7 Port Canaveral (Orlando) Holiday Cruise Reviews

Traveled to the Bahamas (Nassau and RC's Coco Cay) on Royal Caribbeans Majesty of the Seas from Port Canaveral Florida. December 29 to January 2 my wife and I brought in the new year of 2018. Weather for entire trip was fantastic. ... Read More
Traveled to the Bahamas (Nassau and RC's Coco Cay) on Royal Caribbeans Majesty of the Seas from Port Canaveral Florida. December 29 to January 2 my wife and I brought in the new year of 2018. Weather for entire trip was fantastic. Ocean conditions for entire trip were fantastic. These are a few of my reviews of the ship, trip, experience. Stateroom was ok but the bathroom was all rusty and in poor shape. Ship onboard WiFi is a joke, don't bother spending the money if you plan to do anything more than checking email. Dinning/food options were very limited, my wife and I have plant based diets. Coco Cay was very disappointing, overcharging for every conceivable need on the cay. Most passengers that debarked early were back on ship within 3 hours of arriving. Debarkation for our Nassau port of call was extremely unorganized and very stressful for all passengers that I talked to. No noticeable issues or events with regards to security. We both felt very safe on the island and had a great time with the locals and our taxi driver who took us all over the island. Our overall experience could have been so much better if they had better food options. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Our third New Year's Cruise: 2 Carnival, 1 RCCL. This was the WORST. 2,000 people on Prominade Deck. Shoulder to shoulder. Can't sit. Can't move. No champaign at midnight. No dancing or music...no room to do anything except ... Read More
Our third New Year's Cruise: 2 Carnival, 1 RCCL. This was the WORST. 2,000 people on Prominade Deck. Shoulder to shoulder. Can't sit. Can't move. No champaign at midnight. No dancing or music...no room to do anything except stand. Cost $1,000 extra per person for New Year's cruise. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON RCCL NEW YEAR'S CRUISE. Everybody packed onto Prominade Deck. Can't handle that many people. "Lobster" for New Year's dinner was a joke and should be an embarassment for RCCL. One to two ounces of lobster meat MAYBE (ONE BITE). Meat stuck to the shell. Only allowed one miniscule tail per person. RCCL new Port Canaveral terminal also a joke. Opened a week earlier than expected for our cruise. Waited in one of two car/bus lanes for ONLY FOUR open spaces to unload. 1 HR. 45 MINUTES IN LINE WAITING. Disembarking was worse. In line from on the ship all the way down their twisting ramp (five levels) to baggage claim. Person in charge would not let ANYONE get their backs until all the bags on the whole ship were unloaded. Another almost 2 hour waiting in line. Our 2 Carnival New Year's cruises, on the other hand, provided us with two of our BEST new year's ever out of 45 years of marriage. Will book New Year's on Carnival again this year. We have been on 25 cruises, so we are not novices. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Booked this cruise 18 months in advance and we were so looking forward to it.  We booked a back to back cruise from the UK.  1st week the weather was not so good and the ship was not steady at all so spent most of the time indoors due to ... Read More
Booked this cruise 18 months in advance and we were so looking forward to it.  We booked a back to back cruise from the UK.  1st week the weather was not so good and the ship was not steady at all so spent most of the time indoors due to the strong winds on top deck and the overcrowded areas around the ship as it was thanksgiving week. We were supposed to stop at Grand Cayman but this got cancelled due to the high seas and winds.  We were informed on the last day of our first week that there was a problem with the ship which would explain the unsteadiness and that the itinerary for the second week had been changed. We were due to go to St Thomas-St Martean and Coco Cays but instead we had to spend the day and overnight in Nassau then to Cozumel( where we visited the previous week) and Coco Cays. We were given some onboard spend compensation but we had done our shopping the fierrst week, We were also offered a voucher for 25% off the cost of our second week cruise for another against another cruise taken within a year which was not worth the paper it was written on as we could get 25% off the total of another holiday to book whenever we wanted if we paid $100 each onboard as a deposit sso they were giving us nothing really and we would not sail with Royal Caribbean again as very dissapointed. The ship is due to go into dry dock in January and it needs it due to the ongoing problems but the ship inside is beautiful and the staff keep it very clean. The entertainment was not great but the Ice show was amazing. The staff were exceptional except for the guest service staff who were quite rude and really looked like they couldn't be bothered to talk to you. We booked to visit 7 islands and ended up visiting 5 in 2 weeks and to be honest found it a bit boring . All in all for me this cruise was not worth the money and we have been on better. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
I defended Carnival after our first cruise with them on the Freedom, but unfortunately we will likely not sail Carnival again after our recent experience on the Dream. I returned home deflated by poor service, lack of enforcement of ... Read More
I defended Carnival after our first cruise with them on the Freedom, but unfortunately we will likely not sail Carnival again after our recent experience on the Dream. I returned home deflated by poor service, lack of enforcement of policies and a deflated bank account. Let's look at each piece, including the redeeming parts of the cruise: 1) The service was nothing compared to our last experience on the Freedom. Since Carnival changed their tipping policy to be automatically billed to the room, the staff do not feel the need to work for it or even smile. I was so dissappointed. At the dine-in breakfast, we sat for 20 minutes before asking for a waiter to help us. It was another 5 before we received anyone, and the rest of the meal was more of the same. The only nice person throughout the cruise was the room stewardess. The rest were just grouchy. 2) The kids clubs were guided by staff with bad attitudes. They greet you with complaints, facial expressions and a disdain for the public. I was extremely unhappy that I chose this cruise on the basis of the esteemed 2-5 year old program only to find that it was a battle to encourage our daughter to go, due to their unpleasant demeanor. There was one nice girl that our daughter clung to and was happy to go to.... the rest were... grouchy. 3) The food was not as good as our last Carnival experience. Some was bland, there was less variety, and some fatty meats were included. Downer. The upside was the pizza station and the salad. 4) The embarkation/debarkation was as expected. No real complaints or praises here. 5) The shore excursions were great... and this was the one redeeming area of this cruise. Although we spent about $900 in shore excursions alone, they were worthwhile experiences packed with rich activities... and they were well-orchestrated. Tip: The Cave Expedition, Off Road 4x4 and River Boat (with an amazing rum punch) excursion in Belize was the best excursion I have had yet. 6) The adult entertainment options were OK. Comedy show= plus. Piano lounge= depends whose there (Dave's Piano Party is a splendid good time.) Bars/ barstaff in general = not too great, except one in particular. Our dining room bartender actually ignored us and had to be repremanded by the head waitress for continously forgetting us. 7) The value was not even that good. We ended up paying in the long run just a little shy of what we would have paid to go on Disney Cruise Line, which we have had two good experiences with. 8) The hotel experience pre-cruise was awful. I do not recommend the Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach. I am a HHonors member, and I will not ever stay there again. The carpet was sticky (I mean all over, in a disgusting way.) And the service was horrible... the night clerk was clueless and took one hour to check us into our room. The shuttle service we book was chaotic and overbooked... they couldn't fit us on the bus and we were asked to get off. Ugg. All in all, I had fun, but I feel it was a wasted experience. I am $6000 poorer and yet I didn't return bragging and raving. Sigh. The Carnival Dream is not so dreamy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
This was my first experience on a Carnival ship and it will be my last. The cruise was booked with an inside cabin which would be assigned later,and initially we were to be on deck 2. My companion, a veteran cruiser, decided to check ... Read More
This was my first experience on a Carnival ship and it will be my last. The cruise was booked with an inside cabin which would be assigned later,and initially we were to be on deck 2. My companion, a veteran cruiser, decided to check options for an upgrade since she had never been that low on any ship previously with more than 30 past cruises. She paid to upgrade us to deck 6. Little did we know that cabin 6404 was to be the "cabin from hell".Because of its location above the nightclub,we were subjected to constant loud music and could actually feel the walls vibrate till the entertainment ended at 12:30am .We were slightly aft of the center of the ship and many cabins on Deck 6 aft have this problem. All the music venues(casino,nightclub, Caliente disco,Latin Club,comedy club/karaoke, and piano bar) are on deck 5 and due to poor ship design/lack of insulation the comfort and privacy of many cabins are sacrificed .This cabin was to be my home for 9 nights where I would spend the Christmas holiday and New Years Eve, so I complained just after midnight on the 1st night,but ultimately there was nothing that could be done to change our cabin. In fairness, Carnival did issue a 20% credit ,but our cruise experience was ruined never-the-less.I also think that the design of the theater is flawed in that nearly all the seating on the main level is flat so it's difficult to see the show over the sea of heads in front of you.It's a shame that there are plans to build 2 more ships with this same flawed design. Clearly public space is sacrificed in favor of more cabins and with 4,500 passengers you really feel the crunch on the Lido deck and the pool deck. It was also among the more difficult ships to walk around on. We chose Carnival's version of anytime dining,and overall there were some very good meals served although we had no choice of dining rooms . We managed to find a superb waiter after experiencing a few weak servers and asked to be seated in his section for each meal which worked out well. I felt that the food in the buffet was average with the best choices being the Tandoori and Sandwich shop in the back of the ship. The meals in the optional steakhouse were excellent as was the service there,so we visited it twice. Another excellent feature on this ship were the major production shows which were among the best that I've seen. The comedy club was very good too, and I saw 4 comedians who each had a pg show and r-rated show and I saw them all. There is also an adults only outdoor space which had some comfortable seating with 2 hot tubs as well which was a welcome relief from the 1500 passengers under the age of 18. There was also a movie screen on the pool deck which was the setting for three laser light shows which were worth experiencing. Another noisy intrusion that I have not seen on other cruise lines were announcements that were made on the PA system throughout the ship asking for passengers to call people in their party, some after 10 pm. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
My wife and I chose to take a cruise for Christmas and had looked forward to sailing on a new ship for months. Our two previous cruises were with Royal Caribbean and both were enjoyable but the ships were older and showed aging. We made ... Read More
My wife and I chose to take a cruise for Christmas and had looked forward to sailing on a new ship for months. Our two previous cruises were with Royal Caribbean and both were enjoyable but the ships were older and showed aging. We made the most of our Carnival cruise as we always try to make the most of any situation but there were some issues that will cause us to hesitate in chosing Carnival again. On the positive, our cabin was nice and spacious. We chose an oceanview at the center of the ship and on the 1st deck which mitigated some of the motion and was a very quiet location. The bed and linens were very comfortable and we really liked the two bathrooms and mini-tub. Our stewards were wonderful as well and kept our room tidy and clean. We were pleased with our cabin and spent a great deal of time there but I did encounter one couple at the guest services desk who were located directly under the gym and complained of a constant pounding from the treadmills. Fortunately, the gym hours were only from 6am to midnight. Our first negative experience was in the dining room. We were seated in the Crimson for the late dining and ended up with a very overwhelmed and stressed waiter. He probably had good reason to be since the dining room was understaffed with long waits for service. It took almost a full two hours to complete dinner due to the delays in taking and delivering orders.He rarely approached our table and when he did he was often conversing with guests at another table while clearing our dishes or refilling our water. It was not only annoying but rude. The mai'tre d' never roamed the room during entire cruise and there was a decided lack of leadship and response to the slow service. After three nights we requested another seating but were told that none was available. This did not matter since our "stressed" waiter quit and was never seen again. The new waiter was nice but the service continued to be slow and food was mediocre at best. As another critic noted, we were never approached for bar service and were lucky to get our water refilled. After returning from a long day ashore, we found that the restaurants were just closing and the only choices were three short-order venues: pizza, deli sandwiches and hot dog/hamburgers. Needless to say, the lines were enormously long. My last complaint concerning food service was the room service. We used it often and only once was our order correct. I heard others with the same complaint. Come on! How can you deliver a tray with only two coffee cups, sugar, silverware and NO coffee. Twice this happened to us and we spoke to another couple that experience the same thing. My last complaints concern the smell and the staff. Yes, hard to believe that such a new, modern ship cannot contain the smell of raw sewage. It was present almost continuously and was ripe. Some of the staff were wonderful and this is what we had come to expect from our previous cruises. However, many were rude and seemed disgruntled. Maybe the understaffing affected almost all areas and not just the food services people? A parting shot. As noted in another review, I too found the cruise director's sidekick, James, to be offensive. Come on, you are being televised to the entire ship (3,600 passengers) and cannot control your urges to pick your nose or ears during a 30 minute broadcast... I will be reluctant to book with Carnival again and will likely return to the proven good service of Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date December 2009
My family of 4 spent Christmas on the Carnival Glory, I am 43, my wife is 46 and my girls are 8 and 10. Let's start with the basic things you would enjoy on a cruise. Food and Entertainment... The food on the Carnival Glory is ... Read More
My family of 4 spent Christmas on the Carnival Glory, I am 43, my wife is 46 and my girls are 8 and 10. Let's start with the basic things you would enjoy on a cruise. Food and Entertainment... The food on the Carnival Glory is "Heinous" the dining room food was always overcooked and cold; served by zombies with no personality whatsoever. After 3 nights we had enough and either ate at the trough (buffet) or the Supper Club. The supper club was exceptional but at 30 bucks a head it should be. The grilled burgers were alright but how many can you eat? The pizza was nasty with so much fake cheese you had to peel it off. My eight year old has a policy that there is no such thing as bad pizza; well she found it on the carnival glory. The oriental food sucked, the deli lines were long for a "wish" sandwich (two slices of bread and you wish you had some meat) maybe they could get more than one guy working the counter. Even the deserts sucked unless you paid more money for something nice. Entertainment...I do not expect Broadway caliber shows, but my god these shows were so boring and the singers could not be any worse. The pool side Calypso band played the same 6 Bob Marley songs twice daily (very badly), the lounge bands were for dead people, and the comedy was mediocre. The low point was on Christmas day with the solid gold dancers performing a flash dance medley in the showroom and an Asian lady with bad english singing you light up my life by Debbie Boone to a group of 7-8 very old women. Come on Carnival what a wasted opportunity!!! The pool decks were empty by 5pm with most pools and slide closed. Not one rocking deck party at night during the entire cruise!!! Bad music and Bingo, I am surprised they did not have a "murder she wrote" theme party The boat itself was nice except for all of the wasted space for teen areas. The crew did a great job of keeping everything looking new. The pools are very small and freezing, the lido deck was very busy and if you wanted two deck chairs in the sun you had to be there by 8am. The casino was fun except if you don't smoke get a lung cancer shot before you get on board. While we are on the subject of smoking Carnival does not enforce any of its no smoking areas. We had smokers on both sides of our cabin so our veranda was unusable and smokers were at every bar and outside area. My kids enjoyed camp carnival and their only complaint was they could not understand the councilors with there accents. My only complaint was the fact even though you paid a premium price for this cruise, camp carnival needs to charge you more money to have your kids stay past 9:30pm. Some things went very smoothly like embarkation and debarkation I have no complaints with this process. The ports of Nassau, St Thomas, and St Maarten were a blast. Getting off the boat was smooth and very pleasurable; we chose this cruise because of these ports. Our stateroom host Mackenzie was great, he did an outstanding job keeping a very busy stateroom clean and stocked. He is the only person we gave an additional gratuity to. We have been on 3 cruises all with Disney and wanted to try something different. I was not expecting a Disney type experience but hoping for more of an adult type of trip. Each has their good and bad, I had several conversations with fellow cruisers with kids my age and they were just as disappointed/bored as we were. All of the people we spoke to who had been on a Disney Cruise were very disappointed they did not select them for the Christmas cruise, but like us wanted to go to St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We felt that this Cruise was not geared to active, fun, rock music type of cruiser, but rather a slot machine pulling, heavy smoking, lounge lizzard-leasuresuit Larry type of cruiser. I guess a better explanation would be Cousin Eddy form the Chevy Chase vacation movies. So if fast institutional food, heavy smoking, heavy gambling, and 4 kinds of Budweiser beer are your idea of a good time. Then get on this ship and you will have a wonderful time. And to Carnival, you should be ashamed of charging a Christmas premium for this cruise and nickel and dimming every chance you get. The supper club should be $10 tops, camp carnival should be complimentary as part of your cruise, nice desserts should be for all not just those who pay more at creams or the supper club. Read Less
Sail Date December 2008

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