Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Sailing Date: November 19th, 2004
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
I was set to sail on very first cruise with my fiancé , Friday, November 19, 2004. We were very much excited. Everything was packed, we took Bonnie for motion sickness and now we are on our way. We decided to make the two hour drive from Fort Myers, Florida to the Port of Miami. We left Fort Myers approximately 7:30am. After missing two exits, we arrived at 11:45.
We originally book on the Upper Deck and received a free upgrade to the Empress Level after we received our documents. When we went to check in it confused the little elderly women but we did get the correct room keys. They gave us two sheets of paper that stated we would have to wait until 1:00pm to go to our cabin because the stewards were still cleaning our rooms. We were finally allowed on the boat and the ship photographer took our picture. Lunch was being served on the Lido Deck and we had hamburgers and french fries. Little did we know that was the main menu for the next 3 days for lunch. They did have a little something different i.e. fried chicken one day and jerk chicken another day. The main thing was we was always full, but there could have been more of a variety.
We were so tired after the long drive. I had a few drinks, took a lot of pictures, ran the camcorder and tried to cover the entire boat. We looked around our room and checked out the menu for room service. There was a lot to choose from, but nothing major i.e. sandwiches, salads, cookies, brownies. There was also a choice of hot and cold beverages. Room service was great. The food was made exactly the way we ordered and did not have to wait long. After that was all over we were ready set to sail 4:00pm. We felt a little dizzy but not sea sick, it was great. We were in the bed by 7:00pm. That meant that we missed our dinner. We were set for late seating at 8:30pm. That was ok because Saturday night was formal night and we had two excursions, one starting at 9:00am.
We did two excursions, one was Pirates of Nassau and Historical Highlights tour and second one was The Glass bottom boat that started at 12:45pm. We got back on the boat around 3:00pm. They were both good but I think next time I will choose for us to walk around the Bahamas and site see on our own.
The boat was so large that we still did not cover the entire boat, we had to explore again. We dropped of pictures that we took with our own camera about 4 rolls. (6.99 each) We then got ready for formal night and took tons of pictures.(One 6 x 9 19.99 each) They would be ready the next day. We had to late seating 8:30pm, the menu was good but I would have to say there is more to choose from on a Red Lobster menu. I asked our waiter if I could have some lobster but he said that was Friday night and would not be serving any more for the rest of the cruise. I guess we missed out. There was no seafood listed and some of the food was unfamiliar to me. We at a little and then left to have more fun.
Sunday we left the Bahamas 6:00am. We relaxed the rest of the day. There was so much to do it was hard to cover everything in three days, so next time we might have to try for a 4-7 day cruise. All and all the cruise was great but since this was our fist cruise I think that we can explore other cruise lines to compare. If you have any questions feel free to email me at Luxurious1_1@msn.com .