Well, the cruise was a very fun vacation. I appreciate all the info and help I got on Cruise Critic in the months leading up to our cruise. I felt like a pro when we got on the ship. :D
I learned so much about tips and tricks and suggestions, etc. I wanted to pay back with our review. I have a new appreciation for what it takes to do one.
We had 3600 guest on the ship which means 600 extra people shared rooms with 2 already in them. We never felt crowded at all. There were crowds for sure but nothing bad at all. The restaurant atrium would fill up if we got there before they opened the doors but there was fun in the air.
We only ate in the buffets a time or 2 and there were some lines but nothing more than 10 or so before the start of the buffet. And you could walk around to one of the other ones and practically no lines. We ate breakfast most times in the MDR and service was nice. We had really no problem finding a chair on the Lido deck. Sure there were plenty More
chairs with stuff and no people but you could find a chair pretty easily.
The only extended line we were in was at Cozumel reboarding at 4:15.
The room service came predictably 20 minutes early each morning and they brought exactly what you marked. If you choose cereal, choose milk and tell them you want a spoon and order it for 20 minutes later than you want it. :D
The food was delicious!!! It's not Ruth Chris but it ain't Applebee's either. The dinner portions were decent and the combined meal and service is what you would expect to pay $40 before tips per person. And that's if you just order 1 appetizer, 1 entree, and 1 dessert. I got cappuccinos every night and at breakfast. Tomato juice is only available from MDR or room service. The dinner always took practically 2 hours and we did early seating.
Our next cruise I think we will choose Any Time Dining. We always seemed like we had to plan or stop what we were doing to go eat at 6.
Our room steward was great. He made at least 2 times a day and filled the ice without asking. We had chocolates and towel animals every night.
Our room was not "hot" but we were thankful we brought our portable fan.
The Mongolian Wok was delicious. The szechuan sauce is very HOT!! But good!!! The Thai barbeque sauce is a happy medium. And the Black Bean sauce is good but needed salt. They have chicken and beef every day and a different seafood each day. Sunday and Thursday they have shrimp. They do not have rice, only noodles. There was of course mushrooms, onions, peppers, peas, carrots, and several other vegetables. Definitely worth doing at least once.
The Sur Mer is very good but I didn't like the shoestring French fries. The fish is very much like what you would get in England. Almost never a line.
The pizza is good. Sometimes a 5 minute wait.
We were able to get as close as we wanted to the front of the shows in the theater. We always seemed to find a spot for 2 on or near the front row. Even in the punchliner shows. People were more than willing to let us 2 crash a group of 4-5 people at the punchliner shows.
Embarkation was easy and smooth except for not getting a zone card. The lady that gave us our Sign and Sail cards said she was out and to get them by the photographer. The photographer took our picture and gave us a picture location card with a 3 on it. We thought that was our zone. Ha!! Newbies here. But a nice couple heard us in our discussion after they started calling zones and we saw other people with a zone card we obviously didn't have. They told us to walk with them. We were onboard at 11:30.
We did self disembarkation so we had extra time to pack and had a very easy time getting off.
We will definitely cruise on Carnival again. The value is very good for what you get. It's nothing like some people will have you worked up over because of changes and cuts.
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