We are a couple in our mid-twenties. This was my 3rd cruise, and my husband's 2nd cruise - all with Carnival. We got married at a cruise stop (Key West) in 2008, and we had an awesome time traveling with nearly 60 people. While we loved having people around, it was nice to have time for the two of us and make all the decisions about our excursions. We'd also love to try other cruise lines, but for the price, you just can't beat Carnival.
The service was great, and we enjoyed spending our evenings eating delicious food, taking advantage of the nightly Happy Hours in the casino, and singing with Angela in the Piano Bar. (The only thing I didn't like was hearing Hotel California three times in two hours!)
We stayed in Puerto Rico one night before and after. We had no regrets about our decision, but started to doubt ourselves after the cruise after a heated dispute with a taxi driver and then as we stood in a crowded, hot Holiday Inn Express as we tried to get rid of our luggage and others were trying to checkout! Once we had that taken care of, all was paradise as we jumped in the big waves at Coranado.
Be sure to check out our port reviews as these were the highlight of our trip, and I spend MANY hours researching cruisecritic! :)
We had to wait for around 30 minutes for other people to show up. Then, we went to a beach where we boarded the small cat. We selected this option because the catamaran only held 12 people, so we figured we wouldn't be herded around, but this wasn't the case. At the turtles, we anchored with 4 other large, party ships, and our guide led us straight to the big groups where people were basically kicking and hitting each other. We swam away from the group and were able to see more turtles, but our guide kept yelling at us to come back to the huge group of people. The people with us were not happy with the situation either.
At the next stop, the shipwrecks, we were once again yelled at to stay with our guide and group. The lack of freedom was disappointing as we had limited time and had to stay with our group which included young children who were struggling some.
Next time, I would go to the beach with the turtles and swim out to see them so I could have more freedom, avoid the people, and save money!
Next, we went to Trafalgar Falls where we soaked in hot springs, then climbed up the rocks to the base of one of the falls. Another great experience.
Finally, we went to Champagne Reef where we snorkeled. The bubbles weren't as big as I expected, but it was still worthwhile.
Warning: Be careful about your taxi drivers! We did get ripped off on this day!
We went to the K-Mart, asked some locals for directions, and caught the public bus to Red Hook to board the ferry for St. John. Once at St. John, we went to Cinnamon Bay - the most gorgeous beach on our entire trip!