Embarkation was a breeze, got to port around 1:30 and was on board by 1:45. We chose the Boston port to avoid flying and would do that again. Only an hour drive,just easy and simple.
We are all ladies in our late 40s and older. Traveled with my two sisters,mom and a cousin. four of us shared a balcony stateroom on deck 8 midship. We found the rooms very comfortable,and big enough for the four of us. My cousin had a large inner stateroom right next door to ours. spending time on the balcony was great,and a bous when we got to see more then one whale during the trip.
We found our stateroom attendent to be very plesant and accomadating,cant say that for the rest of the crew though. Some seemed tired,or lacked peronality.
Food in the main dining room was very good. We had the first seating at 6 pm. the Red sail buffet was closed to early, and the choices were limited! We did enjoy the choclate buffet when they had it. We also tried the Steakhouse the first night,best night to book since they arent as busy that first day. food here was fantastic! We also enjoyed the Mongolian wok.
We did sit out on deck one afternoon, it was warm and sunny.But most of the other time was on the cool side,not pool weather for me.
Shore excursions were top 10 in St. John and Halifax. Both tours had hosts that were very informative. But I wish they would have cut the stops down a couple so we could have more time to explore the Bay Of Fundy Caves,and the forts. the tours seemed very rushed. We had to grab our food form the stops and eat on the bus. I did try the Ice cream at cows in Halifax, and think it was the best ive had!!
We took in the magic show and thought that was pretty good. Listened too some of the bands and loved the music.
Over all the cruise was fun, and the price was good. This was my first cruise on Carnival,actually it was a first for all of us, and we would do it again!! The ship itself was in good appearance.A little confusing to get from place to place,but after a few days we found our way around a little better.