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Barn Goddess

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    Burlington, NC
  • Interests
    Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers (Horses),Craft Beer, Travel - cruises, chartered catamarans, Europe
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    BVI on a chartered catamaran with 2 other couples - so fun!

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  1. Totally get it, 1025cruise! We have the "gold" too and are MORE than willing to pay our own way but they were insistent on paying. I prefer to cruise on lines without a large contingent of kids and do not handle heat well at all. And this trip is all of those things. But VERY grateful my in-laws want to pay for this trip...and completely understand I will be on a ship geared towards families and it will most likely be noisy and hot in/by our cabin. πŸ˜€ We are prepared to go with the flow. I know we will have fun with our niece and family- just trying to find out if anything had changed from the old reviews. I saw the ship had been in dry dock so was hopeful. We are truly looking forward to our first Disney cruise - I have heard wonderful things about the line and we are looking forward to being with our niece for her first cruise - she loves Disney so this will be SO fun! (albeit hot and noisy by our cabin apparently lol 🀣 )
  2. Thanks for the information -this is super helpful! Now to figure out a way to tactfully bring up the topic with my mother-in-law... πŸ™‚πŸ˜Ž
  3. Hi all - first time Disney cruiser! We have sailed Celebrity, Norwegian and Carnival previously. My in-laws have generously purchased this trip to celebrate our neice's 8th birthday. It will be mother/father-in-law, brother/sister-in-law with niece, DH and me. We just received the reservation confirmation from my mother-in-law and found we are in Cabin 6588. From what l have been able to find - this room is hot and across from the 24 hour laundry facility. (Have not been on a ship that had a laundry facility for guests to use - guessing it would be similar to laundry facilities at college but nicer.) However, all the reviews are quite old - has anyone sailed recently and been in this cabin or near it? Just wondering if I need to graciously/tactfully ask to change our cabin - I do not tolerate heat well at all. DH and I were willing to pay for our trip but in-laws insisted on paying/organizing...Any information is helpful! Please let me know if there is a section on cabin reviews - I couldn't find one -hence the post. Thank you!
  4. I think they are trying to move to less plastic, hence the water cartons instead of bottles. We had the premium package and had Evian bottles provided to us. I was on the 6/29 sailing as well - it was awesome!! Probably one of my favorite cruises even though it had my least favorite ports. The crew were all so friendly and engaging. I have never seen such visible senior officers - and they kept asking if we were enjoying our trip/experience and seemed to really want feedback. Loved the cruise director, Marten. He seemed to be everywhere. I have never been one to really care who the officers/cruise directors were on a ship... after this experience I can see why people ask. This is the first time my husband and I have had so much interaction/connection with them and it really made an impact with us. Our Cruise Connections meet and greet was fun - we enjoyed meeting and speaking with other CC people πŸ™‚ And the Captain stressed how importantly they view this board and our input/thoughts. This was hands down my favorite Celebrity Cruise.
  5. Hi - nice to meet you!
  6. I am so excited to see the updates! We are sailing on her June 29th for our 26th anniversary and will be in a suite for the first time. I am looking forward to the trip!
  7. I did a 5 day Carnival Paradise cruise in February with my friend for her birthday. It was out of Tampa and we went to Cozumel. I went on the ship with an open mind knowing it wouldn't be Celebrity but would still be fun. Some things that stood out to me (other than not being greeted with a glass of champagne lol!) was the smoking. The casino was a smoking area and there was a large smoking area near one of the pool bars. We had to walk by/through the casino every day to get to the dining room. We really didn't care for that... We loved the cruise director Leon and the singer/muscians Emma Jude and Johnny Rocket. I thought the food in the main dining room (there were two dining rooms - one for those with early/late sittings and one for those with "anytime") was good. The service was nice too. However, I feel like it is just a step up on Celebrity. The choices of beer, liquor and wine were limited and the drink packages are capped at 15 per day. That is a lot I know but is amazing how quickly that adds up when having mimosas/bloody mary's in the am, wine spritzers in the afternoon, pre-dinner drink, wine with dinner, and a nightcap. They also make you wait 5 minutes between drinks. So if you don't like something - you have to wait 5 minutes to order again. And if you don't like something, that still counts towards the 15. (I like to try martini's as I don't normally drink them but didn't on this trip - would rather have things I know I liked.) On our trip there were A LOT of bachelorette groups... A LOT.... lol! There also seemed to be a lot of guy groups too. It made for good people watching πŸ˜‰ Our room was nice (a jr. suite that had a supposedly obstructed view - it didn't) and it was easy to get around the ship. The crew were friendly and there was definitely an emphasis on FUN! lol! I would do it again as it was short, easy to get to, and affordable. But it also made me realize - my heart is with Celebrity. Their service and quality is what I like/prefer πŸ™‚
  8. Thanks everyone! Such helpful information-I really appreciate it! I double checked my flight and it arrives at 11:24... I misread the information. A smidge earlier...hopefully it will help. Unfortunately, I cannot fly in the day before due to work commitments I can’t change. My flight is direct and I am going to really try to do carry-on. I am a notorious over-packer but there’s a first time for everything lol! πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‚. I’be downloaded the HUB app - it seems really cool and I’m looking forward to using it. I was on a cruise a few years ago and we were saying they needed an app for people to use on the ship (maps, texting, news, bookings etc.) - this seems to be just what we were talking about-very cool! Again, thank you for all the great information. Any other ideas or recommendations/suggestions, please feel free to share!
  9. Hi all - my friend and I are sailing on the Paradise Feb 7th - short trip for her birthday. We are in a jr. suite (obstructed view...oh well! At least we are cruising!). I have not been on a Carnival cruise since 1986(!) - "back in the day" we did Thanksgiving cruises on the Mardi Gras and the Tropicale... fun times! As I have not sailed Carnival in a while, I have some questions and appreciate your input/suggestions/thoughts! For this trip, we purchased the Cheers package and I also purchased the Happy Birthday celebration decorations and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot to arrive on embarkation day. Do you know if this will arrive already chilled? Be in the room in an ice bucket? I am planning on bringing some nice travel champagne glasses to use - or will they provide them with the bottle? I was also thinking of bringing along a koozy for beer and/or my corksickles to pour the beer or wine into to keep it cold.Thoughts on that? I really love craft beer and think I will be enjoying the draft beer from the Blue Iguana Cantina but want to be prepared πŸ™‚ We have booked our spa appointments and are now trying to decide on dining options. I have us waitlisted for early dining (my friend's preference) but wanted to know more about the anytime dining option. We will be seated with others or will they wait to seat us at a 2 top when one is available? Are you able to make a reservation day of for dinner with the anytime option? With regards to embarkation - my flight arrives in Tampa at 11:45am. I will be coming over from the airport to the terminal. My friend will be driving into Tampa and we will meet either in the terminal or on the ship. Do you know how long it takes typically to get from TPA to the terminal? The check-in site is asking for an arrival time to schedule an appointment for check in but we both have to be there at the same time... I am thinking of skipping this and just roll with the flow on the day of... thoughts? I read a little about the Faster to the Fun option but not sure if we need this since we will be arriving around 1:30 pm (I figure it will take about an hour to get my suitcase and in transportation - trying to do carry-on as it is just 4 days but... ) Thanks so much for any input! Looking forward to the trip and some time at sea with a good friend!
  10. Thank you for sharing! We are on Equinox for the 6/29 sailing in an aft corner Sky suite. (Our first time in a suite!). Hope those who sail right after the renovations post some pics-I will definitely try to share while on our trip. Excited and curious to see the changes!
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