embkej

embkej
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Carnival Vista

May 2017 - Carnival Vista to Caribbean - Southern

New Ship New Adventures

Overall the cruise was delightful.  We couldn't have asked for better waiting staff, dining room food was excellent and the ship was spotlessly clean.

 

We didn't like one of the evening performers act.  The Juggler.  He had been a clown in an earlier job.  Would have been a better act if he had dressed as a juggling clown.  The 12 dancers were excellent dancers and singers.  We also enjoyed the three violinists.  They were excellent as well as the brass band and singers.

 

The main negative, to us, was the size of the ship and the starkness of the ship architecture.  It doesn't have the glitz like the other ships, which I enjoy.

 

 As the ship holds 4000 guests, the chairs on the Lido deck fills up fast with people laying towers on the chairs.  Much of the time the chairs don't have guests sitting or lying in them but have been reserved for some other time of day.  Very annoying to us. Same does for the Liquid Lounge, the main auditorium on the ship.  We believe the architecture was very stark, the seating didn't seem adequate with many of the seats didn't allow good views of the stage.

 

In summary, we had a great time and enjoyed the ports visited but will probably return to cruising smaller ships on Carnival.  One final comment, Matt the Cruise Director was GREAT!

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Carnival Glory

September 2016 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Eastern

Another great cruise

We traveled with three other couples on this cruise.  This was our 8th Carnival cruise and as usual we had a great time.  The ports were fun.  It was our first time to the DR and we took a fantastic tour of the customs and food of the island.  The dining room food and staff were excellent.  We weren't served any food that wasn't top notch.  The food was excellent.

 

Con:  The flight from Miami back home required an 8 hour wait at the airport.  There were earlier flights but we purchased ours through Carnival and they for some reason put us on a really late flight.

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Carnival Glory

September 2015 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Western

Great trip

This was our 8th  cruise and I can say that the staff on this cruise was the best we had ever experienced.  The ship was well maintained, entertainment was good and the dinner staff were excellent.  We varied from our last cruise and went on a different line but now have returned to Carnival.  We varied as Carnival didn't go to the port we wanted.  It was a great experience.

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Grand Princess

May 2014 - Grand Princess to Alaska - Inside Passage

First time with Princess

This was our first cruise with Princess.  We have cruised with Carnival on 7 previous cruises (both Alaskan and Caribbean), however Carnival didn't have the cruise agenda we needed this time.  

 

The ship check on at the Pier was terrible with long lines.  I don't believe Princess had been utilizing this pier long.  After a long day of travel to the ship from mid MO, we left KC at 6 AM central and boarded the ship at 2 PM west coast time.  After finding our cabin we experienced a very fine buffet late lunch then went to the cabin to unpack and rest for a few minutes.  After dinner, visiting with friends and a few drinks we went back to our cabin to find 3 maintenance fellows working in the cabin.  It would seem that the ship's staff would have tried to contact us over the loudspeaker concerning this issue.  The maintenance staff had much of the ceiling and trim taken down.  This was around midnight.  Needless to say we were upset and tired.  After going to the service desk we were placed in a substitute cabin down the same hall.  The room was roughly equivelant to the one we had to leave.  One of the stewards helped move our hanging clothes, however we were responsible to move all of the clothing in the drawers, etc.  We were told we would be compensated for all the trouble.  On Thursday we received a call and told we would be credited $40.  In my opinion this was almost an insult for the trouble we had gone through.

 

We saw our room steward 2 times during the week.  Our room was always freshened with clean towels and the bed made, however I found it odd that we never saw him.  Unlike all other cruises we had gone on, there was never any towel animals left on the bed.  This may be getting picky, but it's an indication of the level of service received.

 

The dining room staff were excellent as was the food in both the dining room and buffet area.  The Cruise Director and all his staff were also very good.  Port of Calls were very nice.  

 

We will more than likely not cruise on Princess again as we don't believe they come up to the level of service and caring we have had from Carnival.  Our next cruise will be on Carnival.   

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embkej's Tips

Carnival Vista Carnival Vista - We didn't think we would like the any time dining, but ended up liking the program for just the two of us. The Vista is a beautiful ship but huge. We liked the onboard Red Frog pub.
Belize City, Belize - Recommend not take the city and country excursion offered at the port (stick with the Carnival tours). We were stuffed into a 14 passenger dodge van without any speaker systems, so we couldn't hear a thing about the tours.
Skagway, Alaska - Took the narrow gauge railroad tour and saw alot of beautiful country.
Juneau, Alaska - Go to the underground gold mine tour. It was a great tour of a mine closed in the 40s and now a family owned business.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Rained off and on all day, but that is typical for this town. Enjoyed touring the city.

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