Typically, our spring breaks in New Mexico have involved me going snow skiing at Purgatory in Southwestern Colorado. However, my wife doesn't ski so it didn't involve her. Cruising has been our family favorite since our youngest child was three. Our children are boys ages 17 and 13. Both really enjoy their respective kid areas. I enjoy looking at the water. My wife enjoys everything about a cruie ship. Because a cruise ship is a place where our kids cannot really get lost, my wife and I are comfortable with them doing there own thing at there pace. They had some late evenings, while we were able to get t o bed around 10:00 most evenings.
Food: we have had better on other cruises, and a particularly big dissapointment to my wife was no Beef Wellington on this ship. My kids enjoyed their dinners in the dining room with us each evening, and left to be with their peers. Previou s cruises on carnival have always involved the waitstaff parading around the dining room, singing and dancing. They had the singing and they had dancing, but the waitstaff stayed in their own areas.. A small dissapointment for us. Wealso frequented the buffett, pizza and deli numerous times.
Cruise director and his staff: comparing them to other cruises, this was a big negative. I think the show dancers did most of the activities. Rachel was an exception, and was very visible and busy during the entire 7 days. She did a lot of trivia, and was responsible for our older child bringing home seven solid gold plastic ships on a stick (trophy). I believe this is the first cruise wher my wife and i were unable to win a free bottle of champagne. Don't think i saw anybody win champagne. The free things are less than before.
Shows and Entertainment: We found all to be great. We attended fou different family comedy shows and all were funny. What we saw in the main showroom was wonderful. A sidenote is one of the dancers was also involved in volleyball which my wife considered to be a big highlight. Karaoke was abundant and very enjoyable. Too many in here were nearly professional caliber singers and the cruise staff person in charge gave them too much attention, and got away from what karaoke is. Just having fun singing.
Overall it was a great week, and i can't take all the space i would like reviewing it. I know there are people booked on future cruises that might have specific things they want to know about. Yo can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe i can help.