JenRD94
Contributor Level: Third Mate

Review by jccandice2

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In response to review, JenRD94 says ...

Had the same experience on the sensation. Try a bigger ship. Just went on the Pride and it was great. A smaller ship you encounter a different caliber of people. The workers on the Pride even said that

Tags: Carnival Cruise Lines Caribbean - Bahamas Carnival Sensation

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BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I'll be on the Splendor in Oct.   

I'll post a review then.  This could be our last trip on Carnival

CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
The majority of your complaints regarding the ship are valid. But not all are isolated to the Splendor. I have been on 10 cruises and the problems with out of control children are across the board on ALL cruiselines and vessels (that cater to family atmosphere). The problem is not with the cruiseline or personnel. The REAL problem is with the parents that, once on board, cut their kids loose to run around the ship doing as they feel with absolutely NO regard to any of the other passengers. These parents are the ones to blame. There is only so much the security personnel onboard can do to avoid conflict with the parents of these rug rats. You have to figure that if they allow their kids to run rampant as they do, how do you think they would respond to security telling them to control their kids? It is sad and this problem has been addressed for many years on various cruise boards across the internet. Unfortunately, you will always have adults that have grown older yet have never grown up with the "All about me" attitude. Best of luck on your next cruise. ;)
BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

The OP was on the Sensation.  I will be on the Splendor in Oct.  I have been in Carnival in the past, as recently as 2011 on the Glory.  Over at the Carnival website, there are constant complaints about poor service and food quality.    In recent years we have cruised a lot on NCL, and we have always been very pleased.

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

As far as children being unsupervised, I have said this over and over;  the problem is, some parents, when they take their children on vacation, take a vacation from their children.   I might add, I was on the Breakaway in Feb. when the young boy drowned in the pool.  He was, unsupervised.

CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
My mistake in stating the Splendor instead of the Sensation Bak. The thing about cruises as I have always said, is that they can be hit or miss regardless of the cruiseline or vessel. It also has much to do with taste and expectations. You can read two reviews from different passengers post cruise that sailed the same time and one will write they had a great time while the other may give the cruise a terrible review. I have been on 5 Carnival cruises and never had a bad time. I'm not saying that there weren't some issues that could have been addressed but nothing that spoiled my cruise. I have also sailed NCL (although some time ago) and have been reading recent reviews on various NCL ships that have gotten poor reviews. The thing that boils my blood about the past children drownings aboard cruise ships is that it seems that parental control is being ignored to some extent. All the parents want to file a suit against the cruise line. On all the vessels I have sailed in the past since 1990, it was always understood that swimming was at your own risk (there is NO lifeguard on duty). When we took our 12 year old niece with us on the Carnival Pride 7 years ago, she was ALWAYS under our watchful eye and was instructed on what her conduct was expected to be while onboard the ship. She had a great time loaded with many memories. Parents that allow their kids to run rampant on the ship and have that "Hey, I paid for us to be on this cruise" forget one important thing, they didn't pay for all the other passengers to be on the ship! So we shouldn't have to put up with their kids antics.
BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

No lifeguards necessary.

if someone were to get hurt with a lifeguard on duty, THEN the ship would have to assume liability.

people don't seem to understand that

CrusinTim
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Good point Bak!! :)
JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain
I have been on two of the sister ships and Carnival did great keeping the kids out of the way. I can suggest a few things to stay away from kids.

1. Cruise when kids are in school.
2. The adults only deck
3. Try a higher level cruise line
4. Less kids on longer cruises.

One time we made the mistake of going on a school Holiday weekend on NCL and had over 800 kids on the ship.
WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

As others have stated, a lot of the experience can be subjective.

15 of our 61 cruises so far have been on Carnival (including two on Carnival Sensation, most recently earlier this year).  While some of the crew members we’ve encountered have been less then friendly, by far most of them do an outstanding job.  And we’ve never had any trouble finding a wide variety of high quality, delicious food to choose from on Carnival.

In Nassau, our elderly parents have never had any trouble finding free rides (tips appreciated) between the ship and port facilities.

Regarding all the kids, I guess we go into it knowing what to expect.  The shorter cruises on older ships attract a lot of families and sailing in the summer increases the number of kids exponentially.  And yes, we too have seen many, many times when the adults have clearly taken a vacation from doing anything remotely resembling parenting when it comes to their kids.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Try the newer Carnival ships like the Breeze and the Sunshine. We had a great experience on the Liberty.

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