This was a last minute choice, because I had business in NOLA the following week, and I’m glad we did. Faster to the Fun is worth the extra cost, if you can get a slot! Embarkation was organized and painless, our rooms were ready when we boarded, just drop our stuff off and go explore. We make our own fun in the ports, finding taxis and buses to take us to snorkeling spots and beaches...with a little research we spend more time with the locals and fell like we’ve experienced the place.
The food and service in the dining rooms, restaurants, and lounges is top notch. We ate at the Steakhouse twice, so good! That said, Carnival, why can’t you do anything about the lines at the Lido buffet? I’ve never seen lines like that on any other cruise line. Breakfast would have been better if I could have gotten to the eggs in less than 20 minutes.
We usually book inside rooms, and this one was comfy enough. There was some kind of weird noise some nights, though, like someone was using a hydraulic punch. We couldn’t figure it out, and none of our neighbors we asked noticed it. Staff were very professional and did a great job taking care of us.
One last comment for the casino: there are tables and machines marked no-smoking, and that’s a fair enough compromise for smokers and non-smokers to share the space. It’s not a compromise if you don’t try to enforce it; it’s an insult when a member of the staff walks up to a smoker sitting at a non-smoking machine and hands her an ash tray. Don’t pretend to have a policy, if you’re saying it doesn’t matter then just don’t have one.
Very nice as inside cabins go. Lots of storage space, plenty of room under the bed. The bedside tables were not very useful with unmovable lamps right in the middle of the surface, not a lot of room for a clock, or a C-pap machine, or a glass of water. Really ugly artwork on the wall, wish it could have been changed out. (Category might be wrong, check the deck plan...)
Jamaica is expensive! Be sure to bring your own sun block, or spend up to $26 on a bottle!
Use the local buses, $3-$4 each way, and go out to 7-mile beach. We snorkeled at Cemetery Beach and had a great day.