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Cruising again with Carnival is a Breeze

After a year and a half, we decided to cruise again (see my review of the Carnival Conquest in 2012). We’re booked for an 8-day Southern Caribbean cruise for Thanksgiving week on the Carnival Breeze.

No cooking, no cleaning, no snow, no cold. Just floating away to warm islands. I’m so ready, especially as I sit here and type this on a cold, wet day.

The last time we cruised, Carnival offered Future Cruise Certificates. You could purchase one onboard for $100, get $100 onboard credit for your current sailing and get $100 off on a future sailing. A great deal, so we took them up on it. (Sadly, it’s no longer offered.)

We redeemed that credit and decided on the Breeze, due to the features on the new ship – waterslides, a ropes course and a great sports area – all activities that our kids will love.

My daughter had such a good time at Camp Carnival on the previous cruise that she memorized the entire “Freddy” book, and I can recite the open lines because I’ve heard it so many times (2003, a dreary day …). She’s ready to make more towel animals and to move up an age group on this trip.

We’re also visiting four islands new to us (two new to my husband): Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Curacao and Aruba. We only have one excursion planned. For the other locations, we’re going to beach, explore and relax. Perfect.

Are we worried about cruising after the bad press? Not at all. We’re traveling on a new ship, and we’ve been on previous cruises with no issues. And what better way to vacation than to have a kids club that your kids want to go to? Let it begin!

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Cruisin’ the bayou and beyond with Carnival

ImageA milestone birthday. Easter break from school. Yearning for warm weather and new adventures. Those thoughts eventually led me to book a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Conquest, sailing out of New Orleans.

I chose New Orleans because we’ve been to Florida several times so I wanted the kids to experience a new city. And boy, did we. In just a day, we hopped off the plane, left our bags at the hotel before check-in and went straight to a cemetery tour.

After the tour, we checked in to the Doubletree downtown and were excited to find that our room opened up to the rooftop pool but then quickly changed our tune when the water turned out to be pretty chilly.

We wandered around to find some good seafood for dinner and ended up seeing a couple of wedding parties pass by. This looksImage like such a fun tradition! We of course had to stop by Café du Monde for some beignets, too.

The next morning, we headed to the port. The check-in and boarding process was fairly easy, and we went to the Lido deck to await our room checkin. We already had our bathing suits on (from doing my research ahead of time) and I did see a few kids having a fit because they couldn’t go in the pool.

The first two days were sea days so spent our time getting to know the ship, and the kids were thrilled to have the kids club and meet new friends.

It’s hard to complain when the most difficult part of Imageyour vacation is finding a deck chair so you can sit in the sun!

Up next: Carnival cruise ports!

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