Embarkation Process: We boarded a bus from the airport to take us to Carnival's Embarkation terminal. The Embarkation process was very easy. Please have your cruise documents ready and complete your Carnival Fun Pass online a week before you have to leave for your cruise and you will move faster than all of the other people. If you can, try to arrive when embarkation begins which is 1:30 p.m. from Miami. The early bird gets the worm. We were enjoying lunch in the Mediterranean Restaurant at 1:30 pm and in our stateroom by 2:00 pm due to our 8:00 am flight from Atlanta to Miami.
We had our entire luggage delivered to our stateroom by 7:00 pm that evening. Our ship was packed. The ship's capacity is 2,758. We LOVED our stateroom! We had an ocean view room with a private balcony. The room was a little smaller than I expected but it was because it came with a King size bed. The outside view was breathtaking! It was always clean due to our great stateroom steward. You come to love the turn down service every night and the towel animals on the bed. The Carnival Capers (which is the ship's newspaper) is a very helpful tool to plan your next day events.Dining Experience: The Room Service was prompt and mistake free. I have to admit we abused it! We had 2nd seating for the Pacific Dining Room. We enjoyed most of meals on this cruise in this dining room although there are numerous of places that you can dine. They have the 24-hour Pizzeria, the Deli; the Mediterranean Restaurant & Chinese There is something for everyone! Harold was our waiter in the dining room and he was fantastic!
On Monday, we attended the "Livin' in America" show. It was pretty good. We didn't see too many Vegas shows on the cruise but we did play the $500 & $600 Bingo games. We didn't win. Bingo cards were going for $10 & $20 each. We participated in Morning Trivia & Sports Trivia. We played the Name that Tune in the Irish Sea Bar. The Captain's Formal Cocktail Party was held in the Adriatic Lounge. It was really nice. They provided free drinks for everybody. (Yeah) Also if you are a drinker go to the Art Auctions (It's free champagne).
Drinks notes: Alcohol beverages, sodas and cappuccinos are not included in your fare. It usually carries a 15% gratuity fee. A 20-ounce bottle of Coke is $2.88.
Service: The service overall on the ship was great. If you want or need anything they are more than happy to help you resolve the problem within reason.Shore Excursions:
San Juan: We did the San Juan City/Juan Carlos & His Flamenco Rumba at $55.00 a person. They dropped us off downtown in San Juan and we didn't see much. It was your normal dirty urban downtown city. Juan Carlos Copes Show took place the Intercontinental hotel. He performed some of his Tango hits on guitar while his dancers danced to the music.
St. Maarten: We did the Divi Little Bay Beach Experience at $38.00 a person. Overlooking the beautiful Caribbean waters on the charming Dutch side of St. Maarten, we spent time on the Divi Little Bay Resort. We just relaxed in the sun for 4.5 hours. They provided lunch and (2) free drinks. St. Thomas: We did the Coral World Tour at $35.00 a person. This excursion was our favorite! Coral World is a 4.5 acre beautifully landscaped park located at Coki Beach and offers a fascinating introduction to the marine environments of the Caribbean. It houses sharks, barracuda, eels, baby sharks, stingrays, turtles and much more marine life. WOW!
WARNING: Some of these excursions sell out really fast. You can book them online before you get on the ship on Carnival's website or try to book them the very FIRST day if you are really into adventure. You can book them in your room via television.
Debarkation: It was really easy. You place your entire luggage the night before you have to leave the ship and it is placed in the Debarkation terminal according to your cabin assignment and you board a bus or a taxi to get back to the airport. For faster results in Miami, take a taxi because it faster than the bus!
It was a wonderful Honeymoon experience. I simply loved to cruise. We are already planning our first year anniversary cruise to Alaska. Book early for the best deals!!! Check out Past Guest Deals! Feel free to email me if you have any questions..