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About pmnoyes

My wife and I have been cruising, primarily with Carnival, at least twice a year since 2000. We prefer longer cruises, most memorable having been a 23-day trans-Pacific cruise from Long Beach, CA to Sydney, Australia via Puerto Vallerta, Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Fiji, and New Caledonia. I'm a 25 year veteran of U.S. Army Special Operations and have traveled extensively prior to our cruising days. Our first cruise was returning from a tour of duty in Europe aboard the Queen Elizabeth II in 1978. I have had a life-long interest in genealogy and have been actively researching for more than 60 years.



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Carnival Legend

September 2017 - Carnival Legend to Alaska - Inside Passage

Wonderful Cruise

I had been to the interior of Alaska many times during my years in the military but my wife had never been there. We both thoroughly enjoyed this coastal area cruise. Wildlife was certainly not as plentiful as it may have been in the spring but we did see some through binoculars - be sure to bring those binocs! The day in Glacier Bay National Park was a highlight with beautifully clear weather (glad we brought layers of clothing.) Even were treated to calving of a glacial face.

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Carnival Fantasy

April 2017 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Western

Best crew in the fleet

Although the Fantasy is the oldest operating ship in the Carnival fleet the recent dry-dock upgrades have resulted in many improvements for this old lady. The crew was the best in the fleet after 30 cruises with Carnival.

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Carnival Elation

January 2017 - Carnival Elation to Caribbean - Bahamas

Half Moon Cay is great

We love Carnival Cruise Lines - they've always treated us very well and these back-to-back cruises were an extension of the same. These, our first cruises with Carnival as Diamond members were truly wonderful.

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Carnival Ecstasy

November 2016 - Carnival Ecstasy to Bermuda

Beautiful Bermuda

We thoroughly enjoyed our 5-hour tour of the island with Mack Bulford, owner of Bulford's Mini Bus Service. His tour encompassed all the major scenic areas of the island and was accompanied with an excellent narrative throughout. We highly recommend Mack's tour which incidently cost less than half of the cost of the same tour through the cruise line.

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Carnival Sunshine

February 2016 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Southern

13-day Journeys Cruise

The Carnival Sunshine is a beautiful ship and we enjoyed it immensely. Unfortunately, this cruise had an outbreak of gastroenteritis which caused a great deal of inconvenience for many aboard. Carnival did a wonderful job containing the outbreak by instituting several health measures such as stressing the careful washing of hands and ensuring only servers handled the food. The Carnival-sponsored shore excursion to Little Tobago wildlife refuge should have indicated the activity level as high. Many of the people who were booked on this excursion were unable to participate at Little Tobago since it involved an arduous climb to the top of the island. The disembarkation was the most disappointing of our many cruises with Carnival. Bags were placed in an area that was not marked with our Priority 1 zone and it took 1-1/2 hours to locate the bags. This could have been remedied by clearly marking the baggage area.

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Carnival Miracle

October 2015 - Carnival Miracle to Hawaii

Carnival Conquest

April 2015 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Southern

Loved Curacao and Aruba

T%his is our fourth cruise to Curacao and Aruba with Carnival. We love those two stops. Dominican Republic and Grand Turk are not our favorite places but serve as a means of getting to the last two stops.Happy

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Carnival Conquest

April 2015 - Carnival Conquest to Caribbean - Western

Another great experience!!

We love Carnival - it's our favorite cruise line. Great staff, great activities and just a great way to get away and relax. Do as much or as little as you want.

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Carnival Fascination

May 2014 - Carnival Fascination to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Dream

November 2013 - Carnival Dream to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Freedom

March 2013 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean

Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba

Carnival has always treated us very well and this cruise was no exception. We were disappointed that we were not able to get into Grand Turk but certainly understand the reasoning behind the decision based on the gastro-intestinal problems emanating from recent visits to the island. The rest of the cruise was flawless and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We're looking forward to our next cruise with Carnival this fall to Alaska.

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Carnival Victory

November 2012 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Valor

September 2012 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Freedom

November 2011 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Miracle

November 2010 - Carnival Miracle to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Freedom

December 2009 - Carnival Freedom to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Valor

March 2009 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Liberty

March 2006 - Carnival Liberty to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Paradise

February 2003 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Fantasy

January 2002 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival Fantasy

January 2002 - Carnival Fantasy to Caribbean - Western

"4-Day Booking #:L35F41 Stateroom #:M186 (Outside, 6C) Free cruise - Plymarts - Freeport & Nassau"

Carnival Paradise

August 2001 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western

"7-Day Booking #:MJ2624; Stateroom #:R233 (Outside, 6A)"

Queen Elizabeth

November 1976 - Queen Elizabeth to Transpacific

pmnoyes's Tips

Ketchikan, Alaska - Visited the Totem Village State Park and would have enjoyed an even longer visit there were it not for the cold rain the day of our visit. Fascinating place with great tour guide.
Juneau, Alaska - Had a wonderful and very informative time touring the beautiful Mendenhall glacier.
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia - Stayed three days in Vancouver and thoroughly enjoyed this city. Used the 2-day option for the Hop on-Hop Off bus to tour the various parts of the city. Took a great whale watching tour with Prince of Whales and another full-day excursion to Vancouver Island, Butchart Gardens and Victoria. Highly recommend this area for it's cleanliness, friendliness and scenic wonders.
Skagway, Alaska - Everyone recommends the train ride to White Pass Summit. Since we had ridden Amtrak the previous week and were going on the Rocky Mountaineer the week following this cruise, we elected to do the White Pass Summit by bus. We were very pleased with this tour which was very informative, funny, and ran basically the same route as the train. Train would be a great option if you've never ridden a train.
Carnival Legend Carnival Legend - Those with COPD should avoid the Promenade (deck 2) which has poor ventilation from the casino smoke.
Mobile, Alabama - Be sure to see Bellingrath Gardens - well worth the extra day.
Progreso (Merida), Mexico - Uxmal Mayan ruins was a long ride but the guide was very informative and made the ride to and from the ruins well worth the trip.
Carnival Ecstasy Carnival Ecstasy - In the fall, waters between Charleston and Bermuda tend to be a bit rough. Steel covers were placed over the cabin windows as a precaution although we didn't feel they were needed. Neither of us were bothered by the motion sickness, however, many other guests were affected.
Carnival Legend Carnival Legend - This ship had been re-outfitted "Aussie-style) so electrical connections were primarily Australian 220 volt. Understand that internet connections will be very spotty and often non existent on a trans-Pacific crossing. Some passengers were not expecting this disruption of their normal internet routin

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received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Loved Curacao and Aruba

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Conquest cruise review - Another great experience!!

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Legend cruise review - Wonderful Cruise

shared a quick tip for Carnival Legend"Those with COPD should avoid the Promenade (deck 2) which has poor ventilation from the casino smoke."

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reviewed their Alaska - Inside Passage cruise on Carnival Legend and gave it 4.9 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Carnival Ecstasy cruise review - Beautiful Bermuda