This was our 7th Carnival Cruise and our 30th cruise. We chose this cruise for a relaxing time after a week of touring in New Orleans. Also, we had one of our daughters and her family. The kiddos had a blast going up and down the waterslide, over and over and over. There was something sharp at the bottom and both kids scraped their feet and came out bleeding at one point. There was nowhere to sit in the shade on the pool deck. We went to Serenity, but children were not allowed there. ALL of the lounges were filled on the main deck. The kid's program seemed to feature too much time on computer games. The dining room staff were stellar. They paid particular attention to our little ones and made them feel so special at "Showtime". The singers and dancers onboard were very good. We enjoyed the first and last production but were totally disappointed with the Country night. The whole family had a great time at the crafting with Georgia. We played bingo and that was soooo annoying. There were only 3 games and too much chatter trying to keep it interesting. It seemed childish at times. Guy's Burgers and the Blue Iguana had decent lunches. The dining room meals were disappointing. Not one meal was worth talking about. Since this was a shorter cruise, we think people used it as a time to get their drink on. At one point, a man was so intoxicated, we thought he would fall over the railing at one of the evening shows. The casino was tight and the machines did not entertain. It was like feeding hungry monsters. The cruise director, TJ, did his job well. Debarkation was a NIGHTMARE. Long waits with nothing to do and no food or drinks. We would probably not go on this cruise again.
Our cabin was fine. This was the first time we were offered to have our room serviced either in the morning or evening or both. We chose the morning, but, it would have been nice to have our cabin serviced both times because it was not pleasant to have our damp towels piled in the corner of the bathroom. Our room steward, Emmerson, was very good. It was nice to be on the Lido deck and not have to take the elevator or stairs to the pool or food areas.
We stayed in the French Quarter for a week. This vacation was geared to the children, so we did things like the zoo, storyland, etc. The World War II Museum was soooo well done. War is not my thing, but this was quite an experience. The Mardi Gras museum was very colorful and informative.
Since we have been on a lot of cruises, this port was average. Also, we were on this cruise to relax after a week in New Orleans on the go, so we just wandered in the area. Most of the items for sale were things we have seen before. With all the diamond shops all over the world, it makes you realize how common they are.
Once again, we just wandered through the area. We did find Mr. Hacksaw and had him create a gift out of a key for us. Other than that, we had delicious guacamole and some beers right there in the port. (anything for free wifi)