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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise because it worked for our kid's spring break. We were concerned about it being crowded since it was a sold out cruise but I can say we never once felt like it was crowded. The design of the ship is supposed to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it worked for our kid's spring break. We were concerned about it being crowded since it was a sold out cruise but I can say we never once felt like it was crowded. The design of the ship is supposed to prevent overcrowding and it worked. We had an owners suite, which provided so much room for two adults/two children. Our balcony included a dining table for 4, 3 lounge chairs, and plenty of space just to walk around. The perks for being in a suite are huge. The private restaurant, which hosted a nightly "happy hour" in the bar, offered complimentary wine, beer, and cocktails and a nice variety of appetizers. The common areas were in different themes, very beautiful. Central Park was full of trees and plants, almost forgot we were on a ship. My kids loved being able to get a slice a pizza anytime they wanted. Restaurant staff went out of their way to provide great service. The only time it ever felt a little off was in dining room, that may be due to how busy it was. The food was great, Windjammer was surprisingly good for a buffet. Something for everyone, great variety of ethnic food. There was so many choices for entertainment, our kids had a blast ice skating. We loved the rock climbing, Flow rider, mini golf. The spa...……….. Let me just say I wished we had skipped it. Beautifully designed but I had flashbacks of Timeshare seminars. My daughter and I booked a simple treatment (eyebrows) only to find ourselves in the middle of a cosmetic procedure presentation. We checked in, filled out the paperwork and were directed to sit in the café until our names were called. And there we sat, watching hard sell tactics for Botox and a variety of "work". After 45 minutes I had to remind staff we were still there. I was then reprimanded for sitting in the wrong spot and told I needed to relax and not be so grumpy. The procedure involved my daughter being insulted about her skin and me being reminded I should relax more. Oh, and would I buy their products. A spa should be a place of relaxation, not coming off as a used car lot full of sharks. Hard-sell tactics are such a turn off. That being said, the cruise was nice, ship beautiful, food really good, entertainment and activities great. Shore excursions are what you make of them. The spa is beautiful, but not a relaxing place. We would go on this same boat in a heartbeat! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We had sailed on the Oasis (Oct '17 & Nov '17), the Allure (Apr '18) and the Harmony (Sep '18) so it was only logical to try the fourth and largest of the Oasis class ships. The ship did not disappoint. It is ... Read More
We had sailed on the Oasis (Oct '17 & Nov '17), the Allure (Apr '18) and the Harmony (Sep '18) so it was only logical to try the fourth and largest of the Oasis class ships. The ship did not disappoint. It is beautiful and we especially love Central Park and the evenings of music. Our cabin was very nice, we especially like the dual wardrobe and chest that has been added for the Harmony and Symphony. Semi-reclining chairs on the balcony made for many pleasant nights. Entertainment was good. Hairspray and Ice Show were superb. Water Show was not up to the level of Harmony but still very impressive. The 2nd production number, Flight, was confusing and disappointing. The big problem was the food. WHAT HAS HAPPENED??? The Windjammer was poor with very little variety and food temperature was a problem. Will someone please teach the breakfast staff how to toast bread and keep pancakes from turning into rocks? Stop grilling the pancakes/french toast/waffles an hour in advance. We did not choose specialty dining much to our own peril. The MDR food on the Oasis and Allure was wonderful. The Harmony saw a slight decline. The Symphony ended up at the bottom. The food in the main dining room was chain restaurant quality. While service was superb, the menu lacked imagination and the food was mediocre at best. I really would prefer to wait until I have finished my entree to decide if I want dessert. Having said that desserts were monotonous. Could I please have a slice of chocolate cake that is not bitter dark covered in bitter dark ganache? When we complained about our dinner on one occasion, the manager offered a free upgrade to the filet mignon (normally offered at additional charge). I passed but my wife tried it. Although ordered medium-rare it came out barely pink and very dry. Maybe it's our fault for doing so many Oasis class ships back-to-back. Maybe we have just gotten bored with their repeating menus. Maybe we gluttons for punishment because we have scheduled another trip on the Allure in September '19. Hoping to see if the whole fleet has gone downhill or just the Symphony. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
The ship had just come out of a yard period in which changes were made to deck 16 & 17 to attract more family cruises. They also did some routine maintenance around the entire ship. Since we have cruised the Eastern Caribbean many ... Read More
The ship had just come out of a yard period in which changes were made to deck 16 & 17 to attract more family cruises. They also did some routine maintenance around the entire ship. Since we have cruised the Eastern Caribbean many times we only we only got off in St Thomas. The ship was in great condition and clean in everything we used. Below was my assessment of this cruise. 1) Service could have been better in the bars and Lido deck. 2) Food was very good. 3) Production shows were top notch. 4) Lounge entertainment was lacking especially having no piano player in Crooners. Heard from a Ship Officer that there were 1500 first time Princess cruisers on this cruise. I guess summer Caribbean cruises will be popular. My cabin D725, a mini-suite, was in the rear of the ship and we could feel pronounced vibrations coming the engines. Think I will stick with cabins more in midship area. If you sail on the Caribbean Princess and enjoy a quiet area to read try the Skywalker Lounge on Deck 19. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We took this cruise to celebrate our anniversary and this was the only ship doing the eastern caribbean itinerary at this time. We’ve been on the Caribbean Princess 4 times previously were curious to see the changes after the wet dock. ... Read More
We took this cruise to celebrate our anniversary and this was the only ship doing the eastern caribbean itinerary at this time. We’ve been on the Caribbean Princess 4 times previously were curious to see the changes after the wet dock. We felt that this experience was more of a 3.5 - 4 rating. What we liked/loved: Service everywhere was very good, and the staff seemed happy and friendly. We were approached immediately in the buffet sometimes by multiple people to ask if we wanted drinks. Club Class waitstaff was attentive and excellent, but we only ate there 3 nights because some night the menu options didn’t appeal to us. Our room steward Renante was efficient and friendly. All of our needs were met and our special requests were handled quickly. Our aft suite views were breathtaking, we felt like we were the only people on the ship when we were out on our balcony. The sound of the wake is almost hypnotic. The cruise director and staff seemed fun, energetic and personable. Breakfast for suite guests in Sabatini’s was delicious with lots of food options and again, attentive service. Really enjoyed the Salty Dog Grill, the pizza, and Coffee and Cones on the Lido deck. Never had a problem finding lounge chairs at one of the pools. And we liked that towels didn’t have to be checked in or out. Loved the salad bar area in the World Fresh Market, and the desserts were plentiful. Thought the Fantastic Journey show was contemporary and fun. Loved the aerialists and the singing and dancing were great. Comedian Troy Thirdgill was so funny, a little edgy and not the typical cruise ship humor so many if them repeat over and over. What we feel could be improved: Started off really liking World Fresh Market until we realized half way through the cruise that food choices were very redundant. For lunch and dinner, we found It was a good thing that we like salads, lol! Lounge chairs on our Vista suite balcony would have been perfect if they reclined all the way (or at all for that matter). Table was too short and not dining height. We would have ordered the ultimate balcony dinner, but didn’t want to eat hunched over. Suite bathroom had no shelving over the sink which was inconvenient and our shower water was cool/luke warm all week. Someone came to fix it, but whatever they did didn’t help. The shelf in the refrigerator door was too short and anything in there fell out every time we opened it. Princess, do you have any women ship designers? And if so, don’t any of them shave their legs? A little shelf or foot rest in the showers would be so convenient. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Our cruise with Allure was a part of a group of 10 friends for a birthday celebration. The selection of the ship/itinerary/dates were the choice of the birthday person. We actually moved cruises from MSC to RC after doing a bit of ... Read More
Our cruise with Allure was a part of a group of 10 friends for a birthday celebration. The selection of the ship/itinerary/dates were the choice of the birthday person. We actually moved cruises from MSC to RC after doing a bit of research on the two vessels and opted for Allure. There was no issue with the booking of the cruise and we were kept well informed and updated on payments/excursions etc. Unfortunately we were on the cruise on 12th -19th May that had the ports schedule moved due to mechanical issues with the ship, so St Thomas was dropped off and San Juan added. I understand a couple of our group were particularly looking forward to St Thomas and notification of this change was late and poorly done by RC - as we had pre-booked excursions at St Thomas and had only short notice. For my part the change in ports turned out to be a positive as San Juan turned out to be the best stop. I understand this was the first return visit to San Juan by Allure since the hurricane damage. EMBARKATION: On-boarding was hassle free and although the port at FL was very busy, it was an easy bag drop at the designated areas and a short stroll to the main terminal. There was a bit of confusion upstairs waiting to sign on but only a short wait inside and out of the heat. Once things were moving it flowed well and we were on board quite quickly - not the best we've experienced but very good. As you'd expect it was busy at the dining options as it was around lunchtime but we managed to grab a bite at the Central Park Cafe level 8 before heading off to our cabins. Some of the luggage was already waiting - so that was terrific. SHIP: Allure is an impressive vessel from any angle and it dwarfs anything else we have experienced. The ship's over all condition throughout I would rate as excellent, it has been well maintained and presents well. The split design with inside balconies is different and nice to try. The massive capacity of 6200 guests takes some getting used to. We did find this a bit of an issue and along with the ships design we were not fans of the overall product. That's not to say it was not good but after this experience we think a smaller vessel 1800-4000 capacity is preferable and I think we like the older traditional layout. This is a personal thing - we found on this ship we were unable to find a nice tucked away comfortable place/lounge/bar/cafe were we could go after a show or during the day to sit and chat and have a bite to eat. There are the boardwalk/promenade offerings but they tended to be bustley, crowded and not quiet. Maybe we missed something on board but did find the same type of places we've found on other boats. Unfortunately for this and a few other reasons would not be looking at taking a cruise on this type of vessel in the future. DINING: Mixed bag - we eat almost exclusively at the on board main dining areas and not Windjammers (tried to avoid as much as possible-not fans) and we were on Anytime Dining. This proved to be problematic for our group of 10 and we had ongoing difficulties with securing a table every evening almost without fail - we were informed you cannot pre-book a table on anytime dining so when we rolled up there were problems. It seems some other were able to book tables-don't know how. We chose anytime mainly because of the entertainment/shore excursions and wanted to pre-book as many of the shows as possible and eat around that schedule. This problem was particularly bad on formal nights or Lobster night, when it was very busy. This issue was not managed well by RC and caused a bit of angst for us, to the point of speaking directly with the American Grill's Maitre-d about the matter. He offered the company's view and provided an explanation about difficulties with accommodating these sorts of numbers. We understood but it did not alter the experience - I would definitely not opt for Anytime Dining unless with a group 6 or less, too difficult and not worth the hassle. In general the food and menu were overall very good and up with our previous experience with RC and Princes - far better than Norwegian and Carnival. The lobster night was a bit hit across the boat. We opted to try one of the additional cost restaurants for a special dinner, having tried these previously on RC. This was Giovanni's Table - we got a discount off the usual cost when we booked. Unfortunately this was a waste of money - this was a bad experience; we were jammed in on a long table that just fitted the 10 of us; the service was nowhere near the usual service as one waiter seemed to be left to manage himself and unfortunately he wasn't great; the menu was very disappointing and the food was pretty ordinary for an extra cost. We have tried Giovanni's before and it was outstanding and more than worth the extra cost but this fell short and i think we all left pretty disappointed. Windjammers - okay the “on the spot Asian/wok” was a nice extra - but generally much the same as any of the buffet style offerings - seemed popular with many guests - just not for us. Dog House - okay for a hotdog on the run - condiments pretty ordinary when compared to what you get at a football match in Germany. Sorrento’s - busy, not too much in the way of seating but pizza's pumped out quickly and not bad, was a go to place for a snack/late bite. Central Cafe - just okay - not a big fan of the fare on offer. Cafe Promenade - was handy and pretty much the only 24hr place you could get a cup of tea/coffee. Point to note - RC uses the big urn type of dispensers for coffee/hot water but the water is often not hot enough unless you are lucky enough to be on the spot when it has been topped up. ENTERTAINMENT: Winner!! Winner !! Winner !! Easily the best onboard entertainment we have been lucky enough to have experienced on any vessel, just terrific. Needed to book for some of the shows but definitely worth it; first night Mama Mia - terrific show (just glad i didn't pay to see the stage one) informed by friends pretty much up to or better than the stage show; WATER SHOW - again just fantastic; ICE SHOW - same again; COMEDY SHOWS - great two terrific comedians and went twice. Overall could not fault. Additional - the two cruise directors and staff were fantastic throughout both very talented/funny/entertaining - big asset for RC. The staff/cruise directors put on an absolutely fantastic/fun 80's show on the promenade deck - after one of the other shows, this was a good as the main shows - big clap to all the staff involved and RC. Enough said - 10/10 for entertainment. SERVICE: As is usual for RC we had terrific service across the ship, almost unfailingly - there were a couple of times the staff/waiters may not have been quite as good but they are human and they all work exceptionally hard. So overall - excellent. PORTS: Yeah - not great - did not have high expectations with a Caribbean cruise - understand seem to be very popular with Europeans and Americans but did not hold great interest personally- given we have the pacific islands nearby. ST KITTS - interesting and overall very third world feel - some historical interest but generally pretty tired run down sort of place. We had a booked shore excursion Island History and Rum Tasting Tour - this was pretty good value and the tour of the distillery/sugarcane plantation was enjoyable - the tour guide and the tastings very nice. The drive out and back and around the island was okay. Had a look around the port area and entertained by some costumed dancers. NASSAU - 5 ships including ours docket at Nassau - Essential Nassau - booked and again it was an okay sort of tour - port area has a lot of shopping nearby but just the usual tourist trap stuff - jewellery, t-shirts etc. The place is very run down for a major cruise ship port and I wonder where all the monies are going from the boats because its not going to the port area that is very run down, tired looking. The tour was okay trip out to Atlantis resort and a quick look around the accessible parts of the hotel - nothing more. SAN JUAN - best port stop and a nice city from our experience - we had quite a nice tour through the old section to the fortifications and cemetery, lovely old streets and Columbus square for a walk up the main tourist shopping street and popped in for a pastry at one of two recommended by our driver, where we had interesting service experience, food was pretty nice. Would have been happier to have spent more time in San Juan and did enjoy the short visit. Apart from San Juan - was not overly impressed with Caribbean - not much of a beach/swimming/snorkelling person and given we live on coast at home with some fantastic beaches etc did not hold much fascination- understand may have for other; also generally a bit to rough/ready - we can get similar and likely better experience in Fiji, Bali, Noumea etc and have visited those places. DISEMBARKATION: Again RC provided a hassle free experience, pretty well organised, bags out night before, get some breakie, wonder down to designated meeting point and stroll off the boat. Bags were ready to be collected and a bit of a wait/line up to clear customs etc. Very busy outside the terminal for taxi, uber, shuttle pick-ups but no problems as such. Overall - as outlined RC Allure is a marvel of a ship, has some great things going for it and would suit lots if not most tastes, superior entertainment, pretty good food, terrific amenities, fantastic staff. Even with all this (not sure how you could ask for much more) probably wouldn't go on this or similar size/class/design of ship and opt for smaller more intimate boat. We had already booked another RC to NZ later this year but unfortunately due to health reasons with one of our group will miss out. I would use RC again, do fixed/set dining. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I wanted to take my mother on an amazing vacation because she has never been anywhere further than 12-14 hours from home. My oldest daughter also came so this was a 3 generation vacation. The ship was full of anything anyone could want. My ... Read More
I wanted to take my mother on an amazing vacation because she has never been anywhere further than 12-14 hours from home. My oldest daughter also came so this was a 3 generation vacation. The ship was full of anything anyone could want. My daughter enjoyed the shops, purses, clothes. My mother enjoyed the scenery on the ship and absolutely loved the balcony in our room. I enjoyed everything, especially watching my mother enjoy herself. Dining was as expected where the food was concerned as this is my and my daughters 3rd year in a row on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Our waiter Jesus and assistant waiter Jing Jing were amazing, entertaining, prompt, courteous and a joy to have serve us. The Aqua show was amazing. Wonderful performance and skill by all. A must see. Momma Mia was good but extremely long, I would suggest catching it earlier in the day rather than late. The Blue Planet show was another wonderful show, also a must see. Excellent choreography. As far as the service, guest services was helpful as always. Had a little issue with a cake I ordered to be delivered to my mother in the dining room the night of her birthday. It did not show up. I went to Guest Services to have the charge removed, which was done but they also called a manager to speak to us and promised to make it up to us. They kept offering us wine, we do not drink. The following night at dinner the manager asked if we had received the cake in our room, that he had it sent down, we did not. The following night they brought it to our table and serenaded my mother. I was a little disappointed in our meet and mingle. Apparently they took a poll and it was voted that the main thing everyone wanted to win was alcohol, so that is all they had to give away. Again, we do not drink. The last cruise I took, a year ago, had a lot more prizes and a lot more attendees. The saving grace of the meet and mingle was Flavio who hosted the meeting. He was a doll. He was super sweet, energetic and entertaining. It's a shame that someone recently posted that he needed to scale it down and not talk so much. I say, Flavio, don't take too much stake in what a few others say. Let your light shine and always be you, you're a much better you than trying to be what others want you to be, so continue being just the way you are, we love you that way. He was a true joy, not only hosting but getting to know everyone on a personal level as well. I felt he genuinely cared and wanted to get to know you. He felt more like a friend than anything else, enjoyed him immensley. All ports were very quick and efficient. I also very much appreciated the kindness and attention Danel and Ashkyr during the sales on the Promenade showed to my mother. They made her feel so special. Two great young men there. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Zumba Cruise for 120 people. If i don't have to go back to Nassau, it will be too soon. We took the excursion and it was a marketing tour for the local merchants and not much else. Coco Cay was a rip off. Anything you wanted to ... Read More
Zumba Cruise for 120 people. If i don't have to go back to Nassau, it will be too soon. We took the excursion and it was a marketing tour for the local merchants and not much else. Coco Cay was a rip off. Anything you wanted to do, you had to pay for. I understand paying for the zipline or the balloon ride, but charging to use the pool and water, is utterly ridiculous. The food was well prepared and an excellent choice for the buffet. The evening dinner was excellent with fantastic servers. Eating there was the highlight of the cruise. The entertainment at the theater was well done and very entertaining. The music throughout the shop was very good. I don't how a ship that has children on board, will allow smoking in the casino. to get to some of the facilities, you had to go through the casino, it was disgusting. If you stood on the 5th level close to the stairway going to the casino, it had a terrible smoke smell. I have been a smoker in the past, but if was disgusting to have to smell that. Overall the cruise was good as long as you stayed on the ship. Royal Caribbean lost my business because of Coco Cay. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This is my first review ever on a ship. Previously, I have sailed with Carnival, Princess and NCL. We tried Royal because we heard great things about it and it did not disappoint. Obviously, there were some things that could have been ... Read More
This is my first review ever on a ship. Previously, I have sailed with Carnival, Princess and NCL. We tried Royal because we heard great things about it and it did not disappoint. Obviously, there were some things that could have been improved on but overall, the cruise was great. Here are just some highlights. Pros: Embarkation - when we check in online about 2 weeks before, we were told to show up at 1pm. However, we had to be out of our hotel room at 11am and we didn't want to wait at the hotel, so we just went right to the cruise port.Even thought we had to be there at 1, we got there around 11am and were on the boat by noon. Very very smooth. We read before that Windjammer got really busy at that time and boy there weren't wrong, so we made our way to Wipe Out Cafe towards the back of the boat and had no problem. Staff: For the most part, all the staff we encountered were wonderful! My room attendant was on point with everything and very friendly. My other family members also enjoyed their room attendant. We chose My Time Dining and had reservations every night (more on that later). We loved our waiter and staff the first night so we requested them for the rest of the ship and they were again...wonderful! They knew our drinker order after the 1st night and were very timely with everything. If we needed to get to a show right after dinner, we let them know and they made sure we had plenty of time to eat and then find seats. Kudos to them! The only staff member that I didn't care for was someone at the Guess Service Desk. Royal offers luggage service now where they pick up your luggage the last night of the cruise and you don't see it until you arrive at your home destination. Well, because we were on a cruise, we lost track of time and missed the deadline to bring the form down to Guest Services by 1/2hr. Only a 1/2hr. We when told the worker, she was like Nope, you're too late and turned and walk away. Very very rude. Food: I am not a picky eater so maybe that is why I enjoyed what I ate. The options in the main dining room was great. I could always find something to eat. Wind Jammer is your typically buffet but they provide plenty of options. I preferred breakfast and lunch in the Solarium because it was a lot quieter and relaxing. Not as many options as Wind Jammer but it got the job done. We paid for one special resturant (Giovanni's) and it was fantastic! The food was great as well as the staff. I would go back in a heart bet. Room: Granted I was in a room by myself but there is plenty of room. Not sure I would share it with more than 1 adult though. Room was very clean and tidy. Everything worked great. Balcony was wonderful. Luggage (as I'm sure you are reading everywhere else) is scattered down the hall on Day 1 so you need to find it. Luckily, mine was right outside my door and so were the the rest of my families but I did hear some people mumble and grumble about it.The bathroom is tiny but worked well for my needs. Cons: My Time Dining: We chose My Time Dining and made reservations for most of the nights for 7pm. Now, you would think with reservations you could just go right in and be all set but no, you had to wait in line upwards of 15mins to even tell them that you were there. And then sometimes, you still had to wait to be seated. If we cruise Royal again, we would not chose that option. It was a joke. While the wait staff were fantastic, we didn't appreciate having to wait to be seated even with reservations. Elevators: There were over 6,000 people on board with 12 elevators so of course there would be waiting and sometimes they would be full. But the elevators are just plain wonky! You stand outside waiting to get in and notice that some of them aren't even moving?!?! Why has it been on desk 3 of 5mins while I'm waiting? Simply does not make sense. Ports of Call: We chose this itinerary because of the ports of call. We were suppose to go to St. Kitts, St. Thomas and the Bahamas. A week before our cruise, we got notified that something is wrong with the boat and we are no longer going to St. Thomas but now to San Juan. Been there, done that, had no interest in going back. Okay, fine I get it but still. We were looking forward to going to St. Kitts and the Bahamas still but were disappointed in the shore excursions. On St. Kitts we did a Scenic Railway Tour. Nothing that scenic about looking at broken down cars in people's yards, trash all over the place, etc. It surely didn't feel like the Caribbean. The highlight was St Kitts was that my dad found a Harley Davidson store and was able to buy a shirt. Don't waste your money. In the Bahamas, we didn't an Essential Nassau tour - again don't waste your money. Visiting a "Rum Cake Factory" really means going to a shack on the side of the street and trying a teeny sample of cake - along with the 50 other people that were there. And not sure why we need to drive around Atlantis to look at the buildings? Royal did a good job in selling this excursion. We were just the suckers who signed up for it. I would go back to the Bahamas but do a beach excursion instead as the beaches we drove by were very nice. All in all we had a wonderful family vacation. No vacation is perfect but we were able to relax, drink, eat and disconnect from the real world which is why we went. Also, the entertainment was great. I wanted to go back and see Mamma Mia again but simply didn't have the time. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was the first cruise I have been on but I loved it. The only negatives that I had were it left port an hour late and a lot of noise children other than that it was extremely fun and the food was better than I expected not saying it ... Read More
This was the first cruise I have been on but I loved it. The only negatives that I had were it left port an hour late and a lot of noise children other than that it was extremely fun and the food was better than I expected not saying it was the best in the world but it was far above what I had expected and the fruit was very fresh. My favorite restaurant was the blue iguana it’s burritos were awesome but they only served them from like 12 to 2:30. There was plenty of activities and things to do on the ship so much that I couldn’t go to everything I wanted because they overlapped times. Everyone was extremely friendly and the Cruise director Nicky was amazing so much energy and so fun she was probably one of best parts of the cruise. There was an adults only pool that was nice. The room was spacious and had a large balcony. They had a 24hour pizza delivery it was $5 a delivery and usually took 10 min. Overalls I had a great time and would definitely go again Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I have cruised with Carnival over 100 days. I live close to 2 cruise ports and take advantage of the same day drive to the port. I picked this cruise because it was 8 days and went to Key West. I had not been there in 6 years. This was ... Read More
I have cruised with Carnival over 100 days. I live close to 2 cruise ports and take advantage of the same day drive to the port. I picked this cruise because it was 8 days and went to Key West. I had not been there in 6 years. This was also my first trip to Half Moon Cay. Embarkation was very smooth and we walked on the ship immediately after going through security. We had lunch at the Anchor BBQ and it was very good. Overall we had a good cruise. There were some negatives. Our cabin was on the Riveria Deck in bow. The room was in good shape and the A/C worked very well. We heard some complaints by other passengers that their A/C did not work and rooms were warm. Our room steward did a great job. We had late dining in the aft dining room. Late dining is not my cup tea. Eating at 8:30 to 9:00 is too late. This not the ships fault. We booked late and that is all that was available. The wait staff did a great job. However, the menu is becoming boring. The menu has had very few changes over the years. I do not enjoy the shows in the theater. I did enjoy the family friendly comedy shows. The musicians were a mixed bag. The brass section was good and some of the solo artist were good. Carnival is a lower end cruise experience. Carnival is not a luxury cruise ship and it is not a gourmet food experience. People will over indulge and you will hear more foul language than you may want to hear. We also had someone throw up in the main pool on the last sea day and it had to be drained and refilled. Also the hairy chest contest is not for children. It can be over risque when the participants have over indulged. On debarkation, 5 NO policemen and a police dog escorted someone off the ship in handcuffs. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and you can find plenty of places on the ship to get away from the crazies. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Overall this was an excellent cruise. The comedians and watered down drinks in the punchliner comedy club were not very good-only one was worth the time to listen to-saw him first cannot remember his name. Hint-get your drink elsewhere ... Read More
Overall this was an excellent cruise. The comedians and watered down drinks in the punchliner comedy club were not very good-only one was worth the time to listen to-saw him first cannot remember his name. Hint-get your drink elsewhere and take it in there with you! This was disappointing. The theatre was good-the singers and dancers worked very hard to deliver an awesome program. My favorite was 88 keys-this show was awesome! The food was excellent. Our room and a lot of areas on the ship were warm-could have been better air conditioning all over the ship. They had a weird set up for the lights-had to keep your sign/sail pass or a credit card in this thing on the wall for the lights to work-yea-who knew why we had no lights! LOL Gerardo, Jati and Edgar took excellent care of us in the dining room. The food was outstanding! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We originally booked this cruise on black friday, as MSC was giving away the drinks on us promo, and a good price on a balcony room. I had done a bunch of research, watched a ton of youtube vids, and read a bunch of reviews. I have to ... Read More
We originally booked this cruise on black friday, as MSC was giving away the drinks on us promo, and a good price on a balcony room. I had done a bunch of research, watched a ton of youtube vids, and read a bunch of reviews. I have to say this helped out a lot, and prepared us for the week for the most part. Embarkation wasn't too bad..probably an hour from arriving to actual embarkation (we were there 2 hours before our assigned boarding time). The ship is absolutely stunning! From the infinity bridge and bridge of sighs, to the atrium and staircases, it's really a beautiful ship! We only ate in the main dining room (Ipanema) 3 of the 7 nights. The food was ok, but our server I think misunderstood us (and our table mates) on a couple of occasions. The food was hit and miss, with the breads, pastas, and seafood all pretty great. The prime rib was also very good, but the steak we ordered one night was a little too fatty for our taste. We did the Teppanyaki specialty restaurant the first night, since we sailed at 5pm, and our MDR time was 5:15. This way we could watch the sail away. I highly recommend the Teppanyaki!!! It was so good, we actually went again friday night with some friends we made the first night. As for the buffets....well, they were buffets. Just be prepared for it to be a total cluster, as everyone cuts in and out of line to get what they want/need. They will always have the standard pizza, hot dogs, burgers, salads, and breads, with occasional other fares. I was really looking forward to the pizza, as I know they make it from scratch...it is good, but was light on the cheese. I still ate it quite a bit, though. We spent most of the time at the Miami beach pool on deck 16. We avoided the South beach pool on deck 7, as all the smokers are there and we don't smoke. I thought the bar tenders were excellent! Only a few times (mostly on sea days) was it crowded and had to wait a while for a drink. The key for me was to tip a couple of the bartenders early on, so they remember you (Ruffy ALWAYS took care of me, called me by name, etc., while Happy, Nigel, and Leo all took care of me) The other key is to BE NICE to them! I know they can get a lot of pushy drinkers coming at them, so calling them out by name, saying hello, and generally being a good guest goes a long way to getting good service, IMHO. We don't have kids, but the kids pool area looked like a lot of fun for the kids that were there. I'm a big kid, so I can't count how many times I tried the waterslides! I also rode the zip line about 3 times, so I could get a good GoPro shot. Make sure when you get there, to sign the waiver for the waterpark and zip line early..especially before sea day when the lines are really long! Another tip: I registered my credit card to my shipboard card right after getting on the ship. There are several kiosks around that will let you so this, although you technically have 48 hours. You can also get a wristband that links to your shipboard account, which is $5. That way, you can tap your wristband to their point of sale tablets. Speaking of tech: The MSC for Me app is pretty good overall! It has an interactive ship map (although didn't always tell me the right floor I was on), and would give you access to your shipboard account summary...really useful to see how much you've spent on board! It would have been nice to have a chat feature build in, but that's why they push the internet packages so much I suppose. Speaking of which: we did NOT have the Wifi package, but we still kept getting regular app notifications on our phones, even though we were in airplane mode and mobile data turned off. To the best of my knowledge, we were not charged for that. We didn't do any of the shows, with the exception of Beer Prov (which I recommend...really funny!!). We heard from others that the shows were really good! I did go to karaoke out on the Miami Beach pool deck a couple of times, which I wish was longer (but that's just me). The white party is a lot of fun too, although we were pretty wiped from back-to-back shore days. So if you are of a certain age and want to go to things like the white party, take a nap! LOL. The entertainment in the atrium and various bars seemed to be the same musicians. I would have liked to see some different musicians play in the atrium, as it always seemed to be acoustic Chris (I wasn't a fan of some of his song renditions at times, but was ok). I heard they used to be mostly opera, so at least this is a little better. Speaking of shore days, the biggest beef I had was the itinerary. I knew what it was going in, and still booked it anyway. San Juan arrives at 5pm, and leaves at 1am, St. Thomas from 7am-7pm (was ok with this), and St. Maarten from 7am-2pm, which is WAY TOO SHORT!! MSC needs to extend this by a couple of hours at least. Nassau was 12-7pm. We walked around San Juan with some friends, and went to a place called Punto de Vista (which I had researched online before going, and highly recommend!). We booked the Panoramic shopping & Magen's bay tour through MSC, which was pretty good. For St. Maarten, we took a taxi to Maho beach. If you go: they have a large taxi stand just off the pier, where they have a a few taxi vans. I believe it was $16/pp, and they give you a colored wristband to show you have a pre-paid ride back to the cruise port (we were the only ship in port that day, BTW). I HIGHLY recommend going to Maho beach to watch the planes land low. Again, not enough time do this and see all the bigger jets land, so you have to leave around 12n to make it back on time. For Nassau, we didn't do any excursions, but just walked around town near the pier. I honestly could have done without Nassau, or would have preferred getting in early enough to try the Atlantis water park. Getting in that late in the day doesn't really make it worth the money IMHO, as it only works out to being a 1/2 day. Overall, my girlfriend and I had a wonderful time on this cruise! It definitely has a European flavor to it, as I heard a lot of German, French, and Italian cruisers around me. Again, be prepared for the buffet free-for-all, especially at the coffee stations in the morning! If you have anything above Bella experience, it might be worth going with room service for coffee, as we did for a couple of the days. Also, do your research on the drink packages before you buy one! We had the drinks on us, which honestly was just fine most of the time. We did pay for some of the frozen drinks at times, but stuck mostly to DOU. If you have the Easy package, again..know what's included and what isn't. Also, they will add the service charge (12.50/pp per day to your bill somewhere around the 4th day, so don't freak out when you see a large charge, they put it on your bill earlier, rather than at the end). Finally one other note: If you are staying towards the front of the ship, and want to go to Miami beach pool or the buffet, go to the midship or aft elevators. Otherwise, you end up a the specialty restaurants, and cannot go through unless you go up to 18 or down to 15 and cut across. Just remember...you are on vacation, so don't let little things (or people) ruin it for you!!! Enjoy yourselves!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We were on the Seaside with 4 other families. Prior to sailing, their website was difficult to navigate. Embarkation was fast and room was ready before 2pm. Food at the buffets and all specialty restaurants were really good. Specialty ... Read More
We were on the Seaside with 4 other families. Prior to sailing, their website was difficult to navigate. Embarkation was fast and room was ready before 2pm. Food at the buffets and all specialty restaurants were really good. Specialty restaurants have the best service. But the nightly complementary restaurant needs improvement. Food choices were similar to buffet items and kids menu was unappetizing. They also have a lot of staff just standing around while there is only one person that can handle your bar drinks and took our friend 3 times to get the staff over to order our drinks. The Spa staff are super friendly and the thermal spa was a cool experience. Our housekeeping guy Antonio was very attention to details and our rooms are always cleaned to perfection. It was difficult to get service at the bar when it’s busy. They tend to service the men and European guests first. Women do order drinks too you know. So after a couple tries, I decided to just not bother with the bars. The nightly show became repetitive after 2nd night as they were the same performers but staged differently. The same guy goes on doing the same trick every night. My kid was really excited about the LEGO club on the day we board. However, after 2 days of kids club, we realized the staff are fully Spanish and Italian speaking and tailored to the European kids mainly and neglected the English speaking kids. So after 2 days, none of the kids wanted to go back to the kids club anymore. Even during the family activities, the staff were playing games in Spanish. Having been on a few different cruise lines, I think MSC does have better food but their customer service needs improvement. I understand they are a European cruise line but if you are sailing from Miami, you are bound to have a lot more English speaking passengers. So it would make sense to have your staff pay some attention to your English speaking passengers. Throughout the trip, I’ve seen a lot of European manager positions staff talking to their European guests. But we’ve never had a manager spoke with us or asking how things are except one manager at the complementary restaurant who was from India. He noticed our daughter wasn’t enjoying her mini burger was it was really dry and brought her something else which was very sweet. In comparison, it was the lower ranking staff that are friendly with any guests from any country. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We enjoyed our cruise on Anthem. Keep in mind that a larger ship does not necessarily mean more to offer, just more people in this case (in our opinion). We enjoyed our last RC ship Jewel of the Seas as much as Anthem, maybe even more. We ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise on Anthem. Keep in mind that a larger ship does not necessarily mean more to offer, just more people in this case (in our opinion). We enjoyed our last RC ship Jewel of the Seas as much as Anthem, maybe even more. We were in a balcony stateroom on deck 8, 582; really a nice room, but the bed was so uncomfortable that we dreaded going to bed and woke up aching every morning. Our steward added several layers of comforters, but the bed was so hard it just didn’t help much. We have been on older ships in lower category staterooms with more comfortable beds. Overall a good cruise though. We probably will not take a cruise with so many sea days again. We did shore excursions in Bermuda and St Marteen. Kayaking in Bermuda was excellent, but didn’t leave time for a trip to Hamilton, so we shopped the cruise port for a bit before returning to the ship. In St Marteen we did the Rhino Rider excursion, which was very fun! Keep on mind that you will have to swim ashore when you get to the beach and will not be able to take anything with you because they tell you that you get soaked from head to toe; not Completely true. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Sailing on this cruise were myself 56, husband 55, son 25 and his fiance 25. This was our second cruise on Anthem. We drove from our home in Northern Virginia to the cruise port in Bayonne on the day of sailing, a Thursday, and traffic was ... Read More
Sailing on this cruise were myself 56, husband 55, son 25 and his fiance 25. This was our second cruise on Anthem. We drove from our home in Northern Virginia to the cruise port in Bayonne on the day of sailing, a Thursday, and traffic was amazingly smooth. And it is so nice to drive to port and not have to worry about the weight of your bags or whether they will get lost! We unloaded our bags and then parked our vehicle in the parking garage, which was $22 per day. When you enter the garage you are given a ticket that you must not lose, because when you return from the cruise, you insert your ticket into the kiosk outside the garage, and make payment, then hand one of two receipts to the attendant when you exit in your vehicle. There are staff members at each point in the parking garage (entry, exit, kiosk) to provide assistance. There is a wait upon returning from the cruise to get into one of two elevators to get back to your vehicle (lots of people and luggage), but other than that, it was a smooth process. Also, there 3 or 4 floors, so don't forget where you parked! The check in process once inside the port was very quick and efficient, and then we were ushered to the waiting area to await boarding, which took place at about 10:45. (Just FYI, if you are in the market for a new lanyard, they had several different styles for sale in the port area, but only a very limited choice once on board. I was considering one of the blingy ones since we were turning diamond unofficially on this cruise, but thought I'd wait and buy it from one of the ship's shops. Buzz, thank you for playing. There were none. Just thought I'd mention it.) Of course like most folks, we headed to the Windjammer for lunch. Food is a very personal thing, so I won't say much about it, but I must comment that Anthem has really upped their game in the Windjammer, as the lunch provided was probably the best tasting one we have ever had on boarding day. For all other meals, we ate in the dining room with anytime dining on level 4, American Icon and Silk. Breakfast is served from 7:30-9:30, and lunch from 11:30-1. For both of those meals you do not need a reservation, you just walk in and can choose to sit alone or with other cruisers. There is also a small buffet to go along with the menu. Our waiter Widia and his assistant Amaliya in the Silk dining room were terrific and very personable. Our first port of call was King's Wharf, Bermuda. We have been to Bermuda on a few occasions prior, so we just decided to take the shuttle ($7pp each way) to Horseshoe Bay Beach. The beach was pretty crowded, but nice when looking out on the water with the large rock formations, but not as pretty as those online photos depict. If you look closely in the sand you can see streaks of pink sand. They have facilities and you can rent 2 chairs and an umbrella for $50, two sand chairs and an umbrella for $45 (I think), and an open tent with 4 chair and a bucket of beers for $150. We thought all that was expensive, so we put our towels down near the rocks in a shady spot, since we had not intended to stay long. Be on the lookout for the pretty Bermuda Longtail seagulls flying overhead. On our way back to the ship we elected to take a taxi because we wanted to stop by the lighthouse. There are such beautiful views of the island from here, whether or not you choose to climb up to the top. I don't like heights, so I stayed in the parking area! You can see the ship in the distance. There is a small gift shop here where I bought two water color prints. However, I found them cheaper back at the cruise port. At port there is a shopping mall with trinkets and souvenirs, plus other nicer clothing stores. Be sure to have your photo taken under the Moon gate near the ship. Our next port of call was St Maarten. We chose to do the Screaming Eagle Beach and Snorkel catamaran, a ship's excursion. The vessel is in great shape and the staff are very nice. However there were many young children, one of which cried for half of the sailing. I think they need to reconsider raising the age limit on this excursion, as it was a bit scary for preschoolers to have to don the life vests, plus alcohol is served on board. One set of parents chose to snorkel, leaving their child on board crying with another member of their party. Other folks were tipsy, and it just doesn't seem like an appropriate environment for small children. That's just my opinion. The snorkeling wasn't that great, and the waters were a little rough at the beach where we stopped on that day. There were plenty of life vests, snorkeling equipment and pool noodles. The lunch served was very skimpy, just half of a sandwich with a few extra halves if some wanted seconds. Our next port was San Juan, Puerto Rico. We just walked around and happened to stumble upon the 'umbrella street', which is at the far end of Calle Fortaleza. I'm one of those folks who researches our ports, but for some reason I was unaware of this, so it was such a happy surprise to find. We stopped nearby at one of many bars that offered Pina Coladas 2 for $10. The last stop was Labadee. We hung out at Nellie's beach. Lunch is served in one of 3 areas, so you won't have to go back to the ship unless you choose to do so. They serve burgers, chicken, sides, fruit, drinks etc. There are also bars close to the beaches and a shuttle system for getting around. You use your cruise card for bar purchases but will need cash if you choose to go over to the craft market for souvenirs. We have avoided this area in past years after encountering overly aggressive local sales folk. We tried it again this time because my son's fiance wanted to look for gifts for her family. We did not feel badgered or pressured at all while looking around this time. Not sure if they were busy with other cruisers, or if there has been a change in the way they are interacting with potential customers. The ship is in beautiful condition, and we never felt particularly crowded except for the usual times, such as embarkation lunch in the Windjammer, or when a show lets out. There are the typical elevator crowding issues, especially on disembarkation day. This sailing had a lot of young children, and many elderly individuals with mobility issues. There were a lot of scooters and wheelchairs, and many cruisers who were not making it any easier for them to get around. I can understand the frustration on both sides, though. We enjoyed Spectra's Cabaret in Two70 (best seats are in the center, get there early) and We Will Rock You. The singers are outstanding. It was hard to sit thru the entire almost 2 hour production of We Will Rock You, as there was no intermission. I have heard that folks leave during intermissions and don't return, so perhaps that is why they performed the production all the way thru without a break. We did not make it to The Gift on this sailing. The day after we left Labadee and headed north for home, there was a medical emergency on board. The Captain said that someone walked into the medical treatment area with a serious condition. It was determined that it would be contraindicated for the patient to be flown off the ship, so we set course west to Nassau. The patient was off loaded at about 1am, and then we headed back out to sea. That following morning the Captain announced that instead of getting back to Bayonne on Saturday morning as scheduled, we would not arrive until about midnight, and passengers would depart Sunday morning when customs agents and port workers would be on duty. When the announcement was made about our delayed return, internet was made available to all passengers, and RC said they would pay up to $200pp for domestic flight change penalties, and $400pp for international flight change penalties. A letter was sent to all cabins outlining all the details. Also, when we paid to retrieve our car on Sunday from the garage, we were not charged for the extra day. Royal Caribbean handled the situation very well. So, that's how our 9 day trip became 10. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We booked this cruise to relax and I must say... Mission accomplished! This was our 3rd sailing with Carnival, our first on a larger ship. Overall, we had a great time! The ship did not leave until 9 pm since she was repositioning from ... Read More
We booked this cruise to relax and I must say... Mission accomplished! This was our 3rd sailing with Carnival, our first on a larger ship. Overall, we had a great time! The ship did not leave until 9 pm since she was repositioning from Miami that morning. We drove the 3.5 hours to the port. Our goal was to arrive around 3 since we had a 4:00 check-in. I was following social media for updates and saw how some people took a bus to a mall. I guess they started boarding shortly after the bus pulled away. We went straight to the port, arriving around 3:30 and were on the ship in about 20 mins. I read other reviews where people didn't have such a good time but this was the easiest boarding experience I've had so far. Our room was ready as soon as we boarded. I went straight to the shore excursion desk to pick our cabana. I was second in line and was able to get my first choice, #13. I then went to the atrium bar and ordered a celebratory glass of champagne! We did my time dining. I thought I would like the flexibility but I think I prefer late assigned dinner. Every meal in the main dining room was excellent! There was nothing we were served that disappointed. Bar service was a little slow so bring a drink with you. We ate at the Italian restaurant one night. We were a little disappointed that we were waiting at the reservation table for about 5 mins and a couple that walked up after us was assisted first (we had a reservation). The food was okay, large portions. The service was excellent. It was difficult to eat because the restaurant is in the aft of the ship and the vibration was so bad at times it looked like that scene with the water glass in Jurassic Park! My boyfriend was getting queasy and couldn't eat. We also ate in the steakhouse one night. I did not like it as much as I had thought I would but the price is great for what you get. Again, top notch service. Unfortunately, this night I was feeling queasy so that may have contributed to my lack of enjoyment. Brunch in the main dining room was my favorite! This was a Premier cruise so I understand the casino was more packed than usual. I was not a premier guest but I guess I did well enough to earn some cookies, a bottle of water and a discounted room on another cruise. I enjoyed the slots almost every night and did not lose all the money I walked on the ship with. I will say the bar service in the casino was disappointing. The actual bar only had 2 bartenders although this is a popular bar. Drink servers were few and far between. One server on the last night forgot my beer TWICE. The casino wasn't even crowded at this point. He even commented on my patience after the first time forgetting. After waiting 45 minutes and the server forgetting my drink for a second time, I told him to cancel it. I went to the bar and got a drink only to realize I was charged for the drink I never got. Eventually he gave me 2 drinks saying he owed me... so I had 3 beers. I also found the people at the cashier's desk to be short and little rude but it didn't ruin anything for me. Our room steward was exactly what we expect from Carnival. He was friendly, got us our bathrobes quickly and took care of our cabin. We requested evening service. We had a balcony cabin and the location on deck 7 was convienent. The room seemed smaller than other rooms I've had on Fantasy class ships but it fulfilled it's purpose! We enjoyed visiting Red Frog Pub! Nelsha, Lotoya and Christina are some of the hardest workers on that ship! They were always so busy but remembered our names and what we wanted. We made sure to tip often! We didn't do a lot of activities. I enjoy bingo and played as often as I could. I never won though. I also enjoyed the Lip Sync battle. We were lucky with the contestants on this sailing because the guy really put on quite the show! We went to a comedy show and just didn't find it all that funny. Comedy is a matter of taste and other people seemed to enjoy the show she put on. MarQ was the CD. He seemed very visible and approachable. I was worried the ship would feel crowded but we always seemed to be able to find a place to settle when we needed. The pool seemed crowded often but a lot of activities take place there. Overall, the Magic manages crowds well and lines move quickly. Very rarely did we feel crowded. The overall condition of the ship was clean. Someone was always cleaning something! There are a few noticeable worn spots in areas but with so many people moving through there it's to be expected. The outside was a little rusty, my boyfriend even commented on it. Fellow cruisers were nice but I think I understand more when people say Carnival is "the Walmart of the seas." Of course trashy people just seem to draw more attention to themselves but there were quite a few people on this sailing who caught my attention, if you catch my drift. Ultimately no impact on my vacation, though. We rented a Cabana at Half Moon Cay. I highly recommend getting one. We chose Cabana 13. This proved to be a good choice as the beach was super crowded but most people stayed closer to the ship. We talked to someone who had Cabana 5 and they said people were trying to use their showers and stuff but we had no problems with that. Bar service was practically non-existent at the Cabana but it was a quick walk to the bathroom and bars so not a problem. In Grand Turk we walked the short walk to Jack's Shack. We were offered horseback riding, drugs or a beach chair by a one-stop shop manned by friendly locals right off the ship. Jack's Shack lives up to the hype. Much less crowded than at the port, quick service, umbrella for $10. We also were able to watch the Pride leave port. We went to Margaritaville for a drink. Apparently someone (an adult) pooped in the pool. Luckily we didn't go in. In Amber Cove we just hung out at the port. Definitely check out the sky bar... the views can't be beat! It was beautiful! It was hard to choose a favorite port because each had something different to offer. I would do this itinerary again. We had a great time and will definitely sail Carnival again but will book another line for our next cruise just to see what else is out there. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
I booked this last-minute cruise as a way to disconnect and have fun. Overall, it was a successful trip! The cruise staff was pleasant and worked hard to correct any issues brought to their attention. As a solo cruiser, I particularly ... Read More
I booked this last-minute cruise as a way to disconnect and have fun. Overall, it was a successful trip! The cruise staff was pleasant and worked hard to correct any issues brought to their attention. As a solo cruiser, I particularly appreciate the "freestyle cruising" concept because it allows me the flexibility to meet new people if I wish, or to find a quiet spot on the ship to read and relax. The solo cruisers on this trip spanned many age groups, and it seemed everyone found plenty to do! The ship was nice; you can tell it was dry-docked last year because the common areas aren't showing any extensive wear-and-tear yet. That said, the theater was a bit smaller than I experienced on Escape (it spans two decks on the Escape), so it was a bit more difficult to get reservations or my first choice of seating location. The pool area can become quite crowded on sea days because a significant amount of upper-deck space is dedicated to paid areas (Haven, Vibe sundecks). That said, there's plenty of comfortable, shaded seating along the mid-deck "Waterfront" area for those looking to lounge outside without direct sun. Overall, the food was good. We especially enjoyed having early dinner in The Manhattan on sea days because the Burn the Floor dancers would put on a brief but incredible show (check the Freestyle Daily, but it was around 6p each night it happened for us). Service was slow when we have a large group (over 2 hours whenever we had more than six people dining together) but the food was usually hot and well-seasoned when we received it. Make sure to try out the Shanghai Noodle Bar -- it's reservation-only but also complimentary, and the food was very good and made to order! The entertainment was top-notch. Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, Syd Norman's, Howl at the Moon -- all are not to be missed! I had a bit of a snafu at Wine Lovers: The Musical, but had a fantastic experience at Velvet. This new show was installing in the Speigel Tent during our sailing, so we only saw it on our last day. If I had the opportunity, I would see it again! The whole entertainment staff was engaging and entertaining. I initially had some issues with cabin cleanliness, which were quickly corrected, and with getting ahold of crew members on the phone. Specifically, I waited over 30 minutes to speak with someone on the Dining Reservations line before hanging up. I also heard there were issues with the wifi package onboard, but I didn't purchase the wifi so I didn't experience this directly. One other random note: know that the soda package onboard most of the NCL fleet includes a commemorative soda tumbler, but for some reason the Breakaway is the exception and does not provide this. It was a bit of a disappointment to learn this once onboard. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our first cruise and overall we had a great experience. We had a mini-suite and the room was spacious with a balcony. Our room steward was wonderful and really took care of us! The ship has a lot of activities that you can take ... Read More
This was our first cruise and overall we had a great experience. We had a mini-suite and the room was spacious with a balcony. Our room steward was wonderful and really took care of us! The ship has a lot of activities that you can take advantage of. There are plenty of dining options and the buffet is HUGE. We do wish that the pool area was larger or that there was another adult pool on the ship, we didn't even use it because it was always so crowded. The aft sun deck was great. The waterfall/dipping pool was not working the first few days of the cruise, but once they got it fixed it was also very crowded. We had plenty of excursions to choose from, although transfers to the last one were delayed so cut into our excursion and shopping time. The ship staff does need to work on giving better information to first-time cruisers though. We felt lost a few times, especially with disembarkation. Overall we had a great time and would cruise Norwegian again, but think we will try a different cruise line next time just to compare. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
Just returned from a cruise on the Breakaway May 5-12, 2019. It was FANTASTIC! Embarkation in Miami was a bit unorganized and a mess. After we were able to get on board things went smooth. We had a balcony cabin on Deck 11 Cabin 11840. ... Read More
Just returned from a cruise on the Breakaway May 5-12, 2019. It was FANTASTIC! Embarkation in Miami was a bit unorganized and a mess. After we were able to get on board things went smooth. We had a balcony cabin on Deck 11 Cabin 11840. It was very spacious and very clean. The ship throughout was very clean. The food was great. Many options to choose from. On sea days is when you noticed that you were travelling with 4,000 people. Everyone was very nice and courteous. Wake up early on sea days to secure your spots on the pool decks. Entertainment was good too. We thoroughly enjoyed the jazz bar on deck 7 outside the casino. We saw the dueling pianos and were not very impressed. Do the specialty dining at Teppankani (Japanese hibachi), Moderno Churrasco (Brazilian style steakhouse). We skipped Ocean Blue which had an upcharge of $12 pp and only allowed you to have 1 appetizer, 1 entrée and 1 dessert. The lobster is extra and were small. Unfortunately, no captains dinners or all white nights. Those were removed. Great ports Tortola, St Thomas and Nassau. Very nice ports with great beach excursions. Can't wait to book my next cruise on Norwegian. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Let me start this off by saying that we love cruising. This was our 3rd Carnival Cruise. Previously we have been on the Pride and the Conquest and we enjoyed both and decided to once again cruise with Carnival aboard the Magic. From ... Read More
Let me start this off by saying that we love cruising. This was our 3rd Carnival Cruise. Previously we have been on the Pride and the Conquest and we enjoyed both and decided to once again cruise with Carnival aboard the Magic. From beginning to end.. something was just.. off. The day of our sailing, the ship was moving from Port Miami to Port Everglades. With that being said, we pre-checked in at the airport and they said that since we cannot get onto the ship until "late in the afternoon", they would bus us to a mall and we would meet back at the drop off location and be shuttled to the terminal. There was mass confusion at the airport and the carnival staff was being so mean to one another - it was a huge disorganized mess. We FINALLY get on a bus and the bus drive has no clue where he is going or where to drop us off. What was supposed to be a 20 minute bus rider turned into 1 hour of us driving in literal circles. We finally get to the mall and had 3 hours to shop and time to meet back at the location to get back on the bus... more mass confusion. People everywhere. Police directing us, some carnival staff telling us to wait - while some staff is telling us to get on the bus. Passengers running in front of us to get on the bus. It was just mass chaos and extremely hot outside to be out there waiting. When we finally get to the terminal, it was more confusion because some people had an arrival appointment and some did not. People were RUNNING through the lines to get up the escalator to get on board. I could not believe what I was seeing. No sense of organization at all and passengers acting like children. Since embarkation was a total mess it started our cruise off on a bad note. But we were determined to still have a good time - and we did. Our cabin was small but nice enough. The cabin stewards were so kind to us and always had us laughing. The food options were awesome! We loved all the food we ordered! One thing though - although the service in the dining room was great - my appetizers were wrong on multiple occasions. I know that these things happen and I did not mind the mix up. Everyone on the staff was amazing and made the ship truly feel like home. One thing that we did not like about this ship is that it seems like there are too many people. If you did not make plans to get a lounger by the pool early.. you were not getting a chair. Lots of people were saving their seats with towels and we actually saw the rules about not saving seats being enforced which was nice because I feel like it usually isn't. Along with the chairs, if you did not plan to have your breakfast/lunch at an earlier time.. you were going to be waiting in long lines. Everything we did had to be planned around the crowds and lines. If you weren't at a comedy show 45 minutes early.. you weren't getting a seat. We bought the Cheers! drink package and at the pool .. we waited SO long for drinks that we just ended up getting up and waiting at the bar almost every time. I know this seems so "first world problem" but when you're on a cruise and in your chair comfortable.. the last thing I want to do is get up and wait. We never had that issue on any other cruise we went on. Another thing we did not like is the smoking in the casino. I don't have an issue with people smoking but there was NO ventilation whatsoever. Smoke would just sit in that area and it was terrible. We came home with all of our clothes smelling. Even if we weren't hanging out in there, we had to almost always walk through to get to our destination because of where our room was.. I feel like this is something that needs to change. Entertainment on the ship was okay.. same as last year and we were surprised to see that not much was changed so we did not go to many shows. We loved going to the piano bar and watch Rebecca play and sing! We went to Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Amber Cove. We loved all of the ports and the simplicity of getting on and off the ship - no lines! Disembarkation was a breeze .. we carried our bags off to catch an early flight and had no issues and waited in no lines.. All in all, after a rocky start with embarkation, we truly did have a good time. We met some great people and loved exploring this ship (lines and all!). Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this ship because it is brand new, and we had a very good experience on Liberty of the Seas in its inaugural season. Food was overall good. Dinner in 150 Central Park was outstanding with great service, unique dishes, and very ... Read More
We chose this ship because it is brand new, and we had a very good experience on Liberty of the Seas in its inaugural season. Food was overall good. Dinner in 150 Central Park was outstanding with great service, unique dishes, and very upscale ambiance. Food in the various buffets was sometimes served warmish at best. A great variety of dishes to choose from. El Loco Fresh served a tasty selection of Tex-Mex options. I was not impressed by the Solarium restaurant, which had a pleasant atmosphere but only lukewarm food. Breakfast at Johnny Rockets was good if you don't mind a little wait while they cook it to order. It gets very busy at times. Dog House was novel but ordinary and only warm cole slaw to go with the sandwiches. Park Cafe was good for a quick bite and pleasant to sit in Central Park, which is less busy and congested than Royal Promenade. Did enjoy all the options at Royal Promenade, especially Sorrento's, and the Rising Tide which was my favorite bar on the ship with its personable bartenders and great drinks. The drink I ordered at Bionic Bar was not to my liking because it had coconut flavored liquor in a vodka/cranberry drink. Had a blast on the water slides and the Ultimate Abyss, and appreciated the staff who kept things moving and made sure everyone was safe. Pools were best earlier in the day or on port days when they weren't as crowded. We used My Time dining, on Deck 4. Big complaint here, the Casino is directly in front of the lobby for the dining room and the stale smoke drifts back, which is uncomfortable for those of us who are sensitive and a general appetite killer. We requested Savory Bites, the little rolls that used to be a regular part of the bread basket. The first few nights they were hard as rocks, but after a couple days the bakery must have made a fresh batch and they were better. We like our iced tea with lime, but in the dining room we could only get lemon unless we brought limes from the bar on our way in. We did get lime in our iced tea at 150 Central Park with nary a lifted eyebrow. I enjoyed some spa treatments but was annoyed by the push to sell costly products. If you have internet access, go online and look up the products to read reviews before you buy. Another big complaint is that the deck area that is a Promenade Deck on other classes of ships is a narrow running track behind the lifeboats. No more pleasant strolls looking out at the water. It's great for joggers but it's a dark tunnel if you just want to walk the deck and you have to try to stay to the side which isn't easy in the confined space. The upper decks are crowded with lounge chairs for sun bathers and not pleasant for just walking. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
First run fresh from the yards, Norfolk was easy on, just don't get there before your boarding time because you will wait. We had the aft balcony stateroom, nice large balcony. The ship looks great for a 20 yr old vessel. Food was ... Read More
First run fresh from the yards, Norfolk was easy on, just don't get there before your boarding time because you will wait. We had the aft balcony stateroom, nice large balcony. The ship looks great for a 20 yr old vessel. Food was better than we expected, steak house knocked it out of the park. Seafood shack was very good as was the Bbq and of course the burgers, deli and pizza also good.Service was a little confused in the dining room the first few nights but did come together, We do not eat sushi on cruise ships so we passed on this and we did enjoy thr italian restaurant. All in all the ship did seem a little crowded at times, 3008 on our 7 day run to Grand Turk, Half Moon and Freeport, we have visited these ports before and feel you only need to see these ports once so we stayed aboard and we enjoyed the ship on these days. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We usually venture farther afield, but chose this cruise for several reasons - a very high percentage of adults, recently upgraded ship, good friends were going, and we had never done a Celebrity cruise and wanted to find out if it's ... Read More
We usually venture farther afield, but chose this cruise for several reasons - a very high percentage of adults, recently upgraded ship, good friends were going, and we had never done a Celebrity cruise and wanted to find out if it's a cruise line we would use again This Caribbean cruise won't be our last. We surprised ourselves by loving the whole experience, especially the beautiful waters and charming ports. The Summit docked for a crazy amount of time at St. John’s, Antigua - an appealing port with way too many people trying to sell stuff. Next time we won't even bother going ashore there. We loved all the other stops. MUST DO: Cuban cigar shopping at La Casa Del Habano in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Sit on their balcony, enjoy a balmy breeze, and watch the world go by as you drink FABULOUS coconut mojitos while the other half roams the humidor. What could be bad? My partner snorkled in Bermuda - went on a high priced inflatable boat escapade to a reef. The currents were strong, there were no fish, and a woman got swept out and almost drowned. Our friends went on the shipwreck snorkeling trip and had a fantastic experience. CABIN: we were forward on deck 7 just off the elevators in 7072. Never heard annoying noise and the convenience was great. The recent refurbishment meant our cabin felt up-to-date and clean. The showers were always hot, The bathroom was immaculately cleaned twice daily and virtually every time we returned from whatever we were doing, our room had been made up. The housekeeping was flawless. The same could not be said for dining, which was a mixed experience. At Oceanview Cafe - the casual buffet - we spent a couple of days exploring and found a few favorites, which we ate whenever we went there - the eggs benedict station, the salad bars, and the surprisingly good pizza. With a few exceptions, the food had a sameness about it that was disappointing - flavorless, factory farmed eggs didn't help. There was no reference to the flavors of the Caribbean. The desserts were flat-out horrible, mostly fake tasting sheet cakes - like something at a bad Chinese buffet in a strip mall. The breakfast pastries were poor - heavy and stodgy. Sometimes a chocolate croissant was worth having, but the danish was awful. By contrast, afternoon tea at the Oceanview was worth having, with fluffy scones, jam and cream and delicious petit-fours, buns etc. Food hygiene at many Oceanview buffet stations was poor - too many cooks handled food without gloves. Some staff appeared to have no professional skills at all. What well-trained chef would present so-called "coddled eggs" which were in fact raw - the whites only half cooked and the yolks not to safe temperature! We dined often at Sushi-on-5 in groups of 6 or more friends- reasonable prices, great noodle bowls and well-made sushi. Other than one evening of inept service, the staff were attentive and friendly and we just kept going back. We were pleased with more formal dining at the Cosmopolitan, for breakfast (much better than the Oceanview buffet), lunch and dinner. Overall the food was good and the service was excellent. We hit Qsine on lobster day- definitely not worth the extra charge. The food was dry and reheated - ugh. The restaurant was poorly ventilated, gaudy, overly warm and just plain second-rate. Maybe we hit it on a bad day. The Martini bar was a highlight - great mixology and a lot of fun! The "service" desk staff on level 3 were slow and unfriendly both times we had the misfortune to seek assistance. Example: our disembarkation day-tour of NYC was cancelled, and no one told us till the day before. So we went down to book a transfer to JFK to void being stuck with all our luggage in the city all day. We were told we could not arrange a transfer as bookings were now closed. In the end, after we persisted, she caved and booked our transfer. We then asked for change of a $100 so we could tip housekeeping and the same unhelpful woman made some excuse and said she could not do that. Incredible. On balance, we would return to Celebrity Summit without hesitation for another cruise, but would book Aqua or Concierge, at least, next time. We book suites on our favorite cruise lines but won't spend the extra $$$ without trying out the ship or cruise line at a lower cost first - as we did with this cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Chose the cruise mainly for price and itinerary. Ship is beautiful inside and out. Embarkation was a breeze, self embarkation was as easy as I have ever experienced. Bar service with the Premium Package was very good. Drink/liquor ... Read More
Chose the cruise mainly for price and itinerary. Ship is beautiful inside and out. Embarkation was a breeze, self embarkation was as easy as I have ever experienced. Bar service with the Premium Package was very good. Drink/liquor selection was excellent. Nighttime music around the ship left a lot to be desired, the dance classes in the evening at The Haven seemed to go on forever.....ate twice at the Sushi Bar without reservations in the evening....was very good. Had steak house reservations, dinner there was very good. Ate off the ship in Puerto Rico one evening...did not dine in the main dining room. Room service twice for breakfast was on point and on time. Balcony Cabin was as expected, bathroom was small compared to the Mini Suites on the NCL Away Class Ships..I missed that. Room steward was fine, always kept plenty of ice in the ice bucket, etc... Pool on the rear of the ship was nice, but the smoking area you had to walk through to get to the restroom was pretty thick.... All in all, I would rate it a step below NCL on entertainment, (the Bride and I missed the nightly outdoor parties on NCL), and a step above on drinks/bar service, especially considering the prices of the drink package. I was very pleased with this...cruise came with The Easy package, upgrade to Premium was $27 PP PD...very reasonable, IMHO. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
we were on the Equinox last year, loved it and rebooked on her for this year. Overall the quality was good. Service excellent, bar service great. Food? The main dining room the food was excellent. As for the Specialty restaurants, quality ... Read More
we were on the Equinox last year, loved it and rebooked on her for this year. Overall the quality was good. Service excellent, bar service great. Food? The main dining room the food was excellent. As for the Specialty restaurants, quality seemed a bit lower than prior year. I will admit that the Chateaubriand for 2 was horrible, we left 90% on the plate . When asked how was your dinner wh honestly told the waiter of the quality . Now , It was resolved as we were invited back for a " we are sorry dinner" Steak Dianne was prepaired at our table .. This is what you call service and respect for customers. We are committed Celebrity cruisers , and have always liked the service. We appreciate that food prices have gone up and the cruise line has and is trying to balance quality with price.The cruise line shoud I hope take into consideration the the food consummed in the specialty dining rooms gives a credit to the general food costs in teh main dining room and buffet. Don't be cheap. We will be giviing the Specialty Restaurants another try on our next cruise in September 2019, on the Infinity. Cabin was always clean. Was it because of the ship's age, or some other problem but the water for the shower, too hot and no adjustment worked, and toilet flush did not operate one or twice during the cruise ( both were quickly attended to. ) This is what you call service . We are Looking forward to our September cruise. Read Less

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