This was our 7th Carnival cruise. When we booked we knew that is was an older, 3 and 4 day ship. Glad we did not listen to all the negative comments from some.
Embarkation was a snap, the couple in front of us asked for a priority boarding pass, and we went with them. On by noon, and no lines to eat.
Many commented on the food being better than Princess. While Princess has the atrium food court, Carnival has the buffet laid out much better. No lines were that long, and the Mongolian Wok was great. We were with a group of Vietnamese, and they loved it. The Deli was great, and many people ate Reubens everyday. The calzones were good, but Princess and the other Carnival ships had better pizza, I did not like the corn meal on the bottom. The dining room food was good, although some dishes could have been hotter. But the soups were always hot, a plus. The steaks were always tender and cooked to order.