The cruise was Great but we missed out on places we were supposed to go because of Bad Weather! The service was Great but the places to go did not happen. We were to stay in the Bahamas for 2 days,it did not happen. While I understand the Bad Weather, I thought we were caught Short.
The ride was smooth, the accommodations excellent, so was the food. The people we met (workers and patrons)were friendly and helpful. There were many activities to participate in and we took advantage of shows, comedy acts, massages...The whole thing was stress free and relaxing.
You may improve the cruise by avoiding Nassau. The desperation of the islanders was overwhelming and exploitive. I had to leave the market within 30 minutes even though I had every intention to spend money in the market. Also my husband and I were approached for drugs, inquiring if we wanted to buy. We were not checked thoroughly getting back on the ship nor bags checked again in Baltimore. We could have easily hid drugs and brought them back to the US.
I think I will tell all my friends to avoid this cruise due to the soliciting of drugs and market goods from the poorest of the poor in Nassau. Someone is exploiting the poor to make the money to build, run and house the market and drug business. This broke my heart and in every way I believe is unethical. While I was there I also learned that a recent Jamaican woman was tried and convicted for human sex trafficking and due to a technicality in a different court Nassau court, she was let go. This only happens if the wealthy and powerful in Nassau are corrupt. In good conscious I will not recommend this cruise nor port and will warn friends and family against supportive businesses that frequent or support corruption. Very sad.
In general we had a lovely vacation. All of the waitstaff were very professional, friendly and extremely accommodating. Alchemy martini bar was fantastic. Gabriel, Szora and Katie made our trip so much better with their humor. They have a true knack for making a great Martini!!
The only downside was the head Maitre'd who was not professional, not accommodating, and very arrogant.
The best part of our cruise was our state room which was very roomy and we found the shower to be spacious and comfortable. Our steward, Made, was excellent!! Our dining room experience was great because we had Elvis and Dorel serving us. They were courteous and made sure we were happy. However, we found the food on the ship not up to par. Food was usually lukewarm when served. The fact that you could not find a trash can anywhere other than the restrooms was frustrating. We felt that the onboard credits were not enough based on where we were told we were going and what we ultimately received by staying in New York for 2 days. As Maryland residents it would cost us a lot less money to visit the New York than over $2000.00. I understand the cruise lines with keeping passengers safe but felt the cruise should have cancelled and our money returned. We only chose to stay on the cruise because we thought we would be visiting St. John.
I enjoyed the dining room the workers were great. I did not like going to New York and then making circles outside of New York did not get to go anywhere. Cold trip no warm weather. There was not much to do on this trip they should have planned more especially when we were stuck in New York. I paid for a trip on a ship to sail not dock very disappointed. I don't know if I want to cruise with Carnival again.
The longest wait to embarkation. The time given for us to embark was not honored. Smallest cabin ever on any of our cruises. Poor service. Food choices and quality was terrible. Dining Room service was slow and food was not very good.
Don't buy the bargain sale watches with metal bands from the gift shop as there are no instructions on how to adjust the band (which are set for people with very large wrists). I was told to bring the watch to a jewelry shop when I get home to have the band adjusted.
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