I just had to take the time to relate to you what Carnival did for us.
This was our (myself, wife (DW), and daughter (DD) -7) third cruise—two on Disney, fist time on Carnival. We were on the October 10th sailing of the Conquest out of New Orleans. DW had booked this cruise through Expedia almost a year prior and reserved an 8A guarantee balcony cabin.
The documents arrived about a month before the cruise and indicated our cabin was still TBD
. Printed on the documents, however, was “Check in at Skippers Club”. Having no idea what this was I check on carnival.com and noticed is was for guests in deluxe accommodations. I thought, “Hmmm, that’s nice” but we didn’t really think about it anymore.
We arrived at the port just as tropical storm Mathew was moving out (lots of rain in NO on Friday and Saturday). We were early (about 10:30 AM), and walked up to the Fun Pass check-in line. After looking at our documents the agent said “Follow me. You get to check in over there.” Sure enough, there was a sign that said “Skippers Club” pointing to a separate room. We were still thinking “This is pretty nice. We are really being treated special.” They checked us in and gave us our cabin number (7294) at that time, but I didn’t have a deck layout so I still had no idea what type of cabin this was.
Well, it wasn’t a cabin, but a Penthouse Suite (cat. 12). What an upgrade! We still don’t know how or why we got this, but we are forever spoiled now. Thank you Carnival!
The rest of the cruise was just icing on the cake. The weather was perfect the whole way and the seas were calm.
DD hooked up with another 7-year old and had a great time. We just did a little shopping and sightseeing in Jamaica courtesy of our nice minivan driver who only took us only to the good spots. A little disappointed that Grand Cayman is still closed, but the weather was perfect for our extra day at sea (will catch GC on a future Carnival cruise).
Took in the art auctions, which were made quite fun by the free champagne. We even picked up a couple of pieces.
In Cozumel, we did the Xcaret park excursion and Dolphin Swim. DD loved swimming with the Dolphins. The park is great, but there is not enough time to experience the whole thing. Some people got rained on in Cozumel, but we didn’t have a drop at the park.
Well, we had such a great time; we even joined the Carnival Vacation Club as we fully expect to do more Carnival cruises over the next five years.
Thank you for reading.