My 65th Birthday Gift

My gift was the Private Oasis at Half Moon Cay. The Carnival Liberty 5 day cruise, because it was the only ship going to Half Moon Cay. I had been to the Private Oasis in May on a Holland America ship. So it was fun to compare the differences in the two cruise line approach to very exclusive spot on Half Moon Cay. I am here to tell you Holland did it better, no surprise there. Having said that it was still great and worth the money if you have a group.

The package included the services of a butler**, personal chef, bartender, cabana Steward, and lifeguard* along with the following: Whole fresh fruits, chips & salsa. Beverage package with Domestic and Imported beers; house pouring ‘wine by the glass’ (Red, White and White Zinfandel); Cocktails (Bahama Mama, Rum Punch, and Yellow Bird); frozen tropical classics (Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri, Banana Colada, Margarita); mocktails (Virgin Pina Colada, Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri, Virgin Banana Colada). BBQ Lunch Buffet with selection of two salads, grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, fresh island fish, barbecued chicken, brownies and cookies.

* No lifeguard ever showed up.

** Carnival provide a waiter, I would but have called her a Butler. HAL provided a Butler and it made the experience much better.

Here are a few pictures of our day:


The cruise was lots of fun with cocktails in our suite each night before dinner. The suite was one of the Grand Suites, nice, but give me a Neptune Suite on Holland America anytime.

Grand Suite on Carnival:

Grand Suite

Here a few photos of our sail-away:


Nassau had beautiful weather.

DSC_2140 Stitch (1280x365)

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Cruising my retirement!
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