Staterooms – Two Category 11 Suites (#7231 & 7233) They were really nice, and we all enjoyed the jetted tub. About a week before the cruise we got a call from our on-line TA saying that Carnival had upgraded us to two suites. We had originally booked two balcony cabins close to the center of the ship because I was worried about DS#1 and myself being seasick. We were really excited, until I realized that they we close to the front of the ship. We had a couple of nights where we heard loud crashing sounds, which I imagine was the ship hitting the waves, but sounded like the ship hitting rocks. It was enough to wake us up though, and disrupt our sleep.
We had a very easy embarkation due to the VIP perks of the suites. The longest part was getting through the security gates to enter the port. That was quite backed up. I kind of felt guilty for a teeny moment going through the VIP line since we hadn’t paid extra for the suites – but I got over it! Lol! A strange thing happened with the baggage handler. I had taped two twelve packs of pop together and put a luggage tag on it, as I had read here of others doing, plus I know you are allowed to take pop onboard. He gave me a bit of a rough time and insisted I put it in a suitcase or it would get confiscated. I did manage to jam it in a suitcase, but I was not too impressed.
We had our Steward (Filomena) open the balcony dividers between the rooms, and this made for a nice big balcony. We spent quite a bit of time on the balcony, and it really made the rooms feel larger. If we cruise again we will definitely be getting a balcony! Filomena did a great job all wek – no complaints. After our day in Grnad Cayman he left a stingray towel animal on the bed. DH did a double-take! Lol!
Ports of Call:
Nassau, Bahamas - It was cool & windy. We had planned to go to the Sheraton Hotel and hang out for a while and rent jetskis, but it was too cold for that so we took a taxi to Atlantis, looked around then cabbed it back and took the horse-drawn carriage ride.
Georgetown, Grand Cayman - We were booked on the Rays, Reef & Rum Point tour with Nativeways, but due to a communication error regarding the departure time, we missed it. We ended up just doing the Rays & Reef part, which was fine. We still enjoyed it. Swimming with the stingrays was really cool, and not to be missed.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica - We had booked a tour with Marva Shaw. She took us on a bit of a tour of the island and Fern Gulley and then to do the White River Tubing. We were the only ones there at the time, so had a nice quiet ride. Our guide sang reggae songs the whole time, and we joined in a few times. He was great, and it was really fun! After the tubing Marva came back for us and took us to Reggae Beach for a couple of hours. This is a nice, quiet beach that cost $5/person. It was pretty, but there was quite a bit of garbage laying about. We had some nice, relaxing beach time. We then went to the Taj Mahal Shopping center. We had lunch at the Jerk N Taj restaurant, where I think we got ripped off because lunch came to $85 U.S. for four of us. We got a bit disoriented walking back to the ship and cut it very close (way too close) to departure time.
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