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Old 10-02-2011, 06:04 PM   #31
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very interested

in seeing the comparisons.

What activities are there for little ones?
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:02 PM   #32
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Oh, I cant' wait for the rest!

I loved our DCL cruise but have since taken 3 (3!) Carnival cruises and loved them as well.

We're back to back on the Dream this October but then I'm thinking we might branch out a little bit.

The Oasis and Allure are definite contenders.

Thanks for writing this report Jen.
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Old 10-02-2011, 07:56 PM   #33
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You gotta start charging for these ... love your TR's!
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:55 PM   #34
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Old 10-03-2011, 07:30 AM   #35
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Well I guess I could have looked at your tickers! LOL! Great job on keeping that secret! She will be so shocked and excited!!! Sounds awesome!!!
Meh, you're busy Love hearing about the trip, can't wait to read more!
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:03 AM   #36
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Loving it already...my opinion of the ship,just my opinion, it is big but lacks the class of the Disney's.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:29 AM   #37
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I take it you're no closer to finishing yours yet then Only 2 weeks before we leave for our vacation you know (no pressure)
I'm VERY close, but I'm delaying it. I don't want it to end!!!! I promise to wrap it up this week though. Just for YOU!
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:38 AM   #38
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Oh my dear Kara, just you wait until I get going!

That's awesome about Freedom, you will love it! In a lot of ways I still prefer Freedom class- mostly in that it doesn't take 10-15 minutes and 1/4 mile to get from forward to aft.

Drea is hooking me on Carny too. That new Breeze and it's itinerary is awful intriguing. So is the price point- $2800 for all 5 of us on an 8 night southern?!?! SOLD! We just have to figure out when we will go.

Are you doing Eastern or Western on Freedom? Labadee or Coco Cay?
FOTS is a Western, which we will be doing this coming March. Not sure if we will like as much as the EAstern, but looking forward to it! If for some reason we just hate that itinerary, which seems unlikely but you never know, we can always look at other options.....

I LOVE the Carnival Breeze itinerary and I am also looking at that 8 night Southern!!!!! You should see my 3 page spreadsheet showing the dates, itineraries, and prices for EVERY flippin ship between PC, Miami, Ft L, Tampa, and New Orleans. We really like Tampa, PC and NO though because we can drive to those. Miami or Ft L we would have to fly (although we do have enough frequent flier miles.......).

We have friends who cruised on the Oasis this summer, but they I only saw 3 pics on FB and all they said was "It was awesome." Um.... excuse me, but that's not a Trip Report!!!!! So bring it on girlfriend, I'm ready!
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Joining in. Great start and can't wait for the next update!
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Old 10-03-2011, 01:01 PM   #40
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Here and loving the read so far!

That video in the car cracks me up. Sara is still such a cutie. And has Savannah grown like a foot or something since last year? She looks so tall in those photos standing next to Ron.
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Old 10-03-2011, 05:56 PM   #41
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Great report
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:19 PM   #42
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Stupid Is As Stupid Eats!

We headed a few blocks north on A1A to Bubba Gump’s for dinner. Yea...I know. In a new town, maybe we should have found somewhere more unique and local to eat. But......this is what we were in the mood for. Shrimp, the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew...well you get the idea.



Pretty darn busy on this Saturday Night:




We had to wait a few for a seat. Luckily they had these blocks to amuse Sarah, and this bench to amuse everyone else:







There was a nice breeze so we elected to eat outside on under the covered porch. Food and service were both good, if a little pricey. Ok a LOT pricey. As in when we got the bill this was our reaction:



Anyway I'm getting ahead of myself. We really did like eating outside, if it as a bit hot at first (this would become a trend in the days to come)




Our Appetizer:
Shrimper’s Net Catch Peel ‘N Eat Shrimp (1/2 Garlic, ½ Cajun) $12.49



These were good. I don't usually chow down on the peel & eat's so when I tried one and it was a bit crunchy I was scoffed at for not knowing why they are called PEEL AND EAT. Yeah well. Stupid is as......



Anyway everyone pretty much preferred the garlic to the cajun flavored ones. I only had cajun, and it tasted pretty good to me, even with the shell.

Can I blame it on this Lt. Dan's Drunken Punch??? (It wasn't really called that- don't ask!)



Brendan had the Shrimp Po Boy ($10.99)



He thought it was FANTASTIC! And he ate the whole thing!

I had the Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp $17.59



Oh yeah, very good! for the price...eh,7 shrimp-not so much.....but they were delish. And the only crunch this time was the coconut!

Ron had Lt. Dan’s Drunken Shrimp (yes they really were called that)-$16.59

Large chargrilled shrimp and andouille sausage with mashed potatoes and bourbon sauce!





He thought it was good, but he regretted getting it because there was something else he wanted more. No idea what that was, I'm sure he'll tell us.

The kids’ meals come in a cute “Jenny” boat: ($4.99-$5.29)


(Yes I am biased and not ashamed to admit it!)






Dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae $7.50 (enough to share!) This was AMAZING!!!




The kids each got a Build-Your-Own Sundae: The had fun, made a mess, and I think managed to eat some too:








It's a good thing we were so miserably tired and full that we didn't care that we just dropped, oh- about a buck fifty and headed back to the hotel to try to get some rest.

We were so excited though, it was hard to go to sleep, and once we did, even harder to stay asleep- a problem exacerbated by a very noisy party going on across the hall that did not quite down until well after 4 AM. I don't know what the heck they had going on over there, it spanned about 3 rooms. It wasn't so bad when nobody was coming or going, but when they were.. (which was pretty much constantly). It actually sounded like some kind of weird gambling party.


The noise did not bother the kids a bit though, and actually once I realized it was close to 5 AM and I could watch Allure arrive on the webcam my enthusiasm only built more!




Oh yeah, in just a few hours we'll be on that baby!

Up next: Welcome to Duloc!
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:20 PM   #43
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Thanks for the trip report!

I am so excited you are writing this. We have been on 2 DCL cruises and are hooked (we have always been huge Disney fans) but this May we are going on the Allure of the Seas for my mother's 60th and it is hard to find much detail out there.

Thanks and I cannot wait to read more!
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:24 PM   #44
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Sorry gang, I have to work tonight. I wanted to get this quickie post up for you, the real good stuff is coming up!

Tomorrow morning or afternoon I'll be able to address those who have posted recently!

Til then....
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The food at Bubba's looks awesome! I am soooo hungry
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