My husband and I went on a Carnival Cruise for our honeymoon. We left out of Tampa on Sunday afternoon the day after our wedding. Embarkation was very quick and easy and it only took us about an hour before we were on the ship. We arrived at the port a little early to avoid all the crowds. Our cabin was not ready until 1:30 and our bags were not there until later that night, about 8:00 or so. We ate first thing and then watched the ship leave port. We went back to our room for a while and relaxed and for the first night we explored the ship. The next day was a day at sea and we got up about 10 to eat breakfast. Breakfast was served until 12 noon so there was no problem if you woke up a little bit late. There were quite a few different selections for food. We liked the Make your own Omelet the rest of the food was pretty good. Things like pancakes, eggs, and sausage. But it was mostly the same thing on the breakfast menu every single day so we did get a little tired of it. Lunch had some variation to it, there was normally something a little different every day and some new interesting things to try. There always had hamburgers and hot dogs available for lunch and sandwiches if we could not really decide what we wanted. Dinner was nice every night, the food was more to look at rather than for taste, but there were a few good items on the menu. One thing I would suggest is buying a soda card though because if you don't all that you have to drink is water, tea, fruit punch, or lemonade. Those selections do get kind of old after drinking them for 7 days. Our waitress was excellent and always tried to get us what ever we wanted. If she could not get it for us, she always tried to suggest different things for us to try.
The first day was a day at sea and we wanted to go to the pool, but there were no chairs at all, and it was very crowded. We were surprised how small the pools were, and there was not much room in them. People were almost sitting on top of each other trying to get into the pool. The hot tub was nice, we went to the one that closed at midnight and there was not very many people in that one so we relaxed in it one night.
The shore excursions were nice. The first day we snorkeled with the sting rays and went to see the turtle farm. One day we set aside for just shopping so we could get our family some nice keep sakes. One thing we were disappointed with was the Cave Tubing tire. We had heard such wonderful things about it, but our tire guide was not very good at all. She stayed on her cell phone the whole time was very rude. It seemed like we hiked for ever and the guide did not wait on us we had to catch up by ourselves. We finally got to the river and started to tube down and I lost two of my cameras that had most of my pictures from the trip. There were quite a few people who lost their cameras and were very angry because there was nothing anyone could do about it. We expected to have been tied together so we would all stay in one group but we had to paddle ourselves. It made it so hard for my husband and I to stay together we were trying to paddle with one hand and hold on to each other with the other had so we were running into sharp rocks on the sides of the cave. It was beautiful, but we wish it would have been much more organized. We even got yelled at for having a hard time keeping up with everyone else. But none of us really knew how to steer correctly so it was not exactly easy for us. So needless to say we were a little disappointed with this tire. The best time we had was snorkeling in our last port of call. Everyone was so nice and our guide showed us all kinds of cool things to look at under the water. All kinds of cool fish and shells, it was really nice.
One thing we really liked was room service. It was no extra charge so if we got hungry at night we just ordered off the menu and had it delivered to our room. Our room Stewart was awesome and every time we left our Make my room sign out side the door by the time we got back he was already spotless in our room. That was nice. Over all we had a very good time but next time I think we would take a shorter cruise.
We got back the next Sunday and we did self check out so we carried all of our bags. That way we got off the ship very quickly. It took us maybe an hour we were off the ship by a little after 8:30 am.