danaglow

danaglow
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Hometown: St Petersburg, FL
Joined: 12/06/2015
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Middle class American trying to survive, but still finding ways to travel and enjoy!


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Carnival Paradise

November 2015 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Paradise

Best deal for the price, if only disembark can be fixed

A herd of towel animals St Petersburg, FL skyline Make sure you check out the Wall of Fame Entertainment for the kids Thank you Drake

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    Phenomenal deal for the money. Carnival staff makes you feel like a member of their family. Comedy was the best ever with two fantastic comedians. Dinner offered many great choices and service staff treats you like a king.

     The down sides of this cruise include a very short length of stay at Grand Cayman, only about four hours. Being one of the smaller ships meant no large screen for evening movies on deck. The two revue shows were sub par, at best. The two sea days did not offer enough activities for all ages to enjoy. Sea day brunch menus in the dining hall were not much better than what was offered on deck. Steve, the Cruise Director was all about himself and lacked the ability to make the activities feel as if they were meant for the guests.

     The worst part of the cruise is Carnival's inability to control the disembark process. Although well planned (on paper) by assigning time slots for certain groups to disembark, about 2,000 guests crammed the gangway at the same time regardless of the planned time slots. Carnival should be ashamed of this massive exodus of guests who don't care about the rules and their crew's inability to control this. 

     Personal note: Many guests are unaware that the photo team has a Wall of Fame. This is where your photo can be displayed to all guests when your picture is deemed worthy. Making the Wall of Fame not only offers that feeling of being special, but offers you the photo for free. In our case, we had two pictures on the Wall of Fame at the same time! We stopped by in the morning and were told we could pick up our photos later in the day. Unfortunately, Ana, the photo manager found out that we had two photos on the wall and removed one before we returned. She stated that she didn't know what she did with the other photo and that Carnival only offers one free photo, not two. This was the first time we ever met a Carnival crew member who was almost rude and unapproachable.

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Carnival Valor

June 2011 - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor

Great trip - recommend to all

Cruise number two for us. This time we found the time available to do a 7 night cruise. What a great choice! We loved the entire cruise. This time we spent the extra money for a balcony. If you don't have children with you, we recommend a balcony room. Imagine it's the middle of the night, the stars are out, the ship is quiet, and you can feel the breeze in your face while watching the flying fish as the ship cuts through the water. Also, the balcony allows a private place to 'hide' when you want a break from the other guests.

The destinations were fantastic, with plenty of time at all port of calls. The dining room was festive with great shows every night by the wait staff. The shows, revues, comedy, and other activities were spectacular. Once again bingo was offered daily and the pricing was fair. Some day we will do this cruise again.

 

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danaglow's Tips

Norwegian Star Norwegian Star - Beware of the unlimited drink packages. This will make NCL the "Party" ship of the future. Always read the individual ship reviews BEFORE you book.
Cozumel, Mexico - We booked the the Melia Vacation Club all-inclusive for one day. The price was far less than your typical excursion. Imagine how relaxed we were, while sipping drinks in the swim up bar. Or while casually snorkeling in the Gulf. Food was good and the drinks were great!
Cozumel, Mexico - Try a one day all-inclusive resort instead of a shore excursion. We did and absolutely loved it!
Carnival Paradise Carnival Paradise - Have bottled waters sent to your room before your cruise date through the Gift Services, this is inexpensive and will be delivered to your room. Ask your room staff to provide ice each morning.
Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - Short length cruises attracts many families with children who cannot afford the longer length cruises. Unattended children everywhere and many disrespectful.

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