Here I am with basically the same post I've put in a couple of other sections on these boards
I've been devouring the site and message boards for weeks, getting up the nerve to post!
First, thank you to everyone for the invaluable advice I have gathered on this site and on these boards. Everyone is so helpful and nice!
My husband and I will be cruising for the very first time aboard the Spirit on 3/27 - 8 day southern carib itinerary. We'll be in port (Barbados) on Easter Sunday. I didn't realize Easter was so soon this year when I booked. I've heard most things will be closed in Barbados that day ... will I be able to get to a beach?
I've read less about the Spirit than any other Carnival ship. Why is that?
We booked cabin 8180 cat 8I - has anyone had experience in one of these cabins? It has an extended balcony - which from what I've read gives us a few extra inches out there - lol
I'm trying to ignore the Carnival bashers... We did have our sights set on other cruise lines after doing some research before going to our TA. She said we would be happier on Carnival based on our ages (late 30's) and the things we like to do.
That said... this being an Easter cruise, will the ship be full of kids? Not that this will bother me because I intend to have the time of my life no matter what!
I'm leaving 3 teens at home for over 2 weeks. Since we live in metro NYC area and both were personally affected by 9/11, I can't get myself to fly, yet. We'll be extending our trip on each end by driving to Florida and relaxing with family. I've read we should have no worries about driving to the port in Miami and parking there for the 8 days.
I'll be out of touch with my kids for the longest time I've ever had to be! No daily check in calls- I heard the ship phone costs a small fortune - I'd rather spend that money shopping! lol (cruel mom)
I have family nearby to make sure they are ok and who can be there for them in case of an emergency. I will try to email them as often as I can from the ship and call them from ports.
The past six months has been so hard on my husband, we just really need this adventure!! I intend to have a blast no matter what is thrown our way. I'm going to start my cruise shopping and packing this week.... I am just so excited!!
Does anyone have any experience on the Spirit? Any advice? Any warnings? Tips?
What about bringing along my laptop to download digital pictures? Too much? I'm very into photography and I'm thinking - video cam, 35mm AND my digital might be too much... any oppinions?
Sorry for being so long winded!! Thank you everyone. The questions just keep popping up!
counting down the days...