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  1. Like another poster mentioned noise can be an issue. I was in a cove balcony on the Vista, right across from the Harbor Family Lounge. Although the balcony was nice, the noise I heard at night kept me up all night long...never again.
  2. Do you mind sharing information about the bar hop?
  3. Thanks for the tip. It looks like the Harmony is also there that day.
  4. I'm going on the Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas in Feb. 2020 and we stop at Roatan, Honduras. From what I've read, we will dock at Coxen Hole. Is this a pier or do we have to use tender boats? Is there much to do around the dock? I'm interested in doing a tour with Ronny to see the sloths and to go snorkeling. Does anyone know how far of a drive it will be? Thanks so much!!!
  5. Would you mind sharing what you paid? Sounds just like the kind of trip I'd like to take. Also, what ship were you on? I'm doing Royal Caribbean next Feb. and was wondering how difficult the tendering is.
  6. I got the package for $49/day per person for our Feb 2019 Harmony cruise. I'm not a big drinker so I'm not sure I got my "money's worth". I believe my husband probably came out a little bit ahead. One thing that I did really like though was knowing that I wouldn't have a huge bill at the end of the cruise. With the drink package you already know & have paid for your drinks before stepping onboard the ship. We also took advantage of the premium liquor instead of house pour in our frozen & mixed drinks.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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:)
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Thanks for sharing your experience!
  14. 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!
  15. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time. Like any vacation it's what you decide you want to make out of it!
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Misc. ship thoughts: I believe this ship was dry-docked last year. I thought it was in great shape for being an older ship. The employees were pleasant and I was very surprised in how uncrowded it was, esp. being that it was spring break. The only times I felt like it was too crowded was on the sea days by the pool. Tip - get up & moving early to get chairs as there is only one pool and many people save chairs! I didn’t like that the hot tubs closed at midnight. The shows (80s, rock, and Cuban themed) had great singers. The comedy club had a nice amount of seating and I liked that they had PG shows for the kids and R ones for the adults. This is a small ship so there aren’t a lot of extra activities to do, but we did enjoy the mini golf course, library game room, ping pong, shuffle board, life size chess game. I do wish there was more than one pool however. Melissa the cruise director was entertaining as was Savanah the comedy club host. One thing I did not like however was how little hand washing and hand sanitizer was promoted - definitely different that what we experienced on previous cruises:( Excited to go under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. We went under the bridge right around 6pm then went to dinner. The boys waiting for the PG comedy show to start. We had no problems getting a seat because we came early I love the beautiful Caribbean water! Our crazy family Towel animal Rock show Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Kids Club: My 9 year old son was in the 9-11 Sharks group. He had the option of checking himself in/out, but we decided not to allow him to do that as he’s not the best at following directions yet. He had fun, although wished he was able to play their video games more (only allowed during “free choice” time). My 12 year old was in the 12-14 year old Circle C group. This age group has privileges to check in/out & I was comfortable with him doing that based of his matureness & the size to the ship. He would often go too when it was free choice (video game) time. He liked the scheduled sports opportunities, but found it to be too crowded & boring as there were long lines. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Dining: We had early (6pm) dining in the Destiny dining room. We were seated at a large table with a family of 4 and another family of 2. It was ok, but the family of 4 didn’t hardly say a word so dinner was a little awkward. We had only 1 waiter most nights (Alfonzo or Jay) and dinner service usually took 1.5 - 2 hrs. We did love Darwin, the singing waiter, who had an incredible voice & personality. The food in the main dining room was just ok...Harmony’s food 2 months ago was much better, and that’s on a ship with almost 6,000 guests! We ate in the buffet area two nights and found enough options to please us. One thing that we really do love on Carnival is their casual food options. Guys burgers & The Blue Iguana were yummy like usual. Lines were surprisingly short I thought for it being March. The pizza was also some of the best pizza we’ve had on a cruise...wood-fired & SO much better than Royal. The only downfall is that the line was usually pretty slow moving - so a tip is to go at a non-peak time! My kids also loved the soft serve ice cream and I thought the buffet was good...nothing exciting, but good standard foods like salad, sandwiches. I did notice less fresh fruit options then what I’m used to. Drink service was almost non-existent around the pool decks so we usually had to make our way to a bar if we wanted a drink. Drinks averaged $10 (cheaper than Harmony). My favorite dessert - chocolate melting cake, mmmm! Drink menu from the comedy club. My favorite drink - Miami Vice! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Room: We were in room M138, Oceanview. Our beds were pushed together & one of the pullmans was directly above the head of the bed, while the other pullman was kitty-corner to that. The room was small, but fine for just 5 days. Our room attendant Eri greeted us right away and asked us if we wanted morning, evening, or both service. We are pretty easy going people so I thought I’d try only evening service and just asked that we had plenty of towels for showering. We also said it was fine to leave the pullman beds down because we aren’t in the room much. Looking back, I wouldn’t do that again. I hated seeing the wet towels on the small bathroom floor for most of the day & it would have been easier to navigate in our room if the pullman opposite our bed would have been closed up during the day. The bathroom had the annoying shower curtain with many hanging clips broken, leading to water all over the floor & door. Not a big deal, but this just led to more wet towels on the floor. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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