490 Port Canaveral (Orlando) First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

went with a group or friends from work. It was my first cruise and an amazing time. I was blown away with the service and all the activities that were offered. Getting on and off the ship went so smooth, there were people everywhere to ... Read More
went with a group or friends from work. It was my first cruise and an amazing time. I was blown away with the service and all the activities that were offered. Getting on and off the ship went so smooth, there were people everywhere to point the way to assist if needed. We did do the off site cruise parking and i would highly recommend that. My cabin was way bigger than i expected. Wow and the amount of food was amazing. who knew you could ever order two entrees if thats what you wanted . There was never an hour that you could not go do something. The shows were amazing. We got off the ship in the Bahamas that was a little overwhelming, because you are inundated with the locals trying to sell you stuff or go for a taxi ride, but if you said no they did not keep on. Would defiantly go again. Great product for my money Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was my first cruise so I had nothing to compare it to except what others had told me. Communication aboard ship was lacking for a first time cruiser. If there was an orientation we didn't see it advertised. More info as to where ... Read More
This was my first cruise so I had nothing to compare it to except what others had told me. Communication aboard ship was lacking for a first time cruiser. If there was an orientation we didn't see it advertised. More info as to where things were and "you are here" signs would help. Explaining how the travel mugs provided with the drink package worked would also have been helpful. The ship was nice, clean and comfortable despite its age. The cabin was clean and functional. We had issues with excursions we booked being canceled and rebooked with little to no notice.The excursion guy was rude and uncaring when we tried to address the issue with him. Lots of time wasted getting off the ship in Nassau to go to Atlantis. Why should we have to wait for people that get up late or for another cruise ship's passengers. We could have taken a cab had we been told. We had the MyTime dining option and didn't know we needed to book the time before we left port or would have to wait for a table. The food was so-so; we felt rushed in the dining room two nights. The food was often cold, especially breakfast (cold eggs Benedict - yuck). Espresso was terrible - just plain coffee in a tiny cup, tepid at best. I wanted a Scotch and water but kept getting a Scotch and ginger ale, even after explaining what I wanted. The Windjammer Buffet was decent as well as the Chefs Table (at $85 a person). Staff was very nice (except the guy mentioned above) and helpful when asked. Entertainment was decent; no one major. The comedian was good but very short show, like 10 minutes. It was nice not to have people hawking you all the time to buy things, but the ship is oriented around selling things - art, watches, jewelry, etc. The casino was nice but the smoking was terrible. I would have enjoyed a day at sea at the start to get oriented with onboard stuff like the day-at-sea at the end. I'll have to look for that next time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
All the crew members did a real good job. The wait staff provided us an excellent service during dinner, they are so attentive. They refill water as soon as they can. The foods are very tasty and fabulous so thank you for the chefs on ... Read More
All the crew members did a real good job. The wait staff provided us an excellent service during dinner, they are so attentive. They refill water as soon as they can. The foods are very tasty and fabulous so thank you for the chefs on board. We even ordered more than 1 burp. The Dining hall manager made our dinning experience spectacular. My mom who missed the food from my home country made a special request for my brother's birthday and he made it possible. The ship is really good, lots of fun activities and its very clean. My overall experience is five star, very nice experience. There was an auction painting with lots of raffles drawing. There was a comedy show and dancing show. I hope they provided a real Broadway show. I'm pretty sure it will be jam packed by the cruisers. The unlimited food was good. I really Love it as my first time. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I never had a real desire to cruise, but my wife and I decided to do something different this year. Turns out, I loved it, and will cruise again. The food was great, drinks were as well. We loved the entertainment and pretty much sampled ... Read More
I never had a real desire to cruise, but my wife and I decided to do something different this year. Turns out, I loved it, and will cruise again. The food was great, drinks were as well. We loved the entertainment and pretty much sampled it all. From jazz club, to dance club to Piano bar, the level of musicianship was outstanding. There are plenty of elevators to get you around, and the wait was never long. all the staff went out of their way to help, and were always attentive. The ports were good, and offered a variety of activities. I have recommended Royal Carribean to every body that has asked me how my vacation was. It was my first cruise, but definitely will not be my last. I have no desire to explore other lines. When I cruise again, it will assuredly be with Royal Carribean Cruise Lines Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My friend and I thought this would be a good cruise to enjoy for our first time. They were rude, didn't resolve ANY issues while on board. Our plugs in did not work, we had no AC. Made arrangements before setting sail to have dinner ... Read More
My friend and I thought this would be a good cruise to enjoy for our first time. They were rude, didn't resolve ANY issues while on board. Our plugs in did not work, we had no AC. Made arrangements before setting sail to have dinner time at the same time each night and they let someone else have our seat. They then made us wait till they sat others and finally pulled up a TWO person table for my friend and I by the dirty dishes and server station. Their staff was friendly in different areas but for the majority they were rude and we did not like them. Our room attendant didn't help us with anything but to come clean in which she walked in two different times while we were still in getting ready. The one time we finally called and asked for ice they brought it to us about a hour later. Will not be cruising Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Could not have asked for a better vacation! Royal Carribean and The Majesty of The Seas was a perfect fit for my husband and myself. The ship was beyond our expectations. I can't remember being so pampered. The activities team ... Read More
Could not have asked for a better vacation! Royal Carribean and The Majesty of The Seas was a perfect fit for my husband and myself. The ship was beyond our expectations. I can't remember being so pampered. The activities team truly enjoy their jobs so that helped us enjoy our trip. I especially loved all the shows. There was something for all ages. Cruise director Bobby, Activities director Moe and Brandon interacted so well with the audience. (They were a Hoot!!!) Each evening when we returned to our cabin the towel animals brought a smile to our faces. Thanks to our room attendant. The food in the Windjammer was remarkable. Great variety and beautifully presented. We were assigned table 123 in the main dining and I'm so glad we were. Efren and Octa made a lasting impression on us. Their smiling faces and attention to details just blew us away. Thanks Royal Carribean. We will see you on our next cruise!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our very first cruise and there was 15 of us. When we first got onboard the first thing we noticed was the food stations were overflowing with choices: steak, chicken, pasta chinese, bbq. Amazing! Well, that was the last time we ... Read More
This was our very first cruise and there was 15 of us. When we first got onboard the first thing we noticed was the food stations were overflowing with choices: steak, chicken, pasta chinese, bbq. Amazing! Well, that was the last time we saw any of that. Most nights, there was only 1 line open and it offered maybe 2 main dishes which were awful such as Ham or a Chicken dish with all the sides and salad bar. We have always heard of the excellent and abundant food buffets on cruises, but it was't on this ship! The main dining room was much better, but it was the back of the boat and some of our guests felt the ocean moving too much and couldn't eat in there. I also think Carnival needs to decide if they want to be a family ship or a party ship, but you can't have it both ways. One day, around noonish, there was a alcohol inspired game show and the contestants got super crazy, and I'm no prude, but they did this on the side of the ship where water slide pool was located with a ton of kids, including mine. Not appropriate! I also paid into the Bubbles package and it was a huge mistake. There are no soda stations in food buffet areas, so if my kids wanted a soda with their meals or even while sitting around the pool, they had to go to the bar and wait until the server was finished making 20 frozen drinks, all while enjoying the company of the heavy drinkers and fowl language. Also, one morning as I was walking around with my young son on the top deck, I fell harshly down 2 steps. The floor is wood, it had a "slime" residue and I was trying to be very careful. After I fell, there were 2 crewmen close by and they acted as if they could care less. Fortunately there was a nice family who ran over to help. I couldn't believe the crewmen did nothing. As they walked by, they did ask if i was ok, but didn't offer a arm to help me up! I was sore but refused to go to infirmary. I woke up next morning, bruised over the whole right side of my body. Pain was awful, but i was with my family of 15 people and didn't want it to ruin my trip. I iced up as much as I could, and got on with my trip. The rooms were nice, the other food options were good so overall I guess the value was there, but before I would even consider recommending Carnival to anyone, they have some growing up to do! Kim Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because of the timing. We needed to leave and be back In time for our first grandchild to be born. Nassau was a little disappointing. Very touristy. We loved Cococay. The beach was beautiful, the mini straw ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the timing. We needed to leave and be back In time for our first grandchild to be born. Nassau was a little disappointing. Very touristy. We loved Cococay. The beach was beautiful, the mini straw market was not near as pushy as Nassau. The service overall was excellent with the exception of most of the bartenders in the Boleros room. They would ignore you for 30 minutes easily. We would choose a larger ship next time. Majesty had only one pool that was too crowded to get in most of the time. The food in the dining room was excellent and Galen was an outstanding waiter. The windjammer was ok, Sorrentos pizza was barely average. The activities director is pretty funny and the activities were very entertaining. They could really scale back on the pushy sales once you're on board, that got pretty annoying and you need to learn to dodge them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was my first cruise, and I chose this one because of the ship. It's huge and offers a lot of activities. The ship is beautiful - I recommend taking the all-access pass behind-the-scenes tour to learn about how the ship works, ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and I chose this one because of the ship. It's huge and offers a lot of activities. The ship is beautiful - I recommend taking the all-access pass behind-the-scenes tour to learn about how the ship works, from dining services to the bridge. It's worth the $119. The crew works very hard, but they seemed to be under staffed. Buffet dining experiences were chaotic - I recommend doing the dining rooms for breakfast and lunch. In Nassau, I recommend scheduling an excursion, even if you don't like scheduled excursions. The shopping experience in town, which is within walking distance of the ship, is disappointing -- lots of dirty shops filled with tourist junk sold by aggressive sales people. In St. Thomas I recommend taking a taxi and skipping the ship's excursions! Explore on your own, but DO NOT get into a "gypsy cab." We discovered Secret Harbor, a resort on the east end of the island. It's about a 45-minute cab ride, and it's quiet, beautiful, and the staff is amazing. A lot of locals hang out there, which tells you something! Prices for drinks and food are reasonable. In St. Maarten, take a cab to Orient Beach. Not as friendly as St. Thomas, but every bit as beautiful. It is overrun with tourists, but the beach is so big that you will be comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We picked Disney Cruise mainly because of the focus on younger kids. Based on all the reviews I've read this is supposed to be the best cruise for kids (with no casino and has many kids focused activities such as the Oceaneer Club and ... Read More
We picked Disney Cruise mainly because of the focus on younger kids. Based on all the reviews I've read this is supposed to be the best cruise for kids (with no casino and has many kids focused activities such as the Oceaneer Club and Lab.) This is our first cruise ever so I cannot compare it with other cruises. My original expectation was that the kids would spend most of the time in the youth clubs doing interesting activates while the adults can relax and do some exercises to work off the calories. I also expected to go swimming as a family at least once per day so we could . However, the experience was not exactly what I expected. We were on the Very Merrytime Cruise during the week of Thanksgiving. As expected it is extremely crowded. It took quite a while for the lug gages to show up, otherwise the embarkation and disembarkation went just fine. The ship is in a great condition and the room is exceptionally clean. I travel a lot for work and the cleanliness is definitely on par with the best hotels I've stayed. Also the stateroom host did above and beyond to entertain my kids. The room and his service were the best part of the trip . The 3 stage shows were good but definitely not on par with those at Disneyland and Disney World, none of them was memorable and the plots were all very uninteresting or simplistic despite good individual performance. The kids (6 and 9) also enjoyed the new movie "Moana". The swimming pools were really small for the number of people onboard. It was simply impossible to "swim" much with so many people in the pools. My kids were only able to swim on the second day because we chose not to visit Nassau and on the third day at Castaway Cay. The kids clubs were totally not what we expected. We registered the kids on the first day and my wife immediately had concerns regarding the electronic toys and video games. After a couple hours, the activities there simply could not keep the kids interested. In addition, I didn't like that the kids were fed mostly unhealthy, deep fried foods for dinner! Actually, the reason we had the kids there for dinner was due to the terrible "second seating" we were assigned to. On the first day, we were very tired and the kids were starving while suffering from motion sickness. But we could not go to dinner because people in "second seating" can only go in after 8:15PM, in addition Disney shut down the buffet restaurant "Cabanas" during dinner times except for the party night. (I read other reviews it was sometimes available for sit in dinners as an alternative to formal dining, it would have been nice!) We ate at the "royal" garden on the first night at a very narrow place and Disney assigned another family to sit at the same table. It was a very awkward situation so they reseated them for the remainder of the trip. Even so, the location was not ideal and possibly due to that the waiters rarely come back other than delivering foods. We asked to be switched to the "first seating" but was immediately shut down with an excuse that "first seating is overbooked". So every night we ate late, went to sleep late, but still have to wake up very early to "meet the princess" or attend other activities. It was a very exhausting and painful experience and nothing like the "relaxing cruise" I was expecting. Despite all the bad experiences, Disney asked us to pay an extra $240 of tips on top of the almost 7k we already paid for the rooms. That is divided by $40 for dinner each night and $20 for housekeeping. I'd say my stateroom host absolutely deserves his $20. But the dinner service while good was just on par with other high-end restaurant. And the dinner experience has been consistently horrible despite friendly table services. The environment was always very closed, crowded, and uninteresting. The late dinners made the kids starve and then eat too much. I too suffer from digestion problems every single night. This totally ruined the experience. Castaway Cay was the only better part of the trip. It was extremely clean and the sand was very nice. My kids were able to swim in the sea and we all biked together as a family. Still, the open areas on the island are too small for any serious exploration, and a very beautiful beach was a designated "adult only" area. So I really felt a bit underwhelming. I also feel that Disney might be trying to save money by cutting corners: Offer cheaper, unhealthy kids menus items that cost maybe $10 per meal, shut down Cabanas at nights to save costs, charge extra fees for almost any drink other than fountain drinks, including bottled water. On the show last night the entertainment director said that we may miss the ship, but sorry, I don't miss it at all and I am more than happy to get off the ship and never come back ever again. I think for the same money we would have a far better experience by simply staying a week in a Disney World resort hotel. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was my husband and I first time cruising. We had heard so many great things about cruising, so we decided to give it a try. .....Oh my!!...where to start... First...this is an old ship...carpets are stained...linen in the rooms ... Read More
This was my husband and I first time cruising. We had heard so many great things about cruising, so we decided to give it a try. .....Oh my!!...where to start... First...this is an old ship...carpets are stained...linen in the rooms were a dingy yellow. The towels always looked liked they had not been washed well. (yellow stains, red marks, old makeup looking marks on towels and washcloths..and this was even after asking for new ones) Second...our room attendant never knew what he was talking about when asked a questions...for example...i asked him if there was a way to print out our excursion tickets, since we had forgot to do so before leaving home and he said "no"...wrong!! they have computers set up with printers! Third...we could not port at CocoCay and was not offered any cruise deals or ship credits or anything...I'm convinced Coco Cay is messed up from Hurricane Matthew! Fourth...The waters were very rough on the 3rd and 4th night...as I am accustomed to flying..the pilot will come on the intercom and let everyone know we are experiencing turbulence"...well not on the ship!!..I didn't know if this was normal or if something was wrong...I was waiting for the captain to come over the loud speaker at any moment and let us know that we were experiencing rough waters or something!! Nothing!! For a first timer this was very unnerving! Fifth- we paid for the internet service that promised to be fast....welllllllll....fail....we were told it's slow in the rooms but fast if you come out to the common areas! -: I could go on...like the very smoky casino! But I've said enough and had enough to know we won't be doing another cruise anytime soon if at all....it is what we thought it was!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The entertainment was limited. Nothing started for the adults until 9. The comedy club was not open for 2 nights in a row, so they were really crowded.....The piano bar is not worth even trying. It was the same style music throughout the ... Read More
The entertainment was limited. Nothing started for the adults until 9. The comedy club was not open for 2 nights in a row, so they were really crowded.....The piano bar is not worth even trying. It was the same style music throughout the entire time. The piano players name is Skip and that is totally what I would do. He was really rude both nights I went. Many other passengers were talking about how rude he was though out the week.....The food was NOT good in Rosies café... The pizza was awful...Guys burger place was good, the fries were over done but the burgers where great. The burrito place was good.. Had it not been for those two I would have not eaten anything but bad food the entire time. I kept going back to the buffets hoping for anything worth while. It never happened. Blah is the best way to describe their food. The staff was awesome except for Skip. But overall I really liked their staff. They were friendly, helpful, funny, and a pleasure to be around. Milos was hands down the best bartender we came across. The cucumber sunrise was this trips saving grace. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I was a 1st time cruiser and the Carnival Victory did not disappoint!! Embarkation was very organized and went very smooth. The ship was beautiful and clean when we finally got on board. The staff ushered us to pool decks and had lunch ... Read More
I was a 1st time cruiser and the Carnival Victory did not disappoint!! Embarkation was very organized and went very smooth. The ship was beautiful and clean when we finally got on board. The staff ushered us to pool decks and had lunch ready. Our luggage arrived within 2 hours of us boarding, so I was very pleased with that. Our cabin was upper interior (Deck 6) was tiny, but provided anything we could need from a cabin. Everyone traveling with us had very clean and functional rooms each day. The food was perfect for every snack and meal we had. We ate a ton, but stayed so active that I had no problem eating what ever I wanted. There were more activities than I could even attend, although I tried! The live bands and Comedy Club we my favorites. The hospitality was amazing, my drink was never empty and I was constantly smiling. Overall security was also impressive. My 15 year old spent the last two days with new friends that she met in Club 02. The club Manager was very involved with making sure the teens had a blast each day, all while not letting in strange adults. She made it a point to meet and know just about every parent who's teen went there. The ports were great, Freeport was less crowded than Nassau. We went to Tianio Beach in Freeport and did shopping in Nassau. The beach was a 12 mile drive across the Island but again, we had wonderful, local hospitality by our bus/cab driver. Traveling in a group of 10 with one in a Wheelchair and they made it happen so smoothly! My daughter made memories that will last forever. We will definitely cruise Carnival again and again! Everything else like the music, sail off parties, Dive in movie, and ALL of the wonderful staff was just as enjoyable. Can't wait to cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My parents surprised my sister and I about this cruise. We thought we were just going to the beach for a couple of days before heading to Disneyworld. The port was right next to the beach we were so-called "going to". They took ... Read More
My parents surprised my sister and I about this cruise. We thought we were just going to the beach for a couple of days before heading to Disneyworld. The port was right next to the beach we were so-called "going to". They took us down by the cruise and told us we were going on it for the next few days! We were stoked!! The Disney Dream is definitely worth the money it costs, along with any other Disney vacation, destination, etc. However, Disney Dream is apparently the best of the best. It was voted the best of even all the Disney cruise ships! On the Disney Dream, you will never find yourself bored. Whether you are lounging by the pool watching a Disney movie on the giant screen, eating your fourteenth ice cream cone of the day (because hey, it's unlimited!!), or trying something new in the many activities Disney has available for children or adults, you will always be entertained. The rooms: Never being on a cruise before, I did not know what to expect. However, I knew that the rooms would be tiny. But upon getting into our room that was for four of us, I wasn't disappointed. Although small, because hey you're on a ship with 4000 other people, it wasn't crammed at all. We were even lucky enough to have a small deck that we could go out on and see the ocean. The rooms had a desk, a bed, a couch that converted into bunk beds every night (thank you housekeepers!!), closet space, a tv, a shower room with a sink, and a toilet with a sink. It was enough because no one spent much time in the rooms since there was so much to do. The food: Disney Dream had quite a few different restaurant options but generally had three different dinners that they would rotate the guests through along with two that you could pay extra for but you would need to make reservations. The best dinner setting was definitely at the Animator's Palette. It was totally Disney-fied. Check that place out and take pictures because it's so unique! But besides that, the food was great, nothing to complain about. They made sure they had a variety each day so you weren't stuck eating the same thing four or five days in a row. Although Disney is pointed more towards kids, they had a lot of fancy options for food which made it interesting. The activities: When you get on the cruise, make sure you download the Disney Cruise app. It gets you hooked up with the temporarily free wifi but it has an hour by hour list each day of the activities. Take advantage of all the cool things they have going on around the cruise, you won't want to miss out on it. Especially the shows and events they have constantly. Do not convince yourself that you are too old to do different things because you are not. Enjoy the cruise while you're on it!! The shows: The shows were phenomenal, as all Disney shows are. What was so interesting is that they would take the same Disney characters you've always known, and put them with a different story line. It made it entertaining and the audience were always encouraged to cheer once they saw their favorite characters take the stage. The staff: I cannot stress this enough. The staff were unlike any staff I've ever seen. They were always happy, always smiling, always helpful. You were never afraid to approach a staff member for any questions or anything you might want to say. They love to engage with you and ensure that your time is worthwhile. Now the entertainment staff was unbelievable. They're the ones who put on the shows, played the characters for meet and greets, and were constantly in front of the people. They definitely do their job well. Bravo! Disney Dream was unlike any other cruise I will probably ever go on and just want to encourage anybody thinking about taking this cruise, DO IT!!! Every penny is worth it. My sister and I are 21 and 17 and we had just as much fun as a 5 year old would have. But also seeing all the childrens' faces light up on this cruise made me happier, and I know it will fill any parent with joy seeing the look on their own child's face on this cruise. I 100% love this cruise and will continue to applaud it and talk about it to anyone who will listen. Thank you Disney Dream for making all of my dreams come true! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
we love Disney Dream, they think about all the details, ship its so beautiful, crew members did a great a job. They take care of any detail. The shows was the best, we have so much fun, the kids enjoy and loved it. there is a lot to ... Read More
we love Disney Dream, they think about all the details, ship its so beautiful, crew members did a great a job. They take care of any detail. The shows was the best, we have so much fun, the kids enjoy and loved it. there is a lot to do, and they have special zone for only adults if you want some quite time. they make all passanger feel good. Dinner was amazing, really good quality of food. Now we are thinking to do a longer Disney cruise we had so much fun and good time that the time on board felt so short. We loved the aqua duck!!!!! Este fue nuestro primer crucero y creo que acertamos perfecto con elegir la Linea Disney Cruice, nuestra experiencia fue fantástica, la calidad del servicio, del personal tanto de los restaurantes como el personal de aseo y servicios generales es maravilloso. Se esfuerzan por entregarte un grato momento. Definitivamente tomaremos un nuevo crucero disney, ahora mas largo ya que nos quedamos con gusto a poco. No nos queriamos bajar!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was a 1st cruise for us. We are in our 40s and our kids (8 of them) are slowly leaving the house 1 by 1. We have 1 left and she is a senior this year. My DH does not like to travel. He is an introvert. He hates to fly, has a bad ... Read More
This was a 1st cruise for us. We are in our 40s and our kids (8 of them) are slowly leaving the house 1 by 1. We have 1 left and she is a senior this year. My DH does not like to travel. He is an introvert. He hates to fly, has a bad back and driving for extended periods is uncomfortable for him. We went in to get a haircut together in August 2015 and our hairdresser mentioned she and her husband were going on a cruise. After telling us about it, she invited us to come along. My DH said YES! Well, you didn’t have to tell me twice! I’m an extrovert and love to travel! We got her information and looked it up online when we got home. A balcony suite on Deck 8 in the middle. We called Carnival and booked a 7 day cruise from Port Canaveral on the Valor. I am a researcher of things that interest me, so I started looking for cruise information. I talked to my parents, who are avid cruisers (never thought to ask why they never invited us). We purchased Faster to the Fun! This is very much worth the $49 to get priority embarkation, debarkation and on/off the boat faster for shore excusions. Having no idea what to expect, we over packed. Got the sea sickness patch, JIC. We parked in an offsite gated lot from 528 Port Cruise Parking in Canveral & took a shuttle to the port. We boarded the boat and were in our cabin in less than 25 minutes! We did not spend any time in Orlando (we spent 4 years in South FL) and there really wasn't anything we wanted to see/do before leaving on the boat, or heading home. Our cruise was to Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, and Costa Maya. We planned some shore excursions through the boat and a few others through independent groups. We did a dolphin swim in Cozumel (the highest rated of all the ports we were visiting) and it was awesome! We are parrot owners and wanted to see parrots in the wild, so we booked excursions in Belize and Honduras that allowed that. Banana Bank in Belize was amazing (this was not available on the boat)! We did not get to port in Costa Maya as the water was too choppy and unsafe to port so we ended up with an extra sea day. We booked the Steak House for a $35 PP up charge. Not really worth the price in our opinion. The food in the dining room is equally as good and already included. We had 3 couples massages in the spa ... we could LIVE in the spa! We had early dining and saw a few movies on the boat, caught a few shows, played Bingo. Recommend early dining as late dining tends to interfere with the evening shows. We had a great experience and hence caught the cruising fever! We have booked 4 more cruises since then! The staff was excellent! Our cabin steward superb! I think one of the best things about cruising is that you don’t have to do anything. You get up when you want to, go to bed when you want to, eat when you want it. No one cares. You just get to relax. We truly did not want this vacation to end. We wanted to live on the boat! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The Disney Dream was the first cruise for any of our family with 2 & 7 y.o girls. The overall experience of the cruise was amazing. It takes a lot of organisation to get things done but there was not a minute of boredom/downtime during ... Read More
The Disney Dream was the first cruise for any of our family with 2 & 7 y.o girls. The overall experience of the cruise was amazing. It takes a lot of organisation to get things done but there was not a minute of boredom/downtime during the 3 night sailing. The ports we stopped at were Nassau and Castaway. We only got off the ship for a short period at each. At Nassau we visited the Blue Lagoon Dolphin experience, expensive but a worthy attraction. The weather at Castaway Cay was lousy so we just had got off to take a look and hopped back on after 90 minutes or so. The advantage to this was while we were back on the ship it was much emptier, so could explore and experience without crowds. Food during the day was sub-par, but evening meals at restaurants were excellent, with great service staff. Skip Flo's Cafe and head to Cabanas for lunch, much better standard of food, but still so-so. We didn't use the kids clubs, we like being able to spend time with the kids during holidays, but they looked great. There are two theatres on-board, one showing movies, and the other with live productions. Only got to two of the three live shows and regretted we missed the first one. On day 1 we were getting our bearings and weren't sure how everything worked so missed out. The movie theatre was huge and comfortable with great sound and vision and was alternating between SW The Force Awakens and Zootopia. There is a detective game for the kids where they can track down a painting thief onboard, using some Disney digital magic - make sure you do it if you have pre-teen kids, good fun. If you use Disney Cruise coach transfers, your luggage is collected from the airport for you and arrives outside your stateroom, sooooo easy, especially with young kids. We boarded at 1pm with a few hours to kill before setting sail, it was a bit daunting entering the lobby and not knowing where to head, but basically the ship is yours to do as you wish, head up to the pools and relax while having a bite to eat and watching a movie on the massive outdoor screen. Access to your stateroom is from 1.30pm. Almost all the staff (cast members) we enountered were excellent, happy and helpful. Be prepared for financial extortion, buy hey, you're on holidays and that's what happens everyone wants whatever they can get from you... Thankfully at US$12 a beer we're not big drinkers and had no problems getting through a few days dry! Disney has set the bar pretty high, I'd definitely recommend this as a great although expensive family holiday and it has whet the appetite for future crusing. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Our cabin was nice and roomy, however, the shower was way too small especially for my 6'4 husband. I had read reviews about the shower curtain sticking to you but I had no idea of how hard it would be until we arrived. I even brought ... Read More
Our cabin was nice and roomy, however, the shower was way too small especially for my 6'4 husband. I had read reviews about the shower curtain sticking to you but I had no idea of how hard it would be until we arrived. I even brought clips to clip curing down and it didn't help. I took my 10 year old to the Adventure area for kids to sign her up and she wasn't impressed with the set up being so close to the younger children and she said it didn't look like much fun. She would've much rather been across the hall with the club music and teens. The food was great. We ate at the Windjammer, My Fair Lady, Chops and the quick counter in the pool area. Chops was by far the best!!! Even though I say the food was great at My Fair Lady, I didn't like that my family of 3 was placed at another table with a family of 3. Didn't enjoy sitting with other people. This happened at both dinner and breakfast. Never went back. Entertainment was very nice and enjoyable. Marc was amazing! The only shore excursion we did was snorkeling at CoCo Cay. The price was reasonable and we had a lot of fun. Would've loved to have visited Atlantis but $189 per person is absolutely ridiculous. The bus transportation from the airport was so so. I understand that by booking transportation through RCCL you are guaranteed arrival. We were off our plane by noon and checked in with transportation. We had to wait for other guest who's plane was delayed to arrive because our bus was the last one to the port. We didn't arrive to the port until 2:30. We put our belongings in our cabin and headed to the Windjammer. After all, it was a long morning and we were hungry. Sat down to eat and not even 10 minutes went by and we were made to leave because of the drill. The drill was scheduled for 3:30. Why were we made to leave the Windjammer at 3:00??? Husband was pissed...... Would we do another cruise, yes! Would we choose another ship, yes! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My family had a wonderful time on this cruise. Never having been on one before, we did not know what to expect. We had heard good stories and horror stories from some of our friends who took cruises on other cruise lines. However, Royal ... Read More
My family had a wonderful time on this cruise. Never having been on one before, we did not know what to expect. We had heard good stories and horror stories from some of our friends who took cruises on other cruise lines. However, Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas was spectacular! Our cabin was very clean, always fresh towels available, boat was clean, food was GREAT, and the service provided by all the staff that we came into contact with was exceptional. As far as the shore excursions, my family did not care for the downtown area/beach of Nassau that much. It was not what we expected. I would suggest taking a water taxi to Atlantis and spending the day there. They have a water park. The next shore excursion was CocoCay and that was just a dream! My family could have spent two days there. So relaxing and beautiful. A great place to swim and snorkel. They have snorkeling equipment included if you book a package but next time we will take our own. As far as activities on the ship, there was always some kind of show going on inside and from what I could see looked like a lot of fun. We just chose to spend the majority of our time outside on deck because the weather was beautiful! And, very important to us first time cruisers...next time we will wear our bathing suit under our clothes. The luggage does not get into your room until later in the day. We boarded mid-morning and could have been using that time before we got into our room to be in the pool, etc., if we had been wearing our swimsuits! We loved it overall and plan to go on another cruise!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was my first cruise ever and I have a fear of water and boats. Overall I have to say Carnival Sunshine did a really good job. The room was better than I thought and the crew was awesome. Every time we left the room, we came back ... Read More
This was my first cruise ever and I have a fear of water and boats. Overall I have to say Carnival Sunshine did a really good job. The room was better than I thought and the crew was awesome. Every time we left the room, we came back and the room was cleaned and the guy who maintained the room for our deck was great. Always smiley and friendly. There was tons to do. We went with a group of 16 for a wedding and always found something to do. We had a blast. I gave Carnival Sunshine a high rating. The only complaints I really have is I paid extra for the spa balcony room and I didn't find any extra perks. I thought we were to have access to a part of the ship that was adults only on the very top deck, but the whole ship was open to everyone of all ages. Also, when we tried to book spa appointments we were turned down due to no openings. However, while I was standing there other people walked right up and asked for a massage and they told them yes. I don't know if you have to be a VIP or something to get priority access, but it was pointless for us to pay extra on the spa deck. Also, it was frustrating when we did get in to get a massage they used half of our time on the clock to sell us products. If I'm still on the clock for my 90 minute massage, they shouldn't be talking to me about products. The ship was completely full and it was packed! We had 3 days at sea before we reached port and you never could find a chair to lay out. People would lay towels down to reserve their chair and never came back. Someone needs to rethink this whole process. Maybe someone goes around and monitors chairs. As far as food the dining room was really good, but the buffet was just okay and sometimes they closed down. If you missed that window for the buffet then you were just out of luck. Also, I felt everything cost so much. Some drinks were like $10+ and the cruise itself was high. We attended a family members wedding on the cruise and Carnival Sunshine did a great job. They did any exceptional job on the wedding pictures and video, but be prepared to spend a lot of money to get the pictures and video. The dining room was great especially if you are with a group of people. We tried all kinds of different food and there was lots to choose from and you could get multiple items. They had an app you could use to chat with each other, but internet costs a lot of money to get. Would I book with carnival again? That's tough to say, because I was afraid of being on a ship. I have a fear of water. I only went since it was a family member getting married. We had one day that we hit some rough waters. If I didn't have anxiety about that, then yes I would book a trip with them again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our first cruise, so we chose a short 4 day cruise to get a feel for it. We normally vacation at resorts. Check-in was not as long as anticipated. We arrived at the ship at 12:30 and were in our room by 1:30. We found our ... Read More
This was our first cruise, so we chose a short 4 day cruise to get a feel for it. We normally vacation at resorts. Check-in was not as long as anticipated. We arrived at the ship at 12:30 and were in our room by 1:30. We found our luggage on the carts and took it to the room ourselves. We also carried our luggage off at the end of the cruise, as I think most if the cruisers did. The Victory is a nice ship, with many activities that keep its guests hopping. Because of this, I didn't find the cruise relaxing. Crowds of people and the noise level also contributed to that. On the other hand, my teenage son felt there wasn't enough to do. He was signed up for the youth program, but wasn't impressed, so didn't attend. We ate in the main dining room two evenings and found the service to be very slow, so opted for the Mediterranean Restaurant for most of our meals. The food was, in general, very good. Our room steward was always cheerful and called us by name, though I never learned her name. We spent very little time in the pool area, mainly because it was crowded and hard to find deck chairs. We did enjoy the dive-in movie and the piano bar sing-along. I found the Caribbean stage shows a bit corny, and avoided the smoky casino. We fell for the "come to such-and-such room for a giveaway", and we did get a few free things. Hubby was given a bottle of champagne for making a fool of himself onstage, and son won a Beats Pill in the arcade. I had a free facial and was given some cheap jewelry. Time in the ports was short, but enjoyable. We did the coastal segway tour in Freeport, which was much shorter than advertised, and that was disappointing. I am glad I experienced this cruise, but think I will keep my feet on the ground from now on. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Clean,good safe ports, excellent service.The kids loved the ice cream machines. The lemonade and coffee was always good. Enjoyed Fish and Chips. Found it the last couple days. Didn't wait to eat at late seating dining room. 8:15 was ... Read More
Clean,good safe ports, excellent service.The kids loved the ice cream machines. The lemonade and coffee was always good. Enjoyed Fish and Chips. Found it the last couple days. Didn't wait to eat at late seating dining room. 8:15 was too late for young children to eat. We should of signed up for 6:00 right away. That time slot was full. Rented a cabana at margaritaville grand Turk. Good choice for a tired family. Mostly used it to store our stuff while we hung out at the beach. Food at margaritaville is over priced. Our bill for some chips and a couple drinks and sodas. $110.00. Wait staff gets an automatic %15 yet begged for more. I would skip eating and drinking there. Favorite port stop was San Juan. Walked to Pier 2 and boarded the aqua Ferry for .50 then caught a taxi bus for 6.00 to Bacardi Rum at the yellow taxi terminal. Toured the historic tour for $12.00. Great drink and information. Back for another 6.00 and Ferry for another .50. After that we walked old San Juan and hiked to the fort. The Forts are National Parks. Always felt safe in Old San Juan. We enjoyed our Cruise and recommend to our friends. Choose a cruise that offers good port stops. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was our first cruise to celebrate both my wife's birthday and our anniversary. First, we spent some time reading the reviews of this ship and offerings and feel that the reviews are obviously sided to the perception of the ... Read More
This was our first cruise to celebrate both my wife's birthday and our anniversary. First, we spent some time reading the reviews of this ship and offerings and feel that the reviews are obviously sided to the perception of the reviewers. Those with bad experiences seem to have some sort of specific expectation that hasn't been met and they carried that displeasure to other aspects of the cruise. For us, it was exceptional. We couldn't have asked for a better first time experience. Embarkation was an absolute breeze. We were through security and check in and on the pool deck within about 30 minutes. The weather first day was a little chilly but sunny and very vacation like so we had no issues not getting in the pool. Once we had a couple fruity drinks we easily found a couple chairs and enjoyed the music and initial ambiance. At 3:30 or so we were pulled for the muster prep. This is mandatory and a little disorganized, but nothing that caused us to feel the cruise was going to be messy. Following the muster we went to our cabin. CABIN - we had an inside state room. It was small but efficient for our needs. No need for lots of space or extras because we didnt plan on spending much time in there. Our cabin attendant, Daniel, was exceptional. Constantly addressing our needs before they even came up. One special note, I had recently injured my knee and was hobbled a bit and confined to a knee brace. On day one, as we were heading to our cabin to get something we forgot, he was in the hallway. He made mention that he saw me earlier in the day and felt like I would need ice for my knee from time to time (he was right) he had prepared my room with a cold bucket of ice and bags to use to ice when needed. For the entire tour I always had fresh ice and a bag so that I could take care of myself. There are other smaller examples of his exceptional service approach, but this was a biggie for us. DINING - so the buffet is a buffet. You can't have exceptional expectations. However, I will note that many reviews were critical of wait time for tables. We never had this experience. We always found a place to sit for all meals that we enjoyed. Additionally, the food is not great, but it is passable for buffet food. One night we ate at My Fair Lady and again the service was exceptional. The meal was average, but again our expectations were not for James Beard Award winning dining. We consider ourselves foodies, but also understand that our expectations need to match the environment. I will say that one food item that I found was always exceptional was the mashed potatoes. ENTERTAINMENT - we didn't do much of the on-ship entertainment. We went to the casino for a few minutes and had fun but gambling is not really our thing. We did however, see the juggling show which was exceptional. Funny, timely, entertaining. We really enjoyed that experience. SHORE EXCURSIONS - we choose the snorkel trip in Nassau which was very fun. We were sent on a 1 hour catamaran tour of the area and then snorkeled for an hour at Rainbow Reef. It was really fantastic. We didn't particularly enjoy Nassau/Straw Market etc. But it was nice weather and enjoyable to walk around a bit. COCO CAY - the excursion we choose at COCO CAY was Stingray City. All I can say is WOW. It was one of the coolest experiences I've had in my life. The water was a touch chilly, but you get over that quick. The be able to snorkel with stingrays for a couple hours was priceless. The guide, Nick was knowledgeable, funny, and very insightful. He made the experience even more fun. I find it hard to believe that we only had 6 other couples on the excursion with us. I can't believe that more people don't enjoy this experience. The rest of the day on Coco Cay was simply exceptional. Again, the food was average, but you can't have extended expectations in this type of environment. The water was crystal clear, and perfect all day. The staff was exceptional. The entire experience is something I will remember the rest of my life. VALUE FOR MONEY - overall this was a perfect first time for us. We were sad when it was over and wish we could have had another day or two. For us, we really didn't need the Nassau part of the tour, but were glad for the experience. This as an exceptional trip. If you expect that every aspect of your trip is going to be 5 star then you have the wrong expectations. You need to take the buffet food for what it is worth... the staff on EOS was always friendly and helpful. The stateroom, although small, was perfect for us. Enjoy this tour! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was my first cruise and my hubby's second. We were very excited since we don't do much traveling and this was a big adventure for me. We met friends in Orlando, FL for a couple of days and it was an amazing time followed ... Read More
This was my first cruise and my hubby's second. We were very excited since we don't do much traveling and this was a big adventure for me. We met friends in Orlando, FL for a couple of days and it was an amazing time followed by a week on the Valor. The ship was nice, staff was outstanding, very attentive and friendly. Fellow passengers were friendly as well. At each port we got off, we enjoyed. Found the "excursions" to be pricey so the 4 of us just headed off ourselves with no problems. Our room was on 1 port on the inside. We will never get an inside room again since as soon as you were in there you lost all track of time because there were no windows or visual clock (now we know, but not anyones fault, amateur mistake). Every night there was a surprise towel animal on our bed. Quite fun! Room was always well kept and clean. The food was "okay". We ate breakfast and lunch on the Lido deck. Unfortunately after one port there were a lot of flies that were getting on the food but prior to that the selection was good. Dinner was in the Washington. A good selection that should have been fine for anyone. A "standard" menu side (same every night) and then a menu "of the night" on the other (changed daily). You could even get vegetarian if wanted. I thought it was good but not exceptional. The entertainment was basically the same every night in different parts of the ship. Movies on the Lido deck, casino, comedy clubs, band etc. but by Thursday it was rough seas, couldn't make port for safety reasons (high winds and waves) and it was getting boring even though the ship tried to do different activities. The best was spending time with our friends investigating. Our hats of to all the staff that we met, they were all great but a special shout out to "Stella"!!! She was awesome! Disembarkation was very quick but no problems there. Would we do another cruise? Not in the next couple years, but maybe. Again, it was "okay". Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My husband and I decided to take our first cruise ever on the Disney Magic without our kids. Honestly, we hardly even noticed the kids on the ship the entire cruise. Disney sure knows how to keep them occupied. We flew in the night ... Read More
My husband and I decided to take our first cruise ever on the Disney Magic without our kids. Honestly, we hardly even noticed the kids on the ship the entire cruise. Disney sure knows how to keep them occupied. We flew in the night before and decided to stay at the Hyatt the night before since it was in the airport and close to the Disney transportation. Hyatt does have this thing where you let them know at check in that you are taking the Disney transportation and they ask you to leave your luggage in your stateroom with your disney tags and someone will come by and get them and then the next time you see it is at your stateroom on the ship. It was so convenient to not have to lug all our bags around the airport. We took the Disney transportation from MCO to the port with no issues. Embarkation was easy considering we've never done any cruising in our lives and everyone was so helpful. We were assigned a table with two other couples (which we were really glad as we are people persons and wanted to get to know others). Everyone we came in contact with just kept saying "Disney knows how to do it" when they compared it to all their other cruises on other cruise ships. We only ate in the dining rooms for dinner and did the little eateries on the top deck whenever we felt like it. Food was pretty good and if you didnt like something, they were always glad to bring you something else. We decided to book our own excursion when we got to Nassau as none of the Disney ones looked interesting with the cost associated with it. We booked through Cheryl's Bahamas Taxi and Private Tours about 6 months before our sail date as we noticed there were 5 other cruises due at the port the same day. We were able to get 4 full hours of tour time all over the entire island for about $40 per hour (it is $50 per hour for 3 or more people). We never felt rushed and have already referred them to others that are traveling to the Bahamas. Debarkment was easy also. We didnt do the early walk off but we also didnt want to wait till 8am to eat breakfast (we had late dining so we were assigned 8am for breakfast). We decided to go to the buffet and grab a quick bite before debarking so we could avoid all the lines at customs. This worked perfectly as we had absolutely no wait time to leave the customs area. We did not take the Disney transportation back to the airport and instead opted to rent a car and drive to another area of Florida to continue our vacation for another few days. It was very easy to find where we were to stand for Thrifty car rental shuttle but dang, dont plan on being in a rush to get a rental. Extremely slow and we waited at least 1/2 hour before the shuttle came by. Then we had to go to other cruise ship locations to pick up others. If you dont have a reservation beforehand, dont plan on any rental company having extra cars. Thrifty had exactly the amount of cars needed. My husband and I relaxed the entire cruise and have already planned on taking our kids on the next Disney cruise in September Read Less
Sail Date February 2016

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