My husband and I went on this cruise to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. For our honeymoon we cruised on NCL and last year, to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary we cruised on Royal Caribbean. So this year we decided to try Carnival.
And as the addagag goes "You sure do get what you pay for", it was sure proven here. We're glad that we had a suite with a balcony because at least it made the room nice to come back to. However, when we first got to our room my husband looked around and it looked like it hadn't been dusted in days.
Embarkation was not a problem. Liked that the ship left from NY and that made it easy for us since we live there. Disembarkation, we didn't do the self-assist, we didn't get of the ship until 9:30 a.m. and then trying to get a cab was a joke (that was not very well organized by the port staff). Next cruise, regardless of who we cruise with, we will definitely stick to the self-assist option.
We weren't crazy about the ship. The decor was to heavy and dark.
Food: considering that this is an important part of time on the ship, the food was AWFUL. Not many options, the layout of the buffet was cumbersome, nothing was central, and by the time you found a table your food was cold. The Main Dinning Room (MDR) wasn't any better. We went there 2 times for brunch which was okay and out of the seven nights only ate in there two times. As for room service options...that was laughable.
If you want to go on cruise and not eat....this is it baby.
The excursions were alot of fun and the highlights of our trip. Thank goodness we had great weather...just a few showers but nothing that would put a damper on things. The weather and the great time we had in the ports we visited were the saving grace for this trip.
I highly doubt that we will ever cruise on carnival again.