I will definitely cruise again on a Carnival ship. For the moment I set my foot on the ship I felt like a queen. Everyone was wonderful! Service, staff, entertainment, steward and of course my favorite lady at the coffee bar....Wonderful!
We really enjoyed the cruise with the exception of the embarkation process. The worst boarding experience we have encountered in over 10 cruises. Carnival really needs to work on their check-in process! The rest of the cruise was very enjoyable, with good service and great food.
We went with two other couples. All enjoyed Carnival's design, friendly service, and fun offerings. Due to recent hurricane damage, our planned stop in Grand Turk was replaced with an additional day-at-sea, which was also good. We liked Half Moon Cay the best of our stops.
A little disappointed this time because it just came out of dry dock. The ship was dirty. I would have loved to had a better table with a view instead of a hidden booth. We still had a good time and the service at the bars were great!
Disappointed in all the changes in ports visited d/t hurricane complications - not Carnival's fault of course, but the reason we booked it was to visit T&C, Curacao, & Aruba. Ship needs a little updating & freshening up.
This was our 50 th Anniversary trip. We were really looking forward to Aruba And some other Islands that we didn’t get to go to because of The Hurricane MARIA messed up getting to several Islands. The Crew was great and very helpful. It was still a pretty good time but we we can’t control the weather and we made it safe and still had a great trip.
Our cruise changed itinerary twice. In the end, only one out of four of our original ports was kept. When our most prized port, the one we really bought the cruise for - Turk and Caicos - was cancelled due to hurricane damage, we were hoping to be given the opportunity to cancel. Since we didn’t have the option, we had to go on the cruise or lose our money, including airfare. While we were on the boat, another route change occurred. This time we were rerouted to Ocho Rios Jamaica and Grand Cayman, both of which we had already been to before. The route change did not make sense from a risk-avoidance standpoint. The change actually put us closer to Maria’s path instead of farther away from it! Curacao and Aruba are much further west than Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman and therefore farther away from Hurricane Maria’s path! Everyone we had talked to suspected that the change was to save money, not to avoid Hurricane Maria! Carnival took advantage of the hurricane threat to save money by sailing a much shorter route. The detour destinations were a cheaper substitute than the itinerary we purchased. We therefore feel cheated by the cruise line!
Food and service on board were good, but the Music was sub-par. Every one of the bands, except for the Hispaniola Duo played for themselves rather than their customers they were supposed to entertain. Example, it was all 80’s music, very oldie, moldy, and they played the same thing over and over again. Example: We requested a romantic tune for dancing, and ten couples got up to dance. Instead of taking the cue, they went right back to the playlist they had after the requested song, making no changes to encourage the customers to dance. Very immature performers! The worst we have seen on any cruise and this is our 10th cruise!
The cruise ship is beautiful. The food and entertainment is great. The comedians can be hit or miss on any cruise line. The casino allows smoking and therefore the entire 5th floor smelled like one big ashtray. The smoke stays with your clothes. The cabin eventually smelled like smoke because all the clothes smelled like smoke. I am not sure why this cruise was smokier than other ships.
More activities needed to engage all age groups and not just those in their 50s, 60s. The club needs updated and diverse music to entertain the different cultures that cruise with them. More food choices needed and the juices (Apple, orange) tasted really funny...not too sure they are real. Soda machines should be located in the buffet dinning room or atleast have someone walking around with them instead of only alcoholic drinks. My party and I had to keep getting up from the dinning table to walk out to the pool area in order to get soda.
Overall it was a fantastic relaxing Cruise. The food good the lines weren't very long and the ports were wonderful. We always felt safe and happy and are already looking for our next cruise on the carnival.
GREAT CRUISE FOR MY 1ST TIME. STAFF WAS EXCELLENT VERY ATTENTIVE. FOOD WAS GREAT, ALWAYS A DINING OPTION AVAILABLE. WATER WAS BEAUTIFUL. I JUST WISH DRINKS WERE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE AND THE ON BOARD DRINK PACKAGE FOR UNLIMITED DRINKS IS NOT REALLY UNLIMITED
Like I said in the description Wonderful....except. Not getting the onboard credit seemed rude and unprofessional.
The food was really good. All the entertainment was top of the line. The staff really made you feel important and waited on like royalty. Effy, the onboard jewelry store, is amazing!
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