This is probably an ok first cruise if you want to gamble and shop. Having been on a few other cruises this cruise didn't stack up to the other cruises. Food wasn't as varied or as good. I felt like the excursion were drastically overpriced and very short 2-4 hours including travel. The itinerary was horrible, only 2 short partial days in the Bahamas and 4.5 days and nights at sea. Royal Carribean has a private beach day on their own island with a cookout, beach towels and chairs, free beverages and very reasonable excursions and much more reasonably priced adult beverages, Carnival you have to pay $50-$100+ per person for 3-4 hour beach excursions and that includes travel time want a towel or chair? you can rent one at additional cost. Who wants to pay $200-$400 to take the family to the beach for a couple of hours? Entertainment wasn't up to par with other cruises either and there was never enough seating, not because of quality of entertainment but because there was nothing else to do on the ship. if they would increase speed to get to warmer weather (we did 6-8 knots down and 22 knots returning) cruisers could at least enjoy the sun decks a little. There were also allot of things that Carnival charges for that are complimentary on other cruise lines because they know your stuck on the ship like shopping and gambling. Look to Royal Carribean, Celebrity, or Princess for a much better quality cheaper overall cruise, look at the excursion costs and itinerary before you book.
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