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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
This is my 2nd time (and last time) on the Constellation and 7th Celebrity cruise. This ship is in terrible shape. The furnishings in the public areas are in tattered disrepair. The fabrics are literally worn off the furniture so there are ... Read More
This is my 2nd time (and last time) on the Constellation and 7th Celebrity cruise. This ship is in terrible shape. The furnishings in the public areas are in tattered disrepair. The fabrics are literally worn off the furniture so there are bald spots. The room was not much better with rust in the grout in the bathroom and a moldy shower curtain. Having been now on Celebrity many times, they have cut back on the amenities. No cotton ball/Q-tip container. Instead, you get nothing unless you ask, and then you only get a 2-pack of cotton balls and Q-tips. Not a big deal, but you notice these things as the price of cruising continues to rise and they strip away the small stuff. Also, no pen and pad of paper in the room--this used to be standard. The TV room service program was not working, so they sent someone with another TV. Well.....it's not the TV, it's the programming. Duh! The battery in the in-room safe was dead, so the safe did not work. They sent another mechanic for that. Stay out of room 9109. Embarkation was a cluster mess even though I have priority check-in as a platinum member. Disembarkation was easy, since I stayed on the ship literally till they called my name to kick me off. My flight wasn't until 4 p.m. so I wasn't in a hurry to get off the ship. The food was the worst! Lobster bisque is more like lobster broth, with no trace of lobster. Steaks are tough and rubbery. I love to try all kinds of food, but I found that I needed to order two entrees at dinner just to have the hope that I could eat something off of each plate. That's really sad! The only dessert that is consistently good on Celebrity cruises is the creme brulee. The cake-style desserts were very dry and lacked good flavor. The buffet was hit or miss on good tasting food. If you can get your entree prepared fresh (omelette station or stir fry), that seemed to be the best way to get a tasty meal. I got tired of trying to hunt down a good meal so I went to room service. Boy, that was a mistake! The burgers and chicken sandwiches were dried out, the breakfast orders were made completely wrong and they gave me cream and sugar but no coffee. Really?? Nobody noticed that before sending it out? The shows were barely adequate, if not a bit lame. We had very smooth sailing seas, therefore, no swaying stage, so there was no excuse for the performers not to be in perfect step. Didn't do anything in Nassau except walk and shop and went to Senor Frog's. Fun place with great rum drinks and lots of dancing and singing. Took the "Taste of Key West" tour from the ship excursion. Well worth it for a food sampling tour. You visit a few of the establishments and you get a sampling of their food. Our walking tour guide was very informative and friendly and stopped along the way to give you some history of the area. The tour is a couple hours long. Not on this tour but was featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives is DJ's Clam Shack on Duval Street in Key West. I made my way down there to try their lobster roll. The BEST lobster roll I've ever had. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2015
My Husband and I booked this cruise last minute (December) to get out of the cold weather and a great deal. We arrived at Port Canaveral and check in. We are Diamonds with RCCL so check in was about 5 minutes for us. This is the first time ... Read More
My Husband and I booked this cruise last minute (December) to get out of the cold weather and a great deal. We arrived at Port Canaveral and check in. We are Diamonds with RCCL so check in was about 5 minutes for us. This is the first time we have been on the Enchantment and were a little hesitant. The last time we were on this class of ship was when the Grandeur was brand new and we did not like that ship's layout. We knew the Enchantment had been extended and were looking forward to it. WOW! we were so pleasantly surprised. What a beautiful ship. We were on the Monarch right before she was sent to Pulmantur and figured the Enchantment would be much like the Monarch. It is, but it's stretched, updated and a better use of space. The ship is so elegant. So glad Royal is using richer colors with carpeting and upholstery. The dated, light blue and greens are awful. The food: The Park Cafe, not as extensive as Oasis class ships, but a great alternative. The MDR, we only ate once and the food/service was great. The Windjammer was nice as well, the usual Windjammer fare. We ate at Chops twice and the service, the food was the BEST Chops we have had on any ship. It was incredible and it seemed the wait staff was willing to please you no matter what. Definitely worth the money. Also, had a cook out while in Nassau on the deck with paella, etc. that was wonderful. Room: We had an inside room, deck 2. Typical inside room for RCCL, it was fine for 3 days. I don't have an issue with getting an inside room especially for what we paid for the cruise. We are never in it. Gym; Good sized gym for the amount of people on the ship. We worked out everyday, always able to get a treadmill or machine. Pool: One of the best pool decks of the fleet. The Oasis pools are too broken up, the Freedom class are nice, but one pool except in Solarium. But the Enchantment because of it being extended, has 2 pools and plenty of deck space. Was never an issue getting a chair. I loved the pool and the entertainment. The entertainment onboard was fantastic. Was nice to get our drinks and listen to the performers in the atrium before dinner. The casino, was the smallest one we have been on. Not enough black jack tables and too many people wanting to play. The Viking Crown/Diamond Lounge: I think this Viking Crown is the nicest of the fleet. The Oasis ships seem too impersonal and huge, but the Enchantment's is so pretty and double ceiling's make it a great spot to watch the sunset. The Diamond lounge is also there and Concierge. It would get a little warm up there, so we would not stay too long. We did not like the service in the Diamond lounge either. If you are working in a Customer Service industry, then you shold at least be polite and say "hello" when someone greets you. That would be my only complaint. This Enchantment is a beautiful ship and the service and employees are what make that ship exceptional. We will not hesitate going back on her. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
Shorty after we set sail on the Carnival Ecstasy, I was praying for debarkation. The check in process was painless and moved rather quickly which was a pleasant suprise. The first thing I noticed after stepping on to the ship were massive ... Read More
Shorty after we set sail on the Carnival Ecstasy, I was praying for debarkation. The check in process was painless and moved rather quickly which was a pleasant suprise. The first thing I noticed after stepping on to the ship were massive crowds of people. I figured that this was just because everyone was boarding at the same time and that once the confusion subsided and everyone figured out where they needed to go, that the crowds would die down. WRONG! The entire weekend this ship was complete chaos. At least a 5-10 min wait to get an elevator no matter what time of day or what part of the ship you were on. Getting a chair by the pool or on any outside deck was nearly impossible. Getting in the pool or one of the hot tubs at any time of the day was completely impossible. The buffet left a lot to be desired. Hockey puck cheeseburgers and rubbery hot dogs on the outside lido deck, and bland artificial tasting food inside. There were two small buffets inside. Both served the same thing, however both were hardly ever open at the same time leaving everyone to crowd at one. Buffet closed at random times all throughout the day. The shows were completely outdated for a family fun ship in 2015. The "welcome aboard" show was a group of mediocre singers singing motown songs dressed ridiculously., and then there was the british invasion show which was an homage to the beatles and similar acts sung by the same group of mediocre singers and overactors. Our port of call was Nassau which was an amazing experience. We opted for the glass bottom boat tour, as well as the tour of Nassau harbor. I would have much rather stayed in Nassau and flew home than to get back on the ship. The third day was a "fun day at sea"...by the end of this day I was ready to jump off the ship and swim the rest of the way. Everywhere on the ship was so crowded and most of the activities were geared towards children. The two shows that night were repeat performances of the same horrible shows in the days before. Another major downside to this ship is that is is a smaller ship, therefore you feel EVERYTHING! I have been home for almost a week now and am still suffering from vertigo feeling like I am rocking back and forth. I can promise that I will NEVER sail on the Carnival Ecstasy again.I will possibly give Carnival itself one more try on a bigger more updated ship, but in the future I will most likely spend the extra money and go with Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
My wife and I decided on a quick escape to the Bahamas. Left work at 1pm picked her up at 2 and headed to the Port of Miami at 3. Made it on time no traffic, no waiting...no photograph...straight to the Lido deck for a late lunch. Great ... Read More
My wife and I decided on a quick escape to the Bahamas. Left work at 1pm picked her up at 2 and headed to the Port of Miami at 3. Made it on time no traffic, no waiting...no photograph...straight to the Lido deck for a late lunch. Great start. We had a pleasant relax time all along. Great interior cabin on the 9th deck AFT. Dinner was good...evening show were excellent; great talents on display. Port of Nassau....was dirty with construction and odors....stayed 10 minutes and back on the ship. Been there before. Chose not to get off next day to Styrrup Cay. Enjoyed the peace on the ship. Got off the ship on Monday at 9am and made it to work at 10. We will do this again and again in the future....on Sky Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2014
This was my 2nd time on the Enchantment. Crew was wonderful, Especially Rosella who would great us in the morning at the Buffet singing and smiling at everyone. It was fast and simple getting on and off the ship. Plenty of fun events all ... Read More
This was my 2nd time on the Enchantment. Crew was wonderful, Especially Rosella who would great us in the morning at the Buffet singing and smiling at everyone. It was fast and simple getting on and off the ship. Plenty of fun events all day long on the ship. The waves were too high for the tender boats to get us to Coco Cay so we had an extra sea day. Plus the Captain took us to Nassau the night before we were due to arrive so it was a calm, quiet evening. Our favorite place was the adults only Solarium. Wonderful place to relax and have a snack. We had room 7556 which was a balcony room. It had tons of storage and a great view. My only real complaint was there was no guide telling what was on the TV for times when we were in the room. Not really a big deal. I do recommend this ship for a nice relaxing cruise. We took it for our Anniversary and had a great time. We will be back again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
Beautiful ship. Many of the comments elsewhere about mediocre food, poor or non-existent service, long waits and an awful embarkation and disembarkation process we also experienced. My main comment is don't take the base price of ... Read More
Beautiful ship. Many of the comments elsewhere about mediocre food, poor or non-existent service, long waits and an awful embarkation and disembarkation process we also experienced. My main comment is don't take the base price of this cruise as meaningful as the add on are endless, food, sauna, quiet places, etc are all at additional (substantial) cost. My wife who loves to relax in the sauna was shocked that the sauna is $199 for a seven day cruise. I found the charges for the "specialty" restaurants exorbitant ($15 to $39 per head) considering the offerings. The staff, especially the officer class are rarely seen, and when they are it is fleeting. When I asked to see a senior member of staff, a restaurant host was summoned. A poor showing Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
This was our first RCCL cruise and even though we had an ok time I like Carnival better. Maybe it was the ship but the food was nasty and they didn't have a lot of options other than main dining room, buffet, or the park cafe. We ... Read More
This was our first RCCL cruise and even though we had an ok time I like Carnival better. Maybe it was the ship but the food was nasty and they didn't have a lot of options other than main dining room, buffet, or the park cafe. We didn't do the Main because we have younger kids and sitting around for 2+ hours for dinner just doesn't work. So if we wanted to eat we had to wait until the buffet opened its doors at 6:30 or go to the cafe. The buffet and the cafe food was terrible, I am not kidding really bad (I am not picky either). Funny this my friend took the same cruise the week before and came back saying how bad the food was and I was like it couldnt be that bad... YES IT IS! The staff was nice and very friendly but we didn't get the personal touches that carnival gives you. Example: turning down the beds, ice every night, putting our wine on ice, etc. I don't know I just expected more and I was disappointed. The entertainment staff was fun, and nice and my Kids liked the Teen and kids club. The actually entertainment on the ship was Ok and thats being nice. My issues: The first night the never pulled the bunk down, we called twice and nobody ever responded. Finally the 3rd time someone came down while we were gone and pulled the bunk down and threw the bedding on the top and didn’t even make it. I called and complained and asked for someone to come and make the bed, no one ever showed. The I went down to guest services and the representative called and asked them to make the bed. Once again no one showed, I called and talked with the rep again and nobody ever showed again. We finally made the bed ourselves so that our kids could go to bed. The next day the head of the staff came and apologized and that was it! Wow thanks. Not even a free drink or chocolate covered strawberries. NICE. The kids club has games that kids can win an award, I think this is a bad idea because the kids that don’t win feel bad and think they aren’t good at something. I feel either everyone gets a prize or no one gets a prize… I understand in real life that isn’t how things work but when Im on vacation with my child I don’t want to have to deal with them coming back to the room crying because they think they are losers. This is a vacation!!! I talked to the staff and gave suggestions about this and they wanted to argue with me about my suggestions to give the kids that lose a piece of candy or make up certificates or stickers or whatever…. Stating they have way to many kids blah blah… Hello we pay a lot of money you can afford to have 1 prize for every kid that is on the ship at a time or a bag of candy or little toys… These arent big issues but the little things alway make the difference between going with one company rather than the other..... Will probably never go on a RCCL cruise again i was disappointed.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2014
I was hesitant about this cruise after reading some of the reviews but trust me, the cruise is awesome for a short cruise to Nassau, Coco Cay, and Key West. The price is excellent. I traveled with a friend from Europe and we both enjoyed ... Read More
I was hesitant about this cruise after reading some of the reviews but trust me, the cruise is awesome for a short cruise to Nassau, Coco Cay, and Key West. The price is excellent. I traveled with a friend from Europe and we both enjoyed it immensely. Living in Miami, and now retired, I would do it again and again with visitors who want to get away and enjoy a nice getaway. Here are my comments: 1. Ship. The ship may be older but it is still great. I loved it. I have traveled on other larger ships and for this short cruise, this ship is just fine. The maintenance is superb. The crew is constantly painting, cleaning, and fixing anything that needs to be fixed. It has everything you need. 2. Rooms and cabin attendant. The room was small but what you need for a short cruise. Pack light! All you need is a carry on which is what we did and that was enough. The problem appears to be with cruisers who take huge bags thinking they are going for a long cruise. The atmosphere is casual. even on formal night, I saw folks in the dining room with shorts and no one said a word. My friend and I wore nice shirts and slacks and we felt fine. Many ladies wore simple black dresses and those pack easily. No need for formal wear. The bathrooms are small but well equipped and all you need really. I followed the suggestion of the over the door shoe storage and that provided extra space for extra toiletries and sandals, suntan lotion, etc. but it was not necessary. There is plenty of room for two persons, and we had an inside cabin. The beds were pushed together and they were huge and comfortable. The cabin was cool and the inside cabin in level 2 was quiet and provided easy access to all departures (from level 1 or 2) and first access to the elevator to the top floor for the buffet and swimming pools. I loved level 2. Cabin attendant Delano was helpful and observant noticing we used ice and providing tons of ice throughout the cruise. We also took the two allowed bottled of white wine which we kept in the room for a glass of wine before dinner. Without asking, Duane provided us with wine glasses and iced our bottle. A nice touch, much appreciated that made a difference. We provided Duane with a thank you note on our last night as well as additional gratuity. Swimming Pools: Too many kids in BOTH pools so neither of us used the pool. Not sure how clean they were. The hot tubs were always packed so stayed out of those as well. I would suggest saving one pool for adults but seems difficult because both pools are next to each other. The cruise is short and there is ocean swimming in Nassau and Coco Cay. We did enjoy the lounge chairs near the pool to watch the action. Food: The food is great. We ate in the dining room three of the four nights; loved it. One night my fish was served dry (overcooked). The server noticed I hardly touched it and offered to replace it with a beef dish that my friend was having which came quickly and was perfectly cooked. The other nights we each ordered two starters, a main course, and one desert. The service was great as were the variety of homemade dinner rolls. We asked for a quiet table for two (second seating) and were accommodated. It was perfect. We had breakfast in the Windjammer Buffet and enjoyed that as well. The omelet station was excellent although there were pre-made small omelets. We also tried the fruit which was fresh and tasty as was the bacon and carved ham. I even liked the OJ and coffee. We peaked in the pizza restaurant but did not eat any. We did not eat anywhere else. Excursions: The ship excursions are expensive but good for those who do not know the stops and prefer for others to plan activities. I did our own and saved a lot of money doing it online and ahead of our arrival. In Nassau, we took Bus #10 for $1.25 each way for each which you pay in cash when you get off. It was easy picking it up near the port in the town center at George Street. It took us to Cable Beach in less than 10 minutes. The bus was with other tourists and very well-groomed and polite locals (probably going to work). It was air conditioned and even had nice music playing. Sit on the right ride for great views along the way. On the left side you will see some beautiful homes. I saw tourists staying at island resorts hoping on and off this public bus. It comes by often and will stop anywhere along the route. In Nassau they call them Jitneys but they are small decent buses. There were tourist of all ages and races on the bus. What we did is to buy a day pass at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort to access their beach chairs, pools, clean bathrooms, and get clean towels. It was steep for $30 each but well worth it for the entire day of carefree bliss on a superb beach in a safe and clean hotel property with easy access using the low-cost, clean, picturesque, and safe public bus. We returned to the port on the same Bus #10 being picked up right in front of the Melia hotel. It could not be easier. Upon our return we enjoyed a stroll downtown although by the time we returned most of the shops were closed. My suggestion would be to shop first and then take the bus to the hotel. Coco Cay. The worse part about this stop was the sitting for the lunch and the lunch itself. There were picnic tables next to the BBQ but not enough for the large crowd. It was uncomfortable. The hot dogs were also undercooked and the burgers were average but OK for a light lunch. They did have fruit and salad. The best part was the beach. I would suggest bringing water shoes as the sand seemed a bit muddy. I also brought my own inflatable floating hammock which was easy to blow up (saving the steep $20 to rent a raft). Mine cost $2.50 at Big Lots and I still have it for another beach trip (I live in Miami). There are plenty of chairs. My friend and I enjoyed walking all the way past the crowds to the end of the beach to Barefoot Beach where you would also find chairs, less people, and a great beach. Just walk along the beach to your right to the end. The disadvantage is that there are no facilities there. Next time I think we could pack our burgers and take them to Barefoot beach to enjoy calmly away from the crowds. I took a thermos water bottle which I used everywhere, filling it up in the room with the ice provided by my room attendant and tap water. It was perfect. The tenders to take you to the beach were easy, efficient, and well organized. Key West. Majesty docks right in the center of where you want to be in Key West. It is perfect. I had purchased City Trolley tickets on Groupon for less than the excursion as well as entrance to the superb Audobon House which is right where the ship docks. The Audobon House is a beautiful house to visit that shows how a wealthy family in the early 1900's lived. It also houses a collection of original Audonon prints of Birds of Florida and is surrounded by a beautiful garden and lovely gift shop. We also stopped along the Trolley Tour to visit the Key West Garden Club which is small but interesting as it is run by volunteers and contains plants contributed by members. It is a popular spot for Key West weddings. It is also adjacent to a nice man-made sandy beach if you want to visit the garden and test the waters. The City Trolley Groupon tour allows you to use the trolley all day. We did two rounds to see both sides of the tour. For the rest of the time, we walked along Duval Street which is where you find Sloppy Joe's and Margaritaville. Had we had more time, we would have gotten off at Stop #3 and walked to the State Park (Fort Taylor) which is supposed to have the only natural sandy beach in Key West. You can access it by foot getting off at Trolley stop #3. We returned to the ship for a late lunch. Entertainment: The cruise Director, Carlos Torres is exceptionally talentented. He is everywhere and speaks English and Spanish well. The passengers were 50% from the U.S. and the balance from some 60 countries, with many Spanish speakers. Most announcements were in both languages although the level Spanish of the crew is not perfect. Clearly they are English speakers and make many mistakes as they attempt to translate. The mistakes are understandable but could be easily corrected. Carlos really tries to entertain. He dances,makes jokes (pretty funny, really), and is a great singer. We went to Boleros the last night to listed to him sing and were pleasantly surprised. Loved it. I went to all the shows and enjoyed the Majesty singers the most. The singer Simone was amazing. She should be on The Voice! She is charming and so talented. Her partner is equally magnificent. The dancers were also very capable and their selection of music numbers was excellent for the crowd. I also enjoyed the magician comedian. I went alone because my friend's English is not good enough for the jokes. The Magician was awesome. He was entertaining, casual, creative, and connected with the audience. Don't miss it. The only one I did not enjoy was the comedian. Maybe it was that I had to translate for my friend who did not speak English. He turned me off with his first joke equating Nassau to Detroit. I found it insulting just having left Nassau and very much enjoyed visiting that lovely island Country. Nassau is NOTHING like Detroit, and what is happening in Detroit is not funny either; it is a sad reflection on our own country. I left after a few minutes not finding his humor entertaining. Oh, the 70's dancing party in the shipping arcade was tons of fun and entertaining. The cruise director Carlos Torres, Simone (the awesome singer), and the Majesty dancers were all great and animated the crowd. The poolside dance party was also a lot of fun to watch. Honestly, Carlos Torres, and the entertainers of the Majesty give it their ALL to make sure everyone has a great time. If you don't have a great time, blame the person in the mirror! Let loose...you'll never see those people again anyway. Contests: We enjoyed the poolside contests, especially the Sexy Man contest by the pool and the lovely ladies who served as the judges. They were so entertaining. My only concern were the many children watching what was really an adult show. However, I am certain the children's parents were present and could have taken the children away if they found the antics inappropriate for children. I am no prude but was a bit embarrassed for the small kids, but those ladies were awesome and the concept is excellent...just ask parents to take away the children for an hour or so to another activity. Guest Relations. I must commend Abdiel in Guest Relations. I went multiple times to ask if there were any extra cabins to upgrade and there were none. However, each time I went to ask, Abdiel was professional, kind, and assured me he would monitor the situation to see if anything became available. Despite not being able to change cabins, I commend him for being always polite, friendly, and truthful. I also saw guests coming up with so many odd questions and each time, the professionals in Guest Relations handled the queries to perfection. I was impressed watching them work. Shopping. The liquor is a great price especially some of the specials. Bring extra batteries if you use them because anything else you buy one the ship is VERY expensive. Four AA no-brand batteries were $7! The nightly specials were fun to watch. People on ships buy anything that appears to be a "deal" even if it is not. It was amazing to see people buy buy buy things no one really needs. Drinks: We drink water and that is free as is the ice, so if you want to save money, skip the soda packages. We also brought two bottles of white wine which we drank during the four day cruise, always keeping them cold in ice in our room with wine glasses provided by our room attendant. We did not spend any money on drinks. Neither of us gamble, so we did not spend any money gambling either. Final Comments: Enjoy the cruise for what it is...an opportunity to be entertained by wonderful and talented young people who really want you to have a great time, enjoy very nice food and some lovely ports, beaches, and towns. The ship is a lovely example of a classic cruise ship and the crew is professional and well trained. Their goal is simple: make sure everyone has a great time and is safe. I loved it and would do it again...AND AGAIN. enjoy it. Let me know how it goes for you. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
if you want to cruise on this ship - make sure you stay in the "haven" - that is the only way to go - otherwise you are on a ship with 4,000 people - and believe me, it is no treat - they have 2 SMALL pools - one for the kids, ... Read More
if you want to cruise on this ship - make sure you stay in the "haven" - that is the only way to go - otherwise you are on a ship with 4,000 people - and believe me, it is no treat - they have 2 SMALL pools - one for the kids, one for the adults - try squeezing 4,000 people in either of these pools - ugh!!!!!!!! - but I think most people realize what they are going to get when you cram all these people together - the food was very good, th entertainment was ok too - but the real star of this ship is the "haven" - private access, private pool, private lounge, and private restaurant - all with the best accomodations and the best help anywhere on a ship - it was a joy - and the only way we would ever cruise on a Norwegian ship again would be with "haven" accomodations - the pay restaurants were very good - except the "ocean blue" - very expensive and the food wasn't that good at all - a big disappointment - for $39.00 per person, we expected much more - never again there! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2014
This was our first time on the Sensation and we tended to compare the experience against sailing on the Freedom and Liberty. The Cabin. We stayed in a Junior Suite on the Verandah deck and the balcony had a slightly obstructed view. The ... Read More
This was our first time on the Sensation and we tended to compare the experience against sailing on the Freedom and Liberty. The Cabin. We stayed in a Junior Suite on the Verandah deck and the balcony had a slightly obstructed view. The room was clean, cool, quiet, and roomy. The bathroom was slightly cramped and didn't have enough lighting. Only two small lights over the sink were installed which meant your shower was always dark. The quality of the water was also interesting at some times it would have a slightly brownish hue to it. Our cabin was V21 forward which meant a slight walk to the aft to use serenity or to eat at the buffet. The balcony was smaller than those on Liberty and Freedom but it still had room to enjoy the view and forget about your troubles. A small tv is mounted on the wall and a few channels were available but we weren't on the cruise to watch TV so not a problem. During sea days we spent most of our time around the pool. We really enjoy the serenity areas on other ships but this one just doesn't work well. While the serenity area is quiet and the hot tubs rarely full, it was not serviced by bar staff. Any time we wanted to get a drink we had to get out and get one ourselves. At the pool area the wait staff was fantastic and always ready to get us more. Please let me provide caution to those traveling with small children. The single pool was absolutely packed with wall to wall people who were enjoying themselves and the spirits. Children should not be in the pool without their parent because they could quickly be pushed under. The DJ plays mostly salsa, and latin music in the pool area. Plenty of deck chairs were available which was not the case on our other voyages. The food was ok. The funship 2.0 upgrades on other ships bring a nice array of food to the ship and we missed that the most on this ship. Since the ship travels with a smaller passenger load lines were not a problem and food was plentiful. We dined in the main dining room for dinner and breakfast and had a great experience. Passengers on this ship dressed very casually in the dining hall, men were not wearing jackets and ladies were the most dressed up. We also found Carnival offered the Cheers program with this itinerary which we did take advantage of fully. While in Nassau we booked a rum tour which takes you to couple of different locations in town to taste rum. The rum tastings were just straight shots of different types of rum, most of them very strong in alcohol which was a bit much to take. Overall another great vacation and thanks to Carnival for their great service. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
To say I was disappointed in this cruise experience would be an understatement. My husband and I SORELY NEEDED a relaxing vacation away from work, volunteer responsibilities, and life in general, somewhere to unwind, turn off the cell ... Read More
To say I was disappointed in this cruise experience would be an understatement. My husband and I SORELY NEEDED a relaxing vacation away from work, volunteer responsibilities, and life in general, somewhere to unwind, turn off the cell phones, and just chill out. We are kicking ourselves for choosing this cruise line. My fault - we really only chose this cruise because I’m terrified of flying, so leaving from NYC which was only a 4 hour drive from our home in upstate NY was super convenient. The cost was also decent, even with having to park our vehicle for a week in NYC. Maybe I'm biased after thoroughly enjoying a beautiful 3-day Bahamas cruise and an amazing 7-day Alaskan cruise with another cruise line, but even if I hadn't, I believe I STILL would not have been satisfied with this ship. I realize my review will make me sound picky and spoiled, but my husband and I both work 2 jobs, are very dedicated to our volunteer fire department, and have 2 kids to raise, so we work very hard to enjoy a decent vacation every couple of years. Food: Less than satisfying. The first day lunch buffet was crowded and disorganized, dinner was the same. We walked for a full 10 minutes back and forth trying to find a place to sit, and finally ended up going back to our room to eat our now cold food. This situation did not improve much during the week. The buffet dining rooms were very crowded - tables close to each other so you had to be a contortionist to get in and out of your seat, bumping the person behind you, and hurrying to beat others to an open table you were eying from across the room. The Italian restaurant was WONDERFUL - food, service and atmosphere for the most part were great, aside from the loud noise from the basketball court directly above us. This was mentioned to management that if/when they ever remodel the ship, they may want to put their "fine dining" restaurants in a location AWAY from children/recreation areas. I understand it's convenient for them because I believe their kitchen was shared with the buffet kitchen, but when guests are paying extra for a special anniversary dinner on a cruise, they would hope for an atmosphere that's a little more serene. The famous "Cagney's Steakhouse" was not good, it just wasn't. Ordered steak medium well - it came out VERY WELL. Was tough and chewy, the waiter was anything but personable - dropped our food off on the table and never checked on us again until throwing dessert menus in our face 20-25 minutes later. Brochures promised a "Chocolate Buffet" night - nope, that didn't happen. They had a chocolate dessert night with maybe 5-6 different chocolate options on the regular buffet and a couple options in the other dining rooms. Was VERY disappointed with that as had heard from other cruisers what an awesome display it was. Overall the food quality and flavor were subpar, with a few surprise tasty items here and there. Room: Rooms were not ready when we arrived - no big deal, we ate lunch crammed in like sardines and waited patiently. Got to our room - was dusty with dirt on the floors. I realize they're in a time crunch preparing rooms between cruises that morning, but items left in the room from the previous cruisers? Really?? We had a balcony which was a first for us when cruising, but the neighbors had children that would slam their balcony door open and closed at all hours of the day and night, the cigarette smoke from the above deck and neighbors also wafted over our way, and being allergic to smoke made me have to hibernate in the room, so being able to enjoy the balcony was very sporadic. Entertainment: The magician Chip Romero was fantastic. Sat in front row for one show and he was funny and his skills are amazing. The comedian was ok but some jokes were just long and painful - many people got up and left halfway through the show. We didn't go to the "live" shows put on by the dancers/singers other than the opening night - they were ok and they tried hard, but not something we were super excited about seeing again. The last night's "crew talent show" was ok - a couple of really good singers and **spoiler alert**--- their skit "Fountains" was hysterical! You can actually see some past shows on YouTube if you search "Norwegian cruise Fountains" - they must do it on most of their cruises by the looks of it. Trivia was fun - Milo and Mandy were very nice. Again, brochures promised entertainment like "Blue Man Group" - didn't find out they were on another ship until we were already on our way sailing. Excursions: We stayed on the ship for Port Canaveral day as the prices for excursions were very high, so we got in the (only) pool for the first (and only) time as it wasn't packed full as it was the rest of the time. Great Stirrup Cay was beautiful, but having to get a ticket to get on the tender to take to the island was a long, drawn out process - never made it off the ship until almost noon. We did walk quite a ways down the beach and found our own little secluded area away from the crowd, so that was nice. Nassau was, well, Nassau. Been there once, you've been there a thousand times. Staff: I’d say as far as being friendly and helpful, it was about half and half. If you were sitting at one of the bars drinking alcoholic drinks, you were served much faster than someone trying to refill their mug with soda, and treated much better. There were a handful of people who were always a delight to see - the greeter at the buffet – “Washy washy, happy happy, smiley smiley”! Most of the staff looked bored and annoyed when asked for assistance, like it was beneath them to help you. Just the general overall feeling you got from the majority of the staff was that they didn’t like their jobs, didn’t want to be there, and helping you was just adding to their misery. Co-cruisers: I was raised with manners – wait your turn in line, say “excuse me” when needing to get past someone, say “please” and “thank you” when appropriate, talk quietly when others are trying to sleep, SHARE, etc. I didn’t see much of this on this cruise. I have never seen so many pushy, rude, obnoxious, loud, and inconsiderate people gathered in one location since Black Friday at Wal-Mart. The pushing and cutting in line got really old by Day 3. A lady actually told my husband to just “jump in front of people” and “push your way through” at the buffet line or he’d never get anything. Really? I had little kids stepping in front of me like I wasn’t there. I’m a 6’0” tall woman – am I really that hard to notice? Are you people who have been eating 5-6 meals a day and laying around by the pool like slugs with a mixed drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other for the last 5 days really STARVING to the point where you have to knock people over to get to the bacon??! And speaking of smokers – they’re kind of like cats: they can always tell the people that don’t like them, so they tend to get as close to those people as possible, every chance they get. Aaack! Sorry – hairball (with a touch of lung cancer). Oh yes, can’t forget to mention the little darlings on the ship. I think it was the first time some of them had been out of their own homes – wow. I just don’t even know where to begin. Everywhere we went they were running (literally running) through the hallways, dining rooms, stores, going up and down the elevators and pushing all the buttons just for fun, throwing food everywhere, wreaking havoc on everything and everyone they could find. We even decided to check out the non-smoking lounge with the bowling alley and slot machines to find a teenage girl practicing her “Miley Cyrus at the VMA’s” routine to a couple of really happy looking teenage boys in what my husband termed, “The Caligula Room”. Really?? And where were their parents exactly?? I can’t imagine letting my children act like that in my own home, let alone in public. Overall, like I said, we won’t be going on a Norwegian cruise again. With 14 ships on the sea, you’d think they’d have it figured out by now that customer service is the key to keeping people happy and coming back for more. My husband has written to them several times with requests for even a partial refund or at least a refund of the pre-paid tips, but all they have offered us is credit towards our next cruise they know we'll never take with them. For a company that makes close to $1 billion per year and can't refund less than $200 in tips says a lot about their values and customer service, or lack thereof. From now on, our future cruises will again be with the company that takes you to “The Happiest Place on Earth”, or in this case, on water.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
This review is from the view of a mid 20's newlywed couple. We were hesitant about booking a cruise on the sensation based off some of the reviews on here, but we did and extremely happy. Neither of us had been on a cruise before so ... Read More
This review is from the view of a mid 20's newlywed couple. We were hesitant about booking a cruise on the sensation based off some of the reviews on here, but we did and extremely happy. Neither of us had been on a cruise before so we were unsure what to expect. Getting our sail and sign cards and onto the ship was a breeze. We were on the ship in about 30 minutes from the time we arrived at port. Our room wasn't ready until 1:30 so we grabbed some lunch at the buffet on the Lido deck to kill some time. The food was much better than I expected and there was a wide variety from Burgers, Hotdogs, Mongolian, Italian, Deli Sandwichs, etc. Our luggage arrived at our room around 4 o'clock. We booked 2 excursions while on this cruise. Snorkeling while in Freeport and a Beach Day while in Nassau. Both excursions were reasonably priced and was very well organized. The locals running the excursions were friendly and helpful. I would even say, I never saw an unhappy carnival worker on or off the ship. All were extremely friendly and helpful. I read reviews on here that said the ship was very outdated. If that is the case, I look forward to seeing one of the newer carnival ships because it didn't feel outdated at all. There is a lot of purple so maybe this puts off an 80s vibe to some, but didn't both us a bit. The shows and entertainment at the bars is top notch. We sat in Touch of Class one night and listened to Brad play piano and sing hits of Queen, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, etc. He was great and it was a blast. I also read on here that the drinks were way over priced. The average mixed drink was about $8.75 and the 16oz beers were about $6.50. Those prices compare to our bars downtown so they didn't bother us at all. The food at dinner was great. Our waiters and waitresses called us by name and made it feel much more formal than it was. The steak, lobster, and chicken we had was great. Nothing we had was ever under or over cooked. The entertainment at the Lido deck was usually music that would appeal to the younger crowd, and did seem like more of a party. I can see where adults 30+ or a family may not be a fan of this. All in all we had a blast and are planning a cruise with our family and group of friends next summer. If you are considering this for your first cruise or honeymoon do not hesitate. We couldn't think of a better way to spend it. A+ to Carnival and their staff for providing such an enjoyable experience for people at what we consider a very good value. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
We had a call to offer us a free cruise. However, I know that there is nothing in this world for free so I checked the reviews and declined the offer. A few months later, we decided to do a three day cruise with Royal Caribbean but we ... Read More
We had a call to offer us a free cruise. However, I know that there is nothing in this world for free so I checked the reviews and declined the offer. A few months later, we decided to do a three day cruise with Royal Caribbean but we waited to long and they were all booked up. I then found a two day cruise with Celebration, I did not connect in my mind that this was the ship with all the bad reviews. After booking it I checked reviews and was sick to my stomach. We decided to go anyways. We were determined to have a good time. We laughed and called it the Ghetto Cruise. I just want to ask all the negative people out there, What ship were you on? There is no way that you were on the same cruise as us. We had a blast, The music and shows were fantastic. We partied all night, slept on the beach the next day and partied all night coming home. The only negative thing I came across was a bad cup of coffee on the top deck the last morning. I took a sip and said yuk and there a waiter near by heard me and they dumped the coffee and made new. Within a couple minutes a waiter brought me a cup from the second deck. I was so impressed with this cruise. The room was small, my wife slept on the top bunk and I on the bottom. The bed was very comfortable. The Food was great, the staff was A+. Everything was very organized and the staff always took care of everything. I use a c pap machine and I told them and within less than a min there was a guy at the cabin with a plug for me. The announced where to meet for your excursions, they escorted you off the ship and right to the correct bus. The made sure you know everything that you needed to know. Very very organized. We got on the ship at noon and went to the Rio for lunch, played shuffle board on the top deck with other cruisers, went to a fancy dinner that we made reservations for, (free I might add) Out of this world. The salad was great the soup was beyond great and the meal was good (average) nothing to complain about. We did not go to the places that charge, we did not order drinks, they had free juices and water and coffee every place you went. Yes they try to up sell you but there was no pressure, you just say no thank you. They then place a napkin on your table and no one bothers you again. My wife and I spent $618 total for the weekend and we spent Friday night at the Double-tree in Palm bay and went to see Billy Joel tribute band around the corner. This was suggested by the cruise line and we got a discount at the hotel by saying we were sent by Celebration Cruises. We also went to a bar after the show and had a beer and nachos. That was part of the $618. We planned on $1000. and just decided to have fun and we did.Please don't listen to the negativity. Go in knowing it is not free and have fun. I can't wait for another phone call offering me a free cruise. Oh and by the way, if you book through the cruise line you don't pay the fuel surcharge. Happy sailing! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2014
My boyfriend and I went on our first cruise and decided to sail with Royal Caribbean. We read several online reviews about the Enchantment of the Seas and it seemed to have great reviews. We both agree that this was a great cruise and ... Read More
My boyfriend and I went on our first cruise and decided to sail with Royal Caribbean. We read several online reviews about the Enchantment of the Seas and it seemed to have great reviews. We both agree that this was a great cruise and highly recommend this to anyone! We had the buffet lunch on day 1 and it was amazing. Lines were somewhat long, but the food was well worth the wait. We decided to tour the whole ship ourselves on day 1. However, if there was anything we would like to do differently about this cruise, is immediately when you arrive on the cruise, go ahead and get a brochure about all the shore excursion activities you can do when you go to the Bahamas. The shore excursion activities fill up fast so make sure you book everything you want to do offshore on day 1!!! Each night you will dine in the My Fair Lady Dining Hall. Each night you will have an assigned dinner time, either 530pm or 830pm. We had the 830pm seating. Each night of the cruise, you will dine at the same time and at the same table. For the two of us, we were assigned with another couple to make a table of 4. The first night, we had a great dinner. Dinners range from salmon, to beef tenderloin, lamb, steak, linguini, and shrimp. Each night, you chose an appetizer, a main course and dessert. All of this food is included in the price. Coffee and soda are extra and if you wanted lobster that was extra as well. Some of the appetizers were a hit or miss. I would recommend choosing a salad as some of the appetizers were not that great. Desserts were always amazing, ranging from strawberry cheesecake, chocolate cake, ice cream, key lime pie, lemon meringue, and cobbler. Day 2 is excursion to CocoCay (private island of Royal Caribbean ). It was very beautiful. It rained for a little bit in the morning, but by the afternoon it was gorgeous! Unfortunately, we had booked parasailing but much to our dismay, it was cancelled due to the morning rain. They were willing to book us another parasailing at 330pm, but the ship left at 430pm. Instead, we lounged on the beach and drank pina coladas which was amazing. The ocean was absolutely gorgeous! The water was crystal clear and we took some great underwater pics! Also on the island, there were limited kayaks for rental, paddle boats and floaters. I was not very happy with the way the kayak rentals were set up. There are literally only 4 or 5 kayaks on this whole island to rent. And remember that the entire ship, along with another royal caribbean ship, are docked here at the same time. There were 2 different lines and the enchantment line was always much longer than the other ship. I would like to see royal caribbean do away with the "first come first serve" basis on rentals and switch to a waiting list style of rentals. That night we went to the comedy show on the ship and Steve Smith was really funny! Day 3 was Nassau. You dock at 730am and need to be back to the ship by 1130pm. Nassau was gorgeous! We took a taxi ($4/person), to Atlantis and walked around. There's a public beach and many of the locals will approach you to rent kayaks, jet skis, umbrellas, and get drunk. Just be vigilant of your purses, ladies! We spent about an hour on the public beach and head back to the cruise docking site. We then went snorkeling. We took a boat which was about a 45 minute one way sail out to sea. The snorkeling was for an hour which was plenty of time. My boyfriend got some great underwater pics of the coral. We were provided fins, and snorkeling gear. I would recommend doing this excursion. We then headed back to our cruise ship. That night, there was a huge poolside buffet and a dancing party. The food was mediocre; however, we had stuffed our faces throughout day so by the end of the night we could not handle anymore food. The dance party both on the pool deck and the viking's lounge(top deck) was fantastic! Day 4 was at sea. I highly recommend the park cafe in the solarium! They make great beef sandwiches and its not crowded. The solarium is a great place to relax and the whirlpools are amazing, especially when you get sunburnt! We were able to play some ping pong, trampoline jumping, and watched a "broadway" show. There was also a casino, but we are not gamblers. There's also a rock climbing wall but we were too tired. On the pool deck, theres a huge TV screen which was playing movies all throughout the day and the World Cup. Lots of bars are throughout the cruise ship. We participated in the 50% off drinks special on day 4 of the cruise at 4pm. The bartenders are very generous with the alcohol, and they made great margaritas and mojitos! Getting off the cruise was a breeze. It was super fast and the process only took about 20 minutes total. Overall, enchantment of the seas well exceeded our expectations. I would definitely go on this cruise again. The ship is super clean, the staff is friendly, the food is wonderful, and the whole cruise experience was extremely enjoyable and relaxing! Some activities were crowded, but thats to be expected as this is a very large cruise ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2014
I would like to say that this is my second cruise! We left out of Charleston the first time! That cruise was much better. The parking in Jax. was not covered as it was in Charleston. We had to carry all our luggage all the way to the ship ... Read More
I would like to say that this is my second cruise! We left out of Charleston the first time! That cruise was much better. The parking in Jax. was not covered as it was in Charleston. We had to carry all our luggage all the way to the ship where a guy grabs your luggage with an attitude then ask you for a tip are you kidding me! The ship was set up just like the first one! It seemed like every time you went to get something to eat everything was put up. Or the line was so full by the time you got up there you had to wait because it was empty! The first day the pool was closed, not cool. The room guys were all great! The water you drank did suck! The comedians were awesome. The show`s as I read on another review were the same as the rest of the ships, which is true! I think they should offer soda products. They need more than one guy working in the back where the pizza and sandwich place is. Expecially if they shut down all the other food spots. But the main thing that ruined it for me was the Shore Excursion to Atlantis, what a rip off 200 dollars to go to a beach the size of a basketball court, Then they offered lunch at a restaurant so they say! Which one was closed and you could not find the other ones and if you did there were 60 people in line to get sorry Hamburgers or hotdogs, IOh yeah pizza but they were out! WHAT A RIPOFF THAT PLACE IS!!!! Carnival I want my 200 dollars back. Oh yeah get a better DJ! How many times can you play Happy by Pharrell and kiss Alabama`s butt`s by playing Sweet Home Alabama!! No offense to Alabama fan`s but I was about to throw up if I heard that song one more time or ROLL TIDE!!! Oh and getting off the ship a Nightmare!!! J.D. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2014
Although many of us were first time cruisers our parents who are avid cruisers coordinated the Carnival cruise for their four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. This ship was perfect for our family of 18. Children ranged in ... Read More
Although many of us were first time cruisers our parents who are avid cruisers coordinated the Carnival cruise for their four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. This ship was perfect for our family of 18. Children ranged in age from 3-16. I believe there were over 700 children on the ship during our trip! Each child made a new friend. Several of us stayed overnight in a nearby Jacksonville hotel (Springhill Suites) and parked there, then were transported to the ship for embarkation. It was stress free. I'd do that again in a heart beat. The Faster to the Fun was definitely worth the price if you can get it. Getting on board and off ship early was a huge benefit, especially if you have to drive home on the last day and the cost is $50 per room (not per person). Only about 50 rooms have the opportunity for this perk. We went right to our room, then right to lunch. No lines on ship. TIP: We purchased plastic coil wrist bracelets ahead of time and brought a hole punch with us so each person had their own color bracelet that held their sign & sail card. Not one kid lost their card the entire trip! We also made sure each child had a waterproof watch. That way no one was late! Most of us over packed. Take out about half of what you think you'll need. The goal would be to only pack as much as you can carry so you can walk off the ship on the last day with your own luggage. We only needed 1-2 nights worth of "fancy" clothes for our 6:00 PM dining. The other nights were "cruise casual" so shorts were appropriate in the dining room. We really just lived in our swim suits most days and camped out at the water slides. We purchased the "Bubbles" program for the kids and they really enjoyed asking for Shirley Temples from the various bar locations. We all thought the bar prices were reasonable for individual cocktails. We brought our own wine on the ship and paid the modest corking fee at dinner. My folks said the food was better than they had expected overall and they have been on many cruise lines. Its perfect for kids with pizza, salad, deli and grill choices every day. The last day they had lamb for lunch in the grill area. Don't miss out and be sure to reserve the dining room! The food was really good and our kids tried lots of new foods like alligator, escargot, sushi and cold fruit soups! Camp Carnival was great. We did find the younger kids having to be picked up at 10 pm was kind of a drag, but they needed the sleep! We gave the kids ages 12-16 a 1:00 a.m. curfew when most activities ended and they were always in the room before hand. Our kids loved the Hasboro the Game Show on the ship. Events are short so they keep your attention. Our only excursion fee was that we paid for the kids to take advantage of the one hour Adventure Area on the "beach day" which includes floating obstacles, slides and trampolines in the water. One hour is PLENTY of time! Your kids will be exhausted. Our children ages 13 & 16 said it was the best vacation ever!   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Just returned from a two night cruise, (it was billed as a get aquatinted cruise) its was my first time on MSC and frankly it will be my last. While the ship was wonderful, with the exception of the shows and cabin steward about everything ... Read More
Just returned from a two night cruise, (it was billed as a get aquatinted cruise) its was my first time on MSC and frankly it will be my last. While the ship was wonderful, with the exception of the shows and cabin steward about everything else was either second rate or a disaster. The MSC web site was about as bad as I have ever run across. The booking consultants are only available during week days, and along with their poor web site left much to be desired. The check in process took more than an hour after arriving in the hall. Once aboard, we found out we were issued a late dinner seating, while we had asked for early. The mandatory life boat drill was the customary thing but the required bringing the life jacket to the drill. That night we got a note stating very firmly that we missed the drill! It seems that their onboard computers work about as well as their website. Because, of a space issue they booked us on the 13th deck directly below the band shell that BLASTED music (?) until 12:45, making it impossible to sleep, Because of a tour we had to be up early so only got about 5 hours of sleep. The buffet was questionable at best they seem to think Americans only eat hamburger, hot dogs along with Pizza. For Breakfast they serve eggs, only scrambled and hard. Lots a bread, I guess its about all they think one should eat. The last day I was told they ran out of eggs! So lots of bread. The The dinning room "Black Grab"serves what could best be described as dormitory food quality with a limited item selection. My grandson described it as what he gets at college, and his college food is rated by the state as equal to prison food so you draw your own conclusion. The cabin steward was ok but I only saw him twice when he turned down the room. Missing in action was the cruise director, he never arranged any onboard activities. While this was only a two day trip I would have expected him going out of his way to keep everyone entertained because there were many tour consultants visiting this cruise line for the first time. We had one at our table and two at the next table, none of whom were impressed with the food. The pool area was nice, and the the nightly shows were a very high caliber. Drinks were fairly priced, and the tours did not seem overly priced for making arrangements onboard. Bottom line skip this cruise line there are so many better ones available.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2014
I must start by saying I have taken cruises before so this was not my first. But this trip we went on a 10 year wedding anniversary with the wife who this was her first cruise. While we have nothing bad to say about the ship my grip is ... Read More
I must start by saying I have taken cruises before so this was not my first. But this trip we went on a 10 year wedding anniversary with the wife who this was her first cruise. While we have nothing bad to say about the ship my grip is with Nassau. I would rather Royal Caribbean spend 2 days in Coco Cay rather than dump me out and waste a whole day at Nassau. Reason: is from the moment they let you get off the boat to the time you leave you are hassled by locals all trying to get you into their cab, horse and buggy, take you flying in the sky or sight seeing in their where-ever place. Lets just say land drinking at Nassau is not like land drinking in Mexico or anything other place you can get off the boat and buy some alcohol. I was happy to get back on the ship and cruise to the next stop which was Coco Cay Island. Which I understand that RCCL leases the island so its left up to them what they would like to do with it and make it postcard perfect. BUT come on Nassau was dirty and annoying. I would rather come and go in Coco Cay for 2 days enjoying the private island and its amenities. Why cant RCCL make a Coco Cay Island cruise only. I would book that one right now. I spent more money on the Coco Cay island than I did in Nassau. I also didn't like the fact that RCCL gets some kind of kick back it feels like from all the diamond dealers on the island to keep talking OVER AND OVER about how to buy and where to buy. This is all.... I think I will have to take another ship and go somewhere else in the Caribbean rather than Nassau in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2014
Where do I start?? After months of waiting for a fun girls get-a-way, I can't believe how disappointing our trip ended up. As soon as we walked on the ship from the post it smelled like sewage. The smell continued on through out the ... Read More
Where do I start?? After months of waiting for a fun girls get-a-way, I can't believe how disappointing our trip ended up. As soon as we walked on the ship from the post it smelled like sewage. The smell continued on through out the ship the entire time. We thought the smell would go away maybe it was just at the port. No, the sewage smell was in various areas. The first thing we noticed when we open our cabin door was the smell. It was so musty and the water smelled, the shower curtain smelled and over all felt gross. Thinking we would get a good night sleep was a mistake. The pillows were awful and the mattress was not comfy either. The pool chairs all seemed dirty, old and some had bird poop. Hard to find chairs because people would be gone for long periods of time leaving their towels on the chairs to save them. The band or person that sang on Sunday was just AWFUL. He could not sing in tune. I complained and asked why we can't just listen to normal music & I was told there was nothing they could do that the person singing was a professional singer and he would be on until 4:00pm. It was comical at the end of their set that they announced if you liked the music you could buy a CD, What? Are you kidding me. Why do they have music video playing on the big screens w/o the sound. Anything would have been better. If you are on a trip to the islands, you would think there would be steel drums and music like you are on vacation. Our ship was not able to stop at CooCoo Cay because of the weather. The ocean was too rough to use the tender boats. This was a huge disappointment. They had nothing special for us to do being stuck at sea. We were stuck in the windy upper leave trying to soak up the sun and relax, but the music was just awful to listen to and try to relax. I found the lunches to be very bland and boring. The hamburgers looked they were boiled in water every time they had them out. They had the same cookies all 3 days. Not much to pick from because it was the same food everyday. Was not impressed by the sit down dinner. Very bland food, no flavor and pretty much same food each night. Lots to pick from at buffet, but also pretty bland food. The dinner rolls were good and fries. That is pretty much what I ate the entire time and the salad bar. We participated in a couple of activities that were fun. Listen to a small part of a song and then guess what the song and who sings it. The comedian on Sunday night was good. He was funny and interacted w/ the crowd. The 5th floor smells like smoke. The ship needs better ventilation or to be made non smoking. You can smell the smoke from the stairs/elevator area. It sticks because you have to walk through the casino to get to the piano bar and a couple other things at that end of the ship. There were 11 of us girls and not one of us thought this ship/cruise was a very good experience. They need more staff that speak English as well. You can ask them a question and they would look at you w/ a blank look. The smell of sewage was bad but having your room smell like it has been flooded by toilet water and semi-dried out is just gross! We had friends in 3 other rooms down the hall and their rooms did not smell like ours. I honestly can't ever see myself going on this ship again. It needs a good cleaning, new band by the pool, and better food. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2014
We, a couple in our 50s, have sailed many times with Blount (formerly ACCL - American Canadian Caribbean Line) and absolutely love it. Here's the deal: The cabins are small, efficient, clean and comfortable. Public space is abundant: ... Read More
We, a couple in our 50s, have sailed many times with Blount (formerly ACCL - American Canadian Caribbean Line) and absolutely love it. Here's the deal: The cabins are small, efficient, clean and comfortable. Public space is abundant: top and aft outdoor decks, a large lounge and dining room. The crew is very friendly and accessible creating a relaxed family atmosphere. They are caring and real - no put-ons. The food is healthy and delicious with choices at every meal. Everything is homemade and tastes it. Even all the baking is done onboard which is tough on the waistline. Beer and wine is served with lunch and dinner if desired and the BYOB policy is great. The ship supplies mixers, condiments and soft drinks. Most of the cruisers are in their 60s, 70s and 80s but surprisingly spry and adventurous. Many are experienced boaters/yachters who are happy to let someone else take the helm for a change. There are bikes and kayaks available on some itineraries and, at least in the Caribbean, almost daily opportunities for swimming and snorkeling. Because of the unique design of the ships, they have access to small isolated ports. The other ships in port are usually private yachts. Also, when visiting a port we feel we are not "invading" the towns since there are only 50-80 of us onboard. We don't change the ports - the ports change us. We get to visit incognito or, if the town is really small, we are treated as appreciated visitors. It is close to private charter cruising - more like independent travel than a tour or a big cruise ship. That being said, it is so nice to have your cabin and the welcoming ship and crew to return to and not have to pack/unpack or find a restaurant or negotiate a busy hotel/resort/cruise crowd. Cruising with Blount is nothing like the big cruise ship experience. It is so much more real, personable, lower impact, rewarding and feels like true travel. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2014
I have been on 21 cruises in the last 11 years and have sailed on mostly the larger ships. Never having sailed out of Baltimore, my husband and I decided to give it a try. So we booked the Grandeur of the Seas for February of this year. We ... Read More
I have been on 21 cruises in the last 11 years and have sailed on mostly the larger ships. Never having sailed out of Baltimore, my husband and I decided to give it a try. So we booked the Grandeur of the Seas for February of this year. We are used to sailing mostly out of Bayonne and found this port to be a pleasant surprise. Having a problem with my knees, I found the walking to be minimal getting on the ship. I asked a security guard if there was another way onto the ship because you have to walk up about 3 or 4 walkways to enter the ship on deck 4. I was directed to a ramp taking me right onto deck one, which was wonderful. The service is always excellent with Royal, but on the Grandeur, it was probably the best. We are also used to your run of the mill buffet food which is usually good, but on the Grandeur it was superb! We found ourselves skipping the dining room and going to the buffet for dinner! There are plenty of selections; the food is always hot and the service is the best I've ever encountered. The only con on the ship was the bed. After all their refurbishment, they forgot one thing! It was hard and uncomfortable. This was the only negative thing I can say about this ship. If you get the opportunity, take it for a sail. You won't be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2014
Coming from cities in the Midwest and Northeast, there were 7 of us eager to escape the subzero winter for my sister's bachelorette weekend. Most of us flew in the night before and stayed at the Cambria Suites by the Miami Airport ... Read More
Coming from cities in the Midwest and Northeast, there were 7 of us eager to escape the subzero winter for my sister's bachelorette weekend. Most of us flew in the night before and stayed at the Cambria Suites by the Miami Airport which is brand new (just opened up last month) where they had great customer service and really spacious rooms. Going through the port Friday afternoon was not a problem but everyone was crammed up in the Windjammer so finding tables was a bit of a feat, plus we were lugging our suitcases along with us. Our rooms were on Deck 4 - 4502, 4504 and 4506 which was all the way at the end of the hallway. The Oceanview was nice and in our room (4502), we had our own window ledge that easily sat someone and our luggage, as well. 4506 was set up to sleep four people with a fold up bed and also an overhead bunkbed, as well. 4504 had a smaller ledge than 4502. We were however right by the anchor so both mornings, we were woken up around 5am as the boat decided to drop anchor. Definitely not a pleasant experience - next time, we'll aim for somewhere away from the anchor! Customer service was excellent as expected and the meals were delicious. Friday night, we ate in the Moonlight dining room at 9pm and spent a lot of our time exploring. A couple of us went to the comedy show which wasn't very funny so they ended up leaving early. Two of us chose to participate in the Vitality Spa with their package deals which was the perfect amount of relaxing. There was a bit of turbulence Friday night where one of us was too seasick and stayed in her room for the rest of the evening. Saturday started off with breakfast at the Windjammer and then, we hopped on the ships to Coco Cay. Coco Cay can best be described as the perfect beach day. We were able to find lawn chairs on the beach right by the floating mat station and stayed put. There were also plenty of empty hammocks around, as well. We did rent two floating mats and took turns floating - the water got warmer as the day went on. The beach bbq was delicious and warning - don't feed those birds! They're vicious. We saw several birds go diving at the chicken legs - cannibals! Our bartender definitely hooked up the drinks - when we said strong, there was barely a splash of anything else. After we got back on the ship, we explored some more and attended an art auction. Before dinner, we stopped by the casino and unfortunately, the bride-to-be had her card stolen when we were at the slot machines. Luckily, guest services was able to remedy the situation and there were no extraneous charges on her account. Dinner was fantastic and we enjoyed a bottle of wine along with it. We had hoped to stop by the karaoke night but the 9pm dinner conflicted with the family karaoke and we didn't end in time for the adults karaoke where when we arrived, we were told that they weren't taking any more requests. So, instead, we hopped over to the video game arcade and tried some games. After that, we stopped by the party up on the pool deck to get some ice cream sundaes and participate in some dancing. Then, called it a night with wine in our cabins (you're allowed to bring two bottles per cabin aboard so we had a total of 6 bottles) and ordered a fruit and cheese plate from room service. Sunday was Nassau which was a decent experience. We first popped out to check out the Straw Market. Weather was nice - 70s and maybe if it was warmer, we would have gone for some water excursions, but instead, we walked along downtown Nassau and stopped by some jewelry stores. Afterwards, we grabbed lunch, margaritas and got our karaoke fix at Senor Frogs. Then, we went back to the ship and lay out by the pool where we were then treated to the Sexiest Man contest which may have been an amusing highlight of Sunday. Our last night, we also swung by the climbing wall and tried that out. It was a great experience - just make sure to bring your own socks and they provide the shoes. We stopped by the Sorrento's Deli which had the perfect half sandwiches and soups as a mini snack before our last dinner in the Moonlight Dining Room. Overall, a great girls weekend with a few hiccups here and there, but well enjoyed weekend of sunshine, rest and girl time. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
Nice ship. First time on a Royal Caribbean cruise and it was nice because it was decorated for the holidays. We were on deck 3 with an interior. Small shower, no bathrobes automatically in the room. (we needed to ask for them, the steward ... Read More
Nice ship. First time on a Royal Caribbean cruise and it was nice because it was decorated for the holidays. We were on deck 3 with an interior. Small shower, no bathrobes automatically in the room. (we needed to ask for them, the steward was happy to get them.) It was nice to have 2(US) outlets for charging electronics. Also was nice to have a blow dryer in the room. Having ESPN, and multiple channels for movies on TV in room was a perk.I think it is a little ridiculous to charge over $3 room service between 12-5am. We had switched our dining from 545 to My Time Dining and ate in My Fair Lady for the first dinner. Nothing to rant about in the food department. The Windjammer Café had an assortment of food but there was no real order in getting food. People were coming from every direction. They were also did not seem to be open long enough. The soda package for our cruise was pretty in expensive. Having the Coca Cola freestyle soda machines also make its worth it. Although I did not purchase it. On the day we were leaving the ship, breakfast was done before 9. Lots of live music across the ship was nice. The casino seemed small and the electronic roulette was inop. When we asked when it was going to be fixed and the Host replied "its been broken for 4 years." Loved the movies playing on the big screen by the pool. The Polar Express and A Christmas Story....need I say more. The magic show was great and very enjoyable. I did enjoy this ship and would probably go again....especially for the price that I paid. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2013
cheap price initially until numerous uninformed fees started adding up. I paid extra to bring my mom & dad for their anniversary & paid extra to upgrade the room to accomodate 4 adults. This is not my complaint! Loved the room, but ... Read More
cheap price initially until numerous uninformed fees started adding up. I paid extra to bring my mom & dad for their anniversary & paid extra to upgrade the room to accomodate 4 adults. This is not my complaint! Loved the room, but really who stays in it anyhow. I've been on many cruises, and this was the "ghetto" version of all cruises at "pick your pocket" with added fees prices. Valet parking, fuel charge, other room charges, & NO DRINKS ARE FREE.... everyone knows you pay for the alcohol (at least experience cruisers), but i never paid for the soft drinks before. There is only two buffet areas in which food is part of trip (but they have strict opening times).. you pay anywhere else on trip. Very limited entertaintainment. (take a tour of the captain area!---that was awesome to see) Basically it's a high price water taxi to get you to and from Florida to Nassau(which in itself is no Freeport)... be prepare because you may set yourself up for a very boring trip and feeling like you've just been played out of your money (just gave it away).... oh, and your time (say away & avoid the timeshares... they won't rob your money but will rob your time) Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
From the start, I was not thrilled with the ports this ship was docking at, but I was anticipating a great ship considering it is NCLs newest and largest. Large ship - yes! The complimentary dinning rooms are broken down into Savor, Taste ... Read More
From the start, I was not thrilled with the ports this ship was docking at, but I was anticipating a great ship considering it is NCLs newest and largest. Large ship - yes! The complimentary dinning rooms are broken down into Savor, Taste and Manhattan Room (or up on the 15h Deck is the Garden Cafe - buffet). Although with freestyle you can dine and time you choose, Savor and Taste were small dinning rooms, very un-cruise-like for a main dinning room. Their food was satisfactory at best. The Manhattan Room was large, had a piano player and dance floor which made it a more enjoyable atmosphere. The food in the Manhattan Room was much better than the other two (Savor and Taste) whole-in-the-wall 'main' dinning rooms. Whichever dinning room you choose, you still have to wait a substantial period of time (like 30-40 minutes). They incorrectly use the term 'atrium' on this ship. There is no atrium. You can look down from deck 7 to deck 6 and that is it! The main lobby's main attraction is a huge screen where they show movies. If you go on a cruise to sit in an easy chair, watch a movie while falling asleep - then you'll love this. Otherwise, the main lobby is a bust! Night life is sorely lacking. I caught Rock of Ages which I thought was very good, and Cirque was okay. I had no desire to see the other shows. I sat in Burn the Floor for five minutes and left. On other cruises I liked hanging out in the disco at night and into the wee hours. The 'disco' (a very loose use of the term) on this ship is a dark, small room, box. When I walk into a disco I want lights flashing (like the John Travolta dance floor), disco balls hanging from the ceiling, etc. This one was a total bust and not conducive to shaking your thing. After walking into the potential night spots, I wound up spending most nights in Fat Cats. Slam Allen was wonderful, but you sat on your azz listening to his great music. I'd much rather be dancing, shaking and moving than sitting. The ship was way to boxed off into small restaurants, entertainment areas, etc. The staff was satisfactory to a bit below par. Don't forget you do not HAVE TO pay the $12 per person per day they automatically tack onto you tab. You can alter this when you review your final bill. There is a switch on the wall outside the bathroom for privacy, or to have your room cleaned. Unfortunately I forgot to flip the switch often so I'd come back to my cabin 6 hours later to find my dirty towels still on the bathroom floor and my bed unmade and I didn't get my cute towel animals often. Oh, but the cabin steward was quick to know my name if I passed him in the hallway! The hot tubs were luke warm tubs and if you wanted one without 5 and 6 years olds in it you had to go way up to Spice H2O. Although there were signs on half of the hot tubs on the main pool level "18 and over" it didn't seem to mean a thing. All-in-all I was not impressed with NCL nor was I impressed with the Breakaway. Oh, the casino is the main attraction in the middle of (I think) deck 7. Major problem!!! It is a walk through on the deck with casino on the left and on the right. KIDS were walking through the casino all day long. Last I heard kids are not allowed in casinos. Very, very poor planning. At the main deck in the lobby I looked and a looked for a daily. There were flyers for upcoming cruises, for joining their frequent sailing club - not no daily. When I asked someone behind the counter he had to give me one from the cabinet. Now why oh why isn't the daily easy to access in the main lobby? Read Less

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