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3.8 out of 5

Average. Need an Update Rush by omarp10

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The Cruise need an update. Its too outdated compare with the other alternatives on the same rate $$. Staff its excellent. Food its great on the formal restaurant. On the other places food its below average.

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4.3 out of 5

Nice cruise by nilawdenise

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Nice cruise. Got rest needed. Intention is to take another tho year.

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4.2 out of 5

Fun Caribbean Family Cruise by CruisieNewbie

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We just returned from the 7 night Caribbean cruise. Overall, the cruise was fun. We did excursions at St. Thomas (snorkeling with the turtles) and St. Maarten (bike ride), both of which were fantastic. We coordinated tours with locals for St. Lucia and St. Kitts, which worked out great. One of the downsides of St. Lucia is that the best attractions are quite far from the port. The cruise itself had fantastic daycare. Our child kept asking to go everyday, preferring the daycare to hanging out with the family! The food was okay -- we would have preferred fresher options and better tropical fruit options (e.g. guava, soursop, golden apple, local avocados, coconut, etc.). Most of the fruit was melons. The dinners were also okay. There were very few meals that were really amazing. The cruise decor was dated, but we knew that going in from pictures. The evening entertainment was enjoyable, but not something I would go out of my way to see. There were a good variety of activities, including comedy shows, song/dance shows, and others. There was a fun piano bar, karaoke, and many other options. Overall, we had a great time, but I think I might try another cruise ship for our next outing.

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5 out of 5

EXPECTACULAR CARIBBEAN CRUISE by riverapastor

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I TAKE THIS CRUISE EVERY YEAR AND I STILL RATE IT AS A GREAT MOMENT OF MY LIFE.

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4 out of 5

Was a fun trip by rosemaryorsillo

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Was a fun trip with lots to do expect for the fact that there wasn’t enough food and food selection. That was a bit disappointing.

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5 out of 5

The trip wonderfull by myriamotero01

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I love theserviceand entertaiment pkeasetske notefor more latin music in the future

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4.4 out of 5

Worked out good,,, finally by rwtoydoc

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All great but they screwed up our dining reservations for our large party and didn’t try to fix it. But the head maître d’ in the open seating dining room did, saving us our table every night and making sure we where taken care of !! He went above and beyond when it wasn’t his problem. Kudos to him .. and his staff they where all great.

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2.9 out of 5

Poor execution of what should be an exciting and positive experience for all. by bord06320

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From a previous review TO Carnival: Q. What is the primary reason for the score you just gave us? I've gone on four (4) cruises in my life - mostly Princess. This is by far the most unsatisfactory cruise - pleasure trip - I have taken. The age of the ship only slightly impacted my trip. The (mid-ship) elevators would, at times, "announce" and display that you were on a level one floor above where you actually were. Buttons wouldn't work. Most of my experience lies in how customer service appears to be organized, or, more correctly, not organized. Coming onboard, I felt like a rat in a maze. There were entire corridors without personnel or signage as to which direction to go, and we had to weave our way through stairs and winding hallway, down escalators, guessing which direction to go. Ultimately there was a single person by a stairwell instructing us to go down and "follow the lines" - through a giant warehouse-type structure - to get to the ship. Announcements were horrible, if they existed. Announcements in English were almost imperceptible. The speed at which the person spoke and the echoing of the loudspeakers made it almost impossible to understand. Also, ship-wide announcements should be used for instruction, not sales. I don't want to hear about credit card opportunities and your latest sales reverberating ship-wide. This creates a scenario akin to "the boy that cried wolf". At some point, I'm going to immediately tune out anything coming across ship's comms, including emergency information that could save the life of my family. Having served in the military, and aboard sea vessels, I find that particularly disgusting. The announcements don't appear to be piped into the staterooms, which, is probably a good thing considering most of them were commerce-related. So, now, not only are they almost imperceptible if you're out in the open, I really can't understand them. The first night onboard, my family and I had dinner in open-dining area. "Sensations" I believe. I ordered steak, medium. I received something that looked like gravy-infused dog chow. I didn't make it to the center to see if it was medium. Room-temperature; tasted awful. I stopped there. My dinner was a glass of water. The second night I ate there, probably four (4) days into the trip, I tried the steak again; medium. Got room-temp again, well done. That was the last time I ate in any type of formal dinning. One of the reasons was that my wife and I went to eat dinner, and was told that the the restaurant was full and that they were waiting on people. Taking a quick glimpse around, the place was at about 40% capacity. The hostess held up to sticky notes with a few names on it (the people they were waiting on) and gave us a pager. having being told previously - since we tried - that they didn't take reservations, I was a bit perplexed as to why and almost empty restaurant, that doesn't take reservations, is now waiting on people above the ones that are standing in line, prepared to eat. My wife and I ended up going to the buffet. I had a salad, she had a sandwich. As we were going back to Sensations to return the pager, it goes off. That's 40 minutes later. And, BTW, two ladies were sitting next to (my family) at a separate table on the second night in Sensations. At some point, they just sat there, plates full. So I asked them why they hadn't eaten. One was served chicken so salty, that she couldn't eat it. The other, having asked for a well-done steak, was served a raw one. Coming onboard in Barbados, there were vacationers transitioning on, and off, the ship. Great. The problem was that there was one line dedicated to the 6 (six) people coming onboard, whilst the 50 existing vacationers coming onboard was being herded into a separate single line. Once we got through that, there is an attendant holding open the door of an elevator exclusively for those "new vacationers" - who, BTW, hadn't even made it through the security checkpoint yet - and preventing anyone else from getting in them. How do I have time to observe all of this? Because since the attendant is holding the doors open of one elevator, it appears that none of the other three (3) will come down to that level. Everyone in that line is waiting for her to release that elevator. So, after a full day of excursions, now we're met with a new challenge; wait on that level as the space fills with more people on-boarding, or take the stairs; which we elected to do. At this point, since I'm not distracted with eating your food, I start observing and listening to other vacationers - on and off the ship: "I've been on forty-nine cruises on many different ships, and this is the worst one I've even been on" "I've been on many Carnival cruises before, and this is the worst experience I've ever had" "I'm pissed!" says a random lady getting off an elevator shaking her head. "This cruise sucks!" as I am talking to another vacationer in St. Martin. "We're extremely unhappy with the vacation". And these are my personal interactions. There is SO much more, from myself, my family, from fellow vacationers. It's not the individual staff, or the age of the ship, it's simply boils down to how horribly Carnival executed this cruise. Really, the only highlights of this vacation was that I met some wonderful vacationers, seen some amazing places, and that the Fascination didn't sink. Q. What could we do to make this experience better for you? Sometimes ... just sometimes ... you only have one opportunity to make a favorable impression. This was my first cruise with Carnival. You missed that opportunity. I've already taken steps to "make this experience better" for myself and my family. We simply have no future plans to sail Carnival. Q. Could you please let us know why Carnival would not be your first choice for your next cruise? Poor execution of what should be an exciting and positive experience for all. You concentrate too much on commerce, to the point where it's intrusive (i.e., you posted the photo purchase booth directly outside one of the main elevators in the center of the ship. You literally had to move around it, and the people buying photos, in single file, if you could move at all. Under any circumstances, that's a hazard.). Also, I don't want my photo taken as I'm getting on the ship, whilst I'm having dinner, and while I'm trying to depart the ship. Your staff is no better than the street vendors we meet on excursions. At least I understand their motivations. I'd rather you charge a premium and guarantee a more positive experience than "$199" for a cruise and almost strong-arm guests on buying liquor, photos, jewelry, and anything else you can peddle. Amazon, Ebay ... I understand. I go direct to them to make purchases. You're in the business of providing a memorable experience, not assaulting your clients. If Carnival were a person - and, I, reasonably understanding the history, purpose and the essence of a cruise line - I would have to say to you that the fruit has fallen far, far from the tree.

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4.1 out of 5

Food and service have become TOP notch! by nikirichards

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We were on this ship two years ago, the food was just about the worst I had ever experienced. This time the food was the best I have ever eaten on ANY ship.

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3.9 out of 5

Many wonderful ports by ahorsechick66

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The ports were wonderful. So many of these cruises go to the same old ports over and over, so this was a most welcome change. Cabin service was poor. The cabin steward asked us to write down a time for the afternoon/evening service. We told him we had no "schedule" and to just come. Well he totally ignored the afternoon/evening...fresh towels would have been nice. He made a big deal giving us his "card" but when we called he didn't answer. The waiters weren't the best either, very inconsistent.

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4.2 out of 5

Great time by happy420

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Carnival lost some of our photos. Next time we will hand over our cell phones at the ports

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4.8 out of 5

Just what I needed! Fantastic Caribbean Cruise . by LiaSparks

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I thoroughly enjoyed my family the excursions and the stellar service form the Carnival staff !

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4.9 out of 5

7 Night Fun by zlmrdrgz

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We had a wonderful time there were so many activities we couldn't do them all.

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3.9 out of 5

amazing by alisahutchens

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The ports we visited where amazing. It rained every day , bu we still had fun

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2 out of 5

You get what you pay for. by adalinet

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First of all, I am a Carnival gold member who has nevered considered jumping ship, but this last cruise has me thinking otherwise. I have always looked forward to the fabulous food and the excellent customer service that makes a vacation so wonderful. In all the years that I have traveled on Carnival these two categories have always been consistent. This year, It was not so. The food was marginal at best. Gone were the exotic dishes. The buffet was poorly executed and low quality. Late night it was pizza, hot dogs, chili, grilled ham and cheese,and small chicken sandwich-EVERY NIGHT! I was looking forward to salmon and bagels with a pot of coffee for breakfast each morning which had always been my routine. I love not having to get dressed to go down to the dining room so early. Now, it's strictly cereal or danish and if you want room service after 10pm, you must pay a separate fee. Service in the dining room was slow until I spoke to manager after I waited 30 minutes for a drink. When he realized I was gold member, he changed out our server and we received great service for the remainder of the cruise, but why did it have to get that far? Cheers program - We decided to splurge and get the unlimited drinks program which costs as much as the cruise, but I felt it would be a lot of fun trying out new drinks. Well Carnival has tapered down on thier list of choices so basically you are getting basics brands, I don't think I would purchase it again. One other item was that there are A lot of added charges which should be disclosed prior to sail. Not fair to returning customers.

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3.2 out of 5

Eh, I'll stick with the bigger ships. by jmorms

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Overall it answered a lot of questions for us regarding the smaller ships. I'm more upset at American Airlines on screwing up our flights there and then back. I want my miles back!

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4.5 out of 5

We had a great Caribbean Cruise by mdmrobertson

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Nice cruise,the ship was a bit smaller then what we are use too so not as much to do our cabin was nice and the staff was very good.

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3.3 out of 5

Vacation from hell... but not because of Carnival! Really only got to see 1 port. by michsykes

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Instead of being a cruise it felt like a nightmare. But kudos to Carnival for being so helpful in our medical emergency and afterward for following up not only when we were in hospital in St. Lucia but when we got back to US hospital as well.

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4.5 out of 5

Okay cruise by aliciabarnes21

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Overall, the experience was nice. I think that when you give the initial greeting that, it should be clear as to the gratuities that will be charged on your card, how much and that it's perfect person, especially for first timers. I was disappointed that we dressed up to meet the Captain and he didn't show and his crew members just walked through and didn't socialize at all, didn't even say hello.

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3.4 out of 5

Southern Carribean Cruise by spoznan1

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first time on Carnival...overall it was better than I thought it might be! The ship was very clean and in good repair overall. The food was good in Coconut Grove buffet lines as well as the Sensation Dining room, but breakfast in the Innovations dining room wasn't too good and the service there wasn't particularly friendly. I was disappointed that the last night (Sat night) didn't have a show or gala dinner...in fact there were only 2 entrees on the dining room menu that did not require a $20 upcharge and the 2 entrees were fish stew and coc a vin....neither of which appealed to any of the 5 adults in my group. The burger line (Guy Fieri) on Lido deck is awesome.

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