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Fran Evans

Age: 56

Occupation:florist

Number of Cruises: 3

Cruise Line: Carnival

Ship: Carnival Holiday

Sailing Date: March 1st, 2003

Itinerary: Western Caribbean

First we arrived in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. We left port 2 hours late, was ok with us we did not mind as we went to Riverwalk to look around, traffic had been tied up because of parade about 25 families were still stuck at airport or in traffic we waited for all to check in, did not mind we went to river walk to look around and then came back on board to eat late lunch, we got right on and checked right in, as we had a Veranda room and belong to skippers club, no long wait in line about 10 minutes. Our room was v-1 on port side nice an large there was room for 6 people in the bathroom what a great feeling to move around compared in my daughters friends room you barely had room for 2 in that one. they were on main deck inside, weather was not so great windy and cold the first day out they changed the itinerary we went to Cozumel first which was a disappointment as we wanted to have the whole day in play del Carmen we wanted to visit Cancun to check out inclusive hotels, so we were only in playa 5 hours, Cozumel we were docked from 7 am to 11:30 pm and we had visited Cozumel twice before on previous vacations. so we were not to happy with the itinerary change. we opted to go to Dining room every night this trip as we had a great table and the people we sat with were terrific and we looked forward to dining at night we had a ball with them, we usually only go to one or two dinners and stick with the Buffets. but this time we had great dining partners. Our room was terrific we had twin beds and a sleeper sofa and a large sitting area with 3 nice comfy chairs and a ottoman the balcony was big enough for two lounge chairs and to lawn chairs we ask our steward to bring up an extra one so my daughter and her friend could sunbath in private but it was not to private as the stairs to the bow were right next to the balcony so we had people looking in our room the whole time when the drapes were open, had to remember not to go running around naked lol. There is a sewage smell you do get on the higher decks I noticed it a time or two but it was nothing to dwell on it came and went. The cabins are in need of a update in the way of interior decorating it still in the 80's. Had a great time all the Waiters and staff are always friendly on carnival and bend over backwards to accommodate. kudos to carnivals entire staff. We had gone on the Celebration 2 years ago and met many of the officers and low and behold one of them was on the Holiday, and we enjoyed seeing Peter again and talking to him and finding out about where the rest of the crew was on other ships, and told him to relay our hellos to them it was like seeing family again. we spent a lot of time in casino they really need to update there, put in newer slots there were not many nickel machines and not much to choose from but fun was had by us any way our friend hit a 2700 hundred jackpot and I won a Slot tournament for 500.00 so our bills were paid lol. the hot tubs were not in good working order I went one day and they were luke warm. they were having trouble with the heating elements, I guess, so I opted for the sauna inside the health club was relaxing enough. In Cozumel we went to playa sol on our own paid the taxis for the trip there we paid 38.00 per person and had the use of beach, pool all you could drink and eat at 4 hour buffet drinks included alcohol also. they have shopping there also so you don't even have to go to town and shop also hair braiding and 20.00 massages, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Parasailing wave runners although they were not included in ticket we bought but they have different packages you could purchase to include these things we just really wanted to sun bath and eat and drink. Again carnival has come through for us I am already looking to book again in June.

Happy Sailing

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