Drove to New Orleans Sunday morning (about 5 1/2 hours). Parked with Machu Picchu. We had told them to expect us about 1 but got very lost. They called my cell about 1:30 to ask if there was a problem and talked us all the way into their parking lot....very nice. No lines at the check in counters, only about 10 minutes in the dreaded "yellow chairs", about 15-20 minutes for pictures and security check and we were on the boat and enjoying lunch on the Lido.
We and our traveling companions had rooms 6400 and 6402. I had commented earlier on this board about the location, right above the disco, and my fears concerning the noise. Folks.......the room is noisy. If you have any trouble with noise do not book these rooms and try to get it changed if you have been assigned to it. Now my DH and the husband of the couple traveling with us (DMF AND DFF-dear male friend and dear female friend) both can sleep through anything so it didn't bother them but I and DFF were up until the closing of the disco most every night. Other than that the room was typical of all standard balcony cabins.... plenty of storage space, nice bathroom amenities etc. I was never exactly sure who our steward was. I think we must have been at the dividing point because I saw at least 3 different stewards in our cabin at different times. DF's had one steward and raved about her.
Ate in Monet Dining Room, late seating, table 418. Our waiter and asst waiter were the best I have had in many cruises. Virgilio has been with Carnival for 8 years and Rolin for 7 years. They were very personable and went out of their way to make everything great. Our DF's were newbies so they had lots of questions and tried lots of dishes etc. The guys were so patient and handled their requests and often silly questions with lots of laughter and information. If you have a chance to have them.......they will make the experience delightful. The food was good, well presented. The menu was slightly different but I was happy to see some of my old favorites were still there. We did not eat at the Lido buffet.... opting for pizza, ruebens(!!!!!!) and hamburgers on port days and had all of our breakfasts and lunches in the dining room. My DFF had fried oysters from Sur Mer and said they were great.
SHOWS AND ACTIVITIES
Loved Todd. Next to John H. he has been my favorite CD. He was very visible and accessible to the guests. You never really knew where he would turn up. Had seen all the "production" shows before and they were as well done as before. I personally prefer the "Point and Click" to the other shows. I only saw 2 of the comedians but they were both hilarious. The "R" rated shows brought tears to my eyes. There were the usual bingo games but they seem to finally be catching on that people don't like to pay $20 for a ticket for one game that will last 2 minutes. They had several opportunities for multiple game sessions with lower cash prizes that were alot of fun and very well attended.
Did Appleton Rum in Jamaica. Enjoyed it...has done Croydon before so was prepared for the poverty you see on the way....many on the tour were a bit surprised. DFF and I did a highlight tour in Cayman while the guys snorkeled. Was so shocked to see the amount of damage done by Hurricane Ivan. Our guide said that only one hotel and one condo complex are back in operation. Biggest problem was the number of people. There may not have been any overnight guests but on this day the island was visited by the Conquest, CCL Victory, RCCL, Princess, Holland America, Norwegian and another cruise line I had not heard of....in short, 6 megaships and one slightly smaller ship. Cozumel....everyone's favorite stop on this trip. Lots of fun shopping and of course the Carlos and Charlie/Senor Frog's returnees provided lots entertainment on their way back to the ship.
Yes, this was spring break. According to the crew there were approximately 1000 passengers under 18 on board. I really didn't notice but since this was our first cruise in 10 years without DS I really didn't spend time in the areas where the younger crowd would have been. I really didn't notice much misbehaviour with the college crowd but then again DS is 19 so I am perhaps a little more accustomed to their behavior. The only really inebriated souls I saw were after our day in Cozumel.... but like I said we were not on the deck much (not a sunbather). They did have fun in the disco though......I can vouch for that!!!!!
Took advantage of the new debarkation procedures. Slept until 7:30, ate a leisurely breakfast around 9 on the Lido, drank a few cups of coffee and then meandered off.....no lines, no hassle.
I know this is long..........can sum it up with.....
HAD A GREAT CRUISE!!!
Mardi Gras 1993, Atlantic (Premier)1994, Majestic (Premier)1994,Enchanted Isle (Commodore)1996,Fantome (Windjammer)1998,Celebration 03/2000,Victory 03/2002,Conquest 07/2003,Elation 03/2004,Conquest 03/2005,Sensation 08/2005,Holiday 05/2006,Holiday 11/2006,Fantasy 8/2007,Fantasy 11/2007,Enchantment of the Seas 12/07,Norwegian Spirit 03/08,Diamond Princess 06/08,Fantasy 11/08,Triumph 12/09, Celebrity Summit 1/16/2010, Diamond Princess 6/5/2010