I meant to post more than I did. I bought the platinum internet package, but it can only be as fast as satellite allows. I am back in San Juan. I enjoyed the cruise. The islands are gorgeous, but they are recovering from the hurricane. The devastation is still very apparent. I won’t spend time talking about excursions since I didn’t do many of them.
As I said, this was my first Carnival cruise. I have been on 16 cruises so far. There are some things Carnival does very well. I did FTTF. That is well worth the price. Debarking today was a breeze. Actually, the entire process once in the port was the best I have ever encountered. I did see the drug dog “hit” on two couples. They were removed from the line. That was a first for me. Hopefully they were false alerts,
Dining: I only ate in the dining room twice. Remember, food taste varies from person to person. The first night my chicken must have worn a training bra because her breasts were tiny. The sausage stuffing was not good and looked very unappetizing. The first dress up night I had lobster. It was very, very good. Both nights, the service was fast and friendly. Other cruises lines seem to overwork the servers. As a result, I have waited a long time for each course. This is not so with Carnival. I ate on the Lido deck the rest of the trip and found food I enjoyed. The potato salad is yummy. I ate it every night.
Cabin: As I mentioned, I had a grand suite. I used my balcony a lot. The bed was the most comfortable cruise ship bed I have been on. My cabin steward, Kris, was the best. He is super friendly and has a great sense of humor. The shampoo is terrible. I expected that since most cruise lines have terrible shampoo. The towels were huge! I did smell cigarette smoke while on my balcony. I couldn’t tell where is came from. That isn’t Carnival’s fault.
This is by far the friendliest cruise staff. Everyone was super nice....well...except the sandwich guy who was cranky. That’s ok.
Cons: 1. I was frustrated that I could never hear announcements. Typically I have been able to tune the tv to a channel once I hear those chimes and listen. I felt out of the loop. I was told I missed announcements about Tropical Storm Isaac. 2. The ship isn’t as open and airy as other ships I have been on. 3. This was a party ship. There was a lot of noise late at night from people who were obviously very drunk. I witnessed a physical fight between two women one afternoon. They were drunk. I know that Carnival sells itself as Fun ships. So, I expected it. Of course all cruises have drunks and party animals. This one was REALLY one big party. That is a con for me and a pro for others.
Please don’t flame me. I probably will choose another cruise line next time, I am just too old and boring for the party atmosphere. This has nothing to do with the cruise line. They offer a very, very nice product. I am glad I checked out Carnival.