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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 are some more swim up bar and pool pictures.....

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    Meanwhile, back at the cabana, Momma Dog's puppies had come out for a visit.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  2. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The brown puppy is just making herself at home.....

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    Papa Dog is keeping a watchful eye out.....

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    The black puppy comes out to play.....

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    We spent the rest of our time there alternating between the pool, beach, and cabana. At about 1:30, I "rang" Winsome to settle up our tab, and get my Sail & Sign card back. Just a warning, that Margaritaville is a little pricey, so budget for it, or bring your own drinks and snacks from the ship if you choose. For us, the lunch, my two buckets of beer, and Ryan and Patti's many frozen drinks, along with the tip, ran just north of $200 dollars. If you ever rent a cabana at Grand Turk, ask for Ricardo or Winsome to be your attendant. Just tell them that "Big Jeff" sent you!! Lol.

    We start to make it back to the ship, and when we got on the pier the line was crazy long. In all the times we have been here, we have seen long lines but never this long.....

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    Since the time we are here is very short, hardly anybody wants to go back to the ship early, so when over two thousand people want to go back at the same time, this is what occurs. For some reason they are only using the forward door to re-board. I know there is a mid-ship one. Patti uses the time in line to snap a few more pictures. Here's another picture of the whale. Patti had covered that area and the conch graveyard extensively on our Carnival Liberty cruise last August.....

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    The beach on that side of the pier is nearly empty.....

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    To be continued....
     
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  3. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    She was able to get one of me with the Pride in the background.....

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    Margaritaville has just about cleared out.....

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    The line is still long behind us. No way are we sailing on time. Then again, sailing from here a half hour late seems to be the norm.....

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    After 40 minutes in line, we are back on board and back in our cabin. From our balcony you can see that the line is still pretty long.....

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    The last few passengers are heading down the pier.....

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    Margaritaville is now empty.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  4. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    From our balcony, you can see some of the cabanas by the pool.....

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    The last of the passengers are boarding the ship.....

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    At 3pm, a half hour late, the Pride pushes away from the pier.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  5. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are a couple of shots of Jack’s Shack, which is further down the beach. We never got around to heading down that way this cruise…..

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    The Carnival Pride spins around to head back out to sea…..

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    Goodbye for now Grand Turk!! We’ll see you again in July and August!!

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    We are back out at sea. Everyone was pooped from our day today. Maybe the alcohol had something to do with it. Lol. We spent the next couple of hours lounging around the cabin and napping.

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    To be continued…..
     
  6. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Tonight, Patti and I have a reservation at David's Steakhouse. If a ship has a Steakhouse, we will go at least one night each cruise. Even better this time is, I will be using my one time Diamond perk of a free Steakhouse dinner for two. I'll only need to pay for our wine and tip.....

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    We went up the glass stairs in the atrium to access David's Steakhouse.....

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    David's Steakhouse.....

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    David himself.....

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    We have a perfect window table.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  7. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here we are at David's Steakhouse.....

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    Our waiter explains all of the entree selections.....

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    These were compliments of the Chef. Don't remember what they were, but we enjoyed them.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  8. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Patti started with the jumbo shrimp cocktail. These were huge 2 or 3 bite shrimp, unlike the 1 bite shrimp in the MDR.....

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    I had two orders of the Portobello mushrooms.....

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    This was the view outside from our table.....

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    We each had a Caesars salad. They used to make them tableside, but no longer.....

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    For her main, Patti had the Maine lobster.....

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    I had my usual 18oz spice rubbed ribeye, cooked medium. Yum!!!

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    To be continued.....
     
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  9. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Patti was too stuffed to order dessert, but she helped me with my caramelized Washington apples.....

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    Goodnight David. It was a wonderful meal!!

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    Afterwards, Patti went to check out the photo gallery, shop, and check emails. I met up with Ryan and went to play some blackjack. After a couple of hours Ryan had broke even, and I had won $250 dollars. Back to the cabin we found tonight's towel creature.....

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    We had a great day today, and tomorrow promises too be even better. Good Night!!!!

    Coming up next: Half Moon Cay, Heaven on earth!!
     
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  10. The Cruiser

    The Cruiser Well-Known Member

    Another GREAT read Jeff. I've too been to Grand Turk on Princess x2 and it's to short of a stop.

    BTW, the Jambalaya looks yuumy.
     
  11. connie seabee

    connie seabee Well-Known Member Community Sponsor

    After viewing your photos of Grand Turk, Going there is a must for us. Oh and that beautiful blue water looks so inviting.

    Those pups are so cute, I wonder if they will remain on the island? Mama and Papa doggies seem very friendly.
     
  12. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Catching up again.

    Wonderful review and great pictures.
     
  13. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Yippee!!! It's Half Moon Cay Day!!!!

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    I know that everyone has been anxiously waiting for the answer to that million dollar question since the beginning of the review, "will they get a cabana"? The answer is...... um, no. In fact this is the second cruise in a row, both of which were booked only a month or two before, that we were shut out. Yes, we were disappointed, but we know how to make do. The good news is that when we'™re back here on the Splendor in the beginning of July, we'll have our cabana again!

    We were up at 7:30am, ready for the day. Patti began putting together a few bags of free laundry to send out this morning, so that we'll get them back later tonight. I ran up to the Blue Iguana Cantina to get another breakfast burrito. This is getting to be a habit!

    Our plan for the day is simple. Patti and I will get on the first tender over to the island, and then while I set up our spot for the day, Patti will walk around taking pictures. Ryan, who wants to sleep in a little today, will take a later tender over, in time for his Aqua Trax Watercraft Adventure tour at 11.

    Around 8:30, the Captain drops anchor off of Half Moon Cay. Within minutes, the tender boats are coming out to meet us.....

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    Here is my tender information. Platinums and FTTF people got the same information.....

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    We got down to Guest Services about 8:55, and a couple of minutes later, we were led, along with a sizeable group of other people, down to the first tender. As we were going down there, I heard CD Jase announce that those with tender tickets 1 through 5 could now board. It took about 10 minutes to load the tender, and then we were on our way. Patti snapped this picture, which happened to be of the area of the beach where we would be spending the day.....

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    After about a 10 minute ride, we had arrived.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  14. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Patti and I would now split up. I was going to head down the beach, and set up shop underneath a large shady tree, between Villa "C", and cabana 6. I would pull a couple of loungers underneath said tree, go rent a couple of floats ($14.99 each), then hit the Pirate Ship Bar, and get a bucket of beer. I did the same thing on our Fascination cruise last year, and it worked out perfectly.

    Patti, as she always does, will walk around taking pictures, eventually meeting up with me. It amazes me, that as many times as we have been here, Patti always manages to photograph something that I have never seen before. I wonder what it will be this time. Enjoy, as she shows you the main part of the island. The First Aid Station.....

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    The tender landing area.....

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    There is some new construction going on.....

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    The Welcome sign.....

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    Rumrunners, which is the closest bar to the tender landing area. At the end of the day, this is the perfect place to wait for that last tender....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  15. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Half Moon Beach sign.....

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    The Carnival Pride, at anchor, off of Half Moon Cay.....

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    The kid's water park.....

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    Looking down the beach from the kid's water park.....

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    Patti took this zoomed shot down the beach without knowing that I would be in the picture. I can be seen at the end of the third Villa, carrying two yellow water floats.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  16. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The Oasis. Only costs $1,500. To rent, but you have an open bar, a private BBQ, hot tub, etc. Perfect, if you have a small group, (15 to 25 people).....

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    This is the water sports hut which is on the beach. The lockers are on the back side.....

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    Another view of the construction.....

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    The water fountain in the main Plaza.....

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    The seating area by Rumrunner's Bar.....

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    Distance signs.....

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    To be continued......
     
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  17. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The Calypso Island Tram Tour. Patti will be taking this behind the scenes tour later on.....

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    The Gift Shop.....

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    It looks like the people are enjoying the Plaza.....

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    Here are some views of the vendor stalls. This is the only place on the island that takes cash.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  18. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are some more distance signs.....

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    To me, this is the only sign that matters.....

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    The Island Chapel.....

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    To be continued.....
     

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  19. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Another tender approaches HMC from the Carnival Pride.....

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    The trails and pathways are well marked.....

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    Informational signs.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  20. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    I Wish I Could Stay Here Forever Bar.....

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    Another informational sign.....

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    Volleyball courts....

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    Here are some views of the Children's Play Area.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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