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mrssn0717's Past Cruises

Carnival Conquest

June 2017 - 4 Night Bahamas (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Conquest

Beautiful, but disappointed.

By far, the most gorgeous water at Half Moon Cay. Absolutely breathtaking & loved our time there. There were plenty of beach chairs & having the rafts/tubes to rent was perfect. We did an outside excursion in Nassau & stayed at Breezes Resort for the day. Again, spectacular! Ship crew was wonderful, too.

My disappointment comes from the dated ship; lack of variety in food & entertainment; 1-2 hour wait times for room service; very uncomfortable beds; & an overall underwhelming vibe on the ship. The worst disembarking (3 hours) of any of our cruises. We made the most out of our trip, because let's be honest, we were on vacation in the Bahamas & that's awesome! But, just wasn't that impressed with the ship itself. 

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Carnival Magic

July 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Magic

Absolutely Beautiful Trip!

Spectacular views, very entertaining ship, & excellent staff on the Magic! I'm giving 4/5 stars simply because of the extreme rocking/swaying we had the first 3 nights. Once the rocking calmed down, there was still a definite sway everywhere on the ship, but it was tolerable since we had our ear patches. My children weren't too fond of the water park, because the slides hurt their backs, but still a fun place to hang out to get wet. We couldn't have asked for a better staff, & the cruise director (Dr. E) was outstanding! Dominican Republic was gorgeous. I HIGHLY recommend the day pass to Ocean World with the dolphin encounter. While in St. Thomas we did the Kon Tiki excursion. It was nice. We browsed Puerto Rico & enjoyed looking at their buildings, etc. Grand Turk was stunning, but extremely hot & crowded on the beach. The beach chairs to rent were taken quickly, so I would suggest booking an excursion at this port. 

Definitely a party ship, with upbeat personalities & carefree, relaxed atmosphere. We always felt welcomed & cared for. Big Smile


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mrssn0717's Tips

Nassau, Bahamas - Leave the tourist area, because it's not appealing. Definitely book an excursion.
Grand Turk Island - By far the prettiest water, but not much to do unless you have an excursion. The beach chair rentals sell out super fast, so if you keep walking past the first area, it's less crowded. So pretty here.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Be aware of the shopping stands right by port. This stop has a lot of interesting buildings & roads to walk around & look at.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - There isn't much to this port unless you do an excursion, or go away from the main area. The Kon Tiki took us to a private beach, & it was nice.
Carnival Magic Carnival Magic - Because you sail for awhile before reaching the first port (& after last port), be prepared for the pools to be really crowded. Oh! Definitely buy a lanyard for your ship card. Makes life so much easier & less worrisome of losing it.

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