Decks - 12
Passenger capacity - 2,124
Total crew - 930
Officer's nationality - Italian
Ship size - Large
Tonnage - 88,500
Ship length - 963
Registry - Panama Gross tonnage
We were sailing out of Miami Fl. This is always one of my favorite ports. I love to look at the hotels on the beach, the folks hanging out on the beach, that island of condos (have no idea what it is called), all the cruise ships (I love to try and figure out what each one is before I look at the hull), and just Miami in general.
Our room was just a little bit of wonderful! We had a couch, a first on any cruise! This was the largest Carnival vessel that we have sailed to date and you can see in the quality of the rooms how far they have come in a short time. We paid for an inside cabin, the cheapest on the ship, but were very surprised when Carnival upgraded us for FREE to a mini balcony. It did have a lifeboat right outside but big deal! The bathroom had a vast amount of storage space and a tile counter (another first). Our room had large wooden cabinets, now we have had these on other lines, but never Carnival. It is nice to be able to store everything.
Around the ship:
The Colossus Atrium--- features a 100ft tall painting of one of the greek gods, I think it is Zeus . This was by far the loveliest lobby s that I had ever entered. It features many rooms that look out onto the lobby. That large painting...and a wonderful series of glass elevators.
Unicorn Cafe- VERY medieval. I loved it here. I could picture myself in the days of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II. The colors were hues that you would have expected of medieval times. There were castle paintings, paintings of 1300-1400 people in their empire wasted dresses.
Firebird Lounge- A Russian inspired bar...the colors were an brilliant red, sunshine yellow, and a holiday green. There were artworks that reminded one of the skyline in Moscow. A very religious type painting of a Russian angel is right inside and very awe inspiring.
The hallway leading to the Follies Theater featured a MASSIVE reproduction of the famous MGM "family" reunion that LB Mayer commissioned in the early 50's. This was done for Life magazine and I have a copy of it because it has always made me happy.
Truffles Restaurant- Where we first met with June and Jay. It was our first cruise only have one other couple with us and lucky for us, it was a wonderful couple that we had tons in common with. They were seasoned cruisers so we all had lots to talk about. There was one thing about this dining room that I had never seen on our other ships...there was an escalator that the waiters (Ninja and Byron) took down into the belly of the ship and back up with our food, so the kitchen was below. It was a very large escalator.
FUN---John and I did the usual things that we do on a cruise, sun, sand, casino (just a little we broke even $90), and walk around, but this time; I took a crafts class (loved every second of it), and we played Family Feud and WON!! We had won Carnival trophies before, but this one was a very heavy medal. I was so proud of us, we love it when we win the prizes.
The Enchanted Forest---my favorite part of the ship, it was a very narrow hallway in which they had built a bar. It was NEVER occupied, so I went into it every day and painted, drew, sketched, wrote, and listened to music. It was like something from Snow White.
Rodeo Drive-a LARGE mall of wonderful shops...spend more dough here than I ought to have.
Martinique- A very tiny island and one that we have never been to before. We started out with a lot of excitement. There was this elderly couple whose room was close to ours and we kept saying they were too old and not in the best of health. We were right! They both were escorted off the ship in stretchers and that slowed down the ships debarkation, but gave interesting views to most of the passengers. I had tons of time to take photos while this went on. WE were docked in Fort de France, and John and I walked into town because we wanted to see the fort and what else the town had to offer. We probably walked about 1 mile into town through what I call slums. Our first sight was this row of apartments that I thought were condos when I was taking photos from the ship. Upon closer inspection they were a dive! Horrible conditions!
When we got into the area around Fort St Louis there was a huge park. We were told that in this park that we might see things that were illegal to do in public in America(with couples). We did not see any nakedness, but did see tons of folks "making out". The palm trees in this park where the best that I have ever seen in my life. We took lots of photos of the trees. And looming straight ahead was this wonderful looking fort. It is very much built in the fashion of El Morro, just on a smaller scale. I shopped in a market and then back to the ship.
We took our tour back to the pier and there was wall of giant rocks that looked like it was to help a sea surge and we climbed on top of them and went through a public park near the pier. The ship left and headed to St Maartin.