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Old 01-05-2013, 09:17 PM   #226
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A Float By!

After our playground adventure, and now that we were finally back inside the gates of the high-security pool area, it was time to relax and enjoy this awesome pool complex!





Sarah was off to the kiddie area!













She loved it, squirts and splashes galore!

The big kids and Ron headed for the Lazy River first.

You have to have a tube in the Lazy River. They do provide plenty of tubes in both a smaller child size and larger adult size for everyones use.

At first, Sarah was not too happy about leaving the kiddie area to ride the lazy river.



















Looking up at the lush tropical landscaping as we float by!
















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Old 01-05-2013, 09:23 PM   #227
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A Float By! (Part 2)

When we reached the slide area, we decided to hop on!





This slide is serious business. It is 248 feet long and it moves FAST. It’s also a long climb up, Really long! But the payoff is worth it. This is an awesome slide!

And look at the view!





Looking down at the huge sundeck from the slide platform:


And beyond, towards the coastline:
























Here is a POV video! Enjoy the ride!



We just had so much fun out here! Loved this resort!












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Old 01-05-2013, 09:29 PM   #228
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A Float By! (Part 3)





The view from behind the waterfall:



Even the showers are cool-made out of surfboards!
And look- Sarah takes out an “unsuspecting” Ron!






For those curious, there is a large pool restroom/locker/changing room building accessible directly from the pool deck (inside the gates):





Here’s a peek inside.



And here is that concrete expanse of a sundeck.



Way too freakin’ hot to be up there today:




The large pool was fairly empty, with the exception of the volleyball area. There were games going on there most of the day. In retrospect it wasn’t the greatest place to have chosen a table and lounge chairs as the balls were flying out all the time. Not a huge deal though because we were mostly in the pool. Ron Jon has 43.000+ square feet of pool area and deck space!



As lunch time approaches. Sarah gets a little cranky. OK , she got a lot cranky. Let’s eat already!



You can order food from the Ron Jon Surf Grill for pickup via the Pool Bar. There is the restaurant proper inside if you prefer a sit-down experience (cover ups/clothing required) but if you just want to eat at your table or chairs outside you can get a menu and order at the bar.

Here is my big TR fail: I forgot to take a picture of the RJR pool bar menu. I’m sorry! The menu itself was a one-page laminated sheet you pick up at and return to the bar. It is rather simple, basic American fare: sandwiches, burgers, chicken tenders, and pizza. The prices were a little bit high but not totally unreasonable (I think a burger might have been around $10, possibly a bit more). The family at the table next to ours had gotten a pizza- it looked and smelled fantastic and the price was great considering the amount of food. It was probably about a 12” pizza. The cost was around $8- not bad at all. We decided to get one of those and share it, along with the snacks we had at the table. It was good!



Mmm..pizza and cheetos. Healthy, it’s not. <shrug>









Guess they liked it. No complaints.

We also decided to get a kids’ grilled cheese and fries plate for me (you do have to be with a child under 12 to buy a kids’ meal), the price for that was, I believe $5.99.



The sandwich alone was enough for me. Grilled cheese is always good as far as I’m concerned, and this one was no exception! It came with a small amount of crispy french fries- (it is a kids meal after all)- perfect portion. Excellent value, you just need a kid with you!

With my kids meal I also opted for a very expensive frou-frou tropical drink. I forget exactly what was called- something like Strawberry Delight. It was basically a Vanilla Slushy (supposedly made with cake flavored Vodka) with a Strawberry Daiquiri swirled in. It was a little weak on the booze and for $12 I wanted it to pack a bit of a punch. It had delicious flavor though. Just not a lot of alcohol.

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:30 PM   #229
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A Float By! (Part 4)

So after lunch, we were just hanging out at the table chillaxin’ and all of the sudden something blocked the sun. This was no passing cloud, however. We all looked up and were shocked to see appearing to be gliding by almost directly over us:



The Carnival Dream!



We had never seen a ship sail in our out from the Ron Jon and surely had no idea why the Dream (or the CDream as I like to call it- no relation to the DDream) would be sailing by at this time of day. We would find out later is was just pulling in, returning to port from a dry dock (to install the Funship 2.0 upgrades for those of you familiar with Carnival)







This was super exciting! It caused quite a buzz across the pool deck with everyone wondering what was going on. And there she goes, down the channel down to her dock.







All this, and it was still only mid-afternoon! How about a trip to the beach?

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:40 PM   #230
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Yay!!! Although I had to go back and re-read the last post to remember where we left off!!! haha
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Yay!!! Although I had to go back and re-read the last post to remember where we left off!!! haha
I did too! LOL!
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:07 AM   #232
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You started up again!! That resort has an amazing pool complex. Loved the POV slide video!
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:55 AM   #233
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Great pics! Looks like SOOOOOO much fun! Sarsh is adorable-even when grumpy! Pov photo looks fun! Thanks for updating!
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Total fun surprise to see the CDream! We have often toyed with the idea of staying at Ron Jon, but would really love to have an oceanfront room, which is not happening with less than a week's stay, unfortunately (wish Ron Jon would change that rule!).
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #235
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Holy updates Batman!!!!

The pool area looks like it could provide lots of hours of fun for kids. Claire would be in HEAVEN!

The pizza looks darn good. My soup I ate earlier is now fading fast and a nice pizza would do the trick!

How cool to see the Dream. That ship isn't that old, I am surprised they had to drydock it already. That is the one Carnival ship I would like to try.
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Old 01-07-2013, 11:11 PM   #236
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Loved the update!

Looks like y'all were having a terrific time at the resort pool! That place really seems like a destination in itself.

And how cool that you got to see another cruise ship pulling in!
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:19 AM   #237
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Smile **** UPDATES & MORE, OH mY!! ****

1) finally got my wine issue figures out.


2) your pool pics are just fab!!
hmmmmm......makes me wanna re-think 2014 and my vacation plans!!


3) ok....the pizza - regular crust or deep dish??





Like yer updates.





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Wow that resort had a nice looking pool complex! Might have to try to stay there if we ever take a cruise.
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I love your report!

Your kids are too cute!!!


what camera do you use for underwater. Ours bite the dust on our last cruise and we are looking at a new "tough" series.
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Just a quick pop in to reassure ya'll that I am indeed back for good. I am working on the next part but posting will be a tad sporadic this week as I am finishing up <ahem> an online class. It is boring as all get out and I keep falling asleep during it.

So, not a tease...more coming! Soon! Now it's time for a nap, I mean class!
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