We just took the 4 day cruise to Cozumel with our large extended family for Thanksgiving. We were almost 2 hours late leaving New Orleans for unspecified reasons. After boarding at noon, we were ready to GO! It was the first of many things that left this cruise with a feeling of being a little "off".
Food: the lines were typical of most cruises we have taken in the past. Everything we had at the buffet was actually very tasty. We ate 3 of the 4 nights in the MDR. For the first time, we did anytime dining. I don't think I will do that again. Part of cruising fun is to form relationships with your waitstaff, and when you have someone new every night that just didn't happen. Some waiters were great and others a complete bore. The last night I ordered the chicken breast and it was not cooked all the way through.
Cabins: Our room steward was fantastic. Everything was kept in great shape. We had no problems.
Kids: People in our party used all 3 kids programs. My own kids went to Circle C and Club O2, and they all loved it. The ones who went to Camp Carnival had mixed reviews but it could have been the kids not wanting to leave their parents.
Cozumel: We were late getting to port. The line was horrendous to get off. Excursions were late. It was just a mess. I wish there was longer time in port. With this being our only stop, getting there at 9 and leaving at 4 just didn't seem long enough. The Carnival Paradise was there when we got there and still docked when we left, so it would have been nice to have their schedule. Again, the lines to get back on the ship was awful.
Overall, we had a nice time because we were with our family. The ship had much more vibrations and noises than previous cruises, and we had a lot of sea sickness going on. At the end of the day, we are glad we went, but we did not have the amazing time we are used to when we cruise.