First let me say hi to all the fellow cruise critic passengers I met I thourgly enjoyed meeting everyone.
We arrived in San Diego around 2:30 pm did not have to wait long to get our luggage or to catch the coach to the San Diego Pier. The embarkment process at the pier went smoothly and quickly in fact it was much better than our embarkment in Tampa 2 years ago. We had about an 1 1/2 wait before they called our number to get on the coach to Ensenda so I dialed up my buddy Danya Jo she was just finished eating at a place on the pier so since were allowed to leave the pier once we got our sail and sign I was off to meet her.
The only thing about the ride down to Ensenda was that once they got us on the bus we waited 45 minutes to an hour before they even stared driving us to the ship Alot of the fellow passengers I over heard talking did not like the San Diego - Ensenda ordeal I myself went into as seeing places I never saw before.
Once we got to Ensenda we proceeded to go through the procedure of getting onto the ship the only bad part to that was that is very windy and cold (brrrr). After getting on board the only thing I was concerned about was getting some food
Our cabin was spaceous and very nicely done in peach tones (interior room #7225). I can also see why so many cruisers like the Spirit class ships they are so easy to manuver around.
5 days at sea really spoils you rotten The first day at sea was the only chilly day so I got to know the interior of the ship better. They keep you busy (if you want to be)Danya Jo and I did Arts and Crafts and did afternoon tea at 3:30. Danya Jo's husband and I entered the different triva games and came away with 2 ships on a stick My husband entered the hairy chest contest that was a hoot. Mine and Daynas husband entered the ship building contest they did not win but it was great to watch all the entries.
The food in the dining room met my expectations we did they same thing we did on the last cruise we all tried to order something different so we could eat off each others plate. I have to agree with the person in another post who said that Carnival could do a better job on there beef items. The waiters did a great job in the entertainment department I even got up and gave it awhirl. Desserts on the menue were awesome. The food on the lido deck was just as good I am sorry to say with all those choices for lunch I became addicted to the cheeseburgers at the pool side grill Oh and lets not forget about the 24 hours yogurt machine!
The islands were gorgeous we did 2 excursions (Volcano National Park and Pearl Harbor). We rented cars on Maui because we booked the Old Lahiana Luau (which I would highly recommend. it happened to rain all day on the side of the island that we were docked at but driving 1/2 way to the other side of the island we hit sunshine for the whole day. Lahiana has some nice shops on it. Pearl Harbor was a sobering experience you know you can see this on T.V but it does not compare to standing there and seeing it.
Our flight home was a good one and am looking forward to my next cruise. The only thing really bad is by the 3rd day at sea I started getting leg cramps in the middle of the night that continued on through the cruise I am not sure what is causing them other than maybe potassium level went down or not enough water. The erobics instructer says sometimes the salt can do that. I am still confused about the whole thing
Looking forward to seeing everyones comments.
4/18 Carnival Spirit
Carnival Sensation 2002
Carnival Spirit 2004