First, let me give you a brief history of our family and cruises. There is my husband Larry (age 51) daughters Amber (age 26) Katie (age 20) and then myself Ginger (age 50). This was our 4th cruise with Carnival. Prior cruises were with the Fantasy, Valor and Glory.
We left out of the Port of Miami (which is beautiful) and the process was a breeze. So much better organized than the last trip out of that port. We arrived around noon and got right on with little wait.We then went Lido and started our week long pig out!!!!!! Muster drill is alot faster now too. You just have to put your vest on and take it right off while down at your muster station. Then it was time to set sail. Again, this port is picturesque!!!!
We had an early seating in the London Dining room (table 158). We were in a booth (which we requested) surrounded by tables with at least 10 people per table. The food was good but our service was not. Always had to ask for more water and tea. That is if we saw our waiter. You know how they say you can order more than one any item well we did but were given this look of this being somewhat out of their way. At one instance we did not get what we ordered and again had to wait on service while the BIG tables surrounding us got excellent service. I guess the waiters were working for those bigger tips!!!!! And it was for this reason we only had dinner there for 3 nights whereas before we ate in the dining room every night. As for the rooms, we liked the layouts much better on this ship. We had rooms 6304 and 6329. Stewards for both rooms were excellent!!! Enjoyed room service on several occasions, again excellent!!!
Ship was in excellent shape!!!! Yes, there is a few signs of aging but nothing to ruin the trip!!!!! The crew members were constantly working on the ship.
Now to the ports of call. First, Half Moon Cay...loved it but it started to rain and we were only able to enjoy it for a couple hours. Water is CLEAR and sand was SOFT. Would love it if Carnival would make that port of call twice on the cruise like the Disney cruises are doing with Castaway Cay. I could easily have spent 2 days there. Next was St Thomas... took a cab over to Megan's Bay thinking cab fare was 4 dollars per person each way (according to past cruise critic reviews) but it was double the amount so BEWARE!!!!! We were not to impressed with Megan's Bay, nothing like Half Moon Cay. Then on to Puerto Rico and yikes do not care to go back there!!!!!!!!! It was scary during the day can't imagine that place at night. Way too many dark alleys!!!!!! Do not attempt this place by yourself, go in a group. Last stop was Nassau and we forgot what a beautiful port this was. Stayed on the ship and laid out on the top deck and enjoyed the beautiful views!!!!!
To get back to eating..... we really enjoyed our service and food on the Lido deck. We thought far better than the dining room. Ryan at the New York deli makes awesome sandwiches and always had a pleasant smile!!!!! On our next cruise we will only eat in the Lido area. Find a table next to the window and enjoy the view and much more relaxing food experience than the dining room area.
As for the entertainment the dancers and singers bless their hearts are not very good. Our family kept thinking about what Simon Cowell says on American Idol about cruise ship performers and it is true!!!! The magic show is worth seeing as was the hypnotist and please don't forget the not so new newlywed game. ALWAYS funny!!!!!!! Lost money at Bingo and in the slot machines and were only 2 numbers away from receiving a free cruise but what the heck it was vacation time. All in all this was a nice trip but the weather caused extreme rocking of the ship for the 1st three days. None of our family had a patch on but had to take Ginger root on several occasions to handle motion sickness. As for leaving the ship, if you can do self assist DO IT!!!!!! We got off the ship by 8 a.m. No need to wait to have your room or floor called just get in line and get off the ship (which was on level 3) We do plan to cruise with Carnival in a couple years but will be a little more choosy with the Ports of Call!!!!!!!!!!!