This was my 1st Carnival cruise (27th overall for me) and my husband's 2nd Carnival cruise having previously sailed on Conquest. We booked this cruise in Oct 2020 so we'd had a long 770 day countdown! Besides me checking off Carnival as another line sailed, the main reason for booking this cruise was for me to finally get to experience Half Moon Cay.
Travel to Embarkation Port
Our cabin was 7467 - an aft view extended balcony. Fairly spacious cabin - extended balcony feels comparable to size of a mini-suite on Princess.
- Cabin décor & size - Could not find how much sq ft this cabin was. Décor is definitely dated - ship was built in 2011.
- Cabin steward was I Noyman.
- Cabin location & proximity to ship features - Extra convenient to dining options on deck 10 & 11 aft and the piano bar and Spotlight Lounge on deck 5 aft. Aft corridor had little traffic as expected. You could hear hallway noise if people walking by were loud or ceiling noise if people above were moving furniture on their balcony.
- Cabin features:
- Sofa with two drawers underneath and coffee table. Desk with 5 drawers including top drawer with attached hair dryer, mini bar (note: not a fridge - only designed to keep beverages cool), safe, closed shelf, and two open shelves. Stool slides under desk. Only two US outlets and one UK outlet. Two woefully small nightstands with lamps (no USB or power plugs). Two wall hooks. Bathroom has three sets of shelves on each side of vanity. Shower is OK size but has dreaded curtain. 3 closets - 2 hanging and one with shelves. Hangers in closet are the dumbest design - you can’t move them between closets and they have two to a plastic ring so they’re awkward as hell to get clothes on and off.
- Private (more like semi-private due to side panels being triangular and lack of overhead cover) aft-facing extended balcony with two chairs, one lounger, and a table. While balcony size was nice, balcony panels were dingy and glass was dirty. But the biggest issue was that the balcony was highly susceptible to soot. We had to keep wiping down the furniture and make sure to use our pool towel to sit on the chairs. I would not book an aft cabin again based on this issue.
- Per website, the cabin had Carnival Comfort collection linens. Didn’t really find anything special about them. Bed was on softer side but certainly not up to same standards as the Princess Luxury Bed or Celebrity eXhale.
- TV channel selection was poor - OceanView, 2 free movie channels, CBS News streaming, Travel, Discovery, Food, HGTV, TCM, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, 1 music video channel, plus all the ship/cruise info channels.
I can now personally attest to the powder softness of the HMC sand - best sand of any cruise private island I’ve experienced! Water is also some of the clearest as well. Just wished there was more shade available without having to rent a clamshell or cabana. Very few trees and strangely no beach umbrellas.
Island doesn’t have WiFi (at least along the beach it didn’t). Also, ship beverage packages do NOT work on the island (for Carnival cruises).
We headed straight up the beach to Jack’s Shack for the day. We had jerk chicken & conch fritters which were delicious plus a few round of strong reasonably priced drinks.
We headed to the Aqua Zone and enjoyed the pool/lazy river complex. This was our first time docking in Amber Cove and it’s a nice setup.