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    Cruising, shopping, collecting; Makeup and handbag
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    Carnival, Costa, Royal Caribbean
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    Caribbean

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  1. Thank you everyone I feel prepared now for this upcoming cruise
  2. my family and I always stay on deck 1 or deck 2 ocean view room, much bigger for three adults sharing with the size of your party a connecting room on these decks would be a benefit, the sofa's in some rooms can also be converted to a sofa bed which is very comfortable (if you like a firm mattress like I do) we always have an ocean view room
  3. So I have read that Europe sailings do not offer Cheers! or the Bottomless Bubbles drinks packages for the Europe sailings. I have two questions for those who are more knowledgeable about Carnival Europe sailings. I will be going on my first Carnival Europe sailing in May of this year, I have sailed out of Barcelona before and I recall the cheers package not being available on the first day but active for the second day as it was no longer in "Europe" as this upcoming sailing on the Radiance will be going across European ports of call I understand the package is not applicable for the sailing however I was wondering for anyone who has recently sailed out of Barcelona / European port if: * Drinks can be pre- ordered to the cabin from the fun shop * in Barcelona if the duty free is still after security whereby drink can be purchased and taken on board? - I remember a couple on my last transatlantic purchased alcohol took it on board and consumed it over the 13 day sailing. has security stepped up since then? I am going back at least three or four years ago. * If you can carry on sodas bought from other port stops Thank you for your input in advance
  4. I have not been on the Horizon however typical places I would choose: Serenity, Because you have said you have a SPA interior you have access to the SPA relaxing waiting room, in previous ships where I have used the SPA there is a waiting room with comfortable couches and I have seen people sleep in there without being bothered, I am unsure if you would have 24 hour access to this but with your room type you will have SPA access. Looking at the deck plans Deck 11 is under shelter which would be perfect to sleep if there was any rain overnight you would not get wet and you would be probably a little warmer. Deck five outside looks comfortable padded sun loungers to sleep on, again it is under shelter so less likely to be rained on (in the event of any rain). I wish you luck with your sleep, I know when I share with my family two family members who both snore terribly - I have to wear earphones in to listen to youtube videos to help me sleep.
  5. I packed my metal straws for my previous cruise on the Carnival Breeze, the only thing which I wish I had in my travel pack of metal straws would be a small straw for likes of shorter glasses and then a straw with a bigger capacity to sip thicker consistency drinks (for example a milkshake or iced coffee drink) I have since purchased these type of straws from Amazon for my cruise in May which I hope work but I like the idea of offering these type of straws as the sugar ones are chalky and horrible.
  6. We have always opted to have the cheers package and have not ever regretted it, we are not big drinkers but we do consume non alcoholic drinks with this package.
  7. in May on the Sunrise we got Lanyards the actual lanyard is not that horrible, its not the best gift but not the worst by far. the plastic part is the weakest part of it but if you hole punched your card you could potentially still use the lanyard or replace the plastic part. it would be nice to have a different gift in November - do you know how frequently they change the gifts?
  8. I have sailed on Sunshine and Sunrise and I am scheduled to go onto Radiance next year. Sunrise does not have JiJi's - it does have something called either Lucky Bowl or Happy Bowl I think the ships for each refurbishment has improved, yes there were some issues with Sunrise but not as many as Sunshine had, so I believe gradually things are improving, always remember the ship is refurbished so issues such as overcrowding are going to be common, a smaller ship is more often than not adding cabins to the original layout of the ship.
  9. i would choose the Breeze - much nicer ship overall and it goes to Half Moon Cay
  10. wow thank you for sharing I had never sailed on the Triumph so was unsure if this was refurbishment fail or if this was the exact layout
  11. I have sailed on the Sunshine - I did not like this ship, (we did have an issue with a member of the fun squad who was offensive and personally verbally attacked my family and I) - and I do feel some issues on the Sunshine have been addressed in this new ship but I think they have created new issues which were not existing on the ship.
  12. I agree I have sailed on the Sunshine and I think that particular ship also had its issues, the layout should be consulted with passengers I feel, we are after all paying to go on this particular ship, whilst I had a great cruise I would not choose this ship unless it was for a good deal and going to ports we have not been to and want to go to
  13. Day 3 – sea day At this point the bar staff knew my folio number! We had started to learn the layout of the ship, it is not the best type of layout but because it is a certain size you do not walk that far enough to be completely lost. The three sea days so far had been amazing, a lot of relaxation, trivia, bar drinking, indulging in amazing food and being entertained. Again I wished I had kept the fun times or at least taken pictures to share what activities were on this journey cruise I do recall a lot of Michaels craft events and some guest lectures from people talking about how to take the best vacation pictures, to social media presence – I did not sit in any of those lectures although I know they were popular as other guests commented on the events when I spoke with other passengers. I feel like a disclaimer is needed at this juncture as I am not a big drinker or a binge drinker by any stretch of the imagination in fact at home I do not drink, only when on holiday when I can unwind and enjoy a chilled alcoholic drink listening to Caribbean music. Day 4 – Grand Turk For this port of call, we have been to many times and I wanted to do something different, so I paid for an excursion called Home Sweet Home Retreat. It cost $94.99 per person and was classed as a 4.5 hour excursion. We picked up this excursion at the hut on Grand Turk through the duty-free shop by the water fountain. Because we were early, we even had time to go looking through the stores. Once we had purchased a few things from Ron Jon Surf shop we were given wrist bands colour coded and when the time was right the driver called the colour wrist band and we boarded an open bus, this bus looked like an old army bus, you entered from the rear up metal steps which had loose rope to the side there was no windows in the bus which meant you felt the gorgeous breeze as we travelled to the retreat. The retreat felt like it was the other side of the island, as the beach the property was located on had no one else on it, you could only hear the waves rolling up onto the beach, not another person in sight aside from the other passengers who opted to choose this excursion. There was unlimited drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a lovely healthy meal prepared you could go up as often as you wanted for the lunch once it was ready. There was WIFI however it was not that great a signal. The beach was lovely, the water not so lovely, you needed to traverse into a small channel where there was no rocks, this was hard to do with the waves and we also had to be careful of sea urchins (fun!) we did not have beach shoes because my feet had swollen with the salt water and my sister forgot to pack hers. Like the beach in Grand Turk where the ship is, the sand collapses under your feet so you slide into the water with ease, coming out of it is a different thing however and so my exits out of the water were less than elegant thankfully no one was graceful and by the end of it we were all too drunk to care! Crusher was the bartender and he did not water down the drinks by any means. The music was playing, you could kayak or snorkel. I chose to swim in the crystal clear water, sadly there was only a few fish in the where we were swimming. You could return to the ship any time the driver would take you back, it was very relaxed, the property was a nice size, probably a little small for the group who utilised it on our excursion but there was two bathrooms, and I mostly stayed on the beach or in the water for the most part of it. Would I purchase this excursion again? Probably not however I did enjoy my time at the retreat and I know my family enjoyed a different excursion from the usual poolside cabana or jack shack. When we got back on the ship all we wanted to do was to shower, my dad goes to get into the shower room and exclaims “this is not good” and peeks around the door to tell me there is water coming up the drains! The drain behind the toilet and the shower drain had a deluge of water coming up, the water was not entirely clear water, we reported it to guest services, within an hour someone came to fix the problem. The engineer told us it was due to blocked drains, this was the sixth sailing this ship had been on since dry dock, how on earth could the drains be blocked?! He used the shower head hose down the drains, a lot of brown water and something indescribable came up he then proceeded to try and attach the shower head back on before being told not to do that, he wanted to know why we had stopped him, his reply was “its no problem its ok” to which we explained that we needed a new hose because it had been shoved down a dirty drain, he seemed confused but went off in search of a unopened hose, he came back 20 minutes later with a hose and attached it and we thanked him, he then left and Mackenzie came in to clean the bathroom floor as it was soaked in brown water, Mackenzie told off the engineer as the water had come into the cabin also, he got to work on cleaning it and apologised for the wet carpet, we told him it couldn’t be helped and thanked him for sanitising the bathroom, we then took our showers and rushed out as we wanted to see the show. Day 5 Sea day After the whirlwind end of the evening we decided the next day we would go to guest services to complain, we are not the complaining sort of people but we had paid a lot of money and for the drains to be blocked after its sixth sailing was not exceptional, we had been on older ships and this had NEVER happened before. We spoke to Eder who informed my family and I that water coming up is “normal” he dismissed our complaint as this was something to be expected, my sister said it was not normal, it went back and fourth, I couldn’t believe guest services were arguing to be “right” my sister in the end explained that he didn’t seem to understand, to which he cut her off and told her he spoke very good English, I eventually stepped in, we were getting nowhere fast and my sister was getting annoyed at his attitude, I explained that we did not doubt his English competency but maybe he was misunderstanding the context, we had been on 22 different ships with different companies, 18 with Carnival, 3 with Royal, and one with Costa and we had never experienced water coming up the drains, and we had sailed on some old class ships, and that for a ship which had been refurbished by a lot of money and paying a lot of money for this cruise we do not think that water coming up is normal. Eder again argued that it is common, my sister told him this was not good enough and to get the manager, he said he was the manager, my sister told him to get his manager. After 10 minutes the manager William came to my family and I, we raised the issue and he explained maybe Eder’s wording was not correct, it does happen but is not normal for it to happen. William offered money for a speciality dining room, or $75 towards cruise photos, the bar, I said would it be possible to have that amount credited to the account as we had the Cheers! Package and we had booked Chefs table already. We reported the issue of the aircon again to William whilst speaking to him and he came to our room to check it only to tell us we needed to close the curtains to feel the benefit of the aircon and that actually the aircon was at the lowest it could go. Throughout the cruise we would get a knock on the door with someone checking the temperature the readings always said the same, but the temperature was consistently warm. We decided we would not engage in this ongoing battle, we knew the room was too warm but Guest services decided to argue back as opposed to assisting and I was not spending 14 days wasted in arguing with guest services about an unresolved issue. Sadly this was not our only encounter at guest services, the only two people on Guest services who I feel are equipped to handle customers are Victoria and Maja.
  14. After we had our food, we had to make our way for the mandatory safety briefing – I am not sure whether people knew it was mandatory as we were waiting a considerable amount of time despite being notified of the safety briefing. I think if Carnival were looking to make some money they could issue a fine to passengers who fail to show up or who are considerably late – I understand it takes time to get to the correct muster station but not by 45 minutes the ship is not that big. After the safety briefing, we went back up to the room to unpack the suitcases as they had already been put inside our room (our cases were big and took up a good portion of the corridor) we then met our stateroom attendant Mackenzie. Mackenzie is a real sweet person. He asked when we would like our room to be cleaned and if we wanted it to be both we could have both, he also asked about if we had any special requests, we explained we like ice, and fresh towels every day aside from that we were happy, we said we were usually out the room by 7 – 7:30pm and we would be up and out no later than 8am. Because sailing out of New York the cheers package cannot be valid we brought on our own soda and 2 bottles of wine. This was not an issue but something we needed to keep remembering to go back the room to fill our bag up with cans or our glass with wine for the first night. I was unaware of this when I purchased the cheers! Package but thought I may not be the only person unaware of this. We were delayed coming out of the port by 2 hours, this was because (we were told) passengers had checked a lot of bags and it took longer than anticipated. This was not an issue as the next day was a sea day anyway – we had nowhere to go anyway – I know some passengers were not impressed by this. My family and I happily waited on deck 7 forward to watch as the ship finally sailed past the statue of liberty and the beautiful New York landscape. By the time we had sailed past the statue of liberty it was time to freshen up for our evening meal. We have always chose Anytime Dining with Carnival, we like the flexibility of it, prior to sailing I had seen someone said on the Carnival Hub app under dining with anytime you can request a table – we used this the first two nights until we found an amazing team who we were prepared to go through a smoky casino to check in and request (sadly currently on the app you cannot request a table/ head waiter). We went to the welcome aboard show before going to have our meal as we didn’t feel hungry from what we had eaten on Lido, the playlist cast – I have to say very talented – the male singers in particular have such rich and wonderful voices. The welcome aboard show is pretty much the same format we got to meet our cruise director who was The Flying Scotsman Chris. Chris was lovely, very active and present in a lot of the activities, I would go as far as to say one of the most active cruise After the show we requested a table and got one immediately the app tells you where to go and what table number, you then show this to the dining room Host/Hostess. If you do not show up after 10 minutes your request for a table is denied and you need to re-request – this never happened for me or my family but something to consider if you have someone in your party who dawdles. To get to most floors on the ship deck five seems to be the deck that goes from forward (Front) to Aft (back) of the ship without any disruption to walking straight, sadly this means you need to traverse through the thick cigarette smoke, I am not a precious person who coughs at the smell of smoke however there is an issue with the air flow in the casino, I had read previously this was an issue and sadly has not yet been addressed so I was prepared for this. Other areas of the ship you need to go up across and down to get to, an example of this is the limelight comedy club where you need to go through the casino and down a floor as it is in between the two dining rooms (radiance and Sunshine) – I will talk later on in the review about the unusual layout choices of this ship. Overall the food in the main dining room was good, some menu items have been better on other Carnival ships, but we were never hungry and a lot of the time anything we did not like it was due to not being to our taste not because the food was cold or inedible. In these instances, our favourite wait team Bosco in the Sunshine Dining room and his team Gaipuilu and Marius were incredible! Bosco would bring out additional items for my family and I to try, if we said we liked something or thought something tasted good he would send for more of that item. Excellent service and if you are any time dining I would highly request Bosco and Gaipuilu (sadly I know Marius left the ship when we did so he won’t be on board). Service was amazing and flawless it didn’t feel rushed nor did it feel slow. Day 2 – Sea Day This was the day we spent a portion of it relaxing on a sun lounger (in the shade as I do not really enjoy sitting in the sun) enjoying the deck music the DJ Xtreme and Keith (who played the fantastic Caribbean style music on the drums). Sun loungers are hard to come by on this ship as deck 9 is quite small I noticed there was a ream of stickers in the towel hut on deck 9 however I did not see these enforced when on the ship, to be fair a lot of people were sitting on their lounger’s not many were hogging, which was nice to see. After a while my dad and I got a little too hot and my sister still wanted to stay in the sun. so, my dad and I went for a walk. We participated in a few trivia’s, again my dad and I noticed that Lido deck and the decks above were filled with people, but the areas on deck 5 which had the most seating areas were also filled with people. We stood up for one of the trivia activities, it was fine, but again another feeling of not having enough seating areas for the increased capacity the ship had. This was day 1 for the Cheers! Package and we had a ball experimenting on drinks, a lot of the time my catch phrase was “Bartenders choice as long as it is not soda, or water” the bar staff on this ship were amazing a few of my favourites were: Vilko, Milton, Julianna, Csar, Saw, Ryan, Jordan, Dalia, Zenya, Citrawan. To name but a few 😊 I did get to know a good portion of the crew it was 14 days after all! Day 2 - the next day was another fun day at Sea which was for me more of the same, sadly I did not keep the fun times which outlined the activities so I will take this time to talk about a few things I noticed at this point of day 3 on the ship. Elevators (Lifts) – take the stairs if you can because these came infrequently and were harder to get when coming out of the shows – both comedy and Playlist shows. The elevators at the aft of the ship had an odour which I can only describe as garbage or the sea food shack which is located aft opposite side of the pizzeria. These particular elevators never smelt any differently sadly. Air conditioning – bring a portable fan – there are areas on the ship which are hot, for example the aft of the ship by the tides bar is unbearably hot. Our stateroom 1263 had poor air conditioning flow, we were given a fan but it was too noisy for my sister to have on during the night. We continuously reported this issue to be told the temperature was normal. We have been on many carnival cruises (18 so far) and have been previously freezing, this was not the case. It felt the aircon was spread across too many rooms for its original layout. The Limelight comedy lounge was also extremely warm. There was also areas in the Lido, by Guys burgers, by the Deli incredibly warm, when you walked into the Lido Marketplace you did not feel the benefit of the air con (unlike other Carnival Ships). Entertainment – the playlist cast only performed three shows (nine if you include the two shows a day they do’ early dining, late dining options) during the 14 days two new shows and one classic show. The rest of the entertainment were called Viva Variety – and there were guest entertainment acts. If you want a seat the doors open 30 minutes before the show is due to start but the line starts about 45 – 60 minutes BEFORE that, seats are limited and due to the layout of the liquid Lounge there are chairs as opposed to the previous ships like the Breeze, Freedom, Glory where there are rows of long seating options in the main theatre. The liquid lounge is only across two floors deck 4 and deck 5, if you come in at deck 4 and spot a seat on deck 5 I would advice caution up the stairs as they are small size and steep. Anyway, let’s talk about the playlist cast shows: Soulbound – a new show which has a gothic edgy feel to classic soul songs, this was my second favourite show they performed on this cruise. I enjoyed the different twist on classic well-known soul songs. The cast also perform into the audience which again reduces the size capacity again of the liquid lounge. Vintage Pop – another new show, with a 1920’s feel to it with costuming and sound to modern songs. For me this show I did not like it was not to my taste and about 15 people halfway through got up and walked out not to return again. Latin nights – a classic, and one of my favourite shows, fantastic to see this show be kept. Overall I missed Flick, I do not think the new shows are comparable Flick was a step forward and I feel the new shows were a step back although I appreciated Soulbound had a Flick inspiration from it and Carnival do have to try new things, I do understand that. The viva variety acts were a bit hit and miss, the singers were amazing there was a male singer and a female singer who did the best female soul singers, the juggler made me jump various times, Bobby Borgia if he is on your sailing go to watch him, he is amazing! He is an illusionist and the man who helped with the movie Now You See Me. Every time I see his shows, I get chills!
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