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For us, a "Dream" of a cruise

"Cove balconies a great addition"

Overall Rating: Very Good


Sail Date:04/10/2010
Destination:Caribbean - Western
Departed From:Port Canaveral
# of Nights: 7 Nights
Cabin Type: Balcony
Sailed As: Family


Itinerary:Very Good
Entertainment:Very Good
Overall Value:Excellent
Embarkation: Excellent
Debarkation: Excellent
Staff/Service: Excellent
Overall Rating: Very Good


I know this review is a bit late, but still this vessel is worthy of a mention. Our biggest compliment has to go to the new Cove Balconies and to the new style of design Carnival has chosen.

The Cove Balconies are "carved" into the hull of the ship just above the waterline. As opposed to the normal balcony design, an oval is cut into the steel hull presenting a sort of oval window. There is no plexiglass. It is all an open area. The location of the balconies are very private (except for the cameras mounted on the outside of the ship, so don't get any funny ideas). It was so nice pulling into port and being only about 15 or 20 feet above the dock.

Carnival has left the old, dreary Orange colors and the naked statues for a more appealing presentation. Embarkation took a whopping :30 minutes!! Of course, timing is everything and we still choose to be there at 11am. We love to see the last passengers, frowns on faces disembarking faced with our ear to ear smiles!! Disembarking was just as smooth. We were off the ship at 7:15am.

Our itinerary, the Western is our favorite. Except for 1 port, Belize City. The 30 minute tender ride to port is a bit much. The port itself is an eyesore, with people hanging over the walls trying to get you to come outside and take one of their horse and buggy rides. The port is setup as kind of a "Flea Market" style with most shops all selling the same thing. We didn't do an excursion here but I hear that those are great. We also had Costa Maya, Cozumel and our new favorite, Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. Carnival owns the port there and they have their own beach. They also have a private section where you can purchase a private cabana for four for $200. It came to $50 each and was worth it with your own butler. NOTE: The cabanas are ONLY available to Carnival passengers yet other lines do dock there.

I am always happy to answer questions about our past cruises and ports. I would recommend this ship to all!!

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Funny you should mention Belize. I was just writing my next blog post concerning Belize and our cruise on Imagination back in 2003. Look for it ... I should have it up in a day or two.

Thanks for the review!

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Nice review – thanks for sharing! We sailed the same ship and itinerary February 2010 – and had much the same experience! We loved our cove balcony – watching dolphins swim alongside the ship and encouraging folks as they ran for the departing ship in Cozumel – you can’t do that from deck 10! We did book an excursion in Belize (you really can’t go off on your own there) and had a great day snorkeling and visiting a private island. We rented a cabana in Roatan too. It was nice, but we spent a lot of time (as did the people in the other cabanas) telling one person after another that we’d had to pay for the chairs and hammocks they kept trying to use!

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