Frank was furious and had we not had the amount invested that may have tipped his hand to cancelling the whole thing!
But I must admit the ship, commissioned in 2009, was new and beautiful. The service on the ship was good, and the food was very good.
My only complaint about the ship is the FreeStyle Dining. In our 15 or so cruises with Carnival we always had the 6:30 dining and our waiter knew our habits. I had tea each meal waiting and coffee with my desserts. Having one person wait on us for a week is so much better.
With the FreeStyle Dining you can go at any time you want, we always met at 6:30 so we could get the group together at the same time each night. And there were a number of times when you can't just walk in, you have to wait for 30 or 45 minutes to be seated. The waiters were so busy they really didn't care whether you got tea or coffee, they just wanted to turn over the table like in a busy restaurant.
Not so FreeStyle when you have to wait for 30 minutes to eat.
I so much prefer the set time dining. This FreeStyle stuff is crap in my opinion. And Carnival, like the Norwegian ships, all have 10 or more restaurants where you can eat anytime you want anyway. Just give me my one place where they know my name!
Oh, this is Catania Sicily where my grandfather sailed from in 1908 as a teen.
Caio, more later