Left out of Boston - love leaving out of there, but the computers were apparently down, making for long lines.
Got in line at 2pm, like a Disney ride, round and round we go - wasn't on the ship until after 4pm. After 2 hours of waiting many we trying to 'cut in front', and it got a bit crazy.
Such a total change from when we went on NCL out of Boston in Oct and there was no line - we just went on the escalators and were on board in 15 minutes.
Oh well, I guess blame the computers...
Sail away was to be at 4:30 - but didn't happen until 7ish. Kind of messed up our first night dinner plans and then didn't see the show - started around 10.
Balcony room, forward was great, room steward even better! Romel was wonderful, lots of fun and always had great information. So nice.
Casino was large! And the manager Dion was wonderful - helped us out with a CC slot pull - in a big way. And whenever our paths crossed he was great to spend a few moments with us.
Kudos to the staff - they were all great - including the dining staff.
Dining (food)...was ok
Between the 2 of us, the Dining room dinners were ok to good. Did have a few cold items that should've been served hot. Only ate 1 lunch in the dining room and it was again ok to good.
Buffets, as usual of all buffets I think, were hit or miss. Good in the beginning, but some food did get interesting - breakfast sausage mixed with chili? What can you do, they probably try to stretch meals like we all do.
Ship is def a more late night ship - although that made for heaven in the mornings...no one around. The breakfast crowd hit around 11ish.
But unfortunately, the big part of relaxing on cruises is the hot tubs for us - which were always cold. We were up early enough to see them being refilled with cold water every morning. When we asked about it, they said the steam generators, which heat the hot tubs are located near some cabins - and it is too noisy for them - so they do this in the morning to make everyone happy.
Well, we checked morning and night - no hot water, no relief for a back to be found. The Spa, which is a nice area, was warmer than really freezing, but the tub is designed with molded seats with jets that hit hard (pinpoint) on the back of your thighs. The pool was nice though.
They also had a covered pool/hot tub area which was very nice, was cozy there - but again, sorry, just sort of warm, not even bathwater temp - but better than the hot tubs on the outside areas.
Big screen TV was awesome - seeing 007 in a boat race/chase while on a cruise ship at sea was funny.
Overall, it's a beautiful ship...impressive, and well maintained.
According to staff we were a Full boat - 3500 on board (they have had more I guess)
But it didn't seem terribly crowded.
All in all it was a great cruise and an opportunity to try out Carnival.
Thank you to the staff for making our trip!