This was our sixth Carnival cruise but the first for two of our sons who accompanied us on this voyage. We flew on JetBlue from JFK on the same day of the cruise and everything went like clockwork including embarkation. We arrived at the pier by 12:30 PM, breezed right through check in, and headed up to Lido deck for lunch. After we ate we headed back out to San Juan to see some sights and do some shopping prior to re-boarding the ship for our 10:00 PM departure.
Overall, we found the ship to be in good condition, although somewhat dated. The cabin was a good size however we found the closet space to be somewhat lacking. We were also disappointed to find that the room did not have a refrigerator and found the bed to be rather firm and uncomfortable. We chose the Your Time dining selection and were very pleased with it. The seating for Your Time dining is on deck four in the Atlantic Dining Room and thought the selection and quality of the meals was good. The service staff of Jessie, Khandra, and Marckly was friendly, attentive, and helpful. Breakfast was usually in the Pacific Dining Room on deck three. The few times that we did use the buffet on the Lido deck for any meal we found the food to be lukewarm and less appealing. The big screen television on the Lido Deck had a problem with the center of the screen that was distracting. We discovered the adults only area called Serenity(21 and over). It has hammocks, hot tubs, showers, seating with clam shell shades and a bar. We also discovered that age is not a good determination of being an adult. We were very disappointed that Carnival has decided to exclude Dominica from the itinerary as we were really looking forward to doing the river tubing excursion. The excuse of saving fuel doesn't fly with me as we passed right by Dominica to get to some of the other islands.
Entertainment other than the magician and one comedian was less than spectacular. Our favorite time was the Meringue lesson given by Smitty in the disco.