Jeffrey B. Runyan
Age: NOT FOUND
Number of Cruises: NOT FOUND
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Celebration
Sailing Date: November 29th, 2001
Itinerary: NOT FOUND
Jeffrey B. Runyan
This was our third cruise and the first on Carnival. Our previous two cruises were to Mexico and Alaska on NCL and I'll try and not to show a bias. We just got back this week from the Celebration cruise and had a great time. Carnival line has a reputation for being the line of "bars, booze and bands" and this was pretty much true on the Celebration. In all fairness though there is a lot more to do that just that. Let me try to systematically give you an over view:
The Ship is an older ship and starting to show her age but she is still well maintained. We had an inside cabin that was much larger than we experienced before (175s.f.) A larger bathroom (not sure why this is so important to people)with a big shower. The cabin had ample stow space. The embarkation and debarkation was a dream NCL could learn how to move people from these folks. The Galveston location made this a great dollar value for folks in this part of the country. Most travelers were from The Great State of Texas, La, Ok and Ms. Food on the this trip was good, not great but good. If you enjoy Denny’s for breakfast you'll love the Celebration's breakfast. The lunches were quiet good. The wheelhouse cafe was like a Lubey’s at sea (southern folks will know what I'm talking about). Dinner always had a steak item and a variety to include quail, duck, lobster, lamb and pork dishes. Soups and salads were good and deserts were 'alright'. The service was fantastic as the crew was dedicated to make your experience unforgettable. The showroom entertainment ranked a six on a one to ten, but the lounge entertainment was very good. The Celebration has most of its entertainment in an area called Bourbon Street. You can walk down the 'street' and hit almost all of the lounges, casino and showroom. This was a really fun place. The pools are very small with little deck space. An addition sun deck (top optional) was on the front end (haven't learned nautical terms, sorry). A thing that surprised us was the fact that the crew seemed to mingle with passengers. On Norwegian the crew members were seen when on duty. During their off duty time they were in the crew areas except when leaving the ship. On the Celebration I always saw crew members in lounges smoking, drinking and socializing, this included uniform crew members. I am not sure of my opinion on this, its just something we weren't use to seeing. This was not a distraction in anyway, just something out of the norm. The port was good. Easy on and off. The dock is extremely long and could pose a challenge to the physically challenged. We did not take a ship trip. We found a driver with a Chevy suburban that drove us around for about four hours. He took us to the beaches and even the back streets. He stopped and waited while we ate and shopped. I highly recommend this over the high priced shore excursions. This will cost you 20US a person and is well worth it. Just go to the end of the pier and look for Miguel!!
All said and done this was a nice long weekend and I would recommend it for a person that has not cruised before and does not have a 'point of reference'. If I had to make a day to day comparison of Carnival I'd compare it to a K-mart opposed to a better department store. Would I do it again.. Sure!! I love to shop at Dillard’s and Saks but my budget takes to K-mart. Have fun, after all, Carnival are the "FUNSHIPS".