This was my 11th cruise, my husband's 3rd cruise. We are both 46. This was our first time on Carnival.
Since we live in FL now, we were dropped off at the terminal around 11am. I found the embarkation process to be very quick and painless. We were on the ship by around noon, had a welcome aboard drink, and headed up to the Unicorn Cafe for lunch.
We thought the ship was in great shape for it's age. We had expected really glitzy decor, and while there were countless urns, we didn't think it was TOO gaudy. We didn't notice much, if anything, inside the ship that needed repair, although the exterior could use some sprucing up.