Initially we found the surrounds gaudy and overwhelming, but once we got past that we loved the cruise. The staff were fabulous, there were plenty of entertainment options and the food was magic. Why though were there so many Australian children on board during school term? Seeing children sitting at bars on bar stools during school terms begs the question - why were they released from school for this experience?
Back to good things, The bottomless bubbles option was worth it. It included Club Soda which was a bonus for people not able to drink sugary drinks. We never had to wait long for the Empire Dining Room and the service and food were both great.
The La Playa Grill which was a bit like a food hall style buffet, was also vey good. One section changed its type of food each day - Italian, French, Mexican and so on. All excellent. The only down side in La Playa was the occasional child behavioural issue and the fact that it could get crowded. I am being petty More
though - it was pretty good and the wait staff cleared tables swiftly. Wonderful that there was always a desert option that was low fat and artificially sweetened. his helps people having o manage blood sugars.
Found the health seminars a bit of a hard sell for products that I considered questionable. The seminars were peppered with urban myth. For the record John Wayne had no autopsy yet we were repeatedly told when he died huge amounts o rotting meat were found in his bowel. Nonsense! Also we were told at the seminar that Japan had the best life expectancy because of the consumption of seaweed which segwayed into a detox plan which used - one guess!!!!! Incidentally the Swiss have just as good a life expectancy - could this be the cheese, the sausages????? NO these people weren't selling cheese and sausages so the Swiss were not mentioned. Did they mention that men from Qatar actually have the longest life expectancy - NO. Also overall Australians rate 4th in the world for life expectancy - and America has by far the most people proven to have lived past the age of 112. Not information that was shared as it seemed people were being steered toward seaweed as the reason for longer life.
People were warned not to eat microwaved food. There was reference to an experiment comparing fresh water with microwaved water when watering plants. I suggest you check the various myth buster websites for information about this experiment.
In one of these "seminars" it was suggested that people use coconut oil as a natural sun block! What??? Wouldn't this help fry the skin? I would love to hear a skin cancer specialist's view of this advice. Attendees were told that water would not hydrate you and that water should never be drunk with a meal as it prevents the work of enzymes and the water makes the food bump around and damage tissue leading to cancer - is this true? Sounds a bit suspect to me.
I think Carnival need to monitor the content of the health talks to make sure the information presented is actually correct. Less