This review might be a little long.Getting to the port took us 3 hours.Embarkation was a breeze. Got there about 10 am and except for a wedding party we were the first ones on at noon.We didn't have much trouble finding our way around since the layout is similar to the Glory which we were on.We didn't know our cabin # until we checked in went from a balcony on the upper deck to the panorama deck.
After lunch we went to our cabin around one, the room was ready, however no baggage so we walked around on deck and kept checking for our luggage.We let our kids go into the pool with their shorts on.Went back to our cabin around three and our luggage was being delivered so i stayed and unpacked.We had a queen bed and a pull down bed and a couch for our kids.Plenty of room for storage.
Went to the drill which went quickly and then set sail around 5:30.This was the first time we saw the statue of liberty and ellis island,beautiful. I don't know if this is standard procedure for N.y. or if it was because the convention was in town but the coast guard that was escorting us had machine guns on both the bow and sterns of their boats and we had the ship security walking around in black with bullet proof vest on and all sorts of pockets.On our last cruise in Nov. we didn't see any security guards like this or any security guards period.They were out in full force on this ship.
We had dinner at the late seating which was ok.Didn't see any shows that night.Got up early the next day and had breakfast in the buffet.Big disappointment, the food was cold.However the staff was friendly. We went up on deck to get chairs by the pool and slide fairly early since it was going to be a nice day.Later on in the day it started to get very foggy aroung 3pm. Then the horns started to go off about every 5 min.All the younger kids walked around with their fingers in their ears.It was kind of spooky, kid of like a ghost ship.
This was formal night, we went to the disco for the captains cocktail party sat in a corner and none of the 4 waiters waited on us so we had to go to the bar ourselves.Dinner was ok I had the lobster(2 of them) which was good.Then went back to our cabin for the night,and the fog horns were going all night long every 5 min.didn't sleep too well.
The next day was st. johns, if you didn't do an excursion don't bother unless you go outside of the town on your own . we did lot of walking around town and went into the mall.(could do this at home) inquired about a trolly ride for 1 hour around the city they wanted $35 pp. No way!!got back on ship and decided not to go to the dinning room, so we had pizza, sandwiches etc.We saw the magic show this night , it good for the kids but nothing to write home about.And like the night before more fog horns.The next day was halifax,more fog and rain. we went to peggy's cove and the sun came out for us.We had dinner in the buffet again and this night we sent our kids to camp carnival.This was their third time in camp on this trip.They had a slumber party for 9 yo. and up until 3 am then they deliver the kids to the cabins and there is a $25 charge for this and they only have room for 25 kids.Our other son who is 7 stay with his group also and because it was babysitting there was a $13 charge for him since it was after 10 pm. we picked them up around 1'30 am.
Husband and I went to the casino for a bit.Didn't find too many winning slots there also a disappointment again with the fog horns all night long.On the last day We were at the pool at 9am.I left my husband there with 3 chairs.2 women came up and one claimed 4 chairs and the other claimed 5 chairs which the cruise line doen't like and the women left with just their towels on the chairs.At 11am this woman with her kids were looking for chairs and she asked us if they were taken and husband told her about the chairs so she took the towels off 2 of the chairs for her and her husband and sat down. The women didn't back until 12;15 and to use the chairs and had a fit because their chairs were taken(it was pretty funny). So a word of advice don't try saving chairs, especially with your towels there since they cost $22 if you don't return them and anything can happen to them.
Anyhow we didn't go to the dinning room again that night. We packed and walked around the ship bought gifts for the kids and went back to our cabin. Overall the ship was ok. Our cabin steward was the best.Kept our ice bucket filled and the room clean.Whatever we needed he was there.We tipped him $20 before the cruise and $10 before we left.The ship was fairly clean except the rugs on some of the decks were a little stained.The staff was great and friendly.We found that a lot of the guests left their brains at home.Too much to go into.If you have kids I would reccommend camp carnival the counselors were great.Disembarking Was a mess, out of 3000 people my husband expected to be called off first so that did't help. But it got to the point where we had to laugh just watching and listing to people who did't have a clue as to what they were doing because they weren't listing to what they were being told during the announcements.But once we gor off the ship we found our luggage right away(unlike port canaveral)and our ride met us at the curb 10 min later and we were home by 1;30.Our total bill including tips and 40 bucks for soda cards for the kids(wasn't worth it, too much for them to do)and 40 bucks for camp and 180 for excursions and 36 drink coupons, $625. If you have any questions please e-mail me.Left out alot, very tired.