It was a wonderful week at sea. Guy's Burgers are amazingly thick burgers with all the trimmings. Including the grease, but hey you are on vacation. The burritos are so good. You pick the kind of shell you want and then they load up the toppings. If cornbeef or pastrami is what you want they have that too. We thought breakfast was fine. But bacon is hard to find, and there is no smoked salmon, but otherwise everything you could want for breakfast is on the buffet. We never ate at the buffet for lunch except for salads and burritos and burgers and sandwiches but the lunch selections seemed fine. There is an extensive dessert buffet from lunch until about 9 pm in the back of the ship on lido. Everyday the selections are different and all of them are yummy. Don't forget to go upstairs on lido in the back and try out the fish and chips, yummy too.
Dinner in the main dining room was fine. Food was good but the selection of choices were just ok. If you are a steak person you will not go away disappointed. Meat was very tasty, nice cuts of beef. I wanted lasagne, escargot, beef wellington, key lime pie, rack of lamb, like we have gotten on other cruises, but Carnival did not serve any of these selections. But everything we ordered, from what was available, tasted very nice.
For those who like late night snacks, go to the back of the ship. After about 10pm your choices will be soft serve ice cream, thin thin crust pizza, chocolate brownies that just taste ok, and cookies that are just so so.
The production shows were excellent. The singing and dancing and costumes were really nice. Just one word of caution. If you like to sit in the balcony the sound is WAY TOO LOUD. We went to some of the shows twice and sat on the ground level the second time and the sound was less blaring. There is no live orchestra playing in the background during the shows. All the music is pre recorded and often times it is so loud that it drowns out the singers which is a shame.
They had the Carnival quest (probably stolen from the RCL Quest game show). They had it in the show lounge, not the ice skating rink, like on RCL and it was dangerous with people running up the isles to the stage every few seconds. They had a new Hasbro game show. The newlywed/couples game show, and bingo, of course.
The comedian lounge was our favorite spot. After going to the production show each night, we loved going to comedy show after comedy show. 3 shows in one night, if we could. One comedian was really bad (the cruise director said he won't be coming back) but the other 2 were really great fun and it was definitely entertaining going in there for a laugh or two.
They do push drinking and bingo on this ship, so if you think you are going to sleep late, or take an afternoon nap, bring ear plugs as the intercom speakers will wake you up at all hours of the day and night. This I hate. RCL doesn't make loud speaker announcements much anymore and I appreciate that so much more.
We never felt crowded on the ship. About 3500 passengers. Always room for everyone in the casino, at the shows, and in the dining rooms.
Josh the cruise director is not really a comedy joke making type of cruise director. Watched his morning talk show one morning and never again. He will be on the ship until May 2014. If you would like to read his blog here is the link. http://bigsexyinc.com/
All in all. After reading everything others had said about this ship I was worried about how our week would go, but it was really a fun week at sea.
I would go back in a heartbeat.
The weather was really really hot. The islands really really nice. A great vacation.