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Hometown: Portsmouth, Virginia
Joined: 05/28/2013
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Retired Professional Engineer.



Jheretired's Past Cruises

Carnival Vista

October 2016 - Carnival Vista to Europe

Outstanding cruise and memorable ports!

Wow!  Simply WOW!  Nine fantastic European ports in 10 days made this cruise the most memorable of our 17 cruises with Carnival. Embarkation, port calls, service were all so very smooth and the communication helped make the cruise stress-free. Service aboard was excellent and the food options were the best I have ever experienced on a ship. This was the last of the Med cruises for the Vista, but I highly recommend this cruise for those lucky enough to sail when the sister ship (the Horizon) is completed next year!


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Carnival Splendor

October 2015 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Bahamas

The weather aside...it was a GREAT CRUISE!

One of the great things about Carnival cruises is that the sea days and the experiences on-board are a BIG part of the fun, so missing a port just allows more time to take advantage of what this ship had to offer. This was a 6 day cruise to the Bahamas, which included stops at Nassau, Freeport, and, our favorite port, Half Moon Cay. Unfortunately, mother nature intervened and 40 knot winds and 6 foot seas prevented us from tendering to the private island. The captain steered us away from the harsh weather and, by noon, we had sunshine and smooth(er) sailing headed to the next port. The Cruise Director, Kevin, and his great staff re-tooled the on-board activities for the day and lots of fun was there to be had. The Splendor is a great ship and we will sail on her again.


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Carnival Fantasy

January 2015 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Bahamas

Excellant cruise despite the weather

Of course, with any cruise departing in mid-January, one can expect some less-than-ideal conditions...so it was no surprise that the seas were a bit rough and the weather cooler than ideal. None-the-less, the staff and crew aboard the Carnival Fantasy went out of their way to ensure that the guests were kept safe, entertained and happy. Even missing our port call at Little Stirrup Cay was taken in stride and extra entertainment was provided. The food was great and the entertainment was top-notch. I recommend this cruise as a cure for the winter blues!

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Carnival Miracle

September 2014 - Carnival Miracle to Hawaii

A Wonderful 16 day Cruise to Hawaii

This cruise started off with five full days at sea, followed with visits to five ports (Kauai, Maui, Honolulu, Kona, and Hilo), and followed up with five full days at sea on the return. To be honest, I had my doubts that Carnival could come up with enough activities to keep everyone entertained for 16 days, especially with 10 of them being sea days...but I was wrong. This is my ninth cruise with Carnival and it was, by far, the best as far as on-board activities, musical entertainment, and comedy of any I have experienced.


The Cruise Director, Troy, and his assistant, Mel, along with the Punchliner Comedy Club director, Katie, all worked their butts off to keep the energy going for 16 wonderful days. The Carnival Miracle is one of the older ships (and is due to get the 2.0 upgrades early next year), but is well layed out and features 3 pools and several bars and lounges. It also is one of the few ships which still features full production Vegas style shows with a live orchestra/show band (JC and the Miracles).


The Punchliner Comedy Club brought on 3 comedians for the first 5 days, 2 more while in Hawaii, and 3 more for the last 5 days. John DiCrosta, Dale Evans, and Lenny Schmidt were the highlight of the cruise and were absolutely hilarious.


The on-board activities included something for everyone including casino tournaments, 3 or 4 trivia contests per day, dance lessons, deck parties and games, special functions, daily discussions/lectures by the on-board naturalist, and, of course, food, drink, more food, more drink, and...ice cream and pizza available 24/7. The staff and crew were, as always, very friendly and anxious to make you feel welcome. Most called me by name after about two days.


Now...about Hawaii...it was as beautiful and awe-inspiring as I remembered from 35 plus years ago. Kauai was our first island, and we chose to tour Waimea Canyon. It was magnificent and is billed, appropriately, as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific". Maui, our second island, was our time to enjoy a beach day...which we did at Ka'anapali Beach. Of course, no trip to Hawaii is complete without a tour of Honolulu, our third island. We elected to forego visits to Pearl Harbor, since we had been there twice before, so we had time to follow tradition and take in a wonderful luau. Our fourth island, Kona, was the only port requiring tender service...but it went well and moved quickly. There we visited the Kona Chocolate factory, the Kona Soap factory, and the Kona Coffee factory...guess which we liked the best. Finally, we reached Hilo, our fifth island, and toured several active waterfalls and feasted on a nice barbequed lunch.


Carnival, on this cruise, surpassed my expectations and provided us a very memorable vacation.  I recommend it to all.




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Carnival Glory

October 2013 - Carnival Glory to Caribbean - Bahamas

Sadly the last Bahamas Cruise from Norfolk

This was the first, and unfortunately, the last cruise on the Carnival Glory out of Norfolk, due to Carnival's decision to re-deploy the Glory to Miami and abandon this great port.  The embarkation and debarkation were the smoothest we have ever encountered and the staff were very accomodating.


Please...Carnival...rethink this decision!


Now as for the ship...the Glory is now our favorite ship!  The layout is great, the decor is less gawdy than some of the others in the fleet, and the staff and crew were wonderful to deal with.  The food was good. I also HIGHLY recommend one night in the Steakhouse.  Our Cruise Director, Matt, was so very friendly and knowledgable.  The shows were exceptional (and I am pretty picky about musical entertainment).  The Punchliner comedy club was GREAT (Allyn Ball is a great talent...see him if you can).


Nassau is a great port to explore...easy to get around in and shop.  For a special treat, try Olives Bistro Restaurant downtown (easy walking distance from the ship).


Freeport is a good port to take an excursion (we went snorkeling...it was a good choice).


Since it was a short cruise (five nights), we packed in everything we could possibly do in the time we had...but had a ball doing it!




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Carnival Liberty

May 2013 - Carnival Liberty to Caribbean - Western

Best cruise so far.....

This Western Caribbean cruise was our favorite cruise. Cozumel was warm and welcoming, Belize was (as they say) "unBelizeable", Roatan offered beauty and relaxation, and Grand Caymen offered all of the above. The Liberty was a wonderful ship and the Carnival staff and crew did everything possible to make the cruise enjoyable and memorable. We will be back!

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Carnival Liberty

May 2013 - Carnival Liberty to Caribbean - Eastern

Retirement Cruise

This was an excellent cruise and included ports to which we had previously sailed including Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. We have been to Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay many times now...and enjoy them each time. St. Thomas always provides beautiful views and excellent opportunities for shopping. San Juan offers much in the way of beauty and history. We paired this with the Western Caribbean cruise as back-to-back cruises for a 15 day adventure and loved every minute of it.

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Jheretired's Tips

Carnival Vista Carnival Vista - Schedule your dining to ensure you hit every dining venue! Try the Asian and Italian restaurants for lunch (no charge)...and go back for dinner at least one night.
Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (Private Island) - Cruising in hurricane season is always a crap shoot. We missed this port this time, but have been there 3 times and have another scheduled soon. Best beach EVER!
Carnival Splendor Carnival Splendor - Check out the Rotisserie area on the upper level of the Lido buffet. It is a hidden treasure...and offers an additional food venue with PLENTY of seating.
Carnival Fantasy Carnival Fantasy - Bring your own hair dryer...this ship does not have them in every cabin. Also...get to the comedy club early the last night...all other nights, getting there 5 minutes early is OK.
Honolulu, Oahu - City tour (try the free shuttle), trip to Hilo Hattie's, and, of course, a luau.
Carnival Miracle Carnival Miracle - Try the Chef's Table...but be ready to EAT and DRINK a LOT!
Carnival Glory Carnival Glory - Try the Steakhouse for dinner one night (and also watch for the Wine Tasting and Pairing seminar).
Cozumel, Mexico - Great shopping...also try Las Palmeras restaurant downtown!
Carnival Liberty Carnival Liberty - By all means, treat yourself to a night at the Diamond Steakhouse!!!

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