These are my opinions and experiences.
Background information - It was myself (36) and bf, Aaron (42). I've cruised before but my last cruise was almost 10 years ago. This was Aaron's first cruise in fact only his second ever vacation, we did a land vacation last year to Cabo. I was nervous that he wouldn't like cruising that I probably spent more time on this site than I should have, but I wanted to research and plan out as much as I could to make it as perfect as possible in hopes he would pick a cruise over land vacations in the future. SPOILER ALERT: He loved it.
When we returned from Cabo in July last year we began talking about where or what we would do for our 2017 summer vacation. I had previously mentioned taking a cruise but he had heard negative things from some friends so was hesitant to agree to it. He eventually told me that he was open to anything as long as it wasn't Cabo and that he didn't have to plan it. That sounded great to me, I also had no desire to return to Cabo and I love to plan things. I'm actually employed as a City Planner, this is just a different type of planning.
Even though it had been so long since I last cruised a few years ago I was contacted by a PVP from Carnival who remained in contact with me via email and sometimes phone calls periodically. In July 2016, the day after I had been online looking at cruises I received a call from my PVP. This call was likely not a coincidence as I'm sure Carnival tracks who visits their website and what information they are looking at. When I received the call from my PVP, I didn't hesitate at all and booked our cruise. Aaron is a high school football coach and teacher, with many other duties. His schedule allows for a three week window every summer that we can squeeze in a vacation. Our cruise countdown for this cruise started at 328 days, talk about what felt like forever away!
June 11th - Galveston
June 12th - Sea Day
June 13th - Cozumel
June 14th - Belize
June 15th - Roatan
June 16th - Sea Day
June 17th - Sea Day
June 18th - Galveston
I picked this cruise first because it went out of Galveston, leaving us the option of an 7 1/2 hour drive or a direct flight from OKC. Secondly, after a conversation with my PVP the breeze seemed like the better option for us as opposed to the freedom. I hadn't researched the ports at all prior to booking but leaving out of Galveston my choices were limited.
Cabin: OS 7443
Deck 7 Mid ship
Excuse the mess in the following pictures, I took them while we were in the middle of packing after I realized I needed more pictures of the cabin.
One of the things that made him most hesitant about agreeing to a cruise was the size of the cabin. Knowing him and how much space he requires I knew our only option would be to book a suite. We keep the A/C on a very cool 68 degrees at home so I was worried our cabin temperature would not get anywhere near this especially since we were traveling in the middle of June. We brought two small fans and to my surprise our cabin stayed cold the entire time. We never propped the cabin door open but we often had the curtains open. I bought this magnetic thermometer at Walmart for around $5. It was probably my favorite pre cruise purchase.
Our cabin steward was Alfonso and he was great. On the first day he asked if we wanted morning or night service, didn't mention two times a day being an option. We are usually pretty tidy and don't require many things so we opted for morning. We saw him in the halls daily so we could have easily gotten anything we needed. There is a hot tub two decks below and about two cabins forward from the balcony, it was always closed by the time we made it back to our cabin at night so there were no noise concerns there. While sitting on our deck during the day we could often hear conversations from others in the hot tub or on the loungers however it was not annoyingly loud or obnoxious. Our cabin had a total of four 120c electrical outlets, including the one in the bathroom. We brought with us an extension cord that would allow an additional four outlets and also outlet splitter giving us two additional outlets. We never used the extension cord and it wasn't until day 3 when cell phones needed charged that we used the outlet splitter.
I'll try to finish up the review tomorrow. After a long day of travel and being away for 8 days I'm ready to cuddle up with my fur baby.
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