My son wanted to go to Atlantis, after doing a price out, it was cheaper to go on a 3-day quickie cruise and get a day pass at Atlantis. We flew to FLL and spent the night. I used SAS transportation to get to the cruise port. They were ... Read More
My son wanted to go to Atlantis, after doing a price out, it was cheaper to go on a 3-day quickie cruise and get a day pass at Atlantis. We flew to FLL and spent the night. I used SAS transportation to get to the cruise port. They were great, but I later found out my hotel would have taken us for 1/4 of the price. Not sure how I missed that, that was on me. Embarkation was easy. We walked in, walked right up to a counter, waited about 45 minutes (we had early check in), and walked right on the ship at about noon. It was so easy it didn't feel right.
Right away it was obvious this was an older ship. From the outside to the inside. The decor, and rust on the outside windows wasn't overly bothersome for me. What really showed was the size of the ship in comparison to some others I have been on. The ship was full, and in the restaurant (buffet) area it really showed. Not as many icecream stations, so always a line or icecream out of service, pretty significant lines at the buffet compared to other ships. Not really a complaint, I had nowhere to go, it is just noticeably different for a smaller ship how many people are on the ship. That being said I never had a problem finding a place to sit and eventually got an icecream cone. The cruise itself didn't seem to have as many activities, but there was the day we left, a day at Nassau and a Sea Day, so that is to be expected.
Not sure how to put this and not get jumped on, but for the first time on a cruise I felt like the people on the cruise were different. Not sure if it was because of where it was out of or because it was a 3-day, but I saw some things that just bothered me. The lady who came to the dining room in her nightgown, it was clearly a nightgown. The grown man who was at the buffet with no shirt, the mostly grown kids just cutting in line. I just felt like this cruise had more disrespectful people than I have ever seen before. Not just isolated incidents, but the major vibe. :(
I went to one comedy show. I was not a fan of the comedian. I think I saw him on another Carnvial ship. He is african-american, and his entire show is just beating down different races --- and not even being funny while doing it. Once I realized who he was I got up and left. I don't recall his name. I went to the Hasbro Game Show, it was exactly like the previous one I went to, even the questions to get on the show were the same. Then the Simon game wasn't working so I left that too. The one show I did enjoy on the ship was the show Brits. It had some great music, and moved pretty fast. I heard one person say they felt like it was only 15 minutes. It was 45 minutes.
The food on the ship was okay. Guy's Burgers were good of course, and the pizza was good. I just find the dining room food to not be as good as I remember from my first cruise. I enjoyed Sea Day Brunch. I always get the tomato soup and the spicy chicken. Hen Ala Divola or something like that. I also love the puffy bread they have.
The weather was amazing. I never felt the boat move. My last couple cruises have put me to sleep very early swaying. We had an ocean view room. While I am not sure I would do it for the ocean view again, I felt like the room had more space than an inside cabin.
Since our whole trip was about going to Atlantis I was on edge. I had read numerous reviews that if it rained they closed the waterpark and never reopened. We took a taxi for $4 per person to Atlantis and it dropped us at the Coral Towers, about a 1.5 mile walk to the waterpark. When we got to the locker rental I realized I lost my pouch with my credit card, state IDs, and ship IDs. I only had it out when we checked in. Then it started pouring. My son took off for the rides. I went to look for my ID. After walking all they way back to the desk I checked in at, I called security. They had the pouch all intact. Thank goodness. By the time I got back the sun was shining and nothing was ever shut down. We had a great time at Atlantis. Word of caution though, the "lazy river" is not a lazy river. It is a Roaring Rapids. I fell off my tube, about drown, and was drug along the bottom about 30 feet. I went to get bandaged up and the first aid gave me two large bandaids which didn't cover my wound ... and were not waterproof they warned. Maybe I should have heeded the warning and got out of the water, but I paid too much. As I type, I have a severe infection on my arm and have just now in the last couple days been able to use my arm. All signs indicate I won't lose my arm at this point but it was a painful time.
I am glad we chose to do Atlantis as a 1-day I think my son would have gotten bored with the same rides if we were there for 4 days. Now we can say we have been there, done that.
Overall, it was a vacation and the ocean was so relaxing. That being said I would never book this particular cruise again. We have another 3 day out of California for Thanksgiving if I don't decide to cancel. 3-days may not be my thing. Read Less