We have sailed several other cruise lines and always thought Carnival was at the bottom of the totem pole. We never thought we would try Carnival, but are very glad we did. We cruised out of Miami to Key West, and Cozumel.
Embarkation: This went very smoothly and we loved the speed with the self service kiosks. We had no waiting. outside at all, as we have on other ships
Food: The buffet is set up niceley, as the salads, breads, and desserts are at a seperate area. This really helps to keep long lines down! The made to order sandwiches were very good, as was the buffet. We enjoyed the meals in the dining room and the fact that there was a nice variety to choose from. We were on a Princess cruise in Nov. and they offered mainly just fish entries, which we did not care for. The waiters were very friendly and wee loved their dancing at the end of the meal.
Ship: The ship was clean and seemed spacious enough for a full load of guests! We did have trouble finding chairs for the sail day, but simply laid out our nice big beach towels and were just fine. We felt very little movement, and the bed was more comfortable than our new mattress at home.The cabin had plenty of storage space and we stored our suitcases under the bed. Our room steward Ross, addressed us by name and was always cheerful. He did a great job and left us cute towel animals every night. We were in a forward inside cabin on the main deck and could hear the couple next door to us quite often,but they seemed to have had way to much to drink. We might not have heard them so much, if they hadn't have been drunk most of the time.
Entertainment: The dancers/singers were great! The female singer was fantastic and makes you wonder why she isn't on Broadway! I owned dance studio for over 20 years, and thought the dancers worked very hard, had an abundance of beautiful costumes and full of energy! They were the best they could possibly be! Bravo!
As I said, we took a Princess cruise in Nov. and were disappointed with the whole crew, food and the entertainment was terrible. We never thought we would try Carnival, but had a great experience and have absolutely nothing to complain about!