Took 5 night cruise to Canada ports: Saint John and Halifax July 11-16, 2011.
Canada could be a lot colder than USA. In Saint John we had nice day 78F, but Halifax reached only 57F.
We got to the port after 11am. Stayed at hotel 2 nights prior cruise in Manhattan, took taxi from there (about 8$ plus tip). Embarkation process took about 40 min. First on a ship, went to customer service to set our cash account (last night got money back what didn't spend).
Went first to the pool area to take advantage of hot weather, tried the slide, it was fun.
After 1pm went to our balcony room. Room was big enough for both of us, and all our stuff.There is shampoo and body wash dispensers in the shower, plus they provided with travel size shampoo+conditioner packet, toothpaste, body wash, plus 1 razor.Didn't find hand soap (don't know if our Stuart forgot about it or they don't give it unless you ask) we got it after asking. Refrigerator found locked, so asked our Stuart to get everything out of there so we could cool our water.Safe operate by swiping your credit card, we used our room key-worked. Had 2 nice robes in a room. Flat screen tn in a room,you can check your account on it. Channels were mixed up, few the same ones, some empty ones. They had 3 movie channels, movies they repeat in 5 night stay. Movies they showed on our stay were: Princess Kaiulan, Despicable Me, Diary of a Whimpy kid,Letters to Juliet, Little Fockers, Tangled, Alpha & Omega, Megamind.
Room service 24hours- free. Breakfast don't have eggs, bacon and etc., but food pretty good.
Gym and Spa located together, first night closed 8pm (on paper said 10pm). They have steam and sauna rooms in a locker,sad that i couldn't use that together with my husband, glad- it was free (most of the ships charge for that extra), but hot tub was for every body's use. But the problem is that the water in it JUST WARM . Carnivals understanding of hot tub is different then mine. We went to costumer service talk about it, they said that by Carnival guidelines water should be between 90F to 105F. Later they called to our room, that water in "hot" tubs 95F and they happy about it. Humans body temperature 98,6, if water below that, don't you agree that it would feel cold. Ironically in a room shower on a wall the sign says , keep your shower water set on 38C which is 100.4F I tried to look up what temperature should be in hot tub , most websites said-104F.
Gym looked nice, but didn't had TV, so they played music most of the time.
Library's hours really funny, mostly 1 or 2 hours per day open, they had about 400 books, some games,, puzzles.
We had anytime dining, which is in Golden dining room. Most of the time waited 15-30min to be seated. Some tables for two, really close to other tables. Food was good, warm melting chocolate cake with ice cream was really good. This cruise had 1 formal night (second night), they had lobster that night,saw some people wearing casual clothe. That night to get to dining room was a hassle. , photographers everywhere, they closed the stairs, they were on both sides dining room door.
Ship have self laundromat, 3$ per load, per dryer, detergent and softener 1$ each packet. Iron in there.
Coffee wasn't good at all, i guess they want you go to creamers and buy one there. Barista coffee :espresso single-1.95$, double-2.25$, shot-0.50$, coffee-regular or decaf 1.5$, fancy coffees: tall-2.95$,grande-3.5$
Internet: 60min - 24$
30min - 16.5$
Pay as you go 0.75$ per minute
One time activation fee 3.95$
Printing 0.5$ per page
Had popcorn in the evenings in bar by movie screen.
Cruise director didn't had stage appearance (looked more like baseball player- not professional) kind a slab.His assistant, young boy with Britain accent, couldn't understand him very good.
Serenity area in front of the ship really nice, it's for adults (21+) only, but the weather didn't let us enjoy it to the fullest. In the back of the ship there is pool for everybody and hot tubs (warm) just for adults too. This area have retractable roof top.
Buffet was just OK, not that much choices, but they had all these other stations too, so you can always find what to eat. Fish and chips, burrito, pizza-open 24 hours, deli, Mongolian wok- really good, but line gets long there.
Most evenings they had sushi from 5-8pm. 3 different kinds, they putting each of one on a plate, that what you get, but you can ask for few plates (it was just OK).
They had regular and with live band karaoke, that was fun. I saw book of songs for live band (125 songs only in there), i am not sure if regular karaoke had different song list book.
Shows were just OK (our last cruise was Allure of the seas, they had the best shows). Saw one comedian show, it was for adults, got a lot of F words.
You can bring one bottle wine or champagne per person on boat in your carry on bag on first day, don't forget bottle opener if you do.
They had enough hand sanitizers all over the ship, sad - not everybody using them, or don't know how to use it without touching them .
Garbage cans in buffet and public restrooms have lids on, whose bright idea was it, i don't want to touch it, restrooms, don't have paper towels, just noise makers. Liked little towels hanging on the door , to use on door handles.
Last sea day they had chocolate buffet 12- 2:30pm, in buffet area. It was really good, but weak presentation, couldn't take nice pictures of it.
It was our 7th cruise, we always do self disembarkation,(in paper said, that people with carry on bags only can participate in that) we and a lot other people had big bags, so if you able to carry all your stuff do it, so much faster, left ship 6:40, got to LGA before 8am, taxi 25$ plus tip. Then had a long wait for our 12pm flight.
Aside all negative, we had nice relaxing cruise. I have a lot of pictures in http://travel.webshots.com/album/580596787CZBick website.