My wife and I traveled with her extended family on the 16 May voyage out of Miami. I traveled on Carnival early in their history (the 70's on board the Mardi Gras) and didn't know what to expect. Having cruised on Norwegian (east Caribbean), Silversea (Eastern again), and Paul Gaugin (Tahiti), we didn't know what to expect on Carnival.
To our pleasure, the cruise was most EXCELLENT! Yes, there were a few lines, some issues with noisy kids in the hallways; but for the most part we had a BLAST!
We would highly reccomend the Mexican Cooking excursion in Cozumel. Chef Luis and Sous Chefs Moises and Jimmy will keep you entertained and the food is awesome!
We found the cabin (outside, window) to be spacious and our Cabin Attendant Raj was just wonderful. He never failed to call each of our group by name and took care of our every need.
The only thing we found very odd was at morning breakfast, they handle the bacon like an episode out of Seinfield - the Soup Nazi! One of the servers made you ask piece by piece. I don't understand how you can order as many steaks as you want but the bacon is rationed out..
We did try the optional steak house - Scarlett's and found it to be very good. An excellent value.
Enjoy the Valor - we did!!