mrjwkyle

mrjwkyle
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Joined: 11/01/2015
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Carnival Magic

August 2017 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Eastern

Disappointing

Unfortunately this will probably be my last cruise with Carnival. After experiencing Royal Caribbean and conversations with travelers on other cruise lines, I think I have matured beyond Carnival at this time.

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Carnival Magic

February 2016 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Western

Better than expected

I haven't cruised with Carnival in nearly 10 years and found the experience to be a bit more "mature" than it had been the last time I sailed.  The food was good and options were plentiful.  

 

After recently taking a 7 day with Royal Caribbean I was able to make a side-by-side comparison between the 2.  The one thing I found to be significantly different was the quality of service on the cruise.  RC outperformed Carnival and I had to say at several occasions I was disappointment on this cruise.  Our waiter in the main dining room was phenomenal and our room attendant was good, but beyond that, no one stands out.  

 

The ports we visited where great and I've come away with a better opinion of Belize than I had had from a previous cruise.  Roatan was absolutely gorgeous and I'm planning to go back to explore more of the island.  

 

This was my 4th cruise with Carnival and though the service wasn't the best, It hasn't turned me off of them and I would travel with them again at the drop of a dime.

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Freedom of the Seas

October 2015 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Nearly a perfect week.

This was my 4th cruise and my partners 1st.   Experiencing it through his eyes  was a great experience and I found him on our 2nd night looking into a future cruise.  Quite surprising as it has taken nearly 10 years to get him to agree to take one.  The staff was generally exceptional, especially our room attendant.  We found the service in Johnny Rocket's to be "Less than Perfect", but each of the other speciality restaurant to be exceptional!  Especially Sabor, which we visited twice on our cruise.  Wifi was ok.  Inconsistent at times, slow and expensive, but nice to have overall.  Due to weather, we were not able to stop at one of our ports, but this give us more time in the next one and actually we were able to have 2 excursions instead of the one planned.  I have to acknowledge the captain and team to keeping our safety at the utmost concern by making the decision to not tender in the rough seas and to carry on.

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Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28

June 2006 - Carnival Destiny (RETIRED) 28 to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Valor

June 2005 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Elation

January 2002 - Carnival Elation to Mexico

mrjwkyle's Tips

Grand Turk Island - Nice, lovely beach right outside the ship. Affordable and free loungers on the beach are available and plentiful.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - We didn't do any sanctioned excursions but did the Hop on Hop off bus around Old and New San Juan.
Carnival Magic Carnival Magic - I honestly cannot recommend this ship. I have been on it twice and theirs obviously a cultural change. I actually truly enjoyed the Cruise Director, Reverend Dr. E, who was also the same when I cruised in February 2016 and didn't enjoy as much then. There's a monotonous, robotic cultural of service that is present on the ship now that has never existed on this ship or any other Carnival cruise I've taken in the past and it's significantly below the standard of Royal Caribbean. The only benefit is cost, as the cruises with Carnival are generally cheaper but personally my satisfaction is more important than cheap thrills.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten - The Sea Trek adventure must be done. Couldn't have imagined a better way to experience the island.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - Tree lyming Zip Line Adventure was a fun experience. The staff was friending and keep our safety in mind at each step.

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Magic cruise review - Disappointing

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Magic cruise review - Disappointing

shared a quick tip for Carnival Magic"I honestly cannot recommend this ship. I have been on it twice and theirs obviously a cultural change. I actually truly enjoyed the Cruise Director, Reverend Dr. E, who was also the same when I cruised in February 2016 and didn't enjoy as much then. There's a monotonous, robotic cultural of service that is present on the ship now that has never existed on this ship or any other Carnival cruise I've taken in the past and it's significantly below the standard of Royal Caribbean. The only benefit is cost, as the cruises with Carnival are generally cheaper but personally my satisfaction is more important than cheap thrills. "

added Aug 19, 2017 cruise on Carnival Magic to their profile.

reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Carnival Magic and gave it 2.9 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Magic cruise review - Better than expected

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Nearly a perfect week.

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Nearly a perfect week.

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Nearly a perfect week.

received a helpful vote on their Freedom of the Seas cruise review - Nearly a perfect week.