Mitsugirly takes great PRIDE in bringing her Spring Break extreme review
Ship picture tour
I will go floor by floor with the pictures that I have. Yes, I missed some things and I'm sorry for that.
**Disclaimer** I'm a crazy-happy snapper. I "walk and snap" on a lot of pictures. I get excited. I halt at the drop of a hat and my family "use" to run into me when I did that, but they have been trained over the years. They are always on the look-out for my sudden stopping and snapping a picture. They know never to get ahead of me because that causes "delay" when I have to give that "look" of "you are in my picture way" and they have to do an about face to move back so I can get "the shot". LOL But like I said, FOR THE MOST PART, they are pretty good about it.
As for the walking and snapping...a lot of times I'm in a hurry. Sometimes I take 10 pictures of the same thing trying to get the perfect shot. You will get pictures that are awesome, you will get pictures that are sometimes blurred from me walking and snapping. Please bare with me. It's just the nature of the game.
So I bring you the ship tour.
BEAUTIES DANCE CLUB:
MEDICAL CENTER INFO:
Now I know most of you are not interested in this info, but since I'm a nurse, it interest me and I had to take a visit there. Hopefully none of you will ever require a visit there.
I did not take pictures of the place itself, but did take a few pictures that might interest some of "info" you may want to know.
I spoke to the nurse down there about her working there. I always thought it would be neat to be a nurse on a cruise ship. So I got the "scoop" from her.
The nurses do 4 month contracts, then they get 1 month vacation in between each contract. She said you do have the option to extend your contract for 2 months if you wanted, but no longer than that.
They do rotate ships and they have 2 nurses on staff on each ship.
She said her hours are when the medical center is open, she works the "clinic" hours (which she made it sound like a long day on those days) and also rotates the "on call/after hours" times with the other nurse.
So of course I pulled out my funtimes to see what these hours consisted of:
Sailaway Days: 3pm-6pm= 3 hours
Sea Days: 8am-12pm & 1p-8p = 11 hours
Port Days: 8a-12p and 1p-8p (Grand Turk)= 11 hours
Port Days: 8a-11a and 3p-6p (HMC) = 6 hours
Port Days: 8a-12p and 1p-8p (Freeport) = 11 hours
So they basically work around 64 hours a week IF they are working every day. I'm not really sure if they rotate those days between the nurses or not since she did mention they always have 2 on staff.
She said starting salary is around $4k a month. If they do work every day and my calculations are correct, that's only around $15/hour, which I can't imagine.
She seemed to LOVE her job and stated that they had no expenses...all the food your little heart desires and room and board during your stay.
She also stated it was "tax free" money. I'm not sure how this would work if you are from the US though. I'm sure most are from foreign countries and maybe don't have to pay the taxes (she stated she was Asian).
I did ask about having family with you or visiting. She stated that they were away from their families during this time and they were not with them. Then behind the medical center doors was another window. Up pops this guy at the window and she looked at him and stated "Sir, you need to go around to this window", while pointing at the window we were at. He laughed and said "no". She said it again, while he laughed again. Then she stated "That is my boyfriend. He's cruising as a guest with me this week" :D So, I didn't go into more details as what it meant to cruise "as a guest". I'm not sure if he was a paying customer on the cruise or they are aloud to bring a guest for 1 week with them free of charge. :confused:
Now I know that I have seen talk around these boards about the "qualifications" of the medical staff. I have seen comments about "they are just medical people but are not trained to take care of certain situations which is why they are life-flighted off or people die or can't be saved or......" whatever. I remember awhile back looking up the qualifications of becoming a cruise ship nurse and I remember it stating you had to be an emergency room nurse for so long, have training in (I believe) critical care ICU, and have several different certifications among other things.
So...I have to disagree with others out there stating that they are "just a nurse" or "just a doctor". I spent the last 4 years working in the emergency room. They have EVERY situation thrown at them (and my hospital is also a trauma center). I have been in every situation possible. Those nurses know their stuff no matter what the situation is. Now whether or not the ship is equipped with the proper equipment for every situation may be a different story. But the staff, yea they are more than qualified for whatever happens to you on a ship. The nurse I spoke to also confirmed these qualifications to me.
Being in the medical field, I found the items they had (many old items) in the cases in this area very interesting. The had old prescriptions and medicine bottles and mixing utensils.
Even the lights resembled a beaker for mixing.
CRYSTAL CARD ROOM:
RED FROG PUB:
WINNERS CLUB CASINO
NORMANDIE MAIN DINING ROOM RESTAURANT:
RENAISSANCE LOBBY & ATRIUM
TAJ MAHAL LOUNGE
Would you look at that foot room and space between the chairs? I just love this about Carnival. So much room for others to walk around and a table to put your things on.
Throwing in an "extra" here.
Did you know that all Carnival ships have a special coin welded to them in a box? Here's the info:
The ship was blessed for safe travels for all crew and guests that will sail with her; a champagne bottle was broken and the ship was gifted with a very special coin. According to the shipyard staff there is a centuries old tradition that calls for every ship to carry a lucky coin. The coin is welded to the hull of the ship and has to happen before the ship can touch water.
Just a few more "extras" of some of the elevators and art work on the ship.
All of the elevators had a beautiful sculpting done around them. It made them look very elegant. All the elevators inside and out had a mural on them.
Now I didn't realize this, but after I boarded the ship and I was in contact with others, they ask if some of the pictures still had the "nipples" removed from the pictures. ??? I had no idea what they were referring to and hadn't noticed it. However, my husband had the answer pretty darn quickly and said "yes". I thought it was funny that he had noticed this and knew exactly what they were talking about...but then again, he is a guy.
I then found a picture and gave it to them. Everyone laughed. I would really like to know the story behind this if anyone cares to share....
Who is it that crossed out the nipples around the ship?
I had read things here and there about how some "families" went on the ship and was disgusted about the "nudity" of the art work and the statues. Of course I didn't find anything wrong with it and neither did our little ones. But I guess to each their own. It's what the ship is about...renaissance and the art work.
CHERRY ON TOP
Cute little whale tail gummies
IVORY PIANO BAR
LIBRARY AND INTERNET CAFE
For all you phone users:
RAPHAEL FOYER LOUNGE
This was a pretty neat looking hallway and it extended all the way around and back up the other side. I'm not sure what it's used for and I never did see anyone using it. Maybe it's just a hallway and decorated as such. It led to the Circle C club and the Video/Game room upstairs.
VIA VENETO UPPER PROMENADE
CIRCLE C KIDS CLUB
VIDEO GAME ROOM-REAL VIRTUALITY