We had a great trip. There were 2 in our cabin and we are in our 40s. Traveled with 6 others. There were all ages aboard as we were concerned with the "party" atmosphere of Carnival. We had the best time. This was our 7th cruise.
Embarkation was very easy. We got there at 10:00 a.m. to preregister which was on the actual Queen Mary ship next door. Then we stood in line until it was finally time to let everyone on. We got on at noon. I think most people must of headed to food, as we explored every area we could quickly and took many pictures of empty places which was great. The ship was beautiful and there was always people painting, polishing, buffing etc. Everyone we dealt with was super friendly.
Our cabin was bigger on this ship than any other we have sailed. Not enough outlets as usual, so we will finally be smart and bring an adapter next time. The sailing was very calm, just a little wavy the last couple days. Nothing dramatic. No one was sick that we were aware of. The bed was very comfy and they made towel animals on the bed after the first night of sailing. The chocolates on the pillow is a nice touch. Their are mailboxes outside the door, so they didn't have to slide anything under the door in the middle of the night. We were in cabin 4133 on Main deck with an obstructed view. That didn't matter to us as we paid for the lowest floor inside cabin. It was still quite dark in there with the heavy draperies.
The tv had many channels. They had pay for view movies, but who had time for that?
The coffee bar was nice, but you had to pay for that. The 24 hour pizza was excellent, but never did I see anyone order the garlic bread or Caesar salad that you could also get. The MerMaid Grille had excellent burgers. Couldn't of been any better.
There were a bunch of pools. They are small, but the adult one only in the back has the warmest water. Like bath water. The 24 hour safe serve ice cream out of machines is nice, but twice they had sundaes with all the toppings with real ice cream.
The ship is done in old Renaissance, so most paintings and murals are of nude bodies.
The shows were good at night. I would encourage early seating for dinner, as we had the late. We missed too many things, and are show was usually on at 10:30. WE were in the upstairs dining room and by choice I would rather be on the bottom. The dining room was very pretty and the waiters accommodating. Soda is not included anywhere, but the free lemonade in the Mermaid Grille on the Lido deck was great. I just had that and saved money. Some bought the $43 adult soda card, but that didn't seem worth it. Convenient though. You can check your sail and sign on the tv which was very nice.
The library doesn't have that many books or games, and they are all under glass. So you have to be there at certain times, which isn't many to get something. The internet computers are also in there. $3.95 to sign on for the very firs time, and 70 cents a minute thereafter.
The ports are so subjective. I liked Mazatlan the best. Cabo was the most Americanized. Peddlers are a nuisance. We booked one two ships tours and did one tour on our own from tour companies off the ship. I would highly recommend that, as long as you know it is a legitimate company, not just some guy on the side of the road!
The bathrooms in the cabin were large. They included some nice products on the counter in a bowl. The in room safe was the best. Never had anything that nice before to lock up stuff. They had beach towels in the room so don't pack that.
Debarkation was simple. We just had to wait a long time cause we didn't have a flight to catch. But the comedian entertained to pass time which was so nice of them to do.
There are about 10 picture stations around on formal nites. And other stations on non formal nites. The 2 shops were large and fair priced. There was a chapel for marriages. No movie theater. A large arcade. Very large Gym. One indoor ping pong table by an elevator.
Shuffleboard, basketball and a golf swing area. The slide to "nowhere" was not operating. Many areas to be alone with that many sailing. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and please feel free to email with any questions. We have only been back 9 days now. Can't wait to go again!