We were very excited about this cruise this was our first time sailing out of San Juan. We arrived a day early and stayed at the HOJO Plaza De Armas. They have luggage storage if you arrive early. We dropped our bags and headed out to explore the city. We walked all over old San Juan checking out the sites and making sure we knew how to get to the cruise port. After that we rode the free trolley over to the fort. It was a beautiful day with many of the locals out flying kites and having a picnic on the huge grassy area. The fort is a wonderful place to explore and you get awesome views of the water. We ate the local cuisine at a little restaurant around the corner from the hotel. I do not remember the name of it but it was almost across from Barrinchina. The hotel was clean with ice cold air. We had a nice little balcony room overlooking the plaza.
On Sunday we headed to the cruise ship. We were in line about 12:15pm and were on the ship within 30 minutes. We headed to the Lido deck for the buffet and then went to check on our room. Our room was ready by 1:30pm. We had room 1402 on the Riviera deck. It is an inside cabin with a twin bed and bunk above. It has a small couch. We booked this room on purpose as we were excited to have more legroom. The room was clean and we really enjoyed having the legroom. We took turns sleeping on the bunk the deal was whoever had the lower bed had to get up and answer the door for room service. The only problem we had with this room was that the remote control for the TV was broke and Carnival wasted no time getting a new remote for us. Our cabin steward was Ozzy and he kept our room neat and clean and the ice bucket full.
We alternated our meals between the main dining room and the buffet. The food was good both places. We almost did not find the sandwich place we were used to it being in the back of the ship but it is in the buffet hallway instead.
We enjoyed the piano bar player. The shows were great. J.R. McCullum gives a great comedy show the family and adult were equally good. We enjoyed the hot tubs on the Serenity deck and working out in the gym. We did not use the pool but never had a problem getting a chair on the pool deck.
The worst things I can say about Carnival are they make me eat two desserts on the night the serve the Tiramisu and Bitter n Blanc. They will not give me a carton of the fruit juice they serve on the lido deck to take home and they make me get off the ship when the cruise is over. As always the staff are the best!!!!