First off we flew in Jacksonville to see my grandmother for a ½ day and then drove down to P-Canaveral. What a great ride! It was a gorgeous day and we rented a brand new corvette. We stayed at the Radisson which is the Best bang for your buck! And a great way to start our vacation!!!! Embarkation was the best and fastest out of the 3 cruises I have been on. We got to port around 10:30 and were on the ship by 11:20!!! We had our bathing suits in our bag and went straight to the Lido (: Had a bunch of drinks and before I knew it our room was ready. I did the corny Bon voyage anniversary decorations but my wife loved it. So it worked for me!!! We spend time at the bar and in the hot tub afterwards and the hours flew by and it was time for the muster drill. Went smooth without any hang-ups and it was time for more lido drinks.... Moving on... Things got a little fuzzy after the drill. The ships DEcor us very nice, The Glory is my favorite ship by far! I love the Valor but enjoyed the Glory dEcor much better. I did miss the Mongolian Bar and Seaside Screen but I managed.
Food was great, as always, I never have a complaint except for their cheesecake... They have a horrible recipe but maybe being from NY I am spoiled. We had a great time with our tablemates!!!! TABLE 190!!! Actually was sat at the table with a couple I was talking with in the roll call and missed them at the Radisson bar the night before...The shows and entertainment was great as always, something's a little boring but over great. The comedians they had the hilarious as always....
Bahamas- I have never been here and what a gorgeous island and if you have never been to Atlantis it is a must do! We only had 6 hours in port so enough time to see the Dig and walk the grounds of the resort. Very nice place, I would stay here for a week for sure with my family. Stopped by the straw market and left soon after annoying people and iffy stuff... Just a hint you can't get a Cuban for 5 bucks! LOL
St Thomas- We went to Sapphire Beach because we didn't want it to be soo busy like Coki beach... The beach was perfect like it was out of a postcard but the snorkeling was not what I thought it would be. Small nice coral but not as visible and I thought it would be. Much better at Coki but I was glad that we went to Sapphire because it was very quiet. You could rent chairs and there was a bar right behind us that had 3-dollar Carib's and coronas... We spend the day there, which was great and went to paradise point for the sunset, dinner and some mean Baileys Bushwhackers! Those drinks are dangerous! Paradise point is a must do!!! Great place to watch the sunset!!!!
St Maarten- (Anniversary!) Got in early and were the 1st of the ship that day. Went to the taxis and no one was around. We wanted to go to Orient Beach for the day and because we were early had to pay $18 per person but we got to the beach and were the only ones there! Maybe a few walked but it was quiet and empty... Very nice! We got some chairs over near club Orient because we wanted to give nude sunbathing a try... With in no time we walking and swimming in our b-day suits and if I would have known it was that much fun I would have done it a long time ago. What better way to spend your anniversary than naked! Spend the day on the beach and went back to the ship an hour early so we didn't deal with traffic.
Days at sea- the chair hoarders were the worst on this trip. My wife and I got up and 6am one morning to get chairs for our table group and had people already getting them as well! We didn't go back to bed like most do... Took a nap in the chairs and waited for our friends to wake up... Enjoyed the pools, slide, golf, food, dodge ball, ect.... Again I missed the large screen but loved the live entertainment. We went to the whirlpool and hot tub in the Gym and it was quiet and not always crowded. I do not know why they took it out of the Valor. Very relaxing, used the steam room a much as possible. Great way to start the day.
Spa- this was the 1st time that we opted to spend the high prices in the spa. We got couples massage on the last day and it was great. My wife loved it!
Misc- Did well in the casino on the blackjack tables, Loved the super club as last time but did get charged a corking fee unlike last year. (no biggie) Why cant you smoke cigars in the cigar bar??? Dumb layout for the comp lab. Debarkation was very quick. Self disembark is the way to go!!! Off the ship in 30 min! Nice job in customs!!!!!
Glory is now my favorite ship and St. Thomas is my new favorite Island!!!!
CANT WAIT TO GO ON CARNIVAL AGAIN!!!!