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Our family of 6 adults were very pleased with our cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. First, in terms of any negativity I would acknowledge our cabin and some areas of the ship are a bit basic and jaded in appearance. The Windjammer can be ... Read More
Our family of 6 adults were very pleased with our cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas. First, in terms of any negativity I would acknowledge our cabin and some areas of the ship are a bit basic and jaded in appearance. The Windjammer can be very hectic and a little difficult to get seating but with patience and perseverance an enjoyable meal can be had. Very harsh, expensive and unfair that all persons in each cabin are obliged to purchase the same drink package. Overall though we were very satisfied with our choice of ship/cruise and had a marvellous holiday. Main Compliments; Standard of service; Excellent in all areas of the ship. The many staff we encountered were amazing. Restaurants - Quality of food and service exceptional. We opted for My Time dining in the evening in the main restaurant and this suited our needs and daily plans extremely well. We had the experience of being served at two different tables and at both the service was excellent. Mostly we were at a table being served by Eddie and Samson. These gents could not be bettered. Professional, humourous and friendly. Deck 9 Pool Area - great atmosphere and staff excellent. Entertainment- Very good. Some great shows in the theatre. Listening though to Alfonso play piano and tell jokes in the Schooner bar was our main choice most evenings. The mostly all girls band from the Philippines were also fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have cruised with Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL in the past and chose this cruise base on price. This was our second Carnival cruise and was a lot better than our first experience on the Dream. I had a lot of reservations before ... Read More
We have cruised with Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL in the past and chose this cruise base on price. This was our second Carnival cruise and was a lot better than our first experience on the Dream. I had a lot of reservations before boarding based on reviews I read here but we did not experience any of the issues I read about. Embarkation was easy and we were on board by 1130. Our cabin was nice and clean and everything worked as it should. Saw a lot of complaints about the air not being cold enough, but our was working great and would cool the room down as much as we needed it to. Our room steward was awesome. One of the best we have had in our handful of cruises. He always made sure the room was clean and stocked with towels and was apologetic anytime we came back and the room was not done up yet. Not that we were concerned, but it was nice to hear he was and tool pride in making sure he did his job well. The ship itself was really nice and didnt experience any issue. The shows we were to were excellent, the comedy club was fun. The pools, even though small, did not seem to be overly crowded whenever we went, even on sea days much to our surprise. The same for the water park as well. The only disappointment we had was to food selection, especially for kids. It was not obvious that you could get chicken nuggets in the Lido. You had to ask for them instead of them having a dedicated area for kid friendly foods like we have experienced on other cruise lines. The Sapphire restaurant was great and the food selection there was nice. We experienced the steakhouse for the first time on this cruise and it was nice as well. Our head server in the Sapphire was awesome. Took care of my kids and made sure they were happy with what they had. We have always been skeptical of Carnival as they have the reputation of being the party boat, but we did not experience this on this cruise for the most part and we really enjoyed it. We have young kids and dont want to deal with all the drunk people all the time. Although there was one night at 2am we were woken up by a group of drunks walking down the hallway screaming and yelling, but thats it. All in all we were really happy with this cruise and will be looking for future Carnival cruises now based on this experience. I guess my advice for those that read this is dont let the negative review ruin your cruise or swade you from trying out Carnival or any other cruise for the first time. You can make you own experience and have your own fun in your own way. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We flew onto Copenhagen the day before the cruise making our way to the ship on our own. This cruise went to many places in northern and Eastern Europe in the former Soviet block. We enjoy visiting historic and UNESCO sites and St. ... Read More
We flew onto Copenhagen the day before the cruise making our way to the ship on our own. This cruise went to many places in northern and Eastern Europe in the former Soviet block. We enjoy visiting historic and UNESCO sites and St. Petersburg’s palaces and churches and the Peterhof Palace and gardens were wonderfully beautiful on a grand scale. In the evening we enjoyed a variety of traditional Russian folk dance and song complete with an intermission that included pastries and champagne in a beautiful private palace. In Finland we toured the city and drove into the countryside to visit a classic old village and then off to a vineyard at an old farm for a wonderful luncheon and in Estonia we toured a lovely mid-evil town from the 1600’s that survived WW2. In Germany we visited Rostock which was heavily bombed during the war because of the submarine and aircraft manufacturing that existed. Today it’s the home of large shipyards which build cruise ships among other vessels. After touring the cathedral which houses a calendar clock made in the 1420’s and still operating with its original works we drove to the Schwerin Castle. In Stockholm the Vasa Museum and a walk through the old city were spectacular. The Vasa was a 17th century wooden sailing ship with two gun decks that was unstable and had sunk during its maiden voyage in front of the royal palace in 1628. Because the water in the Baltic has such a low salinity level the ship remained nearly completely intact. The visit to Oslo was too short but the sail away through the fjord was beautiful. We had previously visited Oslo so this time we only took a boat cruise around the area. The city itself is beautiful in there are sculptures everywhere the most impressive being in the Vigeland Sculpture Park where hundreds of lifelike granite sculptures depict every stage of human emotion. At the conclusion of the cruise everything during the disembarkation went extremely smoothly and efficiently. Our bags were delivered directly to the airport where we retrieved them for our flight home. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had an amazing time on this cruise, my ultimate favorite part was the entertainment staff and Richard our cruise director, I swear he's the happiest man on earth lol, also Comedian Landry was another fav! from the service to ... Read More
We had an amazing time on this cruise, my ultimate favorite part was the entertainment staff and Richard our cruise director, I swear he's the happiest man on earth lol, also Comedian Landry was another fav! from the service to entertainment everything was top notch! There were lots of activities also too much to do even lol something else I found unique is the way norwegian treats their employees I feel like they really respect them and celebrate their work big or small and that's refreshing also they didn't allow any guests to mistreat their staff either! I love that as it should be! I would have gave 5 stars but I wasn't crazy about the food, I was hoping for more seafood choices, but overall excellent vacation and would definitely travel norwegian again, thank you all for the memories, we will all treasure our first cruise experience for a lifetime ❤️ Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
First, we have been on three MSC cruises so far. This is the second time on Seaside. Originally tried MSC due to the price and have found that it offers most everything that lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer at a much better ... Read More
First, we have been on three MSC cruises so far. This is the second time on Seaside. Originally tried MSC due to the price and have found that it offers most everything that lines like Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer at a much better price. Did Seaside for a second time as I felt that it would be a very good, fun cruise for my boys, 13 and 15, to do for there first cruise. It was. They loved it. Had a lot for them to do on board, they did go to the teen club a few times but found that the kids there had more interest in things that my boys were not interested in so that was not a big sell for them. But a lot of kids were there. The ship itself was full of kids of all ages. It is truely a family cruise. Food: Buffets: there are two and they do it a little different than other cruise lines. Though they are changing a little. They have a huge selection of food for you to choose from, from hamburgers and hotdogs to Mediterranean and Mexican. Also a great pizza station. But the selection does. It change much throughout the cruise. This did change a little between the first time we cruised and this time. Some stations changed things out. They put aditional sausages in the hamburger/hotdog area like Italian one day, kielbasa anothe ecf. The hand carved station had a different meat each day and I believe that the Mexican food also changed. As did the deserts. They even had a all cake day on the last day at sea. MDR: did not eat a lot here for dinner. Only twice this time. Did specialty restaurants mainly this trip. However at most meals at the MDR the first cruise. They have, generally 4 appetizers to choose from 3-4 main courses and 3-4 deserts. Similar to most other cruise lines. Food is good as is the service. Food is a little more Mediterranean than other lines and I liked that. Italian night rocked. You always have the option every night of salmon, NY strip and another main course if you do not like that nights selection of meals. Specialty restaurants: they were great. Tepenyaki was fantastic. The cooks were fun and made the meal what it was. It is nearly a two hour event so make sure you are aware of that. Pan Asian: of all the restaurants this was our least favorite. Though food was very good, just not as good as the rest. Boys were not impressed. Believe the food was a little out of there wheel house. Ocean Cay: seafood. Had a great sea bass. Boys had oysters and everyone enjoyed them selves. Would have gone back for another dinner in an instant Steak house: boys tried and loved the bone marrow. Must say, it was incredible. We went here twice and my oldest got it twice he liked it so much. The fillet minion was superb, one son had the NY Strip both nights as he liked it so much. Another had the lamb. I had a bite and it was excellent. Lava cake for desert was incredible. I know it is Carbivals signature dish. But this beats it hands down. Ship: the ship is in incredible. Extreamly clean, shines with all the crystal. Have to love things like the bridge of sighs and the staircases in the atrium. Just makes the ship a thing of elegance and splendor. Large but never felt like there were 5000 people on board. Pools are, like other ships, using water from the ocean and not heated. Fun in the summer but can be a little cold in winter. Also, be prepared for the pools to have an incredible number if people around them. They have three main pools for guests and a fourth for the YC guests. The three main pools were always full when at sea. Also the pools are all 5-6 feet deep. So just standing in the pools is not an option. Actually helps to get some people out of the pool after so many minutes. Like on there lines, people come down and place there towels on the chairs and leave. However, if you see this, tell a pool attendant. They will put on a note to the chair noting the time and if the note is still there 45 minutes later, they will remove it. Shows: enjoyed them immensely. They are about 30 minutes long and include singing, dancing, acrobatics and magic. A little for everyone. The Michael Jackson tribute is incredible. Best shows I have seen on the seas. Embarkation and debarkation. This is a new terminal and they did it right. Both getting on the ship, including security check and checkin was a breeze. And leaving the following week was the fastest I have done on any cruise line. Didn’t even have to have my passport as they are all set up to use facial recognition now and so you just walk up, stop and then proceed. People: the ship was nearly 1/2 from the USA. Another 20% from Canada and the rest from Europe and other countries. You will find that you will hear many different languages and deal with many different customs. Be prepared to accept that. This is part of this experience. If you want a cruise with mainly Americans and when you walk around you hear only English, this is. It the cruise for you. Also, I found that there is a lot more smoking on this ship than others. They have two main designated smoking areas. If you do not like smoking, make sure you do. It get a room on the left side of the ship when looking forward, and near the back. One of the largest smoking areas is on Deck 7 in the back on that side. Again, many people are not from the US and they are nit used to not being able to smoke indoors or anywhere they want. The first day or so we found some people smoking inside the ship and even going into the elevator smoking. This quickly was eliminated as the crew was quick to talk to those people and tell them they could not smoke but in designated places. We also had to call guest relations as people next to us on both sides were smoking. On all ships this is a big no. Both people never smoked on the balcony again the entire trip. Had the same thing happen on Carnival magic two years back. Those people refused to stop. Sorry but smoking is a big deal to me so it is something I pick up on quickly and have no issue telling someone to put out there cigarettes. Overall the Seaside is a great vessel. We would sail her again and are looking at booking another cruise on MSC soon as we very much like there cruise line, appreciate cruising with other from outside the US and really love the prices. There are good and bad things about every cruise, but MSC I find to be a little better than most. They are not as much a party ship as Carnival or as plastic as they appear. The ship is in the same class as some of the larger Royal Caribbean cruise ships but at a much lower price point. Went to four islands on the seven night cruise. Again, loved that it was not just a three island stop. That is why I go on a cruise, and yes I would and will cruise Seaside again Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
First time on a ship this small. I quite liked the ability to walk anywhere on the ship within 1.5 minutes. However, the smaller scale does significantly limit the entertainment options. The stuff the do on board was bingo, knitting, ... Read More
First time on a ship this small. I quite liked the ability to walk anywhere on the ship within 1.5 minutes. However, the smaller scale does significantly limit the entertainment options. The stuff the do on board was bingo, knitting, wine tasting or soduko...; Evening entertainment had a mediocre skill level vs the bigger ships. There were no kid activities offered. The staff remember you and you quickly remember the other passengers. We had a club class mini suite, room 8035. It was quite spacious, and offered a queen bed and queen (I think) sofa bed. I wish there was an upper bunk... The deck was good size too, easily fitting a couple loungers or a table and a couple chairs twice... It was convenient only being 1 floor below the buffet and a few floors above the dining room, so we never used room service. I liked that they were willing to exchange our cc wine bottles for a few cans of Coke. Dining was fairly standard Princess food. A couple of the days the menus did not offer much to get excited about, but all other days did. For cc instead of getting in the normal queue, you move to the left, skirting by the bar outside the dining room, and then simply walk straight in the cc dining section, no waiting in line. Each night had 2 menu item not on the menu, one prepared table side and one from the chef. Kind of a nice touch. Wish they offered those awesome chocolate desserts more than a couple nights. Also wish they added cherries jubilee back on the menu. We did thoroughly enjoy the cold fruit soups and frequent souffles. We missed Wales on the itinerary due to weather, but I did not mind missing a port given how intense the daily porting schedule was. We did a full day excursion everywhere else other than in Edinburgh. We did the military tattoo in Edinburgh and wished they offered a tour connected to that excursion given the price was 5X the tattoo ticket value or more. Regarding the tattoo, it was pretty cool if you like bagpipes and drummers and there isn't a bad seat in the house.I think the seats near the front add value only to get you out in a timely fashion, when you are in the nose bleed section you have to wait for everyone in front of you to exit first which takes forever. Also be prepared for long line for the restrooms. The shopping on board sucked, nothing local to buy. In fact they had more Australia/New Zealand goods than anything. Most of our excursions consumed the entire time at port, so we had little time to shop for souvenirs, which made me wish for on board shopping (for the first time ever). The app was great and we liked being able to text each other for free, but wished the app notified you when you got a new message so you didn't have to check it all the time. We didn't need to pay for wifi given we were at or near land almost everyday, simply used the Verizon TravelPass. I plan to look for other small ships when planning port intensive cruises. They would not be good for many sea days unless you simply like to nap and are not taking kids like we tend to do. Overall, this was a great cruise, seeing many areas of the world not typically traveled. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary. The ports were fantastic! We did not use any princess excursions. I found independent tour companies on line. I highly recommend Butler's in Ireland, Uniquely Scotland (ask for ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we liked the itinerary. The ports were fantastic! We did not use any princess excursions. I found independent tour companies on line. I highly recommend Butler's in Ireland, Uniquely Scotland (ask for Mark) and Spearhead tours at Le Havre (Florin is incredibly knowledgeable about D Day) . The time on the ship was disappointing. Crown Princess looked old and shabby. There was no drink served when we got on the ship. No towel animals on the bed at night. The activities on board were repetitive and not exciting. Even the entertainment was so-so. Nothing was terrible, but nothing stellar either. Food in the main dining room was hit or miss. Some meals were wonderful others not good at all. The buffet was awful. We worked hard to not eat there since it was so bad. We had one dinner at the Crown Grill which again was just OK. The one excellent thing on the ship was the staff. Our cabin steward Norman was awesome! Our waiter, JP, was excellent when we ate at our assigned time. The nights we had to go to anytime dining the staff was not great. It tended to be slow. In conclusion, our cruise was not bad. However I have been on better cruises on other lines. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our first time oversees and we wanted to visit Ireland, Scotland and France. We flew into Heathrow, Airport and after getting through customs we found the Princess cruise personnel. Then we took a princess connection (bus ride) ... Read More
This was our first time oversees and we wanted to visit Ireland, Scotland and France. We flew into Heathrow, Airport and after getting through customs we found the Princess cruise personnel. Then we took a princess connection (bus ride) to Southampton. From there we checked in and received our medallions. The Crown could use some refurnishing, however the ships crew was top notch. Especially in the main dining and night clubs. Food was good in the main dining always something different was added each night. The buffet was average (but always available). The princess excursions were really good especially the Cork Sea Safari at Cork, Ireland. We also enjoyed the carriage ride at Stark, Island. Our favorite castle was Glamis in Scotland. We also took the excursion to the Louvre Museum in France well worth it. The medallions worked great! There was four of us the youngest 19. We had a balcony room. We would definitely cruise again with Princess. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This cruise was amazing! Ports were Amber Cove, St. Virgin Island, PR, and Grand Turk. It took only 45 minutes to get abroad the ship. People were very friendly. The workers are great and always speaking. Not one employee was on a ... Read More
This cruise was amazing! Ports were Amber Cove, St. Virgin Island, PR, and Grand Turk. It took only 45 minutes to get abroad the ship. People were very friendly. The workers are great and always speaking. Not one employee was on a cell phone the entire cruise unless they were high in authority. They work extremely hard. The food was good all over except the dining room food quality food appeared not top notch, which was fine. Plenty of other places to eat...and guess what you can try everything on the menu! The comedy shows were great....Just June and Billy Washington, were funny as heck! There were always plenty of deck chairs on the Lido deck and it was 3742 guest aboard the ship. Our cruise Director MarQ, was great and funny as heck! Some people did not care for him, but heck, who can make up jokes in a second, so kudos to him! From the all white party, to the Serenity Adult Only section, to the "Chicken Sandwich" at the deli, I thought I was eating a Popeye's chicken sandwich that everyone is going crazy over! I will say there were children, but many played in the waterpark and it was not an issue. I just believe Carnival should make the public pools alittle larger and create an adult only pool. They now have lifeguards at each pool which is a plus. The best excursions were St. Thomas, Kon Tik Tik Tour, was great...water was BEAUTIFUl and plenty of rum punch. We opted to take a tour on Grand Turk with a beach excursion and so glad we did, which allowed us to go to a private beach. They served us their island spice cake which was good and complimentary water. A bus was present to take any persons back to the ship when they were ready. I am a beach girl, so I stayed! I loved the Carnival Breeze and is in the process of booking again in August 2021 for a girls trip. However I will say Disembarkation was a mess...only TWO customs workers for 4000 persons....trick...get a porter to handle you luggage...lines move quicker! Great ship, people, food, entertainment, excursions, casinos, movies outside with movie blankets and popcorn! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Cruised on Ventura and Azura before and this year we tried the flagship Britannia. Food was considerable better on Britannia than above mentioned other 2 ships. But we expected good food as it was a Marco Pierre White cruise - he ... Read More
Cruised on Ventura and Azura before and this year we tried the flagship Britannia. Food was considerable better on Britannia than above mentioned other 2 ships. But we expected good food as it was a Marco Pierre White cruise - he joined only in the last port - Gibraltar. Our inside cabin on Deck 12 was adequate, comfortable and clean. Entertainment overall excellent - especially the Headliner`s Once Upon a Time show. The dancers were talented but the singers not so. The Entertainment manager Neil was absolute fantastic - we enjoyed the pool parties, sail aways, the flamenco program on Lido Deck in Barcelona day. The Cookery Club was something new and unique, I and my 8 year old daughter participated the chocolate cooking and we really loved it. However the children club Reef program was well below the P&O standard we use to on Ventura and Azura: sometimes boring, unimaginative and some of the reef rangers did not show interest towards the kids. We enjoyed the Lido Deck, the pools were clean, always found sun lounger or chairs. The only complaint I can raise is, that some of the bar staff was rude and selective of what drink they want to serve. The preferred to serve only alcohol, even mornings, and several times when I asked for freshly pressed orange juice - which was available in one of the pool side bars - the bar waiter said it is not available. So I just woke up from the sun chair, went to the bar, pointed to the pile of fresh orange and the juicer machine - and the bar tender made the juice for me. This happened to me few times and one matured bar steward even wanted me to change my order from fresh orange juice to Pepsi Cola - I guess it is easier to serve and the price is same. I really would love to see more healthy drinks to be available on a school holiday cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We were on this ship back in August from New Orleans. We explored the port city 3 days before getting on the ship. We stayed in Wynhdam resort and just walked to the Outlet mall and to the boat with no problem. The checkin process was ... Read More
We were on this ship back in August from New Orleans. We explored the port city 3 days before getting on the ship. We stayed in Wynhdam resort and just walked to the Outlet mall and to the boat with no problem. The checkin process was excellent. No waiting whatsoever. We were 1 hour before the checkin time and the line was moving along nicely. Food quality might not be at best but we enjoy to have good variety. The pizza and deli stations are great for late bite or when the buffet stations are closed. Our 12-year old son did not use the pool not even once since it is small and there is no waterwork/slides like other boats do. However, we do enjoy the outdoor movies nightly. Sea days are mostly for relaxation since there is not much qualify entertainment activities especially for young teens. The debarkation process was smooth for us since we were taking our time enjoying the breakfast, last view of the city and left the boat with the last group. Overall, it was a good vacation experience. We always like to cruise at least once a year. Carnival can provide good affordable vacation experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We took the northernglacier cruise,cabin 2034 with window,, with stops in Icy Point, Juneau,Skagway,and Ketchikan and a 8A cruise tour that included 1 night in Anchorage and in Talkeetna and 2 nights in Denali NP. The cruise tour cost ... Read More
We took the northernglacier cruise,cabin 2034 with window,, with stops in Icy Point, Juneau,Skagway,and Ketchikan and a 8A cruise tour that included 1 night in Anchorage and in Talkeetna and 2 nights in Denali NP. The cruise tour cost more than double the cruise cost. A veranda is fairly useless as the weather typically is rainy and too cold-very low 60s. Food service was excellent but anytime dining did nt work well. We were advanced reserved for 7pm but onboard we were told on many days that was not available. Thanks to a manager from a past cruise most of the 7 pm slot at table 323 were restored. Sirlloin steak anytime optin levares muchto be desired and if you liked dessert cheesecake it was only available inthe main dining and not at Bacio. We booked 2 excursions, Icy Point whaling where we were guaranteed whales and saw humpbck and orcas, and Skagway where we again(15 years before) rode the rr. Very little in Icy Point other than shops at the terminal, townitself is 2 blocks long withnothing really to visit. In Juneau we booked M&M tours glacier express, $42 pp, RT to Mendenhall Glacier VC and walked to the glacier viewpoint, also saw bears feeding in the fenced off area by the bus drop-off. Other ports are 3-4 blocks long by 2 blocks deep with typical old time saloon and t-shirts and tanzanite galore-much more commercialized than 15 years ago. For past cruisers (11) on board entertainment can be repetitive as with the violinist and the beatles tribute group. The comedians this time around were quite good and the acrobats were excellent. Substantive programs continuet o be lacking- a scientist speaker was very dull and by the 2nd leccture played to almost an empty house/ Weather was unusually clear unlike the rainyforecst shown prior to our cruise and cruise tour. Cruisetour: Talkeetna is a quaint 3 block main street with a nice Forest Service film and exhibit anda short lake trail by the Forest Service. Hotel shuttle has limited hours so you are captive to the expensive hotel restaurants unless you want to rely on the single taxi. The beds at Talkeetna were soft and left much to be desire. Denali Park Village had motel units that were complained about by mos tof the 40 with us-we were fortunately in a cabin by the river, hoever the maid service was abysmal and the cabin was not fully cleaned for 2 days. Hotel shuttle can take you to NP Vis Center. If youdo nothing else,take the included 7-8 hour modified schoolbus Tundra Wilderness Tour witha narrated driver and viewing camera for distant animals which is not available onthe park bus which goes the length of the 92 mile road. The 12- hr Kantishna excursion which goes the fullroad was not worth it per our driver. We saw bears and caribou on an amazingly clear day (think jrain) andspecks of all sheep on the top of the mountains. Denali is not your typical NP andis really gared totheactive backcountry hiker. Wetook the moderate Mckline trailconnecting to theTripleLakesTrail to Rily campground, about 3 m RT and passing over a small suspension bridge. Fairbanks was our return flight destination. Sophie's Station Suites is a 2* hotel with 1970s decor and soft beds, and a shuttle that will bring u downtown-also take the city Red Line from the dowtnownTransit Center, free for seniors, from downtown to hotel,a free 20 minute ride. A Safeway and Fred Meyer grocery stores are a 5 minute walk-- a nice fried chicken dinner with sweet potatoe fries from Safeway. The included excrusion to the Univ Alaska Museum of the North and the hokey Disccovery3 steamboat trip were interesting. Fairbanks downtown is 4 bloks long by 2 blocks wide-vidsitthesmallcommunity museumintheco-op builiding and the NP Morris Thomshon Cultural center,and eat a few blocks up from the park at Noodles Thai and Salty.s across the streetwhich had great omellettes util 2pm and nice sandwiches. Both are far less touristed and are better than the other restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our ninth cruise. First with Celebrity. Chosen for itinerary and because we like a new ship. Overall very enjoyable cruise and would cruise again on ship and with line. This is what we liked - and didn't. Overall impression ... Read More
Our ninth cruise. First with Celebrity. Chosen for itinerary and because we like a new ship. Overall very enjoyable cruise and would cruise again on ship and with line. This is what we liked - and didn't. Overall impression of ship. Really impressive. New. Obviously. Modern and stylish. A clear and consistent design and theme which we liked. Grand Plaza buzzy. Restaurant decor pleasing. Eden is a really nice (and we found surprisingly quiet) space - a bit under-used if anything. Theatre particularly impressive. State of the art backdrops and staging. One or two smaller quieter bars wouldn't have gone amiss. Food offer Generally good in both main and speciality restaurants though with possible exception of Eden the SR didn't justify cover charge. Entrees - beef dishes in particular - really very good indeed. Service helpful and attentive. Desserts however lacked imagination throughout cruise... Breakfast buffet good but disappointed by repetitive lunchtime offer (not as good or varied as P and O for example). Entertainment Have read some less than positive reviews but we enjoyed it. Varied and catered for all passengers and tastes. Later shows busy but always found a seat. Production shows quite good and production values and staging very good. Guest entertainers were better than on our previous half dozen cruises and a mile ahead of the awful offer on our last NCL cruise. Pool and Resort Decks. Busy pool area but always found a sun bed (for the whole family). Sufficient bar service. Rooftop Garden and Sunset Bar great spaces for sailaway and into evening. Cabin We were deck 12 concierge class. Best bathroom yet in cabin of similar grade. Liked spacious cabin and information system easy to use. 'edge' balcony however is a waste of time. Preferred traditional arrangement. A gimmick too far? And although we got a deal... So more or less free... Not sure the brochure supplement for CC is warranted. Embarkation etc Was the smoothest of any ship we've ever been on. On-boarding took 5 minutes. Yes. 5. Disembarkation smooth. In port whether at pier or tender getting on and off really quick. The ship has its own tenders which double as lifeboats and they're great. So that was nearly all positive and to be clear we really enjoyed our cruise. But there is room for improvement : 1. Constant upselling of drinks packages for first 2 days. Really annoying. We drink a reasonable amount on holiday but really unless you are on board the ship during the day (we weren't from 9-3 except on sea days) you won't get value from a package. We calculated we SAVED about 500 from NOT buying them. But hey if they're included in a deal, enjoy. 2. Entertainment offer in Eden. Is bizarre. It doesn't work. Vaguely embarrassing. 3. Infinite Balconies. Well I guess it's too late to fix now... But they're pointless. 4. So is the magic carpet... Gimmick. 5. The Cabanas. At around a thousand dollars a day no wonder they're empty. But they use up deck space and obstruct views other passengers would enjoy. I saw about six in use during the whole cruise. And in the afternoon... You could just park yourself in unused ones.. Free. Celebrity... Either re-price or redesign the space? 6. Internet - the packages are simply extortionate. That's it folks. Notwithstanding above it was a great cruise. And the staff - all of them from cabin steward.. Waiting staff.... Bars... Casino... Really friendly and with a caring attitude. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My husband & I took this cruise with our 3 grown children & our son's fiancee. 4 of us had taken the same cruise in 2016 on the Norwegian Dawn. We all had a great time in Bermuda - we went to Elbow Beach & Horseshoe Bay ... Read More
My husband & I took this cruise with our 3 grown children & our son's fiancee. 4 of us had taken the same cruise in 2016 on the Norwegian Dawn. We all had a great time in Bermuda - we went to Elbow Beach & Horseshoe Bay and we went Helmet Diving with Hartley's and snorkling with Rising Son. (It's much cheaper to book the excursions yourself than to do it through the cruise line. The food on the ship was excellent - we ate at Le Bistro, Cagney's, Moderno, both main dining rooms, Orchid Garden (the only restaurant we didn't really like, but we're from the Boston area where there are many excellent Asian restaurants) & the buffet. We especially liked the food from the grills that were set up near the pool at lunch time. The only thing that was a disappointment was that they would not take down the doors between our balconies. Our travel agent didn't know about this, so when we booked 3 rooms with adjoining balconies we had thought that we could all be on the balconies together. The rooms were too small for 6 people, and there were no small lounges on the floors with the staterooms (they do have those on the Dawn). We tried to go to the card room but it was often busy & there were tables reserved for bridge (and once there was a painting class in there). We went to the bigger lounges, but there were often activities going on there. Because of this we may choose a different cruise line next time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We have sailed on Carnival several times, but were ready to take a chance on a ship that left out of New Jersey where we live. The fact that we did not have to book flights and hotels was awesome. We were a group of 49 family and friends. ... Read More
We have sailed on Carnival several times, but were ready to take a chance on a ship that left out of New Jersey where we live. The fact that we did not have to book flights and hotels was awesome. We were a group of 49 family and friends. Embarkation was very smooth. We were on the ship in less than half an hour even given the fact that I neglected to print my son's boarding pass. We arrived at the port around 11am. My first impression is that it was a beautiful ship. The decor was nice. But it is HUGE! I was so overwhelmed on that first day. Having always sailed Carnival, you get to know the ship layouts as they are all pretty much the same. This was a whole different ball game, and that was all part of the fun. As noted in previous reviews, there are over 4000 passengers so a little crowding is to be expected. We first experienced this once we got on board and headed to Windjammer and had to wait in a long line to "washy washy." But that was the only time we ever really experienced that wait in Windjammer. Some people were frustrated having to wash your hands each time you entered, but with so many people, anything that can help to keep germs at bay is welcomed. The ship had tons of activities. I just think the schedule was badly put together. Who wants to wake up at 8am to join a line for roller skating or bumper cars? And these activities were not offered long enough. An hour or two is just not enough for the amount of passengers. Between my hubby, myself and three kids we able to do iFly, NorthStar, rock climbing, rollerskating, dodgeball, soccer, bumper cars and the escape room. Some we were able to book in advance which was great. SeaPlex is a great place for the kids. I gotta give RC credit for the amount of activities. Definitely a plus. Evenings were a little boring. Karaoke was only for an hour and finished at 8pm. Karaoke is always a hit so why they don't extend the time, I'll never understand. Pools and hot tubs were open late which was definitely great because they were always crowded during the day. I like that RC had life guards on duty. Never seen that on Carnival. We saw Specte's Cabaret and The Gift. Both featured some amazing singers and dancers, but The Gift was just weird and we spent most of the show asking each other what the hell was going on. The story line was not easy to follow. Two70 was an amazing space with great views during the day and awesome use of technology at night. The robot screens were just amazing. I only saw one comedian and he was great during both the adult and the family shows. The juggler guy was ok, but he needs to incorporate more into his act. The cruise director was so boring. You never saw him out and about on the ship talking to passengers or anything like that. Maybe that's just the RC way. The food was ok. Regular cruise food. Windjammer always had a good selection. Service was good. We had nice wait staff in the Chic restaurant. Fnu and Monicia were great, as was Keron, the head waiter. We ate at Jamie Oliver's and the food was awesome. It just kept coming. Same with Wonderland. Very creative and imaginative ways of displaying food. Having the pizzeria and cafe on the 3rd deck to me made no sense. It was not a large enough space. At night time it got crowded with people trying to walk through, get food, find some place to sit. I definitely missed Lido deck in the evenings because even though the buffet was done, you could still get ice cream, juice, hot chocolate, pizza etc. and still have room to sit and relax and talk the night away. Went to guest services three times and man were they miserable! I saw one happy lady who seemed to enjoy what she was doing, but the men I interacted with could barely crack a smile. Dealing with them gave me an instant attitude. We purchased Wow bands which was supposed to be more convenient to use around the ship, but a lot of places, mostly bars, didn't have scanners and so they would still ask for the seapass card, or your room number. That kinda defeated the purpose. Cabin was nice and spacious for four of us. Lots of storage space. Bathroom was roomy, especially the shower. TV sucked. On other ships we were able to get a lot of cable channels. Not so here. Balcony was roomy with a decent amount of furniture. I loved that it was a sliding door and we were able to keep it open and hear the ocean. Our steward Bawa, was awesome. Very clean and thorough. There were a lot of teens on this ship and they were noisy and loud. Running up and down the steps at all hours, hanging out in the hallways and stairwells. Never experienced that before. During the day there seemed to be a lot of security around, but not so at night. And I don't think the 1am curfew for kids was strictly enforced. Did the ziplining in Labadee. Phenomenal experience. Did our own tours on the other islands. Would I sail with Royal Caribbean again? Absolutely. I did miss Carnival for some aspects, but there are a few things both companies could learn from each other. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Overall had a great time! Family of 4 (kids 5 and 9). 4 night cruise to Bermuda on August 15th. The crowd was very diverse, but very friendly. Met a lot of people from NY and CT, even a few from England. We are from Philly, we ... Read More
Overall had a great time! Family of 4 (kids 5 and 9). 4 night cruise to Bermuda on August 15th. The crowd was very diverse, but very friendly. Met a lot of people from NY and CT, even a few from England. We are from Philly, we vacation in OC NJ, this crowd was more from Wildwood. We chose this cruise since we could drive to the port, overall it was a simple process. We parked and off loaded our luggage; and it took less than 10 minutes to get through security and onto the ship. The buffet lines were long for lunch on embarkation day, Guy's burger joint and the mexican place had long lines too (hint: go upstairs above the mexican place and eat at the Pig and Anchor, decent BBQ food and there was no line). You can also get a pizza delivered to you anywhere on the ship, this would be another idea on embarkation day, just use the app the pizza delivery guy will come to you, cost is $5 for delivery but it beats standing in line for 20 minutes. The pizza was awesome! Many other reviews complained really bad about the buffet lines and the 2 choke points...these reviews are accurate but just do you best to avoid those areas and you will be fine. The choke points were crowded but they encompass 10 feet of the entire ship, not the end of the world! Avoid the breakfast buffet line by going to the restaurant for breakfast, no lines! Kids loved the water slides and water splash area! We never really had an issue getting a lounge chair, maybe we were lucky but it was fine for us. We used Anytime dining: perfect with the kids since they wanted to stay outside for a while. I made reservations on the app 5 minutes before we wanted to eat every night and it was not an issue. You have to walk around the casino bar (yes, I agree with everyone else that it is a stupid design to walk through a smoky casino bar right after you grab a shower so I can get to dinner!). Drinks were a bit hard to come by in the restaurant, the waiters are all running around but the service is a bit below average. We grabbed drinks at the Alchemy Bar which is on the way to the dining room. I even ran out to grab drink #2 because it was easier than waiting. **You are allowed to bring 2 bottles of wine on the boat on embarkation day and you are allowed to carry it to your room. Read the alcohol rules, it is permitted. We each brought a bottle. Some night she filled a glass and carried it with her to dinner, it saved about $12/drink. My wife had the salmon and loved it, I had the flank steak (it was more of a sirloin as opposed to a thin flank but it was really good). I ordered multiple meals every night, and usually had the flank steak too. She had the salmon several times and like it. Avoid the seafood medley, seafood was overcooked and it was kind of bland. Several of the mushroom apps were good and there was a mushroom veg entree that my wife really liked. Kids menu was simple, spaghetti, burgers, hotdog, chicken fingers. They like ordering a few desserts each night. The Carnival Hot Lava cake is great every time! On Bermuda day: Get to the buffet early. Everyone is going to the buffet, it was really crowded, I would try to get there by 8am. We arrived around 9:15 and it was jammed. We went to horseshoe beach, take a taxi, it costs about $32. The shuttle bus costs $7/person which is $28. Don't bother renting an umbrella, there was another ship in port with our ship and the beach was jammed. By noon you can grab a vacated umbrella before the staff packs them up. The line for getting back was really long, I stood in line for about 20 minutes while my wife and kids played on the beach. We took a taxi back, same cost of $32. Shuttle bus line was 3x as long. We got our photos taken all of the time on the way to/from dinner. Usually this is annoying, but the kids thought it was a special thing. And honestly, the photos really came out great, my wife ended up buying a few of them. The photographers normally harass you, but these photographers were very friendly and really enjoyed their job. After dinner, we would hang in the Red Frog pub, foosball and shuffle board and board games are hidden in the back and kept he kids busy while we drank beer! The Flying Scotsman was worth the price by himself! Be sure to attend the R&B Night in the lobby bar. There was no lie probably 1,000 people in the bar, stairs, mezzanine, and upper floors looking over the rail. The whole place was singing and he was dancing and singing on the bar. Simply awesome! He does a 1 man show that was pretty good as well, not as crowded as the R&B show, but he sang opera which was pretty neat to see (I like Classic Rock and he did a lot of that too). Our kids did not do Camp Ocean, they wanted to stay on the water slides so I cannot rate the children's activities. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Although this was our 40th cruise, it was the first on Marco Polo and the smallest ship we have been on in 25 years of cruising and at 2 nights, the shortest. This is also my first review of a cruise ship. Having booked the cruise ... Read More
Although this was our 40th cruise, it was the first on Marco Polo and the smallest ship we have been on in 25 years of cruising and at 2 nights, the shortest. This is also my first review of a cruise ship. Having booked the cruise recently I looked up the reviews just before going and was quite alarmed by the number of negative reviews. I was not therefore expecting much. However, having enjoyed a very pleasant couple of days I thought that I should review it. I can only think that those negative reviews have come from people that only generally sail on the big modern ships with over 6000 guests and the staff to perform West End style shows. Whilst the exterior and steel around windows etc shows the signs of a 50 year old ship, the carpets and furniture and internal woodwork is kept spotless and clean. The beds are not modern but are comfortable enough and the bedding was clean. The inside cabins were larger than I expected with much more cupboard and drawer room than on many larger ships. With the exception of the lady leaving the duty free shop 4 hours before docking on the final morning who rather rudely announced that they 'were shut as we are always shut in port' when they clearly weren't, everyone else was very pleasant and friendly. I would say that it is a very happy ship.The food was as good as any of the ships we have been on and better than many. Still offering afternoon tea and late night snacks.The entertainment was not brilliant but the singers were good and did provide good entertainment. Let down a bit by the quality of the backing music but nothing to complain about. If you really want everything you get with the big ships, the Marco Polo is not for you. But for great value for money, friendly staff, good food and drinks at less than pub prices in the UK you can't beat this. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our cabins were kept spotless and we always enjoyed the placement of our kids stuffed animals. Whenever we had a question, our stuffed animal wrangler/room steward, was more than willing to stop what he was doing to explain things to us. ... Read More
Our cabins were kept spotless and we always enjoyed the placement of our kids stuffed animals. Whenever we had a question, our stuffed animal wrangler/room steward, was more than willing to stop what he was doing to explain things to us. This was our first cruise to ever take. We had our 5.5 year old & 7 month old. Our oldest loved splash academy and our youngest enjoyed being able to drum his hands on any surface he could touch. The food was not our favorite though. It didn’t leave a lot of options some days. It seems like they mainly focused on food from the Asian or Indian cultures. We are a lot of cheeseburgers. Also, the fancier restaurants didn’t have very good descriptions for the types of meals. It we always knew that if we didn’t like a meal there, we could go to the garden cafe to get a burger. I was really hoping they would have some simpler desserts. A lot of them had jellies or “goo” on them, especially the cakes. My oldest d that they had chocolate chip cookies or peanut butter cookies. Overall, we did enjoy our trip and would love to take another in the future with our boys. We would just hope that the food options improve. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Just to put a few things in context- We are a family from the UK and have only ever done a 2 day mini cruise on Britannia. I'd call us pretty low maintenance! We wanted a short cruise just to break up the Orlando parks and ... Read More
Just to put a few things in context- We are a family from the UK and have only ever done a 2 day mini cruise on Britannia. I'd call us pretty low maintenance! We wanted a short cruise just to break up the Orlando parks and generally to see if we like cruising. Lets be honest that Carnival is the cheapest option for this kind of trip. A 4 day trip with RC would have been almost $900 more!! Over the last few months we were really concerned about the huge number of bad reviews and we seriously considered cancelling! I am so glad we didn't. We had a blast!! I noticed that many bad reviews started "this is our 8th cruise......" or "we wanted a last minute chilled out break.....". If that's the case then this cruise isn't for you (hence the title - do your research!). Its a mini cruise for first timers and extended families who want to eat and drink all day. Embarkation was a breeze. We were on the ship in half an hour. Parked easily on the car park, which was much quieter than I expected. We had an Ocean suite forward. Great location near the lift and stairs. Cabin was great. Good size and very helpful steward - Sherwin! In contrary to many other reviews - absolutely no smell in the room or corridors. Also fairly quiet since this is a busy 'party ship'. Pools very busy but no real issue with sunbeds. Its a party atmosphere. Bars are busy because everyone wants cocktails. I'd suggest a separate bottle bar for beers. Costs are about $6.50 for a beer and $9 for wine / cocktail. Movies or parties every night on the Lido deck. One issue - no bins for waste food. Therefore people leaving uneaten burgers and pizza everywhere and not enough staff to clear them up quickly. Food - Fantastic apart from the buffet. Constantly crowded. I mean all of the time. Just never lets up. Don't think we'll go for a late breakfast and miss the queues. You won't it will still be hammered with people ordering 5 omelettes. We had anytime dining in the Golden Olympic Restaurant. Great food, great staff, quick drinks! Staff are really outstanding. Nothing too much trouble. They always remember your name. Bars - apart from the busy tequila and rum bars, they were great, quick service reasonable prices. Loved the sports bar and lobby bar (where I stormed the rock music quiz!) We really enjoyed the entertainment which was a film based musical and rock show. Only 45 mins but did the trick. OK if you've cruised 8 times and seen Cirque du Soleil on RC you'll be disappointed, but we loved it. Our daughter used the kids club a couple of times and loved it. It allowed us to use the adults only deck. This was OK, just a sun deck, bar and hot tubs without any kids. The cruise was effortless ad you couldn't tell you were moving. But I think this ship moves slowly as we we quickly overtaken by other ship. Nassau was great. Very easy to get off the ship and you're right next to everything. Freeport less so. Not much to do. NoNo the cruise Director is great. She puts the hours in!! This has got us hooked and we're already looking for next year. This is only not a 5 Star review because of the constantly busy buffet and no bins for uneaten food. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I went on this cruise with my family and had an amazing time! The service was great- super friendly staff who were very eager to serve us. Although we had a few not so great meals, most of the food was good. I recommend going to Moderno ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my family and had an amazing time! The service was great- super friendly staff who were very eager to serve us. Although we had a few not so great meals, most of the food was good. I recommend going to Moderno for breakfast, as it is a much less crowded buffet than Garden. Taste, Savor, and Manhattan Room all share the same menu, however Manhattan Room was my favorite for the atmosphere. Everything was nice and clean, and our room steward came often 3x daily to clean our rooms. They were also a good size. I had the balcony mini sweet which fit me and my 2 siblings very nicely. The entertainment was wonderful; we saw Burn the Floor and Rock of Ages and loved them both! My only complaint was disembarkation- the lines were insane and we almost missed our flight because it took so long. Leave plenty of time if you have an early flight! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We had a cabin on deck 8 and it was a balcony. We went to Costa Maya, Roatan, and Cozumel. Embarkation was fast and easy. Arvin was the best steward ever. He helped us with water, extra pillows, mattress pad, and kept things clean. We ... Read More
We had a cabin on deck 8 and it was a balcony. We went to Costa Maya, Roatan, and Cozumel. Embarkation was fast and easy. Arvin was the best steward ever. He helped us with water, extra pillows, mattress pad, and kept things clean. We only requested service once a day because we tend to be in and out of our cabin a lot, and he was great about keeping things tidy while we were away. We got to enjoy towel animals regularly even though we were only traveling with adult kids. No matter the age, we still enjoy the fun stuff! Very nice man! The cruise director and her staff were probably the best we've ever experienced. Emma and Laylay and the gang were lots of fun. Make your way to the atrium lobby for music and dancing (ignore that it says music trivia; it is really about a party time). We loved the Clue game, but we arrived a couple of minutes late to the first event and didn't get all the instructions or starting "book". I tried to check in with the staff about it, but apparently there were not enough copies. I asked about it but I guess I was misunderstood. It would be nice to add the instructions for the game to the hub so that people can join in. There seemed to be enough clues available at the cafe, but one of the in person clues was during our dinner, so we didn't get that one (8:15 first night). My 20 year old enjoyed the clues and the daily sudoku.The hasbro game and love and marriage were really fun to watch. I only saw one comedian. He had some funny stuff, but a lot of it was just so so. I'm not big into disparaging humor. My son really liked it. We were looking forward to some nice photographs, but only bought one. I'm glad we didn't get the package beforehand. Pixel sets up for evening shots in crowded areas. I did find out that in the atrium lobby, there were some backdrops set up without as much crowding. The photo we bought from Pixel had us pretty crowded, so we were not centered with space on either side. I would have stood in line for some of the other spots if I had not set up an appointment with Dreams Studio. Dreams Studio is a great idea if you have the time and stress level to get it done. However, it was not what I imagined. First, the girls (me and my daughter) were running a couple of minutes late, so that affected my stress level which no doubt affected the experience (my bad). However, my husband and son were on time and got their photos done, then my husband and I, then my daughter joined. So really, the photographer did not have stand around waiting for us time. They only schedule for 30 minutes total. We were told when we got there that it would be only the black backdrop photos. We would not have photos taken at any of the pretty places on the ship. I had also asked about beach shots. In the initial emails, he told me that we could check with him once on board. However, when we got on board and asked on the phone, he said that it was too short of a cruise. I would have hired a photographer at port if I had known before that. Heck, even some photos in the Havana room would have been nice with their pretty chairs and window shades. All we were told was that the deck was too windy. They were not upfront about a few things. I asked for pricing starting with emails and kept getting put off on it. So I did not see pricing until our appointment to see the photos on the last day (we had an appointment for two days after our sitting, but we arrived early and were asked if we could put off from our 7:30 appt until 8:00; which we couldn't because of dinner, plus, who wants to run down to the Havana room over and over (it isn't easy to get to)). The $149 package includes only 2 prints. It would be $299 for 3 prints). To get any digital, you have to pay at least $200 for one photo and that includes the release. Packages started at $499 after that. At this point, the photographer was getting pretty testy/abrupt/snarky (which was evident at other times with our interactions as well). We ordered 2 prints for $149. This was our 25th anniversary celebration, so I was hoping for at least something. When we picked them up on the last day, the one of my husband and me was nice, but the one with us and our two kids was very dark with deep shadows on the sides of our faces. That is not how it looked when we saw them in the studio. We asked to speak to the photographer, but admittedly did not remember his name. The other photographer came by and agreed that it looked dark. He tried to contact the one who took our photos, but that one apparently just said they could reprint (for which we would be responsible for finding them to get it before getting off the ship) or we could get a refund. No offer of the other one that printed correctly for a lesser price (I would have paid 80 for just the one). No offer to reprint it correctly and have it sent to our room. No offer to reprint it and mail it to us. All of it was for nothing. Very disappointed. I should have stuck to my usual professional photographer at home. It felt very much like low balling and switch and bait. A waste of our time. I'm glad I took the one with Pixels right after, or I would have nothing to show for all that time. This is of course only our experience. I hope others have had much better. Casino: I like the computer poker table because we can play cash games. The poker tournament was a bit crazy though. $150 buy in. Only 10 people total (so get there early). Only 1st place is paid with $750 and seat in $175,000 tournament on another cruise (cruise not included). 2nd place (me) got a seat to that big tournament. I found out later that we could have both quit at the same time and split the pot at the cage, but didn't know it was possible with the computer set up. Please, note, they did not have a dealer or anyone watching the game, so this costs them no money beyond the computer poker table. The slots are VERY tight. The dealers at table games did well. I did not see any errors and they were always nice and friendly. Bingo includes just 3 games each time at $40 for dauber, 9 cards per game, and pull tab game. You get extra cards for the last game which can win $5000 if blackout in 49 balls. Food really ranged from excellent to average. The carnival cake is wonderful. I had ordered an anniversary cake that was also very good. It was too big to eat the first day, so we found a way to shove it in fridge. They do not provide a box so that you can eat later. Filet mignon, lobster, pizza, french toast, bacon were all good. Bread for dinner was definitely good!!! Salmon was dry, scrambled eggs were runny. Waitstaff was fun. Drinks from the bar were pretty good for the most part. We did not book shore excursions from carnival. Now that they are price matching better, we probably should have. This 6 day cruise made for little time in the ports and they were 3 days in a row--exhausting. The itinerary says 8 hours, but that is not really how much time you have once you dock and so forth. carnival excursions guarantee you will get back on board in time. That is definitely a plus, as we watched arrivals well after the time we were set to leave. Disembarkation was a bit long, but to be fair, we didn't understand to get the luggage tags early (look for them the day before on deck 5 midship). We should have listened to Emma better, lol. I definitely will choose a 7 day over 6 day next time. However, on the Freedom, it does not feel overcrowded (except during photo times) and did not have long lines. It is a trade off to consider when booking your cruise! Overall, I rate it as number 2 out of 5 cruises that I have been on. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Although I rated this cruise a 4, I would really give it a 4.5 as it was a great week aboard the Harmony of the Seas, but not perfect. This was also my first time booking a suite and I will never book anything other than a suite for any ... Read More
Although I rated this cruise a 4, I would really give it a 4.5 as it was a great week aboard the Harmony of the Seas, but not perfect. This was also my first time booking a suite and I will never book anything other than a suite for any future cruises. If you have the money for a suite, it is 100% worth it. EMBARKATION- Being a suite guest, you have your own entrance and get escorted to your own personal attendant. My family and I were checked in via a tablet, had our pictures taken, and were on the boat in under 10 minutes. Fantastic. I was also carrying a bit of an injury and was limping about, but was very delighted that I was offered assistance by at least 6 people making my way to the ship. MUSTER DRILL- A note on everyone's favorite muster drill. I have been on 6 cruises all on different ships and the muster drill on the Harmony of the Seas was by far the worst of all. Most of the muster stations are located on the promenade level and not even in actual locations (i.e. the Casino or MDR). They are just located in "areas" of the promenade (mine was near the bionic bar), and they cram so many people in these "areas" and they want you to watch an instructional video on 40" TVs. The video also was made to "entertain" as you are following a spy across the ship and on the mission, the spy comes across "tips" to follow in the event of an emergency. I would assume it was not very easy to follow for most and due to the noise level of all the guests around you crammed into these stations, it is not easy to hear. Knock on wood that there is never an emergency on the Harmony, because I have the feeling it would be a disorganized mess. DEBARKATION- Another suite guest perk is that you meet in the fabulous coastal kitchen at 3 pre-determined meeting times. There was breakfast or hors d'oeuvre being served by 7am and then groups are personally escorted by the concierge all the way down in a priority elevator which makes no stops to the luggage pick-up location. Probably took us 10 minutes to get off the ship. SHIP - I have also sailed on the Oasis of the Seas and if you have been on that ship, you have been on the Harmony. Sure the Harmony has a few more amenities and entertainment, but it honestly didn't feel like I was on a completely different ship. Elevators can be a problem on Embarkation and Debarkation (if not a suite guest) and immediately after shows or events as all guests filter out of them. I didn't ever feel like the ship was crowded at all, even in the pool areas on sea days (the pools are another story). I also mentioned to my wife that I didn't think the boat was anywhere near capacity either, so that could have been why. There need to be more pools or the pools need to be bigger. On sea days the pools are packed, so basically you are just standing in the water. My son likes to move around in the pool, so he didn't enjoy them as much and spent most of his time in the kids water area. I stayed away from the pools because I don't need to be in a pool with 50 people all with drinks in their hand which they are probably spilling. I'll pass. Another perk of being a suite member is that you can get towels without scanning your seapass card. Other guests must scan their seapass to get a towel and if not returned, you get charged $25. Suite gets get as many towels as needed and don't need to worry about returns (although we always returned ours). ENTERTAINMENT - Only caught two shows as we chose to relax on sea days. Did see the ice skating show 1887 which I liked, but wasn't very interesting according to the wife and son. The Line water show was great and we even ran into some of the performers on the non-performance days. KIDS CLUB - Hours are 9-12, 2-5, 7-10, and after hours which you pay $7 an hour for. My son who is 6 enjoyed the activities and was even asking us to take him on sea days! Must be good! FOOD - Suite guests get access to the coastal kitchen and to my family the Coastal Kitchen was the star of the cruise. They serve Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and hors d'oeuvre and there is a happy hour between 4:30 and 8 where select alcohol is free. Let me repeat this for all my alcohol consumers, there is FREE alcohol on a cruise ship. To me, that alone was worth having access to the Coastal Kitchen and my family had dinner there every night. It is also a more relaxing environment as there are 100x less people dining there as in the MDR. Breakfast and Lunch are your standard fare and the selection is the same everyday. But the dinner menu changes nightly and the food was very good. There was lamb, filet mignon, lobster, duck, salmon, you name it. There really was no need for us to eat in the MDR. The Coastal Kitchen was also were we met the service star of the cruise Rico. Wow, Rico was one of the best servers I have had the pleasure to meet anywhere. Knew everyone's name and beverage of choice on Day 2. Never let your glass hit empty before the next drink was on your table, gave excellent recommendations to eat. Rico is a treasure on this ship. Sorrento's - Decent "fast food" pizza. Johnny Rockets - Breakfast is free and the food is good. Serve omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, and pancakes. Windjammer - Horrible. Cold, Bland, Tough, all adjectives you don't want associated with your food. STAY AWAY! Park Cafe - Decent selection of "healthier" options like panini's, salads, pre-made sandwiches and salads. Nice eating area in Central Park Boardwalk Dog House - Pretty good dogs, that tasted fresh. I went with the Coney Island Dog with onions and sauerkraut. EXCURSIONS- Perfect Day at CocoCay was great. We were the only ship in port and as I stated earlier, I don't even think our ship was at capacity, so the island did not feel crowded at all. My family rented a cabana in the Water Park, which was very nice and convenient with a personal waiter, locker, and plenty of water as it was HOT. I was able to get on all the water slides (note that two of them get long lines the slingshot and the daredevil's peak (the tallest slide). My advice is to hit these slides right when you get off the ship or right at the end of the day or else you will be waiting in a long line. There was a storm off the island that caused the park to shutdown for about an hour, so many guests left back to the ship as Royal was refunding half day passes. My family also went up in the Hot Air Balloon which was cool, but not worth the money for the 10-15 minutes you are up there. Note for those with kids that 48" is the magic number to get on most of the slides. My son is 44" so he was limited on the slides he could get on, but he LOVED the wave pool. It was HOT, but being in the water felt great. San Juan - We did the El Yunque Natural Rainforest walking tour from El Yunque Tours which is a bit a ways from the ship. There is a 45 minute narrated bus ride to the site, where the guide gives you background on the history of Puerto Rico, the impact of the hurricane, and the El Yunque site. When you get to El Yunque, you have four stops. A brief 15 minute stop at an observation tower, which gives you great views and picture taking opportunities, a 5 minute stop at a waterfall on the side of the road to take a group photo, a stop to gear up where you are provided with backpacks, bug spray, water, snacks, umbrellas, and towels. Very high marks for the tour company for providing all these items. They say they are the "one stop shop" operation. Last stop is a good walk to a natural river pool to swim swim for about 20 minutes before heading back to the ship. High marks for Angel, Jorge, Michelle, and the owner Mike who are very knowledgeable and informed about the island. Returned to do a bit of shopping around the port. Shopping is better in Saint Maarten. St. Maarten- I did the Snuba Adventure through Snuba SXM. Great team of 3 (Sheldon, Mitch, Jonas (captain), are very laid back, but very knowledgeable. They stated that the hurricane had damaged 90% of the coral on the island and you could tell. I have done Snuba on 3 other occasions in different locations and I saw the least amount of fish in Saint Maarten. The water is nice and clear though and they have the staged helicopter and shipwreck underwater you can see. Still fun. My wife and son did the Pinel Island excursion and said they had a great time on the white sand beach. Iguanas everywhere that you can feed, my son loved that!. Did some shopping at the shops in the port area and found great deals on souvenirs, alcohol, and jewelry. Better deals than seen in San Juan for sure. Overall, the family had a great time and my son was asking if we could stay on the ship for a few more days. I have always been a fan of Royal Caribbean and we are looking to do a Mediterranean cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This is our fourth cruise out of Galveston, and the second time on Liberty of the Seas. Overall we had a great time. Some thoughts... Embarkation: The port signing is poorly laid out, and can be confusing. We missed the lane for ... Read More
This is our fourth cruise out of Galveston, and the second time on Liberty of the Seas. Overall we had a great time. Some thoughts... Embarkation: The port signing is poorly laid out, and can be confusing. We missed the lane for dropping off the luggage, so we circled back around a second time. Go early because the traffic gets awful later in the morning. We dropped off the bags, parked over at Lot B, and the shuttle dropped us back at the terminal - about 15 minutes from bag drop to terminal (at 10 am). The line inside the terminal was long but moved along. It was about 45 minutes from walking in to getting past the bag scanner. From there we moved into the check-in room. The line there was much shorter and moved faster (again, early in the day). We moved through, checked in, had our picture taken and headed to the on ramp. Not horrible, but we thought Carnival's embarkation was much smoother. And then we were on the ship! We made our way to the buffet, along with the other 4,000 passengers. As expected, the Windjammer was crowded and busy. Staff were trying to help people find tables, but space was tight and everyone had their carry-on bags. Other than one jerk who thought the world should stop for him, most people were trying to be patient and make their way through. Food was good, we found a table and had lunch and chilled until the room announcement was made. Cabins: We had a balcony and an interior on deck 9. The rooms were clean and ready for us. We unpacked and enjoyed the balcony until muster drill. They really need to have some big fans on deck for muster drill. The deck is so crowded, and the heat was awful and I can see where the older folks might get sick. The cabin steward was in and out every day and kept the towels replaced, the bed made, and the ice bucket full. We had towel animals three nights, which we liked, but we ALWAYS had ice in the bucket which we really really liked. :-) We had pre-ordered one of the Royal Gifts liquor deliveries which arrived promptly on the day after embarkation. The cabins were standard - clean, enough storage, the a/c worked fine, no complaints. MDR: Mixed feelings about the MDR this time. We like to go because it is usually fun to be pampered and waited on. But this time our little family was in the back against the window behind three giant groups of elderly people, probably thirty altogether at three big tables. The sun was blasting through the window and there was some problem that prevented them from lowering the shade so we roasted for the first three nights (once we changed direction we lost the sun and it was better). Our view out the windows was the inflatable lifeboats. A necessary thing to have, but it wasn't like lowering the shades would mess up the view. Because we were jammed back there, it was hard to get to our table, it was hard for the waiters to get in and out to us. We felt bad about squeezing past the old folks, because it was so hard for them to move or let us by. The groups had at least two birthdays every night, and for some reason most of them were named "John." So we sang "Happy Birthday" to John, over and over and over again. It's not RC's fault that these three giant groups of the John club decided to celebrate their birthdays on the cruise, but it would have been a lot better if they had just given them a little more space for their walkers and canes and sat us elsewhere. The waiters were nice, and did their best, but between having to squeeze past the big group and being stretched thin, it was not the level of service we had previously. The head waiter came by and chatted most nights. He was very nice, and I think understood that our location was not optimal. I saw more people really dressed to the nines for formal night than I have ever seen on a Galveston cruise. Usually it's "please don't wear shorts and maybe wear your nice flip flops" and this time there were people in fancy long prom-type dresses and suits, even a couple of tuxedos. We wore suits and church-type clothes and were right in the middle of the pack. MDR Food: Good to very good. Not great, but nothing wrong with it. Typical cruise food - steaks and shrimp and soups and desserts. Some extra vegetarian/vegan options would be nice. The best things we had all week were the crabcakes and calmari appetizers. The fish entrees were consistently good, but very similar - fish with sauce plus starch and veg. The NY strip was consistently good, and one of the best we have had. Nicely seared on the outside and at the right temp every time. Rare was almost purple inside, and med-rare was beautiful and bloody. Delicious. Desserts were good - standouts were the Grand Marnier Souffle and the Creme Brulee. The no-sugar-added desserts were consistently tasty and good. Windjammer: Food good to very good. We really like the layout of the Windjammer as compared to Carnival. There are multiple smaller stations so you don't have to go through the entire line end-to-end to just get one thing. The cookies are always great and we made multiple trips upstairs just for cookies. A nice variety and selection of items, serving trays were kept full and fresh. Plates were cleared quickly and tables kept clean. At peak times staff were pro-active about helping guests find tables - I was approached by one staff member who suggested that I give him my sweater and he would use it to save a table for us. Very much appreciated. Also at peak times - breakfast on port days - they were gently "encouraging" passengers to finish up so that others could eat. When it was full they were holding back a line at the entrance to keep the crowd from being out of hand. The gatekeepers at the door were friendly and cheerful in what has to be a thankless job of "encouraging" / "suggesting" / forcing guests into sanitizing their hands on the way in. Ports: Overall fine, it's the Caribbean - you go for sun and sand and that's what we got. Cozumel - we took a taxi downtown, stopped at Mega for candy and souvenirs and then walked over to the shopping area. (Mega is great for anything you might have forgotten, or cheap snacks or small souvenirs. Flip flops, sunscreen, candy, bottled water, etc. They have a grocery store too if you want to make your own picnic lunch. Prices are in pesos but they will press a button and convert to dollars. The exchange rate they offered was 19/$1, which we though was very good.) Bought some handbags, and the non-shoppers enjoyed a bench in the shade with a book while the shoppers wandered about. Had lunch at a sidewalk place facing the water on Rafael Melgar street and then took a taxi back to the ship. We've gone to Paradise Beach before and loved it, but this time the shoppers won out. :-) We like Cozumel, it's a clean, safe, tourist-friendly stop. Grand Cayman - tendering process was quick. I got in line for tender tickets at 8:30. The line was crazy long but moved really fast. The tendering was not supposed to start until 10:30 so we we not expecting to get off until 11:30 (boat #21) but we were called by 10:40 and were in port by 11. The port area is very chaotic, and outside the fence is worse. The vendors are very aggressive and it was a bit unnerving. We were back inside and agreed to an island tour with one of the companies there. We had a quick trip around to Hell, the rum cake store and the dolphin place (15 minutes at each, plenty of time for the pictures and back on the bus). After that the driver dropped us at Calico Jack's for 1.5 hours and picked us back up. We liked Calico Jack's, had some lunch and drinks and spent time in the pool. One caution - the prices are listed in Cayman Dollars, not US, and the total will include gratuity. So take the menu price times $1.25 and then add 18% to get the total, so that you avoid sticker shock. We got back tot he port about 3:30 and walked straight onto a tender boat and back to the ship. Get there early to avoid the wait. Fallmouth - We took a RC tour - "Green Grotto and Dunn River Falls". Overall, very good. The bus was air conditioned, the hosts were polite but brusque and kept us on the schedule. The guide at the Grotto was terrific! Informative, enthusiastic and very good with the small children in our group. The cave tour was interesting. We would have preferred more history, but he adapted the talk to accommodate the many small children in our group. Dunn River Falls was pretty, but crowded and touristy. The climb up the falls was fun, but there were so many tourists there that it became somewhat of a forced march up in order to keep the line moving. A slower pace with fewer people would have been nice to be able to enjoy the beautiful area more. The port area is new and very nice. Onboard Entertainment: Mixed reviews...The casino is nice, but they really tightened up the slots for the last two sea days. We had a good time and pretty much broke even. The Schooner Bar piano player is nice to listen to but it gets crowded in the evenings. We saw two comedians, both were good. There was also a juggler/comedian which was better than it sounds. We skipped Saturday Night Fever because we saw it last time and didn't really enjoy it. The aerialist show was nice but not great. BUT. The Eagles tribute band was amazing! We really enjoyed it and the crowd was really into it. Daytime entertainment was mostly port shopping talks and port excursion talks. A couple sessions about the history or ecology of the ports would be a nice change. Voom internet worked well and we had good service all over the ship. Ship in general: A pretty ship, clean and well kept. We enjoyed sitting outside the pizza place on the promenade and people-watching. Debarkation - Super smooth and easy. We walked straight through, less than 30 minutes from getting in line in the dining room to walking out of customs. Miles and miles better than Carnival's debarkation nightmare. All in all we had a great time and loved the ship. Definitely will be back. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We took NCL because it was the only major cruise line going out of New York in August to Bermuda. Everything was simple from the moment we got to New York in 30 minutes later we were on board. We did have a hiccup at first when some ... Read More
We took NCL because it was the only major cruise line going out of New York in August to Bermuda. Everything was simple from the moment we got to New York in 30 minutes later we were on board. We did have a hiccup at first when some luggage was lost due to luggage tag being turn off but eventually was resolved. We had a great few days at Sea before we got into port with the only downfall of adults-only pool area is entirely too small for the ship 4000 people on it. We could not get seats around the pool no matter how hard we try or how early we woke up. Food in the main dining rooms was mediocre buffets were good. Irish Pub food was great actually..Lots of amenities on the ship the shows were good. Casino was nice... drink package paid for itself. Not a fan of nickel and diming of the daily service charges but oh well that's life. Bermuda was great did a cave excursion as well as Snuba Diving...yes Snuba...Horseshoe Bay was busy but nice. Caught a little rain on the way back...not a washout by any means... we got into port at 2 a.m....started the departure by 8:15am... shipping 25 minutes and in our cars 10 minutes after that unbelievably efficient process. Overall good time....Big ship always isnt Better though. Staff not as friendly as other Norwegian ships I have been on or any other for that matter. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This is my first review on Cruise critic, but I have been on 8 cruises in my life. This is our 7th time with Royal Caribbean and second time on Liberty of the Seas. I am going to try to give you the most detailed and honest review I can. ... Read More
This is my first review on Cruise critic, but I have been on 8 cruises in my life. This is our 7th time with Royal Caribbean and second time on Liberty of the Seas. I am going to try to give you the most detailed and honest review I can. A little background... We are almost Emerald Status (will be after our Feb cruise) and are traveling as a family of 4. My wife, 5 year old son, and almost 2 year old daughter. We book 2 adjoining Ocean View Cabins ever since the kids were born. 1. I am terrified of them being on a balcony and 2. We like to have the extra space and extra bathroom. Embarkation: We live about an hour and 20 mins away in NE Houston. We left the house around 10am and got to the cruise port terminal at 11:20. Due to the young children (strollers) we have to wait in line and drop off our bags to a Porter rather than going immediately to park. Not that big of a deal as this day we were early enough that the traffic and line into the terminal only took about 5 mins. After I dropped off the bags, my wife and kids waited for me at the terminal. I went and parked the car solo in Lot B. It is $85 for the week. I then took a bus back over to the terminal and we all got in line to enter the building. This is where I started to get a little ticked off. We have been Platinum status on the past 2 cruises and were able to cut the giant line to go immediately to security. This is a perk of being Platinum or higher or being booked in any of the suites. Apparently this rule changed about 2 months ago. Now due to the nickel and dime “Key” program you now have to wait in the long line. Took an hour to get to security. Imagine how much fun that was for my 5 year old who had to pee and my 2 year old who can only sit still for so long. I was not happy about this change at all and I wonder where is the loyalty RCCL? Apparently you can just pay for status now. After getting on board, my wife and I immediately go to the nursery and kids club. Reason being, you need to fill out paperwork and get signed up for slots. At the nursery they only accept 4 slots for babies and 4 slots for toddlers (which I think was from 20-36 months). Luckily we were able to get all the time slots we needed since we got there early. (That’s insider info and if you are on our Feb cruise you better save us a slot!) :) Rooms were ready around 1pm ish and we went down to drop off backpacks and start getting ready for dinner. Our Room Steward (Ian Lewis) was phenomenal. Best one I’ve had on any cruise. He grabbed all our bags and had them waiting for us by the door so we could start getting ready for our 5:30pm dinner time. Everyday Ian made sure a bucket of ice was there in the morning and evening. (We drink a lot of water). I recommend bringing a hydro flask or 30oz yeti cup to keep filled on your nightstand at all times. Ian was great with the kids and made them towel animals every night. Our room was always spotless. Much appreciated!!! Main Dining Room: Due to the age of our children we typically don’t do any of the specialty restaurants. (You are welcome, haha) Instead, 1 of the nights that nothing really stands out on the menu my wife and I will order a Filet from Chops in the MDR. It costs $20 each, but is well worth it in my opinion. I have celiac disease and as you can imagine it must be a huge pain to stay Gluten Free on the ship. RCCL is actually really good about identifying GF options in the MDR. They usually can have the chef prepare a particular meal you want in a GF version. Including cheesecake for dessert!! That being said, I still will warn you to be very careful in WindJammer (Buffet). I had a few episodes that I can only conclude must have been from cross contamination. On the first night I told our Assistant and Head waiter of my allergy. Took a few days, but by day 4 they had the GF bread waiting for me at the table every night. Much appreciated! My suggestion (which I’ve done in the past), is let the Matre D know about your allergies on the first night. They will make sure everything is perfect. The AW and HW are always over-worked and stressed with the amount of tables they have. It didn’t used to be this way, but clearly another cost saving tactic by RCCL. MDR food has definitely deteriorated over the year’s and esp since last year. Salad was soggy or didn’t have enough dressing. Food over or under-cooked. These are things that you must have patience for as they are trying to feed 3300+ people. That being said, it seemed like every night we were asking for a new steak, or extra dressing. Kind of disappointing. Overall I would rate the food a 7 out of 10 stars. At least they had escargot for my wife, her favorite! Kids Club: 10 out of 10 stars!!! The reason my wife and I love cruising so much is the kids clubs. We spend the day as a family of 4 at the pool or walking the ports or on excursions. Then after dinner we drop the kids off from 8pm-12am (or somewhere in there). That way my wife and I get 7 date nights in a row!!! Unheard of right! The nursery staff was excellent. They loved our daughter and she loved them. We would get her in her PJ’s and take her up at 8pm. She would typically play for an hour or less and then make it quite clear she was ready for bed. They would either rock her to sleep in her stroller or put her in one of the cribs. We would pick her up by midnight and take her back to the room. She never woke up. It was great! Their cost is $6/hr during the day and $8/hr after 6pm. Well worth it! PS tips are appreciated! My son is in Adventure Ocean, which is 3-5 year olds. They have a Max capacity, but I want to say it’s in the high 20’s-30’s depending on the amount of staff they have at that particular time slot. It was never an issue for us and he loved going there! After 10pm they charge $7 an hour. Always keep them busy with crafts, games, coloring etc. My son couldn’t wait to show us what he made that day. He usually would fall asleep on one of the pads or benches around 10pm, then I would carry him back to the room when we picked him up. PS his normal bed time at home is 7pm, but hey, it’s his vacation too! Windjammer: We would go to the windjammer for Breakfast and lunch just about everyday. Food wise I would give it a 7 out of 10. Lots of options. I liked how now you order an omelette and they deliver it to your table via a number vs the old way of standing around in a huge crowd waiting for your number to be called. That being said, some days it took 15-20 mins to get delivered. Lunch I thought was better than Breakfast food wise. Everyday I would ask for GF bread which they keep behind the counter and make a sandwich and a salad. My wife and kids always had something different and liked the options. Pool: The kids splash park area is awesome. 2’ deep pool with a waterfall, 2 kids water slides, bunch of splash pad type fountains. My son loved it and wanted to be there all day. Here is the problem. Our almost 2 year old... They don’t allow children in water diapers into the main splash pad area or pools, which I get, for sanitary reasons. The thing is she didn’t want to be contained in the VERY small diaper area. She wanted to run and play with her brother. The thing I find annoying about this is kids pee in the pool all the time, so what’s the difference if she pees in her diaper? Maybe it’s just me... Multiple days my wife and I had to take shifts and keep them separated, until she threw a fit and then we would have to take her out of the pool area all together. Usually full blown tantrum. On 2 separate occasions we were able to get her into the nursery around her nap time so we could spend tantrum free time with our son. The lifeguards watch like hawks so good luck trying to sneak your diaper kids into the splash park. That’s all I’m going to say about that... The “big” adult pools are fine and always crowded as expected. We never had an issue finding a couple of lounge chairs, but I did see some people circling for a while. Expect 30 min waits for the bigger slides in the back of the ship and I have no clue about flow rider, but I know it had a long wait too. Drink Package: Highly recommend it. My wife and I RARELY drink at home. I’m talking a glass of wine every 2-3 months. That being said, there is something about being on a cruise ship that makes us want to indulge like college kids at our first Frat party! Haha jk, but we do like to try different things and that’s the beauty of the drink package. If you order a drink you don’t like you pour it out and order something else. We would have at least 1 sometimes 4 drinks at the pool during the day, a pre-dinner cocktail, wine at dinner, post drop off the kids at the club (celebration drink), maybe a drink at the show, and a few after that at various bars. When you add that all up you save a ton of money compared to the $12 per drink they charge you. Here’s the kicker, water bottles (huge)!, High end coffee’s, fresh squeezed juice, sodas. (All included) Even though we rarely drink soda unless it’s mixed in our cocktail, it’s highly worth it to get the package. When I did the math I think it was 5.5 drinks a day. We did that in water bottles alone. If you are on the fence, I recommend getting it when they do their 30% off sale emails they send out every other day. Shows: Apparently same shows as the past 5 years. We rarely go to them since we’ve been there done that, but we always enjoy the “Love and Marriage” show. It was pretty good on this cruise too. Ports: Cozumel: We’ve been here half a dozen times. This was the only port we did an excursion. It was the Deluxe Beach Break at Playa Mia. 9 out of 10 stars. The kids loved the water park (guess what? Water diapers are allowed)!!! We loved the bigger water slides, 10X faster and more fun than the ones on the ship. There is a coarse sand beach to lay out on, snorkeling ($13 to rent the gear), an inflatable water park in the ocean for the bigger kids. They all loved it by the way! Lunch was pretty good, my only gripe was that the “well” alcohol gives me a headache so I only had 1. You can buy the higher shelf stuff for $6 a piece, which I didn’t mind at all. We had a great time and will be going back there again in February. Grand Caymen: We took the kids via tender around 1pm to shore to do some shopping. My 5 year old fell asleep in his stroller on the way over and woke up on the way back, so he never got to actually “see” the island haha. We stuck around for about an hour or 2 and came back. Bought some overpriced plastic crap that will break in a week, but hey the kids were happy! PS this is why we always take 2 umbrella strollers. Even at 5 years old you never know when a kid is gonna be wore out from the sun and need a nap. That way the rest of us can press on! You’re welcome! Falmouth: Did the same as above, walked around and dealt with a 2 year old who threw tantrums when Daddy said “No” at almost every store. They each got 1 thing, I’m not that mean of Father... Piece of advice, stay in the main shopping area that is fenced in. If you make the mistake (Like we did) of going outside of the port area you will quickly become hassled for everything from weed, taxi tours, beggars, you name it we saw it. After 5 mins of realizing we made a big mistake we went back into the gated shopping area. Phew... Disembarkation: Wasn’t bad, but a longer wait than we had experienced in the past. I’d guess about an hour from ship to car. Maybe we just had a bad time slot? Who knows. If you have an early flight definitely do the self help. We don’t have that option as 3 suitcases, 2 strollers, a pack and play, and garment bag would be too much to handle. Oh ya and the kids too! Haha So, we are booked on this ship again in February. Since it’s 100X better than Enchantment and the only good option out of Galveston right now. Don’t even look at Vision. I am hoping some improvements will be made, but my wife and I have figured out what works best for us. Hoping round 3 will be just as smooth and more fun! Hope this review helped. Happy Sailing! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019

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