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About akaGrandmaJo

Married for 37 years with three daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters (18 & 3) and three grandsons (5, 5, and 2). We most often travel with our youngest daughter who is single, but my brother has joined us for the last couple of cruises. We are fostering his cruise addiction so we won't be left alone when we get another son-in-law :) The ocean has always fascinated me and it allows me to turn loose of all my cares and worries and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.


Cruise Lines: Carnival Cruise Lines


Cruiseline: Carnival Cruise Lines

akaGrandmaJo's Past Cruises

Adventure of the Seas

October 2017 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Splendor

July 2017 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Sensation

January 2017 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Sensation Jan 16, 2017

Another fantastic cruise :)  We enjoy the older ships--they feel relaxing and comfortable, just like home.

Crew was awesome as always.  These folks bend over backwards to make us happy, and we appreciate all they do.  There was a call for the emergency response team to the crew quarters on our first morning at sea.  When we got home, we learned that a maintenance worker had a heart attack and passed away. There were somber faces and things were a little disorganized early in the morning, but by afternoon crew was cheerful and friendly as always.  Can you imagine having to do that at your workplace?  These folks are amazing.

Food was good, service was awesome,  The only thing sorely lacking was shows at night.  There were only a couple of shows and they were at later times, so we didn't attend.  There weren't many comedy shows, and again they were all later, so none for us.  Karaoke was the order of the day.  I enjoy going once, maybe twice, but then the divas and wannabes take over and it's not fun for us to watch anymore.

Would we sail on the Sensation again?  In a heartbeat.  Next time, we will take a game or some cards and have fun and maybe make new friends.  Sometimes it's good for us to have to entertain ourselves Big Smile


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Carnival Magic

September 2016 - Carnival Magic to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Magic Eastern Caribbean 9-17-16

Another awesome cruise.

Magic was a beautiful ship.  Crew was amazing. 

We were not a fan of Cruise Director, Dr. E (Everson Beville).  His good morning song was grating on the nerves after a couple of times.  Entertainment was not up to par with previous cruises, with the exception of family friendly comedy which was the best we've seen on any of our cruises.

We had a cove balcony, 2248 which is the first port side cove. It's our favorite cabin, and we loved the location.  We were so close to the water, and it was very quiet. 

There were more rude cruisers this time than we have previously encountered.  Fewer kids, and they were all pretty much well behaved.  There were several adults who suffered from Entitlement Syndrome Sad  We did meet a number of very friendly folks and didn't let the others bother us.

Food was good.  Guy's Pig and Anchor BBQ was awesome!!  The meat is served without sauce--you go to a sauce station to fix it to your liking.  Lines were long, but they moved quickly.

St Johns was absolutely breathtaking.  Amber Cove was great, as were San Juan, St Thomas, and Grand Turk. 

We had a bad experience with the tour operators for St Thomas.  Beach time was cut short, snorkeling equipment was an extra fee (not made clear in the description), and rentals were limited to 15 minutes to 45 minutes since the concession was closing for the day.  We were dropped at the dock for the return ferry with no instructions as to where to wait.  Our ferry (last one of the day) was about 20 minutes late, and we weren't told anything until about 5-10 minutes before it arrived. It left us all wondering if we were going to be left stranded.  The ship was late in sailing, but they waited for us since we booked through Carnival.  Several were going to ask for refunds.  We didn't ask for anything since we weren't interested in snorkeling and we did enjoy the island tour and our time at the beach.  I did, however, make a complaint at guest services so they would know the operator did not deliver what was promised. 

We had near perfect weather and enjoyed our cruise, as always Big Smile


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Carnival Breeze

February 2016 - Carnival Breeze to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Breeze Feb 21

Carnival Breeze 6 day cruise

Itinerary:  Jamaica, Cozumel, Grand Cayman

Cabin:  Cove balcony 2273

We loved the Breeze.  We stayed in our first cove balcony, and really enjoyed the cabin.  It was the first Starboard cove.  Location is important with these cabins.  The aft coves are under the galley and reported to be very noisy.  Ours was quiet, and you just can't beat being that close to the water.  The balconies don't get direct sun, but that was a plus for us.  

Menu was American table, our second experience with the "new" menu.  We really like the choices, and never had a problem finding something we wanted to try.  We prefer YTD, since we don't like having to be on a schedule when we are on vacation.  

The ship has most of the 2.0 bells and whistles.  There were long lines for shows and restaurants at times, but it didn't take long to figure out the best times to beat the crowds.  

CD was Mike Pack.  He really added to the fun onboard.  He is one of only two CD's who we actually noticed on our cruises, the other being Jaime Dee on the Sunshine.  There was always something to do, but also plenty of places to enjoy some peace and quiet.

One of our favorite activities onboard is people watching on the Lido.  There was plenty of seating as long as you didn't mind not being close to the pool.  

Great ship, great cruise.  Within a week after coming home, we booked our upcoming Sept cruise on her sister ship, the Magic.  

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Carnival Triumph

September 2015 - Carnival Triumph to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Fascination

June 2015 - Carnival Fascination to Caribbean - Bahamas

"First cruise with all the kids and grands"

Carnival Sunshine

September 2014 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Imagination

September 2013 - Carnival Imagination to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Ecstasy

May 2013 - Carnival Ecstasy to Caribbean - Bahamas

akaGrandmaJo's Tips

Carnival Sensation Carnival Sensation - Don't miss the open dining area behind the Lido. It's one of our favorite spots on the ship.
Carnival Breeze Carnival Breeze - Try the cove balcony, but be sure not to book one under the galley.

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