This was our third cruise with Carnival and probably our best, most relaxing yet. Of course we read the negative reviews here but absolutely nothing we read did we experience. People like to complain. We found there were more things to do than we had time for.
We took the train from Albany into Penn Station, grabbed a cab and we at the pier within 10 minutes. This is a good way to go as you don't have the parking charges, tolls or hassle of driving into the city. The embarkation on Pier 90 was the smoothest and quickest we had yet encountered which was odd given the small space for drop off but we were through in minutes and it was not long before we were in our cabin and our luggage was outside our door within an hour.
Due to the severe winter we had in the northeast, there was a huge amount of pent up energy and this was a crowd that came ready for a good time!! The group was mostly from NY, NJ and the New England States but there were many French Canadians as well as people from all over the world. We met more interesting people on this trip than on all our previous cruises. There were many folks cruising alone as Carnival had recently eliminated the single supplement. There was a lot of fun on this fun ship!!
The ship was very similar to most of the other Carnival ships and we never found the décor or the design to be a problem. It does have some peculiar features but there are also many nooks and crannies that make it interesting and allow some respite from the crowds. The décor is over the top but are there any cruise ships that are not?
We found the service to be top notch, the food was superb as usual and the ship was kept spotless. We loved all the shows and the karaoke. On our other cruises, they were literally begging people to come up and sing but we had an endless group of folks willing to sing on this trip. It was great fun. Carnival bends over backwards to make sure everyone is satisfied.
One of my pet peeves is kids in the adult only aft pool and hot tub but the staff was right on top of this telling the parents to use the mid pool.
Disembarkation was smooth and quick.