We got to Florida the Friday before our ship left. We flew out of Albany International and flew into Orlando International. My Uncle picked us up and we went to the "house" we were staying for the night. We stayed at Tropical Palms resort in Kissimie, Florida (only 20-35 minutes away from Orlando International) Tropical Palms is a great resort, that is on the strip wit great restauraunts only down the street. It was also next to Old Town which is a great place for young and old.
Saturday morning we left for Port Canaveral. The traffic was slow at some points but it was a long ride. One hour away. As soon as we started to get closer we saw LOTS of Disney Cruise line busses full of familes going to the Port.
Embarkation: We got there around 12:30ish and was on by 1:45. It dose take a process because you have to wait till Carnnival calls you "group" to go into the line. When you get up to the line and to the desk. You give them your credit card and passports and such. You get a room key, no matter how old you are you get one. On the key, it has where you eat your dinner, like what room,(Crimson or Scarlet) table number, and emergency meeting place. But it dosent have the number. You get your picture taken for i.d. and your off to the ship.
Food: The food was great but at times you kinda get sick of the fancy food in the Dining Room. We ate at the Crimson and has a great view of the ocean! They served great Black tail shrimp. The Grand buffet was ahmazing. Great food. They had FRESH salads everyday and shrimp, rice pasta and such. I didnt try the Mongolian Wok Buffet, but everytime you passed it the line was soooooo long. I heard the food was good though. We never had time to try the pasta bar or the Steak house. The Grille was great. The burgers, fries and hotdogs were delish and cooked right in front of your eyes. The deli was very good too.
Swiming: We didnt have time to swim, but at the Lido deck there was always little kids in the pools so it was hard to find a place to just swim around. The Sunset pool and the 2 spas were ALWAYS filled with children. Which we didnt like. The hottubs that were on the sides of the ship on the 5th level were great. Great views too. The only problem was that they were filled with children at some points. On the lido deck getting a lawn chair was a chore. People were up at the deck by 8 where they were already taken. But there is so much to do and many more other chairs by the hotubs on level 5.
Staff: Oh my gosh. The staff was great. The cruise director John Heald was GREAT! Our stateroom attendent was very friendly and took pictures for us. He always waited till we were ready and out of the room to clean it. Now for our head waiter and the bus boy. Our head waiter Walter was great. When i wasnt feeling well we said i coud get anything that i wanted(even chicken tenders). He was friendly and got whatever we wanted and we were his #1 priority. And his friend Richard would get us water and never spill it. He gave us our menus and unfolded our napkins. They were just GREAT!! And when we ordered room service they were always pleasant and happy.
Rooms: We had a balcony on the 2nd level. Our 2 rooms were the only rooms who didnt have a life boat above us. Very lucky. The bathroom was huge! Came with shavers and shampoo, tissues, everything you could need. The beds were very comfy, including the pull out couch/bed. My sheets did smell but i sprayed perfume and that fixed the problem. The lights were great too. The closets were huge. Under the beds there was room for 4 suitcases to be put under there. The room was spacy and homey. The mirrors were great too. They had lots or room and we would reccomend to unpack your suitcase because there is just so much room to put all of your clothes. The balcony was great but the only bad part was that the 1st day in the Port they have to wash the sides of the ship so the balcony is wet for the 1st couple of hours. The tv was great. Lots of things to watch if you ever get board. The best part was the room service on tv. They had everything you ever needed for room service on that flat screen tv.
Overall that cruise was the best expirence ever. You meet lots of people and there is just so much to tell but you need to expirence this ahmazing trip for yourself :)