My wife and I finally had a getaway without the kids. We are in our mid 50s, and this was my 10th Carnival cruise (finally Platinum) and her 9th. We also traveled with my wife's service dog, Duncan (his 4th cruise). We had a FANTASTIC time on the cruise. We didn't meet 1 crew member who didn't do everything possible to make our cruise experience the best it could be.
The food: We tried breakfast in both the dining room and on the Lido buffet. Both were good, but we preferred the Lido. In the dining room there seemed to be fewer choices, including the omelets which were plain, ham, cheese, or ham and cheese. Service was very good though. On the Lido there were more choices, and the made-to-order omelets were great. Lunch we only did on the Lido deck, and loved the food. We tried the Mongolian Wok, the Taste of the Nations (Caribbean and American), the Deli, the Grill, and the desserts. Everything was great, except the desserts which were hit-and-miss. Some were very good. We had dinner each night in the main dining room. Choices varied each night (along with the standard daily choices on the Everyday Menu), and we enjoyed all of the meals. Service again was great.
Room service was always fast (less than 15 minutes), and the order was always correct. It always surprised them to see a dog in the room (a large doberman) when we opened to door!
Guest Services couldn't have been friendlier. Any questions we had were handled promptly and professionally.
Shows: We didn't go to either of the big shows, as we were on the same ship with the same shows 6 months ago. The previous time we did enjoy both of the shows, especially "Shout". We saw both comedians doing the family friendly shows (we don't usually enjoy the R-rated shows). Seth Buchwald did a great show, very family appropriate. The other comedian we didn't enjoy, and felt the language was bad for a "family friendly show". We're not prudes, but I'm glad our 11 and 12 year old daughters didn't hear this.
Embarkation and Debarkation: Both were very smooth and organized. Of course, it helped that we were Platinum Members this cruise.
All in all, it was a great weekend. Like any vacation, it is what you make it. The crew seemed nice to everyone. We may have been treated slightly better because my wife is disabled (as in offering to carry our trays to a table on the Lido Deck), or because we had a service dog with us which most of the crew were excited to see on the ship. Remember that the crew works around 6 months without time off, 7 days a week. If they seem a bit tired or off some days, a warm smile and a few kind words can really make their day.
And we were surprised to see our room steward from 6 months before on the Paradise, Roy, who remembered us and even Duncan's name! Now that's service!!
This is a handicapped inside cabin. First time we have had one. Great location on Empress deck, quiet location. Enjoyed the extra room for a wheelchair to get directly into the room, and room to easily store it in there.