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bandjwayne

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    Royal, Carnival
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  1. I believe there were 7 ships in port this same day. We were in Cozumel from 10-8 & I believe we got off the ship around 11 and headed over to PB then and stayed until around 3. It was pretty quiet for the first few hours and then got busier after that. My beach pics probably don't look too crowed though because I purposely tried to avoid getting lots of people in the pictures.
  2. Yes, we were at a table for 12...they just sat 10 people there. We had the early dining so we were in a different dining room than what anytime dining uses, but they should be pretty similar!
  3. It's tougher when the kids get that age, but I think your daughter will find plenty to do on this ship for a 5 night itinerary...7 nights might be a little bit long, but 5 should be just fine! I told my kids that if they were bored that just meant they didn't need to come on the next cruise with us:)
  4. I just did a review of this same cruise: I have a 12 year old son who went to the kids club. He enjoyed that he was able to check himself in/out depending what was going on. The ship is small enough that I felt comfortable with him doing that with the expectation that he was only to go in a few predetermined locations if not in the kids club. Here's the schedule for the 12-14 yrs olds.
  5. I've attached the first page of the kids club activities from my Paradise 5 day cruise. Other than the first day they had kids dinner from 6-7 pm each night for ages 2-11. We never did that since we wanted to eat as a family, but would send him after our dinner. The kids club did end each evening at 9:45 as it then would go to the pay for Night Owls service.
  6. We were on the Carnival Paradise a couple weeks ago for a 5 day cruise. We choose early dining (6pm)for our family which includes a 9 & 12 year old as I personally feel that eating at 8 pm is just too late for them. They enjoyed the PG comedy shows which were at 8:30 & 9:00 on our sailing. Plenty of time to get to them after dinner or you can always choose to skip the main dining & go to the buffet a few times to change things up...my boys appreciated this.
  7. Thanks for sharing your experience!
  8. I should say my low expectations weren't that I wasn't going to have fun - it's vacation & a cruise, so of course I'll have fun or why go? It was more of the fact that I thought it would be extremely busy & not much to do on the smaller ship. Like I said, I was pleasantly surprised and would book a 5 day on this ship again! If I lived in the Tampa area instead of MN I'd definitely go on it more!
  9. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time. Like any vacation it's what you decide you want to make out of it!
  10. There is no pool area in the aft. That's where the Serenity adults only area is which has 2 hot tubs, but no pool.
  11. We were on the Carnival Paradise & in Grand Cayman we had priority tendering because we were FTTF. A letter was in our room the night before saying what time to arrive at a lounge for priority boarding. This worked great we were off the ship in no time. We walked to the bus station and took a bus (large van) for $2.50/person to 7 mile beach (by the public beach/Calico Jacks area). The driver was very friendly & stopped whenever requested. Once we got to the beach (~9:30 am) we were greeted by a guy who got us 2 lounge chairs & an umbrella right in front of the water for $20. We played in the gorgeous water & the kids tried the water trampoline (but that really was too hard to get onto, even for my active kids). My younger son enjoyed snorkeling for rocks...tip, get a full faced snorkel mask - SO much easier for the kids! We walked over to Calico Jacks for a few drinks and chicken strips. There were some food trucks set up in the public beach area, I was just a little nervous to get food from them for sanitary reasons. Once we had enough we took the bus back to the cruise terminal. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time as the traffic was kind of bad w/lots of ships in town. Public Beach area on 7 Mile Beach (just down from Calico Jacks) . Plenty of space to throw the football right away - it did get much busier midday . 9 year old loved the full face snorkel mask -~$60 on Amazon . Lots of pretty rocks to pick up (& then throw back into the sea) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. We got off our ship (Carnival Paradise) in the morning & took a taxi to Paradise Beach (PB) ($15 each way). PB does offer an all inclusive rate now that they tried to sell us but I had researched a head of time and knew that with the kids we were not going to eat & drink enough to cover that price ($63/adult, $44/12-17 yr old, $38/5-11 yr old). Instead I paid the $3/person cover charge and $10 food/beverage minimum. We also paid the $18/ person charge for the fun pass (ocean waterpark, kayaks, etc.) The kids and hubby had a blast in the water park, esp. launching each other off the one jump inflatable. Tip...have someone hold the inflatable while the other person gets on so it doesn’t tip over! We watched many people struggle before my husband helped them out. We really liked how these water toys had pads next to them to made getting on them much easier. There was a worker who would go out to check the air in them & kick people out who didn’t purchase the wristbands. I had hoped to use the kayaks too, but the wind picked up & I wasn’t comfortable trying them so be prepared for that. We also used the pool after we had had our fill of ocean water & loved the gigantic size of it. Chairs were readily available by both the beach & the pool. Banana boat rides & parasailing were also available although we didn’t try them. When we were ready to go back to the ship plenty of taxis were available. I’d definitely return to PB again! . Paddle boards & kayaks were included with the water park. Tip - go before it gets windy! Mexican Platter . Chips with salsa & guac Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Overall we were very impressed with this cruise. I enjoyed Carnival’s casual food choices and the spring break crowds on the ship (compared to land in FL). Let me know if you have any questions! Jody Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Stops: In Grand Cayman we had priority tendering because we were FTTF. A letter was in our room the night before saying what time to arrive at a lounge for priority boarding. This worked great we were off the ship in no time. We walked to the bus station and took a bus (large van) for $2.50/person to 7 mile beach (by the public beach/Calico Jacks area). The driver was very friendly & stopped whenever requested. Once we got to the beach (~9:30 am) we were greeted by a guy who got us 2 lounge chairs & an umbrella right in front of the water for $20. We played in the gorgeous water & the kids tried the water trampoline (but that really was too hard to get onto, even for my active kids). My younger son enjoyed snorkeling for rocks...tip, get a full faced snorkel mask - SO much easier for the kids! We walked over to Calico Jacks for a few drinks and chicken strips. There were some food trucks set up in the public beach area, I was just a little nervous to get food from them for sanitary reasons. Once we had enough we took the bus back to the cruise terminal. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time as the traffic was kind of bad w/lots of ships in town. 7 Mile Beach by the Public Beach area We could use the water trampoline, but it was very difficult to get on, even for my athletic kids. I highly recommend a full face snorkel mask. My son loved it - ~$60 on Amazon Football fun for the big boys & snorkeling (for mainly rocks) for the little boy Little one’s rock collection. Don’t worry, we threw them back in the sea In Cozumel we took a taxi to Paradise Beach (PB) ($15 each way). PB does offer an all inclusive rate now that they tried to sell us but I had researched a head of time and knew that with the kids we were not going to eat & drink enough to cover that price ($63/adult, $44/12-17 yr old, $38/5-11 yr old). Instead I paid the $3/person cover charge and $10 food/beverage minimum. We also paid the $18/ person charge for the fun pass (ocean waterpark, kayaks, etc.) The kids and hubby had a blast in the water park, esp. launching each other off the one jump inflatable. Tip...have someone hold the inflatable while the other person gets on so it doesn’t tip over! We watched many people struggle before my husband helped them out. We really liked how these water toys had pads next to them to made getting on them much easier. There was a worker who would go out to check the air in them & kick people out who didn’t purchase the wristbands. I had hoped to use the kayaks too, but the wind picked up & I wasn’t comfortable trying them so be prepared for that. We also used the pool after we had had our fill of ocean water & loved the gigantic size of it. Chairs were readily available by both the beach & the pool. Banana boat rides & parasailing were also available although we didn’t try them. When we were ready to go back to the ship plenty of taxis were available. I’d definitely return to PB again! Mexican Platter Chips with salsa & guacamole Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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