1. Home
  2. Cruise Destinations
  3. Bahamas Cruises
  4. Bahamas Cruise Reviews

3,988 Bahamas Cruise Reviews

It was a last minute decision. We booked like 9 days before take off. We got a really good deal. The ship was a lot smaller than I had been on in the past, but I really liked the staff. They were Great. The food was great the whole ... Read More
It was a last minute decision. We booked like 9 days before take off. We got a really good deal. The ship was a lot smaller than I had been on in the past, but I really liked the staff. They were Great. The food was great the whole time. I really liked the fact that at supper time, we could sit where we wanted, it wasn't assigned. I would diffently try Norwegian again on a little bigger boat. We had a blast. We had a Great time playing Bingo. Again, The staff on this ship were Amazing. And I loved the washy washy, happy, happy. It was great. I got to hang with my grown daughter for 5 days that were truly amazing. And we had 2 specialty suppers. I was not a big fan of the Italian restaurant, but the Streak restaurant was Delicious. That was one of the Best steaks I've ever had, and the staff was Great in the also. We had never been on Norwegian before, and didn't know what to expect, but the staff was great for helping us right from the get go. I would return to Norwegian ship again. I did not exercise( I suck at that. Lol) Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this Cruise through Becky's Travel which is an awesome travel agency in Beverly Hills, Fl. We sailed out of Port Canaveral, Fl, There were 14 of us and had a great time, we celebrated a friends 70th Birthday which turned out ... Read More
We chose this Cruise through Becky's Travel which is an awesome travel agency in Beverly Hills, Fl. We sailed out of Port Canaveral, Fl, There were 14 of us and had a great time, we celebrated a friends 70th Birthday which turned out great. The ship was recently refurbished and nicely appointed. The dining room food on RCCL has diminished over the years and I believe its in order to entice people to buy a "Dining Package" The individual drink price is astronomical and I also believe its so people buy the Drink package, a normal Vodka and Tonic with lime is $14.99 which includes an automatic 18% gratuity, this gratuity is also applied at the Specialty Restaurants. We chose Chops and Izumi as Specialty meals, Chops left a lot to be desired compared to our Chops visit on the Radiance in February 2019 which was awesome. The Izumi Teppanyaki experience was exceptional, we would do it again. I am somewhat frustrated with RCCL's Crown and Anchor society, With this Cruise we reached 54 points only 1 away from Emerald status which increases perks and discounts, we signed up at Nextcruise for a 10 day European cruise in June 2020 and RCCL wouldn't give us that 1 extra point even after our first night of the new cruise, other cruise lines do. I met with the C&A director "Marcos" on the Mariner and he basically just shut me down and said, You only get the points after completing the entire cruise, he tried around and ignored me after that and left me hanging, Sad but true. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Pre-Cruise: I booked parking through Spot Hero. Parked at the Embassy Suites in Crystal City. They have an airport shuttle. I paid $44. If I had parked at Reagan it would have been $68. Flight was direct DCA to MIA. Transfer to the Port ... Read More
Pre-Cruise: I booked parking through Spot Hero. Parked at the Embassy Suites in Crystal City. They have an airport shuttle. I paid $44. If I had parked at Reagan it would have been $68. Flight was direct DCA to MIA. Transfer to the Port through Royal. The transfer service was fantastic. I have never had a cruise line employee board the bus and give a little speech - telling parents that a ship is a mini city and to be vigilant. To the adults the same thing, don’t take your safety for granted. Embarkation: From the time I got off of the bus until I was on the ship was less than 5 minutes! We got off the bus and the cruise line employees told us to just leave our bags by the bus and someone would be over to get them. There was no one to tip. It was strange and I felt weird leaving my bag there. Into the terminal, up the escalator and over to priority. A lady scanned my phone (I had the app loaded and ready) and asked if I’d been feeling ill at all recently. She then directed me to the security screening. From there directly to the ship – AMAZING efficiency. Stateroom: Loved my cabin and there will be video and details in the Cabin thread. Junior Suite – Deck 10 – 1344. Rooms were ready at 1:00pm on the nose and my bag was at my room when I opened the door to leave again at 1:30! Service: Wonderful service. I never met my room steward. Cabin was serviced twice a day. The room was always tidy. I LOVED my dinner servers. Aiman and Josephine were fantastic. Bartenders and bar servers were also pleasant and fun. CocoCay: I was up and at the gym, had a bite to eat and then was the first one off the ship. I already knew where I wanted to “camp” for the day. The island is wonderful. I would go again for sure! The weather was not great. A bit of sun here and there before 12pm. Mostly cloudy with showers. Finally, after grabbing a chicken sandwich as the Snack Shack, I gave up. The wind was terrible. I went back to the ship to explore and read before dinner. Nassau: Terrible weather, again. I had not planned to visit. However, I wanted to lay in the sun, read, drink, people watch. Nope. Raining, cold and windy. I wandered the ship, watched some trivia, read, watched a movie. Food: I like GOOOOD food. I consider Ruth Chris a good steak not a great steak. I was expecting a solid three based on reviews (scale 1-5). Overall a solid 4. I ate dinner two nights in the MDR and once at the Windjammer. Breakfast each morning in the Windjammer. Lunch on embarkation was at El Loco Fresh and then the Windjammer for Saturday and Sunday. I truly enjoyed the MDR. Windjammer was completely average. I do like that they have the Freestyle soda machines. I can’t believe they never had pizza in there. You travel to deck 5 the Café Promenade or order Room Service to get pizza. El Loco Fresh was good. I had a simple chicken quesadilla. Of Note: The only show I saw was a Battle of the Sexes contest. It was lively and fun! The piano playing, musical comedian from Schooners, was amazing. If you are a wine drinker prepared to be disappointed with the options available with the Drink Package. The one I drank was the Andrew Peace Cabernet Sauvignon. Bourbon – No Woodford. I found Bulleit in the Royal Theater when I was wandering around on the last day. Most passengers were polite and friendly. LOTS of families and groups (bachelor and bachelorette, Quince, birthdays, etc.). I did not witness any elevator rudeness or disgusting drunkenness. It really was a lovely, relaxing few days. Disembarkation: I was up at 6:00am. I showered, then ate a quick bite and was headed off at 7:15. I did self-assist. I was sitting on the shuttle by 7:30. Final Thoughts: I would sail on the Navigator again. Based on this one trip Royal is heads and tails above NCL and Carnival. I was worried about the ship being bigger than my previous ships. It didn’t overwhelm me. I was able to find my way quite easily. The ship, the food, the staff, the fellow passengers all put this ahead of the other two, IMHO. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We desired a cruise out of our local port, Baltimore, for convenience. We did this same itinerary out of Cape Liberty on a different boat in 2010. We were able to get on the boat in the late morning, providing an extra day of onboard fun. ... Read More
We desired a cruise out of our local port, Baltimore, for convenience. We did this same itinerary out of Cape Liberty on a different boat in 2010. We were able to get on the boat in the late morning, providing an extra day of onboard fun. We left on time. Ship was clean and crew as friendly as last time. Captain did an exquisite job of dodging three hurricanes and we ended up with beautiful weather on every day. Shout out to our cabin steward; cabin was well kept and he was extremely responsive. Food was a C+ -- Windjammer lacked variety and main dining room was literally serving the exact same menus as two years ago. Entertainment was a B+, with a pop cover band, enrichment talks, and educational art auctions. Only complaint was the dining staff. There was a bit of a language barrier and they interrupted our table conversations too often. A smaller ship, like Grandeur, has its pros and cons. We met dozens of people that we kept meeting up with throughout the cruise. That never happened on the larger ships. We would definitely sail on Grandeur again, but wish they offered more itineraries out of Baltimore. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was a last minute booking. I booked on Sep 12th around noon and got in the car to drive South. We like sailing at of Jacksonville as it is not to hateful of a drive from Ohio. We were just looking for a quick get away and Carnival ... Read More
This was a last minute booking. I booked on Sep 12th around noon and got in the car to drive South. We like sailing at of Jacksonville as it is not to hateful of a drive from Ohio. We were just looking for a quick get away and Carnival Ecstasy did not disappoint. Since we booked so late, our check in time was 1:30PM however, we showed up early on the of chance they were ahead of schedule. We were on the ship around 12:30. Fifteen minutes from the time we parked till we got up on the Lido deck. The ship is showing her age but she is slated for dry dock on October which I expect consist of a good paint job and new décor. We will find out as we are booked on the Ecstasy in November. We had a port hole cabin on the main deck. The room was extra deep based on its location. The room was very clean. For the most part, we ate only on the Lido deck, Bonsai Sushi express or room service. We looked at the dining room menus through the cruise and everything sounded good. I only packed shorts, so we did not go in for dinner. I know that you can but cruise casual to me is at least a golf shirt and pants. Its not difficult and I will they would at the very least enforce the current code even though its to lax. The cruise director Cam and the Fun Squad were very good. Everything we saw, we enjoyed. DJ Spike was one of the better ones that we have seen in a while. The dancers were really good and you could see their practice paid off. This was our first time to Princess Cay. I still prefer Half Moon. While the beach is very pretty, they cram a lot of beach chairs in the various coves so it is hard to get away if you are looking to truly relax. We would definitely go again though. We didn't spend much time in Nassau. I was not feeling great so we just walked around for a few hours Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
You have to keep in mind that this is a smaller, dated ship. Your expectations should be equal. I only had one bad experience with LeBistro and would not recommend it. The service on this ship is top notch from one end of the ship ... Read More
You have to keep in mind that this is a smaller, dated ship. Your expectations should be equal. I only had one bad experience with LeBistro and would not recommend it. The service on this ship is top notch from one end of the ship to another. I truly felt like I was part of the Norweigan family. This is a smaller ship and the entertainment quality is not like big ships, but still pleasing. The amount of activity is enough to keep you entertained. There are plenty of games and chances for you to meet and intermingle with others. There is an average amount of shopping onboard. The photos are kept in books, which I enjoy that privacy as opposed to out in the open for all to view. There is a good amount of bars and a good selection of dining choices. The bar staff will keep you entertained. I would have liked to have seen a bigger selections of televisions only because it is football season, but they were strategically placed and I understand why. The atrium is very small and I believe during their refurbishment they should have put more emphasis on this. I believe that they could work with what they have and add more entertainment in that area. I like the fact that there were “get togethers and meets” for different groups. Embarking was confusing. There should be more announcements, more staff, and better visual signage for those who have had a long night or have difficulty with direction. Overall, excellent value for the money, fun time, and enjoyable memories. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Booked this 5 night cruise because we wanted a shorter vacation than typical 7 day but longer than the 3-4 day ones also offered. This was a first time cruise for my travel partner as well. I’ll go day by day to give you an idea of what ... Read More
Booked this 5 night cruise because we wanted a shorter vacation than typical 7 day but longer than the 3-4 day ones also offered. This was a first time cruise for my travel partner as well. I’ll go day by day to give you an idea of what to expect. I will review the ship and her services and not the ports since you can read about them separately (two of our port days were cancelled due to hurricane Dorian’s destruction (Grand Bahama) and a new tropical system that formed over Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island). First, arrival at Miami airport went as planned. Finding Norwegian transport desk was very easy on baggage claim level. Staff there were friendly, professional and prompt in getting us to the ship. Once we arrived at cruise terminal, going through various stages of embarkation went so quickly we were on the ship within 30 minutes (fastest embarkation I’ve ever experience!). We were given ship information and locations open for lunch. We decided on main dining room (Crossings). Again, staff were friendly, welcoming and helped ease us into vacation mode. Food was good....wine was too lol! Note, even with drink package , whenever you are in US ports and waters, the ship will charge tax and add it to your shipboard account. After lunch we heard the all clear to be able to get into our staterooms. The Norwegian Sky is an older ship (put into service in 1999) and had a substantial renovation earlier this year. Most public areas were nicely refreshed. Even stateroom art and bed linens were updated. Unfortunately what WASN’T updated was stateroom carpet and furniture. I was really surprised to arrive into my stateroom (balcony 9268) to find stained and worn carpet and stains on love seat, in several places. That was kinda disappointing considering how good public areas looked. The bed was very comfortable. Also note, stateroom size is identical to windowed/portholed staterooms. The only difference is the addition of the balcony and bed/loveseat configuration (instead of bed being on outside wall, it’s turned to side wall leaving about 10 inches between foot of bed and cabin wall and providing access to balcony door. Also note, cabin has a full length single glass door with a wall that has a porthole on balcony side and not usual full length double glass...strange appearance, but you get used to it. Bathroom is, well...small, but it’s functional. Definitely very tight for two but again, functional. My cabin steward, Michael, always had my room freshened up and ready whenever I returned. I kinda wondered if he ever got sleep lol! He was very talkative and friendly too. I unpacked quickly (had carried our bags on with us) and headed out to the Spinnaker lounge for sail away. The lounge, as much of the ship other than buffets and pool/hot tub areas always felt roomy and not crowded. In fact sometimes we felt as though we had the ship mostly to ourselves. Not sure if it’s always that way or just for this cruise. After sail away, we had a few more drinks, then went to dinner in Palace main dining room. Again, we were greeted with smiles and immediately seated. Great service and good food. There was a nice variety on the menu. Some items are available everyday, while others only once, ask your server. Menu is the same in both dining rooms so it just depends on which dining room is your preference for location, decor and servers. Although we ate non specialty dining dinners in Palace, lunch was usually in Crossings (Palace is only open for dinner). Food generally was good in main dining rooms. Steak was cooked as ordered (med rare) too, which was nice. After dinner, we headed to theatre for evening show. Keep in mind, main dining rooms are not fast food places so plan your time accordingly if you want to make evening shows. First night show was very good! I’m fact I was surprised at the quality of shows in main theatre. I don’t normally enjoy non production shows, but this cruise the comedian and magician were really good! So, I definitely recommend seeing them. I’d also like to take a moment to say how good the cruise director Jasper is! He’s a natural up on stage and at putting people in a relaxed vacation frame of mind. Next day was port day in Key West. Ship docks at Naval dock so Norwegian provides shuttles to the base of Duval Street. Shuttles run frequently. After spending time in town, we returned to ship to get ready for our dinner at Cagney’s Steakhouse. What a great experience that was! Awesome service, ambiance and food! I can’t recommend Cagney’s enough! Day 3 was at sea...although pool area was crowded and total party atmosphere, we were able to secure lounge chairs in a quieter area close to the atrium while still having access to pools and hot tubs. Fun relaxing day. Drinks flowed freely both from the bar and servers walking around taking orders. Dinner later in Palace was good. The comedian performed in main theatre that night, again enjoyable! Day 4 was a port day in Nassau. We did not take advantage of any excursions as I’ve been here several times. Once back on ship, went to gym, small but very adequate and never looked crowded. Dinner in Palace was good, and again consistently friendly service! Next up was magician night in main theatre. This guy was really good. He was entertaining and talented. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at the talent on the ship. Day 5 was supposed to be a port day at Great Stirrup Cay. However that was cancelled due to weather, so we had another day at sea. Basically we had a repeat of day 3. However dinner that night was at Le Bistro, the French restaurant. This place was the biggest disappointment of the trip. I’ve eaten at Le Bistro on the Escape a few times. On the Escape, the food was excellent. Le Bistro on the Sky (while quite beautiful in ambiance) was a total disaster. The service was incredibly slow and inconsistent (can’t blame our server, he was the only waiter for our whole section). But what made the meal a total disaster was the food! NOTHING was good. The escargot were bland and over cooked. The scallop appetizer was basically ONE sea scallop cut into 3 pieces and even more bland than the escargot! The mushroom soup was runny and bland. Wine pours were small (I had the drink package so I don’t understand a pour that is less than the pour mark on the glass...I just had to wait and wait for a refill). Once the recommended entree’ (the Sole) arrived, it was over cooked and cold. I’ve eaten a lot of sole in my life in various places. I’m NOT even sure this WAS Sole. Regardless, it tasted more like the sole of my SHOE. The dessert (the Napoleon) was sickeningly sweet with cheap hard chocolate on the top. The French Press coffee was the best thing about the meal. I cannot stress just how bad this meal was. As we walked out of Le Bistro, another patron was leaving as well. Her opinion of her dining experience was spot on with ours! So, in the end. If you have a dining package, make two reservations at Cagney’s and skip Le Bistro altogether. Day 6 was arrival back in Miami. Disembarkation went even faster than embarkation! Norwegian Sky is part of a new program using facial recognition technology to process passengers. We were off the ship as quickly as we could walk! The transport for Miami airport was just as we left terminal. We boarded the bus and waited for delivery at the airport. Everything went smoothly and as planned. All in all, an excellent cruise experience. No, it’s not Crystal, Regent or Seaborn. But, the value for what you pay is really good. All the staff were friendly, professional and efficient. I would take this cruise again for a nice relaxing trip! I’d avoid Le Bistro like the plague.... Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
First, I was a single traveler on this trip. My wife had girls outing in the Lake of the Ozark so I decide to travel alone. I learned a lot about traveling alone. There are no perks for being a single traveler and what there is, is ... Read More
First, I was a single traveler on this trip. My wife had girls outing in the Lake of the Ozark so I decide to travel alone. I learned a lot about traveling alone. There are no perks for being a single traveler and what there is, is based on double occupancy. The only benefit is my drink package was based on one traveler and two. I would really think hard about booking a single cruise with Royal Caribbean again, This cruise turned out to be a humanity cruise and not a pleasure cruise. Due to the massive destruction in the Bahama, Mariner of the Sea changed it sailing itinerary and we lost our day at sea. The original itinerary was leave Port Canaveral, day at sea, Nassau, then Coco Cay. What we got was Port Canaveral, Freeport, Nassau where we spent overnight and two days then we went to Coco Cay. The reason why was, Mariner stopped at Freeport and dropped off several thousand of meals and supplies and then loaded several hundred refuges and then we went directly to Nassau to allow the refuges to disembark there. I like to commend Royal Caribbean on there efforts in helping the victims of the hurricane. My only complaint is no one knew about the changes until 30 minutes before departure. My travel agent got the memo after we left. I miss my day at sea, to me this is very peaceful but giving the big picture I understand. By the way, all of the refuges were restricted to the auditorium and was not allowed to mingle with the passengers. The refuges were taken care of. I enjoyed the Mariner of the Sea and this is the third trip on her. The staff were great and my room attended went above and beyond what he was required to do. He later received a nice reward. The food is still the same and there was not changes there. I had to laugh, when I went into the Windjammer and one of the staff I have seen before was not singing “Please wash your hands”. He recognized me and we had a good laugh when he pointed to his guitar and said that he needed a break. If you have ever traveled on the Mariner of the Seas you will know what I am talking about. The jingle is one of those songs that plague your mind and you keep repeating if over and over almost as bad as Disney “it’s a small world”. Despite the changes I am booking another cruise I just hope I get my day at sea. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Departure City: Port Canaveral has to be my favorite port to leave from in Florida. The drive to isn't the greatest but, it doesn't feel like it takes forever like going to Port Miami. Embarkation/Disembarkation: I've ... Read More
Departure City: Port Canaveral has to be my favorite port to leave from in Florida. The drive to isn't the greatest but, it doesn't feel like it takes forever like going to Port Miami. Embarkation/Disembarkation: I've done a majority of my cruises(3 cruises) through Port Canaveral and I feel like it is the smoothest of them all. I've never had any issues with getting on the ship. The front end staff is very hospitable and is very diligent in making sure your experience with NCL is an unforgettable one. Disembarkation Side Note: Pay attention to your tag color on your bags. The night before you disembark, you'll be given a sheet with times, color codes and Latitudes colors that will allow you off the ship. Should you choose to leave the ship in the wee hours of the morning, you'll be first. Ship: This was my first 5 day cruise and small ship. Mind you, I've been on Carnival Glory, RC Oasis of the Seas and NCLs Epic. This was all new to me but, new in a good way. Everything was close by so I didn't feel like I had to go all the way to one side of the ship to accomplish anything. I did like the size, it made it easy to find everything and easy to chat it up with someone new should I be going to the same place. Cabin: I was really impress with this cabin. Much better than the balcony cabin with the NCL Epic. There was plenty of space for two people on the bed and the sofa was a pull out bed. As far as cargo space for clothing, I couldn't say, I was glad about that. I wish there was a bit more but, its a small ship so I learned to roll with the punches. The bathroom is tiny as is the shower. Ladies plan accordingly, especially when it comes to shaving your legs. My wife had a hard time doing that. Dining: This is just a personal opinion but, spend the extra money on a cabin other than a sail away cabin. Take advantage of the specialty dining that is on the ship. First off, breakfast wasn't as good as I was expecting. It was alright. Mind you, I'm easy to please. I just had to figure out how to make breakfast work for me. They don't change the menu for breakfast so be prepared to see Eggs Benedict on the menu several days in a row. Lunch was pretty decent, your basic carb/protein mixture(burger or meatball sub). Dinner was fantastic!!! I can't say anything bad about Norwegian's specialty dining. Our first day at sea(day 1), we ate at Teppanyaki. If you're unfamiliar with this, it is hibachi style eating. The Teppanyaki restaurant is very small(3 grills). You share your grill with 8 other people. It's a great way to meet new people on the ship. It's basically, dinner and a show. Your chef will prepare everything according to what you ask for and any food allergies. There's plenty of food at the grill, so come with an appetite. Our second specialty dining was our last night on the cruise. We ended up at Le Bistro and we were not disappointed not one bit. The food was cooked to perfection and our server was top notch. As for the Main Dining Room Dinner. I was satisfied with it. The portions were pretty big so I was never able to leave with having dessert. I recommend trying something different on the menu, you just might find something you never knew you liked. Entertainment and Activities: We met a lot of awesome people on this cruise. We actually made friends with one couple on this cruise. We always tried to find something fun to do. We ended up checking out the pianist at Windjammer Bar. The guy was amazing singing John Legend. The jazz band at the Spinnaker Lounge was really good as well. Spinnaker Lounge has some of the best views during the day and when coming into the port. We took advantage of Bliss Ultra Lounge during most of the nights on the ship. Service: This is truly my only compliant. Our room steward never took the time to introduce himself to us. It was really weird not getting a chance to know who he was. Also, not once but twice did he enter in on my wife while she was changing. I know she probably should have had the "Do Not Disturb" Tag hanging from the door but, that's no excuse for him either. Other than that, we had no real problems. Jeremy in the Seven Seas Dining Room was an awesome server with a great sense of humor. (sp?) Michael in the Sports Bar was awesome as well. Ports and Shore excursions: Our cruise was overhauled completely. We were originally suppose to go to Freeport, Nassau and Great Stirrup Kay. Because of Hurricane Dorian, our ports were changed to one port with an overnight stay(Nassau). Hopefully you've read all of my review so far...People in Bahamas will as you a million times to purchase something of their's. I get it, I know it's annoying but put yourself in their shoes. They have very little money as a country and this is a port town so they depend on us spending our hard earned money on their island. If you're not interested in anything they have, just look them in the eyes and tell them, no thank and be on your way. The first day we just roamed the streets, I wanted to buy a shirt saying something Nassau, Bahamas on it(what can I say, I'm a sucker lol). I went to the Bahamas Shirt Company(about 4-5 blocks from the port) and found something I really liked. If you like beer, you can visit the only brewery in Nassau. Pirate Republic Brewing Company. They have an awesome collection of beers. Before you purchase anything look around, they have some really good deals(2 beers and a shirt for $28). Also, they have a happy hour on their beers. Mind you, Nassau does close down at 5 pm so we ended up heading back to the ship a little after everything had closed. Day Two: We took a taxi to Cabbage beach. This beach sits east of Atlantis. The cab trip to the beach was $5/pp which is pretty cheap seeing as it's about a 10-15 min cab ride. Once you exit your cab, prepare to be bombarded by guys trying to get you to buy beach chairs, umbrellas, coconuts(mixed drinks), snacks, cigars, trinkets, etc. If you think you need anything of that stuff, it's on you. Prices seemed somewhat reasonable. Mind you, this beach is rough the water that is. Be prepared. If you're not a strong swimmer, I suggest you pay attention to where you are when the waves crash. I saw a lot of people get tossed around while only mere feet from the water. Nassau Tip: Make sure you carry cash. You will get hit with currency conversion on your bank account if you're using a debit card. Also, carrying cash will make it easier for you when going to any of the beaches to pay the cabbies. Conclusion: I really like this ship, hopefully I can cruise on it again and maybe go to Freeport(God Bless Them) Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Thanks to Hurricane Dorian, what was suppose to be a seven night trip to St Maarten, St Thomas, and Coco Cay turned into a three night journey to Nassau. We were very grateful to be able to board the Harmony at all, since the date of ... Read More
Thanks to Hurricane Dorian, what was suppose to be a seven night trip to St Maarten, St Thomas, and Coco Cay turned into a three night journey to Nassau. We were very grateful to be able to board the Harmony at all, since the date of embarkation had to be moved forward twice due to the storm and the closure of the port. The loss of life and destruction endured by the islands that were hit by Dorian weighed heavily on our minds throughout the trip. Day One Orlando The port reopened on Wednesday, the day we flew into Orlando (after rescheduling our flight twice). We stayed at the nearby Courtyard and took the shuttle back to the airport on Thursday. We were transferred to the port by Go Port, which had a wonderful staff updating their website with information regarding the port closure, reopening, and information on their shuttles. Unfortunately, I had booked the airport to port in advance, and gave updates to customer service regarding our new projected dates of embarkation. When we arrived to board the bus to the port, our reservation wasn’t showing up. The customer service reps at the airport counter told us to call customer service for help. Ok. We did, and that rep said that she had thought we had been taken to the port already the previous day. Really? The port was not even open in the morning, and no ships were coming in because the port staff needed time on Wednesday to inspect the port thoroughly before reopening. Finally we had the customer service person on the phone fix our reservation so that the customer service people at the counter who were waiting for her to do something for us, at last gave us tickets for the bus. My advice: just buy your ticket at the counter when you arrive- much simpler. We were checked in at the port by a gentleman using a handheld device who was helping out people before they made their way to the Royal customer service reps behind the counters. DH and I then went to the last check point before we were to move on to take the requisite boarding photo. I was stopped and taken aside when the lady checking her handheld device noticed that my name had been written as gibberish. She took me over to the area where they were helping passengers with problems. After ten to fifteen minutes of waiting, she handed me a card for my cabin door and told me to throw away the card that I would find on the cabin door since my name on the card she said would have that gibberish written on it. When we got to the cabin, the cards there had our names printed correctly. The guy with the handheld device had obviously written nonsense instead of my name- he should have been questioned instead of having the extra card printed. Oh, well. Other than that, embarkation was smooth. Day Two Nassau Nassau was spared from the hurricane. We walked around the shops and stopped at Señor Frog's. DH and I had visited Nassau on our honeymoon when instead of high end shops, I remember lots of tables and people hocking their wares in a flea market atmosphere. Much has changed since then- there was even a Diamonds International shop. Day Three At Sea This was our only sea day. A last chance to see the rest of the shows and try different venues for meals and snacks before time ran out. Sea days are usually the most relaxing, but with only three nights to enjoy the ship, there was no time to stop to rest. Our take on Harmony Harmony is a big, beautiful, overwhelming ship. We had a balcony cabin which had a double wide balcony due to not having a cabin immediately next door. Loved it! Very few of the cabins have this feature. We had dinner at Johnny Rockets the first night and tried breakfast there the next morning (underwhelming). The “sourdough” bread is probably Wonder bread. I don’t recommend the grilled cheese. On our sea day ,we failed to make a lunch reservation in advance, so we were turned away at Jaime’s and settled for Sabor which was very good. We went to the dining room one night on the only formal night. At the table next to us sat a guy in shorts, tank top, and flip flops. Oh, well. The Windjammer continues to improve in quality at the expense of the dining room. Loved the cakes and other wonderful delights served in Windjammer. All of the people in the Windjammer especially were friendly and bent over backwards to make sure that you enjoyed your meal. Sorrento’s Pizza was very good. Final Thoughts DH and I regret that we never got a chance to dine under the stars in the Solarium Bistro. All of our reservations were wiped clean at the start of our cruise due to the change in itinerary, sail date, and the addition of guests from a canceled cruise who joined us. We didn’t try to make a new reservation with such a limited amount of time onboard, but hope to dine there on another ship in the future. I bought a day pass to the thermal spa and enjoyed it. Only a few stations: steam, showers, sauna, and tiled chairs, with no ocean view. It was relaxing, nevertheless. All of this left us exhausted, made worse by the nightly noise we heard outside our cabin in Central Park. As opposed to the Broad Walk cabins, those in Central Park are suppose to be quieter, however, passengers walking through the park, or sitting around, literally yelled at each other instead of speaking in a normal tone, as late as one in the morning. Having security walk through the ship each night to make sure passengers are not disturbing the peace would no doubt be appreciated by those passengers who wanted a good night’s sleep. Due to the hurricane, many people canceled. The ship carried only 3077 passengers despite having some from a canceled cruise join us. The sign at Guest Services at the time of embarkation stated that the cruise was sold out and that no cabins were available. Obviously they were overwhelmed with various problems and didn’t have the time to try to upgrade people. There was always a line at Guest Services, not surprising since this was not a typical cruise. Our Cruise Critic get-together was under the required 25, and did not last long. Only a few people talked- mostly with complaints as to why we couldn’t go to Coco Cay, for example- (we could not go there because it was still closed pending an inspection in order to assess any damage). Many thanks to Royal for going through with the event despite the low turn-out. We managed to see six shows while we were onboard- both aqua shows, both ice shows, and both stage productions: Grease and Columbus. As I had noted on previous cruises, passengers were less than polite when it came to showing their appreciation to the performers in the theater. Many just got up and left at the end, without taking a moment to applaud. Come on people; yes, you are on vacation, but does that give you the right to be rude? Everyone works really hard to make this cruise a great experience for you, show some love. Another observation I made was that many of my fellow passengers were down right slobs. DH and I decided to enjoy one game of mini golf- only to find the bin containing the balls empty. Did someone steal all the golf balls? No, I found them strewn about the entire course, along with discarded golf clubs, and even drink glasses. Again, you are on vacation, but do you have to be so crass? Three nights is too short a time period to enjoy a ship this large. I never got a chance to just relax- a first for me on a cruise and hopefully something that won’t happen again. I also lost my connection to the sea on this ship. There were few places to stand and just enjoy being in the middle of the ocean. Too much emphasis is placed on entertainment and the “wow” factor. If you want lots of choices in everything, this is the ship for you; if however, you want to enjoy a nightly walk under the stars listening to the ocean as you sail along, you might not enjoy traveling on a ship this large. I’m glad I finally got to experience Harmony of the Seas. Next time around, I will be traveling on a slightly smaller ship, for a longer period of time. Hopefully I will be able to reconnect with the sea and finally have time to relax. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This cruise was a little different than my previous cruise, for several reasons. First, Charleston was being evacuated the day we were scheduled to sail due to Hurricane Dorian. We had notice that Half Moon Cay would be removed from the ... Read More
This cruise was a little different than my previous cruise, for several reasons. First, Charleston was being evacuated the day we were scheduled to sail due to Hurricane Dorian. We had notice that Half Moon Cay would be removed from the itinerary the day before we left, which was disappointing but understandable. Because of the evacuation, my husband and I decided to leave and head to Charleston a day early to be able to beat the traffic and the road closures and re-routes. Unfortunately, we decided that at 9:30 pm the night before the cruise, so we got to Charleston at about 1 am, got booked at a hotel, slept, and then headed to the port Monday morning. The cruise opened arrival early because of the evacuation and delayed the departure, so we really got a full day on the ship that first day-- we were on by 10 and didn't leave the port until 6. We sped east to move around the hurricane. While it was SUPER rocky due to the speed, and I did get queasy and seasick and had to lie down, we never felt unsafe. The cruise overall was really great. Beautiful weather, great communication from the cruise director about our ports and Charleston, the ship was well-equipped with lots of new features for us (our previous cruise was on a smaller ship), and a wonderful excursion in Nassau. Our steward was really great-- always available, and always had our room ready after dinner (we like evening turndown), but never obtrusive in the way it can sometimes feel. The dining room staff was awesome. Putra and his team are amazing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
First thing embarkation. Out of Charleston, SC was super easy no long lines and on and in the ship without faster to the fun. Hint- Deck 5 has BBQ that was awesome and we avoided the crazy Lido deck before leaving. Muster Drill- Is what ... Read More
First thing embarkation. Out of Charleston, SC was super easy no long lines and on and in the ship without faster to the fun. Hint- Deck 5 has BBQ that was awesome and we avoided the crazy Lido deck before leaving. Muster Drill- Is what it is. James made it fun when we got to the area. Just do it and get it over with. Dinner-food was above average in dinning room. JIJI and Bonzai Sushi was the best food on the ship 5/5. The steakhouse had a horrible hostess made us not go back. The steak was only okay but for $38.00 you get enough food to make up for it. Entertainment-all the shows were nice and the comedians were really funny. Bars- Inside bars are the best and can make any drink. Serenity deck could only do basic drinks and frozen stuff. Great cruise and will do it again in the future. Highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We originally chose this cruise as a Cuba & Key West itinerary with a stop at Great Stirrup Cay. Our itinerary changed several times (including even as we were aboard the ship because of Hurricane Dorian) and I was frustrated that the ... Read More
We originally chose this cruise as a Cuba & Key West itinerary with a stop at Great Stirrup Cay. Our itinerary changed several times (including even as we were aboard the ship because of Hurricane Dorian) and I was frustrated that the cruise was still departing even with the storm looming but in the end the weather was pretty fantastic and we still got a chance to stop at Key West. Our family was very impressed at the cleanliness of the ship and the service throughout was fantastic. My favorite band by far was the Iguana Duo (I went to listen to them nearly every night) but many of the other acts on the ship were underwhelming. I loved the drinks at the Sugarcane Mojito Bar but found the bartenders there to be particularly unfriendly and inattentive. Aside from that, the cruise staff in restaurants and throughout were always friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the food overall and did not partake in any of the specialty dining but I would have expected the food in the main dining rooms to be more than just average catering hall quality. I did not participate in many of the ship's activities but found the bingo game to be drawn out and boring. I was surprised to find that the fitness center had such outdated weight equipment (mainly the limited dumbbells and no barbells or kettlebells). We did not book any of our excursions through the ship as it seemed that better value was found making plans on our own. The ship photo gallery was offensively overpriced--next time, we will not bother buying the professional photos. Overall, I enjoyed the cruise and will be going on another Norwegian cruise next year but am hoping to find better food (and a better gym) and more consistent entertainment on the next ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Chose this cruise as an alternative to a 4-day trip to Ocean City, MD. Celebrating the last week of summer vacation for my 8-year old grandson and my Birthday. Fun trip with LOTS of activities going on all day and night! Much more ... Read More
Chose this cruise as an alternative to a 4-day trip to Ocean City, MD. Celebrating the last week of summer vacation for my 8-year old grandson and my Birthday. Fun trip with LOTS of activities going on all day and night! Much more action going on late at night than the last 2 cruises that I booked (Royal Caribbean & Norwegian). This is a cruise for folks that want to be adventurous, dance, sing & see shows. Good family cruise Definitely purchase the "Faster to the Fun" Priority Pass. It is well-worth the $$. Boarding quickly and priority debarkation is awesome! We were literally on & off in 15 minutes each way. Great cruise director - NoNo kept the ship rocking (I mean rocking with her energy & fun dances, etc.) This is the first cruise that I actually can remember the cruise director's name. She is a blast with her Rock the Promenade Party, Dance Contests, Lido Deck Dance Party & Mardi Gras Party. Apparently folks know that she is good and book this cruise specifically to attend her parties. The "Burning Hot Brass" Trio are awesome. They play almost daily/nightly & are sure to entertain those that appreciate the horns. Entertainment shows were well put together, much better than those on Royal Caribbean and Norwegian. The singers had a tough time with some of their pitches but the choreography & lighting/sound were great. Deck 5 (Pool Deck) could use some additional shade due to super hot weather experienced by this sailing to The Bahamas. Maybe some beach umbrellas or sail-like canopies could be installed so that folks could actually sit out there and enjoy the pool while not necessarily being IN the pool? This is especially true for parents that want to see their kids play in the pool & watch the folks slide down the curvy slide but just could not handle the oppressive heat. Odors - periodically during the day/evening there were foul sewage odors that were noticeable on this ship. Does the sewage treatment plant need to be replaced on this vessel? I noticed the odor whenever near a bar and its spillage drain on the floor. Smell was also noticeable occasionally on the 7th Deck in the Halls. This is caused by the traps drying out on these drains. Carnival needs to continually dump water down these drains in order to stem the smell or do something else to avoid this situation. Empty cabins on-board also lead to this odor coming up from the shower drains in the staterooms. I dumped a glass of water down our drain every time that I came into the room just to make sure that our room stayed fresh smelling, also traveled with a Glade gel-type air freshener & a small Lysol spray can. Really, something must be done in order to avoid this odor from continually appearing in Carnival Cruise Critic Reviews. This is a multi-million per year business, correct? Camp Ocean was "okay" according to my 8 year old grandson. He really enjoyed the events but was unhappy about the poor behavior being shown by other children at the camp. Fighting among brothers/sisters and among traveling cousins made his experience memorable. He enjoyed the Magic Show and the Pajama Party until he was kicked in the face by another ill-behaved, "bad kid" according to him. Like I said, this was a family cruise and several generations were sailing together. Not all of the parents were "parenting" on this particular trip. I experienced some poor parent behavior myself during drop-off and pick-up. Children that are going to be dropped off need to definitely be pre-registered with a better system. The first 2 days of the trip it was a very lengthy process to drop-off my grandson due to the confusion created by 2 different "drop-off and pick-up lists" maintained by the Camp Ocean staff. All parents should be required to straighten this out during the check-in process at the port. It made the wait sometimes as long as 30 minutes for the other cruising parents/kids. It caused my grandson to miss half of the programs that were offered at their scheduled time due to this delay. Food was better on Carnival than Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. We enjoyed the Food Options provided by Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana Cantina (Tacos/Burritos/Taco Salads), Deli, Seafood Shack ($) and Pizza Pirate for lunch and snacks. Ate from the Buffet for Breakfast due to early morning shore excursions and the Golden Olympian Dining Room with "Anytime Dining" for Dinner. Dining Room food was good but portions were small. Order 2 entrees every night in order to fill your plate. Shore Excursions: Nassau Atlantis Beach Day. The actual tour bus ride to the Atlantis was great, once we were allowed to get on! The ridiculous waiting time outside in the broiling sun was horrific. This was the most unorganized shore excursion that I have ever taken. We got off the ship at 8:30 for a 9:15 departure to Atlantis. The tour guide needs HELP! She has 3 different tours actually going on and therefore needs 3 folks helping her. There was no paddle or flag indicating which line to be in for the various Atlantis tours. We ended up all being lumped together and figuring it out for ourselves while waiting in the sun without any shade or benches. This tour needs to be staged on-board the ship in different areas, wristbands distributed and folks called off the ship in groups as the tour buses arrive. The actual port is very dirty where the ships docked. The armed military guards were a little disconcerting at the re-boarding process. Atlantis is a sight to behold. Providing the day-beach goers with a map is necessary!! We wondered around aimlessly, not knowing where to go because we did not have a map. Atlantis itself needs wall-mounted maps spread through-out the park. Marking the various areas with their name (The Cove, etc.) would also be advisable. This is when you know that you are not in the United States - very friendly attendants & Security Guards but really not enough directional signs/instructions given to folks that are used to doing for themselves. Freeport - Dolphin Encounter. The arrival and staging of the excursions was much better at this Carnival owned port. Benches and Tents provided to stay out of the sun until your tour bus departs. Tour Bus ride was SCARY, HOT & DANGEROUS! 26 passengers were crammed into a bus with only seats for 20. Funky "jump-seats" folded down into the aisle in order to accommodate the extra passengers. Definitely not approved transportation in the U.S. Air-conditioning was not working, driver went through the only red-light that we encountered on this 20 minute ride to the other side to the island. This particular van needs to be removed from service. It is barely road-worthy and will definitely breakdown with cruise passengers on-board soon. Dolphin Encounter is run by "The Dolphin Experience" Unexso Grand Bahama Island. Really fun and educational event enjoyed by everyone. The covered boat ride out to the site is an adventure. The dolphins are fun and entertaining. Actually getting in the water with the dolphins was fun. This is sea water and there are small clumps of seaweed/alga in the water. There are other small fish in the water and some of the children were afraid of them. Do this adventure since it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You will love it. Prepare to get wet by the splashing/playful dolphins. I highly recommend this adventure, but hope that you get on a safer van/bus! Overall, great value for the money. Only real negative was the odor that occasionally was present. The other cruisers on this ship were definitely in the party mood so this was a loud, boisterous cruise. We were looking for fun and this provided it. I do not know if this is typical of the type of cruisers on this ship but it was a blast for us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Last Bahama cruise before hurricane Dorian. The ports will not look the same for years. Donated to help those affected. Such a tradegy. Best 5 day cruise.ever. Inexpensive; Inside room for 2 under $700 total. Food was good,better than ... Read More
Last Bahama cruise before hurricane Dorian. The ports will not look the same for years. Donated to help those affected. Such a tradegy. Best 5 day cruise.ever. Inexpensive; Inside room for 2 under $700 total. Food was good,better than other NCL cruises in the oast Theatre entertainment was fantastic: singers and dancers were very professional. Singers also danced and did quite well. Free booze was added bonus though no longer available after September Normally take longer cruises but took this cruise for relaxation and not for tours and sightseeing. Close to home (Orlando),great price Would take this ship again to different ports Only negative comment: unless taking tours in Freeport ( swimmkng with pigs?) or a beach, not much to do but visit the shops at the dock. Docks are no longer in Freport proper. Shopping center 30 minutes away by bus and through new was literally EMPTY of tourists. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I was very skeptical going on this cruise after reading some pretty poor reviews on the Sun. I took my 2.5 year old son and mom on this cruise and it was actually wonderful... for the most part. Embarkation and debarkation was super ... Read More
I was very skeptical going on this cruise after reading some pretty poor reviews on the Sun. I took my 2.5 year old son and mom on this cruise and it was actually wonderful... for the most part. Embarkation and debarkation was super awesome - easy and fast. The best of any cruise line. The open bar was fantastic....some bartenders were great....others not at all. We got a balcony room and it was perfect. The room service was way below average. They came and made beds and exchanged towels...that's it. A lot of people were loud and drunk all night and a few nights they kept me up. The four seasons dining experience was awful. The my time dining wasnt for us oddly enough. Service was lackluster and food was not good. However, Cagneys Steakhouse, one of the specialty dining restaurants was amazing! From the service to staff to the food, it was the highlight of our trip. Was not a fan of the private island. Yes, it's pretty but that's it. The beach is full of sharp rocks so walking into the water is painful and not recommended. We were very bored. I did the blue lagoon in nassau and it was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to and my favorite day on the cruise. There isnt much for kids....at all. I knew this before going, but it really is no fun for kids. They have one tiny kids pool with small slide we found that my son loved .....and the splash academy was nice. Just not enough. The whip is very small. The staff loved my son and went out of their way to interact with him and most of th4m remembered his name. It was very special. Overall....I had a fantastic time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The people serving on this cruise were awesome. A special shout out to Katherine San Juan for her energy early in the morning in the dining room buffet area. "washy washy makes you happy" loved it!! and to Edith from Peru and ... Read More
The people serving on this cruise were awesome. A special shout out to Katherine San Juan for her energy early in the morning in the dining room buffet area. "washy washy makes you happy" loved it!! and to Edith from Peru and and everyone else that cleaned our room, always with a smile and a friendly good morning. The food could be better at the buffet. The stateroom was comfortable, the bed was great had the best night sleep ever. the embarking was a smooth process. The entertainment could be better and the food as well. I definitely want to do another family trip and bring more family members, can't wait for my next cruise. I want to try another Norwegian ship and a longer cruise. This cruise in the overall was awesome and everyone was very friendly. The Stirrup keys Island was amazing, had a wonderful time there did not want to leave you left the best for last. Thank you Norwegian Sky. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our first cruise with Norwegian. We had seen the ads and wanted to make our own oppinion. While the Sun is an older ship, it had been refurbished last year and the results were quite pleasing. The ships overall apperience was one ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Norwegian. We had seen the ads and wanted to make our own oppinion. While the Sun is an older ship, it had been refurbished last year and the results were quite pleasing. The ships overall apperience was one of a new ship. It has been well maintained and is quite pleasant to cruise on. The air conditioning system was excellent, the lighting and plumbing were great. All of the physical plant made the cruise enjoyable and relaxing. The dining and service was very satisfactory and the bars were great. The shows were all very good and the entertainment was varied. The cruise provided enough obtions as far as times and types of entertainment that the evenings werw always enjoyable. we did not utilize shore excursions as we were just there for relaxation. But we did enjoy Great Stirrup Cay. It was great day in the sun/sea. The emarcation and demarcation went smoothly. We were very satisfied with Norwegian Sun and the NCL. While this was our first cruise with NCL it wont be our last. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Although we are seasoned cruisers, this was only our second cruise on Carnival. Last year, we cruised on the Triumph out of NOLA and had a really great time! With the exception of rain we had a great time! We did not fair well with ... Read More
Although we are seasoned cruisers, this was only our second cruise on Carnival. Last year, we cruised on the Triumph out of NOLA and had a really great time! With the exception of rain we had a great time! We did not fair well with excursions. Unfortunately we were unable to enjoy the cabana that we took on Balmoral due to weather. We also did not get to go on Half Moon Cay. Although some passengers managed to leave the ship, they were brought back due to the bad weather. We watched the tender pull up next to the ship and the captain had to reposition the ship so that the passengers could get back on the ship safely. We had an inside cabin on deck 7 midship. It was probably the roomiest inside cabin I ever had. Lots of closet and drawer space. Mel, our room steward, was wonderful. He made up the room twice a day and made sure we always had ice as we had requested. Food in the dining room was good although somewhat slow. We really enjoyed the seaday brunch....lots of choices! My only issue was that I drink hot tea and when I asked for it, I got the hot water first and then had to wait for the tea bag. Not sure why they just can't bring it all together. We enjoyed Guys...such yummy burgers! We had gotten a gift card to use on Carnival and we decided to go to Fahrenheit 555...the steak house. I can honestly say I have never had such a delicious meal. The service was incredible. A special shout out to Sheetal and Victoria, our servers. They really made the experience! We enjoyed it so much that we made reservations again. Our servers, Ilona and Stanley were awesome as well. An additional comment on the dining room experience. On Cruise Elegant night, someone at the next table was wearing a baseball hat and several people at that table wore shorts (the basketball type). Why these patrons were not asked to leave as the rules state, they enjoyed their dinner in the main dining room. Either adhere to the rules or don't have them. We spent our time on the Serenity deck and enjoyed the relative quiet. I will say that the pool is small but we always managed to find a spot and chairs. From my perspective, the family pool seemed a little on the small side but since I didn't really spend any time there I can't elaborate. Shows... I was not impressed with any of the shows. I didn't find the comedian particularly funny during the adult only show. Maybe he was better on the earlier shows. The singers and dancers were awesome but I felt that each show was the same except for the songs and costumes. Would have liked to see more variety in the shows. The piano player was lots of fun. I don't remember the names of the the singers in the atrium but they were all very good. We are not drinkers so I can't attest to bar service other than to say the bars were always crowded. Overall, we had a great time and although our next two cruises are scheduled on other cruise lines, I would definitely cruise Carnival again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise as a replacement option. Our Cuba cruise was cancelled by presidential order and NCL offered us to take this cruise, instead. Although the itinerary wasn't our first choice, vacation time was set aside and this ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a replacement option. Our Cuba cruise was cancelled by presidential order and NCL offered us to take this cruise, instead. Although the itinerary wasn't our first choice, vacation time was set aside and this was our only alternative. NCL discounted our cruise 50% and gave us a 50% discount towards a future cruise. Therefore, the deal was right. The vessel looks beautiful inside. We learned it was recently refurbished. Other than difficulty finding public bathrooms (few and far between), and the A/C blasting far too much, particularly around the Stardust theater (trust me, way too cold), the cruise was fabulous. The attention to detail and the incredible high customer service made it even better. Our recent experience with NCL wasn't good. Customer service was lacking, and the little things missing. This time around everyone was very attentive to our every need. A couple of disappointments included learning that our Platinum standing was limited to on-board discounts. We did not receive our "usual" perks (water, champagne, free laundry, free specialty dining, etc.). NCL claims that said perks are reserved for cruises in excess of 5 days, which was news to us. We had never heard such thing before. We did two tours: Atlantis on our own and swimming with the pigs. Both were perfectly organized and fun. A final thought: NCL must realize that Royal Caribbean and others charge virtually the same, do the same itineraries, and have a better reputation. Every time NCL changes the rules, it turns us off. We have two more cruises coming. Afterwards, we are going back to Royal. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had an amazing time on this cruise, my ultimate favorite part was the entertainment staff and Richard our cruise director, I swear he's the happiest man on earth lol, also Comedian Landry was another fav! from the service to ... Read More
We had an amazing time on this cruise, my ultimate favorite part was the entertainment staff and Richard our cruise director, I swear he's the happiest man on earth lol, also Comedian Landry was another fav! from the service to entertainment everything was top notch! There were lots of activities also too much to do even lol something else I found unique is the way norwegian treats their employees I feel like they really respect them and celebrate their work big or small and that's refreshing also they didn't allow any guests to mistreat their staff either! I love that as it should be! I would have gave 5 stars but I wasn't crazy about the food, I was hoping for more seafood choices, but overall excellent vacation and would definitely travel norwegian again, thank you all for the memories, we will all treasure our first cruise experience for a lifetime ❤️ Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
It felt like the ship was sailing half empty! We had smooth sailing only a little rain. We booked this 3 day because we were going to visit my parents in Florida so we were flying into Orlando anyways. We got to the port around 10 and ... Read More
It felt like the ship was sailing half empty! We had smooth sailing only a little rain. We booked this 3 day because we were going to visit my parents in Florida so we were flying into Orlando anyways. We got to the port around 10 and because we had latitudes status we were one of he first ones on the ship and had our first drink in hand by 11:30! We checked out he buffet and at 12 went to have lunch in the dining room. They have comment cards to rate your experience so I filled one out and the next day when we got back on the ship after great stirrup cay we had chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us from the chef! The food in the dining room was very good and the buffet was ok, not much variety but taste was good. On great stirrup cay we rented mats that were $16 each but we had the $50 shore excursion credit so they were free! In Nassau we got off the ship around 9 and there was hardly anyone around, we walked around and shopped and then headed back to the ship a little after 11 and people we headed off the 4 ships docked in droves!! We got back on and enjoyed time in the pool to cool off. We saw the comedy show by Alex Ortiz and it was excellent!! We also enjoyed some late night wings at the sports bar and although it didn’t have the variety that osheehans on the bigger boats have, they were still delicious. Disembarkation was easy, we had a leisurely breakfast in the dining room and then went up to the chaos in the buffet and went to the great outdoors and enjoyed one last mudslide before we headed off the ship a little after 9:00. We did have to wait in a line at customs but we were also waiting for my mom to come pick us up so we were in no rush. If we were there were porters there you could tip and they would take your luggage for you and take you to the front of the line. My only complaint was the cruise was too short!! That and there were no towel animals Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Just to put a few things in context- We are a family from the UK and have only ever done a 2 day mini cruise on Britannia. I'd call us pretty low maintenance! We wanted a short cruise just to break up the Orlando parks and ... Read More
Just to put a few things in context- We are a family from the UK and have only ever done a 2 day mini cruise on Britannia. I'd call us pretty low maintenance! We wanted a short cruise just to break up the Orlando parks and generally to see if we like cruising. Lets be honest that Carnival is the cheapest option for this kind of trip. A 4 day trip with RC would have been almost $900 more!! Over the last few months we were really concerned about the huge number of bad reviews and we seriously considered cancelling! I am so glad we didn't. We had a blast!! I noticed that many bad reviews started "this is our 8th cruise......" or "we wanted a last minute chilled out break.....". If that's the case then this cruise isn't for you (hence the title - do your research!). Its a mini cruise for first timers and extended families who want to eat and drink all day. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship in half an hour. Parked easily on the car park, which was much quieter than I expected. We had an Ocean suite forward. Great location near the lift and stairs. Cabin was great. Good size and very helpful steward - Sherwin! In contrary to many other reviews - absolutely no smell in the room or corridors. Also fairly quiet since this is a busy 'party ship'. Pools very busy but no real issue with sunbeds. Its a party atmosphere. Bars are busy because everyone wants cocktails. I'd suggest a separate bottle bar for beers. Costs are about $6.50 for a beer and $9 for wine / cocktail. Movies or parties every night on the Lido deck. One issue - no bins for waste food. Therefore people leaving uneaten burgers and pizza everywhere and not enough staff to clear them up quickly. Food - Fantastic apart from the buffet. Constantly crowded. I mean all of the time. Just never lets up. Don't think we'll go for a late breakfast and miss the queues. You won't it will still be hammered with people ordering 5 omelettes. We had anytime dining in the Golden Olympic Restaurant. Great food, great staff, quick drinks! Staff are really outstanding. Nothing too much trouble. They always remember your name. Bars - apart from the busy tequila and rum bars, they were great, quick service reasonable prices. Loved the sports bar and lobby bar (where I stormed the rock music quiz!) We really enjoyed the entertainment which was a film based musical and rock show. Only 45 mins but did the trick. OK if you've cruised 8 times and seen Cirque du Soleil on RC you'll be disappointed, but we loved it. Our daughter used the kids club a couple of times and loved it. It allowed us to use the adults only deck. This was OK, just a sun deck, bar and hot tubs without any kids. The cruise was effortless ad you couldn't tell you were moving. But I think this ship moves slowly as we we quickly overtaken by other ship. Nassau was great. Very easy to get off the ship and you're right next to everything. Freeport less so. Not much to do. NoNo the cruise Director is great. She puts the hours in!! This has got us hooked and we're already looking for next year. This is only not a 5 Star review because of the constantly busy buffet and no bins for uneaten food. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Port Canaveral Arrival: We live on the east side of Orlando so I time it as follows: Leave house at 12 noon, park at the new garage at the Port (85 dollars for the Monday through Friday cruise; pay as you enter via automated gate, very ... Read More
Port Canaveral Arrival: We live on the east side of Orlando so I time it as follows: Leave house at 12 noon, park at the new garage at the Port (85 dollars for the Monday through Friday cruise; pay as you enter via automated gate, very easy), get through security and walk in room at 100 pm (we roll are own luggage on). There were four of us travelling; us mid fifties and our two adult (21/24) sons. Security/Embarkation: As stated above, was parked by 1230, through security by 1245, checked in with a rep by 1255 and walked in room just as they were opening. Since Royal has numerous check in reps roaming with hand-held devices we barely stopped walking from the time we got through security and got to our rooms. Why any one would pay for the"Key" or worry about status is beyond me at check in. As long as you had your set sail pass and docs/passports in hand you get checked in at lightning speed. Seapass cards waiting at room. Rooms/Ship/First Impression: We had two balcony rooms on the "hump" port side, floor 6. Excellent location, easy access to promenade and lower decks. Ships looks great, clean; rooms are average, could use updating. Put your water, soda in cooler/fridge right away. It does not get very cold. Cabin attendant was fine; quiet fellow but was around as needed and kept ice for us in our rooms as asked (extra cash tip likely helped). Lots of pushy up-sell for dining packages, specialty restaurants at boarding. We just said a polite no and kept walking. Plus the promenade looks more like a flea market with all the t-shirts, watches and junk littering the entire area. Not appealing at all. Drinks/packages: We bought the ultimate drink packages prior to sailing; I think we paid about 48 dollars a person (was watching on-line) per day. Good thing; the price was 81 a day for the first person and then "half price" for second person if you bought day of sailing. RCCL has got to be kidding with this "half price" gimmick. Whatever. Drink package well worth it. A domestic 16 ounce beer is now 9 dollars plus 18 percent gratuity, wine 13, and it only goes up from there. You also get the soda, bottled water, etc. with package and can use it on CoCo Cay. So we were happy with the drink package. Still carried on two bottles of wine for room and soda allowance (12 pack) for room cooler. No drinks cards ever sold (4 night cruise). Muster/Sail Away: Same old same old; stand outside and sweat for 20 minutes. We got there as late as possible. Plenty of time to get topside for sail away. Lots of servers on deck. Food/Bars: Food was average at best. The MDR (used two of four nights) was half full. Service was very good. Wear whatever you want because no one cares anymore. Main courses tasted bland and "banquet" quality, mass produced. I know it's mass produced but was not as good as previous cruises. MDR breakfast was better than dinner. My favorite omelet of the week (ham/cheese) was the one that came with room service. The Wingoldjamcorraler was a buffet; feeding trough. Borderline disgusting. Not sure what was worse the people there or the food. Just a mess. Horrible coffee, and something that sort of resembled orange juice. Best part about it was the guys singing as you walked in. Pizza on promenade best we have ever had on RCCL. Sandwiches actually pretty good also. Donuts in morning stale. Decent hot dogs/brats, slaw, potato salad on pool deck. Two ice cream machines on pool deck worked great, hardly any lines. Not sure why but never, ever, once waited for a drink at any bar, including pool. Sat in solarium one day, multiple roving servers. Even at Schooner Bar, casino bar, pub, etc., all had multiple bar tenders who were beyond helpful. Even the pools never seemed crowded and we got two chairs in solarium on sea day. Playmakers is nice but never saw anyone once order any food; it was never crowded. Bamboo lounge nice also as well as Pub. Great singer in there multiple nights and no one was ever in there, had the whole place to ourselves; we love live music but all the venues seemed to be under attended for some reason. Smoking: It is an absolute joke that it is almost 2020 and there is still smoking on half the pool deck and the casino. The casino smoke escapes into most of the areas surrounding the space; it is awful. On the pool deck parents were sucking down cigarettes, sitting with there small children; horrible. Hey Royal, just stop it, now. Designate some smoking areas away from the ones that are infecting the rest of the ship. CoCo Cay: We have been CoCo Cay several times. This is such a vast improvement it is hard to describe. Great food (two big venues with incredible array of fresh Tex Mex, salads and more, snack shacks with take away burgers, chicken sandwiches, mozzarella sticks). I liked the food better here than on the ship. Go to Youtube, there are numerous great videos showcasing the Island. Remember, you do not have to pay for a thing; all the zip lines, hot air balloons, water park are optional; there are more than enough beach chairs, umbrellas for all; and we got there late morning. Lunch in the big venues goes to 330 in the afternoon; zero lines ample tables. No other cruise lines private island comes close to this. Plus your drink package follows you on island and with the permanent dock the ship will never miss the stop (which happened allot before). Dogs: No (fake) service/emotional support animals!! Yes....! Crew: Very friendly, seems like a happy crew. Much happier than our last cruise on Independence. Entertainment: Pretty good; Guy from Jersey Boys show in Vegas was great; magician was entertaining. Comic probably not right for this ship (older female; more appropriate for a Holland America crowd). Cruise director was funny; do not recall his name, is from Chile and seemed like a nice enough guy. Nassau: We booked our own private excursion (less than 8 people) on a small boat; 4 hours (two snorkeling stops, remote beach, drinks, snacks included, very reasonable price); 5 dollar a person cab ride to a small marina. Allot of you are "stay on the boat" in Nassau people; do yourself a favor and get on Tripadvisor and find some out of the way things to do. New Providence is a beautiful island and there is lots to see and do beyond the Port; friendly people and great out of the way stops if you look. We did not go this trip but Atlantis is free (hotel/lobby/aquarium) after 5 pm. All aboard was 830 pm so many times you will have the chance. Debarkation: We did self assist off. Left room at 705 am (had to be out of rooms by 8 am anyway - did not really want to do the buffet madhouse on last morning); took elevator down to four and never stopped walking. One last seapass card scan (funny, one lady got stopped by security at last scan, was told to go to guest services/not allowed to leave ship - never seen that before), walked down to Customs; exited via facial recognition/never showed passport or anything. Was in car by 725. Some of you people remember what a zoo debarks were; this is such a vast improvement it is hard to describe how easy it is now. Overall: Great four night cruise; I think the 3 night would feel rushed. Mariner is such an improvement over the last ships that did this cruise (Majesty/Enchantment/Monarch); and having been on the bigger ships than Mariner, do not think could ever go on this cruise on anything smaller than Mariner. Would give it an 8/10 rating. CoCo Cay was definite high point. Only advice I would give is shop prices early (drink packages/even cruise fare); because prices were dramatically higher closer to sailing (for cruise fare also; book as early as you can). Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I researched ship, cruise ports and excursions for this cruise ahead of time. The oceanview stateroom was fine no complaints other than minor cosmetic issues. The entertainment was ok. I really enjoyed the comedy show. Re-entering the ship ... Read More
I researched ship, cruise ports and excursions for this cruise ahead of time. The oceanview stateroom was fine no complaints other than minor cosmetic issues. The entertainment was ok. I really enjoyed the comedy show. Re-entering the ship from port was quick with no issues. The food in the buffet was not not but rather just warm enough to tolerate if you at right away. Some in my group complained that their food was cold. The cruise lines offered a shuttle service to airport however, there was only 1 shuttle and if you had to claim luggage, you may have missed the shuttle. I was a little disappointed that there was no adult pool area or quiet cabanas on this ship. There was a smaller kiddie pool in the front of the ship. I think that this could have been the adult area rather than the kiddie area. I did snorkeling on the private island for $30 but later found that if you brought your own mask it was much cheaper. When I purchased the excursion there was not an option to bring personal equipment. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click