I have been on about 10 to 12 cruises in my lifetime and have to say this was certainly the strangest . Embarkation was excellent .The ship although being old was quite nice. The bathrooms were very spacious probably the largest I have seen on a cruise. The ship had many well designed bars that were really nice the only problem being they were closed most of the time because Carnival cut down on the entertainment big time. I enjoy going from bar to bar listening to the entertainment on a cruise and it was non existent on this cruise. Instead of having entertainment in these bars Carnival filed these rooms with sports trivia ,movie trivia,kareokee,and battle of the sexes etc.The passengers became the entertainment. There were only two production shows in five days but they were both very good The ship was understaffed.If you were looking for a second cup of coffee or to get a table cleared good luck.There were no specialty restaurants on the ship so you were either eating in the main dining room or at the buffet.The buffet had the same food that was being served in the dining room only with less choice.The menu itself was something I have never experienced on a cruise. The main dining room with the exception of formal night when lobster was served had entrees of gourmet hamburger,fried chicken with fries,beer battered fish with fries,meatloaf,and mac n cheese with bacon. If you were looking to have haibut, rack of ribs, lamb chops, pork chops,or filet mignon or even vegetables you were on the wrong cruise. Having said that the food even though the choices were limited was very good.I don't want to be overly critical because the cruise was inexpensive but you get what you pay for.