Number of Cruises: 1
Cruise Line: Carnival
Ship: Carnival Holiday
Sailing Date: September 25th, 2004
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
I sailed to the Western Carribean with 46 of my closest friends----and had the time of my life! I was the leader of a ladies group from our church. Most of us had never sailed before. The youngest in our group was 11 and the oldest was 92. And there was something to do for everyone. I thought I'd spend my days lazily reading by the pool----boy was I wrong. There were fun activities that kept us busy all day long.
I did the Mayan ruins of Tulum in Playa del Carmen. The tour wasn't that impressive but the beach view at the ruins was absolutely spectacular. In Cozumel I went snorkeling. I was a little nervous because I'm only a mediocre swimmer. It was absolutely fantastic and the snorkeling guides were wonderful. It was the most amazing experience I've ever had!
The food on the Wharf restaurant was okay (not spectacular). I suggest eating breakfast in the formal dining room. I really enjoyed the dining room experience every night, also. I tried lots of new foods like escargot, squid, and sushi. For dessert I chose Baked Alaska and souffle. The waiters are great and provide great entertainment.
I went to all the shows but one and they were all very fun. Even the talent show was really good. Our cruise director, Paul, kept us rolling in the aisles the whole trip. If he was there, you knew you were going to have a great time.
If you go to the shopping talk sit near the front and you're sure to get a free gift. I entered the excusion raffle and won an excusion valued at $59.
There are photographers all over the ship taking pictures. I thought I wouldn't get sucked into buying photos, but I did. The photographers are really good and I ended up spending 50 bucks on photos.
Some reviewers complained that the Holiday is small. I can't imaging finding my way around a bigger boat! It took 3 days to figure out my way around! Despite all the eating I only gained 1 pound on the trip---probably because of all the walking up and down stairs.
And one of the best things about the ship was the comfortable beds. My bed was great. Soft mattress, two fluffy pillows, and a down comforter.
I had a really great time. I can't wait to go back----this time with my husband. I've already started looking for cruise deals for the summer.