The ship is absolutely beautiful. The Christmas decor was a nice touch. The food was delicious and the selection was outstanding day and night. The activities and excursions were exciting and fun. The staff was friendly and helpful. ... Read More
The ship is absolutely beautiful. The Christmas decor was a nice touch. The food was delicious and the selection was outstanding day and night. The activities and excursions were exciting and fun. The staff was friendly and helpful. Everything was wonderful from start to finish. There was something available for everyone no matter the age. Went to the Bahamas and rode ATV's in the jungle of Mexico. I have told everyone about my experience and encourage them all to get on board ASAP. I was invited for a wedding and this was my first time on the Allure of The Sea, but not my last. I'm looking forward to planning another trip with more family members as I am definitely going again! The view from ship is breathtaking every single moment of the day. I enjoyed my experience and hope everyone will be able to share in the joy I did. Read Less
Blount Small Ship Adventures is just that, a small ship with adventures aplenty. Hubby and I have cruised with Blount many times over the past few years, but the cruise that I enjoyed most and I enjoyed twice was the Bahamian Out Islands. ... Read More
Blount Small Ship Adventures is just that, a small ship with adventures aplenty. Hubby and I have cruised with Blount many times over the past few years, but the cruise that I enjoyed most and I enjoyed twice was the Bahamian Out Islands. I always thought of the Bahamas as Nassau, well I soon learned that the Bahamas consists of 700 islands 30 of which are inhabited. Nassau was just our embarkation point.
Our ship, The Grande Mariner, is a small but well equipped small ship. Our cabin was also small, but it had two twin beds with a night stand between, it was clean, it had adequate drawer, shelf, closet area and a large mirror and it had a window to open if you so desired. The room had A/C. Our cabin also had a small, clean, well lit and well-appointed toilet and sink room and a separate shower stall. No television was also a plus for us. Our cabin had everything we needed.
This was a very laid-back and fun cruise. All the staff and crew were friendly and very accessible. Being able to visit the Captain as he sails the ship makes for a casual and relaxed atmosphere. The food is plentiful and delicious. With about 80 passengers on board, it felt like cruising on a friend's yacht. The cruise also had on-board very knowledgeable and friendly naturalists. They gave lectures in the evening about the day's activities and also presented a very informative snorkeling "how to" for us beginners. The naturalists were always available to answer questions and point out interesting facts. The ship comes equipped with kayaks and snorkeling gear for your use. No extra charge, by the way. Feeling comfortable with the crew and fellow passengers made me enjoy my trip even more. The bow landings were amazing. There's nothing like having your cruise ship only steps away while you're swimming, snorkeling or just sunning. Casual open seating meals is a nice way to meet new friends. Lots of fun activities are offered every day...hiking, sight-seeing, snorkeling, botanical garden walks, even swimming with pigs and swimming with sharks. Participation was your choice. Sometimes it's just fun to sit on the top deck in the sun and snooze. A BBQ on the top deck was fun. Visiting places like Spanish Wells where the people use only golf carts to get around and visiting some islands where there are no people at all was interesting.
Get off the beaten path and go where the big ships cannot. We enjoyed our Bahamian Out Island cruise so much that we took the cruise again a couple of years later. It was still an amazing, fun and educational trip the second time. I guess that answers the question, "Would you do it again?"...Yes! Read Less
I went to the Bahamian Out Islands with Blount it was the best vacation I have ever taken. We boarded in Nassau and cruised past 4 HUGE cruise ships. We went to the outer islands that big ships will never reach. Spanish Wells, Harbour ... Read More
I went to the Bahamian Out Islands with Blount it was the best vacation I have ever taken. We boarded in Nassau and cruised past 4 HUGE cruise ships. We went to the outer islands that big ships will never reach. Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and Compass Cay to name a few.
We had complete access to remote beaches and small towns inaccessible by usual tourists. We were docking with yachts and sailboats the entire time, even running into a few celebrities. The optional excursions were fantastic as well - my favorite is the ride in a glass bottomed boat with the Naturalist Luz who lectured us on fish and coral below the surface.
The crew on these boats are absolutely phenomenal. Beginning on day 1, they will know you by name. If you need ANYTHING, just ask! Fantastic service. I also enjoyed the food onboard greatly. One of my favorite meals was a fun cookout on the top deck during Caribbean night where the captain made his famous punch and handed out delicious grilled shrimp.
Blount is the type of cruise you take if you want to do something different and meet great people in the process. You bond with both passengers and crew greatly over the duration of your trip since they sail with less than 83 passengers.
The ships are not luxurious by any means. It's truly about cruising in comfort and enjoying your experiences with people who make you feel as if, you are cruising on a friend's yacht!
Blount also does trips from New York or Boston to Montreal, wish I am hoping to do one day, especially during fall foliage. I would highly recommend you put a trip with this cruise line on your travel bucket list!! Read Less
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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).
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
This was a great time and great memories!! Food was good, entertainment was good! Ship was clean, staff was friendly!! It did get crowded on at sea day but there was places to go that wasn't so crowded. We got up early every day and ... Read More
This was a great time and great memories!! Food was good, entertainment was good! Ship was clean, staff was friendly!! It did get crowded on at sea day but there was places to go that wasn't so crowded. We got up early every day and walked the ship when it was quite. Truly a great trip! This was my parents first trip and they loved it. Dinner was very good in the dining room. Lunch could get crowded on the lido deck but we would have a cocktail and wait the crowd out. On Nassau we did a Segway rides and it was awesome!! Worth every penny and so much fun, our guides were fantastic!!!! We got the cheers drink package and that was worth it as well, we saved money doing it that way. My parents and I would defiantly do Carnival again, it was great trip and we enjoyed it! Read Less