Carnival crew members are always polite and almost always happy and friendly. That’s a big plus, of course.
The food wasn’t as good on this cruise, IMO. My husband used to really enjoy the filet and lobster on the elegant nights, but they have moved those two entrees to separate nights now. We ate in the main dining room every night, but the only thing I had that was really good was the crab cake, the steak tacos, and the Carnival Melting Cake (on one of the 6 nights I ordered it. The other 5 times it was either 3/4s liquid, or too hard, because I asked for it to be cooked a little more.) The filet and the flat iron steak were not bad, but not great. In fact, that’s what I’d say for pretty much all the food. One night, the table of friends that was seated beside us and at the same time as us, got their desserts before we got our entrees. Then they were finished completely 45 minutes before us. I don’t know what that was about. The rest of the nights we had decent service. I checked out the buffets on the lido deck a few times and never saw anything there that was something I was interested in. I ate lunch at Guy’s Burgers and the Blue Iguana Cantina. The fries at Guy’s were very good. It seems like both on the lido deck and in the main restaurants, they try to make gourmet food or food specific to certain areas of the country, and then it doesn’t come out like it would in a gourmet restaurant or in the area of the country that created it. I think they would do better building most of their menu around American classics loved by everyone everywhere.
The lady at the shore excursion desk was very helpful and accommodating as we booked a last minute scuba excursion that required some extra work on her part in order to make it possible. Kudos!
The cabin was nice, plenty of closet and drawer space. The previous guest had actually left us a lot of extra hangers - thank you! Large suitcases fit nicely under bed. Only complaint was the bed. The two twin beds pushed together to make a king, did not have anything in between to fill the gap, so there was a fairly large crack in the middle. (If you’ve slept in a bed like that with your partner, you know what I mean.) The mattress pad was odd. The part of it that wrapped around the mattress to hold it in place was made of something very paper-like. It tore by the 2nd or 3rd day. If I had seen the cabin steward I would have asked him to replace it, but we didn’t run in to him for several days. He kept remaking the bed with the same torn pad that wouldn’t stay on the bed.
We went to Paradise Beach. The weather wasn’t conducive to doing much of anything. In good weather I highly recommend Chaakanab. There is so much to do and the snorkeling right off the beach is excellent. If you ever want to book a swim-with-the-dolphins excursion, Chakanaab is the place to do it. It can be booked through their website rather than through the cruise line if you prefer. I did it last year and it was amazing!