The ship was old - carpet in our suites had numerous large stains, couches were worn. The mode of communication that we had received on previous cruises was way less, leaving us guessing what to do to get of at the ports. Thankfully, I asked for one but the worst was Belize City where we had to tender. Instructions on the front of the daily news told where to go; however, it did not note there were further instructions on the back (hidden among all the other announcements). That caused us to be later getting our tickets. Then, they announced 2 tenders had broken down...beyond their control. Interesting, though, that everyone who made tours with Carnival got off just fine. The rest of us had to wait until those tenders could return & they could get others! This caused us to not be able to go on half of our scheduled tours. We booked tours outside of Carnival due to their prices & were thrilled with those experiences; it just makes it harder to get off the ship quickly.
Our steward was great & handled each of our requests quickly (changing light bulbs, repairing electrical plugs, etc. He teased & played with our grand-daughter always called our grandsons by name.
There are no longer the midnight buffets (with the ice sculptures, fruit carvings & chocolate). The tables in the dining room have more people, causing the waiters to have less time per table. We had to wait sometimes 15 mins. for dessert; a couple nights we chose not to finish in order to get to a show.
The shows have been cut down. Where they used to have two shows to accommodate both dining room times, there was only one show; so, the early dining people had to rush to get to it; the late dining room people had to rush after the show to eat.
We sat at a table with a couple who cruises Carnival every 3 months & has been using Carnival exclusively for about 11 years. They are at the highest level of cruisers and get many perks but they said a lot of things had changed & been cut out or cut down. They had some issues with getting their laundry done properly (returned clothes wet).
We had fun because we were there as a family. You can make it as good or bad as you want but it is disappointing after our past cruises.
We had zipped the day before but some in our group went on this one. It was newer, better padding at the platforms. They said it was higher & faster (had the breaking gloves) but only about 6-7 platforms, although they are adding to it.
Booked through Shore Excursioneer but the tour company was Vitalino Reyes. They were great but we were cut short on time due to Carnival tenders being late. They were a bit pushy about that, saying we should have gotten off sooner. The cave tubing was fun - a bit pricey since we were taken on a short cut. But I would book with them again.
Kaokao Chocolate Factory - Very informative & interesting history on chocolate making. We ground chocolate beans & made our own chocolate to take home. Got to sample about a dozen flavors. Lots of fun for adults & kids!
Half of our group took the Sea Trek Mini Sub tour. The rest used the facilities, although there wasn't much to use - not really a beach but rocks down to the water. We didn't even get started looking around when the Mini Sub tour returned. It was cut short due to rain & the water was a bit choppy and cloudy. Of course, we paid full price anyway :( However, those who went said it was awesome & worth it.
Went with Roatan Trips & Tours. Met a couple of the young men that Steve had worked with in his soccer association. They were so much fun, patient, & put those of us at ease who weren't so sure we wanted to zip ;) They were playful & did flips. One of them even retrieved my husband's hat after he knocked it off (thankfully, it was close enough it could be scooped up from the zip line). We were all thrilled we did this one - it had 24 platforms, many more than some.
Steve took great care of us - even when his van's A/C broke, he called for another van quickly. He took us around the island & to Jungle Top Zip Line; we had emailed many times about zip lines & other things but he suggested them since the cruise lines used another that would be busier. He was personable, knowledgeable & took us to a private beach but was able to keep us from paying.