This was my 2nd cruise, both with Carnival. I thought the embarkation process was much faster and more organized this time. We had a balcony room and it was big enough to feel comfortable for a week.
The ship itself was fine. There were plenty of entertainment options, but I got bored with them by the end of the cruise. After 8 nights on the ship, you hear the same songs at every bar, the same jokes from the piano man, see the same people, drink the same drinks, etc. It would be nice if there were more evenings at port so you could enjoy some new nightlife once in a while.
The food was OK. Nothing special. Dinner was sometimes cold, but our waiter made up for the crappy food by bringing us multiple meals so we could try everything. The appetizers were usually good, but the main meals were disappointing. Chocolate melting cake was the best dessert and the only one worth splurging on every night. Guy's Burgers was worth waiting for. Other buffets were just OK. The italian restaurant was free for lunch and better than anything on the buffet. The BBQ place was only open for 2 hours at lunch and the food was cold.
We never checked out the entertainment in the main theater, but the comedy club (Punchline) was really good. Much better than I was expecting (I thought it would be cheesy jokes). Get there early though, it filled up fast.
The live bands in the Ocean Plaza were really good. I wish they would have had bands on the lido deck too. Some of the parties were OK, but people didn't dance much so they played too many line-dance songs to try and get people out on the floor. I would have preferred that the Liquid Lounge didn't allow smoking inside. It was OK on the first night before people realized it, but afterwards it was too smoky. We never went to the casino because of that either.