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Sail Date: January 2018
I have always been interested in taking a vacation on a cruise. The MSC cruise seemed ideal, and I was right. The embarkation/ disembarkation process is tremendously quick and smooth. I loved our balcony cabin, just being able to look ... Read More
I have always been interested in taking a vacation on a cruise. The MSC cruise seemed ideal, and I was right. The embarkation/ disembarkation process is tremendously quick and smooth. I loved our balcony cabin, just being able to look at the precious sunrise and sunsets from my room and the smell of the ocean. Myself and my partner were quite fortunate to see the dolphins swim in pairs when we got to Portuguese Island on the morning of the 30th. The stay on the ship was an amazing experience. The fine dining was pleasant, great entertainment, excellent service and of course not forgetting the reasonable prices of perfumes and jewelry. We explored the beautiful Inhaca Island and got to meet the King if Inhaca Island. In addition I enjoyed the days spent at Portuguese Island, which included their beautiful warm water at the sea. The scenery is amazing and would definitely recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship ... Read More
We sailed on this ship 2 years ago on almost the same itinerary. We picked it because of Half Moon Cay and it lined up with our flights. We were very pleasantly surprised with the new improvements. The cabins had been updated, the ship was newly remodeled to a less tacky decor color scheme and the new food venues were fantastic. One recent review stated the vents in the cabin doors let in noise. I couldn't agree more. I had to sleep with earplugs and that still didn't drown out all the sounds from drunk people yelling in the halls at all hours of the night and the dreadful steel drum music that played from 6 pm until 10 pm. I got headaches from all the noise and it was hard to relax and go into your cabin to just sleep when you needed it. The vents do help with smells in the cabin, but bad from noise control. Guy's Burger joint is so yummy and fun. The Blue Iguana gives made to order burritos, tacos for breakfast and lunch options. The buffet has gone downhill however. This is especially true for Dinner. The food one night was just awful. It was a weird combo of dishes: veal parmesan, pasta with peas, rice, top round, succotash...I pretty much went hungry that night and we checked the dining menu that was the same. The bad thing is that Guy's closes at 6pm and Blue Iguana closes even earlier. The buffet needs serious improvements! I really missed the chicken tenders that used to be served at lunch too. Breakfast is pretty good in the Lido restauant, but they need to put fruit in the express area. You can wait over a half hour in line just to get fruit. Our cabin was remodeled with woods that gave it a spa feel. We were in 8272. It was a horrible location. We were next to the cleaning closet, so the stateroom attendants would park their carts on both sides of the door and talk non stop at all hours of the day and evening loudly and bang around. People would seem to congregate by our door talking and sounds from the lobby (steel drums) would carry up to our room as it was located right at the opening. Avoid this room at all costs!! The mattress is hard as a rock and pillow hard or lumpy. It wasn't the comfortable beds we have been used to on Carnival. The entertainment on the ship needs an overhaul. The exact same shows as two years ago with less talent. The comedy "all ages" show was lames as heck. The first night, the second guy (Derek) basically rehashed the first show's material. The second night, Derek, couldn't produce any laughs. He seemed ill prepared. The Vegas style show "Livin' in America" was awful. The girls were g-string style clothing that is inappropriate for kids especially and the singing was bad. We lasted 10 minutes and bailed. The Love and Marriage show was good though :) I love the exercise facilities on the ship. There are many new weight machines and tons of cardio equipment. One of the best cruise ship gyms I have been in. Many of the tv's on the machines are broken. The girls working in the spa and night very nice and when I asked for a price list, they said they didn't have one. They gave me a $50 random credit in the spa for the Half Moon Cay day, but services were so pricey, I couldn't find anything to spend the credit on ($160ish for a massage or facial)? The ship colors have been changed from Multi-disco rainbow bright colors to turquoise and coral/orange but looks like someone sponged turquoise on all the gold painted trims to update it. The carpet is new. The ship was clean and in good repair. The walkways especially in the dining area were very cramped. There is only tea/coffee, lemonade and hot cocoa to drink on board without paying extra, but I noticed people bringing one 12 pack of soda each onboard to use. Embarcation went pretty smoothly. We'd arrived at 11:35 am for our 11-11:30 am appointment and bypassed the line. Debarkation was awesome! They made an announcement at 7 am that if you had all your luggage with you, you were cleared to leave right then (although the info sheet the night before stated you could only get off per deck starting at 8:15 am). I noticed a lot of conflicting info. The cruise director would announce one thing (like if you are near your cabin at muster, to grab your life jacket) but when we did, the stateroom attendant told us to leave them in our room. Another time they said that if you were near your stateroom, you could watch the muster on your tv, but they made it very clear at muster, that you HAD to attend no matter what. Muster took a ridiculous amount of time to complete. Mostly, it was because people took so long to get to their muster stations. They need to speed this up more. We were supposed to depart from Miami at 4 pm, but the ship didn't sail until after 6 pm, which was fine with me, but just strange and inconsistent. Most of the crew seemed to be trying really hard to be friendly and nice. We were on anytime dining and so the first night, we got one waiter who was very rude. He didn't say two words to us, didn't pour our drinks and barely showed up. We waited forever to get each course of our dinner. Their were only us two at our table and it took 90 minutes to get through dinner. I'm not sure what his problem was. I also experienced sea sickness on the 2nd and 3rd night. The ship was rocking quite a bit. We were worried about Half Moon Cay being cancelled due to strong winds. The winds were between 15-20 mph and we still were able to do Half Moon, but it was only 72 degrees and not warm enough to get into the water there with the wind. We still enjoyed it very much and had shade (although it was behind the clam shells which blocked our view of the ocean. Over all, we weren't expecting much since before on this ship, things were pretty bad. We were very pleasantly surprised and liked our cruise despite a few issues. We are glad that Carnival is stepping it up a bit and hope they work on a few things to make the experience even better. This is our 7 cruise (5th on Carnival and 2nd time on the Victory). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
the rates are very reasonable. my husband and i were honeymooning and what better way to have your first experience together as newly weds. the restaurants are very clean and the waiters are very friendly and professional. Samunti from the ... Read More
the rates are very reasonable. my husband and i were honeymooning and what better way to have your first experience together as newly weds. the restaurants are very clean and the waiters are very friendly and professional. Samunti from the IL Galeone Restaurant would be reason for me sail again with MSC very funny guy.The cabin was very warm apart from the small size of the shower everything was just fine. The housekeeping team very helpful and always willing to assist.The lounges were just to the TEE, we spent most of our time at the Manhattans Lounge the entertainment really kept us going. This is where all the ladies took advantage of the chance to dance with the Officers, dream come true for me. Don't tell my husband i said that. Lol. As for the shows perfect, Stephen job well done, the last show really left me in tears, i felt very emotional when the time came for us to say goodbye to the Ship, really felt like another home away from home, we made new friends and became one big happy family during the 4 days.Job well done MSC your staff is well trained and they did everything with big fat smile all the way. we still would like to go see Pomene because the trip had to be cancelled due to the whether. thank you for making our honeymoon memorable. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
This was one of my bucket list items and what an experience my wife and I had fantastic that is how I will describe it I feel it is a must. The embarkation was handled so professionally MSC Staff you guys were great. The cabin where ... Read More
This was one of my bucket list items and what an experience my wife and I had fantastic that is how I will describe it I feel it is a must. The embarkation was handled so professionally MSC Staff you guys were great. The cabin where we were in very comfortable great stuff , although I feel the shower could have some improvement. The food was great 24/7 service no problem well organised and you dine wherever you really feel comfortable. Staff from various countries very helpful and respectful always a smile on their faces and I must compliment the staff who is keep the Sinfonia spotless everyday all day long. Great entertainment on and off the Sinfonia , my hi lite was the music in the Manhattan Bar great music great entertainment and people participate that was great to see. On deck various games for adults as well as kids , I will recommend anyone to go an experience this , it was fantastic I definitely will do it again and to crown it all my wife is cared of water or heights and she enjoyed herself tremendously. The Sinfonia Rocks. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
The cruise was to celebrate my wife's milestone birthday (40). The cruise was extremely delightful and well worth the value for money. The overall experience was excellent with very efficient service all round. However in saying this, ... Read More
The cruise was to celebrate my wife's milestone birthday (40). The cruise was extremely delightful and well worth the value for money. The overall experience was excellent with very efficient service all round. However in saying this, we were extremely disappointed by the decision of not going to Pomene and the rebate of 20$ was not an appropriate compensation. I was advised that this has happened on several occasions and this destination should be reconsider as a destination in future cruises. Another important point was the miscommunication or no communication regarding service charge for vouchers purchased onboard. This amounted to an additional 20$ charge. This should have been communicated upfront. Overall, the cruise was an awesome experience however like most holidays too short. We will be looking at longer holiday cruise options that will incorporate more sporting activities and will accommodate more kids activities. Keep up the great work in the communications and co-ordination of the cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I was really blown away what an amazing experience .............will really want to do it again and again. We needed more than four days to explore everything that the ship has to offer but i had fun, best holiday ever with the family the ... Read More
I was really blown away what an amazing experience .............will really want to do it again and again. We needed more than four days to explore everything that the ship has to offer but i had fun, best holiday ever with the family the food was nice. Gained so much weight with the amount of pizza i ate fresh from the oven. I just loved being on the upper deck the view was very nice and interacting wit the barman was awesome. The disembarking was very bad especially if you have children maybe something they can approve on for people with children and elderly people. The service was great the guys who work on the ship, nice personality from the chefs to the guys who was cleaning up behind us. My 5 year old loved the mini club just got up in the morning and was ready to go they really had a good time. My 1 year old love the play room filled with awesome toys to keep them busy. Loved the cruise and will do it again in future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
This was my third Celebrity cruise and my ninth overall. I'll start with the positives. Beautiful ship that was easy to find your way around on. The cabin was nicely appointed and roomy enough with a veranda. Breakfast served at Opus had ... Read More
This was my third Celebrity cruise and my ninth overall. I'll start with the positives. Beautiful ship that was easy to find your way around on. The cabin was nicely appointed and roomy enough with a veranda. Breakfast served at Opus had everything you might want and waiter service. Dinner in the same room was also fine except for the steak which was thin and very Sizzler-like. The solarium gave those who don't prefer to take sun all day a good choice to take a break. They also did a great job on the Super Bowl. It was shown in the auditorium on a large screen along with typical finger food for those who chose to eat dinner while watching the game. A former announcer for a pro NFL team also added color. Now for things that need some work. Lunch was a notch or two below the Golden Corral! Same subpar Mexican, Indian and Italian food for 12 days! My wife loves Italian food but only had it the first day as she could not justify the calories for very, very average fare. There was no good NY style deli to be had any day. Ham and more ham-no turkey,corned beef or pastrami to be found anywhere! C'mon Celebrity, you sail out of Fort Lauderdale not Boise! We wound up eating several times at a small cafe that offered "healthy choices " like chicken,tuna and salmon salad scooped on a small plate! Enough about food. The grassy area was a waste of space except for the few bocce players on board. A wake up call did not happen on the morning of an excursion but we backed it up with my iPhone so no harm,no foul but poor execution! Entertainment was just average and the late night adult comedy was limited to only 2 nights! Not many activities happening at the pool either. On one of the days we left the ship for an excursion we returned only to find that they were cleaning up the lunch area which as I said earlier was no big deal but the only good thing offered which was the carving station was the first to go! Lastly,gone were the folded animal towels, the carved block of ice at the pool, a crew talent show,a salute to the hard working staff and a presentation of delicious desserts that I've seen on other cruises and no sushi night unless you paid a la carte. I will conclude with a shout out to our waiters Jerome and Glen for their attentiveness and pleasantness. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
The beat so far #20...food was great entertainment was great service was over the top...plus any questions we ask the crew was answer very well.....Thank You for a good Time......we would like to thank ower table waiter and helper Gene ... Read More
The beat so far #20...food was great entertainment was great service was over the top...plus any questions we ask the crew was answer very well.....Thank You for a good Time......we would like to thank ower table waiter and helper Gene and Nives...they were the BEST.....The ride was very smooth we hit some rain and rough weather but the ship handled it very well.....My thanks to the ships Crew......The cabin Was perfect size and entertainment and activities were over the top....took this cruise because it was close to home and easy to get too.........plus saved a lot of money on flying plus the trouble.of.going.to.the airport......also.the time.we picked.was perfect,there.was very few kids on board..Also when.the the ship docked.a lot of people.went.ashore.we had the whole.ship to ourselfs,food,court was empty.the pool.empty..plus it was less noisey.and plenty.of seats to go around.I just want to point out,,being at sea for 3.days made it very hard to find a seat or a chair to seat in the sun... Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing ... Read More
Because we needed out of the cold winter the Bahamas sounded great, first of all the ship was delayed by 5 hours we were put in what they called a comfort station which was nothing more than a fema trailer with hard chairs and nothing else..port a Johns were outside in a different trailer, so our beautiful vacation now was delayed by 9 hours..( by the time our our ship sailed.) We did NOT get to stop at the most important port which was the princess cay island .instead we got to stop to cape canaval.florida.which it was quiet cool.we made so many turns on this ship.. It became very very rocky and made the strongest of us ill.. this actually became a nightmare cruise..not happy at all.. I am not even sure we will be sailing Carnival again.. finally when we got to Bahamas our time on shore was cut short. Then the trip back was so fast back to cold weather .so our 7 day cruise was all cold except the 2 days we actually was ported in Bahamas.very dissapointed. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Background Information This is our second cruise with NCL and the honeymoon cruise for my wife and I. We splurged and went with the Haven and all it had to offer. With being in the Haven and not having our kids with us we really didn't ... Read More
Background Information This is our second cruise with NCL and the honeymoon cruise for my wife and I. We splurged and went with the Haven and all it had to offer. With being in the Haven and not having our kids with us we really didn't do much outside of the Haven. Travel To Port of Embarkation We live in Ft. Lauderdale so it was just a 30 minute car ride from home :-) Embarkation Unfortunately when we got there to the Haven check-in lounge there was a large group of about 15 family members ahead of us. At that time there was only one person working in the lounge so needless to say the line was not moving. Finally another NCL rep arrived and started checking in other Haven cruisers. Due to large mentioned family group already in the lounge the lounge was quite crowded and in a bit disarray. A VIP escort showed up but didn't come into the lounge to collect the people already checked in but thankfully my wife had looked outside and noticed him so we where able to join the boarding group he was taking. With the VIP escort going on-board was a breeze and everyone in the group was escorted directly to the Haven non-stop. Haven All I can say is: AMAZING. Worth every penny (wish I just had more pennies so I could use it again). From the concierge to the butler to the private bar, private restaurant and private pool and lounge area it was really a truly special experience. There is no waiting in lines to book anything as the concierge team takes care of all of that. Whatever food you want from any restaurant on the ship your butler brings to your room. By the end of the 1st day the bartenders know your name and your drink of choice (mostly pepsi in my case). It will be hard to go back to regular cursing after our stay in the Haven. Dining Ocean Blue was amazing. Brazilian steakhouse was good but nothing spectualar Cagneys left me very disappointed. I actually sent back my porterhouse which I was looking forward to the whole cruise ... it had to no flavor. Went with the filet which was good but not what I had my heart set on (1st world problem i know). Haven Restuarant - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner all had great menus and tasty food. Steak and Eggs - yes please, Bree Cheese Burger - don't mind if I do, Duck and Prime Rib - if i must :-) Activities Since it was our honeymoon my wife and I really didn't do much the ship had to offer. We just wanted to relax and take it easy. We left our 5 and 9 year old kids at home so we where very content to just sit back and read a book or watch a movie in peace. Service Can't speak for the rest of the ship but with the Haven you differently get what you paid for. For what they charge you expect top-notch service and they deliver and then some. Entertainment Million Dollar - Amazing show and the actor are freaking awesome singers and instrument players Cirque - The entertainers are amazing ... they can drop the crappy wedding food dinner before the show and make the experience even more amazing ... hated that they made us waste 45 minutes before the show for a dinner we didn't want or enjoy and then charged us extra food (NCL nickel and dimeing at its best) If you have seen a Cirque show in the past you can skip this one ... a good show but not worth the extra $$$ and forced meal Howl at the Moon - ok ... we left after about 10 minutes Comedian - we saw the adult show and i really enjoyed him but I forget his name Painting by Stacey - Fun painting class ... but they are more fun at home where they include wine and such to make it more social. Instructor was nice but not very good at teaching the techniques. My palm trees looked like sausages :-) Port & Shore Excursions All the ports except for their private island in Belize where great. It is an NCL private island ... why is the beverage package and food not included. Oh i know ... another way to nickel and dime :-) ... I have noticed a trend here with NCL. I would rather to go to actually Belize rather than their Disney-world version of it they built. Disembarkation Thanks to Haven and priority escorts as easy as it has ever been Read Less

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