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7 Port Canaveral (Orlando) to Mexican Riviera Cruise Reviews

I am beginning to notice some defeciencies that Royal Caribbean will need to address. I still like their mission, at least I think their mission is to provide value to the adult cruiser. Terminal 1 at Port Canaveral is enormous, and there ... Read More
I am beginning to notice some defeciencies that Royal Caribbean will need to address. I still like their mission, at least I think their mission is to provide value to the adult cruiser. Terminal 1 at Port Canaveral is enormous, and there seem to be some growing pains associated with passenger drop off. Some experience there should help. However, the worst thing abou this cruise was the last thing we encountered. That is self assist disembarkation. It was a shambles. I suspect far more passengers elected this route (for a number of reasons) and the staff was simply not prepared for it. I must also say some passengers had far more gear than they could handle in resonable circumstances. This didn't help. Assembly points were changed without prior notice and there were about 1000 passengers all trying their best to get to where they were directed. It was a dire mess. Portifino's was very good. The upcharge was worth it if you long for a better dining experience. The food was of higher quality, the preparation was better and the service was ample. The main dining room seems to have more and more Sysco suplied food items like chicken cordon blue. It was poor supermarket quality and should not have been on the menu. Many appetizers arrived at room temperature when they should have been hot or cold. I know serving a couple thousand people at a time is difficult, but this needs improvement. The staff is good. They all work hard to serve the passengers. Some additional training may help. For eample, the becks are hosed down each night. But the chairs are not wiped off. Some chairs hold a substantial amount of water. Towels are plentiful, but the passengers should not need to clean off the deck chaises each morning. The shows are good and the liquor is, well, expensive. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We travelled from Scotland to enjoy a cruise with Carnival but had wished we had stayed at home. This was our 14th cruise (normally RCL) and after this one felt it could be the last. The service on the ship was the worst we have ... Read More
We travelled from Scotland to enjoy a cruise with Carnival but had wished we had stayed at home. This was our 14th cruise (normally RCL) and after this one felt it could be the last. The service on the ship was the worst we have experienced, the entertainment was as bad and the food dreadful. Our cabin steward was the only one working on the ship as far as we could see. Normally the service on cruise ships is second to none, not on the Liberty ---- no one wanted to get us a drink,, it was dire. The Lido had the most disgusting smell of greasy food and the food itself was grim. As for the entertainment , the band playing by the casino were quite good but the smoke from the casino was overpowering, you were allowed to smoke while playing at the tables or the machines but some were smoking at the bar and in the lounge area. Staff witnessed this but said nothing. The two young barmen in the Sports bar were nice and friendly but that was that!!!!!!! My husband asked me what I would do if I won a holiday on the ship, my answer was give to someone I didn't like - it was that bad. This was a cheap cruise compared with RCL but we now know you get what you pay for. The ports of call were very forgettable , Belize - we were told nothing to see and dangerous to go into the city on your own ( well why did we dock there, to go on an trip of course !!! Never Never again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Just go back from our cruise on the Dream and overall it was thumbs up. The boat was top shelf and we enjoyed the cove aft forward cabin. I would have to agree with other rveiwers that there is a loud banging from time to time from the ... Read More
Just go back from our cruise on the Dream and overall it was thumbs up. The boat was top shelf and we enjoyed the cove aft forward cabin. I would have to agree with other rveiwers that there is a loud banging from time to time from the water hitting the boat so if you're a lite slepper you may want to go elsewher. 2nd deck was a great location however cause it was near the dining and the atrium bar with easy access to the theater too. We did our ususal pre-night stay at the Hampton Inn which was fine as always with transport to the boat easy. Check in was also a breeze even though Carnival sent us an email not to show up until 1, we easuly boarded at 11:30 and could have got on earluer is we disregarded their email. The best thing about this ship, the food! It was fantastic everywhere from the dining room, to the buffets (although lines wer elong) to the great pizza and burgers by the pool. Our wait staff was fantastic with the amazing Gary giving us double portions of everything. A little known gem was the comedy brunch on boht sea days where you could get a fine filet mignon and eggs in the main dining room. Other great things were the serenity deck, what a relaxing place on the front of the boat. The boat could have used a few more pubs though... The worst thing was the entertainmnet. It was truly bad even though they tried their best. This entertainment was just not on the level of our other cruises and many people complained although some of the comics were good. For Cozumel we went to Chankanaab and it was fantastic! For one admission price you got some great reefs to snorkel on, a sea lion and dolphin show, a crocodile zoo, lagoon, ruins and a very festive Tequila shop/musuem. Be sure to get the free tshirt on the way out, the guys in the gift shop were fun and fabulous! For Belize we did the cave tubing and ATVing with cave tubing.com. Skip the ATV's they were boring, muddy and dangerous. The cave tubing was fantastic though, very relaxing. Be warned it's a 45 minute hike through the jungle to get to the beginning of the caves but well worth it. Trasport back and forth to Belize was easy. In Roatan we did the beginners dive with Anemona dive shop through the excelent Isalnd Marketing tours. Josh our driver was outstading at giving us a tour on the way to the dive shop. We did the beginners dive and it was safty first all the way,. We went down 45 fett for 45 minutes at a reef they took us out too. What a blast! In Costa Maya we almost didn't get out of the complex as it was drizzling, but we rented a golf cart and drove down to Corona Cove with the wonderful Sergio as our host. You could snooze, Seaa kayak, get a massage all at the very commrecial but and beautiful beach. Overall a fine journey and we look forward to our next! Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
We when arrived on the Dream we noticed that there were problems right away. There wasn't anywhere to sit inside while we waited for our rooms to be ready. It was cold and rainy out so everyone was trying to stay inside and that is ... Read More
We when arrived on the Dream we noticed that there were problems right away. There wasn't anywhere to sit inside while we waited for our rooms to be ready. It was cold and rainy out so everyone was trying to stay inside and that is why there wasn't enough seating. The room we stayed in was right off the elevators in the middle of the ship and there was a sewage smell all week. We could hear the toilets flushing from all around us, neighbors TVs and several times it sounded like they were running a snake through the lines. So sleeping was almost impossible. I went to the front desk and told the person working there and she kind off blew me off and said "Well if it becomes bothersome please come back and tell us" well if it wasn't bothering me, I wouldn't have said anything to begin with. The ship itself was great, everyone that worked on the ship was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the Comedy Club, Casino and the food as always was good. It seamed like there was always something going on. Dream is a beautiful ship and I would try it again if I were in a different room. Carnival is still my favorite and I will continue to cruise with them! Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Truly you must experience the Magic it to believe it. From the moment you arrive, Disney goes above and beyond to create a stress-free vacation for families. After an easy pass through customs, we boarded the grand vessel and headed to ... Read More
Truly you must experience the Magic it to believe it. From the moment you arrive, Disney goes above and beyond to create a stress-free vacation for families. After an easy pass through customs, we boarded the grand vessel and headed to deck seven to find our room. Disney's Magic boasts of the best cabins in the industry  and for good reason. The larger-than-average rooms allowed plenty of room to move around and a split bath makes it perfect for families. There's even sleeping privacy. The large verandahs are delightful for spending private family moments. The entertainment begins the moment you step foot on to the ship. Disney characters meet and greet passengers and crew members are busy with smiles for everyone. A bon voyage deck party complete with live band and dancing was held (our kids were in the swimming pools before we even set sail). And as the whistle blew and we left the shore, I saw more than one person with tears in their eyes as the familiar strain of It's a Small World After All played. We needn't have worried if the kids would need us. They didn't. They were too busy digging for whale bones, swimming, playing ping-pong and basketball, learning animation, creating their own volcanoes, dancing with princesses and meeting new friends. Since the children were happily involved in their own activities, my husband and I went to wine tastings, shows, relaxed and made new friends of our own. The only challenge for the week is how to fit in all the wonderful activities. There's so much to do on the Magic. Thankfully, Disney's on top of this too. Each evening, an itinerary of the next day's line-up is delivered to your stateroom. A favorite of our kids was the children's program. Nearly an entire deck is devoted to children's programming. The Oceaneer Club is for ages 3 to 7, while the Oceaneer Lab is for ages 8 to 12. Activities are further separated by appropriate age groups. For example, the 3 and 4 year olds, 8 and 9 year olds, etc. There is also a nursery for ages 3 months to 3 years and a teens-only supervised program Reassuring is Disney's commitment to a secured safe program. They take the security of the children very seriously and are constantly upgrading our security measures. Pagers are given to the parents so if a child desires to be picked up, mom and dad are only a quick page away. A password, which is provided at the beginning of the voyage, must be given for designated members of the party to pick-up a child. At times, our four-year old still experiences separation issues and his counselor Desta went above and beyond to make the transitions much easier. On the ship there's something to fit everyone's tastes. And speaking of tastes, there not enough ink to talk about the delightful dining experiences. It's certainly true that one can literally eat their way around the clock (thank goodness for the exercise room). The nightly dining is superb as you and your wait staff rotate together between Parrot Cay, Lumiere's and Animator's Palate. There is also an adults-only option at Palo's. Palo's is an Italian restaurant overlooking the ocean (reservations are required). For those who need an in-between meal snack fix, there's a 24-hour pizza station, soda station, ice cream and more. (And don't forget about those midnight buffets.) A highlight of the week was the mid-week top deck pirate party. Passengers were encouraged to don their best pirate apparel and take part in lively fun. The party featured Captain Hook and Captain Mickey and dancing, food, and music kept the happy crowd on their feet. A sensational fireworks display capped the night off. To add to the theme, Disney showed Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest throughout the entire week. Disney has extended the on-ship magic to its private island - Castaway Cay. At this 1000-acre Bahamian island, families can get up close and personal with stingrays, snorkel, parasail, fish, go boating and more. Shop, dine and listen to live music amid the beautiful beaches. Or simply lay in a hammock as the gentle breeze of a palm tree blows. For adults wishing a little time alone, Serenity Bay is an adults-only beach. On the island, children can participate in organized activities. On our cruise, we had the luxury of two days at Castaway Cay. Its incredible beautiful and well worth two stops. Lending a helping hand to families, Disney suggests and reserves shore excursions for additional port stops. Ports can be extremely busy and crowded, so take their advice and let Disney handle the particulars. There is so much to do and see yet Disney takes all the work out of it. Aside from the wonderful places and activities we were involved in; it's the people we miss. My son's new best friend lives 1000 miles away but is as close as e-mail, the crew who are from all over the world - new friends but truly not forgotten ones. Aptly said during our last evening "what you can't see with your eyes, lives in your heart." Read Less
Sail Date July 2006

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