Overall we had an excellent vacation!! Of course there were a few things that were aggravating, but not enough to ruin our fun or enjoyment of cruising. We found our room to be small, however the amazing wrap balcony more than made up for the small inside space. We felt that the entertainment was really good. There was 1 show that we had seen on a previous cruise and 2 that were new to us...the 2 new ones were both great, the old one, not so good. We also enjoyed the Punchliner Comedy Club. This is one of the best things that Carnival has going for entertainment! We had lunch at the Pasta Bar once, it was good, however most days we didn't feel like eating pasta at lunch as it is a heavy dish....wish that they would offer this at night as an option for dinner. We also tried the burrito bar for lunch and ended up eating that 4 days in a row...it was delicious. The burritos were the best thing I had to eat on the whole cruise. (Except for the soft serve ice cream!!) We took advantage of the free photography on the ship and purchased several pictures as we were celebrating our 10th anniversary and wanted some nice photos. The photo staff was all really nice and we ended up with some amazing pictures. The only thing is beware of not being able to decide on just a few photos as almost all of them turn out great. Had an issue on the last day with the internet while trying to check in for our return home flight and ended up having to stand in line at guest services for 45 minutes to get a refund. This was our first time sailing out of New Orleans; it was really different and interesting to cruise down the Mississippi River. This would probably have to be our favorite port to depart from. The service was good overall...we did notice that most of the staff seemed to be friendlier and smiling more the second half of the cruise, although we aren't sure why! The only aggravations for us were the long lines in the lido buffet at lunch and crowds in general and kids being obnoxious in the pools. (We already know when we choose to cruise that these are all normal parts of being on a ship with that many other people.)
It had been 3 years since our previous cruise, we were a little burnt out on cruising so we spent some time doing land based vacations, after this trip I can say I have been officially bitten by the cruise bug again and hope to be back on another ship soon!!
We booked the beach day through Carnival and the only complaint is when we went to Fat Tuesday's to get something to eat, we sat for 20 min before a server brought us menus. Most of that time we never even saw any servers waiting on other tables; we did however witness one person get up from her table to go hunt her server down so that she could pay her bill and leave. The service seemed to be extremely lacking and the one server that I tried to speak to said they didn't speak English, so rather than sit another 20 min before someone came back to take our drink order, then wait 20 more min to put in our food order, etc. we left and went back to the ship to eat lunch. Other than the lunch fiasco, we enjoyed floating on the water and relaxing on the beach. Also, I know a lot of people would rather walk than pay to ride the chair lift to the beach, but I personally like riding the chair lift!