Well I am home now and will share a few thoughts on this trip.it rained most of the whole 4 days, so we were all relegated mostly to the interior of the ship. We happily found plenty to do though.
Things we liked:
This was our first Carnival cruise and we were flabbergasted at how easy embarkation was! We did get there early around 10:30 so we could get on and watch the game though, so that may be part of why it went so smooth. I think we waited no more than 15 minutes. Also, this was the first time we have driven To port, so no stress there either. We were surprised there was only 2 places to watch the game but we had no problem bellying upmto the Lido bar. Pats won, by the way!
I really liked the staff, Michelle and Francisco were great! I couldn’t tell you what the CD’s on NCL looked like or their names, but on Carnival they are really fun. I would say the Fun Ship lives up to its name. It was the little things like bingo, on NCL it was just bingo, but on Carnival they tried to make it more fun.
We also had a blast playing Name That tune trivia. DJ Mikey who ran it made is so much fun. The casino seems to be a little looser than on RCCL or NCL, so that’s always good. We kept running into Jue a Korean girl who worked at the casino and she was so nice and got so happy each time we would win. She truly seemed to love her job. You don’t find that on NCL.
The last stand out thing that we really loved was the Piano Bar with Kathryn Krull. She was such a blast we ended up there 3 out of 4 nights of our trip. She had an amazing voice and really got the crowd roaring.
Things that were meh:
Food was all ok, nothing that stood out as great or bad. The dining rooms were fine, even without a table cloth. We had your time dining which worked out ok for us.
i don’t know if it was because of the bad weather or not, but you would have needed a shoe horn to get another person into the hot tubs at Serenity.
We missed Catalina due to weather, which is no surprise, In 5 cruises I’ve never been lucky enough to actually make a tender port. We did make Ensenada, holy moly this is by far the WORST port I have ever visited. It was cool and rainy so if there were nice beaches or something we didn’t get to see them.
Decor or on this ship is very old and ugly, but I do have to say I loved all the window seats. Since it was crappy weather we went to the shop to buy cards and they had all our, so they tracked some down for us elsewhere on the ship. Those window seats with tables were great for card playing and people watching.
This was our first time without a balcony and it didn’t kill me. I think the fact that it was cool and rainy helped with that.
Overall the trip was great and exceeded my expectations. I had heard such negativity around this cruise and Carnival in general that I was really happy it was so much fun.
We will book this again sometime!