Welcome back! I want to hear everything! haha
First how was the condition of the ship?
Did you get to board the ship early and eat dinner or did you have to wait?
What excursions (if any) did you take on St. Lucia?
We have the tubing in Dominica booked & the zip line in St. Kitts booked... did you do either?
Please share whatever you can.
Thanks a bunch!!
I found the conditon of the ship to be good. The cabin could use some updating especially in the bathroom and their was no fridge in the room. We got to the terminal by 11:30 am. on Sunday and were on the ship by 12:30. We had late dining at 8:15p.m but the first night was come as you are. In St. Lucia we didn't have an excursion booked so we got off the ship and booked one in port for an island tour. We didn't have the best tour guide but the island was beautiful. I can't remember the tour company's name though. In Dominica we booked the Hot Springs Escape through Carnival. I highly recommend it. We went to a place to swim between the mountains in a cave where the water was cold and then to the hot sulphur springs. It was an awesome tour. We booked a snorkeling adventure through Carnival in St. Kitts, it was ok. The catamaran was nice, but I have done better snorkeling. I will tell you to stay away from the 5 star catamaran snorkel with the turtles in Barbados. There were about 75 people on our catamaran and 3 more boats with just as many where we snorkeling. We were getting kicked in the head and everywhere else. I am sure you will have a great time. The food was much better than I expected and the adults only pool was actually adults only! We had a great waiter in the dining room and the warm chocolate melting cake did not disappoint!
For the island tours it was much cheaper off the ship, but I have never booked anything other than a tour of the island without going through the cruiseline. I just feel safer for snorkeling and watersports to do it through the cruise line.
you're getting the same tour whether you book on or off the ship. In many of these countries it's the only thing they do; tourism. They have no reason to risk bad publicity in trying to dick you around.
CCL Valor : September 2013
CCL Breeze : April 2013
RCCL Oasis : September 2012
RCCL Freedom : April 2012
CCL Destiny : April 2011
CCL Valor : September 2010
CCL Victory : March 2010
RCCL Adventure : September 2009
RCCL Monarch : March 2009
RCCL Mariner : September 2008
CCL Liberty : March 2008
CCL Valor : July 2007
CCL Celebration : March 2007
CCL Elation : March 2006
CCL Fantasy : October 2005
I've done the Southern Caribbean itinerary four times and just love it. I love having a different port each day and no sea days. I plan on doing this cruise again sometime soon. I wish Carnival had some more cruises like this one.