Pre-cruise, New Orleans was dry but bitterly cold and this caught a lot of people out. Judging by cruisers' attire, the souvenir shops did well selling New Orleans sweaters!
Embarkation was slow even in the VIP section where they put the most senile staff to process cruisers as slowly as possible.
The ship being old was a bit frayed around the edges, it's decor, layout etc is very standard Carnival!
Staff were friendly and attentive but excrutuating slow in the dining room. One wonders why they persist with the stale and boring dancing/singing routine in the dining room when diners still haven't been served their entrees; its not like there aren't many other places on board where there is dancing and singing. The food was generally good but the usual Carnival menus!
Cabin stewards as always did a first rate job.
The entertainment was standard Carnival fare and not done particularly well or badly.
Our call at the most interesting port of Roatan was cancelled; apparently the captain didn't fancy it because it was breezy so he disturbed everyone's sleep at 6-30am to announce this. As if this wasn't bad enough the jerk of a cruise director made the very same announcement just ten minutes later. How wonderful to be woken up at such an early hour. I guess the captain wanted as many cruisers as possible in the bars and casino as early as possible. Those who had booked excursions got the cost back and everyone got $9 port charges refunded. How generous of Carnival.
A cynic might say Roatan was cancelled to maximise profit for Carnival but I am going to take the reason at face value that the captain is scared of a breeze. But why didn't the ship wait a hour or three to see if the breeze died down enough so the captain might overcome his phobia and everyone could have had some (albeit a shotened) time in port? The only reason has to be the captain maximising Carnival revenue.
New Years Eve was a great night and Carnival did well for guests.
The cruise had four sea days of which three were cool/cold days and Carnival was really found wanting in entertainment/activity terms on those days unless of course their strategy is to get as many passengers into the bars and casino in which case they succeeded.