Let me hit the highs and the lows of our cruise. This was our 8th cruise. We sailed with Carnival on the Victory and did the Canada - New England cruise before so we were familiar with the ports.
Embarkation - This was an easy embarkation. Thirty minutes from the time we dropped the bags off with the baggage handler until we were on the ship. Our room was ready and we dropped the bags off and made our way to the buffet for a snack.
Dining - The buffet was a joke. It was comparable to hospital or nursing home food. The wait to get through the buffet was totally beyond reason. The layout of the buffet appeared to be a major contributing factor. We had early dining in the dining room. Service was mediocre and the food was bland. We left when the main course was brought out and the food was undercooked and still bleeding. We went to the pizza line and had really good pizza instead.
Room - We had a balcony room on the 10th deck. It was a good room and a great bed but it was hard to sleep with the heavy duvet that was on it. Too cool with just a blanket and too much with the duvet. The bathroom was laid out well with plenty of water pressure in the shower. No problem whatsoever with the room.
Excursions - We did not book any excursions with the cruise line. We did have two friends who were traveling with us that did book excursions. In coming into Boston we were to arrive at 2pm. It was closer to 330pm when we did arrive and those that had tours booked were told to meet in the theatre at 130pm for their briefing and to get ready to debark. Those people missed sailing into Boston and sat there for over 2 hours waiting. No apology for having to wait. The last time we took this cruise with Carnival we were 2 hours late getting into Boston. Carnival, do you think this might be a pattern forming here?
Spa - The spa was good. The only complaint that I had was when you were walking on the treadmills they were laid out where you could not see outside the ship to see the scenery. This would have been so much better to be able to gaze out at the open sea while walking.
Disembarkation - We selected the self disembarkation. We had a tour to catch. They started with the lower decks and after the 1st deck was called we decided to ride the elevator down to the 3rd deck. We walked right off the ship and was through customs in 10 minutes.
The cruise experience this time has turned me off on Carnival. We had another Carnival cruise booked in December and have since canceled and booked with Royal Carribean.