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Sail Date: July 2018
We have taken 2 other cruises with Royal Caribbean and always satisfied with value. We enjoy Galveston port which is close to home. The staff is always friendly and the drinks are strong - they do not skimp on alcohol. Just be aware that ... Read More
We have taken 2 other cruises with Royal Caribbean and always satisfied with value. We enjoy Galveston port which is close to home. The staff is always friendly and the drinks are strong - they do not skimp on alcohol. Just be aware that they try to upsell you on everything. So be prepared to say no and you will be fine. Cafe on promenade deck is open 24/7 so you can always get free coffee and hot chocolate and cookies at all hours. Food selection and service are better at main dining hall but if you want all you can eat and self service then go to Windjammer. Always check entertainment in main theater or you may miss a Broadway show or comedian. My wife enjoyed Eagles cover band. I liked piano bar and Latin band. Lots of good places to lay ouy in shade or sun on deck 12. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Fabulous trip. The ship and staff were great. Staff were attentive to our needs. Our room was always clean....Dean was wonderful. This was the third time we have been on this ship. The shows on the Promanade are very entertaining. We love ... Read More
Fabulous trip. The ship and staff were great. Staff were attentive to our needs. Our room was always clean....Dean was wonderful. This was the third time we have been on this ship. The shows on the Promanade are very entertaining. We love to dance and went to Dazzles and Blaze every night. We enjoyed 80’s night. We really did not care for the scratch music at Blaze on a couple nights. Our se excursion was easy to book and procedures were very well explained. The food and service in the main dining room were fabulous and the variety of food at the Windjammer is awesome. I also visited the casino and had a great time...even won a little. We always purchase the deluxe drink package and find it so easy to order. The drinks are great and not watered down at all. We have tried Carnival and I must say Royal Caribbean is hands above when it comes to modernization of the ship and the quality of service. We can’t wait to cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Beautiful cruise very good and knowledgeable staff that are eager to help I loved every experience at this ship MR billy from Morocco made sure our experience was unforgettable at the dinner made sure he made us comfortable made sure ... Read More
Beautiful cruise very good and knowledgeable staff that are eager to help I loved every experience at this ship MR billy from Morocco made sure our experience was unforgettable at the dinner made sure he made us comfortable made sure all our needs are met and told us about the food the staff and made sure we enjoyed every minutes of it and made us aware of the show time wile dining Over all that was amazing They made sure they gave my wife the wine she likes that Argentina Malbec canteena was amazing and that philly mignon is delicious Thanks Billy @horizon deck 4and 5 Thanks carnival vista Also not to forget me doouper the self acclaimed super doouper our room attendant or I would like to call him my vip concierge he was like always there even when I have a situation like when I was late requesting the clothes washed he went above and beyond ask permission from management to make sure they ready when I want them so I can go out to the show with my wife talking about the shows I loved the rock America show and flick show at liquid lounge Loved all entertainment Also loved the rope climbing around and the pool movie cinema after a long day you get to relax watching a movie while drying out and enjoying the free pizza ad pop corn There is so much good stuf I like to say but the only way to find out is by booking one yourselves I promise you won’t be disappointed Before I go guys don’t forget the excursions those were the highlights of our vacation cruise especially the Dunn waterfall climbing in ocho rio Jamaica Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Graduation present for my granddaughter. We really enjoyed the ports of Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The cruise itself was OK. We had no real expectations since it was our first. We don’t drink or gamble and the one small pool was just ... Read More
Graduation present for my granddaughter. We really enjoyed the ports of Cozumel and Grand Cayman. The cruise itself was OK. We had no real expectations since it was our first. We don’t drink or gamble and the one small pool was just too crowded to even think about using it. We loved Evelyn, our housekeeper. She was great. The Nigerian lady who seemed to be over the Spa was not a nice person, either to her customers or the people who worked under her. The ladies that did our massages were sweet. Nigerian lady needs to be replaced. Food was about what we expected, some good, some not, as it would be anywhere. The waiters were great and very friendly. There is always someone cleaning which is good with so many onboard to keep down spreading illness. We decided next time we will fly directly to a resort and skip the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We chose this ship because it was within driving distance of STL. It was a 10 hour drive to the port, which was doable. I wasn't sure what to expect, because my husband and I had done a Royal Carribean cruise alone three years ago. Another ... Read More
We chose this ship because it was within driving distance of STL. It was a 10 hour drive to the port, which was doable. I wasn't sure what to expect, because my husband and I had done a Royal Carribean cruise alone three years ago. Another reason why we chose Carnival is because it was definitely less expensive. I was prepared for a major downgrade, but to my pleasant surprise, I did not find that to be true. The ship is a little older, but I constantly saw staff cleaning and sanitizing the ship. At one point I went down to my room in the middle of the day and our steward Ketut was on his hands and knees dusting all of the vents in the hallway. I sat in the food area and read a book for a few hours in the evening, and I lost track of how many staff members I saw cleaning tables, ledges, counters, cooking equipment, etc. I think the ship itself was difficult to navigate and the signage was not clear. Even after 5 days on the ship, we'd still get lost going to the certain areas. It is very choppy, and I prefer the promenade set-up of the Royal Caribbean. Our ocean view room on deck 1 was clean and had plenty of room for our 4 family members (me and my husband and our two boys, ages 12 and 14). I also thought I would hate being on deck 1, but I think I actually prefer it. The ship was loud with entertainment late in to the night, and we did not hear a sound down in our room. We were also located very closely to the exit, so when we ported, getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake. As far as actives for my teenagers went, Circle C was a hit. They boys loved Timmy, the staff in charge of the club. The boys enjoyed the scavenger hunts, the games, the parties, and the other kids in the club. In fact, on our drive home, our 12 year was in a group text with all of the other kids he met and befriended at Circle C. The water slide was a bit elementary, and the pool sizes were small. I think my 12 year old went down the slide once, and I don't think either boy swam in the pools at all. One night I did sit outside the youth clubs as I waited for my boys to get down with their late night activity (1 am), and I was a bit put off by the language and attitudes of some of the unsupervised older teenagers 15-17. At one point one of the older teenagers was screaming the "F" word at passing adults. I do wish those older teenagers were a bit more supervised. The entertainment was definitely lower in quality. I think we walked out of each of the dancing/singing shows. With the exception of comedian Mark Hawkins, who was absolutely hysterical, I think the entertainment needs an upgrade. The food was great in my opinion. We did the sea day brunch 2x, and it was just right for us. The wait to get in was about 10 minutes, but that didn't bother us too much. The dinner at night was good too. My husband was adventures and ordered ox tongue and rabbit, but the boys and I stuck to chicken and pasta. If you ask my 14 year old what his favorite part of the cruise was, he will say the food. Guys Burgers was a HUGE hit with my family, and the 24 pizza was a dream come true for them. We enjoyed watching Black Panther and Jumangi at the Dive-in movie, although if you want to get a seat, you need to get there very early. My husband and I found it a little difficult to find quiet places to read, which is what we like to do when our boys were at the Circle C activities. It was way too cold inside to be comfortable...like, I could almost see my breath in the dining areas. And then outside was loud due to the constant DJ music playing in the background. I do wish there was an adults only area. Getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake and so much easier than a Royal Carribean experience. The only major complaint I have is the emergency protocol debriefing was unorganized and due to poor communication and signage, we couldn't even find our proper designated spot, and ironically the only time I felt unsafe. They crowd so many people in to one small area outside on the deck, and then try to talk over everyone there to explain about the life jackets and life boats. It was so hot in that crowded space, I felt like passing out. There has to be a better way to communicate protocol. Royal Carribean took us into an auditorium at different points before we left the port and educated us that way. All in all, we enjoyed our experience, and I would not hesitate to do another Carnival cruise, although I don't know if I'd choose Triumph again. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
Overall our experience was really outstanding! Without doubt, we would choose to sail on the Carnival Valor again. we were in room 6395 which was terrific! Positive Aspects: Service was outstanding! I want to specifically ... Read More
Overall our experience was really outstanding! Without doubt, we would choose to sail on the Carnival Valor again. we were in room 6395 which was terrific! Positive Aspects: Service was outstanding! I want to specifically recognize Mykhaylo from the Ukraine. He might be one of the hardest working people I have ever seen. He was always busy clearing tables in Rosie's Buffet. He never stopped working. All of the workers were great, but MyKhaylo was even better than the rest. Maribel is a true sweetheart. She is a very hard worker with a sparkling personality. I enjoyed our chats and her sweet smile. Koman cleaned our stateroom. He was always bright, cheery, and efficient. (I hope I spelled his name correctly!) The food was wonderful, especially Guy's Burgers! We really loved in Swim-In Theater! It was a real pleasure to watch a movie while sitting by the pool. We thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub and waterslide! The Serenity area for adults only was a fantastic place to relax. The comics were good, but the theater where they performed was a little small. The downside of the cruise: The Internet barely worked. It was ridiculously expensive and we could not connect a lot of the time. When we went to Guest Services for assistance, they were not helpful. The popular dining areas like Guy's Burgers, the Mongolian Wok, and the Blue Iguana need to be open longer each day. These were very popular and we did not have the opportunity to try them all because of their short hours. More shows need to be performed in the Ivanhoe Theater. Instead, it was used for less popular events like Bingo. The excursion we wanted was canceled. We were told by guest relations that it "never" goes. Why is it offered if it never goes? All in all it was a really wonderful experience. I think that overall ratings and reviews would be much higher if just a few adjustments were made. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Our family choose to sail out of the Port of Mobile because it was close to home and we wanted a quick get away to Mexico following the 4th of July. Embarkation at the port was great: We took a shuttle from the Holiday Inn Downtown ... Read More
Our family choose to sail out of the Port of Mobile because it was close to home and we wanted a quick get away to Mexico following the 4th of July. Embarkation at the port was great: We took a shuttle from the Holiday Inn Downtown on Government Street in Mobile, so we did not have to deal with parking. Showed our boarding passes to get in the building. Boarding passes and Proof of Citizen Ship at the first stop, quick pass through security, on to the check-in desk where our Sign and Sail cards were already printed. Took quick S&S pictures for the file and off we went to board. Quick and easy. The shuttle dropped us off at about 11:20 and I believe we were on board by 11:40. Staff: The entire staff on board was great; I love that our Steward Randy knew our faces when we passed in the halls and he kept our towels fresh. He also delivered a coupon for $12 at Pixels because we were celebrating an anniversary. Didn't have much interaction with the Cruise Director or any one particular bartender. I can say that Mina, one of the pool servers was excellent. The dinning room staff was nice and attentive; we had anytime dining so we never had the same serving team - I did not like this, for me, getting to know the team is part of the experience, which you don't get with unassigned dinning. I loved the young lady at Camp Ocean, who's name I didn't get. She was spunky and fun and knew my son's face without needing a reminder. Entertainment: To be honest, we only attended two show, becuase we'd already seen the others that were offered. Country Roads was pretty bad, a poor representation of what the performers thought a "country personality" is. One or Two performers had amazing voices, and a few were great dancers. As for the ship herself: She is dated - very dated. This is not a complaint, none of the furniture was in disrepair or uncomfortable, but the decore was faded, and in some places looked like it had been updated and no longer matched the "classical" theme of the ship. One of the main staircases on the Lido deck was closed due to missing stairs; major safety hazard as it was just roped off with caution tape. The same caution tape appeared a few days later on the Sun deck along with "floor to ceiling" wood panels that covered some of the observation windows. Almost every public restroom that I encountered had 1-2 toilets that were out of service. Many of the toilets have an automatic flushing system installed, but they don't work and still have to be manually flushed. The sinks have major chips around the edges of the bowls. Cabin: Our bed was very uncomfortable, I could feel the springs in my side each night. The room wasn't hot, but it certainly didn't get cold - bring a fan. There's still only one outlet in the room, and a blow dryer was not provided. The blowdryer was a surprise, we traveled the Paradise 6 months before, in the same cabin catagory and had one. No refridgerator. It wasn't a bad cruise, again, the service was amazing. But I feel this ship desperatly needs to go to dry-dock. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
If this was our first cruise I would have never gone on another! Still may not! This ship was awful. Sewer was constantly backing up, and all public restrooms at least 1 or 2 toilets that were out of order. The paint was falling off the ... Read More
If this was our first cruise I would have never gone on another! Still may not! This ship was awful. Sewer was constantly backing up, and all public restrooms at least 1 or 2 toilets that were out of order. The paint was falling off the walls, room smelled like smoke, rust on rails, elevators overcrowded. ONLY ONE TINY POOL. It was so crowded that we didn't even to use it. Same as the hot tubs. Did not enforce children to stay out of the serenity deck as well. So those hot tubs were crowded as well. "Fun Squad" was to busy having there own private staff parties to keep quest entertained. Never been bored on a cruise ship but by the last night of only a 4-day cruise, we were so boars that we just went to sleep early. None of the food except for burger place had any flavor and most of the bread and desserts were stale. Also, this boat rocked so much that I had to put a pillow beside me in bed because I was afraid that I would roll off. The waves were not that hight, and I even asked several of the staff if this was normal and they all said it was they just get used to it. There was a couple of good staff members such as our housekeeper and a few more. Debarkation was DISORGANIZED. The cruise director (who was nothing like the others we have had in the past.) was announced for us to go to one place, and when we got there they were told up to go somewhere else. Please keep in mind that most of the elevators were being used by staff for bags so we had to continue to walk up and down stairs. When I asked where we were supposed to go the employee told me he didn't know that I should have gone to the meeting. I am sorry but I'm on vacation I'm not going to a meeting that's what I pay them for. I will definitely rethink Carnival from now on. I was not the only one there were sooo many other people talking about how awful this ship was. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was our first cruise so I really have nothing to compare it to but I was a little underwhelmed by the activities on board. There were so many people that you couldn't move at times. The pools were so full that we were only able to use ... Read More
This was our first cruise so I really have nothing to compare it to but I was a little underwhelmed by the activities on board. There were so many people that you couldn't move at times. The pools were so full that we were only able to use them once and it was standing room only. I wish there was more to do during the sea days. The list looked like it was full of stuff to do but it was mainly seminars, shopping or playing bingo. I could only afford bingo a few times. Everything revolves around spending more money. There were several times we wanted to do an activity but it was scheduled at the same time as another activity. It would be nice if some of them were offered several times during the day. The lines for food seemed to go on forever. We gave up a few times on trying to eat. The room was fine and the crew was always polite and respectful. We were worried about the boarding process but it was very organized and fast. This ship is old and about to get a face lift. It is needed. Overall, I think we paid too much for this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Ship is popular but we didn’t enjoy it much. The foods or entrée need improvement. Balcony rooms are a lot smaller compared to other ships that we sailed before. The entertainment or shows need improvement specially some of ... Read More
Ship is popular but we didn’t enjoy it much. The foods or entrée need improvement. Balcony rooms are a lot smaller compared to other ships that we sailed before. The entertainment or shows need improvement specially some of the singers. The Cruise director did a Quest game in his own interest. Game not fair and participants were put in embarrassing situations. Some employees were not friendly. We had been on many cruises and always parted in good camaraderie with a lot of employees specially specially our stateroom staffs. The breakfast buffet served the same variety of foods for 7 days. Seafoods like shrimps were served in a very minimal manner. My family blamed me for spending more than $7,000 on this cruise because it is not worth at all. The swimming pools are mostly small to accommodate the guests. The foods at Solarium need to be improved too. The choices of main entrées in formal seating need to improve too. I felt that I just wasted my money after this cruise. It’s hard to earn money for vacation so I am sad with the outcome of our cruise plus my family blamed me a lot because of a lot of negative things about our experience. Read Less

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