Departure. We got to the pier about noon, after reading what others had written here. Check in was a breeze. Lots of guys with carts waiting outside...I tipped a dollar a bag and turned over all luggage. The next time we saw it was outside our room. I left my party and parked in lot, took shuttle back. by 1 p.m. we were eating on Lido Deck. Getting there early is great idea. Only drawback was lots of Carnival employees asking you if you wanted a "drink special" and handing it to you before you answered....it makes it seem like it is free. It isn't, but if you have it in your hand already....The champagne, however, is free.
Shows. Two reviews by cast....the second one was really, really polished. Passenger talent show one night, only four tried on and all singers. Folklorica show when we docked in Cozamel, presented by locals. Really fun and a good tast of the local culture. Mexican juggler one night, fantastic. Carnival line comedians fair, one did dated material (enough with the Monica Lewinsky jokes already),the second one was good...a lot of fat jokes at his own expense. We discovered the Kareoke bar is packed each night and much fun. Don't miss it.
Cabins. Fine. There were five of us and the rollaway was not for anyone over five and a half feet, but adequate. We were in cabin M48. Clean, had towel animals each night, etc. My sister in law in another room had a monkey one night and my daughter accidently destroyed it by picking it up and her aunt was mad. I