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dctravel

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    Maryland
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival; Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere warm and sunny!

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  1. It can be so variable that a 9 am departure would freak me out. We were on the Carnival Dream once in New Orleans and were docked by 6 am, but were not allowed off the ship until after 8 because of a medical debarkation and then issues with customs. Other times, you can be off the ship by 7 am. To me it would be too much of a unknown and a higher likelihood of missing your flight and then having to beg the airline to accommodate you.
  2. The reviews were mixed, but that would be easier. Any thoughts on Jimbo’s?
  3. Great review! Thanks for sharing. We leave on Saturday for the 8 day itinerary on the Magic. So happy to read about the ship so close to our cruise and about how your kids like it!
  4. Remember that Carnival Cruise Lines is part of the larger Carnival Corporation, which includes at least one line (Holland America) that does these types of cruises on an annual basis. While the on-board activities might differ, the CCL planners can (and I understand do) leverage the years of experience and contracts from other brands to help them with excursions, etc... It sounds like you will have an amazing time on a unique itinerary for the Carnival Legend!
  5. Good suggestions! I am going to check them all out. We are staying in Dania Beach, but happy to drive up to the 17th street area!
  6. Here is a link to a thread that lists the September movies:
  7. Coming down Friday for a Saturday cruise departure. Looking for either family friendly seafood (by which I mean entrees that are in the $20 range rather than $40+) or tex-mex. Does anyone have any recommendations? Water view would be a bonus, but not required. Thanks! dctravel
  8. We stayed there several years ago before a cruise and thought it was great. It is convenient and it was clean. My son (then 4) was up super early the day of the cruise, and we were able to walk through the event space onto a patio area next to the river and watch both the Carnival Dream and Norwegian Dawn dock. That was pretty cool in itself. As for bed bugs, unfortunately, they can happen anywhere. I would just be vigilant when you arrive. Leave your bags in the entry way, keep the lights off, and use your cell phone flashlight to look as you pull back the corner of the bed sheet. Look for things moving or blood spots. If you find something, contact the front desk immediately. 99 out of 100 times (or so), you will be in the clear. Major hotel (well really all hotels that are worth anything) take this seriously. You are unlikely to have a problem.
  9. Yeah, the map around Home2 is pretty sparse. We will have a car, so I am less worried about that, as there are a bunch of restaurants within an easy drive.
  10. Is this the Home2Suites in Dania Beach? If so, they have studios with 2 queen beds. We have one reserved for next Friday. I have stayed in this brand before. I agree that the rooms can be pretty basic, but I have found them comfortable. Do note, if you are a Hilton Honors member, that Home2Suites only awards 1/2 the points per night as a Homewood Suites. Just how the brand is set up with Hilton.
  11. I have been to Jaxson's many times for ice cream, but have never eaten there (I had no idea they had food, but lo and behold they have a menu on their website (learn something new every day!)). I imagine the food is fine, but most people probably go for the ice cream and the ambiance. Worth a trip (and to look up the reviews on yelp or trip adviser to be sure about the food).
  12. Unless something has changed, you can travel the length of the FL Turnpike without need the toll transponder. The segment between Kissimmiee and Fort Lauderdale has a ticket based system and the rest has cash lanes (or at least it used to). Transponder only roads are all around, but I don't think it is the turnpike directly.
  13. I'm not SuiteTraveler, obviously, but I have generally felt safe walking around both the FQ and the Central Business District (CBD) during the day. The area from the river to the Superdome in the CBD/Warehouse district is well populated during the day. I have walked around it a lot, including with a child, and never felt unsafe. Same with the area of the FQ south of Bourbon Street. As with any city, common sense applies. If you feel uncomfortable as you are walking, turn around and go a different way or change transportation options. I have done that before in plenty of place when something just didn't feel right to me.
  14. I will try, but it will be a challenge. 😜
  15. Great so far! Sailing in just over a month on the same itinerary and cannot wait.
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