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Enjoying your review and pictures. We have never been to these ports and would like to try this cruise in the future.
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Thanks for answering my questions! I am glad to hear that your son enjoyed Camp Carnival. I am only interested in using it a few hours, mostly at night to watch comedy shows & play in the casino.

But if you could get a chance to upload the Camp Carnival itineraries, that would be wonderful. You could email them to me at [email protected]


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Originally posted by chill6x6
I really enjoyed your review! You did a great job and I really enjoyed the pictures!

I'm gonna save a link to your review. I have the same itinerary planned aboard the Breeze for November 2013!
Have a great cruise!

Originally posted by smurfm69
Enjoying your review and pictures. We have never been to these ports and would like to try this cruise in the future.
Give them a shot, we had a really great time.

Originally posted by phabric
We are doing this iternary on the Breeze at Christmas.

Would you recommend the Carnival tour for Aruba?
The tour was just okay for us. The driver was good, lots of commentary but it seems that all the tour buses follow the same route so wherever you stop, there is bound to be lots of people.
There is another tour that includes a beach break after sight seeing, I would've preferred that. Don't know how much beach time one would have though since it was 6pm by the time we got back to the ship.
Have a great cruise.
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Originally posted by JennLuvs2Cruise
Thanks for answering my questions! I am glad to hear that your son enjoyed Camp Carnival. I am only interested in using it a few hours, mostly at night to watch comedy shows & play in the casino.

But if you could get a chance to upload the Camp Carnival itineraries, that would be wonderful. You could email them to me at [email protected]
No problem. I'm going to add them here, hopefully they're not tiny & you can read them. If not, let me know & I'll email them to you.

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Ohio
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Thanks so much for posting. We are taking our 3 kids on this same trip during Thanksgiving this year. The Saona Special sounds perfect for our stop in La Romana. I can't wait to read the rest of your review.

You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing your trip.
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Magda, I asked Seavis to send you a note asking for your email address so I can get mine to you to see some of the photos of Gabe with me and the starfish!
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Originally posted by deffenm
Thanks so much for posting. We are taking our 3 kids on this same trip during Thanksgiving this year. The Saona Special sounds perfect for our stop in La Romana. I can't wait to read the rest of your review.

You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing your trip.
Thank you! Your kids will have a blast.

Originally posted by mizlorinj
Magda, I asked Seavis to send you a note asking for your email address so I can get mine to you to see some of the photos of Gabe with me and the starfish!
Lori, just checked & I have an email from Seavis!
Will finish the review & send you pics on Thursday, have work/class until then.

Hope you're well.
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Toronto On. Canada
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Did you do Seavis tour on your own or through Carnival?

Were you worried about getting back on time? We are in port from 9am-4pm.
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Originally posted by phabric
Did you do Seavis tour on your own or through Carnival?

Were you worried about getting back on time? We are in port from 9am-4pm.
We did it on our own but were in port from 9-5pm. No problem getting back on time. Tour guide is very conscientious about return time & I think they will tailor the tour to fit the ship's schedule.
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East Windsor, NJ
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I'm enjoying your review so much! We're doing this ship and itinerary in September and it's great to hear from someone who actually did it already. I appreciate your sharing and can't wait to see more of it!
Toronto On. Canada
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Originally posted by Latinhunny33
We did it on our own but were in port from 9-5pm. No problem getting back on time. Tour guide is very conscientious about return time & I think they will tailor the tour to fit the ship's schedule.
I have told the operator our times 9-4(will have to be back onboard by 3:30) and they said they will get us back on time. I have booked with them and hope others from our Roll Call will join. Carnival wants $99/pp from 9-1:30 with no lunch.
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Originally posted by bythehex
I'm enjoying your review so much! We're doing this ship and itinerary in September and it's great to hear from someone who actually did it already. I appreciate your sharing and can't wait to see more of it!
Thanks! Have a great cruise!

Originally posted by phabric
I have told the operator our times 9-4(will have to be back onboard by 3:30) and they said they will get us back on time. I have booked with them and hope others from our Roll Call will join. Carnival wants $99/pp from 9-1:30 with no lunch.
That's great, glad they were able to accommodate your schedule. Enjoy your time with Seavis at Saona, it truly is paradise!

Originally posted by welshcorgie
Really enjoyed your review! Your son is gorgeous. Looks like he had a great time also.
Thanks, I think so, too. He had a blast, he keeps asking when he'll be on Funship Freddy again.

Will continue with Curacao tonight.
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Day 7 - Curacao!

Breakfast on Lido


Head to the room to grab our stuff & find a hungry Freddy.


We pull into Curacao & it's cloudy & raining just a bit.



Port


Cloudy day
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Today we have a tour scheduled with Henry Leo Plaate to tour the island & visit Porto Marie Beach.

Curacao Port


Not everyone shows up for our tour but we head out anyway.
We head out & drive over the Queen Juliana Bridge.
Ship in port


Next, we drive through the Floating Market


Fresh fruit & veggies


Wedding Cake Building in Downtown Willemstad


We maneuver out of downtown traffic & head over to the Chobolobo Distillery.
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Carnival Fascination 4/11/2011 - Key West & Nassau
Carnival Freedom 5/5/2012 - Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Aruba & Curacao
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Samples!


We're here for a half hour & then we're off again.
Lizard Statue


Our next stop is Boka Tabla.
Big Lizard at the entrance. Unfortunately, Gabe refused to mount him.


Hiking Trail
Estimates a 15 minute hiking time & that is spot on.


First, we head down to the cave. It's impressive, water is so very close & the waves are constantly crashing.


Next, we head up to the lookout & watch the crashing waves.
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Carnival Victory 03/08/2009 - San Juan, Dominica, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Kitts & Barbados
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Carnival Freedom 5/5/2012 - Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Aruba & Curacao
Carnival Dream 5/11/13 - Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, Costa Maya
Disney Dream 01/09/14 - Nassau & Castaway Cay
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A view of the trail


Trail on the way to the lookout point.


Lots of lizards here.


We're here a short time & then we're off again.

Tree that blooms during the dry season.


We make a stop at Playa Kenepa Grandi just to view since there aren't any facilities. Beautiful beach!


Wish we would've stayed here!
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Magda
Carnival Victory 03/08/2009 - San Juan, Dominica, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Kitts & Barbados
Carnival Fascination 4/11/2011 - Key West & Nassau
Carnival Freedom 5/5/2012 - Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Aruba & Curacao
Carnival Dream 5/11/13 - Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, Costa Maya
Disney Dream 01/09/14 - Nassau & Castaway Cay
Carnival Legend 07/05/16 - Alaska: Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, & Victoria
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Sacramento
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Magda-You have a beautiful family! We are doing this same itinerary on the Breeze this Nov, except leave Aruba at 4pm and we will be in Curacao late.

Love your pictures and review!!
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Next, we're off to Porto Marie. Lots of hills here, Gabe said it was like riding a roller coaster. He loved it. (We have no hills/mountains here) Picture taken by our tour guide, Henry.


We're here! Porto Marie.


Look at the blues!


We're starving so we head over to the restaurant & order burgers & beers.
In Curacao, people dip their fries in peanut sauce. Not a fan. Sort of tastes like mexican mole.


Service is very fast but the food was just okay. We have to beg for the check & then head off to enjoy the water.


Make sure to bring water shoes. The coral here is out of control!
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Magda
Carnival Victory 03/08/2009 - San Juan, Dominica, Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, St. Kitts & Barbados
Carnival Fascination 4/11/2011 - Key West & Nassau
Carnival Freedom 5/5/2012 - Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Aruba & Curacao
Carnival Dream 5/11/13 - Belize, Honduras, Cozumel, Costa Maya
Disney Dream 01/09/14 - Nassau & Castaway Cay
Carnival Legend 07/05/16 - Alaska: Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, & Victoria
MSC Fantasia 06/17/17 - Germany, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Estonia, & St. Petersburg
Carnival Splendor 06/16/18 - Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas