We were a group of 10. Five couples. Ages ranging from 26-46. Three of the couples were first timers. We were all in either an 8 or an 11.
We flew down the Friday before and stayed at the Radisson. Nice hotel. Great pool/bar area. We hung out there until after the pool bar closed. Very clean. Food in restaurant and breakfast buffet were good.
Made arrangements to head to the Glory on a noon shuttle. We were told that the ship got in 2 hours late. We didnt end up leaving for the ship until 1. At the time we were told it was because of bad weather. Even after getting on the ship and hearing people talk about it, there was never any mention of propulsion problems. Even at one of the early talks, the CD (Dominica) said the delay was weather related. Once we arrived at the terminal our paperwork went pretty smoothly. Being in an 11, we used the Skippers Club. An air-conditioned office with one worker. Several chairs. Very cozy. Our other travelers used the Fun Pass line and said it went very quickly. Once we were done in the Skippers Club we were escorted to the front of the line to get our pictures take for our S&S cards.
You enter the ship on Deck 3. The color schemes were not overwhelming. Since we got on the ship around 1:30 there was not much crowding. We were able to go straight to our room and drop off some things.
The cruise director was Dominica. Wee Jimmy was on the of the assistants. Both were leaving at the end of the cruise for a vacation. Later we heard, that after their vacations, they were heading to the new ship. The Liberty, I think its called. Both did a fantastic job. Very entertaining and personable. Jimmy hosted trivia and was a very fun guy to be around.
The ship was full. We learned that there were approximately 200 children on board. A couple instances of running around but nothing too serious. At no time did the shoip ever feel crowded. Never saw any messes than lingered for too long either. Only crowd we encountered was for the Gala Buffet. Waited in line to walk through. That went pretty quickly. Waited over 45 minutes to get to the food once it was time to eat. That was the longest wait we ever encountered. The lines for the chocolate buffet were quite lengthy too but moved swiftly. Hint ... If you want fudge, get there early!
We found the buffet food to be average in regard to taste. The hot food was hot and the cold food was usually room temperature. We highly recommend the Fish & Chips on deck 10, above the buffet area. You will wait for it but it is worth it. Because of the demand, you have to wait a little bit as the food it cooked but everything is hot and very tasty. The burgers hot dogs and steak sandwiches were fantastic. The deli sandwiches were tasty and the pizza was great. We did not experience the Supper Club but did hear that the "nominal" fee was $30.
I wont go into details about the ports. This was the eastern route so we stopped in Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Maartin. If you want to know about the excursione we took, I can address those another time. We did a snorkel trip in St. Thomas and an island tour in St. Maartin.
I will talk about the debarkation at the ports. Nassau was pretty simple. Off the ship very easily. Going through Customs in St. Thomas was another story. We docked at 10. They started calling groups by deck to come to get cleared. By 11, we got a little impatient as they had only called 3 decks by this time. Went down, got in line, cleared customs and cleared off the ship by 11:45. Some friend didnt get off until about 12:45. In St. Maartin, debarkation was a breeze.
We went to a couple of shows. One broadway and several comedy. Percy, the comedian, was great. Saw the R and PG shows. For my taste, the R show was funnier. The headliner comedian wasnt too funny, in my opinion. We ended up walking out of that show.
All in all the sailing was very smooth. One morning was a little rough. Of course it may have just seemed that way to me as I had developed a sinus thing and my head was all clogged up. The last night at sea though was a bit rougher. A definate pitch to the ship. Out on the balcony, the spray coming off the bow was pretty significant.
Went to one of the art auctions. Park West Galleries no longer runs these. Carnival does their own. New to me was the framing on the pieces. If you bought a piece that was already framed, it was shipped to you in the same framing. Of course, if you bought an unframed pieces it was shipped in a tube. Keep this in mind when you go to bid on a piece. I think the opening bids reflect that framing cost as well.
We dined in the Platinum dining room, late seating at 8:00. We had a nice table for 10. This held everyone in our group. The dining room food was fantastic. Everything was very tasty and well presented.
As they seem to be requested often, I am going to see what I can do about getting the Capers scanned into a .pdf and make them available to everyone.
Everyone in our group had a great time. All want to go on another cruise and all would do Carnival again.
If you have any questions I didnt address, I'll do my best to answer them!
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