To this point I have been a voyeur to these message boards looking for sound advise and as they say "the lay of the land". I think this message board is wonderful and there is some great info....But a fair amount of the posts get away from why this message board is here.....ie(Should I bring drugs on a cruise ?) come on ....lol.Lets discuss best rooms on the ship or worst rooms on a certain ship or the best ports ! So with that let's put some fun into this and come up with your best Carnival cruise story......I think we are looking for positive stories but if there is one that is just crazy negative then lets have it......I hope this sparks some real positive stories and renforce why we cruise and why we love it so.....I will post my story soon....So Stay tuned
You mean like the time when we were going on a cruise and got to Miami from Orlando via Salt Lake City???? It is a 3 hour drive but it took us 21 hours by plane....
We were booked on the Spirit Hawaii in May 2002 when it was cancelled due to AC problems. We had just arrived in SLC on our way to Honolulu when we were paged and told it was a no go - they put us on the Triumph for two weeks (leaving next day out of Miami). It was a royal bummer at the time, but now we joke about our scenic route from Orlando to Miami.
Driving to Tampa in August - not taking any chances. VBG
We were scheduled for the 7-night Sensation out of Tampa on Sept. 14, 2001. Had booked air independently from Denver and Atlanta. Well - as you can imagine, nothing was flying at that time. Carnival re-booked us on the Dec. 15 Inspiration out of NO, from a 4A quad to two 6D doubles...for no charge. Better ship, and better itinerary. The airlines re-booked us all (didn't have to use the trip insurance - just got a new date for it), and it was a wonderful cruise - the ship was completely full. This was actually an original free cruise that I had won in a booking contest, so all we had to do was pay port charges and taxes. Of course, the cruise lines all took a major beating after 9/11, but Carnival really treated us well. One of the best cruises I've ever taken!
our first night in the dining room my wife had asked our waiter for the gravy to be on the side, he returned her plate with the gravy on the vegetables, my wide did not eat it and ordered something with no gravy, night 2 same thing again, this time my wife called the waiter on it, he politely asked her which side of the plate she would like it on the left or the right, my wife thinking she ate with her right hand send the left side, the waiter then proceeded to turn her plate so that the veggies were on the left side covered in gravy and the steak was on the right, my wife freaked, finaly the maitr dee came over and explained to our waiter that on the side in the USA means in a different container, after the 2nd night our waiter seperated everything, meat on one plate, veggies on another and gravy in a bowl, we all laughed about it for the whole 7 days.
We were on the Glory last month and on the 2nd formal night our new friends/tablemates decided to for go the show and meet on the lido pool deck for socialization, anyway they decided that we should play truth or dare, we lost paper, rock, scissors and had to got first, naturally being a happily married couple we chose dare....we were dared to strip down naked, take the elevator to the lobby, walk by the jazz trio and get back on the elevator around the corner, stupid as we are we said what the hell......well when we got to the lobby the elevator opened and the damn security guard from India (if you have been on the glory you have seen him) was standing there escorting an elderly lady, they stopped in there shoes long enough for us to close the door and get to our floor, we hid in our room the rest of the night in hopes we were not identified, the next morning at the buffet the security guard walked by us, smiled and kept going, we were scared to death, but damn what a rush.
If I offended any of the 100 people I walked by naked, SORRY, but we were triple dog dared, any God fearing American knows what that means, anyway no harm was done except maybe to the psyches of the kids that had to see me naked! however my wife is a honey so that should have eased the pain......
My husband and I were married on the Carnival Victory August 14th, departing from NYC.... just hours before the big Blackout of 2003! We were delayed 1 and 1/2 hours leaving port so they could manually move the gangway, but Carnival did a great job of getting us out of the chaos and into HEAVEN!
Im not sure if I can beat Chris's story however I am close. I was getting ready for dinner on the holiday ship. I was in the room in front of the desk blow drying my hair. NAKED! I asked my husband if he would iron my dress for me in the laundry room. I continued to blow dry my hair and I looked up and I saw about 3 people (including my steward) watching my blow dry my hair! I was like F*%^%*$(#K. I must add the ship was rocking a little bit. The ship rocked the door closed and I continued to blow dry my hair again and the same thing happened again! This time the people across the hall where watching me. I screamed, shut the door and locked it. I did learn a valuable lesson! ALWAYS LOCK THE DOORS ON A ROCKING SHIP!! I have a lot of crazy ship memories but this one is my favorite! It made for great conversation at dinner!! I couldn't look at my steward the rest of the trip without blushing!
Just got off our first cruise yesterday the 25th of April. We were upgraded to the 7th desk. The whole cruise was great, the service was outstanding and the food was great. The only thing I would change, we were at the very back of the boat. Most of the time we had to walk a long way to get to anything that was going on. Do yourself a favor, book a room in the middle of the boat. Wish they had ESPN in the sports bar.
Other then that, the trip was great. Hope you have fun!
Well, on my first paradise cruise (march 2003) we had E-73, which is Empress starboard just 3 cabins aft of the atrium. It was surprisingly quiet, very comfortable and roomy. Our steward has become something of a scapegoat for everything that happens since then. He wasn't exactly the most helpful person in the world, and we still think he took my grandfather's longtime hairbrush....but the guy is downright mysterious! His name on that cruise was philip. When we returned in June to the same cabin it was the same guy, same name, but he said he did not remember us.
When we returned for a visit in July, he remembered us but his nametag read Richard! We also found out that his co-workers had a nickname for him in spanish (he's honduran) that was the feminine form
The next cruise, in December, we had a Cat. 12 Upper Deck suite. It was marvelous! dead-midships and luxurious! Loved that cabin. We also found out that his name was Philip Richards!
Last month we returned in E-71, also a great cruise. I tend to have good luck
As far as our dining experiences, no really funny problems.....but we have had the best team headwaiter, Adan, 4 cruises running! And in June, our team waiter was Rufino from the Philippines. He was excellent! a lot of fun and everyone loved him. he got promoted and he's on victory now last we heard.
I have been approached several times asking if I was the son of the maitre'd, 2 captains, a hotel director, brother of a cruise director and several deck officers, and so on.
Such is life!
Holiday 5-day Western Caribbean
Liberty 8 day Western
We sailed onthe Conquest last September. Our team waiters were very attentive and loved to entertain us. One night we were having a really good time and some really good wine, and someone in our party called out to the waiter "Who's YOUR Daddy!" The waiter got a really serious look on his face, like he was puzzled by the question, then he said."I don't know who my father is". Needless to say we were all a little embarassed that we insulted our waiter. We explained to him that it was not a literal question but slang. The next night he brought us a "special dessert" and when he uncovered it he said "Who's YOUR father?" We all cracked up.
This happened to me on the 4/11 sailing of the Elation. We had cabin E127. For some reason, there is a pole in the room. I'm guessing it's for support. Well, on Monday after the Captain's cocktail party and a very late night dancing (and more drinking), I had the lights off. I didn't want to wake up my daughter. I was going to my bed after using the bathroom. You guessed it...I walked face first into that darn pole. At the time I thought, "that's going to hurt in the morning". I was right! When I got up and looked in the mirror, my eye was swollen, I had a slightly black eye, a cut in my eyebrow, my glasses were bent out of shape and there was a bunch of my make-up on my left lens. Maybe for future packing lists I should add glow in the dark tape, just in case. I laughed and keep laughing about that night. Becky
My story comes from our trip on Carnival last year. We traveled with some friends of ours who really enjoy Kareoke Bars. He does Elvis imitation concerts so he has the mutton chop side burns and the black hair, also wears the clothes to match. Since we would go to the Bar after dinner, he would wear a different outfit to the dining room for his performance. The waiters began to call him Elvis and would applaud when he entered for dinner. The very last night, several of the waiters came to our table with a covered dish and said they had a special meal, just for him. When they uncovered, it was a Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich. They were all laughing and applauding so to make them feel good, he stood up, did a little shimmy of the pelvic area and said, "Thank you, Thank you very much." Everyone loved it and the waiters got a big kick out of it.
Sensation 96/99; Fascination 00; Costa Atlantica 01; Fantasy 02;
Sovereign/Seas 02; Victory 03; Glory 9/04; Caribbean Princess 10/05
Last cruise we were on the Fascination and we were picked to play the newlywed not so newlywed game. It was the funniest thing we ever did...we actually ended up winning.....but there was 2 questions that were hysterical........
One was what is the best feature of your wife. Me being a plus size gal I wanted to DIE when my hubby said her vuluptious figure OL it was to funny and i started smacking him. The other question was...........What does your hubby say to you when he wants to fool around.........I knew I had this hands down. He ALWAYS says......"Can I come in?" lolol well my son was in the audience and he is 12 years old. NOW my hubby can't say that at home anymore because my son will know what he is talking about so now he changed it to....are you selling dresses anytime soon? OL
RCCL SOS 12/99
CCL FANTASY 5/00
CCL IMAGINATION 2/00
CCL FASCINATION 1/04
CCL MIRACLE 6/04
I wanted to add another cruise story!! On my first cruise we went to Belize. Instead of booking an excursion through Carnival we grabbed a taxi driver who said he would drive us around for an hour. We really started to get nervous. We had no idea Belize was that way. There where people with machine guns on the streets and he was trying to sell us drugs. He ended up taking us to his brothers house and since we were in a very bad part of town we really did not know what to do. We could not just walk away because we were too scared. We where so stupid. We actually went inside of his house with him and he was trying to sell us some sculptures. We bought something because we did not want to piss him off and asked to leave. Believe it or not we made it back to the port and got RIGHT on the ship. We did not realize our stupidity until the shock wore off. We learned that we are lucky to have made it back as there have been cases where they kidnap americans for money. We are young and stupid however, we will never go on a tour unless it with carnival again.
There is more things that happened on that "tour" however it would take to long to post them.
One question, this seems like an appropriate place to ask this question - anyone interested in reading a book about preparing to cruise, and cruise reviews? I have been writing a book for years and I am proof reading. Initially, the book was to help people who had never cruised before and my dd said it was boring with just instructional information, and she suggested that I add some of my cruise reviews. She was right, the cruise reviews are much more interesting although if you have never cruised before it does help to have some direction. I hope to have the book on ebooks by 2005.
During our Christmas cruise on the Triumph, I participated in a Jeopardy type game with 2 guys, and kicked their butts. After that, people kept coming up and congratulating me for the rest of the cruise.
During the newlywed not so newlywed game (we didn't participate) there was an elderly couple playing. When they asked the wife the question - "who would your husband more like to be stranded on a desert island with a hooker or missionary," she said her husband would say a hooker. The husband, however, said "a hooker in the missionary position." Well everyone in the audience and the CD just cracked up laughing. That old nan was bombarded the rest of the cruise with pats on the back and high fives.
My Crazy story involves our late, NON CARNIVAL, air flight to Miami; DH and I booked last minute and had to book our flight out of Dallas for the same day of the cruise. WE NEVER EVER EVER fly the same day...always at least the day before. OK, we went up the night before (from Austin) and left on the first flight of the AM. Plenty of time to get to port...NOT!!! We had to circle the Florida Keys for who knows how long, then needing to refuel in Fort Myers, then circle the Keys,.....again. We got to Miami airport finally..only not being able to find our luggage bag with the Formal clothes. We searced around and saw it also going around in a circle on a carousel for ANOTHER AIRLINE????? Ok, we retrieved the bag and decided to let the Carnival transfer take us to the PORT instead of a cab. At least this way, Carnival would know we were en route. We got on the Transfer bus, only to be told to change to ANOTHER bus. The first bus was going on to the Victory, the second bus was going to our Paradise. This is the CRAZY part, because...I BROKE at this time and did go CRAZY!!! The bus people refused to take our luggage off the Victory bus and put in on the Paradise bus. They just kept saying, 'The bus must leave, they are holding the ship, get on the bus" I then proceeded to say a few choice words, waltzed myself over to the bus baggage doors, opened them myself and started throwing the luggage out. With that, the rest of the Paradise cruisers started in with me doing the same. The employees also started to run for the luggage and "Decided" it was best to actually transfer the luggage to the right ship.....?????. What a Riot !!! We left Dallas @ 6:30 AM CST and LITERALLY ran on to the ship as the Doors closed behind us @ 5:00 EST. Almost 12 hours en route for a 4 hour flight !! Whew, What a rush.. It was not fun at the time, but we laugh at it now. Sue Sue
Well i have a good one my husband myself and our good friends went to work out in the gym (mind you my friend is a lil philipino woman and her husband is a big tall white man)just so you have a good picture well her and I were walking on the treadmill for about 20 min so she turned up the speed and out of the corner of my eye I see somthing go flying well yes you got it ,,,It was her so I run over there and she was all curled up and there was a nice man trying to help her and I look over and our husbands were laughing so hard they couldnt see I asked her what she did n see said she let go of the bars and closed her eyes we laughed about it all night..................
But thats not all the next day we went to bingo n our host (CHAMPANGE)was throughing mardi gras beads well yes my friend of course she wanted the purple ones and well at the end the host just took a handfull n droppped them in the middle of the floor well she got up n ran over there to get some n tripped n fell mind you she had on a small terry cloth dress yes white panties which EVERYONE saw and everyone started laughing thank goodness she was a great sport about it all so for the next 4 daysif we went to bingo champange would ask who was there n saw connie fall ...We havent laugh so hard in quite a while and still laugh to this day ..What a wonderful cruise!!!
Triumph Jan 8, 2011:-D
We were in the karaoke bar. There were three guys
who had had a sufficient amount to drink. They got
up on stage and performed Shania Twain's
"Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" song. Complete with
swaying hips, plunging necklines, and dramatic
pauses just like Shania during the chorus. They
got a standing ovation from the crowd. We pitied
the poor soul who had to follow that act.