My wife and are in our mid 60's and retired. We do two cruises a year. I book this trip in April with an aft cabin on deck 5. Three days before we sailed Carnival called and offered a Grand Suite for an offer I couldn't refuse. We left Syracuse Thursday at 6:15 am. and arrived at the pier at 11:00 . Dropped the suit cases at the curb , parked the car next to the pier for $280.00. With VIP checkin we were enjoying lunch on the lido deck at 11:30.
At 4:00 pm Captain Giacalone backed out into Hudson River then put in forward and headed for San Juan at 22 knots per hour. The ride was very smooth and not another boat or plane insight till Sunday afternoon.
Our roon was 6207. It is a double size room with a dressing area and large bathroom. The bed was king size with three closets and more storage areas than we needed. Word of advice about the whirlpool tub and shower, the tub is 30 inches high so anyone with a bad hip or knee might have problems getting in and out of the tub.
Our first stop was San Juan ,arriving at 3:00. We took a tour around old and new San Juan for $20 from a private vendor. Our second stop was Saint Thomas a very nice Island .Took a 5 hour tour thru Sonny Liston tours Two hours of shopping followed with a trip up the mountain to view our ship at the dock. Sunny was big on loud music but short on details of what we were seeing. After we returned to the ship sitting on our bacony we saw cSunny returning to late to make the ship with a few guests who were at the beach. If you book your excursions thru the ship they will wait for you but if you book with an outsider you are on your own.
Our third and last stop was Grand Turk. A two hour tour for $25.00 with the Island taxi serice. Then time at the beach. We arrived back in New York City at 8:00 and with VIP check out we were siting in our car at 8:30. Carnival has cut back on the portions in the dinning room .The ship also had a comedy brunch instead of a regular breakfast and regular lunch. The Comedians would give a 5 minute routine on the hour.It was asking where you were from and what you did for a living. I'd rather go back to regular lunch and breakfast. No calypso band for sail away, Just a DJ playing the same songs throughout the whole cruise.The stage shows were just ok and in the piano bar the most people we saw there were 6. The Frankie & johnny lounge had a band called Music Unlimited. 3 guitars and a drum from the orient.
The cruise was relaxing . The pools were filled with school age children running and jumping in the pool.The vip party had full size drinks with the same old snacks.