First of all~ purchase Faster to the Fun. We boarded within 25 minutes and be sure to ask to get to your room (they do not allow anyone else to get in until at least 1:30 p.m.). Make sure you tell them you have F2F and the will take you there right away.
Camp Carnival was great for the kids! We called it Boat Camp and they loved it and so did my wife and I as it was a great way to explore everything on the ship.
We stayed in E158 which is really small but the trundle bed was great for the twins and we really didn't spend that much time in there.
If you are interested in swimming with the dolphins at Balmoral... just purchase the basic package and sign up once on the island. You can do it individually there for 100 bucks making the whole trip 159 as opposed to the excursion price of 199.
Tip your Steward as they really work hard to ensure you are comfortable.
When leaving, the F2F gets you out faster and you have a great debarkation time to leave. Ours was 8 a.m. and we waited for 10 minutes and went through customs and shuttled to our car and on our way our by 9:00 a,m, Get a porter when leaving. I tipped the guy 20 bucks and we skipped the long line and went straight to the front of a special porter line.
The staff are extremely happy despite not seemingly having enough time off. They are all foreigners and are very willing to share their story. Such great hosts!
Hold'em tourneys cost 150 bucks and are a but risky for the average gambler so I did not partake. We bought the drink package through Cheers Program at the bar when we got on board and though the cost (after taxes) was 574 it was worth it,