1. Home
  2. Cruise Lines
  3. Carnival Cruise Line
  4. Carnival Cruise Line Cruise Reviews
Cruise Ratings
4,084
2,862
1,988
1,083
666
Sail Date: May 2015
We sailed May 10th on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary which took us to St. Martin, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Grand Turk. We've sailed before with Carnival on the Pride and the Dream, and were blown away the cleanliness, level of ... Read More
We sailed May 10th on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary which took us to St. Martin, St. Kitts, San Juan, and Grand Turk. We've sailed before with Carnival on the Pride and the Dream, and were blown away the cleanliness, level of service, and attention to detail Carnival provided on these cruises. I've never understood when I read reviews that stated otherwise, until this cruise. I don't know if the decline in quality is only on the conquest or if it's fleet wide but it was noticeable. Our First issue was with the staggered embarkation that we received 2 calls to our house, 1 call to my cell phone, 1 call to my husband's cell phone and an email about from Carnival the week prior to cruising stating we needed to "come between 12 and 1 for smoother embarkation" . We figured since they were so persistent we should go when they wanted us to even though previously we've gone earlier and had minimal waiting time and been on the ship pretty early. When we arrived at our designated time to Port Everglades there was a lineup out of the building and around the corner of it. We waited a very hot 2.5 hours in line to get on the ship. I've never left from Fort Lauderdale, just Baltimore, Miami, and Port Canaveral, All of these places had a seating area for waiting but at this Port you stand in line the whole time, and maybe this kind of waiting time is normal for this port, but I thought I'd give a heads up. Our group consisted of my family and my sister's family.We both had balcony rooms and were told upon booking that while the balconies didn't open up to each other the rooms were adjoining. We were also told we would be at the same table for dinner, both when we booked and when my sister called a couple days prior to boarding to confirm. Neither of these thing happened. We spend about 4 hours waiting in line between embarkation, talking to guest services and the Maitre D to straighten these issues out on our first day. The dining room situation got settled but we were told the room situation was a booking issue and we would have to deal with them (we booked through Carnival) and eventually we were offered a voucher for a free drink for the 4 adults. It was a very aggravating start. This is the smelliest ship I have been on. It consistently smelled of sewage at one part or the other on this ship the whole time. Most disappointingly our balcony smelled very strongly of sewage so strongly at times it was unusable. We were in 8269, if this is your room for an upcoming booking I strongly recommend changing it! There we so many little things missing from this trip that we've enjoyed on previous trips; the mints on the pillow, the free sea day brunch drink (I want a free drink, not a bottle of water! I can get water for free! lol), the little toiletries basket that used to be in the bathroom, even down to the toilet paper which is now the most cheap low quality stuff you could find. One very surprising issue on this trip was the quality of house keeping. Our room steward was so nice but when it came to cleaning the room he didn't do a good job. When we first got into our room there was stuff left from the previous guests, some paper work and glasses which seemed strange. Our balcony was so dirty and never cleaned, nothing was removed from it glasses, plates... all left there. Even in our room sometimes they removed cups and glasses and sometimes they didn't, sometimes they emptied the garbage and sometimes they didn't. We just placed this stuff outside our door and they eventually took it but come on, one of the best parts of cruising is the amazing feeling of a room someone else cleaned when you return to it lol! For some reason one day we returned to our room and they had replaced the carpet it in(!??) from then on there was red fuzz all over all our stuff. So weird. They unplugged all our lights when this happened and it didn't plug them back in, the night stands were also both broken. One night at the pizza place around 11 we went to get some pizza but there was no where to sit close to it because every table had dirty plates on it, but it wasn't busy at all. This was a trend we noticed on this ship that we've never noticed before, dirty plates left on tables for a long time, usually the staff is so diligent. One morning around 7 we went to the Blue Iguana for breakfast (Blue Iguana is amazing) and the floor around the area was so dirty. There was food on the ground and gum stuck to one of the seats. The pool by the water slide is gross, it looks like the tiles need a good scrubbing. This ship is definitely old and worn, there was masking tape wrapped around one of the railings in the staircase and the non slip stuff coming up off the stairs (tripping hazard) around the pool and trim dangling off in places. The Pride is and old ship too and when we went on her in 2012 she was in much better shape than this ship. The Conquest needs a good scrubbing and refurbishing. Another issue was the air conditioning. The higher the floor you were on the hotter the hallway and stairs were, our room always felt just a little bit too hot. Most nights you couldn't sleep with covers on, but the dining room was freezing! The dining times are off too, when most people are returning to the ship after excursions on port days the dining options are very limited. Usually when the bulk of people returned to the ship and there were three places to eat open; the pizza place, Blue Iguana and the Deli. All with about two people working at them and huge huge line ups, it makes for a pretty hostile situation. We celebrated our anniversary on this vacation. We were told by our vacation planner on booking that we would receive a bottle of champagne, they also asked in the dining room what day our anniversary was but when the day came it wasn't acknowledged at. It has been when we've celebrated on previous cruises. I know some of this stuff seems trivial but we were only expecting what we've had on other Carnival cruises. I also want to point out for the people who have the "you get what you pay for" mentality that this was not a cheap trip. We payed around $3400 for the three of us and when you add in travel expenses and our bill at the end it was probably over $5000 in total. I don' think that's a price tag that should come with low expectations. We had the Independence of the Seas booked for the exact same week (it was a 7 day not 8) for the same price. Unfortunately due to a tragic family situation we weren't sure we would be able to make and ended up cancelling, by the time we could re book the promotion was off and it would have been more and we ended up with Carnival. At the end of the day any time spent with family in the beautiful Caribbean is amazing and I'm lucky to have that option but the attention to detail that I love so much about Carnival was completely lacking, this really felt like the bottom of the barrel, low quality, cheap "Wal Mart of the Seas" vacation I've read about in other reviews but never believed until now. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Before the Cruise: We flew into San Juan the day before and stayed at The Sheraton Old San Juan. It is right across the street from the port and, in my opinion, the best place to stay before a cruise. They will hold your luggage for you ... Read More
Before the Cruise: We flew into San Juan the day before and stayed at The Sheraton Old San Juan. It is right across the street from the port and, in my opinion, the best place to stay before a cruise. They will hold your luggage for you the day of embarkation if you want to tour San Juan before you board the ship. When you are ready to board, just walk across the street. No taxi needed!! Embarkation: One of the fastest embarkations I have ever experienced! We arrived at the port at 1:30 and we were in our room by 2:00. We didn’t have priority boarding, so we were surprised at how quickly everything went. The Ship: The ship is typical Carnival. Bright colors and fabrics that remind one of the Vegas strip. All of the venues were clean and well-maintained. My only issue was with the pools. The blue paint on the bottom of the pools comes off on your feet. Every time you get out of the pool, you have blue feet!! Also, it would be nice if there was a pool in the Serenity area of the ship (adults only). I love laying in that area because it is quiet and the lounges have cushions, but it gets really hot and it would be nice to have a pool to cool off in. Cabin: We had a balcony cabin on the Lido deck. I was a little worried that it would be noisy. I was surprised at how quiet it was! You could not hear any noise from the pool and it was convenient to everything. I will definitely be booking Lido cabins in the future! As far as the room goes, it looked like a typical Carnival cabin. I love how they provide free water to VIFP guests now. There was one big bottle (per guest) in each cabin. I have two minor complaints. First, Carnival always had a nice amenities basket in the cabin with free samples of things. That has disappeared Second, our mini-fridge was not restocked the entire cruise. We drank all the sodas and would have liked to have more. Usually, the stewards replenish the fridge without being asked. Food: The food in the dining room was great as usual. Although, the featured vegetarian dish was exactly the same every night. It would be nice to change things up. We vegetarians like variety too! We did the anytime dining and we never had trouble getting a table for two. Be warned: even though it is a table for two, it is about 4 inches from the table next to it, so it is really more like a table for four or six. You feel forced to make small talk with the people sitting next to you so you don’t seem rude. We had fantastic servers in the Golden Olympian dining room. This was my 13th Carnival cruise and it was by far the best dining room service I’ve ever received. If you haven’t tried it, The Chocolate Melting cake is a must!! Entertainment: The shows in the theater were pretty good. The late shows were never crowded so we always had our choice of seats. The comedians were fun as well. St. Thomas: We chose not to book an excursion in this port. Instead, we walked around the vast shopping area and to the Sky Ride to Paradise Point. It is a little pricey ($21 per person) but the views are phenomenal. It is definitely one of the “can’t miss” attractions in St. Thomas. St. Lucia: Didn’t do a pre-paid excursion here either. We hired a cab and had it take us to Reduit Beach. It was a 20 minute drive from the port and it was absolutely beautiful. There were lounge chairs and umbrellas available for rent, as well as water sports, beach volleyball etc. The only downside is there really aren’t many places to grab lunch. We found one restaurant on the beach and it was really expensive. Barbados: We did the Sea Turtle and Shipwreck snorkel. It was awesome! The guides were very informative and helpful and the speed boat ride was exhilarating. I will have to say that you do need to be a strong swimmer for this one. I am, so I didn’t have any trouble. My friend is not a strong swimmer, so she had difficulty trying to get around with the currents. The guides were there in the water with floats in case anyone needed help. After the snorkeling, they take you to a beach but you don’t have much time there. St. Kitts: We toured the port on our own here. The shopping area is really nice with lots of little shops and restaurants. There are also guys walking around with monkeys for photo ops. They are so cute!! St. Martin: We chose the floating Tiki Hut excursion, but it was cancelled. Didn’t see another excursion we really wanted to do, so we just walked around the port. St. Martin also has a nice little shopping area if you don’t want to venture far from the ship. Debarkation: Self-assist is the way to go! If you can carry all your luggage, do self-assist. It is so nice to keep your luggage with you. This is the first cruise I’ve ever been on where your debarkation location (where you get off the ship) was different depending on whether you were a US citizen or not. US citizens got off on deck 0 (where you get off the ship in port) and deck 3 for non-US citizens. The customs line, once off the ship was extremely long. It took about 30 minutes to get through the line. The Carnival buses were waiting right outside the airport and we were on our way quickly. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Can't find any fault just fun trip. Great weather, fun dining companions,good food,just great overall. No complaints. If anyone on this trip had a complaint I would be amazed. Just remember the complaints are usually specificity to ... Read More
Can't find any fault just fun trip. Great weather, fun dining companions,good food,just great overall. No complaints. If anyone on this trip had a complaint I would be amazed. Just remember the complaints are usually specificity to the complainer. This was a great cruise and if there was a problem consider the source. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Just off Carnival Dream! Had 2 cove cabins 2404 and 2408! Opened the balcony between the two to make a bigger deck! My mom and a friend were in one, myself my husband and our 3 year old in the other! Plenty of room for 3 people! What ... Read More
Just off Carnival Dream! Had 2 cove cabins 2404 and 2408! Opened the balcony between the two to make a bigger deck! My mom and a friend were in one, myself my husband and our 3 year old in the other! Plenty of room for 3 people! What an awesome time we had! From beginning to end it was great! Cabin steward Karma was fantastic as well as our wait staff in Crimson Dinning Room lead by Cvetlina! Only bad experience I had was with a gentleman at guest services who said I had towels I had not turned in which I did and he verified! But I accidentally left my beach bag at the desk and when I went back to retrieve it he was going though it obviously looking for the beach towels that I didn't have! In any case, I'm not going to let one bad exp ruin the wonderful time we had! Can't wait to go again! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Unfriendly crew, old ship, do not answer phone calls from cabin, bill you for things that you did not purchase, try to resolve problems in a grudgingly manner. Very good dinning room servers. Many good cruises to select from. Stay ... Read More
Unfriendly crew, old ship, do not answer phone calls from cabin, bill you for things that you did not purchase, try to resolve problems in a grudgingly manner. Very good dinning room servers. Many good cruises to select from. Stay away from this one...... Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
First off, we had a great time, because a vacation is what you make of it. We really enjoyed the people on the ship, but the Triumph itself, well, she's really starting to show her age. As for the people, our dining staff, room ... Read More
First off, we had a great time, because a vacation is what you make of it. We really enjoyed the people on the ship, but the Triumph itself, well, she's really starting to show her age. As for the people, our dining staff, room steward, casino dealer, bartenders and guest service reps we encountered were excellent! Love the people and the personalities. Which leads me to the Triumph itself. We noticed a lot of little things that we've not seen on past Carnival ships. The AC in our room didn't work when we arrived (received a 10% credit for the first night), no robes in the room (our steward said they "ran out"), the Chocolate Buffet wasn't announced or in the Fun Times (and it is really not what it used to be--only taking up the Sweet Spot on the Lido--what happened to the big spread?), the elevator would go to the correct floor but the announcement was wrong (deck 2 is not 11...that one didn't even go to 11), and even with FTTF my luggage wasn't in the room until after dinner, my wife said there was a leaky toilet in the ladies room outside the Rome Theater (which was reported the first night but never was fixed), a computer in the Internet cafe was OOC because water was leaking through the ceiling from Deck 5. I do want to reiterate that the PEOPLE make the ship! As we did have a great room steward and dining staff. Enjoyed the casino and the shows, the pizza was awesome! Overall, compared to past cruises, I out this one below the Conquest, Ecstasy and Magic... Final rating: Average for a cruise. (hoping the Sunshine is better in September!) Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
My fiancé and I have been on many carnival cruises in the past which we have enjoyed very much and that's why we chose to take it again but very disappointed in this cruise we just took. First thing that happened when we booked, ... Read More
My fiancé and I have been on many carnival cruises in the past which we have enjoyed very much and that's why we chose to take it again but very disappointed in this cruise we just took. First thing that happened when we booked, I over looked the option to have our prices in CAD dollars, which was my mistake, and at the time our dollar to US dollars was really bad. We ended up paying an additional 600 dollars CAD. So I called carnival to see if they could do anything for us as this cruise was already the most expensive one we have ever taken so with the additional 600 on to that price it was just killer. Lady that answered in their customer service line was very rude, said I should have switch it to CAD dollars when booking, said that "this is a wonderful cruise, one of the best and that it will be worth every penny." When I said I don't doubt it will be a nice cruise she said well I don't know what you want me to do for you.... We would have been happy even with like a 50 dollar voucher.... Anything! Boarding in Fort Lauderdale wasn't bad, easy to get to from the airport. Room was nice and clean. This is the only good things I have to say about the carnival conquest. Expecting to have something nice waiting for us in our room as it was our anniversary we got nothing. The party for the return carnival cruisers, we didn't even know happened until after it happened from another passenger. There was barely any entertainment. The live music was mediocre. We lived off going to the comedy shows, they were our only saving grace, the comedians BK, pat Godwin and louis Johnson were hilarious and did a great job entertaining us. Also very friendly out and about around the ship. Also we didn't meet our cabin attendant until the third last day, he wasn't very friendly and didn't care to say hi to us in the hallways. Food was terrible. The breakfast tasted like it was sitting out for hours. Lunch there was some great choices, like tacos, guys burgers... The usual. We enjoyed lunch. Dinner was okay, nothing fancy. At one point we tried to go to the eat at you own time dining, not knowing that you actually had to book this in advance. We went on the fancy night when we were all dressed up and just wanted to go to dinner early and not wait to the late dinner. The hostess went to ask some older guy who looked like he could be the manager of the dining room, he didn't even look at us he shoot his head at the hostess with a sour face and turned his backs to us. This was one of many bad experiences with some of the employees on the ship. Half of them were very rude and not welcoming. Some looked depressed and displaced. The guys working the taste bar always brightened our day, we would go not for the food but to see some happy faces who wanted to chat with the cruisers. Last day leaving the ship was horrible. When heading off the ship I used the washroom near the front desk and happened to get locked in the stall which you can't climb under or over because there is no room. I was screaming for help for over 5 minutes before someone heard me... It was terrifying. Getting off the ship the lines to clear customs was soooo long... It took us over 30 minutes to finally get out of the port. I would never recommend this ship to ANYONE!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
I will say, this wasn't a very good cruise for me because my son (3) had many meltdowns and we couldn't go see many evening shows....but that had nothing to do with the ship or carnival. I loved the ship and all the options. ... Read More
I will say, this wasn't a very good cruise for me because my son (3) had many meltdowns and we couldn't go see many evening shows....but that had nothing to do with the ship or carnival. I loved the ship and all the options. There was always room on the serenity deck, the one time I got to go and every time I walked past it. Guys burgers and iguana cantina was so amazing as was thirsty frog beer!! Adam Cornes was very funny and very involved with the events, which I loved that. I want to sail other ships before going back to glory again, but I will always choose carnival. Our room 9200, a scenic grand ocean view was gorgeous and had so much room!! I wish it was offered for only 2 cruisers, but I understand why you want to reserve that for 4 people. We didn't have any trouble with debarkation or embarkation, it all went very smoothly. The check in agent was also very patient when she was trying to get a pic of my son for his S&S card...he was being very shy and difficult, but she was willing to try various ways to get the pic. Thank you carnival, the staff on Glory and our cabin steward Ryan for a great experience. See you again soon! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
My husband and I went with my two sons and three granddaughters. We had a wonderful time and would recommend it 100% to anyone, actually, I have. We had a balcony room side by side and were able to unlock the divider on the balcony. The ... Read More
My husband and I went with my two sons and three granddaughters. We had a wonderful time and would recommend it 100% to anyone, actually, I have. We had a balcony room side by side and were able to unlock the divider on the balcony. The staff for our room was outstanding. So happy and helpful. Eating was of course wonderful. We had all 7 of us at one table every night. Food outstanding, staff was so helpful. Excursions were wonderful and so much fun. My husband loved the casino area especially the claw to catch 100 dollar bricks. He won three till the end. We loved the bands and singalongs of goldon oldies. We would love to go again and will watch the cost after January 2016. We are hoping to take other family along this time. My granddaughters had a wonderful time and did not get bored at all. The cost was not to much more than our weekly beach trips. When you consider all your meals are free and the ship was like one big boardwalk. I cannot say enough about this cruise line. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
I planned this trip for my mother's birthday and Mother's Day celebration. It was a 7 night, 8 day cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Getting on the ship was simple, but getting to our cabin...was a ... Read More
I planned this trip for my mother's birthday and Mother's Day celebration. It was a 7 night, 8 day cruise to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Getting on the ship was simple, but getting to our cabin...was a bit up in the air. There was no one around to guide us to where we needed to go, but eventually, we found our cabin. The daily activities were awesome. There was always something fun to do around the clock, and something for all ages. Some of my favorite activities were Karaoke, Comedy Night and HASBRO The Game Show! Not a dull moment. Dr. Frankenstein's Lab (night club) was fun, however, there could have been a better DJ. The staff was really nice, and would greet you every time you walked by, and most made it their business to remember your name! Our Cabin Steward WILLIAM (Deck 5 MIDSHIP) was amazing!!! Very sweet guy! The food was DELICIOUS. There may have been one or two nights where it was just okay as far as options, but for the most part, the meals were on point. All of the dinning staff were great and fun. Our waiter EKA was entertaining, with a friendly approach! Overall, I enjoyed every inch of this ship, all the activities, sports bar, customer service, hospitality and accommodations. I would definitely recommend this cruise line to others, and will make sure my next cruise is with Carnival! Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our 2nd time aboard The Breeze. We are a 40's ish couple with our 9 year old son. Embarkation was simple....15 minutes tops. I am platinum so we were first on ship. On by 11ish. Headed to our cabin, balcony on deck 9 ... Read More
This was our 2nd time aboard The Breeze. We are a 40's ish couple with our 9 year old son. Embarkation was simple....15 minutes tops. I am platinum so we were first on ship. On by 11ish. Headed to our cabin, balcony on deck 9 - 9265. We enjoyed this location as it was easy to access Lido. Plenty of storage for 3. King bed was very comfy. My son said the sofa bed was a bit hard. We did feel more movement than usual as we were more forward. It was quite windy a few nights. Nothing too bad. Our cabin steward was excellent!!! Never had to ask for ice, he filled each day. We had the your time dining and ate at different times each night. I know this must have been harder for him, but he always did a great job. We booked all of our tours through Carnival. We were traveling to Grand Turk, La Romana/D.R., Curacao and Aruba. Grand Turk - rented a cabana. 1st time we have ever done this....Loved IT!! My husband is not a sun guy so it was perfect. If you have a baby it would be great. There is a nice sofa inside with cold AC. Two loungers outside that are shaded. You have a great view of the pool and ship. Easy access to the pool. There is a buzzer in the cabana that you can ring for bar/food service. You Aldo have a key do you can lock up your things if you want to take a beach stroll. La Romana/DR - we did the Cave Tour. Very interesting and my son loved it. Although they do not allow you to take pictures inside the caves. The rest of the island we saw was pretty dirty. Not sure we care to return there. I am sure some of the resorts are lovely. Curacao - This was our favorite port. We did an Island Tour and Beach Break. The island is lovely and so clean. The people were kind and never pushy. Our tour guide was very informative and funny. We definitely want to return there. Stayed there until 10pm so we had dinner at a local restaurant walking distance to the ship. Aruba- we also did an Island tour and beach tour. This was on an open air bus that was fun and colorful. Music playing and maracas shaking... Lots of fun. Island very dessert like and dry but clean and a lot of very nice hotels. Made a few stops then headed to beach. Nice beach chairs included. We opted for an umbrella also that was $25. We rented a couple of mats at $5 each. Spent the afternoon in the water. There were bars and restaurant there. Dining- We ate in the MDR 4 out of the 8 nights. Only had to wait for a table 1 night for about 15minutes. We found the food to be very good. The waiters do seem to be a bit rushed as there are no assistants. They were very good but seemed a bit stressed. Water carafes are on the table. Maybe it was different in the assigned dining times. We always have your time dining and have never experienced this before. Went to Fahrenheit 55, the steakhouse, on the 2nd night. They did offer a bottle of wine the 1st and 2nd nights. Surf and Turf excellent! $35 per person. Went to Cucina Del Capitano, the Italian restaurant, one night and it too was delicious. $15 per person. You can eat there for lunch at no charge... The menu is different. Did Guys Burgers, BlueIguana Cantina for the burritos and the Pizza….. we liked them all. The lines go pretty fast. The barbecue, Fat Jimmy’s C-side bbq was very popular but only open on sea days…. long lines….. we didn’t try it. It looked tasty. Red Frog Pub has inexpensive finger foods that were really good. I think they were like $3. Grouper fingers, bbq sliders, coconut shrimp….we had a lot of that! Red Frog beer is good too. Room service breakfast 6 out of the 8 nights was such a treat .... love coffee on the balcony. The coffee was strong but not a burnt taste like Starbucks. It was good. I am not a Starbucks fan. Our son loved the Camp Ocean. Was there every night and some of the days. He was in the 9-11 year old. Also loved the waterworks and slides. But, the biggest hit with him was the ropes course. We did the Dr. Seuss breakfast on last sea day. We all enjoyed it at $5 per person. Very cute. We did eat the green eggs and ham. Also red pancakes. Characters came around...very cute! Shows – We are not big show people. We did go to see the magician, Bobby Borgia. He was very good and we enjoyed the show. Very interactive. We did the Thrill Theater…. Lots of fun. Try to get on the 1st row. Casino - we don’t gamble much at all but there was a machine calling my name. I put $10 in the 1st night and came ahead $65 from my $10. Played on that all week and came ahead about $250. This never happens to me. The machine is a 2cent machine has sun faces on it and spins bonus rounds….I hit almost every time. I think there were a few of the machines in the casino. GOOD LUCK!! I have a copy of the Fun Times if anyone would like to see them. Let me know and I can scan and email to you. I will try to post them here but I am not very good at that ;-0 Oh, One last interesting tidbit…. Micky Arison was on our cruise. He was very cool and blended in. He was even standing in line in the Lido for an omelette. Former CEO of Carnival Corporation standing in line just like regular guy….. very cool. He was traveling with his wife. One night they were sitting right next to us at the Red Frog bar watching basketball. Some guys went up to him to sign Miami Heat shirts but for the most part people left him alone. I don’t think many people knew who he was. We saw them everywhere. He was even watching the Ms. Breeze contest at the pool. LOL This is longer than I had thought I would write. It was a wonderful cruise and we even booked the Bermuda sailing on The Breeze for next May while onboard Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
I went on the 8 day Southern Caribbean cruise (Grand Turk, La Romana DR, Curacao and Aruba) with my husband and 2 teenage children (ages 14 & 15). We had a port side, deck 8 balcony cabin #8354 which was nicely decorated BUT ... Read More
I went on the 8 day Southern Caribbean cruise (Grand Turk, La Romana DR, Curacao and Aruba) with my husband and 2 teenage children (ages 14 & 15). We had a port side, deck 8 balcony cabin #8354 which was nicely decorated BUT seemed smaller then other balcony cabins we had in the past on other large Carnival ships... not sure if they are or if its just due to layout. Cabin was in a great location to access the entire ship, and was quiet. Our balcony did overlook the smoking deck (down on deck 5) but we did not have any smoke smell at all. Others had complained there rooms were too warm, our AC was working great and was comfortable the entire trip. We did however have a nasty STRONG sewer smell, that would come and go, in our bathroom..... GROSS! When we boarded our cabin was ready for us and our luggage was waiting outside our door (thanks to FTTF) expect our bathroom was not clean. We found our cabin steward and he came in to clean it (he was NOT happy to see it had been missed) and we also asked for our mini fridge to be emptied (he said he would have that done within the hour)..... needless to say it took him 2 days of us reminding him to get it done. This was par for course for our service we received from our stewards, they even skipped our room for turn down a couple of nights which meant no animal friends waiting for us, which is a highlight we always look forward to each evening. We had NEVER had a bad experience with our stewards on past cruises, and was taken aback from the lack of detail and personable attention we have enjoyed before. The ship is large, BUT seemed very crowded and VERY understaffed. The decor is nice, but we expected to be "wow'd" which we were not. A big bonus was the waterworks was on its own deck. The activities were so much fun (putt putt, sky course, waterslides, etc). We did not do the 4D movie theater... $7 for a 15 minute movie. Serenity deck only had a hot tub, would have enjoyed an adult only pool. Entertainment was all great. All the food options were very good and tasty, just couldn't get over how LONG lines ALWAYS were, again lack of staffing. We had early dining and LOVED our waitstaff as always! Food was yummy and plenty of choices. We only had one bad experience in MDR... we had got back on ship later one night and went to MDR and we were seated at a different table (which we expected and were totally fine with) BUT our waiter was INCREDIBLY rude to all of us, and rushed us through our meal. We also ate in the Steakhouse one evening, to us it was not worth the $35 per person fee and will not do that again. On this sailing, the Breeze had a new app "Carnival Hub" which we downloaded and also purchased the $5 per person "messaging" to keep in touch with each other around the ship. We also got the $25 per person "media package" which allowed you to go on facebook, twitter, etc. (no internet). The "Hub" app was good for looking at the Fun Times and locating places on the ship, BUT the "messaging" was a joke! It NEVER worked! The "media" worked for looking at your FB or writing a post, but NO photos would upload (which it was supposed to do). In my opinion, a big waste of money. All in all, we had a wonderful family vacation and met some amazing new friends. We really loved each of the Islands and had such a blast on each excursion (which we booked privately outside of Carnival). We were just so excited and bought into the hype over the Breeze, that it just left us feeling underwhelmed by the ship itself. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We sailed on a family cruise with our adult children. This was our 5th cruise on Carnival. Flew into Ft. Lauderdale day before the cruise (well worth it to get there a day early) and stayed at the Sleep inn & Suites in Dania Beach. The ... Read More
We sailed on a family cruise with our adult children. This was our 5th cruise on Carnival. Flew into Ft. Lauderdale day before the cruise (well worth it to get there a day early) and stayed at the Sleep inn & Suites in Dania Beach. The Hotel shuttle driver picked us up at the airport and he sang us Bob Marley songs all the way back to the Hotel, he was awesome. We had an early flight so we called ahead to have our room ready and when we arrived they has us all set. There is a Walgreens next door and and Publix down the street. We got some last minute cruise needs as well as a 12 pack then sat by the Hotel Pool and relaxed. Hotel had good continental breakfast and then QLS Transportation picked us up for the ride to Miami Port. This was out third stay at Sleep Inn and it is a very nice quiet place to stay, staff very courteous. Also third time we used QLS and they are an excellent service. Embarkation: We arrived at Miami Port early and the service from the carnival staff was excellent. The wait to board was held up slightly as the ship arrived a little late but we were on the ship and having a drink at the red frog bar by 12:30. The amazing part was that we have sailed the Breeze and other carnival ships before and the bar waiter Dr. "P" recognized us from a previous cruise. He was amazing and took care of us the rest of the cruise. Rooms: We had balcony cabins on the 8th floor and they were very nice. Our steward was Sudamono or "Mo" as he wanted to be called. He was excellent one of the best we have ever had on a cruise. Balcony cabins are worth the extra especially at night when you want to relax or on Port days so you can check out all the action in port from your room. On deck: The activities during the cruise were the usual Carnival activities and they were all a lot of fun to watch. The water works was fun as was the ropes course and miniature golf. One of the nice ideas with the Breeze is the lanai that walks around the entire 5th deck, good for a walk and the ocean plaza area was very nice. Enjoyed the serenity deck as well, it never seemed crowded. On one port day we spent a little time in town and then back on the ship, wow you really find out how big this ship is when it's empty. The cruise director Matt was awesome I have never seen anyone with so much energy he had the crowd rocking all the time. He is the best cruise director of any of the cruises we've been on. Dining: We had early dining and ate in the dining room 5 nights. Our servers were Renato and Alvin. They did a very good job. The food was a little better than our last trip on the Breeze but it still doesn't compare to the food on the Liberty. Had tacos on the lido deck, guys burgers and fat jimmy's bbq (the chicken and sausage were the best fare at fat jimmy's). Ate at the lido buffet and the food was OK except one night they didn't even have a meat entre which was strange. 24hr. Pizza was good to eat and the ice cream is always a great treat. Did notice that the deserts were lacking compared to previous trips. Used the fitness center and it was very well equipped. Ports: Grand Turk: Took an excursion to do power snorkeling. What a great time and the guides were wonderful. La Romana: Did the Bayahibe Beach Break excursion. The resort was absolutely beautiful, the food and drinks were top notch, have never seen a buffet like the one we had for lunch it was unbelievable.. Would do this excursion again and again. Aruba: What a beautiful place. Did a catamaran snorkeling excursion. The water was a little choppy but we did get to see some pretty nice sights. The ride to and from the snorkeling was one of the best parts of the excursion, the punch and drinks after snorkeling were very good, had way to many. The guides were very good and took good care of us with the drinks. Curacao: Another beautiful place. We went into port and walked thru the mall area and across the bridge into town. There were so many shops, places to eat and have a drink. Glad we had a long day at this port, could have spent more time if we had it. Actually got to watch a base ball game that was being played near the port from our cabin balcony. Entertainment: We went to all the adult comedy shows and they were the best I have ever seen. Laughed so hard we cried. Just wish they had a bigger venue for the shows so we didn't have to wait in line for so long to get in. Debarkation: We did self assist as we had an early flight out of Ft. Lauderdale and we were off the ship and getting picked up by QLS for our ride to the airport within 30 minutes. All in all this was a great cruise for the entire family. When we got home both our children told us it was a great vacation and they had the best time ever. We will definitely cruise Carnival again, some don't like the party atmosphere but we do and met a lot of fun people that we had a good time with. We are already planning another cruise and we can't wait for the new Carnival Vista to sail out of Miami. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We just got back from a nice family vacation on the Breeze. In our group we had 4 adults and 2 teenagers (ages 14 & 15) my husband and myself, along with our two teenage children in one cabin and my brother-in-law and his brother in ... Read More
We just got back from a nice family vacation on the Breeze. In our group we had 4 adults and 2 teenagers (ages 14 & 15) my husband and myself, along with our two teenage children in one cabin and my brother-in-law and his brother in another. I would say this vacations was "excellent" in regards to family time and activities and "average" when it actually came to the Breeze itself. We were able to snatch up FTTF, which made our embarking process very nice and the check-in process went smoothly and was uneventful. All of our luggage was all at our room waiting for us when we boarded. We stayed in a balcony cabin (8354) which was mid/port. To our surprise the cabin seems smaller then those on other ships (Glory and Destiny), not sure it if is actually smaller square footage or just the configuration. The location of our cabin was nice, and we didn't have any issues with smokers/noise or privacy out on our balcony, our balcony did look down over the smoking deck (deck 5) but like I stated, we did not have any issues with smoke. It was also in a great location for getting to places on the ship. Our #1 complaint was the sewer smell in our bathroom that came and went throughout the trip. We did have a few issues with our room steward throughout the cruise, when we first boarded our bathroom had not been cleaned (which he came in right way to clean). We also had to ask 3-4 times to have our mini-fridge emptied before he remembered to do it. He also "forgot" to do turn down service a few nights. This was our first cruise we EVER had an issue with our room steward, we have always had excellent service before. Very shocking to us. The ship as a whole was nicely decorated but we didn't get a "wow" reaction we were expecting. The layout of the ship was like those of other large Carnival ships, with the exception to the "sport deck" and "waterworks". We felt the ship was very crowded, and that was the opinions we kept hearing from others as well, so it wasn't just us. Smaller ships felt roomier to us. We liked how the sports deck and waterworks were in an area away from main sun deck area. The sports deck activities were a lot of fun: rope course, putt putt golf, pool tables. The water slides were a BLAST too. Our first evening we ate diner in the steakhouse, Fahrenheit 555. We feel we wasted $210! When we arrived our two other family members were already seated... NO ONE came to great us, after a 5 minute wait we ended up just walking in to find our family ourselves. Our waitress came to the table to take our order, and NO ONE had gotten a menu yet. Our experience with our waitress was NOT good... she got orders wrong, spilled drinks and to top it all off she wasn't very friendly. The meal itself was just "ok", not what we had expected at all. We had early dining in the Blush dining room (deck 3 aft) and our table (#529) was situated up against a wall (no windows near by). The lighting above our table was RED and any photos we tried to get at diner all turned out awful. Our waitstaff was WONDERFUL and very personable as we have always enjoyed from Carnival. The food was yummy and there was a nice selection to choose from. Our ONLY bad experience we had at diner was the evening we went to eat late (we were at port on Curacao and didn't get back on ship until after 8pm), we were seated at a different table (like in anytime dining) and our waiter was VERY rude to our entire party. The food at the buffet, pizza, Guy Burgers, Blue Iguana and Fat BBQ was all good, but lines were terrible! The ship as a whole seemed under staffed. All the shows and events on ship were all nice and we enjoyed our time. Matt Michem, our cruise director, was soooo much fun and had us constantly laughing. We all downloaded the new "HUB" app onto our smartphones and purchased the $5 chat and $25 media packages.... the app was nice for looking at deck plans and fun times events BUT the chat was AWFUL! It never worked, kept logging you out and unable to send/receive messages. The media package worked much better, but was unable to upload photos as advertised. It was worth it to me ONLY because it allowed me to stay in contact with family back home. Over all, we were happy with our vacation.... I think we were just "underwhelmed" by the Breeze. With all the promotion of the ship, we expected to be "wow'd" and we were not. We were also surprised by the lack of concern we received when we voiced our issues to customer service, almost a "we don't care" response. Again, seemed the staff was very stressed and under staffed ship wide. This experience has not changed our view on Carnival as a whole, we did have a lovely family vacation regardless of our few minor issues. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
I'm going to try to make this short. We've been on 7 cruises, 5 with carnival,1 with Norwegian and one with Royal.. A cruise for the most part is what you make of it. I read more reviews than I cared too before going on this ... Read More
I'm going to try to make this short. We've been on 7 cruises, 5 with carnival,1 with Norwegian and one with Royal.. A cruise for the most part is what you make of it. I read more reviews than I cared too before going on this cruise and with many if them being negative, I was a little worried. Needless to say, you need to take most of the bad reviews with a grain of salt and realize that some people won't be happy no matter what. The food was typical cruise food. Some good and some not so good, but never had an issue with finding enough good to eat. Fahrenheit was great and worth the up charge. Italian was OK. You have to remember, your on carnival, its not a 5 star resort, you get what you pay for. The food is good enough to get you through the cruise. Our room steward was great. Like others said, no more chocolates on the pillows in the evenings...Who really cares that you don't get a piece of chocolate??? Not me.. The casino was never filled with smoke, at least when I was there. Didn't notice a lot of kids running around like a bunch of hopped up on sugar maniacs. In fact, I can't remember any kids running loose except in the water park. Never had any issues with finding chairs to sit on. The chairs by the pool were filled most of the time, but that's to be expected. Didn't see much in the way of people putting towels on chairs to save them. We had, your time dining and never had to wait for a table. Unlike what others said, almost every employee that we came across always said hi and smiled at us. No one seemed tired or worn out. My point with this review is to let everyone know not to believe all the bad things that they read about this ship. Like I said, dome people expect to be treated like royalty when there not paying for it. Can't make everyone happy and sometimes, bad things do happen when on vacation. Don't let the negative reviews keep you from going on this cruise. There was 4 of us who went and none of us experienced any of the negative things that I read on here. If you have an open mind and relaxed attitude like you should when on vacation, you will have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
After reading so many negative reviews about Sunshine, I was a little worried about taking this cruise. Being a frequent cruiser on Carnival (platinum), RCCL, and NCL and having few bad experiences, really wasn't sure I wanted to ... Read More
After reading so many negative reviews about Sunshine, I was a little worried about taking this cruise. Being a frequent cruiser on Carnival (platinum), RCCL, and NCL and having few bad experiences, really wasn't sure I wanted to take a chance on Sunshine. Glad I did! My husband, sister, son and dil went as well and I think I can also speak for them. Arrived at port about 10:30 after parking our car at off site cruise parking. We did have to wait about an hour before boarding the ship. Didn't check to see if our cabin was clean just went to Lido deck. Our favorite meeting place was the Havana Bar. Never found it crowded and always very clean in fact sparkling clean. On no other ship have I found the crew to be more helpful and friendly in every way. The Havana Bar is all the way to the back of the ship. You will find pasta at lunch as well as Asian. I loved the samples of Cuban food which were located by the bar. The marketplace was laid out so that there were no long lines even on sea days. There was a good assortment of food but I have to say that I'm not really a buffet person. Some people mentioned that the doorways were crowed. I did notice that if people did not stay in a single line, it was difficult to pass them. I can also see that for people with scooters, it would be a challenge. For people that were not challenged with mobility issues I didn't see a problem. The lido area was smaller that other ships that I've been on but there were always chairs available. The serenity deck was very large and chairs were always available there as well. Didn't spend a lot of time on the lido deck because I got too much sun the first day and we had four ports to visit. I really like sea days and found myself tired having four ports together. Now to our cabin. My sister shared a balcony cabin with my husband and myself. They took the sofa and made it into a bed which worked out nicely. We had enough room and did spend a good deal of time on the balcony. Would not have been a good choice if we had not had a balcony room. My husband and I are in our 60's and my sisters is 77. Our cabin steward was very attentive and helpful in every way. Our room was always clean and we always had ice. Shower was larger than inside rooms I've had in the past. Everything had been update and was clean with no wear noted. Did notice a little rust on the balcony but with all the sea breeze would have expected that. We ate in the dining room three nights and the service was excellent. Francis was our server after we asked to stay with him after the first night. We had MTD and found it better checking in at the taste bar because if you needed to get a beeper and you could wait comfortably until time to go down one level to the dining room. It was never crowded at the entrance, you just walked right in. The food was very good and always hot. My husband is vegetarian and Francis went out of his way to find something that he liked every night. One night there was an incident that was handled very efficiently when two servers crashed into each other coming around a corner and glass went everywhere. Everything had to be removed from our table and we had to start over but it went quickly. If you don't want to take your time and enjoy the atmosphere of the dining room it could seem like a long time to wait for your food. It was enjoyable for us because we had a lot to talk about and share. We dined in the La Cuccina on two nights and found it exceptional. Enjoyed it more than the steakhouse on previous cruises. On both nights had the chicken parmigian but did taste other entrees that were very good. The tiramisu is the best I've ever eaten anywhere. On other occasions, had Guy's Burgers and burrito bar. Tried the pizza but it wasn't as good as it used to be. I always preferred the thick crust but it seems a little soggy now even though it's thin. Didn't use the spa services. Didn't go to shows or comedy club. Did spend time in the casino and saw people winning frequently. Didn't get so lucky myself. As far as excursions, my sister did the ruins in Costa Maya and felt like it was well worth it. The rest of us took a taxi to Mahaual. We didn't get all the way into town before were convinced to stop @ a beach club for the all you can drink, plate of food, beach chair, umbrella, etc. It was a very good deal and they did massages on the beach for $20. The deal was also $20 total plus tips. It was right next to senor frog's beach retreat. Rahul treated us well but I have to say I'm glad my husband was with us because he doesn't drink and I needed him getting back to the ship. The second port was Roatan. I've been there many times so we just went to the beach to the right of the ship. I won't do that again. It was crowded and the water is just not clear with so many people. In Belize we just walked around. We did go out of the gates to walk downtown. It gave my son and his wife a look at how people really live there. I would never do it in the evening because it did look a little shady. We ended up at the Wet Lizard for a few cold beers. In Cozumel we took a taxi downtown and shopped a little bit. We ate conch fritters down at the end of the pier that were good. Back on the ship, I was impressed with the sports area. There were pool tables, golf and ropes course. I felt like this was a great cruise and would definitely go again. We did the self debarkation and got off the ship earlier that ever before. We were driving home @ 9:30 and that was even with catching the shuttle back to our car. Will definitely do that again! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
When they did the redo of this ship they added to many cabins. Not enough space for all the people to enjoy things. Can't find a seat at any of the pools unless you get up at the crack of dawn. We only saw two shoes because the lounge ... Read More
When they did the redo of this ship they added to many cabins. Not enough space for all the people to enjoy things. Can't find a seat at any of the pools unless you get up at the crack of dawn. We only saw two shoes because the lounge is to small for the amount of people on the ship, they will close the door when it gets . We even tried cong 45 minutes early and a line was backed up and we still did not get in. The food in the lido market place was the same every other day and we could never find a seat to sit at. The food service in the main dining area was so slow we stopped going after the 2nd night. This ship lacked entertainment big time. My husband and I found ourselves bored in our cabin to much. There is only so much you can spend in the casino. The best part of this ship is getting of to the ports and getting off to go home! DO NOT be like us and ignore the negative comments of this ship, spend the extra money and go on Royal Caribbean so you won't feel like you were ripped off. This was my 3rd and last cruise with Carnival, now I see why they are so cheap. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2015
I would like to mention how good my cruise was All around the cruise was very good all aspects including the food the cleanliness the performences and especially the staff The food was very good compliments to all the chefs on ... Read More
I would like to mention how good my cruise was All around the cruise was very good all aspects including the food the cleanliness the performences and especially the staff The food was very good compliments to all the chefs on board although the food could sometimes be warmer but i do understand there are so many people to cater for and that can be pretty hard I would like to say a special thanks to rattana, wayana, idewa, joel, ireno, inyoman, Enrie and Argie for there amazing exceptional service but in saying that all the staff were absolutely amazing and will go to any length to make you happy so thankyou so so much I would recommend this cruise to all ages although i would prefer it with less kids but thats just me Thanks again Carnival Spirt Family for an excellent cruise Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Can I start off by saying, thank god I didn't listen to all the negative feedback that I read before I went on our cruise!. This was such a great trip, and Carnival were wonderful. They really look after there passengers. The ... Read More
Can I start off by saying, thank god I didn't listen to all the negative feedback that I read before I went on our cruise!. This was such a great trip, and Carnival were wonderful. They really look after there passengers. The ship was very Clean all the time, Food is unbelievable, so much of it. There is always something to do for everyone. Thank you Carnival for such a great Trip, And will definitely will do this again. A special mention to Paul, Zofie and I made for there extra service that was given to us. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was my second cruise and I will have to admit upfront that I am not a cruise kind of person. I decided this after I had taken this cruise. There is just not enough time to visit the ports of call and too much regimen for me and my ... Read More
This was my second cruise and I will have to admit upfront that I am not a cruise kind of person. I decided this after I had taken this cruise. There is just not enough time to visit the ports of call and too much regimen for me and my husband. when we travel we usually spend a few days or a week in one place and explore it totally. Anyway - back to this cruise. We flew into Miami the night before and stayed at the YVE Hotel in the Bayside area. We had a wonderful afternoon and evening exploring the area. The hotel had very tiny rooms but they were adequate for a nights stay. We had the Faster to the Fun package so the next day we were on the ship fairly quickly. There was some waiting around beforehand but it was not too bad. Our room was on the 10th floor (room 1067). It was a great location in a corner and near the elevators and also near the doors leading out to the Lido deck. We had a nice balcony as well. Housekeeping was great and they quickly addressed any needs we had. Turn down service and towel animals were a nice touch! The Good - Staff was awesome through the whole trip. Everyone for the most part was so very helpful! Movies on the Lido Deck were fun. Guys Burgers were amazing! Enjoyed the Serenity Deck and the hot tubs. Ports of call were all awesome. Wish we had time to see more of each stop. Shows were all fun! Not So Good - Food was hit or miss. The first night in the dining room everything was awesome. Rest of the time things were either overcooked or just not tasty. Breakfast buffet the food was always lukewarm. On the Serenity deck one lazy afternoon both hot-tubs were out of commission. Big huge bummer! Hours for food were strange. We wanted an early lunch a couple of times and there was no place to get food until noon. Also the Mexican Place had very short sporadic hours. Faster to the Fun was not very good for tender ports. So much confusion as to where to go and how to utilize. Very frustrating. Debarkation was awful. We opted for a Miami Tour so we could see parts of Miami and also get off the ship easier. We were not called until around 915am when the excursion was supposed to start at 8am! We finally got off the ship and it was mass confusion to figure out where to pick up the excursion. By the time all was said and done we lost about 2 hours of the excursion and did not get to do 2 of the 3 loops of Miami. Overall we did have a great vacation though. We got to relax and reconnect and see a few places we never have seen before. I would personally probably not cruise again for a long time except maybe an Alaska Cruise. I like to do things when I want and eat when I want and spend more time in places. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This way my first time cruising Carnival. It will be my last! I've cruised on older RCL ships & they were way better than Carnival Fantasy. I've experienced better service at fast food restaurants & whole in the way ... Read More
This way my first time cruising Carnival. It will be my last! I've cruised on older RCL ships & they were way better than Carnival Fantasy. I've experienced better service at fast food restaurants & whole in the way bars! Staff was rude & super slow at the bar. Staff had such rude attitudes except for my room steward. Food in Main dining room was terrible. It lacked entertainment, activities and stores. I really wished I would of went on another cruise line! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Our cruise encompassed Mexico, Hondurans and Belize. We went on the Sunshine ship. First we endured a long line to get on the boat which was only the first of many lines we had every day on this ship. It had one small pool for over 3,000 ... Read More
Our cruise encompassed Mexico, Hondurans and Belize. We went on the Sunshine ship. First we endured a long line to get on the boat which was only the first of many lines we had every day on this ship. It had one small pool for over 3,000 people and two small hot tubs. The food was at best fair and at times the only place open to eat was the pizza place with lines galore. The one good show they had was the comedy club. The problem was they packed it in a small room and you had to get there at least an hour early to get a seat. They cancelled the one good excursion to the Mayan tombs at midnight the last port call of Cozumel. The food in the dining room gave new meaning to the word petite filet. Avoid this ship like the plaque. Very disappointing experience for myself and my sons. My wife said it was not like that on her other Carnival cruise. The layout of this boat was poor as well having to go up and down floors just to get from room to dining. The spa area we never got to use as we were always waiting in lines to try and do anything. The best thing were the ports and getting off the boat. Again avoid going on this boat even if they give you a free room. We paid plenty for a very very poor trip. Will look to other cruise lines that actually provide some relaxing attributes. We need a vacation from this disaster. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
I went on a cruise for me, my two sisters, and my dad's birthday and this is how my birthday cruise went. The boat was small, my room had food stuck to the carpet between the beds, the window in my room was so dirty you ... Read More
I went on a cruise for me, my two sisters, and my dad's birthday and this is how my birthday cruise went. The boat was small, my room had food stuck to the carpet between the beds, the window in my room was so dirty you couldn't see out of it, only one tiny pool and two tiny hot tubs for 2,000 people, the food was bad, the staff was rude, everybody i talked to said it was the worst cruise they've been on, the menu in the dinning was mostly in Spanish not everyone speaks Spanish this is America, and only three of the elevators were working good. The ONLY GOOD THING I have to say about the trip was the Rascal Flatt's concert. Overall i'm don't think i'm going to go on Carnival again next year and if i do it will be one of the newer boats. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Our group of 4 consisted of 3 adults (ages 57-60) & my 5 year old granddaughter. I have been on at least 30 cruises with 20 of those being on Carnival. We cruised about 6 years ago on the Pride and were pleasantly surprised by ... Read More
Our group of 4 consisted of 3 adults (ages 57-60) & my 5 year old granddaughter. I have been on at least 30 cruises with 20 of those being on Carnival. We cruised about 6 years ago on the Pride and were pleasantly surprised by the upgrades! Previously the Pride was such a dark ship & not one of my favorites. The Alchemy Bar received an especially nice upgrade with those ugly candelabras & what my husband referred to as “small coffin-looking coffee/end tables” being removed. The new look is bright with light colors and white marble bar & table tops. Thankfully they did not add any of that sometimes crazy Carnival décor. The ship was easy to navigate not having to do the go up a level then down a level to get to the dining room. Guy’s Burger Joint, which we enjoyed quite a few times, was nice addition, as well as Blue Iguana Cantina. We chose anytime seating & generally ate late – around 8:00 – so never a wait. Service was excellent in the dining room. On a few occasions my food was not as hot as I would have liked it but overall I enjoyed almost every dish I ordered. Flatiron steak not my favorite…the Southern Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes – delicious!! Ken, the Maitre D’, did a nightly serenade and had a great voice. One night a magician came to our table, much to the delight of my granddaughter & yes, the adults too. Entertainment was very good! Excellent male singer in the production numbers. 88 keys (Elton, Billy Joel, etc. music) & another production the previous night were great! Loved the duo Vibes Nation as well as Alex who often played in the Atrium Lobby. The group Bahama Mamas very good. With the exception of one female singer Amanda, who I just didn’t like her style of singing or that she seemed to scream into the mike at parts, I loved the entertainment. Although DJ JD did a good job I enjoyed hearing the live music at the pool area. I think, thankfully, Carnival is stepping it up a bit in the entertainment because that was an area that I felt they were slipping away. Carnival has eliminated the show band & I did not even notice except at the return guest party. I always felt the music at that party was just too old and sedate. Bahama Mamas performed at the cocktail party - can't say cocktail hour since actually 45 minutes which is a weird amt. of time. I think that party planning needs to revisited by mgmt. and possibly have one for Platinum & Diamond members and one for Gold members. There are just too many people. We found the waitress in our area repeatedly walking past our row, serving other’s their 2nd or 3rd drink, while we waited. She kept promising to come back but took about 20 minutes to finally serve us. The finger food kept coming because I don’t think a lot of people took it. Serve little meatballs rather than salmon what-nots that no one seemed to be able to get off their tray. My granddaughter LOVED Camp Carnival, though she was somewhat reluctant to participant when we boarded. Shout out to Melissa “Miss Ariel” who made my GD feel so welcome & special. We went from “I’m NOT going to Camp” as we boarded to “I miss my teachers & want to go to Camp” by day 2. The Camp also had some nightly dinners where the kids camp met in a sectioned off area of the Mermaid Grill, had a limited choice of menu options & then were taken back down to the camp area after an hour from the dinner start time. Nice for those wanting some grown-up time alone at dinner. The cell phone they provided the adults with was great and gave you confidence that if there was an issue at Camp they would be able to be reach you. The Water Works area on the was also great for the kids – splash area, little slides, few chairs with umbrellas on deck for parent/guardian to sit. Just perfect for young kids. And for the adults – the Serenity Deck. Very nice that it is a no charge option, unlike our cruise on the Caribbean Princess this past March. Princess’ was a notch up from the Pride’s but both performed the same job nicely with Carnival’s being free. The Suess at Sea is fun for the kids and their traveling companions. We did the Suess parade thru the ship & on to the Cat in the Hat story time, where my normally shy GD was picked to be Thing 2 in the story telling & willing went along. We also enjoyed the Seuss Breakfast for a nominal fee of $5. Pp but getting people in on this one was very disorganized. Those that did a call-in reservation weren’t listed, the girl giving out table numbers left the area to resolve that problem leaving us all standing in the hallway in front of the restaurant. We did the breakfast on a cruise last Aug. & it was much more orderly. Once in though they were very good with bringing the characters around to meet the kids, of course taking Carnival photos, but the staff member with the character would also ask if you’d like them to take a pic of the family with your own camera. Points for that one! Our cabin was an extended balcony mid-ship on the 8th floor. The balcony doesn't seem that much larger than a regular one - just a bit deep. I was concerned when I realized I'd be under the Lido deck but didn't have much of a noise problem with hearing chairs being dragged around early in the morning as I had with one of my past cruises. Our ports were Grand Turk, always fun & they had a deal $50. for all you can drink & a choice of 1 lunch item. I didn’t go for it because I’m not really much of a drinker but being the yard drinks cost $25. alone it seemed to be a good value for those looking to enjoy a couple. Look at the inside bar for info. Some people didn’t realize it until they had already purchased a drink at the pool bar. Next stop Half Moon Caye. My favorite of any cruise stop – powdery sand, crystal clear water, food from ship available for free - though burgers were burnt (flame was high & they were putting frozen burgers on it) then left in a tray getting cold. Better cooking & planning needed there, though that wasn't as much of an issue in the past. Jerk chicken was good. There was small play area for kids near the water& enough distance for those not wanting to be by little kids. We didn’t get off in Freeport as I’m just not a fan, nothing much near the ship & you had to be back on by 1:00. Enjoyed using the water slides, pool, etc. with limited amount of people on board. The staff, as usual, were just so friendly. That's an area I always find Carnival takes the lead. They helped make it a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
This was our 3rd cruise, first one on Carnival. We were very pleased with the staff and ship. Had an inside cabin, room was larger and nicer than we expected. Best part of cruise other than the great excursions we had in Grand Turk, ... Read More
This was our 3rd cruise, first one on Carnival. We were very pleased with the staff and ship. Had an inside cabin, room was larger and nicer than we expected. Best part of cruise other than the great excursions we had in Grand Turk, Dominican, Curacau & Aruba was Mike our cruise director and the house band #six appeal lead by KC Johns & David Carr. The food was okay, nothing great. Could've had more entertainment in the daytime, especially on the at sea days. Would have been nice to have more of a variety of music on the lido deck poolside. They didn't play any country and stuck too much to the reggae, Caribbean themed music. Some Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffet, Beach Boys type music would have made it more enjoyable. Would recommend to all, and will definetly travel on Carnival again. Read Less
Already Booked?

Get to know who you’ll be sailing with

Find a Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise