presentation. I've always felt Celebrity had good food and dining room service. Carnival Liberty turned out to equal it. Once again, companies cut staff to save money but I was very impressed with this hard working and well lead staff of waiters, assistants waiters and bar staff that circulated to deliver beverages and wine service. I'm not picky at all so, take my comments with that in mind but food quality was very high. I never had something that didn't taste good, was at the appropriate temperature and was beautifully presented. Fun!. Baked goods and deserts were noteworthy. The last day, and as usual, there's a small presentation by the Maitre d' who introduces the head chef and allows diners to clap for their waiters. What impressed me was the warmth and sincerity of our wait staff during this presentation directly to our large table. It seemed they really cared about serving us well. That is a direct compliment to the leadership within the food services department. You don't find this without a commitment to it from the Captain on down. Impressive. Youth Programs: Carnival calls this Camp Carnival. It is a structured program that, from outward appearances, appears to be very well designed and run for ages 2-17. Kids can move in and out of it as they please (parents have to come get them, once signed in, they can't just walk out) and hours are from 7am al the way to 10p and there is hourly rate sitters available to 2am. I collected all the material that was available to describe it and spoke with several families of 7-17 year olds whose children loved it. There were a lot of kids on this cruise and they seemed to be totally occupied and enjoying the program as they were not at all disruptive or running around unsupervised as they sometimes can be. Disney's program is probably a little bit higher end but you are paying a pile for that when you cruise with them. I saw plenty of electronic games and gadgets along with the usual coloring and painting stuff the equal of what Disney provides. Supervision (staff per child) seemed good but I can't speak with any authority in this area. I do know that Disney's supervision and play-time guidance is very highly rated but its hard to compare them and I asked a lot about this when I was aboard Disney Magic. Still, we feel comfortable with what Carnival offers and will be happy to place our 7-9 year old grand kids in Camp Carnival. Entertainment: We are huge production show lovers but don't go much for comedians or other one man shows. Carnival had three production shows on this 5 day cruise. They were all very impressive. Nothing matches Disney though but these were the equal in quality and exceeded Celebrity's in number. Costumes were gorgeous. Some a little too revealing so think about this and maybe talk about it before hand if you have young ones. This was a new dance troupe performing on Liberty for the first time on the 8 day cruise just before ours. There were some rough edges but only my wife, who was a professional dancer and still dances sees the spacing an occasional mis-steps and is reluctant to judge. She knows what it takes to perform as a dancer. Not easy so, we just support them in all the ways we can. Half-Moon Cay: Worth a separate mention. I didn't think anyone could match what Disney is doing on their Private Island ..... until this cruise. Half-Moon Cay is beautiful, clean and exceptionally well maintained. The barbeque was tops, activities varied and many, the water and beaches are as good as any in the world. So, enjoy it. We did. Value: Right now, I don't think anyone is coming close to Carnival, at least on Liberty, in this regard. Here at Cruise Critic in a recent poll, Liberty was the third rated ship among hundreds. I can't say that rating is not totally justified. There was a time when Celebrity did exceed expectations, and had a leg up, in my opinion, in the cruise industry for our tastes. Over the years, I've watched competitors do as well, if not better, in some areas, pricing being one of them while still presenting a very high quality vacation.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was my first time on Carnival after going on several other lines. For my wife it was her first cruise ever. In Jacksonville the embarkation process was surprisingly quick and easy. In no time we were on the ship eating lunch at the ... Read More
This was my first time on Carnival after going on several other lines. For my wife it was her first cruise ever. In Jacksonville the embarkation process was surprisingly quick and easy. In no time we were on the ship eating lunch at the buffet. The greatest part of the Fascination is the food. The dining room is awesome serving everything such as lobster, shrimp, prime rib, lasagna, pastas, fish, alligator, escargots, sushi, and eggs benedict for breakfast. Make sure you catch a meal at the Mongolian Grill at least once it is delicious. We hit up the pizza bar every night for a late night snack and it's pretty good. The buffet food is decent as well if you don't make it to the main dining room. Entertainment on the ship was good. There were 2 production shows that my wife loved called Motor City and Divas. The comedians shows were also good especially BT. We visited the piano bar every night for a little bit to hear Jonathan play and entertain with his witty remarks between songs. I only went to the casino once and won $40 playing blackjack to pay for some pictures. The main drawback to the ship is the lack of pools. There is only one pool and 3 hot tubs on the entire ship. The pool is ridiculously small and is crowded with people including a massive amount of kids. Imagine a standard hotel swimming pool with about 30 people swimming in it. Think Caddy day at the pool in the movie Caddyshack. Now the Serenity area for adults only at the back of the ship is nice and not crowded with 2 hot tubs. There are plenty of chairs available to relax and view the ocean. People aboard the Fascination were all nice and classy for the most part. Due to Carnival's notorious reputation, I was afraid we would find the typical Wal-Mart crew with a bunch of uncouth white trash and shady characters. Not the case at all and there was not an exorbitant amount of kids either. Finally, getting off the ship was faster than getting on. Do self Assist and figure out a way to get near the exit on a low floor to get out quick. There it is you will enjoy this cruise and it's not too expensive, great vacation.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
The Disney Dream lets you have a Disney experience without all the hassles that come with visiting the parks. My children (ages 8 & 5) saw almost every character on the ship and never waited more than 20 minutes. We really enjoyed the ... Read More
The Disney Dream lets you have a Disney experience without all the hassles that come with visiting the parks. My children (ages 8 & 5) saw almost every character on the ship and never waited more than 20 minutes. We really enjoyed the shows each night, watched a few movies and participated in a few activities. My children loved the kids club, but didn't spend much time there because there was so much to do. A few things to know...they have free soft drinks on one of the top decks. However, the cups by the drink station are the same size that come with a Happy Meal from McDonald's. There were several times I walked up there to get a drink to enjoy on our veranda and was finished with it before I got back to my room. Bring your own cup/mug with a lid. Also, sign up to get on the ship early so you can enjoy time in the pool and the water slide when it is not really busy. They will direct you to the buffet at Cabanas, which is on the same deck as the pool anyway. Be sure you are wearing or have your swimsuits in a carry-on bag. Your room won't be ready until 1:30 and you won't have your luggage right away. Our meals were fantastic. Our servers paid close attention to our kids. They did magic tricks at the table, cut their food and even poured ketchup on their plates for them! This is the first vacation with my family when I felt like I had a vacation, too! Castaway Cay was a highlight of the trip. What a beautiful beach! You will enjoy this trip and be depressed when it is over! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
A couple of weeks ago we embarked on the Carnival Fascination, and after reading so many reviews I found helpful, I figured it would only be fair to post our review of our wedding! We had no idea what to expect so I expected things to go ... Read More
A couple of weeks ago we embarked on the Carnival Fascination, and after reading so many reviews I found helpful, I figured it would only be fair to post our review of our wedding! We had no idea what to expect so I expected things to go wrong. I can honestly say NOTHING went wrong with our wedding. Prior to the wedding we dealt with the wedding department and pamphlets who I felt were pretty vague, so it is surprising to get on the ship and have it all go so perfectly! They must really know what they're doing. We chose a cruise out of Jacksonville because a lot of our guests were from the east coast and we wanted them to be able to drive. This resulted in a lot of people being able to come. We booked our wedding onboard the Fascination while docked in Nassau. This was changed a couple of times but we decided against the beach wedding because of the heat and pictures, and also because our main goal was for people to have fun. We booked the Let's Celebrate Bigger - 2 hour reception to follow. Prior to boarding we had been planning the wedding for at least 6 months. There wasn't much we could plan with the cruise line, but we did some stuff differently because of the helpful reviews here. I bought our flowers off of easy - they're "real touch" flowers because I felt like flowers were a main part of the overall color coordination. My Maid of Honor was a big planner so she organized things such as wishing rocks, flower pedals, the guest book, etc.. We had 36 people going and so I had to do the paperwork for the guest list quite a few times and they didn't give me a hassle to change things. We stopped the changes about a week prior. My advice to anyone doing this is, let people know that the guest list will be locked by a certain date. I figured with common wedding etiquette people would assume this, but they didn't, and it caused a lot of problems and extra money out of pocket for us. Two weeks prior to our wedding, Jessica from the wedding department called and finalized everything. She told us what room the ceremony would be in and where the reception would be held during this convo. It was a short and sweet phone call because she had it all down to a T. Day of embarkation: We had a TON of stuff. I carried my wedding dress on Southwest and it was tough because we had an infant as well. We stayed the night at the Holiday Inn Blount and on the day of embarkation most of the guests took the hotel shuttle to the port. When we got to the port it was hot and miserable, we had a baby and a case of water, wedding decor, our luggage and it was nearly impossible. The porters took our luggage, and we went through VIP check in and told them we were getting married on the ship and we were the bride and groom. They didn't give us one problem, even though the paperwork said you only get priority boarding if you are getting married the day of embarkation. We got on quickly and our room was ready. The luggage came quickly and the tuxes we ordered weren't in the room but we found out later that they were on the ship waiting to be signed for. When we did the safety briefing there had been a wedding in the room our briefing was in and the bride seemed highly upset and her mom was complaining. I was watching all of it and it was because she felt like she was rushed. Prior to all of this I had read the reviews and every bride said that the reception goes by fast so I am pretty sure that is what she was upset about. Shortly after we got on the ship I went to the spa and got all of the girls who wanted to get their hair done appointments. There was one guy there that did the hair and he said he would do all of our hair. Then we went and got our Cheers! Beverage program stickers. That day at dinner, our Wedding Coordinator, Vanja introduced herself. She was the sweetest person! She simply made a time for us to meet the following morning. The Day before the wedding: Vanja met us in the morning where the ceremony would be held. Prior to this we had a problem with the processional song length because we had 7 bridesmaids and a ring bearer and we had no idea if there were going to be stairs involved or how long the aisle was. We had a song - "you & I" by John Legend which was roughly over 4 minutes. During this meeting Vanja told us that would be fine and she showed us how everything would happen. She was so amazing. She immediately attached to our baby and she was just truly a blessing. That afternoon, the bridesmaids and I took my phone to the same room and played the song, and did a rough practice. We didn't spend a lot of time on it but we got enough done! Then we all took pictures in tank tops in front of the water and around the ship with our own camera. That night we did a girls / guys night and all became intoxicated. We ended up at the same club but the groom and I purposely did not spend time together. The Day of the wedding: My hair appointment was at 8am for a 1pm ceremony (I think his name was Sasha - AHHHH I am so mad I forgot because he was a wonderful stylist and I am PICKY!!!!) to allow enough time to do all of the girls. I was tired and hungover but I made it and so did the girls. I told the groom to be out of our room when we got back :) We had already planned for him to get ready in a groomsman's stateroom. We got back from the hair salon at about 10 or 10:30, we ate breakfast and then it was time to do makeup. They don't do make up at the salon so one of my bridesmaids did my make up and she finished at 11:45. She had to be down at the ceremony at 12:30 so she was rushing because she still hadn't showered or anything. Moral of the story - 8 am hair appointments are not too early :) The photographer came by and said he would be back at 12:15 for pictures before the ceremony. That left 30 minutes for me to get dressed. I was rushing. At 11:45 I started to get dressed and at 12:15 our photographer William knocked at our door. He was patient and the Maid of Honor and I followed him and took pictures around the ship. We went up to the Spa where he took a picture with the stylist and made it look like they did my hair with the dress on. The photographer was amazing too!!! I can't say enough good things about him. He took us back to my stateroom where we waited for Vanja's call. Vanja called and said she was running late, but to stay put, then she called again about 5 minutes later and said she was coming to get us. The Ceremony: (Puttin' on the Ritz Room) Vanja came to get us and escorted the Maid of Honor and myself to the Ceremony. She made us hide so that people inside couldn't see us. The wedding people from the Island were there too, making awesome things happen. One was at the door having the girls walk in, and the officiant was inside. They were PERFECT at the timing, they had it down to a science!! I saw my baby and my teenager and started to tear up but I made myself stop. The baby freaked out when he saw me so one of the bridesmaids carried him down the aisle. Vanja told me to stand by the aisle and the Island lady told me when to go. My teen son walked me down the aisle and when we walked in my husband's back was toward me, it was the most romantic thing ever!!! They told him when to turn around and he started to cry. We wrote our own vows and the entire thing was PERFECT! It took about 10-15 minutes and then the photographer started taking pictures. It was funny because he did a ton of pictures then he said he wanted one of the "friends". I told everyone to come up and he looked shocked. I said, "they're all our friends". He said, "oh... ok!" and that is one of my favorite pictures that he took :-) After that everyone went into the reception hall and they called us in. The Reception: (Passage to India Room - same floor as the ceremony). We walked into the reception and I hadn't seen it yet. It was BREATHTAKING! From the table with the guestbook that Vanja set up for us, to the food table with the ice sculpture, to the bar! We had a host for entertainment and we brought our own CD's. I walked over to him and told him to turn it up because the music was low and he said that usually people like it lower that's why they start it like that, but they have no problem turning it up! We are people who love to dance and party so we got it started :) The crew asked where we wanted our table at and they set us up a table. The drinks were the BEST on the entire cruise. We all danced and thanks to these reviews and knowing that it would go by fast, we didn't do any speeches. All we did was the bride and groom dance, the mother and son dance, and then we got the party started. Later they did the cake cutting (Vanja asked us when), and then we did the bouquet toss and garter song. They warned us before the last song. After that the photographer took the groom and I around the ship for pictures. He was impeccable! He was highly skilled and it was rough taking the pictures because he was a perfectionist but when we got them the next day we could see why! They're the nicest wedding pictures we have ever seen. We got a huge canvas print, a book, a disk and a movie. The entire thing was PERFECT! Thank you Carnival for an amazing wedding!!!! The next day we went to Half Moon Cay where we booked the Private Oasis excursion. THAT was amazing too!!! I hear it's hard to get, but we had 24 people opt in (because we had too many people, I made it optional and those people paid $100 a person and we covered the rest). Unlimited drinks, food, snorkeling time, our own music, a slide, rafts - AMAZING!!!! I've been on cruises before and honestly if I HAD to complain it would be about the water taste on the lido deck and the food wasn't great (except for the wedding). Other than that, WONDERFUL TIME! If anyone is getting married and has questions, don't hesitate to email me. robink949@gmail.com Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
never went on a cruise before and as a first timer i was a little unsure as to what to expect.even though the sky is one of ncl cruise lines older ships they take very good care of her.Every where i looked the ship was painted and clean,i ... Read More
never went on a cruise before and as a first timer i was a little unsure as to what to expect.even though the sky is one of ncl cruise lines older ships they take very good care of her.Every where i looked the ship was painted and clean,i noticed a carnival ship at one of the stops and you could see rust running down the paint where the anchor came out.Not on the sky no rust no stains ,they take allot of pride in there ships. The crew top notch,every one is polite and they go out of there way to make your vacation the best it can be.Our cabin was very nice with a balcony and the view was awesome.Every night we had something to do and i don't think i went to sleep before 2 am on any night ,mind you i am 49 and go to bed at 10 pm most work nights.Dinning was great and one night our dinner was a little late so the head waitress Kimberly comped us a bottle of bubbly.My wife and i as well as my son and sister in law had a great time.i will definitely sail with ncl again Read Less
Sail Date July 2014

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