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Originally posted by dale1088
thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!

This is a great review and is really helping me get a feel for things! We sail for our very cruise EVAH on the Magic in Oct. Bringing along our 13yo girl and 9yo boy. We are beyond excited. I know the Magic is a different ship, but the many similarities are giving me a good idea about the ship. And all the noob stuff you are pointing out (like dining) is very, very helpful! *takes notes furiously Really, for someone totally clueless about cruising, this kind of review is invaluable!

I also will be checking your links for reviews on excursions. Our schedule is Roatan, Belize and Coz.

Your comments about poor little Brayden are priceless. It's tough being 5 and sunburned.

Can't wait to hear more!
Just my 2 cents but if you're going to Roatan, I recommend the Gumbalimba park excursion if your kids like animals. You get to hold birds, snakes, and monkeys and they have a nice private beach to spend the rest of the day on after you go through the park. It was fairly inexpensive and lots of fun.

Sorry OP! Don't mean to hijack your thread. LOVING the review/pics!
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Originally posted by Pappion
Just my 2 cents but if you're going to Roatan, I recommend the Gumbalimba park excursion if your kids like animals. You get to hold birds, snakes, and monkeys and they have a nice private beach to spend the rest of the day on after you go through the park. It was fairly inexpensive and lots of fun.

Sorry OP! Don't mean to hijack your thread. LOVING the review/pics!

Not a problem at all. Hijackers are welcome because those hijackers give me ideas on something new to do when ever we decide to return somewhere. Thanks for the info.
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Originally posted by Pappion
Just my 2 cents but if you're going to Roatan, I recommend the Gumbalimba park excursion if your kids like animals. You get to hold birds, snakes, and monkeys and they have a nice private beach to spend the rest of the day on after you go through the park. It was fairly inexpensive and lots of fun.

Sorry OP! Don't mean to hijack your thread. LOVING the review/pics!
Thanks for this!! My dh is a total nerd and wants to see and hold and play with monkeys. I have no idea where this obsession has come from, but there it is.

I am thinking maybe of doing a Bodden tour called Zip and Dip. Monkeys, zip lining, beach time, then back to the ship. The only special stop we want to make is to find some good cigars. Might book a private driver for the day since it doesn't seem to be any more expensive. If we skip the ziplining (I have some concerns about whether this is a good choice for our particular family) then Gumbalimba and some relaxing beach time sounds fab!!
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So here we are...time to get up and go to what I "think" is going to be my favorite port. I'm excited and can't wait to get the day started.

We head down to the buffet to get our usual runny eggs. What's this on the deck? There was a towel animal explosion over night. They all multiplied. It must have been one busy night out on deck because when we walked by last night, people still had the chairs occupied and was watching the nightly movie.

WOW!!! A++++++ Carnival. I have never seen anything like this before.











Is this something they normally do on Carnival ships? I was blown away and Sakari was completely excited. I was able to view towel animals I have never seen on any of my cruises. They were pretty neat. I won't bore you with the individual pictures I took of them, but I think I was as excited about them as Sakari was. We gave them each the appropriate attention they deserved and moved on to breakfast.

The lines were extremely long this morning at the buffet. I happen to look over and there was only 1 person in line at the Omelet station. Hmm, I think it's time I tried one of their Omelets. So we jumped in line real quick. Made to order and they did the big flips of the eggs in the air. I patiently waited to watch them drop one and it never happened. Kids, don't try this at home...I have, it wasn't a pretty site.

So since I had my Omelet in hand, all I needed was some BACON to go with it and I would be satisfied...but look at that LONG line. Would it be possible to just grab a plate and cut in at the bacon station when others were still filling their plates with runny eggs? Of course it was. No glaring stares or anything. I was in and out like a Ninja in the night. I wasn't even noticed and was gone before the others in the line even got up there.

I have to say, I had found my "new" breakfast item for the rest of the cruise. No more runny eggs. It was only the fight for bacon that I would continue to encounter the rest of the time.

We quickly ate and was ready to head to shore. But wait, where was Kendra and family? Oh that's right...just now coming out on the deck as always and headed to breakfast. Sigh. They are so slow and I was so impatient...especially since I KNEW this was going to be the highlight of the ports kinda day.

We waited for them to eat, while I tapped my fingers on the table, tapped my foot on the floor, grabbed a fork or two and shoved the food in theirs mouths (just kidding, but I felt like it) and we rushed down to get off the ship. Time was a-wasting!
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Originally posted by dale1088
Thanks for this!! My dh is a total nerd and wants to see and hold and play with monkeys. I have no idea where this obsession has come from, but there it is.

I am thinking maybe of doing a Bodden tour called Zip and Dip. Monkeys, zip lining, beach time, then back to the ship. The only special stop we want to make is to find some good cigars. Might book a private driver for the day since it doesn't seem to be any more expensive. If we skip the ziplining (I have some concerns about whether this is a good choice for our particular family) then Gumbalimba and some relaxing beach time sounds fab!!
We did the zip and dip with Bodden about a year and a half ago. There's a review for it in my signature line. There's the zip portion and then the dip portion at West Bay.

You can also hold the monkeys at Maya Key <---one of my favorites so far, there's also a link in my signature for that.

Then there's Little French Key (which I'm about to get to that review here soon) that have monkeys to hold and also baby jaguars to hold.

You can decided.
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I took a few pictures before leaving the ship of the port...Mahogany Bay. It was a pretty port with a great opportunity for pictures.

I think I found the next cruise line to book with.



It may need some repairs, but hey, I "hear" Carnival ships are in need of much repair and maintenance as well. (Rolling eyes now).









A view of the beach area at Mahogany Bay from the ship

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You could see all of the people that were getting off and headed for their day in the sun in the beautiful port of Roatan (my favorite port ever now).



The bridge you walk over to head toward the beach, or you could catch the skyride people mover over for a cool $12 a person for a daily pass.





We were there with another Carnival ship docked. I believe it was the Conquest? I know the Conquest was docked in Roatan when I was on my NCL cruise back in December and we had went to Maya Key. I met some nice people there that day that were Carnival cruisers. They were enjoying their cruise.

Once you get off the ship, they have a picture opportunity. There was so many people here, getting pictures, in the way, it was a mad house. So, I was able to extend my hand up and over everyone to snap this picture. Otherwise, I was never going to get a picture of it. I mean I had to have a picture and we were waiting while Brayden was whining and dragging along like always.




I have to say that I had seen pictures of a day at Mahogany before and we had considered going here and making it a "cheap" day since you didn't have to pay to be here since it's Carnivals own little man-made port area for the cruisers. But I really have no intention on booking another Western Caribbean cruise for awhile. We have done it so many times before and it's time to head back to the Eastern side or Southern (which I have never done before). Of course with the exception of the cruise we already have booked for 6 months from now going to Cozumel, Grand Cayman and Jamaica. Then no more Western for me for awhile. Since this would be my last stop at Roatan for awhile, I just KNEW I couldn't pass up going to Little French Key. I felt that it would just be one of those "Once in a lifetime" events.

So we made our way to the exit, taking pictures along the way of the beautiful landscaped scenery.

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Originally posted by mitsugirly
. What's this on the deck? There was a towel animal explosion over night.
Isn't that the coolest thing. The first time I saw a picture I was thinking "are you kidding me, chair hogs?" Then I realized it was a towel animal zoo.

We rarely go up to the pool, so I've never seen it in person.
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We went to Little French Key in March and loved it. The snorkeling there was beautiful. We held the monkeys and the baby Jaguars. They had some puppies too. We thought the lunch was really good too. I can't wait to hear if you enjoyed it.
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At this point, Brayden was crying and dragging so far behind and Kendra was now complaining and saying, I really don't want to spend a couple hundred dollars on a place when he is going to do nothing but whine and cry the entire time. I gave her one look and said, "That's entirely up to you, but I can tell you now that I have been looking forward to this place for a long time. It's going to be my favorite place I just know it. You can come if you want. You can stay if you want. Either way, I'm not stopping and I'm headed out." I glanced back later and she had to have been somewhere lost in the crowd and we never seen them again on the way out. I was on a mission and nothing was going to spoil my day.

We made our way out of the port and this is what it looks like:





We knew they said you had to go outside the port to catch a cab. I THOUGHT we were outside at this point...boy was I wrong. When we ask about getting a cab to LFK, we were pointed in a direction toward the road and were told to walk up that road to the taxis.

We headed toward the road and started walking...and walking, up the hill, in this area that was part of the road and had a white stripe which I assume was suppose to be for the sidewalk area to walk in even though it was in the street.

I'm looking at my husband and saying "Really? We have to walk this far out to catch a cab? Are you sure we are going the right way?" Well, it had to be the right way...it was the only way...and it was a hill. I now know that there was NO way that Brayden would have done this. Just no way at all! So, it's probably best that they didn't come because it could have taken hours to get him to the taxi place.

So what seem like a forever walk, really wasn't as bad as I thought. I remember doing this same thing to go to Almaplena in Costa Maya back in December, so it was worth it.

We came over the hill and could see people lining the streets and cars right beyond that. We were reading the signs as we walked by. The first sign that was being held, I couldn't tell what it said. The others, well they weren't ours. So finally I ask someone and they pointed at the first sign. When we went up to them, they said "I yelled Little French Key when you walked by, but you kept walking." I must have not heard them. So they marked my name off the list and informed me that they were still waiting on others to arrive. I let them know that we were originally a party of 6 and that the other 3 in our party would not be coming. So he told a kid that was there (at least he looked pretty young to me lol) to be our driver and take us to Frenchys 44. His name was Justin and he was in a private car.

Frenchys 44 is a restaurant. The owners own it and Little French Key. The driver takes you to the restaurant where you get on a boat and go over to the island. The drive wasn't very long at all. Maybe 15 minutes if that.

We pull off the main street and on to a gravel road. You could tell that this "area" was the "high end" area for sure. The houses were huge and amazing and I just wanted to live in one of them.

We arrived at Frenchys:





They had a horse in the yard and my husband and daughter went over to say hello while I checked us in and paid the fee.

You walked out on this deck hanging over the ocean. I assume this was the restaurant because there were tables and chairs there and a bar with the register. There were mangroves along the side.



Looking back from the deck/dock toward the front where we came in:

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Looking out at the ocean from the deck:



Some of the restaurant




This was the house next to the property. I thought maybe it was the owners house, but later found out the owners actually live on the island at LFK.




We only waited maybe 10 minutes and it was time to get on the boat to go over to the island. My excitement was still building. It's not a "regular" boat you get on. It's like a flat barge type boat. I'm not sure what you call it. It was just flat and had a bench around the outside and plastic chairs on the inside.

Here we come LFK. You can see where it's at from the restuarant. So it's just a 5 minutes ride over.



Getting closer you could see the beautiful aqua water.



Sakari looking on with excitement.


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ST KITTS:Reggae Carambola
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Well I hate to leave everyone hanging...but the wait will be well worth it. It's time for me to leave for an appointment with Kendra and then on straight to work. I will try to maybe get a bit more of the review in tonight when I return home. Trust me, the best is yet to come. The water only gets better.

One last picture to show you as we are coming around the corner. You'll have to wait to see what's actually around there.

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ST KITTS:Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN:Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS:Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki
TORTOLA: Baths
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LOL at the drink menus. Wish Sierra Nevada was cheaper than Bud crackstuff at the local packie And I guess its true they took away Red Bull in favor of Rockstar. Gonna make all those vodka bulls and blue martinin fans very unhappy.


And certainly patiently waiting for LFK review! Haven't been there. And given DW's sad experience at Fosters while on the Dream two weeks before you, looking for someplace other than the West Bay/West End/Anthony's Kay to hang out next time.
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We went to Little French Key when we were on our Liberty cruise in December. Luckily for you, it doesn't look like you had any problems getting there from the port. We ended up waiting in a van for an hour until another group showed up before we finally left the port. This really frustrated us, especially since we were not in port very long that day. But once we finally got there, it was AMAZING! It was so relaxing and fun. I would love to go back, minus the issues we had initially. Thanks so much for your review!
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Mitsugirlys- I am enjoying your review. We will be on the Dream for our second time in 16 days !!!
Our first time in 2010 was the cruise you took, we loved it. I will do the cave tube if we take that trip again.
Our next cruise is the other 7 day, going to Virgin Islands. I have never been there. I read your review of Sapphire Beach, this is where I think I want to go. My DS is a snorkle fanatic. He is a water baby much like your little one.
I don't see a Carnival excursion to Sapphire, so we would have to get a taxi. That isn't a problem from the port, but what about leaving, did you have any trouble getting a ride back the port?
Have you been to St Thomas? any reviews for it?
Thanks for your attention to detail ! Love the review.
BTW I purchased the Olympus Tough for my DS for Christmas, can't wait to see what he gets underwater on our trip.
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Loving this review! Looking forward to more as I am trying to pick a cruise for my 40th bday. The Dream is doing this western route then! Some of the older reviews with kids have pictures that dont show up. Love yours so much! thanks taking the time to work on it!
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Such a great review! Thanks for taking all this time to post it. We aer thinking of the Dream (with different ports) for next year so this is helpful!

I feel so bad for your grandson. I can not even imagine being as burnt as he was and trying to go go go in all these ports lol. I would probably have a meltdown and I am way older then he was. Poor kiddo.... I got a pretty good burn in Aruba a few weeks ago on our cruise and I was miserable. I didn't even have blisters. My Husband got sun poisoning as well. So I feel his pain.... I hope he's better now.
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"Remember the spiney bamboo? Well, this is the older, wiser version...the knobby bamboo (just kidding, I can't remember what he called these, but it was something like cow horns or something)."

This looks like a tree we have, the toothache tree. If you break off one of those spines and chew on it, you feel an anesthetizing sensation. It is because of the essential oil that has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and tissue-building properties. 'The main constituents responsible for the actions of toothache tree are the alkaloi chelerythrine, herclavin, the lignans asarinin, neoherculin, as well as tannins, resins and several volatile oils.' (I looked that up) It grows out by our creek.

Brayden makes me think: Pain R/T sunburn AEB crying, grimacing! (Only another nurse would understand!)

NOW, I'll just look at me pics of LFK and not have to wait! Looking forward to your take on it.

I admire all you do. I worked 17 hours yesterday and got off at 6 am today and only slept 4 hours. Feeling a bit like you must every day!

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Originally posted by mitsugirly
Well I hate to leave everyone hanging...but the wait will be well worth it. It's time for me to leave for an appointment with Kendra and then on straight to work. I will try to maybe get a bit more of the review in tonight when I return home. Trust me, the best is yet to come. The water only gets better.

One last picture to show you as we are coming around the corner. You'll have to wait to see what's actually around there.

Hi! I have to chime in again...
I remember going through nursing school and clinicals and working and taking care of children at the same time. I was exhausted! I don't know how you find the additional time and energy to keep posting on this fab review as you are doing everything else! Whew!
But I so appreciate it! Thanks!

Your pics/review of Maya Key in Roatan helped me to decide to go there this past March. Loved it!!!

I am EAGERLY awaiting your pics/review of LFK! I was debating HARD back and forth between Maya Key and LFK for our March cruise. Like I say, I chose Maya Key based in no small part upon your detailed review. Can't wait to see your impression of Little French Key. I hope I am lucky enough to get back to Roatan and see it for myself.

Thanks again for taking so much time to post detailed, balanced, picture-heavy, amusing reviews.
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We are debating on LFK for our Dream cruise in October. We were thinking we'd just go to West Bay, get a day pass at Infinity Bay, and head out through the "kidney" to snorkle.

Dying to hear if you did the snorkling at LFK and liked it better...Just not sure paying $98/person is what we want to do.
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