Pre-Trip Blog and Review: Carnival Dream 2/15/14 – Western Caribbean

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There was about a 30 minute wait until the Disney Magic left port so we quickly wondered around the rest of the Exploration Tower. Sorry, I did not get very many pictures of the other decks. Here is some of Cynthia goofing off:







I really enjoyed the demonstrations about the history of the port and the history of cruising at the port. Also, there is a 30 minute video that I understand is awesome, but we did not feel like missing the sail away and then waiting afterwards. The best part that I liked was the Pilot Boat simulator. It was an awesome way to learn about the hard job they have supporting the ships.


Now, it’s time for the Disney Magic to sail away.





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I forgot to mention earlier that it really easy to get to the Exploration Tower. Here is a small map:



We were getting hungry as lunch seemed like a long time ago so we started our search for dinner. Before we could go that, I received a text message about an issue that I needed to handle so; I took about 5 minutes to take care of the situation while Cynthia called her Mom and Sister.

Cynthia used one of her gluten free apps on her phone to find a pizza place that had great ratings that she wanted to try. So, off we go to locate this restaurant. The restaurant was a short drive into Cocoa Beach.



We found A N.Y. Pizza House.



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We forgot to get pictures of the menu and the food, but let me tell you that it was wonderful. They had a large gluten free menu and there were some items like the Mac & Cheese that they could do gluten free but it was just not on the menu. We ordered a Mac & Cheese as well as a pizza to share. It was so much food that Cynthia decided to bring half the Mac & Cheese back to the room.

We wanted to go hang out with some of our new roll call friends, but we were just too full and it was going to be an early start to the morning. We headed back to the hotel, where we got ready for the next day and tried to fall asleep.

Up next, Embarkation Day!
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Originally posted by UTVolsFan4Life
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Cynthia used one of her gluten free apps on her phone to find a pizza place that had great ratings that she wanted to try.


Loving your review so far! Makes me
Want to start documenting my planning for our May cruise on the Liberty.

Can you share what app Cynthia uses to find gluten-free restaurants?


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Originally posted by isadelia
Loving your review so far! Makes me
Want to start documenting my planning for our May cruise on the Liberty.

Can you share what app Cynthia uses to find gluten-free restaurants?


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Thanks so much! I was not sure myself so I asked her and she said it's called "Find Me Gluten Free." Here is a download link:

Apple - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/find...431006818?mt=8

Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...mgf.free&hl=en
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Love your pics! Can't wait to hear more about your cruise!
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Great so far..... A quick question for you since I'll be on the Dream again in less than two weeks. Did you happen to notice the bartenders at the Ocean Plaza Bar, and were there three girls from Thailand?
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Originally posted by UTVolsFan4Life
Thanks so much! I was not sure myself so I asked her and she said it's called "Find Me Gluten Free." Here is a download link:

Apple - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/find...431006818?mt=8

Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...mgf.free&hl=en

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Originally posted by dbcruzin
Great so far..... A quick question for you since I'll be on the Dream again in less than two weeks. Did you happen to notice the bartenders at the Ocean Plaza Bar, and were there three girls from Thailand?
We did not use the bar at the Ocean Plaza so I could not tell you about the bartenders.
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Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I am moving a little slower than I would like as it's been crazy around here. On top of all that, Cynthia went back to work to find out that the whole family is sick...now, we are starting to feel sick. Just the way I wanted to come off vacation... I just have a few more items to scan so, I hope that I can post Embarkation Day sometime today.

For now, I am off to work.
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Hello everyone! I am happy to announce that I am ready to post Day 1 of our cruise. My hope is that I can post all of the days activities at one time for you this evening. I never realized what a challenge it would be to scan the FunTimes, but I have found out that my scanner is not as big as I thought it was. LOL

Day One: Embarkation – Port Canaveral

The morning started a lot earlier than I wanted it to start. I woke up at 2:30 AM to use the restroom and I had a hard time trying to get back to sleep. Around 3:00 AM, I checked to see the Dream’s current position.



I tried to go back to sleep but, I awoke about 4 AM. I started tracking the Dream and the Disney Fantasy. Once I watched the Fantasy come into port from the port webcam, I decided that it was time get up to go meet the Dream at the port. About 5:15 AM, I got dressed and headed out to my picture taking location. I was certainly glad that I put my jeans back on with a nice jacket as it was a quite cool and windy 54 degrees. Let’s just say, my hands felt frozen. I got out to take a few pictures of the Fantasy in port.







I thought about waiting for the Dream but then I decided to wait in the car. I opened MarineTraffic on my phone and found that she had just entered the port. After a few minutes of waiting, I got back out of the car and I could see her heading my way.




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The Dream has arrived and I was so happy that I could see her come into port. This is my second cruise that I have done this for and I truly enjoyed it. I believe some of the people on our roll call liked the pictures as well.

For those of you that would like to know my spot, it not really a secret. I’ll just need nice payment before I give out the location. LOL. I’m just kidding, if you know where Rusty’s is located then your close. If your facing Rusty’s, walk to your left and you will find a nice little park area, more like grass and some places to sit. Next to that is an open parking lot. I pull up in there and take the pictures.

Now, that I have met the ship, I was off to my next adventure…finding Walmart. Thanks to my trusty GPS, I was able to locate on rather quickly.



It seems that as Cynthia and I were talking on the way down we forgot several items and we also wanted to make sure we had plenty of sun screen. I was able to quickly find all the items but one, liquid coconut oil.

My mission is simple, find some liquid coconut oil. Cynthia reported that they sell it at Walgreens so here I go.



I quickly looked in the section that she told me it would be in but it was not there. I asked the person up front who had no clue who got me to the manager. She led me right to it only to find that it’s out of stock. They had a truck to come in and it has not been completely stocked yet, but try back later in the day. Sorry, we have a cruise to catch so, I cannot come back later. The manager suggests trying next door at CVS. Over to CVS I go to find out that they don’t sale it in the liquid form. Sorry Cynthia… no liquid coconut for you.

I now have lots of daylight so now it’s time to go back to take some better pictures of the ships in port.







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I am getting hungry so on the way back over to the hotel I stopped at Zachery’s to pick up some breakfast to go. Zachery’s is right next to the hotel. If you find one of them then you cannot miss the other one.



Cynthia took this picture the previous day so, not I was not driving and having a photo op. LOL :-)

I ordered me up a nice omelet with a hash brown. Cynthia just wanted a grapefruit juice since she was going to heat up the rest of that yummy mac & cheese from the night before.

***Travelers Tip***: For everyone that has special diets. gluten in particular, we have had mixed results here. On our last trip our waitress was very nice and presented us with a gluten free menu and assisted Cynthia with ordering. This time, when I asked about gluten free the waitress said she did not know. It could be a matter of training or just the fact that I was getting a pickup order instead of eating in.

Once, I made it back to the room we ate a quick breakfast (Sorry, I forgot to take pictures.) then we got changed for the day and then started re-packing some of the carry-ons to fit some of the items we needed the night before and the new items that I just purchased. In the mist of working on all of this the time escaped us and the next thing we knew it was 10 AM. Oh no, we wanted to be in the lobby at that time. Since we were on the second floor, we had to make several trips to the car to get luggage situated but we were finally ready to head to the lobby. We got into the car and I went around to the front to drop Cynthia and the luggage off. The lobby was packed with people waiting to get on a shuttle. I checked out of the hotel and found out that shuttle check-in had not started yet. I ran the car over to the cruise parking area and came back to meet Cynthia. I noticed that for the first time a shuttle was sitting there waiting for service to get started. The lady that checks people in was walking in the door. I followed her along with two more of our facebook group members and was able to check in second on the list and on the first shuttle. I ran to the front desk for a pair of scissors and a stapler. I ran back to Cynthia to attach luggage tags and free my new watch when the lady called us to get on the shuttle. We were the last ones on the shuttle, but we made it! We could relax a few minutes, and while we did we found out that everyone on our shuttle was on our facebook or Cruise Critic roll calls. We started talking to Melissa and her family while we waited to arrive at the terminal.



Once we arrived at the terminal we felt the effects of being on a larger ship. We had to wait in line to get to the porters. I was not really worried about it since we were supposed to leave the hotel at 10:30 AM, but we were waiting for the porters at 10:28 AM.

We dropped off out luggage and off we went to the FTTF entrance. The security person checked out ticket and then let us in. We walked right up to security and it was a breeze. I was already preparing to need a secondary inspection since we had a 12 pack or water and a 12 pack of PowerAde. Our bags were scanned and we were sent on through with no questions asked.

Next we went to the Priority Check-In line and there was a short line but it passed quickly as everyone was in the same family and within a minute we were being checked in.
By 10:45 AM, we were waiting to be called upstairs for boarding. Cynthia needed to use the restroom so she went and came back and then I went. As I was coming back they started priority boarding. Our goal was to move as close to the front as possible. We noticed that the VIP lounge had been cleared out and that people with FTTF was getting in line and allowed to go upstairs so we joined the line. All the lady was looking at was the priority boarding on the pass; she was not paying attention to what type of boarding. Once up stairs, we were seated in a smaller seating area as the Platinum’s and Diamond’s finished boarding.


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Now, it’s our turn to board! We were welcomed at the Deck 3 Atrium. We headed straight to our room and were there a little before 11:15 AM. We were on-board so fast that we did not even get a Carnival Welcome Aboard picture taken. We were a little bummed about that, but it quickly faded. We rested for a bit in our room so, now let me tell you a little bit about our stateroom. We were on Deck 6 (Upper Deck), mid-ship, located in room 6318. This room will always be special with us as it’s our first balcony stateroom. :-)

Here are pictures of the room:











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