After looking forward to this Trans-atlantic cruise, I was very disappointed. The pluses should always be first so:
*the decor is a great improvement over the glitzy Vegas decor of other Carnival ships
*the multiple eating venues are great
*the show entertainment was first rate. The technology was superb.
*the cabins are nice and roomy
*the public areas (lobby, lounges, etc.) are plentiful and very comfortable
The negatives, however, are in more important areas:
^the music was awful. I would have paid not to hear some of the musicians such as the two guitar players and the piano bar player
^while the singing maitre d' is nice, it was intrusive to have the guy singing every day, particularly when he repeated the songs
^the service in the assigned dining room was awful. Seemed like everyone was in a hurry to get you out of there, this in the second seating. The atmosphere in the "dine as you please" was much more conducive to conversation and relaxation
^the food in the Lido Marketplace and the main dining rooms was terrible. The food at the Cucina del Capitano was not much better. Not very Italian for having Italian officers
^the service of bartenders, Lido, dining rooms was very deficient, probably because there was very little supervision. The tables in the Marketplace were left dirty with dishes piled high when there were guests who needed them.
^the activities were practically non-existent.
^the crew was not very friendly
^the ship was a surprise in that it shook and vibrated excessively. We like the lower decks during a transatlantic crossing because they have an easier motion in high seas, but this ship shook and groaned and made terrible noises at the lower levels.
All in all, a great disappointment!