Embarkment.....2hours from getting there via taxi from Miami where we live till walking into our cabin. Friendly helpful people in all the stops before we boarded the ship, not know what to expect seeing it was our 1st cruise. Left house at 1130 was in our room by 130. Five starts for that.
Cabin....we had a balcony. Highly recommend this feature. Worth the extra money. Large room with king sized bed. Shower head was awesome!!! Balcony was big. When I say big I mean two chairs,one is s lounge chair,and a table. Enough room for two people to eat at. fget the middle of the ship if you can,that was very good. Only complaint, we were underneath the red sail restaurant and from both inside cabin and on balcony you could here chairs being shifted. Little unnerving at 1am and then again at 7am. Room service was almost to good. Knocking on . your door at 9am to clean and make the bed. Beware hang your sleeping card outside your door before bed. Also did not like them coming to our door again at 5pm to see if we were going to dinner or not so they could turn down your bed,put a mint on your pillow and make a towel animals for you. Twice in one day? We were at port four times in seven days. Seems like they wanted to push us out so they would get their 11.50 per person tipping fee....I love a clean room but it was a little annoying toward the end when all you wanted ti do was sleep in or just stay in your cabin and order room service. The steward would look at us strangely when the last day we opened the door and told him to leave our room alone as we were just stepping out for a quick bite. We got back 20 minutes later to a half made heart on our bed and one mint...with the bed not turned down....
Food.....it was very good in the golden restaurant. We chose the open seating and casual dress. We waited five minutes at the most the tout nights we ate there. Not knowing you could order more than one thing off the menu and not pay for regular water,we found out by asking a lot of questions of our dining mates that sat next to us the first night. Water is free as long as you do not drink it out of a bottle. And no extra charge for ordering more than one main course,salad,soup,or dessert. Now the alcohol on the other hand...4.95 for the drink of the day if not in the glass of the day....beware. buckets if beer20-30 dollars fir four beers....imports are cheaper....wine is very pricey beware. The buffett at the red sail was hit or miss and could be crowed. Try the deli,taco and burritto bars very good!!!! Very filling!!!!! Orange juice,ice tea,coffee and lemonade are free. Yes you can take your food plates where ever you want even to your room,to another deck or eat in the food areas. Food is everywhere you just need to find it. The emerald steakhouse....30.00 extra a person .....I was not to impressed. Dressing io also to go in there is hit or miss. So ppl were really dressed up others had jeans and flip flops on. Steak was great had the cowboy 18oz....cook prefect. But everything else not so much. Dry snails, tasteless salad and our server really did not want to be there. Very drape gentalmen. Plates sat for ever dirty.....it took two hours for four courses and they push the wine and other drinks on you. Dessert for me was good,I had the cheese plate my husband ordered small cups of moose which he did not enjoy. We saw of server twice...would not spend money to go back there next trip. Good one time for the experience. Golden restaurant was much better!!!!
The ports were awesome...getting off and back on a breeze!!!! Always double check when your getting off and back on. Start headed back one hour before departure. Nassau was beautiful Omg!!!!! Did not want to leave. St. Thomas beautiful.....San Jaun was dirty!!! The Spanish forts were awesome. Grand Turk was pretty just not much to see. There was a Jimmy buffets but we live in keys so been to key west one. We took a cab to town. Been to third world countries before but there was nothing in down town but small street vendors. Very poor country. People were wonderful. Just if you go there expecting a city like the other three ports you wont find one. So book an adventure that day. We walked the whole island in three hours and still had time to shop in port. I was do happy with the ports we saw!!!!
Ship is big. Well kept up. Staff is friendly if you can understand their broken English. We had no problems with communication as we live in Miami. Some employees on the ship exspressed that that disliked working on the ship but only because I asked how they liked it. The pools were busy, so were the hot tubs. The serenity deck always had chairs,hot tubs with openings,its own bar,and not a lot of children. The children that were up there behaved them selves. No issues up there. Windy yes,cold at times yes,but nice because it was just adults.
Getting off the ship and through customs easy and fast. Got off at 9am home at 11am. Overall five out of five stars. I would do it again!!!! Same ship if I had no other options but I like change. I will recommend carnival to all my friends and family and to other army families. 2000.00 for all food,drinks,cab ride and gifts for ppl heck yes!!! Happy cruising everyone!!!!