My husband and I took this same cruise last year and had a blast. We were looking forward to another great cruise, however, were disappointed this year. Unfortunately, there was a spanish speaking man a few cabins down from us that ran down the hallway screaming every night around 2:00am waking us up. We complained to guest services who assured us that they would have security speak to him but I don't think they did because he continued to do this every night. The middle of the cruise, I asked to be moved to another floor but was told the ship was full and they could not move us. I find it hard to believe that there was not one open cabin on the entire ship. I was glad I packed ear plugs and wore them nightly to avoid be awoken by this man. The weather was another negative which could not be helped. We had three days with rain that limited our activites. The food was the best ever and I have sailed several times. We did not see the shows for we have seen them before. I wish Carnival would change their shows for the return cruisers. I did like the fact that they now have a comedy clud and the first two comedians were great, haven't laughed that hard in awhile. However, the next two comedians, we saw before on Carnival. Again, Carnival needs to change their entertainment for the return cruisers. Inga at the Martini bar is really good and she tries really hard to cater to your likes. We were sad to see Dominica changed to a sea day, not much to do on sea days.
St. Thomas - Sapphire beach was nice and relaxing with o.k. snorkeling.
Barbedos - Our segway tour got rained out so we went to the Rum facotry which was good.
St. Lucia. Kayak to Pigeon Island was a great tour, however, you can take a taxi to Pigeon Island and spend the whole day there with good snorkeling and hiking the mountain.
St. Kitts - South Friar's beach has great snorkeling off the beach and they now have bathrooms available and a snack shack with good food.
St. Maarten - Local water taxi for $6 to the beach can't be beat, however, an excessive amount of women on the beach trying to sell you their wares. They do not listen to a polite no thank you and repeatedly pester you , even after you buy something.
Over all, a good cruise but maybe it is time to try Royal Carribean or Princess, considering the lack of empathy we received concerning our lack of sleep from the loud guy down the hall and the re runs on entertainment.