I drank my way across the Eastern Caribb
Sail Date: September 01, 2006
Reviewed: 6 years ago
Traveled As: Couple
Room Type: Balcony
We were on the Lido deck(Unicorn Buffet) eating by 12 noon.
We were upgraded to Catagory 8E room 7196. We had a 5:45 P.M. seating Truffles lower Level table 179.
The room was comfortable and clean, any problems were handled quickly. We had a good Cabin Steward.
The food was very good, probably the best we had on a Carnival Ship. Our waiter Slavick & Ass't Ni were very good, remembered what we liked and took good care of us. Of course they had the Truffles shows, on Monday 09/11 they did God Bless America and everyone stood up and sang, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. The Unicorn was the usual, we ate breakfast & lunch there, good. The sandwiches and pizza very good. On deck 2 forward is a Sushi Chef, don't miss. From 3 -5 Lido Aft is a Sundae Bar, need I say more? The room Service is good and fast, but on the Royal Caribbean they have more choices, so should they.
The shows are typical Carnival, which means they're excellent. They have music & entertainers on decks 2 & 3 throughout the day. The Cruise Director Brent Mitchell was funny and young, but he did not get too involved as other Cruise Directors do.
There are 3 pools, the aft pool is adults only. OF COURSE they are pushing drinks every where & at all times. We drank by the pool and at the show, only two drinks per day (Fooled You) and wine during dinner.
Shore excursions , save money book at the port. Ex. San Juan tour Ship $39 per person, same tour at the port $10 per person. Joe was our tour guide took us places the others don't when we pulled out our cmeras he would "grab" it and take our pictures with picturesque background. he and the tour were great. St. Thomas we walked to the Skyride enjoyed the view and the Bushwracker, a must have drink, A milk shake with a kick. For those who have had a Long Island Ice Tea will know what I mean. British Tortola, book Virgin Gorda on the ship, if you don't, we didn't, you will be back on the ship in less then an hour.
We had some rough seas, at times we thought we were on the Poseidon. Even though good fun. When we left Tortola 2 passegers had heart problems, and we had to detour back to St. Thomas (later we found out they did well). So intead of getting back to New York @ 8 A.M. We got back @ 3:30 P.M. Captain Volpi & Cruise Director Brent Mitchell kept apologizing and kept every one informed. We ended up with an extra sea day and of course more activities & FOOD and DRINKS. We opterd for the self-assisted embarkation. Though it was chaotic and a mess, we were off the ship within a half hour, not bad.
This was our 2nd sailing with Captain Roberto Volpi, 1st was the Pride. He is friendly, funny, and the best Captain we ever sailed with.
Overall the ship was fun, very clean and makes a great vacation. The Port of New York was better than I thought it would be, I would leave from there again.
Pros: The Captain & his Staff, The shows & entertainment
Cons: Room Service Menu & The Casino(parts of)