February 17-24, 2018 - It's Gonna Be Magical - or was it? My review.

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Sorry - kind of got side tracked.


So, in my family it was myself, DH, Hope - 15, Collin - 13, William - 4 and Justin - 3. This was William and Justin's first
cruise. Then we had Steven, Tia, Shiloh, Jeff, Logan, Donna, Shane, Brandi, Brylee, Ronnie, Lisa, Andrew and Megan.


As I said earlier, our school system completely messed up winter break but we decided to take advantage of it. I worked on
Thursday, came home and packed some last minute items and we loaded up and headed out. Collin was riding down with his
Dad so it was just the 5 of us.


We stopped off in Atlanta to eat dinner with Lindsey (our daughter who attends college in Atlanta) and to visit with her for a little while. Afterwards we were back on the road. I made reservations for us to stay in Valdosta for Thursday night. Glen has some health issues and has trouble riding for long distances so this would help to break up the trip for him and the driving for me. We arrived in Valdosta about midnight or a little later. I had gotten us a room at the Howard Johnson's kind of last minute. It was a decent price and the hotel was ok for 1 night but I wouldn't have wanted to stay longer - no free breakfast either.


You would have thought that since I'd only slept about 4 hours Wednesday night I would have been exhausted but I guess I
was all wired up and couldn't sleep. Seems like it was 2 or 3 before I finally dozed off. We were up again about 7:30 and showered and hit the road again.


We had a planned stop in Ormond Beach, FL just above Daytona for the day on Friday. We own a timeshare there and were
gonna spend the day at our resort and let the kids play on the beach and swim. We got into Ormond about 10:45 and made a pit stop at the Walmart and got some sandwich stuff and headed on to the condo.


It was a gorgeous day and I just put my swimsuit on and sat on the beach while the boys played in the water. I thought the water was cold but it didn't seem to deter the boys. We'd had about a week of rain before we left home so Glen decided he
would take the car and have it washed. We just hung out all afternoon and then headed on to Titusville to spend Friday night.


Now, we normally would have stayed Friday night in Ormond and driven to the port on Saturday morning but when we booked
our cruise it didn't even occur to me that it was Speed Week in Daytona. Rooms were outrageous even with our owner's discount. Luckily I had found this out early and we booked rooms at the Best Western Space Shuttle Inn in Titusville for about $55.00 on Priceline. We had 3 rooms there as Ronnie, Lisa, Andrew and Megan had one, Donna, Shane, Brandi and Brylee had one and we had one. Steven and his crew decided they were gonna spend the night in Jacksonville and drive down to Port Canaveral from there on Saturday morning.


We all met up Friday evening and decided to go eat dinner at the restaurant onsite at the Best Western called Durango's Steakhouse. It was good - standard steakhouse type food. The menu resembled Texas Roadhouse or maybe Logan's and the prices were about the same - maybe a tad higher.


Everyone was tired from travelling so we headed back to our rooms to get ready for our big day on Saturday.


I do have a few pictures, but I'm having trouble getting them uploaded and posted here. I'll keep working on it but unfortunately there aren't many pictures that I have to post for this review.


More tomorrow - hopefully!











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Nice pictures Angela!!!
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#29
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Originally posted by Jamman54
Nice pictures Angela!!!
Jeff -

Thanks - but that isn't how I wanted to post them!

I've emailed you- can you email me back and walk me through posting individual pictures?
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Originally posted by GeorgiaMomof4
Jeff -

Thanks - but that isn't how I wanted to post them!

I've emailed you- can you email me back and walk me through posting individual pictures?
Yep. Working on that now.
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Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
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Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
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Finally got some pictures -

William and Justin enjoying the beach in Ormond!




Sorry - couldn't resist!

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2019 Bookings - Inspiration 4/22 (4 day Baja Mexico), Splendor 4/27 (14 day Hawaii), Triumph B2B 9/16 (6 day Bermuda), 9/22 (7 day NE / Canada).


2020 Bookings - Glory B2B 4/5 (7 day Western), 4/12 (7 day Eastern), Valor 4/20 (5 day Western).

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Our Carnival Fascination Nassau / HMC Photo Review - 8/2/14
Our Carnival Liberty Southern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/9/14
My Solo Carnival Splendor Repo Cruise Photo Review - 10/24/14
Our Carnival Pride Spring Break Photo Review - 4/5/15
Our Carnival Splendor Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 6/29/15
Our Carnival Breeze Eastern Caribbean Photo Review - 8/15/15
Our Carnival Fascination Spring Break Photo Review - 3/26/16
Our Carnival Sunshine New England / Canada Photo Review - 9/3/16
Our Carnival Pride Repo Journeys Photo Review - 2/26/17
Our Carnival Magic B2B with a side of Elation Photo Review - 10/7/17
Our Carnival Paradise and Conquest Photo Review - 4/14/18

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My mind seems to be going in a million different directions today, so if I get some of this out of line or have to make side notes - please bear with me! I'm getting old and sometimes I think of something I want to add out of the blue.

Saturday -Embarkation Day!

We were all up early and ready to head to the port for boarding. The Best Western did have a free breakfast so we all grabbed something to tide us over until we got on the ship to hit the Lido deck!


Justin has chocolate chip cookie in his mouth - I know it's only 8:30 am - but we are on vacation!

Steven and his crew left Jacksonville about 6:30 so they could meet up with us at our hotel and we could all travel together on to the Park and Cruise. We have always used Park and Cruise to park and then be shuttled on to the port. The staff there is great and work really hard to ensure you get to the ship as fast as possible and back to your car when your vacation is over.

Unfortunately, there was a really bad wreck on I-95 and they had to take a detour. We decided we would just meet at the Park and Cruise instead of the hotel. It wouldn't have really mattered if we all boarded at the same time, but I had Collin's birth certificate with me and Steven would need it at check in.

A note on ark and Cruise. You can book directly through their website but always call and ask for a discount code. They always have one and normally it will save you 10 or 15%. I know it isn't much- but it could mean an extra drink on the cruise right?

Timing worked out perfect. We actually arrived about 9:45 and they didn't open the gate til about 10. We had just pulled into the lot and had unloaded our bags when Steven and his crew pulled up so it couldn't have been better. When we told the lady there was 19 of us, she said she would need a bigger van to haul all of us so we had to wait until the next shuttle but it was only about a 5-10 minute wait. We almost filled it up - but had a few extra seats so a few more people loaded up and went with us to the port.

They dropped us off and the porters immediately took our luggage. They told us to get what we wanted to carry on with us and leave the rest to them. We always tip them well because I want to be sure my luggage gets on the ship. I've had nightmares about seeing it floating in the water!

Side note here - We all wanted FTTF so that we could get on as early as possible and also so we could drop our carry ons off in the room as soon as we boarded. I knew we would probably be weighted down with stuff since we had the littles with us this trip. We also had a tender port this cruise - Belize, so it would be helpful with that as well and who really wants to stand in that long line at guest services if by chance you need to go there. I had been checking and last May when we got off the Fantasy, Donna and I decided to check and see if any had opened up because we had been checking before and there were none available. You guessed it - several had opened up so we snagged FTTF for all the cabins we had booked which was 6!


The walk down the sidewalk and around to the priority entrance was a good distance and Glen was starting to slow down some. We finally made it though and were directed right in and right up to have our passports, birth certificates and boarding passes checked. All went well until it was time for Glen to be checked in. As it turned out some how or the other when I printed the boarding passes, it had printed 2 of little William's instead of 1 of each. I guess that's what happens when you have a William, Jr. and a William, III. No problem, she called someone over and they printed the one we needed and we headed on through security and on to get our sail and sign cards.

This whole process was probably 20 minutes or less and that was from stepping off the shuttle to getting our embarkation photo made. I've said it before and will say it again - Port Canaveral has embarkation and debarkation down to an art!


Justin wasn't being very cooperative!
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DD and I are considering this ship for mid-August Western sailing. Looking forward to reading about your cruise.


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#38
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You have such a beautiful family! You maybe a future plumber in the family with the butt crack picture.
I love Park and Cruise and always use them when cruising from Port Canaveral.
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Enjoying the review so far! Tagging along for the rest.
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