speckfisher

speckfisher

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De Funiak Springs, FL
Joined 01/2017

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Retired: 21 yrs US Army. 7 Years Chief Bldg Safety, Asheville, NC, 9 years Chair, Dpt Civil Engr & Surveying, AB Tech. Love cruising (18 so far), fishing, golf, and RV Road trips around North America (over 65K miles since 2007).

Past Cruises

Carnival Elation

December 2017 - 5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Elation

Carnival Cruise #18

We had a great cruise. Managed to only gain about 4 pounds and have lost that already. The refurbished ship looks much better. Staff was excellent.

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Carnival Fantasy

October 2017 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (Mobile Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

3rd Fantasy cruise

Great trip - - already booked for two more trips on Fantasy for next year. There was plenty of activities available (though it was too windy with 50+ mph winds over the bow for much golf while under way).

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Carnival Fantasy

May 2017 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Mobile Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

Majesty of the Seas

January 2017 - 4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Majesty of the Seas

First time on RCI

Over all experience was very good.  Contrary to what appears to be common popular opinion, I did NOT find it to be better than Carnival.  Dining Room food was about equal to Carnival, but the Buffet was better than Carnival.  We had several administrative issues:  had trouble linking five couples for dinner table assignment, Despite prior arrangement to have a refrigerator for meds storage  and a sharps container, it took several phone calls to Guest Relations to get them delivered.  Enjoyed the climbing wall, Corn Hole game & Table Tennis.  Really missed the miniature golf.  The hot tub we used was luke warm.  Just like on Carnival, the shows in the main theater were WAY TOO LOUD!!!  The private island was nice and the lunch provided was really tasty.  Nassau was, well, Nassau - - ship didn't change it.

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Carnival Fantasy

December 2016 - Western Caribbean Cruise on Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Elation

May 2016 - 5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Elation

Carnival Sensation

February 2016 - 4 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sensation

Carnival Glory

December 2015 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Glory

Carnival Valor

October 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Valor

Carnival Elation

May 2015 - 5 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Elation

Carnival Fascination

February 2015 - 5 Night Bahamas (Jacksonville Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Fascination

Carnival Freedom

December 2014 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom

Carnival Sunshine

October 2014 - 8 Night Exotic Eastern Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Ecstasy

June 2014 - 4 Night Western Caribbean With Carnival Live (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Ecstasy

Carnival Ecstasy

October 2013 - 5 Night Bahamas (Port Canaveral roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Ecstasy

Carnival Imagination

May 2013 - 4 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Imagination

Carnival Freedom

December 2012 - 8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Freedom

Carnival Triumph

January 2009 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Triumph

Carnival Victory

January 2007 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Victory

Cruise Tips

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau is Nassau - - aggressive merchants every where, especially as you navigate the customs house and the market outside.

Carnival Elation

Carnival Elation

Prepay your parking. If you aren't already Platinum, buy the Faster To The Fun excursion.

Progreso (Merida), Mexico

One of the passengers had a medical emergency about 2230 the first night out and the ship turned around to meet a CG cutter. It was too rough to transfer the patient to the cutter at sea, so the ship returned to the dock where the transfer was made. The result of having to do that was that 12 hrs of steaming time was lost, so the stop at Progreso was cancelled and a 20% credit against the next cruise booked was given to each cabin.

Carnival Fantasy

Carnival Fantasy

If you are not already at the Platinum loyalty level, spring for the $69.95 Faster To The Fun excursion - - It is worth it if you are in a hurry to get home! - - also eliminates long waits in line at guest services. If you are prone to motion sickness, prepare for that. We had 10' to 12' swells the first night out and most of the next day, but the ship's motion was really gentle - - several of our table mates in the MDR missed a couple meals to being sea sick.

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