A little background we are in our early 50's and have 29 cruises, from three cruise lines. Check in for the PRIORITY guests went well. Once they allowed check-ins, you were taken to the Priority guest lounge where water, lemonade and cookies were served. We were taken to the ship at approx noon. There were no lines for pictures as they had two photo spots set up in the area where passengers were waiting to board to get their souvenir photo taken. The VIP guests were not informed to that detail, we usually skip that any ways as those usually are not the best photo ops.
SHIP: The ship is a little glitzy for the pink color but not annoying. Round donuts, pink with black spots, a typical older style for Carnival. It Never bothered us. It was constantly being cleaned; the floors were always being keep free of trash and being polished. It didn't show a lot of wear. We had wished it got the 2.0 upgrade before coming to New York.
STATEROOM: Balcony cabin starboard side (right) 7359. This is a catagory 8C. Cabin was nice as the 7th floor was an excellent location. Two floors up for the eats and two floors down to the main area and was between the center and the rear stairs. Only a slight problem was that our neighbor guys love to sit out and smoke their cigars. This wasn't as bad as cigarette smoke but a little annoying. We made it ok. The stateroom staff was very helpful for any requests we had from changing the beds to our laundry. Ice was provided every day in our ice bucket. As some have said in posts you had to ask, not the case on our cruise.
Food: We at all of our evening meals in the Black Pearl, anytime dinning. The food was good to very good and only one time had a baked potato served that wasn't hot. The great team of Honoratta and helpers were right there to correct the error. Desserts were above standard and enjoyed with every meal.
SHOWS: The shows were a couple we have seen before and were good. We were introduced to a new "Fiesta" show from the new dance crew coming on the week we sailed. This was a lively upbeat show that had great lighting effects and seemed to be well received by the crowd.
PORTS: These are three good ports and weather was great for us. All three ports are docking ports which makes it very enjoyable to get onto and off the ship. The cruise is two days sailing down and back because of the distance from New York. We didn't take the cruise for its ports as we have been to most the Caribbean and Central American ports, so now enjoy the ships themselves.
TRAVEL; We flew in for an arrival to La Guardia at 730 am from Ohio on the day of the cruise, which is very unusual for us but we chanced it since there was another flight to arrive at 11 in New York and had a town car to the port and arrived there shortly after 9 am. We used Dial 7 car service and they were very accommodating, on time and professional. Cost was $41 with toll, without tip. $38 on the return trip. Upon leaving was a very congested traffic as they didn't allow any pick up of passengers from the lower level of the port and had to be picked up across the street. It was unknown if it was from the Boston bombing incident or just the norm for arrivals, possibly leaving it open for buses that were to be arriving. Traffic was still very heavy at around 8am when we got to the street. We were self assist and VIP so were first off the ship, and were able to make a 10:03 flight out of La Guardia, from a 2:30 pm original schedule we were able to change without a fee charge.