Sitting here reading all the reviews, Not sure why people think it was so bad. This was our first cruise. We had no problems with the boarding process. Our room was clean and with 5 of us it was just fine. We only were in the room to basically sleep and shower. And even then we were never all their at the same time. we had a king bed with two uppers and a cot.
We enjoyed getting up early and eating breakfast on the Lido deck. Then we moved up to the deck with the slides. After our youngest son woke up and joined us we would transfer down to the pool area. One complaint i do have though is that the pool was way to small. It was always filled with adults and their beverages. My son is 10 and he loves to swim. I told him to just go ahead in the pool. If the adults lurking in the pool get mad at you for splashing, then splash some more!
Key West was a waste of time. We weren't even their long enough to enjoy any beaches. And after 2 hours of walking around we decided to just go back to the boat. It was very hot that day. So we just went back on board and changed into our swimwear and ate lunch then hit the deck.
We decided not to purchase any excursions from Carnival for Cozumel. Way to expensive for a family of 5. We took our chances and found many taxi companies out front. We hooked up with a couple we met on board from Venezuela. Luckily they also spoke Spanish. We asked Playa Palancar the cab driver what was the best free beach he could take us to. He told us about Playa Palancar. For $100 for 7 of us we got the taxi to and from, free snorkeling, and free kayak. Our driver also stayed with us their. The only bad thing is the ship doesn't dock till 1:30 and all the private beaches close at 5. But honestly we were so hot and done with the sun by 5 pm anyways.
Later that night on the ship they had a Mexican Party. It was fun.A Lot of music and a free Mexican buffet at pm.
We had our two 18 years olds with us and our 10 year old. They had the best time of their lives. We cannot wait to do it again
The food on the other hand was horrible. What a big disappointment. The Buffets were awful. Nothing tasted right. We only went to dining room once because it was not good either. Breakfast buffet was the only good meal we had. We ate hamburgers and hot-dogs everyday for lunch.
We also chose to take the automatic daily tipping off. Honestly the only real service we used was a room steward. He was awesome. We tipped him cash on our last day.
Key West waste of time. Not their long enough to really enjoy