Rent a golf cart at Catalina Island to get around, well worth it. But if you do, reserve it in advance. You'll get it for 3 hours vs 2 hours if you rent one on site. The extra hour will make the difference and you won't feel as rushed to return it.
First day we waited in lengthy lines for the outdoor buffet, not realizing that through the doors were line-free buffet stations. After that, had no food lines at all. If you have kids, the Carnival Imagination with full water park, is definitely the way to go.
Get to know the boat layout on day one. There are some elevators that go to all floors, others only part way so you have to use the stairs. Elevators are slow to arrive, so have patience or get some exercise and take the stairs!
The Pride Dining Room is excellent and the wait staff is awesome. If you're picky about your food, probably the buffet would not suffice, but I used it for breakfast and except for the greasy bacon, it was fine. I recommend eating breakfast and dinner only. The buffet is open for lunch, too.
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