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  1. Progresso...It's the only Port that' I've visited so far that I felt like a black van could roll up and throw me and my family in the back of and we would never been seen or heard from again. To sketchy...
  2. We have had 4 carnival cruises and I wad thinking about considering RC for our next cruise... Do you feel like RC has as many inclusive amenities/food as Carnival..we don't drink or do dining thats not inclusive..so those not included upgrades dont really appeal to us.
  3. We don't drink so the Bar's aren't important to us. We have a 4yo and 13yo so we enjoy the family activites as well. I don't spend much time in the Serenity area either since I need to be accessible to my kiddo's, unless they are in kids camp. We do enjoy Guy's Burgers it's one of the family faves. So thanks I can mark the Miracle off of the list.
  4. Thanks for all of the feedback lots of good information.
  5. We have done 4 cruises on 4 different Fantasy class ships. There are several things that I enjoy about the Fantasy class. One being the price! I also like that there are no lines for food or activities and the boat doesn't seem crowded. We just got back from our 4th trip and the husband and I were both in agreement we think we are ready to upgrade to a different class on the next trip. I know there's a lot of cruisers that look down their nose at the Fantasy class so I'm not looking for feedback from those negative Nancy's. I know that a bigger ship is bigger prices but also bigger lines. Can you share your experiences with the different class ships and what you enjoy about them. Also how are the lines on those ships for food/activities? When we were recently in Grand Turk the Horizon was in port the same day. When we were getting back on the ship we were stunned at the line there was to get back on the Horizon. There was a line from the boat all the way to the Duty Free store entrance (hundreds of people in line). I have never seen such a line to get back on the ship. Is this common for the bigger ships? What are your recommendations for another affordable class but bigger than the Fantasy? We are on the conservative side when it comes to spending $ so I don't care about the things that cost extra on the ships we only do what's included so those attractions aren't a draw for us. What are your experiences with the lines on different ships?
  6. We just got back from the Elation 2 weeks ago. Yes there is a club for you to shake your groove thang 🙂 They also have deck parties with a DJ that are fun as well at night. The Cruise Director is really fun and full of energy and his 80's parties are super fun as well!
  7. We took a family friends child with us on our last cruise. We had the parents write a letter giving us consent to take him out of Country and to give Medical Care if needed. We were never asked for these letters but it made me feel more comfortable having them in case we were asked for further documentation.
  8. We will be at Amber Cove in about a month as well. From my understanding the pools, lazy river is all included. It's the zip lining that's extra is that correct? Were there places to eat around the pool area as well? We aren't planning an excursion either we are just planning on enjoying what's there with the pool and lazy river.
  9. Our youngest went on his first cruise with us when he was 2. I didn't realize at the time how little he had been exposed to so there were lots of obstacles for us. We live in a very small town so there is really only an elevator at the Hospital...which he had never been on. So he completely freaked out when we took him on the elevator for the first time. When we did an excursion in Mexico there was of course no car seat for him so he freaked out about that. He had never just ridden buckled in a seat so he felt very uneasy of course. I almost didn't pack enough outfits. I thought I had plenty but as you know with toddlers everything they eat get's on them so he needed up to 3 changes of clothes per day. I would recommend taking your umbrella stroller for the 2yo b/c they tire out pretty easily. I did take a tablet with us which had movies downloaded on it so they was a saving grace when we were in the room trying to get dressed and having down time. He wouldn't have any part of the Kids Camp at 2. I think that was also due to lack of exposure..lol..He had only stayed with Grandparents before and never in a day care setting so that was new for him as well. Now fast forward to last year and he went on his second cruise when he was 3 almost 4 and he absolutely loved it. He loved the kids camps, remembered the elevators and all that stuff was fun to him now. We are heading out on another in a month so he is so excited. He wakes up saying "Mom let's talk about vacation"...lol...So the first one was rough but they just keep getting easier the older they get. Your 4yo should love it..your 2yo might stay at the kids camp since the sibling will be there. I forgot his toy bag in the car on our last cruise but we did manage fine without it since he loved spending most of his time at kids camp!
  10. We are just back from the Fantasy. I don't have the menu's but I can try and answer specific questions if you have them. I can tell you each night Salmon filet, Chicken, Pork Chop and Flat Iron steak was available. Then the appetizers/main entrees changed throughout the week as well.
  11. Thanks so much for this helpful info! I see you have been on the Fantasy before. This is our first time out of Mobile and on the Fantasy. Any tips you may have for the Fantasy that I should know?
  12. We are leaving out of Mobile on Oct 20, this will be our first time out of this Port. Do you have any recommendations on the parking. We are going to Park at the Port parking structure. From what I have read it looks like when we get there they will take our luggage from our vehicles then we will park in the structure, is this correct? We have an 11:30 check in time so I was trying to decide how early we need to get to the Port to park, unload, etc.
  13. Thanks for the input. In our school district he will be excused regardless of whether the Educational Enhancement form is approved. If the form is approved than the days we are gone he will not be counted absent from school so that's the purpose of us completing the form and getting it approved. Since I wrote the original post I spoke with some Principals in the school district and they said to not list that we are cruising to just list the locations that we are going and the activities that would relate to History, the Arts, etc. So that's what I'm going to do talk about the Cuisine and the Mayan ruins. Our district also doesn't require any reports to be written so the kids don't have to worry about that either.
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