This is the only port in which there is free parking. We arrived in the early afternoon and was able to get on board with very little wait in the boarding process. Having been on this same cruise and ship once before, we expected the same level or professionalism and amenities. Boy, were we ever wrong! If this was or will be your first cruise, you will think it good based on a new experience. However, if you are an experienced cruiser, it is a big letdown. While Carnival is trying to boost its attendance, their cost cutting measures, so obvious on this ship, will have a negative effect.
Food and staff was only fair. Cabin was good and steward was fantastic. Wish we could say that about the entertainment. Have seen better performances from America Has Talent rejects. Best part of the cruise was leaving. The on board activities were few and far between. The art auction was overcrowded and only a few got the free champagne because there were not sufficient help to serve. The auctioneer sounded more like she was trying to sell a car rather than a work of art. Very "pushy" and uninformed. Evening activities were also limited. Had it not been for he casino, would have had nothing to do. "Formal" night was anything but. While I enjoy wearing a tux, there were so many passengers in a polo shirt and pants, it took all the enjoyment from that evening. The dining rooms should have barred the non-dressed passengers, or cancel the "formal" night completely, but, there's money to be made in the photographs. Our dining staff was only fair. He never got our names right and was slow in serving our meals. Although the food was presented nicely, it was tasteless and bland except for the prime rib and lobster.
Not only will we never take this cruise again, we are doubtful of ever sailing with Carnival again. The cruise line no longer gives us opinion and rating cards at end prior to leaving the ship.
Except for the casino, not worth leaving the ship. The shopping area requires a van ride. Once there, the prices are high and quality low. Again, we were told that the merchants "negotiate"....but they didn't. Casino was great, if not to game, then just to look around. Nice beach, but limited access. After going there once, not worth a return trip.
Nassau is an interested port of call. The main street is full of retail outlets for almost all types of jewelry and perfume. Since it is duty free, the prices are lesser expensive than in the U. S. Natives were cordial, but the prices in the souvenir shops were way overpriced. A "know-it-all" on the ship told us that these prices were negotiable, however, he was wrong. In his presentation, we felt more like he was sell a car than giving useful information on the shopping do's and don'ts. The prices for alcohol in Nassau are close to that on board, but you have to know the on board prices to make sure you are getting a value. There is a lot of history in Nassau and if you are going ashore for other than shopping, it may be of interest to you to firs find out where you want to go, then negotiate a fare from an independent rather than signing up for a Carnival sponsored tour. You will save money.