After being on the ship for over 36 hours straight, my family was excited for our first day off the ship. Our first port of call was Saint John, New Brunswick (not to be confused with St. John, Newfoundland). Once again, my son ordered us room service breakfast nice and early, and we eagerly awaited the announcement that we’d been cleared to disembark. The kids enjoyed standing on the balcony watching the ship enter the port while I packed up a bag for our day.
Josh, our cruise director, announced that we were able to disembark, but that the gangways were crowded. After about fifteen minutes, he let us know that things had cleared up, so that’s when we headed out.
After returning to the ship, we brought our kids to Camp Carnival to get some of their energy out. Dinner that night was cruise casual, so we were easily able to get dressed and ready to go. This time, our servers danced for us, and once again, our headwaiter Tony was the star of the show. We skipped the show that night, as it was rated PG-13.
On Day Four, our port of call was Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our ship was greeted into the port by bagpipes and drums (as well as the Disney Magic).
That night, my husband and I had plans to dine at the Emerald Steakhouse, so we brought our children to Camp Carnival for dinner. Dinner for the kids is held in the Fish and Chips room located by the Lido Deck, and they had their choice of a few kid-friendly meals, like chicken fingers and mac and cheese. Club Carnival is complimentary until 10pm (through 3am), when the rate is approximately $7 per hour.
Our dinner was scheduled for 8pm, and was cruise elegant, so we took some time to get ready before heading out. While you’ll have to pay an additional fee to dine in the steakhouse, I’d highly recommend it. The food really is excellent, and it’s a nice break from the main dining room.
We went to bed looking forward to day five – another fun day at sea.
Disclosure: Carnival and the ports hosted us for the cruise and the excursions. All opinions are my own.