A Travellerspoint blog

November 2010

Carnival Destiny Seminar at Sea & more photos

Had a wonderful time on the Destiny. The 2 seminars agents are required to take were very informative. Ocho Rios was very nice. The Enchanted Gardens had some awesome waterfalls and the Aviary was too cool! To have all those birds eating out of the palm of your hand is a blast. I would have loved to have stayed in there longer! Dunn's River Falls is alot different then when I was there 24 years ago! It was not a commercialized then. The climb took about 45 minutes with it starting at the beach and then climbing up. Cindy and I didn't do it and I am glad. I would have been on of the one's they had to take out in a wheelchair! We saw a couple bruised up ladies. I saw one twist her ankle right in front of me. The tour guide and driver were very good and I would recommend the Enchanted Gardens and Dunn's River Falls excursion.
When we got to Grand Cayman and looked out the window there were 5 other ships in port! We decided it was going to be so packed in town that we would just stay on the ship and chill. So after breakfast we sat out by the pool and read for awhile.
I thought this ship was a little dated and could use some refurbishing. The bathroom was pink, the shower had very low pressure and most of the time it was boiling hot water. The hair dryer on the wall looked more like a vaccum! The cabin had lots of space but there really was not enough storage. Food was good and the service was excellant as always. The first Broadway stlye show was really good. It was one of the better ones I have seen. The 2nd one I had already seen before. The male lead singer looked familiar and found out he has been on Broadway and TV. See pictures for his bio.
I met lots of nice agents and some I hope to remain friends with. We had some great times and made lots of memories. I think I got Cindy hooked on cruising now!!
Next trip Dec. 16 on the Celebrity Century for 4 nights with my hubby and nephew.
Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


These were so pretty.

These were so pretty.


Cindy at the Falls.

Cindy at the Falls.


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


'Dreadlock' tree

'Dreadlock' tree


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


Enchanted Gardens

Enchanted Gardens


They were so light.

They were so light.


Cindy and her new friend.

Cindy and her new friend.


'Let me out!!'

'Let me out!!'


Our guide in white cap

Our guide in white cap


Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls


Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls


Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls


Cindy at the beach.

Cindy at the beach.


Beach where falls climb starts.

Beach where falls climb starts.


Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls


Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls


Tree on ship

Tree on ship


All the agents at the last cocktail party.

All the agents at the last cocktail party.


Patti, Bud and their 'son' Tony!  You had to have been there!

Patti, Bud and their 'son' Tony! You had to have been there!


Rosie and Dolores

Rosie and Dolores


My new friend Lisa.  She is a Yankees fan but I didn't hold that against her!

My new friend Lisa. She is a Yankees fan but I didn't hold that against her!


The guys are Dan and Geoff--our leaders for the Seminar at Sea.

The guys are Dan and Geoff--our leaders for the Seminar at Sea.


Cindy and I with our awesome waiters.

Cindy and I with our awesome waiters.


Rudy Lowe

Rudy Lowe

Rudy Lowe

Rudy Lowe

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At Sea and Ocho Rios

Sunday morning I had a meeting from 9am to 11:30am and the rest of the day was free. It was formal night and everyone looked very sharp at dinner. The lobster and prime rib was outstanding. The first musical production show was tonight and it was on of the best I have seen on Carnival ships.
Today was our first port, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I have ported in Montego Bay many times but this was the first time in Ocho Rios. We took the Enchanted Garden and Dunn’s River Falls excursion. The Gardens were very nice with some pretty flora and awesome waterfalls. There was an aviary that we went in and they gave us birdseed and the birds were eating out of our hands! Literally. It was so cool. One guy in our group had one sit on his shoulder and pooped on him! We told him that was good luck! We then went to Dunn’s River Falls. It is nothing like when I was there in 1986. It is so commercialized now that I didn’t even recognize the place. I didn’t climb the falls but some people on our bus did and had a great time. It is a very nice place to see. We stopped at the Taj Mahal Shopping Center for a quick shopping break. Had to get some Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee and a tshirt from the Hard Rock Ocho Rios!
Tonight for dinner we did the Chef’s Table. This is limited to 12 people and only happens once on a 5 night sailing. I really don’t know how to describe this experience but to say it was OUTSTANDING! We met the Executive Chef Porvin Gama at 6:30pm and were taken to the galley where we were given 4 appetizers and a glass of champagne. Then we walked through the galley and saw them preparing the dinners. He took us to the pastry area where a lady in our group got to make a Warm Chocolate Melting Cake. We were then taken to the Library where they had our dinner set up. They took the group’s picture with the Chef when we arrived in the Library and then gave us all a copy when we were finished. They had a personalized copy of the menu rolled up for us and name tags made out. The dinner was 7 courses and included wine. The meals were so elegantly prepared that you didn’t want to eat them and mess it up. After the 3 hours of food, the chef gave us a autographed copy of the Carnival Creations cookbook. There is a charge of $75 per person for this but all in our group were very happy with our evening and thought it was well worth the price. It was an experience we all will never forget.
Grand Cayman is tomorrow and we don’t have a shore excursion planned. We are sleeping in, maybe take the tender to town and do a little shopping then back to the ship to lay around by the pool. Will post a rap up and more pictures when I get back.
Sunday's animal.

Sunday's animal.


The ship is decorated for Christmas already!

The ship is decorated for Christmas already!


Our cabin--very roomy.

Our cabin--very roomy.


The Carnival Destiny at port in Ocho Rios

The Carnival Destiny at port in Ocho Rios


Waterfall at the Enchanted Gardens

Waterfall at the Enchanted Gardens


At the Enchanted Gardens

At the Enchanted Gardens


These are in my hand!!

These are in my hand!!


This was so cool!

This was so cool!


Cindy feeding a bird.

Cindy feeding a bird.


Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise


Dunn's River Falls

Dunn's River Falls


Cindy at Dunn's River Falls

Cindy at Dunn's River Falls


Monday's animal.

Monday's animal.

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Carnival Headquarters and Ships

Yesterday was a great day at Carnival Headquarters. Did some hands on training on the agent booking site and they are coming out with some new things ot make it easier for agents. We had a great breakfast, snack, lunch and another snack before they took us to a resturant in Mary Brickell Village shopping area in Miami. It was called Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita. My friend Cindy who came along with me spent the day shopping and took a sightseeing cruise. She met us at the restaurant and I almost didn’t recongnize her…she had a makeover! Dinner was good and then back to the hotel.
This morning we had breakfast and a short presentation before heading out to the Port of Miami. We went to tour the Carnival Liberty and have lunch on it. This is one of the Conquest class ships and is very nice. For those who have sailed the Conquest out of Galveston, it is the same class ship but the Liberty is decorated more elegant than the Conquest. They have 2 Captain’s Suite at the front corners of deck 9 that are very nice and exclusive to this ship. They served us a nice and lunch then we got off of that ship, back on the bus and then went over to the next terminal to get on the Carnival Destiny for our 5 night cruise to Ocho Rios, Jamacia and Georgetown, Grand Cayman.
We were so late getting on the ship that our luggage was almost at the cabin before we were! If you are in a hurry to get your luggage just get there late and it will be there quick! Our oceanview cabin is nice with lots of room. The storage space is not as adequate as it is on other ships. There is bascially 2 small closets for hanging clothes, 1 with shelves that have the safe and bedding for the sofa bed in it, so basically only 2 of those shelves can be used. There are 3 big drawers and 2 small shelves but the counter space in the cabin is very good. The bathroom is a little outdated with a pink sink area and there is no storage space there at all. The shower is one of the larger ones though.
After the safety briefing, we unpacked then made our way to the Downbeat Lounge where Carnival had a cocktail party for us with drinks and appetizers. Most of the group have 8:15pm dining but 10 of us were at 6:00pm so we headed down after the party. We had a nice table looking out the back of the ship where we saw a beautiful sunset. After dinner Cindy and I headed to she shops, then to get our embarkation photo and finally to the casino. Of course the place was packed but we both left with more than we walked in with!
Tomorrow (Sunday) I have a training class from 9am to 11:30 or 12. Then the rest of the day free!! Lounge chairs by the pool here we come!!! Will write more Monday after the day in Ocho Rios.
Outside Carnival Headquarters

Outside Carnival Headquarters


Outside the restuarant in Miami

Outside the restuarant in Miami

Sailing away from Miami

Sailing away from Miami

Elevator area of the Liberty

Elevator area of the Liberty

Cindy checking out the Captain's Suite on the Liberty.

Cindy checking out the Captain's Suite on the Liberty.

Ever wonder what a cabin for 4 looks like?  Here it is!!

Ever wonder what a cabin for 4 looks like? Here it is!!

Lobby of the Liberty

Lobby of the Liberty

Towel animal of the day.

Towel animal of the day.

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Miami

Made it to Miami. Jeb Bush was on our flight and Melissa Rycroft ftom the Bachlor and Dancing with the Stars. There was paparazzi following her. On way to Carnival Headquarters.

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Winstar Casino--Thackerville, OK

This past weekend, we had a girls trip to Winstar to see Michael Bolton and do some gambling. 14 of us went, aunts, cousins and some special family friends. The concert was outstanding! Only 3 of us had ever seen him perform before but the others were all loyal fans after the show. We didn't have any big winners even though some of them stayed up all night! Then we couldn't get a couple of them to leave. It was alot of fun and we have decided that we are going to do it once a year. The hotel there is nice and the casino is HUGE! I never even made it through the whole place. We had dinner Sat. night at Toby Keith's Bar and Grill and watched the Ranger game. The place was wild when we scored!
Don't have any pictures. The ones I took at the concert from my phone are not clear. You had to be careful of the camera police. If they saw you trying to take a picture they would come shine a flashlight in your eyes!! Someone said they even saw a guy throw something at a lady!

I will be leaving Thursday for a Carnival seminar on land and then at sea on a 5 night cruise. I will be posting as we go!!

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