Carnival does a good job with entertainment, as a rule. The elaborate production shows onboard include a high-energy medley of popular music from the last few decades, called "Legends," and a Beatles-themed production that is quite fun.
The three-level main show lounge is fashioned after the Paris Opera House and "The Phantom of the Opera." White enamel masks and mini candelabras line the maroon and gold walls, and almost feel magical. Stone figures hold up orange "stained glass" lights atop the entryways.
Carnival's Farcus tends towards gaudy, over-the-top themes, but Mad Hatter's Ball, the alternate show lounge beneath Phantom, works beautifully. The entrance from Deck 2 is inviting with sparkling red hearts dancing down the winding staircase and funky frosted lamps in red and ivory lighting the way. The lounge itself is plush and fantastical -- like a fall down Alice's rabbit hole. There are several late-night adult comedy shows in Mad Hatter's Ball, and a friendly bartender who makes fabulous appletinis.
Frankenstein's Lab is the pretty nifty two-deck disco. It received new furniture and carpeting as part of the recent refurb. Neon "electricity bolts" line the walls along with slabs of grayish purple stone, gargoyles hold up the bar stools and cocktail tables, and a gigantic light-up Frankenstein patrols the dance floor. This is used for a teens-only dance party each evening, but becomes a hot spot for adults much, much later -- think way after midnight.
Mr. Lucky's casino is enormous with table games and slot machines galore. Particularly precious are the Garfield (yes, the cartoon cat) nickel slots, but there is often a line to play at both machines. For low-key card playing, check out the Joker, a small card room located forward on Deck 2.
Sam's piano bar features live music each evening, and the pianists take requests -- there's actually a huge binder of songs to flip through and microphones along the bar for guests with a little gusto. One neat feature here is that the piano is on a platform that spins ... though this may not be so neat for anyone feeling a little seasick!
A fabulous jazz trio plays in the Gotham Lounge after both dining seatings. During the day, cruisers participate in art auctions, trivia contests, ship-sponsored "pub" crawls, big-screen movies, bingo games, slot tournaments, fun contests and game shows like "Newlywed, Not-So-Newlywed."