by Jessica Edwards (cutiecat)
October 30, 2008
Miami -- October 29
The RiverPark Hotel downtown is decent but really old. Musty odor, black marks all over the walls, lots of red and copper in the halls. For the $109 we paid for it, I highly recommend it. Service was nice and they even called a shuttle for us to the port.
Embarkation and First Night -- October 30
Did the usual after climbing onboard. Lunch, exploring, room settling, muster drill, and sail away party. The sail away party consisted of five songs and that was about it.
Then it was on to get ready for our first dinner and the Welcome Aboard show. Loved our CD, Jorge. He's now my favorite! Also saw a comedian that was all sorts of hilarious.
Made our way to the disco and then to the karaoke lounge, where we found out we were onboard with lots of transvestites/transgender people -- interesting to say the least. The piano bar featured Damian, who was ok.
Met some guys that we ended up spending most of the trip with and ended up staying out til about 5 a.m.ish.
Key West and Halloween -- October 31
After having way too expensive margaritas in Margaritaville, we walked back to the ship just in time. Ran into a guy dressed as a pirate for the festival going on there, that sadly we were going to miss, and chatted with him a bit. I am definitely going back to Key West.
Carnival for whatever reason decided that Formal Night and Halloween had to be done in the same night. So we dressed to the nine's for the Captain's Party and Dinner, as did our boys we met, then we went to change for Halloween. Since we missed the parade because we were getting ready, we missed the costume contest. But I bet we could have won! Our boys and 7 of their travel mates were dressed as the USA 1972 Gold Medalist Drinking Team. Lots of interesting costumes all over the ship, and Halloween was in full swing!
Cozumel -- November 1
From there we taxied to downtown and walked our way to Carlos and Charlie's. First time I've ever been there, and it was INSANE. Our waiter was way too friendly, but all in all we had an absolute BLAST in there. Made it back to the ship shortly before midnight and sailed away.
Day at Sea -- November 2
At dinner it hit me how fast a 4 day cruise goes by. Unreal. We said goodbye to our waiters, went to the show 'Formidable' (which I always enjoy) then on to the disco to meet up with our boys.
Debarkation -- November 3
Miami -- Night of November 3
Flying Home -- November 4
Except for the SeaSide Theatre, which is awesome, I was disappointed in the way she looks. She's an older ship, but that doesn't excuse some of the things I saw. Lights are burnt out all over, construction going on in the Lido elevator area, elevators shut down for said construction, peeling paint on the side. Having just come out of dry dock she really should be in better shape. But I love her anyway.
(I would join Teresa in May '09 had I not sailed the Destiny twice already and am looking forward to cruising another ship).
Had a blast! Any questions? PM me.