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Day #4 was our final cruise day and a Day at Sea. We really had no plans or expectations for the day.
Morning Day #4
We went to breakfast in the main dining room, then went to the Live Morning Show with Cam (we’d grown quite attached to him by this point!) This was my fourth cruise and I have always wanted to attend a towel animal demonstration but the time has never worked out. This time, we stayed after the morning show and Brian watched while I learned to make 3 different towel animals!
(I haven’t practiced this skill at home – yet – but one of these days my kids are going to be surprised with towel animals on their beds!)
We attended the Pain Relief seminar because I thought it was going to be a talk on essential oils. Turned out it was just a guy from the spa talking about the benefits of Chinese Acupuncture, so it wasn’t too exciting.
Afternoon Day #4
One thing that really impressed me in my research of the Carnival Cruise Line was their relationship with St. Jude. This has always been a cause very near and dear to my heart, so I was excited for the opportunity to make a donation to St. Jude on the cruise. So, we headed up to the Lido (pool) Deck for the Groove for St. Jude event. For a $10 donation, you receive a t-shirt and a wristband. Brian wanted to donate more, though. For a $25 donation, you got a St. Jude Build-a-Bear. So, we decided to donate $45 and get the bear and 2 t-shirts.
Carnival doesn’t keep any of the proceeds of this fundraiser – it all goes directly to St. Jude so is a very worthy cause and one we were happy to donate to. (Plus, I’ve worn the t-shirt several times since our cruise and love it!)
Back in our room, we were greeted by our last towel animal of the cruise, along with a nice little note from our room steward.
One thing that surprised me about this cruise – in comparison to other cruises we’ve been on – is that we had no relationship with our room steward and that made me sad. He did knock and introduce himself (to Brian) on our first day), but I never laid eyes on him. I’m not sure if this is typical of a Carnival Cruise or not, but I missed that connection.
There wasn’t really anything else that we wanted to do in the afternoon, so we spent some time packing for the next day, took a little nap, and then got cleaned up and ready for the evening.
Evening Day #4
Because of my allergies, I received the menu at dinner the night before and was able to make my selections early.
I chose the Peach Soup for my appetizer and it was amazing. It’s a cold soup, similar to the Strawberry Soup we love at Disney. Super light and refreshing! I would definitely recommend it. For my main course, I decided on the Linguini and Italian Sausage. Pasta on cruise ships isn’t always the best, but this was a really delicious meal.
Once again, we asked for our favorite waiter, Saw, for dinner! He was amazing and we definitely gave him rave reviews on our after-cruise questionnaire. I’m so glad it worked out that we were able to request him every evening, even with the Your Time Dining.
If you cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy, ask for this guy as your server! He is the kind of person who will make your cruise extra special. Trust me!
We enjoyed the Music Party with Cam in the Atrium, and followed it up with the America Rocks! Pre-Show and Show in the Blue Sapphire Lounge afterward. Again, I must say that we were VERY impressed with the entertainment on this cruise. There was a whole lot of talent and some very entertaining shows!
Day #5 Disembarkation
After breakfast in the main dining room, we went to wait in the Blue Sapphire Lounge. Because we had purchased the Faster to the Fun option, this is where we waited ’til it was our turn to disembark. We were comfortable there, but it did seem to take a long time to get off. We weren’t in a huge hurry, though, because our flights weren’t ’til late afternoon.
One thing that was disappointing, though, was that, once we were off the ship, we waited outside in the HOT Jacksonville weather, for a shuttle to take us to the airport. Apparently Carnival only has one bus and it was having technical issues so we had to wait a VERY LONG time! Eventually, after lots of complaints from others, the girl in charge (bless her heart – it wasn’t her fault) paid to put us on another shuttle back to the airport.
That wasn’t the best way to end our trip, but we can’t complain too much because we did make it home safely.
Please check out the other posts in this series, linked below:
- Carnival Ecstasy 4-night Bahamas Cruise – Day #1
- Carnival Ecstasy 4-night Bahamas Cruise – Day #2
- Carnival Ecstasy 4-night Bahamas Cruise – Day #3