The Alchemy Bar. Inna, Vicky, and Gabor were friendly, fun to chat with, and made delicious drinks. We usually stopped in at least once a day to just hang out with these guys! Try the Basil Drop and Cucumber Sunrise. We had the pleasure of attending Inna's private drink-mixing class, which was so much fun! She is hilarious and we all agreed it to be one of our favorite things of the week.
We had a balcony cabin on the 8th floor, which was always very clean and comfortable. Our cabin steward was very accommodating and made the BEST towel animals EVER!
The updated decor in the main areas was pretty!
The Burger joint was awesome.
Pizza Pirate had long lines, but was thin-crust and tasty.
The serenity deck near the spa was a nice retreat away from kids and the hustle and bustle of the Lido deck.
The overall "fun" theme of the ship was apparent from Day 1. There was a good party-vibe, more so than any other ship I've More
been on before.
Not Necessarily Carnival's fault, but the clientele. I'd describe it as maybe one step up from a Walmart customer.
The dining room food was so-so. Not BAD by any means, but no fine dining here. The wine list was also disappointing.
The drink waiters were pushy! I felt like they were salesman trying to push us drinks all day long at the pool and shots at dinner. A little much.
Same with the photographers. They were EVERYWHERE and out of control!
We really liked the DJ, but the music on the Lido deck by the pool was obnoxiously loud. Plus, it would be nice to see some kind of reggae band during the day instead of clubbing music all day and night long.
Comedians were just okay. And the shows were extremely short.
Missed a port due to an engine propulsion problem the 2nd day. Carnival reimbursed us $50pp which we were happy with. We ended up getting to spend an extra night in San Juan, which made missing St Thomas a little easier to deal with. Less
The ship lets you off at a beautiful beach lined with palm trees. We snapped a few pics and headed off to our eco hike and kayak tour. The open air truck ride there was about 30-minutes through the inland areas. Very interesting to see the "real" side of Grand Turk and how the locals lived. Once we arrived at the mangrove, we met our guide, Andre, who was very nice and entertaining. The actual kayaking was pretty fun, but anti-climatic. We pulled ashore to see some birds, visited an abandoned ship, and then took a very short walk uphill to get a good view of the beach. Andre had pulled up some ocean-life to show us that we got to hold and try some conch. The glass-bottom on the kayaks was pretty pointless.
Once back at the main area of port, we visited the disappointing shopping area. It was like pulling teeth to find a remotely interesting souvenir. Grand Turk needs to get some little booths with local art to sell...not a bunch of overpriced trinkets made in China.
An absolutely gorgeous beach! Clean, turquoise, and white sand! Perfect place for a day lounging at the beach. It is a Carnival-owned port, so don't expect much in the way of local flavor, culture, or art. Perfect port to skip the excursions and just relax.
Loved Old San Juan. The ship lets you off in walking distance to all of the shopping, restaurants, and historic sites of this district. The area is charming and feels so much like a little European village. We had dinner the first night at the Old Harbor Brewery, which I would highly recommend; only micro brewery on the island. Good food and drinks. Other highlights were Cafe el Punto, a restaurant recommendation from a local woman. Very unassuming dive, locals galore. Also, the Poet's Passage was a super cute place to get drinks, listen to live poetry, and pick up some interesting art and souvenirs.
We did the Bacardi Rum Distillery Tour and wouldn't recommend it. You basically pay to get two tiny rum drinks and a tour of a museum. At no point are you touring an actual distillery. Definitely take a pass on this one.