Ok, I'm a Carnival fan... This was our 6th cruise, all on Carnival. Our first cruise was a 7 night on the Triumph in '06. We traveled with our daughter, son in law and 3 yr old daughter. They have cruised with Princess and NCL. All of our cruises have been 7 nights before this one.
The ship was very clean except for the windows but it was terrible weather for keeping windows cleaned. Not a problem.
The service was wonderful. Kudo's to Branimir, Venu, and Wilson for making our dining experience very special. Always lots of smiles and great patience with our shy granddaughter. The first night I asked about Creme Brûlée and was told they don't offer it on a 5 day cruise. :(. That was what I looked forward too the most! On the last night we were all served Creme Brûlée! We were thrilled! It was delicious and a nice generous portion. Our kids said the food was much better on this ship than the others they have cruised on! After ordering 2 starters and entree's almost every night, they should know. Very few dishes were a disappointment. We ate in the dining room almost every morning as well. Great service there and all of the waiters knew Maci by name! Didn't use the buffet a lot but did like the deli and loved the hamburgers for lunch! Go upstairs from the buffet and enjoy a little quieter area to eat. Ate way too much ice cream! The desserts were not spectacular. We do love the chocolate melting cake tho!
Our cabin service was very good with very creative towel animals, lots of ice, and clean rooms. We had plenty of storage space for everything. Missed having a nightstand tho. The tv was the older style but who's there to watch tv? No fridge but took a collapsible cooler and the steward kept it full of ice for our soda's.
Took Maci to Camp Carnival but she was too shy to stay. We did a build a bear and the camp counselor gave her all of the crafts and a t-shirt on the last day. They were very kind.
We attended a few shows. The shows are great but the costuming is PG rated and some actions were not family friendly. The magic show is very good but the kids took Maci out because it seemed to bother her. The singing and dancing is very good with high energy throughout the whole show. Just wish it were a little less risqué. The comedians were very good. Even the late night shows were great. Not really vulgar. Got a lot of laughs!
We did the Dzbilchaltun ruins with AutoProgresso. Great excursion if you are interested in this. Very reasonably priced. I didn't like that they told us to be ready at 9:00 but then scheduled the excursion for 10:45. This was to get you there to their little mall to shop. On Cozumel we caught a taxi to paradise Beach. We have been there before. Loved it!
We experienced some rough, rainy weather at sea but we were fine. They also had a power outage for an hour on Friday but kept us well-informed through out. We were disappointed when they got it going again! We wanted a free cruise!
Overall, we felt the 5 day cruise was too short. We also had a balcony on the spa deck which is perfect for kids at Camp Carnival! Right next door. But, being that high up we used the elevators way too much! I prefer a little lower so I can walk up and down to everything easily. We have cruised the Glory, Conquest, and Magic and like the bigger, newer ships better. So, even though we had a wonderful experience with no complaints, we probably won't do this cruise again because we like longer itineraries.