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#41
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Originally posted by Gumbo4Life
Really enjoying your review and the pictures. I saw "strawberry soup" on the menu and wondered what in the world was that then just down a little you had a picture, perfect! Looking forward to the rest of your review, looks like your family had a great time - and isn't that what it is all about!
Strawberry soup is pretty amazing and all the chilled soups they pour them at the table as you start with a bowl and a piece of whatever fruit flavor it is. Then they pour the soup stuff in. Glad you are enjoying there is many more pics to come
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#42
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Originally posted by caryatid
Loving your review! Thank you for posting the kids menu, I hadn't seen one before! Do you know if the kids club was open for drop off on the first night? We are crusing with our kids this coming April and next Dec, and my tentative plan was to get the kids a quick bite at the buffet (they are not big eaters and I don't fight with them about food on vacation), and then drop them at the kids club so hubby and I could go to dinner alone.
Your welcome...camp ocean is only open for family the first night meaning you can go there with your kids but you cannot drop them off. I am going to post the activity schedule from there. What ages are your kids?
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#43
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We made it back to the cabin and were out for the night. Below is the welcome packet from Camp Ocean as well as the itinerary for the Penguins (2-5 years old) and the Sting Rays (6-8 years old).






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#44
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Here is the Sting Ray one





Here was the Fun Times from the 1st day as well.

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#45
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On to our 1st fun day at Sea. We did feel like being lower on the 2nd floor the room steward was not as good or should I say attentive. It could have been we were spoiled with Ron on the Freedom in July. He is on deck 7 in the front and is amazing. Our room was always clean but we didn't even meet our room steward until the 2nd day. We opted for just evening cleaning since we had the girls with. Here is the Fun Times for the 2nd actual day 1st Sea Day


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#46
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We were up a little after 7:30 and the girls were ready to explore. DW on the other hand was ready for a little more sleep so I took the girls up to the Lido deck to check things out. We got up to the back pool and they had the roof closed, it was chilly outside in the 50's this was crazy.

We were doing the seaday brunch later but I thought I would take the girls to experience Arepas from Blue Iquana. I think these are very interesting good little treat.


Since it was chilly both girls enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate, I got myself some guava juice

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#47
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After the quick bite we headed down to deck 5 to walk around a bit. The girls enjoyed looking out at the water and we still had some waves as we went through a little rain storm.


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#48
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We headed back to the room to get DW and off to seaday brunch. It was just a quick flight of stairs up to the dining room from our room and wow there was a line.

This seemed crazy as when we had went in July there was never a line to get into breakfast it is so interesting how different cruises different places are so busy. We made it in and here is a look at the menu.


We enjoyed some cinnamon rolls and lemon cake as we waited for our food.

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#49
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Ainsley started with some tomato soup which everyone thought tasted pretty good

She also enjoyed some mac n cheese....she thought the mac n cheese at the bbq place was better

DW had the cottage cheese and fruit plate which she says is always delicious

She also had eggs benedict with some turkey bacon and of course corned beef hash

I had the steak and eggs with double steak. They were super busy this morning so my eggs got a little over done and they forgot to bring the sauce with the steak but it was still delicious. By far the best steak on the cruise is right here.

I also got some cheesy grits and boy are they cheesy delicious
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#50
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Makenna had scrambled eggs and hashbrowns.

and they have chocolate pancakes so she had to have those

After breakfast we headed up to deck 5 to relax and watch out the windows for a while on the couches


We went over to the excursion show for a little bit even though we already had picked our excursions
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#51
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Originally posted by cruisewithwife
For those of you interested in seeing the first day Texas has a different drink menu on Carnival. It is below.
I suspect the different drink menu is because they don't pay the tax on all the alcohol onboard, so they can only serve that which has been taxed until they are outside the statutory limits.
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#52
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Originally posted by TubT
I suspect the different drink menu is because they don't pay the tax on all the alcohol onboard, so they can only serve that which has been taxed until they are outside the statutory limits.
You are correct same reason cheers package doesn't kick in until day 2 if you get it when sailing from Galveston
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#53
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We dropped the kids off at Camp Ocean as we had a Slot Pull to get ready for. I organized one through our social media group. From the sounds of it there was going to be a lot of people involved so I said I was going to limit it to 40 people. We did not have a problem as I believe we ended up having about 17 people which was fun. We each put in $20 and headed to the Wheel of Fortune machine. Everyone got their 5 pulls and we went all the way through and our total came out that we each were getting $21 back.....awesome we all made $1. Some people wanted to do it again so I cashed out paid everyone and then said we would sign up again if you wanted to go again. Turned out everyone wanted back in again and we headed back to the machine. This time we didn't do quite as good but we all got back $12 dollars I believe it was. All in all we had a fun time and in the end only lost $7 a piece.

After all that hard work we went to get the girls and then off to one of our favorite locations on the cruise ship the Deli. I love getting the corned beef and pastrami with swiss cheese and thousand island dressing

We also got a hot ham n cheese and a hot dog. So we had never got hot dogs before cuz it seems like a kid thing right and now that we have a kid with get a hot dog. Wow the hot dogs are super good at the deli and will get them in the future even without kids.

Makenna decided she wanted a wrap

Everyone enjoyed their food and looking out at the water.

Back to the room for some rest time and then to get ready for formal night.
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#54
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Everyone was all dressed and looking their best. Took a little more planning with 4 of us getting ready in a room. Off to the taste bar for a bite to eat on our way to dinner.

The meatballs are delicious and go perfect with a glass of wine as we always bring a glass with us from the room on formal night.

Sitting down to dinner

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#55
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Tonight's menu:

The girls started with some mushroom soup

I had some fried oysters which were very tasty


I also had a ceasar salad which I wasn't that impressed with
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#56
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The girls each had spaghetti carbonara

DW and I both had the lobster and the prime rib. I must say the lobster was delicious and I may have had 3 of them but who's counting.

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#57
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Next up the dessert menu

Ainsley knew what she wanted before even seeing a menu the chocolate melting cake...Makenna went that route tonight as well

DW got the creme brulee as that is her favorite....we ordered two of them just in case the kids wanted some too

I had the hazelnut chocolate cake which was too much chocolate for me.

Good thing I got butter pecan ice cream as well
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#58
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As we were eating our dessert the moment came and "Chubby" the maitre de announced "Showtime".....this was the first time the girls got to experience this and were excited every night waiting to see if it would happen



Here is a quick video of the dancing
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#59
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Joined Jun 2008
I am enjoying your review and following. We have cruised the freedom many times, one of my favorites. Your family is so adorable !


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#60
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After dinner we went back to our room to change into some comfy clothes before heading to the show. When we arrived our towel animal was waiting

We also got our invitation to the Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle.

Right before heading off to the show took a picture of our door banner. Many people wonder why to get them but we find it nice to spot our room easily.

The girls posing by the door
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