We went on this cruise expecting it to be the vacation and honeymoon of a lifetime. Both of our parents had been on cruises and loved them. Plus it was recommended by our travel agent. Both my husband and his mom worked very hard to make this a great vacation and honeymoon.
The cabin was nice, but you would think after all the time that cruise ships have been around that they would think of a way to make two twin mattresses stay together. We were on our honeymoon for Pete's sake. We just wanted to be close to each other, not sleeping on a metal frame. We love to watch movies and in order to do that, you had to pay nine dollars for a movie that was already out on DVD. We then attempted to watch movies from the local channels. What movies we did find were on all day and most didn't include the ending. (We watched movies because it rained the first 2 1/2 days)
We went to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We were not impressed with Nassau. It was a tourist trap. St. Thomas was place to buy alcohol and jewels. If you didn't plan on spending thousands, don't go shopping. We then attempted to get a taxi to take us to a beach. They charge per person and the rates are set by the government- it's a US territory. We then went back to the ship and went to the pool. (The only time we got close to it.)
We did LOVE St. Maarten. We went Snuba diving- it's just like scuba diving, but you leave the oxygen tanks floating on rafts on the water. The locals were very friendly and knowledgeable. I felt very safe going out on a boat with strangers.
The food on the ship left much to be desired. The selection was horrible and most of the food was things that i had never heard of. The options to the buffet were not that much better. The Grille included pizza, French fries, hamburgers, and grilled chicken. I never had the grilled chicken but the other foods were not good. It was almost like they did the bare minimum to do their jobs. Excellence was not the name of the game. The nightly dinners were slightly better but the selection from night to night was slim. Everything usually ended up cold by the 5th bite anyway. There was red meat, seafood, or a vegetarian meal. That was the basic layout. The salads had less than fresh produce and getting a refill was like pulling teeth. The nightly bar waiter that came around looked like she wanted to jump off the ship.
We also heard news of how the cabin stewards were amazing and that your stateroom would be made up like 20 times a day. We saw ours like twice and our room was made up once a day. We expected more and better service from them.
The shows were horrible. The only redeeming things were the acts they brought in. The ships singers and dancers were amazingly horrible. We now know where the American Idol rejects go. The Entertainment on the ship was bare minimum. The only thing to do was swim- good luck with in the wadding pools, drink- which everyone did do in abundance, or gamble- but the casino was small compared to the bar in the same place.
Every night when we saw the Cruise Director, he said that he wanted to exceed our vacation expectations. Well, they didn't even meet ours. I would never recommend or go on another Carnival Cruise.