EMBARCATION: Easier than expected; Carnival has a streamlined effective system
SHIP: Some very beautiful areas, like the theater. Main disappointment, they had way too many smoking areas that limited my participation. I could not be in the casino or the dance club because of the extreme smoke. I wish Carnival had advised they allowed smoking on the ship.
ROOM: Nice; loved the balcony to see the ports and the sunrises. Nice place to get some peace and quiet. Always cleaned well, promptly, and loved the little towel creatures.
ENTERTAINMENT: Energetic although talent somewhat lacking. I expected some group exercise options available to all, but exercise was limited to sign up and additional costs. I loved the spa area with the saunas, dry and wet and large clean showers.
FOOD: Hated the early dinner, did not leave enough time to get dressed after returning from a shore excursion. Wait staff pretty good. Food average to good, never exceptional. I thought the bakery chef was better than the food chef. I brought lots of dresses, but did not need most of them as the ship was extremely casual. Just 1 or 2 dress up nights.
SHORE EXCURSIONS: Cozumel, we did the catamaran/beach/snorkel. Too short; seemed rushed. Belize: did the cave tubing. Really pretty lame and too expensive. Cave was beautiful though. Hated the tubes being all linked up, uncomfortable and slow. Roatan: did clear kayak and snorkeling. Loved this island. Lush clean and beautiful. Wanted to live there forever. Grand Cayman: did the barrier reef snorkel. Wonderful. Schools of really big barracuda and angel fish. Spectacular coral gardens.
DEBARCATION: Again, Carnival is very effective on its ins and outs. It was fast. Probably should have kept all our luggage for an even faster debarc.