February 4, 2003
My husband and I were celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary on this cruise. We had a balcony cabin on the highest panorama deck. We were joined by another couple (friends) who ended up down the hall. I just read the other review on my same ship and boy was he wrong about a lot of things. First, they do NOT take up your passports. We were free to keep ours with us. The safe in the room opens with your sail and sign card..but only 1. The reason for the delay at embarkation was becuz the coast guard had not released the ship yet. Yes, we were one of the first ones on board..and after getting our pictures taken, waited in the lobby before boarding about 30 minutes. The people who were waiting to get their photo taken had no idea for the delay..Carnival should have told them. Also, the tour desk was always manned when we were there. Yes, there were some pushy French people, but I can take care of myself.
The food was GREAT! We could order as many appetizers or entre that we wanted. There were about 6 choices for entre every night. On lobster night, I had 2 large tails and the table next to us had 3!! We had fabulous service as well and could not have asked for a better crew.
The took the Turtle Encounter and snorkel trip in Barbados..not the Kayak..it was the best ever. The sea turtles were phenomenal. We were swimming in their habitat. There were only about 10 on our little catamaran..3 total cats altogether. We took the snorkel cruise in Martinique and were disappointed. The water is pretty dark, but it is ok for the price..expect about 60 on the boat however!! We took our own gear, but they do have plenty.. the gear in Barbados was first class, but in Martinique, it was pretty cheesy.
The shopping in St Martaan was the best. Go to Kay's, ask for Sam and tell him I sent you. They have the absolute best prices, and you can get him pretty low. I bought Australian Opals and was pleasantly surprised by the price.
The disembarkation went very smooth. We had to be out of our cabins by 8:30..not 6:30..only Canadians had to do that to clear customs. We were at our car by 10:30 and driving home.
All in all, my husband is now hooked. The only down part of the entire cruise was the smoking in the casino. I am allergic, so I had a pretty rough time. The shows were pretty good too, especially the comedians and the entire review. And in case you are wondering, we are not old...we are in our early 50's.