Why? Was curious and it fit our schedule, we have been on several carnival, princess, and royal. Beyond expectations in most areas.This ship is very similar to carnival in so many ways, especially the layout obviously because it was a carnival ship.
Tip one: Arrive early around 10:30, it seems check in would be slow if there was a line. Valet and baggage check in was efficient, quick, and simple. No porter, no problem. You bring your luggage 50 feet to scanner and another short distance to drop off that seemed easier than the bigger ships and ports.
Tip two: research all the additional options and packages such as drink packages and specialty dining, concierge vip etc, they will again and again be offered while you wait to board,
tip three: practice for and plan those green screen photo ops, have extra embark pictures taken because the will be some unadvertised photo package to entice you, remember they are professional photographers and work with you for requests.
tip four:Don't expect an extensive menu or buffet, however all the free stuff is a good variety and was EXCELLENT. I wish and miss they had no salsa for my eggs, no oatmeal fixings, no oatmeal on 2nd morning, no toast or bagels.
tip five: don't over eat between meals. they also had midnight we had mid afternoon burgers and then realized the had Smokehouse bbq brisket, chicken ribs, slaw etc, it was excellent. They also had midnight tacos the first night.
There was a good free drink variety of juices etc, and free ice cream cones.
Pizza is not free, nor is the specialty burgers.
Free dining is small selection with optional pay for items like filet and lobster tail for around 20 bucks.
Outstanding dining service and food.
Inside cabin just fine like other ships. tv lousy, but too busy to need it.
On board entertainment great, something always going on, except
They charged 9 bucks for comedy show that was ok, I was slightly disappointed because of being spoiled by carnival's punchliner comedy .
Missed that sucking sound the last night cuz the toilet broke, they were on it quickly
Did not use their excursions, and the snorkel that I booked outside of cruise was weather canceled. Looking forward to another opportunity.
Disembark was pretty quick being near front of line for early flight, but looked like a long wait behind us. Therefore valet was quick too.
I believe the ship was half empty because only one half buffet open. This added to the uncrowded feel.
Pools were closed? hot tubs open
I rely on reviews and doing my part to help others. Overall great time. bon voyage
room size good, comfy king bed tv lousy. cute curtained fake window
toilet stopped working last night, made due with other ship heads, reported in morning and they were there quickly, while we disembarked