A holiday we had all been looking forward too, a break with family and friends, we are a group of 3 families consisting of 6 adults and 6 children with ages ranging from 13 to 19. We all headed to Sydney on the Monday before our cruise (which left on Wednesday the 2nd of April), my husband, daughter and I stayed at the York by Swiss bel Hotel which was wonderfully located and an easy walk to the cruise terminal, I would definitely stay here again as it was lovely and we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom apartment so the space was appreciated before we spent 10 days in one cabin. Spa, pool and sauna got a workout while we were there.
Our group enjoyed a full day on Tuesday enjoying the wax Muesem , sydney eye, aquarium and wildlife park, which were located close together then we had a beautiful walk along the water from Darling harbour to Circular Quay, under the harbor bridge to the Opera house, it was a beautiful look around the area.
Wednesday we walked down to the overseas terminal at 10 am and dropped our suitcases off with the Carnival staff then we headed off for a walk to the Opera house to grab a coffe and enjoy the view of our ship while we all got more excited about boarding her.
Boarding was very organised and went smoothly we were on board around 2.30 and all headed up to the lido deck to grab some lunch, our luggage arrived at different times and my suitcase didn't arrive before our dining time which was 5.30 but I wasn't worried as there was no strict dress code anyway.
As a group we found the early dining good as we were always back onboard on port days around 2 as we were off onto the islands as early as possible before it got too hot and back for a snack and relaxing by the pool or serenity area for the afternoon. Then we would all meet for tea before the kids headed off to whatever activities their club had organised and the adults would decide what they were doing each night.
We saw the shows that were in the Pharoahs lounge each night, all were enjoyable some better than others, Mario Queen of the Circus was excellent. We then would go to the Punchliner comedy club for the adults only show, the first two nights the comedians were hilarious, then they changed the comedians the next 4 were ok but not as good as the first ones.
Overall a brilliant holiday, our cabin was an extended balcony and great for relaxing at any tme of the day, the meals were wonderful, could not complain about any meals, our dining staff were amazing and were like friends by the end of the cruise, the lido deck for breakfast and lunch could not be faulted there was always something we liked to eat.
My 16 year old daughter loved the O2 club and made lots of great friends.
All ports were easy to access and disembarkation was quick and easy at the end of the cruise.
Carnival were a pleasure to cruise with and we all left after having wonderful time.