Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Celebration
Sailing Date: NOT FOUND
Itinerary: NOT FOUND
First, let me start by saying my trip on the Celebration was to celebrate my 40th birthday (my birthday was 9/11). It was my first ever cruise, and honestly, I have to say, it was the most enjoyable time I have spent on vacation in my whole life.
After I had booked my cruise, I was somewhat hesitant about the type of experience I was going to have, based on some of the reviews that I read on www.cruisereviews.com, well let me be the first to say, what a bunch of crock the previous reviews were!
When I read the review done by Ericka Olivares, I thought to myself, ‘Oh man, I’m going to have a horrible time’. Well boy was I ever wrong. From the moment my girlfriend and I stepped onto that ship, we were treated like royalty. Our porter, Henry, greeted us as we reached our stateroom. His shift wasn’t due to start until 4pm (we arrived on board at 3pm), however, he went out of his way to make sure we had everything set up in our room, and he immediately asked for our names. From that moment on, every time he spotted one or the other walking around the ship, he greeted us by our first names.
Our stateroom, which was located on the Upper Deck (6th level) was actually quite nice. There was more than enough room for the two of us, and not one time did we invade each other’s space. The towels, designed like different animals, were a cute touch to our beds every night. The rooms were clean, and our beds were turned down every night with a mint on each bed.
Now let’s talk about the food. I have one word for you, spectacular! There wasn’t one meal that we ate that we had a problem with. With each meal that was served, the food kept getting better and better. Our wait staff, Rasauro and Mary Ann were phenomenal. Not one time were we made to feel as though we were a big inconvenience. They were attentive to our every need, and were more than gracious when we had them stop from their hustle and bustle to take photos of and with us.
Joseph the Maitre'd of the Horizon Room was the coolest cat. Every night he entertained us with ‘Showtime!’ Which was basically the wait staff serenading us during dessert time. One night after returning late from the all day excursion in Nassau, we missed our 5:45 dinner seating. When we arrived back at 8:30, Joseph could have turned us away, but he didn’t. He found us a table, and instructed waiters to make sure we were served an entrée and dessert, and to make sure we were taken care of. That really meant a lot to us, and we showed him our appreciation at the end of the cruise by tipping him quite handsomely.
The midnight buffets were of the chain every single night. If there was something on the chocolate buffet that you didn’t like, well then, you just don’t like chocolate. The night life on the ship was quite entertaining too. From the disco, to the karaoke, to the comedy shows, all the way down to the spectacular theatre productions, we were not dissatisfied once.
The weather was phenomenal in both Freeport and Nassau. Granted, there wasn’t much to do in Freeport due to the limited amount of time we were there, but we made up for it in Nassau. FYI travelers: You don’t have to book your excursion through Carnival. You can venture out and do it yourself. My girlfriend and I decided to spend the day at the Breezes All Inclusive Resort. It only cost us $60, and we were able to hang out all day, and had access to unlimited food, the pool, beach activities, and all you can stand to drink. And I’m talking about top shelf liquor. Not that cheap stuff.
The beaches were clean, and the water was beautiful.
Would I recommend Carnival-Celebration to anyone who is contemplating taking a cruise? Absolutely! We were docked next to a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, and met a couple as they disembarked. They told us, ‘Yeah the Norwegian may be larger than the Celebration, but it is definitely not more fun. There are a lot of uppity people on board, the food is so-so, and the activities are boring.” They told us that the only reason why they were on that ship was because they do a lot of cruising, and they won the trip. Their next trip will be back on the Celebration.
The only, and I mean ONLY issue we had on this ship was on the last day. Literally, and I mean literally within hours of being back in Jacksonville, the wind picked up and lightening lit up the sky. We were on the brink of a tropical storm. The boat began swaying back and forth, and numerous people got sick, including my girlfriend. But here is where I commend the captain of that vessel. He put that ship into full throttle and was able to stay ahead of the storm, and we ended up docking in Florida 3hrs ahead of schedule. So even though the last few hours were quite rocky, I can appreciate him doing what he had to do to ensure the safety of everyone on board by not putting us in the middle of that storm. Kudos!
My 40th birthday cruise was one to remember, and I plan on taking a Carnival cruise every year from this point on!