May 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor
Destinations & Excursions Were great - but The Ship Experience - NOT SO MUCH
Yjos was our third Carnival Cruise. frankly, one ship is just the same as the next. Basically it has already become no greater an experience than riding a city bus. Same old thing... We enjoyed our destinations very much and the excursions were loads of fun, but the time spent on board the ship were so-so, at best. Carnival food (buffets) is clearly sub par, with every attenpt to make things look wonderful, but the quality is clearly lacking. They call it cheesecake, I call it cake that has a cheese like flavor. It is CLEARLY not even remotely real cheesecake, EVEN IN THE DINING ROOMS. We went to the dining room for brunch one morning and my English muffin was brought to the table a full ten minutes before my breakfast, so it was cold as a corpse by the time my eggs arrived. The eggs were cooked through, although I asked for over easy. We were VERY disappointed with the dinners as well. We have been relatively happy with the evening meals on previous cruises with Carnival, but even some of the regular fall back items were poorly prepared. Honestly, the service at dinner was not entirely star studded either. Movies on the deck were a nightmare! Loud mouths who had no respect for the fact that the deck was loaded with people trying to watch a film would sit in the areas immediately adjacent to the screen and blab at full volume. No one from the ship staff thought it needful to address this issue, so watching the movie became a waste of time and effort. YOU COULDN'T HEAR IT ANYWAY for all loud and obnoxious blabber mouths! Carnival is interested in selling booze, so drunks abound, and I personally have no interest in dealing with obnoxious drunks, but plan on having to do so at least once or twice a day. We loved our open seating dinner companions and made lasting friendships which we plan to continue, even on land, Honestly, as far as cruising is concerned, Carnival is a ship that gets you where you are going. Other cruise lines make the trip as enjoyable as the destinations. Not Carnival.