Carnival just never disappoints. Everyone on board was pleasant, service was great, food wonderful and so much to do. We had a great time at the ports we went to and shore excursions were worth the money.
We loved Carnival! The best part of the cruise was actually the time on the ship. The staff made us feel like long lost relatives they've been waiting for. They called us by name noticed when we were missing and made us feel like their only job was to serve us, just us. The people on the ship including other passengers were focused on enjoyment and making new friends. There were things to do for every age group.
My husband and I had not cruised in 10 years and We had a great time. The ship is older (or at least seems that way) but it's kept very clean and all things are functional. They do a great job at keeping entertainment going for all ages and all types of fun from bars, clubs, to movies, and lounging with music.
The only thing that left something to be desired was the food. At some points we felt we were eating hospital food with 0 seasoning or taste. Or on the other spectrum, one evening the accompanying mushrooms with my meal were so salty even my husband, who likes salty things, couldn't swallow it. We don't expect a 5 star rated restaurant BUT in all honesty, chicken fingers in a fast food restaurant have more taste.
I was very disappointed with the Dining Room Maitre d' on upholding the dress codes. I understand the dress code has become more lax in order to start attracting more guests however, when it is posted in the daily itinerary to NOT WEAR: basketball shorts, cut off sleeves, etc and My wife and I get dress up to enjoy our night to have Mr. and Mrs. Basketball site at a table near us is very disrupting. Also they walked right by the Maitre d's and nothing was said... every night! Very sad in my personal opinion and heading in a wrong direction for future cruises.
Children friendly crew was much appreciated by my entire family. My niece and grandson loved going to daycare and spoke about their activity each day. My grandson loved going to Lido deck at night for pizza.
This was our third cruise on Carnival and the best one to date. The ship had plenty of activities to keep my husband, our teenager and me occupied throughout the sea days. The on-board food was great and the staff was very accommodating at all times. We selected this particular cruise because of the itinerary and we were not disappointed in any of the four ports (St. Martin, St. Kitts, San Juan, Grand Turk.)
We have sailed on many Carnival cruises, including 2 European 12 days. We just returned from the Valor. Our dining room waitstaff were very attentive to our needs. The food was excellent both in the Washington Dining Room and at the Buffet. A nice touch was the Brunch menu for our At Sea Days. Drink offerings were either lemonade or iced tea, hot tea, only black tea, or coffee. What was lacking on the ship were activities such as scrap booking, guest speakers, watercolor classes etc. The dancers and singers at the 3 evening performances were excellent as well as their costumes. However, the sets were very lacking as compared to what we experience on RCCL and Disney. The Casinos slots were very, very, very, tight. Usually they loosen up the last two evenings. We did not see too many happy slot players. This will probably be our last Carnival cruise as we prefer sailing with Royal Caribbean and of course Disney with our Grandkids.
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