This post is written by a friend of the Experimental Mommy, Lena, who wanted to share her thoughts on Plus-Sized Cruising with you. Enjoy!
I’m a big girl. No, seriously, I’m a BIG girl…as in plus-sized. My hubby and I have wanted to go on a cruise for…..forever & we finally did it this year. We booked a 5-night cruise on the Carnival Fascination out of Jacksonville, FL. The cruise was great & Carnival is awesome; but this is about what it’s like to be a plus-sized girl on a cruise….not about the cruise itself.
I have a confession: I’m a research junkie. I’m a data analyst by trade, so I analyze EVERYTHING. To death. I have no shame. Anyway, there was surprisingly little info on the internet about a plus-sized person’s experience on a cruise. Plus-sized people have to worry about different things than smaller people. We have to worry about weird things like if our bottoms will fit in a seat with arms, if the booth at a restaurant leaves enough room to breathe, or if the pool ladder goes deep enough for us to actually get OUT of the pool.
So, let’s talk about the Carnival Fascination:
- Staterooms – actually pretty roomy. The bathroom was laid out nicely & didn’t feel overly cramped. The shower in our ocean view stateroom was bigger than I expected.
- Poolside chairs (not the loungers) – They had arms that made it uncomfortable for me. Sitting on a folded up Carnival Pool Towel helped a little, but they were never comfortable for me.
- Poolside loungers – they were sturdy and seemed a little taller than other lounge chairs. I found them easy to get on and off of.
- Pool ladder – YES! Yes, it went deep enough to make getting into and out of the pool easy. *happy dance!*
- Coconut Bar & Grill – the booths were absolutely fabulous!!! There was plenty of room and there were several booths. They had the same poolside chairs in there too, but because of the booths, I didn’t have to sit in them.
- Aft and Walkway Tables & Chairs – The same poolside chairs were there too, so I didn’t get to eat there often…though I wanted to.
- Main dining rooms – The chairs were a little too close together for my taste. Hubby and I learned to leave an empty seat between us so we could eat comfortably.
- Comedy Club – the benches & mini-couches were very comfortable. The individual chairs near the stage were tight, but not uncomfortable.
- Palace Theater – every seat in that theater was plenty big! The bench seats in front of the stage were huge and comfortable.
All in all, I found the Carnival Fascination to be VERY plus-size friendly, though I wish they would add some armless chairs to the poolside and aft areas. We will definitely cruise with Carnival again!