We are both educators. I'm 60. My wife is wife 59. This is our 6th cruise on Carnival. We use the military discount so we can cruise more often, usually twice a year. We drove from North Carolina and parked the car in the terminal parking lot. It was 60 dollars cash in advance. Arrived about 12 noon on Monday. Our bags were taken by a porter and we embarked with little problem. We encountered the usual long lines. The ship was completely sold out. We had reserved an inside guarantee. We were very surprised to be upgraded to an outside with two portholes. The cabin was completely refurnished since our last Carnival cruise last year. The flat screen tv was a nice touch. The cabin size seemed bigger, even though the dimensions were the same. The bathroom seemed somewhat larger due to the reconfigurement of the shower.
We had the first lunch in the Lido deck buffet. No surprises here.The food was plentiful and generally good. We ate breakfast in the Sensation dining room once- very good. The food and presentation was better than some cruises. There are no speciality restaurants on board.
First port of call was Key West on Tuesday morning. The short time in port allowed limited time for shore excursions. We pre-booked the train tour of Key West. It was very informative. It let us off downtown to shop. You have to try the Key Lime Pie covered in chocolate on a stick. It really is great. Back on board by 2 pm. We sailed for Cozumel. In the next port of call, we took a cruise shore excursion to the Ruins at Tulum. It was amazing and very hot. Back on board by 8 pm. Missed dinner in the Sensation dining room so went to the buffet. The comedians were both lousy, about what you would get at a local comedy club on amateur night. The shows were great.The juggler and the 80's review were outstanding. Since it was a short cruise, there was no past cruisers parties. The last day was a day at sea. I enjoyed the art auction as I always do and bought too much art. Two things about the day at sea that were not right were first,the lack of deck chairs anywhere. It seemed that people would come out really early, claim their deck chairs, then go to breakfast. The other thing was children in the adults only hot tubs. Since it was vacation week, Camp Carnival was filled to capacity. Someone from the crew should have enforced the rule as the hot tubs were taken over by children and teens. The last night we had dinner again in the Sensation dining room.Food was really good. We noticed that the portions have become smaller than the were in the past. We chose to carry our own bags off. It worked out well and we were off the ship in about 20 minutes to our car. We would recommend this cruise to anyone who wants to take a short, enjoyable break.