My sister and brother-in-law planned two years ago for 20 of us to go on this cruise to celebrate their 50th anniversary. we had 5 people who had never cruised before, but the other 15 had done at least 3 previous cruises so we knew what to expect.
PROS: the ship was clean and the staff was pleasant.
SO/SO: food was good most days but not exceptional. dining room staff were nice but not terribly memorable. cabin was always clean but rarely saw staff.
Entertainment was fair to good - sound system was much too loud and our two travelers with hearing aids had to turn them off or leave the Taj Mahal because the sound was unbearable. Cruise director was very good but Jamie was always shouting into the microphone - interesting that they let us know by the end of the week that they are "dating".
CONS: one evening dinner alone took nearly 45 minutes to be served with no explanation - wait staff just disappeared and we were left sitting at our tables with no food or refills on our drinks and no explanation or apology when they returned. my niece's 3 children were in a balcony cabin that had no heat - we left baltimore with nearly 2" of snow on the decks and went into a storm with 50 mile an hour winds so it was very cold. calls to maintenance did not remedy the situation so they asked for blankets and dressed in their parent's adjoining cabin. Ship decor was dated and somewhat gaudy - how many naked women and men should one ship have plastered on every wall and in every elevator - including anatomically correct cherubs (even in the chapel). i played bingo the last night for the $1000 jackpot and won - then another passenger called bingo - she evidently won on a previously called number and never called bingo (Patrick even commented that her's was an old bingo) - we ended up sharing the jackpot but several passengers around me commented that this as not how bingo is played and i should have received the whole jackpot. i was just happy to win at all, but when i returned home i did look up bingo rules and found that they were correct - maybe Carnival should have rules to follow before giving out Bingo prizes in the future.