Booked this cruise for 5 friends and I back in January...selected early saver route...got a price drop and then the balconies went down in price as well...paid to upgrade to a balcony ..total cost was with taxes was like $380...a good deal.....My second cruise on a carnival ship (first one was 11 yrs ago on the maiden voyage of the triumph..not a stellar cruise) and was pleasantly suprised with the carnival product...It compares favorably with RCL and even dare I say HAL
Emabrakation was a breeze at the terminal at 11:15am and on the ship by 12noon Curbside porter was polite and helpful...even took our suitcases from the trunk of our cars
My group was able to smuggle all of our rum runners/ minature bottles etc as well as hair straightening irons, etc
Decor of the ship is a bit guady in places but did not detract from the cruise experience..
Entertainment...loved all the live music venues thru out the ship, the comedy club is great...both comedians funny, piano bar with Bruce was also very entertaining..Did not care for the production shows...those carnival dancers bare alot of skin...The CD Jorge was funny...did not see alot of him..The casino seemed to be the biggest of allof my 13 cruises...still lost slots were tight and the table games use those CSM's ( continous shuffle machines)..Table minimums were $5 tho they had a lot of clueless people playing the $5 tables..Table dealers were not that friendly, usually they were on my previous cruises Food...ate all our breakfasts exept the port day in the MDR..very good service and food, lunch was on the lido deck restaurant, either from the buffet, mongolian wok, fish and chips etc...be prepared to wait on a long line for the wok, fishn chips, deli..Dinner was in the MDR....outstanding service from our waitress..Ni and her 2 assistants...Food was very good with 3 exceptions...bread selection was always the same...soft underbaked rolls and sliced italian bread...no variety at all, and the 3rd nite 3 of us ordered the roast tom turkey...what we were served was gross turkey roll ( you know the cheap kind that you can get in a package for like a buck or 2).Very dissapointing., the entree selections could have been more higher end..the best beef was prime rib no filet etc..Other than that the food was pretty good and for what we paid we got good value
Our cabins were on the 6th deck...upper deck port side all the way aft above the longes on deck 5...Never heard a thing from those lounges..Our 3 balcony cabins were great..the rooms steward opened up the balcony dividers and we had like a 30 foot long balcony..and could hop cabin to cabin that way and would hang out there.
Service was excellent in all the dining venues/ room service/ bar service. Every crewmember we passed in the halls and about the ship always had a warm smile and a greeting..
I had been to St John on my previous carnival cruise and I knew what to expect...its a nice old town/city just not terribly exciting..we did the pink bus tour..$40..just not alot to see..we got to reversing falls and they were not reversing ( same as 11 yrs ago), they were due to reverse in 3 hrs...we did not go back..Ate at the lobster/seafood rest across from the ship and service was slow and the prices for seafood not as cheap as we anticipated...stopped for a drink at O Learys...nice bar..no food.
To sum it up this cruise was not about the destination, but about the journey and carnival glory did not dissapoint