Stayed one night pre-cruise at the Wyndam Riverfront. Nice 3 star hotel. Lots of hot water and great beds.
This was my first cruise with Carnival. My previous cruises have been on Princess and Royal. Chose this short cruise to give Carnival a try.
Embaraktion: Huge room full of people, 75% of which were carrying 12 packs of soda? I thought maybe they did not sell it on board. Give you a #card and you sit down and wait for your # to be called. Was on the ship approx 45 minutes after I arrived at the pier.
Stateroom: Had category 8M, extended aft balcony. This ship has few balconies. This was the first for me on an aft balconie, and i was wonderful. Will look for this category in the future. Room pretty standard. One straight back chair to sit on or the bed. Bathroom has the dreaded clinging curtain. First day out the power went out and the toilets would not flush. Lasted all day and of course no coffee etc. Card provided on he first night to order breakfast, but not offered the rest of the cruise. Nice towel animals every night.
Activities: Shows poor quality, few activities, and a terrible casino.
Food: The worst I have ever experinced on any ship. Your hospital cafeteria has better food. They ration the bacon at breakfast to two slices per person. Desserts are served by the crew. Service in the dining room was good, but the food was just awful. One night there was enough!
Crew: Lots of smiles and everyone always spoke.
Smoking: If you do not like to be around smoke STAY AWAY FROM THIS SHIP! Overpowering. The smoking goes on EVERYWHERE! There is nowhere to go to get away from it.
Debarkation: Smooth and quick. Used Carnival transfer to the airport. Quick, on-time, and the cheapest way to get to the airport.
I would not sail this ship again. I enjoyed the balcony. Ports no big deal as I had been to them before. Poor quality food was a real turn-off. Would not sail Carnival again u was a much larger and newer ship.
Category 8M aft extended balcony, E257. Nice size room. Only one straight back chair to sit in or on the bed. Bathroom typical size with curtain on the shower. Liquid soap and shampoo in the shower. No hairdryer. Balcony has two chairs and a small table. Nice bathrobes in room and pool towels provided in room. Typical safe in closet. Beware the smoking. It is heavy everywhere on this ship.