We are regular cruisers and this was our ninth cruise, the fifth with Carnival. We had sailed on the Carnival Glory once before out of Miami. We had never done the New England Cruise before and decided to save a little money and book with Carnival again.
There are pro's and con's with this cruise. Let's start with the pro's. The service is impeccable. The staff gives all they have to make sure you are enjoying your cruise. The food is in the dining room was very good and the food in the Emerald steakhouse was fabulous! We have eaten at five star restaurants and never ate at the Emerald Steakhouse just because we thought being on a ship it wasn't worth it, but IT IS! We had a wonderful cabin steward that took care of our cabin and great waiters! The debarkation only took us only 20 minutes. We always do self assist so it is usually quick.
The con's. The food in the Red Sail restaurant is pitiful. We ended up throwing our food away and noticed many others did as well. Embarkation was a nightmare. It took over 3 hours after we arrived in the terminal (around 11:30 am) to actually get ton the ship. We were told their computers were having problems which were creating delays.
We could deal with these things however the next two items have pretty much changed our minds about Carnival and we will not be sailing with them again until we have heard things have changed. First thing, Carnival ships have the same activities planned that they had planned years ago. There are no new activities and no variances in any of their ships. In other words it is the same old schedule every time you cruise with them on every ship....bingo, gender show down games, art auction, Trivia, Hairy chest contest, ice sculpting, mixology, etc. If you are a first time cruiser with Carnival you will enjoy it however if you have sailed with them before you will be BORED! Second thing, the shows have gotten out of control with costumes and R rated scenes. We do not take our kids on cruises any more since they have moved out a few years ago, however my husband and I were embarrased and could not believe the costumes on the dancers are showing less and less. From the rear view, the dancers are literally nude. I could see parents with children in the shows that were appalled. There was a show 'living in America' and on one of the country songs there is a scene that is literally a sex scene between a man and woman on a horse. These are NOT family friendly shows and if you don't have kids (like us) they are even decent.
The ports we're wonderful and we wrote reviews on our excursions. From now on, we will be sailing again with Princess and Royal Caribbean.