We stayed at the Country Inn and suites near port canaveral the night before the cruise. We chose this hotel as it was cheaper than the Radisson that we have stayed at before and it included breakfast the next morning. They also have the park and cruise available that our friends used. We rented a car from the airport and the rental car place took us to the port the next morning. The hotel was nice for one night and breakfast was alot more than just a continental breakfast.
Embarkation went really smoothly probably was on the boat in about 20-30 minutes. This cruise was the third cruise on Carnival and this was one of those 3 strikes and your out for Carnival. I am pleased to say this is the best Carnival ship we have been on.
We had my time dining and never had to wait for more than 20 minutes or so. The service in the dining room can be slow at times. The food was a lot better than the other Carnival cruises that we have been on. We really enjoyed Vijay in the Crimson dining room and for my time dining he remembered our names each time we saw him. The lady that organized the seating was also exceptionally good and remembering us she was from Romania.
The shows and entertainment was great. I really enjoyed the comedy shows. Jeff the fun dude was really funny and enjoyed his introductions of the comedians. The whole layout was a little similar to the Carnival Splendor that we have been on.
We really enjoyed the water slides and all of the pools. Our room steward was really good also. We were in a deluxe ocean view cabin with the extra tub/shower and sink. Definitely, the way to go. Never had to wait to take a shower with 4 people in the room. It was great. Would definitely go on Carnival ship again but, it would have to be a newer ship.