Boarding- Arrived at the ship around 11:30 in the morning, took about 40 min board, lines kept moving, and enjoyable talking to everyone in line.
Overall impression on the ship- GORGEOUS, BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL!!!! You will fall in love with this ship
Cabins- We were on main deck, cabin very roomy, lots of storage, colors are good, bathroom is useable. Now, the bed, very, very comfortable, soft sheets, fluffy pillows, and a nice soft down comforter.
Dining & Food- We were in the Golden dining room, very nice, most of the food good, dining staff did lots of entertainment almost every night. Tables could seat large groups.
Entertainment: Thought I would be disappointed since John Heald was to be our cruise director, and he was replaced by Butch since John had to leave un-expectedly. Butch was good!!!! Saw almost every show. The first nights show was very, very funny, not to be missed. The singers More
on two nights were outstanding, and the hypnotist was great too! The Vegas Style shows were also very good. All the shows were well worth your time and you will enjoy. The Venetian Lounge was large and comfortable. Front row seats are the best for seeing all the shows up close.
Outdoor pools- Good size, two in the middle of the ship and one in the back. Plenty of lounge chairs to lay on. Had to search sometimes to find a good spot to lay out, but other than that, good area. Slide was lots of fun. One day us adults took over the slide and had a blast! Outdoor movie screen I really enjoyed a lot! Could lay out on the deck and watch concerts, movies, news, beautiful surfing videos and anything that was going on, on the ship.
We have cruised on Carnival many times, and we really enjoyed this ship.
Ports: San Juan- Not much to do there, walked around a bit at night.
St. Thomas- Did an island tour ( walked off the ship and found a driver who would take us and others off the ship around the island $25pp) Also did the St. John Champagne Cat Sail- not worth the money.
Antigua- Did Paddles, loved it!! James, his mom Jennie, and dad Conrad are the nicest people. Did some sightseeing around the area by boat, then over to Bird Island. Hiked to the top and saw some amazing views. James knew everything about the area, since he grew up on the island. Did some snorkeling, which was pretty good. Then jumped back into the boat and headed over to where the kayaks were kept, and jumped into them and paddled around the lagoon. James filled us in on the !!! Jumped back into the boats and headed back to where we started the tour. There were drinks, fresh homemade banana nut bread, and fresh towels to wipe yourselves off after your day of fun. Jennie even had pans of water to rinse your feet of all the sand too!!! Check the T-Shirts they are selling, great logo!!! This is a fun excursion, but book it on your own and save yourselves some $$.
Tortola- Very friendly people, love this island. Did the Virgin Gorda Baths on our own. Walked off the ship, and followed the path to town, and where the boats leave to go to Virgin Gorda. Did Speedy's special, $30 pp with 4 people min, included the ferry ride over and the taxi to and from the Bath's. Have to do the (9:00 am boat over and the 12:30 one back to Tortola) Total cost on your own, $33.00 pp. ships tour $79.00, almost the same times as what we did. ( Had some friends do the ships tour, saw them at the Bath's and their boat back left the same time as ours.) Nothing different!!! If it is windy at the Bath's keep hiking past the beach, there is a trail that keeps going to at least two more quiet beaches. When you hike to the Bath's you will first come to an area where there are lots and lots of people, and booths set up. Look to your left and you will see a sign for another trail, this is the fun trail where you climb up, down ,over and under boulders. Very fun trail!! At the end is another big beach, where you can swim and snorkel, but still lots of people. This is where you keep walking down the beach and at the end to the left is a small trail that will lead you to the more quite secret beaches. Go to the second one. We could not swim and snorkel at any of the other beaches, but when we found the extended trail and went to the second beach, it was gorgeous!! We swam and saw some amazing fish and coral when we went snorkeling!!!!!
Nassau: Well, it is a beautiful place to sail into, with all the colorful waters and colorful little houses. Atlantis in the background is a sight to see! As for getting off of the ship, well lets just say it was like a cattle call!!! 6 ships in port and everyone had a tour at the same time. We did the Yellowbird Party Boat. It was ok, nothing special. The beach we ended up at was nice though, but there a lots of places on the island where they try to get you to spend your money. ( Massages, drinks, stingray snorkeling, food, etc. ) Way to many people in and around Nassau where the ships dock. Lots of begging and people trying to sell you things that are in your face. This was the least of our favorite ports. Very beautiful from the ship though.
Getting off the ship: Easy!!! We did self assist, our deck, main and Riviera was called at 6:40 to get off, and we were off in about 10 min. total. Very quick and easy. The only problem was that I rented a car from National, which said they will pick you up where the ship is docked. Well the pick up is a bus that starts going around the docks at 8:30 to bring you to the airport where the cars are. Not all car rental companies will use this bus though. So if you rent a car, call them personally and find out who picks you up. The only one we saw going around was Thrifty, at around 7:30.
Ft Lauderdale-Rented the car to do the Everglades tour. Was very fun and informative. Our plane didn't leave until almost 4:00pm so we rented the car and took our time driving around and seeing the sights. Carnival had the same tour, but put us at the airport too early.
Overall rating of the ship and islands- Outstanding!!!!!!! Less