This was my first cruise with Carnival, I have previously sailed with Princess and Royal Caribbean, but generally select an itinerary, and a time frame and see who's going where I want to go at that time. We chose Carnival this time because they were sailing Canada & New England in July, and most others sail this itinerary in the fall months, so it was good fit. The price was also very good, so we couldn't pass it up!
We had a balcony on deck 6, close to the main elevators so it was a great location, close to everything, but far enough away that we didn't hear the music from the dance parties in the main area below. We got a balcony this time, again, price was right. I've previously had inside cabins with are sufficient since not much time is spent in the room anyways. However, with our balcony we did choose to spend more time on it reading and relaxing because we didn't find much going on during sea days on this itinerary, and we aren't gamblers, shoppers or big drinkers.
The food options were great, we loved the offerings in the main dining room each night, and always found something delicious to have. We avoided the buffet for breakfast and ordered room service instead, we want to start our day relaxed, not with the chaos a buffet can sometimes create. We did do the Punchliner Brunch which we really enjoyed too - the menu selection was great and the basket of yorkshire puddings they brought us were to die for! We opted for a table for 2 and we probably waited about 15 minutes before they finally decided to open up the top level of tables after lots of back and forth between waitstaff and what looked like a manager. They should have that open anyways because there were plenty of people waiting with us. We didn't care for the "comedy break" during brunch, found it too loud and not really funny. We didn't care for the fajitas/tacos from the Cantina, maybe I just got a bad batch of chicken in mine, but there were so many hard pieces of cartilage that I just couldn't eat it. We didn't try a burger from Guy Fieri's but did have some french fries and they were delicious!