After a disastrous cruise aboard the Norwegian Sky, we decided to redo our Bahamas cruise back on Carnival, our trusted cruise line for Fun!
We arrived at the port early and had no problem getting to check-in. The security line was very short. We got up to the check-in line and I was surprised to see that there were no kiosks for check-in (as we had previously supplied all information online). Unfortunately, due to the make up of our family (3 different last names) and this was the children's first cruise, the check-in took a little longer than we were used to, due to some confusion the agent was having.
Following check-in, we were able to very quickly get on the ship and notice the refurbishment of the ship during it's Fun Ship 2.0 upgrade in dry dock. As this was the ship's first sailing following dry dock, we knew there would be some issues. Unfortunately, we were late departing from all ports, due to various reasons. The ship had a new crew, and it was apparent by the delayed dining in the dining room. The first night, dining was delayed by a half-hour. Another issue we had was with the pools and hot tubs, as they had not been setup prior to boarding and were made operational during the cruise.
We were also disappointed that some of the things we have come to expect from Carnival didn't happen, such as the Welcome Aboard and Farewell Parties in the Punchliner Comedy Club. Unfortunately, we miss the free drinks that were served during these parties. At least we were offered a free drink coupon for being a loyal cruisers with Carnival. Another thing we noticed missing, was the entertainment by the dining staff during dinner the first two nights. Finally on the third night there was some following dinner. We almost missed it, as we had already left following dinner, but as we were waiting for the elevator, it started.
Despite the issues, we were very glad to be back aboard a Carnival ship and still enjoyed the short cruise. We just wished we had stuck to our original plan of a back-to-back cruise on Glory, because I'm sure that as the Crew settle in on the ship and the ship becomes fully operational again, all the things we expect of Carnival will be back in place.