“Love the smell of sewage? Love sticky surfaces? Love crappy food that's barely passable for human consumption? If so, then THIS is the cruise for you! We just got back from a 3-day cruise to Ensenada for a friend's bachelor party. If 10 guys in their 20s are complaining about the quality of food and cleanliness of the boat, then you know it's pretty bad. Thankfully, we're all troopers and still had a blast but beware.
I'll keep this short and sweet...
Food: 4 out of 10 (the only saving grace is the dinners at night. Otherwise, you better get ready to live off of disgusting eggs, hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and soft-serve ice cream).
Boat: 2 out of 10 (The entire boat literally smelled like either sewage or mildew. My sheets had a disgusting yellow stain on them, and every single surface of the boat was sticky).
Staff: 6 out of 10 (Most of them are nice enough but you can tell that behind the smile, they're dead inside. I don't know how they put up with half the idiots that were on the boat. They did, however, lose a few points for the bartenders walking around. Doesn't matter how many drinks you have at your table, they will always bug you to buy more).
Boat Atmosphere: 5 out of 10 (Club was fun and the Casino was OK. We didn't go to any of the shows, but I hear they're OK. People onboard are a mixed bag. I would never bring kids or a date/spouse on this cruise unless they're incredibly desensitized).
Value: 5 out of 10 (Free food but EXPENSIVE drinks. Double vodka crans were running me over $17 a piece. This added up fast so if you're a heavy drinker, bring a few bottles with you or be prepared to pay. My bar tab was around $400 for the trip).
Ensenada: 3 out of 10 (Ensenada is SKETCHY and really dirty).” — John R.
Despite the fact that the reviewer promises to “keep this short and sweet,” there’s a lot about this Carnival cruise experience that was documented here to complain about. Not good!