We flew into Ft Lauderdale on a redeye from WA state. Took a private sedan from GO shuttle to the port for $75. Just walked up to the kiosk at the airport and got in a car waiting curbside. Driver took us to port with a stop at Subway to grab a quick bite. Same price as a cab, but much more comfortable and nicer driver.
Got to port at 2pm and only had to wait in line for about 15 mins to get to customs and get checked in...not the mob we thought there would be. We had been on the Liberty on our 1st cruise in 2008, so it was nice to see the new 2.0 additions. The stateroom layout was different from what we're used to...same amount of space, but it seemed like less storage. After a few days we adjusted to where to put things. The first night we heard a knocking sound that was relentless...like a weight on a string inbetween the walls clanking against metal. Called GS in the am but by then it had stopped and they said they could only do something about it when it was happening.
Service from the staff was fairly standard from what we've seen from Carnival. Usually at least 1 or 2 of the staff go above and beyond and I feel the need to give them an extra tip. This time, though, it seemed like standard. The dining staff in Silver diningroom late seating was very friendly and professional as always. Barstaff, for the mostpart, had my drink memorized by the 2nd or 3rd day. Enjoyed the pools, waterslide, and serenity areas as always. Went to 1 of the big shows in the main stage area, 3 comedian shows, & 1 hypnotist shows. All were the quality we're used to...good but nothing to write home about.
Our 15 year old son really enjoyed the Club O2 activities and hanging out with his peer group. It seemed like just enough supervision to keep them out of trouble but not feel like being babysat. In summary, this ship and this sailing were exactly the level of fun, food, and service we've come to expect from Carnival. It is why we keep coming back to them for our vacations.