This was my second cruise in less than a year on a Carnival ship, our previous cruise was on the Dream sailing out of New York. Had a great time in 2009 so decided to take Carnival again.
Embarkation - Arriving early at the pier was not crowded and everything was very orderly this was greatly improved over our last trip.
The cabin was located aft in which I had some concerns regarding how smooth the cruise would be in back of the ship, but other than the first night out in which the ship was rolling slightly the overall cruise was smooth as silk.
For a ship this old the condition of the boat is excellent only noticed furniture was scrapped up slightly and had a 13" tube TV which was showing only a few stations from Denver??
Only one dining room available for all compared to Dream which had two which was no problem but preferred a larger dining facility.
Since we enjoy working out to burn some calories the exercise facility can use some upgrading. Old life cycle machines with quite a few not operable.
No LCD TV for treadmills and limited space for weights.
The outdoor pools were bigger than what was available on the Dream but they were okay for a ship of this size.
Entertainment was hit and miss, some really good shows like Broadway productions and a few boring like a juggler who kept dropping everything. The comedians left a lot to be desired, one gave a PG show was quite boring and the R version was quite raw and insulting to woman.
The Cruise director compared to Todd on Dream was a disappointment. Left in dark about most things and had no entertainment to say of during sea days.
He did not want to make any announcement's over the PA system which left us clueless for most of cruise.
The quality of food has declined compared to other cruises. Mostly cold and lukewarm at times, cold soups, entrees, appetizers. NY strip steak better at Applebee's. Forget about Italian food (Dream had a pasta bar that was outstanding)
The ports were great, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk my favorite, cant beat the private island and sugar sand beach.
Last time on Dream was able to buy few watches that were great deals, this time out the staff created a feeding frenzy by doling out a few watches at a time during sale. There was a stampede of people behaving like nuts for the watches.
Somebody could have been hurt, anyway the watches were cheap looking compared to what I got on Dream.
Overall I had a good time but will be more selective next time out.