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  1. Chef's Table is great, recommend you try it at least once. Not sure about the Carnival Magic but some ships host it in the library and the presentation isn't as good. If you travel on Vista Class, they have a dedicated dinning room within the galley just for this event and I have to say the setup is fantastic. Even for those that were hosted in the library, the food was tasty. Steak House is always a solid experience on Carnival, just sailed twice with Royal and I was completely disappointed when visiting theirs.
  2. I've mostly cruise Carnival and recently tried Royal, Mariner of The Seas and Rhapsody of The Seas. Found the MDR food to be boring and very repetitive, had better luck with Windjammer. While on Mariner, decided to give the Steakhouse a try, it's definitely nowhere near what Carnival offers. What finally sealed the deal for me was, seeing our waiter step out to the Windjammer to grab our dessert. Shows were also a disappointment on both ships, guessing the Oasis class is a different story. Carnival has done a good job of improving their entertainment, enjoyed all shows aboard Vista and Horizon as well as the Breeze. Plan to try Celebrity next, leaving the kids at home to enjoy some adult time, looking at the Edge. NCL is another cruise line that we plan on trying, like Royal, they tend to nickel and dime you for a lot of things. Found Royal to be pricey for what they offer, at least on the two ships I've been on. With regards to the earlier rust comments, I had to laugh. The two times I've booked a cruise via Royal's sales department, their agents have ragged on Carnival and labeled their ships as rust buckets. The funny thing is, I boarded Mariner shortly after its $125 million dollar refurbishment and my balcony was full of rust. Rhapsody was no better and the way I see it, it's going to happen, its steel at sea. Would like to try an Oasis class ship one day but they need to get their pricing under control, for what they are charging, it should be an all inclusive cruise. At least give credit to NCL, they charge a premium but it is mostly all inclusive.
  3. Thank you everyone for the tips and for sharing your experience, appreciate it. I'll definitely start looking into your recommendations.
  4. She was headed to Amber Cove. Another odd one, Magic headed to HMC but it is taking a longer route, navigating North of Freeport.
  5. I'll be doing a new year's cruise on the Carnival Magic out of Fort Lauderdale. Have a couple of questions for those that have sailed her recently: What was your internet experience like? Plan to buy prior to boarding, don't want to overspend if everyone is reporting a poor experience. Any recommendations, as far as excursions, for Grand Turk or Amber Cove? Considering going for an ATV like excursion. Open to suggestions. How was anytime dinning for you? Was there a long wait to get a table? If you have done a new year's cruise with Carnival before, any tips? I'm sure it will be completely sold.
  6. We did a family cruise out of Venice in July, large group. While the crew does a good job of taking care of the ship, found our room to be extremely small for today's standards. There was hardly any closet space, drawers were falling apart and rooms looked dated. It wasn't horrible but it wasn't great either. Public areas were in good shape, hit or miss. On the return to Venice, we ran into a strong thunderstorm at sea while having dinner at the Windjammer, some of the windows were leaking. I'm sure if you get a junior suite things would be completely different, however, that wasn't our case. There's little to do on the ship, we had two sea days and found ourselves bored by the end of each day. Food was repetitive on this ship and not very tasty, I know it is subjective but I wasn't the only complaining. I'm guessing most folks that sail her are older and looking for a quiet cruise, with lower expectations. But for the younger generation, it's an ok ship at best. I definitely would not book again, prefer to try something else even if that means a small ship. Agree, she's not a two star hotel but let's be honest when it comes to describing how she looks these days. Shows were dated, you don't get the wow factor that you do on newer ships/productions. Single dinning room, could be a problem for your time dinning if you plan to do so with a large group, tables go quickly.
  7. As a last note, the ship was in port by 4:23AM since it docks in the last terminal.
  8. I just got back from this trip. My recommendation is to self-debark, take the luggage off the ship with you. To do this, you must go to the mid-ship elevators and head down to Deck 1. They allow you to self-debark starting at 7:30AM, plenty of time to do breakfast at the Windjammer then head out. Also, not sure what you plan to use for transportation but I highly recommend Aloshi Bros. They are a private taxi/limo service, very reasonable and were waiting by the door as soon as we got off the ship. We made it to Marco Polo Airport in less than 20 minutes. Their vehicles are all Mercedez Benz, very clean and the staff was excellent. They work with and were recommended by Royal Caribbean. The transportation you can buy from the ship seemed disorganized, saw a lot of folks wondering outside the ship asking where to go. This is just the local transfers that you can buy at the last minute (day or two) before debarking the ship. Good luck, you will have plenty of time if you follow the recommendations, we had a 10:55 flight and made it with plenty of time. FYI, find out which counter your airline will be at, the airport is a bit confusing. Also, some counters don't open until 2.5 hours before the flight, not saying this will be your case but FYI. We made it to the airport so fast, we were the first ones in line when the counter opened. By that time, we had about 50-60 people behind us. Good luck and enjoy your cruise, let us know how it goes with food, we didn't enjoy it at all. Besides that, all else was ok.
  9. Just off my second RCL cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas, first was Mariner of The Seas. The food selection, taste and overall appearance was nothing to write home about. After our 2nd night, we decided to give up on the MDR and stick with WJ for the rest of the trip. There's no creativity when it comes to food, found it to be cafeteria-ish most of the time. WJ offered a greater selection and not as repetitive, especially when it came to breakfast. For all the hype I hear about RCL, this is one area they need to get their act together on. We traveled in a large group and everyone reached the same conclusion and/or had the same concerns. As someone mentioned earlier, we were also constantly asked to give high ratings for service and food. Found the behavior to be a bit troubling, if service and food is great, the reviews will speak for themselves. I'm not expecting high end food but a nice variety and good flavor is a given.
  10. https://www.local10.com/news/local/fort-lauderdale/tourists-transported-to-south-florida-after-bus-crash-in-bahamas
  11. We booked Bay of Kotor, small groups, hope to enjoy the scenery of the bay plus spend time in Perast and Kotor instead of driving around.
  12. If you are staying in Miami, you can take the Tri-Rail Shuttle to the Tri-Rail Airport Station then take the train South to the MIC (Miami Inter-modal Center). This is Miami Airport's transportation hub, from there you can catch Metro-Rail to Downtown Miami if you are staying there to catch the ship the following morning. Another option is to take Uber from the MIC to Downtown Miami, 10-15 minute ride at most with traffic. Tri-Rail will be cheap, $2-$3pp one way and Metrorail will be along the same lines to Downtown. If you need to move around Downtown, you can Uber or take the people mover or a taxi. You can even rent electric scooters to get around, only issue with this is the rain.
  13. I'm debating whether to book a small group tour with the cruise line for Bay of Kotor, which visits Perast and Lady of The Rocks church. Thinking that boat transportation to/from these two locations probably provides a good opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the bay and its surrounding areas.
  14. We will be on Rhapsody of The Seas in July, will only have about 6 hours in port due to a delayed departure from Venice. For those that have cruised with Royal in the past, does the cruise line offer bus service to/from the Old City or are you at the mercy of the taxi line? Also, have been reading that the Cable Car company is currently not operating? Is this still true? If yes, can a taxi be used to achieve the same and if so, how much has that cost you in the past?
  15. Carnival Vista, Mediterranean cruise, from a cove balcony...
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