Hi! So here is how our cruise started (Me, Husband, and 2 best friends of ours)......
1. We get on the boat and their is construction up and it is so
loud that you can't even hear each other talk and there were sparks
flying from welding and sanding. There was painting of railing on
several decks as well. No dry signs and people walking and sliding their
outfits next to it and the smell was horrible.
2. We go to the bar to order drinks and their are babies and kids
running around while parents sit back and drink. Not sure about you, but
I want to vacation with out a child screaming and kids watching me
drink alcohol. Esp young ones watching me order a beer or a shot for my
fun vacation away from the "every day life".
3. ADULTS ONLY written on the agenda, that's a LIE!!!!!! When we
noticed it was 12 am in the morning in the club areas or dance floors
and children sitting there watching all the shots being taken and
parents being drunk and 18 yr old girls being chased by 40 yr old men
and 15 yr olds with out parents flirting with 20 yr old guys, THATS NOT
OK! We asked the crew (kindly) to tell the children to leave the ADULTS
ONLY area and they said they will not ask them to leave. Seriously!This
is a huge problem for us. There are still laws for kids, esp 18 not
being able to drink, but they can still dance in the clubs, thats fine,
but CARD THE YOUNG ONES. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER.
4. The boat was a horrid ride all the way to Mexico and all the
way home. Swaying and Rocking and Bouncing around. I know weather can
contribute to this, but the Captain should of taken it upon himself to
address the complaining guests and Yes, there were A LOT. Even people
who had ear patches and motion meds were complaining. I don't get sick
and this made me want to scream.
5. Septic Tank smells on every floor and Lido Deck. I have never
experienced this before. It was rancid and made our friends actually
throw up. We had to go on the sports deck to avoid the smell. You know
its bad when you go to the 12th floor with A LOT OF WIND AND YOU STILL
CAN NOT ESCAPE THE SMELL. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT! I know its RV Style
bathrooms, but figure out a way for the septic to not clog. Or at least
address the PAYING CUSTOMERS.
6. The food gave all of us gave us horrible stomach problems. It was so nasty, except the lobster and morning breakfasts.
7. Serenity is not for Adults Only. It may advertise that, but
kids were out there and in the hot tubs, some in DIAPERS EXPLODING. When
we asked Carnival to tell the kids to leave so we could have one area
of PEACE, they said NO. FALSE ADVERTISEMENT ON CARNIVALS
PART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Find a place for Adults who are there on vacation
to ESCAPE children and teenagers. Let the Adults have fun too.
8. FALSE ADVERTISEMENT of a Jumbo Tron Screen on the Pool Deck. I
am currently looking at the Carnival Inspiration Virtual Tour and it
clearly shows it. Where was it when we were there?????????? Also said
their was a pool where the water slides were for FAMILY TIME, this is a
flat out LIE! Women in very revealing bathing suits (awesome for them)
but a 15 yr old boy watching her and pointing and laughing with friends,
it is not a comfortable experience when ON VACATION!!!!!!
9. Kids roaming the ship at 3 am... Seriously Carnival do you not
care that a 14 year old is getting picked up by a man and being asked to
go to his cabin?? I know parents contribute to this, but get the CHILD
and escort them to the room and notify the parents. There is date rape
and people who are capable to do this on a ship. We walked by a room
with people having hard care intercourse with their DOOR OPEN, so
obviously a kid could walk by. The people didn't even notice the door
came ajar. A problem my husband and i and our friends and neighbors
across from us experienced. Doors were not latching.
10. What happened to the night clubs and dancing for adults? Are
you turning to a family oriented cruise? If so, clearly post that. Tell
people that its not for adults wanting to vacation away for a weekend
11. The staff was great for our needs and wants and the service.
We couldn't of had a better waiter, room attendant and drink servers.
12. We will never cruise Carnival again, ever. We will never
recommend it either. We will spend time telling couples who are adults
to NOT PICK Carnival. That it is the worst thing for couples, esp when
you pay for the cruise then for the drinks on board. As a matter of fact
we are currently going to talk all of our friends who are planning on
going on Carnival this summer to cancel and go to Royal Caribbean or
another cruise line.
Worst experience of my life. If I could get EVERY Penny of my
booking fees back I would, except gratuities. Carnival does not deserve
my money. I did not have fun and I did not enjoy the horrid ride.
Carnival you need to realize that parents love to bring children and
adults love to escape children. Make it that way on the boat and stick
to it. Make a pool area with dj for ADULTS, make a huge dancing area for
adults, make an all day bar with dj for adults, make games and shows
for ONLY adults and stick to it. I love kids. I have 2 of my own who are
my joy and love and happiness, I would never sit them in a bar or sit
them with people doing body shots. I would want a Carnival person to
tell me it's unacceptable and to remove the child from the scene at
once. That is Carnivals job, to ensure SAFETY and
I WANT MY MONEY BACK! We will not give Carnival ANY STARS. Only 1 for the service staff.
Another huge disappointment is: We were with 1st time cruisers and we raved about how amazing they were, they were just as upset as we were. We were mortified to have them on this cruise. Esp because we begged them to try it and said they will love it.