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Sail Date: April 2013
My husband and I left out of Jacksonville Florida, which is fairly close yo our house so we could drive. This was my 5th cruise and I booked it for my husband's bday, this was his 1st. We boarded the ship it was clean and all the ... Read More
My husband and I left out of Jacksonville Florida, which is fairly close yo our house so we could drive. This was my 5th cruise and I booked it for my husband's bday, this was his 1st. We boarded the ship it was clean and all the employees were friendly of course we brought our 2 bottles of wine I also brought a twelve pack of soda. I booked a porthole window room. The room was very nice no mini fridge but we can't complain the price was right. We sailed out it was still day time and we hung out by the pool. Later on after dinner my husband and I decided to partake in the couples dancing class which was given by one of the ships broadway style actors, it was very fun, we learned the salsa. The next day our first port was Freeport, Bahamas. When you get off the boat you are in the industrial part of Freeport there is still of course a Senior Frogs, but you will need 10.00 to take a taxi van to the beach at Freeport that amt does take care of you return. It's about a 15-20 min ride not much to see on the ride but you arrive at a beautiful beach and shopping area there is food as well. We didn't do any excursions just walked around and enjoyed the view and shopping I seen someone parasailing they were so high in the air. After we got our feel we stood by where the taxis were picking up people and caught our taxi to the ship. We got back to the ship and of course hit Senior Frogs before it is a fairly small one but fun. That night was formal night we had our time dining which is very convenient, we met a couple at dinner and all checked out the show Music City it was pretty good. The next day the couple and us headed out together to see Nassau, Bahamas neither of us had booked excursions. I wanted to go see Atlantis in Paradise Island, I have been to Nassau a few times, we decided to catch the ferry to paradise island. As soon as you go threw customs you will see a counter to your left head there to catch the ferry for 6.00 there and back Best Deal!! They give you a little tour as your going over the water, it is very nice. We got to Paradise Island and there is a walk to get to the beach and to Atlantis about a mile to the beach we stayed on the beach for a while, we found a coconut rum stand that gave you an actual coconut you could fill up with rum punch unlimited for 20.00 and for 5 more you can rent a lounge chair for the day. The punches were all delicious many to chose from. We headed up the beach on our way to Atlantis, I had read that you had to pay yo tour different parts of Atlantis and we were ready to do that but we walked up from the beach and never paid a dime. Atlantis is beautiful areas are restricted there for guest only but we where able to walk around and see the aquarium and casino. I absolutely loved Atlantis. After a while we headed back to the ferry and came back to Nassau the ferry ride is about 15 minutes we sat on top and got a tour from the cutest 8 yr old, he was mimicking his father which was the deck below. After we got off the ferry we headed to do some shopping, very crowded and watch out for the uneven pavement I almost sprang my ankle. A lot of haggling going on, then of course we hit the Senior Frogs. We had a blast people watching and conga lining. We stumbled back on the ship. The next day was our at sea day we enjoyed it by the pool, then meet up with friends we made and ate dinner and went yo the dance club. I also enjoyed the ships singer he was very good. We got back to port the next day we chose to put our luggage out and wait to be called but you can carry your own and get off the boat first it's up to you. My husband loved his first cruise and we have booked another with Carnival leaving out of San Juan, Puerto Rico this time. We love The Fun Ship!! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2013
This was our first cruise so we decided to take a short 3 day one from Port Canaveral. We loved this worn in little ship. The service was spectacular and we always seemed to stay busy. I'm going to make this short and sweet since we ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we decided to take a short 3 day one from Port Canaveral. We loved this worn in little ship. The service was spectacular and we always seemed to stay busy. I'm going to make this short and sweet since we took this cruise well over a year ago. The least liked part of this cruise was Nassau. We found it to be dirty and had a lot of "questionable" people trying to sell you stuff, braid your hair or just following you around. We walked to the free beach which was in the port, and we had to walk through some questionable areas. In saying all of this, we loved the ship and the friendly staff. This cruise is why we cruised again on the Victory in August 2014 and am getting ready to take another cruise in 2015. I hope that you take the time to read those reviews as well. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2013
This was our very first cruise and we loved it! We went to Nassau and Cocoa Cay Bahamas. Everything was wonderful, from the very 1st day up until the end. The service,food,room was fantastic. I especially liked that they cooked breakfast ... Read More
This was our very first cruise and we loved it! We went to Nassau and Cocoa Cay Bahamas. Everything was wonderful, from the very 1st day up until the end. The service,food,room was fantastic. I especially liked that they cooked breakfast made to order everyday besides what they offered on the buffet. They had a great variety of food and desserts and we didn't have to pay for anything except for things we bought for gifts or alcohol. The entertainment on the ship was a wonderful treat. Only thing they need to improve was that not all the jacuzzi's where open at the same time and they are very tiny so it was hard to get in one at any given time. We enjoyed it so much we are already planning our next trip. The price for everything was very reasonable and I would highly recommend a cruise to anyone that has not ever been. This was the best vacation we ever had. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise on the Carnival Glory! It was totally awesome! We had a balcony room, which was bigger than I expected. Everything you need and/or want is right there on the ship. The staff was so ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise on the Carnival Glory! It was totally awesome! We had a balcony room, which was bigger than I expected. Everything you need and/or want is right there on the ship. The staff was so polite, courteous, helpful....never a frown! They all seem to LOVE their jobs. The Cruise Director, Matt, was absolutely wonderful. We saw him a lot around the ship and loved the way he was so very involved with the passengers. Everything was very well organized and super clean!! FUN, FUN, FUN! Even though we were probably older than most in this night club, we had a blast....if you like to dance to the music of today, you must hit the White Heat Nightclub. We also enjoyed every single show we went to and every single meal we had. Even though the food was good at the Steakhouse, we would not do that again. Our table was right next to the cooking area, and we had a hard time with our personal conversation because we could hear the staff talking and kitchen activity going on. Also, it is an extra expense. Another extra expense, but well worth it are the deals offered on certain days in the Fun Shops. I got several beautiful pieces of jewelry for a small price. Just so much to do.....don't forget the Lido Deck Pool....FUN FUN FUN!!! Can't wait til our next cruise!! Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2013
First I need to say that I was very excited to go on this cruise....I had heard so many raves about cruising, the food, the fun, etc. We had never been on a cruise and let me tell you .... I am not sure we will ever cruise again. The food ... Read More
First I need to say that I was very excited to go on this cruise....I had heard so many raves about cruising, the food, the fun, etc. We had never been on a cruise and let me tell you .... I am not sure we will ever cruise again. The food on this ship was terrible!! Hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken nuggets for lunch by the pool! Terrible...not one dessert that was good except the chocolate melting pot..the cakes were dry, most desserts were some type of jello or pudding. Fish entrees at dinner DRY DRY DRY...the Caesar dressing tasted fishy! way too much anchovies. It was like eating at a college cafeteria..in fact possibly worse. As far as activities go..unless you like to gamble, go to bars or drink there aren't any! $20 just to play bingo by the pool! The only positive thing I can say is that our cabin steward was FABULOUS - Deway was friendly, knew our names from the 1st night, made us little towel animals each night when he made down our beds, kept our room spotless! Nassau was fabulous...went to the RUI Palace for the day Freeport - tourist trap! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
Our itinerary included a red eye flight from Los Angeles, followed by the cruise and an additional 3 nights in South FL. For starters, we flew into FLL rather than Miami to save $$$. My first tip...NEVER take an overnight flight right ... Read More
Our itinerary included a red eye flight from Los Angeles, followed by the cruise and an additional 3 nights in South FL. For starters, we flew into FLL rather than Miami to save $$$. My first tip...NEVER take an overnight flight right before your cruise. I thought this was a genius way to skip a night at a hotel but we were miserable. Ended up arriving to the port at 7 am just to sit around for hours. You definitely should be well rested before you embark of your vacation. I highly recommend SAS transportation for your transfer to FLL to the port. They only charge $15pp and the service is excellent! On Board- Do expect to spend some time waiting in line to pass through security at the port, it's no fun but part of the process. Unfortunately, we missed most of the first afternoon on board trying to catch up on sleep. Although very, very small our stateroom was quite cozy, comfortable, and impeccably clean (5040). We had the choice of upgrading to a larger room with an obstructed view or taking a room on deck 5 with a full view. I'm glad we did. The view and natural light was well worth it. This was my first cruise in an ocean view room, it was so much better than an interior stateroom, especially when your are cruising to a beautiful port of call. Do take advantage of as many on board activities and shows as possible. The stage shows were just ok. We actually walked out of the adult comedy. However, the Marriage Show, the Quest, and the Battle of the Sexes were hilarious. Make a point to stay up for the Quest!!! Even weeks after our cruise, my husband and I still laugh about the show. The food in both the main dining room and the buffet were surprisingly great. Even room service was good. We purchased the soda package but then realized it wasn't really necessary. RCL includes iced tea, lemonade and a few other juices. I would skip this unless you really, really like a lot of fountain soda. Ports- In Nassau, we opted for the snorkeling excursion offered at port. The best $40 I have ever spent, really. We were taken by bus to Paradise Island, then to a small cove to snorkel. Afterward, the boat dropped us off in front of Atlantis where we accidentally snuck in to the grounds. Unfortunately, there was not enough time to explore everything they had to offer, that's another vacation all together. We spent a small amount of time shopping near the port and were hugely disappointed in the straw market. Stay away, unless you want to be haggled by vendors selling overpriced stuff that's clearly imported from China. Coco Cay was mediocre. Lot's of beach activities which is nice if you just want to relax but there is nothing on the island except for beach activities. We purchased the snorkeling package which was a huge waste. The currents are too strong to swim to the areas with a lot of fish, their equipment was bulky and uncomfortable, and the water was too murky because of all the swimmers. Loved Key West. Lots to see and do but very laid back. Instead of taking a trolley tour, we decided to walk off some of the buffet calories. We walked to the southernmost point, which takes you past Hemingway's home and lot of shops. It was only about a mile each way and allowed us to see most of the same sights as the trolley tour (but it was free). Post Cruise- Since we were staying an additional 3 nights in FL, we rented a car. FYI, car rentals are much less at the Ft. Lauderdale airport than anywhere in Miami. After disembarking, we took the $15 SAS shuttle back to FLL airport to pick up the rental car. This saved a few hundred dollars and was pretty simple. If you are staying over in Miami, I would recommend taking a drive on rt 41 through the Everglades. We stopped at Gator Park for an airboat tour then drove about an hour to Marco Island. Such a beautiful drive with lots of gators along the road. *Random tip- don't bring a huge bag. Bring two smaller sizes if needed. If your bag is too big they will require you to check it with a porter. It's much easier to take your bags on and off the ship yourself. You won't have to wait for your stuff once you get on board and when it's time to disembark you can quickly walk off the ship early without having to wait until your group is called. Just don't leave your bags out on the last night. Overall, Royal Caribbean and the Staff on the Majesty were fantastic. Not a fancy cruise but definitely fun and budget friendly. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
We havebeen on several cruises soem form Carnival and lots on Royal Caribean. This was by far one of the best experiences we ever had. We were shocked after reading soem bad reveiws the night before we left. The ship is one of the older ... Read More
We havebeen on several cruises soem form Carnival and lots on Royal Caribean. This was by far one of the best experiences we ever had. We were shocked after reading soem bad reveiws the night before we left. The ship is one of the older ones but has been refurbished. It was clean. Service was great. I would recommend hte early dinner seating or dine my way seating as some of the shows only have 1 show time and the later dinner seating ends too late to make the show. The food was good not awesome but good. Lobster tail one night as Carnival always has on one night of the cruise. The entertainment especially the band ASIA which played outside the casino each night was amazing they played everything from the 40's thru todays hits and were awesome!!!. A little too much smoke in the casino and at the bar outsie fo it but other than that we had an amazing time. Someone won 10,000 dollas on a $1 slot machine the first night of the trip. Never thought that coud happen on a cruise. Piano bar was fun. Getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake could nto believe it no lines no waiting!!!!! Don't listen tot he negative comments try it for yourself. We were certainly pleasantly surprised. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2013
Who doesn't love a Adventure? My New Bride had a choice of going on a Road trip to Savannah, Ga. or Disney Cruise? Cruise won out. We had gotten lucky to go on the Disney Dream Built in 2011. This ship is huge.. Being out first time ... Read More
Who doesn't love a Adventure? My New Bride had a choice of going on a Road trip to Savannah, Ga. or Disney Cruise? Cruise won out. We had gotten lucky to go on the Disney Dream Built in 2011. This ship is huge.. Being out first time on any cruise It was exciting for us both. The crew were Way past friendly and bending over backwards for us. Which I'm sure they did for all the people on board. Our room was more than I could possible hope to get on such short notice. There are so many thing to do I wish we had a idea of what and where to go. You can get lost here a bit. We both knew that there are children on board so we expected to see the little ones running around. My new wife and I are in our 50's so we have already gone through having children to watch. They have adult sections on board that are just Adults Only. To be Honest I had more trouble with Parents and Grand Parents that felt no shame of holding up the Buffet lines to make sure their little ones had there choice of foods. Really? The kids have no clue as what they want. If anyone with kids reads this get them their food they like and bring it back to were their sitting. Don't Drag the kid through the line and ask about item on the Buffet line. My particular Beef was the main dinning, which was second shift 8pm. When your stuck with folks you don't know makes it difficult.. If the folks your sitting with turn out to be Duds ( for lack of another word) ask to be moved to the first shift IF there are OPENINGS. I told my child bride I wouldn't give a hoot to sit with these folks ever again and forgo that part the next night. One Example as to why my Move? Guy sticks his hands onto the bread and begins ripping at the bread and eating after dipping into the Olive Oil. I prefer not to have to eat what he just had his hands on and double dipping . Why not two different loafs of bread & oil mix for each couple I'll never know. My Second Beef was with our first stop Nassau Bahamas. This alone made me stop and think whether I would ever return again. (Most Likely Not at this point) I get enough hassle from work without having to be subjected to all the Locals trying to beat me about the head and shoulders with Taxis, Tours, Guides, Scooter rides etc. I heard other Cruise lines have a escape to avoid this Pain in the Ass! By Diverting their passengers away from the 3 blocks of Hey Mon! and getting in your face. On the Brighter side, with just a couple my personnel issues. Disney Dream and the Crew deserve credit for what they do. Our Second stop was to Cast Away which is a private Disney island that had a Adult only Beach which my wife & I found Breath Taking. And relaxing. After departing the ship we found our bags ready to go and uneventful.. A side bar Note had been seeing Mickey, Snow White etc. with these kids warms your heart. The little ones still believe!! The expression on their little faces was simple Magical!   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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Sail Date: December 2013
This was our fifth cruise. Our second on NCL. I'm not sure what has happened with NCL, as we traveled the epic ship 2 yrs ago and loved our experience. Our only complaint on epic was the set up of the bathrooms. Breakaway is just ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise. Our second on NCL. I'm not sure what has happened with NCL, as we traveled the epic ship 2 yrs ago and loved our experience. Our only complaint on epic was the set up of the bathrooms. Breakaway is just plain awful for numerous reasons. First the staff are all philapinne and very hard to understand. I don't think they understand us either as I had asked for drinks and they just shook head and got someone else for me to tell. One of the most pleasurable things when we cruise is to interact with the help on ships and speak to them about their countries and culture . On this cruise it's impossible as they lack the ability to communicate with us. The help seemed very overworked and not as friendly and chatty as the other ships we have been on. We did not feel comfortable with the staff. The service was very cut and dry. Their was no country diversity as they mostly all were from the same country it seemed. Next, ship was built very narrow as the hallways you had to walk single file. The pools were a joke as they too were small, crowded and jam packed. We did not use the pool or hotubs as you could not even move or you banged into the person next to you. The food was awful in the buffet. The specialty restaurants were a bit better and the manhattan room was a joke. Again the waiters were non speaking English and it took forever to be served. Room service had 3 items you could order and to find something to eat after 11 was impossible... Entertainment was okay, rock of ages (play) had a strange buzzing or feedback noise that they never fixed for the entire 105 mins of play. Burn the floor was good but after you saw that what else was left for the rest of week. On the epic there was so much to see and do, we never had a problem? Our cabin was smaller then most, we had a balcony cabin. The tv was awful. Not sure who they put in charge of that but the same movies played over and over on the 3 channels we had. Ironman, rock of ages and the mentalist. Room service took hours to arrive and that too was a joke. Breakfast was only a continental. No pancakes, eggs or French toast. Only cereal and muffins coffee. Once again the only items you could get 24 hrs was salad, turkey sand, chicken soup and blt....again not sure who created this lousy service but trust me NCL it stinks.... This particular cruise was loaded with kids that ran around, screamed and slid into you when you walked anywhere. They slid down railings, ran into elevators and pushed multiple buttons to be funny and then hopped off. Parents seemed unaffected by any of this.... The bathrooms in a few sections were gross. Toilets not even flushed. Yuck. Also where the sinks are with paper towels prior to going into buffet the water was left running and paper towel were empty. Nothing was serviced. The ship was ran very poorly and I was shocked more and more each day... The gym, a complete joke. Most treadmills are placed by the windows so when you jog you see the ocean. This gym was extremely small and the weights and lifting another joke. By far, this was the worst cruise of my life and we could not wait to come home. I actually brought extra money to pre book another cruise but after one days on the ship decided royal carribiaan is much nicer for the money and cruising experience. NCL if you were trying to cut corners without anyone noticing, WE NOTICED.....it shows in the small hallways, the pool shrunk, the food quality and quantity and the staff help.   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: 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
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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
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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
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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: 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
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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
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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
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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: 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
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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

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