7 Night Western Caribbean (Galveston Roundtrip) Sail Date: July 31, 2011 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 5 years ago
Carnival's price point is to deliver a cruise at a low cost - at this they did succeed! However with a few minor improvements they could have also delivered more on quality and value rather than a singular price point. All issues with crowds - embarkation, lounges, dinner seatings etc., were incredibly poorly handled. My wife and daughter's second cruise (Norwegian Star) and my first, but we will definately try a different cruise line for our next one.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
Food in the Monet room was acceptable with highlights normally being either the starters (especially the soups) or desserts. Main courses tended to be sub-par in particular any beef - some of the beef actually had an off-taste making me wonder if it was either old or keep off temperature. Fish tended to be "fishy" and their so-called jumbo shrimp were 30 ct. The buffet food often was a lessor quality (especially after being under the heat lamps) and is reminiscent of a High School cafeteria. Pizza bar was god, Fish n Chips were very good and the deli was poor (forgot to put sauerkraut on my Rueben). Drinks are way over priced. My wife bought a "soda" card for a mere $60 and was often delivered "flat" Coke which either had been shaken, was old, or had been through multiple temperatures. Bartenders were a bit snippy at her when she insisted on a fresh coke. Also for control, you only received the poured coke and not the can - which is an inconvenience for overnight in the cabin.
1 out of 5
The Vegas style entertainment was very poor - worse than my daughters 4th grade dance team. Very little synch. The Cruise director and staff seemed to be going through the motions rather than genuinely helping the guests. No valuable lectures, classes or seminars - everything was focused on selling you something - spa, trinkets, etc. The one good show was Cowboy Mike an adult comedian.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Highlight of trip. We had a great room steward and team of waiters. One incidence of concern is that we saw two people slip near the pool and fall. No Carnival staff helped the people, nor checked on their medical condition but rather were more concerned with cleaning up the spillage of food, etc.
1 out of 5
I like the French Impressionists theme, however it is totally overdone and the overall appearance is actually gaudy and tacky. BTW, Degas does not rhyme with Las Vegas.....Lots of employees working long hours keeping ship clean.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
For a ship, the stateroom was more than adequate. Plenty of storage space. We were in 7340, and being aft of the last elevator bank - had very little foot traffic in the halls - great for sleeping/napping.
Stingrays were excellent and a memory for a lifetime. The two snorkeling stops were extremely poor and we were disappointed when contrasted with Turks and other Caribbean islands. The reefs were in terrible shape and the fish and fauna were lacking.
Don't Miss: Stingrays
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