We chose this cruise because it fit in with the general locations we wanted to go to, along with the only week we could get everyone to agree on and be available for. We've cruise before, but never on a Carnival ship, and honestly we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fit in with the general locations we wanted to go to, along with the only week we could get everyone to agree on and be available for. We've cruise before, but never on a Carnival ship, and honestly we were a little worried. We're not sticks in the mud, and we were also traveling with three kids, ages ranging from 19-23, so we weren't concerned with the "Fun/Party Ship" reputation the Carnival has. However, as we mentioned to people what line we were cruising on, we did get quite a few funny looks, with one friend actually saying "not sure how YOU are going to handle Carnival"... Made for a little bit of anxiety. Honestly, your cruise is what you make of it, so we had a fantastic time. We're not into the pool antics on any line, so we just didn't hang out in the main pool area (unless we chose to hang out with a drink and take it in, which actually made for some fun people watching). The ship itself was great... My husband and I were on one of the of the ship, and our kids ended up on the complete opposite end, which worked out fine...Same floor, just different ends. Our cabin was spacious, clean and comfortable, as was our kids' cabin at the beginning of the cruise... Only ventured down there once, so I can't comment on how it was at the end of the cruise. My only complaint was that their cabin did smell a little musty, but they didn't have a problem with it... Keeping in mind that they are used to dorm rooms at college, so let's just say we're happy they were in that cabin and not us.
The crew was fantastic and everyone was wonderfully friendly. Our cabin steward, Ruby, was a sweetheart, as were our three Main Dining Room Servers (Antonio, Rowell and Agnes). I enjoy greeting and talking to everyone on the ship as I pass by, and the crew was always right in step with a "good morning", "enjoy your day", etc.
Our kids all enjoyed the entertainment, and went to quite a few of the shows. My husband and I only made it to one of the comedy shows, and it was pretty good. We all enjoyed the casino just about every night, and our 19 year old son even won $100 from the crane machine the first night, on his first try... Of course we probably all spent that and more trying to duplicate his win, but we had fun trying.
We ate in the dining room every night and enjoyed what we had. Portions on some items were a bit skimpy, but considering you could order another one if you chose to, it really didn't matter. Again, as I mentioned above, the staff was incredibly friendly and attentive, making sure we enjoyed our experience.
The ports were all fantastic, as were the excursions we chose... Note, we did not book any excursions through Carnival. In the Caymans we did a two stop snorkeling trip starting with Stingray City through Captain Marvin, and had a fantastic time. In Mahogany Bay we went to Little French Key (not to be confused with Big French Key) and it was superb... Hoping to return there on another trip. In Belize we did Cave Tubing through CaveTubing.bz and it was also fantastic with amazing Guides! And finally in Cozumel we went to Mr. Sanchos' All Inclusive, and it was another amazing day spent having a great time. You can read my reviews on each on TripAdvisor.
As for taking another Carnival Cruise, yes we probably would. Again, your cruise experience is what you make of it. If you choose to find fault with everything around you, you will find fault no matter what cruise line/ship you sail on. Enjoy the experience and go with the flow, and you'll have a great time.
Note: Re the fire and loss of power on the ship the first day at sea. We've read a number of people saying how horrible it was and how scary.... It... was... a... non... issue. Most passengers wouldn't have known anything was even going on if the Captain hadn't made the announcement, and if the power hadn't gone out. We were never in danger, we were never at risk. The worst that might have happened with the passengers was possibly having to take the life boats ashore to Cuba... Again, another adventure... It's all in how you look at it. Now, I do understand that a crew member was injured (and was ok), and that's a different story as I don't want to make light of that... However from the passengers perspective, again, it was a non issue. We continued with our plans and walked on the track then went to brunch... The entire incident was over in about 45 minutes, with lights back on in about 30.
Great cruise overall!!! Read Less