Cheekychachi
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Hometown: e.g. New York
Joined: 04/15/2015
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Carnival Valor

April 2015 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Southern

Give the staff some happy pills, please!

While the experience was average, the staff for the most part looked moderately miserable.  There's nothing worse than going on vacation and feeling like a burden to those employed to help you.

I can count on one hand the smiles I saw on the bar staff, wait staff and housekeeping.  Our cabin steward did smile a few times, so I was grateful for that. Perhaps he enjoyed my bikini?

A few too many bartenders waved me off when I asked to be served after waiting patiently a full 5 minutes before getting any eye contact for a refill of my non-alcoholic drink. They seemed overwhelmed and not at all shy about demonstrating their frustrations on guests.

Carnival is the "walmart of cruise lines," I get it, but I was disappointed that the staff also looked so very disappointed to be there.  The experience left me wondering if the superb, high-value cruise experience is out there on the "royal caribbean."

Also of note: half the treadmills in the gym are broken; the basketball court has no schedule, so your kids have to bully their way into getting any time on the court; don't bother ordering the soda package because it takes forever to get the bartenders to refill your cups; ice is a MAJOR component in alcoholic beverages that average $8.95 each - you really need to be aggressive reminding wait staff to "cool it" on the ice.

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