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1st Carnival cruise

"Plesantly surprised"

Overall Rating: Very Good


Sail Date:09/25/2013
Departed From:Dover England
# of Nights: 14+ Nights
Cabin Type: Balcony
Sailed As: Couple


Cabin:Very Good
Overall Value:Very Good
Spa/Fitness: Didn't Use
Embarkation: Excellent
Debarkation: Excellent
Staff/Service: Excellent
Overall Rating: Very Good


I had heard many stories about Carnival being a loud and raucous crowd. Maybe in the Caribbean but not so on the Transatlantic crossing. Mostly an older group and hardly any children. Carnival does go over the top sometime on their decor of the ship but was fine nontheless. The food was adequate and filling. We ate in the dining room each evening. The buffet for lunch and breakfast was just so-so. They seem to have a problem keeping food hot. We have been on many other cruises and never seem to have that problem. Our wait staff at our table was wonderful and always plesant. Room stewards also right there and kept the cabin shipshape. The highlight of the trip was transiting the Prince Christian Sound. Incredible sights. It was Carnivals first transit of the sound and was carried out safely and most enjoyable. Shows were very nice and the performers were quite professional. Cruise director was funny and kept everyone entertained. All in all it was a most enjoyable cruise and would certainly travel with Carnival again.

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Thank you for your review. Your comment about crowds on Carnival being loud and raucous is true but typically on short summer time sailings. My experience on longer cruises has been much like yours.

I've always found the wait staff to be excellent... never had a complaint.

So glad you enjoyed your TA and the ship.

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Thanks for sharing your experience. Transatlantics do get an older, more seasoned crowd, I think. Plus, kids are back to school in fall, and that will make most any cruise from Sept through early November much quieter than usual. I think I counted a total of 5 babies and toddlers on our NE/Canada cruise 2 weeks ago. It's a great time to cruise!

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Thanks for your review, Saltydog. It's good to hear that Carnival is doing a good job. I was supposed to be on the "Breeze" a few weeks back but had to cancel. My friends loved the cruise.

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Thanks for the review. I, too, am glad that you were pleasantly surprised.

How was the transatlantic? Was the ocean choppy? What was the weather like?

We have crossed the pacific to go from San Diego to Hawaii. We had 5 days of clouds and choppy seas. The crew told us that that was "to be expected" sailing weather.

The trip back from Hawaii to CA didn't seem to be as cloudy and choppy, but it wasn't the hot, sunny travel that we thought we would have.

But with that being said, I'd do it again in a hearbeat!

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To my surprise the seas were almost calm in the North Atlantic. Having sailed the NA when I was in the Navy it can be brutal out there. This time we mostly had the sailors term of 'fair winds and following seas'. Temps were in the 60's until we got to Iceland and then it dropped into the 40's for the rest of the trip. We also found the Pacific much rougher when we went from Los Angeles to Hawaii a few years ago.


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