We have been on many cruises and have been on 6 different Carnival Ships and we have to say that this one was a disappointment. We sailed out of New York so that was an experience in and of itself. We arrived at the piers at 10:30 and was informed that they would start board passengers between 11:30 and 12. We were told we could not get into our cabins until 1:30 but we could enjoy lunch on the lido on deck 9. The Lido without a doubt was too small for the capacity of passengers on this ship. You could not find a seat anywhere. As for the food...well cafeteria quality would be more than fair. They had the typical salad bar. a rice dish,a noodle dish, and roast beef...every single day. The asian food bar was not any better. The food was bland. We did get a fairly decent Reuben sandwich at the deli one day. The hot dogs and hamburgers at the Mississippi BBQ were just ok. The pizza was always cold. We had better food in the dining rooms. We were herded in,served and rushed to get out. The mermaids everywhere were a little too much and didn't make for ambiance at all.
One thing that was a major problem for us were the children running crazy everywhere you went. One child ran through the aft pool area by the pizza grill and slid and fell and ran right into our table leg. We thought he was hurt. I feel that the parents came on board and let their kids run wild. The ships security was never seen. One night at 12:30 they were running down the corridors.. screaming and yelling.
The cabins were ok. Ours had a closet door that was broken and the balcony door handle was loose. Our cabin stewart kept our room clean and made up. He was very friendly. Wow they work hard.
We went to a few shows and they were your ordinary cruise ship show. the cruise director "Malcolm" will drive you crazy with his WOO HOO all the time. A little sickening if you ask me. They push the art auction on you constantly, as all cruise ships do.
We arrived in Saint Johns.. and it was their holiday (Canada Day) so everything was closed. We took the horse drawn trolly through the town and then got off and went through the markets. They had the typical touristy stuff. We stopped at a Restaurant called Steamers, directly across the street from the ship for a lobster lunch. This was a highlight for us. You could get a 1 1/4 lb. whole lobster, bucket of steamed mussels, chowder, corn on the cob..for 60 bucks a couple. It was a great lunch.
Our next stop was Halifax and it was pretty much like any other city. Here we took the hop on, hop off bus and did enjoy seeing the sights of the city. The waterfront walk to the ship was nice.
The last day aboard ship was quite boring unless you like to gamble. or drink. We got back into New York and debarkation went pretty smooth. Only took about 2 hrs to get everyone off.
All in all our vacation was good and cruising in general is enjoyable. I think I will choose another cruise line for my future cruises.