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Carnival Glory w/Infant Cruise Review from 12/8

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I am putting out my feelers. Is anyone interested in a review of the Carnival Glory that just returned today???

 

In my review I would explain + and - of cruising with a 9 month old, my thoughts on the new dining concept, and my overall opinion of a Carnival cruise being that I have logged over 100 days on other cruise lines.

 

I promise it won't be a bash fest ;)

 

I just don't want to start a review if there is no interest in those topics. I'm sure the dining thing will be beat to death in the coming weeks.

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Since the dining concept is currently a hot topic here, it would be good to have you share your experience and thoughts on it as well.

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I'd like to read your review. I'm interested in knowing what cruising with a infant would be like. My daughter is due July 2014 and we were planning a winter 2015 cruise but didn't know how an infant and cruising could or would work. Thanks.

 

 

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Alright, then I'll write it up!

Tonight I will give you the basic background info on who we are, who we went with, etc. Tomorrow I will write it up and post lots of pictures as well :)

 

DH and I are 30, we've been on a lot of cruises. Most of them on Royal Caribbean. We are happy with what we get on RC and know what to expect. DH went on a lot of Carnival cruises with his family as a kid. However, we do branch out from time to time for various reasons: itinerary, interest in a ship, and special opportunities. Our last cruise was when I was 24 weeks pregnant, so as you can see we cruise as much as we can. We live in South Florida, which makes cruising convenient!

I am a teacher and I work in the travel industry nights/weekends. DH owns a print shop.

 

Our son is 9 and 1/2 months old. Born with some allergy issues, which will be referenced in my review. He's a really happy go lucky baby who LOVES people!

 

My mom and her boyfriend joined us on this cruise. They are in their mid-50s. They decided to come along to help out and because they had a great deal on their cabin.

 

My husband and I are very easy going when it comes to most things on vacation. If we're away from the stress, we're happy! My mom and her BF are a little more critical and high strung about things ;)

 

We had a balcony cabin on deck 7, aft. We normally cruise in inside cabins because we can cruise more often that way. Having that balcony was a good choice with an infant!

 

Here's one of the FEW pictures of the 3 of us together.5645a15b-df28-4803-bb53-df3d6a74d926_zps3835fbc6.jpg

 

Tune in tomorrow for the details!

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we are sailing out to the Western caribbean on jan 19 and hoping u could tells me a little about the shows and the amount of activities planned. mainly wondering if they keep the days packed with things to do or if you find your self trying to burn time till the next event

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Can't wait to hear about the Glory and it's new menu.

Nice picture by the way.

Sea ya

Eric

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I just booked the Glory Western Caribbean for July. I'm with a 16 year old but I am still interested your review of the Glory and the new dining.

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We planned to begin our day around 9:30am. My mom was supposed to come to our house with her luggage already loaded in her SUV. 10am came and they still didn't show. I called and found out they were struggling with the luggage bag for the roof. They finally arrived at our house a little after 10. My mom lives less than 5 miles from me. We piled our belongings in to her SUV.

 

We will admit, we overpack! I am always afraid I will be short on something. I am also picky about what I wear and change my mind far too often! So MY house had 3 full-sized suitcases. 1 carry-on suitcase with my son's food and formula. A pack n play. Diaper bag. Backpack. Stroller. plus all the stuff my mom and her boyfriend brought along. Thankfully my husband and I aren't big people, so we sat in my mom's backseat with our legs up because we had things stuffed in the leg areas back there.

 

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The drive to Port of Miami was just under an hour from my house. So we got there, unloaded the ridiculous amount of stuff for the porter, and tried to do so quickly as to not hold up other people arriving. My mom went to park in the garage down where the Majesty of the Seas and Disney ships are berthed. So that took another 20 minutes. She didnt want her car parked out in the sun. I was very happy to see that Carnival provides drinks at the entrance of the terminal. Not all cruise lines do this. They had lemonade and water available.

 

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When we were doing the security check-in we were informed that we had VIP access and should report to the Captain's Lounge to retrieve our Sail & Sign cards. A student of mine has a father who works at the Corporate office of Carnival, I had spoken to him about my cruise the previous week. He told me to give him my booking number and he'd take care of my vacation!

 

There were a lot of people waiting to board. I am guessing that boarding was delayed a bit that day. After receiving our cards we proceeded to the escalator/elevator area. We went right up the elevator and were on the ship within minutes of entering the terminal. my guess was a total of 10 minutes from the moment we went through security.

 

The terminal was nicely decorated for Christmas although its hard to tell from the photo. I took a quick snap shot as we were walking toward the ramps. It appears rather empty because many people were sitting off to the right and they started calling a lot of numbers once we were upstairs.

 

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We entered on deck 3, in the atrium. It was insanely crowded in there. I captured a quick glance at the Xmas decor. I love being on ships during the holidays. It makes it more festive and enjoyable. We have done 2 previous xmas cruises that occurred over the actual holiday.

 

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Once we boarded, we headed up to the Lido Red Sail buffet. I remembered the wide variety of choices on my last Carnival cruise (nearly 4 years ago, next month). When we finally found somewhere to sit with the 5 of us I ventured off to the buffet. I was sadly let down. I felt that the food choices were not as varied as they were in the past. I can not even remember what I put on my plate at this meal.

 

After having a light lunch I decided to see if our room was open. So we went down to deck 7. Our cabin was aft, so we seemed to be very close to a lot of venues on the ship that we used. Sure enough, it was ready for us. We were dragging a lot of stuff around because I was too afraid of certain items getting lost if we checked them at the curb. Try hauling a week's worth of liquid baby formula in a carry-on suitcase AND pushing a stroller!

 

Once we got in I HAD to clean the room. I know the stewards wipe things down, but I had a baby in tow and he gets in to everything. So I opened my can of disinfecting wipes and got to work. DH and I wiped down every surface within reach of my little guy. Yes, the photo below is me wiping down the walls!

 

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Little man just woke up from a nap. I will be back later with more :)

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While I mention wiping down the cabin I would also like to mention some of the baby gear I recommend for those that might be cruising with an infant.

 

The First Years- Ignite Stroller

This stroller was recommended by another cruiser on cruise critic last year. Bionicman97 does fabulous reviews. He's actually in the middle of doing one of the Oasis of the Seas right now. After reading about his positive feedback, we made sure to get one a while back because we travel frequently. I agree with him, it's sturdy, lightweight, and compact! It has been to Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas with us already. It survived airplanes, big cities, and most importantly a very active baby. At first I was going to bring our regular stroller, a City Mini GT. I am glad we decided to go with the umbrella style instead!

 

As you can see in the first picture, I was able to wheel it around in the room, even in tight spaces like those found at the foot of the bed.

 

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This stroller also folds in to a very compact form. I was able to store it against the wall at the foot of the bed without it interfering with walking space for us.

 

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It's also great for safety's sake. It has a 5-point harness to ensure that baby doesn't climb out! You may notice a blue string attached to my son's Funship Freddie doll and a black one on the pink rattle-phone (hand me down from his girl cousins!). We bought those so we wouldn't lose any of his toys while on the go. They worked great because there are 5 button snaps on each so you can adjust the length depending on the toy and distance from the floor. Its called the Baby Buddy Secure a Toy.

 

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There were a lot of families with young children onboard. The ones who brought full-sized strollers really seemed to struggle to get through crowds and in small spaces that cruise ships tend to have. There was one family with twin girls a little older than my son, they had a Bugaboo Donkey double stroller which is HUGE! I don't know how they managed.

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The second item I highly recommend would be some type of inflatable bath tub. It has two purposes on a cruise.

 

1) For a child who can not or will not stand in a shower, it's a way to bathe them.

 

2) Being that most cruise line do not allow diapered children in the pool (other than certain Royal Caribbean ships and Disney ships with dedicated baby splash pads) it gives your baby a pool to play in!

 

I am very happy with the one I purchased because it has a very strong suction cup that actually holds! Most baby items with suction do not hold very well. This one stayed up everywhere we went. This was another item that has traveled all over with us over the last 9 months.

 

Here it is, nicely attached to the wall of the shower.

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Here is how it fits in the shower stall.

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and finally... here is is being used as a pool!

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On a side note, my son started traveling at 4 weeks old. Hes been on two flights, a 12 hour road trip, stayed in 2 hotels that were within driving distance, etc. We want him to be used to traveling so it never becomes a problem!

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On a side note, my son started traveling at 4 weeks old. Hes been on two flights, a 12 hour road trip, stayed in 2 hotels that were within driving distance, etc. We want him to be used to traveling so it never becomes a problem!

 

Loving your review. We're taking our 3 and 4 year old on the Glory in February for their first cruise (we've stuck to land vacations so far). They're well travelled for their age and I love it (Europe, roadtrip from FL to AK etc). I feel like it's something that will be great later on. :)

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Alright, I am back!

Long day of work and then taking care of a child who's schedule was messed up because his parents took him on a cruise :(

 

So while I was cleaning the room, my son decided to explore a bit on his own.

He checked all the cracks and crevices to be sure that I got out the germies!

 

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Then my son discovered the most fascinating thing in his life thus far...

A light switch above the bed...

 

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It never got old, here he is again later in the week...

 

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Once the room was clean, my husband decided to take his ritual "1st day of the cruise nap." This was the first time in the 15 cruises we've taken together that I didn't snag a picture of him napping a few hours after getting on the ship! I'm kinda mad at myself for it. It's a tradition for me to show him the picture when we return and then he rolls his eyes at me. haha

 

Before the cruise we had requested to be seated with my mom and her boyfriend for early dinner. When we got our sail and sign cards we saw that we were seated on opposite sides of the dining room.

 

I ventured off with my son to the Golden Dining room in order to get our dining reservations fixed. I arrived at the dining room and spoke with the maitre'd. He was very friendly, played with my son, danced him around at the desk while holding him, then took care of business. He said it would not be a problem. We would have to proceed to the table noted on our cards for this evening and the following day we would receive a card in our room indicating our new table for the remainder of the week.

 

This seemed to be a common theme throughout the week. Staff and Crew loved to play with my son and talk to him. Everyone smiled when they saw him. It made us feel good because we wanted this to be a good experience for all of us.

 

Time seemed to have flown because when I got back to the room it was nearly MUSTARD time. Yes, we call it that and we know it's not the real name.

 

We decided to take the stroller with us because we would be standing there for some time and, while my son is on the small side for his age, 19 pounds feels pretty darn heavy when you hold him for as long as muster.

 

As we emerged from the elevator the crew members directed us in to the Ivory Lounge rather than have us wait outside like sardines in the sun. I called over to my mom who was waiting for us to let her know where we'd be, a crew member told me to have them join us in the lounge. I thought this was very nice, as they didn't have to allow them to accompany us. I was very appreciative for the air and soft seats vs the sardine can. I know many ships are moving toward having muster drill inside as opposed to out on deck these days.

 

During muster they came through and tagged the baby with a neon green bracelet that indicated our muster station should he go off on his own throughout the week. Babies these days are so independent ;)

 

Here is munchkin and me (wearing his tacky tourist suit) at muster.

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Up next, sail away and dinner!

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In the time between muster and dinner we relaxed in the cabin. There was a knock at the door. Funship Freddie answered! Not really, but they delivered the stuffed toy to our room. I was glad that we had this stuffed animal because we seemed to make it on the ship with almost all of my son's toys still sitting in our bedroom at home. The only ones that made it were the ones I shoved in the stroller basket and diaper bag.

 

I had packed a nice bag full of his favorite toys to bring with us on the trip. I stuck the bag in my husband's suitcase the night before. When our luggage arrived in the room that afternoon the bag was missing. My husband claims he never saw the bag. I don't know how he didn't- it's neon green and blue!!! When we got home on Sunday morning it was sitting there at the foot of the bed...

 

Another issue I was worried about was that all of our luggage had been delivered other than my son's pack n play. I was getting nervous. I was afraid it may have gotten lost. I notified the cabin steward that we were waiting on the travel crib and he said that if he did not see one by the time he was to turn down our cabin that he would get one of the ship cribs set up for us

 

This sounds pretty sad, but I somehow missed sail away. I always like to sit on deck or the balcony on the few times we have had one. Thinking back I cannot recall where I was or what I was doing during this time.

 

So we headed off to dinner. I was a bit excited because they had announced the dining changes were going to be given a test drive on this sailing. I had heard people getting all up in arms over the "no table cloth" thing. I was intrigued to find out more about what would REALLY occur.

 

There was a massive crowd of people waiting on deck 3 to get in to the dining room. I have never liked the design of Carnival and Princess ships (even some NCL ships) where the dining room is cornered in the back and you have to go up down and all around to get in. I felt like I was stuck in 3rd class of the Titanic while we were waiting. Shoving, yelling, etc. Finally the doors opened and people flooded in. A lot of people got in line to be escorted to their table. I guess I was somewhat rude because I waltzed right in and looked around for our table number. Well, our temporary table that is!

 

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Personally I have no problem with the no table cloth thing. I think the tables look nice and the presentation was well done with the table numbers hanging on the wine bottles. The table cloth-less design is convenient for young families. My son's suction toy stuck to the table no problem!

 

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When we sat down a waiter approached us rather abruptly and asked us if we plan to sit there. I explained that we would be there just for one night because they had mixed up our seating arrangement. He didn't seem to get my drift because he said that we cannot change seats. I left it alone rather than stir up anything. He brought us a high chair for my son.

 

Bread was served in bamboo boxes. Interestingly we had noticed that our table for two was given the same sized box of bread as the tables for 6!

 

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I apologize for the lack of photo quality in some of these shots. Im not a professional and I try to get shots while managing my son's needs and eating a meal that isn't overcome by flashbulbs every 10 seconds!

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I loved the bread plates. I am not sure how many of the other passengers noticed them, but they highlight cities and states throughout the U.S. Here are three of them (Philly, Texas, and New Orleans), although there were more.

 

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We started with Fried Calamari. I really enjoyed it. Its one of the very few seafood dishes I will eat. I was a bit hungry and so we dove in before I remember to take a picture. So here is our almost entirely devoured "family style for two" app.

 

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I mentioned above that this was a family style for two, serving. We ordered this all week long because it was pretty tasty. So our future servings and bowls were larger because we were no longer at a table for two. Some people were reporting that they did not receive serving utensils for the family style items. I think that must have been a server issue because we always had serving utensils with everything throughout the week.

 

We both had the french onion soup which was also pretty good.

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DH ordered Flat Iron Steak and I had asked for the Chick Pea Biscuits with Roasted Squash and Peppers. No I am not a vegetarian I just like a lot of veggie foods! Here is what we were served:

 

Flat Iron Steak looked really lonely on that plate there. My husband said it was good, but small obviously. He's a big eater because he works out a lot and therefore burns a lot of calories. This meal didnt fill him at all.

 

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Here is what I was served. yes, you are looking at chicken! No that's not what I had ordered! Its a good thing I am not a vegetarian because it would have been a problem. I was disappointed that I didn't get what I ordered, but because my son's patience was dwindling fast I just ate it and didn't cause a stir. Normally I would have asked for the correct order.

 

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We had ordered two side items: Corn and Vegetable Succotash and a Loaded Double Baked Potato. Oh that poor little potato! I think everything my husband ordered that night was put in that Willy Wonka machine that shrinks food down to a smaller size ;)

 

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We chose to skip dinner that night because little bit was getting cranky and he wasn't quite adjusted to us keeping him up late. His normal bed time is 6pm, yes I know it's early! However we leave the house at 6am everyday so its early to bed, early to rise!

 

My husband always teases me about food pictures, but I think in this case it was somewhat important because of the changes. Last night, over dinner, he asked me to please check and verify what he ate on the 5th night of the cruise because he was trying to tell his mom about it and couldn't remember. I shot a look at him as he was snickering over his food A half hour later I heard him yell across the house "THAT'S WHAT I ATE." DH really loves to get me going sometimes!

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Two more quick notes about dinner from night one.

 

I was overjoyed to see that they give you a pitcher of water on the table to pour for yourself. I drink water 90% of the day. I don't drink sodas or many juices either. I was able to refill my water without having to wait for someone to come by.

 

With that being said, once we moved to the other table our waitstaff would still refill our glasses the moment they saw they were low. So it did not take away from the service aspect. It was just convenient to have it there for yourself if needed!

 

We made John Heald's Cover Page on FB. We are the couple on the left with the nosy baby in the high chair. BUT we only sat there one night before getting moved.

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I am off to bed for another day of 10 year-olds!

I will post more tomorrow afternoon/evening!

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Elf food! The portion sizes looks like elf food. What is the thing next to your husbands flat iron steak and what was the green coating on the chicken you were served?

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The plating of the food just doesn't seem as nice. I don't see the fancy swirls of sauce or whatever they did that made the plates attractive. I know I'm not going to starve, but so far I'm disappointed. Going on Liberty in March and were considering switching ships. :(

 

Probably won't since we don't want to lose our $100 OBC and get the ES penalty. :mad:

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Elf food! The portion sizes looks like elf food. What is the thing next to your husbands flat iron steak and what was the green coating on the chicken you were served?

 

The thing next to my husband's steak is a bulb of garlic that was grilled with it.

 

The green stuff on the free range chicken was seasonings. It actually was a very tasty chicken dish that I ended up ordering again later in the week when nothing else on the menu looked good. My issue with the chicken was that it was mostly bone and very difficult to cut the meat off.

 

The portions did seem to grow in size as the week went on. Perhaps they were paying attention to the feedback people gave. While at dinner we saw at least 4 or 5 "suits" hustling around the dining room on their cell phones. Clearly they work for corporate and were monitoring the situation. My husband saw the man take the picture from the upper level that we happen to be in. He commented on the two men upstairs just watching everyone that night. On a normal cruise I would find it creepy to have two random men watching everyone over a balcony, but knowing this was night one of the test drive it made sense to us.

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From the photo of the MDR, showing your group, it looks half full. Do you think that many are now using the Buffet instead as the ambiance with out the table cloths is similar?

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From the photo of the MDR, showing your group, it looks half full. Do you think that many are now using the Buffet instead as the ambiance with out the table cloths is similar?

 

No, from what I understand we sailed at about 70% full. The dining room was like this on many nights. We ate in the buffet on the second formal night while my mom and her boyfriend ate in the dining room. The buffet was even more deserted than the dining room. There were maybe 10 other families/couples at the buffet.

 

On the final night there was only one other table in our section with people sitting at it. There were 5 or 6 empty tables around us.

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It just occurred to me why I didn't remember sail away! We were delayed in leaving because they had a lot of supplies to load on the ship along with some luggage. The ship left Miami while we were eating dinner.

 

Onward!. After dinner we walked over to the atrium to watch the Christmas tree lighting. We nearly missed it. Even though we had skipped dessert, it seemed like we got out of dinner fairly late. I recorded the xmas tree lighting on my video camera. If I can figure out how to link it through here, without getting myself in trouble, I will do it. They played one of the Trans Siberian orchestra songs with the lights on the tree and garland on the railings all coordinated flashing. We have sailed on two previous Xmas cruises on Royal Caribbean and neither of them had a tree lighting event. So I thought it was a nice touch.

 

On a side note: I use the Kodak PlaySport. I think it is the perfect video camera for our family. It is small and handheld. It is water proof. Shock proof. Mud proof. baby proof. etc. It takes some pretty decent HD video as well. We used it a couple years ago when we took dune buggies through the mud in Cozumel. It survived! I also like the fact that it is an SD Card style, which makes it incredibly easy to transfer on to my computer. Sadly, Kodak no longer makes it. I am tempted to buy one of the remaining ones out there so that if something ever happens to the one we own, I'd have a backup.

 

To give you an idea of the size, here is my son testing it's durability ;)

 

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We arrived back at our cabin to find the pack n play, yay!!!

 

I set it up and gave my son a bath in his tub. It was way past his bed time at this point and we were worried about his becoming unmanageable at this point. But he did really well! We put him in the crib and draped muslin blankets around the sides so he wouldn't see us. Yes I know it sounds strange, but he's a fabulous sleeper. He has slept in his own room since he first came home from the hospital. I firmly believe that babies know the smell of their parents and some of them will wake more easily knowing they are right there. So we did our best to "hide" from him in the cabin at night. Once he's asleep, we were able to watch TV without him waking.

 

My son's sleep habits are very routine. He woke up at 6am, just like he does at home. This is what we saw every morning peering over at us...

 

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DH woke up soon after us, he went to the gym, then we hit the buffet for breakfast. We both had a breakfast burrito from the Blue Iguana Cantina. It was pretty good, a nice change from the typical cruise fare for breakfast. I stuffed mine with regular eggs, chicken sausage, potatoes crispies, cheese, and tomatoes. Little guy had some honeydew.

 

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Loving your review! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Can't wait to read the rest ;)

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