There were two couples...not 1st time cruises but the 1st time together.
We had so much fun.
We live in Orlando so drove to the port.
We purchased the "Faster to the Fun" excursion....jury is still out if it was worth it. We did get to board 1st and the cabin was clean and ready but the luggage still showed up a couple of hours later. Not a big deal but probably would say it was worth it if the luggage got there sooner.
With the FTTF we did get to disembark right after the Diamond people which was nice. We got off at 8:30 and were home in Orlando by 10:00am.
Just a warning....after many successful rum runner attempts....I was finally busted. They got three of them, but they didn't get it all. While my husband was upset, I explained to him that hey we tried....we didn't succeed. Flame away, this and that won't stop me from trying again. While it did start out as an attempt to save $$, it ended up being nice to enjoy having a drink in your room at your convenience.
Anyway...the rooms were great! The staff was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to sail on Carnival again and again.