BACKGROUND - I'm 16 and this time traveled only with my parents (56 and 52). I'm originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil but moved to Orlando, FL in December 2007 and my parents are kind of retired so they spend their year between Sao Paulo, Orlando, and traveling a lot as well. We have cruised with Carnival several times before and always respected the fact they are the largest cruise line and deliver a great product for a lower price enabling more people to cruise, but we still prefer companies such as Celebrity and Royal Caribbean. We actually weren't planning this cruise; We came back from Brazil July 13 and already had friends coming to visit until the 29th and a trip with other friends to Punta Cana from August 8 to 15, so the only possible date was the 31-7 since the 7th is my sister's bday and she had to stay home working. So the most convenient choice would be the new DREAM since it is a 40ish minute drive and the day we came back we'd be in Orlando before my sister wake up so we could spend her day with her and leave the following morning again....
I called Carnival exactly 13 days before the cruise and couldn't be more satisfied. They no longer had interior staterooms and with the Florida Resident/Senior Discount a balcony would be the same price as an oceanview. We were then offered an upgrade for 40 bucks from Deck 6 to 9, the same type of stateroom and then to 10 for the same price, the pool Deck!!! It would then be my 14th cruise and my parents' 21st, so yeah we're kinda picky ....but not that much we just like to "try" new ships and see how they're doing...we never complain just talk about details between ourselves so sorry for any opinion you might not agree it’s just what we think and sorry If I wrote too much….I couldn’t stop typing....
Sea Wind Crown - S. Caribbean - 1997
Carnival Ecstasy - Caribbean - 1998
Splendour of the Seas - Brazil - 2001/2002
Ocean Breeze - Bahamas - 2002
Carnival Inspiration - W. Caribbean - 2006
Grand Mistral - Brazil - 2007
Liberty of the Seas - E. Caribbean - 2007
Sovereign of the Seas - Bahamas - 2008
Brilliance of the Seas - Mediterranean - 2008 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post16784586
Carnival Miracle - W. Caribbean - 2008/2009
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=966690
Eurodam - Baltic - 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1320644
Oasis of the Seas - Labadee Extravaganza - Inaugural 2009 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101085
Carnival Dream - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1250565
Monarch of the Seas - Bahamas - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post27093620
Celebrity Solstice - E. Caribbean - 2010 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1326804
MSC Magnifica - Aegean & Adriatic - 2011 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...1#post29623209
Legend of the Seas - Asia - 2011
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2011
Pacific Princess - Black Sea - 2012 http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1785542
Jewel of the Seas - W. Caribbean - 2013 FIRST BDAY CRUISE!
Mariner of the Seas - Barcelona to Dubai - 2013 FIRST LIVE REVIEW! http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1837671
Enchantment of the Seas - Bahamas - 2013
Pride of America - Hawaii - 2013
Seabourn Quest - Western Europe - 2014
Dawn Princess - Northern Australia - 2015
Disney Fantasy - W. Caribbean - 2015
Disney Dream - Bahamas - 2015
Into 2017 with Friends & Family @ New Zealand!