This was our second cruise with Carnival and it did not let us down.
Embarkation: really quick. We live in Puerto Rico so it only took us a quick drive to get to the port. It was a little before 4pm when we got in the line and by 5pm we were inside of the ship, no problems at all. Our room was ready but bags were not there so, we just wandered around the ship, ate at the main diner, and went to the welcome party on the pool deck. By the time we went back to the room, our bags were there.
St. Thomas: we had been to St Thomas before so this time we decided to take a ferry boat to Tortola and swim with dolphins. It was a fun experience but I wouldn't do it again, at least not there. The area is surrounded by mangroove and the water was not clear. The dolphins looked well taken care of but it didn't seemed right to me. Back in St. Thomas we did a little shopping in the port and headed back to the ship.
Day at sea: relaxation all the way. In the morning we had breakfast at lido deck, then headed to gym for a short workout. The rest of the day was spent at the pool deck, sunbathing, playing mini golf and relaxing.
Barbados: We are amateurs surfers so there were no questions here: we went to Barbados to surf! Took a 20min taxi to Barry's Surf School, rented our surfboards (30$ for the day!! VERY inexpensive) and off the waves we went. Really awesome with a side of win. I have to say, the guys from Surf Barbados were very helpful, from the minute we contacted them through email till we returned the boards. They even offered rash guards!!!
St. Lucia: Sea & Land tour that included, the pitons, volcano, waterfalls, snorkeling, and Marigot Bay. One thing we didn't like about St. Lucia was getting bombed by all the tour companies right in the port.
St. Kitts: We didn't do much here, took a taxi to the beach, and relaxed.
St. Marteen: Rented a 4 wheeler and explored the island ourselves. It was great. There is only ONE traffic light in the entire island, and many roundabouts. We did Orient Bay and Maho Beach, both really beautiful. The views in St. Marteen are breathtaking. I was very amazed by how different the french part was from the dutch part.
Food: simply delicious. Large variety for breakfast, eggs, fruit, cereal, pancakes, toasts, bacon, sausages... you name it. I don't think we ever had lunch in the ship but we did have sandwiches and those were addictive. The burger station, by the pool deck, did it for us on the day at sea. The dinner menu was great and tasty. Everything I ate was delicious, specially the chocolate melting cake. Heaven on earth! We always felt very welcomed in the dinning room, and the waiters were very attentive.
Our stewardess were super nice, and attentive as well.
The party crew was very funny and they made sure everyone had a great time. There were plenty of shows and activities for all ages.
I would definitely recommend this cruise ship to anyone.