Special to VacationStarter.com
March 11, 2012
When my husband suggested we upgrade our idea of a vacation with a Carnival cruise at sea, I was admittedly more than a little hesitant -- can we afford it? Are we really "cruisers"? But then we explored a little more and discovered they have a ton of great stuff to make it more than just a cruise -- like The Punchliner Comedy Club, tons of great dining options, and the Serenity Adult Only Retreat. On top of that, Carnival has ports all over the country so we were able to find one about 40 miles from our driveway -- no airports and no hassle. So this vacation skeptic became a first-time cruiser.
So what's included? Let's start where we woke up. Day One consisted of coffee on our balcony followed by a short walk to the ship's omelet station. Not bad. Then I heard the other guests talking about the Serenity Adult Only Retreat; apparently, it's the no-kids area on the ship.
I know what you're thinking. Did I say adult only retreat? Yes. Yes, I did. So hubby and I slipped into a hammock and let the ambiance of the sea work its magic. Something I later posted to Facebook, saying, "Took a little vacation from our vacation with couples hammock therapy. Jealous much?" Not to brag, but at this point, hey, I'm on vacation.
After an hour or so of being grown-ups, we decided to have some fun and get our splash on at the Carnival WaterWorks racing slides. For the record, I'm fast really fast. Not to worry, my husband's ego was rebuilt on the top deck of the ship as we settled into the view with a round of mini golf. I'll just say I was slightly distracted by the 360-degree view of the ocean.
Hunger struck near the ship's BlueIguana Cantina, where we sampled some authentic fish tacos (for me) and a large made-to-order burrito (for him). After the indulgence, we worked off lunch with a trip to the ship's top deck for a climb through the SportSquare open-air ropes course -- NICE -- followed by a slightly competitive game of pick-up basketball.
The afternoon ended poolside, with live music and dancing, then we headed back to the stateroom to get ready for the night's activities.
Just off the Lido deck, we encountered the RedFrog Rum Bar, where we treated ourselves to a couple of pints before he surprised me with a dinner overlooking the sunset followed by front-row seats at a stand-up show at The Punchliner Comedy Club for some of the biggest laughs on the high seas.
We finished the night with popcorn and a movie under the stars at the ship's gigantic Seaside Theatre. This is when hubby reminded me we'd just enjoyed an entire day away from land for the cost of just two beers. As someone not usually easily impressed, I have to say it was a pretty spectacular feeling. My husband agreed, but I secretly think he was more excited about me actually admitting he was right about the whole thing.
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