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24 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This was our 17th Cruise but the first time with Carnival & it was aboard their biggest ship only launched in May. The boarding was quite slick bearing in mind it takes over 4,000 passengers. The Cabins were OK, we had an inside ... Read More
This was our 17th Cruise but the first time with Carnival & it was aboard their biggest ship only launched in May. The boarding was quite slick bearing in mind it takes over 4,000 passengers. The Cabins were OK, we had an inside Cabin that served it's purpose, Being a new ship we had to allow for a few teething problems & there were a few, which did included, not having our Cabin made up one day, waiting over 35 minutes for our first course one evening although we were one of the first in the Restaurant. The food was good the Staff were OK but somehow with so many passengers you somehow did not get the personal service that smaller ships can provide. One thing we thought was very good was the Cruise Director & the Evenings Show's, I have to say they were a breath of fresh air, not the usual songs from the Musicals that seem to dominate other Cruise Evening Shows, The Vista's shows were modern & entertaining. Being a large ship it can cater for all tastes of music & entertainment. Also different is the Sky Ride which is a ride around the top of the ship on a sort of bike which both my Granddaughter & son in law enjoyed & she also enjoyed the Sky circuit obstacle course. And to any beer drinkers, it does have it's own micro brewery on board & does make 'Stout'. We do not take any of the Shore Excursions as they always seem so expensive but always do our own thing. Overall then an OK ship & Cruise but I think smaller is better. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We are experienced cruisers (20 on Princess) and were asked by our son to do this Disney cruise with his family. I admit that I was skeptical and wondered how this cruise line would measure up with the Princess cruises we've done and ... Read More
We are experienced cruisers (20 on Princess) and were asked by our son to do this Disney cruise with his family. I admit that I was skeptical and wondered how this cruise line would measure up with the Princess cruises we've done and loved. I was very, very wrong to be skeptical because as of the embarkation process I could see we were in for a real treat. The Disney Fantasy and its crew were excellent in every category. We loved the inter generational experience. There were activities for all ages, including some just for the over age 18 crowd. By the end of the week, my husband and I decided we'd be happy cruising with Disney even if we didn't have family along. Embarkation was smooth and easy. We were on the ship and headed up to Cabanas buffet by 11:30 a.m. We found the food selection in Cabanas excellent and varied. The peel and eat shrimp was a special treat each day! We did have to get our own drinks (servers do not offer sodas, water, coffee, etc.) but we found we enjoyed filling up our cups and glasses anytime we wanted to. Servers in the buffet did do a great job of keeping the tables bused and clean. There were many larger tables for larger groups. We were able to go to our stateroom at 1:30 pm and were immediately greeted by our steward, Marlon, who is a great example of someone who loves his job and does it very well. Our room was immaculate and everything was in working order.. Marlon learned our schedule immediately and he was always available if we had questions or needs.The towel animals always made us smile! We learned that we would dine in a different themed dining room each night and that our waiter, his assistant waiter, and the head waiter would be with us in each dining room. Our only minor complaint is about the Royal Court dining room. We don't know if it was the position of our table in the room or what, but the noise level in this dining room was very loud. Our waiters, I Putu and Matthew, along with Witt were the best we've ever had on any ship! They made dinner a time we really looked forward to. They had fun puzzles for us all to try to solve each night. This was great for the adults and the kids. We were called by our names in all cases and this was impressive. These men were personable, happy, professional, and their recommendations were always accurate. Food in the dining rooms was excellent! Our favorite dining room was the Animators Palate. My husband and I spent time in the adults only area and pool on several occasions. The furniture was comfortable and there were some chairs in the shade, which we liked. The adult pool was not large but it was adequate for the number of adults who used it. The kids pools were an area we avoided just because there were soooooo many kids there! Our grandsons loved the Aqua Duck and did it many times! There are too many kids and adults activities to mention, but you just should know there is something for every age guest. Kids are able to do their own thing which does free up the parents at times to rest and relax. Oh, I almost forgot the ice cream that is available up on the top deck. It is great! Nighttime entertainment was so good it was unequaled! Disney does it well and I am convinced they do it better than any other cruise line. The technology throughout the ship is truly amazing! The singers and dancers are not "just cruise ship singers." We thoroughly enjoyed every single show and had no problem getting seats in the theaters. All in all, this may have been our best cruise out of 21, and we didn't expect it to be! Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We've been lucky enough to travel on several of the major cruise lines, and I have to say that the Disney cruises are the best we've had. This is the second Disney cruise, and it was just as nice as the first one. The ships ... Read More
We've been lucky enough to travel on several of the major cruise lines, and I have to say that the Disney cruises are the best we've had. This is the second Disney cruise, and it was just as nice as the first one. The ships are clean, well maintained and well run. We stayed in a Family Suite, which slept all 4 of us (although it looks like there are beds for 5). Are kids are older now, but surprisingly, the Disney cruises are just as good for adults as small children. I think it is because unlike other ships, there are so many activities on board, that children don't get bored and just start tearing around a ship like you tend to see on other ships. I have mixed feelings about the Dining offered. The buffet is the best on any ship I've been on so far, great selection and quality. They even include sodas with the meals! Where I have an issue is evening meals. The buffet shuts down at dinner, so you have to eat in assigned dining. Here the service seems comparable to most other ships. In this instance, we had a very poor table in "Tianas" room in the Royal Palace, which is a small, windowless room off of the main area. It was stuffy and claustrophobic and clearly set up for a small size private party that could be segregated from the main area. It was unpleasant enough that we refused to dine in the other restaurants assuming a similar setup in each. We were able to dine one evening in Cabanas, but the following night it was closed so it was burgers or room service (blah). Without a doubt, Castaway Cay makes this cruise really special. We aren't shoppers, so this is the *best* stop in the Caribbean. If you don't have small children, don't miss the "Adults area" of the island! Hardly anybody there, and they have there own eating/bar facilities. As with all Disney ships, no casino, but that doesn't bother me at all. All in all, a very nice ship and cruise. Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
this was the first cruise we took , that too after so many apprehensions that we may end up managing the motion sickness issue of mine and my daughter , but to our surprise both had no issue of nausea etc . at all . we stayed for one ... Read More
this was the first cruise we took , that too after so many apprehensions that we may end up managing the motion sickness issue of mine and my daughter , but to our surprise both had no issue of nausea etc . at all . we stayed for one day prior to embarkation in venice just to explore this beautiful city we heard that embarkation takes hours but it was not crowded at all i have concluded the following do's and don'ts 1. reach the embarkation city one day prior as it ease out your boarding plans like reaching in time ( in my case four hours from the departure of the ship ) hence you don't have to face crowd 2. choose aurea package ( cabin with balcony ) as it gives you - priority boarding ,unlimited drinks on board , free access to thermal area which is worth going every day , complimentary massage which is average in quality and preferred dining 3. don't take excursions from the ship as they are double the cost of the one sold at the dock and it's the same excursion ( we had the following ports - bari,santorini,katakolom,corfu, piraous and kotor 4. always keep one black and one white formal dress for two formal dinners given at the ship .if possible keep one floral dress as well 5. don't miss the entertainment shows - it is done twice 7;15 pm and 9:15 pm 6. no need to keep snacks etc in you luggage for emergency as they run one restaurant 20 hrs / day with free access to all unlimited times with lot of things on buffet 7. prefer higher decks . ours was 12th deck which i found the best 8. shopping on board - watches , wine and jewellery is worth a buy ,plan it 9. for indians there is nothing much as far as food is concerned but can have it in preferred dining , we personally were not satisfied with the food served to us in the name of veg indian dinner 10. rooms have one big double bed , one bunk bed and one sofa cum bed thus four beds in total , good enough for a family of four 11. the problem comes in disembarkation though its not so for the european guests as they dont have to submit their passports as passports collection takes hell lot of time . 12. plan one small suitcase for last day clothes as your main luggage will be taken on the previous night by the ship authority for scanning and it will be lying at the port when you disembark 13. carry umbrella /raincoat as orchestra doesn't supply the same ( other cruise lines might be doing ) 14. don't take wi fi package ( though its not expensive - 19 euro for basic surfing for the whole duration of cruising ) i will definitely cruise again on some other destination for sure thank you msc orchestra Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Choose Norwegian Sun due to low pricing for Alaska cruise...you get what you pay for! The entire ship smelled like sewage for the entire cruise which distracted from our vacation for sure! Variety shows/comedians were entertaining ... Read More
Choose Norwegian Sun due to low pricing for Alaska cruise...you get what you pay for! The entire ship smelled like sewage for the entire cruise which distracted from our vacation for sure! Variety shows/comedians were entertaining though definitely catered to an older demographic. Ports of call were great. Loved whale watching, Yukon tour, kayaking at Mendenhall glacier, cruising Hubbard glacier. Highly recommend Glacier Wind in Hoonah for whale watching excursion. Service was friendly but no where near that of Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The ship layout was confusing and poorly designed. Food in "complimentary" restaurants was subpar compared to previous Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity cruises. Several entrees in complimentary restaurants had an "up charge". Multiple other restaurants available for an additional charge. Room service also an additional charge. Did not enjoy freestyle cruising as much as traditional cruising. No opportunity to form relationships with the service crew which we have enjoyed in the past. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Have been on carnival spirit and legend, we find the spirit to be a better boat, food selection is still below par in the bistro at night which is a shame but during the bay, there is more selection. Liked Guys burger joint, & fat ... Read More
Have been on carnival spirit and legend, we find the spirit to be a better boat, food selection is still below par in the bistro at night which is a shame but during the bay, there is more selection. Liked Guys burger joint, & fat jimmys, not sure why they Close these so early. Would be good if open during the evening. Desi puts on a good show in the restaurant at night, which is a must to see. The selection on the menu becomes a bit stale after a while, with the same items on one side of the menu, but the other does side changes every night. The updates on deck 9 pool area looks nice and fresh, but really the whole ship could do with a full refurb. Including the rooms. Would we sail on spirit again, yes we would. We are starting to find a lot more older people are heading on to carnival. Yes it's still a kids ship, and older people need to understand this. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
The overall cruise was excellent. The reason why we picked Royal Caribbean over the other cruise lines for this Alaska cruise, was because they stayed in the ports longer than the others. Royal Caribbean only made 3 stops versus 4 that ... Read More
The overall cruise was excellent. The reason why we picked Royal Caribbean over the other cruise lines for this Alaska cruise, was because they stayed in the ports longer than the others. Royal Caribbean only made 3 stops versus 4 that others offer. We stayed in each port anywhere from 9 - 10 hours. The last stop was Victoria where we arrived at 9:00 AM and left at 6:00 PM. The other cruise lines arrive at 6 PM and leave at 11 PM. You can't do much in 5 hours, and that late in the day some places would already be closing up. We stayed in stateroom 8330 and the room and bathroom was bigger than the NCL cabin that we occupied on another cruise. There's lots of room for your clothes from drawers to closet space. This ship had just been refurbished in 2015 so everything was fairly new and clean. The room steward kept our room tidy and provided towel animals on 3 occasions. NCL had a towel animal almost every night. The food was outstanding. The food always was fresh from the specialty restaurants, the main dining room to the Windjammer buffet. The food was always hot and never dry. One night they had beef wellington on the menu in the main dining room, and the meat was so tender and delicious, so I had to ask for another one. I like prime rib which is also offered on the menu, but it looked medium to well done. Too cooked for me. The only disappointment in the main dining room was the breakfast. The breakfast menu in the main dining room was the same every day. It didn't change like the lunch or dinner menu. The waiters in the main dining room were always good, and will give you whatever you want. If you want a second lobster, they'll bring you another lobster. Want 2 appetizers, they'll bring you another. We ate at Giovanni's which is an Italian restaurant, which will cost you $25 per person. There was too much food. You pick several different appetizers, a pasta which is served family style, then your entree, and your dessert from the dessert cart. The food was delicious, but we were so full, so the pasta had to suffer. We were only able to take a few bites of the pasta. We also dined at Johnny Rockets, which is considered a specialty restaurant because you have to pay for your food. So the deal is, for $6.95 you'll get your appetizer which is fries and onion rings, your entree, and dessert. The only thing that's not included for the $6.95 is the beverage, from shakes to soft drinks. There are several bars throughout the ship, but the one we liked the best was Dizzy's, name after Dizzy Gillespie. It's at the back of the boat on the and on the 14th floor. The view from there is really nice which looks down to the pool area and the ocean on both sides of the ship. After 10 PM the music changes to Latin music. So if you're not into Latin music that'll be your signal to leave. The activity that enjoyed the most was the Flowrider wave simulator. They has specific times for body boarding and stand up surfing. Before you can sign up, you will need to sign a waiver just in case you get hurt. It took me 2 tries before I got the hang of it. You will need to use your legs like rudders to control your movements when you're body boarding. If you wipe out, don't try to stop yourself, just let the water push you to the top of the platform. I tried to stop myself by putting down my knees where my knee scraped the grates that the water drains into, resulting in a bruise. The Explorer of the Seas ship was awesome! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We are pretty loyal RC cruisers. We'd sailed to Alaska 11 years ago on the Norwegian Dawn from Seattle with 15 family members. At that time decided we'd return as a couple in the future to see more of Alaska. The cruise ports and ... Read More
We are pretty loyal RC cruisers. We'd sailed to Alaska 11 years ago on the Norwegian Dawn from Seattle with 15 family members. At that time decided we'd return as a couple in the future to see more of Alaska. The cruise ports and acommodations were similar for both cruises. This time we started in Vancouver, BC then sailed the Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Icy Strait, Juneau, Skagway, Hubbard Glacier and ended in Seward. We did a seaplane tour with Misty Fjords Air while in Ketchikan and words can not describe the beauty. I highly recommend it! David is a great pilot and was very informative. We had decided to do the inland tour and had heard that RC has beautiful land coaches and rail cars. Yes, they are beautiful and the 6 night land tour was amazing. Cheri S. was our tour guide and Kevin S. was our driver. They were fun, informative and over all just wonderful! We chose to do the extended tour into Denali ($70.00 additional per person) and it was so worth it! We were part of the 30% of people that got to see Denali! The weather was beautiful. June is the time to go. The land tour combined with the cruise was a vacation of a life time. Go - see Alaska, it will take your breath away. The ship: The Radiance of the Seas was just in dry dock earlier this year for maintenance on the lower (beneath the water line) part of the ship. She is in need of some maintenance in the public areas and state rooms also. Some of the carpets in the main public areas are coming apart at the seams and torn in other places. There were other items in need of repair but all in all we felt she seemed tired and just needed a good face lift. We did not like "My Time Dining". We went twice and both times the front desk was very chaotic. We were seated the first time and the second time we decided to leave and not wait. We dined in Chops 3 times (can't go wrong in Chops) and once in the Brazilian restaurant, Samba Grill. My husband liked Samba but I didn't care for all of the meat. We were taken aback by our young waiter in Samba when he said if we were going to leave any additional tip to please leave it in cash otherwise he wouldn't see it. Awkward! I would recommend this cruise and land tour to anyone - any age. Read Less
28 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Here we go. I will begin with... we are not cruisers. This was our first and last cruise to be sure. I thought it would be a great way to see some of Europe, which it was. The ports were fantastic. I traveled with my daughters.The first ... Read More
Here we go. I will begin with... we are not cruisers. This was our first and last cruise to be sure. I thought it would be a great way to see some of Europe, which it was. The ports were fantastic. I traveled with my daughters.The first few hours were fine. The cabin was very nice, except the bathrooms constantly smelled of urine. I cleaned the bathrooms, but the awful urine stench did not go away. We were in a deluxe ocean view cabin on deck 1. Our steward was very nice, but only went through the motions. Which brings me to the crew. I have never seen more distressed, sad, glum and indifferent holiday staff in my life. It really put a damper on the "fun" aspect of our cruise. Everyone looked tired and over worked. The "officers" that loitered everywhere were arrogant an unapproachable. Dinner was a joke. Twice we were handed clickers to alert us when we would be seated and twice we waited an hour and a half. One night was formal night. The staff claimed the clicker thing was not faulty, but they clearly were as I would have never missed the loud sound and vibrating. After that fiasco, we ate on the Lido Deck and one night at Cucina del Capitan which was just awful. My daughters constantly were harassed so severely by security almost every night. They are both over 18 and were always accused of being "drunk" (they were not). Yet when young, underage guys stumbled about, nothing was done. Clearly this is a very sexist and distressing approach to young women. I would not say this was a "cruise from hell", there were some redeeming moments i.e. the ports of call of course. The water park was fun and the ship itself, very pretty. However, the public areas were dirty and I couldn't believe the stain in the carpets of this new ship. The bulk of the passengers were rude and we did our best to stay in the less populated areas. We made some great friends though. All in all, I am really sorry I feel this way. I am very sad this was the outcome. I had such high hopes for this cruise. I don't want anything from Carnival, as we will never be using that line again. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This was a multi family cruise; 21 people all total. For us, we chose Carnival because of our adult children (2 plus spouses). They still live in jeans and very casual clothes. We figured this was best for all. This was their first ... Read More
This was a multi family cruise; 21 people all total. For us, we chose Carnival because of our adult children (2 plus spouses). They still live in jeans and very casual clothes. We figured this was best for all. This was their first trip to Europe; this was more important than worrying about clothes. I must admit, our first encounter was terrible. The computers were down at embarkation. We took a pre-cruise excursion to Montserrat, a monastery outside of Barcelona. I'd highly recommend it. When the bus dropped us off, the line trying to check-in was horrendous; hundreds of people in line. As it turned out, the computers were down. It took well over 1 1/2 to check in and I had priority check-in. Obviously this wasn't Carnival's fault. This is why I rated Embarkation as poor. My husband and I booked a wrap around balcony in the new Havana category. We were not disappointed, quite the opposite. The cabin size etc was no different from the other Carnival ships. The amenities were great. In addition to upgraded toiletries, the Havana guests have their private staircase to the Havana Club and pool area located in the aft. Until 5 PM daily, guests must show a wristband for admittance to the area. We had our own pool, 2 hot tubs, bar as well as great lounge chairs and loungers. My only complaint would be the 5 PM time; after that all ship guests can use the area. If you are on shore all day, the last thing you want to do is share the area with the other guests. I'd suggest Carnival extend that time to 7 PM. The ship itself is beautiful. The typical "pink cabinetry" is gone and replaced with attractive wood cabinets in the cabins. Two atrium areas are on the ship; each have a glass structures in the shape of a martini glass. All throughout the day, the scenes and colors change to beautiful pictures. One time. I saw jellyfish swimming, another time contemporary art work etc. There are more specialty restaurants onboard in additional to the usual steak and Italian restaurants. I particularly liked the sushi bar and Jiji kitchen. One night all of us went to the Jiji kitchen. You picked several items from a list and everything is served family style. There was so much food served, we all walked away stuffed and food was left on the table. For breakfast, if we didn't have time to go to the restaurant we ate at the Ocean Cafe. It's located on deck 5. The food served is the same as the Lido Marketplace, but so much quieter. I refuse to dine in the Lido Marketplace. It's always too crowded. I always feel like I have to shove and push around the crowds. And I hate to see people with so much food on their plates that they'd never eat it. We were in port so often, I didn't get a chance to experience the other restaurants. I could go on and on with comments. I really feel like Carnival has come up quite a few notches with the Vista. I didn't see too many shows, but what I saw were very good. and the comedians were too. The ship and it's amenities are great. Read Less

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