These boisterous cruise ships woo party animals, as well as fun-loving families and singles, with constant entertainment (think poolside hairy chest contests, after-hours comedians, buckets of beer, plenty of activities for kids) and increasingly impressive food, including burgers by Food Network star Guy Fieri. Carnival has begun to host onboard concerts by big-name performers — including Jennifer Hudson, Chicago, Jewel, and Leann Rimes — on regular sailings and has partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises for themed story hours and kid-friendly "Cat in the Hat" brunches.
Carnival Cruise Lines sails 25 ships.
Carnival is a haven for party animals, extroverts, and voyeurs of all ages, plus boisterous families with kids.
Anyone who likes intimate spaces and modulated voices and music should float on another boat. There are few quiet corners — Carnival cruise ships are loud in color and volume.
The variety of entertainment options on a Carnival cruise is impressive, from Vegas-style productions to sports bars and karaoke. Our favorite: the realistic game shows and the comedy clubs, with their R-rated sets.
Carnival caters to kids in a big way, with huge playrooms, video arcades, mini-golf courses, and water slides. Some ships also have a ropes course, and water “sprinklers” for small kids.
Carnival offers more dining options than ever — we’re licking our lips just thinking about the popular (and complimentary) Guy’s Burger Joint, now on six ships and counting.
Roomy standard cabins have nice perks, including mini-fridges and large showers.
The “Serenity” adults-only deck area offers respite for quiet-seeking grown-ups.
We could live without
We bemoan the lack of learning opportunities, from bare-bone libraries to rare lectures and classes.
Turn it down: The volume of the videos shown on the poolside LED screens gives us a headache.
Carnival's string of engine problems — the most notorious of which rendered the Carnival Triumph powerless (and toilet-less and shower-less, too) for days — landed the line in the news for all the wrong reasons.
I went on 4 night Bahamas cruise with my family. This was my first time on a cruise. Our room was very clean, and our stateroom stewart did an excellent job keeping it that way. The buffet also had more than enough delicious food for us to eat, and the waiters cleaned the tables really quickly and kept it clean as well. The dining room food was also great. All the staffs that we met were friendly. it would've been great if they provided us with more variety of activities. I also would've liked to get some more direction when we first got on the ship. Because after they swiped my boarding pass, I had no idea where to go, or how to get to my room. So we have to figure it all out on our own. It wasn't hard, but I would've liked more guidance. Besides these two minor points, I would definitely go on a cruise again. I do recommend it.
Would book another interior room again as this one was fabulous! And the cabin steward Albertus was very kind and funny. My family looked forward to seeing how Albertus would surprise us nightly with his towel animal creations. Very nice.
The activities for the teens and pre-teens seemed rather dull at first. My husband had authorized for our kids the ability to check-in and -out at their will. Well, that first night when my 14 year old daughter still wasn't back to her room by midnight, I kind of lost it. Went looking around the ship for her and found her in the 24 hour food court. She was having a blast with two new friends that she had met at Club C earlier that evening. Both of my kids enjoyed the evening activities in their respective clubs.
Although I truly enjoyed this cruise, I have an issue with the soda beverage plan. It was most inconvenient to get the beverages. And when I did obtain one, I was still asked for a gratuity even though you have already charged my account for a specified tip amount every day of the trip. Seems excessive to me! How about putting up a few well-placed beverage stations around the ship? I take umbridge with having to walk up 3 flights of stairs for every cup of water that I wanted. And those tiny cups!?!? C'mon!
I’m going to list the Peeks and the pits of this trip…I will start with the PITS first….Unfortunately for us the rail way that took people off of the boat was broken. Meaning that there was only one way on and off of the boat. It took all day to get everyone on the boat for our cruise. For those of us that booked an earlier flight, this was a very long day. Carnival can’t really do anything about that, and I do give them props for making sure that other people’s safety was their top priority. But a phone call to our cell phones would have been nice. Instead we got a phone call on the answering machine AFTER the cruise. The second problem was that our entire floor smelled like raw sewage especially in the bathrooms…I thought at first it was because they may have just dumped the last trips sewage and that the smell would go away, this was NOT the case. I have been a few cruises and this was NEVER a problem. This was the first time…and it wasn’t just our cabin. I did ask my family that came with if their cabins smelled and they did. I asked our steward about it and they came in and sprayed something that helped with the smell but the smell did come back. Third there was a message left on our phone when we listened to it we found out that the couple before us had had toilet troubles…this also happened to us. Not once or twice or even three times…FOUR TIMES THE TOILET QUIT WORKING!!!!!!!!!!!!! So annoying. Carnival did give us a complimentary bottle of wine after the third time the toilet quit working…and then we got back to our room and the toilet was broken yet again. This was mega annoying and if the couple before us had so many problems I feel that Carnival should have put us in a different room. Fourth and my final complaint we paid extra for a windowed room…but the window was so dirty from the outside it was kind of hard to see out of it...Maybe clean the windows a little more often for the guests that paid for a windowed room. Now for the PEEKS…..First the food in the dining rooms for dinner and breakfast (we never did have lunch there) was FABULOUS!!!! There isn’t one night that I can think of that I didn’t leave the table feeling satisfied with my meal. The buffet food and other places to eat were not my favorite they were mediocre compared to the excellent meal served nightly. My husband enjoyed the room service very much also. Second…the staff were EXCELLENT…our room steward was awesome and very very attentive. In fact one night I had called him by accident and he made a trip to the room to make sure that I didn’t need anything. He was great…I was greeted often by many of the people working the cruise ship. The comedians were HILAROUS and a very good time. And our waiters at night were also fabulous, very attentive, and great with suggestions on what to order. I do wish we would have been at a table by ourselves only because the people we were seated with were not the friendliest so it made it awkward but the food was always amazing. This was a first cruise for my husband, brother, and Father. And as soon as we got home my husband was looking for another cruise for us to go on, he enjoyed it so much. I would have given this a better STAR review had we not had the problems with the toilet. One time of it not working big deal…but multiple was a bit annoying. I would recommend this cruise but DO NOT get a room on the fourth level unless you enjoy the smell of poo...
Our 4 Nights Catalina & Baja Mexico was Okay, the Carnival Imagination was Okay. The entertainment was not so good. The Dynasty Bar is not the best for nice show, Not much entertainment on this cruise. found myself going to bed/ room early, the food was only Ok, need to improve. I have being on a few cruises and all 3 other were better than the Canival Imagination. And only one real "Specialty Restaurant" , not many choices to pick from.
4 Night Catalina & Baja Mexico
I went on this cruise with my oldest son. We had an absolute blast! The ship we were on was the Triumph. This ship is so beautiful!!!, and the staff was like none other. They really cared about you and doing what ever they could to make this trip enjoyable. The food was excellent and the shows were incredible! We did as many shows as we could and they just got better and better. There is always something to do on these cruises. They are also very child friendly, not that my son is a child,but on the itinerary you receive everyday I noticed there was always something for the kids to do too. We chose a balcony room so we could sit out there in the morning and drink our coffee. It was well worth the extra money just to sit there and enjoy the view. We are already planning our next cruise! Next time we hope to bring alot more people from the family with us. For the money ,it is well worth it,we enjoyed every minute of it.
This cruise exceeded all my expectations. The crew was very attentive to my needs and always took care of my requests promptly. There was a variety of entertainment options available for us to choose from and the food was wonderful. Upon arriving at the ports the crew was very helpful in recommending places to visit and where to eat.
Wonderful crew!!!!!!! Awesome trip. Freeport sucks!!! Nassau rocks !!!!! We left a little late but didn't affect the trip at all. Servers we so kind. Everyone remember my name. On board fun things to do. I can say watch how u spend ur money. I spent almost 400 dollars by myself.
I enjoyed the cruise wish we had more time in Mexico had a blast there, only down fall was when we booked the cruise we were told that the "Birthday package" was added and it wasn't. Kind of a bummer. Everyone on the ship was amazing though. plenty of options of bars and food.
This was our 10th cruise and the second one with carnival.
We wanted to give an introduction into cruising to six friends of us. Over all, our friends were impressed about beauty of the Bahamas, the real good dinners and how relaxed a cruise can be.
However, we cannot absolutely recommend to anyone a cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy.
The ship itself is rather old with many tiny flaws, e.g. letters at the bars fallen off; showers at the pool not working properly. On the other hand, the relative cheap price that we have paid balances this out.
The food quality at the Wind Song Restaurant is outstanding. Unfortunately, there have been too few waiters for too many tables. As a result the eight of us have not been served simultaneously so that always someone had to wait for their meals or drinks. We have to emphasize that this has been an organizational issue - the waiters, especially Filiand, cannot be blamed at all; they were great.
We went for the Cheers Beverage Program. From the advertisements it reads as a good deal and it could be if there was an appropriate service at the bars on Lido deck. I have to say that I never experience a poorer bar service.
There are two bars on the Lido deck, the Red Frog and the Blue Iguana. The Blue Iguana was open only now and again, most of time it was closed so that all passengers had to queue up at the Red Frog Bar where most of the time only two bar tenders were on duty. Those two bar tenders had to cope with all the guest in queue as well as they had to take care of the supplies, so that something was not available at any time, and they had to work with only one Margarita maker. The organization of the pool bars was a complete joke.
From all the people who were serving at the Red Frog one person, Leon, shall be mentioned explicitly. I have never come across any customer facing associate who shows such a low commitment and bad attitude to his clients and with respect to the Cheers program we got the impression that because of the program we have been served after other patrons who have not subscribed to the Cheers beverage program.
To wrap it up: This cruise will not leave an impression but no hard feelings as well. We cannot recommend it to other customers but we recommend to Carnival to take a closer look at the leading staff to get the ship better organized.
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