Although I only live 10 miles away from Boston, I have never cruised out of that port before. Driving in and parking was very smooth and convenient (and remarkably affordable at $50 for a 5-night cruise, compared to other parking venues around Boston). Embarkation took about an hour altogether, and the ground staff seemed a bit frazzled, but that may be due to a bad-weather embarkation delay they had had two weeks before which brought about some negative customer reviews. We had no such delays.
Our luggage arrived promptly and our first-floor, interior room was extremely clean and spacious for a cruise liner. My 8-year old loved the pull-down bunk bed and believe me when I say the super-soft mattresses and high-end bed linens Carnival now uses are the most comfortable I have ever slept on. Seriously, it was hard to ever get up in the morning! Closet space was ample. The bathroom was small but functional. Our steward, Felix, was very polite and worked extremely hard cleaning our room twice daily. One time our safety deposit box got stuck and within 5 minutes, Felix had a maintenance supervisor in our room, fixing the problem. At times we could hear the engine rumbling, especially when the ship traveled at a faster speed (especially going from St. John to Halifax), but otherwise, deck 1 was quiet and peaceful.
The food was excellent and there was plenty of options. The lobster tail and shrimp were outstanding, as was the chocolate buffet. Service was a little rushed at dinner, but we had the early seating and I know the staff had to get ready for the 8:15 pm seating. The buffet food was good, but not as gourmet as the food in the restaurant; room service was also prompt and tasty.
Incredibly comfortable beds, 185 square feet, 3 closets, quiet except for hearing the engine when we docked in port. Great value if you are on a budget and don't spend a lot of time in your room. My daughter loved the bunk bed!