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Old July 13th, 2005, 12:23 PM
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We have seen in the Carnival Capers things about the Horse races. We have also seen folks on the ship, with their "horse" and decorating it. Can some one tell me how you join in on this horse ownership and how this race works? It seems that everyone has a great time doing this.
Also, we read there was a ship building contest on board. Can anyone tell me what that is about. Can we bring things along to do this or are you given items and told to build a ship out of those items?
Both of these things look like fun and we'll be on a cruise in Sept and would like to join in!
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Old July 13th, 2005, 02:00 PM
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Hi we were one of the lucky family's to win a horse. you have to bid on the horse, horse auction. And If you are the winner you take the horse everywhere and dress it up give it a name fill out a bio on it. Our 13yr old daughter got the duty of horsewatching. lol then they have a horse race i think it was the last day at sea. the race has 6 horses and the cd rolls dice whichever horse # is rolled they move that far example if you are horse #3 and a 3 and 4 show up then both horses move one space. the winner ,first to cross the finish line, wins a bottle of bubbly and half of the winnings. Oh people who come to see the race bet on a horse, that is where they get the winnings. Hope i didnt confuse you too much. it was alot of fun!!
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OH Ok - Ask much do you have to pay normally to win the bid? Were there a lot of people betting on the horse in the end?
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The price of the horse at auction depends on how many people attend the first horse race and how hot the bidding becomes. If you plan on bidding on a horse, think about a name for the horse and how you want to decorate it before you leave on your cruise and bring all your decorations with you. I bid and won a horse in May on the Valor ($15) but really struggled coming up with decorations for the horse...the other bidders must have known prior to the cruise about the horse race because they had brought funny hats, crepe paper, etc., with them. I had no scotch tape and was trying to adhere some items to my horse with bandaids which get falling off. You are supposed to bring your horse everywhere you go on the ship except in the pool and you can't take him on shore excursions. On the final day of the cruise, you enter your horse in a race in the show lounge and the more people that bet on your horse, the more money you will win....so they encourage you to get your horse out there and introduce him to as many people as you can. Some people made very nasty remarks to me about my horse but most people thought it was a good idea and very funny (they were usually drunk, ha!).
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Sound like fun! We were wondering if you could bring things from home. My husband works for a novelty company so I'm thinking we might be able to come up with some GREAT decorations! Thanks for all the info!!

We're on the Valor in Sept. Did you like the ship?
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Old July 14th, 2005, 02:26 PM
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The Valor is awesome! I booked another cruise next year on the Valor. They have the new beds on the Valor and it was heavenly. The decor is amazing, the Las Vegas style shows were very good, and they had a great disco, One Small Step, which played music from the 70's one night, 80's another night. The food was exceptionally good at all venues...they even have free sushi on the Promenade Deck near the casino every night (if you like sushi). Also, on the second floor of Rosie's, there is a small food station there that serves fish & chips, along with other seafood specialties. If you have sailed on any of the smaller Carnival ships, they have one buffet area, the Valor has two separate buffet areas along with the deli and oriental restaurant, grill and pizza stations. On the last day of the cruise, they will have a chocolate buffet, don't miss it.
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We've sailed 3 other Carnival ships in the past 7 years. They are: Celebration, Triumph and Pride. We haven't sailed Carnival for 3 years so I'm looking forward to being on one of their ships again. As long as we're on a cruise, I'm happy! I have heard about these "new beds". Are they that good? There are 2 Buffets? I knew about Rosies and the fish & chips but what else is there? By any chance did you see the ship building competition? We'd like to know more about that too. We're going E. Caribbean which I like better than Western. Don't think we'll even get off the ship in Nassau. We've been there several times and it's not my favorite place in the world. May relax in the whirlpool! I just looking forward to getting out of BORING Ohio! We live in a farming area and all you see is corn, beans & wheat!
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We didn't see the ship building competition. Yes, the beds are very comfortable and a huge improvement over the older bedding found on most Carnival ships. The piano bar in Lindy's was always crowded and the Bronx Bar always filled with men catching up on sports. The Caboose is the teenage hangout/game room/ice cream bar. We are also sailing the eastern Caribbean next year and looking forward to it. At least you're in Nassau during daylight hours instead of the stop in San Juan at 5:00 p.m. when all the stores shut down and there is nothing to do except go to a bar, such a waste. We stopped in San Juan last September when we sailed on the Triumph and got off the ship, walked around the dock and got back on the ship. Yes, there are two buffet stations in Rosie's. Carnival has taken Baked Alaska off their menus which I loved but added a lot of new menu items in their dining rooms.
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