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Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this Cruise because of the wide variety of islands we were visiting. This Cruise was an older crowd not very Lively so I think bedtime was roughly around 9 p.m. . All the specialty restaurants were very good and the food was ... Read More
We chose this Cruise because of the wide variety of islands we were visiting. This Cruise was an older crowd not very Lively so I think bedtime was roughly around 9 p.m. . All the specialty restaurants were very good and the food was excellent service was great but when it came to the main restaurants the seven seas and the Four Seasons ran the same menu every night. With four or five specials every night and they both ran the same specials on the same night. Entertainment was non-existent we went to two shows and that this was the type of ship that did not have first class entertainment. We chose the unlimited beverage package which was a great advantage for us, we got our money's worth. We did not do any excursions through the ship as we found they were way over priced you can walk off the ship and find a tour right on the pier for half the price. We found that tipping a few extra dollars here and there for the waiters waitresses and bartenders helped out immensely as the few dollars they charge for gratuities doesn't seem to be enough. I prefer to leave my own gratuity as I feel the people that work for it are the ones that deserve it. And on the final note it was a very good Cruise the staff is very attentive the ports were great they just need to make some adjustments with the culinary department and the entertainment Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
So we followed this ship from concept to delivery and made sure that we were one of the first to sail her as a fare paying passenger. Flight from UK to Miami with BA was great and we stayed in Miami at the Four Seasons prior to ... Read More
So we followed this ship from concept to delivery and made sure that we were one of the first to sail her as a fare paying passenger. Flight from UK to Miami with BA was great and we stayed in Miami at the Four Seasons prior to travelling to Port Everglades. Embarkation whilst busy was good and we were onboard nice and early. Cabin--the famous infinite verandah we thought was quite poor. We certainly did not feel as if we were in a balcony cabin and the doors seperating the so called balcony from the room were a little flimsy. We could not open our "infinite verandah" window on quite a few ocassions due to an override system. The whole concept we felt was a little wrong and a little cheap looking. Nothing else to report on the cabin but all in all disappointing considering the price we paid. Top deck is a little weird to say the least. Others have mentioned that it appears a little cheap and tacky and that in truth was our impression also. They have a massive large screen in the roof top garden that blares out American sports thats sometimes disperesed by some reggae band who had 3 songs in their repoitoire. Sunset bar at the back is not a patch on the bar on Solsctice Class ships. Food in general is ok--we ate every night in one of the MDR restaurants whilst buffeting lunch and breakfast. We were a little concerned about the temperatures of some of the buffet items being served but were assured that all was ok. EDEN--what a mess--what a silly concept, what a silly concept poorly executed--in our opinion. We went once and never set foot in it again--plain weird--tacky plastic chairs, smoke filled room etc etc etc. All in all for what we paid, the service we received, the stateroom we were allocated etc this was probably the worst ship we have ever been on and we sailed on Anthem of the Seas once!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
I travelled with my wife and children to Port Klang and Phuket recently. We had quite an enjoyable time as this was our first trip aboard a ship. Despite the many shortcomings - shower not very hot, food quite average only, difficulty to ... Read More
I travelled with my wife and children to Port Klang and Phuket recently. We had quite an enjoyable time as this was our first trip aboard a ship. Despite the many shortcomings - shower not very hot, food quite average only, difficulty to find our way going through several rooms, no mineral waters in cabin and few pillows only, we had a fun time generally. We enjoyed the night shows, music and walkabouts around the ship. Perhaps, the coffee served could have been better as some guest look forward to it in the mornings. Also, the tours organised at Klang and Phuket were too short for shopping and sight-seeing. The organisation by CTC tours was orderly and well managed generally though. Overall, we had a good time as the room was kept clean daily and comfortable. We would like to compliment the waiters at Michelangelo for their excellent service, especially Janice Raj and Fahrul who were extraordinary in their service throughout our dining time there. We were entertained without any delay and were even served beyond our expectation. On the last night of our trip, Fahrul even surprised me being a vegetarian with an Indian food that really touched our hearts. These 2 gentlemen are definitely wonderful ambassadors to your fleet who made our day special. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
My wife and I chose this cruise line after sailing with Carnival the past five years. The Emerald Princess is a decent ship, however, she is starting to show her age. First things first. Be aware that this Cruise has guests that are ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise line after sailing with Carnival the past five years. The Emerald Princess is a decent ship, however, she is starting to show her age. First things first. Be aware that this Cruise has guests that are averaging late 60s to late 70s in age. Therefore, you will see quite a few scooters, wheelchairs, and walkers. One thing that I will say as a positive with this cruise, is that getting on the ship was extremely easy. Our room was E419, which is supposed to be and obstructed view. However, the obstruction was actually minimal. One of the other things that I will mention in more detail is the cabin size. Normally, we get a balcony room. However, this time (because it was our first cruise with Princess) we decided to get a window or ocean view. This actually saved us quite a few dollars, because usually you hear that people are only in their rooms to sleep. This is not always true. After you have been on several of these cruises, sometimes you want to just stay in your room and relax. Now the room. Our room was much smaller than on a similarly equipped Carnival ship. Also about the room. To our right just outside are the lifeboats. The staff decided to paint the underside of the railing, which caused them to use hammers and scrapers, making a ton of noise. The tapping became so annoying that I had to actually go down to guest services and ask them if they could hold off with the tapping until we went ashore. They did not guarantee that the workers would stop, but eventually they did. As we arrived in Honolulu (our first port), we could hear them tapping again but we were leaving the ship anyway. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Just got off the boat today. This is my 20th cruise (RC, HA, Carnival and Princess Past Cruiser) -Hot Food! Learn it, Everything was COLD This is my 11th Mexican 4 Day. Ive never seen such cold food. Quality's gone down a lot ... Read More
Just got off the boat today. This is my 20th cruise (RC, HA, Carnival and Princess Past Cruiser) -Hot Food! Learn it, Everything was COLD This is my 11th Mexican 4 Day. Ive never seen such cold food. Quality's gone down a lot but... the price is cheap... -Music in ALL areas to damn loud In between a comedy show I don't like screaming at the people besides me and my waiter needs a written paper to understand what I am saying its SO LOUD. Took my kid to the Holiday "carol" in the atrium and it was so loud she wanted to leave. There was a show on Tuesday that woke me up in the atrium FROM MY ROOM. (E55) Yikes! Get your sound checked. LOUDER IS NOT BETTER. With that said our room guy was awesome. I couldnt belive they stopped cleaning rooms twice a day I cant belive that Lobster on Fancy Night is gone Trashy people on board: I can NOT Blame Carnival for this. The price is amazing. I literally witnessed a woman try and get money out of the ATM machine....trasshhhyyyy *checked it though she didnt use it*. I loved everything else. MY kids wouldn't shut up, all they wanted was to go to the kids club. The towel animals on deck were awesome. The Dr, Seuss breakfast was amazing. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Just returned from a 4-day Very Merrytime Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream; this was our third cruise on the Dream and second using concierge. However this was our first 4-day cruise on Disney and compared to the 3-day, this cruise ... Read More
Just returned from a 4-day Very Merrytime Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream; this was our third cruise on the Dream and second using concierge. However this was our first 4-day cruise on Disney and compared to the 3-day, this cruise was packed with people. We were also celebrating 2 Birthdays. Although Disney cruises focus on kids, there are plenty of adult activities. The shows are top-notch; loved the Palo brunch; had fun playing the Midship Detective game; and the meet and greets with the various costumed actors was great. We did have a few hic-ups: our stateroom door stopped working on the first day right before the sail away party which we therefore missed (we enjoy this activity quite a bit). The repair took about an hour and was handled expertly; I do understand that things break. The second issue was with Senses: when buying our $170 Rainforest access pass, we were told there were a limited number of passes (80). Well, other than the first night, we weren’t able to use the hot-tubs or heated beds because of availability so apparently passes were not as “limited” as we were led to believe. Senses also provided a hair treatment (blow-out) and applied a “treatment” without discussing the price: what should have cost @ $65 was billed at $156. This up-charge was not approved but never-the-less charged. One positive with Senses was a $50 coupon given to 1 of the birthday ‘girls’ but it had expired the month prior to our sailing date. When the second birthday ‘girl’ asked for the coupon at Guest Services, she was told she had to have her birthday while on-board (her birthday was the day we got off the ship and therefore we were on-board). The other birthday was the day before we boarded so this explanation is wrong/inappropriate. Disney cruises are wonderful. However our experiences with Senses and Disney Guest Services was sub-par; no one’s birthday should be ignored and invalidated. Why did Disney not want to celebrate my daughter turning 25? Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
I have to say that I didn't expect much of my cruise after reading the bad critics from other folks in this tribune and this is why I am writting about my experience. We are an early 50 year couple which experienced Carnival a second ... Read More
I have to say that I didn't expect much of my cruise after reading the bad critics from other folks in this tribune and this is why I am writting about my experience. We are an early 50 year couple which experienced Carnival a second time in our last 18 cruises history and I gotta say, we weren't dissapointed. First, the price of this cruise was so accessible that all together, it was a bargain for all that was offered to us. Yes, the ship needs to be refurbished but is still in shape and clean to continue to operate, has fair size cabins (not too small like the new ships) but are not well insulated as you hear noise from the hallway. Staff on board are great, helpful and very nice . Plenty of activities took place on the ship, dance & games around the pool, movies, comedy and shows were adequate and lively, We attended the main dining room all days of the cruise at dinner and we didn't feel going elsewhere as we liked the variety of dishes and taste but we always had a peak at the buffet and it seemed ok. I must say the line up at the buffet for breakfast and lunch are way too long. The fitness center is great and also include a steam room and sauna at no charge.(don't see that ofter these days).. Embarkation and disembarkation went very well... All together, this is a value cruise that really worth it. I would recommend to anyone. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
We went with brother and his wife who usually cruise Carnival. We have been trying to get them onto RC for several years. Well this was not a ship for first impressions. The staff tried, but with the limited resources, they couldn't make ... Read More
We went with brother and his wife who usually cruise Carnival. We have been trying to get them onto RC for several years. Well this was not a ship for first impressions. The staff tried, but with the limited resources, they couldn't make up for the many deficiencies. The ship is very dated, with a lot of rust and dirt (even the fake plants in the solarium were very dirty & dusty. Looked like they hadnt been cleaned in years. They were working on the main pool deck and rails (sanding) every day. blocking off available chairs, even on sea days. We had a suite, so sufficient room except there are only 2 electrical outlets in the entire suite. Very inadequate for cell phones, tablet, coffee maker, hair dryer (and we bring a string of mini-lights for Christmas cruises. Security kept one bag as I had a multi-outlet plug in it which they kept and said that maintenance would provide one that had been tested by them. Never received. They didnt tell me until I asked the room attendant and she said that all luggage had been delivered and to go to deck one security. No lobster offered in main dining room, even on formal night. It seems every cruise they offer less and less. We are Diamond status and have begun trying other cruise lines, last year we did Princess and enjoyed very much. I just booked one for February on MSC, especially with their status match program. Brother and his wife were very disappointed with their balcony cabin also. Not a good first impression. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Took my entire family for vacation approx $2900 This was my 3rd cruise their 1st I was embarrassed by the entire cruise * the cruise events were terrible... Well the ones that weren't canceled * There were NO events held by ... Read More
Took my entire family for vacation approx $2900 This was my 3rd cruise their 1st I was embarrassed by the entire cruise * the cruise events were terrible... Well the ones that weren't canceled * There were NO events held by the pool or at half moon cay * the shows were either very late, repeats of the last 3 years or there were none to attend * the departures at the ports were complete cluster disasters - unorganized would be an understatement * the food that didnt taste like fish was okay * the room across the hall smelled like pot 90% of the time * elevators rarely worked * wallpaper peeling on almost every wall * returned my drink several times because it tasted terrible Rooms were kept clean is the ONLY positive I have to say This was over priced and a huge disappointment. Next vacation will be a different cruise line Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Mariner of the Seas 4 night Bahamas cruise was an excellent trip that exceeded our expectations. This was the first cruise for my husband and I to go on together and we would definitely cruise again with Royal Caribbean. Embarkation and ... Read More
Mariner of the Seas 4 night Bahamas cruise was an excellent trip that exceeded our expectations. This was the first cruise for my husband and I to go on together and we would definitely cruise again with Royal Caribbean. Embarkation and disembarkation at Terminal A was quick, simple, and we were on board in about 20 mins. We boarded the ship at 1pm and our rooms were already ready. The room was great, and everything was cleaned and refreshed at least twice a day! The ship was beautiful and exceptionally clean. Even though it was a large ship and seemed to be mostly full, it never really felt crowded. We spent most of our time relaxing on the loungers around the pools, but also did the water slides, sky pad, watched movies on the big screen by the pool at night, and went to a couple shows - we enjoyed all of it. The food in windjammer buffet was good - not great but definitely lots of options and good enough for breakfast and lunch every day. We had planned to dine in a specialty restaurant one night but ended up eating in the main dining room every night. The main dining room was gorgeous and the service was excellent. The food in the MDR was decent overall - we had two pretty good meals, one amazing meal (stuffed shrimp), and one not-so-great meal (lasagna). The winds were too strong to tender into Coco Cay so we had to skip that port and spent an extra day in Nassau. We spent the first day in Nassau on the free public beach which was right next to the Atlantis beach (you can easily catch a cab from the cruise port to the beach or Atlantis resort for $4 per person one way, so $16 total for a really great beach day for the two of us!). The second day in Nassau we did an excursion through the ship to Atlantis Aquaventure which was easily the highlight of our trip. Online it said the excursion was only 9am-2pm but when we got there, they said we had until 5pm when the last shuttle went back to the cruise ship so that was a pleasant surprise! It included access to the waterpark, aquariums, and private beach. We rode most of the slides several times, did the lazy river several times, and spent a few hours on the beach and still got back to the ship in plenty of time. Overall, it was an excellent first cruise and the Mariner of the Seas had the perfect amount of things to do and opportunities to just relax. Read Less

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