Arrived around 12:30 pm, parked in the Erato Cruise Parking right next to the ship. No problems at all. $112.00 for seven days. Registration went fairly quickly and had no waiting to board the ship. We were in our room by 1:15 pm.
Days 2, 3, 7 were at sea. We mostly hung out at the Adult pool at the Aft End of the ship on the top deck. It was crowded by the pool. If you want chairs there, get out there early.
We had a balcony room. Will be hard to take another cruise without one. We went on the Sensation in 2005 and only had a port hole room then. Room was spacious for two. Twin beds pushed together for a king with plenty of sleeping room. Our stewards were wonderful and always friendly.
Jamaica: We went on the Carnival sponsored excursion to the Seawinds All Inclusive Family Resort. It was really good. Private beach area with all kinds of water equipment to use. All food and drinks are included in the price. Swim-up bar and good food. We did not encounter any of the locals since we went straight from the ship to this place and back to ship afterwards.
Grand Cayman: We went on the Carnival sponsored excursion to the Deluxe Stingray City. This was an amazing experience. Highly recommend!
Cozumel: Just some shopping and great food at Ponchos on the Carnival Pier.
Food and Dining:
After day three we discovered they actually served a sit-down meal in the Monet Dining room. Otherwise, you have the buffet style food. It's your typical buffet food. We had the second seating 8:15 pm in the Monet Dining room. Food was average, most of the desserts were great. We usually skipped lunch since we ate late breakfast. However, if you wait until after 2:00, the only food you get until your meal is the pizza. Our head waiter and team were great and knew what we liked immediately.
Activities aboard the ship: Plenty to do. The Vegas style shows were corny, we left one after about 10 min. We did not go to the comedy shows. There is a great almost hidden bar called Alfred's where this great guy played classical piano in the late afternoons till the second seating for dinner. So nice and relaxing. We also liked the other small bar called Vincent's. These were not crowded at all.
Picture taking by Carnival is annoying. They have tons of photographers stopping you to get your picture taken. Just stop, smile and let them, much easier than trying to say no. You don't have to buy, but beware if you do, they are about $22.00 a picture!
Disembarkation: We were with a travel group, so we got to leave the ship before the crowds. We were home by 12:00 noon as we live only three hours away.
Overall it was a great relaxing experience and we will be going again!