This was our 3rd cruise, the 2nd on Carnival! We really are people that pick primarily for the ports, not so much for the ship. The ports were really great! Very easy to walk off the ship a short distance and find a taxi/tour for a reasonable price to explore the islands. We loved each port for different reasons!
We were on board by noon and head straight to the Lido for lunch! We were some of the first on board, so there was lots of room. We headed to our room before 2pm and pleasantly surprised to find our luggage already there. We quickly unpacked and headed out to enjoy San Juan for the afternoon.
Our cabin was very comfortable, and more spacious then our previous 2 cruises. I also found it to be clean and that is very important to me. I did not find issues in the bathroom like others have - we did not see our cabin steward very much but he did keep our ice bucket full as requested and we enjoyed our towel animals! We did notice a difference between this cruise and our previous one on the Conquest in that we did not receive very much information about our ports and rarely heard from the Captain!
We had the late dining time and had thought of doing "dine anytime" until we met our service staff - they were wonderful and very friendly - and it is so nice to go to the same table every night, to be addressed by name, and for them to know which wine you enjoy and that you want coffee after dinner - without even asking - we love that! Having said that - the food was good - could it be better, definitely - however for the price we paid for this cruise, we were more then satisfied. The appetizers & soups are really, really good - the main meal was hit & miss but mostly for the guys who usually had red meat. They found the cuts to not be the best - but the seafood, pasta and chicken dishes were great! Of course - you cannot beat the chocolate melting cake - any other dessert does not compare! The Lido buffet has decent food for the most part! Like anything else - you get what you pay for - you can take a cruise with Carnival for $600, or take a cruise with Holland for $1000 and have a better quality of food - its your choice!
We always enjoy the adult comedy shows, enjoyed a few of the big productions and also the "piano man"....there really is something for everyone.
I think Carnival is "good value for the money" - if I expected 5 star food & entertainment - I would put out more money for my cruise - this was well worth the price!