May 4, 2003
What a wonderful cruise!! Despite everything I'd read regarding how generic Carnival was and so on, this was an awesome experience. Flew into Miami and stayed at Holiday Inn Marina Park (fun location, lots to see and do). Sunday at 1200 arrived at pier for boarding, this went quickly (about 20 minutes in line). All our luggage arrived (this was a new experience for us, usually the airlines loses it all)and our cabin was ready at 2:00 or so. We had an excellent cabin for a family of 4 and our room steward-Adam was excellent.
The dining experience was perfect, Villim our waiter was a doll and we never wanted for anything. Sure the buffets were pretty average but hey when you're feeding the masses, I wouldn't expect more. The shows were wonderful and the cruise director was great. I'd heard that the island excursions offered on the ship were overpriced-NOT! We had a great trip from St. Thomas to St. John's Trunk Bay for snorkeling-great price and fun time for all. We had only one mishap, technical difficulties (we later learned the propulsion system, i.e. engines, were sluggish) had us stay overnight in San Juan and missed St. Maarten.
The staff were great about keeping us informed and we were routed to the Bahamas after St. Thomas in lieu of our missed port. Wide variety of guests on the ship, although fewer teens than we'd expected (to my 14yr old dismay)and lots to do and see. Can't wait to go again.