First to start we flew on American Airlines from New York a day earlier. When we got to Tampa we stayed at the La Quinta airport for $65 a night.
Embarkation:we arrived at the Port of Tampa terminal 2 at 11:30 on June 26. All the lines went really fast and we got through with no problem.
First impressions: Beautiful ship, nice and everything clean and it was really big. It was also a little confusing to get around but sooner or later you figure out to.
Cabin/Room Stewards: We got a balcony on the main deck (deck 4). In our room we had lots of closet space and a lot of spaces for drawers. We had 2 Twin size beds, 1 pull out bed and 1 upper bed that pulled out from the ceiling. Our room stewards were amazing. Everyday they would scrub the whole room down so it was spotless. Our room was always clean. Our room was 4227, which was port side.
Camp Carnival/Club 02: All the kids and teens there have so much fun with all the different activities that are planned for you to do.
Dining Room/Waiters: The food was awesome, it was so good in the Bacchus Dinning Room. They have so many different selections to choose from. Our waiters were really nice and friendly. We always got our food served quickly. The names of our waiters were Habib and Yony. Yony always smiled but he had to leave in the middle because they needed more waiters on the Valor. Also in the dining room everyday the waiters do a little show for you right before you leave. Every day from 5:00 to 8:30 they have a sushi bar. You have to go there the food is so good.
Days at Sea: On the Lido deck they have so many contests that are just so much fun to be in and so much fun to watch. For example they had mens hairiest chest competition and fear factor.
Grand Cayman: We went to carnival beach break but we didn't book with Carnival. We took a cab there and it was $10 per person to get in. Carnival was charging $23 to go not including the ride there. When we were there we rented snorkel equipment for $10 a set for the entire day, which was pretty good.
Costa Maya: There was a big pool and all these different shops there as soon as you got off the ship. They had different shows going on there every hour which were pretty good. The people at the shops were really annoying they wouldn't let you leave there store until you brought something. But you can get a bargain if they wanted $10 for something you can ask for like $4 and they would give it to you. Also, it was located right along the beach and there were hammocks and a lot of little restaurants.
Belize: We went on the cave tubing booked though Carnival shore excursion desk for $93 per person. You took an hour and a half ride through the third world city and the tour guy tells you a everything about the city. When we got to the place everyone brought water shoes for $3 a pair. We then took a long hike with our tubes and head lights through the rain forest which was really nice. When we got to the cave it was really refreshing the water. Mostly everyone head lights weren't working so you had to go through the whole cave through the dark. When it was over you head over to the bus and they take you to a Belizan restaurant and they give you lunch. Everything was really nice. It was definitely worth the price because you were gone the whole day. If you are only going to book one shore excursion the entire trip, Belize is definitely the place to do it. If you don't you get off and walk around for about 5 minutes and then you wasn't to go back on the ship.
Cozumel: We stayed docked here for fourteen hours. We went to the Playamia beach break and the cab cost $ 15 dollars each way and it cost $12 to get in per person. The $12 includes visit to their mini zoo, 2 trampolines, use of pool and beach, unlimited beach chairs, floats and tubes for the ocean, use of kayaks, sailboats and paddleboats and a climbing iceberg both in the water and lifeguards on duty. If you wanted to for a higher price you can buy larger packages which included other things such as free drinks. Also, some things you could buy include hair braiding, banana boat, umbrellas and others. If you wait until you get to Playamia to buy the packages its better then booking with carnival because you have more options. Debarkation:There was No lines it took Five minutes to get off the ship and get your luggage it was amazing.
Entertainment: There was a different show every night. Make sure of all the shows you go to go, you go see the hypnotist. But you shouldn't volunteer because it's so much more funny if you watch the people half asleep making complete fools of themselves. Also, go see the generations las vegas style show one of the first nights of the trip as well as Miracle Idol. Go to the shows with the Cruise Director Mark Hawkins and the assistant Karl w/ a K. Karl is a lot funnier then Mark and he gives away free 24 kt. gold plastic ship on a stick.
overall: the ship is nice and new, there are so many ways to have fun. All the crew is really nice and they are all really friendly. It is a good vacation for families with children that want to have fun.