This is our 4th Cruise ( 3 with Carnival and 1 with NCL). We were celebrating our wedding which was the night before and had a 6am flight so needless to say we were very tired! We purchased the FTTF which allowed us early access to our room, which allowed us a nap before the Muster drill.
We found the ships layout to be somewhat confusing but by the end of our cruise we had it down. However we found that the majority of the staff was not very helpful. We heard from several people that most of the staff was on the end of their contract and would soon be returning home, which to me meant they just wanted to do the minimum to get through the week. Our room steward didn't introduce himself until the end of the 2nd day and that was only because we bumped into him. He did keep the room clean as well as kept our ice filled.
The activities on the ship were somewhat lacking, they did not have many shows available like they had in the past, we did however enjoy the comedy shows. Guys burgers were good at first, but there are only so many times you can eat one :). The buffets closed relatively early (most by 2:30 even on sea days) so if you wanted to have a late lunch you are pretty much stuck with the burgers!
We enjoyed the ports of call on the Iternary and did purchase one excursion with Carnival in St Thomas which took us on a tour of the island and Magan's Bay.. Now we are not really excursion people we usually like to just go off on our own so for us it really wasn't the best, as we like to do things on our own time frame.
Our cabin was on the 8th deck by the elevator. Now this particular cruise there were a lot of spring breakers etc. However the college kids were not the problem at all, it was the younger children who were given free reign to run amuck on the ship which meant running up and down the hallways, slamming doors and downright being bad!!! Also we found our cabin to be very noisy in terms of a lot of vibration from the ship. The worst still has to be that we were able to hear music from deck 3 all the way to our room until 12 am each night. We also found this ship to be very rocky even in calm waters, we spoke to several other couples who thought the same. So on one night when the winds and seas were up it made for a horrible night for us as I am prone to motion sickness ( not Carnivals fault) and became very ill!
With FTTF we were able to debark easy and would definitely purchase that again.
All in all, we made the best of the bad situations as it was on our honeymoon and the ports of call were fantastic. You can absolutely feel the cutbacks on Carnival. In the future we are going to go with another cruiseline.