First, there was the embarkation. Long lines which reminded me of the Atlanta airport security check. But, the folks were very friendly, and of course we chatted with the others waiting in line. We had previously sailed on the MSC and Costa lines in Europe. This was our second Carnival (US) cruise following last years cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy to the Bahamas. There were 3K+ guests on this cruise. I have to say that the crew were excellent, and very friendly, courteous, etc.. Only real complaint is that the entertainment MC's thought everyone was hard of hearing. Not only was the volume of the speakers at max ... they had to yell every word. We had to leave Henri's (?) disco because of that. And I might add that it was the only disco on the ship. No other dance place anywhere on board other then the open Lido deck (pool area). The Ecstasy had several.
Cabin was far more than we expected. Lots of room, and had a 4 x 4 port window. Cabin crew was very nice and took great care of us. Room was always cleaned promptly and supplies replenished as needed. Very happy with this stateroom.
Food was very good, but not as good as the Ecstasy. Dining room food was also very good. The seas were fairly rough 75% of the time, and this took some of the pleasure out. Of course we do not blame Carnival at all. The bridge crew did a great job of controlling the pitch and roll.
I don't think any cruise line will ever get the embark/debark process under control. Just too many folks to load in a few hour span. Kudos to the luggage handling crew. Our dining crew was super. Many laughs and excellent service. Looking forward to the next cruise. Carnival is a good line to cruise on. Not to cheap ... not to expensive. All in all, a great value.
Typical tourist port. Street vendors hawking you to death .. "Come in ... take a look", etc. We found a public beach (access point) and did some snorkeling. Beautiful water and it was what you would expect for the Caribbean. 'Souvenirs' were expensive and certainly no deal. Nice place to visit and relax.
Best advice for diving and snorkeling on your own ... once on the dock, go to the main street and turn right. Fifteen min walk to 'Eden Rock' dive shop on the shore side. Lockers, gear, etc. at very reasonable prices. Again, beautiful, crystal clear water, and beautiful fish. We snorkeled no more then 50 feet off shore in about 10-15 feet of water. Fresh water showers to wash off. Bring your own towels, or air dry. :-) Nice port to sight see or just relax. Ships anchor out and you are ferried in. We do not do the ships excursions. We are the adventurous type. Our traveling companions did (Stingray thing) and they loved it. Our next cruise will be to Jamaica via Carnival lines. We always try to choose Carnival as they do a very good job at feeding and entertaining 3,000 guests at once.