What made this cruise exceptional was that Carnival called us at 6:30PM the night before we left and asked us if we would like to purchase an upgrade. We had purchased two rooms,one was in interior and the other was a ocean view. They wanted to know if I would like to upgrade the ocean view to a Grand Suite. The extra money for the upgrade was so worth it. We went from the second floor to the seventh floor. When you get a suite you get priority check in and priority getting off . We never wanted to leave our room.
As for the trip the weather was nothing like the forecasts I had read. The highest temperature was 62. We were in fog with the fog horn going off almost the entire trip, but that made the trip more awesome. Standing on the top deck looking back and only being able to see a small part of the ship was like no other cruise I had ever taken. If you take this cruise pack a lot of warm clothes! You do not need shorts and tank tops. You need pants and jackets.
We rented a car in Saint John and drove to Saint Martin to see the sea caves. They look just like the pictures. Be sure to bring water shoes or you will not be able to cross the streams to the caves. The entire area is covered in rocks and snails making it impossible to walk in bare feet. We were there at low tide and walked toward the ocean and around a bend and found two more caves that we had to ourselves. The drive to and from Saint John was easy and scenic.
It was pouring down rain when we docked at Nova Scotia and since we had planned to just walk around town we shopped at the dock then went back to the ship. We had the hot tub in the Serenity area all to ourselves. Relaxing day.
The food at the Red Sail buffets were good. There were many choices of foods so we could always find something that was appealing. The Ruebens at the deli were a hit with the two teenagers who traveled with us. Guys Burgers are great, but filling. The pizza is a very thin crust, but a great taste. We had way too many ice creams since they are located in 4 places we just could not walk by with out grabbing a cone. The Steakhouse is worth the money. The food was incredible. The food in the regular dining was good, not great. The chocolate melting cake was the best dessert going.
We had a great time even though the weather was not great. The shows did nothing for us. They were very loud and not that entertaining, but we did not go on the cruise for the shows. If they call and ask if you want to upgrade, do it!