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Sail Date: February 2019
Since our cruise on Seabourn we have become very spoiled, but my husband is a "prog" fan and was thrilled to take this cruise with some of his favorite artists. I hadn't been on a Royal Caribbean ship for at least 10 ... Read More
Since our cruise on Seabourn we have become very spoiled, but my husband is a "prog" fan and was thrilled to take this cruise with some of his favorite artists. I hadn't been on a Royal Caribbean ship for at least 10 years and it hasn't gotten any better. We left from Tampa for this 5-day cruise and because of fog we weren't allowed to embark until 7:30 that evening (instead of 10:30 that morning). This was a charter of the entire ship so all information came from the charter. With 2400 people arriving at once it took a few hours to board everyone but it went pretty smoothly. The cabin was small as expected, and worn. We did find adequate storage for our clothes and luggage, but it was difficult to turn around in the bathroom and navigate the cabin. Because of the abundant music schedule we were unable to eat in the dining room, and the Windjammer was great for breakfast but as a vegetarian I found it difficult to find enough options for lunch and dinner and ended up eating a lot of salads with cheese. The fitness center has wonderful views and is laid out well, and there was enough equipment for a good workout although there were no weight benches or TRX machines. One thing I do love about the RC ships is the solarium pool, the quiet area where you can get away from the hubbub of the main pool. On this cruise the main pool was converted to a stage anyway so it was great to have the solarium. Some notes for the Cruise to the Edge - if you like progressive rock this is the motherlode, apparently (according to my husband who is an aficionado of the highest order). Due to the delays of embarkation there were schedule changes that made it difficult to plan, and the bands were plagued with equipment malfunctions and performance delays. But it was a great time, with great people and despite my complaints here we did have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
I deliberately chose Progreso/Cozumel so I could see Chichen Itza outside of Progreso. The ship's name proved appropriate because seeing the city on this cruise, as on my last scheduled one, remained a fantasy; Progreso was cancelled ... Read More
I deliberately chose Progreso/Cozumel so I could see Chichen Itza outside of Progreso. The ship's name proved appropriate because seeing the city on this cruise, as on my last scheduled one, remained a fantasy; Progreso was cancelled because of fog that kept us in Mobile's port the first evening and the entire next day. Carnival may not responsible for weather, but I remain very disappointed to miss the Mayan pyramid. More than once food served on the Lido deck was tepid at best. Food from the dining rooms was hot but nothing much past average. What was served could be unusual fare, but preparation often fell flat, though I concede that desserts were delicious. Despite my disillusionment with some of the food, Zoe, Yan, and Alit took excellent care of table # 380. They were so friendly and polite, taking care of our every need, and called each of us by name. Our steward Artawa on 6 was equally so and impressed me as he greeted my cabin mate and me by name in the hall more than once. He always had our room ready by the time we returned to it. Beds were comfortable, but overall, the room looked "tired" and in need of a makeover. (I'll settle for its current state rather than pay an increased fare, however). Most frustrating was just the one outlet to accommodate two cell phones and an outlet in the bathroom that did not work. I attended two seminars on 12 with Sebastian and a second excellent instructor. Though this cruise had some issues, I give the entire staff kudos for being topnotch, and I hope to try again to finally get to Progreso! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Overall cruise was grate ...this is our first cruise with carnival and we had a blast... of course everything was not going to Be perfect, NoNo our cruise director was awesome she definitely keep me entertained.. as Long as she was apart ... Read More
Overall cruise was grate ...this is our first cruise with carnival and we had a blast... of course everything was not going to Be perfect, NoNo our cruise director was awesome she definitely keep me entertained.. as Long as she was apart of the events we where there outstanding job NoNo!!!’ Looking Forward to cruising with you again!!! We where looking forward to Princess cay, was not what We imagined the food was cold and I was not entertained.. but I am glad I experienced it so I know What not to do... once again thanks to NoNo and her crew for keeping us entertained while, our stateroom was lovely we had some awesome time on the Balcony we had a lot view, a day at see was jus relaxing Serenity area was just peaceful and beautifully we are very pleased with our trip everything flows grate from getting on coming off... Once again thanks NoNo for a wonderful experience!!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This is my second time on carnival imagination. February 3rd-7th 2019. And I have to say that I was disappointed in a lot of things the second time around. My wife and I requested a king size bed and they just threw two twins together ... Read More
This is my second time on carnival imagination. February 3rd-7th 2019. And I have to say that I was disappointed in a lot of things the second time around. My wife and I requested a king size bed and they just threw two twins together and put a big sheet over it. So my wife was slipping into the crack between bed all night. Not comfortable. Also, the hot tubs could hardly be called so. They were kept at a lukewarm bathtub temperature of 98 degrees and filled only to lower chest level so you had to slouch to even get your body in. 2 years ago they were kept at 102. 4 degrees makes a huge difference in a hot tub. The staff would not budge on warming it up either. Lots of the staff in general were very unhappy people. However, the waiters in the spirit dining room were absolutely AMAZING! Just a bunch of really kind and happy to help fellas. The boat was a lot more Rocky this time. They can't help that, it's just the ocean, but when booking make sure to know what the weather is like especially if you get seasick. The comedians were on point most nights and very funny. The love and marriage show was a good time and so was Karaoke. There was a storm when we were trying to reach Catalina island so they didn't port there the night they planned. But it was nice that they did make it happen the next day when the weather was clear. Buffet deserts were usually just dry and not very sweet, but the ice cream dispenser was always delicious. The sit down breakfast in the pride dining room was also very disappointing. I tried the French toast, the waffles, and the pancakes and they were all very sub-par. I enjoyed disembarking in Catalina and Ensenada. Both were fun places to visit and enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This is not a vacation...there's a lot of planning and stress each day to try and force memories. To see all the characters you will spend most of your cruise standing in line. Tickets to see popular characters sell out fast, and even ... Read More
This is not a vacation...there's a lot of planning and stress each day to try and force memories. To see all the characters you will spend most of your cruise standing in line. Tickets to see popular characters sell out fast, and even with a ticket you will stand in line for an hour or could even still miss out. You will not get to see/meet all the Marvel characters on Marvel day...it's a huge mess of running around on a crowded boat trying to find the characters or stand in 1-2 hour long lines to try and meet Captain America, Thor, or Captain Marvel. Everything is Marvel thu including random announcements on the speakers but it's heard to hear. If you are handicapped or have dietary restrictions...avoid this ship! Elevators are tiny and slow. We used the narrow stairs the whole time...the stairways are small and covered with kids laying across the floors. The kids pool and water area was broken and closed most of the cruise (including sea day) and their family pool fits like 5 people. Plus, the pool is hard to get into. The tiny pool is unlike anything I've seen and makes no sense. Most of the ship doesn't make sense, poorly laid out and impractical. There's also chairs around the pool, not loungers. The adult pool is normal and twice the size of the family pool but you will see kids walking thru often cause the adult area is in between elevators/stairs and activities...instead of being isolated at the front like on most cruise ships. The soda isn't really "free", only at dinner Service and at the only drink station on the boat located on the top deck in the back. Yes even if you just want a water, you have to go to the top back deck. I literally was dehydrated and starving the whole cruise. Food is horrible...like out of a freezer and microwaved. I had hair in my food, shells on seafood, and food was often raw. The servers definetly need better training. Service each meal was rediculously slow. We waited 10 minutes after seating each meal just to get water and bread. And orders were often wrong. Also, their are very limited food options. If you miss breakfast at 8am in the dinning room, your screwed. There's no food options until 11:30. Dinning rooms are only open for an hour for breakfast and lunch. Room service literally consists of like 3 options: salad, tomato soup and cheese burger. It's not real room service like on any other cruise. Not enough bathrooms. There's one 2 stall bathroom that's hard to get to in between 2 dining rooms, and it flooded during dinner. Seriously, how do you not have bathrooms next to restaurants? Oh and the pool deck had one single stall bathroom inside by the elevators which was hard for kids to get to. The pirate show is not as cool as it was on the Dream. No Jack Sparrow. It's kinda lame actually. The shows put my kids to sleep or we left from boredom. The diner show at Animators Palate and Rapunzales restaurant were amazing...but that's the only entertainment we enjoyed. The characters try to interact but my kids just didn't want to stand in long lines all day, very boring. And the pool and weird hot tubes were impossible to enjoy. The ship is small, overcrowded, filled with unsupervised whiny children running every where and snobby adults fighting to get spots in line or block the view for kids at shows. The deck shows are very hard to see with so many adults pushing to the front and not enough deck space. If your kids not on your shoulders, they won't be able to see anything. The Marvel deck show is cool if your lucky enough to see it. Definetly not nearly worth the price or headaches. My kids also got sick for most the cruise. They have been on 8 cruises and this was the first time ever getting sick. Guest services was not helpful, dining rooms were slow, room service was useless. Not a single person tried to help my sick kids, couldn't even get clean sheets and the beds down for my kids to rest after calling all day for assistance. Needless to say we will stick with Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruises. There's too many restrictions, rules, and procedures...not enough options, flexibility and not relaxing. You can't just go and enjoy. Oh and our excursion was cancelled the day of with little other options or things to do. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
A group of us went. It was a new ship and we purchased before it was built. Beautiful ship, food and service was great as usual for Celebrity. See below. Cabin was a dissapointment although it was beautiful it was smaller than ususal or ... Read More
A group of us went. It was a new ship and we purchased before it was built. Beautiful ship, food and service was great as usual for Celebrity. See below. Cabin was a dissapointment although it was beautiful it was smaller than ususal or it felt that way due to the configuration. The shows were great. The steak house is definately worth going to but I would highly encourage booking before you leave. We were able to get in for a lunch on the last day. The specialty restaurants are very busy and hard to get in so book ahead. The pool was nice for lounging and laps. Sunset bar area had very little shade if any. It could use some cover of some type. Great place to enjoy a cocktail. Emarkation and disembarking went very well and quick. Ocean view cafe always had plenty to choose from. I don't think I will go back on this new class. I prefer the Soltice ships better ie Reflection etc. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
The ship is starting to show it's age. Furniture, carpets and other things are looking tired, worn and styles and fabrics are very dated, There are glass sculptures on deck 5 that have broken pieces and they have been that way for a ... Read More
The ship is starting to show it's age. Furniture, carpets and other things are looking tired, worn and styles and fabrics are very dated, There are glass sculptures on deck 5 that have broken pieces and they have been that way for a couple years. A few places like the Star Lounge have been redone and it makes a world of difference to compare those spaces to the original decor in other areas. One elevator (one of the only bank that goes up to deck 14) has been out of order forever. We were on this ship in September and it was out of order then. Now it is blocked off and the door walled off! With the increased number of folks with mobility issues, canes, scooters, chairs etc. as swell as physical size limitations makes using the elevator a real pain. On deck 14 you can wait 10 minutes for an elevator. We had a Junior Suite and loved the extra room. Everything in the room was original decor because we booked this in the inaugural year and I have the photos! Our room attendant was excellent and attentive. Same thing with our waiter in the dining room. The food was good and portions were fine. The selection of entrees continues to drop. There is very little variety from nite to nite. The "Classic Menu Offering" has disappeared. A couple of the items are offered every nite but they are listed to look like variety on the menu in terms of the evenings offerings rather than being standard and the menu having about six new items to choose from for that evening. I think this is intentional to push you to the specialty dining. RCCL just cannot get dining requests implemented. We booked this and requested My Time. We were assigned 5:30 dinner. This the fourth cruise in a row from RCCL where they just can't get the information from the booking to the onboard dining room.Folks this is not brain surgery. Then I stood in line twice because the first guy was only authorized to set up a queue to resolve passenger issues. He was difficult and I finally just left and ate when and where I wanted as the evenings progressed!! Oh well..Windjammer has a good variety and they are good at keeping the steam tables supplied. Omelettes in the morning were a challenge as they were prepared individually. Plenty of options for each individual taste. Tables were cleared and cleaned quickly to allow new guests to be seated. We booked Chops Grille one evening. Food was excellent but the menu and options continue to be more and more limited. If you want sea food or surf and turf get your wallet out AGAIN! Now remember that you have already paid for dinner as a part of your cruise fare, plus you paid an upcharge to go to the restaurant and now they want another $29.00 if you want shrimp with that steak. Ridiculous! Johnny Rockets the 50's diner used to be an up charge of $3.98. The charge now is $11.95/pp. Now that is for a hamburger mind you. An take into account you have already paid to have lunch so why do they need to gouge you again? It is just like the drink gratutities going up to 18%. There is no reason a small G & T should hit $15.00 and then if you order in port in Galveston the fine state of Texas tacks on a couple more bucks. Welcome to Texas! We had a couple good entertainers that were great. The other nites they insist on using the Royal Caribbean Dancers. One nite is sufficient. I don't care how many costumes you change or what song you choose - once I have seen that dance I don't care to see it three more times in a different costume with different music. Enough already. Book some entertainers with variety. They continue to do the Quest game show. I view it as raunchy, fraternity type drunken yahoos. It is not the scavenger hunt that is advertised since the repeat cruisers come with supplies and a game plan to get on camera. The other games shows - Love and Marriage, Battle of the Sexes etc. are getting very old. Clearly no effort has been put into developing some new material or new options. It is same old tired stuff with different passengers. The same goes for the daytime activities. Many of the things listed on the Cruise Compass as an "event - or thing to do" for that time slot is nothing more than marketing. A Tagguer Watch sale is not an "activity" it is an invitation to come drop some coin. The same with come to the spa for tips to bust that belly fat - oh seriously! Many times there is nothing going on on the ship and I venture to say they have zero planning for a rainy day or inclement weather. There is no additional entertainment staff offering enrichment lectures, new things to do, tours or activities. Just go entertain yourself or maybe spend some money in the casino. Poor way to treat guest in my view. This daily itinerary hasn't changed much in 10 years. Come on folks - make a little effort! Embarkation was a dream. Easy and efficient. Disembarkation was a nightmare. Took us over two hours to move from dining room to customs. That facility is not meant to handle a ship with that number of passengers -- especially when there is another ship in port. Too few customs stations and agents. Lines snaked back to the ship. Three lines would queue down to one agent. It was stupid. Add to that they did not enforce their own rules about going ashore when your number was called. If they did then numbers 23 and 24 would NOT have been off the ship and in front of us (No. 5) in the customs lanes. Traffic jam in and out of the port just prolonged the agony of getting out of the area. We will not sail out of Galveston again in Jan. Feb. or March. It is just not far enough South. You cannot count on warm weather on day of embarkation, disembarkation or the first day at sea. Takes longer to sail farther south to pool and summer type weather. Lesson learned! The loyalty program of RCCL is second to NO ONE. The Diamond Club social from 4:30 to 8:00 PM every nite is unparalleled. If you choose not to go to the club the perks are added to your card to use elsewhere on the ship. Nobody has as good a program. Add to that the free photo, the reduced internet program and other small niceties and they have a real winner. Photo options are good for the most part. The second formal nite we had at least 20 photos taken but as luck would have it only 2 had our feet on them! Not much point in wearing a gown so they can take your picture from mid knee up! They overdo the running around the ship and interrupting your dinner to get photos. We don't buy them but the prices are reasonable if you do want them. We no longer book he next cruise onboard. RCCL has gone to charging more than $100 per person for any changes you might need to make. It used to be free to change your mind or upgrade your cabin or change the date but not anymore. So we don't book onboard. We had a good time. We are booked for a different ship and different port in March. We will continue to cruise. Each line has it's good and bad. We think it is a good vacation but they really need to consider charging for the cruise and not all the nickel here and dime here once you are onboard. That gives a bad taste. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
We went with my brother and his wife as they were already going. Getting on and off the ship was very easy. Don't like the way the bathroom is set up as there is not normal privacy. I would go to u-tube and watch a video on the cabins ... Read More
We went with my brother and his wife as they were already going. Getting on and off the ship was very easy. Don't like the way the bathroom is set up as there is not normal privacy. I would go to u-tube and watch a video on the cabins but although I like my privacy, it still worked out well. Our cabin attendant (Renee) was AWESOME!!! He was extremely attentive, called us by name every time he saw us and kept our room very clean, well made up and always had great towel animals on the bed each night. All attendants do not do this so ask for him. It was not always easy to call the other parts of the ship... ie: front desk...as they rarely answered. The food was incredible on floor 15: all buffets. O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill was part of everyone's package and was terrible. I ordered a Ruben and it had hardly any meat on it and took a very long time to get the food once ordered. We also tried out 3 of the separate dining facilities that you have to pay extra for. Teppanyaki was a favorite, next was Cagney's Steakhouse and Moderno Churrascaria was last on my list as the food was not very good and the service even worse. The casino was not very well serviced. Some machines worked and some didn't and they had very few servers to take drink orders and even less people to fix the slot machines. Fun but aggravating!!! As far as going back to this ship, I would probably try others as I have just booked another cruise for June on a different cruise line. It would have to be a very very good deal to come back here and this was my 7th cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
This was my sixth cruise second time with Norwegian and my 30th wedding anniversary, I understand that up keeping on a vessel is necessary but arc welding and grinding off tie downs that were in the wrong place on the deck and closures of ... Read More
This was my sixth cruise second time with Norwegian and my 30th wedding anniversary, I understand that up keeping on a vessel is necessary but arc welding and grinding off tie downs that were in the wrong place on the deck and closures of areas on the pool deck, very inconvenient. The specialty restaurants we did was La Cucina, Cagney's Steakhouse and Teppanyaki. All three were excellent. We also did the cirque dreams epicurean dinner , we enjoyed that show. Burn the flood was good, the comedians were funny, did not like Priscilla queen of the desert, Howl at the moon was also good. Buffets are buffets, the food so so. The bar tenders Won't make a frozen rum runner, but the drink package came in handy. Here is a good tip take the elevator on deck 15 outside the buffets up to deck 18 where there is padded deck chairs and hardly anyone around walk up to the front and enjoy. Wished we found that earlier in the trip. I don't understand why they don't have music in H20 during the day they have a big screen showing diving spots of the world. Wife did a few spa treatments she was happy with that. Not sure about doing that big of a ship again. Or at least that one, Port Canaveral is very easy on and off the ship. When getting off the ship Use the porters to get you and your bags to the front at customs. It's worth the tip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I chose to do this cruise as I had never been on one before and thought a short one would be a good introduction. The overall cruise was lots of fun but there are some less than great things. This ship is the oldest and is about to ... Read More
I chose to do this cruise as I had never been on one before and thought a short one would be a good introduction. The overall cruise was lots of fun but there are some less than great things. This ship is the oldest and is about to be decommissioned, you can tell. The rooms look very tired and the colour scheme is so early 90's it sometimes hurts. But on the flip side, the bed was really comfortable and the shower was fantastic! The Pantry...This was really crap. The food that is included in your fare comes from here. Its fatty and made from low quality products. I struggled to find something that I wanted to eat. One dinner there was seriously nothing. I'm a dessert lover and often the desserts were really bland. The pannacotta was tasteless and the custard was so thin it wasn't even custard. The onboard activities were so much fun! Trivia and bingo were my favourite. The stand up comedians were also hilarious. The gym was basic but still very functional! I went every day. Now my number one peeve - up-selling of products! The seminars they run are a ploy to get you to buy something. I was really mad at this. Read Less

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