What We Learned: Something we didn't like as much was the dinner show. After the main course, the waiters would all have to stop what they were doing and dance or sing to amuse those dining. I felt like it was really just too much. They had been working so hard, running back and forth from the kitchen, and then they would make them stop and dance/sing like monkeys. I guess they enjoyed it, but really, they didn't need to do that.
Carnival claimed to be one of the leaders in eco-friendly cruising, but I didn't see that being the case while there, which was a disappointment. They had notes in our bathroom telling us to only put towels on the floor if we wanted them washed in order to save water, and yet, they would take our towels no matter what. Each day, we got more and more paper showing us what was going on all day on ship and in port. So much of the stuff on the ship was not recycled, especially the alcohol containers. The pictures they took (probably more than 20 times throughout the trip) were thrown out....and all they really needed to do was put them on monitors like they do at the Zoo or theme parks and then you decide if you want them printed or not. I would have liked to see Carnival be a bit more green, especially if they are going to claim being eco-friendly.
GOOD TO KNOW: We also did not like the smoking on the ship. We had balcony rooms (which, if you take a cruise, splurge for a balcony because all in all, it IS worth it!), and sometimes we couldn't sit out there because others were smoking on theirs. One of the floors that held a lot of bars and the casino was always smoked filled. Unfortunately for us, that was the only way to get from the front to the back of the ship, so we had to walk through the smoke all the time. Up top, there was designated smoking spots, but people didn't follow that rule very well. We would have loved to be on a non-smoking ship.