with our overall experience. Embarkation was smooth. It probably helped that we arrived later in the day so most people were already on board. We moved through the lines and made it on the ship fairly quickly.
The ship was beautiful as was the stateroom. There was plenty of storage for a family of five and the two bathrooms were a time saver. The cabin was noisier than the cabins on Disney. The creaking tended to wake my wife and I throughout the night. We weren't able to get a good nights sleep during our cruise. Our only complaint is that the fridge would not keep the milk cold for our kids. We had several cartons of milk spoil. Our room steward was adequate. We didn't get to know him like we did while on our Disney cruises. We are not sure if this was because he was very busy, or just naturally quiet.
We expected long lines at the buffet, but these lines were ridiculously long. The food was cold and had no flavor, regardless of whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner time. Longer buffet hours would probably alleviate the long lines and crowded seating areas. The staff on the other hand was great. They were very helpful and accommodating with any request we had. Our wait staff in the restaurant started out rocky, with slow service on the first night, but they recovered nicely. By the end of the cruise they knew our names and the names of our kids and had our drinks waiting for us, refills were quick and they were generous with the bread and seconds.
Although we enjoyed the water slide, mini golf, and pools, there is only so much time you can spend golfing, sliding or laying out before getting bored. We aren't interested in gambling so the casino was not an option for us. The daily activities seemed geared to older cruisers. They consisted of beanbag toss games, bingo and trivia games. We spent a lot of time wandering the ship bored looking for something to do. The excursions more than made up for the lack of activities on sea days.
The deal breaker for us and the reason why we won't cruise Carnival again is because of the Camp Carnival staff. Our experience was so bad that I wrote a letter to Carnivals CEO upon our return. I will be writing a review of our experience with the camp within the next few days.