A few days I received an email with the above message from Carnival Cruise Line. I appreciate the reminder, but I’ve been counting down the days once it got to single digits! So, what have we got planned for our 10 night Carnival Triumph cruise?
Ports of Call
We are embarking in San Juan but other than a meet-up the night before with other cruisers have no specific plans. We may do some touring before and/or after embarkation but it depends on how tired we are from our red-eye.
Here’s our tentative plans at the other ports.
Saint Thomas – In 2014 we visited Magen’s Bay on Saint Thomas during a Carnival Freedom cruise. We got there early and virtually had the beach to ourselves for an hour or so. By the time we left three hours later, it was packed due to 7 ships in port. We’re going to go back there and since there are half as many ships in town, it should be better.
Saint Kitts – Neither of us have been to this island before. We’re planning on finding a tour at the pier to see the island highlights and then maybe visit a beach.
Saint Maarten – Here’s another stop I’ve been to several times previously. We love Orient Bay (on the French side of the island) and are planning to spend the day there. The last two times I visited Le String beach bar but who knows which one we’ll pick this year.
Antigua – My only previous visit here was on that 2014 Carnival Freedom sailing. We selected Jolly Beach this time based on recommendations. My understanding is that it doesn’t have the drop off we experienced at Fort James Beach.
Half Moon Cay – This is absolutely my favorite beach in the world. It is a private island owned by Carnival Corporation which has the softest sand and clearest water. Any cruise with a stop here is a winner!
The only ship’s excursions we’re purchasing aren’t really excursions. The first is Faster to the Fun which is a ticket for priority embarkation, debarkation, guest services, etc. I wanted to make sure we could get to our room early to drop off our bags and get back out to experience San Juan if we want to. If I like it, I’ll get it for another Carnival cruise booked for 2016.
The second “excursion” will be transfers from the ship to the Houston Hobby airport after debarking in Galveston, Texas. It’s so far that the transfer makes better sense economically.
When we get back, I’ll be posting a day by day recap so we’ll see how close our plans are to reality.:) Do you plan cruise activities in advance?