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North America » United States » Florida » Miami March 9th 2014

All week we have been saying we would try the breakfast at the platinum restaurant, but have never managed to fit it in. Today we managed to get there. We both agreed that it was far too formal for us for breakfast. Enforced communication with strangers appears to the name of the game. We prefer buffet style of the Lido restaurant. Basic is fine by us, most of the time. The ship docked at about 7.00 am this morning in Miami port and we were called to disembark at about 9.00 am. Once disembarked, there were baggage carousels with all the bags on them. There was an unfortunate loss of a Malaysian Airlines plane a couple of days ago, so the security was very high indeed. Our thoughts and concerns are still with those missing on ... read more
Miami from the ship

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 8th 2014

Most Carnival guests are aware that behind the scenes of a cruise vacation there’s a bustle of activity to deliver fun memorable vacation experiences, but few have gotten an up close look at these inner workings. The ship tour was an exclusive opportunity to experience an array of ‘back house areas’ that are vital to a ship’s daily operations. We were to be given a unique opportunity to explore way beyond the public areas with visits to the ships Bridge, engine control room, main galley, staff dining areas, storerooms, laundry and other spaces for a rare insider’s view of many areas typically seen only by the ship’s crew. The tour was extremely exclusive, it was only offered once during the cruise, on the last day, and only to the first paying 16 passengers. The group was ... read more
Tour group at front of ship with our guide

We spent the day at sea today whilst the boat slowly sailed, manoeuvred and meandered back to Miami, Florida. This was one of the days that we were slightly worried about again, but the time just flew by. Our worries were needless. Whenever a ship is at sea for the day, there is a major entertainment and dinning programme in place to prevent any chance of boredom at all. Following our ship tour (shown on a separate blog), George went for another special upper back massage which took in 90 minutes. These treatments do seem to have helped reduce the Sciatica pain. Theresa completed the packing alongside some chilling / personal time and relaxation. We have had all our detailed dismemberment information through in some detail, and it sounds like the easiest option is to leave ... read more

This is another port and adjacent port area that has been built with mooring so the ship has no need to use tenders to reach shore. As we have done various organised trips every day so far, we thought we would not have one today, and stay around the port instead. This proved to be extremely relaxing and great fun. We had a wander around all the normal tourist shops around the port. Within the port shops there were several interesting items that been put out for photograph opportunities. Many of these were comical character feet or bodies with heads missing. One object that caught George´s eye was a cake that opened up, like you would get at a birthday party. He found that there was a door at the back of the cake to enable ... read more
Carnival Glory
Mahogany Bay - Roatan
Theresa at Mahogany Bay - Roatan

We were about an hour late arriving into Belize, so the wonderful Carnival organization dream team kicked into place yet again, ensuring those with booked trips got off the boat first. They do not look kindly at queue jumpers. This luxury ship has every facility you could possibly imagine, even a proper cell. More specific information on the ships facilities and further / other interesting data follows on the entry dated Saturday 8thMarch 2014. Whilst all those who had tours booked were waiting in a room together, we met up again with the policeman from Michigan and his partner. George and he were talking work and he presented George with a police badge that he had collected from Grand Cayman. Today the journey into port was by fast tender that was about 20 minutes. These tenders ... read more
All dressed up and ready to go get wet
Getting wet - we´re at the back

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Cozumel March 5th 2014

As we travel further South into the Caribbean down towards South America, we are experiencing blissful 90+ degree temperatures. Life in Tenerife means we are already pretty acclimatised to this with plenty of hydration, sunscreen, common sense and shade when required. There is a very constant reminder that the sun must be respected at all times. We have already seen many passengers of all ages on board that have fallen foul of this. Our tour today was not due to start till 11.00 am this morning. We arose at a reasonable time and had a lengthy breakfast and coffee in the Lido. We should have arrived in Cozumel at about 10.00 am this morning, but this was delayed to about 10.45 am. Not sure as exact times as we are without watches, but we were obviously ... read more
Snake handler George

As we had to be off the boat early this morning, we decided to try the room service breakfast. There is no extra cost for this and they will deliver as much food and drink as you ask them to. It arrived exactly as ordered at 6.15 am. We should have ordered more. The ship docked in Grand Cayman at 7.30am this morning. The dock here is not big enough for these huge cruise ships, so we docked out to sea and got tenders to transport everyone onto the island. We have a trip booked to a turtle farm this morning that starts at 8.00am so are some of the first people off the ship. Those with booked trips through Carnival, always disembark from the ship first. They are very strict about this. With so many ... read more
Largest Green turtle in the park
6 month old turtle
6 month old turtle

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 3rd 2014

Today was the day that we were not really looking forward to as we were not sure how it would feel being confined to the ship. As it turned out, the time was gone before we knew it. We had a small lay in to be rid of any remaining jet lag following our three days of travelling, but were excited to get on with whatever the day had to offer. We had a walk around the ship and tried to familiarize ourselves with the vast layout. We found it would be initially easier to just use a map when we wanted to go anywhere. It was very easy to get lost on board. We made a visit to the Guest Services desk to find out how the internet works in case we need it and ... read more
We are out enjoying the ship
Many people enjoying themselves - Aft end
Dress code advise for restaurant

North America » United States » Florida » Miami March 2nd 2014

Fun Ship Facts statistics: Valued at $500 Million – Made in June 2003 – Top speed 22.5 Knots – 1160 crew – Nationality of Officers, Italian and Croatian – Nationality of Hotel and Cruise Staff: International : 110.000 gross tonnage – 952 feet in Length – 116 feet Beam – 27 feet maximum Draft – 3,700 total guest capacity across 13 Decks. 2,900 guests were on board during our week. Today we head out on our very first cruise. This was a trial to see if we like cruising. We have booked a seven day western Caribbean cruise through Carnival. It looked ideal for us as it did not have too many long periods at sea, just has two thirty six hour periods of continual sailing time. The cruise takes in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mexico, Belize ... read more
Carnival Glory
Meat selection in steakhouse
Theresa´s minature tomato soup

North America » United States » Florida » Miami March 1st 2014

We caught the hotel shuttle bus back the airport at 7.00 am this morning for our 10.30 am flight to Miami. We tried to check in at one of the American Airlines terminals, but as we have USA entry Visas, and not an ESTA travel authority, it would still not allow us. It is at this point, we normally try to purchase Group one boarding for a low fee. The person that checked us in advised that she could not sell us our requested Group one boarding, normally issued at the machine, but instead gave us free Group One boarding as a compromise. – Result. This is better than priority boarding. Note to self - Remember how to get this free next time too. It saves the stress of wondering if there will be any overhead ... read more
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