Have cruised prior and like Carnival for the more casual style. Don't own a tux and never plan to.
The trip was actually a gift from our kids (Thank you!) and was great. Cruising out of Baltimore at first sounded ok, but when you return and do not have to deal with the airports it was great. You do not get a real chance to see the Chesapeake Bay due to the time of sailing / return but that was ok. The check in at Baltimore was funny compared to Miami. Recommend arriving at 12:15, the line will be gone and you will get right in, before a long line. Luggage out of the vehicle then parking. Check out the parking attendant booths...come on Baltimore, can't you afford one? Inside no big deal unless you packed your passport like others did. Then up on the ship.
They did a good job securing you from going to your rooms, so start with Ice Cream and the meals. The meals on the ship are good, not top end, but then again you are not on a top end cruise.
We ate in the dining room first couple of nights and it was fine. All other meals we ate on the Lido deck. Good assortment of food and fruit. I would strongly suggest if you like big coffee cups for you to bring your own cup, however have fun at the coffee machine.
Florida stop we did not do the Orlando stuff, but get off the ship and there are shuttle buses for CocoBeach shopping and beach for $5.00 per person. You can not walk any where.
In Nassau we did the taxi to the Atlantis. The water ferry you will have to walk to. Be advised that at Atlantis nothing is free and to see anything you have to buy a ticket. The Aquarium is $39.00 per person and is much cheaper then the ship. It was nice. Just like the TV commercials.
Freeport......not much of a port. Shopping downtown is not great. Cab ride is $5.00 and about 10 minutes. Apparently the area has had a major down turn.
On the ship the shows were very good. My hat goes off to the dancers....how? The comedy shows (family) were very good!!!! We did see the piano bar one night and regret that we could not find him more.
We did the Behind the Fun tour which cost like $95.00 per person and only take 16 people. At first question if we should. It starts with them saying NO cameras, cell phones or other devices. (Yes my wife was right and had listened!!! I was wrong!!!) The start doing a security check to you and you are escorted by security. It was great for where they took you. Behind the Stage, met the Dancers, storage areas, cooking areas, ships control room, staff lounge and then up to the bridge with the Captain. It was over 3 hours long. Latter in the room you received gifts. It was worth it.
One funny note was do not take HOT HOT showers and then open door to room. The steam set off the smoke head and shortly there is a knock on your door, and they want in to check to see if you are smoking. Once again the wife was right!!!!!
This trip was booked by our kids. They researched and found that there are only several rooms that have much larger balconies then others for the same cost. Go room #6234. It is layed out different and is larger and about 3x's larger balcony.
Cruise director and assistant were great!!!!
Would I go on another cruise? YES. Would I go Carnival? YES. Can my kids pay for another cruise? YES