I had all documents filled out before going so this was fast. The people that was in the terminal were very busy and didn't want to answer your question. And heaven forbid you forget to turn you cell phone off and it rings while you are sitting and waiting to board because the room monitors let you know that it was not acceptable. Thank god it wasn't my cell phone because I know that the way he came across I would have lost it right there. Hubby agreed that he was RUDE
For it to be one of the older ships the care and appearence was great. The floors on the Lido deck did get slippery due to humidity.
Those that I had was only the first day where good. A little pricey when compared to prices that they sell the booze for. Husband is a beer guy so he has no opinion on this.
On an average the food was good. I really got tired of looking at hamburgers every day and couldn't understand how some could eat them every day every meal.
The servers where great. the last cruise that we went on we didn't do breakfast the dining rooms and so we tried it one morning on this cruise. The one thing that I didn't like about it is the way of setting. When we went in they placed us at a booth with two men and they were sitting one on each side. When we requested a place where we could sit together or atleast on the same side the person showing us where to sit told us that they didn't have anything at that time. When only a quarter of the room was being used. Hubby did lunch in the dining room and said it was great, I tried it the last day and it was o.k. I got the steak salad and the dressing wasn't that great in my opinion.
Oh boy this is an area that got alot of feathers ruffled the last time but here is my opinon. The steward was useless. We had ordered our beds to be put together from the beginning (now before any feathers are ruffled in my defense we were told by the Carnival agent that the beds couldn't just be shoved together that they had to be released from the wall and they had to be straps to put them together to keep from coming apart) Just so nobody thinks that we were lazy or to stupid to do this I wanted to explain. My husband asked a gentleman in the hall if he could see that this got done he said he would tell our steward that evening. It wasn't until the next day for it to be done. The capers where placed under the door and no we never had the do not disturb sign on the door. We were out to sea an extra day and when we asked for a door slip because hubby likes morning coffee we never got it.
I was in my bed for three and half days and was never interrupted by the steward. When we were on the fascination in Dec 03 I guess we were spoiled because we did have to put our Do not disturb sign up the one day I was sick because the steward we had was wonderful and couldn't do enough for us.
The Cd director (can't remember his name) was English and I loved his accent. Josh was from Chicago and I think they said he was an assistant but we liked him a lot also.
The shows were good One had to be cancelled on the original night because of rough seas but they did it on the last night out.
Watched most of the entertainment on T.v. because of being sea sick. Hubby was up and running and kept coming in room and saying this and that about what they were doing.
My personal opinion: I think that if there is a chance that the cruise lines are going to use ports that they normally don't go to they need to know a little something about them. Not just pull in and say be careful and good luck. I did miss Cozumel and I did understand that they were trying to keep us safe but this was a disappointment. Did love watching the dolphins while pulling into Galveston.
We went to Galveston to drop off those finding their own way back to New Orleans or home. Was orginally going to stay overnight pulled into port and was told plans changed was changed AGAIN. Immegration went pretty fast and I was glad because I still didn't feel that great and you had to do this in person.
We took our own baggage off and so once everybody took care of their sign and sail account we did finally get to get off. We got into N.O. port around 3 but we didn't get to get off until around quarter till five. They automatically placed the gratuities for the extra day out to everybodies s&s and some wasn't prepared. I will be honest due to the rudenes from staff in general, the being told one thing and then it not being right the next (and I am not talking about ports), and the room steward we did adjust our gratuities. Which I am glad that we didn't prepay as we had planned because we witnessed that prepaid gratuties could not be adjusted.
I can say that I will not go on any thing smaller then the Fascination because I didn't enjoy it as much. But, again my personal opinion and as long as hubby is at sea he doesn't care.
I won't say I will never sail with Carnival again but I will say that I will be looking into other companies due to the attitudes from both this cruise and the customer service that has been contacted. When their ta calls and asks how was your cruise and then doesn't want to hear the truth then don't call. I am always looking on this board to try and get my trust back in this company.