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Sail Date: March 2019
Best crew and service. Loved it and WILL return. Average age on our cruise was 87...lots of old goobers with "Hurry Canes", Walkers, and Scooters....you had to fight your way in the Buffet through the sea of blue hairs. We had ... Read More
Best crew and service. Loved it and WILL return. Average age on our cruise was 87...lots of old goobers with "Hurry Canes", Walkers, and Scooters....you had to fight your way in the Buffet through the sea of blue hairs. We had anytime dining and utilized the dining rooms below. What a godsend, from the hyenas at the buffet. Book your tours online and not on the ship any you will save 75%. Love the cruise and will seek out this ship and crew again, our family loved it. Food was great and presentation was over the top. Ship was clean and orderly. It had just came out of dry dock and some little items were still being addressed. The only thing that didn't work that we noticed was no Mini Golf. Our kids had a great time and utilized the kids groups and other functions. If you are looking for a first time cruise I would recommend it!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
10 days from SF to Mexico. 1. Boarding very easy. No one paid any attention to the suggested staggered boarding schedule. 2.Alcohol checked in carry ons. 2 people checking, slowing things down. 3. On arrival at cabin, there was ... Read More
10 days from SF to Mexico. 1. Boarding very easy. No one paid any attention to the suggested staggered boarding schedule. 2.Alcohol checked in carry ons. 2 people checking, slowing things down. 3. On arrival at cabin, there was no water running in washbasin which was fixed almost immediately. 4. Toilet an issue for entire 10 days. Had to call several times. "Delayed flush". Sometimes the flush would occur maybe 15 minutes after pushing button. 5. Room service on boarding day and next day virtually non-existing. Some times no one would answer phone at all, I was told that there was one person to answer the phone and only 2 people to deliver the order. Service got better as trip went on. 6. No room service wine for under $40. Was told once by room service that the least expensive wine was $90.!!!! 7. No cork screws in cabin. Was told by several that once there was a murder on board with the corkscrew as the weapon. They could not help laughing when they told me that explanation. I suspect the policy was to control the alcohol policy. When the bottles were declared or ordered a sticker was put on them to indicate corkage had been paid. 8Balcont door was very hard to open. My roommate could not open the door. 7. We had open dining. Food was very good. Never made a reservation but always got a table within 15 minutes. 8. Dress code not really enforced. Saw one guy in shorts on the "formal" night. 9. Staff were all very nice and tried to be helpful. 10. Horizon Court was like a wind tunnel and very cold on the trip from Cabo to SF. Wind would rush in from the open mid ship pool, through the Horizon and out the aft doors to the horizon. All in all had a good time but would be careful about taking a first cruise after dry docking. And the ship was too big for me but that is my personal preference, But I thought a good value for the money(except for wine.) Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
After all that time in Dry Dock, they were still doing a ton of work on the ship. The paint fumes were nauseating. They shut down the smoking section for several days but no one seemed to be working on it . Although they allowed the crew ... Read More
After all that time in Dry Dock, they were still doing a ton of work on the ship. The paint fumes were nauseating. They shut down the smoking section for several days but no one seemed to be working on it . Although they allowed the crew to sit in there the night of the crew party. Our cabin was always cold, the shower water went hot and cold intermittently and there weren't very many interesting activities to do. There were also times in the dining room that food took 30+ minutes to get to our table. But thanks to about 30 passengers that we met, we had a great time. I will say though, that despite the slow food in the dining room, the service was always excellent as was the service on the deck outside the Disco, although it would have been nice to have somebody wait on us after 11 when our waiter got off work. Thousands of dollars they missed because no one would come out and wait on us. The dolphin tour in Cabo would have been great if it had lasted as long as advertised. And the zipline, ATV, water slide tour in PV was great but more information should have been provided. Such as the fact that we were not in fact required to wear pants, that it was in the jungle so wearing white was a bad idea and that mosquito repellent would be a good idea. We were the only ones that brought any. It was also a lot more strenuous than explained Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Just out of dry dock I realize the main concern are the hull and the Engines and the Stabilizers. When I arrived in my cabin,which was a balcony, I found neither door would lock. The patio door looked liked it was locked but wasn’t and ... Read More
Just out of dry dock I realize the main concern are the hull and the Engines and the Stabilizers. When I arrived in my cabin,which was a balcony, I found neither door would lock. The patio door looked liked it was locked but wasn’t and the hall door shut behind you but the lock didn’t engage...it had be be pulled shut. Both of these were reported and repaired within a few days. This was more or less the story of the Whole ship. EG The cash register in the gift shop didn’t work, From talking about 1/4 of the elites were not invited to wine tasting or Captain Ciirclereception. Many of the slot machines didn’t work. The second night’s singer had to stop after about 20 minutes due to technical difficulties which were resolved 20 minutes later and she was able to complete her act Near the end of the cruise I expressed surprise to a cashier that the machine had not been repaired and he said under his breath “nothing on this ship works”. The crew tried very hard but it seemed many were new in their jobs. They had two mornings of crew exercises in s row...one told me it was because the first day was not satisfactory to the Captain. He himself was rarely seen...only at Champaign Waterfall the second night. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise because of the experience and just the need to see some warm weather. This ship was fresh out of dry dock, which was used as an excuse for everything that was WRONG with the ship. Usually when something is in for ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the experience and just the need to see some warm weather. This ship was fresh out of dry dock, which was used as an excuse for everything that was WRONG with the ship. Usually when something is in for refresh, repair, or general maintenance, it should come out fully functional and complete. Not so with this ship. Several cabins didn’t even have hot water for most of the cruise. There were issues just about every where on the ship. From bathroom plumbing, lights flickering, ceiling tiles sagging, and much more. Was it a total mess? Not really. The ship overall was pretty decent, but it really should have been so much more. Food - generally, the food was average. It is surprising they don’t have more Mexican food on a Mexican cruise. Easiest way to get people in the mood of where they are going is through their stomach. Service varied depending on whether or not a supervisor was nearby. Amazing service usually meant there was at least one supervisor within eyeshot. There were times we would watch the waiter ask people all around us if they needed anything and skip us. And the reaction I’d get when I ordered just a soda was one of annoyance. Movie under the stars - This iMax movie experience is actually pretty nice. A throw back to the drive in theatre. One complaint I tend to have about entertainment on most cruises is they tend to be very short. Went to a trivia show and it lasted about 25 minutes. Music acts would go for 30-45 minutes and then quit. And why do DJ’s play the same 5 songs throughout a cruise? Really can only listen to the Cupid Shuffle so many times before you get really tired of it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
this was our first cruise with Princess Itinerary was good and ease of boarding was great. As always most of the crew are tremendous. We found the entertainment EXCELLENT - the booked main stage performers and stage shows were great. ... Read More
this was our first cruise with Princess Itinerary was good and ease of boarding was great. As always most of the crew are tremendous. We found the entertainment EXCELLENT - the booked main stage performers and stage shows were great. The "orchestra" was one of the best I've heard on a cruise ship. Although there were some main stage sound issues most people wouldn't know it. Food was just average - nothing outstanding - including Crown Grill. We found our cabin comfortable and our balcony enjoyable except for one of our neighbors "vaping" and occasionally smoking pot. We were surprised to find out that the Casino is no smoking except for one area. We couldn't go near it because we couldn't breathe for the overwhelming smoke. Apparently dress code on Princess is just on paper - always saw shorts- tshirts- sandals and ball caps in dining room even on formal nights. We had an issue with our shower for the first five days - unable to shower. Finally day 6 was fixed. Almost half of the cruise - we received a free dinner at the Crown Grill - glad we could shower for dinner. Felt ignored for days. Not sure we want to keep our upcoming 15 day Hawaii booking on Princess?? Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was the third Carnival cruise for my husband and I. We have previously sailed on the Splendor and Dream. We were part of a group of 56 in a wedding group. We were flying in on JetBlue to the Long Beach Airport and had ordered ... Read More
This was the third Carnival cruise for my husband and I. We have previously sailed on the Splendor and Dream. We were part of a group of 56 in a wedding group. We were flying in on JetBlue to the Long Beach Airport and had ordered the Carnival shuttle. We were told to go to the left when exiting baggage and that the shuttle would be waiting there. We did not see the shuttle anywhere. Another passenger was also looking for it. We each called Carnival and it turned out that the shuttle had been there the entire time on the right not on the left. The shuttle driver had a tiny paddle that none of us had seen. EMBARKATION: We ordered Faster to the Fun and had a 12:00 check-in. We got to the terminal and dropped our bags off with the porter and quickly made it through the check-in. We were stopped just prior to boarding and told that we needed to check-in with Guest Services. That made me somewhat paranoid. So we went there and were told that there had been a problem with our room (E71) and that they had to paint a spot on the ceiling. We were given 2 free drink passes and went over to the bar across from Guest Services. Before we received our drink orders, the rep said that our room was ready. She directed us to our room where the sign and sail cards were waiting in the mail box. By this time it was 11:55, so we actually got to our room before our scheduled check-in time! We had an ocean-view room, before we had booked balconies so it seemed really small. The mattress was really comfortable. I needed a firm pillow. The steward brought the firmest pillow that I have ever seen and it was so thick we thought it was 2 pillows in the same case. I ended up stuffing a beach towel in the regular pillow and it worked really well. We went up to Lido and met up with some of our group. We hit up the buffet. It was Italian themed and typical buffet. We sat by the pool and visited our friends. Some of the guys got burgers from Guys. I stole some of the fries and they were the best fries ever. We wanted to go in the hot tubs but they were all over-flowing with people. The ones on the Serenity deck were also over-filled. Some schools were on spring-break so that was part of the problem, but there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of partying. After muster, we ended up on a balcony on the aft side of Lido to watch the sail away. It overlooked Serenity deck but was very quiet. We went to the late dinner. I don’t remember what I ordered but it was some kind of Asian noodle dish. And of course warm chocolate melting cake for dessert! After dinner, we went to the casino for awhile and quickly lost. We headed back to our room at about 10:15. Big mistake. We were just 2 doors down from the Atrium lobby and the music was so loud that our room was vibrating. We went to Guest Services which was in the lobby and complained. All they could do was close the firedoor. It did not help. Finally around 11, they shut it down. Tuesday - Catalina We met up with some of our group in the main dining room for breakfast. I had my favorite avocado toast and a side of bacon. It was excellent. We then took the tender to Catalina for the wedding. We walked to Step Beach. It was not marked so we all walked past it and had to ask around before we found it. They hired a local minister and had a beautiful ceremony. Next we met up at Steve’s Steakhouse for lunch. We had to order from a limited menu because of the size of the group. We had 4 options from which to choose. Most of us ordered the fish and chips. Mine was stone cold. Also the restaurant was on the second floor and they did not have an elevator. We then hung out for an hour or so and did a little shopping. One member of the group, got a call from the upgrade fairy and were given the Owner’s Suite, so they arranged a surprise wedding reception. The suite is beautiful and had a bathroom with a whirlpool tub bigger than our room! After the reception, we went to dinner. It was formal night and Carnival does not enforce the dress code at all. There was a man in a tank top and flip flops and a woman had on fuzzy bathroom slippers that were allowed to dine. A woman was in line with just a bikini top and sarong cover-up. I’m not sure whether or not she was allowed in. I had the end-cut of the prime rib and grilled shrimp for dinner. The prime rib was the best that I have ever tasted. I didn’t have room for the creme brûlée so had to pass on dessert. We went to the casino and I won about $20 on slots. We were tired and decided to go to bed. Once again, the music was blasting. We complained and they offered to let us switch to a lower-rated room. It was 10:30 at night on the 2nd day of a 4 day cruise and we didn’t really feel like packing up everything to switch rooms. So we waited the music out. Wednesday - Ensenada I started the day with my avocado toast and bacon. We then walked off the ship. I got nervous when the drug sniffing dog kept smelling my purse, but it was just my gum. We booked the La Bufadora Adventure through Carnival. The bus was very uncomfortable and the seats were smaller than Southwest Airlines. We first went to a historical building that was once the first casino on Ensenada. There were about 10 vendors in the patio. The best thing about the spot was we were off the crowded bus for a few minutes. We next had about a 45 minute ride to the blow hole. We had to walk through a flea market where they sold “genuine replicas”. You could not walk more than 2 feet without being approached by vendors. I was given about 10 small sips of Pina coladas from different vendors. We watched the blow hole sprout water. After paying 75 cents to use the bathroom, you are given a few squares of toilet paper. Anyway we went back to the flea market and had some delicious grilled shrimp and fish tacos. I wanted a virgin Pina colada and was told it would be $12. I said too much and walked away. A few booths up, I got one for $5. It was so delicious. They carved out the pineapple and served it in that with several slices of fresh pineapple. We walked past the stalls but nothing appealed to me. The tour guide encouraged everybody to order tacos to eat on the bus. So on the ride back, the cramped bus was filled with people chowing down. We got back to the ship and had a letter from Guest Services. They reported our complaints to the music director. They also comped us $80 for our excursion. We hung out with friends and then went to dinner. I ordered the veal parmesan and it was nasty. It was cold and dry and had hardly any sauce. We went to the love and marriage show. Our newly-wed friends were one of the three couples chosen. Orlando, the cruise director was hilarious and this was the highlight of our cruise. I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. One thing that was disturbing, one of the other couples when asked if a parrot was in their bedroom would repeat and they both said “Dumb B****”. I felt so bad for the wife. We wanted to go to bed but decided to kill some time until the music died so we went to the casino. I came out about $25 ahead on slots. We then went to our room and once again had to make the nightly walk to guest services to complain about the noise. (We were only 2 doors down). The reps there weren’t too happy about the noise level either because they couldn’t hear the passengers. Fun Day at Sea We slept in and then went to Sea Day brunch. We had delicious filet mignon and eggs. We hung out for the jewelry raffle to find it was only a crappy keychain. We bought a few fashion accessories and ordered our pictures. We went back to the casino. I started playing some kind of Asian slot machine. I wasn’t sure how it worked, but I walked away with $150 because I kept winning free spins. We then went to the early comedy show. I think it was the same material from our last cruise on the Dream. Next was dinner. I had the tenderloin which was really good and carrot cake. We then went back to the casino and I won another $40 on the Asian machine. We cashed out and returned to our nightly “private concert” in our room. We then made our nightly report to guest services and waited for the DJ to shut it down. Debarkation Debarkation was very smooth. We hung out at Lido buffet until after 9. Then breezed through customs. Our shuttle was waiting and we quickly made it to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We were very pleased with the ship overall and the staff. They were helpful and service was good. We especially enjoyed the specialty French restaurant. On the third night, my 2 year old grandson had a seizure due to a fever from a ... Read More
We were very pleased with the ship overall and the staff. They were helpful and service was good. We especially enjoyed the specialty French restaurant. On the third night, my 2 year old grandson had a seizure due to a fever from a possible lung infection at about 4am. We were extremely satisfied with the medical attention that he received from the doctor and staff onboard. They arranged for an ambulance to pick us up when we docked at 9am. The onboard care was excellent but very expensive. The ship arranged for the ambulance to take us to a private hospital almost 2km away. From locals, we know there are reputable private hospitals closer. I am not sure why this one was chosen - it had only 16 beds and a rotating pediatrician. Of these 16 beds, only 5 were occupied. Perhaps it was a private hospital just for Norwegian guests. We were not able to rejoin the ship. Thank goodness for travel insurance as it was very expensive! We had no chance to do any of the tours before leaving. We found the entertainment to be quite good. On previous Norwegian cruises, we enjoyed the dueling pianos but they were not on this voyage. It had the potential to be very good if we could have returned to the ship but our insurance would not cover my grandson if he returned. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We had a nice time about the Splendor. Really enjoyed our spa suite and amenities. All the staff with the exception of the bar staff were very pleasant and seemed to always be smiling. The embarkation process was very smooth and ... Read More
We had a nice time about the Splendor. Really enjoyed our spa suite and amenities. All the staff with the exception of the bar staff were very pleasant and seemed to always be smiling. The embarkation process was very smooth and easy. We were among the first 50 aboard so we had first dibs on the seating and buffet. All the staff at the buffet were happy and willing to assist us. Met our room steward Sharlene.. what a very nice lady! Her and the team did a wonderful and thorough job on our suite every time we left. She came to us the first hour we were there and asked if we needed anything extra (towels, pillows, etc.). Our spa suite was nice and had lots of storage space and extra room. The bigger balcony was nice as well. We went to the spa and did the tour...signed up for some specials. Massages and accupuncture were very nice. Made our bodies feel more relaxed. The young lady at the desk.. I think was Tilana not sure on the spelling, always remembered us and would call us by name when she saw us. Ate in the MDR anytime seating. Had a different team the first few nights until we were seated in Gusti's area. WOW what a difference it makes to be seated where they are smiling and happy. Gusti introduced himself and his team.. from that point on he remembered our names and what we drank. We had nice discussions with them about how long he had worked there, where he's from etc. But he always took care of all his tables. Best part was the last night wacthing one of his team members cut the steak for the little girl. I can't remember his name but he smiled the whole time. Then off to do whatever else he does. We ate in the Steak house one night for our wedding anniversary. Sat next to a table where there was a screaming child that would not give up and the parents wouldn't do anything about it. Ate the Onion soup.. no flavor. Waiter came over and asked us if we wanted special salt on our steaks. We both chose the spicy salt. Steak came.. no salt or spicy flavor, just normal grilled steak flavor. Very dissappointed!! The best part of staff interaction during the whole cruise was our very first encounter with Marvin every morning.... We put the room service list out the first night for delivery between 7 and 7:30. Knowing how that works, we figured they would get there around 720. At 6:58 there was a knock at the door.. open it and see Marvin, a young man with a beaming braced-teeth smile and a cheerful good morning Mr. Lee.. then once inside Good morning Mrs. Lee... He appeared at our door every morning at the same time with the same smile and cheerfulness!!! What a way to start the morning! All the ports were nice to visit. We took the vans to see the area and would last for about 4 hours. Next time I think we will pay extra to get our own van so we can stay longer in some places and request to see other parts of the towns. We went to the shows a couple of times and just couldn't get into them. Not sure if this was the "B" group or what but they didn't sound good. Had a number of people around us say the same thing and then some were cheering and saying how good they are. If you want pictures on formal night.. I think it was deck 5 they had a bunch of different ones set up. We didn't know this until the next day when we were walking around. So instead of standing in line by the MDR Black pearl we could have gone down there and had some taken. Now onto that.. 2 - 8x10's cost about $50.00 so be prepared! Debarkation was easy.. didn't seemed rushed and was off the ship early. Captain was there as we left thanking everyone. Nice touch! Overall a nice relaxing way to spend our wedding anniversary. Will we do this again?? Of course we will! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Decided to take the family on a cruise during spring break, which was a little earlier than most, so we were able to get closer to off-season pricing. What was really exciting is that they had great deals when we booked on guaranteed ... Read More
Decided to take the family on a cruise during spring break, which was a little earlier than most, so we were able to get closer to off-season pricing. What was really exciting is that they had great deals when we booked on guaranteed oceanview rooms, which we've never tried. That was a real plus (ended up with picture windows), were able to see lots of good scenery, my daughter saw a group of dolphins looking out their stateroom, added a nice element we've never had with inside. Service on the ship was great, with a couple of exceptions I'll explain later. Room stewards and most dining experiences were great. Had the dining options on another ship, nice to see they were there as well. Pros: Loved the updated dining areas, such as O'Sheahan's and Ginza, in addition to the Main Dining Rooms and buffet. Didn't try the paid dining. Staff was very on top of things 95% of the time and very friendly First time in the Mexican Riviera, loved the itinerary and ports Oceanview! Had a Mexican cultural show that was amazing, acrobats were good as well. The communication features on the app were more than worth the $9.99/device. Huge plus. Staterooms had USB chargers, so easy for kids to keep devices charged. Cons: As I've read in other reviews, the layout of the ship is weird. It's because they added the newer dining and other amenities (which is absolutely worth it), but it was often hard to navigate the ship to get where you wanted to go (for example, not very direct entrance to kids club). Related, the main buffet area feels very cramped and doesn't hold many people. It doesn't need to with other options, but that's a problem. Needed a reservation for everything really quickly. For example, really hard to get into Ginza. Service in some dining areas was really slow. I think that they just had too many people for what they could handle. I would say overall felt very crowded. I've been on bigger ships that felt less crowded than this one. Lots of lines for the same things. I'm more conservative, but the music shows weren't to our taste, a little too frisky, glad we didn't take our daughter to the first one (skipped the second one). Didn't have some of the bells and whistles that my active kids would have liked (no splash pad, water slide, ice skating, basketball had a low net, things like that) For the app, didn't have a place to check the schedule for the kids. Also, could have had an option to get more detailed informaiton about an activity on the schedule, similar to the description seen in the print guide. Rough sea day on the way back, I hear that's normal. It's a cruise so I'm always going to enjoy it! I hope NCL could take some of this feedback and fix things (though some things they can't fix). I enjoyed it and would take this itinerary again. I would go on this ship if the price were right. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
The guest services were flawless. The meals at the complimentary and pay for restaurants were excellent. The buffets were great, just like eating at home only better. The excursions were exciting and on time. Our cabin ... Read More
The guest services were flawless. The meals at the complimentary and pay for restaurants were excellent. The buffets were great, just like eating at home only better. The excursions were exciting and on time. Our cabin steward, Resley went out of his way, I think, to make sure our room was always flawless when we returned, and he was a pretty interesting person to chat with as well. 9230 I was very afraid of going on this trip because it was my first cruise. I am afraid of the water and being away from home. But we went on this cruise with our sons and their wives and we had an absolutely GREAT time. I was never afraid after getting on the ship. I always felt safe, met a lot of the cruise staff and that helped put me at ease. Everyone is so friendly and so focused on you having a good cruising experience. We played bingo twice every day and although we never won, we laughed so hard because it was so much fun. The staff makes it fun for all. The evening shows were AMAZING and were every bit as good as shows I have seen in Vegas. I so much enjoyed this trip that we have agreed to go on another one next June with some other family members. Ahoy matties. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a 7 day cruise that was close to home, I only live about 35 min from Long Beach Port... I also enjoy the ports visited as well. I chose the time of year because knowing from previous trips down ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I wanted to do a 7 day cruise that was close to home, I only live about 35 min from Long Beach Port... I also enjoy the ports visited as well. I chose the time of year because knowing from previous trips down here how hot it can get, but I hit it just right, seemed like ports were no more than 78 degrees during day, with little humidity. Embarkation was the easiest ever, i mean ever!!! I got there at terminal at 11, the time i had picked - there was 2, yes 2 people ahead of me at the security checkpoint - went thru there in about 3 minutes, then they told me they were already boarding (way early) at 11:10, so i literally got to terminal and walked in like non stop to board ship, Great!!! Also, Important to note, if you are somewhat challenged or get short of breath easy, you have an option to take a elevator up to top level so you can get to embarkation gangway, because there are 3 long ramps to walk up. After 23 cruises with carnival I'm going to just give you some random thought about things that are different, or changes that I have noticed. FOOD INFO : For drinks at bars, many drinks, you will have to ask for a straw now, unless you buy a slushly type of drink, like your pina coladas, or daiquiris....So yeah, for soda, they will not give you a straw automatically.. The Deli : Its changed, and not for the better... They used to have a little grill there, where they can put your sandwiches in there and grill (toast) it for you, Gone. Now they have like a convection oven, takes LONGER WAIT, and makes your sandwich bread STIFF as a board to eat, Also gone, are their rolls, which I had loved for my pastrami sandwiches .. A disappointment since i love to eat there. Mongolian Wok : Always seems to be a big hit, remember its only open for 3-4 hrs a day... Also, if you like your noodles soft, ask them to cook longer... Last time I didn't know, and the noodles were kinda hard. BBQ : Upstairs, not frequented much by guests at all, a pity.. they serve bbq (grilled, you add your own sauce) chicken, some brisket, and pork... I think it would be a bigger hit if they had ribs... But its nice and quite up there, if you'd like to take your food up there. Breakfast : I always got to breakfast about 11:10am, cause I like to sleep in, but on this cruise anyway at that time, there was never any more than 7 people in line ahead of me which was cool. If your an egg eater, they have the regular watery (not less cooked that is) but watery soupy scrambled eggs....Or you could go to the egg station for an omelet... Just note, most if not everyone were getting omelets cooked to order, they can also order over easy eggs, most didn't cause most were getting omelets.. Bacon greasy usual, the sausage links looked as usual, like they are uncooked ( NOT THE CASE), while we're used to frying them at home with brown grill marks, carnival i think steam cook them, give them the lack luster appearance of being uncooked, and usually not hot. Burger Grill : Sad there is no Guys Burgers on this ship, they still haven't upgraded to Carnival 2.0.. But other than that, burgers are good, meaty patty... If your someone who doesn't like or can have cheese, by default, they make 99% of their burgers with cheese... Ask for a regular burger! The fries seemed to have changed as well too, I think they are better, and a little fatter than the past. Pizza Station : Pizza was good, if you like paper thin pizza with light sauce. This station can get backed up, I would go there during off hours, cause the line can be long, and time consuming!! Crew : Friendly as you would expect, helpful. Some of the casino dealers can be pretty cold - SOME, are not friendly talkative or fun.. They are all business, matter of fact style... Like just deal the cards as fast as possible and don't ask questions!, I said SOME! The one indian guy who works casino cashier was very nice, so pleasant, give him a promotion!!!!! And by the way, on this cruise anyway, the casino wasn't smokey at all, seems like they fixed ventilation, and i'm not a smoker. Ship : Music was everywhere and plentiful, lots of open seating everywhere. Still have those gawdy pink donuts everywhere. Dining room : Was good, as usual, friendly dining staff... The braised beef (pot roast ?) was to die for... But one night, got it sliced in chunks, another night it was one who piece together, hmmm ?? The roasted chicken was to die for too, loved it. I love their little breads too. CHEERS! Package : Yeah, I got that again... kinda wish I didn't this time... With all the food and then water milk juices at breakfast, and your two cokes a day, and the fact you want to have in mind to break even with your six $9.50 drinks per day, it can get kinda much. For ME, I said ME, I will just get the bubbles package, and buy drinks as I want them, and not try to "break even" and force in drinks.. Thats what would work best for ME, anyway. Stateroom : Nothing new here, I always seem to get too hot in the night with all the blankets, and yes, a/c is turned on all the way... and then when i remove blankets, i get cold... Also, they FINALLY got plastic laundry bags, instead of the flimsy paper ones, bout time!! Room service... I ordered the wings from their new pay section... They are like wing stop... kinda chewy and rubbery... I like softer wings... anyway, you choose the sauce and it comes with 8 pieces, all flats... comes with carrot and celery sticks Debarkation : Usual slow pace... They now no longer give you a customs form to fill out, which is a good change... There is something to be aware of though.... As you are leaving and going down to the long line to get your luggage, you are walked in a huge line that is in a circle, and they have a small litle opening to go in and get your luggage, if you miss that,you will just stay in the line up to the customs officer and you will have to go back and get your luggage. So just be aware of this, cause they don't let you know,, YOU have to be aware of it. Well thats about it, have a good cruise Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The Star may not be the biggest, newest or glitziest of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, but it is the Little Ship That Could! We found the crew to be positive, engaging, friendly, and accommodating from top to bottom. We attended the ... Read More
The Star may not be the biggest, newest or glitziest of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, but it is the Little Ship That Could! We found the crew to be positive, engaging, friendly, and accommodating from top to bottom. We attended the Meet and Greet given by the officers and heard from all of the major departments on board, all were very keen that we bring any concerns to them. I complimented the Food and Beverage lead about how they are now putting Vegetarian and Gluten Free symbols on the menus in the main dining rooms (which he told us was rolled out about 6 months ago), which was very helpful for our party. The buffet had all the food you could ever want, the two main dining rooms were elegant with adequate choices, the specialty restaurants provided that something extra in terms of food and service. Our cabin was large enough for the time we spent in it, and our room steward Joe was super sweet. Shore excursions were just what we wanted and needed. Never had to look too far to find an available lounge chair on deck, which has been an issue on previous cruises. The greatest compliment I could pay is that I would immediately get back on board and do it again. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We like to sail out of SoCal so we got a balcony on deck 8 below lido deck (bad choice, massive chair dragging well into the night). Balcony was nice except for noise Food was very good, I've been on many other lines and their food ... Read More
We like to sail out of SoCal so we got a balcony on deck 8 below lido deck (bad choice, massive chair dragging well into the night). Balcony was nice except for noise Food was very good, I've been on many other lines and their food was on par with others, Cunard, Princess, HAL. We ate in no specialty restaurant's. BBQ restaurant was good as was the deli where I liked the buffalo chicken sandwich. Hamburgers were also very good. Dinners and service in MDR were great and breakfast was good in MDR. scrambled eggs in Lido were a little fluid. Cakes were great More lively with a younger crowd, on HAL I get run over with scooters, on Carnival it's children. I did not like the deck layout, no walk around Promenade deck. Entertainment was not that good. Princess much better Good fitness center, they have a rower . Our one excursion was a zodiac looking for whales, great fun found a mama and baby whales Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We booked this itinerary as it lined up with a conference we were attending in California. It is one of the smaller ships we have sailed on. Embarkation was fast and efficient. The staff was amazing. Somehow we were bumped up to ... Read More
We booked this itinerary as it lined up with a conference we were attending in California. It is one of the smaller ships we have sailed on. Embarkation was fast and efficient. The staff was amazing. Somehow we were bumped up to concierge level. Suzana was wonderful, reminds one of your favorite aunt, Food Service The food was excellent. We did Cagneys and La Bistro. Both were great. We used the Venetian as our main dining room. Food service and quality was excellent. My only feedback is that we had reservations for 5:15 PM and the Venetian only opened at 5:30. Did understand the timing. The casino was extremely smokey. This limited my time in the venue. The smoke stuck to your close merely walking through. Entertainment - excellent The 5 O'Clock Somewhere bar was ok. I preferred the Mondavi Wine bar on the Dawn. They use this location for live music, I would suggest they improve the sound system as the sound did not carry through the bar. Beverage Service The bar tenders were great. We were disappointed with the lack of options on the by glass wine offerings. Every cruise we have done over the past 2 years has continuously decreased the offerings. They had many bottles at $30 ish and they would give a discount of 20% with the package. They also increased the costing on premium liquors, IE Ron Zacapa 23 went from $17.95 to $22.95. The nickle and dimeing has to stop... Peurto Vallarta We did a discover PV tour. Great little tour. Mazatland We hired a cab for a 2 hour tour. Cleanest city we have ever been in. Beautiful scenery. We will go back. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my third sailing with Norwegian after cruising on the Escape and Getaway. I was a little worried that the ship would be too small and that there wouldn't be enough activities on board for our two teenagers. The teens had an ... Read More
This was my third sailing with Norwegian after cruising on the Escape and Getaway. I was a little worried that the ship would be too small and that there wouldn't be enough activities on board for our two teenagers. The teens had an amazing time at the Entourage Club and made a large group of friends that they hung out with the whole cruise. I found the Star to be a wonderful ship for many reasons. First off, embarkation out of the San Pedro port was VERY fast and so easy. The friendly staff on board the ship continually went above and beyond. Secondly, it never felt crowded to me. There were always lounge chairs available and never had to wait long at bars for drinks. In fact, waiters actually came around and took drink orders which is something we rarely experienced on the larger NCL ships. DINING (Gluten Free Perspective I'm going to start by saying that the dining was way better than the other competing cruise line that we've sailed on three times. I have a NCGS (non-celiac gluten sensitivity) and it's always a worry that I'll experience symptoms while on vacation from accidental exposure. This was the BEST NCL experience I've had as a gluten free cruiser. Every evening they had a special diets coordinator named Valan come and meet me at dinner to take my order for the next evening. Usually on cruises they forget to do this or I have to make a special trip to MDR to place the order myself. I did not have to do this and Valan always knew where and when I was dining and found me to bring me the menu. We ate at Moderno, Sushi Bar, Teppanyaki and Le Bistro and I never had a problem ordering something that I liked. My youngest son celebrated his 15th birthday and they even made a special gluten free cake so that I could enjoy it as well. I never asked for this and it was such a thoughtful gesture. I had to eat lunch at the buffet a couple times but I just asked to speak to a chef and he pointed out all the options that were safe for me to eat. I never experienced any gluten exposure symptoms the entire cruise. Most of the Indian food options (except bread of course) were always safe and were very delicious! We did eat at the Topsiders Grill a couple times but I'd be careful if you are celiac as the mayo and condiments in open containers were definitely contaminated with bread. We just ate the burgers with lettuce and other veggie but again be careful if you are super sensitive as the tongs may come in contact with bread. We also ate at O'Sheehans for both lunch and breakfast. They do have gluten free bread if you ask but the hashbrowns are not GF friendly because of the fryers. My husband and boys are not gluten free but both my mother in law and myself are and we had no problems. Amost all requests were accommodated with ease. Food takes a little longer as it is prepared in the allergy free kitchen but it's always come out fresh and tasty. My husband is SUPER critical about food and a bit of a snob and he commented on how the food was really good on this ship and we only had a few things that were mediocre. ENTERTAINMENT and ACTIVITIES We enjoyed seeing most of the shows on board the Star. We saw Paradis, Band on the Run, a comedy act, and an Acrobatic show with a husband/wife team and their son. All shows were enjoyable and the costumes were incredible! We also did karaoke and merengue dance lessons. We enjoyed the live music throughout the ship. I did book a Thermal Spa pass at Mandera Spa. It was very uncrowded but a little small. I still enjoyed it but I didn't use it as much as I would have liked to. The gym is a little small and is missing equipment like kettle bells, slam balls and medicine balls that other ships have. It does have a lot of cardio equipment but the weight lifting area is so tiny and gets crowded. The group classes were a little pricey in my opinion. I personally don't feel $20 for a 30 minutes class is a very good deal but if you book a class pack (only offered on the first day) you would save money if this is something you are interested in attending more than 3 times during the week.They at least have a gym but it is not the nicest one I've used on a ship. I was happy to find out that they recently added a Spice H2O to this ship with two hot tubs. I liked that it was covered by an awning but if you wanted sun you could go up the stairs to the helicopter pad for lounge chairs. We also enjoyed the Sky High Bar at the top of the ship because you could listen to the music and enjoy the views. We went up here on a sea day with family traveling with us to play some card games. We enjoyed all the bars on the ship but we particularly we enjoyed Sky High, 5 O'Clock Somewhere and Bliss Ultra Lounge. We were disappointed that the Sugarcane Mojito bar had very limited hours and didn't open until 5:00 but you could order your drinks to go and take them with you to enjoy poolside. SERVICE Our cabin steward did a great job cleaning our room each morning and turning it down for us at night. We rarely saw him or talked to him and he really didn't go out of his way to introduce himself to us. This doesn't really bother me at all and is really just an observation and comparison from previous cruises where the steward went out of his way to talk to us. Our cruise director was Dingo Dave and he was a fun guy. I would see him around the ship and he came to our Cruise Critic Meet and Greet. They had a very entertaining Meet and Greet and all the officers introduced themselves and even gave us their numbers to reach them. They were all very funny and it was nice meeting other cruisers from this forum. As I mentioned earlier, the staff was very accommodating and friendly. We did run into two staff members (O'Sheehans and Versailles) at the end of the trip that were a little grumpy at first but after making small talk with them and joking around a little bit, they came around almost instantly and they were smiling and happy. The staff members all work so hard and I always give a little grace and extra smiles if they seem to be having a tough time. I can only imagine what they deal with on a daily basis. PORTS This was my first Mexican Rivera cruise and I enjoyed all of the ports. We don't typically book our excursions through the cruise line. We go through reputable outside websites and find the excursions less crowded, less expensive and more personable. We went to the Marriott in Puerto Vallarta for a day pass. It was only 650 pesos and 500 of those pesos go toward food and drink. It was a beautiful hotel and not too far from port maybe 10-15 minutes. In Mazatlan we booked a city tour and the guy gave us like an extra 2 hours! It was awesome. We went to Tabascos Beach Club in Cabo and it was uncrowded and they had 2 for 1 drinks for about 145 pesos. My in laws ordered breakfast and it was huge and they said it was delicious. We had the beef nachos and they were so good. I ended up getting an hour massage for $35 and my husband and son rented a jet ski for $40. You can totally haggle on prices with them. I would do this itinerary again because we enjoyed all these ports so much. SUMMARY The Star has had a brand new makeover and she delivers on friendly above and beyond service and a relaxed fun experience. If you want things like rock walls, water slides, mini golf and ropes courses then this would not be a good choice for you. If you want an uncrowded ship with relaxed activities, delicious food and friendly service the Star provides great value and an enjoyable smaller ship experience. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our first time ever on a cruise. We got a great deal, so we ended up booking the family suite. It happened to come with a concierge and butler. We thought that was pretty cool, except the concierge was completely useless. He ... Read More
This was our first time ever on a cruise. We got a great deal, so we ended up booking the family suite. It happened to come with a concierge and butler. We thought that was pretty cool, except the concierge was completely useless. He booked 3 reservations for us and made huge mistakes on all of them. The butler was pretty great, he came when we called him, but otherwise he never called or popped in to check on us. It was obvious the staff on these cruise ships are super overworked. We saw some employees in multiple restaurants spanning 13+ hours throughout the day. They get about 5 hours of sleep per night and see their families every 8 months. I am not sure how I felt about that. The suite we stayed in was nice, but there were some things that were not the luxury suite it was sold to be on the site. The phone was so incredibly filthy, most of the curtains were ripped off their holders (they use curtains to divide out the "rooms" within the cabin), and the carpet had stains that looked to be quite old. Definitely not what I was expecting after paying $6000. We were charged $10/phone for the internet service to be able to communicate with one another while on the cruise, but the NCL app is SO incredibly bad that we ended up hardly using it at all. We will cruise again, but not sure we will dish out the extra money - doesnt seem like it was worth it. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We live locally in Southern California and went on this cruise to celebrate my husbands birthday weekend. We purchased Faster to Fun - embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. Our room was ready as soon as we stepped on the ship. The ... Read More
We live locally in Southern California and went on this cruise to celebrate my husbands birthday weekend. We purchased Faster to Fun - embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. Our room was ready as soon as we stepped on the ship. The ship is not very big and it’s easy to get around. Our cabin in Empress Fwd was nice and clean but we found it to be very noisy all night till 1am. They had some kids activities in a theater right above our cabin involving running and jumping, every night. I wouldn’t recommend this location for the cabin. Dining in the main dining room was good, but service could be little bit better. We never got our meal at the same time for everyone in the party. Your plate gets cold while waiting for your friends plate to be served, sometimes 20min later. They just bring meals whenever it’s ready for each person. Although, day at the sea brunch was very good and we enjoyed tea time in Mardi Grass restaurant. The major surprise was the Chefs table dinner. Beyond everyone’s expectations. It cost additional $75/person but it worth every penny and many more. It’s a truly amazing culinary experience and I will be back on this cruise just for that. Good Entertainment and overall atmosphere makes it Happy time and great place to celebrate any occasion. We liked all the music, theatre performances but most of all the comedy club. All comedians were very funny and we had great time. The gym is nice and there are yoga and spin classes in the morning. We took a spin class which was very good and equipment was in a good shape. Sunday we arrived in Encinada. It’s easy to get out the ship on your own and either take a bus or walk in to a town. There are number of shops, restaurants and bars in few blocks of downtown. We took a tour to 2 vineyards and we were glad we did it. The vineries are ok but ride was very scenic and we could experience a country side while we still had enough time left to check out downtown and visit few shops before the bus took us back to the ship. The disembarkation starts at 7am from Empress level. We carried our bags and left the ship early without any delays. This was overall very enjoyable trip, I only wish we had a different room in a quieter corner. We most likely will be back soon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
DW & I have been on four other cruiselines and this was our first on Carnival. We went on this one since we wanted to join a large group gathering of about 50 folks. Even though it was a four day Carnival Long Beach-Catalina ... Read More
DW & I have been on four other cruiselines and this was our first on Carnival. We went on this one since we wanted to join a large group gathering of about 50 folks. Even though it was a four day Carnival Long Beach-Catalina Island-Ensenada-Long Beach trip from embark Monday and debark Friday, it was still a party crowd. We usually prefer a quiet, refine cruise but wanted to join the many folks we knew. Since there were many we have known for many years, the party type atmosphere worked well and we were pleasantly surprise that we enjoyed it. The cost was relatively inexpensive and we set our expectations lower and were overall happy with the cruise. The Guy's Burgers, deli, and pizza were great. The other dining venues, such as buffet and sitdown dining were disappointing. The servers often did not bring us and others what we ordered. Even request for crackers was given a response of call room server. A request to clean some chairs with food debris was met by the worker slapping the chairs with her dish towel. What was worst was that the sour cream and butter were not fresh, i.e. the potential for an upset stomach or worst. The cabin was larger than other cruiselines for the same category but the restroom had a foul odor that repeated attempts to pour water down the floor drain only partially helped. A number of folks got seasick even though they never had before on other sailings. Being a smaller ship of about 70,000 tons is part of the reason. But more likely it was the short sailing distance between the ports. Long Beach to Catalina is about 29 miles and the sailing was a leisurely 13 hours which meant say 2 miles per hour which is far too slow for the stabilizers to be effective. Also this slow speed means the wave actions will affect the ship more. The shows in the main theater were not Broadway type productions. They were just singing with related dance moves and much of the time was wasted with pulling audience members up to the stage to participate. The timing of the show comedians were too close to the main theater shows so we could not see them. The raffles at the ship stores were a big waste of time. They kept on delaying the start of the drawings and the prizes were terrible, such as a cheap shopping bag. The embark and debark were fast since for the short cruise we did carry on luggage. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was a family cruise to celebrate an eighty-fifth birthday. We were 23 in number with many young people on their first cruise - no one under 16. I mistakenly had my bags checked aboard and had a bottle of wine removed. I would carry ... Read More
This was a family cruise to celebrate an eighty-fifth birthday. We were 23 in number with many young people on their first cruise - no one under 16. I mistakenly had my bags checked aboard and had a bottle of wine removed. I would carry my bags on board next time. We had a suite which was excellent - spacious, clean with amenities. We were not fond of the main entertainment but the smaller venues were good. The zip-lining in Catalina was excellent and the wine tour in Ensenada was good. The cruise ship food was good and the evening dining and service quite good. Birthdays were acknowledged at dinner and the serving staff entertaining. All areas were usually kept clean. The main pool and spas were always full with children. There was an adult pool, but on this cruise, it was full as well. The main entertainment was not very good, but the smaller venues were fine. On a previous 3 day cruise, the entertainment was excellent with Broadway -type shows. The drawbacks - a valuable ring and an article of clothing were take from the room. Obviously, the only people with access were the steward and cleaning personnel. Also, while we paid for internet access, we never had it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This is mainly a shore excursion review. My daughter (on spring break from college) and I did the Bufadora Kayak excursion. Rebecca and Carlos were our guides and they were great. (Jose-Luis was our driver and he was great as well, but ... Read More
This is mainly a shore excursion review. My daughter (on spring break from college) and I did the Bufadora Kayak excursion. Rebecca and Carlos were our guides and they were great. (Jose-Luis was our driver and he was great as well, but didn't get in the water.) Nice drive out to the point, and then suited up. I recommend the wetsuits - they will keep you warm if the water is cold. Also, take Dramamine or other seasickness prevention. We had 5-6-foot swells, and when you're out in a small (even 2-person) kayak, you feel it more than in the cruise ship. We had great views of La Bufadora, far better than what is seen up top. Carlos led the way, and my daughter and I learned pretty fast how to paddle straight, how to turn, all with the help of Carlos and Rebecca. We got some great pics. If you have a waterproof camera or a waterproof sleeve for your phone, you may want to plan to take those. After paddling back in and rinsing off and changing, we headed up to the top of the Bufadora shopping street for great tacos. Then a quiet drive back to the ship, or to town to do some shopping. The cruise itself was great. I've done this particular cruise two other times, and the staff works hard to make sure everyone has fun. The weather was a little colder than we hoped, so less time for my daughter to sun on deck, but we lounged and read books in Serenity and other places on deck. We won a Thomas Kincade print at the art auction, and recommend those events as a fun thing to do. They had an egg-drop contest, and let individuals or teams build whatever they could to protect an egg dropped from the 10th deck to the 7th in the atrium. All winners won a medal. Our team used a parachute and straw design and won our medal. That was a fun part of the sea day. Shoutouts to Putu (room steward) and to Abigail and Angela, our dining room dinner staff. Highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
My husband and I took this cruise to the Mexican Rivera on March 9th. Embarkation was a breeze. We had a balcony cabin midship on 9. It was spacious and had enough storage for all our gear. Our steward was excellent as well. We made ... Read More
My husband and I took this cruise to the Mexican Rivera on March 9th. Embarkation was a breeze. We had a balcony cabin midship on 9. It was spacious and had enough storage for all our gear. Our steward was excellent as well. We made reservations for all the restaurants before we left home. I highly recommend this because it is very difficult to get reservations, especially at the specialty restaurants, after you board. We ate at Cagney twice and La Cucina once. They both had excellent food and service. The other nights we ate in the lovely Versailles dining room. We sat in several different locations and received wonderful service and food each time. We ate breakfast and lunch at the Garden Cafe. The food and selection was very good but it was difficult to find a table. We had drinks at most of the bars and encountered very good service in all. The entertainment was outstanding in the theater. The musical numbers were fabulous, the magician and contortionist were amazing and the comedian was entertaining. The shows are at 7:30 and 9:30. We enjoyed the ports but were disappointed not to see any whales on our tour in Cabo. Disembarkation was easy as well. We opted to carry our own luggage off and breezed through customs in Los Angeles, ordered an UBER and were at the airport all within an hour. Overall this was a great cruise on a beautiful ship with a wonderful crew. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
This cruise is perfect for people who want to relax. The ship was fantastic. We had the best service all around. The shows, comedians, piano guy was all entertaining. We participated in trivia with the fun squad. The best was when the ... Read More
This cruise is perfect for people who want to relax. The ship was fantastic. We had the best service all around. The shows, comedians, piano guy was all entertaining. We participated in trivia with the fun squad. The best was when the comedian hosted a trivia. The ports were easy to visit and stress free. Puerta Vallarta is beautiful, you must walk the boardwalk. We had a 12 yr old with us. She moved around the boat no problem. She made friends in circle c.We loved the service and attention we received through out the entire ship. You must stop at the coffee bar, great drink options and desserts. Our whole group said we would do it again once a year. The ship is pink, be prepared for pink everywhere. After a few days you don't notice. The new embarkation in Long Beach is so much easier, made the start of the trip faster and calmer. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We traveled with our 3 children for spring break on this ship. The ship was clean and comfortable. The food, drinks and service were average. The staff varied from attentive to average. We ate at 3 specialty restaurants, Cagney's ... Read More
We traveled with our 3 children for spring break on this ship. The ship was clean and comfortable. The food, drinks and service were average. The staff varied from attentive to average. We ate at 3 specialty restaurants, Cagney's (3.5-4*), Le Bistro (3*) and Moderno Churrascaria (3*). If we went on this cruise again the only one of the 3 that I would consider paying extra to dine at again may be Cagney's. I don't think that any of them are much better than the main dining room. We ate twice at O'Sheehan's Neighborhood Bar & Grill. The food was below average (2*) both times, average (2.5-3*) service. The buffet food was average, good selection and well maintained. The entertainment onboard was very good. We all enjoyed the nightly shows in the main theater. Our children enjoyed the cruise but they did occasionally get bored. I think they would have enjoyed a ship with more activities appropriate for young teens. The cabins were well maintained and clean. Embarkation and disembarkation were well run and efficient. Overall I would give this cruise a 3.5* and would go on this ship again if the intinerary and price met our needs. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
The convenience of where the cruise leaves port (west coast) along with the pricing make this an attractive cruise for my wife and I . We were on this same cruise 3 yrs ago. I can say the check-in process is better ( asking for an arrival ... Read More
The convenience of where the cruise leaves port (west coast) along with the pricing make this an attractive cruise for my wife and I . We were on this same cruise 3 yrs ago. I can say the check-in process is better ( asking for an arrival time) however the check out process still needs work. You are certainly reminded that you must be out of your room by 8:30 am on the last day ( Saturday) and you will definitely be reminded to be off the ship by 10:30 am! We have not been on other cruises so cannot compare others ( this was our 7 th with carnival) the rooms are clean and not a bad size and the balcony is a pretty good size for 2 adults. The decor definitely needs updating. The seats on the lido deck have almost no cushion left so you sink right into them . The biggest complaint on food is on the LIDO deck. The food there the is normally cold. The grill, tandoor, pizza and deli live up to expectation ( did not try the bar bq ) Staff were always greeting you, Entertainment was pretty good ( comedian John Dicrosta is hilarious,) The excursions were okay..but wow have they ever gone up in price. Hey Carnival most people just want to go to a beach.. I think you need more of those at an affordable prices. Families would like to play in the sand and water and not have to dish out big bucks to do it. On a more personal note we were shocked at the lack of supervision by staff in the casino when it comes to minors. The fact you are gambling, drinking and smoking should be enough to ensure security is better. We saw young children (10 and under) in the casino on a fairly regular basis. In one case we witnessed a minor helping his parents feed quarters into a machine. Yes the parents should know better but As a responsible corporation that should never be acceptable. Read Less

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