Been on many cruises and wanted to try Carnival having heard mixed reports about them.
We decided to do something we never do for this cruise and that was pay extra for a balcony, concerned that if we hated the ship and passengers, we could at least disappear to our bolt hole.
This we did on a few occasions, although hated would not be the word I would use to describe the experience, far from it.
We are pretty much inside cabin types, lets be honest, how much time do you really spend in the cabin anyway ? Not much if you are like us. The balcony was fine, cabin standard for a cruise ship.
The ship herself is very aesthetically pleasing.
The buffet, lines were possibly the worst encountered on any ship we have sailed on and this is down purely to the set up they have, everyone is forced to get in the same line, no matter what they wish to eat. Horrendous !
Dinner in the main dining room was good, sometimes a little tepid and not much choice of dessert, but overall absolutely fine.
Entertainment was also good but limited, only three shows for the week in the theatre, meaning no show to watch some nights for us. We are seven nights / seven shows types and this we didnt like.
Having said that, the Conquest comedy club, Punchliners, was a godsend, fantastic. One of the comedians made me laugh so much I almost wet myself. Hilarious !!
We had a couple of issues with our onboard account, they charged it twice for things we did not purchase, once for $453 !! And they were not too keen on getting it sorted, preferring to not believe us until we became less friendly and more forceful.
My advice ? Check your onboard account frequently, mistakes happen.
A big disappointment for us was the pool areas, if you like BOOMING music from the DJ, drinking games 24/7 etc then this is the place for you. However if you like live music and at least some serenity, forget it !
Would we sail Carnival again ? Yes, with our eyes open to it.