But now that I am in the swing of things again, I owe it to all the wonderful people who helped me on these boards follow through with a review.
Me and the DH sailed from Tampa on May 5th on the Carnival Legend. We had been counting down to this cruise for almost a year! It was a graduation present for me. I graduated from USF Thrusday afternnon and by Sunday morning we were checking and re-checking out tickets and passports for Embarktion!
I am a little crazy about planning. Before the cruise I bough a 1-inch binder, separators and maps. I spent hours gathering and organizing all the information about each port into this binder along with little tidbits I had picked up on these blogs. I also had the Carnival App for iphones and loved counting down with the timer and “exploring” the ship deck plans in anticipation.
Okay, enough about planning, onto the CRUISE!
We left our apartment about 10:30. We are some of the few lucky residence of Tampa, Florida who only have a 25 minute drive to the port. My mother and little sister were happy to drop us off (we had other family pick us back up).
Oh my gosh, it was so funny! My little sister kept making references to the Titanic the whole way there. Little sisters… I tell ya!
Okay, so they dropped us off at the port. A porter came up right away and basically took our luggage away from us! We were a little worried because, like I said before, we haven’t done this before. We were not 100% sure where the heck he was going to take it, or if he would know we were on the cruise or what (there weren’t any other ships in port or anything I’m just a worrier!) . But everything worked out fine!
We went through what seemed like miles of security, but it wasn’t bad at all. After the security we went into the “holding area” right before the walk to the boat. We were there from maybe 30 minutes before they called out number ( we were #7). We went through one last check with our passports and tickets and paused for a quick photo:
I know, we look SUPER CHEESY. But that is how we are so if you want to read this review, get used to it ☺ . You’d think we were like from Ontario the way we look so touristy!
Then it was onto the ship! It was pretty crowded, though it was only 12:00ish. We waited for like 15 minutes for an elevator up to the Lido deck for some food, before we just gave up and walked!
After a little lunch (my husband was in paradise, he loooooves food), I could not wait to start exploring the ship!
The ship was pretty packed. I was a little worried that we wouldn’t be able to relax with as many people as were on board, but we are pretty goof as making the best of any situation.
First Cruise: Carnival Legend 2011 Western Caribbean (review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1454451)
Carnival Ecstasy 2012 Bahamas Baby!
Carnival Ecstasy 2012 Christmas Cruise
Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas 2013
Carnival Paradise 2014 Spring Break
Carnival Imagination 2015 Thanksgiving Cruise