Our cruise to the Bahamas was my first international trip and Taylor’s 3rd, or maybe 2nd. Being on a ship the majority of the time, you forget that you are in international waters but you are indeed.
What I enjoyed most about our Carnival Cruise is how easy it all was. From booking all the way to the day we disembarked. We started our planning about 8 months out and booked a couple of months later. Carnival gives you the option to pay a deposit to book your reservation and pay the rest 60 (I think) before departure date. This gives you plenty of time to save money for the rest of the reservation and for excursions, gifts and activities on the ship or on shore. The best part of this process is that it does not take long to save because a cruise is an inexpensive way to travel. We booked our (mostly) all-inclusive vacation for $500 or $250 each (excluding gratuity and tax).
We decided to choose a port in driving distance so we would not have to book a flight. We drove 3 hours to Charleston, SC and boarded Carnival Fantasy. Checking in was fairly easy and routine. The only issue I had was during my bag check when the engagement ring almost fell out of my bag. Talk about a spoiler, didn’t happen though, so things went as planned. We had a couple of hours unknown delay but we finally got moving around 5pm. Right when I got adjusted to the movement of the water, we hear an announcement for the safety meeting. During this meeting, they give you instructions in case we are the next Titanic. It was unsettling but rewarding at the same time.
Long story short, buffet food is distasteful Luckily, there were other dining choices most of the time. There is a breakfast option for the early risers in the dining hall where it is a little better. Lunch buffet is decent depending on the day. Most days were themed (Mexican, Italian etc) . Most days I went the safe route with a hamburger after being dissatisfied. However there is a pizza bar that never fails to amaze. Dinner at the dining hall was always delicious. Steak and lobster night was the best. The dining hall also gave us the opportunity to meet new people at our dinner table. Overall the food was just average, definitely not a reason that will bring you back, but why complain. I did just pay $300 for an international vacation.
*Drink Package- 15 alcoholic drinks daily, unlimited everything else. $50/day.* -Worth it.
The entertainment was surprisingly good. Looking at the itinerary, it didn’t seem very interesting except for the adult game night. Of course we were optimistic and went in with a great attitude. One night there was an energetic musical that kept us entertained the whole show. The music went through the few decades of music. There were a couple of other great performances but this is the one that stuck out to me. One comedian was funny, the other not so much. The funnier guy also had an adult comedy show that was hilarious. The adult game show was also a lot of fun and wild. At one point there were 2 women and 4 guys on stage who had to pose as if they were in a porn scene. Interesting to what kind of porn these people watch…. Funniest part about this show is the word “switch”. Apparently there was a swingers group and every time “switch” was said they had to change partners.
I combined the two cities because Freeport isn’t much to talk about in my opinion. We did go to a beautiful beach there and shopped the souvenir shops but besides that it was not anything special. Oh and we connected to wi-fi to share our engagement to our families :). When I think of Nassau, Oprah Winfrey comes to mind. I keep asking myself, why does Oprah have two multi-million dollar home right next to each other on the coast. They were beautiful but right next to each other seemed like a bit much. But if you got it, why not flaunt it. I guess you have to when your neighbors are Michael Jordan and Nicholas Cage. We saw their homes from the catamaran of the Catamaran Boys. Great guys who made a great Bahama Mama. The best part to me was the view of the sea from Senor Frogs. I could not get over how the water looked. Not to mention we got free shots for using a MasterCard.
Overall I enjoyed the trip very much. I went on the ship with a girlfriend and left with a fiance so I can’t complain too much. It’s hard to answer the question “Would you prefer a land or sea vacation?”. I enjoy both the same honestly. The cruise was just simple and relaxing. You can wake up early and be active one day and the next day you can do nothing. Everything is there, and already paid. It’s nice not having to worry about your bank account at every meal. Find the whole gallery here
Next cruise is either Mexico or a Mediterranean cruise.What do you like most about cruises? Do you prefer land vacation over a cruise? Share below.