This was our first cruise and will most likely be our last (at least on Carnival). Here's why:
While there was plenty of food available, the quality was just OK. For example: I had steak with peppercorn sauce. The steak was cooked to the right internal color (medium), but was dry as a bone and tough. As if they cooked the steaks in port, and heated them up as needed.
The buffet offered in the Horizons Grill and on the Lido deck was equivalent in quality to Golden Corral on every visit. I expected more variety and better food.
Shows were OK. About two-steps down from Las Vegas shows.
I guess they were OK, but I figure paying for a suite, I would get something equivalent to an Embassy suites type room.
Maybe the other cruise lines are better. I don't know. But my personal experience left me feeling somewhat bland.
Well, whatever you do, stay away from NCL. They are the worst of the bunch. As for a suite, rooms on ships are never as big as a hotel room. We always book indoor cabins since we are only in them to sleep and change clothes. The food on almost all cruise lines is becoming more and more the same unless you take a true luxury cruise. On our one and only NCL cruise, the only menu item that changed was one entree nightly. Appitizers and desserts were the same all week.
I'm sorry you did not enjoy your cruise. We love Carnival; but then again we do not take a cruise for the food, or because we want a fancy cabin. We take a cruise for the experience of sailing on a ship in the open waters, and the beautiful ports of call. Better luck next time.
Fantasy ~ 1/03
Pride ~ 1/02
Fantasy ~ 4/00
Sensation ~ 4/99
Oceanic ~ 3/98
Atlantic ~ 3/95
Atlantic ~ 9/92
"I have a caribbean soul that I can barely control"...
as sung by Jimmy Buffett.
We were on this ship and sailing over the Easter weekend and found the ship to be in great condition and full of life.We like the Destiny class vessels for the newness and space...but found the Imagination to be quite cozy and had many private nooks for casual conversations and a good glass of wine.
Mark Price the CD reminded me of John Heald's British Brother and was often out among the crowds asking if we were having a good time.He was also at Debarkation chatting with guests.I was quite Impressed with him.
The food was good.not great....but plentifull.Our waiter Dwight kept us entertained with majic at the table each night.He always allowed seconds and did a nice job.
Our cabin steward George @ R-82 was the best cabin guy we've had.He kept my 3 yr old entertained with towel critters and configured her her own bed in our room each night.He really went above the basic call of duty.
Our only negatives were with Camp Carnival.They seemed snooty and the space was
confined.I guess there were more kids than usuall being Easter week.But nonetheless
prefered Triumph's Staff.Also the Purple/pink neon in the atrium is fading out..I remember the Ecstacy changed colors ...this is a minor sidenote.........anyway
WE HAD FUN !!! Would re-visit this ship again in a minute !!! What a value too.
Mark , Amanda (the Weather Girl) and Catelyn
Back in Sweet Home Alabama now........(Closer to the nearest Port)
We were on the Victory on 3/24/02 and are very disappointed in Carnival. I had heard so much about the CD, John Heald, "being the best in the business". My question is why is this distinction placed on him? There was nothing to do during the day between the hours of 3PM-8:30PM except eat, sleep, watch in-cabin movies or layout by the pool.
Where were all the fun activities? I know John was sick for two days in his cabin with
horrendous diarrahea because when he returned he told everyone in graphic detail.
But what about his staff? I guess I am spoiled with all the activities RCI offers every 1/2 hour through out the day. Carnival bills itself as the 'FUNSHIPS' but does not fullfill it's
advertisement. The Victory is saturated with smoke and it took two days of candle burning to get the smoke smell out of our balcony cabin. The sheets are so worn out that they had these irritating balls all over them, including the pillowcases. I asked our cabin steward to change the sheets and she simply ignored my daily requests. Most of the crew have limited English speaking abilities and are not friendly at all. They all seem to fear looking you in the eye or offering a smile. I found that odd. We took this cruise particularly for our kids being spring break. We thought they would have the best time on the 'FUNSHIPS'. Wrong again. Yes, there were kids. Lots of unruly brats without any parental supervision for 7 days. The kids are allowed to sit at any bar they want and consume their cokes right along side alcohol drinking and smoking adults.
I think a very negative message is being implied here to the kids that it is OK to smoke and drink. Even at the casio bar I watch this occurence. Which other cruise line allows kids to sit amongst drinking adults at the bars. I thought this was illegal. Anyway,
it is my opinion and I offer it only as a caution to future Carnival cruisers.
We sailed on the Pride 3/23 & I will post comments on this sight. However, I wanted to mention our friends had a balcony cabin & for some reason it seemed much smaller than an equivalent cabin on RCCL ships. The balcony also seemed smaller. They were very disappointed when they saw it.
We just returned from the Spirit 3/27. The staff was the best, the ship was beautiful, the food was good and varied, but the unruly, unsupervised brats running amok was horrible. I agree with Susy. How come kids are allowed everywhere....in the bars during the late hours, in the casino, racing through the dining room, hallways. It was out of control and I blame the parents who seemed to be nowhere while their darlings were ruining everyone else's vacation. I also blame the security team and the officers of this ship for allowing it to go on. The only reprimands I heard were from fellow passengers yelling "stop running". I almost got knocked over twice and sometimes it was scary standing at the elevator banks and hearing the sound of a herd coming around the corner and hoping they could stop in time. I will sail Carnival again but I will NEVER sail during Easter week. I've been on ships with Spring breakers but at least they knew how to act.
I have to say that we just took our very first cruise, and it was on the Destiny. It was the most wonderful experience ever. Please read my review for more info.
I recommend trying a Destiny class ship! Or, maybe it isn't your scene and you might try an all-inclusive resort somewhere, but after doing those for 10 years I am over it and I will do nothing but cruises now!