This was supposed to be a 5 night cruise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel. Because of the weather we were given a itinerary change via letter the day we boarded the ship. We would no longer be going to Grand Cayman. :( We had the dolphin swim booked there so they credited our sign/sail acct by the time we got on the ship.
We went to guest services and re-booked the same excursion in Cozumel.
Over all we had a good time on this ship. We had nothing to compare it to though other than stories of friends and family who have cruised before. The time we spent in Cozumel was awesome and we actually stayed in port from 5pm one night, overnight and until 8pm the next day. Apparently this was the 1st time Carnival has done this. Many of the crew members were very excited because they got to go out on the town once done work that night.
Food: was pretty good. We had late dining and I highly recommend that. We ate in the dining room every night but one. Steak is awesome, lobster was good and of course the choc melting cake can not be passed up. I was disappointed that they have taken the shrimp cocktail off of their "regular menu" and its only available on formal night with the lobster. We kind of complained to our waiter and the mait re de and they ended up bringing us the shrimp each night. Only our table though. The food in the buffet area was pretty good, salad bar was excellent, the sandwich stand was good. The ommlettes by the poolside grill were excellent and if you like spicy then go have a stir fry from the Mongolian grill. The burgers and fries poolside were so so.
Cabin: we purchased the inside open cabin selection so Carnival put us where they wanted. Saved money this way. We ended up on the top floor of passenger cabins at the front of the ship. I have to say it was a excellent location. If I had of picked my own cabin I would have picked one near a elevator but we NEVER had people walking by our room ( aka kids running) and waking us up etc... it was nice and quiet by our room and we liked it a lot. The bed was converted into a king for us and it was VERY comfortable. The cabin was big enough and kept very clean. Our room steward was fantastic !
Pool Area: absolute nightmare !! LOL We avoided it at all costs. There is only 1 small pool on this ship for 2500 passengers. If you like to hang in a pool with 50 screaming and jumping kids then ....enjoy ! hehe. Could not take the noise from the kids and the loud announcements, poolside games and loud music.
We hung out on the adult only serenity deck all week long. The serenity deck is awesome however it's only got 2 Jacuzzis for the 60 adults that want to be there all day, and they are hot and not refreshing at all. Would love to see it get an adult pool.
Please note with this that we are early 40's ,love to drink, dance and go out, but the pool is not a place to relax at all. The kids are in the hot tubs too, ugh.
Entertainment: We loved loved loved the 2 comedians that were on board. The comedy lounge was PACKED each night they were on stage, go early to get a good seat as it ends up being standing room only. Do NOT sit in the front rows if you don't want to be singled out by the comedians ;)
Never caught any of the shows, there was some talent shows but we watched them on the tv in our cabin and they seemed lame.
We did go see the "love game" and it was pretty funny.
We had no issues getting on or off the ship. Each went quickly and smoothly. We were on the boat in 30 min and same with getting off. The staff were kind and courteous and were constantly cleaning. The ship was spotless.
I have 4 children and the way the kids/teens were supervised on that ship was outrageous. It's almost as though they were not cruising with any adults at all. There were packs of teenagers roaming the ship day and night and never once did I see them talking to an adult. They were between 12-17yrs old and usually drunk or smoking cigarettes they had stolen or found. Carnival does NOTHING about this.
Cozumel was amazing, we really enjoyed ourselves. The Dolphin swim was worth the money and you can take along a waterproof camera and avoid buying their photos for outrageous amounts of money. Get out of the port area though and start walking down the main street to those vendors, you can get MUCH better deals out there than right in the port.