Since we live in Florida, we drove from our home in Spring Hill toward Miami to stay with my brother & sister-n-law in Jupiter, Fl. which is 1-1/2 hours from the port. Were glad we did since we had an alternator go bad on the Florida Turnpike & sat in a service center for 4 hours to get it repaired. Glad we left on Saturday instead of Sunday morning or we might have missed getting on board.
Found an off covered parking garage (United Parking) just a mile or so from the port for half the price of parking at the pier. Embarkation was fairly easy as we waited in line & went as smooth as could be with all boarding in the time frame they give us. Once on board, found our room & received our luggage soon after.
Overall experience was very enjoyable. Found the ship decor to be unique with Rosie's theme in the food area & castle theme in the theater. Great effect with the eagles theme in elevator areas. Loved the Presidents theme & murals in the atrium & lobby area. Food was great the whole cruise.
The shows were well done & lots of energetic performers made them very enjoyable.
Entertainment was disappointing. The Philippino band was screechy & hard to understand. The guitar singer was good. Our big complaint was the disco was always the same disco music with DJ Shurland. I even asked him by request to play some 50's-60's-70's type music. He played one song that we could dance to and that was after 30 to 40 minutes of the same disco beat music that no one was dancing to. NO VARIETY OF MUSIC. Proved by hardly anyone dancing & not staying in the disco. Hard to believe that it was the same way on the Freedom last year. Carnival is not paying attention to what it's customers want in type of music to dance to. (Celebrity does it right with a live band in the lounge with plenty of variety of music & the entertainment staff would even get involved & dress up to the theme of the night. Dance floor was always full every night.)