Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Celebration
Sailing Date: November 13th, 2006
I went on the Carnival Celebration for a 5 night cruise and found this a joyful time. We ported out of Jacksonville, Florida. The first impression of the ship was absolutely wonderful. The staff was ever so pleasant. They were accommodating to all your needs.
The food was great and had a pizza bar for the late night hours. No one will go hungry. If you are not wanting to go to the Lido Deck to have a late night snack or light meal you can always call on room service 24 hrs day. No charge whatsoever. You only pay for soda's if you choose to order that. the soda cards cost 40.00 for a 5 night cruise and 50.00 I believe for a 7 night cruise. Once with the soda card you purchase onboard upon arrival your soda's do not cost you anymore money. For those who drink beer I found out on this past cruise you can purchase Coors beer for 3.45 per beer compared to Budweiser at 5.18 per beer. That was on advice from a family member. All your fancier drinks can run you anywhere from 5.50 and up. There is always a special of the day and keep the glass- which 90% of the time is plastic :) You may get lucky to get a drink in a glass.
Your stateroom charges will include your gratuities. Do not pay them in advance when booking your cruise. Then if there is problem with the service you cannot make an adjustment to the gratuity. If you pay at the end of the cruise when they charge the credit card you can go down to the information desk and adjust it to where you want it to be paid on the last night of the cruise. I learned this the hard way on the cruise this past summer on my 7 night cruise. Hard lesson to learn.
Key West has many nice restaurants to take in a good meal. You can go on land to take in a fine restaurant or have your meals on board which are included in your cruise price. When on shore I found there are many things to do in Key West. Just make sure you allow enough time to be back on board. The cruise director will instruct you as to when is last call to be back on board. If you miss the last call you are on your own to find your way back home. They will leave you behind, with your belongings on the pier.
Nassau is beautiful. There are some beaches you can go off to. There are many people-Bahamians on the pier to guide you and take you by taxi to Paradise Island's beach. It is a beautiful beach and they are always there to take you back to the pier. Taxi's run all day throughout the island. And, if you want to rent a scooter that is available as well for around $40.00.
Anything on shore at either ports will be in cash or credit card. It's not posted to your set/sail card that you use for getting on/off the ship and for ship expenses. The only other items that is posted to your set/sail card is anything you purchase on board-photos, cigs, gifts. So if you are cautious you can get on this cruise relatively inexpensive or it will hit you hard on the last night when you receive your statement. In other words, it can cost just about 100.00 or knock your socks off with hundreds of dollars. It's all about being careful with what you spend on board.
There is a laundry room up on the floors - not on every deck - just have to ask your room stewards where the launderette room is and you can do self serve laundry if you want to cut the amount of clothing you bring with you. the information desk will also provide you with the tars needed to wash/ dry.
All I can say is have fun and enjoy it. We sure did, and would do the same cruise again. The Celebration is not as tall and accommodates 1500 passengers. It is a small ship but I found this ship caters well to the passengers. I was not hesitant at all. I was extremely pleased all over with what they had to offer and the friendliness of the crew and other passengers. Everyone of the passengers we conversed with were so friendly. If have any questions please feel free to email and I will answer anything you want to know. Go Celebration 2007!