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Carnival Cruise, 11 - 16 March(Part 1)

Monday, March 18, 2013


Saturday we left for Florida to catch our cruise. I have to say--it was a LONG trip and, needless to say, we will NEVER drive to Florida again. emoticon

Anyway, our cruise was to the Bahamas--Freeport, Nassau & Half Moon Cay. Half Moon Cay is a private island owned by Carnival CruiseLines. And it's a beautiful island.

I got a cabin with a balcony and it was GREAT! I'd get up early with a cup of coffee and sit out there with my Nook. Just really relaxing and nice & quiet.

Our first stop was Freeport Tuesday mrng. We didn't have an excursion planned but we got off the ship and hopped in a cab and wound up at the Beach. And it was great! 8 hrs of fun in the sun. It was a little cloudy and windy but not too bad. We all got the beginnings of a beautiful tan.

We got back to the ship about 4:30pm. The ship sailed at 5pm. I was at the gym by 7pm. I hit the gym religiously, without fail, Monday - Thursday for at least 45 minutes.

I have to say, tho, that this is the first cruise that I, as a vegetarian, could actually starve to death. If it were not for the salad bar I could have starved. There really wasn't any veggies set out at the buffet line. One night the had steamed broccoli. I swear, that was it! Not one other veggie on that line in the whole 5 days! I was SO tired of salads!

Nassau...Oh do I have a story to tell you on THAT!

Amber loves to swim so I saw the Atlantis Aquaventure Full Day w/ Lunch. Here's what the brochure said "Your tour begins when you board an air-conditioned motor coach for a 20-minute ride to the famed Atlantis Resort. Upon your arrival, you’ll be escorted on a tour of the grounds. Discover the resort’s 141-acre waterscape of pools, water coasters, body slides and rivers, making it the largest water-themed attraction in the Caribbean. The spectacular park features over 20 million gallons of fresh and seawater with more than 50,000 sea creatures. Be sure to view the marine exhibit called The Dig where you can embark on a journey through the tunnels and streets of the famous lost city of Atlantis and see spectacular marine life. Your tour will end at the Day Visitor Center, just beyond the Royal Towers.

Now you’re free to enjoy all the fun this world of water has to offer. For real exhilaration, ride the adrenalin-inducing water slides, including the pulse-pounding seven-story Power Tower. Go grab an inner tube and enjoy The Current & Rapids, a one-mile journey that serves up waves, rapids, tunnels, mysterious caves and other surprises. When you’ve had enough thrills for the moment, relax under the warm Bahamas sun and cool off in the refreshing water of a swimming pool. There are 11 to choose from such as the formal splendor of The Baths or the relaxed atmosphere of the River Pool that is connected to the Lazy River Ride.

Perhaps you’d like to visit the seven-acre Paradise Lagoon and rent paddleboats, snorkeling and other water sports in a protected environment. The powder-soft sand beach will invite you to linger and gaze over the azure water of the Bahamas.

While you’re at the Atlantis Resort, try your luck at the Caribbean’s largest casino or stroll through the more than 20 duty-free shops at the Marina Village. You’ll find everything from beach attire to unique crystal and watches from a variety of luxury boutiques.

When you’re ready for lunch, use the coupon provided at one of several outdoor eateries that offer wonderful views of the waterscape, lagoon, pools and the sea.

You may return to your “Fun Ship” every half hour starting at 1:00 PM with the last complimentary bus at 5:30 PM. After that, you have the option of taking a taxi back to the pier at your own expense."

The price was $184.99 per adult and $145.99 per child. That's a butt load of money. But Amber likes to swim so I paid it. What a disappointment. The water slides were closed and we weren't touching the Power Tower
emoticon The Dig was closed-I was looking forward to that one, too. So, for $516.00 Amber swam ALL day. We could have stayed on the ship and swam for free in one of 4 pools and waterslides. It was a total ripoff and we weren't the only parents complaining. Amber had fun and I guess that was worth it. But $516 to swim? I'm still mad at that one!

Stingrays in the water here.
One of the water slides
This was really cool! When you step on it little animals appear to be moving. It makes you step funny because you really think there are animals on the floor. It changes to lizards, fish, stingrays, etc. Really cool!

Half Moon Cay was my FAVORITE!

This is where I swam with the stingrays

I bought the excursion for the 3 of us. Glen backed out becuz the water was too cold and Amber never got off the step becuz she was scared. So it was just me! And it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! They are so big but so gentle. Their stingers were trimmed so you couldn't get hurt. And you do the 'StingRay Shuffle", Shuffle your feet instead of stepping. It was a 90 minute excursion. I got to play with them and feed them-it was just AWESOME!
(I'm in the orange)
(I'm holding a strfish here)
I definitely want to do another StingRay excursion!

Part 2 Blog to be written...

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GAYEMC 4/14/2013 4:07PM

    Did you ask for a refund for Atlantis? I surely would have complained! The only Carnival cruise I've done was Pacific Mexico and the food was horrible.

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/21/2013 12:16AM

    It sounds like you had a really great trip! I loved all of the pictures! Yikes, I would be really mad too about the cost just to go swimming all day. I would have asked for at least a partial refund! You aren't the only person though that I've heard from that the Atlantis resort was a rip-off for the money you pay. I think it's awesome that you made sure to exercise the whole time at the on board gym! emoticon

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IMEMINE1 3/19/2013 4:49PM

    That looks like a great time. emoticon

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CHERYLE51 3/19/2013 3:18PM

    I would love a cruise. I am hoping we will be able to afford one someday. Sounds like fun except for the excursions. On our honeymoon my DH and I went to Cancun and our pool was closed. I was upset. If we wanted to go in the pool we would have to go to the other hotel where all the chairs were taken. I am glad that I am not the only one who has bad luck. Awesome that you stayed so true to your weight.

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NEW-CAZ 3/19/2013 3:30AM

    Looks like you had amazing time Michele sounds like some of the costs were a bit of a rip off though. I'd write and complain, you might get a partial refund! Well...don't ask, don't get! emoticon

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SISSIE21 3/19/2013 2:03AM

    Looks like so much fun!

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GABIBEAR 3/19/2013 12:51AM

    That looked wonderful - especially the part of swimming with the stingrays! They should have given you your money back (or at least part of it) for all of those attractions not being open. That doesn't really seem like good customer service. I'm so glad that you had such a great time Michele, you really deserved it!

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JUSTLLAMA 3/19/2013 12:06AM

    Looks like a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. Ouch on the swimming cost! I would ask for a refund. I'm glad you enjoyed your stingray excursion - what a GREAT experience!

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MYBULLDOGS 3/18/2013 9:59PM

    i stay away from the excursions. they are way over priced. never been on one that was worth the money.

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