We left home for JFK at 6am and made it to the airport in 20 minutes, a new record on the Belt Parkway. The flight down to Miami was a bumpy one all the way down but anything to get us to the ship. Once we got down to Miami, we made our way down to the ship. Was a little slow going through the boarding process but once we stepped foot inside all was well. Stopped in the cabin on the Verandah, then up one flight to the Lido deck for a snack. A light rain was falling but when we were ready to set sail the sun broke through and let the dancing begin. They did away with the usual life jacket drill, so much nicer not carrying it around with you. The kids were ready to swim so we went back up to the Lido for Sail Away. Nothing better than to start with a Drink of the Day and Cha Cha Slide.
Cruise Director Butch was very funny and his staff worked well with the guests. Our dining staff in the Silver Olympian, Trika and Zoran were very accommodating with the kids. This vacation came at a perfect time for all of us and the weather was perfect. The ship is fantastic. Interior was immaculate and staff were very friendly. Only thing is you get cut off by the placement of the Golden Olympian Dining Room on Deck 4. Camp Carnival for my 9 year old was excellent. We couldn't get her to eat dinner with us most nights and with my 12 year old, Circle C was the perfect place for him to relax and make new friends.
Sea Days were enjoyable with all the activities on the ship. From the Mini Golf to the game room there wasn't a dull moment for anyone of us. Once it was over getting off the ship was a breeze, fastest I've encountered so far. My kids miss their friends and we look forward to our next Carnival adventure.