Embarkation was the absolute pits. When we arrived at the San Diego Airport everything went very smoothly, however, we had to wait a few minutes for the bus. The ride to the pier was very short. When we arrived at the pier at approximately 3 p.m. - NO SHIP in sight. Was advised by the Carnival personnel that the ship would be arriving around 5ish. We checked in - No "Sail or Sign" cards waiting - was told we would have to go to the purser's office - other guests had theirs. We decided to wander around the pier area - went to a local restaurant - went back to the pier around 5:30 - still no ship - Carnival personnel were not informing people of anything - 7, 8, and 9 passed still no ship - no information - nothing - no place to sit in the terminal - whenever you asked the personnel knew nothing. We were given a boarding zone number when we checked in - which we were told that we would be boarded by this number - another joke - when the ship finally arrived - had to clear customs first - needless to say the people in wheelchairs, walkers and those afflicted with handicaps were allowed to board first and ALL their family members. Then, it was announced that ALL could board - what a mad rush - it was after 11 before we were on board. This whole embarkation was the worse I have ever experienced. No compensation of any kind was offered as well as no explanation given.The shipboard activities were nothing to talk about either - different cruise director, same jokes. Have been cruising since 1994 - same jokes and facts 7 years later.The ship is very nice. The layout of the ship was excellent. Everything on the ship was convenient. The shows were all right nothing to brag about here. The breakfasts in the dining room needed improvement - you could always tell when the crew had stayed out too late the night before - service was awful. Eating at the La Playa Grill was definitely the way to eat breakfast.You could tell which crew members were finishing up their contracts with this cruise. It was very obvious. The "Who cares attitude" was in force.Disembarkation went very well - however, when it was announced that ONLY the people in the wheelchairs and with walkers would be allowed off the ship first WITHOUT their families, it was amazing how many people who were in wheelchairs and walkers could now walk so they could be with their families, did not want to wait in the terminal by themselves.
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