I have finally decided to write a review / diary of our ten day trip.... Two days in Disney and then a week on the Carnival Dream.
Just some background.... we are a family of five.... Me(44).. DH (46), DS1 (16), DS2 (13) and DD (6). This is the 12th Carnival Cruise for my husband and I, 9th for the boys, and my daughter's 7th.
This vacation was planned late last year. We had cruised the last two summers to Canada out of NYC, and decided that we really missed the Caribbean. Flying to FLA from RI is a major added expense, but with my oldest getting ready to look for colleges, we knew that this would be the last year for all of us to have a major vacation. A few months ago, when the Southwest flights opened, I had an idea. "Honey?? Would you be able to get an extra day or two added to your vacation?? PULLLLEASSEE???" I knew I could! I wanted to go to DISNEY!! ..... see... my DH HATES Disney. Hates everything about it. The crowds, the $4.00 waters, the lines, the people pretending to be happy..... but I LOVE IT. I have visited with each of my boys one at a time, but have never been with the five of us. But... since we knew this was going to be our last BIG vacation for a very long time.. he agreed!!
Fly Wednesday night.... Stay at the Port Orleans Resort in Disney Wednesday thru Friday. Rent a car and travel to Port Canavaral Saturday Morning. Cruise on the Dream! Rent a car and spend Saturday night at the Spring Hill Suites near the airport and spend the day at Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cocoa Beach then Dinner at the Hard Rock in Orlando.
We booked Early Saver on the Dream... in a Family Stateroom for five. Great option in our opinion. We were glad to see rooms for five return! The price never went down however. Our plans also included a visit to Paradise Beach in Cozumel, Cave Tubing in Belize, Zip Lining in Roatan and a visit to the Beach in Costa Maya.
Not all went as planned.... especially our last night..... but more on that later!
I have a lot of pictures to share.. no food porn (sorry!... if I took out the camera during dinner, I am sure the divorce papers would be sent across the table !!) ... and I hope this pretty basic review helps someone!
I do not have the most witty writing style... but I hope you enjoy!
Flying to Florida and Disney!
Destiny October 1999 - Western ( Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
Triumph May2003 - Western ( Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
Triumph (Again!) May 2004 - Western (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios)
Legend - November 2005 - Southern (St. Maartin, Barbados, Martinique)
Victory - May 2007 - Eastern (San Juan, St. Maartin, St. Thomas)
Liberty - February 2008 - Exotic Western ( Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama)
Inspiration - August 2008 - Western ( Grand Cayman, Cozumel)
Pride - April 2009 - Eastern (San Juan, St Thomas, St Martin)
Triumph - August 2009 - PLATINUM!! Canada
GLORY - August 2010 - Canada again!
Dream - August 2011 - Western (Cozumel, Isla Roatan, Belize and Costa Maya)
Liberty - November 2012 - Eastern (Half Moon Cay, San Juan, Grand Turk)
Splendor - JULY 2013 - Eastern from NYC (San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk)
MAGIC - April 2014 - Western from Galveston (Roatan, Belize, Cozumel)
Conquest - April 2015- Southern from Fort Lauderdale ( Grand Turk, La Romana Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Sunshine - April 2016 - Eastern from Pt. Canavral - Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Marteen , St Kitts
Liberty - September 2016 Cozumel 4 Day Long Weekend Birthday cruise
Magic - April 2017 - Roatan, Belize, Costa Maya, Cozumel
Review of 2012 Liberty Cruise http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1757587
Review of 2011 Dream Cruise.... http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...ghlight=catrin
Review of 2013 Splendor Cruise..http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1894153
Review of 2014 Magic Cruise..http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2037569
Review of 2015 Conquest Cruise .. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2205948
Review of 2016 Sunshine Cruise ..http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2349469