Old parent. Took a cruise as a family vacation we all could enjoy. Booked our next one as soon as we got back.
Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruise Lines
Cruiseline: Carnival Cruise Lines
We had such a wonderful time that we already booked our next cruise onboard. Our cruise was perfect but I'll try to be helpful to others. The ship constantly shook while underway. While this was a non-issue for us, it may bother others. Had FTTF so embark and debark were easy but it looked like a nightmare for others. Had two ship excursions (Dolphin Swim and Las Caletas) and one off ship (Mazatlan ATV). Next cruise is 9 months out but FTTF is sold out already and embark, debark and tenders are so bad the wife is thinking about cancelling.
I wanted to take a trial cruise with the family to see if we like it. We're older (50,46) parents of a 6 year old and we're looking for a vacation we all can enjoy and this was it. Read a lot of reviews and Carnival is considered "low end" but at less than half the price of competitors I had to try them. Cabin was clean, comfortable, and bigger than we expected on a ship. Yeah, it was the size of a small motel room but not cramped. The room attendant straightened up twice a day, always left a towel animal at night, and greeted us by name whenever he saw us. We had FTTF and wow, I'll get it for every cruise. Arrived at 12:30, bypassed a 2 hour line and dropped our carryon luggage off in our ready room at 12:50. Food was good. Buffets were decent buffet food (big deal) but dining room fare (including seaday brunch) was very good. The kid loved Camp Ocean, a little too much for my wife, who wanted him to spend time with us, but I was happy to spend some guilt free time doing whatever I wanted and knowing he was having just as good a time as I was. We enjoyed the comedians, lounge singers, and musical productions. The ports were Catalina and Ensenada. I'm from Socal and have been to both. Catalina is too small a village to have 2000 people visit it at once and Ensenada is just over the hill from Tijuana so it's basically Southwestern Tijuana. The trip was about cruising for us. We enjoyed the ship, the crew and the food. Debarkation with FTTF was a breeze also. We meet in the lounge at 8:30 and a crew member escorted us, halting the line of everyone else, off the ship to a private baggage claim area. I can only assume that everyone else was still waiting for their luggage as we pick ours up, walked to the parking lot and left with no line or traffic whatsoever. I only gave it 4 stars to be honest. I'm sure you can pay more (significantly) for improvements but this had everything we were looking for. Booked our next cruise 3 days after we got back. This time for 7 days but still on Carnival.
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shared a quick tip for Carnival Miracle"Stay near the elevator. Reviews in general say that's a noisy area but the way Carnival is set up, the elevator lobbies are isolated from the passageways."
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