We choose this cruise based on the ports, length and convenience. And based on this we were satisfied with the cruise and our choice. We have sailed a few times on carnival and found this ship very similar to other carnival ships with services, crew and food.
When you first board the ship you are overwhelmed by the décor which is OLD WORLD design style. At first its jarring and tacky but over the days you get used to it and seems to fit with the European ports. We joked often that there wasn't a surface that a carnival designer couldn't bedazzle. However some area are updated such as Alchemy bar but others like the buffet was not. And other areas should wear and tear and deferred maintenance such as the floor to ceiling windows from the buffet to the lido deck were so filthy you couldnt see out of them. Obviously the mechanical cleaner that cleans the windows hasnt been working for years. Other areas showed the same lack of upkeep : rusting hull on outside where you embark isnt a good look, worn deck boards and railing down to the exposed wood which is split in places etc. however I realize the ship is almost 20 years old.
cabin interior is dated in colors of teals and peach and honey colored formica on cabinetry of late 90"s including bright teal bathroom sink and orangish mauve couch in room. overall functional but seem deferred maintenance issues in cabin. Beside the usual nicks and scarps from years of wear and tear other issues such as a missing faucet ring in shower, a loose faucet in bathroom sink, bathroom sink only had SCOLDING HOT water no cold. However was fixed halfway through cruise. Room got warm in middle of the night. Sometimes sleeping with balcony door open was cooler. Small t.v in room. Overall it was okay and by no means trashy or dirty.
enjoyed the nature preserve on gibralter. we did self tour and bought the pass online prior to leaving. We took bus to cable car and enjoyed the whole day walking across the mountain and seeing the sights. So much more to see then you would expect. Tallest point lookout, war monuments, tunnels, caves etc. We walked back to the ship when done. Easily whole day experience for a few dollars. Download app before you go for better directions. Many passengers took excursions but only saw a few sights on the mountain.
We booked a hike to Caminito del Rey which is 45 minutes outside of town. This is a hike on a boardwalk on the edge of a canyon wall. Excellent tour group by Sunshine Tours Andalucia. It was a 6 hour adventure at 75 bucks a person. well worth. Google it and then book. Its not as scary as it looks because the boardwalk is 6 ft wide in places but it is gorgeous and great to get some exercise in on the cruise.
We did our own walking tour of the city. spent all day looking at everything.
Another city we spent the day walking and taking in the sights on our own.
we booked a half day tour with a cruise operator at the port. Initially we were planning to do the hop on off bus here but this tour was starting sooner and was about half the cost and went to the major sights. had great narration and ample time at most places. However this reminded me why we typically dont do tours and several people were always late getting back to the bus causing time delays.