Not your usual overdone, gilt laden Carnival ship. We came with low expectations because past Carnival experiences (Imagination, Paradise and Freedom) were not awful but certainly not worth repeating. The Freedom is the ugliest, most garish ship afloat. The service in all venues was outstanding and the food was wonderful everywhere we went. The lines in the BBQ buffet were way too long and at least 4 to 5 stations are needed here on sea days - the only days Fat Jimmy's are open.
This is a beautifully floor-planned ship that never seemed crowded except at the BBQ venue. The Cruise Director was a little "over the top" but was certainly enthusiastic. The entertainment was adequate, the dining room servers were exemplary and the Lido Deck buffets moved quickly because of the abundance of stations. The pizza and Mexican food stations were great as was Guy Fieri's
Hamburger Stand - many said these were the best hamburgers they have ever had. The specialty "for fee" venues were good, but the dining room food was almost as good. The Italian restaurant at $12.00 per person served to each guest enough food for an army. The beds were comfortable and the rooms were nicely appointed. Room Service was prompt and our cabin steward was delightful. The entire staff was customer friendly and well trained.
We have taken too many cruises to count and avoided Carnival because of the unattractive ships and "bargain line" reputation. We took this one because of the reviews of the new ship were good and the prices were very low. We will now sail on Carnival again. Even the passenger demographic was more upscale than we expected. We have favored more luxurious lines in the past but found this Carnival sailing to be a great, and unexpected, experience. BRAVO for a job well done!!!