OK, first as soon as you walk on the boat you have tons of photographers in your face, drinks thrown at you, basically everything except someone telling you where you cabin is.
The photographers were obnoxious the entire trip. At ports of call, there is only one gangway and it take a LONG time to get off and on the ship. Partly because on your way off you are harassed by 4 photographers and a pirate meanwhile slowing down the process. Not only that the photographers are not very good at portraits.
We went with a family of 20 and we took out 18 month old. There was NOTHING for her to do on the ship. The kiddie pool was closed until October and the kids camp only opened up for her from 8-10AM during at sea days. No other areas for her to run around. Not allowed in pools as she is still in diapers. We asked guest services if they had any ideas what we could do with our toddler on the boat for the three days at sea. They shrugged their shoulders. Nice.
matre’d was arrogant. Our party was supposed to be seated together at least in tables next to each other and this was not the case. The metra’d blamed our travel agent for not booking us as one party. Really, then how did all of our staterooms get placed next to each other?
Breakfast buffet was pretty gross, but lunch and dinner (in the dining room) were pretty good. The Chop Sticks part of the lunch buffet was tasty. The pizza place was a little slow, but good.
Everything, especially the first night we hear loud bass coming from the 2nd deck everything. Fun times.
Ports of call. Why bother. Their leaving and entering the ship is a disaster, I did a snorkel adventure in Grand Turk, the excursion itself was good, but we were delayed by 45 minutes because the line to get off the boat was so long. Also we were never in port long enough. We got to Freeport at 7AM, had to be back on the boat by 1, but in line by noon or earlier if you didn’t want to wait an hour to get back on the boat. (Too my sister in law 1 hour to get back on the boat in Grand Turk. Nothing in Freeport opens until 10, so it’s as if there is no time to do anything but their tours. My cousin did the Segway tour, it was overbook and not enough Segways, so they had to sit around for a bit waiting for the other half of the tour to finish.
The private island was gorgeous. But their tendering debarkation process it very lengthy. We were the second tendor over and had a nice time on the island, but got kicked of a water slide with my daughter. The beach and sand are beautiful Not the part that really pissed me off. They had these blue canopies lining the beach. I set one up so we could have some shade. Then a staff member came and asked for my receipt. You had to pay $25 for that. On Labadee with RC they have those for free. I did not pay.
Get a balcony, it was our saving grace. The room was comfortable and the attendant was very nice. Our dinner waiter was good. But others were pretty bad.
The Baltimore port is very efficient easy on and off especially with bag.
Overall, I will never take Carnival again. They are cheap, didn’t seem to care about the passengers, and their management clearly needs work. Less
Cabin was fine, they supplied a crib four our 18 month old so it was a bit cramped. Service was good, The first night you could hear the bass from the lobby pumping until 11. Not fun with a tot. Also you could hear the bass every night until 10-10:30. Really annyoing.