Embarkation was the smoothest of all my cruises. We arrived around noon and were on the boat 15 minuets later with our glass of welcome aboard drink.
Once on the boat our cabins were ready by 2. The cabin itself was alright. The bathroom smelled or urine but appeared clean. The TV remote did not work. The pillows to the bed were of the regular rectangular shape, but there were also square pillows that were very uncomfortable. Before leaving port, a person was transported off the ship for a medical reason, (hope they are doing good).
Once underway, the deck party began. like I said above, the weather was unfortunately cold and cloudy. The Bahamas was the first stop. This shop arrives very early and was the first at the port, many of the vendors were not even open upon our arrival, and once again in was cold, windy, and cloudy. We were able to get to Atlantis for a $4 cab ride each way. HERE IS A TIP, if you want to see the aquarium at atlantis and don't want to pay the $35.00 per person do this,: first thing, When you walk into the main building walk through the lobby and past the stairs, go to the outside area were there is a elevator to the right, take the elevator down to the 1st floor and walk to the right, your now in the "PaY" area. If you walk to the left, you will encounter security, if they catch you just play the stupid card and tell them someone in the lobby pointed you to the elevator because you could not walk down the stairs, it worked with us cause we had kids with strollers. Basically if you walk around like your a guest they don't bother you, and most cruise ships do not get in that early so they probably think you are staying at the hotel. We ate lunch at Senor Frogs which is always fun, (but cold). and the went to the straw market.
The next day we were supposed to go to Great Stirrup Cay, the trip had to be cancelled due to high "winds and seas" although during the day the seas appeared to be minimal and the wind could barely be felt. The ship spent the day at sea. According to the Capt. during this time of the year, winds are heavy out of the north and conditions are commonly no conducive to tender.
The debarkation process was a smooth as ever just like getting on. Early "express" checkout was at 730 and we were off the ship and through customs at the car by 745. I arrived at my car to fin a parking ticket because i parked in a 7ft height restricted area. Thought i would be ok since my Durango is 6'10' plus we put baby strollers and luggage on the racks, but of course to fight the 23.00 fine i would have to go back to miami.
All in all it was a fun trip for the money. Carnival is still our line of choice, however we would consider this again. Demographic was fairly young. I would say average age was between 23-40. Some VERY rowdy and loud girls on board. and the kids pool at the front of the boat which is heated was commonly filled with loud, drunk adults who wanted to find warm water on a cold day. Security told us that this was "freestyle" cruising and they would not ask the adults to leave, however when we took the kids in the empty adult hot tub, while at port, and no one else was even around, we were asked to leave the area.
The ship needs to be updated. The food was ok in dining. The buffet needs work as was a quality and organization. we did not try any specialty restaurants, however i hear the food was VERY good. Room service was as expected, however the person answering the phone was rude on all (3) occasions.
I hope the weather is better on the next one. I think thats were the vacation started going south......haha