by Dee B.
May 1, 2006
Just came off the Celebration out of Jacksonville,FL going to Key West and Nassau. I said I would never go on another Carnival ship again a few years back. Then the ship seemed to be filled with drunken young people who were very loud and boisterous but this was a wonderful cruise. Carnival seems to have improved their image here.
We were able to board the ship about 12 with lunch already under way. The food was very good in both the cafe and the dining room. We had an inside room and it was very nice and the bath was modern and nice.
The ship was very clean and while it was an older ship and a small one it was nice for a 5-day cruise.
Our stop in Key West was good but too short as the ship left at 3p.m. and not quite enough time. We did our own tour of the town and visited Truman's and Hemingway's homes at $11 each which I thought was worth the price. In Nassau we took the ship tour of the city for $27 for a 2 hour tour. Also seem to be a good deal although I am sure you could get your own tour cheaper. There is not anything much to see in Nassau but the Queen's Staircase and the Fort. I did object to paying a guide a tip at the fort when I thought it should have been included in the price.
There are no lounge chairs on the walking decks( and these do not go around the ship) but plenty around the pools.If you want to sit away from the pools and a lot of noise you must bring out a small chair yourself.
I had no complaint about the cruise except the Astoria Lounge was very cold for the shows which were quite good. The Talent night show was good and the entertainment crew put on a skit was about the funniest I have ever heard.
You may now carry off your luggage which we did but so did hundreds of others but still the exit was not bad. Parking is $10 a day. I think too high.
We both took colds after getting home and I wonder how many more people did also.
I would rate this cruise excellent from start to finish. Carnival is doing a good job on this cruise.