This was my 37th cruise, 11th on Carnival. We flew in 2 days prior and stayed with relatives. Embarkation was extremely easy and fast and luggage appeared within an hour. We booked a Spa Balcony on 11th floor. Had a great cabin steward who was very attentive and friendly. Found the room towels to be heavily textured and not so comfortable. My husband thought the bed was great. We brought 2 bottles of wine onboard and had wine glasses in the room.
We had anytime dining and got a table for 2 in Sapphire. Again we lucked out with a very good wait staff. Did not experience any long delays in food service that others have mentioned. The food itself was okay but nothing great in the dining room. We ate most days in the buffet for breakfast and lunch which was boring and repetitive. Additionally, I found the layout of the buffet annoying. They could take a lesson from Celebrity. Now breakfast or brunch in the dining room was a joke with very limited choices, again the same everyday. Alternative eateries were busy, Guy's was better than expected, we really didn't try the others.
The number of pools for the size of the ship was too limited but seating was always available somewhere. The jacuzzis weren't hot enough though. We used the spa almost everyday.