A few highlights....The Golden Fleece steakhouse - definitely worth the $35 pp. We went twice. Just don't go the first night like we did as this then mediocre food at the rest of the restaurants and buffets is even worse. Service and food at this place were outstanding.
Room - A balcony room on the end of the ship offered fantastic views. The only downside was the heavy smokers on the balcony next door. You could constantly smell it and the ashes blew on our balcony.
Room Staff-Very hardworking and so pleasant and concerned with how we were enjoying our cruise, the nicest crew members on the ship.
Entertainment-The new magic show was terrific.
A few low lights...
Alcohol - Definitely don't try and sneak additional alcohol on board as several of the reviews suggest. They take every case of water apart and shake every bottle, then toss out anything with bubbles. So now you've wasted that money then you're still buying over-priced watered down More
cocktails on the ship.
The Fitness Center - Equipment was good but $12 for a yoga or pilates class? Really, that's more expensive than a major city and the times weren't even convenient.
Entertainment- We only went one night other than the magic show. It was some sort of musical revue. The performers were so bad we initially thought they were passengers performing.
Casino - So full of smoke we couldn't stay long
Ports - Time was way to short in each port. The way the wait is managed for tender ports is ridiculous, a better system is needed. Less
A nightmare to get off the ship. The way Carnival makes everyone sit in a large room waiting for your number to be called for over an hour is ridiculous. Not to mention you don't even know how it works unless you carefully read through the bulletin the night before. We arranged our own excursion and almost missed it as it took 1 1/2 hours to get off the ship. Way to long when there is such a limited time onshore as is. We booked an ATV excursion and cave tubing through Cave-tubing.com. Would highly recommend!
One of the reasons we enjoyed this port is you actually got to stay until 5:30, unlike the other ports where there was a mid-afternoon departure. Booked our own excursion again - Pampered Ponies. Lori, the owner picks you up right near the dock and drives you out to her ranch where you ride along the beach and then bareback into the ocean. Our group of two was joined by another party of 2 for a total of four with two guides. Much better than the group of 15-20 we passed on the cruise ship excursion - and I'm sure they paid a lot more!
Run as far and fast as you can from the Carnival created "Mahogany Bay" resort unless you have no sense of adventure. Time in this port is way to short, back on the ship by 2:30?! We rented a taxi for a day from a great local guide we read about in another review - Marty Wood (marty wood ) It was very reasonable and he drove us where we wanted to go around the Island and provided some great local knowledge. For zip lining would recommend the Extreme zip line adventure at Pirates of the Caribbean. Sundowners is a great bar on the west end with places to snorkel and free wi-fi.