by Bob C
June 2, 2002
This is a review of our cruise on the Carnival Holiday that we took the week of June 3, 2002. It was our first cruise so we have nothing to compare it with. My wife and I and our two teenage children had a great time. We had two nice outside cabins; U69 and U71. The ship was full to capacity and then some. There were many teenagers and children on board but all were well mannered. The ship never seemed that crowded even with a full load.
Our cabins were nice with good storage space. We way over packed to say the least but still had room to spare. There were some hangers but we used a few that we brought with us. The safe was very convenient. We also greatly appreciated the advice from these boards about bringing something to upgrade the one electrical outlet. There was no clock but they did offer a wake-up call. The bathroom was larger than expected. We are thin people and found the shower could handle 2 people without too much bumping into one another :) every morning. We had a very nice basket of toiletries. The shower had a dispenser of shampoo and soap. Our cabin steward; Alva did a very good job and was good at towel animals. Anything we asked for he immediately took care of.
Dinner in the Seven Seas dining room was an experience. Food was very good with good selection. I would give it a good 4 stars. Presentation was just outstanding, however. Everything was a work of art. I especially enjoyed the fresh herbs that were served on most plates. Our waiter, Sanjib, did a good job but seemed to rush things a bit. We had a table for 4 to ourselves. It always seemed we were the first to get our food but also the first to leave. Our assistant waiter, Padu, was one of the things that made this cruise fun for us. We looked forward to going to dinner just to see Padu and his antics as did all he served. He was great and greatly enjoyed.
We thought the portions were more than adequate. Have noticed that some people complained that they did not get enough but really do not see where they were coming from. For example I ordered the chicken dish one night and was given half a chicken plus the side dishes. I mean what more do you want. But like I said earlier, we are thin people and are not big eaters. Considering the number of people on board, the food and presentation was beyond belief. Somebody was working their tail off. They also had a very good wine selection. Better than most land restaurants. There was not a good selection of the high priced stuff ($30+ a bottle) but adequate. If you did not finish your bottle they would hold it for you until the next evening.
ENTERTAINMENT AND OTHER STUFF
PORTS OF CALL
In Cozumel we took a taxi on our own to Chakaanab Park. Fantastic place. We went snorkeling and saw lots of fish, coral etc,. When we first got there you you count the people in the water on one hand.
In both places we found great places to eat. In Playa, we ate at an open air restaurant overlooking the aqua waters of the Caribbean at our ship. I had some of the best shrimp that I have ever eaten. Cooked in the "mojo del ajo" style. Manners aside, I really wanted to lick the plate. To be honest, with the help of a couple of Corona's, I did.