First of all we used Amtrak to get to New Orleans cause we got such a great deal with the Carnival discount. Booked a sleeper for the 3 of us girls and we were well rested when we arrived Sat. afternoon. ANYONE using cabs in New Orleans be careful of the prices......we paid much to much several times. First from the train to the Hilton Riverside hotel was $28, which we later found out on the way back it should have been $10.00. From the ship the hotel after coming back was $21.00 and it;s only about 5 blocks. They don't use meters so they charge whatever they want to. Now back to the review. The hotel was really nice and close to everything. We had dinner at the Cajun Cabin, that's quite a lively place. Headed for the room early after stopping at Pat O'Briens...gotta have at least one hurricane right???? Stopped at Harrah's casino, gave them a few bucks then on to the hotel. Sunday morning went down to Mother's for breakfast, mmmmmmm Debrie on biscuits, that was delicious. Headed for the French market for some things before going to board. Boarding was very well organized, only about an hour wait. We were in our cabin by 1:00 and off to the buffet shortly after. Room was a cat6 and quite roomy for us. Was expecting much smaller, so was surprised. Left N.O. right on time. What a beautiful city to watch go by at night. Everyone on board was celebrating I think. 2 days at sea and we were ready for some island hopping. Entertainment on board is first rate. So much to do and nowhere did we feel crowded. They have so many areas to go that 3000 people seem like 300. Cory was his usual CRAZY self and we really enjoyed his bird show.....how funny is a parrot that just walks around waiting to be shot so he can roll over!!!!
I thought the food was very nicely done, lots of choices and quality was 1st rate. So many places to eat that it is hard to choose a spot for a mid-day snack....Pizza, bffet, sandwiches that were outstanding, and ICE CREAM...ate lots of that. First stop Jamaica, beautiful but depressing. We shopped at the forum for awhile, then off to Margaritaville for lunch. Good food, loud music and souveniers. Then off to Dr. Caves beach........very very pretty, and the water was clear and warm. Back to the ship by 3:00 and off to next island.
Grand Caymans is my favorite.....so pretty. Did the Island tour and Sting Ray city along with turtle farm and HELL. Believe me 5 minutes in Hell is all you need.nothing there. Back to the ship and off to Cozumel. A storm brewed up as we were leaving.....lots of wind and 12 ft waves....but the ship rocked very little. I don't understand everyones comments about how much she rocks and sways. The only bad time I saw was manuvering thru the river to the Gulf, lots of turns there. Otherwise I thought it was fairly smooth.
Cozumel was interesting, but have done it several times. Went and spent the day at Chankanaab Park. It is one of the nicest palces on the island. Snorkling and eating and dolphins.....who could ask for more. Back to the ship by 5:00 and set sail right on time. Boo-hoo it's time to go home already, sure is the fastest week of your life.
All in all I would say that Carnival does a great job on this ship, the steward and waiters were great, the entertainment is 1st rate and the ship is HUGE and beautiful. After you spend a day getting your bearings you can get around quite easily.
Yes I would sail her again, maybe next year with my granddaughter who is bugging me to take her.
One last note, disembarking was a little harried......lots of people make plane and bus reservations much too early and always are crabby trying to get off earlier than they are scheduled. Hey it's your vacation.....cool it, and plan accordingly, or stay another day in port city, why rush rush and make it a bad ending to a good thing.
Anyone with any questions, I would be glad to answer them.....we did just about everything they had to offer on board....so ask away.
I will be day-dreaming for the next few months AGAIN....happens every time.
Happy cruisin' to all.