First time on Carnival (RC, Princess & P&O) & first Christmas cruise.
Mum & 2 teens (O2 club); Sister booked a last minute cabin. Knew another family, so linked them to be part of our travel group (for MDR).
Festive displays helped lessen the pink themed public areas (although the decor in the room corridors was nice). Although the MDR is called the golden pearl, it’s hard not to see it as fried eggs. Like most, negotiating ship due to kitchen placement for MDRs took a bit. Food overall was good & no shortage. Enjoyed the Christmas lunch in MDR. Maître d was entertaining. Ate at all the included food places. Pay for coffee/milkshakes good. The choice for cocktails was the alchemy bar - call out to FJ.
Comfy beds (maybe pillow top?). Any issues (unmade 3rd bed & blown globe attended to promptly). Steward friendly. Welcome place to have break from the ship colour scheme. Teens enjoy chilling in window. Only issue, which I didn’t report was the in-shower line was broken, but having brought a chamois & wire coat hangers, able to dry swimmers. Bathroom would get warm, so I guess not as much ventilation as other ships.
Visited before (tenders) - so swam & snorkelled. I took some packed chips for snacks as knew limited available.
Visited before (in the working dock, so needed to be bussed to cruise terminal)
1st trip (allocated numbers) - shopping
2nd trip (no waiting) took 3hr trip to day tripper part of the Ilot Maître Resort - saw turtles, tropical fish, sea snake, coral - only disappointment was they didn’t have snorkels/masks until an hour in - we only had 2 for 3 of us. But great trip.