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Our Fabulous Fascination cruise (with pics!!) 8/2/14 Part 2

Discussion in 'Community Message Board' started by Jamman, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    After sail away, I went to the casino to play a little blackjack before dinner, winning a little bit, so now I’m up a little for the cruise.

    Dinner tonight was very good with outstanding service once again. I had the fried shrimp…..

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    Spring rolls…..

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    Jerked pork…..

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    I also had the flat iron steak…..

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    Patti had the fried shrimp, salad, and salmon, while Ryan enjoyed the fried shrimp and fries. We all had the apple pie a la mode for dessert…..

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    The waiters danced to "Low, low, low" tonight. Great fun!!

    Afterwards, we went to the 10:30 adult comedy show, and James Sibley was very funny again.

    After the show we were all tired, so we decided to call it a night and head back to the cabin.

    Here is tonight’s towel animal…..

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    Coming up: Our favorite port of call, Half Moon Cay!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015
  2. Christoffer

    Christoffer The Euro Connection Special Contributor

    It's been a joy to follow your cruise here.
     
  3. Donna - dsw

    Donna - dsw Well-Known Member

    Great review - so glad Ryan was not hurt any worse. You have to let them grow up - but it is not easy!
     
  4. connie seabee

    connie seabee Well-Known Member Community Sponsor

    Poor Ryan! Thankfully, those women stopped to give him a helping hand. So glad that he is alright.

    Love the review and photos.
     
  5. Krazy Kruizers

    Krazy Kruizers Holland America Specialist

    Sorry to hear that Ryan got hurt. He was lucky that a couple of local women were there to help him.
     
  6. The Cruiser

    The Cruiser Well-Known Member

    Glad Ryan is ok and the women stopped to help Ryan. Dinner looks very yummy.
     
  7. gottagoacruzn

    gottagoacruzn Well-Known Member

    Breakfast sure looked good, makes me hungry.

    Virginia
     
  8. gottagoacruzn

    gottagoacruzn Well-Known Member

    Hey, Patti's boyfriend is sure handsome.
     
  9. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Welcome to paradise!!!

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    We were up at 7am to a beautiful day. The sun was rising over Half Moon Cay as we approached the island…..

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    Here are our plans for today. If you remember from earlier in the review, that because we booked so late, and boarded the ship too late to make the waiting list, that we didn’t have a cabana booked for today. This was the first time in many visits to HMC that we didn’t have one. My plan was to get on the first tender over to the island, and stake a claim under a shady tree.

    Ryan would be staying on the ship. Because of his injuries, he is not allowed to go in the water, plus he was feeling pretty sore. He was disappointed because he had booked the Aquatrax Adventure (jet-ski) excursion, and was really looking forward to it. Patti will be taking Ryan back to the medical center for a follow up visit, put some bags of laundry together to be sent out for washing, then join me on the island.

    The Fascination anchored off the island at 7:30am, and shortly thereafter, the first tender arrived to take supplies and crew ashore…..

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    The first passenger tender waiting for the crew tender to depart…..

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    At this point, I went upstairs to the Lido for a quick omelet breakfast. Afterwards, I grabbed our beach bag and towels, and because I am Platinum, went to Guest Services for Priority tendering. A small group of us were then led down to the tender loading area on Deck 3 forward, and boarded the first tender. After a short 10 minute ride, I was back on Half Moon Cay…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  10. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Can you tell that I'm VERY happy to be back here.....

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    Once you run the gauntlet of photographers, you enter the Pirates Cove courtyard. The information desk is there on the left.....

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    This is the Rumrunners bar, which comes into play at the end of the day.....

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    The water sports hut and locker rental.....

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    The Carnival Fascination, anchored off of HMC.....

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    The Oasis. You can rent it for $1,500, which includes open bar, personal cook, huge hot tub, etc for up to 15 or more people. Great if you have a small group.....

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    To be continued.....
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2015
  11. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    This is the beach in front of the water sports hut…..

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    Here is a view of the kids’ water park. The tide was very low at this time…..

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    The I Wish I Could Stay Here Forever Bar. This used to be the most popular bar, until Captain Morgan’s Pirate Ship bar was built a few years ago…..

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    Looking down beach at cabanas 1 through 5. The cabanas cost $230 to rent and include soft drinks, water, fruit, snacks, floats, snorkel gear, mister, and shower for 4 people. You can pay for extra people, but since they really don’t check, well…you can figure it out…..

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    The massage hut. Notice the clam shells in front that are available for rent…..

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    A view of cabana 5 and the Pirate Ship bar…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  12. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    One of the tenders picking up more passengers to bring to the island…..

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    Here is another view of the Fascination anchored off of HMC…..

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    I have picked our spot between Villa “C”, and cabana 6. In an hour, we would be completely in shade the rest of the day. Once I bought a bucket of beers and rented some floats, I was all set…..

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    Speaking of rentals, here is the latest list of island rentals…..

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    Here is a view of Villa’s A, B, & C. It costs $500 to rent one, and can accommodate 8 to 20 people, with the same amenities as the cabanas, plus a hot tub and private bathroom…..

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    Looking back down the beach towards the entrance…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  13. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Looking the opposite way, up the beach towards the highest numbered cabanas.....

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    Patti has arrived on the island.....

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    Patti enjoying the water at HMC.....

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    This is one of my favorite photos that Patti took. The Carnival Fascination, between Villa's A & B.....

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    This is the back side of the Pirate Ship Bar.....

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    Around Noon, we started feeling hungry, and the smell of BBQ was in the air. Just follow your nose and the signs.....

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    To be continued.....
     
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  14. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    This is a view of the Island BBQ…..

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    The Island BBQ menu…..

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    Selection of fruits and cookies…..

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    Good choice of salads and veggies…..

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    Cooking up the burgers…..

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    Burgers, hot dogs, island rice, & jerk chicken…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  15. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    The Bell Bar, which is near the Island BBQ.....

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    The Fascination and me.....

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    Island Map.....

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    This way back to the beach.....

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    That's me floating around with the Fascination in the background.....

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    A beer, a float, I'm in heaven! Notice that I'm wearing a T-shirt to prevent sunburn. We spent a lot of time in the water.....

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    To be continued.....
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2015
  16. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Much too soon, it was time to head back to the ship. As far as the tender process back to the ship, I can offer you some advice. If you are hell bent on getting back to the ship early, you will need to grab a tender two hours before the last scheduled tender. After that time, a line will begin to develop, getting longer and longer as time goes on. Here are a few views of the above mentioned lines. Nothing like standing out in the HOT sun…..

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    I stay on the island until the bitter end, and I have NEVER waited in a line for the tender. Remember how I told you that the Rumrunners Bar would come into play? About a half hour before the last tender, I plop myself down at the bar, and enjoy a “few” beers. This is how I “wait” for a tender…..

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    The bar will stay open until the crew is ready to leave. When they leave, we just join them and walk right on the last couple of tenders back to the ship. Once we were on, and heading back to the ship, Patti snapped a few pictures…..

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    To be continued…..
     
  17. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Here are a few more pictures taken on the tender ride back to the ship. The back side of the Oasis.....

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    Just about the whole beach.....

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    Captain Morgan's.....

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    The Fascination and me.....

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    Approaching the Carnival Fascination.....

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    To be continued.....
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2015
  18. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    Once the tender tied up to the Fascination to unload the passengers, some idiot decided that it would be cool to jump off the tender into the water. Once they fished him out of the water, it was evident that the captain of the tender, and Carnival’s security staff, were not too pleased with his antics. I don’t know what the outcome was, but it was a stupid move on his part.

    We got back to our cabin in time to watch the tender we just got off, head back to the island…..

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    Patti took these last shots of the island from our balcony…..

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    The last tender arrives back at the ship…..

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    The last of the crew getting back on the ship…..

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    After we sailed I went down to the Shore Excursion Desk to see if I could get a refund for Ryan’s missed excursion. I had paperwork from the ship’s doctor to prove he was still being treated for his injuries from Nassau, but I didn’t need it. They cheerfully, completely, refunded his excursion, and said that they hoped he felt better. Now that’s GOOD service.

    Before dinner, I played in the blackjack tournament, and managed to qualify for the final round which would be held after dinner at 9:30.

    Dinner and service was again very good, and I’m sorry to say that we forgot to bring the camera, so no food porn today. Sorry. Patti had the pasta, and a fish platter. Ryan really enjoyed the bacon macaroni and cheese. I had the Thai chicken tenders, corn chowder, and the blackened chicken.

    Afterwards, Ryan went to meet his friends at club O2, Patti went to do a little shopping, and look at pictures, and I went to play in the Blackjack final. Luck wasn’t with me as I busted out during the 6th round. I stayed in the casino for a couple more hours, and wound up winning another $100 or so.

    We were all back in the cabin by midnight as it was a tiring, but very fun day. We just love HMC, and we know we will be back! Here is tonight’s towel animal, and our invitations to tomorrow’s VIFP party…..

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    Coming up: Our final sea day, debarkation, and final thoughts.

     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2015
  19. Lurline63

    Lurline63 Well-Known Member

    VERY nice!

    I noticed that Patti orders fish for her entree often. I am a pescetarian -- I eat fish, but no poultry, pork, or red meat. Did she find the selection reasonable? Is there an everyday fish and/or vegetarian option?

    The photo of the ship between the villas is amazing.
     
  20. Jamman

    Jamman Carnival Specialist Community Sponsor

    There were seafood and/or vegetarian options just about every night. In fact, I know that grilled salmon was one dish that was available every night. She loved the vegetable lasagna when it was offered.

     

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