We live on the West coast, and flew on over to our friend Miami to take our first winter cruise in the Caribbean. Upon our arrival, Miami could not even hit 50 degrees, and that was a first for us. Seems carni may have updated the cruise terminal in Miami, boarding was a breeze.
We had taken this same cruise out of Tampa last summer on the Legend, and hit the same ports of call. We jumped on this one for the fun of it. Our table mates at dinner were also 10 plus cruisers, and we all came to the conclusion carnival is getting cheap. There was only ONE show on this seven day cruise, and midweek they did an encore of that one show. Seems pretty soft to me since like them or not, the show is part of a cruise. We saw that beginning last summer, but this one had even less entertainment. The other people at the table talked about a decrease on quality of the food, and I wondered if the selections were more limited.
Our ports of call were good, cozumel, costa maya (not a lot going on here let me tell you) because something happened to Belize, rotan (captain had a hard time parking this tub in there, legend (smaller) zipped right in), and Cayman were all places we'd seen and enjoyed. All and all, a pretty good trip.
Carni has done away with their hard to use future cruise vacation voucher, and everyone I know would like to see them toss their fake price guarantee program (if our price drops, you win!). total scam. Tried using it last year on a four person cruise, never honored. Have a 16 passenger cruise set up on the same boat for December, price dropped a hundred a room and again they will not honor the program. Guess they have so many customers they figure toss the 10+ cruisers overboard.
We have 10 cruises with carni, and only two outside. We are now looking to see what a couple of the other guys might offer, to make our vacation dollars stretch a little further. On your next cruise, be sure to look at all the boats that might fit your bill, because old faithful carnival might have a coat of rust showing.....