May 17, 2009
Finally the day arrived. My friend and I drove to the port from Virginia. Get directions from Map Quest (simple). We got to the port and checked our luggage. We then went to the terminal to wait for check in. After check in, which was very smooth, we did Fun Pass. We had to wait until almost 2 o'clock to board the ship. I think this is the norm as passsengers are not rushed off the ship for debarkation.
The ship is beautiful. The public rooms are gorgeous. I had trouble navigating around the ship, but that is just me. We had an inside cabin on deck 7. Plenty of drawer space and a closet with shelves and two other closets for hanging clothes.
Our luggage fit under the bed. The bathroom was ample with a bowl full of toiletries. The bedding was nice and the bed was comfortable. We had two twin beds together. Yasa was our cabin stewart and was pleasant, efficient and called us by name. Our room was ready around 3:15.
We asked for a table for two, but got a table for six. We asked to have this changed, but no tables for two were available. As luck would have it, we were the only couple who showed up except for one evening. We also ate in the Mermaid Grill 2 nights. Food overall was good to delicious. There was much variety and the desserts were divine. Our servers were slow to refill drinks. We usually had to ask. They did not remember our favorites or our names.
You can get delicious pizza 24/7 in the Mermaid Grill. We got room service for breakfast. It always came promptly at the time we asked for. You can get some things that are not on the menu. Just ask.
We saw three shows and we enjoyed them all. Very lively and colorful. The nude paintings blend in, I think. I don't think they stuck out (no pun intended) as some have implied. It's all about individual opinion.
I missed afternoon tea, which looked inviting. It's definitely on my list for next time. The average age group was older than I expected -- I would say it was around mid 50's and up. The children were well behaved and few in number. Generally fellow passengers were friendly.
The itinerary was not the best, but of course we knew that. I like the sea days and just relaxing. Even though we had lots of rain and clouds with wind, there were things to do if you wanted to.
This was my first Carnival cruise, but hopefully not the last. I was surprised and pleased with this cruise line. Overall we had a wonderful time.