On a 5 day cruise, the formal dinner is the second day (first sea day).
On my previous Carnival cruises, the Captain's cocktail parties were just before the early seating formal dinner. On the last cruise, I attended my first gala.
We were greeted at the door of the main show lounge by the CD, who then introduced us to the captain. I was somewhat surprised to find him pressing flesh like that, having heard that such galas are no big deal because the officers are on stage the whole time. The drinks at the gala are included with your cruise--I can't get myself to call them free.
On your future Carnival cruises--you will go back--identify yourself as a past guest to get invited to another cocktail party.
It may be a little different on Holiday.
I don't know about Carlos and Charlies, but Senor Frog's is definitley off limits for pre-teens. When yo go by there, if you hear a whistle, make sure the kids don't follow, and watch what the waitress does to a patron. It's a kind of off-color, physical joke that goes with a $6.00 drink. I'm not comfortable naming the drink here. It's not really obscene, but it is adult symbolic humor.
I may dwell on the land, but I live at sea!
Sensation 2/03 I disembarked, but never really left the ship.
Enchantment 9/03 Just had to go back.
Inspiration 3/04 Just have to go back again, and again, and again...
Sensation 04/05 And again!