Before I get involved in my review, I want to get the negatives out of the way I have a few gripes that did not ruin my cruise in any way, but things that I don't like. The rest of my review will be mostly positive, so bear with me for a minute here....
first, we were disappointed with anytime dining, which we chose because 6pm dinner was not available when we booked the cruise, and 8pm is too late for the kids to eat. It took hours, literally, to make it through a meal. We were getting there at 5:45 and not finishing up until after 8pm. We had to leave before dessert (which was fine) on the last night because we wanted to watch an 8pm movie at the seaside theater. And we never got to personally know the wait staff. We missed that part the most. I hope to never do anytime dining again! It was definitely not the end of the world, just not for us.
Second negative: WE MISS THE CHOCOLATE! I know, I know, super petty and not a big deal, but my kids love getting the chocolates on the bed. BOO on Carnival for taking away that small perk.
Third and final negative: I am gold VIFP and am no longer invited to the past cruiser party (or whatever they call it). I have been to that party many times and now I'm not eligible anymore?? And my free drink coupon could only be used on the last day of the cruise after 5pm. So basically they're telling me "OK here's a free drink coupon, but we really don't want you to actually use it, so we're going to try to make you forget about it." And my mom and girls didn't get their free drink since they aren't gold. (they got free drinks last year) They got bottled water instead, which I had already purchased a 12pk anyway. So OK, whatever. Again, small stuff here, but it does make a difference.
Alright, done with the venting and on with this review! I took over 400 pictures so this will be a pic heavy review
Carnival Dream, 2015: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Dream, 2014: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Elation, 2013: Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Conquest, 2012: Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Carnival Triumph, 2010: Key West, Nassau, Freeport
Carnival Conquest, 2004: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Inspiration, 2002: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel