Overall, it was a good cruise. However, embarkation from Long Beach was tedious. We did Early Boarding and still waited almost 2 hrs to be processed - very hot in the sun and no where to hide.
Balcony cabin was good sized but a bit garish in color, large lav, but hard beds like most ships (ask for an egg crate immediately). To our surprise, good champagne awaited us in the cabin (maybe bc it was a more expensive accommodation). We've found that asking for mid-ships on a lower level seems to eliminate most of the 'rock 'n roll" while at sea. Cabin steward wasn't very visible but he got the job done. I hate those 'towel animals' but think I'm in the minority. Always had too many towels in the cabin...couldn't seem to get rid of them!
Public rooms were done in a Renaissance style, unique candelabra lights, lots of red/gold, comfortable seating arrangements and heavily draped windows. Some parents were uncomfortable with the Rubenesque females depicted in the wall coverings. I must admit, it was different from what you usually see on a cruise ship.
We had late dining w/table for 4. We were lucky since our table partners were great, but you could be stuck if you didn't relate well. Delicious food in main dining room; small portions but you never were hungry after dinner ... must be the artful plate arrangements that 'fill up your eyes.' Of course, you could ask for additional portions and many people did that on lobster nite. Our 2 waiters, Tony and Neil, were the best ever...remembered our likes/dislikes and had a smile and friendly conversation each evening. Buffet breakfast had alot of variety, Lunch wasn't too crowded since there were many food stations to try and the Deli Bar had excellent hot/cold sandwiches -- turkey every day.
Plenty of lounges and bars, good cocktail prices but drinks were a bit weak. I didn't see too many people winning at the Casino but they all seemed happy to be there.
It was pretty cool/windy so pool activity was at a minimum; no overhead pool covers but plenty of chair lounges. Entertainment was good but average; too much emphasis on Bingo as with most cruise lines. Art Auction was sub-par since Auctioneer was pushing Thomas Kinkade pieces - everyone noticed that. The pull-tabs were generous; you seemed to win frequently.
We took simple ground tours at ea spot (Cabo, PV and Mazatlan) and the tour companies Carnival contracted with provided knowledgeable, friendly tour guides. Went to the tequila factories in PV, including a visit to old Mexican mission church - city walking tour in Mazatlan thru Historic District (were there during a street Festival which was real nice) and glass factory/scenic overlook tour in Cabo. The Cabo tour ended up at a MALL of all crazy things; most tour guests complained about that...the driver agreed that should be substituted.
All in all, it was a good cruise. Will do it again with Carnival