First of all, I like the decor, not as neon and glitsy as some of the other ships I've been on, my cabin steward was kind and always cleaned our rooms on time. One of my biggest complaints was the heat in our room, me, my kids, and my parents all had rooms on level 2 with all the cove balconies and these rooms are HOT, we all woke up several times a night with sweat all over the backs of our necks, my 2 year old twins were all sweaty in the morning, we complained about the heat but after inspecting they said it was normal and didn't do anything about it, the halls on this level were much hotter than other levels, I went to level 7 to do laundry and their halls were nice and cool so I am thinking rooms on level 2 are hotter than normal so if you don't like heat, beware, we had our AC cranked as low as it could go, finally my husband discovered taking the vent off 2 nights before we got off helped some during the night.
Another negative was watered down lemonade, about 30% of the time I went to get lemonade it tasted like pure water with a squeeze of lemon. Also, we didn't bring our twins to any of the dinning room dinners so we'd take them to the buffet before we dropped them at camp carnival so we could go to dinner and buffet dinners were limited to The Carving, nothing else was ever open except your 24 hour pizza and deli, The Carving had limited options and my kids didn't like anything on it, veggies, some pasta, bread, and a roast beef, that's it and it was abruptly shut down at 8pm, that was a disappointment.
Camp carnival made my time on this ship incredibly stressful as well. My 2 year old twins don't go to daycare so they are not used to being left all that often, they can whine a bit when being dropped off but stop immediately when we're out of sight, every time I dropped them off I got dirty looks and comments from the camp carnival staff because my twins would cry a bit, I'd walk down the hall and before I made it down the hall they stopped immediately, no big deal, they just needed us to get out of sight. I paid $2600 for my family of 5 to go on this trip, I felt the least they could do was tolerate my twins fussing for maybe 45 seconds while I signed them in and took off, if they carried on then I totally understand them needing to leave. Well on formal night they completely refused my babies, this was the 5th night, the lady got a nasty attitude and said they simply could not come in unless they came in quiet, I was all dressed and ready to take pictures and go to dinner and it was completely ruined. They also tried to stop us from going on our excursion one morning but I fought them tooth and nail, these workers DO NOT want to be there, they are off sitting at tables chatting and not paying these kids attention, I seen it several times when picking my babies up, my kids were either entertaining themselves or playing with another baby. If your child is not 100% perfect walking into that room you will be given a very hard time and they will do anything they can not to let you leave them, my stress level rose every time I dropped them off. We didn't bring them back anymore after they refused them on formal night and gave them their phone back. My babies do occasionally go in our church nursery and they never ever mind going in there, they were traumatized walking down that hall to go into camp carnival, they completely hated it and I think its because the workers didn't pay them any attention, so camp carnival was a HUGE let down.
Dinners in the dining room were awesome, loved them every single night and desserts were amazing, while the food was awesome, the service was EXTREMELY slow, some dinners would take 2 hours to complete, it took so much time out of our days, the average wait for appetizer, meal, and dessert was an hour and 45 minutes, just took so long but the food was great!
Ship maintenance, not good at all, one morning a guy was on our actual balcony at 8am clanging the bars on the balcony so loud it felt like he was in the room with us, at some points it sounded like fireworks going off, I peaked out the curtains and he was standing there and made noise for nearly 3 hours and woke my 7 year old up 2 hours before he normally wakes, we were exhausted that day. As far as noise from above in the galley, I didn't have a problem, we were in room 2388 and I never heard noise above us though we do sleep with a white noise machine.
There was a strange sewage smell all throughout level 2 most of the time, it wasn't massive but it was there and we smelled it all 7 days.
Laundry, this was a complete and total nightmare, I wasted 4-5 hours of my day fighting for laundry 3 days before my cruise ended. There is only 3 self service laundries and one was on my level, 2, well 3 of the 6 dryers were broke and never fixed our entire sailing and their was only 3 washes that I had to wait almost an hour to use, I went up to level 7 that had even longer waits and more broke units, the laundry was a disaster and even after many complaints, all they did was stick a sign up that said out of order and never fixed it, next time I will bring enough clothes for all 7 days and avoid laundry all together, not worth the hassle.
Waterworks was nice and fun, my kids loved it and I enjoyed it as well, no complaints there. The theater movies were nice and relaxing, chairs in front of the movie screen were always limited but I usually found one and enjoyed the popcorn.
Dance club is usually my favorite thing to do and I enjoyed it most nights but my lands alive the smoking it awful, I know its one of the few areas where smoking is allowed but I wish their would be a designated smoking section off to the side in there because it was over powering for those that don't smoke and just stunk the whole club up, terrible.
Ice cream was super yummy! I was always too stuffed to enjoy it much but when I did, it was great! The chocolate extravaganza was pretty good, but again I was always so full I couldn't enjoy it a whole lot. The Mexican buffet was great and the desserts really good.
Getting off the ship was not good, 2 hour delays and Carnival lost a piece of my luggage that I didn't discover until I was 6 hours away, they called today and at my own expense of $35 they are shipping it back, I felt they should be paying because they lost it!
Hmmm....that's all I can really think of, please feel free to ask specific questions and I'll try to answer them, I felt like the cons outweighed the pros on this ship, I wasn't impressed but I did have some fun times, just so many things need to be worked on and changed!
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