We have sailed with Carnival before but we were unsure based on other reviews. We have also sailed several other lines. We had a great time on this 5 day cruise.
1. Ship didn't feel crowded (but it was a full sailing)
2. Very clean ship
3. Enjoyed anytime dining option and never had to wait for a table for two.
Overall, friendly staff.
4. Well maintained ship, nicer than we expected
5. Service was good
1. Entertainment and activites were not okay. We have had much better. This area really lacked. It seems there are fewer and fewer options during the sea days and most options now require some type of fee or they are trying to get you to purchase something.
2. The new show WIN was just okay. I was expecting much more. The last show we saw on the Triumph out of New Orleans, "The Big Easy" was much better.
3. Food was just okay, hit or miss. In regards to dessert, many weren't even edible (stale, cheap desserts you would find pre-packaged at a grocery store). Stick to their "Melting Pot" cake. That is great!
We had a window cabin. Cabin was fine. It was kept very clean, ice refilled into my own ice chest (nice option I read about on CC!), and enough space to put everything.
We did have great port days in Cozumel and Calica!
Calica - The main reason we wanted to do this sailing was for Calica. We wanted to visit Xcaret and have a full day there. We had been there before but we went from Cozumel, which takes over an hour to get there (by ferry then driving time). From Calica, it is a 10 min. taxi ride. This place is great. You can google it to see all of the information and get a map. We went on our own and spent 7 hours there! There are taxis as you exit the ship. YOu have to stand in line to buy a ticket to get a taxi but it is easy. We were able to do just about everything. There is so much to do there but you really need about 7 to 8 hours in Xcaret. In my opinion, it is not worth the travel time from Cozumel unless you have a very planned out day, study the map in advance, knowing what you want do see and do (because you can't do it all if you go from Cozumel). Things are somewhat "hidden" in the park because of the trees so you really need to ask for directions, read the signs and know the map beforehand. There is something for everyone there. Very enjoyable. Very easy on our own from Calica.
We have been many times but this was our first time to try Punta Sur Ecological Reserve and Nachi Cocum beach club (yes, we did both! Started early and were the last ones back on the ship.)
Punta Sur - Loved it! I can't believe we have never tried it. It is beautiful. It is located at the tip of the island, about a 20 to 25 minutes taxi ride from the pier (about 10 minutes further away from Nachi Cocum beach club. It is just pass all of the beach clubs). This was a last minute decision because we didn't want to stay on the beach all day at Nachi Cocum.
We climbed the lighthouse there and it was a beautiful view! There is a small museum at the base of the lighthouse, very well done and interesting. It was an easy climb, about 130 steps. If you like photography, Punta Sur is the place to go! You will get great pictures. You can walk along this "tip of the island" and watch the surf shoot up over the rocks. There were 100's of hermit crabs. You can climb the tower on the lagoon side to see the crocodiles and there is even a small ruin to see. We did this on our own. The taxi ride to Punta Sur plus the two hours the driver waited for us while we visited there was $70. It was $5 per person to get in. It is $10 per person if you want to visit the beach they have there and snorkel. There are chairs, umbrellas, snorkel gear and a snack bar on the beach. We plan to do this with our kids next visit. The taxi driver that we just got at the pier was great, spoke English and hung out with the other taxi drivers while we explored. There was no need to book anything in advance. If you take the ship tour to Punta Sur, you will pay a lot more!
Nachi Cocum in Cozumel- Our driver dropped us off there at 11:30. We weren't overly impressed but did have a good time. It just wasn't what we expected based on reviews. The service was poor. Our server did not come to us one time to see if we wanted a drink. He was not friendly. We went to the bar when we wanted a drink. The food was average (I had better food at Chankanaab and Paradise Beach). The chips were burnt. We did have a massage on the beach and she was excellent. We were expecting a couple's massage but there was only one lady working, so we had to go one at a time. If you want a couples massages ($70 for one hour per person), you may want to make sure that they know this.
Overall, great cruise and would do this one again.