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Carnival Cruise Lines

Fascination
by alexi
Mexico
January 19, 2004

This was my first cruise. We flew from Logan to Miami the day before. We got a great deal on a room and they provided free pickup and drop off service from the Airport and Port of Miami.

We arrived at Port early, approx. 10:30 a.m. and had our luggage quickly tagged and taken.The process of boarding was fairly quick, and probably because we didn't arrive at 1:30 in the afternoon like many people did. They boarded us at Noon, a buffet was waiting for us. We roamed around the ship, as we were asked to avoid our rooms til 1:30, to be sure the stewards had properly serviced all the rooms.Our room was clean and had 2 twin beds. I was suprised with the space.Plenty of closet and drawer space.And our suitcases easily slid under the bed.We didn't have a window, but we only slept and changed in there anyway.We cruised from Miami to Key West where we had 4 hours. That was plenty, as I found Key West to be mostly a nice to place to eat and shop.We then cruised on to Cozumel, which was fantastic. We made our own plans and didn't do the shore excursions. We went to a fairly secluded and quiet beach, did some shopping, saw some local sites and then enjoyed a wild & crazy nightlife spot called Senor Frogs !! Cozumel was a great destination. The weather was great, around 82. Then the day at sea followed. Overall the ship was very clean, well kept, and there was plenty to do on board. The Diamonds disco and the India lounges were fab.The music didn't stop til 4 a.m. If you like to party and kick up your heels, you'll love this ship. The title "Funship" is accurate. The food was great and always someplace to get a bite to eat. Room service is FREE FREE FREE.We really enjoyed dressing up for dinner. We had the late seating at 8:30.We liked that because we were able to enjoy the ship activities, and not rush to get to dinner.The dining room food was above my expectations and the service was superb. The wait staff all over the ship were friendly and fun.We didn't have a lot of money as it was just after the holidays, but we each put $200 on our Sail&Sign, and we each had $200 cash.We drank freely, and bought things on the ship. In ports of call, especially Mexico...money went a long way. I would like to have more next time...but the 2 of us, who love to party, had enough to indulge as we wished.I would surely do this cruise again.Upon returning to Miami, leaving the ship was painless and there are plenty of tansportation options waiting for you to get to where you need to go.We took a taxi to the airport for $20(for both of us).

I had so much fun, and I will have mnay moments of daydreaming about my cruise for a long time to come. It was a great experience. Lastly I do need to say that although they have Camp Carnival for kids, this is a cruise I wouldn't bring my kids on. It really is a party boat, and we saw alot of lonely, bored children.If you have 18 year olds, they'll love it...but not the kiddo's.