From Jeff Smith:
For those of you who were not able to attend Club MACE, you missed a great time. We started the trip by meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Jacksonville. We parked our cars there (saving us quite a bit of money) and got a chance to meet everyone. The next day, Saturday, we set out and boarded the Carnival Fascination. With only one lost bag and a lost passport to slow us down, we began the day.
Once on board, we walked around, ate some lunch, swam a little and enjoyed the early afternoon. Around 3:30 pm we had our safety check to learn where the lifeboats were located. Then at 5:00 we had a meet and greet to make sure that everyone was on board and to discuss supper and the rest of the evening. At 6 pm we arrived in the Sensation Dining Room for our first meal as Club MACE. I had the Lasagna. It was great. The remainder of the trip consisted of gaming in the Passage to India Lounge,working out with a great crew from Fitness One in Kernersville, eating and playing more games.
We did have Monday on Half Moon Cay, Carnival’s private island. Some of us rented a wonderful cabana (there will always be a cabana at Club MACE). Some of the group hung out on the beach and a few stayed on the ship (I think). On Tuesday, we docked in Nassau. Many left the boat and had adventures ashore. I stayed on board and enjoyed the pool, the water slide and the food.
During the trip Jodi won a spa package and Carolyn won some serious cash playing BINGO. Various amounts of money were won and lost in the casino. I was a loser.
The days were filled with gaming, ship activities and all around fun. At Club MACE, we do want to game, but we encourage people to experience the offerings of the ship. Just ask Jodi and Carolyn how they feel about that.
As we discuss the trip and make arrangements to go again, please join us. We want to see you at Club MACE!
To all who went, thank you for making year one a great success and a pleasure!