This was our family's first cruise together, I had cruised on Premier's Big Red Boat 20 years ago. Embarkation was so simple. We arrived at the terminal at about 11:00, and were on board within 10 minutes. As our room was not ready until 1:30, we went to Tiffany's and had lunch. The Lifeboat drill was easier than I remember from my past experience. However, there were some very rude and obnoxious people seated next to us at our muster station. We felt sorry for the Carnival staff - they were given a really hard time by one drunk guest who REFUSED to put on his lifejacket because it "stunk." After the muster drill, the ship set sail. Soon we were in VERY ROUGH seas, the boat was rocking a lot. Many people were sick and vomiting in the halls and public areas. My only complaint is that Carnival did not have any garbage cans that were accessible for these people.
The food was good. We ate at Tiffany's for Breakfast and Lunch - I only wish they had a greater variety. We ate in the Dining Room for dinner each night. Our waiter, Gembong, was wonderful. Our children (7&10) insisted that we eat in the dining room each night, because they wanted to see Gembong. The food was great - we especially enjoyed the Ribs, Prime Rib, and Salmon. And, the desserts were also great - especially the Chocolate Melting Cake.
The entertainment was ok - the only show that we really felt was great was the Motown show. The other shows were a little boring at times.