Photo Review - Carnival Dream Exotic Western Caribbean with FTTF - 12/8/12

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#1
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Carnival Dream Exotic Western Caribbean
December 8-15, 2012



December 8, 2012 - Depart Port Canaveral 4:00PM
December 9, 2012 - Fun Day at Sea
December 10, 2012 - Cozumel, Mexico 10:00AM to 6:00PM
December 11, 2012 - Belize City, Belize 8:00AM to 6:00PM
December 12, 2012 - Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan, Honduras 9:00AM to 6:00PM
December 13, 2012 - Costa Maya, Mexico 7:00AM to 2:00PM

Booking Process
We booked a Pack N Go rate for a Balcony Guarantee about 30 days prior to sailing. I was using a Future Cruise Certificate as well as several $100 Carnival Cruise Line Certificates from Citi Thank You Rewards. I made the initial deposit on my Citi Visa and made arrangements with the booking agent to apply the FCC and mail in the rewards certificates. Because we were within the 75 day final payment window, final payment is normally due within 24 hours of booking, but the booking agent got an extension to November 30 so that the certificates would have time to make it to Miami and be processed. No big deal, right?

Unfortunately, the next day, when Carnival applied the $100 deposit from my FCC and my onboard credit, their system reverted my final payment date back to November 9. I called Carnival and got a lovely older southern woman who assured me that she could take care of it. She told me that her supervisor instructed her to enter my Thank You Rewards gift certificates as FCC certificates (I knew this would not work - the certificates have to be physically mailed to Miami to be applied...), and I waited patiently for her to submit my gift certificates one at a time, using the wrong form, and to tell me everything would be taken care of on Monday and not to worry. No problem, right?

I kept watching the booking every day to make sure that my booking was still there. At one point, I found that we were assigned a balcony cabin on Deck 9 Forward, which I was happy with due to it not being under the outdoor areas of the Lido Deck. The only problem was that my payment was still not applied, and the final payment date was still showing as December 9.

Finally, about three or four days later, I log in to my Carnival.com account to find that my booking is not accessible. The booking number still shows up, but when I click on it, I get an error message. You know what this means. Another call to Carnival to find out that my booking was canceled for non-payment. I explain the situation and the agent was very understanding and went through previous notes to find out that the last agent I spoke with was indeed given incorrect instruction by her supervisor, and she would reinstate my booking with no penalty. The only problem was that the computer would not let her reinstate the booking, so she had to call another supervisor, and after 10-15 minutes on hold, they were finally able to re-create my booking and apply my deposit and FCC certificate and onboard credit to the account. They extended my final payment date to December 7, one day prior to sailing, and assured me that my reward certificates would be applied within a few days (tracking # already showed them as being delivered in Miami). Sure enough, a few days later, my cruise was paid in full after the Miami office processed my rewards certificates.

As a Carnival shareholder, I also sent in my proof of ownership to qualify me for the $100 onboard credit. I mailed a letter with my statement and booking number to Guest Administration the same day I mailed in my rewards certificates. Three weeks later, no OBC. I email Guest Administration and get an automated reply. Wait until 4 days prior to the cruise. Still no OBC. I finally call Guest Administration and get a live person on the phone. She apologized profusely and was not sure why my first request that I mailed in did not get processed. She also explained to me that they do not do OBC via email request (would have been nice if they sent a reply telling me this), but she gave me her personal fax line number and I faxed my shareholder account statement and she immediately applied my $100 OBC. I also received an extra $20 OBC on a separate line with no explanation. Oh well, free money is free money!

With final payment taken care of and all of my OBC squared away (a total of $220 for a 7-day cruise), it is time to pack and go!
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RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
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Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

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Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#3
Southeast Texas
272 Posts
Joined Feb 2012
Too much of a hassle. Carnival needs to SIMPLIFY the booking prices and booking process. If Carnival is the "WalMart" of cruising, it needs to adopt the same pricing (and booking) strategy. Lowest price possible - no changes, tricks, loopholes, or hoops to jump through to get a special price. Just whatever the bottom line price is, for everyone.
#4
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
I procrastinated a little more than I should have and put off packing until the day before the cruise. I worked until 7:00PM and had hoped to be packed and ready to go by midnight. Five loads of laundry and a trip to Walmart later, I was finally packed and ready to go at 2:00AM. I made an attempt at sleep, but it just was not coming, so at 4:00AM, it was time for me to get ready to meet my friend for our quick trip to the airport.

We arrived at the $4/day long-term parking lot at Columbus International around 5:00AM and were at the terminal, with our bags checked and through security to our gate within about 20 minutes. We were among the first people in our gate area, but it would slowly fill up with families on their way to Disney World over the next hour and a half. There is nothing like a Saturday morning flight to Orlando!

Thankfully I checked in early and received boarding position A48 on our 7:35AM flight to Orlando on Southwest. I felt very fortunate to find two open seats next to each other in the front row of our brand new Boeing 737-800. The pilot said the plane was brand new and among the first few -800's delivered to the Southwest fleet. They must be REALLY new on this route because on our return flight, none of the flight attendants had been on the 737-800 yet, and spent the first half of the flight playing with the new touch screen control panels and the color-changing settings on the LED cabin lights. We got quite a light show thanks to their curiosity, but the -800s are indeed very nice planes. The pilot also said that even with the higher capacity plane (175 seats vs. the older 137 seat B737-700 that Southwest has flown for years), the flights between Columbus and Orlando are still almost always sold out. I'll take this as a good sign as we have lost our Southwest flights from both Detroit and Cleveland to Orlando over the past few years.

After a fairly uneventful flight in the very front row of the plane (and no children around us!!!), we landed right on time at Orlando International and proceeded to the baggage claim area. One thing that I dislike about Orlando is that the airside terminals are quite a distance from the main terminal and baggage claim, and it often takes 20+ minutes for your bags to appear on the carousels. Knowing this, I decided to leave my friend at baggage claim and head down to the Budget Rent-a-Car desk to pick up our rental car. I scored a great discount code that resulted in us getting a Toyota Corolla for $57 from Orlando to Port Canaveral on the 8th and $38 for a Dodge Avenger from Port Canaveral to Orlando on the 15th. Even with fuel and tolls, we still saved a bundle vs. the Carnival port transfer shuttles and were able to make stops at Downtown Disney and Publix along the way.

I was thankful that I decided to "beat the crowds" and head directly to the rental car counter while my friend waited for our bags. When I got to the budget counter, there were two parties in front of me and three agents working. I had my keys within 10 minutes, but by the time I left the counter, there were 20+ people waiting in line and the agent that I was working with was calling her supervisor for backup. We probably would have waited 30-45 minutes had I not skipped baggage claim and headed directly down to the rental car counter. I made it back up to our carousel just before our bags appeared, and from there we were off to the garage to pick up our red 2012 Toyota Corolla with about 3,500 miles on it.

Port Canaveral is about 45 minutes and $3.00 in tolls down FL-528. The Budget office is about two miles past the cruise terminals.

We arrived at the rental car office at about 11:30AM to find a disorganized drop-off process. A single older lady was walking around the lot checking mileage and fuel gauges and collecting keys in a little white basket. No walk-around or inspection of the vehicle, just a quick note on your contract about the return mileage, and she took the keys and sent you inside to close out your contract. Inside, all I had to do was show my fuel receipt to prove that I filled up the tank to avoid a $13.99 flat-rate charge for trips of less than 75 miles, and we were off to wait for the shuttle to the port.

While we were inside, I found out why they were so frantic to get our keys quickly. They had cruisers from the previous week standing all around inside waiting on cars. THEY WERE OUT OF CARS!!! One family accepted a 12 passenger shuttle van with the BUDGET logo on it in place of the minivan they reserved (the father said he was ok with it...), and another father and son got a Chevy Camaro convertible in place of the small sedan they reserved.

After dropping off the keys, we waited maybe 10-15 minutes, and were on the 2nd shuttle back to the port. Budget runs two big shuttle vans and a smaller 12 passenger van between the rental office and the port, but with three ships in port at different terminals, it could be 20 minutes or longer before you see one of them, especially if they get stopped at the drawbridge for a sailboat leaving the harbor, as we would learn on our return trip.

Our shuttle driver dropped us off at the shuttle drop off area, where our luggage was loaded onto a baggage train similar to what the airports use. From there, it was a quick walk across the street to the brand new cruise ship terminal.

We entered the terminal around noon and were through security within two minutes. From there, we proceeded to our assigned check in line, where we only waited behind two or three other parties and were almost immediately directed to an agent. After scanning our passports and going through the quick health questions (any flu-like symptoms or stomach ailments within the past 48 hours?), we made some small talk with the check-in agent while he was waiting for someone to bring our Sail & Sign cards over. After a minute or two, he went off to see what was taking so long on our keys. A few minutes passed and he finally returned with our keys in hand. Turns out they were over in the Faster to the Fun area, and had the Faster to the Fun stickers on them.
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#5
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Faster to the Fun (FTTF)

A quick side note on Faster to the Fun. Shortly after booking, I decided to sign up for Faster to the Fun, thinking it would be nice to get on the ship early and have immediate access to our cabin. I paid for it on my Visa card on the Carnival website. After deciding that we were going to fly in the day of the cruise and rent a car to get to the port, I realized that we probably wouldn't get much benefit from FTTF outside of maybe receiving our luggage a little earlier and having priority tender stickers in Belize, so I canceled FTTF online the day before the cruise. I received a full refund on my Visa for the $49.95.

Well to our surprise, apparently the port had printed the FTTF list before I canceled and we were on it, so our Sail & Sign cards had the FTTF logo sticker on the back and we were given full Faster to the Fun benefits for the entire cruise, even though we had canceled and received a full refund for it.
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#6
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Anyway, after the slight confusion over where our Sail & Sign cards were, the agent explained to us that next time we sign up for Faster to the Fun, we should proceed to the Faster to the Fun line so that we are at the same check-in area as our cards. No biggie, we still didn't have to wait in line at the regular check-in area and they were already doing General Boarding just after noon, so there was no wait in the terminal either.

Since we were given the FTTF stickers on our cards, we decided to go for the FTTF/Priority Boarding line at the boarding area where you get your THIRD photo taken and "ding" onto the ship for the first time. What was ironic was that the people in the general boarding line actually made it on before we did because the FTTF/Priority line only had two machines whereas the general line was using like six. So much for getting to the fun faster. In any case, it only took us maybe five minutes from the time we received our Sail & Sign cards until we were in the atrium on Deck 3.
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#7
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
After boarding, we figured we would check to see if our room was ready. The doors were still closed as it was not even 12:30PM at this point, but heck, we were on the FTTF list for our Sail & Sign cards, so we figured that our steward probably had us on the FTTF list as well. We were assigned cabin 8288, port side, midship. We could not ask for a better cabin assignment given that we booked a Balcony Guarantee, except maybe an upgrade to an extended balcony or a suite.

Anyway, we arrived to find our room door held open with the deadbolt, but after opening the door we found that it was ready for us, complete with a note from the ship's Hotel Director thanking me for purchasing Faster to the Fun. I guess we made the list

We dropped our carry-ons off in the room, and headed back out to the Lido deck for lunch. The doors to the cabin hallways were still closed, and the stewards were still hard at work preparing rooms for the non-FTTF passengers, so it is safe for me to say that if you do not have FTTF, closed doors means that your rooms are not ready, so stay out!
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#8
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Having been on the Dream in October 2011, I already knew exactly what would be offered on the Lido deck during embarkation day. Sure enough, long lines outside at the poolside grill (burgers and hot dogs) and Pizza Pirate, as well as inside the Gathering buffet, which was Italian themed on embarkation day. We skipped past all of this and headed up the staircase behind the dessert station and up to Deck 11 to the Pasta Bar, now named Pasta Bella on Carnival ships.



I had penne with pomodoro, shrimp, spinach, and mushrooms with a side of bread. The bread at the pasta bar is the best; fresh baked rolls with a hint of rosemary and olive oil.

My friend had linguine with alfredo, chicken, and spinach, I think.

After lunch, we were off to explore the ship for a bit. It didn't take long for us to settle in at the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar for our first drink of the cruise.





One thing that I found missing on this cruise were the classic FunShip specials being delivered by all of the bar waiters on embarkation day. Carnival has done away with the classic hurricane glass and Drink of the Day promotion; replacing it with feature drinks in different areas of the ship. The Blue Iguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar each had their own mixed/frozen drink special every day, which was always $1 off, and a draft beer special that was $2 off for a 101 ounce beer tube (about $26 + gratuity). They have several different collectible cups, ranging from swirl sport bottles to plastic parrots, to tiki totem pole cups, but all were significantly more expensive than the old FunShip Special in the hurricane glass. FunShip specials are now served in a regular plastic tumbler on embarkation day.
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#9
86 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
Originally posted by brilliantseas
Having been on the Dream in October 2011, I already knew exactly what would be offered on the Lido deck during embarkation day. Sure enough, long lines outside at the poolside grill (burgers and hot dogs) and Pizza Pirate, as well as inside the Gathering buffet, which was Italian themed on embarkation day. We skipped past all of this and headed up the staircase behind the dessert station and up to Deck 11 to the Pasta Bar, now named Pasta Bella on Carnival ships.



I had penne with pomodoro, shrimp, spinach, and mushrooms with a side of bread. The bread at the pasta bar is the best; fresh baked rolls with a hint of rosemary and olive oil.

My friend had linguine with alfredo, chicken, and spinach, I think.

After lunch, we were off to explore the ship for a bit. It didn't take long for us to settle in at the Blue Iguana Tequila Bar for our first drink of the cruise.





One thing that I found missing on this cruise were the classic FunShip specials being delivered by all of the bar waiters on embarkation day. Carnival has done away with the classic hurricane glass and Drink of the Day promotion; replacing it with feature drinks in different areas of the ship. The Blue Iguana Tequila Bar and RedFrog Rum Bar each had their own mixed/frozen drink special every day, which was always $1 off, and a draft beer special that was $2 off for a 101 ounce beer tube (about $26 + gratuity). They have several different collectible cups, ranging from swirl sport bottles to plastic parrots, to tiki totem pole cups, but all were significantly more expensive than the old FunShip Special in the hurricane glass. FunShip specials are now served in a regular plastic tumbler on embarkation day.
Great Review! Looking forward to more

Do you know if Carnival still allow refills on DOD even though its in tumbler cup?
Thank you!
#11
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Originally posted by CruiseExplorer
I should have said refills on FunShip Specials?
They have a 16oz Rum Runner at the RedFrog Rum Bar that goes for $10.95 in a souvenir glass. I believe it can be refilled at the 12oz price. Not sure about the FunShip Special since they don't advertise that drink anywhere on the ship that I saw.
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#12
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
After exploring the ship, we headed back to the room to unpack and hang out on the balcony for a bit. It was almost time for the "safety briefing", so we headed down to our assigned muster station, A3; which is located in the Encore! Theater in the front of the ship.

Unlike many of the older ships, the safety briefing on the Dream only involves a simple video presentation and a short spiel over the intercom by the Captain and Cruise Director. No lugging out the life vests, and no standing 5-deep in the sun at the life boat embarkation station. A quick 10 minute video and it is all over. PAINLESS!

After the safety briefing, we headed out to watch sail-away and then decided to take a "quick" nap before dinner. We had Your Time Dining, so we figured that we could sleep for an hour or two and then go to dinner. After all, except for a 15 minute nap on the plane, I hadn't slept since before work on Friday and had been up for 30+ hours by this point. The Carnival Comfort beds must be really comfortable because we both fell asleep within minutes and didn't wake until almost 2:00AM! We missed dinner and the entire night's activities. Fortunately, I knew I wasn't missing much as I've seen the Welcome Aboard show three or four times now and there aren't any special offerings like Punchliner Comedy on the first night. We settled for some 2:00AM pizza on the Lido deck and then watched TV in our cabin until we fell back to sleep.
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#13
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
December 9, 2012 - First Fun Day at Sea

After sleeping through most of our embarkation day, we were up bright and early on our first sea day. We knew we wanted to check out the Punchliner Comedy Brunch, which lives up to the reviews that I've read on CC recently. More on that later.

The Punchliner Comedy Brunch is held on the first level of the Crimson Dining Room, Deck 3 Forward, from 8:30AM to 1:30PM on sea days. Outside of the dining room is the Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar, where you can use your free VIFP drink coupons. If you don't want a bloody mary, they also offer full bar service at your table once you are seated. I know John Heald mentioned the possibility of changing where you can use the free VIFP drink coupons so that you could use them at dinner or in other bars on the ship, but as of the December 8, 2012 sailing, the coupons are still only valid at breakfast or Comedy Brunch in the main dining room (sorry, no MDR lunch service on the Dream - it has been replaced by the Punchliner Comedy Brunch). We arrived at the Crimson Dining Room a little after 9:00AM to find no wait. We were seated immediately at a shared table on the Port side of the ship. We shared a four-top table with another couple. The dining room was maybe 1/3 to 1/2 full, and service was prompt.

I had the French Toast, which is coated in your choice of Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Frosted Flakes, or Fruit Loops. I tried mine with Frosted Flakes, and it was delicious! Just the right amount of crunch and they coat it after the French Toast is cooked so the cereal doesn't burn, unlike other places where I've had cereal French Toast in the past. I also had hash browns, which arrived hot and fresh. I left my VIFP coupon back in the room, so no alcohol at breakfast for me. I stuck with the orange juice.

My friend had Eggs Benedict, which arrived hot, but with the hollandaise sauce almost baked onto the egg. Not good. She had a bellini with her free VIFP drink coupon.

The brunch menu features both breakfast and lunch items, as well as desserts. I just had to try the banana cream pie, so I ordered dessert along with my French Toast.

Around the time that dessert arrived, the pre-recorded George Lopez intro came on over the sound system and Jeff The Fun Dude came out to talk about the comedy club and introduce the comedian. After about 5 minutes of George Lopez and Jeff The Fun Dude telling a few jokes and talking about the comedy club, one of the two headliners (they alternate every hour, on the hour) came out and did about 5 minutes of comedy and then announced his headline shows for the next two nights. That was it. Five minutes of intro and five minutes of comedy once an hour.

The food was good, and the menu is a fun novelty over the normal breakfast menu, but I wish the would bring back the traditional main dining room lunch on sea days; perhaps in the Scarlet Dining Room, with the Crimson Dining Room being used for the brunch.

The "comedy" part of the Punchliner Comedy Brunch is nothing more than a few short jokes and an infomercial for the Punchliner Comedy Club shows that take place on four nights of the cruise. The brunch is great for promoting the comedy club, and the food is good, but as stand-alone entertainment, I would give it a "D-" grade at best. Go for the food, not for the comedy.
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#14
Columbus, OH
670 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Great start so far. Sailing in 2 weeks. I actually should be on CCl's webiste right now checking in and printing boarding passes right now but instead I am on CC feeding my addiction

Thanks so much for taking the time. Great pics, keep up the good work!!!

We booked FTTF too, I am excited about. On our last NCL cruise we got spoiled with VIP perks because we got flagged in the system for setting up the M+G for CC. It was sweet. So when we heard about FTTF, we couldn't resist!
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Carnival Dream 1/5/2013
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#15
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
After the Comedy Brunch, we changed into our bathing suits and spent some time on the outer decks while waiting for the afternoon's poolside entertainment. Pool games started at 11:30am, followed by the Master Mixologist Competition (now called Red Frog vs. Blue Iguana or something like that), an ice carving demonstration, and finally, the hairy chest competition, aka Miss Carnival Dream.

If you want to participate in the Mixologist competition, you can pick up an entry form from any of the bars on embarkation day. You write down your recipe, and from there, they choose a group of finalists to make their drinks on "stage" on the Lido deck during the competition. Each finalist gets the drink they made for free, and the winner gets a set of free drink coupons and their drink is featured at all of the bars for the rest of the week.

On previous cruises, they had a table full of liquors and mixers, along with a blender and shaker, and the contestant pretty much poured whatever they wanted into the drink. Not so much anymore. Now the contestants are allowed to pour the main liquor into a jigger, at which point a bartender "assistant" takes over and carefully measures and pours all of the other ingredients into the blender or shaker according to the recipe, while the Cruise Director dances with the contestant off to the side of the table. After the little dance, and after the "assistant" finishes making the drink, the three judges (Bar Manager, Asst. Cruise Director, and a guest), get to taste the drink while the contestant announces the name of the concoction. After they taste all of the drinks, the judges deliberate, and they announce a winner. That drink is then the "feature" drink for the rest of the cruise, and is available for $1 off for the next hour at any of the pool bars.







The winner.
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#16
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Ice Carving Demonstration
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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#17
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
Hairy Chest Competition - 2:00PM
AKA "Miss" Carnival Dream









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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#18
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
The finalists getting dressed up by the female passengers...







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Upcoming Cruises:

RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!
#19
937 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
On our first sea day, we also decided to head down to the whirlpools on the Lanai on Deck 5. My experience from the last cruise was that these are the largest, and also least crowded whirlpools on the ship, and are a great place to relax and watch the waves go by.

Here is a view of the whirlpools on Deck 5 from our balcony on Deck 8. There are two on each side of the ship.


Unfortunately, on this particular trip, the heating elements on the whirlpools on Deck 5 did not seem to be working. Our whirlpool was more like a mini swimming pool than a hot tub, and the guests that joined us said that the other one on that side of the ship was not much better. This is a shame, because they were hot last time I was on the ship. One of the Port side whirlpools was also closed the first two days of our trip for "hyper chlorination", but it re-opened on the third day of the cruise.
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RCCL Independence of the Seas - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Ft. Lauderdale, Costa Maya, Cozumel - 11/19/16
Carnival Fantasy - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Mobile, Costa Maya, and Cozumel - 3/25/17

Past Cruises:
Carnival Magic - Cabin 8323 Balcony - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Galveston, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan - 3/27/16
Carnival Ecstasy - Cabin U18 Porthole - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 1/25/16
Disney Wonder - Cabin 7070 Deluxe Oceanview w/Verandah - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 11/28/14
Carnival Pride - Cabin 7170 Extended Balcony - 7 Night Bahamas - Baltimore, Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport - 3/23/14 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U47 Interior - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 5/13/13 - Photos!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8288 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 12/8/12 -
Review with pictures!

Carnival Paradise - Cabin U28 Oceanview - 5 Night Western Caribbean - Tampa, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel - 4/21/12 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Victory - Cabin 9227 Inside - 7 Night Southern Caribbean - San Juan, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Maarten - 10/9/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Dream - Cabin 8248 Balcony - 7 Night Exotic Western Caribbean - Port Canaveral, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, and Costa Maya - 10/1/11 - Review with pictures!
Carnival Triumph - Cabin 6202 Inside w/Obstructed Picture Window - 5 Night Western Caribbean - New Orleans, Progreso, and Cozumel - 1/3/11 - Review / Photos
Carnival Imagination - Cabin U29 Oceanview - 4 Night Western Caribbean - Miami, Key West, and Cozumel - 12/15/08 - Review with pictures!