This was our fourth cruise, second with Carnival, and once again it met all our expectations.
This ship as per other Carnival ships is really over the top decorating wise.
The ship is very large -- approx 3200 passengers on this cruise. Ourselves, we prefer around the 200 mark.
The crew were terrific, from the deck hands to the senior officers. They were all extremely friendly and helpful.
We found the food in the dining room to be very good with lots of good choices. The lido buffet was also very good for breakfast and lunch. There was a good variety of dishes. The mongolian grill and tandoori kitchen were also great.
As for the entertainment, we found the production shows -- especially one called Vroom -- to be excellent. The other shows -- comedian, singer, etc. were good, but not great.
The lounges were very good with lots of choice, and the entertainment provided in the lounges was very good.
The ports of call were excellent and there was a good choice of tours. Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Wanermunde, Germany; Cophenhagen, Denmark and Amsterdam, Holland were our ports of call.
St. Petersburg,Russia really is the main reason to take this cruise. It is truly an amazing city. Also taking the train from Wanermunde into Berlin is a must.
Cophenhagen and Amsterdam are both places to do your own thing and just wander around the city.
The only negative we had about this ship, both of us being non-smokers, was the positioning of some of the smoking lounges. for example, the sports bar (smoking -- what a pity) opened up onto the shopping area of the ship, generally making that area not very pleasant. Also, to get to the internet cafe you had to walk though the cigar bar. Not smart placement, in my opinion.
I would highly recommend this ship and Carnival for a great cruise.