The cruise ship is a smaller ship and is very nice. Our room was 8235 which is a large balcony room. It was very roomy with am extra large balcony. There are only a few on the ship this size, so look at a ship deck plan to pick them out. The extra money is worth it. Deck 2 is the action deck. There are several entertainment venues. The sports bar is impressive. Another bar has a live band nightly. There are several small bars and piano bars. There is plenty of space to relax everywhere and enjoy a beverage. The casino is on deck 2 also and is very roomy and despite smoking still being allowed tolerable. There is a larger theater for live performances and a separate comedy club.
The live performance were energetic and were based on musical genre themes. The 60's beach era, the 80s, and a salute to Motown. Very energetic 7 person troupe. The comedy club had 2 comedians for the first half of the trip and then 2 new ones on the 2nd half of the trip. Except for one night comedians perform several shows from PG to R. No show is a repeat. I found the comedy to be very good.
The pool areas were nice. It was a bit cool on the trip and not as crowwed as they might be. There is an adult only pool area, but it is not large and fills easily. It provides hammocks and little clam shelters to relax in. And not this-a hot tob that is hot. A general pool area actually has a dome it can close which made it feel warmer on cool days.
Now the food. The Lido on deck 9 had a continuous flow of buffet food and pizza. During the day Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken, and Nachos were available near the pool. The buffet has sever well signed stations. Each with different themed food. I found the selection good and the food was good. Breakfast with eggs to order was good. The Bachus dining room on deck 2 and 3 served the more formal meals. Breakfast from the menu was very good. The orange juice tastes fresh squeezed in the dining room. Which had 'My Time' dining the first 2 nights then were able to switch to early seating. I found service a bit strange. Several times an appetizer and a salad or soup were put in front of me at the same time. I have never experienced that on a cruise. It seems a bit rushed. Typically, only 1 fork was on the the table setting. The waiter told me to keep it for the next serving. I'm not a snob, but I expect better from a ship. At our assigned table we had a waiter and 2 assistants. Sometimes one of the assistants did the waiting on the table. It seemed a bit unusual.. Although never pushed hard it seemed that dinners were rushed. I found the food average at best. My 4 star instead of 5 is because of the dining room experience.
There are lots of activities each day on the cruise that we don't participate in. We like to relax during the day. There were 3 stops. Strangely we stopped a Cabo two times. We got off the ship (tendered) once for a short tour of tourist area. Very clean. Puerto Vallarta is stop 2 and we took a tour arranged through Carnival. Had a very good time. The tour was a tequila factory and Old Town tour. Would recommend.
To summarize: We liked the ship, its size, layout, entertainment opportunities, and our room. Buffet dining was good. Dining room dining suspect. Just a note. The dress code doesn't exist on this ship. Don't pack your tux unless you like that sort of thing. You may be the only one. There are plenty of photographers on board.