cruisingbaker

cruisingbaker
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Hometown: Florida
Joined: 11/12/2014
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Pastry chef at a retirement community. Took my first cruise in '08 when my in laws gave us a cruise for our wedding present.


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Carnival Pride

January 2017 - Carnival Pride to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Splendor

October 2016 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Eastern

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  Embarkment went smooth, wasn't sure what to expect with the staggered times but it was simple.  I like how they scanned your passport and asked if you did the online check in and if you needed to add cash or change the credit card for your sign and sail.  If not they gave you your zone number and you waited until they called your zone.  No need to stand in another line to get your picture taken (taken from your photo id or passport when they scanned it at security) and get your card, they're in your mailboxes outside your cabin.

  This was the first balcony for myself and my husband, we used it more than we thought we would.  Our room steward Dawa was wonderful, made sure we had everything we needed and always stopped to talk to us when he saw us in the hallway.

   Dinning was good, We had Ruda and Daisy who took care of us and made sure we enjoyed ourselves and if we didn't like the food they would suggest something else and bring it us. 

    Mario in guest service help my in laws when it was decided that Dad wouldn't be able to walk all over the place with his walker, He got him a wheel chair to use for the trip.   This is the second year in a row that Mario has help us out, Last year on the Sunshine he found us another cabin when the noise level in our cabin got to loud.

     We never had Tandor before and the chef saw us eating our burgers and  brought us a plate over with a little bit of everything so we could try it.  Not my cup of tea but not bad either.

      The one thing that amazed me was we didn't have a problem finding a lounger at the aft pool.  The front pool was a different story but that didn't bother me since I enjoy the aft pools.

       I didn't have problems with the staff just the passengers who decided to stand in the line of traffic and chat with each other and one young man (10-12 years old) who seem to enjoy reeking havoc where ever he went.

       Was surprised when we saw that one of the comedians was one we saw a year or so ago and he remembered us.

        We've been to Grand Turk a couple of times before so we took advantage of an almost empty ship.  San Juan we walked up to one of forts and explored.  St. Kitts we booked a tour outside of Carnival with Thenford Grey he took us all over the island and was very knowledgeable about his island and the history.

   St Maarten we did a tour with Bernards and had Mailman as our tourguide, once again very knowledgeable and can he mix a mean rum punch.

   No problems with disembarking at all. I would go on this ship again.

   

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Carnival Victory

April 2016 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Sunshine

October 2015 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Southern

Oct 23,2015

Ship pretty enough, staff was wonderful for the most part but will not book on this ship again.  Main reason is they cut up the ship to add more cabins/passengers thus removing alot of public space,  Spent most of our time on deck 3 outside, our cabin or deck 5 in the Ocean Plaza.  Lido deck was crowded but towards the late afternoon we might be able to find a lounger. Serenity well lets just say the chair hogs were out in full force.  Not once could we find a spot there during the day.

Main Dinning Room we had early sitting.  Food was ok, our waiter was friendly the first two nights and after that was kind of cold towards us.  We don't know what we did but we never complained about him or his service.  He was friendly with most of the other tables around us.  My big complaint which I never said anything about is the whole trip not one bar staff or wait staff asked us if we would like some to drink.  I couldn't even get the attention of the bar staff.  I had fun on this trip but the Sunshine isn't my cup of tea.

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Carnival Paradise

August 2015 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Fascination

January 2015 - Carnival Fascination to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Liberty

October 2014 - Carnival Liberty to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Victory

October 2013 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Sensation

August 2013 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Inspiration

October 2011 - Carnival Inspiration to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Sensation

August 2010 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Sensation

August 2009 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Fascination

October 2008 - Carnival Fascination to Caribbean - Bahamas

cruisingbaker's Tips

Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - When filling out your luggage tags. Use clear packing tape leaving a tail so when you put it on your luggage you can tape the ends together. Works great
Oranjestad, Aruba - If you take a North Shore jeep ride through the countryside be sure to be belted in tightly and when they say hang on, you best be hanging on. This is not a ride for anyone with a bad back or pregnant. Would do it again in a heartbeat

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