Itin: Miami, Half Moon Cay Bahamas, St. Thomas VI,
San Juan, P.R.,Grand Turk, Miami,Fl
Embarkation: nice and smooth. It really helps to have pre cruise forms filled out.
Some passengers did not and had to wait while they filled out the paper work.
Cabin: We had cabin 6339 and our family was in 6343 next door. Our steward opened adjoining balcony partiction. We had a very good time enjoying the open seas, dining & company. Other family members were at other area staterooms.
Our cabin was delightful, plenty of storage and closet space.The cabin sterward Arief, from the Philippines, always kept ice on hand and the cabin was kept clean.Carnival advertised the great comfort of the mattress, and sheets.But, I did not think they were anything special.
Earl's birthday surpise awaited us. The cabin was decorated with streamers,and lots of party favors.
Dining: Paris main 5:45. Because we were cruising with others,the choice was for the early seating.Food was really very good. I remember when Carnival did not have the best, but this cruise was exceptional.
Everything from appetizers to desert were served with beautiful flare,
Tastefully decorated and excellent flavor.
The very best was the prime rib,lobster & chicken dishes.
We ate mostly in the paris dining room.Much better service and food.
Food on the Lido deck needs some improvement. Cakes were dry, long lines for the buffet line, and flies. UGH! I reported this to the management.
Shows & entertainment:Rome Lounge. WOW, where do I start! The singers and dancers were GREAT.
Every show they put on was wonderful.You have to see them to enjoy it. What energy, talent.
We did the bingo some, and tried to particapate in the contests.
We are not big on gambling, but did try out a few of the games.Of course, lost it all.
Cruise director, Paul Santley was a laugh a minute. The comic Eddie Capone was great to.
We have seen him on other ships, so some of the jokes were old.
At other times there was the beautiful music from "Prelude Trio" playing classical music in different areas of the ship.It was a very nice touch.The Oxford Bar had the music of "Montreal Jazz Duo"
and Sharon played the piano in the Lobby bar.Pool side had "Caribbran Ectasy".
Over all the music & entertainment was very good.
Ports of Call:
Half Moon Cay; My very favorite beach. Sugary White sand, blue waters, all kinds of sports, food,bathrooms& cabinas. It was great! We stayed untill the last tender back. A very nice and relaxing time. The only problem is the tenders. Some of our fellow cruise family have disabilties & could not make the trip.This small island is owned by Holland America/Carnival corporations.
St. Thomas; it was just ok. to commercial for my taste.We did the usual shopping for souvenirs. then back to the ship.We wanted to see St. Johns National Park and Trunk Bay, but didn't have the time. Maybe some day.
San Juan P.R;We booked the Baccardi Rum tour, and Fort San Cristobal.
Grand Turk; my next favorite beach. We toured the island. Very small area 7 miles by 1.5 miles.
There was not much there to see, the lighthouse,& the prison.
We shoped at the Maragritteville shops.
Yeah, Jimmy Buffett for his dream to build a customer service and shops on the island.
We returned to the ship. I predict this will be the best stop for cruise ships in the near future. The island reminded me of Grand Cayman 20 years ago.
Last day at sea; the time flew by, now it is time to pack, drive home. Oh how I hated to leave
the ship.We all are tanned, happy,and looking forward to our next cruise.
Carole aka Sea Trekker
Good to know it went well because I am booked on the same ship/itinerary for September 15th!!! I am looking forward to Grand Turk (even just to shop and burn my skin on the beach) and shopping for a birthday present for myself in St. Thomas (in port on the same day, might as well go and buy me some gold or gems!).
misguidedangle, I believe you mentioned about sailing in September? You also mentioned about possibly shopping in St. Thomas.
I had not planned on shopping in St. Thomas, but just "look" around. I had told my friend about the Tanzanite (sp?) jewelry I had bought there 7 years ago. She saw a sign that said Tanzanite earrings for $14.99, and wanted to check them out. We went in, and that is "almost" the rest of the story. The sales clerk showed them to her, and then started showing the caribbean topaz earrings to her also. I seen them and they were beautiful. To make the long story short, I wound up buying the caribbean topaz necklace and bracelet. I and another lady priced them on the ship, and we discovered that I got a good deal.