Dinner at the Steakhouse (Chef's Art) was incredible and well worth the money! We had two birthdays while on board and they went above and beyond. We dined in the Crimson dining room a few nights and everything was great. We found that the dress code was not really adhered too - not a huge thing but I really don't want to see people in bikinis and bathing suits in the inside dining areas.
Our room steward, Ozzy, was extremely friendly and always greeted us by name. He went above and beyond, especially little extra touches for our 5 year old. (See separate review regarding our original cabin, 11218).
We utilized the spa, as we were in the spa class. Julieta (the assistant spa manager, I believe) was so nice and informative about the products we used during a couple's mud treatment (highly recommended). The spa overall was awesome and never too crowded.
Ports of call included Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. Wish we could have been in port longer and felt a bit rushed to do excursions, shopping, etc. San Juan was delayed by several hours as we had to turn around and take a passenger back to Nassau due to a medical emergency. Saw another passenger taken off the ship in Grand Turk...and on our last night saw the medical team rushing to a cabin for another medical emergency. They did a great job in this respect in handling things.
While we have been extremely pleased with the above mentioned items, we and our friend who sailed with us were extremely, extremely disappointed with Camp Carnival. We have a 5 year old and she has an 11 year old. This is the main reason that we chose to go with Carnival despite being past cruisers on NCL. We were so perplexed because Carnival touts what a fantastic program they have for kids. In our experience, the supervisors are interfering with the staff's ability to take care of the children, thwarting any success at drop off for children who may be timid due to a new environment. Samantha from Canada was our daughter's camp 'counselor' and was superb and did an excellent job in making our daughter feel comfortable. Finally by Day 4 we gave up, it wasn't worth the aggravation.
Instead of being warm and welcoming, some of the counselors came across as rude and rigid. The night we had reservations at the steakhouse, my husband had to bring back our daughter back to the cabin who was so upset...20 minutes before our dinner reservation. We ended up getting her back and she had a good time, but the point of the matter is, we had to have a huge meltdown when we are supposedly on vacation.
We have sailed a few times with Carnival however, after this trip we will never sail with them again - nor will the other two parties with us. Having activities for our child is important and while Carnival exceled in other areas, this area is a big one for us. Every day there was a snafu with Camp Carnival, including them getting snippy when they claimed to have called us for an hour, yet the phone they issued us never rang or showed a call (nor did they ring our room). If you don't have kids, it's probably great.
Sad to say, we're glad to be home. We gave them a chance in light of the problems they've had. Lesson learned.