Drove up from Northern VA and forgot to check avoid tolls in the GPS, $25 in tolls including going through the Lincoln tunnel, no tolls coming out of the city and I-95 back to home. Parking is VERY limited and $30 per day paid upon entering parking area, what was very nice is to stop after paying the fee to drop off the bags with porters standing by than finding a spot.
Embarkation did take some time as our sailing was sold out with 772 kids under 18 on-board, this is the first time we have seen kids on a cruise so well behaved and had manners, no elevator games or blocking stairwells like we have seen before, it was chilly so they can have the hot tubs all they want.
Dis-embarkation was my only complaint, 3 mega ships in at the same time-BAD BAD, over 9000 people trying to find a porter, porters were complaining that they only have enough to do 1 ship at a time and were being run crazy. Also I have limited mobility so after getting off the ship in the front you have to walk on the pier all the way to the back than in the building you have to walk all the way forward to get your bags and go through customs, my legs gave out half way through and the super nice port personnel went back to the ship to get me a wheelchair, a great big thank you to these folks. And we came in at a different pier than we left at(where are cars are) so the walk continues-be prepared for LOTS of walking on dis-embarkation.
Food was simply outstanding in the main dining room, our waiters Santhil and asst's brought us everything and anything we wanted as much as we wanted, the buffet was just acceptable fresh and hot and repetitive, coffee was hit or miss, it is fresh bean coffee but some machines brew settings may be off calibration on the very strong side. The pastrami at the deli station was one of my favorites always fresh and filling, the wok station was always crowded and good. The hot dogs were great big things with very little taste sure wish they would go back to the ones they used to have, the burgers were awesome, the fries are the thin shoe string style like from steak n shake and were very good especially with hot cheese on top. The bacon police were in full force but the crew would often turn or keep re-supplying other items so if you time it right you can use the utensil from another tray to help yourself to this crispy delight.
The comedy shows were great mostly the R rated ones, if you are even slightly jaded by anything goes comedy you may want to avoid the R rated shows it does get spicy and get there EARLY there is very little standing room in the Ebony lounge and the doors are locked once they are full. The production shows in the main showroom were really good also, probably the best show we have ever seen was "Justin Illusion" this guy and his asst were outstanding he is going to be big time mainline very soon.(if he is not already??)
In closing I do not think we will do Canada routes as we prefer warmer climates but for the price and time we had available and the quality time with my daughter it was a trip well done and ready to book again with our favorite CARNIVAL.