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CruisinVicki's Past Cruises

Carnival Miracle

April 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Miracle

Norwegian Escape

January 2018 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape

Carnival Ecstasy

September 2017 - 5 Night Bahamas (Charleston Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Ecstasy

A Good Cruise

We sailed with Hurricane Maria coming up the coast. We were prepared for the worst, but had a decent cruise...about what we all expected from this Fun Ship. We will sail her again....We would all love to have one of the Spirit Class ships assigned to Charleston.

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Carnival Magic

January 2017 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Magic


My husband and I are frequent cruisers and have learned that no ship is "perfect". That being said, there were not enough pluses to entice us to take this ship again..Embarkation was smooth and easy. The staff was very helpful and even though we were one of the first to arrive, there was no waiting. We chose a Cove Cabin. This being the third time we have sailed in one of these( Carnival Dream the other two times} and love being close to the water. Our cabin appeared ready. We had one soap and there was a dirty bar glass on the balcony from a previous cruiser. Our room steward gave us a card with his number on it should we need anything. Walking the floors, this ship appeared understaffed. We had a nice table in the dining room which accommodated all eight of us traveling together. The first night, the service was extremely slow...I believe it was due to the kitchen, not our servers. The two tables beside us waited every night for their food. Our seating was at six and we barely made it to the shows at 8:15.  Diners were lined up outside for the eight pm seating. The food in the dining room was so-so. Somethings were delicious and some didn't even come close to hitting an ok mark. The buffets seemed to be better. I will say, that ALL of us had extremely swollen feet and ankles. They must use a huge amount of salt and/or MSG. My husband could not get his dress shoes on and that has never happened to him before. The casino was grossly filled with the point some of us that love to play, didn't. We are use to smoke in the casinos on board ships....but NOT LIKE THIS. Our clothes, bodies and hair reeked of smoke. There seemed to be no ventilation system, at all. The shows were very good, especially Flick....I believe that was the best show we have EVER seen on a cruise ship. Bravo to the entertainment staff.  Guy Fieros Burger Joint was another huge plus, also his barbeque feast...delicious! We thoroughly enjoyed the Monkey Jungle in Amber Cove, Dominican Republic. It was an excellent excursion and we would do this again. Paradise Point at St. Thomas is another place we enjoyed. What a view. We will be sailing again, soon. But, not on the Magic....Aside from the shows, there were too many other minuses to entice us to sail this ship again.  

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Anthem of the Seas

August 2016 - 9 Night Canada & New England (Cape Liberty Roundtrip) Cruise on Anthem of the Seas

New England/Canada Cruise

The ports of call were interesting. And being they were close to one another, it gave extended time to explore. As for dining, because we booked only a couple of months before departure, the structured dining experience was not there. We didn't have good choices even for the specialty venues, as we had to book very late in the evening. We ate the majority of our meals at the Windjammer Buffett as did many of the travelers. The food was average. The coffee and tea were horrible! The coffee tasted like burnt coffee beans and the tea was way, way too strong. The very best eating venue (don't miss it!) was Wonderland. It was a fabulous culinary experience from start to finish!! From our waiter, to the environment, to the extremely delicious was "wonderful"!! I can't say enough about this restaurant!! The show we enjoyed the most was "The Gift". It was special and moving. The Anthem was all about spending money. More so than other ships we have been on. All in all, we enjoyed our cruise. If we could have enjoyed a set, sit down dinner every night, instead of aimlessly wandering around trying to see who had a table (besides the open buffet) it would have been a better experience. Our cabin and room steward were very nice!

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Carnival Pride

January 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Pride

Great Trip!

The Carnival Pride is one of my favorite ships. I love the size. Not too big, not too little. This was our fourth cruise on the Pride with a few changes positive and some negative, but, all in all still a great ship. Embarkation in the Tampa port was smooth. We were traveling with another couple and after getting our sign and sail cards, realized our dinner seating wasn't together. The maitre d' informed us we were not "linked together" by our travel agent. (Who, BTW, did not return calls on a couple of questions we had as we neared our ships sailing.) Our friends were seated upstairs at a table for two, we were seated downstairs at a table for two. The maitre d fixed this for us. Our cabin was 6267. It was very clean, well maintained,  and comfortable. Our room steward introduced himself and was friendly and professional. He addressed my husband and I, everyday,  by our first names, asked how our day was going and offered his assistance if we needed anything. The food in the Normandy was very good. We did notice a longer wait than usual, but our meals were served hot. We Loved Guy's Place and ate there everyday for lunch. The hamburgers and french fries were outstanding! The toppings bar was great. Yummy! The room service was quick, the food was very good. The Day entertainment was just ok...a lot of trivia games. Come on Staff!! We have been on other Carnival ships where the day fun for the passengers was much more creative. We always participate in the extra activities, boring or not. We definitely miss the galley tour, I didn't see it offered. There was a Dr. Seuss parade with the kids. That was something new to us and fun. The Night entertainment was great! We especially enjoyed "88Keys". The male (blond) and female(short blond hair) head singers in the production were phenomenal! I am so bad at remembering names.  We took the  Dolphin Encounter excursion in Roatan. It was really, really fun and informative! I would definitely do this excursion again! (Make sure you wear sunscreen!) There is one complaint I have and it happens on most ships....when we are eating inside in the buffet areas, it would be VERY MUCH APPRECIATED if the passengers enjoying the sun and pool would COVER-UP before walking through. Trust me, there is TMI in the worst of ways going on.....and it doesn't involve "eye candy" (which should also be covered up!). All in all...the cruise was a good one. I would def go again on the Pride. The weather was perfect, the seas were calm, the sky's were blue, what more could you ask for!  BTW...afterthought...the casino was tight, tight, tight!!


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CruisinVicki's Tips

Nassau, Bahamas - We went to the Atlantis Casino to was not nice to us!!
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - I would advise to remember that this is one of the older ships and that you are not going to have four pools and other bells and whistles you would have on some of the newer ships. You are also NOT going to have long lines and long waits like on the newer ships....We had a really good cruise.
Anthem of the Seas Anthem of the Seas - Book your dining reservations far in advance or you will be left like we were, searching around for a place to eat, at a decent hour, every night.
Belize City, Belize - Enjoyed shopping there. Don't forget to buy some cashew wine and some homemade hot sauce!!
Tampa, Florida - Relax and get ready to cruise. Tampa is a friendly city!
Carnival Pride Carnival Pride - Don't miss eating the food from Guy's Place! Phenomenal!! Don't miss the show, 88 Keys! Also, Phenomenal!! Wear sunscreen.

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