Pros: --great food at late seating in Chic dining room (beef short ribs were incredible and presentation of all courses was impressive) --incredible waitress Ulla who was informative, very friendly, prompt, and was always willing to go the extra mile answer questions and take care of us --less intrusive all-ship announcements than previous cruise (speakers seemed to be off in rooms and not TOO loud in hallways --ample storage space, even for pretty low-level room (interior, lower level) --steward service consistent and excellent --24 hour pizza and ice cream were both good and never waited longer than a few minutes for pizza --on and off ship process at ports was pretty fast --shows and comedians were pretty good (Beatles show was the best) --decor was loud and bold but this is about the last thing I'd care about as long as it's clean --good, detailed, user-friendly TV menus and daily "newspaper" (FunTimes) that allowed you to plan your day --rather quiet environment up on the Serenity deck (no one under 18 allowed) --quick bar (pop AND alcohol) service all but one time --decent music (acoustic guitar player Danny; Latin with Sabor Latino; etc.) --small children must've been kept VERY busy with Camp Carnival, as they were rarely seen outside of dining hours --You'll NEVER hear your neighbors on either side but any hall noise travels RIGHT through the doors
Cons: --fitting Bingo in up until the last possible second before all shows --crowded areas before dinner with music performers and/or photo opportunities --Carnival-sponsored shore excursion for Virgin Gorda was WAY too big and resulted in a late return to the ship after a long wait on the ferry (see port review) --slow lines in Lido dining rooms because lines moved toward each other and backed up at centrally located omelette or meat stations --food at Lido dining rooms could've been hotter for breakfast and lunch --unlimited pop/soda card was advertised at a cheaper cost than what we ended up paying (~$40?) --expensive (but probably on par with other cruiselines) drinks. Beer was at least $5, well drinks at least $8 or $9.