We booked this cruise because we could drive to the port and avoid using airlines and their hassles.
Our 6th cruise, 2nd on Carnival. We found none of the negatives, that others reviewers found on this board.
Shows were good, but not as good as those on HAL. The talent show on the last night was great.
We enjoyed "your time dining" in the Renoir dining room every night; the food was excellent, and meeting fellow cruisers from all over the world (but mostly Texas) was fun.
Ports, the first time we visit a port we take a tour to see what's there, and then maybe venture out on our own. Montego Bay, Jamaica was first and we booked an excursion thru Carnival. It took us thru some of the worst areas I've ever seen, garbage, trash, was everywhere. Packs of goats were roaming everywhere, twice that I saw, the bus received the universal sign (were number 1) from locals. Everyone was constantly harassed to buy junk and some were offered drugs for sale. I think Jamaica should be dropped as a cruise port.
Grand Cayman and Cozumel were nice ports, we took private tours that were cheaper and just as good as ship excursions. We just made sure there at least 8 guests on each one.
The final sea day I was able to book a "behind the scenes ship tour", it took almost 4 hours and was a highlight of the cruise. We were told we could only spent 15 minutes on the bridge with the captain, but we stayed over 45. The officers answered every question and more. The parts of the ship passengers don't see are just as clean as the rest of it.
Embarkation and disembarkation was fast and easy, no problems. The windows in the Lido could have been cleaner, heard the power sprayer system was down. There should be No reserving tables and then getting in line for food in the Lido.