The “better late than never, here it is for what it’s worth” Carnival Freedom review

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#61
Springfield, Ohio
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Day 2/Key West (June 11): We were excited to wake up today and rush out to the balcony and check out the view! We were docked on the starboard side ... and this is what greeted us:

Looking left:


Looking straight ahead:


Looking right:


Key West is beautiful. I can see why folks migrate there! We met everybody for breakfast at 9 a.m. and we were met with some very, very long lines. It took about 40 minutes to get our food, find tables, and sit down. No big deal for us, since we didn't have any "set" plans. Once we ate, we headed down to Deck 0. All adults will need their photo I.D. as well as their sail-n-sign (sign-n-sail? I get confused!) card. As I said earlier, we decided to walk off the ship and explore on foot. BIG MISTAKE. (or as Pretty Woman says ... 'big mistake. HUGE! I have to go shopping now ...' Love that movie!). It was so hot and humid, I began sweating before we even made it off the pier! We made it down to Duval Street and hit some shops (I tried on some crocs ... SANDLE crocs ... and my sister and I scored a deal on a buy 2 for $40 sun dress special – one size fits all/elastic at the top with straps – in this case, it really did. My sis is tall and skinny, and I’m … well, I’m the opposite.) We stopped at a bar for some adult refreshments, and then started heading to the Southernmost Point. About ¼ of the way there, my family and I were pretty crabby, very sweaty, and could care less about the Southernmost Point! We said buh bye to the rest of our clan and headed back to the ship. On the way back, I stopped in a shop to purchase the black Crocs I had tried on earlier. Love ‘em! (I’m wearing them and the sun dress I purchased in the pic I posted earlier of the boys' interior cabin.) My husband also *forced* the boys to take the obligatory “kids in front of the ship” picture at the pier. At least they smiled ...



Back on the ship, we changed into our bathing suits, ate lunch (this was the first time we tried the Fish-n-Chips), and hit the Lido deck.

And then I did it. I did the slide. Yep, I hurled this 42 year old behind down the slide! I had to. It was calling my name … My husband and I got a little nervous standing in line for it … as we saw a few adults get “stuck” and have to “scoot” their way down … funny to watch, but not so funny to do! Then we saw several bigger kids go down, and lay down like you are supposed to, and they went pretty fast … so I sent my husband first (cuz I’m not stupid!) as the guinea pig … he made it to the bottom, so I went for it. And yep, if you lay flat, cross your feet, cross your arms on your chest and go, you go FAST! Splash! It was fun! You definitely should do it! At least once … c’monnnnnnnnnnnnnnn … do it!

My sis’s pics from the Southernmost Point … yep, still haven’t lost any sleep over not doing that!


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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#62
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
I LOVE this red building ... the contrast of light blues and white with the red ... love it!


Took this pic of a plane flying over ... (think of Fantasy Island's Tattoo and say it with me ... de plane! de plane!)


Close up of the Coast Guard boat with my zoom lense (you can see how far away it was from the previously posted "looking right" picture)


What I wish we had done instead ... these guys were hanging out right by our ship:


A funny picture of my DS and her hubby ... they were about 10 doors down ... again, zoom lense!


I liked this rock ...
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#63
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
What my BIL probably wish he had done instead of hoofing it all the way to the Southernmost Point! (Actually, this is the bottle of Vodka he ordered prior to the cruise via Bon Voyage [click HERE] and had delivered to his cabin! That's how I ordered the boys' cookies and our strawberries, too.)


As we were leaving, I captured these photos of some breathtaking homes ...




The beautiful blue ocean ... love the different shades of blue


And THIS my friends, is the money shot ... it is STILL my desktop wallpaper on my home and work computer. Go ahead ... you can steal it! It's my favorite picture of the entire cruise! I'd love to park my butt right there under that palm tree right at the end!
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#65
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
At some point, we headed back up to the cabin and got ready for dinner. We tried to abide by the "no shorts in dining room" rule ... this is what we wore for "casual" attire (they had on long pants and I made sure their shirts had collars ... for the very first night on the cruise, these rules don't apply!):

Looking at this picture, I just realized my youngest is now as tall as his older brother ... he has probably grown at least three inches since this trip!

Dinner: Once again, we were impressed with the service and the quality of the food. My boys really liked their dishes and cleaned their plates!




After dinner, the bar waiter came around with shots and my DH and BIL ordered one each. We were surprised that they brought back the shot glasses, washed, and ready for us to take home!


Food porn pics in next post! I can only post six pictures per post ...
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#66
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by uprivermama
I'm loving your review! I have two boys, 15 and 12, so it's great to hear your perspective!
Thanks uprivermama! They had a great time ... hung out a lot with their older cousin ... it's a tough age on a cruise ship, at least for my boys. They were "too cool" for the kids program, and sometimes they found themselves a little bored. We also had a few moments of our older son wanting to hang with his older cousin w/o my younger son ... so we had to have one or two "heart to hearts" with him/them. All in all, they had a great time and really enjoyed the ship and the excursions! I can't wait until we cruise on the Allure! They'll be older and they can rock climb, zip line, ice skate, swim, and use the Flowrider! They'll have no excuse to be bored!!!
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#67
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
This is what the kids' dishes looked like before they inhaled them:


I apologize ... I cannot locate the menu from this meal, but here are the pictures!

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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#68
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007




I can't recall what this was called, but I remember it was warm ... almost like a warm carrot cake ... It doesn't look like much, but it was pretty good!
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#69
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
I know I already touched on this in an earlier post, but this is what I wrote about the CC debacle ... Carnival was really great about helping us out and letting me call Capital One from their phone ... we were long gone from Key West at this time and heading out to sea.

Here's the details: After dinner, we hit the shops again because I had my eye on a watch I saw in there. On the cruise we went on 2007, I purchased a watch that I loved. Did some research when we returned home and realized I had gotten a great deal on it. So, my mission this cruise was to find another watch for a great deal. I found one that I loved (click HERE) … and it was only $140 on the ship. So, my DH went to buy it for me. But, his sail-n-sign card got denied. No problem; we thought it was because his card was deactivated by the safe in the cabin. So, I gave the salesman my sail-n-sign card. And then mine didn’t work! What the heck! He said he’d put the watch aside and suggested we go to Guest Services to figure out what was up. So, we did. The gal scanned our sail-n-sign cards and told us Capital One was no longer accepting charges to our account. This is when my panic set in. She said she could call Capital One, but she needed the actual card with the 800 number on the back. We headed up to the cabin and grabbed the card. I had a bad feeling about this, so I grabbed $500 in cash to put on the sail-n-sign account just in case (see, I’m glad we brought that extra cash!). We get back down there, stand in line again, and then get back to the same gal. She called Capital One and handed me the phone.

The worker began asking me questions to confirm who I was … all the security questions, confirmation of our address, email, BIRTHDATE … nothing I said matched what he showed. Gah! I WAS DEFLATED! Turns out, our account was hacked (my card did not get stolen) and whoever hacked it managed to change everything, including my mother’s maiden name, my birthdate, our home address, our email address, etc. All the changes were made at noon that day. I was transferred to a fraud specialist and had to confirm all our “old” information. Our old account was completely closed automatically and they reissued us cards under a new number to be sent to our “real” address. I had the guy tell me the last 10 to 12 transactions he saw on the account, and all were legit except a $50 charge for the Hampton Inn that was posted earlier that day. Remember, we checked out of the hotel on Sunday and had paid for the stay months ago … with this credit card. We did not charge anything to the room, order any movies, etc., and our receipt that was slipped under our door the morning we left said our balance was zero. I believe someone from the hotel obtained our credit card number from the hotel computer, hacked into our account, changed the information, charged $50 to our card (maybe as a cash advance), and then pocketed the money. Capital One removed the charge so that’s all I know about it. This is the only thing that makes sense, esp. since our “new” address was a Florida address. Not sure why it was only $50, I could question this all day long.

Fortunately, Capital One was on top of things. Unfortunately, this is the only credit card we have, so we were screwed. I asked the gal at Guest Services if the guy from Capital One could give her our new account number over the phone, but she said no because she had to physically swipe the card. So, we put the $500 cash down on the account and I proceeded to be really P.O.’d the rest of the night! They also let my mom attach her CC to our account just in case we charged more than our cash balance. I checked my iPhone that night and my emails had uploaded while we were in Key West, I just hadn’t looked at them. Sure enough, I had received an email from Capital One at 12:11 p.m. acknowledging the changes to our account and advising us to call if we hadn’t authorized them. Doh! If only I had checked while at Key West or even if I had tried to use our credit card while in Key West to purchase the crocs, the red flags would have flown sooner and I could have called on my own from the ship while still in Florida. Oh well … what’s done is done, and when we got home, I called to verify that our account was okay. I also checked our bank accounts and credit reports upon return and all was good. Whew! All in all, it was a minor inconvenience that could have been A LOT worse.
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#70
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
After the credit card debacle, I was totally bummed and (thanks to my BIL for putting this in my head) worried my identity was being stolen! I had really wanted to go to the Disco for the Michael Jackson Tribute hour (cuz I got moves you ain't eva seen! LOL!) ........... but my mood was ruined. My sister and I ended up catching the last half of the Love & Marriage Show, which I have to admit, was pretty funny even with my sour mood. My sister caught the whole show from beginning to end on the re-runs on one of the t.v. channels in the cabin and said she cracked up the whole time.

We headed back to our cabins to turn in for the night and found our first towel animals (this one was so appropriate for us, as we were missing our golden retriever, Izzy, who loves to sleep with us [between us] on our bed):



This one was in my DM's cabin:


At 2 a.m., the phone in our cabin rang

… and it’s never good when your phone rings unexpectedly at 2 a.m. It was our youngest son telling us that our older son was getting sick everywhere. He has always been my puker ... but on the ship! Really! David grabbed my key for their cabin and headed over. Sure enough, he got sick … everywhere … with a cabin that small, it’s not difficult to hit several surfaces! I don’t need to stretch this story out … just wanted you to know that we (well, he) cleaned up the best he could, put the soiled towels in the sink in the laundry room (thank goodness it was close to our cabins [only a few doors down]), and let Savoy know the next morning what happened. They had to shampoo the carpet twice—once one day and again the next day. (The bonus was they left a HUGE fan in there to dry the carpet and the boys were in heaven because they got their own fan! ) We left Savoy an extra tip at the end of the cruise for having to deal with that mess! Turns out Tyler just ate something that didn’t agree with him and was fine the rest of the cruise. We were relieved that it wasn’t Norovirus! Whew!

Next up ... OUR FIRST SEA DAY! Yay! But I'm calling it a night for tonight! I've been up since 6 a.m. and I'm tired! G'night!
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#71
2,079 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by jhnsnfamily
Day we leave! Woooohooooo! Hubby is a firefighter/paramedic and didn’t get off work until 7 a.m. (works 24-hr shifts) … so, it’s good that we found a direct flight to FLL that left later in the day. He had time to come home, take a shower, and load the luggage in the truck (it has a cap on the back). Then we were off to pick up my mother (15 minutes away) and her friend (she lives right across the street from her). After we picked them up, we headed to my sister’s house (5 minutes away), loaded up her family’s luggage, they jumped in their vehicle, and we were off! We stopped at Cracker Barrel for breakfast (cuz we know they don't serve gravy and biscuits on cruise ships!) … we left at 10 a.m. … arrived at the Hilliard Cracker Barrel at 10:45 a.m. We got a table right away, ordered right away, ate, and we were outta there within an hour and off to the airport with plenty of time to spare.

We parked in long-term parking and hauled our mountain of luggage to one of the waiting areas to be picked up by a shuttle. The shuttles are frequent … we only waited about 5 minutes. The driver dropped us off at the Airtran terminal and we got checked in quickly. They weighed all our checked bags … I am GOOD if I say so myself! Ours were 38 lbs (garment bag), 48 lbs., and 49.8 lbs. We paid for the third checked bag and we were off to go through security. They ran my backpack through the scanner a few times … I forgot about the $18 in quarters I had packed in there for the laundry on the ship! OOPS! We still made it to the gate in PLENTY of time … Our flight left at 2:35 p.m.

Wheeeeeee! The flight was uneventful … see how uneventful it was …


(A woman with a camera cannot be trusted!)

Uneventful on a flight is always a good thing … soon we were flying over the ocean … we even saw a few cruise ships from up in the plane!



Here’s another cool picture as we descended into Ft. Lauderdale



Once we landed, I snapped a few pics (I love airports with palm trees inside!) and the boys headed to collect our checked bags.

Tall family to the left ......... short family to the right!


While they were on baggage patrol, I called the Hampton to inquire about the shuttle. We had made reservations back in January for the Hampton Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport North Cruise Port mostly because the rate was relatively cheap ($125/night) and the reservations came with free shuttles from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the cruise terminal the next morning. It also came with a free hot breakfast. The gal at the hotel said to call back when we had collected our luggage. O-kayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Five minutes later, we had collected all our luggage and I called back.

She said, “Who are you flying with?”

I said, “AirTran.”

She said, “Okay, go outside and turn right. The driver will be there in a few minutes. Look for a white van with pink flamingos on top.”

Seriously. Pink flamingos.

So, I relayed the message to the rest of the clan, and we migrated thru the doors and turned right … which is where we parked ourselves. And waited. Don’t stand here:



The group was getting kinda antsy because the driver wasn’t showing up. And then we saw it! The white van with the oh-so-tacky, can’t-be-missed pink flamingos on top!



We saw it coming … and … we saw it going. What? Wait!!! After much grumbling, it was ‘suggested’ that I call the hotel again. I had already called 2x. I dialed the number and gave my phone to my mom. Apparently, we hadn’t gone far enough right. So, again, we collected our baggage and migrated farther down … long story short (is this a long story?), we had to eventually flag that darned guy down! The other people waiting were irritated that we arrived at the “proper” pick up location last and got picked up first. But, the guy had our name to confirm that’s who he was there to pick up, so we didn’t argue with them or with him! Adios!

Next up … the hotel and night before we sail!
Your husband being the Paramedic should have called the local Ambulance company to pick you all up if you had to wait that long for the Hampton Inn Shuttle. 911 works for a non-refunded burger so it should work for Hotel Transportation ROTFL
#72
okeana ohio
49 Posts
Joined Dec 2009
Love your review and sorry for the loss of your stepdad. I am a Pepsi man for 40 years, 20 as a driver and 20 as a supervisor. I still have a few years left to work. DW and I will be on the freedom in Oct. I'm going to check flights out of Columbus because it is so expensive to fly out of Cincinnati.
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#73
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by travelplus
Your husband being the Paramedic should have called the local Ambulance company to pick you all up if you had to wait that long for the Hampton Inn Shuttle. 911 works for a non-refunded burger so it should work for Hotel Transportation ROTFL
Hey travelplus! I don't know what you are referencing when you talk about the "non-refunded burger" ... but for what it's worth, I like to stay out of ambulances! And I'm pretty sure he wanted to forget all about them also while on vacation! He works for our City Fire/Rescue ... they average 12-15 runs per day, mostly medic runs. Unfortunately, he sees a lot of waste and disregard for the importance of 9-1-1. Sometimes he feels like a taxi service, and when people don't have insurance and regular health care, 9-1-1 is their "regular doctor" ... this applies to broken toes, belly aches, headaches, nausea, you name it. It kinda sucks because March 3 of this year was his 10-year anniversary with the City and he's pretty burnt out on the "frequent flyers." However, he does love it when he gets to come home and say, "I saved a life today" or "I saved someone's home today".
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#74
PA
800 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by jhnsnfamily
During dinner, we had a visit from “The Magic Man”. He is an entertainer hired by the cruise line and he bounces between the dining rooms (rotates every other night) and walks around the ship. He said if he has his badge on, he’s working and if you holler at him, he’ll stop and do tricks for you. HE HAD US STUMPED.


He even stumped my nephew (a 19 year old med student who graduated 3rd in his HS graduating class) and his dad (who should be on Jeopardy because he knows ALL the answers before the contestants actually buzz in with them). My husband and kids always enjoy going into magic shops, like in Gatlinburg, TN, and checking out card tricks, etc. I’m telling ya … he had us stumped! We are still stumped! So, if you see him … yell at him … “hey, Magic Man!” You won’t be disappointed.


After dinner, we ditched the kids and explored the ship some more ...


We visited the shops, sampled the free liquor (we missed the martini tasting darn it!), and ended up at the Welcome Aboard Show at 10:30 p.m.


Kinda cheesy with the inflatable boat and mascot, but who cares! We're on vacation!

They only have one show on this night, so get there early for decent seats. The cruise director, Brad Calabrese, is a hoot. He’s younger than I thought he’d be, and funnier. He reminds me of Neil Patrick Harris.

Introducing Brad .... I've tried 3x to flip this picture ...it looks right in Photobucket but not here ... I promise, he wasn't laying flat on the stage!
So much enjoyed Brad on my Freedom cruise!
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#75
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by cincyman
Love your review and sorry for the loss of your stepdad. I am a Pepsi man for 40 years, 20 as a driver and 20 as a supervisor. I still have a few years left to work. DW and I will be on the freedom in Oct. I'm going to check flights out of Columbus because it is so expensive to fly out of Cincinnati.
Hey cincyman! Pepsi was a great company for my (step)dad (I refer to him as my dad since he did the HARD part of actually raising me). He started at the Springfield plant then moved to the Dayton plant for the last 10 years or so of his career. His route was in Xenia, where I work. I used to look for his Pepsi truck at his stops and take him lunch occasionally ... his favorite was a good, juicy Rallyburger! It still tugs at my heart when I see a Pepsi truck parked at one of his "old" stops.

Pepsi was very good to us after Bill's death. They sent a gigantic flower arrangement to the funeral home. They also sent my mom a beautiful keepsake that arrived several days after the funeral. Several drivers that my dad had worked with even came to his viewing. You are lucky to have worked for them for your entire career.

Regarding your flight, because we are right in the middle of three airports, I check flights to/from Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton. You just never know! Cincinnati is about an hour and 15 minutes away, Columbus is about 50 to 60 minutes away, and Dayton is about 30 minutes away. If I can save some money, I'll drive a little farther! I've even checked Indianapolis, which is over 2 hours away! I've never flown to/from there, but I have the others. We've been luckiest with Columbus. Good luck on your flights and don't forget about Airfarewatchdog dot com! That's how we scored such great prices on DIRECT flights! And have a great time on your cruise!
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#76
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by MsMot
So much enjoyed Brad on my Freedom cruise!
He was fabulous! Like I said, very funny! Click HERE for a short video so you can reminisce!
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#77
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
I have my Donut Shop Extra Bold in hand ... and I'm ready to charge ahead!

Here's the FunTimes for today:

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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#78
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Loving your review and photos.
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#79
Springfield, Ohio
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Joined Feb 2007
Day 3/Sea Day – First Elegant Night (June 12): So relaxing. I love sea days! This morning we decided to eat in the formal dining room to see how breakfast was there. Much. more. relaxed. Of course, a much smaller selection of items, but it’s so nice to order your food and have it served rather than standing in line for suspiciously yellow and fluffy scrambled eggs. The menu:



Fried eggs with turkey bacon


Eggs Benedict


Bagels and locks (salmon and cream cheese)


Fresh fruit ... they even cut it for you!


I did not care for the Eggs Benedict but liked the taters and fresh fruit (cuz, really, how can you screw that up?). I had also ordered a side of pancakes, because I LOVE PANCAKES ... I make kick-butt homemade blueberry pancakes if I say so myself! ... I was sooooo looking forward to pancakes! ...... but they weren’t good either. My sister liked her fried eggs but did not like her turkey bacon. My mom really liked her cheese omelet (no pic, sorry!) and my BIL really liked the salmon, cream cheese, and bagels (bagels and locks for the more sophisticated folks!).
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)

#80
Springfield, Ohio
277 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by gelo7
Loving your review and photos.
Good morning gelo7! Welcome and thanks for reading!
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Carnival Sensation (Honeymoon-May 1995)
Carnival Fascination (1997) before kids
Caribbean Princess (April 2007) -- Kids' first cruise ages 6 1/2 and oldest turned 9 on the ship!
Carnival Freedom (June 10, 2012) -- Kids' second cruise! Ages 11 1/2 and 14 (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW! LOTS OF PICS!)