AlexBo

AlexBo
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Hometown: Middletown, RI
Joined: 06/29/2016
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Carnival Fascination

July 2017 - Carnival Fascination to Caribbean - Southern

A nice summer cruise.

Have done this cruise 3 times previously, always on a different Carnival ship. Like the ports; only 1 day at sea. The FUN Squad on this ship was special. Had a great time with my 9-year-old daughter.

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Carnival Conquest

April 2017 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Southern

Very enjoyable cruise.

Great food and steward service, and the bands and shows were very good.  Especially enjoyed the string trio and the magician (Bob Borgia).  The singers were all very good and on key.  My only complaint is that this ship currently does not have an Over-21 Serenity Deck.  (It will be re-installed in September 2017 during shipyard refurbishment). The Cruise Director (Chloe) was very upbeat, and mingled with the guests. This was a big improvement over my last cruise on the Carnival Pride.  Much, much, better.  Good trivia location, smoke-free.

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Carnival Pride

January 2017 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Western

Western Caribbean on the Pride

I really liked the ship's décor.  The Renaissance paintings (prints) in the passageways were soothing.  The dining room décor was elegant.  The stewards and waiters were excellent.  I received both morning and evening steward service.  My ice bucket was always filled. 

 

I'm a big fan of comedienne Diane Ford.  She was great.  The music and dancing shows were sub-par.  I'm no musical expert, so if it sounds off-key to me, it's probably way off key.  I actually walked out of a couple of shows.  Also, on two of the nights, there were no musical shows and no comedians.  Just Hasbro the Game Show, or Men vs. Women.  Kind of lame entertainment-wise.

 

The cruise director didn't do much for me.  Never saw him in the passageways.  He seemed to just go through the motions.  His only announcements were to hawk stuff.  No sense of humor, nothing special.

 

Trivia was OK, but they have a lot of very specific trivia, e.g. Big Bang Theory, Friends, Golden Girls, etc.  I prefer General Trivia.  They had some General Trivia, but most of these occurred while I was on excursions.

 

The Carnival private beach/snorkeling excursion in Roatan was excellent.  They also take care of injured animals at the site, such as birds, large cats and monkeys there. Lunch was included.

 

Overall, it was a nice, relaxing cruise.  Chose to go single this time around.  Carnival sat 6 of us singles together at the dinner table, and we had a blast.

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Carnival Magic

August 2016 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Eastern

Very good cruise, great ship

My 8-year-old daughter really enjoyed the cruise.  The water park and adventure park were great, as was the trivia.  Really liked the ship décor and layout.  Excellent embarkation in Port Canaveral.  Took 20 minutes.

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Carnival Splendor

June 2016 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Splendor - June 18,2016 - 8 Night Cruise

The Splendor seemed understaffed.  The steward only wanted to do day OR night room cleaning, not both.  Dinners took a very long time.  We missed almost every early comedy show, since our 6 PM seating dinners didn't end until almost 8 PM. 

 

Our Carnival Dominican Republic excursion was completely mis-advertised. The Excursion description stated 6 hours, with difficult jungle walks.  It specifically said people with back problems. heart issues or asthma should not attend.  In reality, the excursion was 4 hours, including a two-hour bus ride, and the walk was 20 minutes each way on a path. Carnival did refund us 33% after we complained.

 

Also, other cruisers said that La Romana, Dominican Republic, was dangerous.  Shop owners had shotguns, and cruisers were constantly accosted by locals trying to sell them stuff.  Even on open-air buses, the locals would pull up on bikes and try to get you to buy something.  Very rude and intrusive.  This has never happened on any other island I've been on.

 

Aruba, Curacao and Turks and Caicos were excellent.

 

The layout of the Splendor is great for walkers, and there is a moving canopy that can close over the Lido deck. 

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AlexBo's Tips

Castries, St. Lucia - Did the zip lining excursion near the Pitons through a non-Carnival excursion provider. A lot of fun, snorkeled afterwards. Returned to the ship with 10 minutes to spare. A little tight time-wise for me, but we made it back.
Bridgetown, Barbados - Did a catamaran sail (Tiami) through Carnival. Have done it before, always a good time.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Did a small boat island/snorkeling excursion, not affiliated with Carnival. Great time, but it's very bumpy on the Atlantic Ocean portion of the trip. Be aware.
Carnival Fascination Carnival Fascination - If you want a quiet cruise, don't sail in the summer. Lots of kids running around.
Carnival Pride Carnival Pride - There are quite a few obstructed view cabins on this ship. Book through a Travel Agent.

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Splendor cruise review - Carnival Splendor - June 18,2016 - 8 Night Cruise

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Very enjoyable cruise.

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Magic cruise review - Very good cruise, great ship

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Fascination cruise review - A nice summer cruise.

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Fascination cruise review - A nice summer cruise.

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Fascination cruise review - A nice summer cruise.

added Jul 2, 2017 cruise on Carnival Fascination to their profile.

reviewed their Caribbean - Southern cruise on Carnival Fascination and gave it 3.9 stars!

shared a quick tip for Carnival Fascination"If you want a quiet cruise, don't sail in the summer. Lots of kids running around."

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Magic cruise review - Very good cruise, great ship