This was our first cruise. That being said, I have nothing to compare, except for other types of vacations. OMG, what a great experience. We are already planning the next cruise, and that cruise will most likely be on Carnival.
The friendly service, great atmosphere was unpresentated throughout the cruise. Understand, with so many people, that you probable can't please everyone on board, however the food was good, the drinks were good, clean, fun surroundings, great entertainment were just some of the things we enjoyed. From what I understand, this was not a five star cruise, but for the money, it's great value.
If your not prone to having a good time, and, or your a stick in the mud, you can't help but to have a good experience, and a great time
My girlfriend and I took her first cruise together. As our cruise date got closer and closer she got more and more excited. She packed, unpacked and packed again several times. the weather was perfect so of course she wore about 20% of the clothes she ended up taking. as expected carnival did not let us down. From the moment we boarded the ship the "FUN" began. The food, the drinks, the entertainment, the staff and friends we made aboard the ship will be great memories for ever. this is my 6th Carnival cruise and I will keep coming back.
I will never go on a Carnival Cruise again! My fiancé broke his leg coming down a flight of stairs that have been very badly maintained. No one would even so much as help him get to the medical office, even though there were about ten employees who saw his injury. After he did get medical treatment we were followed at a distance by the staff, but never approached to offer an apology or even see how he was doing. We were to go on a dolphin excursion the next day. We did receive a refund but the party we were traveling with had this trip cancelled on them. When asked why they were told it was because of us. After fighting with the staff for over 24 hours they did finally get a refund. The final straw was when we departed the boat at the end of the cruise. We were led down to the customs area and pushed a side for an employee to push us through the line (my fiancé was in a wheel chair at this point). After waiting twenty minutes I finally asked the Carnival employee that was standing there directing the rest of the cruise guests if I could just push him through the line myself. I was told no that it had to be done by an employee. Another employee overheard this. She was scheduled to go on break and offered to take us through. The main employee told her no it was more important for her to go on break in a timely manner. ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!! We then waited another ten minutes for another employee to take us through. The entire experience was ridiculous. The boat is about 30 years old and looks to have never been updated. The carpet is falling apart and every staircase needs maintenance in one respect or another. Because of this experience I will never go on a Carnival Cruise again!!!
We joined this cruise to support my nephews wedding. While we have never traveled on Carnival before, let it be noted that we will never travel Carnival again. The ship was clean, stateroom very nice,. staff very nice and helpful.
Food was mediocre, service in restaurants was good in some places and poor in others. A malority of the passengers on the ship were obnoxious and inebriated, poorly dressed and misbehaved.
We saw one show which was excellent, "Divas."
We have traveled the world on many cruise ships and have never had such a poor experience. Maybe we expected too much. We were very happy to arrive home.
I have been on more than 25 cruises and this was the worst. I had a suite that cost more than 3 times a regular room that came with no amenities. The only perk was not to wait in line to check in. It had a broken seat in the bath that took two days for someone to come in and fix. On the third day the crew decided to wash the deck above without telling anyone. I was sitting on the balcony when the water came pouring down. Not even an apology. The food was below par and not consistent. *The ship was clean and our room was clean. The entertainment was very good.*
I will not travel with Carnival again. (this was my 2nd time). The first was no different.
The staff and the service is awesome.But one thing I noticed was that they don't have reserve for handicap persons. Our dinning was at the pride dinning in level 8.my husband is handicapped and can not stand for too long.the line was so long.when I talked to the service lady on the line if she can check us in and said no.that he can sit somewhere, that when am checked in then I can go get him.So I think that should change.and reserve made for handicapped people.
this was our first time cruising and while the food was fine, we found ourselves bored. When my husband checked out the boat ahead of time, they talked about basketball, a ropes course and volleyball. But none of those were there. They had only one little bean bag toss game when they could have had many more so that more of us could have participated. Shuffleboard marked on the decks but didn't see the equipment to play. Most of the shows were late at night and if you prefer to head to bed by 9:30 you missed out. We enjoyed walking around Catalina island and the crew were friendly. The embarkation and debarkation process went very quickly. But, doubt we'll do another cruise.
Rent a golf cart at Catalina Island to get around, well worth it. But if you do, reserve it in advance. You'll get it for 3 hours vs 2 hours if you rent one on site. The extra hour will make the difference and you won't feel as rushed to return it.
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