We were a family of 4 with twin boys of 17. We spent 4 nights in Barcelona pre cruise which was really nice and had a great time sight seeing all that Barcelona had to offer. The highlight of Barcelona was the segway tour we done and the 2 days spent on the HoHo bus around the whole city.
Embarkation was not too bad took us about 30 to 40 min to get on board and then another 30 min to queue at customer service desk to get our cabins sorted so me and the wife shared a cabin. Then when we got into our cabin which was ready as soon as we got on board found that we were in a twin room and the twins next door were in a double, so back to queue again at customer service desk.
We had spa cabins on deck 11 and found them to be very nice and comfortable with plenty of storage place for your clothes. There were nice bathrobes included to use during your stay to go back and forth to the spa.
We then had a tour of the spa which they tried to sell you every treatment they have before telling you what facilities you are entitled to as a spa cabin occupants. There was then a free draw where you could win free treatment which was not what you were told when you 1st toured the spa and they said nobody will go away without a prize except that you have to pay for it.
We particularly chose a Spa cabin because it was close to the gym as my twins are professional athletes and needed the use of the gym. When they saw the gym they were very disappointed as it was just full of running machines and the weights section was in a tiny corner and very cramped and you had to wait if someone was using it. They only seemed to cater for use of running machines.
The FOOD, what can i say but very disappointing in the Lido cafe it got to the stage where we could only eat fruit or cereal in the mornings as the rest of the cooked food was often cold, tasteless or nothing like what that particular thing should be like e.g juice was squash, omelet were made with UHT eggs not fresh eggs like on many other ships, the cold meats were not of the quality you would expect of a quality cruise ship and in some instances the description on the label above the food did not match the food below it.
Lunchtime the best meal we found was the pasta in the Cucina restaurant which was hot and well presented and tasted like pasta should taste. The BBQ on the lanai promenade was acceptable but the Italian sausages were nothing like the Italian sausages I have eaten in Italy over the past 30 years.
The evening meals were either outstanding or really bad and again what was on the menu is not what you received on your plate. I ordered steak with a peppered and mushroom sauce, I got gravy!!! The menu said prosciutto ham I received cooked ham!!! The waiters and drinks personnel in the restaurant were really helpful and friendly and if you asked to go back to the same one night after night, as we found out to our dismay one evening there was a waiting list for this particular waiter so we said we would sit somewhere else only to be served food we hadn't ordered so not surprised people went back to where the waiters were good.
The ports of call were really all good but we did our own thing and booked private tours via people on the cruise forum and found it to be so much cheaper and the people we met were all very friendly and courteous.
Entertainment was poor in the theatre compared to previous cruises we have been on and fall well short of the standards the Norwegian Epic sets. The Punchliners comedy club was good and was always packed out.
So to sum up I would not sail with Carnival again as the poor food let this cruise down badly and the staff were not the most friendliest we have encountered on cruises. But saying that my twin boys say it was the best cruise they have been on as they made some great friends and really enjoyed themselves, so I guess there is a generation gap as to what we expect from a cruise.