Family vacation 12 adults and 5 kids.
Embarkation was a breeze, we arrive in Galveston about 12:30, but the line was not too bad and once we were registered, it was straight onto the ship.
Our cabin was wonderful, we had balcony cabin 7346 with 7344 and 7342 also being part of our group. Downside, we were trying to get the balcony doors opened between all three cabins, but it took tow days before we learned that the last cabin couldn't happen. Other family members didn't have such good luck- my brother and his family in cabins 2274 and 2276 had temperatures around 80 for most of the trip. My Mother was in suite 7326, but in her opinion not worth the extra money above a traditional balcony cabin room.
Lido buffet - we were very disappointed with the hours of operation. We are early to bed and early to rise folks, and the fact that the buffet didn't open until 7:30 on sea days was an issue for us.
Guy's Burgers and Blue Iguana - awesome when they were open. The day that we waited for the buffet to open, I kept watching the salsa bar. The salsa was there, but not the spoons.
Main Dining - Very disappointed here. We had 2 side by side tables. One of which seemed to have an assigned waiter and the other seemed to be in no man's land as the waiter was either the other tables or one from another section. Table 2 always finished 30 to 45 minutes after table 1. Also, we were close to the back windows in the Paris dining room and there was consistent curtain problems. (I guess they didn't fix the curtains while in dry dock.)
Entertainment - We did three shows, 2 were production shows and while not our thing were good. The other one was the magic show and it was flat out awful. My son fell asleep mid show and probably had the better result.
Ship layout - The ship has a number of you can't get there from here problems. Specifically, the Paris and London dining rooms occupy a portion of decks 3 and 4. Between the two on deck 3 is the galley and on deck 4 is a lounge. For people looking for a quiet place to play games or just socialize, the oxford lounge is the place to go, because no one just stumbles across it.
Along the same lines, every night the photo crews would set up in the main walkways on deck 5. Photo stations made it almost impossible to cross the deck on that level. My son spent a lot of time walking through the casino so that we could avoid the bottlenecks.
Camp Carnival - This is where I was the most disappointed on this cruise. We have cruised NCL with our son previously and had a very positive experience, so we were unprepared for what we found here Camp Carnival had no centralized location. Depending on the day and the other activities planed, the kids met in various bars / lounges throughout the ship. Additionally, the counselors appeared to be only minimally involved and the control of checking the kids in and out was minimal. On this trip the kids were 7 or 9, so they were somewhat capable of being responsible for themselves, but I would have been very concerned for a younger child.
Overall, we had a great time, but that was more due to the fact that we had a large family gathering. Had we been just us three on our own, this would have been a very disappointing trip