You're one of my favorite reviewers on CC! NCL, CCL, doesn't matter. I read them all! Sakari is an absolute doll. That Little Mermaid video made my week!!I agree Kim is the best reviewer and she stays up late while writing them therefore I don't get much sleep
I've been saying that there are serious issues with food availability for a while now. Its a real problem. The 24 hour pizza is great in theory, but there needs to be more. The lines are always unbearable because its the only option so obviously theres a demand for late night food. NCL has O'Sheehan's, RCI has The Park Cafe/Cafe Promenade and Carnival has...? There absolutely needs to be a 24 hour diner/cafe style restaurant in addition to the pizza. Buffets need to be open at least an hour later during dinner hours, and during port days, the buffets should be open up until an hour after the ship has left the dock. Coming back from an excursion to little to no variety of food is so annoying.
Its funny because John Heald brings this topic up quite often on his FB page (more late night food options, Guys and/or Blue Iguana being open later, a mini breakfast buffet in the early am hours) and his...followers constantly tell him we don't need more food, there's more than enough food on the ship. It pains me every time.
The drink options are ridiculous as well. There used to be fruit punch back in the day but it was taken away with some stupid excuse about staining carpets. They could at least add Vitality's new flavored waters.
I'll probably make a separate thread about this lol, but yes I definitely feel your pain.
I started sailing with Carnival many years ago and I am one to always be starving late nights so the options on Carnival are room service only or pizza which I don't do. I then went on Royal for quite a few sailings and when I look at the next cruise options for me the Promenade Café is one of the items that keeps pulling me back to Royal. I absolutely love those little mini croissant sandwiches in the Promenade Café.
I am going to cave one of these days to go back to Carnival and to try a NCL cruise. I really think that NCL would be my preferred line based on Kim's reviews (as well as Yorkvillian, Suitecruiser and Doug's they all rank pretty high)..I need to bite the bullet and go on a longer sailing. The longest I have been on is 5 nights and I am chewing at the bit to get off at the end so I am leery of trying a 7 night sailing (I know most people would think I have lost my marbles).. Perhaps it is as much as Royal has great things on their ships I think the entertainment staff lack and I am getting a little bored with the same old, same old. Going a longer sailing with a different line may be just what I need to not chew at the bit to get off after 5 nights.
Hopefully Carnival will expand the food options for late night diners.
Kim this is a great review. Sakari is amazing in many ways but man does she have that Mermaid thing perfected! Way to go Kim for letting her be a free spirit within limits, she is so well rounded for such a young girl and one with many talents I must add.
Thanks for sharing.