We arrived at The Clarion Hotel/Airport at 6:15p.m. from our home town, which was a 9 hour , 15 minute travel time. Our Hotel room had King, non-smoking accommodations. It was exceptionally clean with no signs of wear and tear. The bed had a down comfort with down pillows and high quality linens. Our night of rest before departure was very restful. We had breakfast with our group of Cruisers at the hotel in the dining room. The Hotel Staff had prepared a wonderful breakfast buffet. The meal was included in our package. Clarion Staff loaded our luggage into their van and carried our group to the port. We were all able to leave our vehicles parked at the Clarion for the 5 days of the Cruise for no additional charge. The Clarion driver of our van was exceptionally helpful and nice. The park and cruise package at the Clarion was 129.99.
Embarkation was very smooth at the port. We arrived on the ship. The ship was extremely clean and all of the Staff helpful, cheerful and nice. We could not go to our Cabins until 1:30 p.m. We went to the Lido Deck and had our Lunch. The food was excellent on arrival with a great choice of different foods. We had wonderful fruits and different desserts to choose from in addition to sandwiches.
After 1:30 p.m. we went to our Cabin and immediately met our Cabin Stewart , Kevin. He was very helpful, prompt and our Cabin was kept exceptionally clean everyday. The icebucket was always full of ice. We ordered coffee, fruit and pastries each morning between 6:00 and 6:15 a.m. from Room Service. Kevin was prompt in bringing this each morning. At night the towel animals were adorable and chocolates delicious.
The Dining in the Sensation Dining Room was at 6:00. Shetty was our Server. He and his assistant were always fun and patient with our gang. We enjoyed them and especially the Appetizers and Desserts. The main course each night was disappointing to us. We had breakfast several mornings in the Sensation Dining room also and it was absolutely nothing special. Lido deck breakfasts was the exception. The food was always excellent there, whether it be breakfasts or lunches. ,meals from the steam tables, sandwiches, ice cream,Pizza, hotdogs,Hamburgers......the variety was awesome~!
The activities were varied and fun. The last night we were told by the Captain , to our surprise , there were 300 children on board. They were well entertained by staff on this cruise because we did not know they were aboard! The excursion in Nassau was wonderful. On arrival to the island we were met by a Native named Lionel, who offered to take us on a 2 1/2 hour tour of the island. He charged each of us $20.00, which was well worth it. He took us about the Island and pointed out different areas of interest. These included Historical places, the Government buildings, different Neighborhoods, A wonderful Straw Market and Atlantis where we toured for about 45 minutes. We returned to the other markets and had plenty of time for shopping. Being on the Island of Nassau was a wonderful experience and fun.
The next day was the beautiful Half Moon Cay. The aqua water was breathtaking, the island a picture that you will never forget. Clean, crisp, breathtaking! Everything you could wish for when you are at the Beach was available. Lounges, Water, Drinks, Food, Hammocks, Sun, Friends and Fellowship exceptional!!!The Tendering was constant the whole day with Polite, friendly, clean service! I can't say enough about how clean everything was and the Staff on the ship was constantly cleaning. The staff and crew exceptional in helpfulness, kindness and friendliness. You couldn't ask for any better service in anyway.
The Entertainment was varied and fun. From the shows to Karaoke with Cristine. There also was wonderful Smooth sounds with Ed and beautiful piano music with Tirza. There was Bingo, Game Shows, Country Line Dancing, Trivia Marathon, Water Wars , Adult Ping Pong Tournament, and Sea feud. There was even Gospel Singing ,which was very good. If you thought this was a boring Cruise it was because you didn't check Your daily guide to FUN.
On Sunday morning at 3:00a.m.,the second day of the Cruise, a fellow Cruiser had a Myocardial Infarction(heart attack) and we were temporarily detoured back to Port Canaveral for Disembarkation of this passenger. There was no delay in our itinerary.
On The day of Disembarkation it was raining. The Carnival Crew had overhead covering to prevent the passengers from getting wet. At the terminal locating your luggage was extremely easy as you was given a Number. When that number was called, you Disembarked from the Ship. Our luggage was waiting for us at that number and there was no delay at all. Our Van from the Clarion was waiting on us and promptly and safely took us back to the Clarion to pick up our personal vehicles.
We could hardly wait to get home to plan our next wonderful Carnival Cruise!!!Thanks Guys for making our Vacation unforgettable. We'll never forget it or you!