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Our Carnival Pride Spring Break cruise - 4/5/15 (with pics)

Discussion in 'Community Message Board' started by Jamman, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here is our plan for today. I will go down and wait for the doors to open, and then head over to Margaritaville to get our cabana. Patti and Ryan will eat breakfast, and then join me after the initial rush to get off the ship.

    Why a cabana you say? We have been here about ten times, and with the exception of the very first time, we always get a cabana. About 8 or 9 years ago, we were on the Miracle, making our very first stop at Grand Turk. We got a couple of loungers with an umbrella at the pool, settled in, and everything was just perfect. Then it happened. Something that hadn't happened here in over 340 days. Dark stormy clouds rolled in and it poured, and I mean sideways poured. Half hour later, the sun came out, but then it poured again, and then a third time. Now, we didn't mind getting wet, heck, we were wet from the pool and the ocean anyway, but all our other stuff got soaked too. Finally we had had enough and made our way back to the ship, but couldn't help noticing the people on the porches of their cabanas, dry, drinking, and having a blast. We swore then, that every time we come here, we would rent a cabana.

    The cabanas are fully enclosed and air conditioned. They have comfy couches inside, and the porch of the cabana has two loungers, and is covered with a roof. The door also locks, so you can feel safe leaving any valuables in them when you go swimming or exploring. But my favorite part of the cabana is the "button". It's located right by the door. Push it, and in a few minutes a waiter will come and take you drink and food orders. No fighting with the masses when you are hungry or thirsty.

    Over the years we have met some really great cabana attendants. One of our favorites is Ricardo. I'm hoping that he'll be there today.
    As planned, I got off of the ship fairly quickly.....

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    I made my way over to Margaritaville, and lo and behold, there was Ricardo. We greeted each other, but then I got the bad news. He wasn't working the cabanas today. No problem, he grabbed the keys and walked me over to cabana #9. We always get cabana #9. Perfect location for us, as it's close to the Flowrider and the beach. The lower number cabanas are closest to the pool's swim up bar and the DJ.

    Ricardo introduced us to the young lady who would be waiting on us today. Her name was Winsome. Yep, just like the saying, you win-some, and you lose some. Lol. I ordered a bucket of Landsharks, and she took my Sail & Sign card. No, you do not pay with your Sail & Sign here, but they hold onto it until you pay your bill, to make sure you don't skip out on them. No Sail & Sign card, no getting back on the ship. You can pay with cash or credit card.

    Once my beer came, and it came quickly, I grabbed one and went to hang out in the pool until Patti and Ryan came.
    They had their breakfast, and now are leaving the ship.....

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    The Carnival Pride docked in Grand Turk.....

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    Looking down the beach towards the Crew Bar and the Casino (which isn't open).....

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    Looking the other way, at the excursion pier, the whale, and beyond that, the conch graveyard.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  2. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Patti & Ryan are back in Margaritaville.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  3. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The pool at Margaritaville.....

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    A HUGE flip flop.....

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    Surf boards. If you look at the one on the left, "margarita" is spelled wrong. Wonder how many drinks the painter had that day!!

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    The Trading Post.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  4. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Margaritaville Pool rules.....

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    Plenty of loungers around the whole pool.....

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    The Pride towers over the complex.....

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    There are other cozy places to sit and relax.....

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    The cabanas line the outer perimeter of the pool.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  5. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The Carnival Pride and the Flowrider. My boys would do the Flowrider every time we came here. Today, it is not operating due to mechanical issues.....

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    Patti & Ryan have arrived at our cabana.....

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    We have a family of dogs living underneath our cabana. Here's Patti with Momma Dog, who is collared and very friendly.....

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    Here's Ryan with Momma Dog.....

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    Momma Dog. We will meet the rest of the family later.....

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    Here is a view of the interior of our cabana.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  6. nieciez

    nieciez Well-Known Member Community Sponsor

    Looks like you are all having a Grand Time :) What do the cabana's set you back? Plan to spend the day in Margaritaville in Falmouth on our August cruise. Not sure if they have the cabanas there or not. The last time we were there the pool wasn't ready yet.
     
  7. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    I love your review and the DOGS!!

    You pictures are great (as well as your review).
     
  8. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The cabanas at Grand Turk are $129.95.
     
  9. Christoffer

    Christoffer The Euro Connection Special Contributor

    Really needed these warm places photos, such a chilly day here today.
     
  10. Donna - dsw

    Donna - dsw Well-Known Member

    I wanted to go here so bad on our last cruise - but the weather was to bad. Waters too rough - so we had a sea day
     
  11. connie seabee

    connie seabee Well-Known Member Community Sponsor

    I fell behind reading your cruise review, and I'm now enjoying catching up. The photos are awesome.
    I just love the big smile on your son's face after his big win, and to top it off he wins again with the lucky seat. lol
     
  12. connie seabee

    connie seabee Well-Known Member Community Sponsor

    When we were on the Dream cruise they also put out the towel animals all around the pool area, but they didn't make those BIG ones. lol

    Love the photos of Grand turk.
     
  13. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    I hate that when it happens, but better to be safe!

    He's STILL smiling Connie! He bought himself a new computer with his winnings.

    That was the first time I saw the big ones myself. Too funny. More from Grand Turk going up later. Stay tuned!!
     
  14. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here is the view from the inside of the cabana.....

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    The view of the pool from our porch.....

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    Patti finds me enjoying my beer at the pool.....

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    Here's another view of the Flowrider and the Carnival Pride.....

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    A couple of pool views.....

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    The swim up bar is to the right.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  15. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Ryan and Dad enjoy a beer on the porch.....

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    Ryan was craving a frozen drink, so we called Winsome to get him a strawberry daiquiri with an extra shot.....

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    At this point Patti grabbed the camera and went for a walk down by the beach. Here are the beach rules....

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    The Carnival Pride docked in Grand Turk.....

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    A view looking down the beach.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  16. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Looking through the palm trees at the Pride.....

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    The Beach Rental Hut.....

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    Margaritaville.....

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    Pass out in my Hammock. Not a bad idea.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  17. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The Grand Turk weather station.....

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    Nice flowers.....

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    What's behind the fence? Where some of the locals live.....

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    I grabbed the Fuji Finepix water camera, and went for a swim in the ocean. The Carnival Pride.....

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    Looking down the beach to my left.....

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    Looking down the beach to my right.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  18. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Only the forward door is open. This could be a problem later.....

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    Looking down the beach.....

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    Inflatable fun.....

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    I took a blind shot under the water. There were a few fish swimming around.....

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    A funnel shot.....

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    To be continued....
     
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  19. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are a couple of more in water shots...

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    Looking up at the slides on the Carnival Pride...

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    I' starting to get thirsty and hungry, so as I make my way back to the cabana I take one more beach shot...

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    When I got back to the cabana, I saw that Momma Dog had rejoined Ryan on the porch...

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    While I was gone, Patti had "rang" Winsome and ordered drinks for herself and Ryan. She ordered a pina colada.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  20. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    When Winsome delivered the drinks, we ordered our lunch. About twenty minutes later, our food arrived. We started out with a shared appetizer of jerk pork tacos.....

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    Patti had the turkey club sandwich.....

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    I had the Caribbean jambalaya. Man was it good, with just enough spices......

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    Ryan of course, had the grilled chicken.....

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    After we ate and relaxed for a while, I grabbed the water camera again, and made my way into the pool.....

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    The swim up bar was busy and hopping!!!

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    To be continued.....
     
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