This was our 4th Cruise, 2nd with Carnival. It was my husband and I, and our 3 children.
We stayed at the Comfort Suites Miami Airport North the night before. It was very nice, recently built and many restaurants within walking distance. It includes your transportation from the airport and to the cruise terminal, as well as breakfast. You can also set up your transportation after the cruise there for a decent price.
Embarkation was easy; once the hotel dropped us off we were on the ship within an hour, around 11:30 AM. We went to the Lido deck and had lunch, and room was ready by 1:00 and luggage arrived before the Muster drill.
Our room was a balcony view, a little outdated but nothing to complain about. It was clean. We never really saw our room attendant, but he did clean our room twice a day. We were right under the lido deck and all night you could hear the chairs being moved around.
I am not sure why, but you could really feel this boat move. On our 1st day, it moved so bad the pool was like a wave pool, but the waves in the ocean didn’t seem so big. I talked to an employee and she said it was always wavier on the way there but better on the way back. It didn’t bother us, but if you get sea sick easy, this boat is not for you. On the last night, it got really wavy in the ocean and wind picked up due to a cold front coming in and they stopped letting people up on the higher decks.
We went to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau.
Grand Turk was great; It seemed to have something for everyone. We just went to the beach and relaxed and fun swimming. They do have rafts you can rent and inflatables that you can play on for $10 all day.
Half Moon Cay is the private island of Carnival and you have to take a tender to it, but once you get there, it is worth the wait. Beautiful beach, but the water is a little colder than Grand Turk. You can purchase drinks there but the prices are higher than the on the boat and a limited selection.
Nassau was okay. We were beached out by the time we got to here, but didn’t want to pay the outrageous prices for Atlantis. We took the city tour, for our party of 6 it was $100. He drove us around, took us to the water tower, shopping and to Atlantis to walk around. When got back we did some shopping, but a lot of people trying to get you to buy stuff outside the stores. The ship warned us about safety there and said not to leave the tourist areas, but I never felt a threat there.
Overall it was a great cruise, and we had a good time.