Found Serenity the Adults only area on 11 and 12 with lounge chairs, hammocks, big round beds in the front and 2 jacuzzis. Nice area and of course being so early this was empty. I had read about this area in a review, great quiet place on the ship for the whole cruise. We then went to the Mongolian Wok station as I had read this would have long lines during sailing. So we took advantage of this early, had 2 dishes each and it was good.
This as far as food was the highlight. The main dining room food was mediocre at best. we tried so many dishes to find some things ok. We had been on Carnival before 3 other times, this ship had the lowest level of food served on any cruise we have been on. Fish and Chips was a good alternative for lunch from the buffet.
The burrito station was terrible. Pizza with goat cheese and mushrooms was good. We did go to the tasting demo in the steak house, it was 3 small bites that were very good, too bad none of this was available in main. If you like wine take advantage of their special 3 wine bottles at a reduced rate. You will save 10-20 dollars. A liter of Fosters for $6 is great to share.
The first night show was much more a sales pitch then show, skip this one. We enjoyed both comedians, saw 6 of their shows. The piano lounge was nice for two days.
We booked 10 days before sailing and our cabin was forward on deck 6 obstructed view, came at the same price as an interior. In front of the cabin you have a deck that no one knows about, also on deck 7, so you can go out and enjoy the view. Going to Canada the usual balcony we take would have been a waste except for the day leaving NYC after that with the wind it was too cool to use. Serenity was a nice relaxing are to enjoy the ship.
The staff was very good, steward, wait staff, bartenders and cooks. The morning of our return we went to the omellette station which was nicely done. We were the last to come off the ship at 10:30.
We have done the Canada trip before and enjoy the short breaks. We love to leave from NYC, it's great to sail down the Hudson and into the bay and under the Verrazano. Our first time in Saint John a small city with a few things to do. The New Brunswick Museum was a good tour as we had a whale guide with us. The market had some nice items also. We had lunch in town at Britts, very nice. People were very friendly on the ship, nice crowd. A nice quick end of Summer trip, if only the food was at good level, I know I'm on Carnival, I would give a better rating.