This was our fifth cruise, our second with Carnival. We did this cruise because our church planned it as a group tour. The cruise was a good value. The food and the service were pretty much on par with other cruises we have been on. The entertainment by the ship's song and dance team and band was excellent. The cruise director, Steve, did a great job. His is multi-talented and provided good leadership as well as his own personal entertainment (juggling and playing his violin). Personnally, I am weary of all the emphasis on shopping and the way it is set up at the ports we visited (Grand Cayman and Cozumel) where the only thing to do is visit shops. I think that if the cruise lines want to be truly cruiser-friendly they will do things likw make nice beaches, walking/running/bike paths and other activities in the port area for those of us who are tired of the shopping scene. Unless we take an excursion, there is little else to do except stay on the ship, and excursions can get pretty costly. It gives me the impression that every effort is being made to add more money to the cruise line and shop owners coffers, without regard to the needs/wants of many cruisers. It's great to go to a port like San Juan where you can walk around old San Juan (as per our Eastern Caribbean Cruise with Carnival last February), visit a couple of forts, and enjoy the beauty and history of the port, with shopping still being an option for those who are interested.
Pros: Entertainment. On-board activities.
Cons: The way the ports are set up for shopping. There is little to see or do unless you take a shore excursion.
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