Spent the night before the cruise aboard the Queen Mary which was right by the carnival terminal. On cruise day we rolled our luggage over to the area of embarkation.
An extremely incompetent Carnival employee tried to direct us into the main LONG waiting line though our boarding passes said PRIORITY on them. He finally realized this and directed us to the Captains Lounge for us to check in. We did not see any porters to take luggage (they were on other side though no Carnival employees were swift enough to point this out). We got checked in (partially as it turns out) and were on way to security priority line. It was then that we got turned around to go find a porter. That took about 20 minutes, at which time when returning we got mixed in main line. They also neglected to put a Faster to the Fun sticker on our Sail and Sign cards. So the whole Priority experience was totally ruined!
Once onboard we got up to our suite, which was very nice. The decorations ordered were in place and liquor was delivered prior to our arrival. Our luggage took several hours, contrary to Faster to the Fun money spent.
The food was between average to very good. Had the steakhouse twice, it was totally awesome. The upper deck buffets were so so. Hard to tell what was open or closed at any given moment. Was ok for eating in a pinch.
Loved the lounge on promenade deck with coffee bar, also a nice area for the trivia games they had several times a day. Enjoyed all lounges. With it being March madness, the sports bar was an excellent venue, great drinks and lots of tv's. The Red Frog served up some outstanding mojitos but our favorite was the Alchemy bar. Wonderful staff, superb drinks and a great place to spend time.
Entertainment was absolutely nothing worth watching.
The Rhythm of the Night shore excursion was well worth the money. What's more is wife had developed a cold and shortly before tour was unable to go. They credited us for this! A very nice gesture.
The tender going ashore was quite organized, even better if you're Faster to the Fun, they had us loaded first for the first 2 hours of the operation.
Debarkation was awesome, faster to the fun we elected to take own baggage off. Our bus to the airport was waiting and unlike embarkation this went smooth.
Overall I'd probably cruise Carnival again, knowing now exactly what to do, not counting on people to do their jobs come embarkation time.
Our cabin was great (aside from the whirlpool not working). Quite roomy and the balcony was huge. Bring an extension cord if you use CPAP machines or noise generators. Also a power strip. Recommend minimum 15 foot cord.
Our steward was absolutely the best.
Stayed aboard the Queen Mary the night before. This was an awesome experience and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Great show, wonderful meal. The 45 minute boat ride each was made fun by the crew entertaining us.
Not much good too say about Cabo. Was only there a few hours and quite tired of all the hustling by vendors and beggars.