This is by far the best vacation that my boyfriend and I have EVER been on. The worst experience was the amount of botox it required to remove the wrinkles from laughing so much over the last week. The service is impeccable and I really believe each and every employee is happy to be apart of the Carnival family. If you're willing to participate and try new things, this is definitely the "experience" for you. I HIGHLY recommend the comedy club at night. If you're looking to cry from laughter, this is for you! In terms of being prepared, I would recommend that you buy the drink package, book excursions prior, bring extra money (you'll love the shops) and lastly, bring a great attitude and enjoy your "ship family" for the week.
Edmund was our steward and was the absolute best. The first evening he said (by name) "I noticed you put the two twin beds together, would you like a king?" we were always asked if we needed anything and ALWAYS came back to a perfectly kept room.