A horrible cruise!
Sail Date: March 01, 2010
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Room Type: Inside
Guests, mostly students, were terrible about running out to the deck chairs at 6:00 a.m. to reserve all of the chairs then going back to their rooms to sleep off their hangovers. They would meander out to the deck around 11:30a.m. and have a nice chair waiting while the rest of us with manners stood out by the railing...this lasted the entire five days! I'm sure many will ask why we didn't do the same thing(?)...because it's wrong. If another guest gets up and heads out to the deck before me, they deserve the spot.
The absolute worst issue we had with this cruise was the fact that from day one the ship smelled STRONGLY of vomit in many many places throughout. We heard several guests complain but the issue was never resolved. When we asked a crew member, he told us it was because of all the students on board drinking. I told him that that was a neat trick because the smell was there when we arrived! It was the first week of Spring Break so the smell was caused by poor upkeep! We could not participate in many of the daily activities that were played around the lounge and casino area because the smell was gut churning!
Most of the evening shows were rated "R" or "Adult"...not family friendly.
My family is a hard working unit. We have saved our pennies for two years to take this cruise. I am so disappointed that we didn't save a little longer and go with Royal Caribbean again. This was our children's first experience and they have no desire to return either. The only saving grace for our trip was our formal dining room staff in the Carnival dining room. Linden and the others were wonderful! I'm sorry to be negative and so long in my comments but this trip was such a let down for our entire family.
Pros: Formal staff
Cons: Stateroom steward and the fact that the ship smelled of vomit the entire time!