Breezing Along Carnival!
Sail Date: June 02, 2013
Reviewed: 3 years ago
Traveled As: Family w/older children
Room Type: Oceanview
Our room staff was great. Su (that is how you say it, not spell it) from Indonesia was great. He greeted us several times throughout our cruise and took great care of us! Room service was good except as we got closer to the end of the cruise, the pastry's got harder (lol) that is to be expected.
Food:The dining room had good food but nothing remarkable. I will say that we did not do the formal nights this cruise. Our wait staff was good but again nothing remarkable. The specialty places to eat: sushi; good and loved that it was open late; the Italian restaurant was very good, food excellent; value good, atmosphere great and wait staff cute and efficient. (My teenage girls were drooling!) The big hit was the buffet choices and the Guy's burgers! My husband was in heaven with the burgers. The choices in the buffet line were almost worth skipping the dining room, which I would never consider on any other cruise. The brunches offered on sea days in the dining room were good. Biggest disappointment: no midnight buffet. They offered pizza and and sandwiches and hotdogs...ick...Other cruises have offered chocolate buffets and special affairs. Not here. However, room service was excellent and offered good choices so I can't complain too much. My teenagers sure appreciated the 3 am room service!
Clubs: My teenagers were in the Liquid club every evening and they report a blast of a time. Our favorite hang out spot was the Red Frog Pub. They had the best drinks on the ship, friendliest bartenders and the conch fritters! I loved the piano bar but the entertainers were so so and a few drinks needed to make it any real fun. Still the decor was awesome there. The library bar was too cool. They had two dispensers in there; one for white wine and one for red. Place your glass underneath and pick your drink. It was also quiet in there and very relaxing (can I get one of these for my house????)
Entertainment: We all attended the comedian Marcio: he was so good we saw him three times; laughs every time! The shows: nothing remarkable; passable entertainment. I was a little disappointed. I actually had more fun on the first night when the cruise director did a welcome show that was funny and entertaining. BTW - our cruise director "Butch" was great. He was also friendly when he saw you throughout the ship! He had wonderful energy and incredible energy! Did not go to the Hasbro show, but the teenagers gave it a thumbs up. Overall the entertainment was okay, I have had better on other cruises. The karaoke with the live band was a big hit and well attended. Wish I would have had the guts to get up there and give it a go!
Ports of Call: Grand Turk. Awesome! Ease of getting off the boat, effortless; we spent the time at Margaritaville getting "yarded" and swimming in the awesome pool, while dancing and general mayhem! We had a great time and videos to prove it (no, you are not seeing them! lol). Drinks were sooooo good! Jamaica: Ochos Richos was just beautiful. We did not do an excursion, just went off to shop. Okay - so they are a little pushy but not horribly so and they didn't hound you too much. Enjoyed the shopping and the bay was just beautiful to look at from the balcony of our ship. On another cruise we had docked at Montego Bay. Did not like that. Ochos Richos - great surprise! Nassau: crazy but we spent our day at Atlantis. Aquariums were amazing. I was very happy spending the day there. Getting to and from the boat was easy.
Extras: The cheers program is by far the best value if you are going to drink a lot. You get 15 drinks a day for $50 BUT both members of your cabin have to participate. All you need to have is 6 drinks a day to make it cheaper than buying them one at a time. I suppose IF you always had the drink of the day (which is discounted) this would not be as good a deal but other than that - the way to go. The drink program for the kids-also a good way to go.
The shops. Nothing to speak of really. I will have to say that the duty free liquor was cheaper than any I could get back home. Some of the things they sold on spot for specials were not really as good a deal as they hyped---ladies, check your prices. Cherry on Top! Loved the candy. Prices good!
Cons: the internet usage was $30.00 for 45 minutes. Sorry, but that is a bit on the high side in my opinion. The fact that you had to pay for the sushi and the conch fritters in the bar - I think that should have been included. Steakhouse was limited seating and 35.00 a pop. Too much! The spa: not worth the money if you are looking for a mani/pedi. The service was fine (we had a sweet English girl; loved her!) But the spa version was 70.00 each! Yikes! My husband had a massage and he was very pleased so I would stick with that if I had to do it again.
Cheers: I loved this program but honestly at 15 drinks a day, my husband and I could have split it. That wasn't allowed though.
All in all I would do this cruise again; same ports of call and same ship. I feel like the ship offered more than I had time to do. The couples only retreat area, I never got to utilize; no time and never even saw the awesome ropes course or went to the deck with the water slides. The lido deck parties were lots of fun no matter if you participated or just watched. Loved the St. Jude charity event! I can't say enough about this ship. A wonderful experience!
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