This was my first time cruising with Carnival and I was not disappointed. My main goal was to relax and enjoy my vacation which is exactly what I did. The staff were great, friendly and fun. Cleanliness of the ship was excellent. The food was ok I expected a bit more. Not that it was bad, but there could have been more variety. Entertainment was good, there were some awesome shows, the comedy shows were pretty good. Though the over 18 comedy shows were the best. I had already been to 3 of the 5 ports already however the choices of excursions from Carnival were fantastic. Some a lot more expensive than what I think they should have been . Overall I would tate this cruise an 8.5/10. I would definitely cruise again with Carnival.
Great cruise, but would like a better and bigger pool (preferably one for adults and one for children). The staff was friendly and helpful, our dinner staff was awesome as well as our room staff people. They knew you by name which was very impressive. Kudos to your staff. The meals was always good. The monogolian grill was a great hit, maybe adding more staff to that area would decrease the wait time.
The overall cruise was okay and the general accommodations were adequate. The island visits and tours were excellent and generally cost-effective. While the cruise shows were first-rate and very entertaining, it seemed most were trying to nickel and dime us very every item we would ask for... not really all inclusive then. I will admit that the waiters and room attendants were especially kind and very accommodating in all that we needed... they really made our family feel at home. We took two teenagers along on this cruise and they were bored... just not a lot of activities to keep them engaged. A basketball court or two would have been nice.
The food on this cruise was awful unless you went to the dining room. Food in the buffet was greasy and honestly, there wasn't enough of it. They always seemed to be closed! When they were open, there were limited options to choose from. I've cruised with other cruise lines and the food quality was always the same between the dining room and buffet and you never went hungry. There were also many more food options to choose from. Multiple times throughout the trip, staff members were very disrespectful to me. We spoke with management about this and they gave us chocolate covered strawberries as a way to keep us quiet about it. They also cancelled a port stop, which was very disappointing. I chose this itinerary because there were more ports and less at sea days. They added virtually no activities on that day so there was literally nothing to do. I will never go back on a Carnival cruise again.
We have been on this cruise three or four times and each time is better than the others. Now we no longer take shore excursions. We just get off the ship and take a taxi to a nice beach. This cruise was a good experience. Getting on the ship was very easy and made even simpler because of our 'gold' VIPF status on Carnival. We got into our cabins by 2 pm (for a 10 pm departure). My sister was very sick for the first two days of the cruise and the Cabin Attendant (Putu) and dining room staff went out of their way to make her comfortable and get her to eat. Planning on taking this cruise again next year.
I have to be honest I really feel Carnival can easily step up their game and be a better cruise line by implementing better food choices, better quality of buffet food and open times. While embarking was made easy luggage didn't arrive til very late. Disembarking could be better by delivering a detailed letter to each cabin as over head announcements are hard to hear. During this cruise all the excursions were very generic at best and Costly for what you got. The shows I believe there were only two "real" shows.. the other just game show variety or comics.. Drinks were weak and too $$, and beverage package ridiculously expensive. We found the busing of tables around the pool and in lido deck was poor and often had to bus our own tables to get a spot. The crew was friendly enough and nice but it was obvious they were exhausted.
We chose the cruise because of the ports and dates.. We would have used a different cruise line for sure if the dates and ports worked out. I think the price for our cruise for all the extras we paid for and all in all was way over priced...
but might be considered a good deal if quality of everything was a few steps up.
I will never cruise with Carnival again. They charged us extra for the kids camp even though it was supposed to be included and only offered minimal hours to watch our daughter. The buffet was always crowded and trashy people were constantly cutting line and shoving. They charge extra for everything from soda to cappuccino and they won't let you bring liquor on board from a destination island. Just so terribly disappointed
Purchase a (waterproof) camera! We loved capturing photos of our time onboard, as well as our excursions. When we went swimming with the dolphins and kayaking, we were able to take our camera in the water with us, giving us amazing photos and video!
Also, bring an air freshener for your cabin!
We brought our GoPro and used it for our excursions and just while sitting around the pool to take pictures and videos! They turned out amazing! I also brought a mini fan to use in the room. Best idea I had!
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