Just off the Grand Celebration - Mother's Day Cruise :)

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#1
SouthEast Florida
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We went Saturday to Monday, and had a very nice time!
Grandma, me, and daughter (14 year old).

We had an outside cabin, regular size.
When we boarded, the beds were set up as a queen, and the foot-end was under where the upper bed would come down (meaning whoever slept on the far side of the bed would have to almost crawl under the upper bed to get to the bathroom.)
We did get the beds separated so one was under the window and the other got turned under the upper bed. Much more room in the cabin that way, and better all-around.

We only had two cabin keys. Called for a third. Next time I came to the cabin I couldn't get it. Apparently a third didn't exist, so they had to re-key the cabin. Took all of 5 minutes from me telling someone, to me getting all three keys. Great service! (but we did laugh about only 2 keys for a 3 person cabin...)

Went up to the aft pool, as the music was too loud at main pool for DD's preference.
It was a very windy day, so my fear of no breeze was quite unfounded.
Sat in the sun for a while, then got back to cabin in time to change and clean ourselves up a bit before muster drill and dinner. Muster went quicker than many other ships I've been on.
Went to grab food at the buffet at 6:00, but it wasn't open yet. Went to pool deck while we sailed out, and people watch until dinner.
Buffet was very good!! All three of us were happy.

Mom and DD went back to the cabin, and I went to gamble a bit. Neither of them had any desire to get up to the glow party (even though I had even brought our own glow necklaces and eyeglasses and earrings - I bought out Party City). So I played Roulette for a while, had a few drinks, taught a woman how to play, watched some blackjack, and turned in for the night. WAlked into a dark cabin other than the glow of a bunch of glow necklaces and eye glasses - grandma and granddaughter had their own glow party!!!

The plan for Day 2 was to go into the port right there, and grab some beer to bring home, and get a tshirt for a specific person. Once off the ship, we were told that the port shops were closed because there wasn't a "big" ship in port. I wasn't thrilled with that. But, we managed. Took the tax-van to Marketplace, had some lunch (of course, had we known, we would have eaten ahead on the ship), shopped a little bit, and tried to find my beer. The one liquor store that was open didn't carry what I wanted. Lamented to van driver on the way back, so we ran into a bar that he knew, and I was able to grab a 6 pack

Back on the ship, the pool deck was nice and quiet early in the afternoon.
Got some sun for a bit. Bartender asked how my day was, and I laughed telling him about stopping for the beer. What kind? OH! WE HAVE THAT! Nowhere was this beer (Sand's Pink Radler) shown on any bar shelf, but by George, they had it onboard!!! I was a very happy camper for the rest of the day! (for anyone who barely likes beer, but likes crisp with a little fruit taste, it's great! and we laughed at the alcohol content - 2.3% - does that even qualify as a beer? LOL!)

Our plan had been to dress up really nice, and get a 3-generation picture for Mother's Day. None of us felt like getting all glammed up (I barely felt like taking a shower - LOL!), so we dressed nice, and went out in search of dinner.
We had made reservations for the included sit-down restaurant (Stellar Prime) for the night before, which we skipped and went to the buffet. So for this night, we weren't really sure what we wanted to do. Didn't want to be ready by 6:15, nor wait until 8:30.
There is "My Time Dining", but don't get it confused with another cruiseline's "AnyTimeDining". Apparently you do still need to make reservations (who knew?). We showed up at 7:05, and we were able to be seated without any attitude or inconvenience. So I think it really is like AnyTime, but they try to stress reservations for staff-sake, I guess.
Anyway, this My Time Dining is actually in the extra-pay restaurant Admiralty Lounge, but you get a menu that is akin to the Stelllar Prime regular restaurant. We did add on a surcharge for lobster tail - TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Oh, and within minutes of sitting down, the photographer came around, and we decided that a picture at the table would suffice for our 3-generation picture, so now we didn't have to go off in search of the photographers! Win-win! (and it turned out rather nice, too!)

Dinner was fantastic!! Staff was absolutely wonderful! Smiles all around! Friendly and helpful with choices.

After dinner, we had just enough time to head over to the lounge where the variety show would be, a little early. Grabbed some good seats, ordered a drink, and 15 minutes later the show started. (And FYI - one thing I love about this ship - it's small enough that I was able to run back to the cabin to grab my sweater without missing a beat!)

The show was fun!! Short comedy (a taste of what you would see later if you went to the late-night show), some dancers, an illusionist (I'm still dumbfounded at his tricks!) and an aerialist. She was cool to watch, enough.

After that, we went and bought our pictures, went back to the cabin to pack up a bit (didn't we just UNpack???).
Once sorted out, I went back out for about an hour to see about some roulette again. Played for a bit, but then went to craps. I'm not very well versed in craps, but I like to watch, and just play the pass line. Only one other gentleman was playing. He had a LOT of $25 chips, and I had my 8 $5 chips... My second turn to shoot the dice, I swear he raked in about $1000! I think I raked in $15 - LOL! I managed to win back the bit I lost in roulette, and was the good girl and left at my curfew (told my mom and daughter I'd be back at midnight. Yes, I'm 48 and we all joked that I had a curfew).

In the morning we had thought about doing breakfast, but decided to get ourselves home and do fun stuff - you know, clean the house with the rest of my day off!
We were getting ourselves fully packed up when the cabin steward knocked on the door (about 8:45). Expected him to try to nudge us out of the cabin, so I laughed and said "Oh, we're almost done!". He answered "oh, no maam - i'm just letting you know that you have plenty of time for breakfast if you wish".
We still didn't go eat, basically just got ourselves together and lined up to get off the boat (our cabin was very close to where we got off the boat, so it was nice).

All in all, it was a very nice cruise!
We are getting ready to book the whole family for Thanksgiving (we did that two Thanksgivings ago).
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#3
Maryland
141 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Thank you for the detailed review. At least I know when the glow party is. When I was in Freeport, I don't remember seeing any shops open. There were three ships in port. Do you know anything about the bar-b-que on the ship while it is in port? I'm sure I'll be hitting the casino to spend my $5.00. Thanks again, glad to see you had a good time.
#4
SouthEast Florida
1,240 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Originally posted by tch912
Thank you for the detailed review. At least I know when the glow party is. When I was in Freeport, I don't remember seeing any shops open. There were three ships in port. Do you know anything about the bar-b-que on the ship while it is in port? I'm sure I'll be hitting the casino to spend my $5.00. Thanks again, glad to see you had a good time.
The BBQ is very good! Aft pool deck. It was going on when I returned. Last time on the ship I had burger back there and really liked it! The Glow Party is 1st night, around 10:30pm. (earlier in your own cabin if you bring your own stuff, and music!)

As for the port shops, I think it would depend on 1) the last time you were in Freeport whether or not they were there yet, and 2) if you got to the sidewalk of peddlers outside the "customs building", and just ended up not turning to see the area. There are a few brick & mortar stores. Del Sol (the clothes change color in the sun), I think a small jewelry store, Margaritaville, and strawmarket stuff. Also a small (picture your own living room size) liquor store.
In the attached picture, the green coloring I did is where Celebration docks. You can see the Carnival ship.
The "X" looking buildings is where the liquor store is. If you were to go from Celebration directly straight to Senor Frog's you'd walk right through the straw market stuff. (excuse the printing, hard to do with a mouse - LOL!)
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#5
FL
707 Posts
Joined Apr 2015
Originally posted by Bibble
We went Saturday to Monday, and had a very nice time!
Grandma, me, and daughter (14 year old).

We had an outside cabin, regular size.
When we boarded, the beds were set up as a queen, and the foot-end was under where the upper bed would come down (meaning whoever slept on the far side of the bed would have to almost crawl under the upper bed to get to the bathroom.)
We did get the beds separated so one was under the window and the other got turned under the upper bed. Much more room in the cabin that way, and better all-around.

We only had two cabin keys. Called for a third. Next time I came to the cabin I couldn't get it. Apparently a third didn't exist, so they had to re-key the cabin. Took all of 5 minutes from me telling someone, to me getting all three keys. Great service! (but we did laugh about only 2 keys for a 3 person cabin...)

Went up to the aft pool, as the music was too loud at main pool for DD's preference.
It was a very windy day, so my fear of no breeze was quite unfounded.
Sat in the sun for a while, then got back to cabin in time to change and clean ourselves up a bit before muster drill and dinner. Muster went quicker than many other ships I've been on.
Went to grab food at the buffet at 6:00, but it wasn't open yet. Went to pool deck while we sailed out, and people watch until dinner.
Buffet was very good!! All three of us were happy.

Mom and DD went back to the cabin, and I went to gamble a bit. Neither of them had any desire to get up to the glow party (even though I had even brought our own glow necklaces and eyeglasses and earrings - I bought out Party City). So I played Roulette for a while, had a few drinks, taught a woman how to play, watched some blackjack, and turned in for the night. WAlked into a dark cabin other than the glow of a bunch of glow necklaces and eye glasses - grandma and granddaughter had their own glow party!!!

The plan for Day 2 was to go into the port right there, and grab some beer to bring home, and get a tshirt for a specific person. Once off the ship, we were told that the port shops were closed because there wasn't a "big" ship in port. I wasn't thrilled with that. But, we managed. Took the tax-van to Marketplace, had some lunch (of course, had we known, we would have eaten ahead on the ship), shopped a little bit, and tried to find my beer. The one liquor store that was open didn't carry what I wanted. Lamented to van driver on the way back, so we ran into a bar that he knew, and I was able to grab a 6 pack

Back on the ship, the pool deck was nice and quiet early in the afternoon.
Got some sun for a bit. Bartender asked how my day was, and I laughed telling him about stopping for the beer. What kind? OH! WE HAVE THAT! Nowhere was this beer (Sand's Pink Radler) shown on any bar shelf, but by George, they had it onboard!!! I was a very happy camper for the rest of the day! (for anyone who barely likes beer, but likes crisp with a little fruit taste, it's great! and we laughed at the alcohol content - 2.3% - does that even qualify as a beer? LOL!)

Our plan had been to dress up really nice, and get a 3-generation picture for Mother's Day. None of us felt like getting all glammed up (I barely felt like taking a shower - LOL!), so we dressed nice, and went out in search of dinner.
We had made reservations for the included sit-down restaurant (Stellar Prime) for the night before, which we skipped and went to the buffet. So for this night, we weren't really sure what we wanted to do. Didn't want to be ready by 6:15, nor wait until 8:30.
There is "My Time Dining", but don't get it confused with another cruiseline's "AnyTimeDining". Apparently you do still need to make reservations (who knew?). We showed up at 7:05, and we were able to be seated without any attitude or inconvenience. So I think it really is like AnyTime, but they try to stress reservations for staff-sake, I guess.
Anyway, this My Time Dining is actually in the extra-pay restaurant Admiralty Lounge, but you get a menu that is akin to the Stelllar Prime regular restaurant. We did add on a surcharge for lobster tail - TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Oh, and within minutes of sitting down, the photographer came around, and we decided that a picture at the table would suffice for our 3-generation picture, so now we didn't have to go off in search of the photographers! Win-win! (and it turned out rather nice, too!)

Dinner was fantastic!! Staff was absolutely wonderful! Smiles all around! Friendly and helpful with choices.

After dinner, we had just enough time to head over to the lounge where the variety show would be, a little early. Grabbed some good seats, ordered a drink, and 15 minutes later the show started. (And FYI - one thing I love about this ship - it's small enough that I was able to run back to the cabin to grab my sweater without missing a beat!)

The show was fun!! Short comedy (a taste of what you would see later if you went to the late-night show), some dancers, an illusionist (I'm still dumbfounded at his tricks!) and an aerialist. She was cool to watch, enough.

After that, we went and bought our pictures, went back to the cabin to pack up a bit (didn't we just UNpack???).
Once sorted out, I went back out for about an hour to see about some roulette again. Played for a bit, but then went to craps. I'm not very well versed in craps, but I like to watch, and just play the pass line. Only one other gentleman was playing. He had a LOT of $25 chips, and I had my 8 $5 chips... My second turn to shoot the dice, I swear he raked in about $1000! I think I raked in $15 - LOL! I managed to win back the bit I lost in roulette, and was the good girl and left at my curfew (told my mom and daughter I'd be back at midnight. Yes, I'm 48 and we all joked that I had a curfew).

In the morning we had thought about doing breakfast, but decided to get ourselves home and do fun stuff - you know, clean the house with the rest of my day off!
We were getting ourselves fully packed up when the cabin steward knocked on the door (about 8:45). Expected him to try to nudge us out of the cabin, so I laughed and said "Oh, we're almost done!". He answered "oh, no maam - i'm just letting you know that you have plenty of time for breakfast if you wish".
We still didn't go eat, basically just got ourselves together and lined up to get off the boat (our cabin was very close to where we got off the boat, so it was nice).

All in all, it was a very nice cruise!
We are getting ready to book the whole family for Thanksgiving (we did that two Thanksgivings ago).
Great review! How were the drink prices?

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#7
Maryland
141 Posts
Joined Oct 2007
Bibble thanks for the map of the port. I didn't walk to the side where Senor Frog was. All I saw was the place where Carnival had excursions, the t-shirt stands and then off to the line up of vans. You have been such a great help to me. This cruise will be the first time for my girlfriend, her husband, grandson and two other friends. This will be my fifth cruise and second time to Freeport.
#8
SouthEast Florida
1,240 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
I'm glad you've enjoyed this!

Drink prices: you can get ten coupons for ten drinks for $70 before you board. This is good for liquor drinks.
Beer ran $6 for the most part. BUT, buy 4, get 1 free!!! So $24 plus tax plus tip for a bucket of 5. What's funny is that there's bunches of folks walking around with their own buckets.

If you're a liquor drinking, it seems it's a good deal to buy a bottle and mixers in the terminal, too. You'll see folks on the pool deck with their bucket with their bottle, and the cardboard cartons of coke, sprite, what have you.

As much as I like big cruises, I really do like this little getaway!
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#10
The South
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Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by Indianabahamamama
They let you bring liquor on board?


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In October 2016, passengers could not bring water, wine, soft drinks, or booze. The best option if you drink booze is to buy the drink package for ten drinks. On our cruise it was $64.00 plus 18% tip. The two day soda package was $24.00 including a refillable cup. They did have happy hour during the sail away on the second day. Many people bought several drinks to save for later.
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Originally posted by Indianabahamamama
If you get the drink package, can you use your tickets for soda as well


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The drink tickets are for booze and have a value of at least $6.50 so even if you could use them for soda, it would not be an economically wise move to pay $6.50 for a $2.50 soda.
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#14
SouthEast Florida
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Originally posted by Indianabahamamama
Thanks for the info. Do they have a soda package?


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Yes, I believe it was $21 plus tax & tip, and you get a plastic refillable cup. You do not have to have the cup with you - just show your sticker (for instance, at dinner)
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9/2014....Carnival Victory
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#16
SouthEast Florida
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Originally posted by Indianabahamamama
Okay thanks. Was that for both parts of the cruise? Cause we'll be staying in Freeport for two days


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I'm not sure how that works....
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09/2016...Norwegian Escape
1/2016.... Carnival Ecstacy
11/2015....Grand Celebration
9/2014....Carnival Victory
5/2014....MSC Divina
11/2013..Carnival Glory
9/2013....Carnival Paradise - #10!!! I made it!
1/2013.....Carnival Imagination
11/2012...Carnival Breeze

10/2012...Norwegian Pearl
9/2012.....Carnival Destiny
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