Getting to the port was easy as it was just a cab ride from home... Okay maybe not so easy as it was during the week and traffic was a still an issue. Not to mention that I was blessed with a cabbie that made me regret not having taken out travel insurance. But eventually Mario got me to the Port of Vancouver safe and sound. Going through immigration I saw that fellow friends and cruisers were already at the port. As this was my first solo vacation it made this the first leg of my vacation that much easier.
After getting through customs and getting my sign and sail card I proceeded to the waiting area. Thankfully my friends had saved me seat beside them and we waited... and we waited... We eventually found out that the computers were down and everyone needed to be checked in manually. Some tempers got a little flared...not sure why... as you are still on vacation and the DOD will still be there.
After we got on board we were able to find our other friends (platinum so they were on board ahead of us) had our quotas of the DOD and lunch on the Lido. At about 2 we went to our cabins to unpack. Though it was such a beautiful day that we went back to the Aft Bar on deck 9 of the Spirit and sat in the sun ? This also where the roll calls meet and greet was to held. And held it was. I think that this was the best roll call that I have ever attended. Only a few didnt show up... and what was so great about it was that we would all meet up for other activities through out the 3 day cruise.
As the computers were down the entire day Muster was held late as was our departure from Vancouver. We had been wanting to see the Lions Gate Bridge but had to miss it as we had early seating. My friends had linked my booking to theirs so we already knew that we were sitting together. We sat at a table for 6 with another couple and their solo friend. They were great company.
After dinner it was the casino. Then the comedy club. Both were good but nothing memorable happened.
1st sea day I wanted to make sure that I did both my "have you ever"... The first one was the Wine and Food Pairing. Great stuff to know... but it was heavy on the wine and not the food. So we all left a little tipsy. (As this was during lunch... they really should have had more in the way of food) My next "Have you ever"was doing the tea! Our leader from the roll call had contacted JH and had it placed in the "Fun Times" again we had a great turn out from the roll call. Loved the tea... very nice assortment of nibbles would definitely do this again
Then it was time to get ready for "Cruise Elegant night" (while getting ready I was standing on my balcony and saw 3 Pacific White Sided Dolphins... what a blessing) It was nice to see that everyone made an effort in dressing even thought this was a shorter cruise. And as always my lobster was amazing! After dinner we went to the comedy club to see the shows.
The next morning I meet my friends for breakfast and then received a text message from another friend asking if we wanted to see have a tour of the ships galley with them. What a great learning experience. And it was really enlightening to see how Carnival is trying to be the leader in sustainability. After the galley tour we meet up with others in our roll call for cabin crawl. It was very educating to see the different types of cabins... sorry not sharing any of the secrets I have learnt :p
After onto the casino... won $50.00 so i knew it was time to walk away. So I went to art auction. Stayed a few minutes as I knew I wasn't going to buy anything. Then went to the Lido for lunch and came across more people from our roll call. Then onto dinner and the night spent dancing till the wee hours of the morning
Dinner that night was again great as we had one of the best dining teams that I have ever had... and all Ladies! Even though this had been a 3 night cruise to no where the staff from the dining room to my cabin Stewart was amazing.
I must also commend Guest services as this cruise attracted ALOT of new cruisers to Carnival. On one of my trips to guests' services some one used the VIP line... and others in the regular line yelled at him not bud in... Then more chimed in. And yes they were carrying blue cards. I advised the group that once you have cruised with CCL 10+ times you too can have the same privileges. They stopped... and as the man walked by he showed us his Platinum card. My only comment to Carnival would be educate the new guests better as to what the privileges are when sailing with them.
Embarkation was a mess. Neither the port nor the ship was prepared and it left a bad taste in many mouths. As the only place I needed to be was on beach it didnt affect my plans though i do feel for those that flights to catch.
Would I do a "Cruise to no Where" again... in heart beat! Especially with the roll call that we had...