The staff of the ship excluding the Cruise Director and his staff were not knowledgable or helpfull. The food was average and inconsistent. The pools on the ship were a nightmare. They have no lifeguards so the security staff oversees them whenever they have time. The equates to not being able to jump in at one point while other times it is extrememly dangerous as preteens and teens are doing back flips in to the pool while others try to avoid getting hit by a flying body. My 7-year old son was trying to swim when an older much heavier boy dove in on top of him. The sign says no diving but since there is no one assigned to the pool the rules were a joke. The supposed slide was closed most of the time and the hours that were posted where for a different cruise. The Guest Services staff was a joke. They had no information about rental car services at ports and didn't even provide pamphlets. My son's who's last cruise experience was with Disney Cruises were extremely disappointed with the Kids Club on Carnival. They stayed for 30 minutes one day and did not want to go back. Our waiter had no personality at all. He never asked us our names in the 7-days were where sailing and he seemed to have an attitude when asked for the simplest of things.
You get what you pay for!
Traveled As: Family (young children)
The ship is split down the middle near the pool, so half is smoking and half is non-smoking. We had to move several times because we smelled smoke. We also couldn't sit on our deck on many occassions since the people in the cabin next to us smoked constantly whenever they were on their deck.
Pros: That's a tough one. I did think the Cruise Director and especially the Ast. Cruise Director were good, if not diluted with regard the quality of their ship.
Cons: Where should I start...let's see the service was horrible, our waiter was the worst I've ever had anywhere (on or off a cruise) and the kids club disappointing
Recommends Carnival Pride? No.