We just got off of our 14th cruise (10 with Carnival), and 4 with RC. After reading a few reviews about the new food style (American Feast), being tried on a few ships, we were a little scared, but rest assured, the food was very good, and we saw very little change in the dining room, from previous cruises. The dining staff is trying to adjust to this new style, but they did a great job, in spite of all the changes. Some of the appetizers are served "family style" in one dish, that is.... shared at the table (i.e. calamari). The food was delicious and basically excellent. I had steak or beef most nights, and my husband had the seafood entrees. I always got the Chocolate Melting Cake with double ice cream for dessert, because this is perfection! There were 6 of us on this cruise, ranging in ages from late 50's to 70's.
We enjoyed the schedule of 4 ports in a row (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Belize and Roatan, Honduras). Everything went very smoothly, and we were impressed with the cruise overall. The theme on the ship is to have fun, and they don't disappoint. The hamburgers at Guy's were fantastic, and the burrito bar really delicious ! There were about 50 couples who were on their 2nd week on the ship when we got on (they had cruised the week before with a different itinerary). We met a few of them, and they sang praises about the ship and food. Our only complaint, or something we would change, would be the noise level in the Amber Palace, for the evening shows. I enjoy music, and loud music as well, on previous ships, but this was exceptionally loud, and everyone around us seemed to be saying the same thing. Our Stateroom was on the 6th floor as well, and you could hear the later show right through our floor. If you're a light sleeper, this might be something to consider when booking your room. We did not let this get in our way of enjoying every other aspect of the ship ....
I would highly recommend this cruise for anyone, as it was very enjoyable. This was our 10th Carnival Cruise and we were Platinum, which came with some great perks, as well. We usually cruise in January or February, when there are specials, and we prefer a room with a balcony. If traveling with others , you can open up the balconies together which is nice.The whirlpool in the Spa is a nice, quiet place to get away.