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Sail Date: March 2005
My wife and I just got off the ZUIDERDAM, we were on from 3/5-12. we are both 31 and knew what we were getting into. I am going to break this review into two main sections - THE GOOD and THE BAD. But before I even begin, how can a modern ... Read More
My wife and I just got off the ZUIDERDAM, we were on from 3/5-12. we are both 31 and knew what we were getting into. I am going to break this review into two main sections - THE GOOD and THE BAD. But before I even begin, how can a modern ship not offer pay per view movies in the room nor allow you to book any excursions through your tv? THE GOOD the staff is amazing, from the porters, the room steward, the bartenders, etc. the embarkation/debarkation real smooth. The excursions, besides always starting at least 10 minutes late, fantastic. Spa and golf services were great as well. The room was great, as well the view, VA 7020. EXCURSIONS Deep sea fishing at Half Moon Cay, even thought the captain was "missing" before we were scheduled to go, it was great to have a boat just for me and my wife. No better way to spend a day than fishing in beautiful blue waters. Kon Tiki Booze Cruise on St. Thomas, every thing you could want from a rum booze cruise. The only negative was that the beach they took us to did not offer many things to do, i.e. kayaking, etc. Snorkeling by boat in Tortola. Once again this started late, the reef they brought us to was ok, nothing really to see. No excursions in Nassau, went to paradise island and just walked around and found some nice bars to hang out in. SPA/GOLF CENTER Jeremy in the golf center was a really good guy, unfortunately the person who was in right before I went in was a real hacker and ripped a divot out of the mat that made the simulator a little harder to use. But it was definitely better than sitting in a driving range. My wife and I had the couples massage, she enjoyed hers more than I enjoyed mine, but it was still enjoyable. THE ROOM The room was real nice, the only thing that I really did not like was not having the option to rent movies on demand in the room. This is something that even the most basic hotel now has, I can't understand how a modern ship does not offer this service. Back when I last was on a cruise in '97 the ship had pay per view movies. THE BAD Basically everything else was bad. I'll start from the beginning, we check into our room and there is a note saying that our request for a table for 2 will not be granted. After settling in, we decide to go see if there was anything that we can do about this. After waiting 20 minutes in a lounge we finally saw the DR steward who looked at his computer and said that we were at a table of 4 but that only the 2 of us are booked there. So we wasted the first half hour of our vacation taking care of something that we shouldn't have even been bothered with from them. THE FOOD AND DRINK We went to the bar on the lido deck and asked what kind of bottled beers they had, the bartender gave me a list of beers. I asked for a Budweiser Select and he said that he was all sold out. SOLD OUT! How can you be sold out of a beer and you haven't even left port yet, but we persevered. (I did find it later on in the cruise at one of the other bars, but still) BREAKFAST The first day we decided to order breakfast in, it was horrible and tasteless. The English muffins, OJ and bacon were all terrible. To say the least that was the last day we had breakfast. LUNCH Well if you did not make it to lunch by 2p you were basically regulated to hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza. Otherwise the selections were OK at best, the taco bar was a little better than OK, but not much. DINNER First night at dinner I ordered the NY Strip steak which was more like a tasteless shell steak, we chalked that up to first meal blues. But besides the crab legs, lobster tail, and beef tenderloin the rest of the food was quite a disappointment. By the time we found out that the Pinnacle Grill was a zillion times better than the dining room, it was too late. Mind you, my wife and I went on this cruise expecting some good food, when we go away our bill before tip and we don't order bottles of wine, are at least $150/night. To say that we were disappointed would be an understatement. For this reason alone we will not cruise with HAL again unless there's nothing else available. ROOM SERVICE As I already stated the breakfast was horrible, we ordered lunch one day since we missed the 2pm cutoff and didn't want bad pizza. They have something called an ALL AMERICAN BURGER on the menu, that only comes with SWISS or CHEDDAR cheese. How can you have an ALL AMERICAN BURGER and not offer American cheese? My wife ordered the shrimp cocktail, which were a bunch of small shrimps that you would normally get from a Chinese take out place. The only salvation were the chocolate chip cookies. THE MIDNIGHT BUFFET oh yeah, there isn't any. If you wanted a late night meal you better get a slice of pizza or order in some room service. THE NIGHTLIFE Before my wife and I went on this cruise we knew it was going to be laid back and probably not that many people close to our age. When we were first checking in, we were definitely afraid that we were going to be the youngest by at least 20 years. Thankfully as the day went on we started to see people around our same age and made friends with a few couples who were in close proximity. At night your choices are limited to whatever act they brought in for the geriatric crowd, the casino, the piano bar, the sports bar (that only plays espn deportees, even though every port we went into had espn usa), and northern lights the dance club. As I already mentioned, since there were no pay per movie choices in the rooms, you either hung out in one of these places or went back to your room by 10:3pm. So my wife and the other people our age split time from the casino and northern lights. Whomever on HAL's staff is in charge of what goes on what nights in Northern Lights should have their head examined. For example, one night was Kareoke(sp), then it went to country music trivia to country line dancing to a hip hop club. Pick a theme and stick with it for the night. The casino was fun, especially after over hearing that the ship lost over 20g's at the craps table during the duration of the cruise. Btw...The sail away party from St. Thomas was absolutely horrible. MISC. - The automatic $10/day pp tipping policy seemed fine to me, you can always tip extra if you want to. The one thing that I did not understand is the 15% service charge per drink, it's one thing if you are bringing a drink to my lounge chair, but it is quite another when you get charged and you are sitting at the bar. - Also for those who say that you never win at the slots as the cruise goes on, my wife won for over $125 the last night, even winning $95 on one pull at the nickel slots. - There is definitely no feel like you are on a cruise music wise, which was more disappointing then I thought it would be. OVERALL I will not travel on a HAL cruise again, the main reason being that the food was such a disappointment and the ship lacked any real character. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2005
The Queen is overrated. There has been so much hype that I was expecting much more. And the several days of bad weather didn't help. I was traveling with a singles group so many things were taken care of by our escort. We got to the ... Read More
The Queen is overrated. There has been so much hype that I was expecting much more. And the several days of bad weather didn't help. I was traveling with a singles group so many things were taken care of by our escort. We got to the ship early and didn't have any problem with embarkation. Disembarkation was hectic. Fortunately, we had our own bus. Although the food in the Britannia dining room was good, the service was terrible. Waiters were running around like "chickens with their heads cut off" and completely disorganized. One night they forgot to serve my salad. They didn't give me with utensils to eat my dessert another night. I asked for another roll but never got it. Another night they poured one glass of wine for me but never checked to see if I wanted more poured and I had to do it myself. Hopefully things will improve when Princess management is fully integrated with Cunard. I ate in the Italian restaurant in Kings Court one evening. The food was delicious and service excellent. Although I booked a balcony, I didn't realize it was in the hull of the ship. Thus, to look out you had to stand up. It wasn't worth the extra money. The cabin, however, was furnished nicely and comfortable and was similar to some of the newer Carnival ships. The cabin stewardess was wonderful and did everything she could to make me feel "at home". She deserved the extra tip I gave her. However, I found many of the staff to be snobbish, especially to those who did not book the Princess or Queen accommodations. The QM2 is beautiful but it is too big. You have to take different stairways/elevators to get to different areas (and frequently take the wrong one). Although there is another way to get to the disco, the easiest and direct way is to go through the Britannia restaurant and Queen's ballroom. I was disappointed that San Juan was dropped from the itinerary. St. Kitts was substituted and didn't offer much. Having been to St. Thomas and St. Maarten numerous times, I didn't take any of the shore excursions. Entertainment was fair. It certainly couldn't compare to the elaborate shows on Carnival ships. There was a lack of chairs by the pool on deck 6. I didn't use the spa facilities but did use the gym. The equipment was tops and comparable to the best gyms in New York City (where I live). On a scale of one to ten, I'd rate the Queen as seven. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2005
I have never written a bad review after 7 cruises until now. The Med is without question, the nicest ship I have ever sailed on. Perhaps a bit gaudy, but spotless and well designed. In a nutshell, the greatest theater and worst ... Read More
I have never written a bad review after 7 cruises until now. The Med is without question, the nicest ship I have ever sailed on. Perhaps a bit gaudy, but spotless and well designed. In a nutshell, the greatest theater and worst entertainment on the seas. The best laid out buffet I have ever seen and the worst selection of food I have ever seen. I just can not eat pizza 7 days a week and everything else was so overcooked that I often had to ask what things were!! The cabin was excellent, however small deck, but the bed was unbearable. The first nite I asked for a pillow and was told that there were no extras on board. When sitting down on the bed, you would hit your tailbone on the plastic surface underneath. The dining room staff were the only friendly staff on board. The others were not rude, they just ignored you. We have travelled extensively in Europe so the European part was expected. The poor quality of food throughout the ship was appalling! The cruise itinerary was poor, but we knew that before we left. One example, we arrived in Nassau at 12 noon and left at 5.30 p m . We reached San Juan at 4.00p m and left at 1 in the morning. No one likes to read all bad reports on anything, but being fair I must say if we won a free cruise with Costa, we would have to think very hard before accepting. We still had a great time, because we always do, but we could have used a little help from Costa!!!! Still, it was better than staying home. I will be glad to answer any questions. We also stood in 2 hours to board. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2005
Embarkation: I have no complaints about our boarding process. It went smoothly and relatively quickly considering we arrived very early. Public Rooms: I think the only complaint I have (and not much of one)is that I did not like walking ... Read More
Embarkation: I have no complaints about our boarding process. It went smoothly and relatively quickly considering we arrived very early. Public Rooms: I think the only complaint I have (and not much of one)is that I did not like walking through the casino if you were on that floor. The promenade was very nice. Although I prefer the large atriums that Carnival offers on the larger ships. I think the Mariner could improve outdoor table seating around the pool areas. During the one midnight buffet on deck, everyone was standing around with plates and drinks trying to figure out how to eat without spilling everything. Cabin: We had an inside cabin. We prefer not to spend the extra on a window or balcony and spend it elsewhere. The cabin was comfortable without bumping into each other, plenty of storage. Fitness: I think the facility has plenty of equipment. We seemed to always get there when there weren't many others. The biggest complaint I have about the fitness center is that they need MORE AIR CONDITIONING!!! Since we use treadmills (so do many others) it can get rather hot. Value: I would have to say that the value for the price we paid was decent. I wouldn't say great because of experiences we had with the food, but you can read that next...... Dining: The Windjammer was TERRIBLE!!! Most of the food we ate was lukewarm to cold!! The hamburgers were overdone, the buns were stale and crumbly and the ribs were cold. Breakfast wasn't any better either! Same thing with the temperature of the food. The toast was so hard that we almost bent fork tines with it! We put a piece of toast on the table and tried to force it flat and it just shattered! I'm not joking. The only way to get a decent breakfast there was to get your eggs made fresh or have cold cereal. Johnny Rockets was not bad, but I have a problem with paying $3.95 to eat on a ship that I paid thousands of dollars to be on!! We had lunch in the dining room every day to avoid any more bad food in the Windjammer. The pizza in the promenade cafe was no better than buying frozen pizza at my local grocery store. They only provide water and hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate here. The first three days in the dining room the food was mediocre. After that it did improve to the level I thought it should be. The only thing that saved our dining experience was our company at the table and our fantastic waiter Imed from Tunisia!! We have been on 7 cruises and he is absolutely the best yet!! We ran into other passengers who had the same complaints. I read a review on this ship before we sailed. The reviewer wrote that she was very disappointed to have spent so much money for Denny's food. I should have taken it seriously. We did hear another passenger mention that he complained while on board about the food and was told that there might be a new manager for the Windjammer. Hopefully it will improve. Entertainment: The Original Drifters show was great. The Vegas type shows were okay not great. It seemed that after 11:00 pm that there wasn't much going on if you don't like to be in a smoking night club. It is like living in Florida....when the older crowd goes to sleep, the ship slows down. Add some late night adult comedy! Service: Our wait staff in the dining room was fabulous!! We found two excellent bar wait staff that we would seek out. Our cabin crew was excellent also. Excursions: The tours in our opinion are getting to be a little pricey. We did the St. John Island/Beach tour to Trunk Bay. This is an excellent beach, but it was overcrowded that day. We were able to be refunded for a tour in St. Maarten due to rain without any problems. Overall: We had a great time. Anytime we can get away from everyday life is good!! The food could have been MUCH better. Bring back the daily midnight buffets like Carnival has!!!! Grill the burgers fresh, improve the pizza!! The desserts were fabulous. The service was fabulous. We have only cruised Carnival and this was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We personally prefer Carnival. Carnival ships seem more alive with energy!! Buffets every night, 24 hour room service, late, late night entertainment! In our opinion that is hard to beat. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2005
We sailed from Port everglades on Feb. 20/05 on Eastern Caribbean Itinerary. Boarding the ship was uneventful, well organized. we had a cabin with a balcony, partially blocked by a lifeboat. We never used the balcony. The cabin was well ... Read More
We sailed from Port everglades on Feb. 20/05 on Eastern Caribbean Itinerary. Boarding the ship was uneventful, well organized. we had a cabin with a balcony, partially blocked by a lifeboat. We never used the balcony. The cabin was well appointed, queen size bed, plenty of closet & drawer space, T,V. small fridge & safe. The bathroom was small but adequate. The cabin attendant was excellent. She always had a smile and a greeting. The ship itself is a little garish, lots of marble & pictures. the atrium extends ten decks high with glass enclosed elevators it is spectacular.  There is a lot of activity on this ship day & night, contests and theme nights. The stage shows were excellent, very professional. The theater was exceptionally beautiful. It was one of the nicest theatres we have been in, land or sea. There is a large cafeteria on deck nine. There are several serving stations. breakfast was always the same, Lunch was a little better. the dinner had table cloths on the tables. The food was better for dinners. There were several areas near the pool. They served salads, hot dogs and cold hamburgers as well as a pizza bar. There three small pools on decks nine & ten with small hot tubs. The gym was one of the best I've seen any where. It had a lot of equipment. The main dining room decks two & three had two sittings 5:45 P.M. & 8:30 P.M. The waiters at our table 234 were excellent. However the food was not. It was overcooked. the filet was tough and the lobster fell apart in pieces. The French onion soup was swimming in olive oil. The Italian Gnocchi was like mush as well as the other Italian entrees. The desserts were dry. There were a lot of large & noisy Italian families onboard. there were 320 children on board. The crew were 90% Filipino. Deck and cafeteria staff were not friendly. They were an unhappy looking bunch. The cruise director Max was great and had varied activities throughout the day. The shore excursions were poor. The ship arrived in San Juan at 4 P.M. The tour bus got caught up in rush hour traffic. The ship arrived in La Romano Dominican Republic at 6 P.M. It left at 0:30 P.M. no chance to see anything. The shore trip pon Catalina island was great. Beautiful beach, we had a nice buffet, music and dancing. St. thomas tour was the best followed by Nassau. Although there was a lot of walking from the ship to the Atlantis Hotel, this is definitely not meant for Seniors. Disembarkation was late because of U. S. customs It was well organized by the ships crew. Overall the Atlantica is a nice ship. However I felt if could be a lot better, especially the Quality of the food. this cruise is meant for people aGE 18 TO 55. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2005
Let's start off with something positive....the staff. With only one exception (the person that SELLS ice cream to you, but "can't mix flavors"), the service was great. I couldn't have expected better service on a ... Read More
Let's start off with something positive....the staff. With only one exception (the person that SELLS ice cream to you, but "can't mix flavors"), the service was great. I couldn't have expected better service on a higher priced cruise. HOWEVER...This is the first cruise that all of the 66 people in our party thought the food left something to be desired. (I am putting it nicely.) Some I am sure LOST weight on this cruise. They shouldn't serve "succulent shrimp cocktails," 'cause they "ain't". They are small ridiculous excuses for shrimp. Actually, it is appropriate to call their shrimp "shrimps." They are. The cabins are VERY compact, and the "balcony" is smaller than a fire escape . A passenger joked that the room was sooo small that he had to leave it to change his mind. The WORST part of the trip for me however was THE STENCH up in the Horizon Buffet area. Evidently it is an ongoing problem since it has been noted months ago on other reviews and still exists. It's a week later, and I still can smell the sewerage. VILE. Also, the library is open just a few hours a day (I don't know why they even bother). Having been on the Star Princess two years ago, the SUN was a big disappointment and I imagine that this was my/our last trip with them. OK... I warned you. Beware Read Less
Sail Date: February 2005
We just got off the Caribbean Princess this past Saturday and it was a very nice ship however it should be, it's new. Three weeks ago we were on the Dawn Princess and I posted our review which was the worst cruise we've ever ... Read More
We just got off the Caribbean Princess this past Saturday and it was a very nice ship however it should be, it's new. Three weeks ago we were on the Dawn Princess and I posted our review which was the worst cruise we've ever experienced to date in 38 cruises. We booked both at the same time so that is why we cruised on the Caribbean Princess two weeks later. This ship was much better than the Dawn. While the ship is beautiful, the design or floor plan leaves little to be desired. Lots of dead ends and elevators that do not go to all of the floors. THE ELEVATORS!! This seems to be a common theme on Princess ships, The slow elevators. If you get frustrated easily don't take the elevators they are painfully slow. We thought the entertainment was just ok. The production shows were not great, There were several comedians and one we thought was very funny the others not so much. The food in the dining room again looked very good but it wasn't what we are used to on other cruise lines. The buffet food was ok and the presentation of that was very nice. The speciality restaurants were good and the service in each of them was fantastic but this is the type of service you get normally on Royal Caribbean. Movies Under The Stars is a nice feature and the pool areas on the ship were very nice. However, we must complain about the adult spas and the smoking areas. There are whirlpool spas that are clearly labeled Adults Only but Kids were in there all of the time. In the open areas on deck around the pools and pizza eating areas there are designated smoking areas and non smoking areas. Many smokers disregarded the non smoking areas. My complaint is that the staff/crew should enforce these things or why have them in place. While this cruise was head and shoulders over the Dawn Princess we experienced two weeks ago, we will not cruise Princess again. When Royal Caribbean treats you like royalty why go anywhere else. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2005
For this review I will give you the impressions as a couple on our first cruise. To further qualify our opinion let me state both my wife and I currently work in the corporate end of the hospitality industry and both spent significant ... Read More
For this review I will give you the impressions as a couple on our first cruise. To further qualify our opinion let me state both my wife and I currently work in the corporate end of the hospitality industry and both spent significant time working our way up through the restaurant industry. While not related to our jobs we have maintained a steady pace of about 5 weeks of vacations per year. So while we are novices at cruises we are fairly adapt vacationers. It was at the urging of our "cruiser" friends that we try a cruise. After a couple of chats with some seasoned pros (15+ cruises each) we selected the Carnival Glory, primarily due to the average age of passengers being a little younger and the Line's reputation as more of a party ship("fun cruise" is the moniker that Carnival utilizes). Having been to most of the western Caribbean on prior vacations, we selected the eastern Caribbean route departing on January 22, 2005. Departing from what seems like standard advice of "you don't spend a lot of time in your cabin, so don't spend a lot of money on it" we opted to book a Cat 11 room. More on this later. Pre-Embarkation :There was very little available from Carnival about parking and directions around Port Canaveral. We found from our friends there is a parking garage at the port which was an added plus. Although the port was easy to find - some form of instructions or directions would have been nice. Embarkation Wow: Let me repeat Wow. From a design perspective, the manner in which this port moves people and luggage could be used to teach most others in the travel industry. We drove over and were pleasantly surprised that we were able to unload from our car next to the porters whom immediately placed our luggage in the framed pallets to be security checked and then placed onboard. Again, let me say wow. This was the least amount of contact with my luggage that we ever have while traveling recently. Very nice. After parking the car I met my wife in line at one of the two security lines. Within 30 seconds of my arrival the entire second line was moved/added to the end of the first line. Not very nice. What is going on? It seems a group of pre-boarded(?) passengers (about 600 in total) were given priority and the rest of us were move into the other line to wait. 25 minutes to get through the metal detector. Again the design is good, implementation and procedures however could use a review. Skipper's Club was as expected. Nice room with a single agent. 20 minutes and a couple of pictures later, we were on board. One surprise was that upon boarding the forward area (8 elevators) did not move people very quickly. After about 10 minutes we took the stairs. Accommodations Room 7270. Again, let me say wow. The suite is well worth the money. First let me say the cabin was in excellent condition. Beautiful decorations and even a white duvet cover. All marks of a company confident in their product and level of service. After seeing our room I now wonder if those who generally don't spend any time in their room would have a change of heart after viewing ours. We have stayed in newer hotels that did not wear or show nearly as well. Next let me say there was an unbelievable amount of storage. One downside was that our large rolling suitcases did not fit under the bed. Another hint given to us which we were glad we ignored was the "don't pack much - every one always packs too much." I believe that may be true in certain occasions, but not this one. With the weather changes throughout the day and it being a little colder (read: cold to us from Orlando at times) than we expected, a wider variety of clothes was necessary. Hint to new travelers - you will probably not be handling your bags so pack in collapsible or smaller suitcases that will fit under the bed (I have no idea as to the height underneath - Carnival, it would be nice if you would provide a little information here). Our steward service was excellent. Not even an average mark across the board. Everything that was coordinated through the steward was excellent. While I doubt the steward service is different in any of the other categories, this was another highlight in our trip. One mark against the ship (our room steward specifically excluded here) - after we left the room one morning and after the room had been made up, a glass-tubed cigar must have rolled off the desk and fallen to the floor. We returned to the room (while the steward was off-duty) to find glass shattered across the floor and carpet. Several calls and transfers later we were greeted with a rude "everyone is off-duty until 5:30-6:00PM nothing can be done until then". It then amazed me that on a ship of that size - no one was on duty that was qualified to direct me to a vacuum or a broom. I'm not sure, but I would believe that Carnival corporate would not want passengers walking on broken glass for an extended period of time. The Ship Color is the word of the day, and Carnival's interpretation is like a long poem. A lot of different parts, but it flows together nicely. The ship itself seemed to be in great shape. One thing which was a total shock to us was the average age of the passengers. Much, much, much older than advertised, reviewed, and expected. We had expected many more kids and an average age in the 15-45 range. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with a more "life experienced" clientele, Carnival should review some of its advertisements. Possible consideration should be given to the thought of changing the theme from the "Fun Ship" to the "Tums Ship". I would also agree with a previous reviewer who stated "This cruise felt like nothing but a sales pitch. I know all cruise lines try to increase revenue and that's ok. Its business and profits but Carnival has over done it this time and needs to soften the approach a little. They are just too obvious." The Professional Staff: Here I am at a loss. I am not sure whether to blame Carnival, The Glory, or the individual person. In light of this fact I will associate comments directly with a professional staff member and if the comments truly apply "up the ranks" I would truly hope they do not fall on deaf ears. ** Cruise Director ** Stuart - is this not a "Fun Ship"? Then why are you making loudspeaker announcements at 9:00 in the morning. Some of us - in the true spirit of "fun" did not get back to our cabins until a couple hours before. Secondly, while you may not think so, most (if not all) of the passengers are fully capable of reading, so why are you making announcements during the day at all? Put the information in the newspaper, send it out, done. Repeating the same things over and over does not garner interest and only builds aggravation. Thirdly - if you are going to disregard the above and continue to annoy the passengers, at least figure out what you are going to say before you turn the PA on. Time after time we listened to you start an announcement and stop mid-sentence. Waiting for you to finish was like having teeth pulled. Dude - get it together. You appear to be good at what you do, just don't cause more harm then good. And while I am on the soap box - remember the whole "special meeting" in the Amber Palace about Disembarking? What was that? I mean get me out of bed, down to the palace to listen to you spend 25 minutes (yes I did time it) talking about everything BUT disembarking, and then spend 5 minutes on it - make everyone a little happier - send out the disembarkation letter the day BEFORE - why would you make people needlessly get out of bed? Remember - we were first timers, but we still can read and we enjoy our sleep. Dining: To be fair there was a grand variety of food. However it would appear that maybe the Chefs get a little bored and put together a little fancier combination that may curtail the number of passenger able to enjoy. On the line and in the main dining rooms if more focus was on consistency and service and less on combinations and trying new dishes - I think better reviews would result. Service in the main dining room was adequate. I say this from many years in the business. One waiter with assistant should not have difficulty providing complete and timely service to 16 people. The Emerald room was a treat. The extra money was worth it for the nicer accommodations and level of service. Every staff person in the emerald room knew their job and knew it well. A lot of the common little things were not overlooked by the staff and appreciated by us. Drinking: What a crime. Now - to be clear, I am not complaining about having to purchase each and every drink (although a very strong case can be made for all-inclusive resorts in comparison). What I am complaining about is 1) drink service in the dining room and 2) drink size. Drink service in the dining room was relatively non-existent. On three nights we waited over 20 minutes for drinks. I think this is where the standard 15% gratuity gets in the way of acceptable service. On other nights we would just give up after a single round. Drink size - guys it is a little hard to accept a 6-7oz Jack and Coke for $5. Again I am not complaining about the $5, but really, you might want to splurge and consider revising the mixed drink size to a standard 8-12 oz. to at least make it worth the wait. Casino Carnival, you're welcome. Yes, I know, you never thanked us for the money that we lost, but we knew that you wanted to thank us. While the staff was very friendly and for the most part proficient, we found it odd that even when we were down around $1.5k there weren't even comped drinks. This was further exacerbated by the fact that on a couple of different occasions during the first couple of nights, we actually had to cash out of the craps table to go a get a drink as there was no one around to take orders. The latter did resolve itself after the first couple of nights, but the lack of an occasional "thank-you" drink was notably missed. We did notice some different faces behind the tables on occasion which resulted in occasional wrong payouts - this we chalked up to the possibility of them being relatively new dealers. The Weather: Yes, yes, yes, I know the Cruise line and the captain have nothing to do with the weather, but I did just want to remind any one who lives in Florida, is going on a cruise, and sees the commercials with everyone having fun in the sun that all those people swimming must be from the north as the pools stayed around that not-so-comfortable 75 degree mark. Out of the seven days we had two nice days that were suitable for lying out. On that note I wanted to address that we spent one of the afternoons on the funnel deck. Even those not familiar with the boat can understand the implications of women sunbathing topless and the inconvenience of the significant number of Vinnies (young men, typically 20-35, traveling in groups with a collective social IQ of about 100) and Wallies (older men, typically 68+, always alone, and not too proud to 'stop and stare'). While I realize that is an open ship and it would be difficult, if not impossible to regulate such annoyance, an occasional trip by security to inquiry as to the intents of those not sunbathing might go a long way. The Ports of Call: Nassau Beautiful - we highly recommend going to Atlantis. St. Thomas: Our intent here was to actually do some hard core shopping and comparisons to see if the myth of unbelievable bargains truly still exist. For the most part we found the following: 1) Yes, alcohol is much cheaper (and remember that you can bring back up to 5 liters from St. Thomas.) 2) Rolex watches in general are less expensive. HOWEVER, contrary to the Super Shopper Rebecca's onboard advice, they don't have everything. The models that are difficult to find in the states are also difficult/impossible to find in St. Thomas. 3) Jewelry and stones in general are cheaper when compared to a typical US Retailers (read: Mall Jewelers), but all of the items we priced, even after negotiating, we have found for less here in Orlando. None of the loose stones we priced were even competitive with BlueNile.com. Oh well, two out of three ain't bad St. Martin: We actually didn't make it off the ship - the 4x4 excursion was already full when we tried to book so we spent the afternoon catching some rays on the ship All in all - the three islands are beautiful. There are many things to see and to do. Disembarkation: For the other first timers I can reduce to four sentences this mysterious process that apparently so complicated that a 45 minute presentation is required. First - if you don't want to mess with handling your bags - no problem - pack them up and set them outside your cabin by midnight. Get up the next morning and go have breakfast - you will be called by tag color to get off the ship. If you can handle your own bags(down gangplanks and escalators), and want to try to get off the boat a little quicker - don't put them outside - wait till the next morning and they will call you off (starting around 7:30) by floor while they are unloading everyone's bags from the ship. Wow - I could be the cruise director. The cruise had its ups (room, casino) and downs (service, food, drinks, fun, older clientele) - no pun intended. So, while carnival did not turn out to be as advertised, we may perhaps try a different line in hopes of finding a better mix. A big congratulations goes out to both couples that we were with that got engaged on this trip. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2005
We had previously traveled on Dawn Princess, and had found that cruise very enjoyable. We looked forward to a pleasurable cruise on Sun Princess, which we had been told was an identical sister ship to Dawn Princess. However, the ship was ... Read More
We had previously traveled on Dawn Princess, and had found that cruise very enjoyable. We looked forward to a pleasurable cruise on Sun Princess, which we had been told was an identical sister ship to Dawn Princess. However, the ship was identical, but the experience was not. We signed up for "Personal Choice" dining because we had found that on Dawn Princess we could show up whenever it was convenient and dine. Sun Princess, in contrast, was "Personal Choice" in name only. Getting into the dining room was a hassle because many diners had reserved the same table for each of the ten nights at the same hour, which was usually 6 p.m. If you did not get to the dining room before 6, you could usually not get in. Finally, after going through the hassle for 4 nights, we decided that if we could not beat them, we had no choice but to join them. For the final 6 nights we also reserved the same table for 6 p.m. The first two nights in the Atlantic was rough sailing, as was the next to last night. We found that our cabin creaked and banged. The noise sounded as if something was rolling across our ceiling. We also heard noises that sounded as if drawers were being constantly opened and shut. The noise was bad enough to keep us awake on those three nights. We checked with fellow passengers and learned that some were experiencing the same problems while others were not. We reported the noise to the "front desk," but they did little about it. Finally, they said they would send a joiner to check, but he did not arrive until a few days later, when the noise had stopped. He said he could do nothing about the problem unless he could hear the noise. They really did not seem very concerned. The food was consistently good, as were the shows. However, the Princess Theater and the Vista Lounge, where the shows were presented, are not large enough to accommodate the number of passengers. Generally, you had to be in the theater or the lounge (especially the lounge) an hour before the show to ensure getting seats. Several times even when I was there an hour early, I still had to sit on the steps! We might cruise Princess again, but certainly not the Sun Princess. The sleepless nights and dining room hassle ruined the cruise. In conversations with other passengers we learned that a good number of others felt the same way. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2005
Princess has embarkation down pat. We were on the ship within 10 min. of getting off the bus. We had a mini-suite on Dolphin which I absolutely loved. The extra space is wonderful but not always affordable unfortunately. It really ... Read More
Princess has embarkation down pat. We were on the ship within 10 min. of getting off the bus. We had a mini-suite on Dolphin which I absolutely loved. The extra space is wonderful but not always affordable unfortunately. It really didn't bother me that others could look down on our deck & see what we were doing 'cause we weren't doing anything out of the ordinary. Now a newly married couple or someone who likes privacy should not be on this deck or for that matter the 2 or so decks above us as they jut out from the ship in the same manner & give no privacy. The food I thought was mediocre and getting a table was difficult at times. Once when we told a lady that she could come take our table, a man slipped in right under my husband's backside as he was getting up!!! The man simply ignored my husband's protests & unfortunately remained firmly seated. The only places where we never had to wait for a table was in the Palm & Coral dining rooms. The maitre d's (?) were very efficient in both. Cafe Caribe was a nice addition to the beleaguered Horizon Court. I did enjoy the sushi & Chinese food there. It was only open during certain times to take the edge off Horizon though which I thought was unwise since they would close with tons of food still left out. I would have thought that it would be more efficient to at least stay open until the food was mostly gone. Many times I missed out on the entrees because I got salad first & by the time I went back it was closed. I found that this ship had a crowded feel to it. You really can tell that there is an extra 500 or so people onboard. Long lineups were present everywhere. To get a seat in the Explorer lounge to see the entertainment was very tricky & people were often seen at their worst because of this. I had a couple of unpleasant altercations because someone wanted my seat. I wish that they had at least put the main entertainment in Princess Theatre. Leave the piano players in the lounges. Never saw the big production numbers in the theatre but was told that they were okay. The big movie screen which was one of the reasons that I booked was not that big a deal. Most of the time the volume was too low unless it was football & then the volume was on max making it unpleasant to sit by the pool or hot tub. Disembarkation was very efficient again considering there were so many people & we were on the bus to the airport by 10 a.m. We would never book on this ship again, unfortunately. It just has too many passengers. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
On 12/12/04 we sailed on the Millennium to the Eastern Caribbean. As we had sailed on Celebrity ships before, twice on the Summit and once on the Century, we were anxious to sail on Millennium. Needless to say we were extremely ... Read More
On 12/12/04 we sailed on the Millennium to the Eastern Caribbean. As we had sailed on Celebrity ships before, twice on the Summit and once on the Century, we were anxious to sail on Millennium. Needless to say we were extremely disappointed. We feel we have a little experience about sailing as this was our 19th cruise. Upon entering the ship we noticed the ship looked tired, i.e. traffic patterns on rugs, etc. We prefer the center lower decks as my wife suffers from motion sickness. Our cabin left a lot to be desired. The upholstered chair was in dire need of reupholstering. The carpet was stained and needed replacing. The bedspread was washed out looking. But the biggest problem was our bathroom. Every day we had to call the steward as the toilet would not flush. The plumber was finally called but the problem continued. We were told the whole side of the ship was experiencing this problem. Finally on the last day the plumbing stopped altogether. In our shower we found black mold on the floor. Also at Lifeboat station 16 the smell of sewage was an ongoing problem. One of the shows, "Salute to Broadway," we had seen before. The new show, which made its debut, was good. The magician was terrible. The food was good. We have no major complaints in that department. We didn't eat in the specialty restaurant as we had on our previous Summit trips. We have sent two letters to Celebrity Cruises, one to the president and one to the Captain's Club. As of this time we have received no response from either. We will be doing a rail/sail in March on the Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas. Hope we will enjoy this cruise more than the last. Unless major changes are made to the Millennium we will not sail on her again. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
The cabin was fine and for the most part the food was ok, not exceptional. They ran out of steak and chicken by the fifth night so the people we dined with didn't eat a main course as there was nothing to their liking on the menu. The ... Read More
The cabin was fine and for the most part the food was ok, not exceptional. They ran out of steak and chicken by the fifth night so the people we dined with didn't eat a main course as there was nothing to their liking on the menu. The area captain was rude when they asked about having steak and said the maitre d' was too busy to talk to them. When they finally got to talk to the maitre d', he basically said, that's tough. He wouldn't go to the Pinnacle and get a steak for them. The buffet ran out of tuna fish and sliced turkey by about the fifth day. We ate in the Pinnacle one night and it was terrific, worth every dime (sorry, I mean $20). Even the Pinnacle ran out of Porterhouse steak (one of their signature items) around mid-week. The Pinnacle has the same menu every night. We probably would have eaten there again if the menu had changed. The ship is beautiful but I wouldn't rate it 5 stars. It might be 3.5 or so. This was our fourth HAL cruise and the service has really deteriorated, especially since they were taken over by Carnival. Many people joked that the line has been "Carnivalized." They now charge for everything. The classes in the gym are $11 each. Additionally, in order to use the spa's steam room (the only one on board) and the hydropool, there was a $25 per day fee. When we got on board, passengers had already pre-booked all massages for the sea days, and there was a 3-4 hour line at the spa for sign-ups before we even sailed. When we had to go to the lifevest drill, we simply lost our place in line. The biggest problem we had with the ship had to do with an emergency health care experience we became part of. After dinner one night, my wife and I found a young man (15) on the steps outside the dining room having seizures. I called his parents and the ship's 9=1=1. The mother and the ship's nurse both arrived 25 minutes later. We did our best to make the boy comfortable but if this had been a heart attack, those extra minutes could have been the difference between life and death. Fortunately, the boy was taken to the infirmary, medicated and was fine. I went to the front desk and asked to have the Hotel Manager call me. Two days later, when I hadn't yet heard from him (Stan Kuppens), I intentionally attended the Mariner's reception so I could get his attention. I gave him my cabin number and told him I was very disappointed that I hadn't heard from him. He called about 5 p.m. that day and I met with him for about 45 minutes. He took notes but at no point did he thank me (or my wife) for helping the young man. A "thank you" would have been appreciated. The other serious problem we had was a sewage smell in the hallways in the fore of the ship, especially when in port. I discussed that with the Hotel Manager and was told that it was a design flaw of the Vision ships when the wind in port was blowing in a certain direction. Many passengers were discussing it. Most of the entertainment was terrible until the last few nights. One couple did a juggling act and we were embarrassed for them. Alfreda Girard (singer) and Leo Ward (illusionist) were excellent and they were repeated on the final night of the cruise. The comedian was OK during his regular show and excellent at his adult show. The ship's cast was just OK, certainly not "Broadway Caliber" as the promotions read. The documents we received showed that this cruise would have three formal nights (including New Year's Eve) but there were only two and no explanation. That was fine with us but some women may have gone out of their way to purchase and bring three formal outfits. Despite these problems and weather that did not cooperate, we had a restful vacation. We have cruised on other 4 and 5 star lines and prefer them to HAL. We will probably not return to HAL. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
This was our 5th cruise and our first on Princess. We had a great time on the cruise, but we were disappointed with Princess. We will not travel with them again, and will return to Celebrity or Royal Caribbean. The buffet food was not ... Read More
This was our 5th cruise and our first on Princess. We had a great time on the cruise, but we were disappointed with Princess. We will not travel with them again, and will return to Celebrity or Royal Caribbean. The buffet food was not very good. We were very disappointed with it. The dining room food and service was good, but not as good as other lines. We encountered rude staff on three occasions. At the buffet, I reached into the spoon container to pull out a spoon. I accidently pulled out several with some dropping to the floor. One dining room worker said to me, "Thanks a lot. I just loaded that tray and now look at the work you caused me!" The entertainment ranged from fair to poor. I saw some of the worst comedy performances ever on this cruise. The Explorer lounge filled fast and is inadequate for the number of passengers. At the Crooner's Lounge, Bert was great. But, seating is very sparse and inadequate. Before the cruise, about 45 days, I booked some massages. The Lotus Spa raised their prices in the interim and would not honor the prices originally quoted without printouts from the booking. I had one and they honored it. But, they changed the schedule forcing us to change the times of our massages for ports-of-call. We had to pay the higher price, even though the change was caused by their changing the schedule. The increase -- $20 a pop. Overall, I would not recommend this line to friends. From the frequent Princess cruisers we talked to aboard the ship, they felt that Princess had gone significantly downhill in the last several months. My husband tried to use a treadmill. He was kicked out of the gym for only having strapped sandals and wearing socks. He was not allowed in the gym until we stopped in San Juan to get some running shoes. When evicted, there were 2 women in the gym in sandals with no socks. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
We just got back from a New Year's cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess. Our family included my husband and myself, both 52, our daughter, 27, and her boyfriend, 26, along with our two sons, 23 & 21. We have previously cruised ... Read More
We just got back from a New Year's cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess. Our family included my husband and myself, both 52, our daughter, 27, and her boyfriend, 26, along with our two sons, 23 & 21. We have previously cruised Carnival once and RCI six times. This was our first Princess cruise and will be our last as well. Embarkation: Extremely smooth for us but perhaps that is because we arrived early. We were processed and onboard by 12:30. This ship is too small for the number of passengers. We were extremely lucky because all of us are fit and healthy as we basically had to take the stairs everywhere we went. The elevators are slow and crowded. It is extremely hard to navigate where you are on this ship. I am used to the Promenade on the RCI Voyager Class ships. I always knew where I was and which way I needed to head based on the Promenade. I gave up trying to figure where I was on the Princess. There is one floor that doesn't go thru the length of the ship. Rather you have to go up and then go back down to get where you want to be. There is not enough seating in the buffet during breakfast and lunch. The layout (traffic pattern) of the buffet is not up to that on RCI. One of the crew told us, "Of course there is enough seating for everyone, they just didn't tell you that you would have to sit on someone's lap!" The service/care of the passengers on this ship is very poor. This began prior to embarkation. We had a problem/concern so we called Princess regarding it. After not getting a satisfactory answer my husband faxed a letter to their headquarters and we still do not have an answer, although the cruise is over. Once onboard we needed some help with a dinner reservation for New Year's Eve. Went to the purser's desk to get help. The girl there said she'd only been on the ship 4 months and did we expect her to know what to do? Uh, yes. We then asked for her manager so he could help us and her reply is that the managers weren't available to speak directly with the passengers. Yep, I want that job. How hard could it be to be a manager when they don't have to deal with the passengers? The stability of this ship is extremely bad. Even on a calm day, the ship never stopped swaying. By the second night of the cruise Dramamine was sold out of the shop on ship. We got to know several crew members and we were told that the ship was built wrong. It is one story higher than the other ships which affects the stability. The crew said that since its inauguration in April, it has been this way. If you're prone to being seasick, I would definitely not pick this ship. The shows on board were very poor. It's hard to understand why the singers/dancers can't sing the lyrics when they only have four shows a week. We attended the first show and part of their singing was dubbed. Perhaps it wasn't that way the next three shows as we didn't go to any more. We will not be taking another Princess cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
Dec 24 2004 sailing on Celebrity's Century: Sailing at Christmastime is always a gamble for people who enjoy an upscale cruising experience (my vision of a good cruise usually does not include large families with many children -- a ... Read More
Dec 24 2004 sailing on Celebrity's Century: Sailing at Christmastime is always a gamble for people who enjoy an upscale cruising experience (my vision of a good cruise usually does not include large families with many children -- a given on holiday cruises). Still, when selecting Celebrity (based on 2 prior experiences with them -- once on Summit and another on Century in 2003) my wife and I (experienced cruisers with over 20 cruises) felt it would be well worth the extra cost to enjoy the premier service we had received in the past. This was not the case. HIGH holiday prices = LOWER level of service? I could not have been more disappointed however, as the ship was severely understaffed for the holiday cruise despite significantly higher prices. Service outside the formal dining room was truly terrible -- bar service was only adequate at the pool, nowhere else, drinks were being top-poured after tight measuring of each shot (even the Amstel light beers were 11.1 oz not 12), and to get a decent martini ($8.95 plus 15% auto gratuity) one had to endure the sports bar with its "Carnival decor" and crowded atmosphere. Smoking is not allowed in the Michaels Room cigar bar (they can sell cigars but you can't smoke in there now -- what gives)? "Not in my job description" attitude or just POOR MANAGEMENT? Piles of trays from the Islands Cafe (Deck 11) constantly littered the pool and public seating areas, and I had to help a little old lady with Parkinson's Disease clear her own place to sit on the aft deck (this was not an exception -- this mess was the rule). There were no service personnel to be seen, and to make matters worse, there was nowhere to leave the trays and dishes if you wanted to be self-responsible and keep your stuff from blowing overboard. Treated "INfamously" made worse by RUDE PASSENGERS POOLSIDE No line can be blamed for the percentage of social misfits aboard its ships but when people are saving deck chairs for their kids for 2 hrs and then threaten to go get security if you don't move out of their (absent) kid's chair, there's a need for policy revision. Celebrity needs to make it clear to their self-important clientele that 15 min. is the max duration for their ambiguously stated "reasonable time" when holding limited deck-chair space. Perhaps a poolside sign with the old adage of "do unto others as you'd have them do unto you" would be a great addition to the multitude of other useless signs throughout the ship. Aquaspa: Thassolotherapy pool use for $60 pp + 15% auto gratuity (for the whole cruise) was not enforced by the useless front end staff at the Aquaspa. Once they took our money for cruise-long we found ourselves among others who clearly decided to beat the system. They should either charge or not but don't be arbitrary and steal my money for a service you're allowing others for free. Entertainment: My wife and I have given up shows a long time ago so I have no comment on the entertainers other than to say that the Pool Band did a decent job: They have a very good lead vocalist and played a fun variety of music. It's true that the band didn't play long enough or at seemingly appropriate times (earlier on days at sea), but this again is a management level issue and has nothing to do with the band. Other musicians were very talented but the highly compartmentalized nature of the Century made it hard to be in the right place at the right time unless you wanted to relax in a crowded hallway or otherwise busy thoroughfare. Ports and shore excursions: These were excellent. St. Thomas: Having already been to the big islands several times, the wife and I decided to take an Eco Hike on St. John (led by a native American named Thunder Hawk who is a highly knowledgeable bush medicine expert and ecologist with 12 years on the island). I could not give a higher recommendation to his tour (yes you have to walk so if you'd rather stay on board and reserve your 15 deck chairs please do so). We returned in time to enjoy some properly prepared "Bushwhackers" near the port. Don't miss them - it's the island's unofficial Cruzan rum drink. St. Maarten: We took the high-speed ferry ride from near the dock to St. Barths -- a very rough ride over (VERY!) but worth it after about an hour of cooling down once on land -- and catching our wits. I recommend finding the little Boulangerie (bakery) near the far corner of town and buying one of their pre-made fresh sandwiches on a French baguette roll for about $4. They were excellent and portable if you wanted to walk out to Shell Beach -- which also was excellent. We had a whole section to ourselves. The ferry ride back was with the current and much smoother. St. Kitts -- the frou frou-y crowd didn't like the far quieter and realistic town as much as the modernized other ports but we love it. Be sure to check out artist Kate Spencer's gallery and elsewhere read the tombstones outside the church -- many fascinating stories are told there. On this trip, we spent the $98 each for a time on the Catamaran Fan-ta-Sea shore excursion and it was worth every cent. We enjoyed some of the best snorkeling followed by a well prepared and tasty lunch on Nevis (spectacular location -- great coconut salad, bbq chicken and open bar with local rums worthy of distinction). The trip out and back was almost entirely under sail on the 1.5 million dollar "Spirit of St. Kitts." Crew were excellent, choice of music was good, and I've never had a better time on a shore excursion. Back to the Century: The wife and I lingered in port each day basically dreading getting back on the ill-maintained and poorly staffed Century. RCI has truly succeeded in devaluing its (historically) premier line while improving RCI in many ways. The only thing that stood out positively about our Celebrity cruise was the dining room food, and even then I found myself ordering shrimp cocktail and grilled salmon more than once from disenchantment with the menu items. To conclude, the overall experience was only good because we had great table companions (Thank GOD!) and great shore excursions. Basically, I feel ripped off by a company I'd switched to (Celebrity) after 19 RCI cruises (We're RCI Diamond Members). The problem is, since RCI owns both companies, where do I switch to now to get the service that's advertised so prominently? Final notes for those interested: -- 2 of the 3 recumbent bikes were broken in the gym -- at least put a sign on broken equipment! -- ceiling was peeling and moldy in the Aquaspa Thassolotherapy pool. -- safe in stateroom constantly needed resetting and was hell to close. -- lots of mold in shower. -- bar mismanagement was evident in each location: Recommend large martini's be available in all bars (after all they're "trendy"). Celebrity cruisers will pay for quality but don't like to be herded around to seedy sports bars for a good drink. -- if it's true that the Century is being relocated outside the US ports due to emissions from its diesel engines, RCI should stop booking cruises on it until they decide to live up to their advertised standards. The loss of vision for distinguishing Celebrity from RCI is apparent and RCI should be ashamed of themselves for their false advertising. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
We spent our Xmas on the Millennium. This is our 12th time cruising. Mostly with the RC, a few times with the Princess and Celebrity. Last year we spent 11 days on the sister ship the Summit on Xmas and New Years. We were satisfied with ... Read More
We spent our Xmas on the Millennium. This is our 12th time cruising. Mostly with the RC, a few times with the Princess and Celebrity. Last year we spent 11 days on the sister ship the Summit on Xmas and New Years. We were satisfied with the service and the program on the Summit. Therefore, we decided to try the sister ship the Millennium this Xmas. What a disappointment! I understand the Millennium is 4 years old, but the ship looks like a 10 year old ship! The ship is not as clean as you expect from the Celebrity cruise line. The food is poor and the selections are not even as good as the RC line. Celebrity is supposed to be the top line of RC. I don't think so. The only place that I think it is better than the other cruise line is the specialty restaurant -- Olympic restaurant. The service was great and the food quality was excellent. It was worth the $30 extra charge per person. My wife went to the spa twice. She had a facial package and a full seaweed/massage treatment. She said the treatment and the service were very good and are worth the money spent. She also said to her surprise they did not try too hard to push her into buying the "after" treatment products, which is better than the other ships. I also find that most of the ship personnel, are always busy practicing politics rather than serving their customers, especially the middle/high rank officers. They often got together joking and laughing, but I never see them working except walking around doing only the PR job. The entertainment was boring, too much of the Celebrity dancers and singers. The magic show was a joke, same old tricks. Overall not enough high quality contracted entertainers, good way to save money. The public areas are not as clean as the other ship, and the maintenance of the room I stayed in has problems with the air conditioner, TV, bathroom vacuum system and the balcony sliding door. This has never happened to me on the other 11 ships. I think next time we are going back to RC and the Princess because the Millennium has truly disappointed us. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
A beautiful ship indeed! I was very surprised about the service, which can be awesome - like our stateroom attendant, Pat. She did everything she could to make us happy and got to know us really well. She was very prompt and kind. My ... Read More
A beautiful ship indeed! I was very surprised about the service, which can be awesome - like our stateroom attendant, Pat. She did everything she could to make us happy and got to know us really well. She was very prompt and kind. My husband and I loved her the minute we've met her!! On other parts of the ship the service could be downright rude. For example, we were asking, "where is the midnight buffet, located?" to one of the casino workers, and he brushed us off with a really gruff "I don't know!!," and walked by very quickly, as if we had some type of disease on us. I was left standing there stunned by his actions. As I have travelled to many different resorts around the world, most of the time, the different "departments" know where and what is happening elsewhere or if they didn't know something, they will personally take you to the right department! We were not impressed for what we have paid for! The food was good, then everything started to taste the same after 3 days. Some was too salty and some was divine - like the desserts. I've tried every single one of them, and the desserts were truly amazing! Not too sweet and not too heavy! MMMMMmmmmm! Dining room -- they should've done more of a compatible personality match, our table of 6 was downright boring. Some nights people showed up and some not. We dreaded it so much that we decided to head off to other restaurants to eat! The Port of Calls were Amazing!!! We loved, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Maarten! The tours are pretty good, and in the end you can do your own shopping, touring around, hiking, etc... It was fantastic! You end up learning about the islands and people! Try not to go during Holiday season, the ship was packed and so were the pools and decks - you will be lined up like sardines! We were fortunate enough to have our own private balcony! And children were everywhere - not exactly relaxing when they fill up the pools and hot tubs! Overall, we did enjoy ourselves, but we will choose to go at a different time and take a trip with more ports of call! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
In this review I will give you the pros and cons of this ship and of course this is just the opinion of my family. We had two cabins -- one for my better half and me, and one for my two teenage children ages 17 and 15. To qualify my ... Read More
In this review I will give you the pros and cons of this ship and of course this is just the opinion of my family. We had two cabins -- one for my better half and me, and one for my two teenage children ages 17 and 15. To qualify my opinion I will state that I have been on 22 cruises, my spouse has 15 cruises and my children have 10 of our last cruises. We average two sometimes 3 cruises a year. One 4 or 5 day cruise and one 7 to 10 day cruise year. We have cruised on numerous lines to include Carnival, RCI, NCL, Princess, Cunard, Holland American, Costa, and Celebrity. For me, my first cruise dates back to 1967. I cruised on ships like NCL's Sunward, and Starward, Carnival's Mardigra, and Tropical, the Norway in 1980 even the old Bahama Star out of Miami. So this review comes from a few years of experience. Pros: The Glory is a very nice ship, a little over a year old. The staff keeps it very clean. The cabins are great. We had a large balcony suite and my kids had a regular balcony cabin. They were both roomy and very nice. Cabin stewards were excellent. Room service was the best my family and I have ever had on a cruise ship, and we had room service every day including the last morning on board and it was still quick and the order was done perfectly. The ports Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten are all great. Embark: Cape Canaveral the port is very nice and easily accessible. The porters did a good job. The Carnival check in staff moved things along very well. We arrived at the port at 11:30 and were on board by 12:05. Our bags arrived by 1:30 p.m. -- very quick. The ship is easy to navigate once you understand the layout which takes about a day. With over 3000 passengers the smoke problem wasn't bad, of course except in the casino where most gamblers seem to smoke and lose there money just like they do buying cigarettes. Smoke in the bars caused non smokers not to drink in the bars and move to nonsmoking areas along the Promenade deck. But overall the smoke problem aboard cruise ships is usually worse than this ship due to the way Carnival designated non-smoking areas. Cons: The food was mediocre at best. The Reservation Only dining was not worth the extra $120 dollars I spent. The service was good but the food was not what they claimed it would be. The Red Sails Lido Deck dining was better then the regular dining room food especially the fish and chips and deli areas. In my 36 years of cruising I have never encountered a worse Cruise Director -- Stuart Dunn he is a bafoon. Cruise directors have a hard job trying to please guests of all ages and backgrounds. This guy fails. I'm sure there will be some disagreement with me on Mr. Dunn but that is why we have freedom of speech. The entertainment was stale and boring in reference to the ship's dancers etc. The other outside talent was very good like Marcus -- a great entertainer and singer. The comedy shows were outstanding. All the comedians were great and very talented. Carnival, or just the Glory I don't know, seems to be losing it in reference to keeping the passengers busy and entertained especially at sea during the day. The drinks are watered down, the sodas are nothing but ice water with no taste at all most of the time. The Purser's desk, as with most ships, is the most rude especially on the Glory. Carnival needs to learn from RCI about past guest perks. Their lame cocktail party doesn't work anymore. Their idea of entertainment is Bingo, which is a good money maker for them and every cruise line, and the art auctions give a break Carnival. Give us ships tours of the Bridge, give us cooking and galley tours gives us more dancing and all the fun Carnival has around the pools. This cruise felt like nothing but a sales pitch. I know all cruise lines try to increase revenue and that's ok. Its business and profits but Carnival has over done it this time and needs to soften the approach a little. They are just too obvious. Nassau can be a great port if Carnival spent more time there. They need to make Nassau their last stop and maybe cut out one day at sea to spice the sailing up a little. I liked Carnival over the years. It was fun but maybe they're getting too big and arrogant, or maybe its just the Glory. I'm not sure but I talked to a lot of the crew members during that week and they hate their jobs, they hate their dept heads. I have never been on a ship so unhappy before. I always get to know and speak to as many crew staff as I can from all depts and ranks this was the worst I have ever encountered. For you first timers don't let this review spoil your plans. You will most likely enjoy your cruise experience. But this is your first time so you can't really judge or compare yet. Other veteran cruisers will not agree with me either but that's why opinions are different. So I hope you, whoever you are, enjoy your Glory experience. I'm done with Carnival. It took many cruises and years for me to say that and I didn't think I would but Carnival has turned me off. I will try other lines and some of Carnival's other subsidiary companies. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
This was my 9th cruise. The previous sailings I have been on are Costa, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Norwegian. Our first cruise was 15 years ago on an old Costa ship. We really enjoyed the first cruise especially the food so wanted to ... Read More
This was my 9th cruise. The previous sailings I have been on are Costa, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Norwegian. Our first cruise was 15 years ago on an old Costa ship. We really enjoyed the first cruise especially the food so wanted to see if anything had changed. Embarkation and Disembarkation -- Not a nightmare but not the best. It took about 1 1/3 hours from the time we were dropped off to the time we were on the ship. Disembarkation was about 30 minutes behind schedule and we couldn't wait in our stateroom. However, breakfast was served. The buffet stayed open until 9:00 a.m. Disembarkation started at 8:00 a.m. The Ship -- The ship was the cleanest and most elegant I have ever been on. Everywhere you looked there was Murano glass. The ship was decorated with rich woods, marble and Italian artwork along with the glass. Of course it was overdone, but then it wouldn't be Italian. Our stateroom was richly appointed and was about 165 square feet. The Service -- The service was outstanding. I was a little apprehensive since this was my first cruise where you don't personally tip anyone. The cabin was kept immaculate. Whenever you asked for anything special in the dining room it was graciously done with expediency. The dinners tend to be more European in time. The dinners can take 2 hours before all the courses are complete. The Food -- Our main disappointment was the food. It had been wonderful on the first cruise but only fair on this cruise. Although it wasn't the worst food I have ever had it wasn't the best. There were some dishes, like cold cream soups, which were wonderful. Some of the pastas were good, some were bad. The meat and seafood dishes at dinner were mediocre. The desserts were not elaborate for the most part. The bread was all right but not what I would expect from the Italians. We found the food much better at lunch in the dining room. The buffets did not have much variety. Cappuccino in your state room in the morning was fabulous. It was brought steaming hot and with a nice froth on it. Entertainment -- The worse ever. There were only three shows. Costa was trying to sell the shore excursion shows so those nights there weren't any shows. However, there was nice music playing in the lounges which was better than average. Smoking -- It was there although rarely and not particularly offensive to me. Costa did an excellent job with their ventilation system. Our cabin did not smell of smoke. Liquor Prices -- The prices were high. Everything was over $4. We found several bottles of wine at around $20 was the best way to go. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
This was our first cruise and we were very, very, very disappointed with it. The entertainment was below substandard and bordered on the offensively stupid at times. Just lousy! The coffee might as well have been poison, as it tasted so ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we were very, very, very disappointed with it. The entertainment was below substandard and bordered on the offensively stupid at times. Just lousy! The coffee might as well have been poison, as it tasted so bitter and horrible that it bore no resemblance to my favorite drink. It was absolutely the WORST coffee drink I've ever had. I had one latte and one regular cup o'joe and never had it again. As addicted to coffee as I am, I went without rather than subject myself to that assault on my tastebuds again. The food? Overrated by far. As a vegetarian, my options were extremely limited. We had the same tiny menu EVERY single day and it got boring fast. Internet was slllloooow and far too expensive. Everything is geared toward the over 60 crowd, which I wish I had known before climbing onboard. We're in our mid-twenties and there really wasn't much for us to do. They don't give you enough time at port, although perhaps this is because of their mostly senior clientele. There were a few bright spots, but they were few and far between. First, it must be said that the crew was absolutely fabulous. They worked very hard and treated us very, very well. Whatever they are paid, it isn't near enough. Our cabin steward was worth twice his weight in gold. The bartenders really know their cocktails, and the waitstaff went above and beyond, as well. The shore excursions we went on were worth the money (helicopter and snorkel Virgin Gorda). They obviously aren't prepared to change plans on a dime, because one of our ports was canceled due to rough seas/weather. They didn't bother giving us an updated program for several HOURS after they returned the ship to sea. There really was nothing for all of us to do. Everyone was getting crabby and manners were shelved in favor of rudeness. We already spent an entire day at sea and did all that there was to do! We ended up doing laps on the deck until the rain prevented us from even doing that. We were relieved when Sunday finally came and we stepped off the boat. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2004
We've been on 3 Carnival cruises prior to this one, as well as cruises on RCI, Celebrity and Norwegian. This was our worst cruise experience ever. The service was nonexistent! We had to go to bars to get our drinks for all but 3 ... Read More
We've been on 3 Carnival cruises prior to this one, as well as cruises on RCI, Celebrity and Norwegian. This was our worst cruise experience ever. The service was nonexistent! We had to go to bars to get our drinks for all but 3 drinks the entire cruise. The jewelry shop staff was rude, the lines for the buffet were 20 or more minutes long, the food was average, service in dining rooms was very slow, the casino staff unfriendly, the public bathrooms smelled horrible on the Lido deck, the adult hot tubs were either not working or cold frequently and you couldn't find anyone to take responsibility for them. The overall attitude was "not my job - I get tips whether I give you service or not!" We had 6 cabins booked on various decks - my daughter got married on St. Thomas (not thru Carnival). The Carnival photographer we had take posed photos when we got back was marvelous and the pictures were terrific - he was the friendliest person on the ship (other than the cruise director who was also great)-he saved the trip from being a really horrific experience. Our washcloths were frayed every day - and varied in color from beige to white. The towels sometimes smelled badly - like dirty socks. Food Variety was poor on the buffet and lines were awful. The ship was too cold in the indoor public areas every day and the music (somewhat limited) was always too loud no matter where you were-you couldn't carry on a conversation anywhere on Lido if the band was playing because it was so loud always. The Motown singer was very good as were the Broadway type shows. The cruise Director, Mark, was a definite asset to the ship - and a bright spot in a dismal place! Overall the staff was uninspired, unfriendly, and not very service oriented - a result of prepaid gratuities perhaps? The Spa facilities were quite nice as was the gym/exercise equipment. The library and card rooms were pleasant and clean. The spa staff were friendly, but not the friendliest on the seas by our account. Most areas were clean but many areas need refurbishing - worn out seats on chairs, booths, etc. I know Carnival can do better than this! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2004
Overall, I would give this ship a C+. As a hotel, it gets an A. The accommodations were elegant and spacious (I had a junior suite), thoughtfully designed, and convenient; the service was friendly and efficient. The only annoyance was the ... Read More
Overall, I would give this ship a C+. As a hotel, it gets an A. The accommodations were elegant and spacious (I had a junior suite), thoughtfully designed, and convenient; the service was friendly and efficient. The only annoyance was the fact that this ship holds so many people that the wait for the elevators was endless. I got lots of exercise sprinting up and down the stairs. There were lots of things to keep you occupied, although most catered to young adults. The pools (3) were small, but they never felt crowded. There were sufficient deck chairs, although the ones in the sun were always occupied. The gym was very nice. The entertainment on board was spectacular. I was very pleasantly surprised, and we went every night. Now for the food. I was very disappointed. Everyone had told me how great the food on RCI is. Well, maybe I picked the wrong boat, but the food was so-so at best--with the exception of Portofino, the "speciality" restaurant for which you pay an additional $20 per person. That food was superb. Too bad about the rest of the food. A couple of other things that left me with a very bad taste in my mouth for Royal Caribbean. First, the Internet. A royal ripoff at .50 per minute and the connection was so slow that 75% of the charges were for waiting. Also, they've put an interface over Internet Explorer to make sure you can't do anything without getting charged, and that interface has a few bugs which cause some programs (e.g. email) to hang--and of course you get charged for this. I guess I expected the cruise line to charge for everything except food. I didn't expect this to include soft drinks, but it did. There was also an endless stream of selling going on. Every time I turned around, RC was trying to sell me something (at exorbitant prices of course). The disembarkation process was complete chaos, and it took about four hours. I think a few people may have missed their flights because of it. RC blamed it on US Immigration; I think the ship just didn't have its act together. I would go with a different ship next time. I've also heard that the food and activities are better on Carnival. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2004
Where to start....first off the ship is beautiful, but, VERY difficult to find your way around. We didn't start learning our way around it until the next to the last day of our cruise. Our room was fine. We had a stateroom with a ... Read More
Where to start....first off the ship is beautiful, but, VERY difficult to find your way around. We didn't start learning our way around it until the next to the last day of our cruise. Our room was fine. We had a stateroom with a balcony, which we enjoyed very much. However, the A/C in the room was less than adequate. We had our own thermostat, but, possibly, it's just for show. We called maintenance twice to try to get the room colder, but, no luck. I quickly found that the people that loved this ship/cruise were of the retirement age group. I have sailed Carnival prior to this and will go back to them next time. Carnival's activities are geared more toward the younger crowd and they offer much more on a daily basis. There were not enough announcements to let you know what was going on during the day. For instance, I hear they had a sushi bar twice during the cruise, but, we never knew of it and missed it both times. Anyone who talked about it said they found it while walking around the ship. Our cabin steward was great.....Kornel! And our cocktail waitress in Club Fusion.....Hazel was superb! Graham, the cruise director is a hoot and we loved watching his take on the TV each day of the daily activities and drink specials. The Lido deck is too small...if you want a seat near the pool you need to get out there before 8 a.m. to "save your chair," which they say you aren't allowed to do....HAH! 7 day cruise and we didn't get near the pool one time! Also, they kept showing the same movies on Lido over and over again....Splash played 3 times that I know of...geesh. The buffets.......hmmm no direction to go and people everywhere -- totally disorganized and hectic experience. Also, the foods were too exotic for my tastes and I found very little to eat at any of the buffets. Sit down dinner was very good. We had anytime seating which we loved, so that was nice. The shows...some were good, most were OK. Nothing great that's for sure. I can only remember one comedian that I actually enjoyed watching and thought was actually funny and that's Steve Morris. Sorry to say, but, overall I will not book another Princess cruise, I will go back to Carnival for my next one. They know how to have a good time and are much more organized than this ship was. Plus, Carnival had cruise directors on each level and signs to tell you what was going on each day and how to get there! Now that they own Princess, maybe they will make some changes on these ships. Cruising isn't just for the elderly anymore, so they will need to step up to the plate to keep the younger crowd interested in sailing with them. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2004
This was our first HA cruise. Have tried Carnival and Royal Caribbean in the past. We expected the "white glove" service advertised by HAL. Embarkation went smoothly for us, but we didn't arrive at the port until about 2pm. ... Read More
This was our first HA cruise. Have tried Carnival and Royal Caribbean in the past. We expected the "white glove" service advertised by HAL. Embarkation went smoothly for us, but we didn't arrive at the port until about 2pm. Check in was much slower than usual, we were told, due to a new computer system. Passengers arriving earlier stood in very long lines; perhaps it's better to come on board after 1 and have a smooth check in rather than try to rush the process to get onto the ship and find long lines! Anyhow, we were greeted by a wonderfully polite gentleman with white gloves who escorted us to our cabin. We then went to the Lido for a quick bite and then, naturally, the muster was held. We left the port with light rain but a smooth embarkation. That evening, however, the seas were quite rough and unpacking was a challenge. We were bounced around in our cabin quite dramatically. Skipped dinner due to upset tummies and went to the Lido around 7:15 for a bite - found out the Lido closes PROMPTLY at 7:30 - no ifs, ands or buts. The line closes and the curtains are pulled. Dinner was fine. The next morning we docked at Nassau and had a few hours (too few to do much) in the sun. Then we left for the rest of the trip. Our stop in Tortola ended up being a wonderful experience for us - but the ship tours were canceled due to rain. We were lucky to have booked the tour independently and had a lovely catamaran/snorkel afternoon. Got back on the ship in a rain storm that had everyone in a sour mood. During our ten days we had horrible weather - it was sunny only a day or so. We had a LONG day in St. Thomas (perhaps to shop, shop, and shop?) but the day in Dominica was about 6 hours (and threatening skies). All excursions were canceled in Barbados due to weather and we were unable to go to HMC due to gale force winds and high seas. During this weather we wondered if there were stabilizers on the ship. We have never been bounced around as much as on the Volendam. There were "barf bags" placed at all elevators. You couldn't go out onto the veranda or you'd get a salt shower. The upper decks were so windy that you felt you would be blown off. The aft pool was splashing all around on the deck. The sun would come out for a bit, and then the rain clouds threatened again. You can't change the weather, but this made life on the ship more evident. There was very little to do. There was no music played on outer decks. Nothing near the pools. During the breaks of sun, the decks were cramped with people trying to capture a ray or two - no music. Just people laying around. Movies were played in the Wajang Theatre, but there were two a day. Not bad choices, but who really wants to spend four hours a day inside in a theater? At least there was popcorn - a VERY SMALL BAG - but fresh. The casinos were full - and full of smoke. With allergies, we had to avoid the area completely. However, one of our members won over $4000 during her cruise! We heard of a number of winners playing the slots, so if that's your bag, go for it! There was a daily happy hour with 2 for 1 drinks at the Dolphin Pool and our CC group, which started out at 14 and GREW, met there daily. It was between 4 and 5 daily. Thought they should extend happy hour to accommodate people, but that never happened. Your choices of entertainment were very slim and not too appealing. Team trivia for 45 minutes a day, but not daily Bingo. Spa offerings - where they tried to sell you products. The kitchen tour was extremely popular and crowded. Shopping was not as plentiful as RC; small shops and extremely understaffed. I stood in line at the counter for nearly 15 minutes to buy a tube of lipstick. Our cabin steward was a disappointment. Being in a mini-suite, we expected good service. In fact, we gave our steward a $50 additional tip on the second day for service expected and only asked that he keep our ice bucket full. Not only didn't he do that on a regular basis, but he NEVER changed the sheets in 10 days! There was a blood stain on the side of the bed for the entire time. The wallpaper in our cabin looked as though something was thrown against it - lord only knows what. The bathroom had mold in the shower. There was a black film in the toilet bowl, which he said was the "water" but looked like filth. We washed down a lot of the cabin ourselves. The counter and small table were NEVER wiped down. The crew washed down the balconies while we were in Tortola and there was an awful cleaning solution left on the rug at the door. It actually burned my bare foot. We moved the rug under the chaise lounge and every day the steward moved it back - but didn't take care of the cabin. We felt as though he took the money and ran. We left the auto tips in place. The people in the Lido were extremely stingy with some of their food. I never had a problem, but I don't eat ice cream. They serve the ice cream with what looks like a cookie scoop - and don't ask for more than two or you'll get a dirty look. One very small older lady wanted a scoop of tuna and a scoop of chicken salad for lunch one day and I saw the fellow use a TEASPOON. When she asked for more, like Oliver in the movie, he was obviously unhappy. If fish was offered in the line, you were given a very small "taste" rather than a full portion. If you wanted bacon in the morning, you were given two small strips. For some people, that wasn't enough. Ice tea was available, but when it ran out, it was gone. Too bad. I never once saw the lemonade being served on deck as they advertise. We're in our 40's and our group ranged from 40 to 65 - and the majority of us were BORED. There wasn't enough offered. The evening entertainment was short and the majority of the nights it was the "Volendam cast". These kids sang and danced their hearts out, but it was definitely an amateur hour. The comedian was the spouse of the cruise director, Dottie. An excellent Australian singer performed one night-the highlight - and then we had a juggler and a pianist. Televisions in the room played four movies daily, intermittently. TNT was offered but the satellite was out too much to watch anything. CNN was the international version - we never had any US news except Powell's resignation the second to last day - and we were heading back home. "Motown" was offered in the Crows nest one night - and consisted of 30 minutes of music! The highlight was the Rosario Strings trio who played nightly in the Explorer's lounge to a packed house. Thought they should have played in the theater to the entire ship - but then HA wouldn't have any drink revenue coming in. All of the lounges had decent entertainment early in the evening - but NOTHING during the day! And with three days in port canceled, people were ON THE SHIP. When HMC was canceled, Dottie added a movie - some old flick from the 60's or 70's I think - and a talk with her for 30 minutes; perhaps another trivia game. WOW! We all stayed in our cabins, being thrown around due to the list of the ship - and packed. The restaurant service was the best we've ever had on land or sea. We were seated at table 74, a table for two near the railing on the upper level. We had a waiter, Andi, assistant waiter Max and our head waiter Jusuf. These three gentlemen made us feel as though we were the only people on the ship. The food presentation was fantastic and the offerings were delicious. We couldn't have been happier with the restaurant. Ate at the Pinnacle one evening and it's everything that people say - fantastic food and service. Well worth the $20/pp fee and CASH tip. Remember that - you need to tip in cash. No one tells you that and some people were caught off guard and had to go back to their cabins for money as it's a cashless environment - but we had heard this before on the boards and were prepared. It was a wonderful evening. All in all, the trip could have been a true disappointment with the weather and lack of activities, dirty room, etc., were it not for the fantastic Cruise Critic group we had on board. We stared out with 14 people and it grew from there. We even had a group picture taken the last formal night and it will serve as a wonderful momento of friendships made. My dear husband and I feel grateful for the friendships developed on this ship. We met at 2pm on the second day at the Dolphin Bar and we all clicked - what a wonderful experience! We still enjoy cruising, but after this trip we're not too eager to book with HA again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2004
This was mine and my wife's first cruise. We're in our early 30's and wanted a "happening" line instead of a geriatrics boat like Holland America. The smoke-free environment made us immediate buyers. Our overall ... Read More
This was mine and my wife's first cruise. We're in our early 30's and wanted a "happening" line instead of a geriatrics boat like Holland America. The smoke-free environment made us immediate buyers. Our overall impression? 3.5 ribbons out of 6 (One ribbon going just to the fact that it's a smoke free ship). The ship: even though it was built only 6 years ago it looks like something that was designed in the mid 70's. Simply put the decor is VERY TACKY and it resembles more a Vegas casino. Although the ship is clean, we couldn't find a garbage bin anywhere to throw away napkins, paper, etc... The open-air decks: (nice feature) a lot of lounge chairs all over; (awful feature) not enough pools and the ones they have are FULL of kids. Our cabin: I've seen motel rooms with better decor... One thing that was good was the bed (VERY COMFY). The crew: I noticed that most crew walked around with a pout. We were situated at the very front of the ship not far from a storage room and it wasn't uncommon to see crew on break lounging around on the corridor floor. The restaurant and cabin crew were nice although the cabin steward was a little too chatty... The shows: again, we found them on the tacky side. The stand-up shows were funny but the variety shows too much glitter and cheap costumes. Finding seats was an adventure. The excursions: we had heard that it was cheaper to book the excursions in the port rather than on the ship. Problem is that the availability of port excursions varies tremendously as does the quality. We experienced very good service in this department although if you're in the USVI and absolutely want to go snorkeling to Buck Island beware that there are 2 Buck Islands: the first is just off St. Thomas (and it's a waste of time), the other is the world renowned snorkeling haven just off St. Croix. Make sure you are not taken in like we were. Bottom line: we had heard that the best way to start on a cruise line is to go with Carnival because everything else after that gets better. So if you're new to the cruise scene Carnival is just for you. Next time we'll work our way up to Royal Caribbean and eventually Holland America. Read Less

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