A group of families and friends travelled from Canada and embarked on this wonderful ship on New Year's day. We were on Elation before, compares to that one, this ship is way better. The room is surprisingly large, we got with balcony, so the view is unforgettable. We got to see the sun rise and sun set and the moon from our own bed! The cabinet stewards are very friendly.
The food at Normande restaurant is very delicious. Highly recommend the restaurant, by our experience, this is the only choice on the boat you have if you prefer not to put on too much weight throughout the 7 days. The Buffet has good variety of food choice however, the line-up could be long sometimes, and you tend to get more and eat more after the line-up. So we put on 3lbs after 7 days almost all eating at Normande. Not too bad, right? We loved our Ma-tro-des, they're awfully friendly and helpful.
Baltimore was in 20-30F when we arrived the New Year's eve. When we arrived in Port Canaveral in Florida, it's 55F. It's very cold and hard to stay on the deck (although there're enough indoor activities). For the whole 7 days, only 2 days while we were in Bahamas the weather is above 70F. On the beach was still a little windy and cold. This is our first time to try driving to a port (instead of flying to Florida), we are not sure if we want to do it again. We're trying to get a break from Canada's cold winter, it's still warmer (you don't need your winter jacket) but we regretted it's not warm enough to wear sandals and beach wears.
All the children in the group somehow don't like the Carnival Camp at all. The facility does look old and not welcoming. They're happy with each other's accompany.
We stayed at Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson city (20 minutes away from the port), very nice hotel and highly recommend. We parked at the port and it's so convenience.
Overall, it's a wonderful experience and we love this ship.