Posted January 25th, 2012, 07:10 PM
Wow! Great stuff!!! Just sat here (at work
) for the last 1.5 hours going through this entire review -- we're thinking of the Western Caribbean on the Dream for my big 5-0 but we're not sure if we want to risk the weather.
I've cruised with Carnival 3 times now and you are right, it's definitely what you make of it. I work for Disney and have done the Wonder twice and was on the inaugral Dream for "work"
but the Cloud 9 Spa just BLOWS theirs away - espcially if you get the spa cabins or opt for the weekly pass -- my husband is NOT a big cruise guy - we actually charter and sail in the BVI every year at least once so he's not big into the cruise ship crowds. But we've done 2 sailings now on the Splendor because he just LOVES the spa. So...we're thinking of the Dream for late October/early November...just not sure I want to risk that weather window.
Okay....one thing I have got to tell you and then I promise I'll shut up about it. Go watch "The Cove." You will never want to give $$ to the dolphin peeps again. Ditto on the "hold the tiger for money" opp. That poor baby was away from his mama all day and God knows what happens to them after they stop making money for the vendor -- they do this in Cabo as well and there's all sorts of encouragement going around telling people to stop giving these guys money. I mean...I get the dolphin thing, I really do. We just got back from the BVI this past weekend. Last Thursday, we dropped our anchor off of a little island called Sandy Cay, off the coast of Jost Van Dyke. It's a tiny little "Gilligan's Island" kind of place. We took a little hike and we were all on the beach hanging out when my friend David yelled - "hey - dolphins!" There was a pod of dolphins - two babies and two adults - just off shore in the bigger waves - leaping and playing. My friend Kristine and I grabbed our fins and swam out....they started swimming around us all on their own - it was AMAZING. Because we swam in from our boat? Nobody had a camera
Seriously NOT trying to be a Debby Downer on the whole thing - I just had to say something because I just feel so sorry - especially for those little tigers.
Your photos are fantastic!!! And I was NEVER one to think the Chef's Table was a good idea....TOTALLY changed my mind on that one. What's the scoop on the wine? Is it included in the $75? If so, that is a great deal per person for everything you guys got! Thank you SO MUCH for such a detailed, beautiful review. I now cannot wait to go on this itinerary! Bummer that Belize was a wash-out for you guys. How did you like Costa Maya? Is it pretty??? We are really into snorkeling and it's supposed to be amazing in Belize!!