Has anyone cruised on the Carnival Holiday ship out of Mobile Alabama? If so, How was the cruuse and the ship? I think it goes to Cozumel and Progresso? Is this a newer ship?
I have only cruised on the Holiday in 2001 when it was ported in San Juan. I had a great time and wonderful service. The ship is currently the oldest and smallest in Carnival's fleet and will be retired from the brand in November 2009.
A lot of the staff members went on the Holiday in July. I'm sure they will have some more current insight.
Not to be all technical or anything, but when Carnival went through the process of re-naming the Fantasy Class ships to Carnival Fantasy etc. They didn't re-name the Holiday. It is still just the Holiday. Just some Carnival trivia I thought I'd pass along.
I was on the Holiday earlier this year and will be on her next month as well as a cruise leaving on Thanksgiving day. She is the smallest of the fleet but she is full of charm and character. The crew of the Holiday have won numerous customer service awards. They are proud of their ship and you will not sail under a more competent cruise director. You will find the port of Mobile one of the passenger friendliest ports to park and enter the cruise terminal. If you have any specific questions, I would be happy to reply.
I've been on the Holiday four times now, three of those from Mobile.
The Holiday is a step back in time 20 years. You can get anywhere on the ship by walking in less than 5 minutes. It has it's problems: water pressure can suddenly go away or never really be there other than a trickle. An occasional funky odor might hit you. The ship will lean to one side and seem to hang there for a bit. These are quirks brought on by both age and some design shortfalls in the Holiday class. There were three ships of this class but now Holiday is all that remains in the Carnival fleet.
The Holiday has won the Carnival award for best ship and crew (I forget the name of it - Gold Anchor award perhaps) more than once recently.
I'll have to admit that things were a little off on our July cruise. The service and shows were great for the most part. I did think some of the bar staff seemed a bit distant. The dining room service was great. The buffet, which can often be a mad house at times, seemed to be a mad house all of the time. Perhaps it was the passenger mix and the fact we were sailing with a maximum passenger load. We had a lot of first timers aboard. The dining room food didn't seem as good as it normally is. Not that it was bad, just not up to the usual standard. However I certainly didn't go hungry or want for a drink at any time.
Mobile is a nice facility. The staff there are always cordial and helpful. Lines of cars can form trying to get in though, especially if you show up around 1pm.
Don't miss the big shows where Steve Cassel (the cruise director) plays his fiddle. He is an accomplished musician.
We were with Dave on the cruise in July. I had a fantastic time. The ship so reminded me of the Jubilee. She's easy to get around, the staff were very friendly and accomodating, I had the chocolate melting cake every night-yummo! The cabins were larger than the cabins on the NCL Sky, and were well laid out. There was plenty of closet space. I would have rather done the 5 day cruise, 4 is just not enough. Then again, neither is 5, but for a nice weekend it was great!
I've noticed the leaning on both Holiday cruises, both of which were during sustained windy periods. Just drink more and all will be fine! The thrusters make some pretty heavy vibrations and noise at times, but that just makes things more interesting. She'll be a good ship wherever she goes!
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