We got home today.
We sailed on the Spirit from NYC 4/27-5/3. Myself, my husband, our 2 kids, daughters 15 and 8, and my sister and her daughter 10.
It was my 10 year old niece's first time on a cruise. Her favorite part of the whole cruise was Kids crew.
It was a bit chilly when we left NY harbor. It is very exciting seeing the Statue of Liberty and going under the Verazanno Bridge.
We went to Teppanyaki the 1st night. This was where the chef prepared the food in front of you. Food was good, lobster a bit dry. The weather on the ocean was a bit rough. Just a reminder, check the menu each day for the dining rooms. We had made reservations for Cagney's the 2nd night we were there, food was unbelievable, but found out after it was lobster night in the main dining rooms.
The main dining rooms the food was fantastic. You got appetizers, soups, salads, main course and dessert. You can also ask for multiple appetizers, entrees, deserts etc. Also a reminder, any drinks you purchase while on board, check the receipt because the automatically add the 15-18% gratuity in there.
Port Canaveral-we went to Coco Beach, weather was a bit overcast but the kids had a great time, and so did my husband, he drank 1 too many Fosters. We then went to the Ron Jon surf shop....huge and something there for everyone.
Nassau-we got into port late due to "technical difficulties" then the excursion we were suppose to go on was a snorkeling adventure but the boat we were suppose to go out on was also have technical difficulties and was delayed by an hour (430pm) or you could cancel. We cancelled and went shopping on Bay st and the straw market. My sister bought a beautiful necklace in one of the shops and knock off coach bags. Lots of great shops. I thought this place was a little dirty.
Grand Bahama Island-loved this island,very clean, the waters were turquoise. We went on a snorkeling excursion with a 30 foot slide and rock climbing wall. The water was a little rough and not very conducive to snorkeling, but we did the best we could. We snorkeled out in a coral reef and saw beautiful fish..my 15 year old claims she saw a barracuda, not sure, but we had a wonderful time.
Back on the ship, there was always something to do. Art Auctions, shows, the second city comedy troupe was hysterical, and magician was great. There is also bingo, and of course we were in the casino every day...The employees on the ship are extremely friendly and will go out of their way to ensure you stay is a happy and pleasant one.
Now if I have to mention any negatives.....when we embarked on the ship the 1st day, no one ever took our luggage, so we had to take it on ourselves, even when I went to 1-2 people prior to embarking to ask why we seemed to be the only ones that still had our luggage, they didn't offer to take it for us. We were able to board the ship at approx 1245pm. Then with all our luggage, we find out the rooms wont be available until 2pm, so we had to drag all our luggage for over an hour before we could get into our staterooms. We had a large window..the rooms were comfortable and the beds very comfy. A very small problem which is far outweighed by the fun we had on this ship.
We were a little apprehensive because this ship is about 9 years old and the last cruise we went on was a few years ago on the brand new Dawn. The Spirit was very similar to the Dawn, but had an Oriental feel on it with its decorations.
Overall, we had a wonderful time, and are already discussing plans to sign up for a cruise in 2009 on the newest ship dubbed F3 that will have over 4500 passengers. We cannot wait.
We are a latitudes member, so embarkation was fairly smooth except for waiting to board the ship and having to take our luggage with us.
We took express disembarkation where you take your own luggage off with you. It was about a 40 minute wait before we got off. The line to go thru customs was about a 20 minute wait, but we were in our car by 1045 am.