We got a great deal on a balcony room, half price purchase after doing some internet research. The price and ports (Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Costa Maya) sold us. Leaving out of Port Canaveral was very organized and easy. We were in our room by 130pm. Briefly regarding the ship, there were all the usual cruise activities available. 2 pools, several jacuzzis, a large double slide, basketball court, giant screen over the main pool, several bars, etc. If you have cruised before then you know the scene. If not, it is a nice ship with the exception of the carpet (red, orange and black stripes that look like cheap candy). The usual shops, casino (smokey and smelly), places to eat (more later on this), kid programs, spa, gym.
I give the entertainment a high mark. The Blackjack Band which played nightly on the 5th floor was excellent and we dance there almost every night. The singer and guitar/piano player at the 3rd floor lobby area were also very good. We went to 2 shows that were good as well (no broadway at sea, but energetic and well done). The comedy acts were fair, but I am a tough sell in this area. The art was nice but Park West is on every cruise and after a few, it's all the same- Peter Max and Thomas Kinkade "the master of light". But we love art so we always take a look.
My biggest disappointment surprisingly enough was the food. The buffets were very scaled down from my past experiences and close totally at 330p. After that you could get burgers, fries, pizza and sandwiches (stuff I usually never eat). As we did excursions daily we ate breakfast early, got off the ship by 830 am and back on around 5pm.We had nothing else to eat until dinner at 815pm. Breakfast in the buffet - fake eggs or decent omlettes, boxed cereal, plastic containers of yogurt, little choice of fruit, burnt bacon, (one morning hot dogs in place of sausage. No, really, hot dogs!) very low end - better to have a nice dining room breakfast. The lines at all the self serve food stations were very long all the time...you would have thought the end of the world was near (haha). Dinner in the dining room was fair. Overall I was not impressed with the food. I will say that our wait staff at dinner went over the top for us every night and want to compliment and thank I Gusti, Stan and Noel for a great week!
The best part of the trip for us were the excursions. We did not go with Carnival for any trips. A great deal of research went into our choices and we were extremely pleased with them all. In Cozumel we did a beginner dive with Eagle Ray Divers - Antonio and Tony THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you have never scuba dived before and want to, definately go with them. They were the most professional and knowledgeable team. You will be complete SAFE. It was a $7 cab from the port which was for 4 people. The dive (2 tanks, 2 reefs was $110 per person) was amazing. They took their time teaching, let you work at your own pace and held your hand (literally) on the way down. It was an amazing experience and I can not speak highly enough about this dive organization. It was a very lucky choice as there are so many qualified organization in Cozumel, but we were totally satisfied with Eagle Ray and will definately be back to dive with them again. In Belize we booked a snorkle and beach break to Goffs Caye. Again, a perfect day. About a 30 minute boat ride after the tender to port followed by a snorkle around a tiny 2 acre island. Afterward, a few cold beers on the beautiful beach under palm trees, swimming and relaxing. Not for those who need to be pampered. No chairs, towels are a must, not much food - grilled chicken, lobster tail (small), or rice and beans, beer to buy. We skipped the food. Again our boat staff were awesome so a big shout out to JOSE' AND LEON(AKA THE MEDIC)for a great afternoon.$38 per person including transport. Next a snorkle and beach break in Roatan at the Fantasy Island Resort. Very laid back divers hotel, nice but not fancy. Beautiful swimming and the most amazing snorkle of the week. A few beers and a beautiful view made the day complete. Again we did not eat here. The only down side this day was the pumping of sand. The rains wash sand into the cove so every 3 months or so they pump it out and the generator was very loud. Thanks to Diana our driver for interesting island information and prompt service. $40 per person including transport.. Last day Costa Maya a $4 cab to Mahahula for shopping and awesome civeche'. Overall a great vacation but next time I would probably go with another cruise line.