This is our (8th) cruise and I don't want to sound like one of those folks you just cannot please...we were a group of (33). We had a great time because a cruise is what you make of it, however, I would not recommend this ship if another was available. We have been on two other Carnival cruises so I am not bashing Carnival as the Spirit class of ships and the overall feel and cruises were great. Here we go:
Ship: Horrible layout, very cut up and not appealing. Always felt crowded and did not have a good ventilation system so there were alot of wierd smells and cigarette smell. This is usually the case in the casino for sure, but seemed to really be in quite a few other places. Very cut up ship and difficult to navigate. No wind blocks on outside core decks so wind hurt the opportunity to spread out without getting blown away. Overall, just not an appealing vessel in design or layout.
Food: Understand you are not paying for high end here, but the food this time around was not appealing. Even the steakhouse food was just ok...service great. We did do the chef's dinner and that was the best experience we have had on any cruise...they got this right. The Tandoor on the back was the best as well as the Mongolian in the buffet...do it early because everyone figures this out and the lines will be large and huge.
Kids: Not impressed with the security and lack of curfew enforcement. To many kids running around way to late. Not a lot of activities for early teens and teens. Good for younger children. Felt it was better on previous Carnival cruises.
Crew: There were some great crew members I met for sure, but the overall feel of the crew was not lively...something missing. I figure that because of the previous fire disruption and crew being disbanded, maybe they have not really jelled yet. Just did not seem overall happy and accommodating on a whole...just going through the motions.
Shows: Thought the shows were pretty good. Comedian's were not very good.
Shore trips: We always do our own thing, but getting off the ship took a very long time. If you pay for one of their excursions, you get priority getting off the ship. You had to get a number and then go through a maze to wait and then get called. No one ever checked on the number so getting one was a waste of time. Just go to the front on deck zero and get on the tender.
Cabo: Always a good time. They do not spend the night probably for security and for sure so the casino is open. The second day in Cabo is very, very short so get out as early as you can.
PV: The outdoor adventure is always a winner. Dinner at le kliff is a one of a kind view and we had done this before. This time the food and service were laughable. This is about 30 minutes from town so plan your time around sunset but don't go for the food...view is the best you will see.
Overall, for a spring break cruise, I would have expected a more upbeat and fun atmosphere but I just feel this vessel has a weird vibe about it. Did not feel a real outreach from captain and cruise director as we have had in the past. However, like I stated before, you make it what you want when it comes to a cruise. We had a good time, just expected much more out of the ship and would not recommend to my family and friends if they had another choice from this location.