The eating and having a balcony watching the ocean go by.The cruise was a great wedding anniversary I wish it was longer we even took pictures with the captain.Our waiter staff was exceptional in the atlantic dinning there names were Gary and waquaana or igqwanna?overall the cruise was well worth it.Next cruise will be for 6 days or 7 if the price is good we need a balcony.Have to have a balcony.
Our toilet overflowed the fist day we were there, then wouldn't flushthe remaining time. Our balcony door also wouldn't close completely so there was a loud whistle noise coming from the wind. Then we had unexplained charges that we're still fighting on our credit card. This cruise was horrible
This was the 4th cruise taken on a Carnival ship, unfortunately it was on an outdated ship.
The staff was wonderful, but the food bars weren't able to handle the influx of people as quickly as needed. The 24 hour pizza palace had people constantly waiting to just receive a slice of pizza. Asking for a salad also was a waiting experience. Again, this was the 4th on Carnival so it was totally unexpected to deal with this.
Not enough choices for vegetarians nor younger children. Unfortunately, it seemed that the food was colder than expected, maybe it was because it was being prepared in advance of the bars opening. Like the breakfast items were cold by the time the bar actually opened at 7am.
2 of the pools were being painted, serviced while we were on the cruise. 1 was down the embarkation day for a long period, then the other pool was down being repaired, painted etc on the at sea day. That meant the water slide wasn't in use either until the pool was fixed. This required too many small children using the hot tub pools instead.
We had to wait 1 hour & 45 minutes to pick up a phone that we had misplaced and it was turned in to Customer Service, AND, we had to wait in line for that length of time.
Most of the time there was only 1 person for everything & 1 person for Diamond people. After 1 hour & 15 minutes another person came in to help. It was ridiculous , the line was so long all the time and every customer took a long time for everything they were in line to have done. With thousands of people on the cruise ship, it would seem there would be more people at that counter..... Seems when the trip is about to end, they aren't concerned with Customer Service.
I cruised the Carnival Victory for my honeymoon and we were both 1st time cruisers. It was a nice experience. However, we were promised that our room would have a special setup since we were honeymooners and it was not. When we asked about it all we got was blank stares so we didn't worry about it.
Also, the pools were not cleaned anymore after the 1st day. We sat in one pool and huge clumps of hair were just floating around and eventually the water was so dirty it turned to a muddy green color. The didn't even have filters on.
We also purchased the bottomless bubbles which means you can get unlimited sodas but what they do not tell you is they still charge you tax and you cannot get it via room service so we ended up still having to pay for them. So I wouldn't waste money on that anymore.
Also it would be very wise to place cash on your cash card because if you place your credit card info they are going to place a hold on your card for almost twice what you owe.
Overall the rooms were clean, the workers were nice, the drinks were strong and the food was good. I would probably go again but on a different boat.
This cruise was not up to our expectations. Lines were long at the buffets. Cabin service was adequate but not impressive. Food. especially breakfast, was not very good. Even some of the wait staff at breakfast were much less than friendly.
Casino was okay but odds are definitely lower than a Vegas casino. One blackjack dealer was particularly offensive in her smugness. Other were very personable. I will probably not play blackjack on Carnival until they get rid of those abhorrent reshuffle machines.
There were not as many activities as usual such as trivia contests. I am not sure i even met anyone on the cruise directors staff except him.
There were some good points of note. Embarkation and debarkation were very smooth and efficient. Kudos to the ground support folks.
The cruise was very good. I would recommend the cruise to others. It was very crowded especially the pools but it must be like that on all cruises. I loved the staff on the cruise. We all fell in love with our dinner staff. They were so kind and fun. Cruises are great for family reunions. Everyone could do their own thing on the cruise yet be together every night for dinner. The food is amazing. Half our group were teenagers and they did complain that they wished there was more for them. The teenage bar was a bust for them playing music from three years ago. They mentioned how cool it would have been to have a rock climbing wall or a surfing simulation. The gym was humongous and not everyone takes advantage of it so I think some space from the gym could have been allocated to something else.
I had read so any reviews that used "older ship" and "dated" I had very low expectations, but was surprised when we boarded. Yes the pink bathroom looked a little dated, but it was huge! And I really don't care if they have a flat screen TV! The staff onboard was excellent and we couldn't have asked for better. Yes the ship shows some age, but the price and staff can't be beat!
We got a room on the middle of the boat near the bottom because I read that you wouldn't feel the rocking as much there and it was very convenient. It was right next to the elevator so it was easy to get to anything on the boat and the movement of the boat was less noticeable there.
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