We stayed the night before Departure at the Hampton Inn in Port Everglades. This was a great jump off point as we were able to park our cars at the Hotel for $30 per vehicle and simply hired a shuttle to the ship. Embarkation was a breeze and we were on the ship within an hour. Our luggage arrived before 2:30 and we were unpacked before the muster. No longer wearing the life jacket at Muster was great!
Two sea days and great weather allowed for some great sun and the opportunity to settle in. Our dining room table was great. Table 169 right at the front of the dining room and a booth for four provided a very intimate dining atmosphere. The dining room staff was attentive but was very robotic and took several days for them to warm up to us. I don't think they ever knew our names. The food was good but the deserts were very lacking. Carnival needs to have more than chocolate melting cake for us choclate addicts.
Arrived in St. Maarten to great weather! We did not do any ship excursions, but were able to go to Little Bay, close to the ship and recommended. A local taxi took us to the Divi Resort, and we made our way to the beach. Four loungers and umbrellas, $30.00 for the set, and snorkeling equipment for $20.00 was a great value. Great place to spend the day away from the crowds, and our taxi driver was right on time picking us up.
St. Lucia, great weather again. The entry into St. Lucia is spectacular. One of the narrowest harbors we have visited. It is amazing that this small harbor can house 5 cruise ships. Hired Cosol tours, Sam was our driver, for a private tour for a party of four. $320.00 and we had him all to ourselves. A private brunch of local foods (no sharing) and we made off to explore the island. Visited a beautiful waterfall/botanical garden, the volcano caldera, and gorgeous visit to the Pitons. A small boat ride took us to a beach between the Pitons. I mean a small boat! No life preservers but the event was part of enjoying the local people. I would recommend Cosol highly! These guys did everything the advertised! If you visit with Cosol, ask for Sam!
St. Lucia was a bit rainy but has built a wonderful modern shopping area adjacent to the ship. Not much to report here but would love to go back for a longer period and visit Nevis.
Two sea days back. Absolutely gorgeous weather. There were always plenty of deck chairs.
Dinner at Nick and Nora's was our dining highlight! Ella, the manager, was very attentive. The presentation was spectacular. The steaks and lamb were the finest. Would have loved to have the piano player. Comparing to Chops, not quite as intimate but equally fine dining.
The Captain was a bit weak in his daily talk. Just the official data and he was gone. Some of the most enjoyable things about a cruise is being able to remember the Captain because of his personality. Our room steward was truly invisible. He did a great job.
I would recommend this cruise and want to thank Carnival for another "Miracle" vacation