the good...getting on and off the boat was a breeze thanks to faster to the fun. definitely the best $50 we spent on this cruise. erin michelle band! pleasure island family excursion in cozumel. great place for the kids and the adults. well worth every penny.
the bad...nothing was really bad, just didn't stand out as excellent. but absolutely the best activity of the week was the ERIN MICHELLE BAND! if you are on this ship, go see her shows! really talented country singer that has a great cd that we bought after one of her shows. we had a blast with her 4 of the 5 nights and the bar right there where she plays makes the best drinks on the ship.
the ugly...we have two kids just under two years old. believe me, whatever they tell you when booking, it's wrong, unless they tell you those kids will be bored stiff. although we had to pay full adult price for them, we were told there were activities for them at camp carnival. but once we got there, the woman in charge said there's no way they could come in with the older kids because they aren't quite two yet according to their passports. so they could come back to night owls, which we thought they would enjoy playing with the toys, etc then. so at 10 pm, we came back. we don't keep the kids up that late usually but for vacation, we make exceptions. but they were told to go to sleep the minute we left them. one of the ladies in the area said that the boss of that section will not allow kids to stay up and play. they can lay down and watch a movie but no playing or running or jumping. although touted as a family ship, unless the kids are teens and can fend for themselves most of the day, it's definitely not a place for kids. most of the people on the ship were there to drink and party. I had been told that by others but after speaking with a carnival agent, we decided to take a chance since we've already done Disney and other lines and hadn't been on carnival yet.
overall, just not a ship I would recommend. i'm told the 2.0 ships are better but for my money, i'd go with costa or ncl and have better food, better service, and i'll leave the kids at home unless we go Disney again.