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Old January 11th, 2007, 09:58 PM
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Kuki, I keep forgetting to ask you this, and since you've been to "Harry's" the specialty restaurant, maybe you'll know what I'm talking about. Have you had the pleasure of seeing and hearing "Play That Duo" onboard Liberty?

When we saw them on Valor, they were booked on Liberty for it's inaugural sailing and I wondered if they're still there. Joel and Lorna are their names, and we quite enjoyed them, hope you got to see them too!

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Jan 11 Part 2

The CruiseMates complimentary group cocktail party was this afternoon.
It was scheduled the same time as the Carnival repeater’s party, so with the conflict, we may have lost a few to that event, but many of the group showed up, and it was nice to get to see and chat with everyone again.

With a port intensive itinerary, and the group split between early and late seating times, it’s a bit more difficult to get everyone together, and not much time to plan group events. But tomorrow is a sea day, and we’ve got a get together and group game planned for tomorrow morning.

John and Priscilla hold the record for having been on the most CruiseMates Group Cruises (think they’ve been on more of them than I have)

Each time they cruise with me, they’re very sweet, and bring me a moose of some kind… and the picture below is Helen with this trip’s version - a very cuddly cute “chocolate moose?.

It smells just like yummy chocolate, and I think Mrs. Kuki is going to want to sleep with him tonight instead of me.

Now that we’ve got together, it’s easy to see we have another great bunch of people in this group. And now we’re sad there weren’t more sea days so we could have “played? more with the group.

We had arranged with Paul, the Maitre d in our dining room, for Dan to join our table for dinner tonight. It was nice to get him out of the Staff Mess, and get some real food into him. Dan had a few fun “staff stories? to tell at dinner, but we’re sworn to secrecy.

As you may be have noticed in the picture above, our little section of the dining room, with the row of bench seating, has been somewhat abandoned. I’m not certain if it’s the obnoxiousness of our table, or the bench style seating that caused people to change tables, or eat elsewhere.

We’ve definitely decided we too don’t care for the bench seating, and the cramped quarters in this section of dining room, but we do like our waiter, Benda, and the service (other than the one San Juan night) has been excellent, so we didn’t request a move.

All special requests have been met, and met with a smile. Dinner tonight was once again excellent, and I’ve been most impressed with the delicious deserts.

This afternoon, for lunch, I tried the “Asian? station for the first time, and I was very impressed; wonderful vegetable spring rolls, a chicken dish, and a very nice fried rice. I may have to go back there tomorrow.

Tonight before the headliner comedian’s show there was a Love & Romance game, followed by Battle of the Sexes, and then a bingo game where the winner gets to play Carnival’s version of Deal or No Deal.

The headliner, comedian Will Marfori was entertaining, and I’m now looking forward to seeing his late night comedy show tomorrow.

Afterwards the cruise staff did the “If I Were Not Upon the Sea? skit, and our new temporary tablemate Dan had a part. It’s a cute, and fun skit, and the staff seem to have some fun doing it.
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since you've been to "Harry's" the specialty restaurant, maybe you'll know what I'm talking about. Have you had the pleasure of seeing and hearing "Play That Duo" onboard Liberty?
Donna... I believe that was the group playing in Harry's when we did the transatlantic sailing in 05. Not the duo playing now.
I looked in the Carnival Capers to find this duo's name, but couldnt find it listed anywhere.
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Kuki:

Looks like a wonderful group:

Say hi to Mr. and Mrs. Pipefit for me. They are a great couple. Ask Mr. Pipefit if I can borrow his coconuts.

Also say hi to John and Priscilla: Betty and I want to cruise with them soon.

It is great to see all of them, even if it is through your pictures. I just wish I was there in person.

Looking at all the pictures makes me take a walk down "Cruisemates Cruise Memory Lane" and think of all the great people I have met on the cruises. I want another one. This time 10 days.

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Liberty - Jan. 12

I think overall I’ve enjoyed the Liberty even more this cruise than I did on our 16 day transatlantic crossing. Partially it’s because both Mrs. Kuki and I really needed to relax and unwind after a hectic few months at home, and that’s certainly happened. And likely also because of the port intensive itinerary, the ship has never really felt crowded.

Some people would view the interior décor of the Liberty as being garish or outlandish, but other that The Hot & Cool Disco, which is over the top, I find the décor quite enjoyable. No one would call it elegant, but there’s certainly a fun element to the ship partially created by the décor design.

The entertainment onboard has been solid, even if I personally had seen many of the acts before. The headliner who drew the most raves from the CruiseMates group was Marc Anthony, who has a wonderful singing voice, but also interacts with the audience to make his show a complete package.

I’ve heard few if any complaints about staff in any areas of the ship, and overall it seems to be a happy crew onboard, and generally a happy, friendly crew leads to happy and friendly passengers. I haven’t noticed anyone being rude while waiting in lines, or people cutting into lines… and as a result quite a pleasant atmosphere pervades onboard.

Last night and again today we’re experiencing fairly choppy seas (I’m estimating 10 - 12 ft. seas), and today a 58 Kilometer per hour wind across the bow. Skies are dark and cloudy far into the horizon, and rain showers on and off, so it’s an indoors kind of day. A good day to lay around the cabin, watch movies, and alternate reading a book, and napping with those activities. The only ugly weather day of the cruise, after gorgeous hot sunny days, so if not ideal, tolerable.

For those who want more activities, there’s several different trivia games on the schedule, as well Scategories, morning and afternoon bingo, golf lessons, an ABBA dance class, afternoon tea time with classical music, and a Liberty Live and Up Close, with the Cruise Director and some of the ship’s staff and crew for a Q & A session.

We’d scheduled a “CruiseMates game? for this morning, telling everyone to meet pool-side at 10 A.M, but the cool weather and rain convinced many to stay in bed, or inside, so the dozen of us who showed up just sat around and visited until everyone got chilly, and started heading inside.

Because of my dislike of the shuffling machines at the gaming tables I've spent very little time in the casino this cruise. This afternoon I may go give it an another whirl.

BTW.. even though their is a Texas Hold 'Em table in the casino, I was surprised to learn they don't hold a tournament during the cruise. I'm told it's because of staffing issues, in that not enough of the dealers know how to deal the game well enough.
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Kuki.........glad to hear things are going good on the Liberty......sure wish we were on her with you........this freezing weather is sure a downer for coming home from the Century.........

I can just imagine the warmth you are talking about.......oh how I wish we were there......tell everyone " Hey " for us........



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Perhaps it will come as a surprise to some, but I think the cabins are more comfortable on the Carnival Liberty. We had a Category NS (Century Suite) on the Century, which though not a true suite, does comes with butler service. On the Carnival Liberty we have a standard balcony on Deck 7 (Category 8A I believe). The cabin on Liberty is larger, brighter, and laid out very well, and perhaps also surprising, I think the bedding on the Liberty is superior to that on the Century, with more comfortable beds as well.
Though we certainly miss the size of the balcony, and the location, on the stern, from the Century.
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Comes as no surprise to me. We recently sailed on Carnival Glory (our 4th Carnival cruise) and have sailed on various Celebrity ships 7 (or 8 ) times. I like the rooms on Carnival better. They appear larger . . . and whether they are or not, IMO they are more comfortable. Brighter and cheerier. The bedding (on Glory at least) surpassed Celebrity's hands down.

I am not a huge fan of the Carnival cruising experience, but do feel that in this category, they have got it right for the "mass market". All in all though, I rate our experiences on Celebrity quite a bit superior to Carnival.
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Fellow cruise mates I need your help.....

Our cruise on the Liberty in August will be our first one sailing from Ft
Lauderdale. Can someone suggest a motel/hotel that is near the cruise
terminal that won't break the bank? We are sailing with friends and want to stay over the Sat nite before so we can board the ship right after noon time.

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I don't know what I am going to do after the Virtual Cruise ends-it is like Christmas morning each day looking forward to the posts.

? On BJ shuffling machines- do they shuffle after each deck is used up and the fresh deck is ready, or do all the cards go in after each hand is dealt thus always playing with "the full deck" which I also dislike. Did BJ area seem less busy you think now??

?Having a starboard balcony coming up, can you tell me at each port what you where facing when docked, (the dock vs. water view etc)
and if you got sun on balcony in morning or later afternoon. Thanks I always like facing dock and its activity and seeing people in line so just wondering.

?Where there any tables for 6 not bench style- or at rounds??

We may need to address this early after boarding have a family group of 6 and odds are.. what is yout table number so I can use it as reference when looking at dining room map (assuming we are in same dining room)
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? On BJ shuffling machines- do they shuffle after each deck is used up and the fresh deck is ready, or do all the cards go in after each hand is dealt thus always playing with "the full deck" which I also dislike. Did BJ area seem less busy you think now??
They place the cards back in the machine every hand, and the machine holds 6 decks, so all 6 decks are in play every hand.

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The view from starboard while docked in port varied - San Juan, we had a view of the harbor - St. Thomas our view was Havensight mall - Antiqua - the view was the ship docked next to us - Tortolla - the same.

As far as sun in the afternoon, and sunsets from the balcony. To San Juan, Antigua, and Tortolla we seemed to have sun and sunsets on the balcony in the afternoon. Of course when the ship started heading north after Tortolla we were facing east.
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With the seas consistently choppy all day, everyone’s beginning to feel a bit like their inside a wash machine during the spin cycle. Most everyone has their sea legs, but I think there’s a lot of napping going on. Even when you’re not actually feeling nausea, the early signs of a bit of seasickness is the desire to sleep.


She’ll probably kill me for telling this story, but apparently last night Tweety was in lying bed, and dropped something off of the night stand, and when she leaned over to pick it up, the ship happened to take a roll…. And so did she!! Right out of bed, onto the floor! It‘s only funny because she didn‘t really hurt herself, but it IS funny if you get the visual.
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ooohhhh Mister.... you better run and hide..glad she is ok though!
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The answers on BJ and what your balcony faced where exactly what I was looking for - perfecto! Thanks

Did they serve a dessert yet called Flourless choc cake? In a custard cup dark choc cake with oozing filling that is very hot? If so what night?

You mentioned alternate menu, I know sirloin steak and grilled chicken available, can you get a copy to post? (Maybe other menus to post as well this being an 8-dayer?) Online menus aren't as accurate anymore.

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The answers on BJ and what your balcony faced where exactly what I was looking for - perfecto! Thanks

Did they serve a dessert yet called Flourless choc cake? In a custard cup dark choc cake with oozing filling that is very hot? If so what night?

You mentioned alternate menu, I know sirloin steak and grilled chicken available, can you get a copy to post? (Maybe other menus to post as well this being an 8-dayer?) Online menus aren't as accurate anymore.

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Sorry to jump in here, but the name of the cake you are describing is called warm chocolate melting cake. It's on the alternative menu, and you can get it any night. Its delicious, isn't it?

I bought a chocolate lava cake mix here at home and fixed it in 4 ramekins (custard cups). It tasted just like what we had on the Liberty. YUMMY!
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Thanks for jumping in on cake topic; sound like good news to me
--what brand did you find worked so well for home technique?
I read the rumor about alternate dining menu--never saw a full one posted yet, hopefully someone can get a scan of it (hint)
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This cruise is sadly coming to an end, with just a day in Nassau left tomorrow. It’s been even more interesting because it was the second half of back to back cruises for us, on different ships and on different cruise lines.

There’s many people these days doing back to back cruises, or thinking about them for the future. We’ve been fortunate enough to have done them several times, because it makes tolerating the difficulties encountered flying across the continent somehow more worthwhile. So, I thought I’d offer my opinions on back to back cruises.

People doing back to back cruises often book both weeks on the same ship; finding ships which do alternating itineraries each cruise. This way they visit different ports each cruise, but don’t have to deal with two debarkation procedures, and two embarkation procedures. The downside is that the menus and entertainment repeat. And if you’ve been following this report, and are cruising a line you’ve cruised before, like me, you may have seen much of the entertainment on prior cruises even if you do change ships.

However, even with those considerations, we’ve found that we prefer “jumping ship? between cruises, and switching cruise lines. We believe it’s worth the packing and unpacking, and embarkations and debarkations, because regardless of similarities the change makes both cruises more interesting. You’re getting two different dining experiences, and two different cruise experiences in one vacation, so for us that is the key to making it worthwhile.

Tonight was the second of the “formal nights? on this cruise. Formal wear on cruises is always a bit of a hot button topic. And to be perfectly honest, I don’t care if they have them or not. We’ve sailed Norwegian Cruise Lines, and enjoyed the casual dress onboard, and not having to pack formal clothing. BUT… what is a burr in my behind, is cruise lines printing a dress code and then not having any enforcement to follow it up with.
No way am I suggesting everyone should be wearing tuxedos and gowns, but certainly if the cruise line is serious about creating a different ambience onboard for one or two nights, it’s not difficult for passengers to make an effort to assist. But, tonight I saw people coming out of the dining rooms in torn blue jeans, t-shirts, and wearing ball caps.
I’m certainly not implying that’s the norm of dress standard onboard, or anywhere close to any kind of majority. In fact it was probably one or two isolated cases. And it’s not just Carnival. We saw similar dress last week in the dining room on Celebrity.

My bottom line advise to the cruise lines … if you’re dress codes are going to be optional, then like NCL has done, quit the charade, and be direct in your promotional materials and onboard reality, say formal clothing optional!

Dan joined us again for dinner tonigh in the dining room, so he's temporarily well fed.

The more time I get to spend with him, the more impressed I am. He’s polite, well mannered, well dressed, and has to be an asset for Carnival with what we’ve seen of him interacting with the 15 -17 year old teens in Club 02. I’m glad we got to meet and spend some time with him after watching him “grow up? as CruiseMates Teen Host.

As I’ve mentioned in previous days reports, I haven’t spent as much time as normal in the casino, but I was back in for a bit today, and got the opportunity to visit a bit with Nichole and Andrew. The first day of the cruise when I was in the casino they both spotted me right away, and remembered me, and greeted me really warmly.

Nichole was on the Island Princess last year when we sailed the Island Princess, and she remembered me from when I did my “day as a casino dealer? story. Andrew also remembered me from previous ships. It’s pretty amazing to me how good their memories are, considering the thousands of faces they’ve seen since we last sailed together. I actually apologize, because though I recognized their faces right way, my memory wasn’t good enough to remember which ship or when we’d met. They did though, which is impressive.

It was nice to see Nichole is now working as a casino host, and Andrew a supervisor. And they are a sweet couple, and it was nice to see even with the difficult ship’s life, they are still fun and still together. It of course makes sense that young people can meet and form relationships at their workplace, but I suspect maintaining these relationship while working on ships, where everyone works together and also lives together can offer some unique challenges for young couples. Maybe there’s a story there to follow up with. I’ll have to try and stay in touch with them, and follow up.

Mrs. Kuki, who is my production show critic (since I’m tone deaf) and the other CruiseMates said tonight’s show, Rockin Down Broadway, was fantastic! A high energy production, and they were awed that even with the ship still really rockin on it’s own, the dancers never missed a step! With the showroom forward at the bow on Decks 3, 4, and 5, a location where motion is most apparent, it’s got to be quite a talent to dance, while passengers are staggering to get to and from their seats.

Will Marfori performed his Adult Comedy show at midnight, and we did go to that. He’s a pretty funny guy, and interesting because he has Cerebral Palsy. Seems many people believed this is just part of his act, but it’s not. With this disease he must have had to work long and hard to battle through to get to the point of being able to perform and entertain audiences… so like him or not, you have to respect him. I personally enjoyed his sense of humor too!
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I read the rumor about alternate dining menu--never saw a full one posted yet, hopefully someone can get a scan of it (hint)
If you knew absolutely everything there was to know about the ship and the menus there'd be nothing left to suprise you...which is also part of the fun of cruising

The warm chocolate melting cake is available EVERY night, and it is delicious. Though I'm a key lime pie lover and Liberty's been terrific, so on request they've made it for us 3 nights. YUMMM!
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OK- I'll have to ask for More Key Lime pie to now that you set a precedent. :o Is it true color (yellowish not green?, and with meringue?)

I'd hate to miss the pie, but the dining room experience for Monday in San Juan sounded dubious- maybe I can request a piece or two be sent to room, or saved like you did.
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Kuki -

Thanks for the thread. We're on the Liberty at the end of March, and even though just off a Christmas cruise, I can't wait for this one!

Hope you have a better day at sea on Saturday.
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Kuki,

Can you please find out if Nichole and Andrew will still be on the March 31st sailing. I'll be there and would love to meet them. Just tell them to find me at the 3 Card Poker table!! And, if you'd like, I'd be more than glad to do a follow up story on them for you.... Heck, I spend most of my time in the casino anyway!!

Tell Nichole that if she is still there, I'll email her a week or so prior to boarding to let her know I'm coming and save me a seat...

Thank you soooooooooo much for this extremely interesting and definitely well written live view of your Liberty cruise.... I'm so glad you enjoyed cruising with Carnival because now I know that Doug & I have another chance of cruising with you & Mrs Kuki again in the future... Unless of course, you want to book the March 31st cruise with us????

Enjoy your last night on board.... have a blast... and win lots of $$$$$s even with the shuffle machine.....

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Liberty - Jan. 13

Today’s the last day of the cruise

And for Mrs. Kuki and I, and some other CruiseMates, the last day of back to back cruises. It really has been a superb time on both cruises in so many ways. When traveling we’ve come to know that nothing is going to be perfect. You’ve really struck gold when by trip’s end your great memories far outweigh any of the minor annoyances and glitches you encounter along the way. And for us, on these two cruises we’ve found a bonanza of gold!

It’s one of the joys of our lives with CruiseMates; being fortunate to meet so many wonderful people, make wonderful friends, and then get to cruise with them every once and awhile. And while we’re at we get to meet new friends each time… and often get to cruise with them again at a later date. To me, this is the very basis of what forming the CruiseMates Group Cruise Program was all about; meeting great people who form our own affinity group- cruise lovers. We truly have a wonderful Community, on CruiseMates… and the more of you I meet the more that thought is validated

I have to admit, with the way the ship’s been bouncing around the past 24 hrs. or so I’ll be glad when that part stops. (Dan told us that these are the roughest days he’s seen since he’s been on the ship).

We woke up to blue skies and much calmer seas this morning as we make our way to our last port of call in Nassau. The decks were abuzz with the sun seekers; especially all those who know they’re heading to colder northern climes tomorrow.

Prior to the cruise, I had looked at our itinerary, though not close enough to note our arrival times. In Nassau, you can book a room at the Comfort Suites Hotel, directly across from the famed Paradise Island Resort, and by doing so, you get access to all of the facilities that the guests at Paradise Island are able to use, but visitors are not.

We thought we’d book a room for 4 at the Comfort Suites, and then use all of the Paradise Island facilities for the day, and the cost split 4 ways wouldn’t be any more than a tour. However, yesterday someone mentioned that we don’t get into Nassau until 1 P.M. and we leave at 8 P.M. With time involved to get to Comfort Suites, check in, and get over to Paradise Island, and the time necessary to get back to the ship, we decided we’d only have 2-3 hrs. to enjoy Paradise Island. Therefore we made the decision to cancel the room reservation. But I believe for cruise passengers who’s ship’s stay in Nassau longer, booking this hotel is certainly a pretty good option, to get to experience and use facilities at Paradise Island which aren’t accessible to other non guests of the facility.

Elaine.. I'll talk to Nichole and Andrew tonight to see if they are still going to be on the ship.
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With you metioning the skit "If I weren't at Sea", I recall the same show on the Elation in '05 and it was hilarious. All of the audience was falling ouot of their seats from laughing so hard. I hope it was excellent for your group as well.
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Looking at the shore excursion booklet-
Did they offer horseback riding in San Juan and what time did they meet?
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Kuki,
I have a question. What is the shusi bar like? What are the hours? Is there a charge? We have two upcoming cruises scheduled on the Liberty and I enjoyed your narrative greatly. Now I can't wait until April. Thank you for sharing your experiences with all of us!

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Default Baked Alaska -did they serve it?

I associate cruising as looking forward to Baked Alaska (even if they don't flame it and dance with it anymore)
Did they serve it last formal night (friday) or Saturday??
Drooling mouths want to know..
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Jan . 13 - Liberty

I keep meaning to mention, and I’ve kept forgetting,- the clock by the main pool area. I had talked about early in this virtual cruise report, that it hasn’t kept proper time since our transatlantic cruise on this ship. It was “magically? fixed the day after I mentioned it here, so I guess that goes to show someone on the ship has been reading along with you.

We arrived in Nassau this afternoon, just prior to 1P.M. Nassau was “Cruise Ship City?, with a total of 6 ships visiting including us. Today prior to arrival, at lunch time, was the first day we encountered massive lines at all the various buffet stations. It was either because today is the last day of the cruise and 3400 people decided they hadn’t had their monies worth yet, or because everyone wanted to have lunch before spending the day in Nassau. Added to that was the fact two lines in the buffet were dedicated to a massive chocolate buffet.

The entire Lido deck was very busy, with people either feeding at the trough or enjoying the brilliant sunshine. I’ll post the picture for the more appetizing of the two

It was such a beautiful day, and with our Paradise Island plans set aside, Mrs. Kuki and I elected to avoid the crowds of six ships in town, and spend the day on the ship. We didn’t quite have the place to ourselves, but it was very peaceful, and pleasant. She read, and I sat in “my office? enjoying the final day, and contemplating what I’m going to do when I grow up.
Though these big blue molded plastic chairs look odd, they are really comfortable, and with a little coffee table, it’s almost like sitting in your outdoor family room.

I’d previous mentioned our wait staff, and how good our waiter Beda has been, and how I suspected Michael his assistant was fairly new to the job. Turns out our suspicions were confirmed. I asked Beda how long they had been working as a team, and he said it was their first week together, and that it was Michael’s first week as an assistant.

Michael was obviously nervous, and likely placed with a veteran like Beda (who started with Carnival on the Tropicale) for training purposes. But frankly, this put too much on responsibility on Beda… even though he handled it well. We obviously spotted the situation early on, and are not a particularly demanding group. However, Michael should have either received more training before being “thrown into the fire?, or been assisted by one of the head waiters, or aided by other assistants, not be left to just learn by trial and error.

The Internet connections using the ship’s Wi Fi service has been reliable, and the speed not too bad for a ship. And if for some reason you need to do some work, or stay in touch while on the cruise, it can be kind of cool doing it pool-side.

There were notes in the Carnival Capers several times, stating that if you bought a second time package (because you’d used them all), you could go to the Web Café manager and they’d give you up to 30 minutes of bonus time. In the Internet Café itself, using their machines, there are several times during the cruise where they hold “internet happy hour? - so connecting is half price.

The ship was in Nassau until 8 P.M tonight, and I was somewhat surprised how many empty tables there were at our 6:15 dinner seating. Honestly, other than Atlantis I’m not sure what cruise passengers would do around Nassau in the evening. At any rate, unlike our “San Juan night? dining room service was just fine.

One comment of note… regarding our getting Key Lime Pie a couple of extra nights. If there’s something off menu that you’d like, give them a day or twos advance notice with your request, and they’ll make you pretty much anything you want, as long as the ingredients are on the ship. I doubt you could order lobster every night, but probably anything within reason would be fine.

I found out tonight that I was WRONG about dry cleaning being included in the Platinum membership benefits. We’d assumed it was because no bills or statement came back with the dry cleaning. But, I checked our statement tonight on the television system in the cabin, and we were charged for dry cleaning… so just take note of my error!!

The launder and fold service was complimentary, and very fast. We utilized it a lot, and each time we sent it in we got it back the same day.

This evening during dinner I tried to make my way around the dining room to say goodbye to the people in our group. I also went by 8:00 P.M. dinner seating, where I knew some of the group was dining as well.




They were there the other nights
Some of the folks I never did find, which is fine.
Some people love the interaction of the groups, other just book into our group cruises for the great pricing. It's always entirely up to you how much you participate or choose not to.

While I was off visiting some of the gang went to the game shows and bingos being held in the main showroom. Later as I walked around a corner I found some of them who seemed to be pretending they were on a train near the Promenade Bar.

We have early debarkation tomorrow, so many of us headed to our cabins to get the luggage out in the hall, and attempt to get to sleep early.

Back on land tomorrow I’ll fill you in on the debarkation process and attempt to put the pieces of this virtual cruise report into some form of summation. I'll also be able to spend more time trying to answer more of your questions.
As always if you'd like to see enlarged pictures of the ones posted here, just to to the photo galleries, and double click the pictures to enlarge the view.

I hope you’ve enjoyed cruising along with us.
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There are rounds available, and I'd definitely request one... and I'd also recommend the Silver dining room over the Gold. Put your agent to work for you.
Dining times in the Siver are 5:45 and 8:00 PM. in the Gold they are 6:15 and 8:30.
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4 and 8 are the poker limits. To be honest I forgot to check the craps table limits.
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?Where there any tables for 6 not bench style- or at rounds??
There are rounds available, and I'd definitely request one... and I'd also recommend the Silver dining room over the Gold. Put your agent to work for you.
Dining times in the Siver are 5:45 and 8:00 PM. in the Gold they are 6:15 and 8:30.
Kuki,

Why do you recommend the Silver over the Gold? I have read elsewhere that the Silver was at the aft of the ship and you felt more vibration back there, whereas Gold is in the Middle with little or no vibration felt. We chose 6:15 mainly because of that reason....


Hope you had/have a safe trip home...
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Why do you recommend the Silver over the Gold? I have read elsewhere that the Silver was at the aft of the ship and you felt more vibration back there, whereas Gold is in the Middle with little or no vibration felt. We chose 6:15 mainly because of that reason....
The Silver is aft and the Golden mid ship... so Golden could be considered the better location.

BUT.. the Silver is the larger of the two, and it's much more open than the Golden. It's also surrouded on three sides by windows which makes it more open.

The one problem with the Silver's location is access to it. You have to come down the very aft elevators or stairs... and use Deck 5 or higher to come forward to those stairs/elevators.

All things considered it would still be my presonal preference. Though if you're early diners the 6:15 time is much better IMHO.
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