Fun Day @ Sea Well what can I say I normally hate these days before for some reason I liked it. Breakfast in the Lido, was busy but still deal with it; other people are on vacation as well. The lines aren't as bad as everyone says but you will have to wait for your grazing period. Yeah Grazing, if you're on this cruise and have Malcolm get used to the phrase everyone uses it and loves it. In the Caribbean Lounge at 11:00 please be aware of the Excursion talk with Malcolm if you don't have any thing planned do go and see this, funny and full of information. His jokes are funny but you must pay attention. After the show, was our grazing period on the Lido, today's Nations of Food was India food, didn't try it so I guess it was ok. Stick to the regular buffet and got something good. On this day it was very cold and wasn't the best day to go swimming or anything, but I guess those kids loved the pool; there was an incident in the hot tub, some little kid pooped in the pool. Yeah it was funny, had to be there. This would be the first day that would be the only coldest day on ship and of course the day we saw a Movie on the new Seaside Theatre. We watched Step it Up 2: The Streets; watched the whole thing and it was amazing but cold. Every so many minutes you would have to change position to get hotter. Thank god that it was formal dinner night, taking a shower in the room difficulty woke me up. Formal dinner was amazing of course, while during dessert, the wait staff did dance this night and yes it was moving conga line with several kids at dinner. This would also be the night that they did the Livin in America show, which was pretty cool and amazing, full of color and sound. I think I could hear my ears ringing all night. This day was also the rockiest day on the ship, several people were complaining of the ships movement, several people were losing there balance and falling all over the place. I had a sea sick patch on so I really didn't feel so sick but others did. You could see it in your water glass at dinner moving back and forth and you could see strangers not walking a straight line on the decks. You were bond to hit someone and knock something over. Also on this day it would be the Inch of Gold sale, if you fall for this stuff then go for it, if you like the Inch of Silver wait until the next day in front of the Fun Shops Starboard side. We also bought a lot of booze this day, a key note when buying don't take the bottles off the shelf they get mad and tell you all we need is to know what you want and how much. Let's say buy the second day great deals then any of the other days. They will deliver your booze during the afternoon/evening on your last day; you will have to sign for it so make sure your kids don't sign your booze away...just kidding. But you never know.
Saint John, New Brunswick Yes, today was the day of landing into our port. It was a smooth ride in listening to the bells and fog horn of the ship. We woke to the ship docking into Saint John sliding into the position as port facing out towards the sea and starboard to the port authority. We ventured to the top of the 14 deck to watch us pull in so well. I note to remember if you see lots of foam on the water it's not contaminated water, this is when the Bay of Fundy and the saltwater from the Ocean and once they are mixed they create this foam substance that looks like yellow foam you put in your walls. Doesn't worry it doesn't smell or it won't hurt you in any way. We ate breakfast in the lido this time to save time on getting off the ship and going to our first excursion, the Saint John Highlights Tour.
Fun Day @ Sea Last day of Cruise, now don't you just hate those words; I know I do. This day was packed full of stuff from the debarkation lecture at 11:00 to the wonderful day outside. This would be the most beautiful day on our cruise. It was so hot that all the chair hogs had taken all the chairs and the children had taken all the space in all the pools. My one goal of the cruise was to climb the stairs and go down the Carnival Classic Teal Slide, yet this day it was so packed that I wasn't in the mood to get on my suit wait in line. All in all that day we went to the spa and enjoyed the Sauna. I little known fact, if you go to the spa the Sauna and Steam Room are free of charge; we didn't know. Stupid US!! Also this day was full of fun events some we went to and others we have been to. We missed out on the Tea Time but made it up on the other sea day. This would be our final show of the Cruise and the best one of all, it is the newest addition but if you have cruised before on her then it is the same name, yes different songs…even better….it's VROOOMMM. Hands down the best show full of color, music, and great dancers. (They are hot by the way, the one guy with the light blonde hair…OMG..If he reads these call me…) it was a very upbeat show which got the crowds moving and dancing with them, a sight to see of course. Also this night would be our almost all nighters'.
As smooth and easy as it sounds, debarkation was the easier I have ever experienced on Carnival. We didn't have to leave the ship until 10 ish so we went to the Lido deck enjoyed an easy and relaxing breakfast. I nice place on the starboard side of the restaurant to watch us pull into Pier 92. Along side us we would find the Eurodam entering port as well. This ship was huge, big and pretty; from its dark blue hull to the outdoor elevators overlooking the water…OMG I wish I could have been on her too!! Debarkation took place at around 7:30 and was smooth sailing…Ingrid the Assistant Cruise Director instructed it from the very beginning (Great job) Because we didn't have to get off the ship until later we sat on the Lido deck and watched the Seaside Theatre with Denver news…yeah you are docked in New York and you don't even get New York News. We did get our information about the current hurricane and other info but really I wanted to know what was going on around NYC not DENVER!!! We did Self-Assist and it was a breeze, left our rooms at 9:40 took the elevators down and waited in a line for about 10 min not long at all. Swipe your sail and sign card to indicate you have left the ship and proceed down the ramp to land. You can see the ship from the port once you have entered Customs. Yes Customs it is a horrible word they use on the ship to scare you but really when they say they are going to check everyone's bag I guess they are right but they don't. If you fill out everything you need on you customs sheet, all you do is follow the line to an agent, give them your passport and declaration and you are good to go. Honestly we were in line for 1 min, got to an agent and within 2 mins we were done. Walk the long port again to reach the elevator to down stairs were we met our bus. The ship is stationed right in front of you it's like the ship is coming at you. The Porter's can be a pain sometimes but that is what they are there for to be pains. After our bus had arrived it was goodbye to the Victory and one day we would see her again. FYI: She is moving to San Juan and will no longer be doing the Canada run, her sister ship the Triumph will be taking over her position in Canada and then will be replaced again by another ship; this is what Malcolm has said in his show. Our bus had arrived on time like they have said and the massive load of people going on the next cruise was amazing, a lot of older people…yeah I am happy we settled on the 4 day instead.
Food: AMAZING!! I know other people may disagree but food is food and the quality of the Carnival Food was fine with me. I loved breakfast each morning with a bowl of cereal, bagel, and the best scrambled eggs I have ever had. Lunch Buffet, a variety of foods to try each day, I leaned towards Pizza/Burgers(the best) and Chinese food on those 4 days. Dinner…great each night, our tablemates are now our best friends we keep in touch once or twice a week to follow up on Cruise stuff, Family and personal stuff. I believe we just meet our next cruising buddies for our next cruise. Best Dessert: Grand Mariner Soufflé Best Appetizer: Escargot Best Entrée: Lobster Tail with Shrimp (Formal Night) Best Lunch Item: Goat Cheese Pizza Best Late-Night Snack- Cheeseburger w/fries
Entertainment: Hands down funny and amazing, the dancers and singers were amazing. I think I had a crush on one of the dancers. The Comic not so much funny during her act, didn't care to see her in her R rated show; the magician on the other hand wasn't too bad but didn't feel like staying up to see his show either. Malcolm the CD was hilarious as usual nothing to make fun of him, great CD and would love him to be on the Pride next year. Assistant CD's only seeing Ingrid most of the time the others not so much.
Cruise itself: Would love to cruise to Canada again, but next time on the Triumph!!!