We flew in a day early and stayed at the Ocean Sky Resort. It is a very nice Hotel,the rooms were clean and comfortable. There is a restaurant on site but it is a little pricey, the Pier was about a mile down the beach and there were other places to eat.
Overall our experience was very positive except for the first six days of our cruise. Our room was located over the 70's Disco and needless to say the music was loud and didn't stop until 3:30am every morning. We visited with Guest Services about the noise, they did turn it down a bit but still we could hear the music and with having a full ship there was no other cabins available. They did however move us to a different cabin on the second half of our cruise which we were very thankful for.
The food was fantastic as usual. We really enjoyed the omelets on the breakfast buffet every morning. The food on the Lido deck is always very good and a wide variety as well. The grill always has hamburgers & hot dogs and you can always get pizza which is very good. The chocolate buffet is always amazing with so many different choices it's very hard not to have a plate full when you get through the line. Our evening meal was in the Posh dining room, there are so many things to choose from on the menu every evening we were never disappointed. Our Head Waiter and his Assistant were a delight and the service was awesome. Emil would always bring us a little extra dish every night for us to try, by the time we were finished with our meal we were stuffed!
There are always loads of activities to do on a Funship. You can choose to join in, or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy! We did the later, not much on group activities but they are fun to sit and watch. We went to the shows in the main lounge, The Big Easy & Ticket to Ride, both very well done and very enjoyable. I was however disappointed in the big screen on the lido deck. Most of the time it was just a picture with music playing. I think that they might have played a movie late in the evening for those not wanting to do the bars or disco.
The ladies in the Spa were amazing and very informative. The hot tub in the spa is much better than the ones on deck and you don't have but a couple of people there with you. I would highly recommend going to the Spa for a facial or detox if you get the chance.
The ship is clean and well taken care of, it has a little different decor than some we have been on but we thought that it was very pretty. The staff on all the decks are very friendly and eager to help you in any way that they can. Our room stewards, Twitchell & Merlyn were both fantastic. Our room was always spotless, and they did a great job of taking care of us.
Our Ports were great, Key West would have been great but it rained on us the whole day. Our shore excursion was cancelled there so we just walked around and looked in the shops. Grand Cayman is always beautiful, Ocho Rios is quit different, if you don't like aggressive people you need to book a tour, San Juan we arrived in port at 5:00, got off the ship for about an hour and right back on. St Thomas is beautiful and we went to Magens Bay, it was a beautiful day for the beach and the shopping there is wonderful. Antigua is a beautiful Island but again if you don't like aggressive people you need to book an excursion. Tortola is another beautiful Island, we did a tour of the Island that took us to Pusser's Landing, very nice. And last but not least, Nassau, this was our second trip there and we really enjoy the Island. We Para Sailed and if you have never done it I highly recommend this excursion. The straw market is something that you need to experience while on Nassau although they did not want to barter as well this trip.
As I mentioned before we did a back to back cruise and we really didn't know what to expect when we came back into port from our first cruise. We met in the main lobby around 10:15 and they walked the group of us down to customs, they checked our Passports and we were walked right back on board.
Embarkation and debarkation went very smooth, we did have to sit longer getting on board than we ever have before but once on board you forget all about that. We did self assist getting off ship, if you can handle all your luggage this is the best way to go, we had an early flight and was off the ship by 7:15.
We had a great time and we love Carnival Cruise Lines, for the money and what you get it can't be beat. We have already booked another cruise for October on the Fascination and one for February on the Miracle.