The cruise started a little rough. The Jacksonville Port was closed due to heavy fog. No fault here towards the cruise line or the port. However, both could have been a little more informative. Such as, the cruise line could have announced the new time for the muster drill and sail away. The first 3 hours no announcements, nor did any Carnival employee know the new schedule. The port itself was built as a temporary port, and it shows. It is time for Jacksonville to grow up and stop screwing around with the cruise industry. You are in or out. So close down the port and lose jobs, or move it to the other side of the Dames Point Bridge so the big ships can come to Jacksonville. As a resident of this city, I get sick of the small town thinking, while they try to tell the world we are a large metropolitan big city. It is one or the other, you can't be both. So Jacksonville it is time for you to show up or shut up on this cruise issue.
We had a great time exploring the John Watling's Rum Distillery. It was a lot of fun. Not many people know about it, which is nice. Once cruisers start talking about it, it will become busy. The best thing is that it's a nice walk to the distillery and its all free. If you plan to go, give yourself an hour or two for walking to and around the property. It is not too touristy yet. We had fun shopping the rest of the day.
Little Stirrup Cay or Coco Cay: Not that much fun. Any activity you wanted to do they nickel and dime you. The food was below average. The tide was low, so that limited water activities. RCL can keep this private island, because Half Moon Cay and Castaway Cay are far superior to this island.
Four of are 5 dinners in the MDR were very good. The lunches and breakfast were also good. I would get eggs over medium from the grill and it was always good.
This ship was decorated for Christmas, or should I say in progress of being decorated. They worked at it at night, so each morning you would see the changes. We loved watching the progress of the Gingerbread Christmas Village. It looked almost done when we left.
Overall, a fun cruise. This is my 17th and I would put it above average,