This was a package deal, with a stay in FL, One night cruise to Freeport, a stay there, and then a One night cruise back to FL. This is the second time we've cruised with this company, last time was on their older, now retired ship. ... Read More
This was a package deal, with a stay in FL, One night cruise to Freeport, a stay there, and then a One night cruise back to FL. This is the second time we've cruised with this company, last time was on their older, now retired ship. That time we stayed on board for the 2 nights consecutively and that was better than two nights separated by a stay in the Bahamas. It was too much, trying to move around, not really getting settled in. We've also done 7 nights on Carnival and that is great, unpacking for the entire 7 days and staying in one room. BUT, we knew what we were doing when we booked and it was a fun vacation, just not a really relaxing one.
Embarkation was easy, not super long lines. Valet parking, $17per day, cash, very smooth. If you have all your paperwork filled out, that helps, but there were forms that we all had to fill out once we got there, but that was ok, not too bad. The longest line was signing in for your dinner reservation time. After that, right on the ship.
We had a great time at dinner, sitting on the deck, enjoying the weather, but really, there's not a lot else to do. We caught the end of a comedy/entertainment show and it was good, the second night, we saw the whole thing and enjoyed it. We sat through the newlywed/not so newlywed game, and it was funny. The karaoke was ok, but that could be on any ship, it's the talent that makes or breaks it! LOL. The ship was not crowded, they said it was not full, but they also couldn't move our two cabins (we have in our family, hubby and I and our 3 teenage kids) closer together on the way over, we didn't even ask on the way back. But, it was ok, we were on the same floor. Our rooms were hot, but we asked our cabin steward for a fan and he got us one right away, and it was perfectly comfortable. The kids were very board on this trip. The kids club was kinda boring, my 12yo didn't want to go into the younger room, felt like she was too old for that. The 16yo played arcade games for a bit, but that got old. Our 19yo couldn't go in, the age limit was 18, so...
We did get off and stay in the Bahamas, so the next morning, they were calling the shuttle bus groups to disembark. We decided to save a little money and avoid the crowds, the shuttle busses are the big charter busses, so not sure how many people they hold, and took our own taxi. They are there at port and were $35 for 5 of us. So, on the round trip, saved about $20, not as much as I thought, last time it was $5/pp, but that was fine, like I said, we also avoided the crowds. We just got off the boat when we were ready and were on our own.
Getting back on the ship, after our stay, was very easy, just had to go through customs. We have passports, so that does make it faster. Our taxi driver dropped us off at port, and we had no lines, back on the ship in minutes.
Again, the ship was a little lacking on things to do, but we managed. There was dancing on the back of the ship, and that was quite amusing, but so much seemed geared toward the Latin entertainment. I figured there would be a mix of music, a little island flair, pop, something else, but mostly just the Latin tunes. It did get old. The night club was dead, the casino had customers, but wasn't booming.
The one neat thing, not over the top, but they did put out a midnight buffet. It was pretty good too. We were just so full from eating a late dinner that we didn't want much.
Once you done ships with lots more to do, more going on, deck parties and things like that, ships like this seem dull.
We choose to put our luggage out the night before, so we didn't have to carry it off. We had no problems, no lines getting off the ship. Once at baggage claim and customs, we had our passports, so we were able to skip the LONNNNNNG line of those with only birth certificates! That was awesome, we were out in no time. We gave our ticket to the valet, waited about 10 mins, had our car and were on our way! This was a nice trip, basically the way we did it, just a ferry to the Bahamas and back to FL. It wasn't super expensive, so we felt, for what we paid, it was good. Read Less