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About skelson49

We are a fun-loving couple with alot of cruises under our belts and we LOVE cruising. Can't imagine a better way to vacation. Feel free to get in touch with us if you are on one of our cruises or just to chat.



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Carnival Sunshine

December 2016 - Carnival Sunshine to Caribbean - Southern

Rocking and Rolling

Embarkation was fairly fast and easy although the traffic at the port was a nightmare.  Booked an accessible cabin (8304), which was NOT accessible to say the least.  It was no larger than a standard inside cabin and with the beds together, you had to climb into the bed from the foot, no room to walk along side.  Our shower leaked water into the cabin and soaked the carpet.  Maintenance came and worked on it twice but it still leaked ALOT.  Also this cabin is extremely noisy as the housekeeping closet is next door.  This ship needs updated stabilizers as it rocked and rolled alot the entire cruise causing even some of the shows to be altered or cancelled for the safety of the dancers.  The Serenity decks were very nice.  We enjoyed the ports of call, in Aruba we took Mi Dushi snorkle and sunset tour and loved it.  Grand Turk was our favorite with a beautiful free public beach right next to the ship's pier.  Debarkation was slow but ok.  We will probably not do Carnival again.  We prefer Royal Caribbean.


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Empress of the Seas

November 2016 - Empress of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Great intimate ship, had a good time.

Just let me say this to start with--a cruise is partly what you make of it.  Don't set your expectations too high.  If you are looking for things to complain about, you will find them.  That being said, we really enjoyed the Empress of the Seas.  Embarkation was a breeze, we were on the ship in no time at all,  The cabins on this ship are VERY small compared to other ships we have sailed on, but ours was clean and in good repair, and our cabin steward, Kenneth took excellent care of us.  The ship is nicely decorated and in great shape, well laid out and easy to navigate.  Although this is the smallest RC ship now in service, we liked the intimacy of it as opposed to the larger ships.  For those of us in the Senior age group, it was nice to be able to get from one end of the ship to the other without being exhausted!  We thought the entertainment was top-notch, including the production shows and the Quest game show was absolutely hilarious!  As the cruise director said, "What some people will do for a key chain!"  We only ate in the MDR twice but the service and food was terrific.  Kudos to Renato/Edzel, our servers.  The windjammer buffet seemed to be a bit shy of choices but still most food there was good.  I missed having a custom omelet station.  We had a couple of rainy days that cancelled out any pool activities or suntanning and would have like to see some more indoor activities added due to this.  Disembarkation also went fairly smoothly.

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Oasis of the Seas

September 2016 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Huge Ship-Lots to see and do

This is a huge ship with many activities and sights and entertainment.  We had a central park balcony cabin and enjoyed the view and the quiet especially in the mornings with the birds singing.  The shows were fantastic.  Only one we were not crazy about was the Headliner and it was not bad. Our favorite place was the Promenade with all the places to sit and eat and people-watch.  Several Dreamworks characters appeared there, too.  Our least favorite thing was the Windjammer buffet which was almost always crowded.  For breakfast, check out the Solarium Bistro instead.


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Brilliance of the Seas

March 2016 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

"with good friends"

Carnival Paradise

January 2016 - Carnival Paradise to Caribbean - Western

What an adventure!

Embarkation:  Port of Tampa was closed due to high winds and we were delayed in the terminal for over 8 hours waiting for the ship to be allowed in.  They fed us chips and water all day (ugh).  And it was very uncomfortable.  Finally boarded the ship about 6:30pm.  We were so worn out, we went to the buffett, ate and went to bed.

Stateroom:  Was a bit disappointed in the stateroom as it was missing the customary hair dryer and mini=frig we are used to on cruises.  There was plenty of space to store things and the bed was comfortable.

Ship:  the ship itself is an older one and smaller than the later ones, but seems to have most bases covered.  The Serenity area is small but we could usually find a spot.

Dining Room:  We were assigned to the Destiny D.R. late seating.   Enjoyed our dinners there and especially  our waiter, I. Wayan, who ordered escargot for me since I missed it on the first night out!

Entertainment:  We did not see any of the production shows.  They just did not coordinate with our dinner time. We enjoyed the many Trivia games and Bingo and movies on the last day.  Drake who led some of the Trivia and Bingo was terrific and would make an excellent cruise directior.  We especially liked him in the Music Trivia game.

Ports:  We had been to these ports many times before and we chose not to go ashore in Cozumel because the pier is a very long walk and we have difficulty walking very far.  We tendered ashore in Grand Cayman and did a bit of shopping.

Debarkation:  Alas, on our return to Tampa, the port was again closed due to heavy fog/rain which went on all day.  We watched movies in the theater most of the day and spent extra night on board and debarked without incident the following morning. Big Smile


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Celebrity Eclipse

December 2014 - Celebrity Eclipse to Caribbean - Southern

"celebrating retirement"

Celebrity Summit

February 2014 - Celebrity Summit to Caribbean - Southern

Carnival Breeze

March 2013 - Carnival Breeze to Caribbean - Eastern

Carnival Valor

January 2012 - Carnival Valor to Caribbean - Western

Freedom of the Seas

November 2010 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

"fun fun fun"

Carnival Legend

October 2009 - Carnival Legend to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Triumph

September 2008 - Carnival Triumph to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Liberty

October 2007 - Carnival Liberty to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Inspiration

October 2006 - Carnival Inspiration to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Victory

May 2004 - Carnival Victory to Caribbean - Eastern

skelson49's Tips

Cozumel, Mexico - been here many times and mobility issues make it difficult
Carnival Vista Carnival Vista - Try all the dining venues. Thrill theatre was a lot of fun.
George Town, Grand Cayman - Hate having to tender in. Tour operator had mix-up on start time so we were late and barely made the last tender back to the ship. Did the Bar-hopping and beach tour and it was great, had a lot of fun.(and a lot to drink, lol)
Cozumel, Mexico - Did a resort-for-a-day at Playa Uvas, loved it. Open bar and beautiful beach. Great food too.
Carnival Splendor Carnival Splendor - Don't embark from Ft Lauderdale, colossal screw-up for check in.
Carnival Sunshine Carnival Sunshine - Go through the Lido Marketplace to the Havana Bar to find good seating. If you are prone to seasickness, do not go on this ship.
Nassau, Bahamas - stay on the ship here, high crime and way too expensive.
Empress of the Seas Empress of the Seas - take magnets, they will stick to the walls of your cabin. take a nightlight or flashlight for going to bathroom in dark. take your own pillow if can.
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - Be sure to make all your reservations prior to sailing! Very Important. We are not a fan of the reservation system as you had to be there 45min early to get a good seat and then sit there for 45min until the show starts. Skip the Windjammer, there are other less crowded and better food places.
Carnival Paradise Carnival Paradise - Take your own hair dryer. Older smaller ship but still has most all you will want.

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