Our entire experience was better than we hoped. Our room was lovely, the entertainment was great (the comedians were particularly good) and the food was amazing, comparable to a first class restaurant. Our cabin steward was very friendly and efficient and our dining staff was extremely professional but also fun. Considering we cruised after September 11, I was impressed with the care given to providing good security, including a Coast Guard escort from LA. There also was a medical emergency one evening, requiring a Coast Guard helicopter rescue, which was handled amazingly well. My only criticism is that the embarkation procedure was extremely long, particularly for anyone who has a problem standing in line. We arrived before noon and stood in line for nearly 3 hours for the entire process. To be fair, however, much of this was due to new security procedures still being ironed out, so hopefully the line-ups will soon be shorter. All in all, it was a wonderful vacation and I would cruise again with Carnival in a minute.
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