January 21, 2007
We just got back from a 7 day cruise and it was great! The weather was perfect, and we only had rain for one day. THe water seemed a bit more choppy than when we cruised in the Eastern Caribbean but I am not sure if that was due to the strange weather fronts around Tx.
I have to say, we were leary of switching to Carnival cruiselines because of its reputation of being a "partyboat"... we did not see that.
Everything ran like clockwork..from embarking, excursions and disembarking. They truly know the fastest and least stressful way of moving people. All the staff was truly friendly and helpful and spoke English well. They do know many other languages, which we found amazing. You never seemed as if you were bothering them or holding them up.
All the passengers were very friendly and courteous as well. Many "hellos" and excuse me's.
The meals were excellent. We never had a bad dinner--and the selection at the buffets,,, unbelievable.
We enjoyed the shows as well.. the comedians were the best for me. The dancers did a good job but the singers could be better. There were many activities for everyone and the children who were also there, had activities of their own. I have to tell you, we nev r really knew they were there.
Our balcony stateroom was big and roomy for 2. Some of my friends had 3 in their room and when they got their suitcases stashed under the bed, they seemed to have enough room to move about. I think the bathroom was bigger than the last time we cruised. One thing to consider, we were on level 8 and it is just below the Lido deck. WE could hear the chairs being moved and when they had their late night activities, you could hear the people stomping about. IT wasn't truly too bad,but if you are a light sleeper, you might want to know this.
The excursions they offered were enjoyed by most onboard. My sis and I did have one excursion that did not hold up to Carnival's standards. It was in Belize --canoeing and winetasting. The bus tour guide was very good, we only had a problem with the canoeing and winetasting portion. Poor nature guide and the "wine" was just plain awful. Would not recommend this excursion. We did mention this to the cruiseline that they re-evaluate this choice.
Some things we did not like were the offer of a "free lanyard" was only if you listened to their speil for their vacation club, the unlimited drink cards for soda was $50.00 for the week, and the pictures were a bit pricey.
But these became a running joke among our group.
We would definitely plan another cruise with Carnival.Enjoy
If you have some questions,I would be glad to answer them to help with your trip.