This was our first time on Carnival, as we always cruise on RCI. We decided to try Carnival because it was a new ship and sailing from NYC. There were four of us traveling together in two cabins. My GF and I and two female friends of ours. We are all in our late fifties to early sixties. We live in South Jersey and hired a private car to take us to the terminal. We left at 10:00am and arrived at the terminal by 11:30am. We were on line right away and one of our group uses a walker so they told us to go to special assistance to go on board the ship right away, but my GF and I could not go with them because we were not in the same cabin as they were, so we had to wait for our group to be called. Our friend complained when she got on board and they told them to go get us to have us come on aboard but they could not find us in the large crowd of people that was all waiting for their group to be called. Our group was called after a three hour wait and we were on the ship. The ship was nice looking and we went to the buffet for lunch. Our rooms were balcony rooms and were the about the same size as RCI cabins. The balcony was not as wide as RCI.
FOOD: The food on the ship was just below average. The buffet area is set up in a crazy way and the idea of the Deli, hamburger grill, pizza station and Mongolian grill on the outside of the buffet area was not a great idea, also the pasta bar was up stairs from the buffet. The tables were never cleared quickly so you had to hunt for a table every time. The Dining rooms were nice but the staff was not that pleasant, they never asked us our names and they rushed you through the meal.
SHOWS: The three shows were good and the singers and dancers were very good. The other nights were a juggler and a hypnotist that were just OK. The comedians were just OK. DAILY ACTIVITIES: There was not much to choose from, Trivia or Bingo very boring.
Cabin 8266 was nice. The closet space was very good and the higher beds we good for storing you luggage under the beds. The bath rooms were good and the stand up shower was nice. This cabin is by the elevators and the Atrium so it was very noisy if you wanted to go to bed early. The beds were very comfortable