Welcome Carole! It sounds as though you are an experienced cruiser, so will hopefully offer some good insight on the boards.
Of course, I am HORRIBLE jealous that you live in Florida and can go to the cruisemates gatherings! Not to mention you have that lovely Florida weather.
Here in oh so cold Atlanta (after days of 70's we are back to the 50's mid-day and the 20's at night) we are waiting for spring to REALLY appear, not just tease us....
My sister is a HAL fan, too. I'm having to twist her arm to take a Carnival cruise with me next year! Enjoy your next cruise and please post a review when you return.
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Carniival Sensation Dec 06
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Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
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