The ship (and Carnival cruises in general) is certainly appealing to a specific type of traveler. While I enjoyed the trip, it definitely was not my cup of tea and I won't be heading on another cruise again anytime soon.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
Very limited dining options and mediocre food quality. Only one non-buffet option for dinner with a menu that changed very little on a night-to-night basis. We were all feeling a bit queasy from the food by the end of the week.
1 out of 5
A lot of potential for fun entertainment and activities, but disappointing execution. Very very similar programming on a daily basis and not always the best executed. Also, we were very disappointed by a lack of information about he various ports of call, other than the outrageously priced shore excursions that we could book through Carnival.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Overall the staff was great. We loved our stateroom steward and most of the waiters and waitresses that we got to know. Several nights, however, we had very disappointing waitstaff at dinner and were often left unattended for over half an hour at a time.
3 out of 5
Wasn't really sure what to expect, so I can't say a lot here.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
Overall, we were pleased with the stateroom. It was on the lowest deck, but had 2 porthole windows and was very comfortable and homey. One of the few things that we were sad to say goodbye to at the end of the week.
We rented a car from the port area (no scooters available) and headed down to the west end, where we parasailed and snorkeled. We booked it all on our own, yet did it with folks from the boat who had booked it as a shore excursion. The only difference: we payed WAY less but had a lot more flexibility.
NOTA BENE: Grand Cayman is on Eastern Time, while all of our other ports were on Central Time. Carnival never once informed anyone of this, and as a result we missed our snorkel trip. Thanks, Carnival. Also, they had to dock on the opposite end of the island, and forced everyone to pay $10 for shuttles to the port where we were supposed to have docked.
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