The cruise was wonderful, adventurous, lots to take in, lively, & fun. The service very good. Cleanliness great. Friendliness of staff-awesome, attentive, dutiful! Bar staff good, yet overly requested you to purchase drinks, sometimes annoyingly so, by some not by all. Cabin staff very attentive, friendly & courteous. Early morning announcements annoying. Speakers in room should be reserved for emergencies. Young children running down halls early in the morning, late evening, & riding up & down the elevators, pressing all buttons, should be discouraged & monitored by cruise personnel. Ultimately this is the parents responsiblity but cruiseline should have stricter control for safety reasons. Photographers were all over the place & were a bit much, especially closing off stairways. We had several wonderful photos which we purchased, took many others at dinner that were lost and never found, very disappointing. The adult section SERENITY area was a great idea, but the mini-golf was just above it on the next level, the noise & screams from children & parents, were not serene. Poor design. Excursions were good. The cruiseline staff for excursion info.seemed annoyed if you did not book thru them and used your travel agent for booking trips, so they limited information on accessing busses, taxi services etc. The days at sea were OK but we could have stayed in Bahamas, Freeport longer than leaving at 3:30pm, only to get back to NYC early and then go slow into port. That was odd. Drink packages could vary, such as: minimal-(3-5), modest-(4-8) or unlimited-(up to 15), both for soft drinks and alcohol and also include a combo. pkg soft & alcohol at each level. Embarkation and debarkation process very organized & secure. Meal lines at buffet were often excessive. I would book another Carnival cruise on a different ship, just for the change of scenary. Also would not do a spring break one again & I would leave from a warmer port, further south carribean. NYC departure was lovely but cold for end of March.
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