Arrived at Port Everglades at 1:30pm. Had previously rented a car from Hertz having arrived in Fort Lauderdale 3 days earlier. Hertz transported us to port free of charge.
Was on the ship in less than 30 minutes
Researched Cruise critics hidden secrets to find cabin 1208. Single bed with couch-bed, bonus of 2 port holes in the room. If this would bother you, the crashing of the waves on the haul will be heard along with the very very loud anchor being dropped.
I look forward to the first night's discounted pressing of clothes to no avail. No specials. However, on the last night, the room stewart left the "PRESSING SPECIAL" and the form said, NOT GOOD on last day. Does that make any sense?
Sent 2 pants, 6 shirts, and sports jacket to be all pressed with the jacket to be dry cleaned. It is Tuesday afternoon, 5pm, and still no return of clothes. At 5:30pm my clothes arrive and my sports jacket destroyed by very bad PRESSING! On the last day of the cruise, I had to go to Customer Service Desk to inquire about my jacket. They pressed it perfectly, asked to get it comp, and I was told no and given a face, "how dare I request that." POOR customer service! I said, you had my jacket the entire time of the cruise.
Carnival has installed Kiosks to access your on board ship account, add cash to account, break big bills and print out account. NICE NEW FEATURE!
Casino is charging 3% for cash to use at tables, whereas using your room card for the slots, there is no fee. Announcements were kept to a minimum
Food in the CHIC RESTAURANT is just ok. Portions are very small, and temperature of meal is not HOT, and no better than your local family restaurant. "Anytime Dining" is seated in this restaurant. CHIC Restaurant is located mid-ship, and people walk through while you are eating. Best place to sit for dining is upper level of POSH restaurant, in far back. This avoids people walking through while you are eating, and avoids waiters constantly walking by your table. Coffee in the buffet is perfect, and for some unknown reason, the coffee in CHIC restaurant at dinner is very dark and bitter. Apple glazed pastry with cream was perfect, best dessert ever on a cruise ship.
I pre-purchased drink coupons online. Using the coupon, it does not cover the cost of a mixed drinks. I am told a coupon covers a beer or inexpensive glass of wine.
Casino's slots and tables games were very tight. Automatic card shufflers are used and there is NO BURNING of a card, ever.
Sauna and steam room are rather large and well maintained. Temperatures fluctuate from fine to rather too hot.
Ship is very clean!
There is a new added "Serenity" area for 21 and over to sun bathe and enjoy the outside. Lounge chairs and cabanas with nice cushions and hammocks. There is a dedicated bar and serves a lunch on sea days.
Ship's decor is a nightmare.
KEY WEST: Go to the Harry S. Truman's "Little White House". As you exit port area, passing by WESTIN hotel, take for right and walk about 2 blocks into the former military base. The Little White House opens at 9am, great tour of entire house with guide all for $15. There were only 6 people on the tour. A walk down Duval Street is as you would expect.
OCHO RIOS: "Original Lip-line Company" the cruise line buys out all the tickets from the company, so you can not purchase a ticket online. There were about 15 of us being picked up at the cruise port and bused to the sight, about 45 minutes away from the port. We were harnessed up and then transported another 15 minutes up a very steep and rocky mountain. Dropped off with our guides to walk about 25 minutes down the mountain to the first platform. The walk was very difficult between the slippery wood/stones and giant steps you had to take. (I am 6'2") My calf muscles are quite sore the day after. The zip-line was a lot of fun, with great guides! If you are up for a strenuous walk and adventure, you will have a lot of fun.