We chose a SPA cabin because we were going to spend a lot of time in the SPA. The Room was beautiful. The only differences between our room and a balcony is interior colors. We also get a nice robe with cloud 9 SPA imprinted on them, and those fabulous slippers. (by the way you get to keep the slippers), and you get unlimited access to the SPA. The The bathroom was what we expected from a balcony room. The closet space was nice, 3 closets, one with shelves. very nice.
The ship was massive. The interior design of the ship was typical of Carnival Cruise line. The atrium was a lot smaller than I had expected it to be. I thought they should have opened it up a little bit more than then they did. But all in all the ship was beautiful. The lido deck is smaller than the other ships, this was because the lido was actually 3 floors high! pool deck, chairs on the 2nd deck, and gigantic twisting slide with some sort of drain slide attached to it on the 3rd. Wow!
We sat at a table of 4, We had requested to be seated with our coworkers. There was no problem with this either. The maitride was very happy to accommodate us. The food was excellent. Our waiter had gone above and beyond to keep us happy. Elegant night, I love lobster, the food was excellent.
Well worth the price. Please go there hungry! I am not sure how many courses, 9-10? The food was exquisite. There are some pleasant surprises, that's all I will say about that.
The Thalasso pool is wonderful, It's great after a long day at port. Wasn't ever too crowded. The steam rooms were awesome. I felt like this was my own Zen room. It was never crowded.
The Serenity Deck:
Way too crowded, spent zero time there. That's why we chose to have a SPA Cabin. To use all of the private rooms. We used our balcony when we wanted to lay out in the sun.
The Ruin: We arrived at a river, that had a hand cranked mobile bridge. The drive was about 1 hour and 45 minutes. We exited the bus and piled up on the bridge and was ferried to the other side of the river. We were put into 3 vans and was driven about 5 minutes up a hill to the site. To get to the actual site, you had to hike up a small hill. Once we were there, immediately everyone was in aw of how amazing this site was. The pictures came close to what I would see and expect, but to be here was different story. We listened to our guide tell us these amazing stories of the Mayans and how they think they may have lived. We were honored with the opportunity to be able to hike to the top of the temple. Simply amazing. Words can't describe how beautiful and respectful this place is. It is a must see. After climbing down the temple, we were put back into the vans, driven down the hills. We had about 15 minutes to shop at a small shop. We were driven to a authentic restaurant for lunch. The food was great, the meat just fell off the bone of the chicken. ummm.. The rice was great, tasted a hint of coconut in the mix. After eating we were driven back to port just in time to catch the last tender to the ship.
The excursion: We decided to do the Isa Passion by Twister! This was the most fun I have had on a roller coaster ride in a long time. the captain and his guides made this ride awesome. We just loved all of the twisting and turning. I had read a review on this message board about a family who wore goggles and everyone laughed them. As it turned out, they were the ones laughing in the end when everyone was complaining about the salt water in there eyes! So we brought goggles with us. Thank god we did! Everyone got soaked. Wearing sun glasses did not help. Thanks cruise critic. LOL
Isla Passion: This Island was beautiful! The sand was like white powder, The water was pure aqua blue. Almost like the blue moon drink, yummy. This was truly a secluded excursion. the only people that was on this island was the twister and catamaran people. maybe 100 people? there was shade everywhere it was like being on your own private island. The food and drinks were included in the price. The food was abundant and delicious. The bathrooms were spotless. They had fresh water showers and there was always someone raking up the beach. I would loved to have stayed here longer. This excursion was way too short. So we got back on the twister again ad twisted our way back to port. We arrived soaking wet again! what a ride!