I am a platinum cruiser with Carnival, my sons ages 25 and 21...almost....LOL. We sailed with 40 plus people. We are Survivors, Family and Friends of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. My husband died in the line of duty October 1996.
Friday....Pre Cruise, We flew out of Newark to Fort Lauderdale on a very turbulent ride. We made arrangements with SAS Transportation for our ride for Fll to Holiday Inn Port of Miami. We were picked up within 3 minutes of calling. Checked in at 1:30, did not get a room with a view....we just wanted our rooms and the rooms with a view were not ready. I roomed with my freind Carol who lost her Dad in the line of duty in 1994. A trip over to Bayside to Hooters for a cocktail and appetizers..and to enjoy the view. Back to the hotel and met up with other friends for cocktails and dinner.
Saturday...we took a van over to the pier, we left our hotel at 11AM and we were on the ship at 11:45.
So excited........Straight to our cabins to drop off the carry on. Carol and I. 7430 and the boys in 7440, we were aft balconies...(remember that). Then to lido for cocktails and lunch.
The ship is absolutely gorgeous. I was so impressed. I oohed and aahed alot...LOL. I would rate the decor of the ship a 10. We walked and walked and climbed and climbed...LOL and settled at Serenity for Sailaway...it had started to rain but cleared. We were off for 8 nights of fun........
Now I will break it down....
Dining Room..We ate in the Blush Dining Room, Late Seating....This was a big miss most of the time. The menu has not changed in years and the food was just not good, but I wasn't cooking. Lido...same stuff for breakfast...and lunch was OK. Service in dining room was not like it used to be....slowwwwww...too many passengera to take care of, not waiters fault..it is managements
Guys Burgers....awesome.....had 3 of them during the week
Burrito Bar...I don't care for Burritos but Carol and freinds said they were great.
Punchliners Brunch...went once.....breakfast was Ok..did not stay for comedian.
BBQ...freinds tried it, said it was OK
Italian Restaurant....awesome......for $12 you can't beat it for dinner.
Went to two shows...Welcome and Motown...they were OK. Hasbro we went to one show and it was fun.
Comedians.....were Ok, went to two shows one was not my taste...F word used in every other word (it really wasn't necessary). Other comedian was good.
Trivia...if you enjoy Trivia, they do it in the Red Frog Pub every night at 8...unfortunately our seating was at 8:15. We spent a lot of time in the Red Frog, tell Danny we said Hi!!! LOL
There was live music in the Ocean Plaza, Red Frog Pub and Atrium every night.
Thrill theater...never made it there.
I would rate entertainment a 6.
..........Oh my where do I start...4600 of them alot of them were rude.....obnoxious....(not drunk...but plain no manners....) I think there were 1500 kids who were let go to run a muck...running up and down hallways, screaming, prank calling cabins and playing in elevators....I am talking about kids that were anywhere between 7 and up just running loose......I can't even rate them...LOL
awesome, they get a 10
.....it seemed our balcony was smaller than other ships we have been on but bathroom a tad bigger....Our steward was wonderful.....only problem was ........sewage odor in the cabin......complaint was made...follow up made by information desk...and a call from information manager..Odor was in both our cabins and also a friends cabin in the same area....I hope they have this fixed soon for future passengers. Because of this I rate it a 4.
Ports of Call...
This was our third stop there, spent it at Margarttaville the first two times....been there done that...so we did the Segway Tour and had a great time. Driver dropped us off at Jacks Shack on the beach and we had cocktails and swam with about 20 other people instead of 2000 at Margaritaville....LOL. The highlight is Jacks dog Topher who swims with you....fishes and digs big holes.
We did a private vendor tour with Seavis Tours to Saona Island. It was awesome....after we found the taxi driver....LOL. Out to the beach where we met our tour guide Kirsten and her dog Zion who came for the trip to Saona. Kirsten is an ecologist. Boat ride was fun...to the island for swimming, snorkeling and lunch and rum and beer.....then on to the sand bar for swimming with the starfish and more rum and cake and fruit...Back to the beach and into the taxi and onto the ship...Loved, loved loved this tour..Carnival offers something similiar for about $30 to $40 more.
I booked Irie Tours, it was fun..in an open air bus, stop at a distillery and then Seaquarium Beach. Would not reccomend this beach to anyone....crowded and garbage floating in the water (by the passengers that had been there for hours already...cups, cigarette butts etc.) We did some quick shopping before the tour luckily as shops close early even though we were there till 11.
Oh my...We shopped in the morning and then did the Jeep Tour to the Natural Pool...it was awesome and so much fun. We stopped at the caves and then on the the Natural Pool for an awesome off road ride with lots of laughs.....I climbed down the 85 steps and slid on my butt into the natural pool and made it back up the 85 steps........
I am platinum and could have gotten off the ship at 7AM but chose not to as our flight wasn't until 1:30. We were supposed to be called at 9"15 but due to passengers not following directions there was a big hold up by customs and we were not called till 10 15. Took quite sometime to get off as once again passengers not following directions....Going before there number is called and self assist when they wanted....not when they were suppsed to by 8:30.
We called SAS and they were right there and off to the airport.
In closing.....I had a great time, I was away from home, not cooking, not cleaning....I waas just disappointed at times.....however i will sail Carnival again....but not out of Miami.....