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  1. 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.

  2. 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 your in to that type thing - I loved their tour of the launch facilities. The world really is your oyster when it comes to picking a ship at that port - I’d definitely price all the other cruise lines.



  3. 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 videos of people flying drones over cruise ships. It really helps to see what a ship’s top deck looks like and then we compare it to other ships we are interested in.

  4. I’m looking at the same two ships and both look interesting. Having sailed on Royal a few times in the past I’ve never been disappointed and I love their shows. However, a bright and shiny new ship like the Mardi Gras is equally tempting. I’ve been doing a lot of price comparisons between the two and Mardi Gras seems to have the edge, but not by enough to be a deal breaker/maker either way. I think I may flip a coin.

  5. I just purchased soda cards for my upcoming cruise on the Carnival Dream. On my receipt it stated to go the the promenade cafe to activate our cards once we are on board. I’m not familiar with the promenade cafe and I don’t see it on the deck plans. Has anyone gone through this before?

  6. I’m wondering if anyone, particularly those that still use brick and mortar travel agencies, knows if Carnival still prints those big cruise books that’s details iteneraries, deck plans, and so forth. I know the information is all online but I’m cruising with some older family members that are new to cruising in general and would appreciate flipping through printed material vs looking online.

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