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Old June 16th, 2007, 08:57 AM
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We cruised on the Inspiration out of Tampa on June 9th with stops at Grand Cayman and Calica Mexico.

My family: Me, Kim, Aleshia ( 16 ), Sarah ( 8 ).

Departure Day:
Living in the Orlando area, we have a short 1 ½ hour drive to the ship. Having packed the night before, we wake up early and excited. Our early morning, peaceful cup of coffee is disrupted when Aleshia comes in complaining of a sore throat and fever!!!

A quick look in her throat and we started to stress… Nasty red, irritated, with white patches!!! Good lord, we thought she was coming down with a case of Strep… Kim gets her together and off they go to the 24 hour clinic hoping we can get a Z-Pack for her. I’m home with Sarah getting the final packing done.

Kim calls from the clinic at 8:30 saying they are testing for Strep and Mono. An hour later, they get home and the tests came up negative for both. Amoxicyllin was prescribed and we finally made it out the door to Tampa around 10:00. We have plenty of time to get to the ship, but the stress is running high with worries of Aleshia being down for the count during the cruise.

The baggage drop in Tampa looked to be a mad house as we pulled up in the car, but it went very smooth. We paid the extra $15.00 for the valet parking. The porter took our bags and we simply walked into the terminal. The parking garage is across the street from the terminal and it’s not too far to walk. I suggest saving the $15.00 unless you’re running late.

Inside the terminal went about as smooth as you could imagine. We had no wait time to get to the counter for our sail and sign cards. Once we had those in hand, we had about 10 minutes to admire the ship from the waiting area until out number was called to board. Embarking gets an A+ from me. Then again, we arrived early in the day. I imagine people arriving later were met by longer waiting times.



We found our rooms first, then off to the Lido deck for the drink of the day!



Here’s Sarah wondering why the orange slice from my drink tastes so funny.


Aleshia, not feeling well, and not wanting her picture taken. Are all 16 year olds like this when they first get on the boat?


Kim is definitely in the cruising spirit!




We made a couple trips around the ship to get our bearings and then down to the room to unpack. We had Ocean view rooms on the Riviera deck and I was impressed with the amount of room we had. The lifeboat drill came while the ship was still docked. What can I say about this drill? Well, law requires it and it’s good that they do this, especially for the kids. Me? I’m not crazy on how the life jacket fits around my neck, like a big doughnut and having to stand outside in the heat by the lifeboat. I could only imagine the previous people who had this life jacket on and the sweat that has seeped into it. Ugh!

No harm, no foul. You have to do it and if anything were to happen, at least you’d know what to do and where to go. Shortly after the drill, the boat pulls away from the dock.

Dinner in the main dining room was good and bad. The food, which I don’t recall what we ate, was excellent. All meals on the cruise in the dining room were very good. The bad? Well, I have realized my daughters have no dining etiquette. Lol I think I’ll get the Emily Post book of etiquette for them and practice at home before our next cruise.

Two tables adjacent to ours were filled with college kids who were a little too rowdy for my tastes. I know they were just having a good time, but good lord man, I’ve got children sitting at my table. I spoke with the Maitre d’ after dinner. He told me with no doubt that he’d handle this and we will not experience this again from those tables. I thought to myself, “the only way to handle it is to move our table or move their table?. The next night, the same group of kids was next to us, but they were very quite and subdued. Yes, they were ordering drinks, but they were not loud at all and I heard nothing from them that bothered me. I don’t know what the Maitre d’ did, but he did something. He got a good tip from us at the end of the cruise!

We crossed under the Skyway Bridge during dinner.

We went back to the cabin after dinner and we saw our first towel creation. A beautiful swan.


That evening, we took Sarah and her friend around the ship again to look at everything. Sorry the pictures are dark, but you get the idea… lol




Day 2 to follow…
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Great review.... bring on day 2!

I hope Aleshia felt better soon after boarding the ship. That's not the best way to start a cruise.
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I hope Aleshia was feeling better too! I love your picture and review so far and can't wait to see the rest of it! We were on the Inspiration last August and had such a terrific time!
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cannot wait for day 2..........
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Excellant review! The pictures are a wonderful touch and place in great order. I feel like I'm there with you all. We are anxious to hear the rest of the cruise!
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We will be on the Inspiration in August, so
thank you so much for this review!!
I can't wait to read the rest of this review.
Please keep writing.
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Monday morning and I'm getting ready to head to work. Sorry I couldn't get back online this weekend to write more, it's been busy with father's day and all.

I've also got some pictures needing developed to add to this post, will try to finish this one up later today/tonight.

Ugh! Back to work.... lol

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YAY!!! Thank you for the review.. I can't wait to see the next half... Great pictures.
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So glad you had a great time. Are you addicted and ready to book the next cruise?

I agree that the boarding and luggage check in Tampa is A1!! My BF's mother who usually sailed from Miami sailed from Tampa last time and said it was 10 times better.

Hope your daughter is feeling better. Can't wait to hear more. Carla
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Day 2: Fun Day At Sea, Formal Night

I wake up around 6:00 AM and head up to the Lido deck to bring some coffee down to Kim. The 6 O’clock hour was one of my favorites on the ship. I’m an early bird by the way… lol

It’s nice this time of day because there are not many people out and about. The people out this early are enjoying some peace and quiet, watching the sun come up to greet the new day. The Lido deck is quiet at this time of day.



I deliver some coffee to the room, and rouse the kids for breakfast. Back up to the Lido where there is a buffet line outside by the pool, as well as in the Brasserie Bar and Grill. Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, and so on, your typical buffet style breakfast foods.


Sarah is the first one in the pool when it opens at 8:00 AM. The pool is filled with seawater once the ship gets far enough away from land. And yes, I made several trips down the slide. I had to. I mean, how can you not go down the whirly slide at least once… lol.



Aleshia felt much better when she woke up. Actually, she started feeling better after dinner the night before. She found the O2 club and kids her age. Not sure how late she stayed out, but it’s much later than when we require her home when we’re at home… lol. She was sighted by the pool this morning:



Sarah enjoyed the hot tub. There are two hot tubs by the main swimming pool. The forward one is adults only, the one more aft is open to all.


We took in a trivia show in the Paris Lounge in the front of the ship that afternoon which was very funny. The Cruise Director, Risa, was good. But we really liked the Social Director, Philippe. He was quite the character and made things very fun.

Kim found the beauty salon and got her hair done, and I spent some time in the casino before the dinner winning a few quarters in the slots. Yay!

The formal dinner was nice, and the lobster was good. The college kids were at their tables, but they were well behaved as I mentioned earlier. The kids still need to learn dining etiquette… lol After dinner, time for some family photos since we’re all dressed up and looking dapper:



Tuxedo tip for guys: I have a plain black suit. Before the cruise, I went to the mens warehouse and bought a tuxedo shirt, cuff links, bow tie, and cumber bun for about 100.00. Bingo, instant tuxedo for any black tie occasion!

Back in the room after dinner, we were greeted with some more towel creations.



Grand Cayman coming up tomorrow!
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Great to read this since we go in August also. It was so nice to see the boarding picture and now I definetly plan to purchase one of those. For all you other guys who have mentioned that you cruise the Inspiration in August, what is the date? We are going on the 13th. Would love to "see" someone I know
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Day 3: Grand Cayman

Up again early today and I find we are steaming into Grand Cayman while I deliver Kim her morning cup of coffee. Aleshia is feeling great today, however Sarah is now coming down with something… ugh. No fever with Sarah, she’s just not feeling well and complains that her neck hurts.

Our digital camera took a spill this morning. Kim lost her grip on it and it fell from about 4 feet and landed on the lens. The lens broke where it attaches inside the camera and it took some jiggling and rapping to get it to turn on and off for the rest of the cruise. Some pics came out good, others not so good… lol

Breakfast in the Brasserie, then we split up. Kim and Sarah are doing the Stingray/Turtle farm tour, while Aleshia and I are doing the beginner scuba.

Stingrays:
Sarah started crying as their boat was going out to the sandbar. Her neck is hurting bad, to the point where her cries are almost ‘screams’, according to Kim. Kim calmed her down as best as she could because she did not want the boat to have to take them, with all the other people, back to the pier. They never got out of the boat while on the sandbar… L Kim took pictures and once I have them scanned, I’ll come back and insert them for you. Some of the rays are HUGE!!! Kim said it was amazing how they just swam up to the people for food. Once their boat got back to the pier, Kim got a taxi and took Sarah back the ship. They missed the Turtle farm portion of the excursion. By the way, we purchased this excursion the day before we got to Cayman from the excursions desk.

Kim said this would have been a great tour for the money had Sarah not been feeling bad.









Beginners Scuba:
I booked this excursion for Aleshia and I from the Carnival website a few weeks before our cruise.
We got off the tender (where I forgot to leave Luanne a secret note…) and saw the woman holding up the scuba sign. There were a couple guys in front of us that she spoke to, then they started walking off. We followed.
She had us wait under the little pavilion there at the pier. After about 20 minutes, I overheard the woman saying that they are waiting for 2 more people…
I asked her if it was us because we saw her sign and just followed her. She asked if we have our tickets, which we did, and bingo! The two missing divers were found… lol
Off we go in a bus to the Dan Fosters’ Dive place. Some people had their certification cards and they went out on a boat to deeper waters. Aleshia and I found our way to some picnic tables for our beginner instructions.
We spent about 40 minutes listening to the basics of diving. Everything from how pressurization on our bodies to the equipment we’ll be using. I’m watching Aleshia closely to make sure she’s listening and kept asking her if she was “getting all this?. Of course, she said she was…

Typical 16 year old I guess. She appeared to be bored and I just knew she was going to miss some important piece of information. The instructor asked if we had any questions and I look to Aleshia as if she’s going to ask a bunch of things, but she didn’t. Just that bored look that says, “let’s get on with it already…? lol.

Into the pool we go and we get our equipment on. We do several excersises in the pool such as breathing correctly, getting water out of our masks, finding your respirator should it fall out of your mouth, reading the air pressure gauges, and so on. Aleshia did remarkably well during this portion. Still, being the nervous dad, I was worried about going out in the open water.

We head over to the ocean and jump in. We all give the OK to the instructor and down we go. We start swimming out to the reef and I’m taking pictures. As we go deeper, I find myself floating up to the surface while Aleshia keeps down there with the instructor. I forgot my breathing, which is important, and I finally got it under control. Here I am worried about Aleshia and she was like a pro down there. I was the one struggling to do it correctly… lol

The brochure says you get to dive down to 20 feet. We went to 40 feet! It was great in two ways. First, it’s beautiful down there in the water swimming around like a fish. And second, there’s not many activities a dad can do with their 16 year old daughter. At 16, she’s driving now and parents are definitely nerds! Lol It was a great daddy/daughter day to say the least.

While we were under water, it started raining and lightning. With each lightning bolt, there would be a flash in the water. It was very cool!








When we finished, we went back to the main pier and we found our way over to the Hard Rock for a Hard Rock Café Cayman Islands T-Shirt.

If anyone is interested in scuba diving and has never done it, this is a great way to see if you like it. Our instructor was top notch and made the day fun!

Back on the ship, Kim tells me of her day with Sarah. We’re nervous about the neck pain… Meningitis came to mind when neck pain was mentioned for some reason. We took a closer look at Sarah and noticed she had a very swollen nymph node on her neck behind one of her ears. It didn’t hurt to touch it, but it hurt when she turned her head.





Nervous and not sure what to do, I call the infirmary. They say we can come down at any time for them to have a look. We sat in the room for a couple hours watching TV and her neck started to feel better, so we thought we’d give it another day before going to the ship doctor.

We skipped the dining room that evening and had pizza up in the Brasserie. Sarah joined us and was feeling much better as nighttime approached.


While in Cayman, the Imagination pulled up beside us.


Also, while we were watching TV with Sarah this afternoon, we came across the channel that shows what’s going on around the ship. We saw the Captain’s Gala video and wondered why we didn’t attend this the day before… We just missed it for some reason or another. Being dressed as we were, we should have gone to it because it looked like fun. I thought this was after the dinner, but it was the hour before. Oh well, I guess we’re nerds like Aleshia says. We’ll be sure to hit it on our next cruise.

A pretty quiet evening followed for us after dinner. Spent a little time in the casino giving back the quarters I won the other day, then we hit the sack. Tomorrow is Mexico and we’re excited. Sarah and I are going to swim with the dolphins as long as her neck is not bothering her…
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Philippe was absolutely amazing! I wish we could take him on the freedom with us in December

I love reading your posts. Its just like sailing the Inspiration all over again. *sigh with longing*
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Day 4: Calica Mexico

Again, I’m up early enjoying some quiet time getting Kim her coffee, and then watching the water pass by as we get closer to Calica.

We finished up breakfast in the Brasserie as the ship made the turn into the port at Calica. Others have posted about the Port of Calica mentioning that it’s just a gravel pit. Well, they’re right! That’s just what it is… a gravel pit! Lol

The ship pulls right up to the pier and you can get off the boat without messing with tenders, which is nice. There are buses and taxicabs lined up to take people wherever they want to go.

For this stop, I booked the four of us for the Xcaret Eco Park. I did not go through Carnival for this one, I used the Xcaret website and booked from there. It was $59.00 each to get into the park and another $80.00 each for the dolphin swim.

We saw an old school bus painted with brilliant colors showing the Xcaret logo. Thought we might get a free ride to the park, but since we didn’t book through the ship, we had to grab a taxicab. Not a problem though, it was $6.00 for the four of us.

At the park, I had to wait in the line for tickets so we could get our bracelets that let us into the park. About a 10-minute wait. Once in the park, we were very impressed with the size. I’d say it’s close in land size to the Magic Kingdom at Disney in Orlando. Maybe a little smaller.

The park is beautiful. Lots of paths that go through tropical scenery, great for picture taking. There were many things included with our entry: the beaches, aquarium, exhibits, underground river, and so on…

We got there early and had the beach to ourselves for a while. It was like a little paradise all to ourselves. As the day progressed, more and more people showed up, but we never felt like it was over crowded.

Sarah and I did the dolphin swim at noon. Afterwards, I took Sarah down the underground river while Kim and Aleshia caught some sun. By the way, Sarah’s neck felt much better today and it did not inhibit any of the activities we had planned.

On the underground river thing, you simply put on a life jacket and let the current carry you along. At the entrance, there is a sign saying the water is 62 degrees!!! I told Sarah I don’t know if I’ll be able to do this one, brrrrrrr… lol. Well, the water felt more like 75 degrees. Very refreshing actually.

After the river, we caught up with Kim and did a little exploring. We went to the aquarium, saw the wild jaguars and pumas, saw the sting rays and turtles, and all that we could see before the day ended. Enjoy the pictures:
















What a great day we had at Xcaret! We didn’t have enough time to see the whole park, so we’ll hit this one again in the future, no doubt.

One thing I noticed at the park was that there are not a lot of safety features… Very few, if any, guard rails. Some of the higher paths dropped off very steeply. One misstep and you could fall a long way down and seriously hurt yourself. No warning signs or railings at all. You can see in some of the pictures, you would fall right into the stingray pool or turtle pools if you lost your balance. There’s no way this park would be operating in the States like this.

Another example would be a rope bridge they have going across the manatee pool. It’s just a couple ropes stretched across. You put your feet on the bottom rope and try to keep your balance by holding the top rope. Once you cross, there are big rocks beneath you on the other side of the pool. If you were to fall at the end…. Ouch!

I’m not mentioning the safety issues as a bad thing, I kind of liked being that close to the nature stuff. I wanted to mention it so someone reading this doesn’t show up at that park a little tipsy… lol I could see a drunk falling down and getting banged up pretty good.

Xcaret gets an A+.

Another 6 dollar cab ride put us back at the gravel pit. The locals have some lean-tos set up by the gangway where you can buy souvenirs. We didn’t buy anything there, but I saw a lot of bartering going on. Do not pay their first asking price, unless of course you have money to burn… lol

Kim, Sarah, and I had dinner in the dining room that night, while Aleshia went to find her friends. This was one of the best meals of the trip. I had the grilled grouper and some boneless spare ribs that were to die for! The waiter said these are made from Kobe Beef. Man they were good!
I have other photos from a film camera that I’ll post when I get them scanned.

Day 4 was a great day! Well… they all were, but this one stands out for me.
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Love your reviews and the pictures! More, more, more!
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Cayman pictures were added to the post above. E-gads! I need to learn how to scan better...
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Griff, you have a beautiful family and looks/sounds like you had a great cruise. I love the way you have shared your experiences. When is your next cruise?
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Griff, you have a beautiful family and looks/sounds like you had a great cruise. I love the way you have shared your experiences. When is your next cruise?
Thanks Darlene, we had a great time. I'm looking for our next cruise now... We want to boost up to a 7 day for the next one.
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Thanks Darlene, we had a great time. I'm looking for our next cruise now... We want to boost up to a 7 day for the next one.
Hooked like the rest of us. I actually went into a depression after the last cruise till we booked the new years eve one
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updated Cayman pics because the first ones were so bad...
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Thank you so much for the review and all of the pictures... it was like I was there.
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I just loved the way you did this review. I think I will copy the style for when we go on the Freedom in December. That way there will be a detailed account of what new years eve is like on the boat
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I just wanted to ask a few camp carnival questions.

- Did Aleshia enjoy the teen clubs?

- Was there alot for her to do?

- Do you have the capers for the teen
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Kim,

Aleshia LOVED the O2 club for teens (15-17 yrs). I think she had the most fun of all! lol

Kim and I ventured into the O2 to check it out and I found it to be rather small. The kids would hang out in there as well as around the atrium talking, lido deck, and the pizza counter at night. Aleshia said there was a bigger room in the back of the O2 but I didn't see it. Old age and nerdiness sinking in I guess... I don't have any details on 'organized' things they did in the club. I'll ask Aleshia tonight if there was a ship person in there that did things for you.

As for Sarah and Camp Carnival... she only went there a couple times. She loved it. Made a couple friends, did some shirt coloring one time and something with balloons another. She would have gone more, but we were playing in the pool quite a bit and she had a friend that cruised with us.

Sorry, but no on the Capers. At least I don't think we have them. I'll have to ask Kim when I get home if she saved any.

Andy
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Thank you so much for getting
back to me! I must say that I
have loved reading your review!

I am so glad to hear that the girls
had so much fun! My girls are a
little worried about being bored.
I have been sharing your review
with them, in hopes that it will
get them a little more excited.
Lord knows I am!!

I will keep watching for more post.
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Day 5: Fun Day at Sea

I guess I should finish up this review, it was a 5 day cruise after all. Lol

No pictures for this day. Well, there were pictures, but you’ve gotten the general feeling of everything with the pictures so far.

Day 5 was cruising back to Tampa. I’m up early again to get Kim some coffee and have a little quiet time up on the Lido. Get the kids up and after breakfast we swim and take a couple more trips down the whirly slide. The salt water going up my nose as I plunged in the pool at the bottom of the slide limited me to sliding just twice today. Lol

I believe I failed to mention earlier that my wife fell in love with the Salon on board. She got her hair done on Day 2, a facial on Day 4, a massage on Day 4, and another mini massage with Aleshia on Day 5. Our pocketbook felt the hit from the Salon, but it was money well spent because she enjoyed it so much.

I spent most of the day with Sarah while Kim was at the Salon. We did some shopping in the Galleria and hung out in the Paris Lounge watching one of the little trivia games they do on board.

After dinner, we spent some time in the Casino. Kim joined me and oh my… lady luck was with us! Lol No, we didn’t break the bank, but we did win a little money. Kim, who never gambles, had a stroke of beginners luck. It started with the slots where she won about $100.00. We cashed in the quarters and made our way to one of the black jack tables. She had a hard time, but I was winning enough where I could slide her another small stack of chips when she ran out.

Wanting to get back to the room at a decent hour, we called it quits around 10 PM. I told her we have to stop at the roulette wheel on our way out. She’s never played the roulette, so I gave her some quick instruction. We placed a few dollar chips on the board and I’ll be darned if Kim didn’t pick the number straight up. Wham! 35 to 1 payoff! Over the next 6 turns of the roulette, Kim hit a number straight up 2 more times!!! We started with 30.00 at the roulette table and cashed out over 200.00. What a way to end the evening! Well, that wasn’t the end of the evening, but it’s the end of what I’ll share with you guys.

Debarking in Tampa the next day went as smooth as boarding. Living in Orlando and having our car there, we were in no hurry to get out. We took our time getting ready, and had breakfast on the ship. When we finally left the ship, 9:30 or so, we had no lines at all. We simply walked down to the gangway and off the ship. Ez-Pz. Perhaps there were lines when they first started letting people off, but it was smooth for us. I don’t recall them calling luggage tag colors for debarking either. I think they simply called for the self-assist passengers fist, and then made one more call for the rest of the ship to leave.

No problems finding a porter to carry our bags to the car, and we were out of there.

Our cruise was great! We will be doing this again soon.

Okay, my review was more of a story on what the Griffith’s did on our vacation and not a true review on the ship. I’ll try to cover a few interesting points that might help the next person going. And if anyone has a question, please do not hesitate to ask.

Interesting notes from our trip:

- Kim and I had our passports, Aleshia her driver’s license, and we brought a birth certificate for Sarah. The only thing required getting off and on the ship in Grand Cayman and Calica is your sail and sign card. We had the photo id’s ready, but we never had to show them.
- Read your Carnival Capers paper each night before you go to bed or early the next morning. This will show you what’s happening onboard. We missed the Captain’s Gala and some shows we wanted to see because we failed to look at the Capers paper each day. L
- The infirmary charges $60.00 just to walk in and be looked over. Meds and any other medical requirements cost additional. Bring all the meds you might think you’ll need. Imodium, Aspirin, Cold and Cough, etc…
- We brought three bottles of wine with us, packed in our checked luggage. We also brought a case of bottled water that I simply taped a luggage tag on. They made it to the room just fine.
- Formal Pictures. When we stepped out of the dining room on formal night, we hit the first place they were taking pictures. It happened to have the backdrop of the ships bow. You’ve seen this picture above. Right after that, we let Aleshia “go do her thing?. We walked down the passage a little after that and realized they have several picture taking areas with different backdrops. We would have chosen a different background for the family photo if we knew that. So, check out all the picture taking places to get the background you want before sending your kids off… lol
- Water cameras. If you’re planning on doing water activities, buy an underwater disposable camera before you board. They’re only 9 bucks at your local Publix Market, but cost 18.00 on board.

I’m sure I’ve left a lot of stuff out that you might be interested in. If you have a question, PM me and I’ll answer as best I can.

This is one of the best vacations we’ve done as a family. We spent more than we wanted to on our sail & sign, but we’d do it again just the same. The cost of the cruise and extras once we were on board were money well spent. I mean look at me… here it is over a week later and I’m talking about my cruise instead of working like I should be.
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Where was your cabin?

Did you have 1 or 2 cabins?

If you only had 1 cabin, did you
have enough room?

Did your dining time interfer with
your kids camp/teen time?

Did they go to the first meet & greet?

Sorry, I am just trying to be prepared.
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Originally Posted by zekeandkim
Where was your cabin?

Did you have 1 or 2 cabins?

If you only had 1 cabin, did you
have enough room?

Did your dining time interfer with
your kids camp/teen time?

Did they go to the first meet & greet?

Sorry, I am just trying to be prepared.
Thanks!
Don't be sorry. I'm happy to answer what I can.

Our cabins were on the Riviera Deck, all the way near the back of the ship on the port (left) side. We had two cabins (R204 and R206). No complaints with the cabins. There was plenty of room for two people and there was no noise that bothered me or my light sleeping wife. lol

Buying our tickets, we had to put an adult in the room with the kids, so our tickets were setup for Kim and Aleshia in one room, me and Sarah in the other. Once we were on board, we went to the information desk and got extra room keys so we could stick the kids in the one room and us in the other.

We had the early dinner seating (5:45 I think) and I really can't say how it affected Camp Carnival since Sarah only went a couple times. We did not go to the meet and greet. The camp was set up where you had to get your kids from 12:00 - 2:00 PM for lunch and something like 5:00 to 7:00 or something like that for dinner. (Not sure on the hours, but I'm sure others can chime in on the hours for you). I do know while in a port, you can keep your kids there for the day.

I didn't mention during my review, but we did travel with some friends of ours who have an 8 year old too. Sarah and their kid play well together so their interest in the camp was not a big thing. I do know Sarah made friends with some girls her age at the pool and at the camp events she went to. Your girls should have no problems being alone if they go to the camp or just to the pool.

What's the age of your girls Kim? If you have one close to Aleshia's age, I can tell you she'll do just fine. She'll probably have the best time of all, just like Aleshia did. And if your girls are not all that excited right now, don't worry, their interest will pick up when they get on the boat. Aleshia's did!
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My girls are 16 & 13.
We only have one cabin.
I think we may regret this.

Is there soap and shampoo in the
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