ladysummer

ladysummer
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Joined: 07/26/2010
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About ladysummer

All I can say is I'm addicted to cruising! We often go for a long weekend from one of the Florida ports. We enjoy being on the ship.



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Carnival Ecstasy

November 2011 - Carnival Ecstasy to Caribbean - Bahamas

p We were looking forward to...

p We were looking forward to this trip to enjoythe dayin Key West. We were docked at the Navy base which meant you had to take a trolley or small bus to town, which was fine although we waited about 30 minutes outside to get on one to take us to town, but it meant you couldn#39;t easily go back and forth from the ship to town if you wanted. The weather was beautiful in Freeport and Key West, but rainyand gloomy in Nassau. Having been there several times in the past, we just stayed on the ship that day. Our cabin was fine and we rarely saw our room steward, which is great for privacy, but not if you need ice! We had your time dining and service was horrible. On the elegant evening, a couple sat down right next to usAFTER we were seated, and were served water andbread, and had their orders taken before we were even acknowledged at all. After that evening, we just opted to eat dinner at the buffet. Bar service was great (tipping a server at the beginning will ensure you never have an empty glass) and the entertainment was good but just the usual.

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Carnival Sensation

September 2011 - Carnival Sensation to Caribbean - Bahamas

p Let me start by saying...

p Let me start by saying I have never had a bad experience on a cruise. It#39;s all about what you make it. That said, I had a blast on this one, probably because I was cruising with three other women. We had a great time at the piano bar at night. This was the first time I had your time dining and it worked out perfectly. No rush to get ready for dinner if you were enjoying something else. More relaxing. The food was good, we were surprised they offered escargot the first night (yum).There were issues at times with tables being cleared in the Lido Deck dining areas, but I#39;ve seen that happen on several ships. Nassau was very crowded the day we were there. Another Carnival ship left shortly after we arrived, but the Disney Dream (4,000 passengers) and the Oasis of the Seas (5,000) were also there. We spoke to guests on the Oasis and their itinerary was changed due to a storm in the Atlantic. The building that you go through before exiting to the street was a crowded mess, taxis were few and far between and the straw market had sustained damage from a previous storm and all the vendors had tables and canopies set up along the street. VERY CROWDED, but I have been to Nassau enough times that I walked around a bit and decided to just go back to the poolon the ship. I#39;m not sure Nassau was really prepared for 10,000+ visitors at one time. There is only one pool on the ship and it was filled with children and adults, but we managed to find a spot to cool off. Both hot tubs around the pool were mostly filled with children. Lines at lunch were always long, but that#39;s to be expected at peak times. My cabin was fine, but the other cabin in our party had a horrible smell to it which theroom stewardtried to take care of with not a lot of success.

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Carnival Dream

August 2010 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Western

Our itinerary was supposed to...

Our itinerary was supposed to be Eastern Caribbean (Nassau, St Thomas, St Maarten) but due to "Earl", we were changed to their Western Caribbean itinerary (Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Costa Maya). We live in Florida so we certainly understand about tropical systems and the need to stay safe, but were still just a little disappointed because we did a very similar trip on the Legend last September. The ship was easy to navigate and well-layed out, but we didn't understand why they would put the adult-only serenity area right past the water slide. Kids being kids, it could be quite loud! Food was good, lots of options for lunch (pasta bar, tandoori, mongolian bbq in addition to the regular buffet) but lines could be quite long. Had an issue one day with no hot water (we heard some folks had no water at all), but they gave free drinks for an hour at the Deck 5 bars for the inconvenience. Entertainment was your standard cruise ship stuff; we felt it was just average. We had the typical Carnival balcony stateroom, adequate in size, but we could hear the singing/music quite loud from the bar one deck below us into late at night and one of the cabin steward stations was right across the hall. FYI-Deck 6, starboard, aft. It was very easy to get on and off the ship. In spite of a few issues, we still had a very good time. If we were to book on the Dream again for the Eastern Caribbean itinerary, we would pay the higher cost and go in the spring to avoid hurricanes!

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ladysummer's Tips

Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - As I said in a previous tip, if you enjoy the Mongolian Wok for lunch, get there right at noon when it opens, otherwise the line is long and moves slowly due to the food being made to order.
Carnival Sensation Carnival Sensation - If you want to have the mongolian bbq for lunch, be there right when it opens, otherwise the wait time is very long.

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