Well, recently returned from our first cruise, myself, husband, 15 year old son and 11 year old daughter.
Travel to the pier was a breeze, took Mears transportation from Orlando airport.
Everything on the ship was really good. We were travelling during the week of Hurricane Dean so there was one night and one day that were pretty rocky. Food was abundant!! Ship was crowded but never had trouble getting chairs by the pool. My son had a GREAT time, was out every night until very late with the other teens in the club and then just hanging out. My 11 year old went to Camp Carnival a little bit here and there but not all day.
Ports were Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maarten: In the bahamas, we took a cab to the public beach by the Atlantis, did a banana boat ride on the beach... then walked through the Atlantis (just to see it!) and took a cab back to the boat.
In St. Thomas, booked an excursion through Carnival which in the end I feel was way overpriced. Did the Coral world/Magens Bay excursion. Coral World was an aquarium, okay but not so impressive. Magens bay was beautiful but we only had about 1 1/2 hours there which I wish was longer.
In St. Maarten, we took the water taxi right over to the downtown beaches and for $10 you got 2 chairs and two drinks!! stayed there all day which was the most relaxing excursion. Looked in some of the stores first before hitting the beach.
Had breakfast the first two days in the Platinum dining room, service was on the slow side there, after that went to the Lido Deck and got omelettes cooked to order with everything else on the side and much quicker!!
Sat down for breakfast in the Platinum on the last day at sea.
Dinners were all very good -- had the 6:15 seating which was a little on the early side but worked better for us than the 8:30 seating.
Loved the pictures -- ended up purchasing about 6 of the 8x10's and an album to display them. Casino was way too smoky for my liking, it was the only thing that really bothered me on the ship.
Disembarking was very organized. You get numbers now for your luggage, if you have an early flight (before 1:30) you show proof of this and then you get an lower number that will be called first. No complaints whatsoever about the disembarking.
Worst part of the trip was being stuck in the Orlando airport for hours trying to get home because of fog in NY. Got to the airport at 10:30 for a 1:50 flight and did not board a plane until 5:30!!!
Feel free to ask any questions!