Getting there was easy despite a 1.5 hour delay on the plane. In Orlando, we had a Carnival transfer $25 one way pp. to port. Got to the ship, went through the intimidating but very efficient line and was onboard in a jiffy.
Ship: Not impressed with the atrium. I was on the Sea Princess and Glory's atrium was a joke in comparison. Ship was clean, decor a lil' gaudy for my taste. It reminded me of the Rio hotel in Vegas
People: Over run with kids and families. Not necessarily a bad thing. I liked the younger crowd despite feeling "old" at the Ivory Club every night.
Food: I know what good food is all about and Carnival has it. I was impressed. Pizza was the best and I had it every night. Dining room dinner was also very good. Do not miss out on the chocolate flourless cake, the filet mignon, fish n chips or sea bass.
Emerald Dining Room: Was not worth the $25 pp. Served the same food as regular dining room but smaller portions with better service, presentation and more silverware.
Nassau: Waste of a port. Most shops were closed bc of Boxing Day.
St. Thomas: Beautiful. Take Godfrey's Tour. $20 pp. Worth every penny.
St. Maarten: Took private snorkel excursion from Divi Beach. Had a blast.
Perks: Carnival gave everyone free champagne 3 different days on the boat.
New Year's Eve party was a blast. Couldn't have asked for more...
Shows: All the R rated comedians were a hoot. Would pay to see them again. Loreta has a beautiful singing voice. Don't miss out on her.
Lots of rocking on the boat but had fun with it.
Sea days were okay. Hot tubs were overrun with kids and floaties.
Attitude: Bring a positive attitude. That is what made this cruise wonderful. I didn't have a care in the world.