This cruise was chosen as a Christmas holiday cruise with the family and celebrating a 50th Birthday as well. There were 4 of us and we had optioned for 2 rooms. Overall the cruise was a fun getaway to some amazing ports of call. I will have to say embarkation and disembarkation was better than I ever could have imagined. We literally were off the ship and in the shuttle in under 30 minutes by taking our luggage with us. We were in a suite and chose to bring them with us the morning we disembarked. Would definitely recommend that!
We had 2 cabins with one being an Ocean Suite (7273). The other was an interior on the same deck for the kids to use. We are definitely spoiled with the size and amenities in the suite. Cannot see doing another cruise without being in one again. Great closet space and room to spread out. There were some issues with the room as the ship is in need of some repairs, hence the attention to detail comes in to play here some. The door to the balcony was not tightly secured all the way even with the latch being used. This was particularly noticeable on the first night while going through some storms getting out to sea from Canaveral. A bar in the shower also came loose. We notified our steward cabin (Ferry, who was awesome by the way,) and he got it fixed right away. Room Service was also a bonus. Quick, friendly and perfect for breakfast on port days.
We have 2 kids/teenagers. One is 19 and the other 16. While there was a club onboard for under 18 year olds, there is not much for a 19 year old college student in terms of entertainment. (other than the casino) While I know this is a tricky age to be, this might be something that Carnival can look into as they are missing the boat there. The shows we attended we perfect for the cruise. The show "Flick" was well done and my wife really enjoyed the Motown Hits as well. The performers were really going all out to put on a class act and it showed. Well Done Carnival.
We tried both the Italian and the Steakhouse Restaurants. Both were out of this world. While you pay for their services, they are worth every penny. Guy's Burgers are as advertised. Highly recommend them. The Starlight anytime dining was a perfect selection for us with our schedules and we ate there 3 out of the 7 nights. Food was good and service was OK. Just not up to the standards of the Italian or Steakhouse levels.
The ports and excursions were what made this cruise go beyond our expectations. Cozumel, Isla Roatan, Belize on Christmas day and Porta Maya to close out the ports we visited this trip. We booked all our excursions through Carnival and it was a good thing. We were late getting back to port 3 out of the 4 days but had no issues getting back on board. From Horseback riding on the beach in Honduras, to Cave tubing and Zip-lining on Christmas Day in Belize was simply amazing. These excursions are the reason we cruise and Carnival partnered with some good ones. Overall excellent ports of calls.
As for the ship and crew itself, it is very typical of cruising. Large, well portioned out, and has something for everyone. Some staff are overworked and it shows. Others are extremely friendly and go out of their way to make sure your experience is amazing. (Molly from the coffee shop.) The ship's layout and design are just fine. It is a bit outdated in some areas and is showing some signs of needing an overhaul but the vast majority is fine. Again, attention to detail is what is lacking and that may be due to an overworked staff. Overall this cruise was a 4 out of 5.
7273 was as advertised with the size and amenities. Little outdated but plenty of room with a king sized bed, sofa, chair and vanity area. Really enjoyed the his and hers closet area. Plenty of storage. Bathroom was a good size and GREAT Water pressure
Great tour of the Mayan Ruins of Tulum. Tour guide was knowledgeable and the local food was amazing
Great terminal for both boarding and departing from.
Beautiful horseback riding along the beach.
Kevin Hart was the Best!!!
Best excursion of the Week!!! Was at the Jaguar Paw Site. Long ride to get there but our tour guide was amazing dropping great knowledge of Belize on us. Even my 19 year old stayed awake for it!!View All 375 Cave-Tubing Reviews
Best excursion of the Week!!! Was at the Jaguar Paw Site. Long ride to get there but our tour guide was amazing dropping great knowledge of Belize on us. Even my 19 year old stayed awake for it!!View All 70 Ziplining Reviews
Went to the water park. Good Park just not enough time before having to depart.