There was six of us ranging from 8-71 yrs of age on the June 9-14th cruise. We arrived in Galveston on Friday and enjoyed some great seafood at Casey's before returning to the hotel. We arrived at the terminal around 10am and had parked at the Cruise Terminal parking. The porters were very helpful as my father was with us on this cruise and was in a motorized scooter and they went out of their way to assist him. We boarded about 11:30am with no problems.
The Lido deck was a bit crowded especially around the bars and buffet so we used this time to explore the ship. We were allowed to our rooms at 1:30 and had all our luggage by 5. Our cabin steward Gregmark was awesome and knew all of our names (even the kids) when we arrived to our rooms. We dined in the London dining room for all our dinners and ate at the buffet for lunch. The food was great as were all the after dinner shows. We especially enjoyed the magic show with Anders.
The kids did Camp Carnival on one day and my 9 and 11 year old loved it but their 8 yo brother was in a different area with 5-8 year olds and he said it was too babyish for him. We swam, used the waterslide, enjoyed movies on the large screen tv at the pool and played lots of basketball, shuffleboard and minigolf. My 9yo won the putt putt challenge and won a cute little trophy. The trivia and bingo was alot of fun as well.
We didnt do anything other than shop in Progresso but enjoyed Paradise Beach in Cozumel which is a must if you have kids that want to jump and play on all the water toys. We also rented a jet ski for a reasonable price. A special thanks to Tex who endured many questions from my kids at the Q&A session with him and Anna who hosted many of our entertainment activities. Yes it does get a bit expensive with the photos, bingo, casino, arcade and Laser Tag. But playing, laughing and smiling with your kids for 5 days straight is priceless. The ship was clean and well cared for. The decor was a little outdated but the retro Miami Vice style was kinda cool for a few days. I have sailed RC Lines before and I felt this ship had more to do especially cruising with kids. It was mostly families on board so if you are looking for a relaxing cruise and you dont want to dodge kids all day then this probably isnt the best cruise for you. There did seem to be more of an adult area on 5 aft past the casino with more adult spaces to relax, watch the sea, and have drinks. Getting off the ship was a breeze and we were on the road by 10am. In closing Carnival does a great job with fun family cruising.