Coming from Philly and Boston we Amtrak-ed into NYC. Arrived at the exact same time and grabbed a cab to the pier. In Thursday almost noon traffic the fare was $7.00. Dropped off at the corner of 12th Avenue and 48th street which was perfect. Pulled our bags across the street and onto the pier elevator. It was very confusing up there...no signs just crowds of people. Joined what appeared to be the boarding group...the ship was on the right side so we picked that side. Stood and waited with no direction. There were 4 weddings and a travel agent luncheon, so that made it more confusing. Now it was only a little after 11 and we were told we would not board until 1:30 so we couldn't get upset. Shortly after 12 noon they opened the gates, checked to see we had tickets and sent us in to have our baggage scanned. There were lots of scanners so this went very quickly. Then on to the line to check in.
We had a Fun Pass completed, but it was interesting that EVERYONE at that time seemed to have one also. The NO FUN PASS line was SHORTER than ours. The line moved VERY quickly and we were checked in, had our sail and sign cards and heading toward the gangway before 12:30!!
We walked right on, grabbed an elevator to our Aft Balcony (6440) and it was ready. Great room, only noticably smaller than the last 8A (6210) we had on the Triumph...less drawer space and walking around room, but it didn't matter we had this great balcony. The prior occupants had locked the safe before they left (thank you), so we had to wait for someone to come and unlock it. We opted to do lunch instead and then came back and waited for them to unlock it.
Lunch on the Lido was the usual selections and the wonderful desserts. Grabbed a Fun Ship Special to complete a nice lunch. Unpacked a few things while we waited for the safe to be unlocked and then went out to explore the ship. My DD wanted to see the exercise room and Camp Carnival and we found our table in the Pacific Dining room.
The ship didn't sail until almost 5:30 and by then it had started to rain...actually pour with thunder and lightning. As always it was exciting to sail out of Manhattan for this native New Yorker.
Meals were excellent, but noticed a lack of interest by the wait staff. Guess I was spoiled by the 7 day trip. The waiter never introduced himself, but the service was fine and the meals were as good as I remembered.
Never met out cabin steward either, but he kept the room spotless and we always had fresh ice and towel animals.
The people on our trip were certainly a broad representation of the population...meaning young, old, single, attached and no doubt the "looking" group. They were for the most part VERY enthusiastic, about everything. Showtime in the dining room found lots of girls up dancing with the waiters, something I didn't see before. It was fun. We were seated at a table with two young men from New Jersey...my daughter termed it a "blind date gone bad". They were nice, but one had no idea of "how to be an adult" although this was a college graduation gift from their parents. Didn't bother me a bit...felt like I was eating with my three kids!
I did feel Carnival was a bit remiss because there was no Caper on the last night. So, we had no idea of when breakfast would be served, IF there was room service for breakfast, what time they wanted us out of our room???? No color tags were called to leave, it was just mass exodus. We hung out on the Lido deck until it cleared out a bit.
All in all I would say we had a really nice time. Would I do it again? not sure. I think another night would be nice.
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