Seven days go by really fast. This was our second cruise and we decided to take along our Foster children. We brought 4 children and an infant. Camp Carnival is pretty good but the schedule is a little crazy. There is a pretty involved form you have to fill out every time you check them in and out. I understand it is for safety but you would think they would have some better way. After doing this a few times a day, every day, it gets to the point where you don't feel like taking the kids there anymore. You check them in at 8 or 9 and have to check them out from 12-1. Bring them back at after lunch and some days you even have to go back and pick them up at 4. We were on level one and Camp Carnival is on level 12. We were in the back of the ship and Camp Carnival is at the front of the ship. Up and down forwards and back. It was as crazy. The Camp Carnival staff are very nice and care for children better than anyone could want. Other than Camp Carnival it was a lot of fun. The ship layout was a lot more complicated than Royal Caribbean's open center area. There are a lot of floors that you have to jump on an elevator or stairs to get to the next area.
Food is awesome and plentiful. The buffet was good, not great. Dining room food is where it was at. Filet Mignon, Prime Rib, Lobster(I had two), Shrimp cocktail and wonderful dessert(warm melting chocolate cake - mmmmmm). The pizza grill is awesome as was the hamburger grill by the pool areas. The kids ate about 8 soft serve ice cream cones, they loved that. I was upset with the soda card, you can buy a bigger glass but they will not fill it for you. You have to transfer the small glass they give you and ask for another soda. The soda is not on tap, they pour it out of cans and most if not all of the time the soda was flat.
There was an awful smell on some of the decks, it smelled like methane. It had to have been the stench of the lower sewer/waste level blowing back and up the front elevator shafts into the ship areas. The shows were fun and what you would expect from a cruise. The casino slots were tight and didn't really ever pay out. Camp Carnival did have a treasure hunt and the kids went trick or treating all over the place. They love that Carnival Mascot guy dressed up in that costume. The kids couldn't get enough of the big big pool slide on top of the ship. Goofy golfing was fun.
When you get to Jamaica, watch out for the vulture taxi drivers, they are all crazy for your money. Pick one make a deal and don't pay until you get back to the ship. The poverty in Jamaica is shocking. We went and toured the White Witch house at Rose Hall, that was fun and interesting. The kids enjoyed the beach and a Jamaican ice cream. We bought a local Jamaican family all an ice cream and they were all in heaven and overly grateful.
Cayman Islands is great for shopping, thats about all I know.. We didn't do any excursions on this Island.
Cozumel is where its at. We took a three hour snorkel tour with a group called El Dorado and those guys were the best. It was a glass bottom boat so you could see everything on the way to the coral reef. Tons of fish and life there. They handed out Corona and gave you handful of fish food (Tortilla) to attract the fish. On the way back they broke out a bottle of Tequila and everyone did a couple of shots. That was great fun
Hit a storm on the way back to Texas and had 7 to 10 foot swells. Almost seasick but not quite. This is a great cruise, but the ship was not what we expected. We will stick with Royal Caribbean and we will wait until the kids are a bit older before we go on a cruise again.