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Sail Date: October 2016
I booked this cruise going to Bahamas leaving on October 16,2016 for my fiancé birthday, it wasn't until we checked in to customs that we were told we were going to Grand Turks only! once in Grand Turks the waves were too strong to ... Read More
I booked this cruise going to Bahamas leaving on October 16,2016 for my fiancé birthday, it wasn't until we checked in to customs that we were told we were going to Grand Turks only! once in Grand Turks the waves were too strong to do anything, I also paid for the Cheers package couldn't enjoy due to rocking boat. Spoke to several people at carnival all they give me is their policy. You get a penalty if you cancel your cruise but if the cruise line cancel your itinerary and don't inform you until you checking in, there's no penalty and you don't have a choice to reschedule. I am very disappointed with the service I received from Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival knew well in advance the islands were not ready for visitors. I praying someone is looking into the complaints and do the right thing by those of us who felt cheated. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2016
We took the 3-day trip from Long Beach to Ensenada. We had an awesome experience and the entire weekend was just one long party. We got to pre-board for the wedding making it very easy, then a beautiful wedding/reception that was followed ... Read More
We took the 3-day trip from Long Beach to Ensenada. We had an awesome experience and the entire weekend was just one long party. We got to pre-board for the wedding making it very easy, then a beautiful wedding/reception that was followed by 3-days of non-stop fun and partying. The room steward was the best, our room was always fresh, clean and he always met us with a smile or friendly word. This was our first cruise and we were impressed by how much space we actually had in our standard room, good water pressure in the shower and toilets worked surprisingly well. Nice linens & pillows, the cute towel animals each night was a pleasant treat, and room was relatively quiet except the drunks/kids in the hallway. We dined with our group in the dining room each night and was treated to nice dinners and friendly wait staff. There were a couple of hiccups there, but the staff was always so friendly, accommodating, and fun, you really didn't mind. The only thing that could use some improvement was the very slow service at the bars. Be ready to spend a bit of time to get a drink, and even when they're not busy don't expect fast service (and they're not friendly ~ except the young gal in the atrium bar, she at least served her drinks with a hello & smile). We used the Carnival Hub app on our phones to communicate with each other, $5 charge is well worth it if you are travelling with a group. Our day in Ensenada was a lot of fun too. We went to the Rosario Beach Party at Papas & Beer. It is just what you would expect for a laid-back Mexico style party bar. They provided us seating in their reserved beach area (broken old plastic furniture), shade umbrellas, decent lunch, cold beers and great service. No complaints. The locals will try to peddle their wears but that is just Mexico, be ready for it. It's only about 30 minutes south of San Diego, so expect the ocean to have the same cold water. When the cruise ended they have that have that process down really smooth too, and we had no delays or problem (we took our own luggage off the boat). Would definitely do this trip again!! If you're looking for a quiet relaxing get away this is NOT the cruise for you. It's a fun party from the minute you board the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
This was my first cruise, and i was so excited, was rather amused to see so many kids knowing that christmas break had not started yet, and there was a rather obnoxious thug like group that ran unchecked the entire time. There were so ... Read More
This was my first cruise, and i was so excited, was rather amused to see so many kids knowing that christmas break had not started yet, and there was a rather obnoxious thug like group that ran unchecked the entire time. There were so many people, and the noise level seemed very loud. The music at the pool was not relaxing, it was of the "hip hop" variety for the most part. Not all of us are into it, and after two days of watching certain people "whip" and nae nae. I wanted to puke. We were not able to use the hot tubs because they were packed with kids that should have been in school. There were also people smoking out on the main deck, no one said anything to them. Our cabin was on the second level, towards the front of the ship, and not only did we feel waves, it sounded like doors slamming all night, this also added to my frustration. The hallway smelled like sewage, and towards the end of the cruise, many places smelled of vomit. The chairs were also sticky right along with the floors. So by saturday, i was more than ready to get off the ship, and honestly had no desire to get back on. We only had 6 hours at cozumel, which is also crap. The process of unloading the passengers was mass confusion, and everyone began crowding, it could have been a disaster, so much for all their "safety"concerns. We were also warned to be back by 330 pm or they would have no problem "leaving us". Many of us bought alcohol and it was promptly confiscated upon return. That way they could continue to charge over inflated prices for drinks. The bottles we bought were for gifts. They had no worries with us. My husband stood in line for over an hour the last morning in order to retrieve them, others spent longer. We did go to the comedy club on Saturday night, and even then, kids were there as well, although they were asked to leave for the late performance, which was actually the best part of the cruise. For the most part, i was stressed getting off this tub, and i won't be back. I do not feel like Carnival takes safety seriously, or their security would have been more present enforcing rules. Parents do not parent anymore, and people do not act like adults. That dosen't mean that i want to spend several days putting up with it. I can get enough of that at the mall. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
This is our 5th cruise with Carnival and it will probably be our last. Sad to say because the Cruises to Nowhere fit our schedule as well as our budget. I'm not the type of person to complain if there weren't any chocolates ... Read More
This is our 5th cruise with Carnival and it will probably be our last. Sad to say because the Cruises to Nowhere fit our schedule as well as our budget. I'm not the type of person to complain if there weren't any chocolates left on my pillow or anything like that so take this as an honest review. We received an email that they are trying something new---staggered check-in and to arrive between 1pm and 3pm. We arrived at 12:55 and stood on-line (outside in the heat) for about 3 hours :-( No one came out to tell us what the delay was. At one point, my husband looked at me and asked if I was okay. I sat down in the shade in order to get out of the sun. I don't mind waiting but as least let the passengers know what's going on. Once we arrived inside the port, we had a number stamped on our boarding passes and were told to wait (again) in a section. At least we were able to sit down but it felt like we were at the DMV. This was just terrible. Now, we finally got inside the ship and went to our rooms to use the restroom and put down our luggage. We took no more than 2 minutes and we rushed up to the Lido desk to have lunch. Once we arrived, the buffet was being shut down. I would have appreciated if they stayed open longer due to the looong wait to check-in. By this time it was almost 5:30 and our first day was pretty much gone. Normally, we check-in in about 90 minutes and this allows us time to enjoy our first day. Not this time, due to the standing in the sun for hours, everyone was pretty much pooped. Now on to the fun part.....I am African-American, so please don't get the wrong idea when I say this. However, there were quite a few other African-American's on board who clearly had zero class. I am all about having fun and enjoying myself but there is a time and place for everything. There was a lot of cursing and talking extra loud and I really didn't appreciate it. Our party consisted of my husband, step-daughter, parents and brother. Each one of us was ready to go once we were back to the port on the last day. Now, back to the ship, our cabin steward cleaned our room the next morning and later around noon, we went back to change our clothes. The steward knocked on the door and about 3 seconds later, entered without giving any of us a chance to say come on. I asked if I can help him and he said he wanted to know if we needed our room clean. I said that he already cleaned it this morning and he left. That was VERY fishy to me. I did send Carnival a complaint on-line regarding that. Also, they only had karoke one time at 2pm. I like karoke in the evening when people are ready to have a good time. Not at 2pm, and some folks are still waking up. We didn't have toiletries in our cabin, maybe they are trying to save money, not sure. I look forward to the lobster tail dinner on the second night but that was ONLY offered for an additional charge. This is the first time in 5 cruises that the lobster tail wasn't included. On the second day, we went to play one of the trivia games. It was over in 15 minutes. Normally, they play 2 or 3 games in a row. Also, many of the night clubs and bars were closed at random times of the day,not sure why. The pool had also been closed, we heard it was due to kids playing around, again, not sure. You know how the serves come around and offer you the drink of the day in the cute plastic container, we were asked only once the entire time. I don't drink much on vacation, but I would have appreciated if I had been asked more. We decided to go to the art auction. Normally, they serve champagne as you walk in. This time, we waited for about 20 minutes and the presenter said that there was a delay with the server. At the auction, we were given 3 stickies for you to put on artwork you would like to see them show so that you can (possibly) bid if interested. After we took our time walking around and placing the stickies on work as instructed, they never showed ANY of them. My husband put a sticky on 3 pieces, not one was showed. Again, we aren't sure why. The ship itself is very nice. We liked the pink/shell/oyster/pearl decor. One plus, was the Asian band that plays R&B music and also good music to dance to. They are really good. Give them a try next time you visit one of the bars. There was also a Latin group that we heard as we were passing by and they had some really nice music to dance to. All in all, I really enjoyed Carnival up until this point. Perhaps I will try them again on a different cruise. Maybe the Cruise to Nowhere is no longer for us. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
I have been cruising and loyal to Carnival for years now. Mainly because of the great service, fun times and awesome prices. Carnival Splendor changed my perception of Carnival completely. Where do I begin? *It took 2.5 hours standing ... Read More
I have been cruising and loyal to Carnival for years now. Mainly because of the great service, fun times and awesome prices. Carnival Splendor changed my perception of Carnival completely. Where do I begin? *It took 2.5 hours standing and waiting in the HOT sun just to board the ship. *We were provided luggage tags only to find out that they were not checking luggage. (would have been nice to know this in advance) *Once we finally reached the counter the person checking us in was very nice but just did not know how to work the system. We were asked to go stand in yet another line just put our credit card on file. *Once we swiped our sail and sign cards to get on the boat we were rushed and not given any information/ directions on anything. Where were the JUST ASK T-shirt crew members that we are use to seeing? *Camp carnival wasn't available 1st night of our cruise (on a 2 night cruise)??? *Paid for night owls and the kids were made to lay down and go to sleep??? WHAT FUN? *Every crew member we asked for directions had NO CLUE how to find anything on the boat. Either they did not speak well enough English or they would simply point us in the wrong direction! *The only staff that were friendly and accommodating were our servers at our 6 o'clock dinner. *the staff that waited on us for breakfast on Sunday seemed completely irritated when we asked for coffee. Putting up there finger saying "your going to have to wait" I have never experienced a cruise like this before. I called the 800 # to complain and they said there wasn't anything they could do. I have sailed on Fantasy several times and never had a bad time. Everyone on Fantasy was great! DO NOT SAIL WITH CARNIVAL SPLENDOR. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
My 2 good friends and I chose this option because it wasn't terribly expensive. We were supposed to go to Catalina Island and then Ensenada. The day before we leave, we get an email stating that due to poor weather we weren't ... Read More
My 2 good friends and I chose this option because it wasn't terribly expensive. We were supposed to go to Catalina Island and then Ensenada. The day before we leave, we get an email stating that due to poor weather we weren't able to go to Catalina and had to change ports from Long Island to San Diego (about three hours further from us). We were upset but decided to make the best of it. One of my friends had an unexpected death in the family and had to cancel. "Luckily" we purchased the trip insurance. It has been a complete hassle to get a refund for her portion of the trip. You all but have to sell your first born to make any progress. The cruise line doesn't assist you and the insurance company is awful. Back to the cruise, the activities on the ship are poorly planned and they don't cater to young adults (twenties). So, being stuck on there an extra day wasn't great. The only reason we had a good time was being with a friend and being able to get off the ship in Mexico. The food was not great and the drinks are inflated like crazy. In our cabin, there were two outlets but we had to tape our device to one of them because it wasn't holding anything. Their are MUCH better cruise lines out there. I will never go on another Carnival cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
I found the staff the best thing. They were caring and helpful and earnest to make this little cruise fun. They were outstanding in name recall. AMAZING for a 4-day cruise. The ship was festive. The food was good, the ship was fun, the ... Read More
I found the staff the best thing. They were caring and helpful and earnest to make this little cruise fun. They were outstanding in name recall. AMAZING for a 4-day cruise. The ship was festive. The food was good, the ship was fun, the kids kept busy, so I didn't notice them much, and everything was clean. We had a great time. There could have been more daytime activities...basket weaving, dollar bill origami, that sort of thing would have been fun. The books were locked up and you had to go to the service desk to get someone to trek over to get a book. But the library was pretty and quiet with lots of good sitting areas. On the 4-day cruise there was only one big show, and all the entertainment started after 9pm...late for old folks, who are a large percentage of cruisers. Though on this cruise (and Carnival's reputation in general) the age was younger. But still, lots of seniors. I'd have liked the entertainment to be in shifts so early diners could catch a comedy show and still go to sleep at 10. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
This was our 4th CTN with 2 very recent ones on NCL Jewel and Gem, and Carnival Victory a few years back. Our 2 NCL CTN's were in the Winter, so this was a nice change taking a CTN in August as we spent the entire 2nd day at sea in ... Read More
This was our 4th CTN with 2 very recent ones on NCL Jewel and Gem, and Carnival Victory a few years back. Our 2 NCL CTN's were in the Winter, so this was a nice change taking a CTN in August as we spent the entire 2nd day at sea in the sun. Was very hard to find a lounge chair to sun due to the beautiful sunny weather and literally all 3,000 passengers were out there. Lets get the meat and potatoes of the cruise. Overall we had a fantastic cruise, the service was excellent everywhere, from our Cabin Steward, to our Waiters, to the roaming bar servers. Fastest embarkation on record, we got to the Manhattan piers at 11 AM, paid $70 to park, breezed through security, and literally boarded as part of zone 3 by 11:15. We were eating lunch on the LIDO deck by 11:30. Debarkation was smooth, ship returned to the pier by 6:30 AM, and passengers started leaving by 8 AM as they called you off by deck number, no stress no worries, we carried our luggage on and off ourselves. We had balcony cabin 8267, typical Carnival room, plenty of storage, flat screen TV, lots of storage, free products in the bathroom with an adequate shower with shower curtain. Only negative was that our cabin was located too close the lobby elevators and we could literally hear the elevators buzz on arrival and the music from the lobby came up and could be heard in the room. Ship was recently updated in December of 2012, mostly hits, some misses. The whirlpool in the gym had the ugliest brown fake rock formation I have ever seen at sea. This ship still has some of the gaudy decorations that have now been retired by Carnival on the newer ships. The disco was the ugliest one we have ever seen on any ship, piano bar was a blood red and black, thank god they changed designers finally. The pools for some reason by their paint scheme made the water look green and unappealing. We never went in them as the pools were packed during the CTN. Winners of course were the Guy Fieti's burger bar, the burrito bar, the Red Frog bars by the pool, and this ship has the first Fish and Chip's food area that I ever saw at sea and the food there was delicious. We ate both of our lunches at the LIDO buffet, food was good, lots of variety, if you can't find something you like then you are too picky an eater. We ate our breakfasts in the main dining room, that was a great choice as they were not crowded, service was excellent, and food choices of filet mignon, eggs benedict, etc were very very good. We ate our 2 dinners also in the main dining room, mostly hits, nothing to complain about, highlights were the melting chocolate cake, lobster, the soups, etc. The casino was packed, everyone was having fun in there. Surprisingly there was no formal show on night one which worked out well as we took pictures, listened and danced to a very good Latin band, then danced in the packed disco, what a great time. The second night we watched the very entertaining Latin show, we liked the new Carnival glitz show and the short 30 minute presentation. The crowd on the CTN varied from young to older adults, a few kids, and just lots people having a lot of fun. Overall, the was our favorite cruise to nowhere since we got to sun in the beautiful weather, everyone was in a party mood, we stayed up late dancing and people watching, we would take this ship again. This type of vacation hands beats a weekend in Atlantic City or the Poconos, we are already looking at booking our next CTN. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
We just came back from another 2 night cruise to nowhere on the Carnival Glory. Arrived at the port by 10:30am and was on the ship by 11:10am and followed everyone to the buffet area. Unlike the last time we did this the buffet area had ... Read More
We just came back from another 2 night cruise to nowhere on the Carnival Glory. Arrived at the port by 10:30am and was on the ship by 11:10am and followed everyone to the buffet area. Unlike the last time we did this the buffet area had plenty of seating and the lunch buffet was very good. We had no complaints. The deli part of it was actually very good. After lunch we took a spa tour and I signed up for a gentlemens shave/facial later on that day. We walked around the ship and got to cabin at 1pm and unpacked. Cabin 8461 aft with extended balcony. Small cabin but nice balcony. For a couple of days it was fine. We usually stay in suites but on a 2 nighter what's the point. The ship never felt crowded except during the muster drill. It was a full ship. Ate both nights in the steakhouse. Both meals were fantastic and worth the up charge to us. There was no production show our first night and they cancelled the adult comedy show at 1130pm that night. This was very disappointing. All there was to do was gamble and drink. So we did. The gambling wasn't good to us but I did see many people getting hand paid on the slots. So some people were winning. My spa treatment was nice and spa was good. The second night went to a very weak latin stage show and saw the adult comedy show late night that was so packed we had to stand. The comedy was funny so we didn't mind standing for about 40 minutes. Had great weather and calm seas. All in all we had a real good time.   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
Just returned from a 2 Day Cruise to No Where with my DH and my niece. DH and I are seasoned cruisers and have been on Royal and NCL. We are now legal guardians to my 13 year old niece so sharing a vacation and a cabin with a child is new ... Read More
Just returned from a 2 Day Cruise to No Where with my DH and my niece. DH and I are seasoned cruisers and have been on Royal and NCL. We are now legal guardians to my 13 year old niece so sharing a vacation and a cabin with a child is new to us so we thought a 2 day cruise would be perfect way to try it out. Love leaving out of Manhattan. Coming from CT its a pleasant drive. Because we left early we were on the pier about 10:30 so parking was not an issue and were on board by 11:30. Being a 2 day, you bring your own luggage on board. Not an issue expect we had to drag it around for 2+ hours. We did a 2 day on NCL in Feb and they allowed you to leave your luggage in one of the clubs until the rooms were ready. Carnival, take note, that is a nice option! Heard good things about Guys Burgers and headed there first. YUM! I am not a burger fan but this really was delicious. Fries were delish too! Being there was a light rain, we walked around exploring the ship  with luggage in tow. I agree with others that said the layout is hard to manage and in some regards, strange. NCL is guilty of this too as you cant always walk from front to back or my personal pet peeve, you have to walk through the middle of a club or restaurant to get to the other side. This is where I miss Royal and the promenade. Rooms are finally ready so we are eager to get rid of our luggage. I booked the Ocean Suite and it was very nice though smaller than I expected. Again, DH and I are still getting accustomed to being parents and now sharing a very small space hence the upgrade to a suite. It worked out fine though the bed was harder than I would of liked. With prayers answered, the sun was out just in time for sail away. I was eager to show my niece the Status of Liberty and going under the bridge. We went to the very top deck and watched us pull out of our berth and start down the river. My niece was already bored watching the skyline and went to the pool, LOL. DH and I enjoyed the sun, the sights and the excitement of going under the bridge. You really do worry that youre not going to make it! Off to dinner in the My Time dining room. On a longer cruise, I always choose the late seating as my favorite part of cruising is the camaraderie you develop with the wait staff. I have been blessed each cruise with an amazing wait staff so though the staff was excellent and served me well, I still missed the personal touches of being served by the same people night after night. Oh, I did love the dancing and singing in the dining room by the wait staff. My niece of course was totally embarrassed by my participation, but I enjoyed myself. The one requirement I asked of my niece was to go to the meet & greet at Circle C (Carnivals kids camp). She begrudgingly attended after dinner but when I returned to pick her up, she was out & about with her new found friends. My plan worked! Now DH and I could go dancing while she was out with her friends.Not having ever used the kids camps before, I didnt know what to expect and have nothing to compare it to. I did think the 12-14 year old room was rather small and didnt see much in there to entertain them whereas the small kids area was very large and the older kids was set up like a night club. There were planned activities but niece preferred wondering around the ship with her group of friends. Next day was gorgeous and sunny. Went to Red Sail for breakfast and seemed to beat the crowd as there werent any lines (there were very long a couple hours later). Its funny as I thought the buffet area on the Glory was very welcoming and warm and not loud & chaotic, but it was a bit frustrating to wait in line to get your food. Then again, NCL & Royals buffet area is a mad house with people in front of you, behind you and all over trying to get their portions. Still not sure which I prefer.chaos or lines. By 9:30 am finding lounge chairs by the pool was near impossible. We managed to find two for DH & I and my niece went by herself and located one in another area. She didnt stay there long as she wanted to go find her friends. We on the other hand, stayed in the pool area all day people watching. We did leave for lunch  pizza and burritos (yummy) but otherwise relaxed all day. They did the usual pool games, music and ice sculpting on deck during the day. From 12 to 4 they had a DJ on deck which I enjoyed. I kinda liked the shout outs for birthdays, anniversaries and what not. It kept the energy high in the area. After 7 hours in the sun, I was ready for a shower and of course to eat. Another dinner in the Golden something dining room and they had lobster which surprised me. Thinking its only 2 days, they wouldnt serve lobster. But they did and I was oh so happy. Another dance with the wait staff and off we went. Took a family photo  our first, and off she went with her friends and off we went to enjoy a beautiful evening on deck and later to dance the night away. Unfortunately two days goes by so quickly and the next morning had breakfast, packed up and disembarked. Disembarkation went smoothly but as always theres a lot of people so the lines to get off tend to be long. Overall, I enjoyed myself. I am not hard to please, I have a go with the flow, make the best it attitude and had a nice long weekend. I do miss the easy layout of Royals ship and I do prefer Royals color schemes as they are more subdue. I thought Glory looked too shiny and glossy and you can easily tell the new upgraded areas from the old because of this. For example, the Alchemy Bar is done with a neutral stone bar, leather seating and wood floors whereas the hallway floor leading to it is a shiny glittery black tile with glittery color tiles sprinkled about with a mirrored ceiling, and loud colored seating. Not my personal preference but it certainly did not take away from my experience. I also think the lobby areas on other ships fall short of the wow factor. But again, I love the promenade with the sidewalk feel and its big open space. Again a personal preference. I will say I enjoyed the food on Carnival a lot, the DJs were excellent and didnt make me feel old by playing music I couldnt dance too and the staff was over the top friendly and helpful  I mean amazingly nice and eager to help you. So, how was it with my niece? Good. Im glad she had a good time, met some kids and was able to do her own thing so we could have some adult time. I learned establishing rules are vital and knowing how to get back to the cabin are also very important (for her and me, LOL!). How was my first time on Carnival? No complaints really. I like to cruise. I like having my bed made each night, my room cleaned daily, a variety of foods to choose from and try, entertainment within walking distance, and not having a care in the world for a while. So the question now is where to next?   Read Less
Sail Date: August 2013
I always try to go on a yearly Carnival cruise to nowhere when they have it out of NYC. For years it was on the Miracle and every one was great except the last one in 2011 where the crew so obviously didn't give a sh.. it soured me a ... Read More
I always try to go on a yearly Carnival cruise to nowhere when they have it out of NYC. For years it was on the Miracle and every one was great except the last one in 2011 where the crew so obviously didn't give a sh.. it soured me a bit on Carnival. Last year they skipped this cruise for the first time in years but brought it back this year with the Glory. I am certainly glad they did. this time I took my grown kids and had a nice family weekend getaway. Embarking was the quickest EVER. I drove to the pier from NJ and despite warnings from Carnival about parking issues we parked fairly quickly at 11:45 and was on the ship a few minuted after noon. No waiting - have had to wait 1-2 hours sometimes in the past. Rooms were not available until about 1:30 so we had lunch and the Guy Fieri Burger joint was as expected excellent. After the obligatory tour of the ship - it was a new one for me - I got to my room which is typical Carnival - plenty of space and with a balcony door that stays open without bungee cords! Typical of this cruise the open decks were already crowded with loud drunks/partygoers. Dinner at the Emerald Steakhouse was excellent - though I would not recommend the rib eye. The $35 pp charge is really worth it. The Alchemy bar is a great place. The Casino was extremely crowded both days - very lively but I lost some $$$. The on board comedian was good also. Food in the dining room as excellent - Sunday brunch had unusual offerings for a cruise ship and the 2nd night lobster tail dinner was simply the best of any ship I have been on. They were really that good. My only issue on this trip was the entertainment. It was very heavy on Latino entertainment as far as music and the musical show was concerned. Just not my thing. Most people I know hated the show they chose. Plus they did not have a show both nights like in years past. Perhaps since this was a summer cruise and they had so many kids on board they really needed the showroom the first night for the kids activities. Too bad. The previous cruises had much more mainstream shows. All in all a great cruise. The price had dropped also which was nice. The shopping as usual excellent although Carnival has really raised their cigarette and liquor prices substantially over years past but still much cheaper than home. I look forward to the next one. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Just a short review as it was a short cruise. Carnival does the weekend "Cruise to Nowhere" out of Norfolk to round out the Glory' weekly calendar during it's Caribbean season (the ship goes up to Boston/Canada for the ... Read More
Just a short review as it was a short cruise. Carnival does the weekend "Cruise to Nowhere" out of Norfolk to round out the Glory' weekly calendar during it's Caribbean season (the ship goes up to Boston/Canada for the summer starting in June). The wife and I got a last minute deal on Cabin 2483, which is an ocean view at the very aft end of the ship. Two remarks for those trying to choose what cabin (disclaimer - I also spent 30 years in the Marine Corps and have spent years on almost all manner of ships). - The very aft of the ship will "wag" like a happy dog's tail. I find this very relaxing and sleep very well. There's a decent amount of vibration and rocking. On the Glory, the aft cabins on the main deck are right below the Platinum Dining Room - meaning that at 9:30 pm when the 2nd dinner seating "show" goes (the service staff will sing a little song and dance - it was "Gungham Style" this week)- you can hear and feel it in your cabin. Otherwise, very quiet. Overall this is my favorite location; down low and isolated. - Most passengers prefer mid-ship, as there's minimal vibration and rocking. - I don't prefer the bow, as in rougher waters, the bow will "pitch" much more than the stern...just like Uncle Bob's speedboat. - The higher up decks will have greater arcs of motion, like the end of a see-saw plank as opposed to being close to the fulcrum. Also bear in mind that if you're up closer to the public spaces (Decks 6, etc), you're going to hear all manner of people coming and going all night. The staff was wonderful, Konstantin, the Matre D'Hotel for the Platinum Dining room, is fantastic - and does an extremely credible Sinatra in the nightly after-dinner-song. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Our cruise was a 2 night cruise to nowhere out of Norfolk, Virginia. Travelers were my 12 year old daughter and I. It took us just about 2 hours from the time we arrived at the port until we were actually on the ship. We arrived at ... Read More
Our cruise was a 2 night cruise to nowhere out of Norfolk, Virginia. Travelers were my 12 year old daughter and I. It took us just about 2 hours from the time we arrived at the port until we were actually on the ship. We arrived at the port, and were directed to parking- which was a drive away (close to 2 miles away), and parking was $15/day. We finally found it, following the instructions we had been given, then we took our bag, and walked over to the bus (we got the back of the parking lot, so it was a pretty decent haul to the bus). Bags were loaded, and we hopped onto a motor coach to head over the cruise ship. So far so good- honeymooners on the bus, lots of happy people. We got off the bus, then they showed us where to go- we had to go get in line with everyone else- up the stairs, and across a bridge, (there were elevators available), and wait to get through security. We waited on the bridge about an hour and 30 minutes. Wind whipping through us, and cold. We got up to security, finally, and there were exactly 4 sets of metal detectors and scanners going. Since we all carried our bags onto the ship, this was the cause of the bottleneck. There was space for several more scanners, and frankly had they changed their setup a little bit, they could have gotten as many as 15-20 scanners in there, to eliminate the security line. I'm not sure what the "ideal" waiting time is, but frankly 1.5 hours is too much. They need to work some operations management, and get this fixed. Telling me that those people don't work for the cruise line, is a cop out I'm not likely to accept. Note to Carnival- Fix your embarkation process. I got up to the scanner, and they saw that I had a hole punch in my bag (which I carry to put a hole into my room key so I can wear it on a lanyard around my neck, and I can do the same for the kids with me).. They searched through every bit of my bags, and eventually took the hole punch. Apparently they take away all tools, since they could somehow be a hazard on duty. Uh- frankly, I could have done more damage with other things they already give me on board- can you say steak knife? Or broken glass? Or any of dozens of other items, so this just seemed, asinine, and petty. And frankly stupid. They kept it in safe keeping until the morning of embarkation until we were getting ready to get off, but still on board the ship. Uh- okay.. If it's so dangerous, do you think I should have this "dangerous" thing on me at any point during the cruise? And guys- it's a _hole_punch_. Color me really confused. So, note to self, next time I get on a carnival ship (which will be with a party of 15 people), take them all by guest services to get our key cards punched, because we need them punched to keep from losing them.. Yeah. That'll be swell. Lines- There were lines, especially for the breakfast buffet on Saturday morning. We didn't actually attempt to get into line, since it wrapped half way around the deck, and made do with rolls, cold cut meats, and cheese. Frankly they NEED to fix the lines at the buffets. Make the actual buffet lines shorter, and separate sections. Don't put every single thing on one buffet line, just the "basic" stuff. If I want an omelette, i'll go to a separate station. This is another area where they need to get their acts in gear and work with some operations management folks. The ship felt crowded, probably due to the fact that the weather was chilly and no-one was up at the pool deck. The stores were a mess. There was jumbled merchandise, pinch points in the flow of the stores, counters where there was no merchandise, just stuff stacked in the corner. The cabin- was very nice. I like that the bathrooms are fairly spacious. and that the door opens out into the room, so I don't have to play a game of twister to get into the bathroom area. The area is a single module, which contains shower, next to toilet, next to sink. It is very economical in space, but very usable, and doesn't feel cramped. I like the lay-out of the balcony stateroom we were in. The room is a peach/white/beige color scheme with peach/dark red in the carpet on the floor. There is a couch, chair, stool, and table. The bed was on the firm side. The couch was cushier. The beds are on the back half of the room, with the "living area" in the front half, next to the bathrooms. Closet space is ample, and closet doors are open-close, and very functional. I had enough space to set my bag on the desk for the 2 night cruise. our cabin steward was AMAZING. We'd go to breakfast, or to dinner, and come back to the room being made up 100% of the time. Food- overall was quite good. We had dinner in the Platinum dining room at 6:00 PM both nights. Aside from the buffet lines, all of the food was quite good. We ordered room service a couple of times (once for a snack, and once for breakfast on debarkation morning), and that came promptly both times. The first night I couldn't get through on the phone due to being on hold the entire time, despite repeated attempts. We were unable to dine at the steak house, as reservations were not available for anything before 9 PM once we got onboard. The spa was good. They layout is unusual in that the treatment rooms are directly off the salon, and there can be noise from the salon or other locations coming into the staterooms. I had a manicure, pedicure, facial, and massage done at a couple of different trips up there. They were all quite good. Circle C- My daughter found the program for the 12-14 year olds to be wanting, both in terms of the quality of programming, and the amount of programming available. It was better than Royal Caribbean's Oasis (from December), but worse than Disney's Wonder (in April). Debarkation- was very smooth. Since it was a closed loop cruise to nowhere, we didn't have to go through immigration, or customs. They were calling cabins by floor, but fairly quickly, people were just getting off the ship. The line never did get very long, and just kept moving quickly. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
This was my eighth Carnival cruise, taken solely to help me achieve Platinum status this summer. I talked 4-5 people who were on the boat for the same reason. Positives - Blue Iguana Cantina (breakfast and lunch), Guy's Burger ... Read More
This was my eighth Carnival cruise, taken solely to help me achieve Platinum status this summer. I talked 4-5 people who were on the boat for the same reason. Positives - Blue Iguana Cantina (breakfast and lunch), Guy's Burger Joint, and the opposing bars on deck. Very cool setup that no other cruise line has. The burgers and burritos very good compared to typical buffet fare. The combination of these bars and eating places made for a very lively main deck. Boat was in really nice shape and the service was good, similar to others in the same class. Pizza was very pretty good to for "cruise ship pizza" (thin crust). Negatives - Smoking rules not enforced all that well, charging for a behind the scenes tour on a cruise to nowhere, lido deck buffet somewhat bland and horrible lines at breakfast. I realize that space is limited, but this is something RCCL does much better by breaking up the foods by type/station. This itinerary is only offered a handful of times a year so I'm not going to tell you about every detail. Just know that due to the very short length (and low cost) don't go on this boat looking for something to complain about. I know the stereotypes of the Carnival brand, and this crowd lived up to them. That being said, I had fun but would probably stick to 5 day minimum cruises going forward (couldn't do it this time as I have already scheduled all my available time off). Read Less
Sail Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Couldn't ask for anything better. It is a shame the port in Norfolk is so underutilized, it is a nice place, we got through security and checked in quickly and were on the ship by right before noon after arriving at ... Read More
Embarkation: Couldn't ask for anything better. It is a shame the port in Norfolk is so underutilized, it is a nice place, we got through security and checked in quickly and were on the ship by right before noon after arriving at 10:15am. Dining: For something fast and quick Guys Burgers, Blue Iguana and the pizza place were all great. The Steakhouse is an absolute must if you are a foodie and it is WELL worth the $35 fee. Our dinner the first night in the MDR was lackluster for me, and going forward I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there and waste the time it takes. My app was a shrimp cocktail and they were super small shrimp, almost like the ones you toss into a salad. My salmon was small and bland, the potatoes were undercooked and veggies were basically raw. The Fish and Chips station was tasty, though the fish was a little on the greasy side. I stayed away from most buffets due to lines. For breakfast I just hit up Blue Iguana for a breakfast burrito and it was great. The one time I did hit the buffet for breakfast it was just ok, with the eggs Benedict stealing the show for me. Entertainment: The only entertainment I went to on such a short cruise was the Piano Bar. It was fun but we caught them when they were in the middle of a trivia game, so for the first half hour all we were hearing were little snippets of songs. Once that was over it got better. We then walked to another bar that had a acoustic guitarist that was good...only problem was he was on him last song of the night and it wasn't even late...oh well. Bars: Hands down the best bar for me was The Alchemy Bar. Bartender was awesome, drinks were great but be warned at $9 (or $10 if you want top shelf) a drink your tab can get out of hand quickly. Casino: The Casino was fine, I know they can't stop smokers, but it really does detract from the overall experience having labored breathing while you play. One thing that did throw me off is I wanted to play Wheel of Fortune slots, specifically the $1 machine. They had one of them and a woman literally camped out at the machine from sun up to sun down. She even had a squatter hold her seat while she went to the bathroom. I know there isn't much they can do about it, but having two of each machine would help (the other WoF machine was a 25c machine). Service: Everyone was great on the ship. Friendly, welcoming and just really seemed like they wanted to be there to help you. That really surprised me. Cabin: I could not have been happier with my aft extended balcony on the Empress deck. It was plenty spacious and the deck was great, two chairs, a table and a lounger fit nicely. Only problem was it was very windy and chilly so unless you are somewhere warm or going somewhere warm I wouldn't waste money on a balcony as you won't be out there much. The surprise for me was the shower. Nice heat and water pressure from the shower, didn't expect that on a ship...it was better than most land hotels I have been in. Public Areas: Elevators were slow so we took the stairs the whole time. Each floor had its own strange smells which threw us off though I've never been cruising before so maybe that is normal. But it ranged from fish, to onions to musty...but it mainly stuck to the stairwell and elevator areas. Value for Money: Honestly this is where I have a problem. This Cruise to Nowhere cost me $918 for two people....to me that is just way too much, for the same price I could do a 5 day with an inside cabin. The value just wasn't there and I won't be taking any more 2 day Cruises to Nowhere. Overall: We had fun, we learned some lessons, like not to over eat or you will spend your trip taking food coma naps instead of partying. The alcohol is very expensive so when we do a longer cruise I will certainly be doing the Cheers! program. We didn't see anyone getting out of control which we expected with it being a two day "booze cruise". I will cruise again for sure, but next time it will at least be a five day. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
My wife and I were driving home from our jobs in D.C. and heard on the radio that Carnival had a two night "Cruise to Nowhere" leaving Baltimore on the very next day. It seams that the Carnival Pride had to cancel it's ... Read More
My wife and I were driving home from our jobs in D.C. and heard on the radio that Carnival had a two night "Cruise to Nowhere" leaving Baltimore on the very next day. It seams that the Carnival Pride had to cancel it's regular run due to the big storm Hurricane Sandy. After the storm passed and with the ship just sitting there Carnival decided they would do a short two night cruise out to the end of the Chesapeake bay and back. No ports, just sea. This was our first cruise. We had the two of us and my 4 year old daughter. Short review; we had a great time. From checking in to checking off the ship it was all stress free and smooth. The ship is beautiful. I am a retired Navy Chief and I know what it takes to keep a big ship maintained and I was impressed with the cleanliness and the state of preservation. Everything shined. Staff was very pleasant. Food was good, diverse and plentiful. My daughter had a great time in the Club Carnival. We only used it for a couple hours on each day but I think it was the highlight for her. The only downside was the time it took to get served in the MDR. It was two hours from seating to leaving and that's just to long to keep a four year old tied down. Carnival was smart to make this short cruise. Lot's of first timers as it was so convenient to just take off on a weekend and do this, and the rates were cheap. Inside SR were $99. I will definitely cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
This was a short 2 Night Cruise to Nowhere that was available due to the full week cruise being cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. We had 3 cabins, which all had the exact same problems. The in-cabin phones were down the whole cruise, ... Read More
This was a short 2 Night Cruise to Nowhere that was available due to the full week cruise being cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. We had 3 cabins, which all had the exact same problems. The in-cabin phones were down the whole cruise, making it hard to report the following other issues. On day 1 and 3, the toilets were down for 15-20 minutes. On day 2, the toilets were down for about 3 hours. The whole hallway stunk because people were using the toilets without realizing they could not flush. Also on day 2, as we woke up, the water was unavailable for several hours. Therefore we couldn't take showers or wash-up. Reporting these issues to on-board customer service staff resulted in a "were sorry, but you will have to live with it attitude". We had better luck with calling Carnival after the cruise to report the problems. The food on the Carnival Pride is comparable to what you would find at a Golden Corral Buffet. The food in the main dining hall is slightly better, but not much. The steak house is amazing, on par with 4 or 5 star restaurants. Camp Carnival was similar to a typical daycare. Not bad, but nowhere near the offerings by Disney or Carnival. All that being said, you can not beat the price of sailing on Carnival Pride. It is a great value, especially if you live in Maryland. For that reason, I will definately book again. As a side note, the last time I was on the Carnival, it almost capsized (literally). At least they keep it interesting! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Our cruise was delayed by Issac and 4 nights turned into 3. The whole delay thing was a mess. We didn't get onto the ship till well after 6pm. They did give free drinks as we got on since we wiated so long. And the staff was waiting ... Read More
Our cruise was delayed by Issac and 4 nights turned into 3. The whole delay thing was a mess. We didn't get onto the ship till well after 6pm. They did give free drinks as we got on since we wiated so long. And the staff was waiting for everyone to pile into the dining rooms with all their stuff. Our muster drill didn't start till after 10:30pm. Once the rooms were open we headed to our rooms and our long night just got longer. We had 2 cabins for 6 people. Once of the cabins had a huge fan going because there was a water leak and the room smelled like mildew. So my husband piled all the boys stuff in the girls room and headed to guest services to another line. We had to wait over 2 hrs for another room. The staff knew NO ONE could stay in that room and they should have upgraded us before we got on the ship. Guest services had to call down and find out what we were talking about. We were booked for aft and were moved foward. You could hear the shows going on in thses rooms at times. I really think this could have been handled better. We even got somone else VIP stuff under our door so who knows what was under our old cabin door. Our room had no goodies in the bathroom, we only got candy left for us once and no pen at the end of the cruise. I never saw our cabin steward once. It's the little things you miss after you have been on a few great cruises and the stwards know your first name. Who knows how long its been since the bathroom mirror was cleaned because when I got out of the shower "F_ _K Y_U" on written in the foggy morror. The show was so-so. Not as good as vegas, maybe more like something you see at Six Flags or Kings Island. There is no music at the pool till noon, we were always out by 9am for some R&R. It would be nice to hear music earlier. We had wee-Jimmy as our cruise director last April and he was great. Not sure who the CD was on this cruise. My 14yr old had a blast with the teen club. My mom loved it as did my daughter and her boyfriend. It was a first cruise for all of them so they had nothing to compare it too. If you have been on the newer ships I would say this is not the ship for you. It is an older ship that needs a good overhaul. After everything we did have a good time and I cant wait to book again but we will try another Carnival ship. Maybe next year if we choose NOLA we will try thr Subshine since it will be new. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
I realize I'm reviewing a 2 year old cruise, but that's the last cruise we went on! The Elation needs to be refurbished! We were scheduled to to depart on August 29, but a hurricane changed that! This was a first cruise for my ... Read More
I realize I'm reviewing a 2 year old cruise, but that's the last cruise we went on! The Elation needs to be refurbished! We were scheduled to to depart on August 29, but a hurricane changed that! This was a first cruise for my dad (and apparently his last)! We were supposed to go to Cozumel but were only able to sail out to sea and back since days were cut from cruise. For the most part, it was a good cruise. I had done a Carnival cruise out of Mobile in 2009 on a comparable boat, so I was excited to go on this one. The food was not as good as I had remembered. Unfortunately, we had "poo" water in the showers and sinks. I'm hoping that was a one time incident! I would not want to take this boat again unless it gets updated. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
I never do this, but I flew into San Diego the morning of the cruise. I arrived at 10:15 AM. I was meeting my cousin who arrived in CA two days earlier. Because of the extremely low rates for this repositioning cruise, we each booked ... Read More
I never do this, but I flew into San Diego the morning of the cruise. I arrived at 10:15 AM. I was meeting my cousin who arrived in CA two days earlier. Because of the extremely low rates for this repositioning cruise, we each booked our own cabin. Originally we booked 4K interior with French doors, but due to price drops we were able to upgrade for very little cost to these adjoining balcony cabins on deck 7. I had cabin 7132 and he had cabin 7136. Embarkation was quick and easy. Luggage drop off was a bit confusing as there were no porters, just one cruise line person with a luggage cart that they were piling multiple passengers' luggage onto. We arrived at 12:45 and were one the ship at 1:10. Hopefully this is my last Carnival cruise "not VIP." Hallway doors were already open so we headed to our cabins. We ate some lunch and did the spa tour. We had prebooked massages plus there were great specials offered. I added "taste of spa" and my cousin added a seaweed wrap treatment. We met with Cruise Critic members (over 100 on our roll call) in the Atrium lobby at 3:00 pm. Following this was the muster drill (no life jackets required), then back to cabins to unpack. I am a "friend of a friend" of Dorothy so I went to the GLBT meeting, attended by about 10 people. Following this, we signed up for a private cocktail party (also Cruise Critic) in the Shanghai piano bar from 5:30 to 6:30, all you could drink for about $12 pp. We had Your Time Dining confirmed, so met with a couple of new friends and went to dinner where we got a table for 4. Dinner was very good in the MDR. Second night also ate in MDR with new friends, this time a group of 14. We went at 7:45 and were able to be seated within 10 minutes at two tables next to each other, one for 8 and one for 6. Pretty good for YTD with a big group, on a full ship!! Second night was also the one formal night on this short cruise. Third night we had booked the Steakhouse for 2, they were able to accommodate our request to increase to 4 the day of the reservation. Food was great! I had the NY strip, companions had other steaks and all were good and prepared to our liking. I also had escargot, the spinach salad, and the chocolate sampler. Meal was LONG, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Comments about services / entertainment we experienced: Gym: wonderful equipment and view. I used bike, treadmill, and the Nautilus weight machines. In my local gym I do a circuit of about 12 Nautilus machines. They had at least 8 of the same ones available in the gym. Spa: excellent services, I had my first hot stone massage ever. Very nice! Danelle did not try to hard sell me on all the products. Housekeeping staff: wonderful, we met him the first day and then did not see anyone again but they kept our cabins spotless and our ice buckets filled. Dining staff: excellent service and very quick with the YTD meal service both nights. Ate breakfast once in the MDR and also very good. Steakhouse already mentioned, and Lido deck buffet used for rest of meals was adequate. I really liked the deli sandwich station. Asian food was not as good as prior cruises. Did not make it to the free sushi. Room service: I used room service twice and service was very prompt and accurate. Can't beat free room service!! (tipped of course) Art auction: I attend the art auctions and sometimes I buy, sometimes I don't. It was a nice diversion on this Cruise to Nowhere. Casino: nice casino, not too smoky. Won a little, lost a little, it was fun. Entertainment: we went to the Welcome Aboard show the first night. It was just ok, both comedians did a brief standup. I did not go back to the comedians in the Comedy Club but they had a lot of different showtimes so it would be convenient to catch them. I went back for the show the third night but it was cancelled due to rough seas, and they showed a movie instead. Debarkation: our number was one of the last ones called but off the ship by 10:30. Collected luggage and had a cab give us a city tour on the way to the airport. Total time in cab about 1 hr 15 minutes and only cost $70 plus tip. We were lucky to have a knowledgeable cabbie who had lived in Vancouver for 20 years! I went on this cruise knowing it would be cold and windy with very little "outside" time due to weather. They did put the dome over the middle pool and all three pools were open. You could check out blankets as well as pool towels. I did not try the new waterslide but it looks scary. I would have to say the weather was worse than I expected. We moved along at a pretty fast clip. The seas were VERY rough although I don't think the waves looked that high. I did use my balcony for a few minutes at a time and was glad to have it for the view. There were barf bags posted next to all the elevators and I noticed that a lot of them were taken. I took meclezine but still got seasick on the second day. If I were taking this cruise again I would book a lower deck and at the middle to rear of the ship instead of forward. We had a lot of up and down as well as the usual side to side rocking of the ship. Overall this was a really fun getaway for a long weekend! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
Our recent Cruise to Nowhere on the Carnival Miracle was a great disappointment. Our first cruise was 5 days to Canada on the Carnival Victory in '06, and we enjoyed the general cruise experience immensely. But it was our first and ... Read More
Our recent Cruise to Nowhere on the Carnival Miracle was a great disappointment. Our first cruise was 5 days to Canada on the Carnival Victory in '06, and we enjoyed the general cruise experience immensely. But it was our first and we had no point of reference until our next few cruises with NCL, where we discovered what a first class cruise experience should be. Still, that first Carnival cruise got us very excited about vacationing at sea. The Miracle two day cruise looked like a good deal though. It met our time constraints and budget at this time of year. But the devil is in the details, and Carnival failed big time on details. They blew it on the big stuff too. THE GOOD The embarkation/disembarkation process was fast, efficient and hassle free. Our cabin staff was courteous and eager to please, as was the dining staff. The first night's dinner was very good and prepared well, and at no time did we feel rushed. We even were able to score a window table. The Ticket to Ride stage show on Saturday night was very good. Exceptional deals were found in the duty free store on liquor and cigarettes. THE BAD Unlike NCL who provides a dedicated, temporary, protected area to store luggage on 1 day cruises where baggage is not checked, we had to carry around ours on the Miracle for 2 hours. It was awkward and at times unsafe, and some areas were impassable with every other guest doing the same. Given that we had but two days, we would have liked to have used that time to conveniently explore an unfamiliar ship and become familiar with our new surroundings. Instead we waited by the pool until the room ready announcement was made. The casino was pathetic in the ergonomic sense. The majority of the slots were all jammed into one area near a wall, reminding me of rows of vending machines in a cafeteria. The design seemed like an afterthought. It was difficult navigating between the quads and sitting at chairs back-to-back, bumping against another player was very annoying. My wife and I are smokers, but smoking machines were butted against non-smoking slots, so what was the point? I felt bad for the non-smokers. Yet on the opposite side of the room there seemed to be plenty of space for additional machines that could have been used and segregated by smoking preference. The selection of machines was poor. Many were multi-denominational, which is good, but only a select few were of the .25/.50/$1 variety. The majority were $1/$2/$5 configurations. On the first night, several machines were out of order, limiting further one's selection. We attended the late night adult comedy show. There were 2 headliners performing in back to back scant 25 minute shows. We wanted to stay for the second headliner, but were ushered out and told that we had to get on line for the other performance. The reasoning was that they had to make sure there was no broken glass and had to clean up. Drinks, by the way, were served in plastic glasses. Our cocktail waitress was slow and screwed up our order, and it wasn't until the show was almost over before we got ours. After we exited, the line for the second show was so long there was no chance we'd get in. THE UGLY Friday morning's breakfast buffet was a joke. There were two omelet chefs at the station, and on either side were trays of breakfast meats and potatoes. One could get on line either to the right or left which is in fact efficient. However, only one side had trays, plates and silverware. We got on the line that didn't, and lost our place on very long lines to get our things on the other side. The bacon was sitting in a pan that looked like it was filled with motor oil, pretty much the same with the sausage. My wife wanted egg whites only and they could not accommodate her. Friday evening's dinner experience, or lack there-of, was horrendous. The main dining facility was the Captain's Dinner was reserved for properly attired guests. We only packed causally for a simple 2 day cruise and therefore could not enjoy a fine meal. This would be fine on a 5 day+ trip, but not on a 2 day sailing. We went down to the buffet at 5:45 and were told it would open at 6pm. By 6:15 there wasn't a server in sight, so we went to the the burger bar. The meat was way undercooked, the buns stale. No toppings such as salsa, mushrooms, onions, etc were available. The nachos and cheese were literally inedible. The hot dogs looked like they had been soaking in the pan that the breakfast bacon was served from. We never finished our food. We went back to the buffet the Horatio room. There were several serving stations divided by walls, but only one was staffed. The main selections were scant...fish that could be smelled from across the room, indicating it wasn't fresh, fried stuffed mushrooms that had the taste and texture of dirty ping pong balls, and a pretty gnarly looking prime rib. I asked for the beef, and was given a tiny sliver about 2 fingers worth. I asked for another piece and got even a smaller slice. When I asked for a normal sized piece, I was told that I could come back for more. The beverage dispenser in the staffed station wasn't working. I had to go to 2 or 3 sections away where I got old coffee, my wife getting cold hot chocolate. The bread was stale and tasteless, and the dessert selection were 3 types of cakes that tasted like they came from a child's Easy Bake Oven. There were objects that looked somewhat like fruit, but we had no appetite to try them. Nothing, absolutely nothing, was fresh. I suppose we're spoiled by the near 24/7 gourmet buffet that NCL offers. By this point, we picked nits...any little thing became a object of disdain. The hot tub on deck looked dirty, rusty, and disgusting. It probably just needed needed to be painted, but it was a turnoff never the less. The stopper in our sink was stuck in the drain so the basin always stayed full. The chairs on our balcony were splattered in white paint and it left us wondering why they weren't covered first before maintenance. Small things that would have gone unnoticed otherwise just added fuel to the fire. We essentially paid $900 for not much more that a balcony cabin for two nights at sea. Presently we are booked with NCL on a 7 day jaunt to Bermuda, and are planning on the inaguaral cruse of the NCL Breakaway in 2013. Carnival never again. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2011
A bit of background - prior to this cruise we had only sailed with Disney Cruise Line. We are Disney fans, so it is a natural fit. However, we had been exploring options as to what to do for our 5th Anniversary. We had a limited amount ... Read More
A bit of background - prior to this cruise we had only sailed with Disney Cruise Line. We are Disney fans, so it is a natural fit. However, we had been exploring options as to what to do for our 5th Anniversary. We had a limited amount of time, and after looking for a few weeks I found Carnival's two night cruise to nowhere departing the day after our anniversary. So we decided that was a great fit! It would have us both back to work on Monday - as the cruise gets in at 8:00am - we thought it was fantastic! So we booked - found the perfect stateroom - and started making plans. It was impossible to find the information that we needed (would there be a formal night was one of the biggest questions) YES, the representative said when I called - it would be our first night on board. SO, being that it was a two night cruise, we didn't want to bring along a ton of clothes, so we decided that we would just skip our dining room seating our first night. There wasn't a 'formal night' there was an OPTIONAL formal night that very few folks observed. The Carnival Agent was incorrect. Anyway - on with the review... The port's website said that parking outside the city and taking a shuttle in was the best option - so I had thought we would do that. We ended up parking right across the street, for LESS than it would have cost to park outside the city and shuttle in - and took FAR less time. More on how we decided where to park later... All of our documents provided by Carnival said that check-in would begin at 1:00pm - and not to arrive any earlier, as you would be turned away to return at 1:00pm. However, I had read on a thread from last year's cruise that check in started at 11:00am. But we took the documents provided by Carnival to be the most correct and we planned for 1:00pm arrival at the port. We drove down on Friday evening and spent the night beachfront at Va Beach - left the hotel around 10:50am with plans to explore the parking options and decide what was best. We got into downtown around 11:10am and found parking garages ALL around the port with CRUISE PARKING signs out. It was a Saturday morning so they were all nearly deserted, with a few folks leaving from the previous cruise that was nearly finished disembarking as we arrived. We had planned to walk around downtown between 11:00am and 1:00pm and grab lunch while doing so - but that plan didn't follow through... So we decided to park across the street - simple enough - cheap enough ($30) - and no shuttle involved in either direction. Since we parked across the street - I looked across the street at 11:15 and people were already ON the ship! What happened to 1:00pm? The port terminal is beautiful, I really didn't expect it to be that nice, but it really is top notch for a port with so few sailings - it really is more than just a place to board a ship! I love the displays of an ocean liner era gone by - it really was a history lesson! Security was very smooth - didn't feel rushed - it was very practical, and easy to understand what they expected from you - very clear communication, and a great streamlined process. Simple - and efficient! Check in was very smooth - a breeze, and THEN - on to the waiting. Boarding of regular passengers has just started (previous patrons and the disabled had already boarded). We were placed in the boarding zone group 24. We waited, and waited, and waited. We have never waited that long to board a ship. It was not fun! Finally we board, simple enough - pose for your awful embarkation photo - and then you're off... Staterooms were to be ready by 1:00pm We ended up boarding the ship around 1:15 - just as they made an announcement that staterooms would not be ready until 1:30. Bummer - since the cruise was so short - there was no option to check baggage - so what you had, stayed with you until your stateroom was ready. Lunch was being served on the lido - so we thought we would just grab lunch, and then wait a few minutes and our room would be ready. WRONG - with the ship less than 1/2 boarded, the lines were 1/4 the ships length long for lunch. WOW - that's awful. Then they announced that staterooms were ready - so we found ours, explored - VERY ROOMY! A great price for an interior stateroom with an ocean view! Then - to find something to eat. Wait lines for EVERY SINGLE MEAL were no less than 45 minutes. I'm not joking or elaborating. Carnival does NOT know how to manage lines - or food service. Waiting in line would be the theme of the cruise - they often joke that you can't leave a cruise hungry - well, Carnival has changed that! The food was awful - I had fish and chips for lunch on the 2nd day and it tasted like dirt. Absolutely disgusting! We went to our 8:15 dinner seating - and once again - LINES 1/4 of the way through the ship! This ship's dining rooms are so horribly tacky, gaudy, and dated that I felt like I had stepped back into the 70's. AWFUL! We were in the Platinum dining room on the upper level - get this..... IN A BOOTH!!!!! Who in all creation thinks it is a good idea to put booth seating in a formal dining room?!?!?!?! Our table mates were pleasant - and the conversation was as well. The food however - I've had better meals at Denny's! The food was a joke - the servers were so impersonal - and the service was slow. I had grilled chicken breast - the chicken fillets at Wendy's are larger! Such low food quality - I was shocked. There really is a lack of activities on the ship - our previous experiences had been running from activity to activity loving every minute of it - or just chilling out on deck, swimming, or reading. Chilling out on deck wasn't a possibility - there are smoking areas EVERYWHERE. You cannot get away from the stale odor of smoke. As I unpacked my bag to wash clothes when I got home everything in my bag smelled like smoke. I have restrictive airways and can't be around smoke for more than a minute or two, or I have difficulty breathing. I spent my time running from the stench or cigarette smoke! Everywhere you go they are trying to sell you drinks - I have fewer than 24 drinks a YEAR, and the presence of THAT much alcohol is insane! There are 21 bars on the Glory (according to one of the bartenders). REALLY - that much space on a ship is dedicated to alcohol service? WOW We wanted to try our luck in the casino - and once again - smoke - smoke - and more smoke. There are signs all over the place in the casino that you cannot smoke in the casino unless you are actively playing. No enforcement on that rule - trust me! We sat at breakfast on our 2nd morning with an older couple, tried and true tourist gamblers, and they described the casino as the worst they had ever played. They said the machines were tight, and the payouts very low - when they happened. On Sunday we tried to find a place on deck to relax, and there was no quiet place that was free of smoke - so we went to the adults only area, and found a couple chair, no smoke, low noise - and THEN, a party shows up with their stereo, another party shows up with buckets of beer, and then the smoking starts - all within 40 minutes - so I finally decided to just go to our stateroom and read. We arrive in our stateroom only to be greeted by such a strong chemical odor that I had a headache within 10 minutes. I had had enough at that point. I went to guest services to complain - and the agent was very apologetic - but offered us absolutely no solution. We literally sat in the atrium and stared at each other for 45 minutes with absolutely nothing to do. There was no place to go that was quiet and free of smoke, there was nothing to eat without waiting in line for 45 minutes, and there weren't any activities scheduled for another 2 hours! Fun ships? Hardly! Let's talk about the shows - well - show - we only saw one and had quite enough. It was rated PG-13 - NO WAY would I let a 13 year old watch that show. It was vulgar - obscene - and lacked any sort of story line. I fell asleep 3/4 of the way though and it wasn't even exciting enough to make me up. It was awful - and I've seen a lot of awful shows at amusement parks, and community festivals - this was a high budget, low value show. No story, no plot, just a lot of rear ends waving in the air for no reason at all. I am totally fine with risque as long as there is reason for it - but this was for no sake other than oogle factor. It was a disgrace, and very indicative of what Carnival thinks of its patrons. The show objectified both men and women, and is of no value what so ever. OK - I've talked about just about every aspect of cruising - now lets talk about about one thing that ALL cruises have in common - and that is the required muster drill. For safety sake - and to prepare for the worst case scenario, the muster drill requires attention to detail, a sense of purpose, and needs to be taken seriously by the crew to be taken seriously by the passengers. Yes, I am about the rate the muster drill. My wife and I have only sailed on Disney Cruise Line previously - so we expected the same thing - as it has to be pretty standard - right? WRONG Disney Cruise Line assigns you not only to a Muster station but also to a life boat. You know where to go on the ship, and what boat you will be on in case of an emergency. Carnival starts it without warning, and pushes everyone to the same deck, at the same time, and you line up in rows. It was absolute chaos. The crew members were laughing and joking - there was no instruction being provided - the young lady assigned to our station was off laughing and joking with other crew members when the captain started the life vest instruction. There was no sense of urgency, no urges to remain silent, people were talking laughing, joking, and NOT listening to the instruction. After that - I DID NOT feel safe on board the ship. What IF there was an emergency and minutes = lives saved or lost? There would be no time for laughing, joking, catching up on crew gossip, or talking about how tired you are, as a crew member, or providing instruction during the muster drill. REALLY? This cruise line values my life so little that they don't even assure that everyone knows what to do in case of emergency? That's sad. And so dangerous. We felt trapped on a two night cruise - I HATE to think what it would have been like if we had given Carnival a try on a 7 night cruise. There was literally nothing to do, no place to go, and not even a chance of having 'FUN'. Carnival definitely isn't for us. We took a look around the kids clubs when we got on and they were pretty sad - they were kid themed of course, but having toured those same areas on Disney's ships - I REALLY can't imagine a kid wanting to spend time there vs. somewhere else on the ship. The area seemed very very childish - and I can't imagine a teen would be entertained enough to stay out of their parents hair on a 7 night cruise. The ship was not clean. There were abandoned glasses, trash, and stuff everywhere. There were shipping pallets on one of the decks loaded with exercise equipment. Was this a cargo ship to no where? The overall maintenance of the ship is very poor. The decor in the staterooms is very 80's - (the ship wasn't even in existence then... why decorate two decades back?) The crew members speak very little English - not even enough to provide directions around the ship. Buffets often sat empty while lines 45 minutes long were at service areas. The drinks I had contained VERY little alcohol, and I couldn't believe that they didn't swipe your card and ask for a signature. They still use printed paper slips to take orders. The huge jumbo-tron on the Lido deck had 3-4 areas that were malfunctioning and flickered blue/green/magenta or didn't display anything at all. Windows were dirty - carpets were dirty and stained - we were so disappointed with the entire experience. We were hoping it would be very similar to Disney - but WOW were we wrong. Disney manages crowds and assures the ships never FEEL crowded - even though they sail at 100% capacity the vast majority of the time. I wish we had done a 3 night with Disney - it would have cost about the same - the food, service, shows, and ship would have been amazing. BUT, we didn't have 3 nights, and Norfolk was so much closer to home. However, it definitely made up our minds - we aren't Carnival cruisers. We will try Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, or another line - we won't 'always' cruise with Disney - but we just have to find a line that will meet our expectations on entertainment, service, safety, and cleanliness. Carnival failed in every category. The only thing that was as expected on our cruise was our continental room-service breakfast we had on our last morning - it was exactly what we ordered, when we ordered it. But that's not enough to bring us back to Carnival for a 2nd try - it's too expensive to given them a 2nd shot. Not saying that ALL of Carnival's cruises are this bad, but I can't imagine they would be THAT much different. Not worth the chance for us! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
My boyfriend and I took a 2 night cruise to nowhere on the Carnival Miracle. We met on the same ship a year ago and thought it would be a fun idea to go back to where it all started! We were both nervous that it wouldn't be the same ... Read More
My boyfriend and I took a 2 night cruise to nowhere on the Carnival Miracle. We met on the same ship a year ago and thought it would be a fun idea to go back to where it all started! We were both nervous that it wouldn't be the same as a longer cruise (shows, amount of food, activities) and that we would be bored. Both of us are in our late 20's so it was important that we had things to do. Well, I have to say that it was just as good as a 7 night cruise. Everything was exactly the same. The only thing we did not know was that they did have a formal night of dining. Luckily I had black dress pants and he had a dressy pair of jeans. We weren't kicked out of the dining room...they didn't seem to care much. There were people who were dressed far more casual than us and everyone went in the dining room. The downside was that the 2 shows were the same shows from our cruise the year before. I wished they were different and thought the cruise line might have had special shows for this particular cruise. The buffets were exactly the same and there was always enough food. They even had the sushi cart (only for one of the nights)! You even got a daily itinerary just like the longer cruises. We did martini tastings and wine tastings, which were both really fun. They had a lot of things for you to do and we were not bored for a single minute. The nightclub was packed (on our cruise it was empty every night), which was fun. Everyone seemed to be enjoying their 2 days of vacation. The service was wonderful and everything is so orderly and efficient. When the ship docked in the morning we had breakfast at the buffet and then were able to leave right away since we carried all of our own luggage. We were off of the boat by 8:30 AM. This was a great cruise and the perfect amount of time! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
Getting to the port was easy as it was just a cab ride from home... Okay maybe not so easy as it was during the week and traffic was a still an issue. Not to mention that I was blessed with a cabbie that made me regret not having taken out ... Read More
Getting to the port was easy as it was just a cab ride from home... Okay maybe not so easy as it was during the week and traffic was a still an issue. Not to mention that I was blessed with a cabbie that made me regret not having taken out travel insurance. But eventually Mario got me to the Port of Vancouver safe and sound. Going through immigration I saw that fellow friends and cruisers were already at the port. As this was my first solo vacation it made this the first leg of my vacation that much easier. After getting through customs and getting my sign and sail card I proceeded to the waiting area. Thankfully my friends had saved me seat beside them and we waited... and we waited... We eventually found out that the computers were down and everyone needed to be checked in manually. Some tempers got a little flared...not sure why... as you are still on vacation and the DOD will still be there. After we got on board we were able to find our other friends (platinum so they were on board ahead of us) had our quotas of the DOD and lunch on the Lido. At about 2 we went to our cabins to unpack. Though it was such a beautiful day that we went back to the Aft Bar on deck 9 of the Spirit and sat in the sun ? This also where the roll calls meet and greet was to held. And held it was. I think that this was the best roll call that I have ever attended. Only a few didnt show up... and what was so great about it was that we would all meet up for other activities through out the 3 day cruise. As the computers were down the entire day Muster was held late as was our departure from Vancouver. We had been wanting to see the Lions Gate Bridge but had to miss it as we had early seating. My friends had linked my booking to theirs so we already knew that we were sitting together. We sat at a table for 6 with another couple and their solo friend. They were great company. After dinner it was the casino. Then the comedy club. Both were good but nothing memorable happened. 1st sea day I wanted to make sure that I did both my "have you ever"... The first one was the Wine and Food Pairing. Great stuff to know... but it was heavy on the wine and not the food. So we all left a little tipsy. (As this was during lunch... they really should have had more in the way of food) My next "Have you ever"was doing the tea! Our leader from the roll call had contacted JH and had it placed in the "Fun Times" again we had a great turn out from the roll call. Loved the tea... very nice assortment of nibbles would definitely do this again Then it was time to get ready for "Cruise Elegant night" (while getting ready I was standing on my balcony and saw 3 Pacific White Sided Dolphins... what a blessing) It was nice to see that everyone made an effort in dressing even thought this was a shorter cruise. And as always my lobster was amazing! After dinner we went to the comedy club to see the shows. The next morning I meet my friends for breakfast and then received a text message from another friend asking if we wanted to see have a tour of the ships galley with them. What a great learning experience. And it was really enlightening to see how Carnival is trying to be the leader in sustainability. After the galley tour we meet up with others in our roll call for cabin crawl. It was very educating to see the different types of cabins... sorry not sharing any of the secrets I have learnt :p After onto the casino... won $50.00 so i knew it was time to walk away. So I went to art auction. Stayed a few minutes as I knew I wasn't going to buy anything. Then went to the Lido for lunch and came across more people from our roll call. Then onto dinner and the night spent dancing till the wee hours of the morning Dinner that night was again great as we had one of the best dining teams that I have ever had... and all Ladies! Even though this had been a 3 night cruise to no where the staff from the dining room to my cabin Stewart was amazing. I must also commend Guest services as this cruise attracted ALOT of new cruisers to Carnival. On one of my trips to guests' services some one used the VIP line... and others in the regular line yelled at him not bud in... Then more chimed in. And yes they were carrying blue cards. I advised the group that once you have cruised with CCL 10+ times you too can have the same privileges. They stopped... and as the man walked by he showed us his Platinum card. My only comment to Carnival would be educate the new guests better as to what the privileges are when sailing with them. Embarkation was a mess. Neither the port nor the ship was prepared and it left a bad taste in many mouths. As the only place I needed to be was on beach it didnt affect my plans though i do feel for those that flights to catch. Would I do a "Cruise to no Where" again... in heart beat! Especially with the roll call that we had... Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
I got off my 5th annual Carnival Miracle cruise to nowhere this morning and while most details are fresh I want to jot down the perverbial good, bad and ugly. As I just said this was my 5th tear in a row taking this cruise - same ship - ... Read More
I got off my 5th annual Carnival Miracle cruise to nowhere this morning and while most details are fresh I want to jot down the perverbial good, bad and ugly. As I just said this was my 5th tear in a row taking this cruise - same ship - same cabin. The first 3 years were fantastic - 5 stars. Last year a few problems but manageable. This trip was a major letdown. First I would like to say that I love this cruise. It's a great getaway for me to spend quality time with my wife and as we both enjoy being on ships this is a great way to be on one more than once a year. The getting away, the ambience, the activities, the awesome shopping, the great food in the steakhouse and the Beatles show make this the perfect getaway. I think I will go right to the ugly. My cabin steward for the first time did bit care at all about service or the condition of the room. The previous occupant's garbage was left for us and I had no hand soap the first night as we never until 2nd night. I had never experienced this level of indifference in ANY cruise I have taken. The food in deck 9 - the buffets were bit up to par with precious cruises on this ship. The Chinese station dishes had a putrid smell and the taste of nations "Italy" day was simply not tasty. The lemonade was undrinkable. The best food here was the fried chicken tenders by the pool, the really good pizza and the foccacia sandwich with peppers, arugula and roasted peppers. Breakfast was not appetizing - the usually good French toast was terrible. I figured the dining room would be better, I was wrong. Service here was also indifferent and uncaring. The grapefruit was inedible, the French toast horrible and waffles ice cold. Luckily I could eat lunch 90 minutes later. Later on night 2 dinner was mediocre at best. Service was again indifferent ( I had anytime dining) and the usually very good prime rib was buffet quality. My wife got a rubbery end piece that should have never made the plate -shameful.(this was rectified) Lobster tail was good and the chocolate melting cake fabulous. Carnival excels at activities and this cruise was no exception. Tons of activities, demonstrations, bingo, shows both nights, 5 comedy shows each night and an art auction. No complaint here. Carnival is the best at this. I realize this is a 2 day cruise and after us the ship headed to Florida empty. The crew has a nice easy 2 days of partying and getting the ship ready for next cruise but they should have realized that my cruise was important to me and over 2000 others. I don't pretend to know why this year service and food quality deteriorated so but I would suggest someone at Carnival to address this before another cruise to nowhere on any of their ships. Yes there were crew who cared and the good that I mentioned ealier were actually FANTASTIC and yes I would take this cruise again in a heartbeat. I just feel that on THIS cruise the passenger was an afterthought which for the first-timer looking to get their feet wet in cruising is not a good thing for numerous obvious reasons. Sorry, last complaint. The coffee bar deck 2 fwd has for years had excellent chocolate milkshakes. NOT this cruise. No chocolate syrup. Pathetic. Hey Carnival: Shame on you for allowing a ship's staff and this cruise to be downright mediocre. Read my other reviews here folks. I am usually the most easy going cruiser there is. Read Less
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