8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Sail Date: May 26, 2007 Cabin Type: Inside Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 10 years ago
Ship is beautiful. It is difficult to go from one end to the other except on specific decks. Maps at the elevators are small, hard to read, and need much more illumination. Lido is good. The grills would not open at listed times. The cooks/servers were frequently abrupt/curt and not willing to listen. The Grand Buffet and Chocolate Buffet were not given sufficient notice so that one could plan activities to attend. Ship gift shops lacked sufficient small personal items and were overpriced. No attempt was made to control the very late night carousing/laughing/yelling in the halls.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
Wait staff were excellent. Matre'd was very good. Service was good to excellent. Food was varied and of good quality.
1 out of 5
General lack of variety of games. Trivia and bean bag toss were about it. Other cruise lines offer golf activities (mini)/ Name that tune/ quiz of the day (library)/tour of the kitchen/ping pong/shuffleboard/other things. Carnival seemed to just want to push drinks and the casino.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Cruise director staff was good to excellent. Those doing maintenance activities were silent and not overly friendly. I had to pry to get the cabin steward to give his name.
3 out of 5
Very clean, insufficient maps to indicate where rooms were. Floor level of theatre was flat making it difficult to see past people toward the stage. Balcony was better. Public area restrooms poorly marked.
Cabin / Stateroom
1 out of 5
Cabin was frequently not made up until just before noon. Cabin steward didn't come to work until 7am. Size of stateroom was about the size of other cruise lines. Bed was adequate. Bathroom good.Comfortable.
Biggest problem is arriving at 5pm. No time to go see much. Went on Historic Tour of Old San Juan. Others in my party went horseback riding. History = avg Riding = excellent. Need a more detailed map to know where to go. Might consider reversing order of ports to get into San Juan with more time.
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