We sailed from New Orleans on October 16, 2010. Parking is smooth and easy, just stay in the right lane and a porter will unload your bags for you and get them loaded on the ship. Proceed to the parking garage $112 for a seven day cruise payable as you enter the facility by credit card or cash.Garage is secure and access is limited so there is no problem there.
Check in was handled very well by Carnival employees and was reasonably quick and easy considering the large number of people who were processed.Carnival folks on the dock were very patient and courteous, even with some of the passengers who were confused about what to do.
Once on board the buffet on the Lido deck was open with great food and service while we waited for the cabin crews to finish getting the cabins ready. After a short wait (actually a bit shorter than on some of our other cruises) we went to our cabin, which was clean and well furnished.
The weather was beautiful for the entire cruise and the sea was as smooth as I have ever seen it for the whole voyage.
The crew was friendly and made the trip very enjoyable.The food and service in the Paris dining room were both superb and of 5 star quality.The service staff did an absolutely fantastic job at every meal.Our server Natalya and her assistant were among the best that I have seen on any cruise ship.
Nassau- Not really much to say here.We had visited here last year and were not impressed then. It is oriented to milking the tourist out of every dollar that they can and not among the cleanest places that we have visited.
Freeport- This was our first time here since 1996 and things have changed quite a lot. On our first trip Grand Bahama was a very clean and laid back place with very friendly people and lots of things to see and do. It is still much cleaner than Nassau, but is another area with many shops jammed together into one big area designed to relieve the tourist of his/her money.
Key West- The best stop on the cruise.Lots of shops to relieve you of your money, but in a clean and friendly atmosphere with lots to see and do. Sloppy Joe's Bar is a place that you don't want to miss.This was Earnest Hemingway's favorite watering hole and has a lot of Island atmosphere and memorabilia.
The ship prices on jewelery, watches and liquor are equal to or better than the prices found in the ports and I would recommend that you make most of your purchases on the ship.
The only negative thing that I encountered on the ship was in the casino. I would like to see a no smoking slot area. I am somewhat sensitive to tobacco smoke and could not stay in the casino area for any length of time. There is a small area at the rear of the casino which is designated NO SMOKING, but it is not enforced at all and is mostly ignored by smokers.
We have sailed on 4 Carnival ships thus far and are looking forward to our next cruise.I expect that the next trip will be aboard another Carnival Fun Ship.