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silverpenguin's Port Reviews of Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, Nassau
Carnival Fascination cruise in May 2014
Member Name: silverpenguin
Cruise Date: May 2014
Embarkation: Jacksonville
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Member Review: silverpenguin's Carnival Fascination Review
Grand Turk
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

This port was great. The ship docks, so there is no tender. The beaches are pristine and the waters are clear. This will be a favorite, ranking up there with Half Moon Cay. When we first got off the ship, we stopped in a tanzanite store. I wanted to look, but the staff in the store were extremely pushy, so we walked out. We found the Splashdown Grand Turk Exhibit. This is a great historical tribute to the early days of space exploration. Reading the whole exhibit takes about 15-20 minutes. Then, we went to the right of the cruise ship (facing shore). This area was less crowded and there were some beautiful shells. There is also a rock jutting out into the sea that is a great place for photos. Then, we turned around and walked past Margaritaville to Jacks. Chairs are free and umbrellas are to rent. We spent the rest of our time there in the water talking with friends. The local poodle is worth the walk to Jacks! He will swim right up to you and hang out. Watch your step, though, as it seems his favorite past time is digging holes.

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Half Moon Cay
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

This was a beach day for us. We love this port, if only we didn't have to tender! But, even that was not too big of a hassle this time because we had Faster to the Fun. We rented a clamshell. It was very nice to have some shade and be able to easily spot our stuff while in the water. We tendered back about 2:30 and did not have to wait in a long tender line. We were the only ship at this port, and it really served as an extension of the ship.

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Atlantis Aquaventure Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

We met in the comedy club of our ship and a ship crew member took us to the bus to Atlantis. After a short scenic tour, our guide dropped us off at the water park. The only real issue we had was renting a locker (medium sized is $11, the resort is cashless). We had to wait a long time because of technical difficulties. However, when we finally got our locker, they wouldn't let us on any of the slides because it was not quite 10:00...when they open. So, the amount of time spent in line turned out not to be so bad, since we wouldn't have been able to do anything else anyway. We rode several of the slides and they were thrilling. We then used our lunch voucher at a cafe. This voucher gives you several choices of cafes with choices of entrees at each. The entrees come with fries and a drink. We were disappointed, because it was the same type of food you could get on the ship, hamburgers and hot dogs. We then toured Atlantis on our own, going through the casino and then to the beach. We couldn't find a beach access from Atlantis, but were directed to a sign in the front of the resort that told us where to go. It is about a half mile walk. When we were finished at the beach, we went back to our bus and were transported back to the ship. I think this excursion, even with the promo price, is a little over priced. However, I would do it again, and I would book through the cruise line. It was worth it to me not to have to worry about transportation to and from.

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