Evening dining room service and food was excellent! Breakfast dining room service was poor - no refills on drinks. Ship appearance was on par with other Carnival ships. Although there were two pools and seems like enough areas for sunning, there were NEVER any chairs available and if you went out early to get a chair, "rude", "disrespectful" fellow cruisers felt they could move your things and help themself to your chair. (beyond Carnival's control, obviously). Walking track too short, gym too small for number of passengers! Ship is noisy! Heard a lot of noise inside stateroom from neighbors, hallways, and overheard. A lot of creaking of ship during the night as the ship rocked with waves. Ship rocked a whole - lot; know we had some weather conditions a couple of days, but even without high waves, felt a lot of movement - wonder if a problem with ship and it being so big...?Need additional staff/security controlling the children and teens on board. Never saw a staff member at the kid's clubs; teens were running around the ship, all hours of the night without parents or crew for supervision. Maybe a curfew would be good, for under 18 after 11 or 12 p.m., this would require additional security but would make it much more enjoyable for everyone. Not enough spots for shore excursions - everything was booked and had to wing-it at Belize. Feel somewhat indifferent about this cruise. This was our 8th cruise and was disappointed to say the least. I think the clientele of Carnival is lower, therefore attributing to the rudeness and inconsideration of fellow cruisers; have cruised with R.C. and Norwegian and NEVER experienced this before (not even on the other 2 Carnival ships we have been on). Wish there was an easy fix for this problem, but know there isn't. :(
Enjoyable cruise. This was our second Carnival; however, we have cruised with RC and Norw. several times. Enjoyed having only one stop -like the days at sea. The ship was great for the most part. The windows in the lounges and common areas were very dirty! All of the wait staff was very friendly. Bar staff did not promptly wait on those with Coke cards - they seemed to prefer other "paying" guest more promptly. Excellent Broadway type shows and plenty of entertainment. There is only one complimentary beverage area, this makes it hard to get water and coffee easily. The cabins were very spacious - we had 5 adults in one room and it was still comfortable. Overall, good cruise for price. Tampa port was extremely easy to board and disembark.
Belize City, Belize - Took an independent city tour. Was okay, not a big deal. Lots of shopping if thats what you like. Did not get to take shore excursion we wanted - booked up. However, if you will take appropriate clothing, when you get off the tender, there will be people there selling excursions for a fraction of the price - will be on your own- thats the only draw-back to doing excursions this way.
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras - Not much there. Beach area is nice, however it is man-made not natural. Hoped to see natural beach areas.
Cozumel, Mexico - must go to the other side of the island to enjoy the beach; ruins were good
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