My family just completed a much-anticipated trip that included a 4-day Baja cruise with Universal Studios and Disneyland added to it. There are many things that I want to discuss here, but the first thing I wanted to discuss was the cruise. My husband, children, and grandchildren are all cruising fanatics. We have been on numerous cruises over the years and we all have our favorites and our not so favorites. This last cruise had some good memories and some not so good memories made.
When I cruise, I usually cruise with one cruise line, Royal Caribbean. But, I have cruised with Celebrity, Carnival, and Disney also. We chose Carnival for this cruise because of the timing of the cruise, the destination, and of course the cost, (there were a lot of us). I was really amazed at the embarkation on this cruise. We were given a time slot to come to the cruise terminal. Ours was 11 am – 1230 pm. We, of course, arrived 30 minutes early, but we were not asked to wait. We were accommodated.
Their embarkation consists of Carnival checking your passport and you set sail pass at the door. They give you a number and direct you go into a small waiting area. When your number is called, along with about 15-25 other people, you immediately board the ship. This took about 30 minutes of wait time. Your cruise ID key card is at your cabin for you to pick up when Carnival opens up the cabin areas to passengers. This was a fast and easy way to board the ship. Not much waiting. Loved it.
That was the last thing I loved about this cruise.
The whole cruise was about drinking, gambling, and partying. Not a great choice for teens and children with us. Even the entertainment was very adult content.
This brings me to a tip for cruising: always know what you want (party or family style), do your research on each cruise line (talk to people and the cruise line), match your wants to what each cruise provides, and then go cruising.
Se Ya Makin Memories!