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Old 04-19-2011, 02:43 PM   #16
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I am INNNNNNN on this one! Because we just got off our 7 Day Magic cruise and jonesing already for another one!!! I'm not sure if I fell in love with cruising, or with DCL...... I'll be honest, I feel like I'm cheating on the mouse though cause I have caught myself checking out other cruise lines......

But NO! I will be loyal..... or will I? So anxious to hear about the kids programs on Carnival.......
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I'm so excited that you are writing another TR, can't wait to hear more!!
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:36 PM   #18
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I am INNNNNNN on this one! Because we just got off our 7 Day Magic cruise and jonesing already for another one!!! I'm not sure if I fell in love with cruising, or with DCL...... I'll be honest, I feel like I'm cheating on the mouse though cause I have caught myself checking out other cruise lines......

But NO! I will be loyal..... or will I? So anxious to hear about the kids programs on Carnival.......
Im doing the same thing!!! I think its both actually, really there is just something about Disney no matter what it is, movies, amusment parks, cruise, heck even the drinks feel diff lol

I wont give anything away but its ok if you want to cheat on the mouse.. he will forgive you.. I have hear of others that went to the dark side then back to him... he let them back on lol


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I'm so excited that you are writing another TR, can't wait to hear more!!
aww thanks im trying to pump out the next part.. but work has been killing me and when I get home i dont want to look at another computer screen.. except to update my facebook and check my farm ya I know im addicted So hoping to get it up on Saturday.
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Great report so far, can't wait to read the rest!
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Post Saturday April 26th, 2011 Embark Day- Part 1

5K for a Cause



Now this is the way Im used to our vacations starting.. with me running around like a chicken with my head cut off getting last minute things together. I had the alarm set for 630am, and a wake up call for 645am. JUST IN CASE! But I woke up at 630am to hop in the shower and get ready.

This is what I woke up to on my iphone. Woohoo Vacation Time!



Maybe I was a bit too excited to sleep. While in there I realized I had put the camera charger and extra battery in the camera bag. Hopped out just in time to get the wake up call and check to make sure the battery was in fact in there.. woohoo score thank you it is, score 1 for me for doing that!! P wanted to go to the store with me, so we went downstairs had a little breakfast and headed out. Radio shack's website said 730am, but the sign on the door said 830am. So we walked over to Office Depot, it didnt open till 8, they also had a Ross and Dollar Store there. We hit up the dollar store since it was the only one open and grabbed a deck of cards, and an extension cord that I forgot. Walked a lil farther and hit a Starbucks to get some drinks.

It was about now when P said man I didnt know we signed up to do a 5K.. every run is for a good cause buddy, ours is too lol. We headed back in time to be the 2nd people in Office depot... no charger there. Ross wasnt open till 9 or else I would have stopped to pick up a few more dress's LOL. Instead we headed over to Radio Shack. Walked in told the guy we needed a charger for a jvc video camera, he busted out an all in 1 charger for $20 woohoo!!! Now I did have both batteries for the video camera and we dont video A LOT and would have probably been ok without a charger... BUT you know any OCVP needs to be prepared. We headed back to the hotel to get the other 2 up, ready and fed. Then headed down to the lobby to load the shuttle.



Our shuttle mates were a family from St Louis getting ready to go on the Oasis. So we chatted with them till we got to the port which was quick about 30mins. Porter took our luggage and off we went to check in.



This is where its different from Port Canaveral. The Disney pier is gorgeous and bright, has a model of the ship, island markers on the floor.. where as the Carnival pier.. is like a warehouse put together last minute with some 99cent decor, and they dont let you take pics. Now Im sure I could of but it was so BLAH I didnt want to waste the memory space. So again Mickey gets a point. But who cares right were not staying there long.

We show our boarding passes and passports then head through security. E got tapped to check the carryon suitcase as it had the soda, water, and wine. A few others got tapped also. After security sees its just the legitimate stuff off we go upstairs to register and get our Sail & Sign Cards (on Disney its the KTTW aka Keys To The World) and we got boarding pass #9.

By then they had started boarding and were already on 3.. sweet not much more time to wait. We got some prime seats right by the hallway where they call you. They did have a few tvs showing basically longer version of their Carnival Commercials. A few minutes later we were walking down the hall (no cute Mickey Ears to walk thru like Disney another Mickey point) Get our pics taken for our SSC (sail & sign card) P had a sticker put on his all 9-17yr olds did to show which clubs they belonged too. (Segragation Now! lol)



Then hit up a background to take our embark photo. They had 3 different back grounds E knows to let me pick when it comes to picture time LOL. None of them wowed me so I went for the shortest line.



Then it was UP the gang plank... talk about a work out it was a ramp going up 2 decks.



Really not good for some of the older folks around us. Ok even E and I were out of breath since we were bogged down with carry ons. We walk in and it feels like a side entrance to the lobby. So it wasnt to thrilling, unlike where Disney announces you and you walk into the middle of the grand lobby (another point for Mickey). I cant believe I didnt take pics. I must have been unexcited to. They did have people there directing us to the lido deck for the buffet and Kids Club members telling us about when and where to meet for orientation, also spa handouts for deals.

Best thing were pocket maps they gave we used those till the day we got off (the boys had it memorized by day 2 LOL)



We head up to the lido for some lunch.



We find a booth where we can drop our stuff out of the way, and 2 by 2 we go eat. They had the Mongolian grill up and running but the line was a mile long as was the fish and chips too. Boys got hamburgers (just an fyi this will be the theme all week, but I dont care its vacation baby LOL) I got a lil bit of everything to sample (my theme for the week) After lunch we head up to deck 10 and start working our way around to see our new home.

Seaside Theatre or as we like to call it Iron Man 2 View (more on that later)



Boys spotted the mini golf and wanted to play right then but I told them wouldnt it be more fun to say you played while AT SEA, that worked (plus I didnt want to go thru 9 rounds lugging stuff). We make our way down each of the decks checking them out and with 5mins till our rooms to open at 130pm we waited with a another family and chatted.

Finally they open the doors and off we go to find our room. 1st order of business was to decorate the door, we didnt see many done up. Except for a wedding one, and someone "added to it" on TP they wrote GAME OVER didnt have my camera to capture that one. Carnival doesnt have magnetic doors (least not on the Freedom) so I knew to take some tape and make a couple door decorations to help us locate our home. Safe to say all were without any "additions" or stolen all week!!



Now I booked a balcony but didnt tell the boys they just asked if we were higher up then when we were on the Magic (because we were on deck 1 and it had HORRIBLE sounds see my 1st trippy for more info) When they get to the door and opened it I went in first so I can get their reaction to it .. and their like oh nice. (again forgot a kodak moment). hmm maybe you didnt see we have a BALCONY I say.. apparently the flat screen tv was cooler as they had already turned it on by the time I unlocked the balcony door.. REALLY? whatever I went out and enjoyed it. Score one for Freddy, for what we paid for an 7day inside room on Disney 2 yrs prior, we got a balcony & 8day cruise on Carnival .



The boys wanted to hit the slide so they changed, I had packed their suits in our carryon and back up we went. There goes J!





I got my 1st DOTD while we watched them. A Funship Special.



Then a few minutes later the boys got out of the pool and said they were done.. WHY UFO? (Unidentified Floating Object) No.. worse they say. UVO! ??? Unidentified Vomiting Object.. eww apparently some lil girl got sick in the pool.. so my boys got out asap.. but pointed out the lil girl and her father w/her still having a great time in a now secluded pool.. GROSS who lets their kid swim in puke. The "authorities" were called and they started the cleaning process.

It was at that time that we decided to go check out the kids clubs before it was time to do the muster drill. P's club Circle C is 12-14 yrs old and it was small, but did have a wii & playstation, We were told they go to the older kids club also at time for games and Club Decades a dance club ha this would be fun. (P started middle school this yr and has had a few dances he went to for the food and bounce house he states lol, so it would be fun to "check in" on him here Ya I know Im a mean mom lol).

J's club Camp Carnival was a combo of 2 clubs with dividers to keep the 2-5 yr olds separate from the 6-8yr olds. We met the counselors and found out when orientation was, and we were told to go weather you preregistered or not.. ok. His club stated they did science and geography type things along with the normal freeze tag etc. They both were looking forward to some non parent time! As were we looking forward to some non kid time too!


***TO BE CONTINUED, too many pics***
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:29 PM   #21
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Post Saturday April 26th, 2011 Embark Day - Part 2

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We headed back to the room to get ready for the muster drill, but learned we didnt have to wear our life jackets.. but the obligatory pics had to be taken.

This is what he looks like at home too, minus the life jacket


Since he was to lazy to stand up I got no flash and my head cut off.. thanks buddy


He looks THRILLED right ahh got to love an almost 13yr old


I heart this kid! I ask, he does, I love him he's my favorite LOL shh I never said that


As we were making our way up to deck 4 for muster we met our cabin steward TITO.. kept looking for his 4 brothers all week LOL. Muster was quick and painless, and once we were dismissed we ran up to the lido deck to watch sail away. There was no big party, just some music playing, again Mickey you get the cake with dancers and confetti and streamers. Carnival was very mellow, I didnt want to sit on our balcony as I wanted the group feeling to experience but how they kick off sail away, I would have had more fun on my balcony LOL.

Even their horn isnt as fun! Freddy you lose! Click here to listen!


HA Boys said we are never going to fit between there.. good thing we took a sharp right


Once we had sailed away for about 30mins the boys were over it (actually they were over it 10mins later)

But E made them stay for me.


Port Everglade I believe there was 6 ships total docked


Camp Carnival area has a splash area. J was checking it out he later said eh its ok but for those lil kids.


It was time for orientation of the kids clubs next. Yes inside the Victoriana Lounge (where they have the shows) parents and kids of ALL ages go to register (we had already done it online I told one of the counselors.. oh but they make you do it again (great glad I wasted time filling out online forms) They basically go over all the "rules" for each club/age group, and what type of activates to expect. They really try and sell the Build a Bear times and the Teen Spa times.. (I was over it within 2seconds in). This is where they also tell you kids from age 8 and below after 10pm, the clubs are no longer FREE.. it then starts a charge of $6 an hour... now I had read this so we werent surprised by it but still wasnt thrilled with it. Really at 10pm is when parents want a lil bit of us time. I think it should start at midnight for them to charge.. but thats just me. Mickey you win this round also since kids club is free any time on your ships. Anyhow off my soap box, I refilled out the forms and turned them in and off we went.

Boys immediately found the arcade and got a few games in




We wanted to head back to the room to wash up before dinner, and maybe see if our luggage was there yet.. and more importantly did our smuggling work? P went and got pizza, then J ordered room service (he had been dying to do that for months, tuna samich, and BLT that we all split, both YUMMY. This is where Disney and Carny differ again, Disney served warm food along with cold things... Carny all cold samiches. We were ok with it also as we all split but it would have been nice to have a burger delivered every now and then. Another point for Mickey as my lil piggy’s would have preferred hot food too. Little by little our luggage arrives and E and I have great teamwork to unpack it no time flat and WOOHOO my Rum Runners all survived! 3 points for me (one for each rum runner LOL)!

Our dinning room was the Posh restaurant and we were on the top deck. I didn’t remember to ask for our own table so was worried we would be sharing with others, Not that I or E mind people but were always worried how the boys will react to "outsiders" or for that matter if meltdowns will erupt infront of them... lol but was happy to see we were at our own 4top. Something that E noticed is before we walked to our table the wait staff was yelling the left side was ODD table numbers and the right side was EVEN numbers.. Then we were to go in and find our table... where on Disney, the 1st night they walk to to your table so your not on a scavenger hunt. We though Mickey gets a point for being classier then Carny screaming directions at us.
It took us almost 2 hours to get through dinner everyone got served before us, it lagged so bad, E asked for lemonade at start didnt get it till he was almost done with dinner.

By the time I remembered to take food porn pics this was all that was left LOL
E had caesar salad then a steak with mac & cheese. J & P shared fried chicken since they just ate.

I had shrimp cocktail then Mahi Mahi w/red potatoes, and it didnt impress me pretty blan appearance and taste. But apparently the pics make it look like had hadnt eatten in years LOL.


J had for dessert some decadent chocolate cake, up he's my kid alright


E & I had Famous Warm Chocolate Lava Cake he's normally not a sweets kind of guy so he suprized me in getting something. It was really yummy I chalk it up to an equvalant of Palo soufle!! I could go for one right now !

and do you see what I see...?


P had vanilla ice cream. Guess no pic since that wasnt too exciting LOL

When the mateir d came by and asked how our 1st night was, we told him we cant do 2 hour dinners w/the boys and need it asap to get the kids out of there fast. He said no prob tmrw would be better, we shall see. Also it was then we asked is their a kids menu as we werent offered one, but since they werent too hungry it didnt matter.. he said he would make sure the boys got those also. (my cruise rule is too look at the adult menu and maybe try something but then they can always fall back on the kids menu if they want)

After dinner the boys wanted to go to their clubs so P went off to his and we went to check J into his.

Alone at last E & I went to the Welcome aboard show.. they must not screen these people well.. there were a few off key moments.. they were NOT the next American Idol. Also for girls that are on stage in skimpy lil outfits you would think they would be toned at least.. I am in no way Americas Next Top Model but I could have beat out half those girls in the next Miss USA pageant.. just saying.

Mickey your shows rock point for you!


They brought out our Cruise Director Ryan (he's no Brett, but a close 2nd, sort of same size and build LOL) Then had some audience participation dance which now any time we hear Disco Inferno we do the dances (thank god no one can see me in my corner at work LOL.)

There wasnt much going on after that so we went to get J out of his club ($9 for an hour and a half to find out they just watched a movie.. really? There went a DOTD and a half) and since we told P curfew was at 1230am after his last activity and had time to kill we went to the pool area and caught the end of Iron Man 2 (boys love this movie)

It was a tad chilly so they have blankets you can check out. (BTW those plates are NOT ours I swear.. they were left there.. we didnt pork out that much.. at least not on the 1st day LOL)


Yes you go and give them your SS Card at the lil cabana by the pool and they write your name on a paper with room # and how many you take then at the end of the night you are to return them so you are not charged for "borrowing/stealing etc", they do this for towels during the day also. I will say its kind of a pain in the rear when the line is long and you just wanna lay out. But when I was on Disney I couldnt find any "free" towels so this worked. No point for either since one washes out the other LOL. But Carny uses paper and pen to check them out they need a faster system, like how about you slide my SSC? DUH Freddy get with the times.

The pool wait staff has to write up tickets also... no automated system.. what is this 1980? lol


We were totally exhausted by now and made our way back down to our room on deck 6 after the movie. E and J watched a lil tv, I worked on my trip report and P walked in right at 1230am on the dot. Said he wanted to stop for a piece of pizza but didnt want to be late for curfew and the line was LONG. I told him next time call us from one of the ship phones and let me know and it would be ok to get food and come back. BUT can I say he scored Major trust points for being on time and showing responsibility. 2 points for P.

I ended the night by picking up a little, and hanging the Room Service Menu on the Door. Ordered a pot of coffee (to go with my Kahlua) and some Danishes cuz I wanted to take full advantage of our balcony.


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Mickey-9
Freddy- 1
P-2
Me-3


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Forget the horn....YOU JUMP OUT OF PLANES!!!!! And J can blow up a balloon with his NOSE!!!! You guys are some CRAZEEEEEE Californians!!!

I loved hearing your voice when you were skydiving- and you smile SO MUCH!! Almost as much as ME!!! LOL!!!

Pods & I think Freddy is pretty stupid charging $6 an hour for under 8s after 10- we think they'd be making a whole lot more than $6 an hour if Mommy & Daddy were drinking in a club or a bar... well, depending on the Mommy & Daddy, I guess!

Congrats on having such a talented son- can't wait to show my kids!!

Hope you had a happy Easter!!
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This is what I woke up to on my iphone. Woohoo Vacation Time!

What app is that? Is it a Carny- specific one or just a general vacation countdown one?

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So we chatted with them till we got to the port which was quick about 30mins.
It took **30** minutes to get there? From HP north? Wow! We were going to take the shuttle, maybe we'll just do Park n GO...ouch. We got there in 5 mins when we drove from HP.


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This is where its different from Port Canaveral. The Disney pier is gorgeous and bright, has a model of the ship, island markers on the floor.. where as the Carnival pier.. is like a warehouse put together last minute with some 99cent decor, and they dont let you take pics. Now Im sure I could of but it was so BLAH I didnt want to waste the memory space. So again Mickey gets a point. But who cares right were not staying there long.
Yeah I am pretty sure that is an overall Port Everglades thing. (not a fan). Nothing anywhere compares to the DCL terminal @ PC though, period!


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Aww! Love it!!!!

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We walk in and it feels like a side entrance to the lobby. So it wasnt to thrilling, unlike where Disney announces you and you walk into the middle of the grand lobby (another point for Mickey). I cant believe I didnt take pics. I must have been unexcited to. They did have people there directing us to the lido deck for the buffet and Kids Club members telling us about when and where to meet for orientation, also spa handouts for deals.
RCCL- same thing. We went in by the dining room. Blah. I've read the entrance to Oasis/Allure is much more grand. Better be!

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Best thing were pocket maps they gave we used those till the day we got off (the boys had it memorized by day 2 LOL)
Wow- cool...can you believe they don't give out maps at all- of any size on Allure?!?! Good thing I already have the deck plans of that behemoth memorized (OCVP baby!!)


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Seaside Theatre or as we like to call it Iron Man 2 View (more on that later)
The pool decks on Carnival don't do much for me, they always look so jumbled and crowded...but doesn't seem as bad as I thoguht in your pics!

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Finally they open the doors and off we go to find our room. 1st order of business was to decorate the door, we didnt see many done up. Except for a wedding one, and someone "added to it" on TP they wrote GAME OVER didnt have my camera to capture that one.

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Carnival doesnt have magnetic doors (least not on the Freedom) so I knew to take some tape and make a couple door decorations to help us locate our home. Safe to say all were without any "additions" or stolen all week!!

Great job! Looks terrific!



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The boys wanted to hit the slide so they changed, I had packed their suits in our carryon and back up we went. There goes J!
That looks fun! Another point for Freddy right? Adults can go on it, no?

I got my 1st DOTD while we watched them. A Funship Special.

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Then a few minutes later the boys got out of the pool and said they were done.. WHY UFO? (Unidentified Floating Object) No.. worse they say. UVO! ??? Unidentified Vomiting Object..
LOL the only time we saw any pool closed on our last cruise was a UVO on the last day (Goofy pool)

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but pointed out the lil girl and her father w/her still having a great time in a now secluded pool.. GROSS who lets their kid swim in puke. The "authorities" were called and they started the cleaning process.
OK that's just NASTY!


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J's club Camp Carnival was a combo of 2 clubs with dividers to keep the 2-5 yr olds separate from the 6-8yr olds.
Another point for Freddy. DCL dropped the ball when they caved to the "but we want johnny snowflake with junior snowflake" whiners and combined the kids club ages. We couldn't keep Sav in there with the ankle biters to save her life.

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As we were making our way up to deck 4 for muster we met our cabin steward TITO.. kept looking for his 4 brothers all week LOL.

hahaha! Tito was always my favorite!

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Muster was quick and painless, and once we were dismissed we ran up to the lido deck to watch sail away. There was no big party, just some music playing, again Mickey you get the cake with dancers and confetti and streamers. Carnival was very mellow, I didnt want to sit on our balcony as I wanted the group feeling to experience but how they kick off sail away, I would have had more fun on my balcony LOL.
Well at least you didn't have the strange yellow and blue dancing Bouy.

Yeah, boo. No way to compare to Mickey!

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This is where they also tell you kids from age 8 and below after 10pm, the clubs are no longer FREE.. it then starts a charge of $6 an hour... now I had read this so we werent surprised by it but still wasnt thrilled with it. Really at 10pm is when parents want a lil bit of us time. I think it should start at midnight for them to charge.. but thats just me. Mickey you win this round also since kids club is free any time on your ships. Anyhow off my soap box, I refilled out the forms and turned them in and off we went.
Yep, RCCL is the same way..I think all of them but Disney are now. Hopefully Mickey doesn't get any ideas.


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Little by little our luggage arrives and E and I have great teamwork to unpack it no time flat and WOOHOO my Rum Runners all survived! 3 points for me (one for each rum runner LOL)!


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Something that E noticed is before we walked to our table the wait staff was yelling the left side was ODD table numbers and the right side was EVEN numbers.. Then we were to go in and find our table... where on Disney, the 1st night they walk to to your table so your not on a scavenger hunt. We though Mickey gets a point for being classier then Carny screaming directions at us.
Yeaah, nice.

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It took us almost 2 hours to get through dinner everyone got served before us, it lagged so bad, E asked for lemonade at start didnt get it till he was almost done with dinner.
Sorry your service sucked! Hopefully it gets better. The first night is always rough. We decided on Allure we are going off the grid and doing specialty restaurant the first night to avoid that cluster in the MDR!

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E & I had Famous Warm Chocolate Lava Cake he's normally not a sweets kind of guy so he suprized me in getting something. It was really yummy I chalk it up to an equvalant of Palo soufle!! I could go for one right now !

and do you see what I see...?
Yep that looks as amazing as I've read and heard!!! Did you only get it the first night?

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Yes you go and give them your SS Card at the lil cabana by the pool and they write your name on a paper with room # and how many you take then at the end of the night you are to return them so you are not charged for "borrowing/stealing etc", they do this for towels during the day also. I will say its kind of a pain in the rear when the line is long and you just wanna lay out. But when I was on Disney I couldnt find any "free" towels so this worked. No point for either since one washes out the other LOL. But Carny uses paper and pen to check them out they need a faster system, like how about you slide my SSC? DUH Freddy get with the times.

The pool wait staff has to write up tickets also... no automated system.. what is this 1980? lol
Uh..yeah. That is strange. They do the towel checkout on RCCL too but like you mentioned, they swipe your card there..quick easy...takes like 2 seconds.

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Mickey-9
Freddy- 1
P-2
Me-3
Wow..Mickey is waaaay ahead!

Great start so far, can't wait for more!!!
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Great trip report, anewmac. We also have to boys and are always tossing around the idea of trying a Carnival cruise, but I'm nervous that it will be a disaster compared to dcl. Some people on the dcl board say that Carnival is nothing but a party boat and not for kids. I can't wait to read the rest of your report.

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I've been on 9 Carnival cruises and the waiters always lead us to our table on the first night. Can't understand why they didn't do that for you, they really should.

I am enjoying your review. I think when you are handing out points you should remember the price difference. Had you gotten the same type of cabin on Carnival you would have paid a lot less, or gotten a balcony on Disney and paid a lot more.

Carnival costs less so they are going to charge for things to make up the difference. I like that because then I only pay for things I use and don't have to pay (higher fare) for things I don't use.

I think it's really nice that cruisers are announced on Disney but I really don't want to pay more for that. It will be interesting to see if the price difference brings you back to Carnival or the added perks make you want to sail on Disney again. We all cruise for different reasons, that's why there are so many different cruise lines.
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Great trip report, anewmac. We also have to boys and are always tossing around the idea of trying a Carnival cruise, but I'm nervous that it will be a disaster compared to dcl. Some people on the dcl board say that Carnival is nothing but a party boat and not for kids. I can't wait to read the rest of your report.

We are former Californians ourselves, originally from West Covina.

Carnival is not a party boat. If you sail during Spring Break you will get more of a party crowd but that is true on any cruise line. I have heard that the 3 day weekend cruises are party cruises but I have never been on one.

We took our grandkids when they were 9 & 10 and they had a blast. They loved the kids club. If that is the only thing keeping you from trying Carnival you should go to CruiseCritic and read some reviews and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Forget the horn....YOU JUMP OUT OF PLANES!!!!! :And J can blow up a balloon with his NOSE!!!! You guys are some CRAZEEEEEE Californians!!!
LMAO i was all how did you know that.. oh yea youtube.. . Oh and skydiving is awesome. cant wait to do it again.. come to Cali, Ill show you a fun time

I loved hearing your voice when you were skydiving- and you smile SO MUCH!! Almost as much as ME!!! LOL!!!
ha its so hard to while falling 30k feet

Pods & I think Freddy is pretty stupid charging $6 an hour for under 8s after 10- we think they'd be making a whole lot more than $6 an hour if Mommy & Daddy were drinking in a club or a bar... well, depending on the Mommy & Daddy, I guess!
RIGHT! In one hour E and I could do some Damage.. probably 2 drinks at $8 each (cuz were not getting any DOTD) were getting down with our bad selves.. then we would probably meet people which would lead to shots.. oh Freddy you could have made a killing on us

Congrats on having such a talented son- can't wait to show my kids!!
Ha there goes J's chance of being president HUH

Hope you had a happy Easter!!
Thanks I did mom bought new wine it was great LOL, so how many more days till Dis Moms gone wild?

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What app is that? Is it a Carny- specific one or just a general vacation countdown one?
Cruise Card Control (free) its for all lines. I had to delete it.. I was so used to checking it ever Monday it got depessing that I had no need for it after the cruise LOL

It took **30** minutes to get there? From HP north? Wow! We were going to take the shuttle, maybe we'll just do Park n GO...ouch. We got there in 5 mins when we drove from HP.
K I read this to E and he said what shuttel were you on .. apparently I have time issues, he said it was like 10mins apparently I was too involved in the Oasis talks lol

Yeah I am pretty sure that is an overall Port Everglades thing. (not a fan). Nothing anywhere compares to the DCL terminal @ PC though, period!
I agree so sad.. its dark and dreary... I want it to be bright and peppy. Like whoo hoo im on vacaton

RCCL- same thing. We went in by the dining room. Blah. I've read the entrance to Oasis/Allure is much more grand. Better be!
Well glad its not just one line. I know Disneys is on the side too but the lobby is OPEN .. we had to walk bewteen chairs lol and behind the bar, not even infront of.. lol

Wow- cool...can you believe they don't give out maps at all- of any size on Allure?!?! Good thing I already have the deck plans of that behemoth memorized (OCVP baby!!)

Make a pocket one.. its awesome LOL Im gonna do that for every cruise we go one from now on. So much easier.. LOL

The pool decks on Carnival don't do much for me, they always look so jumbled and crowded...but doesn't seem as bad as I thoguht in your pics!
I agree in pics I hate the way it looks muliple levels of chairs but I see why so every deck basically gets sun. And in person its not as bad. I kind of prefer it now LOL

That looks fun! Another point for Freddy right? Adults can go on it, no?
OH YEAH!!!!

Another point for Freddy. DCL dropped the ball when they caved to the "but we want johnny snowflake with junior snowflake" whiners and combined the kids club ages. We couldn't keep Sav in there with the ankle biters to save her life.
Ya I heard they are pretty strict on the age thing. Yet P did say there was some kid in his club that was 11.. so maybe if you know how to work the system and have other kids in there you can play the cards right?

hahaha! Tito was always my favorite!
I prefer their sister Ms Jackson only cuz im nasty LOL

Well at least you didn't have the strange yellow and blue dancing Bouy.
that would have been at least SOMETHING.. heck I would have paid good money to see. oH wait I DID

Yep, RCCL is the same way..I think all of them but Disney are now. Hopefully Mickey doesn't get any ideas.
Ya they have the idea on allowing alcohol and no charge kids area.. if only they would lower their prices LOL

Sorry your service sucked! Hopefully it gets better. The first night is always rough. We decided on Allure we are going off the grid and doing specialty restaurant the first night to avoid that cluster in the MDR!
I always wanna have dinner as a family on the 1st night.. but I think from now on im going to make it only manditory on elegant/formal nights LOL

Yep that looks as amazing as I've read and heard!!! Did you only get it the first night?
hello do you now know me? I will say, it IS offered on the menue EVERYNIGHT.... stay tooned to see what kind of a piggy i am lol

Uh..yeah. That is strange. They do the towel checkout on RCCL too but like you mentioned, they swipe your card there..quick easy...takes like 2 seconds.
for as much money as they make, upgrade, get with the times, save me some vacation time. If I wanted to wait in lines I would go to WDW lol jk

Wow..Mickey is waaaay ahead!
I know but remember its jusst a number and the 1st day

Great start so far, can't wait for more!!!
I would say by weds. But thats never gonna happen i hope to get part up by Saturday LOL work is killing me. (ok maybe the people or lack of showing up LOL) I wish I could just go away 3 days a week like E sleep in my office no phone kids or work bothering me just read my book and work on my trip report.. ok so there would be an occational deployment just means more time for me

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Great trip report, anewmac. We also have to boys and are always tossing around the idea of trying a Carnival cruise, but I'm nervous that it will be a disaster compared to dcl. Some people on the dcl board say that Carnival is nothing but a party boat and not for kids. I can't wait to read the rest of your report.

THATS what I thought.. but not so true. So I can gladly squash that idea. Sure they have hairy man contest and mr and mrs carnival contest but my boys LOVED IT.. and it was totally tackful for kids

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I've been on 9 Carnival cruises and the waiters always lead us to our table on the first night. Can't understand why they didn't do that for you, they really should.
Well Im glad to hear that they should. Maybe cause there were tons of people waiting for it to open up? Either way not a deal breaker for us, but would have been nice lol glad we werent too far deep in lol

I am enjoying your review. I think when you are handing out points you should remember the price difference. Had you gotten the same type of cabin on Carnival you would have paid a lot less, or gotten a balcony on Disney and paid a lot more.
I did that is why we booked a balcony for the same price on carny we got a balcony and an extra day than what we paid for Disney. Actually that is what made us "jump ship" lol but now im spoiled dont think i could ever not have a balcony LOL

Carnival costs less so they are going to charge for things to make up the difference. I like that because then I only pay for things I use and don't have to pay (higher fare) for things I don't use.
True ... guess everything I use I dont want to pay for jk

I think it's really nice that cruisers are announced on Disney but I really don't want to pay more for that. It will be interesting to see if the price difference brings you back to Carnival or the added perks make you want to sail on Disney again. We all cruise for different reasons, that's why there are so many different cruise lines.
Oh me either on paying more to be announced lol. But it would be nice to walk into the lobby and not feel like were shuffled into a side area kind of felt like the lower area of the Titanic I wasnt good enought to be let in the main entrance Oh and I want to try each line too cuz what works for some may not work for others. only my opinion counts.. for me and the 3 people I take along for the ride

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Eh it wasnt too bad, There were a few moments where you went oh college kids LOL but for the most part it was pretty tame. E and I went on a 3day RCCL to Ensenada a few years ago.. ya those seem to be a lil more "lively" but over all I would have still took my kids on that one

We took our grandkids when they were 9 & 10 and they had a blast. They loved the kids club. If that is the only thing keeping you from trying Carnival you should go to CruiseCritic and read some reviews and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Agreed I had to do that a LOT before I would book. Then I told the boys over and over it may not be like Disney, so go in with an open mind and try it out. They did!

alright guess I better go to bed. tmrw will be here before I want it too
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Yeah, what Jen said - where did you get this app?

By then they had started boarding and were already on 3.. sweet not much more time to wait. We got some prime seats right by the hallway where they call you. They did have a few tvs showing basically longer version of their Carnival Commercials. A few minutes later we were walking down the hall (no cute Mickey Ears to walk thru like Disney another Mickey point) Get our pics taken for our SSC (sail & sign card) P had a sticker put on his all 9-17yr olds did to show which clubs they belonged too. (Segragation Now! lol)

But no wrist "tagging?"

Then it was UP the gang plank... talk about a work out it was a ramp going up 2 decks.



Disney couldn't get away with that because we are all LEGALLY bringing on cases and cases of booze and we'd never be able to drag our carry ons up any kind of ramp!!!!



Finally they open the doors and off we go to find our room. 1st order of business was to decorate the door, we didnt see many done up. Except for a wedding one, and someone "added to it" on TP they wrote GAME OVER didnt have my camera to capture that one. Carnival doesnt have magnetic doors (least not on the Freedom) so I knew to take some tape and make a couple door decorations to help us locate our home. Safe to say all were without any "additions" or stolen all week!!



Not magnetic? So not as heavy? That would be good for Ally's toe and Timmy's finger, eh Ellen?


I got my 1st DOTD while we watched them. A Funship Special.



Hey, even DCL gets ya with that first DOTD "special."

Then a few minutes later the boys got out of the pool and said they were done.. WHY UFO? (Unidentified Floating Object) No.. worse they say. UVO! ??? Unidentified Vomiting Object.. eww apparently some lil girl got sick in the pool.. so my boys got out asap.. but pointed out the lil girl and her father w/her still having a great time in a now secluded pool.. GROSS who lets their kid swim in puke. The "authorities" were called and they started the cleaning process.

EWWWWW! If I had more time I'd find the barfing smiley.....

It was at that time that we decided to go check out the kids clubs before it was time to do the muster drill. P's club Circle C is 12-14 yrs old and it was small, but did have a wii & playstation, We were told they go to the older kids club also at time for games and Club Decades a dance club ha this would be fun. (P started middle school this yr and has had a few dances he went to for the food and bounce house he states lol, so it would be fun to "check in" on him here Ya I know Im a mean mom lol).

I would do that too!!!!

J's club Camp Carnival was a combo of 2 clubs with dividers to keep the 2-5 yr olds separate from the 6-8yr olds. We met the counselors and found out when orientation was, and we were told to go weather you preregistered or not.. ok. His club stated they did science and geography type things along with the normal freeze tag etc. They both were looking forward to some non parent time! As were we looking forward to some non kid time too!


***TO BE CONTINUED, too many pics***
I'm dying to hear more about the kids clubs as your TR goes on. This is our biggest hesitation in doing another cruise line. Ally turned 10 on this cruise and we gave her sign in/out priviledges and she pretty much had the run of the ship. Did you feel comfortable with your son having that independence on Carnival? I know there are a lot more singles/ partiers/ couples, etc, on Carnival than there are on DCL so that's why we felt pretty safe with Ally and her friends roaming around the ship......

I heart this kid! I ask, he does, I love him he's my favorite LOL shh I never said that

Now THAT is funny!!! And I didn't just post it on facebook......



As we were making our way up to deck 4 for muster we met our cabin steward TITO.. kept looking for his 4 brothers all week LOL.

I'd be a little spooked if you told us you found "the gloved one" - odds are they were all in surgery so that next time we see them they will appear younger than OUR kids!

There was no big party, just some music playing, again Mickey you get the cake with dancers and confetti and streamers. Carnival was very mellow, I didnt want to sit on our balcony as I wanted the group feeling to experience but how they kick off sail away, I would have had more fun on my balcony LOL.

That is so sad!!!! Sail Away really got me excited and totally into vacation mode. Did anyone wave at you with giant "just got caught in the heavy magnetic door" gloved hands?????

It was time for orientation of the kids clubs next. Yes inside the Victoriana Lounge (where they have the shows) parents and kids of ALL ages go to register (we had already done it online I told one of the counselors.. oh but they make you do it again (great glad I wasted time filling out online forms) They basically go over all the "rules" for each club/age group, and what type of activates to expect. They really try and sell the Build a Bear times and the Teen Spa times.. (I was over it within 2seconds in). This is where they also tell you kids from age 8 and below after 10pm, the clubs are no longer FREE.. it then starts a charge of $6 an hour... now I had read this so we werent surprised by it but still wasnt thrilled with it. Really at 10pm is when parents want a lil bit of us time. I think it should start at midnight for them to charge.. but thats just me. Mickey you win this round also since kids club is free any time on your ships. Anyhow off my soap box, I refilled out the forms and turned them in and off we went.

I agree with what others have said. Disney is all about kids and we definitely pay for it..... Just not on an hourly basis.....

We wanted to head back to the room to wash up before dinner, and maybe see if our luggage was there yet.. and more importantly did our smuggling work? P went and got pizza, then J ordered room service (he had been dying to do that for months, tuna samich, and BLT that we all split, both YUMMY. This is where Disney and Carny differ again, Disney served warm food along with cold things... Carny all cold samiches. We were ok with it also as we all split but it would have been nice to have a burger delivered every now and then. Another point for Mickey as my lil piggy’s would have preferred hot food too. Little by little our luggage arrives and E and I have great teamwork to unpack it no time flat and WOOHOO my Rum Runners all survived! 3 points for me (one for each rum runner LOL)!

Oh yea!!!!!! It almost feels better to be bad than to "legally" bring on the booze on DCL, right????

Our dinning room was the Posh (Spice?) restaurant and we were on the top deck. I didn’t remember to ask for our own table so was worried we would be sharing with others, Not that I or E mind people but were always worried how the boys will react to "outsiders" or for that matter if meltdowns will erupt infront of them... lol but was happy to see we were at our own 4top. Something that E noticed is before we walked to our table the wait staff was yelling the left side was ODD table numbers and the right side was EVEN numbers.. Then we were to go in and find our table... where on Disney, the 1st night they walk to to your table so your not on a scavenger hunt. We though Mickey gets a point for being classier then Carny screaming directions at us.
It took us almost 2 hours to get through dinner everyone got served before us, it lagged so bad, E asked for lemonade at start didnt get it till he was almost done with dinner.

So did you eat in same dining room every night?

and do you see what I see...?


We are so sad to be home from our cruise that we see hidden Mickey's EVERYWHERE!!!! Poor Jeff just can't escape us!

When the mateir d came by and asked how our 1st night was, we told him we cant do 2 hour dinners w/the boys and need it asap to get the kids out of there fast. He said no prob tmrw would be better, we shall see. Also it was then we asked is their a kids menu as we werent offered one, but since they werent too hungry it didnt matter.. he said he would make sure the boys got those also. (my cruise rule is too look at the adult menu and maybe try something but then they can always fall back on the kids menu if they want)

So the kids WERE allowed to order from adult menu? We just read somewhere that DCL is the only cruise line that allows that.... hmmmm.....

Alone at last E & I went to the Welcome aboard show.. they must not screen these people well.. there were a few off key moments.. they were NOT the next American Idol. Also for girls that are on stage in skimpy lil outfits you would think they would be toned at least.. I am in no way Americas Next Top Model but I could have beat out half those girls in the next Miss USA pageant.. just saying.

Mickey your shows rock point for you!


I remember back in the "day" when cruising first became a big deal, that it was all because of the food and the shows...... So sad the shows aren't all that - however, it saves that crazy running from dinner to show to clubs, etc. What is it? The stilleto 5k?

It was a tad chilly so they have blankets you can check out. (BTW those plates are NOT ours I swear.. they were left there.. we didnt pork out that much.. at least not on the 1st day LOL)


You crazy Californians!!! We were in the same part of the ocean the same week and I never even pulled out my sweaters!!!! Silly west coasters......

Yes you go and give them your SS Card at the lil cabana by the pool and they write your name on a paper with room # and how many you take then at the end of the night you are to return them so you are not charged for "borrowing/stealing etc", they do this for towels during the day also. I will say its kind of a pain in the rear when the line is long and you just wanna lay out. But when I was on Disney I couldnt find any "free" towels so this worked. No point for either since one washes out the other LOL. But Carny uses paper and pen to check them out they need a faster system, like how about you slide my SSC? DUH Freddy get with the times.

The pool wait staff has to write up tickets also... no automated system.. what is this 1980? lol


But if it were still 1980 the food and shows would be better.....

We were totally exhausted by now and made our way back down to our room on deck 6 after the movie. E and J watched a lil tv, I worked on my trip report and P walked in right at 1230am on the dot. Said he wanted to stop for a piece of pizza but didnt want to be late for curfew and the line was LONG. I told him next time call us from one of the ship phones and let me know and it would be ok to get food and come back. BUT can I say he scored Major trust points for being on time and showing responsibility. 2 points for P.

Great job!!!!!

I ended the night by picking up a little, and hanging the Room Service Menu on the Door. Ordered a pot of coffee (to go with my Kahlua) and some Danishes cuz I wanted to take full advantage of our balcony. [/SIZE][/COLOR]

Tally
Mickey-9
Freddy- 1
P-2
Me-3


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Poor Freddy........ So far he's just inexpensive, but is he "cheap?" The ship looks great though, how big was that one in comparison? More more more!!!!! I'm jonesing SOOOOO bad and I've been on websites every night trying to decide do we cheat on the mouse next year or wait two years so we can afford the Mouse again?????
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Great updates, can't believe how much they charge for the kids clubs after 10pm . You're right, they could make so much more money off parents just from drinking..
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Carnival is not a party boat. If you sail during Spring Break you will get more of a party crowd but that is true on any cruise line. I have heard that the 3 day weekend cruises are party cruises but I have never been on one.

We took our grandkids when they were 9 & 10 and they had a blast. They loved the kids club. If that is the only thing keeping you from trying Carnival you should go to CruiseCritic and read some reviews and I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
I think Carnival is more of a party boat on shorter cruises because you can take a cruise for less than $200pp in some cases. So that allows for bachelor/bachelorette parties, spring breakers, etc. The longer cruises where you are still paying at least $500pp will be similar to other cruise lines. But Carnival also gave themselves that stigma when they launched the Fun Ships campaign.......
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