We are members of the VIP cruising with Carnival, and have sailed it many many times over the last 30 years. Last year our family went on the Liberty and the food was delicious, and the dress code was as it should be on the formal nights, many were in tuxedos, those that were not were in a jacket and pants, however, on this cruise, the formal night was a joke.
On nights that were not formal, people wore shorts, t-shirts, flip flops and all other forms of attire that should not be presented in the dining rooms, yes, up on deck at the buffets this attire is fine, but not in the dining rooms.
After several days of this, we finally asked why the dining room was filled with people in shorts, and we were told this, "THERE WAS A CHANGE ABOUT 8 MONTHS AGO" AND CARNIVAL IS CATERING TO THE YOUNGER PEOPLE WHO DO NOT LIKE TO DRESS TO GO TO THE DINING ROOM".
So to those cruisers who enjoy dressing appropriately for the dining rooms, you will be greatly disappointed on this ship as to the dress code. I am not sure that this is the policy on ALL Carnival ships, but on this one it was.
There were only about 5 people wearing tuxedos, and same for women in nice dress attire.
FOOD: While comparing this ship with its sister ship the Liberty, I can honestly say this chef needs to go to school to learn how to make the melting lava cake......ours was nothing but a brownie that was hard, and no melting center on any of them.
The fillets were very small, and they topped it with the short ribs of beef that was on the menu a previous night.
The lobster tails were at best 4" long, and were served with some shrimp, so people were asking for 3 and 4 of them, and throwing the shrimp away.
Several nights there were at least 3 to 4 chicken dishes on the same menu with little to choose from, and then one night they had veal parm., turkey, and prime rib all on the same menu.....
While appreciating the designer touches of the other vegetables on the plate and the great looking presentation, when you have people who have cruised on the line as many times as we have, you don't need all of this, some nights there were 5 different things on the dinner plate, which were not described on the menu so you did not know what they were.
We heard that the steak house had great meals, but in my opinion, when you pay this much for a cruise, you should not have to spend $60-$100 ON A STEAK DINNER in a steak house on board.
The entertainment was great on this ship as compared to the Liberty, and the dancers performed a great tribute to the Beetles, and then another musical show.
We had a great comedian, a juggler and the band is just outstanding. HOWEVER we were told by staff that on other ships the band has been reduced.
The cruise director Ryan was great, and has the best personality of any we have ever seen, he is honest, down to earth, and takes the time to answer all your questions without giving you a rush look, or "I have to go now".