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Sail Date: February 2018
Carnival's web site, both before and after our cruise stated that parking was $17 a day at Long Beach, CA. However, parking was $19 a day. For long cruises, this could impact your choice of transportation. It should take less time to ... Read More
Carnival's web site, both before and after our cruise stated that parking was $17 a day at Long Beach, CA. However, parking was $19 a day. For long cruises, this could impact your choice of transportation. It should take less time to update a web site than to update signage and automation at the parking structure. In addition, we arrived early, and could only find parking on the top floor of the parking structure. We did not see any other reasonable options for parking. Good luck. We cruised on the Carnival splendor. The decor was the worst of any ship on any line that we have ever experienced. Decks 3 and 4 have no access from one end of the ship to the other, so one is far too frequently going to the other end of the ship to use just the right elevator to reach your destination. The only good ship's map was in the Carnival Hub app on my iPhone. We never found a single good printed map. However, if your iPhone is set to the wrong time zone, the Hub app will give you the wrong time of day while claiming to be a good reference for the time -- beware. Entertainment was good (with nice costumes for the ladies) provided that you liked music from the 80's -- each and every show had music from the 80's. Food was good, and our wait staff in the main dining room was superb (especially Stanislava from Bulgaria). For a ship with over 3,000 passengers, embarkation and disembarkation was well done. The cruise director, MarQ, did a great job of setting up and handling disembarkation, so we knew progress and could remain comfortably seated until we could get off Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
All excelent !!! The state of the boat is very good. The cabins are very cozy and the room service is excellent. Clean the cabin twice a day. The dining room is very good and the food excellent. In restaurants, you feel like a king. ... Read More
All excelent !!! The state of the boat is very good. The cabins are very cozy and the room service is excellent. Clean the cabin twice a day. The dining room is very good and the food excellent. In restaurants, you feel like a king. The whole crew is very friendly and helpful. The shows are of remarkable production. The room service is excellent. The casino is spectacular. The pool is very good but somewhat small. The internet service is good but a bit expensive. The price of the excursions also considered that they could be something more economical, but they are worth it. The girls had a lot of fun and all the facilities are very safe. The a la carte food in the restaurants brings a first class menu and they change every day. The bars have very good music and they play live bands. They also provide a SPA service that regrettably does not use. Congratulations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
This was my first cruise. For years I put it off because I thought that I would hate being on a ship for so long....I thought that I would be bored. Well was I ever wrong! My experience started off with me checking in. I can't ... Read More
This was my first cruise. For years I put it off because I thought that I would hate being on a ship for so long....I thought that I would be bored. Well was I ever wrong! My experience started off with me checking in. I can't believe how easy that was. I dropped off my bags, went through security, checked in with the front desk and walked on the ship. This took no longer than 20 - 30 minutes. I got on the ship and went right to my room where my bags were waiting for me. I was quickly introduced to my Stateroom attendant who gave me her business card and told me that I can contact her at any time if I needed anything. The TV in my room kept me up to date and let me know about all the upcoming activities. Please check your messages when you get into your room. I downloaded the iQ app and that allowed me to keep in touch with my friends as well as see all the activities I signed up for. I recommend that everyone download the app. One word of advice...If you have an iPhone the app works great. My friends and my wife that had android devices periodically had to reconnect to the app. To do so all you need to do is open the Internet browser, hit refresh, and then the app would reconnect. There is a $7.95 fee if you want to call or message other guests thru the app. It came in handy. No fee if you are only going to use it to track your activities. If you sign up for the Internet package I would suggest you take a picture of your Internet code and keep it on your phone. You will need it if you drop off the Wi-Fi signal. Over the 7-day period I had to input the code once (I have an iPhone). We had dinner at SILK a few times. If you don't have a reservation then I will suggest you make one. Sometimes the line-ups can be long and to avoid the wait, the reservation will help. On-board activities were good. I suggest zip lining and the abyss. If you are riding the Abyss pleassssseee remember to keep your legs straight. You'll understand why if you don't listen to this advice. Getting on and off the ship was great. It was fast and very easy. My advice is for you to always make time to eat breakfast before leaving the ship. I did not do any of the excursions but i did leave the ship at each port. Note: When to get to Cozumel, Mexico we went go to the market first - which cost a total of $8 USD (4 people - $2 each). After the Market we took a cab to the public beach which cost us $25 USD (total) and it is approximately a 20-minute cab ride. There is a restaurant there but please note that it is a small beach area that is really nice. It does get busy and seats were hard to come by. We bought food at the bar and they offered for us to keep our stuff in the bar while we went into the water. We did not bother. If you buy the dining package please ask each restaurant what you get. The package is worth it if you use it right. For $90 USD you get to go to 3 premium restaurants. My favourite was the Steak house. Make sure you go. Going back to the dining package.... at one restaurant I was told that I have $35 to spend and if I went over that I would have to pay the difference. At the Steak house I was told that I had $55 to spend. PLEASE TELL YOUR SERVER THAT YOU HAVE A DINING PACKAGE AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT IS INCLUDED. Every restaurant is different. If you have a chance to go to the Silent party please do. It was fun. That’s it. Hopefully this review helps P.s. I booked my next cruise using the ships next cruise service. They were great. See you in 2020 Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
had the most day at sea for short cruise the ship is over all clean but it needs to be redone. The cabin sofa and chair need replaces old . Balcony needs complete remake floors , windows rails dirty rooms and public rooms all ... Read More
had the most day at sea for short cruise the ship is over all clean but it needs to be redone. The cabin sofa and chair need replaces old . Balcony needs complete remake floors , windows rails dirty rooms and public rooms all outdated. The food is awful they need a better quality of food on the daily portion of the menu chicken breast in a frozen chicken breast grill, awful. The breads at dinner main dinning room are to die for.The service we had in the pairs dinning room 1st seating table was great. Most everyone was helpful .I don't think I will not go on this ship again it was not one of my most fun and I have gone out of new Orleans twice and this will be my final time it is not the greatest port and the weather in feb is almost always bad cold or rainy.overall I give it a 3 stars Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We decided to take the kids and the grand kids on a Disney cruise. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect and how the little ones would react to the cruising experience. Not to worry, we all had a good time. The Dream is a ... Read More
We decided to take the kids and the grand kids on a Disney cruise. I was a little apprehensive about what to expect and how the little ones would react to the cruising experience. Not to worry, we all had a good time. The Dream is a large ship and it is very nicely maintained. The cabin was spotless and the public spaces are well kept. Disney has a good idea about rotational dining. We ate in a different restaurant each of the 3 nights and our wait staff moved with us. We particularly liked the Animators Palate as the pictures on the walls became animated and the characters in Nemo entertained us throughout dinner. You should make sure to see this. The Disney food was excellent in the dining rooms. Cabanas is the name of the buffet. It was typical cruise buffet except there were a couple of upgrades to their food, namely the crab claws and shrimp at lunch. We tried the Aquaduck water slide and it was a lot of fun. Put this on your to do list if you do this cruise. There was an adult pool and hot tub area without kids if you want a little serenity. The kids pool area was mobbed and the pools too small. Service from the host (room steward) and main restaurant wait staff was outstanding. They really go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your meals and your cabin. They paid a lot of attention to the kids and this was appreciated. The ship stops at Nassau and this is not one of my favorite ports. We did not do an excursion. The ship has better things going on. The Disney private island was much better than expected and superior to other cruise lines islands. We stayed at the family beach as there were kids with us. I would have liked to see the adult beach, it was probably less crowded. Disney did a nice job with embarking and disembarking. We did not experience delays. 12:30 is a good time to get on board. We left the ship carrying off our own luggage. I wish it could have been a little later than 7:00 A.M. Would I go again? Probably. My wife is a Disney disciple. She would go again in a heartbeat. The biggest negative of the cruise was the price. A few months ago, I took a 7 night Royal Caribbean cruise on the Allure of the Seas for less money than the 3 night Disney cruise. Although I did enjoy the Disney cruise, I didn't see twice the value. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Had a great start to our trip with Cocoa Beach Shuttle despite our late arrival into MCO, and a good night's sleep. That's about the last good thing I have to say. I will not go on this ship again. The interior layout of the ... Read More
Had a great start to our trip with Cocoa Beach Shuttle despite our late arrival into MCO, and a good night's sleep. That's about the last good thing I have to say. I will not go on this ship again. The interior layout of the ship and the ventilation system caused most of the public spaces any where near the atrium to feel of smoke from the casino, which was filled with smokers due to the inadequate and totally exposed smoking areas outside. I use a mobility scooter and was restricted to using the Lido deck to go outside because there were no doors I could get through on my own because there were no automatic doors. The Lido buffet was tiny and the staff (except one) was far more interested in socializing than being helpful. The Cucina del Capitan might have been good but we didn't try it because it smelled so strongly of the JiJi Asian restaurant. The staff in the main dining rooms were attentive. We were delayed in our arrivals in several ports for no apparent reason (sitting in the sea for several hours) and had to cancel several day's shore excursions. I won't mention the ongoing sewer problems in the 6th deck forward. From the mildew and mold smells this won't be fixed until she goes to drydock. Don't bring a Service Animal on this ship. Some off the tiniest cabins I've ever seen. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
The service is the thing that makes this ship stand out. It almost seems as if the crew members compete with each other to make you feel special. The Grandeur is an older ship without the new entertainment available, the staff makes up ... Read More
The service is the thing that makes this ship stand out. It almost seems as if the crew members compete with each other to make you feel special. The Grandeur is an older ship without the new entertainment available, the staff makes up for the difference in their friendliness and enthusiasm. If you are looking for high adventure thrill seeking activities, this isn't the ship for you. If you are looking for old fashioned customer service where the staff learns your name and what you like, climb aboard ! Dining Room was excellent in both food and service. We travelled with young teenagers and there were plenty of activities for all of us to do. My children are easily pleased. The shows were fun every night. My favorite port was Nassau by far. We went to Blue Lagoon Island and had just the perfect day ! Our room was an inside stateroom and it is small but adequate. We were near a staff hallway and storage room and there was a persistent metallic banging at night. We called and the staff was quick to respond and try to remedy it but I think it was coming from the staff hallway doors and metal stairway. There isn't much they can do to eliminate the noise of staff returning to their own rooms. We learned to live with it but I was happy with their response time and efforts to address our complaint. I would do this cruise again ! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise at the last minute as we had to cancel the one for Norwegian Dawn that set sail 2 weeks later due to work. We prefer 5 to 7 day cruises as you have more time to peruse the ship and all that it offers. However, since ... Read More
We chose this cruise at the last minute as we had to cancel the one for Norwegian Dawn that set sail 2 weeks later due to work. We prefer 5 to 7 day cruises as you have more time to peruse the ship and all that it offers. However, since this was our second time aboard the Liberty, we thought we would be just fine. We had a balcony room on the 11th deck and had the wonderful room steward Lareston. He asked us our preferred times for room service (I had never been asked this before) and tried his best to accommodate. However, with 2 teenagers in and out of the room, it was a challenge for him but he managed. Loved the balcony (although it showed its age a bit), and what needed to work in the room did. We loved our dining crew in the MDR (Golden Olympian), although the food was "meh." It lacked a bit of flavor. But because of our waitstaff, we ate dinner every night in the MDR, which is a rare feat for us. Elegant night was okay, although now on Carnival, most people seem to opt out of dressing up. We did not go ashore in Nassau, so I cannot comment on that experience. Entertainment was fine; my husband loves the casino and trivia, so that's a 5 star rating for him. We did not see the shows like Flick ( previously seen on Magic) only caught one comedian Caroline Prickard (sp?) for her family show and she was hilarious. Overall, good ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
This was our 6th cruise and our first with Carnival. This was a cruise for my 67th birthday. We drove to Port Canaveral and parked at The Park Port Canaveral lot behind the Radisson Hotel, which was reserved online. The embarking was ... Read More
This was our 6th cruise and our first with Carnival. This was a cruise for my 67th birthday. We drove to Port Canaveral and parked at The Park Port Canaveral lot behind the Radisson Hotel, which was reserved online. The embarking was the best ever as was the disembarkation. We always carry our own luggage off the ship. Our cabin was 8384, a balcony cabin that was lovely. It had tons of storage and a large balcony that had comfortable chairs and a table. Our cabin attendant Lasta was the best ever and made sure that our room was cleaned twice a day. The food on the ship was delicious and again the best out of all of cruises. The variety of restaurants that were complimentary was amazing. My favorite was the steak and eggs on the last day brunch in the main dining room. Our waitress, Windy table 128 was excellent. She welcomed us by name and knew what we liked and disliked after the first day. Truly the friendliest. most respectful; and professional staff we have ever seen on a cruise line. We sound out the day of the cruise that we could have brought an 18 pack of soda on board. That would have been nice to have known. Ok now for the warning: the ventilation system on the ship doesn't appear to have been updated to remove cigarette smoke from the air. I suffer from asthma and could not attend the shows in the main theater due to the presence of smoke in the theater. The staff said that it was because of the proximity to the outside smoking and the casino. These were areas that I also, had to avoid. So, WARNING TO ASTHMA suffers...this is not a ship for you. Many areas smell of smoke and if it is something that sets off an asthma attack - then avoid this ship. Another younger passenger was having the same problem. We did feel that the ship was populated by a lot of young passengers (20's) that were there to drink and party. With that in mind I would not want any of my grandchildren on this ship. There were many x rated exhibitions by the revelers and the hot tubs were overrun by passionate couples. Guess I will have to stick with Princess and Royal Caribbean and Norwegian in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We have cruised with carnival since 2011 and have usually had very good service with no complaints until now. It seems that carnival is changing things to make more money for them with less options for us. Slowly we have seen things ... Read More
We have cruised with carnival since 2011 and have usually had very good service with no complaints until now. It seems that carnival is changing things to make more money for them with less options for us. Slowly we have seen things change, first was no more robes in the rooms, on this cruise all of the TV stations had been changes. There are 25 channels, 16 of those are for carnival to try to sell you excursions or future cruises, 3 are cnn, the only news was of Donald Trump, HLN from California, 3 cartoon channels, and 3 old movie channels that plays the same movies over and over. Where are the channels from ABC, CBS, or NBC? We don't even ask for all, just one to get news from the southern US where most of us are from. Also the room service has changed, now to order room service after 10pm your only option is to order something that you have to pay for, you can't just order a sandwich and chips, also more money for carnival. When I went down to guest services the people in line at the diamond and platinum line were red and blue cards and I had to wait behind them(we are platinum) carnival will never say anything to them. Also , calling diamond and platinum to disembark first is a joke, red, blue, and gold cards come thru the back door of the restaurant where there is no carnival employee to stop them. These were not suite, or faster to the fun guest. Read Less

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