This is our 12th cruise all with Carnival.(If it's not broken why fix it...)We arrived at Port Canaveral at 2:45pm as the weather in our Beautiful state was not cooperating with it's moniker(SUNSHINE STATE),we decided that morning to drive over to the port later than we usually like because of NASTY weather...We arrived at the port and found parking easily on the 5th floor garage.
Embarkation:NO lines at the counter for checking in as we had arrived so late.We proceeded to board this beautiful ship, the atrium was very nice , although it didn't seem as big as other Carnival ships.The life boat drill was GREAT as we did not need life jackets or to stand outside we where able to just sit in crimson dining room for the drill.We made it to meet n mingle at 5:45 and most people where already gone but to the few we met, it was nice to SEE YOU.
Day 1:Nassau Feb.28 (Sunday) We chose not to leave the ship as we have been to this port several times over the years, as it is a More
stop over point for what seems like every ship in Carnivals fleet.The weather was also chilly for us Floridians 62 and gusty winds. We took the time to explore the ship and all her wonders.
Day 2:Day at Sea March 1 (Monday) We woke up around 9 am and went to have breakfast, NO EXTRA LONG LINES,just a few minute wait because of bacon and toast area at end of buffet.We had no problems finding deck space at the aft of the ship near the bar area.This day it was warmer,around 72 to 74 and not really windy.Bar service for this area is excellent as you are near the bar.
Day 3:St.Thomas March 2 (Tuesday) 80 + degrees :) We had breakfast,again NO LONG LINES as stated in other posts.... we took a taxi over to Sapphire beach ($12.00 for 2). We have been here on previous cruises and have only done an excursion with ship on first trip to St. Johns on a catamaran.(NICE)Our 2nd trip here was to Coki beach on our own, this is a nice, kind of secluded beach and the locals are great.Now for Sapphire beach on this cruise,we really liked this beach a little bigger than Coki,and the locals are really friendly here also.(NO WORRIES)There is food available at both beaches along with what ever beverage you like.The taxi came back and picked us up around 5pm as we requested and took us to the pier where we enjoyed some shopping and then a GREAT bar near the ship that served (BUSH WACKERS)woo hoo!!!!That's all i'll say about those........
Day 4:Sint Maarten or St. Martin March 3 (Wednesday) 85 + degrees :) This is one of our favorite ports.We noticed as the ship was pulling into pier that every ship that does eastern caribbean was here on this day,(Exaggerated A BIT) :).. I was told close to 20,000 cruise passengers.We bravely went to taxi stand near pier and waited a few minutes for a taxi over too Orient Beach($14.00 for 2)We enjoy a little place called BIKINI BEACH.GREAT FOOD AND DRINKS!!! We really enjoy the laid back atmosphere of this side of the island.Now as for still being my favorite island, not so much because to many ships in port on this day (WED.)This island is enjoyed a lot more when maybe 3 ships are in port.... Anyway it DID NOT RUIN OUR DAY ONE BIT....
Day 5: Day At Sea March 4 (Thursday) 80 degrees This was to be a relaxing day on deck but as Carnival does not control the weather it was very cloudy so we decided to eat,sleep,eat,watch movies,eat and sleep some more oh and EAT.... :)
Day 6: Day at sea March 5 (Friday) 65 to 69 degrees We braved the cooler temps and laid out in our spot near aft bar as it seemed too be a lot warmer in this area.
Day 7: Debarkation March 6 (Saturday) GOD AWFUL COLD FOR FLORIDA!!!!! We where off the ship at 6:45am and driving home by 7am and by the time we got home 8:15am we had already planned our next Carnival cruise........
Summary: Now as to some of the posts about the now infamous POO smell,we must say the only time we noticed any poo smell was near a bathroom..... And as for long lines waiting for food... B.S., if you go at peak times of course you may have to wait a minute or 2 but NOT 45 min.and besides you are on vacation what are you in such a hurry for?? RELAX AND ENJOY!!!!!!! The only suggestion is to guests on ship,PLEASE DO NOT JUST STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF A MAIN WALKWAY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION AS YOU ARE CAUSING THESE TIGHT SPOTS....SOME NOT ALL SHOULD LEARN TO BE POLITE,(i.e.) EXCUSE ME OR PARDON ME OR EVEN I'M SORRY...SMILE YOU ARE ON A CRUISE SHIP, ON VACATION, ON THE OCEAN!!!!! Our only personal negative thing was the limited amount of smoking area in the Jack pot casino, although we did spend ALOT less in there than on previous cruises ,so maybe that's not a negative??? Our room steward GEDE was on top as usual for Carnival.ALL FOOD AREAS WHERE HOT AND EXCELLENT!THE DREAM WAS VERY CLEAN THROUGHOUT.THE CRUISE DIRECTOR FOR THIS SAILING WAS THE ONE AND ONLY JOHN HEALD (GREAT)!The comedy club has some good comedians come on board. The piano bar is a MUST, Barry is a WACKY MAN!!!!We Did not see the other shows but heard from everyone we talked with how GREAT they are.WE WILL DEFINETLY CRUISE ON THIS SHIP AGAIN. CARNIVAL IS THE BEST FOR US....NOW GO AND ENJOY YOUR CRUISE AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT WHAT THE NEGATIVE NELLYS' SAY. IT IS A INEXPENSIVE WAY TO ENJOY A 7 Day VACATION <<<(the key word)...... Less