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Carnival Corona Cruising--in January, out of Baltimore

Carnival Corona Cruising--in January, out of Baltimore

Old Mar 2nd, 2022, 10:30 AM
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The next day we went upstairs for breakfast to the Lido, and ate outside on the Serenity deck. We had, during our trivia adventures, filled out for a "guess the carat weight", so we went to the shopping show. To his great delight, it turned out that DH had guessed the carat weight successfully and won a prize!

This was a tote bag with random stuff, some of it not very exciting, but included a fairly attractive necklace that we gave to my boss. Later in the show I won a bottle of color changing nail polish too. DH was also very taken with a tanzanite bracelet that was trotted around the theatre on the assistant's wrist to be admired. (It turned out to be $4000 dollars, so that was definitely not happening.) After that we got some lunch, hung out in the casino, sat on deck in Serenity for a while, etc. We had dinner in the MDR and I think I had salmon, DH had chicken, and DS had lamb, along with ceviche and some other goodies.

The next day was our first port stop, Half Moon Cay!

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Old Mar 2nd, 2022, 10:34 AM
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Old Mar 2nd, 2022, 10:41 AM
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It's a very lovely island, with nice facilities, feral chickens, and small silvery fish swimming around with the tourists (they are hoping to be fed, which apparently some people do). DS was very annoyed that we hadn't told him that his metal detector was permitted both on board and on the island. The included lunch wasn't very exciting looking, but there's a seafood stand where you can get goodies at a nominal charge and eat at the bar, so we did that. DH and I split an order of shrimp, and DS had what turned out to be a pound of blue crabs (much to our surprise, we had thought the six dollar charge was for one crab).
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Old Mar 7th, 2022, 07:16 AM
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Then we went back to the ship, hung out in serenity for a while, ate dinner, and did some fun stuff, like hang out in the casino some more.

I can no longer remember which days these things happened on, but at some point DS discovered that there was an evening comedy club, which he enjoyed, and dragged us to the next evening. We also stopped in to Bonsai Sushi one night for a little appetizer, and were completely blown away by the quality of the fish served. So much so that we had it for lunch on our last sea day.
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Old Mar 7th, 2022, 03:04 PM
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Next, Nassau!

We had planned to walk around, maybe visit the Pirate Republic bar, go as far as the public beach, etc. We hadn't realized quite HOW much construction was still going on at the port. It's a mess. I'm sure it'll be beautiful when they're done, but in the meantime...

So we took a cab to Atlantis, because it was nice and early and I decided not to obsess about missing the ship. So we walked around, played in the casino, and had an early lunch in the restaurant off the casino. Food was very, very good, and we got to sit on their patio. There is a barracuda that apparently regularly hangs out under there, either waiting for tidbits, or waiting for other fish in search of tidbits. I never, ever thought I would say "Don't give the barracuda tomato!"

Also DS accidentally won $125 dollars, which paid for lunch.
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Old Mar 8th, 2022, 04:54 PM
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After lunch, DS went into the gift shop and bought a stuffed cownose ray for his cousin, and we took a cab back. We did a little shopping in the Cariloha store, and went back onto the ship. It had been beautiful, but then it got cloudy and decided to rain.

This brought us to the infamous fishbowl incident. The Red Frog Pub has a happy hour on sea day afternoons. Caribbean cocktails are half off. It turned out, however, that this does not include the normal sized cocktails, it's only the "fishbowls", so DS and I each got one. They are the size of at least FOUR normal cocktails. Plus DS drank his too fast, so then he was more than a little woozy and went back to the stateroom to lie down, leaving DH and I to talk to some people from Virginia while DH had a couple of beers and I drank my cocktail at a more sedate pace.

DS felt better after his nap, but we did NOT want a bottle of wine with dinner that night!
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Next day Freeport, and our last port stop!

It's a short day, which is a little frustrating, because it makes me uninclined to pay for a shore excursion, and really uninclined to take a cab somewhere interesting. So we just walked around the port area and bought some souvenirs.

Also wound up in Senor Frogs right when it opened. It was lively.

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Old Mar 14th, 2022, 05:41 AM
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One of our fellow passengers was nearly left in Freeport, illustrating why taking a taxi someplace is a bad idea.

In this case the passenger and his companion had taken a taxi somewhere, where he had taken the opportunity to get spectacularly drunk. Despite there not only being perfectly good bars on the ship, but perfectly good bars in the port (they were doing conga shots in the Senor Frog's). The boat had actually pulled away from the dock when they came running up, and we were already a little late.

They did send them out with the pilot boat, and the gentleman was so drunk that he had to be carried onto the boat, and then onto the ship, and apparently ended up in the brig.

This was our second formal night, and I wore a black net dress with a raised velvet spot and red floral embroidery, which I did not get a picture of. This one, while also historically inspired, does not have a train and is much more comfortable to wear, so I kept it on for a while. We were chasing a nor'easter, and it turned cold fast, and started to get very bumpy.
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We weren't confined to cabins, but we were advised to stay off the balcony, and we turned in early because I was having a very hard time walking, even with the cane. It was very rough in the night.

It was still rough in the morning, and we went to brunch, since I didn't want to walk around the Lido. DH had bacon and bagels again, DH had salmon and an omelet, and I had an omelet as well. We had a nice conversation with the gentlemen next to us (from York, PA), and enjoyed the meal.

Things did start to calm down as the morning progressed, and I felt a little better able to walk around.
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We had carried on some wine with us, and had drunk some of it in the cabin, but we still had a bottle of Prosecco left, which we ended up consuming in the lobby, gazing at the sea through a nice snug window. DS and I then went to lunch at Bonsai Sushi, and ran into the gentlemen from breakfast. A little last minute shopping, teatime again, and one last excellent dinner and foray into the casino. It was still rough that night, but quite a bit calmer than it had been.
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When we woke up, we werre in the Chesapeake. We went to breakfast in the dining room (that's DH gazing out the window wistfully), and got into port a little less than two hours late, which wasn't bad considering the weather and the delay out of Freeport.
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Old Mar 18th, 2022, 04:25 PM
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Our drive home from Baltimore was fairly uneventful, and we came home to a nice surprise (it had snowed, and our neighbor cleared our driveway!).

Which brings me to a another (happy) thing.

My husband spent an unusual amount of time in the casino, essentially recycling money through the fun machines. Since he wasn't really losing (over the whole trip he was probably up by about $100) neither he nor anyone else really worried about it.

We had been aware that they had been sending unusually good casino offers.

We got one. Of course that "free" cabin wasn't really, particularly since we needed to both pay for DS and upgrade to a balcony since there are three of us, but we're going to Spain. For an eleven night cruise in and out of Barcelona. Which cost us the princely sum of about $1400 dollars for three of us with the balcony. And of course there's airfare involved, although I did quite well with that, and since we're flying Aer Lingus, we're stopping over in Dublin. We're quite excited.

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That is fabulous! Have you been to Barcelona or on a European cruise before, or Dublin? What ship? Eleven days is great! So happy for you.
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Old Mar 19th, 2022, 03:28 AM
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That is fabulous! Have you been to Barcelona or on a European cruise before, or Dublin? What ship? Eleven days is great! So happy for you.
Never been to Barcelona, or on a European cruise at all. We've all been to Dublin, and I lived there briefly a LONG time ago.

We're on the Pride, and it stops at Gibraltar, which is on everybody's bucket list. Thank you so much!

Did you guys decide to cruise out of Baltimore?
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We kept putting off making a decision (Covid and health issues) so have not gone anywhere yet and the one we were considering from Baltimore has sold out for the date we needed. Life is kind of in limbo for us at the moment.

Barcelona is an exciting city. There is so much to see. Do not miss Sagrada Familia. I do hope you are going a couple of days early to see some of the sights and perhaps staying a day after. You need two days to see anything much and three to really see major sights. Things are not close and require walking, a bus or taxi.

Gibraltar was for me a kind of “once and done” even though we ended up going twice because we went once on our own and ended up again on a cruise five years later, but it is fun and certainly interesting. Take a taxi or van tour up to the top. Some friends hiked 😼. Not me! The first time, I broke my glasses and had to find a repair shop. Absolutely crazy, but the second time, a screw came out and it was lost on the ship, so, five years later, same shop fixed my glasses.

Pride used to sale out of Baltimore. It is older and not a big ship, but I like it a lot. I forget the designer who did the decor. It is so wacky and over the top, but I think it is such fun. We took it twice and had a great time both times. It had good food and a great piano bar. The weather should be perfect. I think you will have a fantastic time.
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What were you doing in Dublin? Were you there long?

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Old Apr 3rd, 2022, 06:13 PM
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What were you doing in Dublin? Were you there long?
A few months. I had a student work visa, which I didn't actually need, but we hadn't been sure, and the program it was issued through was straightforward.

I actually ended up only working a few days, had trouble finding another job, and wrote a novel instead (although I didn't get anything published for more than 20 years after that). It was a cool experience, and I might have stayed if I'd had steady employment, but I only had enough savings to live on for a few months, and I got a little homesick (missed my family).

Good luck with finding your next cruise!

We're staying the night before and after in Barcelona, so we'll see a little, but it's a quick in and out. My guys (DS and DH) are very excited about Gibraltar, but I understand it is quite small. DS is very, very, very interested in European military history, so I think it should work for him.
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