luv2cruz44 Posted October 9, 2006 #1 Share Posted October 9, 2006 Sorry to begin so boring but our cruise was absolutely wonderful. After reading some negative reviews before we departed on 9/30/06, we were not sure what to expect but it really is all about ATTITUDE. Any minor glitches were immediately resolved and the whole experience was awesome. We got to NYC 3 days ahead of schedule to see the sights. Although I had been to NYC on 1 previous occasion, the other 3 people in our group had not so we did the typical touristy things, world trade memorial, Empire State Builing, Lower East Side, Little Italy, Chinatown, Soho and even a Broadway Play (we chose The Producers). Our biggest surprise was that we negotiated the subway without a problem but spent over an hour trying to line up a cab to take us to the port to board our ship. We got to the port early, check-in was smooth and simple and we were on the Lido deck eating by 11:30. It was close to 1:30 by the time we could get to our rooms and we barely beat the luggage. We did check out our dining room to see where our table was as our time was exactly what we'd requested. We loved our table for 4 in the front corner by the windows. After unpacking and the muster we headed up to the topless deck for sail away. Since we had not gotten to Ellis Island or Lady Liberty, it was great to watch them sail by and the Verranzo-Narrows Bridge was exciting. We were so sure the funnel was going to hit it. After that experience it was time to head for dinner. Our wait staff Ulla & Placido were 2 of the best we've ever had especially since they had 20 diners to take care of and no one ever missed a dinner seating, (except us but thats another story). The show that night was great and we had our first encounter with Felipe, the greatest social host. Our social director was Malcolm in the Middle but we really didn't see much of him. We also didn't see much of Jeffrey as his Mother passed while we on the cruise and he had to leave the ship in Halifax. Carlos was our room steward and he was exceptional. Always, after the first night, we had chocolates, towel animals and the next days Capers. Our ice was always full and our room cleaned while we were at breakfast and at dinner. All the staff was friendly, greeting us as we passed by whether they were assigned to us or not. I won't comment on the ports except to say that thanks to this bulletin board, we got the nerve to book our own excursions and believe we had the best experience at a fraction of the cost. In Boston, we did the Boston Duck tour which was great. In Portland ME, we did a land & sea excursion. In St. John, we rode the city transit bus and in Halifax, we rented a car and went to Peggy's Cove and then did the Halifax Hopper when we got back into town. There wasn't a lot of fall color but we weren't surprised because we had heard it was late this year. Now the only bad part of our cruise was something that Carnival had no control over. While in NYC, my DH somehow contracted Noro-virus and his symptoms first appeared just before dinner our second day on the ship. Since I hadn't done any reading on this, I assumed it was a 24 hr bug and he just needed to rest the next day. He did and was ready to go again on Day 4, just a little wiped out. Late that same day, I came down with it and the next morning our friends went to the infirmary on our behalf. That was when we learned what we had and were quarantined for the next 24 hours. We were told to order whatever we wanted from room service including complimentary Sprite and bottled water. During that day, there were no less than 3 calls from the pursers office inquiring as to how we were feeling. Although a bit irritating at first, it began to make sense when we realized that our steward could not enter our room and those calls were the only way the ship knew we were still alive. We missed the first Sea Day but the meds that we got from the infirmary made us both sleep so much that we really didn't care. By the next day, we were ready to go again and enjoy our last port and the rest of the cruise. Our last night in the dining room was very difficult as we had to say goodbye to Ulla & Placido. Words can't express how great they were and how hard they worked. All in all, the shows, shipboard activities, service, food, were all what we've grown to expect from Carnival and we're looking forward to our next cruise in April. Any questions or more information needed, just let me know. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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