We travel with our daughter, son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren and this was our 4th cruise, having cruised with Disney, RCCL and Princess. This was our first one with Carnival. We have never had a desire to cruise with Carnival but because we live in the DFW area we decided to go with this one out of Galveston to save additional travel time and money. Embarkation seemed much longer to us than what we have experienced in the past with other cruise lines. The line snaked around what seemed like forever but we finally got on the ship about 2 p.m. After locating our rooms we checked out the buffet and decided on pizza instead. The buffet area has a distinct smell that was unpleasant to me. Probably too many different types of food altogether in one room.
We were disappointed to find our suite on the 8th deck to be smaller than any we have had in the past as was the veranda. The veranda was so small there was barely room for 2 chairs and a small table with hardly enough room to get to them. We asked for the partition to be opened so we could go back and forth to each other's rooms but both the room steward and the purser's desk both told us that due to safety reasons they would only open the partition while we were in port (which was when we were on tours). Bummer!
The entertainment was a huge disappointment to us. We enjoy family-style shows but were disconcerted to see Monday night's dancers clad in thongs and bikini tops. Afterwards we saw there were disclaimers on most of the shows featuring the dancers. We chose not to attend any other shows where they were featured. We enjoyed the blues singer and the first night was okay. Other than that we did not go back for any other shows. We have never been bored on a cruise before but the same bingo ($5 a card), newly-wed game and trivia games were the every day offerings unless we wanted to participate in water games with the 18-30 year old crowd.
Our waiters, Mel and Paulo and room steward Aron saved this cruise for us. They provided excellent service and took great care of us. The food was great also. We enjoyed our excursion to Croydon Plantation in Jamaica but it rained all day in Grand Cayman and the beach experience at Cozumel was only fair. The waves were too constant to do much snorkeling and the food was also only fair. All in all it was a good cruise but we won't be back to Carnival.