Over all the cruise was awesome. I just wanted to give my review from start to finish and I will start with the bad to good stuff.
Room Steward was horrible. He wasn't rude or anything like that but the service was bad. I won't go into detail since I already posted under the Room Steward topic that someone had already started. Anyone interested can read in detail what happened in that post.
First night we had Steak House so we weren't in the MDR (CHIC) however on the second night the service was horrible and very slow. We had early dinning 6:00 pm. It took at least 30 minutes to get our bread served to us. It took about 45 minutes to get our order taken. We got there at 6:00 pm and didn't get our main served until 7:30 pm. The MDR show was actually over which was very unusual since every other cruise we are usually done or having our desert when the MDR show starts. When all was done we were out of there at 8 pm. The third night was much better but still a little slow. Now it wasn't a problem after that night since we had asked to be changed to a table that seated at least 6 since we had another couple friends with the couple we went with on the cruise that were booked on the same cruise who had late dinning and we all wanted to sit together for early dinning. They had us moved to the POSH dinning room and the service was like night and day. Our waiter was exceptional and service was very speedy.
The CD was so so. Didn't like some of the timing of the activities on the ship. The main ones being that the Deck Party was not really posted as the Deck Party as we had been use to seeing it on other cruise and they had it the night before an early port. Normally we are up very late every night however we called it an early night because of an early port the next day. Also they apparently were having a Mexican buffet that night but it was not advertised any where in the Fun Times and to be honest didn't stick around to see if they did since we had already eaten and didn't see it anywhere advertised it was just what people were saying that were looking for it but if they were having it I told them it was too early. The other timing thing I thought could of been better is on the night they had no Comedy shows they also gave the piano bar player his day off. To me they should they should of off set it so there would have been more to do on that night.
Now for the GOOD!
Embarkation and debarkation was smooth. Our shuttle was bad and long (but not Carnivals fault) since we had to drop some people off at the Princess cruise port first. Problem was the port that ship was at is horrible to get in an out compared to where the Freedom is. There is a lot of congestion. Once we were able to get out of there it was very fast. For getting on basically got off at around 11:30 am and handed off our luggage. After leaving a nice tip we made our way inside and walked right through security where there was no line up. Had the water inspected and off in our line to register we went. The line for registering was not bad much worse about 30 minutes later however it went very fast. I would say by 12:00 - 12:15 we were done registration and we were able to get right on the ship. Debarkation was even smoother. Picked up our luggage once our zone got called and we were in line for maybe 30 minutes.
Cheers Program! We purchased as soon as we got on and unlike the last time had no issues with charges that should be there like on the last cruise. The only item is we had one bartender trying to say that pop wasn't covered on the pass which was unusual unless it was his first day on the ship ever. After asking him to check with someone else he apologized for the error.
The Bar staff (2 in particular) at the Casino and one at the Piano Bar were exceptionally good and were rewarded very well with some tips throughout the cruise and a very nice tip on the last day which I handed them cash for this one and thanked them personally for the great service.
The shows and Comedians were out of this world much better then our last cruise. The show Ticket to Ride which is a Beatles tribute is a must see on this ship.
Marty Gast the Piano Bar player has to be one of the BEST I've seen. James Quingley is very close to him. We had an awesome time every time we were there even stayed and chatted with us for 30 - 45 minutes after the first night.
Steak House was out of this world it was the first time we ever booked. We had it on the first night since it was our Anniversary and it was worth every penny plus booking on the first night you get a bottle of cheap wine but it was very good so no complaining when it's free.