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21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
First the pros: VERY inexpensive cruise Easy access from JAX airport to the port Fastest check-in I have ever experienced Musical entertainment was good Dinners were good to very good Evening Dining room service was good ... Read More
First the pros: VERY inexpensive cruise Easy access from JAX airport to the port Fastest check-in I have ever experienced Musical entertainment was good Dinners were good to very good Evening Dining room service was good Salad bar in the cafeteria style dining was good and fresh Burgers from the pool grill were very good Room attendants did a good job Nassau port was easily accessible – easy walk to town. Good beaches, good restaurants and shopping. Now the cons: Desperately needs refurbishing - Major entertainment is marginal at best – mostly game show type events – no shows. Shops were very small with very little merchandise Breakfast dining room staff was not very good Breakfast food in the dining room was marginal The “Sunday Brunch” was the same food as any other day Rooms really needed updating – the dresser drawers would hardly open, closet doors didn’t close – just OLD Not very many room amenities – no hair dryer, no hair conditioner, no lotion, no ice bucket Port of Freeport was almost inaccessible - in the middle of nowhere – at least 10 miles from town and when you got to town there wasn’t much to do or see. Disembarkment process was AWFUL. They encouraged us to carry our own luggage to get off faster. We stood around the hallways of the ship for about an hour - then once we got off the ship we had to wait in a “snaking” line for almost another hour to get through immigration and customs. Very poorly planned. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Food A. To many people to serve at one time at buffets. B. Disappointed because Guy's famous Bar-B- Que was only opened for one day of the entire 5 days and for 2 and a half hours at that. Never did get to sample his ... Read More
Food A. To many people to serve at one time at buffets. B. Disappointed because Guy's famous Bar-B- Que was only opened for one day of the entire 5 days and for 2 and a half hours at that. Never did get to sample his wonderful prepared pork we had heard about. His hamburgers were the best I have ever tasted in my life. Loved his fries also. C. We had anytime dining. We have chose this concept for the past 4 cruises. Well it did not work for us this time. We had a wait of 1 hour and 5 minutes to get seated the last evening for our dinner. When we did the early or late dining in the past we never had to wait over 15 minutes. This caused us to miss an activity we had planned on attending. Islands We loved Amber Cove. The sight seeing tour was worth every penny and more. We took this cruise because we wanted to visit Grand Turk. We have been to Nassau in the Bahamas at least 6 times and wanted see different islands. Well we were unable to dock and was rerouted of course to Nassau. I was heart broken It is a beautiful ship and well tended too. Someone was always cleaning something. That was a big deal with me. The workers on board were very friendly and went above and beyond their duty to help you with any needs you had. Entertainment The performers were the best of the best. I loved every minute of each show. The CRUISE DIRECTOR was the most wonderful guy I have ever met. DR. J was so funny and had you eating out of the palm of his hand. I hope by Thanksgiving next year , some things change for the better concerning issues with dining. But I want to return to the Carnival Magic ship for the 7 day cruise only if DR. J is still aboard in November of 2017. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2016
This was a great time and great memories!! Food was good, entertainment was good! Ship was clean, staff was friendly!! It did get crowded on at sea day but there was places to go that wasn't so crowded. We got up early every day and ... Read More
This was a great time and great memories!! Food was good, entertainment was good! Ship was clean, staff was friendly!! It did get crowded on at sea day but there was places to go that wasn't so crowded. We got up early every day and walked the ship when it was quite. Truly a great trip! This was my parents first trip and they loved it. Dinner was very good in the dining room. Lunch could get crowded on the lido deck but we would have a cocktail and wait the crowd out. On Nassau we did a Segway rides and it was awesome!! Worth every penny and so much fun, our guides were fantastic!!!! We got the cheers drink package and that was worth it as well, we saved money doing it that way. My parents and I would defiantly do Carnival again, it was great trip and we enjoyed it! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
There was a party of 11 of us.I choose this cruise because it would be a quick one for my grands before school started back. My grands are ages 15 - 8. Our first day I never met the room steward. I had to call for ice to use for my ... Read More
There was a party of 11 of us.I choose this cruise because it would be a quick one for my grands before school started back. My grands are ages 15 - 8. Our first day I never met the room steward. I had to call for ice to use for my insulin. He bought me a bucket with a hole in it and when we returned from dinner ice had melted and the floor was wet,the counter and the water had ran in one of the drawers and clothes got wet.He never came to do the room that night. Me and my granddaughter had to try and pull the beds down.He bought the complimentary bottles of water and didn't even bother to put the labels on them just layed them down on the table. Besides all of this they had a great time. The two girls went to Camp Carnival and they enjoyed it. Everyone enjoyed Dive in movies at night.Our wait team in the DR was excellent.The food was decent.We had an inside on the 10th floor upgrades had been made to that room.The Dr. Seuss breakfast was good.We enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because it was convenient and sailed out of Charleston. It only took about an hour to board and start our vacation. That was probably the smoothest embarkation we've ever had. The first thing that struck me was ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was convenient and sailed out of Charleston. It only took about an hour to board and start our vacation. That was probably the smoothest embarkation we've ever had. The first thing that struck me was the number of Children. My wife and I have children of our own and never thought it would be a good idea to cruise with kids. This definitely proved to be t the case. It almost seemed as though at some points, the children outnumbered the adults. The ship is older but still in good condition and our room was fine. We opted for a balcony ( which I would highly recommend ) and were very happy . This was out 4th Carnival cruise and it seems as though the cabin service has been lacking on the last two especially. Don't get me wrong, everyone was very friendly, but it just seemed as though it was very different from previous cruises. One thing we definitely noticed was the lack of bartenders and pool wait staff. We had the all inclusive drink package and again on our previous cruises, it seemed as though service was much faster and more attentive. it also seemed as though one it was known you had the drink package, the response was less than attentive. The entertainment was good, We love the comedy shows and Karaoke bar. But again, there were a great deal of kids in the Karaoke bar and seemed as though there was no parental supervision. The ports were ok, Nassau was much better than Free Port and I would not recommend even getting off the boat in Free Port. Overall of course we had a good time and love cruising, but we may have to consider another cruise line in the future to reduce the child factor. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We left from Port Canaveral on Thursday morning. We got to the Port about 10:15 a.m. and parked at the port. Parking was easy and literally at the ship. Perfect way to start a vacation. We had booked Faster to the Fun and there was no line ... Read More
We left from Port Canaveral on Thursday morning. We got to the Port about 10:15 a.m. and parked at the port. Parking was easy and literally at the ship. Perfect way to start a vacation. We had booked Faster to the Fun and there was no line for us to check in when we got there. We waited about twenty minutes inside and then got called to board our ship. Faster to the Fun was a great option for us. We were one of the first on the ship, our rooms were ready when we got on the ship and our luggage was there just a few minutes after we walked in. Our room had a king size bed that was two twin beds that were pushed together. If there was too much movement on the bed they would start pulling apart but what can you expect. Our bathroom was small but one night when we were running late for dinner and two of us fit in there to shower and get ready at the same time. Plenty of closet space. I love that there was real t.v. on so we had something to put on when we went to sleep. Our housekeeping was perfect. Always on time and knew us by name. We really did appreciate the top rate service. Next up Lido deck for drinks and food. The bars were already busy and the lines were already long. We were only in our rooms long enough to drop of our carry on. The lido deck was not a fun place to be ever on that ship. It was packed full from the moment we arrived until the moment we got off the ship. Many people saving deck chairs. Most of the time probably 50% of the chairs were just being saved. The lines for the buffets were always long and it did take forever to get our lunch each day. Breakfast was not as bad but could be long too. Serenity deck was wonderful and I loved the bar and was usually able to find a chair there. I sat in the whirlpool with a drink and watched the Bahamas get closer and closer. Probably one of the best parts of my trip. Noel in the Casino bar was amazing. He knew us by name and would make anything we asked him to. The machines were all working from what I could tell and it was a good experience all around. Our Dinner staff was amazing and I wish I could request them for every cruise we go on. Special orders, drinks, Can I try this, they were always willing to go above and beyond the service we would have expected. The food was good and we were all able to find something we liked each night. I did order the lobster one night even though it was an extra twenty dollars. I feel like it should be included one night. I enjoyed the dancing and just fun vibe of the dining room. We went to the comedy club one night. I did not really find the comic funny but many did. We had to sit in the back of the club and the waitress would not even look at us when we tried to order a drink. I would have liked to have a drink to enjoy with my show but it's ok I could have walked to the casino and got one from Noel if I really needed one. Nassau was a nice little port. We visited the straw market to buy a few goodies to take home. Walked down to the beach by Fat Tuesdays and swam in the public beach that was not very crowded and was really beautiful. We ended up swimming with three manatees. Overall we had a wonderful three day vacation. Carnival Victory is an older ship but the staff works really hard to keep it clean. One thing I noticed was a lot of people on the ship to party. While we were all on vacation to have fun, the lady trying to pole dance in the casino was a little distasteful. There was a fight on the Serenity deck Where a man hit a woman and knocked her into the whirlpool. Then the woman's boyfriend/husband jumped in and the two guys went at it for a good 8-10 minutes before anyone showed up to stop them. I am hoping by choosing a longer cruise on a bigger ship there will be more people there to relax and less there to just party. But we did have a great time and I would do it again and again if given the chance. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2016
We leave near Charleston, so we chose this cruise because the port is so close. The ship is a bit dated but still nice. This was our first cruise so I was a bit shocked at how tiny the rooms are. It was tight even for just the 2 of us. ... Read More
We leave near Charleston, so we chose this cruise because the port is so close. The ship is a bit dated but still nice. This was our first cruise so I was a bit shocked at how tiny the rooms are. It was tight even for just the 2 of us. Boarding was a bit confusing once on the ship, but we stopped someone and they directed us where to go. Plenty to do aboard, many bars and shops. My biggest complaint was the food. I always heard cruise ship food was so good so this was a HUGE disappointment. The food looked beautiful, but was truly almost inedible. The eggs at breakfast were powdered, and we tried the buffet and the dining room and they even used powdered eggs for the omelets. I ended up eating a bagel for breakfast every morning. I'm not really that picky but this food was just awful. We had beautiful steaks for dinner and literally only ate a couple bites...they just tasted bad. It wasn't even that the food was bland...it was just bad tasting food, Im guessing just low quality? I would've been happier with canned Chef Boyardee Ravioli. We tried lots of different things and really didn't enjoy any of our food at all. I ended up eating bread mostly as it was the only thing that tasted pretty good. Even the desserts weren't very good. I'm not sure where they get the food from but man 5 days of bad food really put a damper on things. The pizza was even not very good. I had a Ruben and that is the only thing I think I had that I actually ate all of it. I will say the staff in the Lido dining room were great and we really enjoyed them singing and dancing. They really made it a special and fun experience. Also cruising to the Bahamas in February is not ideal..we booked a snorkeling excursion not realizing that the water would be absolutely freezing! We did do an ATV excursion in Freeport and that was the highlight of our cruise. Overall we had a good time. But our next cruise we are trying a different line in hopes the food will be better. This ship is an older one and the main pool is not very big. Lots of hot tubs in other areas of the ship though. The gym was decent. Treadmills,and weights, some free weights even. We also had somewhat rough seas and you could really feel it on this ship! Would not travel this particular ship again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2015
Shorty after we set sail on the Carnival Ecstasy, I was praying for debarkation. The check in process was painless and moved rather quickly which was a pleasant suprise. The first thing I noticed after stepping on to the ship were massive ... Read More
Shorty after we set sail on the Carnival Ecstasy, I was praying for debarkation. The check in process was painless and moved rather quickly which was a pleasant suprise. The first thing I noticed after stepping on to the ship were massive crowds of people. I figured that this was just because everyone was boarding at the same time and that once the confusion subsided and everyone figured out where they needed to go, that the crowds would die down. WRONG! The entire weekend this ship was complete chaos. At least a 5-10 min wait to get an elevator no matter what time of day or what part of the ship you were on. Getting a chair by the pool or on any outside deck was nearly impossible. Getting in the pool or one of the hot tubs at any time of the day was completely impossible. The buffet left a lot to be desired. Hockey puck cheeseburgers and rubbery hot dogs on the outside lido deck, and bland artificial tasting food inside. There were two small buffets inside. Both served the same thing, however both were hardly ever open at the same time leaving everyone to crowd at one. Buffet closed at random times all throughout the day. The shows were completely outdated for a family fun ship in 2015. The "welcome aboard" show was a group of mediocre singers singing motown songs dressed ridiculously., and then there was the british invasion show which was an homage to the beatles and similar acts sung by the same group of mediocre singers and overactors. Our port of call was Nassau which was an amazing experience. We opted for the glass bottom boat tour, as well as the tour of Nassau harbor. I would have much rather stayed in Nassau and flew home than to get back on the ship. The third day was a "fun day at sea"...by the end of this day I was ready to jump off the ship and swim the rest of the way. Everywhere on the ship was so crowded and most of the activities were geared towards children. The two shows that night were repeat performances of the same horrible shows in the days before. Another major downside to this ship is that is is a smaller ship, therefore you feel EVERYTHING! I have been home for almost a week now and am still suffering from vertigo feeling like I am rocking back and forth. I can promise that I will NEVER sail on the Carnival Ecstasy again.I will possibly give Carnival itself one more try on a bigger more updated ship, but in the future I will most likely spend the extra money and go with Royal Caribbean or Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2014
this new ship was redone very poorly it add two deck and didn,t add a places to feed all the extra people.they took away a pool in the back of ship and add a slide. now they only have a small pool in the center for 3000 . they had two hot ... Read More
this new ship was redone very poorly it add two deck and didn,t add a places to feed all the extra people.they took away a pool in the back of ship and add a slide. now they only have a small pool in the center for 3000 . they had two hot tubs for all the quest and one:for 18 and older witch held 6 people. you couldn,t get even closes to the hot tube. the staff was not very good they couldn,t get a hole meal right. not just at night but in the morning to. staff did help when you had problem they made you feel like it was my first time sailing .this is my 20th time.they did tell me when i got my drink card that was and extra charges when your in port. that is sumthing new and they should have told you when you get the card. over all was not pleased with the servies we got Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2014
This was our first time on the Sensation and we tended to compare the experience against sailing on the Freedom and Liberty. The Cabin. We stayed in a Junior Suite on the Verandah deck and the balcony had a slightly obstructed view. The ... Read More
This was our first time on the Sensation and we tended to compare the experience against sailing on the Freedom and Liberty. The Cabin. We stayed in a Junior Suite on the Verandah deck and the balcony had a slightly obstructed view. The room was clean, cool, quiet, and roomy. The bathroom was slightly cramped and didn't have enough lighting. Only two small lights over the sink were installed which meant your shower was always dark. The quality of the water was also interesting at some times it would have a slightly brownish hue to it. Our cabin was V21 forward which meant a slight walk to the aft to use serenity or to eat at the buffet. The balcony was smaller than those on Liberty and Freedom but it still had room to enjoy the view and forget about your troubles. A small tv is mounted on the wall and a few channels were available but we weren't on the cruise to watch TV so not a problem. During sea days we spent most of our time around the pool. We really enjoy the serenity areas on other ships but this one just doesn't work well. While the serenity area is quiet and the hot tubs rarely full, it was not serviced by bar staff. Any time we wanted to get a drink we had to get out and get one ourselves. At the pool area the wait staff was fantastic and always ready to get us more. Please let me provide caution to those traveling with small children. The single pool was absolutely packed with wall to wall people who were enjoying themselves and the spirits. Children should not be in the pool without their parent because they could quickly be pushed under. The DJ plays mostly salsa, and latin music in the pool area. Plenty of deck chairs were available which was not the case on our other voyages. The food was ok. The funship 2.0 upgrades on other ships bring a nice array of food to the ship and we missed that the most on this ship. Since the ship travels with a smaller passenger load lines were not a problem and food was plentiful. We dined in the main dining room for dinner and breakfast and had a great experience. Passengers on this ship dressed very casually in the dining hall, men were not wearing jackets and ladies were the most dressed up. We also found Carnival offered the Cheers program with this itinerary which we did take advantage of fully. While in Nassau we booked a rum tour which takes you to couple of different locations in town to taste rum. The rum tastings were just straight shots of different types of rum, most of them very strong in alcohol which was a bit much to take. Overall another great vacation and thanks to Carnival for their great service. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
This review is from the view of a mid 20's newlywed couple. We were hesitant about booking a cruise on the sensation based off some of the reviews on here, but we did and extremely happy. Neither of us had been on a cruise before so ... Read More
This review is from the view of a mid 20's newlywed couple. We were hesitant about booking a cruise on the sensation based off some of the reviews on here, but we did and extremely happy. Neither of us had been on a cruise before so we were unsure what to expect. Getting our sail and sign cards and onto the ship was a breeze. We were on the ship in about 30 minutes from the time we arrived at port. Our room wasn't ready until 1:30 so we grabbed some lunch at the buffet on the Lido deck to kill some time. The food was much better than I expected and there was a wide variety from Burgers, Hotdogs, Mongolian, Italian, Deli Sandwichs, etc. Our luggage arrived at our room around 4 o'clock. We booked 2 excursions while on this cruise. Snorkeling while in Freeport and a Beach Day while in Nassau. Both excursions were reasonably priced and was very well organized. The locals running the excursions were friendly and helpful. I would even say, I never saw an unhappy carnival worker on or off the ship. All were extremely friendly and helpful. I read reviews on here that said the ship was very outdated. If that is the case, I look forward to seeing one of the newer carnival ships because it didn't feel outdated at all. There is a lot of purple so maybe this puts off an 80s vibe to some, but didn't both us a bit. The shows and entertainment at the bars is top notch. We sat in Touch of Class one night and listened to Brad play piano and sing hits of Queen, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, etc. He was great and it was a blast. I also read on here that the drinks were way over priced. The average mixed drink was about $8.75 and the 16oz beers were about $6.50. Those prices compare to our bars downtown so they didn't bother us at all. The food at dinner was great. Our waiters and waitresses called us by name and made it feel much more formal than it was. The steak, lobster, and chicken we had was great. Nothing we had was ever under or over cooked. The entertainment at the Lido deck was usually music that would appeal to the younger crowd, and did seem like more of a party. I can see where adults 30+ or a family may not be a fan of this. All in all we had a blast and are planning a cruise with our family and group of friends next summer. If you are considering this for your first cruise or honeymoon do not hesitate. We couldn't think of a better way to spend it. A+ to Carnival and their staff for providing such an enjoyable experience for people at what we consider a very good value. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2014
I would like to say that this is my second cruise! We left out of Charleston the first time! That cruise was much better. The parking in Jax. was not covered as it was in Charleston. We had to carry all our luggage all the way to the ship ... Read More
I would like to say that this is my second cruise! We left out of Charleston the first time! That cruise was much better. The parking in Jax. was not covered as it was in Charleston. We had to carry all our luggage all the way to the ship where a guy grabs your luggage with an attitude then ask you for a tip are you kidding me! The ship was set up just like the first one! It seemed like every time you went to get something to eat everything was put up. Or the line was so full by the time you got up there you had to wait because it was empty! The first day the pool was closed, not cool. The room guys were all great! The water you drank did suck! The comedians were awesome. The show`s as I read on another review were the same as the rest of the ships, which is true! I think they should offer soda products. They need more than one guy working in the back where the pizza and sandwich place is. Expecially if they shut down all the other food spots. But the main thing that ruined it for me was the Shore Excursion to Atlantis, what a rip off 200 dollars to go to a beach the size of a basketball court, Then they offered lunch at a restaurant so they say! Which one was closed and you could not find the other ones and if you did there were 60 people in line to get sorry Hamburgers or hotdogs, IOh yeah pizza but they were out! WHAT A RIPOFF THAT PLACE IS!!!! Carnival I want my 200 dollars back. Oh yeah get a better DJ! How many times can you play Happy by Pharrell and kiss Alabama`s butt`s by playing Sweet Home Alabama!! No offense to Alabama fan`s but I was about to throw up if I heard that song one more time or ROLL TIDE!!! Oh and getting off the ship a Nightmare!!! J.D. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2014
Although many of us were first time cruisers our parents who are avid cruisers coordinated the Carnival cruise for their four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. This ship was perfect for our family of 18. Children ranged in ... Read More
Although many of us were first time cruisers our parents who are avid cruisers coordinated the Carnival cruise for their four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. This ship was perfect for our family of 18. Children ranged in age from 3-16. I believe there were over 700 children on the ship during our trip! Each child made a new friend. Several of us stayed overnight in a nearby Jacksonville hotel (Springhill Suites) and parked there, then were transported to the ship for embarkation. It was stress free. I'd do that again in a heart beat. The Faster to the Fun was definitely worth the price if you can get it. Getting on board and off ship early was a huge benefit, especially if you have to drive home on the last day and the cost is $50 per room (not per person). Only about 50 rooms have the opportunity for this perk. We went right to our room, then right to lunch. No lines on ship. TIP: We purchased plastic coil wrist bracelets ahead of time and brought a hole punch with us so each person had their own color bracelet that held their sign & sail card. Not one kid lost their card the entire trip! We also made sure each child had a waterproof watch. That way no one was late! Most of us over packed. Take out about half of what you think you'll need. The goal would be to only pack as much as you can carry so you can walk off the ship on the last day with your own luggage. We only needed 1-2 nights worth of "fancy" clothes for our 6:00 PM dining. The other nights were "cruise casual" so shorts were appropriate in the dining room. We really just lived in our swim suits most days and camped out at the water slides. We purchased the "Bubbles" program for the kids and they really enjoyed asking for Shirley Temples from the various bar locations. We all thought the bar prices were reasonable for individual cocktails. We brought our own wine on the ship and paid the modest corking fee at dinner. My folks said the food was better than they had expected overall and they have been on many cruise lines. Its perfect for kids with pizza, salad, deli and grill choices every day. The last day they had lamb for lunch in the grill area. Don't miss out and be sure to reserve the dining room! The food was really good and our kids tried lots of new foods like alligator, escargot, sushi and cold fruit soups! Camp Carnival was great. We did find the younger kids having to be picked up at 10 pm was kind of a drag, but they needed the sleep! We gave the kids ages 12-16 a 1:00 a.m. curfew when most activities ended and they were always in the room before hand. Our kids loved the Hasboro the Game Show on the ship. Events are short so they keep your attention. Our only excursion fee was that we paid for the kids to take advantage of the one hour Adventure Area on the "beach day" which includes floating obstacles, slides and trampolines in the water. One hour is PLENTY of time! Your kids will be exhausted. Our children ages 13 & 16 said it was the best vacation ever!   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My husband and I took a 5-day cruise to Key West, Nassau and Freeport Bahamas. The ship cleanliness was unsurpassed. The housekeeping crew was out every morning cleaning the public areas. Our cabin was extremely clean. I took a package of ... Read More
My husband and I took a 5-day cruise to Key West, Nassau and Freeport Bahamas. The ship cleanliness was unsurpassed. The housekeeping crew was out every morning cleaning the public areas. Our cabin was extremely clean. I took a package of clorox wipes and went over the entire cabin upon check-in and the only areas that picked up any dirt was the window sill and the phone. Both embarkation and disembarkation were organized and efficient. We needed to meet our transport to airport at 9:00 and went to desk services to get an earlier disembarkation time which was handled seamlessly -- no fuss, no hassle. I was very impressed with the ship's entertainment. The musical show was accompanied by a live orchestra. Very nice! In addition, there was live entertainment going on everywhere -- from pool-side to promenade around the casino and the atrium area. We also enjoyed the female comedian on two nights -- she was hilarious! The assigned dining was good (not great) and we were seated with two lovely couples that were delightful company. We indulged on the steak house one night and it was a foodie's delight!! We also thought the burgers from Guy's were delish!!! In our opinion, the shore excursions were overpriced and so-so. We took the bike ride in Key West and the guide, Dennison, was cool, but we probably could have done more by renting bikes and trekking on our own. In Freeport, we paid $75 for a beach and snorkeling excursion. The trip to the beach took about 30 minutes and the snorkeling instructions took another 30 minutes. Next time, we'll probably just take a cab to a beach and go it on our own. But back to the positives, the ship was fabulous fun with things going on all the time. The entire ship had a great vibe and we'll definitely try it again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
We have been on over 11 cruises with Carnival Cruise lines since 2000, both here in Caribbean (eastern, western, southern) and one in Europe, and all we're really great until this one (December 2013). We've had a few inside ... Read More
We have been on over 11 cruises with Carnival Cruise lines since 2000, both here in Caribbean (eastern, western, southern) and one in Europe, and all we're really great until this one (December 2013). We've had a few inside cabins, a few with windows, and a few with balconies when we've been able to land a good deal. We always loved every minute on board. Over the years we've seen a decline in some of our favorite things: 1. Shows: on our first few cruises, the show team had about 12 to 14 dancers, two singers, and a small orchestra. That has dwindled to 4 dancers and 2 singers and a stereo. Does anyone remember the "Cars" show and the one with the "Copacabana" song? These were great great great shows. These last shows were a real disappointment—no band, 8 dancers, two shows and one was so raunchy we left. We used to go see the shows twice, they were so good. If we had early dining, we could go to the early show and stay for the late show. 2. Food: We were always so impressed and delighted with dining on Carnival ships. The menus varied every day, and everything was special and really good. We have had a saying in our house for many years that we say about a really good meal when eating out: "That was cruise quality!" But on this most recent cruise, they changed their menu drastically a week before our cruise (the waiter told us!) and now the whole meal experience is a bit below Applebee's. I've got nothing against Applebee's, but it is not special. They are calling it "American Dining" and apparently that is so, because the menu selections are blah blah blah American restaurant food you can get anywhere. I am not saying that the food was bad, but it was certainly nothing to excite your interest or palate! I never once left the table thinking “that was good” rather I left thinking “I hope tomorrow’s dinner is better.” 3. Dining Experience: Well, I guess the little music combo is long gone that used to play in the dining room. Huge shock #1: no more table cloths. We were used to elegant dining at every dinner. But now for 5 of 7 nights, the tables are not set well—no tablecloths, the napkins are not starched and folded nicely, even the silverware is not in the right place (forks and knives anywhere), the noise level of clinking silverware combined with the regular ambient noise of the engines in the stern of the ship where the dining room is located really made it hard to hear other people in our party. It was crazy. Then there were small gangs of waiters going around urging people to chug shots of whiskey, chanting the whole way. Are you all kidding? Who thought that up that brilliant idea? That made the dining room take on the characteristics of a fraternity basement! Uggh! I guess I don’t need to say that the dress code for dinner in the dining room is no longer in existence. I saw a group of men wearing tank tops and shorts in the dining room on “Cruise Elegant” night (what used to be called formal night). So what used to be a special experience for us has descended to something akin to Fuddruckers. Then there is the waiter dancing … what used to be fun to witness has degraded, like everything else there, into a rude version of itself. Now the waiters are imitating pole dancers on the server stands. This is not what I want to see at a classy dinner. On our first cruise, the waiters got together on the last night and sang an American patriotic song to show they were appreciative — and we all returned the appreciation favor back to them with thanks, applause, and tips. None of that goes on anymore. However, at the individual level, I need to state that the wait service was still VERY GOOD. One of my family members had a special dietary restriction, and the Maitre d’ and the waiter bent over backwards to accommodate him at every meal, including breakfasts and lunch on the Lido when we were in port, and which consisted of reviewing the menu for the day on the night before (!!) so that they would be sure to have any dish prepared the right way. We REALLY appreciated that part of the service. Formal Nights, now called Cruise Elegant, were the only times that the dining room somewhat resembled what Carnival was for us for so many years with table cloths, better settings, better menu. I am really disappointed in Carnival. We are gold status members, and we are VERY PARTIAL to Carnival, but I guess we’ll have to find a different cruise line in the future. What with bringing the standards of the Lido down into the Dining Room, the lowering of the menu, and the gangs of chuggers, I can only conclude that Carnival has decided to re-aim their cruise experience for a lower-class customer. Good-bye, Carnival! It was great while it lasted. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2013
We havebeen on several cruises soem form Carnival and lots on Royal Caribean. This was by far one of the best experiences we ever had. We were shocked after reading soem bad reveiws the night before we left. The ship is one of the older ... Read More
We havebeen on several cruises soem form Carnival and lots on Royal Caribean. This was by far one of the best experiences we ever had. We were shocked after reading soem bad reveiws the night before we left. The ship is one of the older ones but has been refurbished. It was clean. Service was great. I would recommend hte early dinner seating or dine my way seating as some of the shows only have 1 show time and the later dinner seating ends too late to make the show. The food was good not awesome but good. Lobster tail one night as Carnival always has on one night of the cruise. The entertainment especially the band ASIA which played outside the casino each night was amazing they played everything from the 40's thru todays hits and were awesome!!!. A little too much smoke in the casino and at the bar outsie fo it but other than that we had an amazing time. Someone won 10,000 dollas on a $1 slot machine the first night of the trip. Never thought that coud happen on a cruise. Piano bar was fun. Getting on and off the ship was a piece of cake could nto believe it no lines no waiting!!!!! Don't listen tot he negative comments try it for yourself. We were certainly pleasantly surprised. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2013
My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise on the Carnival Glory! It was totally awesome! We had a balcony room, which was bigger than I expected. Everything you need and/or want is right there on the ship. The staff was so ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from our very first cruise on the Carnival Glory! It was totally awesome! We had a balcony room, which was bigger than I expected. Everything you need and/or want is right there on the ship. The staff was so polite, courteous, helpful....never a frown! They all seem to LOVE their jobs. The Cruise Director, Matt, was absolutely wonderful. We saw him a lot around the ship and loved the way he was so very involved with the passengers. Everything was very well organized and super clean!! FUN, FUN, FUN! Even though we were probably older than most in this night club, we had a blast....if you like to dance to the music of today, you must hit the White Heat Nightclub. We also enjoyed every single show we went to and every single meal we had. Even though the food was good at the Steakhouse, we would not do that again. Our table was right next to the cooking area, and we had a hard time with our personal conversation because we could hear the staff talking and kitchen activity going on. Also, it is an extra expense. Another extra expense, but well worth it are the deals offered on certain days in the Fun Shops. I got several beautiful pieces of jewelry for a small price. Just so much to do.....don't forget the Lido Deck Pool....FUN FUN FUN!!! Can't wait til our next cruise!! Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2013
First I need to say that I was very excited to go on this cruise....I had heard so many raves about cruising, the food, the fun, etc. We had never been on a cruise and let me tell you .... I am not sure we will ever cruise again. The food ... Read More
First I need to say that I was very excited to go on this cruise....I had heard so many raves about cruising, the food, the fun, etc. We had never been on a cruise and let me tell you .... I am not sure we will ever cruise again. The food on this ship was terrible!! Hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken nuggets for lunch by the pool! Terrible...not one dessert that was good except the chocolate melting pot..the cakes were dry, most desserts were some type of jello or pudding. Fish entrees at dinner DRY DRY DRY...the Caesar dressing tasted fishy! way too much anchovies. It was like eating at a college cafeteria..in fact possibly worse. As far as activities go..unless you like to gamble, go to bars or drink there aren't any! $20 just to play bingo by the pool! The only positive thing I can say is that our cabin steward was FABULOUS - Deway was friendly, knew our names from the 1st night, made us little towel animals each night when he made down our beds, kept our room spotless! Nassau was fabulous...went to the RUI Palace for the day Freeport - tourist trap! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2013
This was our first cruise so we decided to take a short 3 day one from Port Canaveral. We loved this worn in little ship. The service was spectacular and we always seemed to stay busy. I'm going to make this short and sweet since we ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we decided to take a short 3 day one from Port Canaveral. We loved this worn in little ship. The service was spectacular and we always seemed to stay busy. I'm going to make this short and sweet since we took this cruise well over a year ago. The least liked part of this cruise was Nassau. We found it to be dirty and had a lot of "questionable" people trying to sell you stuff, braid your hair or just following you around. We walked to the free beach which was in the port, and we had to walk through some questionable areas. In saying all of this, we loved the ship and the friendly staff. This cruise is why we cruised again on the Victory in August 2014 and am getting ready to take another cruise in 2015. I hope that you take the time to read those reviews as well. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
My husband and I left out of Jacksonville Florida, which is fairly close yo our house so we could drive. This was my 5th cruise and I booked it for my husband's bday, this was his 1st. We boarded the ship it was clean and all the ... Read More
My husband and I left out of Jacksonville Florida, which is fairly close yo our house so we could drive. This was my 5th cruise and I booked it for my husband's bday, this was his 1st. We boarded the ship it was clean and all the employees were friendly of course we brought our 2 bottles of wine I also brought a twelve pack of soda. I booked a porthole window room. The room was very nice no mini fridge but we can't complain the price was right. We sailed out it was still day time and we hung out by the pool. Later on after dinner my husband and I decided to partake in the couples dancing class which was given by one of the ships broadway style actors, it was very fun, we learned the salsa. The next day our first port was Freeport, Bahamas. When you get off the boat you are in the industrial part of Freeport there is still of course a Senior Frogs, but you will need 10.00 to take a taxi van to the beach at Freeport that amt does take care of you return. It's about a 15-20 min ride not much to see on the ride but you arrive at a beautiful beach and shopping area there is food as well. We didn't do any excursions just walked around and enjoyed the view and shopping I seen someone parasailing they were so high in the air. After we got our feel we stood by where the taxis were picking up people and caught our taxi to the ship. We got back to the ship and of course hit Senior Frogs before it is a fairly small one but fun. That night was formal night we had our time dining which is very convenient, we met a couple at dinner and all checked out the show Music City it was pretty good. The next day the couple and us headed out together to see Nassau, Bahamas neither of us had booked excursions. I wanted to go see Atlantis in Paradise Island, I have been to Nassau a few times, we decided to catch the ferry to paradise island. As soon as you go threw customs you will see a counter to your left head there to catch the ferry for 6.00 there and back Best Deal!! They give you a little tour as your going over the water, it is very nice. We got to Paradise Island and there is a walk to get to the beach and to Atlantis about a mile to the beach we stayed on the beach for a while, we found a coconut rum stand that gave you an actual coconut you could fill up with rum punch unlimited for 20.00 and for 5 more you can rent a lounge chair for the day. The punches were all delicious many to chose from. We headed up the beach on our way to Atlantis, I had read that you had to pay yo tour different parts of Atlantis and we were ready to do that but we walked up from the beach and never paid a dime. Atlantis is beautiful areas are restricted there for guest only but we where able to walk around and see the aquarium and casino. I absolutely loved Atlantis. After a while we headed back to the ferry and came back to Nassau the ferry ride is about 15 minutes we sat on top and got a tour from the cutest 8 yr old, he was mimicking his father which was the deck below. After we got off the ferry we headed to do some shopping, very crowded and watch out for the uneven pavement I almost sprang my ankle. A lot of haggling going on, then of course we hit the Senior Frogs. We had a blast people watching and conga lining. We stumbled back on the ship. The next day was our at sea day we enjoyed it by the pool, then meet up with friends we made and ate dinner and went yo the dance club. I also enjoyed the ships singer he was very good. We got back to port the next day we chose to put our luggage out and wait to be called but you can carry your own and get off the boat first it's up to you. My husband loved his first cruise and we have booked another with Carnival leaving out of San Juan, Puerto Rico this time. We love The Fun Ship!! Read Less
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