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December 2017 - Oosterdam to Mexico

Christmas Cruise

We enjoyed getting away from the cold and visiting with friends that went along with us. Cruise itself, well certainly been on better.

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November 2017 - Koningsdam to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Miracle

February 2017 - Carnival Miracle to Mexico


December 2016 - Westerdam to Mexico

Carnival Conquest

November 2016 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Conquest

March 2016 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Glory

February 2016 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Freedom

December 2015 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western

Celebrity Equinox

November 2015 - Celebrity Equinox to Caribbean - Southern

Not entirely sold on Celebrity

This was our second cruise on Celebrity and we had talked our cruise friends into joining us.  We were sailing on Concierge Class for the first time, and were really disappointed.  We were pretty embarrassed with how poor an experience they had from the beginning.  First, Celebrity check in was a fiasco.  Their key cards could not be found so new ones were issued.  New cards were faulty and tripped security when we tried to board.  Room number was incorrect, and photos did not match, and old cards that were not found were listed as stolen.  Great....back to check in and another wait in line.  Supposably problem solved, wrong.  New, new key card won't open cabin door.  On to guest services, key cards again fixed.  Not so fast, won't swipe in gift stores.  Nothing was offered to them as compensation for the poor service and gross incompetence.  A speciality dining voucher or something would have been nice.  Nope, nothing.


Second, Concierge Class is not worth the up charge.  Afternoon "Savories" were pretty nasty, we didn't eat them on the first day, tried again the next with the same result.  Yuck!  Fresh Fruit was supposed to be in the room and our friends got theirs, we did not.  They make a big deal about having an umbrella and binoculars provided but both were so cheap and flimsy we didn't use them.  The balcony rooms are small with little storage for clothing which is a problem on a ten day cruise with 2 Formal nights.  We had the room steward take all the superfluous pillows out of the room because they took up too much space in the room when not on the beds. I mentioned rooms are small. The limited counter space is taken up with their advertising literature, empty fruit dish, and plates and flatware for in edible PM "Savories".


We found the "entertainment" amateurish, repetitive and fairly boring.  This cruise is geared for an older crowd that still remembers Laurence Welk fondly.


We upgraded the drink package to Premium at an additional cost and I was irritated at dinner when I was told "you can't get that wine because it is too much for your package" not that I could get it and pay an additional charge of the difference, just you can't get that!.  So I asked for a list of wines that were within the Premium package, was handed the original wine list and was quickly told most of all the upgraded wines were not available.  Sold out on last cruise and not replaced. Really!


My husband went down one morning to get us a cup of coffee from the speciality coffee bar (Gastro something) and asked for the coffee to be take away.  Young lady behind the counter sniped "if you are at the counter, it's to go".  OK, a bit early to be chastised by a crew member.  He also neglected to take my key card and was curtly informed "you only get one at a time!".  The coffee they served at breakfast buffet was not very good so it worth the hassle to put up with rude service.  Should you really have to make that trade off.


We had booked this same ship for next November on the 11 day, different port cruise.  Talked our friends into that one as well.  We both are canceling our booking and looking into something else.  For the same dollar amount we can get a Grand Suite on Carnival and comparable perks....oh Carnival will do your laundry for free, Celebrity will do one paper bag of laundry for $45.  




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Carnival Fantasy

February 2015 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Freedom

November 2014 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Miracle

July 2014 - Carnival Miracle to Alaska - Inside Passage

Carnival Miracle

April 2014 - Carnival Miracle to Alaska - Inside Passage

Celebrity Eclipse

November 2013 - Celebrity Eclipse to Caribbean - Southern

Grandeur of the Seas

September 2013 - Grandeur of the Seas to Canada, New England, New York

Carnival Miracle

May 2013 - Carnival Miracle to Alaska - Inside Passage

"1st cruise w/Doug & Renee"

Carnival Glory

March 2013 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Glory

February 2013 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Dream

December 2012 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Triumph

October 2012 - Carnival Triumph to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Conquest

January 2012 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Paradise

September 2011 - Carnival Paradise to Mexico

Carnival Victory

March 2011 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Freedom

September 2010 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Valor

March 2010 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Western


March 2009 - Veendam to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Ecstasy

August 2008 - Carnival Ecstasy to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Liberty

March 2008 - Carnival Liberty to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Conquest

September 2007 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Western


October 2006 - Celebration to Caribbean - Bahamas

Majesty of the Seas

April 2006 - Majesty of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Fascination

September 2004 - Carnival Fascination to Caribbean - Bahamas

anneabq's Tips

Mazatlan, Mexico - Wish I had a lower rating than one star. Dirty, port is in industrial dock area, you have to be shuttled out for excursion and we had a nightmare returning to the ship. We returned by taxi and our driver spoke very little English. When we arrived at the entry to the shopping/shuttle area, a guard at the entrance would not allow us out of the cab. Shouting match with cabdriver ensued, we weren’t privy to discussion, but driver got back in cab and drove us around to the area to the north that was where we had exited the dock. We were met by a uniformed soldier with an automatic rifle. He was joined by several officials who once again got into a heated discussion with our driver. After much consternation, driver got back in cab and drove us back to the cruise shopping/shuttle area. Same guard, same shouting, we just got out. He started screaming at us and tried to shove my husband back in the cab. We had showed him our our ship ID card, and Driver’s lic. But he was having none of it. Couldn’t understand a word he was saying and soon there after the loud confrontation attracted another guard that over ruled the first and let us in. Unbelievable.
Roseau, Dominica - Don't seem to be ready for Cruises yet. Dirty, smoke from burning garbage at the beach made it uncomfortable to breath.

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