Having previously sailed on the 2nd route for the new Carnival Breeze we were very much impressed by the Value for Money Carnival offered and when looking for a bit of warmth in March we were willing to try Carnival again. The upshot is that Carnival is unmatched in Value for Money, we purchase the lowest cabin possible for an unbelievable price with the mindset that it was probably more expensive to stay at home so how bad could it be! We were assigned cabin 1202 2 days before sailing which is a midship inside cabin, our first inside. Impressions were good, the cabin was a good size very clean and although next to a crew passageway very quiet, in fact the best nights sleep we have had!
The ship is obviously dated but well equipped, we made use of the gym and sauna everyday which was a key factor for us. There are lots of public areas although not all of these were used. This would be my only concern for the cruise, the entertainment and on board activities were limited. I felt that the cruise staff were less than interested and even leaving ports found it hard to muster any sort of deck party. On the whole the staff were friendly but not as attentive as RCL or Princess but your not paying those prices so we were happy. Top tip would be to check out the hot tub in the gym as there are only 3 outside and they get very busy very quickly. As does the serenity area but I love this, it's a real positive for Carnival.
Leaving New York in March was always going to be hit or miss and actually it was miss for us as we got caught in a bad storm leaving furniture flying as we sailed downed south. We thought it was fun but the ships team managed it well.
We docked at lunchtime and stayed until midnight which was a first for us. We spent the day shopping and visiting the town as we have done in the past. Its in the evening when the port comes to live. We stayed out all night with live music and dancing on the see front whilst having dinner in a local restaurant.
We walked out of the cruise terminal to find a local tour and found Boots. We paid $20 for a 3 hour island tour which I can't stress how amazing the experience was. Not only did we tour the whole island we stopped at local villages for food and drinks, rum factories for sampling and also the beautiful beaches. This is a must, avoid the cruise tours go local.