Fourth cruise with Carnival our 10th overall so not green so to speak. We are not fussy and really enjoy being a little spoilt not having to cook or clean and enjoy being looked after a bit. Arrival was pretty good, about the same as normal, terminal staff very friendly. Opted for Aft balcony on L7 Impress Deck and cabin clean although not that big, a lot smaller than our past side balconies with Carnival and others. Our cabin steward and stewardess were the best we have had and always happy and chatty. Towel folding at night fantastic.
Shows great, dancers fairly good and costumes and sets amazing for a ship at sea.
Comedy Club although raunchy you were warned beforehand so could leave however on one show there was a 4year old that sat there during the whole show on her mothers knee! She had to have been seen not only by the comedian but also crew, disappointing but doesn't say much for the parents.
First leg was Eastern. Several nights there was Latin music in the Cabinet Club.One night in particular the Latin music started playing 8 - 9.30pm. As advertised a table magician was due to preform at 9,30 - 10pm then the Latin to continue after that. We arrived at 9pm and enjoyed the music while waiting for the magician to start. When he arrived I was astounded at the rudeness of the dancers who told him to leave as they didn't want him to stop their dancing. It was not only embarrassing for the magician but also uncomfortable for us to stay. He did however finally do a short show for one side of the room but we left as the atmosphere was not that good. Shame on those in the room and Carnival should have taken the band away while the other show was on, not have the band stand there waiting to restart.
We dined in both Golden and Silver dining rooms, Golden first leg Silver second. Food was ok but nothing great, lobster like rubber but no cruise ship seems to know how to cook seafood. We had to seat ourselves each time, wait 45mins one evening in Golden to get our main, never saw the Maitre D (what does he look like and do?) and very little interaction with the waiters. We tried several times to have conversation but it just didn't happen. Formal night was a joke. In walks a man in flip-flops (jandals) shorts, cap on head and sleeveless top. The rest of his table were not much better but seemed to get a lot of attention from the waiting staff including 4 mains for two of the men who must have been extremely hungry. Buffet food was just as good as was the Burger Bar, Buritto bar and pitzas with a beer.
Self Service Laundry was great but you can't do a short wash or dry, it's all or nothing which was annoying if you only have a small wash of nickers and socks.
You can't walk from Aft to Forward on L3 and L4 you had to walk through the dining room if it was left open. Often closed.
In some ports we were told when the gangway was open but on others we were not and had to rely on keeping an eye on the wharf to see people walking off.
May have been done to keep congestion at a minimum so keep eyes open.
Don't sit at a table expecting a drinks waiter to come along as that didn't happen unless sitting outside the very smokey Casino on formal nights. And smoking was not policed either with people smoking on 'non-smoking' machines and not asked to move. Hence we didn't bother using this facility so probably saved ourselves some money! Had cigarettes butts on our deck from somewhere above so didn't put washing out there to dry.
With Hurricane Isaac fast approaching us our Captain did a fantastic job of keeping us just enough ahead of it so apart from skipping Grand Turk we went into Nassau and thoroughly enjoyed the change. Half Moon Cay was great even though we are not great for sitting in the sun - the Pirate Ship bar was good.
All in all we did actually enjoy both Eastern and Western (which we have done before with Carnival) and got a good laugh from the Chinese Lady who hung her washing along the top Lido Deck outside the dining room window on L10. The best part was watching the faces of passing passengers and crew.
There was enough to do outside in the pool areas and most days had something for everyone including the good old Park West Art Auctions. Always good for a sit down and a glass of champagne. Limited shops unlike other ships of this size but there the prices were as good as any on shore for the same products.
One day we came across a great dessert section in Emily's Aft area. These were far better than anything we'd seen elsewhere so don't get into the habit of only going to the same buffet line inside. Make sure you walk around and try it all out. They even had 'real' ice cream and not soft serve.
There are no security guards walking around as on other ships so if you have or see a problem you have to go to Services on L3. There was a foul domestic in an inside cabin opposite us at 3am one morning and we had to call 911 in order to get security to come. Normally you have a 'security' number you can call so we were apprehensive to use 911 at first but did and it was sorted about 1/2 an hour later with security finally appearing.
Yes we did have a great time and can be a 'Fun Ship' as advertised especially for family groups.