Since this was the first time cruise for all but 2 of the 23 in the group, we stated before the cruise, we were looking at this as an adventure. However, we didn't quite expect what happened.
First, the ship which was to arrive in Galveston around 6am wasn't able to dock till after 12:00 due to fog. Once the ship arrived we were able to get on the ship waiting area around 1:30 due to a wedding, which was to have been at 1:00. after getting inside we waited in a room until 4:15 until were were actually able to board.
All through the wait the group including the bride and groom came through the waiting with flying colors.No bridezilla or goomzilla here and all 60 guests stuck it out with much grace.
Once on board, the bride-groom went to change and the wedding was now scheduled for 5:15. The gallery was the setting for the wedding which came off at 5:15 in great fashion. How the ship personnel was able to get the wedding and the reception completed was a miracle unto itself.
The reception which took place in the Degas Lounge was not only beautiful but delicious. The one thing we wanted was the wedding to be OK and anything else we'd handle. Well no one in the group was disappointed. Yes, we'd like for it to have been on time, but Mother Nature can't be controlled so no one was to blame.Everyone rose to the challenge and it turned out great.
After the reception and the guests got off the ship, we learned we may not be able to sail for awhile. Actually we didn't sail until the next day and due to this delay we would not be able to go to Jamaica.
Stay tuned , there's more.
So we're on the way now to Cayman. Well Mother Nature once again says's No No as a tropical strom has showed itself and we detour once again.
So we're off to Cozumel.Well this time we made port and shopping, snorkeling, swim with dolphins plus other events were able to be completed. Even coming in a day early, everyone that had tours (ship or otherwise)got to go on their tours. Only one person was not able to go as they weren't feeling well. In fact they rode the water the whole trip, never left the boat due to feeling bad.
So the guest would at least have 2 ports, the ship detoured to Progresso, where we arrived on Friday. we went to Merida on the Segway tour.
It was most interesting, our guide was informative and funny. Never riding a Segway before was a lesson in learning, now DH wants one. I can't say I'd want to go there again as I don't care for ruins and things like that, however, I'm glad we were able to see more than one port.
As for the on board experience. Well we were real pleased. The room steward as well as other personnel was very efficient, helpful and kind.
Everyone went more than out of there way to make the trip rememberable.
We ate in the dining room most of time and found the food to be good. DH loved the stuffed mushrooms and the Sweet & sour Shrimp was great. There were a few items we didn't care for as well as others, but overall we were pleased. Liked the pizza, coffee and ice-cream on Lido Deck. We used these for a late evening snack.
The shows were also OK. The stand up comedian (not the R rated) was just OK. But that could be in part because I really don't care for this type of entertainment that much. The other shows were fine. All in our group were pleased.
The wedding photos came out really well and while all weren't purchased and agreement which was OK for all was reached. We also got a release from Carnival, so OK there for extras.
So we leave Progresso and head home to Galveston. An what would you know, we couldn't enter due to high wind. Well that didn't last long and we got there in relative short time.
Did the self debarkation and all went quite smoothly. about an hour from dock time to off ship.
I can't speak for other passengers but would we go again on Carnival. YES. The weather wasn't their fault and you can't blame them for something that's beyond their control.
Everyone went the extra mile to make the best of a situation that no one could prevent or change.
In fact several members of our group said they had a memorable experience and would plan to go again.
Well, I am sorry that you had such terrible weather. But I'm glad you enjoyed The Conquest. I thought you would. That is one of the benefits of cruising versus a land based vacation. If your land based vacation had been in Jamacia, your entire vacation probably would have been ruined by rain, with a cruise, they can go somewhere else!
Thanks for the update on how your first cruise went, at least with having visited this forum, you were more in the know about delays and port changes being a possibility and not blowing the situation out of proportion. Like you said, Carnival has no control over mother nature, but many people don't understand that.
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Fantasy 90, Celebration 95, Victory 05, Conquest 05, Spirit 6/06, Freedom 6/08, Holiday 7/08, Victory 6/09, Valor 9/09, Dream 6/10, Splendor 8/10,Conquest 8/11,Magic 11/11,Triumph 4/12,Spirit 7/12,Freedom 11/12, Triumph 2/13 - The fire cruise
NCL Dream October 2006, RCCL Mariner OTS June 2007
Hi retired, welcome back. Thank you for your honest review and for understanding that Carnival cannot change the weather. It sounds like all in all you had a good time and would try it again. That's quite an accomplishment with that many people to keep everyone relatively happy. You are right, the staff do try everything in their power to make a bad situation good. I do hope you give cruising another try, not all of them will end up with Tropical storms, high winds, fog, etc. Can't wait to see what you choose for your next one! Best wishes and Happy Holidays!
Thanks for your review and bad luck on the weather...that's to happen once in a while with mother nature you just can't tell. we had some very choppy seas leaving Panama the evening of Nov 30 and you could tell it affected quite a few people at dinner time because the dinning room was 1/2 as full.