Don't rush to dinner on the first night m- there will be a line. Go about 5-10 minutes late. Other nights were fine. Do not miss dining in the formal dining rooms at night as the food and service is top notch. We did self debarkation but had to wait for an elevator for about 20 minutes.
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On debarkation day, have breakfast on deck 5 in the Ocean Plaza. It is uncrowded and a quick breakfast gets you off the ship quickly.
Be sure to make reservations for any specialty restaurants you want ahead of time, or as soon during the cruise as possible. They fill up quickly. Cherry on Top now has ice cream sandwiches with various types of cookies in addition to the sundaes - they're really good and large. If you want a seat to any of the adults-only comedy shows, arrive 30+ minutes early. Sign up for mixology classes/martini tastings at the Alchemy Bar on embarkation day. They aren't heavily advertised but they do fill up.
Be prepared that it is a very large ship. There are small bars that people don't seem to use like the Havana Bar. It has comfortable seating ,great bartenders,and a good place if you want a quiet drink. Later it has good music too.
First time we have chosen any time dining. It was a correct choice because of all the excursions.
Drinks are expensive. If possible, leave a few breaks from excursions in your plans. Our first 4 days were long excursions and by the 5th day, we really needed a sit on your rear end type break.
I believe this ship is more of a family friendly oriented ship. It does not have as a really good area for adults. Great if you have a young family.
Don't leave the sky ride to the last day. The line was too long and we missed out on doing it. (It is only open a limited amount of time). Don't over pack.
GO TO THE SHOWS!! They are amazing and you will not regret it.
Just have FUN and enjoy the ship.
Avoid the buffet between 8-9am and 6.30-7.30pm if you don't want to stand in line for ages. Locate Guys BBQ so you can find it at 12 on sea days when it opens for lunch. Yum.
Tip-plan your day anticipating 4,000 other people are going to be doing. For example, if you want a chair next to the pool area, you will have to get up early to reserve them, or you won't get one. If you can, do early or late time dining. The dine anytime crowd always had frustrated people waiting to eat, had rotating servers who didn't know your preferences, and just didn't hold the same value and priority that the set dining time people experienced.
Use underneath your bed for additional storage. All walls will hold magnets (I use magnetic hooks for hanging items like jackets and lanyards). Use pop up laundry hampers for dirty clothes (you can get them at dollar tree). EU plug adapters, USB charging hub, and wrinkle relaxer. Come to town the day before. Leave the day after. You will be happier!
Sail when Matt Mitchum is the CD!!! He was awesome & made the entertainment fun.
USE THE MAP! Maps are everywhere, they’ll help you find everything. Also just get out of your cabin and explore!
This is a very nice ship as long as you know what to expect and ask for. Hopefully these tips can help,you
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Download the Carnival Hub App! Check out the Days' Activities! Learn the Ship's Layout early on! Locate your nearest Laundry Rm & Iron your clothes day 1 -Relax & Happy Cruising!
Take advantage of all the outside seating and try the many different flavors available. Beautiful ship and fabulous cruise director!
Check the itinerary prior to boarding to know about things like 80s night or all white night etc. It would have made those things more inviting had we known.