2 Nassau Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

Although many of us were first time cruisers our parents who are avid cruisers coordinated the Carnival cruise for their four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. This ship was perfect for our family of 18. Children ranged in ... Read More
Although many of us were first time cruisers our parents who are avid cruisers coordinated the Carnival cruise for their four children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. This ship was perfect for our family of 18. Children ranged in age from 3-16. I believe there were over 700 children on the ship during our trip! Each child made a new friend. Several of us stayed overnight in a nearby Jacksonville hotel (Springhill Suites) and parked there, then were transported to the ship for embarkation. It was stress free. I'd do that again in a heart beat. The Faster to the Fun was definitely worth the price if you can get it. Getting on board and off ship early was a huge benefit, especially if you have to drive home on the last day and the cost is $50 per room (not per person). Only about 50 rooms have the opportunity for this perk. We went right to our room, then right to lunch. No lines on ship. TIP: We purchased plastic coil wrist bracelets ahead of time and brought a hole punch with us so each person had their own color bracelet that held their sign & sail card. Not one kid lost their card the entire trip! We also made sure each child had a waterproof watch. That way no one was late! Most of us over packed. Take out about half of what you think you'll need. The goal would be to only pack as much as you can carry so you can walk off the ship on the last day with your own luggage. We only needed 1-2 nights worth of "fancy" clothes for our 6:00 PM dining. The other nights were "cruise casual" so shorts were appropriate in the dining room. We really just lived in our swim suits most days and camped out at the water slides. We purchased the "Bubbles" program for the kids and they really enjoyed asking for Shirley Temples from the various bar locations. We all thought the bar prices were reasonable for individual cocktails. We brought our own wine on the ship and paid the modest corking fee at dinner. My folks said the food was better than they had expected overall and they have been on many cruise lines. Its perfect for kids with pizza, salad, deli and grill choices every day. The last day they had lamb for lunch in the grill area. Don't miss out and be sure to reserve the dining room! The food was really good and our kids tried lots of new foods like alligator, escargot, sushi and cold fruit soups! Camp Carnival was great. We did find the younger kids having to be picked up at 10 pm was kind of a drag, but they needed the sleep! We gave the kids ages 12-16 a 1:00 a.m. curfew when most activities ended and they were always in the room before hand. Our kids loved the Hasboro the Game Show on the ship. Events are short so they keep your attention. Our only excursion fee was that we paid for the kids to take advantage of the one hour Adventure Area on the "beach day" which includes floating obstacles, slides and trampolines in the water. One hour is PLENTY of time! Your kids will be exhausted. Our children ages 13 & 16 said it was the best vacation ever!   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Coming from cities in the Midwest and Northeast, there were 7 of us eager to escape the subzero winter for my sister's bachelorette weekend. Most of us flew in the night before and stayed at the Cambria Suites by the Miami Airport ... Read More
Coming from cities in the Midwest and Northeast, there were 7 of us eager to escape the subzero winter for my sister's bachelorette weekend. Most of us flew in the night before and stayed at the Cambria Suites by the Miami Airport which is brand new (just opened up last month) where they had great customer service and really spacious rooms. Going through the port Friday afternoon was not a problem but everyone was crammed up in the Windjammer so finding tables was a bit of a feat, plus we were lugging our suitcases along with us. Our rooms were on Deck 4 - 4502, 4504 and 4506 which was all the way at the end of the hallway. The Oceanview was nice and in our room (4502), we had our own window ledge that easily sat someone and our luggage, as well. 4506 was set up to sleep four people with a fold up bed and also an overhead bunkbed, as well. 4504 had a smaller ledge than 4502. We were however right by the anchor so both mornings, we were woken up around 5am as the boat decided to drop anchor. Definitely not a pleasant experience - next time, we'll aim for somewhere away from the anchor! Customer service was excellent as expected and the meals were delicious. Friday night, we ate in the Moonlight dining room at 9pm and spent a lot of our time exploring. A couple of us went to the comedy show which wasn't very funny so they ended up leaving early. Two of us chose to participate in the Vitality Spa with their package deals which was the perfect amount of relaxing. There was a bit of turbulence Friday night where one of us was too seasick and stayed in her room for the rest of the evening. Saturday started off with breakfast at the Windjammer and then, we hopped on the ships to Coco Cay. Coco Cay can best be described as the perfect beach day. We were able to find lawn chairs on the beach right by the floating mat station and stayed put. There were also plenty of empty hammocks around, as well. We did rent two floating mats and took turns floating - the water got warmer as the day went on. The beach bbq was delicious and warning - don't feed those birds! They're vicious. We saw several birds go diving at the chicken legs - cannibals! Our bartender definitely hooked up the drinks - when we said strong, there was barely a splash of anything else. After we got back on the ship, we explored some more and attended an art auction. Before dinner, we stopped by the casino and unfortunately, the bride-to-be had her card stolen when we were at the slot machines. Luckily, guest services was able to remedy the situation and there were no extraneous charges on her account. Dinner was fantastic and we enjoyed a bottle of wine along with it. We had hoped to stop by the karaoke night but the 9pm dinner conflicted with the family karaoke and we didn't end in time for the adults karaoke where when we arrived, we were told that they weren't taking any more requests. So, instead, we hopped over to the video game arcade and tried some games. After that, we stopped by the party up on the pool deck to get some ice cream sundaes and participate in some dancing. Then, called it a night with wine in our cabins (you're allowed to bring two bottles per cabin aboard so we had a total of 6 bottles) and ordered a fruit and cheese plate from room service. Sunday was Nassau which was a decent experience. We first popped out to check out the Straw Market. Weather was nice - 70s and maybe if it was warmer, we would have gone for some water excursions, but instead, we walked along downtown Nassau and stopped by some jewelry stores. Afterwards, we grabbed lunch, margaritas and got our karaoke fix at Senor Frogs. Then, we went back to the ship and lay out by the pool where we were then treated to the Sexiest Man contest which may have been an amusing highlight of Sunday. Our last night, we also swung by the climbing wall and tried that out. It was a great experience - just make sure to bring your own socks and they provide the shoes. We stopped by the Sorrento's Deli which had the perfect half sandwiches and soups as a mini snack before our last dinner in the Moonlight Dining Room. Overall, a great girls weekend with a few hiccups here and there, but well enjoyed weekend of sunshine, rest and girl time. Read Less
Sail Date January 2014

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