This was our 10th cruise, our 6th on Carnival. This cruise was great overall, and we have no plans to try any other lines at this point as we have tried 4 and are sticking with Carnival now to get to permanent VIP status. We travelled with my sister and her boyfriend, it was the first cruise for both. Buckle up and enjoy the ride....
One of our main reasons for booking this cruise was to sail from Baltimore. We have sailed this ship before (during her inaugural year) and been to all these ports, so sailing from a close-to-home port and being on the Chesapeake was what we had been looking forward to all along. We live about 10 minutes south of the Philadelphia International Airport, and got started much later than we wanted to, getting on I-95 around 10am. Being the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, we expected to hit shore traffic, but sailed along till we got into Maryland where there were several gaper delays for no apparent reason. My sister and her BF arrived at the port about a half-hour ahead of us, and checked in around 11:45. I spoke with her via cell and she said the ship was still unloading passengers. We arrived in the parking lot around 12:15 and though it wasn't crowded, there were a lot of twists and turns to follow to get to the right place. Don't panic, it was all very organized. There was plenty of parking available even after we sailed away:
We were VIP and were disappointed that there was no VIP line outside. We stood in line for about 20 minutes to get through the scanners, and then were directed to the VIP "lounge" at the right end of the terminal. It's not really a lounge, but it was better than sitting in chairs. We filled out our health paperwork, and were 3rd in line for the VIP check in. This is one of my few complaints about sailing from Baltimore, but why would they put a new person to work VIP? There were 2 reps, and one had to keep going to help the other one. Grrrr. We got checked in and I asked if my sister and her BF could board with us since they had already checked in, and I was told they could. Yay! By now it was about 1pm and the VIPs were lined up next to a wedding party. I waved my sister over and they got in the VIP line with us, and at 1:15 we started to shuffle on board. Obligatory welcome aboard photo, and we entered the atrium lobby.
"so many cruises, so little vacation time"
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