Got back today from my cruise - I missed the Fort and everyone here! Needless to say, I'm glad to be home and glad to be back reading up on what's been going on here.
I was on Carnival's Celebrity. It's an old ship, not very big, and although it's been renovated, it still shows its age. I think it's too small for a 5 day or longer cruise but a good size for a 3 day cruise. Not sure about a 4 day cruise, I guess it would be okay for that.
We got bumped to the late dinner, and while some people may prefer the later dinner, we decided next time we'll say something. I could have asked to have the dinner changed to the earlier time but we thought we'd try it out and see if it worked for us. Well, it didn't! We missed all the shows because we were just too tired!
For me, I need more choices, more entertainment, bigger shopping area, just more stuff to do! We pretty much laid around, got sun, ate, and drank but that was also enjoyable.
Key West wasn't as nice as I expected it to be (sorry to forters that live there). It seemed too touristy. Nassau was okay, but we were so tired from all the walking that we did in Key West that we didn't really get out and see much in Nassau. We went to the Atlantis hotel and saw the aquarium. I really liked that. After that we did a little shopping and just went back to the ship.
For my first cruise, it was a nice experience. I didn't need the sea-sick medicine but I saw several people with the patch behind their ear. I way overpacked (my husband kept reminding me of that when he had to lug my suitcase to the car and off the ship - we did self-disembark where we took our own luggage off the ship so we wouldn't have to wait).
Next time, I want a newer ship, more to do on the ship, and different ports of call. The food was good though and plenty to eat whenever you got hungry. My main complaint was the buffet lines moved much too slow. It shouldn't be that difficult to pick from the few things they had (not a very big choice of buffet items). I was internally yelling at how slow some of the people were. Not the elderly people, which I was surprised to see so many, but the people of relatively young age that just took way too long to pick something and move along! I guess I'm just an impatient person, especially when hungry! One of the bartenders knew my husbands name and folio number by the third day! The staff is very friendly and my stateroom was never in need of towels. They did a great job on keeping our room clean.
All in all, I'd recommend the Celebration for a 3 day cruise but not longer. But that's just me
Now I have to unpack, do laundry, catch up on the mail, go grocery shopping, and watch my tapes of Desperate Housewives, 24, CSI Miami, and Lost so I may not be back on Fort until later in the week!