The loud music at the pool....should be limited especially when it was well known average age onboard was over 60!....There is not enough room on the solitude deck for all those who want peace in the daytime. Most other spots were way too close to the "beat" Entirely too much drink selling when it is obvious loungers are deep in their fascinating books and do not want to be DISTURBED. The decor in the buffet room needs redoing(the colors!)...and it is too crowded, but it never was impossible to find a seat with some inventive searching. If people who have finished eating on the outside decks should move on in an effort to be compatible and helpful to others instead of taking up a whole table to read a book.. buffet-life would be heavenly . Politeness does not seem to be paramount in the behaviour of some passengers. Jumping lines, crowding and grumpy faces...didn't we all learn better in kindergarten?
The crew was first class wonderful, the gift shops were fun and inexpensive and the entertainment always worth seeing. I found the adult comic uncomfortable, but i just never went back after the first time. A tide book for ports...yes, it was discussed in our group re problem in Puntarenas. It took entirely too long to disembark at Long Beach and we did nearly miss our homeward flight. Customs guy said "we weren't expecting you" but could that be possible? The food in the dining room was terrific, never disappointed and the staff always welcoming. We never waited for our table, using anytime dining. We always had a variety of choices on the menu and good advice in choices.
There was a slight smell of sewage several times on the trip, strongly when leaving Tampa, forgive us Tampa, we blamed you. But, it reared it's ugly head again when we were at sea, something I have never noticed on any other ship.
All and all, I would cruise Carnival again, perhaps on a slightly newer ship. Oh and parents, watch your little ones on the slide deck, the railings could be slipped through easily. A child was lost off the Golden Gate bridge several years ago, when skipping playfully ahead she fell through the tiniest space: so each time I saw a little one climb up the rail while traversing the Canal my heart was in my throat. Parents need to be more aware!