this was the second cruise for my wife and I both being on Carnival. The first was a 5 day cruise last Oct. out of Norfolk Va and the second being this past week on an 8 day cruise also out of Norfolk .Everything on board was exceptional from Guys Burgers to Farenheight555 to the evening dining room meals. They fed you well. Entertainment every evening was great especially the Hypnosis show. We laughed so hard through the whole show. All personnel made you feel welcome the entire cruise.
On shore we enjoyed the bus tour at Amber Cove. 80 % of the people there drive small Moped scooters . Couldn't believe they sometimes haul the whole family on one scooter as many as 10 in one instance. The liquor was very cheap there along with the tobacco products. Grand Turk was beautiful and the ocean water crystal clear where you could see all different color fish swimming right around you. I got to experience a $20 cheeseburger and the wife got a great $20 taco salad. Little pricey but really good. The ride on board the ship was somewhat rough due to heavy winds both going and coming back and the emergency medical detour to Nassau on the way back was a first for us. This had to be done and hopefully the patient recovers. We just got an extra 5 hour cruise out of it. The ones with plane tickets may have had to make some changes but everyone never complained that we know of. Once we got to the terminal things did not go as well as everyone including us hoped for. They didn't have enough help lined up to unload all the suitcases off the ship into the customs area. It was over 4 hours before we got to customs and we were ones of the first due to my disability. We finally left at 4 pm and were originally supposed to disembark about 11 a.m. The ship was supposed to be in South Carolina for another cruise leaving at 7 p.m. so don't know how Carnival handles something like this? Norfolk needs to be better organized at this terminal or they will lose all cruises out of here! Not blaming the cruise line at all.
cabin was ok. Had one night where we lost outlet power for a time but they fixed it right away and one early morning the toilet didn't flush but was also fixed within reasonable time. Our room was kept very clean by the staff. We enjoyed going out on the balcony when the wind was down and at dock.
bus tour of island. got to see how lucky we have it when you see houses that have tar paper roofs and siding and only means of transportation are small motor scooters. The income of their police is sickening.They average $350 month. Teachers about $450 per month. Our guide Pedro was very informational. Worth the $80 we spent for the two of us.
the beach was beautiful with crystal clear water and shaded loungers to relax in that belonged to Carnival so had no cost. You could watch the different color fish swimming around you when you were swimming. The swimming pool at Margaritaville was also great. Shopping was ok and they did have a Harley Davidson clothing store there so we could get shirts for neighbor and relatives with Harley's.
Third time here and wife got her hair all braided again by Sandra Dee who is there all the time and does excellent work at a reasonable price. Also hit the straw market and got my very nice hand carved walking stick at half their original price and got more bamboo socks and bed sheets at Cariloha Store. Highly recommend these to all. They outwear all other brands.