Really enjoyed the food and the comedy shows. Didn't like that everything seemed to be an 'additional charge' and that there really wasn't anything for young adults (say ages 21-26) to do besides drink.
This was my first cruise with Carnival and it was not comparable in any way, shape, or form to the other cruises I've taken on Norwegian and Disney. The food was seriously awful. I am NOT a picky eater but this stuff was really bad. Casseroles with crumbled saltine crackers ontop, sour milk, bad deserts, ice cold hot dog buns, and very minimal selection. Yuck. The ship had rust spots all over it inside and out and the cabin looked abused! the bathroom had mold and grime in the crevices - it was gross. The crew just kept their heads down and did their work, not friendly or fun, just "there". They looked tired and overworked. This was the complete opposite of the Norwegian cruise I took where there was so much variety in foods, tables were cleared and cleaned immediately, and the crew was super upbeat and friendly. If this had been my first cruise I would not go on another one, thankfully I had a great experience with Norwegian and have booked my next vacation with them.
Carnival's 5 Night Bahamas Cruise from Charleston was a good value.
Hints to how to make your experience good:
1. Don't show up at the port until about 2pm, after the lines have died down.
2. Remember that they are servicing a lot of people, so be prepared for lines -- and keep a good attitude.
3. The bar is packed the first night, so expect lines. Buy your Bottomless Bubbles card before you get on the cruise.
4. The $18 Social WiFi package for the entirety of the cruise is worth it.
5. If you are thinking of pre-buying beverages to put in your cabin, check first to see if your room has a refrigerator (our Riveria Porthole Stateroom did not have a refrigerator) . Also, if you pre-pay for beverages that need a bottle opener, make sure to bring one with you.
6. Try to avoid the Customer Service Desk.
7. On the last afternoon, go to the ATM-looking machine next to Customer Service to print out your account details and balance (faster than waiting in line).
8. If you are doing the anytime dinner, go early or go later.
My favorite part of the cruise was on the actual islands. We had fun in Nassau and the drinks were affordable and delicious!
The ship was aweful.. I'm not typically a drinker so it doesn't take much for me to get a buzz but when I pay near $40 on 4 drinks and don't feel a thing there's a serious problem! The food was absolutely terrible! The hallway smelled like a portal potty from everyone having the runs from the terrible food. There wasn't really anything for the children to do but carnival still made me pay full adult prices for a 3 year old and a 5 year old! Not to mention gratuity is $60 per person ... no child discount. There was one tiny pool for 2400+ people and there wasn't even a shallow end where the kids could play. 2 hot tubs that were jam packed constantly. The boat wasn't even clean. My kids literally had one small baby slide they could go down the whole vacation. I will not be taking another cruise anytime soon. 6 days on an all inclusive island that includes drinks, food airfare ect sounds way better and cheaper.... I feel like I was totally ripped off! And how can you charge someone a rediculous amount for a bottomless bubbles package and run out of coke!?!?!
We bought Ketal One vodka in the duty free store (and have the receipt) and got home to realize we have a different and $18 cheaper vodka, not happy. $60 per person gratuity is a bit much, especially when we tip all week long, not happy about that either.
We really enjoyed our ports of call but the cruise ship on the other hand needed lots of updating! The elevators didn't work most of the time we was on the ship and the beds were very hard to sleep on.
Nice cruise....I'm a laid back vacationer, lay in the sun & read my books. Not concerned with lots of frills. Frozen drinks & good food & I'm satisfied.Good cruise for a first time cruiser or if driving distance to Charleston.
I was surprised how good the food was having read other reviews that stated the opposite. The pizza bar has the best pizza (almost) that I've ever had. The ship was clean. The bars were great. The piano bar was so much fun. My kids like the kids club. The only downsides were the pool being small and very crowded on ocean days and the fact that you had to walk through the (very) smoky smoking section to get to where you drop off the 9-11 year olds for the kids club. I know it would be impossible to expect a smoker to not smoke at all, however it would be nice if they had some sort of set up that eliminated the smoke in that area as much as possible.
staff were wonderful. My grandchild has an allergy and the food service people could not have been more helpful. Now for the cruise. Carnival has cut so many corners that this was the worst cruise of the 16 cuises we have been on. If the food choise in the dinning room gets any worse it will soon be down to just hotdogs. The absolute worst time ever getting on and of the boat. two and a half hours from arriving in the parking lot till we got on the boat. Getting off was even more of a nightmare. We went to the place and at the time that we were instructed ( front elevator at 8:30) then waited in line after line. Two hours to get to our car. You have the right time of year and the right place to leave form for my grandchildren but you need to much better at everything else. At least a candy on the bed.
Enjoyed the cruise, but ship to small for that many passengers. Not enough staff. They work very hard and they were very nice and helpful. Will cruise carnival again, but on a larger ship. Need better comedians. Maybe a ship just for adults. All in all we did enjoy the cruise. Just some things could have been better. More space. 🙂
We didn't have trouble with motion sickness surprisingly but we choose to stay at the bottom of the ship. Now that we know it isn't a issue we will try for a suite next time. Oh, when you get a king size bed; realized that means 2 twins pushed together so you have a line down the bed.
Figure out where and what time your meals are served for some really good food. Plan your excursions so you don't feel rushed. Pick your room on above or below the action preferably floor six. Our one of the sites above the Lido deck
We had a great attitude so it was easy to have fun, relax and enjoy. There were people who would cut lines, and expect to be served on hand & foot all the time. Did not let us be bothered by them.
The ship is great for first time cruisers, for families and kids. The bathrooms needs to be updated
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