Carnival imagination-carnival victory "back-to-back" review (pics) 4-12-2013

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#1
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Joined Apr 2008
Just back from a "back to back" on Carnival Imagination and Carnival Victory! I have my photos uploaded and now the work begins--bringing you a review chock full of pictures and yes, some "food porn". I hope you like it!
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#2
Northwest Georgia
5,965 Posts
Joined May 2003
Looking forward to it
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Past Cruises:
Carnival--
Liberty 11/14
Legend 11/13
Dream 10/10
Fantasy 11/09
Legend 11/08
Celebration 9/07
Holiday 3/07
Glory 11/06
Inspiration 11/05
Conquest 11/04
Fantasy 1/03
Pride 11/02
Paradise 7/99
Fantasy 6/94

RCI Monarch of the Seas 04/09
RCI Mariner of the Seas 11/03
#3
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
First up: Carnival Imagination--Bahamas

We really enjoy Carnival Cruises. Last year, or the year before, when they changed how to get to Platinum, we discovered if we took one cruise a year like we'd been doing traditionally, it was going to take us SEVEN more years to get to Platinum on the new plan. However, we found out that if we got our 10th cruise in before the end of 2013, we could still get Platinum status. So we made the decision last year aboard Carnival Valor that we would invest in getting Platinum status accomplished this year (2013).

We fly the day before the cruise, so we ended up at the Marriott at the Miami Airport. Funship Freddie came with us:





We really liked this Marriott. Very comfortable bed and nice and easy to get to from the airport. We decided to rent a car to pick up water, and since we rented a car (cheaper than a cab even if for a few hours), we got a free ride to the port by the rental car company.







We got to the port around 11:30 and got right on the ship! This was a 3-day trip to Nassau, and we decided to try a porthole room this time up on Empress.
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#4
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Joined Apr 2008








FINALLY on the ship!!
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#5
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Joined Apr 2008


To me, the lobby seems *similar* to Inspiration. Not the same, but similar.





This is the entry into the Lido deck buffet:


Inside the Lido buffet area:
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#6
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Some of the food offerings. It seems that every "first day" of the cruise, the buffet is serving "Italian".







I was pleased that they offered a diet selection in the dessert. As someone who really should not eat sugar at all, and my husband having gluten issues, it's a treat to find something we can have as a treat.
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#7
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Imagination's lobby/atrium from above:


Here is a picture of our room (porthole, E-8)






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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#8
Florida
3,649 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
Great pictures. Thanks for sharing your cruise adventure with us!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk. Please excuse any typographical errors.
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#9
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Shore Excursions desk:


The Casino:




This is the bar right outside the Casino:


The Promenade:


This is an entrance to one of the dining rooms:
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#10
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
We got a big table; 3 of the 4 couples were there each night. It was situated right near the Captain's table (not that he came to the dining room... LOL)


This was right near the Casino. Barry watched the Master's from this spot while I played in the Casino:


Where they held the Punchliner Comedy shows:


On the Promenade Deck out by the atrium:


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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#11
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
So our first day, we spent wandering around the ship, getting unpacked in our room and dinner and the show.

Some narrative: We just ran out of time before our departure and Barry needed a haircut. He called the spa to see if they had an opening and they could take him in 15 minutes. He took our raffle tickets up there and put them in the box. Later, after sail-away, he saw the gal that cut his hair and said that they drew his name for the Spa drawing... but because we weren't there, we didn't get it. ARRRRGH! (So go to the Spa drawing if that interests you. You never know!)

We also liked his haircut.

For the Welcome Aboard show, Barry got chosen to go up there. It was a bunch of silliness, but Skip was FUNNY. (He was even more funny on the Love & Marriage show). So my 6'10" husband got a LOT of press because (a) he's tall; and (b) because Skip made such a big deal about it. It was fun.

The next day: Nassau... more to come.
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#12
Kirkland, IL
11,415 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Nice Start.....we were looking at the Imagination. The prices for that ship are amazing right now......too hard to pass up
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Past Cruises
Carnival Valor - March 2005
Carnival Destiny - January 2006
Carnival Celebration - March 2007
Carnival Victory - April 2008
Carnival Pride - May 2009
Carnival Elation - March 2011
Carnival Legend - December 2011
Carnival Fantasy - March 2012
Carnival Ecstasy - December 2012
Carnival Sensation - December 2012
Carnival Freedom - March 3, 2013
Carnival Imagination - December 2, 2013
Carnival Sunshine - December 8, 2013
Carnival Dream - April 5, 2014
Carnival Pride - July 27, 2014
Carnival Dream - December 7, 2014
Carnival Breeze - March 8, 2015
Carnival Ecstasy - October 12, 2015
Carnival Elation - December 7, 2015
Carnival Dream - January 31, 2016
Carnival Vista - May 1, 2016
Carnival Elation - September 10, 2016
Carnival Breeze - January 22, 2017


Future Cruises
Carnival Valor - April 17, 2017
Carnival Triumph - December 4, 2017
Carnival Horizon - May 9, 2018


#13
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Day Two: Nassau

Since we were doing 3 cruises in 2013, we didn't have a lot of $$ for excursions... this turned out to be the right decision as we had such fun doing so little. We'd always enjoyed doing something in each country to feel like we really "visited" the country. This time, we shifted that thinking and just went with the flow and didn't have a lot planned.

We got up and walked two miles on the track on deck. We love doing our walks outside rather than in the gym. Love having the view and smelling the fresh air and getting more Vitamin D (I suffer from SADD, so anytime I can get sun, I take it):






In Nassau, we decided to go to Ardastra Gardens. We didn't do it through the ship and saved about 1/2 the price had we gone with the ship. We boarded the #10 bus. If you walk down Bay Street, down by Diamonds International somewhere--kind of across the street from the Straw Market--you will see a jitney. They all have numbers on them. It costs $1.25 to ride to the drop off for Ardastra Gardens. You pay when you get off the bus and they only take cash. The stop for Ardastra Gardens is at "The Fish Fry". Just ask them to tell you and they will. But if you hear Fish Fry, get off. There is a sign right there. You will walk about 1/2 mile (estimated) to get there. You walk past Fort Charlotte. Get to the top of the hill and you'll see another sign (you walk past the Humane Society--which we originally thought that might have been Ardastra, but it's not). The sign will lead you across the road to the right and down a lane and then you will arrive.

Coming into port. Carnival Sensation was there with us this trip as well as Holland America:






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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#14
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
Oh, I forgot... Carnival Glory was with us, too... (I visited the Bahamas twice in 3 days... it gets jumbled, sorry!)


In Nassau, there is an abundance of taxi drivers and horse drawn carriages, etc. waiting to help you enjoy your day. You really don't have to plan anything specific. You can take a taxi guided tour for $20 a person if you want.

You have to go through Festival Place to get to town.


On our way to Ardastra Gardens:


This is the lane into Ardastra Gardens:


Ardastra Gardens was created in 1957. It is not an all-day thing, if you ask me. We enjoyed our time there and are glad we went. People are very proud of Ardastra Gardens in Nassau. They have a Flamingo Parade at scheduled times and bird feeding at scheduled times (bring quarters to purchase the food for the birds).



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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
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2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008








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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#16
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008






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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#18
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008








Peacocks and flamingos were everywhere at Ardastra Gardens. Lovely subjects to photograph.

We walked back to the corner where we were let off and picked up the #10 bus back to Bay Street. We then walked back to the ship, and had lunch.
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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#19
2,705 Posts
Joined Apr 2008




Lunch from the Wok area of the ship:


This is the one time we were lucky enough to score a couple of seats in the Serenity area. We spent the entire afternoon in the hot tub and in the quiet bliss of Serenity...



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Past Cruises:

MSC Divina 05-14-16 (Western Caribbean: Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Nassau
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas 11-21-2015 (Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Cay, Nassau, Key West)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Norwegian Epic 05/23/2015 (Western Mediterranean: Barcelona, Naples, Rome, Florence, Cannes, Palma Majorca)
Carnival Ecstasy 11-17-2014 (Key West, Cozumel & Carnival LIVE with Lady Antebellum!)
Carnival Glory 10-25-2014 (Western Caribbean)
Norwegian Getaway 06-21-2014 (St. Maarten; St. Thomas; Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Freedom 10-05-2013 (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas)
Carnival Victory 04-15-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk)
Carnival Imagination 04-12-2013 (Nassau, Bahamas)
Carnival Breeze 11-22-2012 Bahamas (2-day)
Carnival Pride 11-2-2012 Cruise to Nowhere
Carnival Valor 10-13-2012 Exotic Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Carnival Valor 09-11-2011 Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk)

Carnival Dream 09-18-2010 Exotic Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan, Costa Maya)
Carnival Inspiration 11-21-2009 Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Carnival Destiny 11-22-08 Western Caribbean (Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman)
Carnival Liberty 9-13-08 Western Caribbean (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
#20
73 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
Loving your review so far! I'll be sailing on the Victory in a couple of months. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip! Thank you for posting
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Carnival Ecstasy - 9/2015 - Bahamas
Carnival Sunshine - 8/2015 - Exotic Eastern Caribbean (our Honeymoon!)
Carnival Victory - 7/2015 - Western Caribbean (mother-daughter cruise)
Carnival Conquest - 10/2014 - Eastern Caribbean (My first review! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2122524)
Carnival Victory - 7/2014 - Eastern Caribbean (mother-daughter cruise)
Carnival Ecstasy - 7/2013 - Bahamas
Carnival Victory - 6/2013 - Eastern Caribbean (where he proposed!)
Carnival Sensation - 3/2013 - Bahamas
Carnival Imagination - 12/2012 - Bahamas
Carnival Destiny - 7/2012 - Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman & Ocho Rios)
Carnival Imagination - 6/2012 - Western Caribbean
Carnival Imagination - 5/2012 - Western Caribbean
Carnival Destiny - 3/2012 - Exotic Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Imagination - 12/2011 - Western Caribbean
Carnival Dream - 8/2011 - Exotic Western Caribbean
Carnival Destiny - 3/2011 - Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Imagination - 12/2010 - Western Caribbean
Celebration - 3/2010 - Bahamas
Carnival Imagination - 12/2009 - Bahamas
Carnival Imagination - 1/2009 - Bahamas
Carnival Fascination - 1/2008 - Bahamas
Carnival Fascination - 1/2004 - Western Caribbean
Carnival Imagination - 8/2003 - Belize City & Key West
Carnival Fascination - 11/2002 - Western Caribbean