Spa Carnival is a 12,000 square ft. area for beauty salon, fitness center and spa. You may run into a spa therapist with a sales pitch, but if you firmly state you have all the products you need, she'll turn off the pitch. I had one of the best facials I've ever enjoyed.
Use of the Fitness Center -- with new state-of-the-art equipment -- is complimentary, but some yoga classes carry a modest fee. Eight times around the deck equals a mile, and the stairs provide good exercise. The top deck features a jogging track.
Carnival WaterWorks, the new waterpark, is fantastic. Spigots and slides, and water, water everywhere attract kids and some older kids as well. Located aft on Deck 11, it is a great addition to the ship's amenities.
Live musicians entertain at the main pool every afternoon.
The best thing to happen to Carnival in years is the creation of Serenity, located aft on Deck 9. The adults-only area features approximately 120 beautiful and comfortable lounges, new decking and two whirlpools. There's no "mommy, look" or "daddy wait for me" -- instead, it's just some background music and waitstaff on tap. It is an oasis of quiet -- serene, if you will -- in a Carnival atmosphere.
Golfers don't have to give up the game to go to sea: An opportunity exists to received personalized lessons and play a number of challenging courses. Shipboard lessons are conducted at a covered and lighted "driving range" and utilize teaching computers.