Absolutely fantastic!!!!! This was our 1st cruise for our extended family of 8 ranging in age from 10 to mid 60's. We booked 3 balcony cabins together..8387,8389 & 8393. First, I must give many thanks to the following Carnival people: Jhonny..our room steward
Lee & JJ...Camp Carnival
Mr. M & Mak..our waiters in the Renoir dining room
Svetlana..bar maid in the atrium lobby
Randal...in the Blues bar
I cannot say enough about how gracious and accommodating the entire Carnival staff was. They truly seem to appreciate you being there. The few tiny problems we had were immediately corrected while I stood at the purser's desk. We will definitely make this cruise again!!!!! Just not soon enough!!
Now, for details. We drove down the night before sailing and stayed at the Super 8 on 61st & Seawall in Galveston. They offer free parking for 1 car per room for the week. I phoned Yellow Taxi Saturday night and pre-arranged our 10:15 am pick-up...$22.00. We arrived at the terminal about 10:35, grabbed a porter (a MUST DO both at embarkation & Debarkation) and off we went. It is very easy to know where to go as they have people telling you. Be sure and complete your fun pass..it does help. The lines move fairly quickly. Off to the ship.......At 11:30 am, we walked in to the Atrium Lobby (3rd floor lobby) and were awed by the size and dEcor. It looks like a very nice hotel lobby. We caught an elevator up to the 8th floor to see if our cabins were ready. They were not but we were allowed to place our carry on's in our cabins. Then up to the Lido Deck (1 of my favorite places). Had a wonderful lunch and then went exploring. While your in the lobby, go to the excursion/Golf desk (port side of ship, opposite the purser/information desk) and get a copy of the deck plan) Getting around is not difficult if you remember they have 4 banks of elevators..2 forward & 2 aft. If you use the aft elevators to go to decks 3 or 4, you will have to cut through the Renoir dining room to go toward the front of the ship. Never a problem, just walk right through. Be sure to check your capers or you will miss a lot! If you have children, call 7777 and ask that the parental lock be put on your tv so the children cannot order adult movies....our child did not but my father-in-law accidentally did....THAT WAS FUNNY!!
If you have children, you can go ahead and go tour Camp Carnival on 12. Be sure to have them there for the registration. Our 10 year old daughter LOVED it!! Made lots of friends. Several nights, we went ahead and paid for the after hours fee because she wanted to stay. We just found us something to do. Be sure and pay for their late night party, it's Friday night from 10 pm - 3: 30 am..$26.00. I allowed our child sign in/out privileges..of course, she got lost once but a wonderful lady (Valerie) took her to the info desk on 3 and they immediately called us..tragedy averted, thank GOD!! We had table 125 starboard in the Renoir Dining room..food was good, not spectacular. We had the 8:30 pm seating, got through about 9:45. We much preferred the Cezanne restaurant, pizzeria, PC's Wok, Paul's Deli & the grill. Just loved being able to walk out our cabin, down the hall a little ways, up the stairs and we were there. Also, there's the self serve ice cream right there by the sky pool. So enjoyed hanging out on the lido deck, both day and night. Had lots of laughs at the hairy chest competition and karaoke. Played Bingo, a lot. Be sure to save your bingo cards and write your name & cabin number on the back and turn them in, they have a drawing. Purchase the Carnival souvenir cup and use it for refills, saves $1.25 per drink. Did not book ANY shore excursions through Carnival, did it myself and all went perfect!!!!!!!! Be happy to share my info if anyone needs it. Favorite stop was Cozumel….Chankanaab National Park & swim w/the dolphins. We were extremely happy with our cruise…go with an open mind, expect normal things and you will be pleased.