Had a great cruise. Ship is in remarkable condition considering age. Clean and spiffy. Crew was especially friendly and courteous. Somebody at Carnival has gotten the word out to the crews. We really enjoyed all the attention we received. Everybody had a smile, a hello, how are you today. It made for a delightful cruise. Took the "Behind the Fun Tour". It was excellent, all crew members we dealt with were knowledgeable and friendly. Tour of the bridge was outstanding and pictures with the Captain great. Only negative factor to us was the cost ($95 each). A more reasonbaly cost would have been $75. However, since only 16 folks can participate at a time and it is always sold out I guess Carnival can justify the cost. There were two groups this time as 32 folks were signed up. Grand Turk was my wife's favorite port as she really likes to snorkle. It was the 2nd time around for La Romana for us so we just walked around the small shop area up the hill from the port more to stretch our legs than anything else. We did a sunset cruise in Aruba and it was outstanding. The weather really cooperated and the sunset was magnificent. Of course the generous pourng of various tropical libations also helped
. It was our second time in Curucao. We did a bus tour of the island last time so we just did a walk around the town. It is really a very pretty place and quite colorful. The only negative item on this cruise was the meatloaf served in the dining room. Yes, we had been forewarned but just had to see (or rather taste) for ourselves. And all you folks out there were absolutely correct. It was terrible and uneatable (if that's a word). From the taste to the texture it was really bad. So you all be forewarned
Embarkation and debarkation in Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) was uneventful. Since we are Platinum we were not bothered by any long waiting. A few of the folks we talked to on the ship did complain aboiut how long it took to get through the embarkation porocess but they may have a different opinion on how it should go. All in all a great time was had and we are already looking at cruises for next year.