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  1. I’m very excited about our Mardi Gras cruise set for next year but I’m not as happy about the itinerary. We picked the eastern and sure we’ll have a good time but I was hoping for better stops. Oh well... I’d rather be a sea than stuck at home any day.
  2. The big news at the moment is Norwegian Cruise Line just announced that it is changing and modifying it cancellation policy in the wake of corona virus fears. I can’t figure out how to post a link but go to cruiseindustrynews.com and the article is easy to find. I suspect Carnival will follow suit.
  3. The big news at the moment is Norwegian Cruise Line just announced that it is changing and modifying it cancellation policy in the wake of corona virus fears. I can’t figure out how to post a link but go to cruiseindustrynews.com and the article is easy to find. I suspect Carnival will follow suit.
  4. The big news at the moment is Norwegian Cruise Line just announced that it is changing and modifying it cancellation policy in the wake of corona virus fears. I can’t figure out how to post a link but go to cruiseindustrynews.com and the article is easy to find. I suspect Carnival will follow suit.
  5. The big news at the moment is Norwegian Cruise Line just announced that it is changing and modifying it cancellation policy in the wake of corona virus fears. I can’t figure out how to post a link but go to cruiseindustrynews.com and the article is easy to find. I suspect Carnival will follow suit.
  6. Does anyone have experience using Uber/Lyft going from Port Canaveral to MCO after a cruise with a small child? I’ve never used a ride service but it’s sounds like an attractive alternative to the shuttle option in that I can leave when I want to and not have to follow their schedule. My child is five and I wonder if ride services offer boosters. We really won’t be in a hurry to get to the airport because our flight is much later that afternoon.
  7. Just a quick comment on the dining room with a small child... we took my very energetic four year old on his first cruise last year and we were very hesitant about the dining room. All of our fears were relieved when the dining room staff went out of their way to dance and sing and make each night memorable for him. He very quickly picked out a ‘girlfriend’ among the servers and he rushed us each night to get to the dining room to get a hug or a bit of attention. It was a great first experience for him and we'll be back in 88 days on the Breeze.
  8. Sorry for providing a bad email address. This one should work with google: juvenilecourt64@gmail.com
  9. I would gladly sing at any future weddings for a copy of the map! shawcro@yahoo.com
  10. We typically do an excursion at every port and don’t mind paying a little extra for a nice experience. Our kids are young but they love new things and get a little bored at the pool - we have one at home they stay in all the time, so we are looking for something a little different. For example, at other ports we like the ‘resort for a day’ options and love beach set-ups with water toys and that type thing. Any thoughts?
  11. We live in central Alabama. Mobile and New Orleans are nice 5-6 hour drives but we always drive down the day before. We fly to Florida and we really like our direct flights from Birmingham to Orlando on Southwest.
  12. I’m interested in the taxi to Governors Beach too. It sounds simple enough to get there by hiring a taxi at the port but I am wondering about how to get back easily. I’ll have a five-year old with me so it has to be as simple as possible.
  13. Thanks for the feedback. It’s interesting to get your perspective because the tour often gets average reviews on Carnival’s site. I too like to avoid a hassle and I’ve been pretty satisfied with Carnival excursions.
  14. Did you do the St. Thomas excursion through the cruise line?
  15. I was given a ship on a rope last month on the Dream.
  16. I just completed my first cruise with Carnival on the Dream after a long run with Royal and I was pleasantly surprised how similar the lines really are. Off course the newer ships are going to have better amenities and that goes for both lines. I booked another cruise with carnival in the spring of next year and another on royal that fall. If I had to be super picky, I was slightly disappointed with the offerings in the buffet on the Dream, but no deal breaker there. And I do prefer the openness of the Royal ships - the royal promenade concept is really cool.
  17. Port Canaveral is one of our favorites... we drive and sometimes fly to the port from Alabama. If you need to rent a car, and I’m assuming you will, there are so many options available. Pick up your car at the airport in Orlando, have a good time for a few days, then drop it off near the port. We always stay at the Country Inn or one of the others that has a rent-a-car drop off right near the parking lot and then shuttle, taxi, or Uber to the port. You can practically see the ships from the hotel so no fear of being late to the ship or enduring other hassles. Kennedy Space Center is fun if you
  18. As far as ship choice, I wonder how far you and they are from the various ports... will everyone drive or are they willing to fly? I’ve planned for friends and family before and I’m certainly not a travel agent. I just love to do it but if you proceed, I’d front load them with as much information as possible about the whole process (money, gratuities, insurance, excursions, parking and hotel cost an so on) before they ever pay a deposit. I did it again last night around the kitchen table with some friends. We sometimes do an internet search like ‘Carnival Dream Drone’ and watch cool YouTube vi
  19. We just returned a few weeks ago from the Dream and we also had our four year old boy with us. Our stories are very similar... especially the arcade and the high prices. I came to accept it and looked at it like that was his ‘excursion’ and certainly worth it to him. He still talks about how much fun he had and we can’t wait to go again next year.
  20. I’m sailing on the Dream on Sunday and I’m wondering what the chances are to find lactose free milk onboard. Has anyone had any experience with this?
  21. I hope not because I’m booked for 5/5 out of New Orleans.
  22. Thanks for taking time to write your review. We cruise on the dream in two weeks and have a similar background... this is our first Carnival cruise and all of our others were on royal. I too like the mall concept on their bigger ships I can’t wait to try the food on the Dream.
  23. Thanks. Everyone’s input will make me sound like I know what I’m talking about when my wife asks. We leave on the Dream in two weeks.
  24. I’ve noticed a barge that often pulls along side the Carnival Dream when it is docked in New Orleans. Does anyone know it’s purpose? I’ve never seen one at any other ports.
  25. Does anyone know has the internet is on the Dream? I’m sailing on May 5th and considering the premium plan.
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