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Ohhhh, a horse ride on the beach. Nice!! Maybe the Old Spice guy will show up to entertain you...
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Those both sound like fantastic excursions!!! I love the idea of horesback riding on the beach (is there any grown up girl who doesn't?!?!)! Of course when I picture it, I also picture myself looking fantastic in some awesome bikini!
Belize is supposed to be an awesome spot for snorkeling and diving I thought. Any snorkel options?
Meri is going to be so excited about the dolphins! Although surprisingly, my DD was a little afraid of having them kiss her. I think she was 11 when we did it? So they kissed my DS instead.
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Wonderful excursions you have planned! We did the Sea Lion swim at Chankanaab and loved it!!

We have cruised on NCL, Carnival (twice), RC and Princess and I can honestly say we have enjoyed the Carnival cruises the most. I know they used to have the reputation of being "party ships" but both of the cruises we took, there was no more partying going on than on any other cruise we went on. I think Carnival has worked very hard over the years to improve their reputation and become more "family friendly". The only thing I felt was better on some of the other cruise lines was the nighttime entertainment and shows. Other than that, we enjoyed everything about our Carnival cruises. I'm sure you're going to have a great time on the Dream!!
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Hi! Just found your PTR. Good for you celebrating your birthday in a special way! I feel for you as I'm a December 30th baby, so it always just gets lost between Xmas & New Years. Next year is my 50th & I've already told my husband that I want to be somewhere warm when I turn 50 (we live in Buffalo, NY)!

I've done the dolphin swim with my kids at Chakanaab a few years ago. We all enjoyed it. And yes, we bought the pictures!

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The excursions you've picked so far sound wonderful.
Thanks, I thought so. The idea of horseback riding on the beach sets me to swoon, lol!

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Ohhhh, a horse ride on the beach. Nice!! Maybe the Old Spice guy will show up to entertain you...
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Those both sound like fantastic excursions!!! I love the idea of horesback riding on the beach (is there any grown up girl who doesn't?!?!)! Of course when I picture it, I also picture myself looking fantastic in some awesome bikini!
Belize is supposed to be an awesome spot for snorkeling and diving I thought. Any snorkel options?
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I had a long talk with Meri about the dolphin swim. I gave her all of the details, so she'd know in advance what to expect, and she's excited about it. But I can understand the hesitancy to get a kiss. That's a foreign creature RIGHT in your face... lol.

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Wonderful excursions you have planned! We did the Sea Lion swim at Chankanaab and loved it!!

We have cruised on NCL, Carnival (twice), RC and Princess and I can honestly say we have enjoyed the Carnival cruises the most. I know they used to have the reputation of being "party ships" but both of the cruises we took, there was no more partying going on than on any other cruise we went on. I think Carnival has worked very hard over the years to improve their reputation and become more "family friendly". The only thing I felt was better on some of the other cruise lines was the nighttime entertainment and shows. Other than that, we enjoyed everything about our Carnival cruises. I'm sure you're going to have a great time on the Dream!!
I agree, they're working really hard to restore their image, and hopefully all will go swimmingly, lol.

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Glad you were able to get a balcony with the cruise line shift, and your excursions sound so fun!
I am really looking forward to a balcony. Nothing like having room service breakfast on the balcony... a nice cup of coffee, a danish and croissant, and a good book. Ahhhhh. They might have to call the port police to pry me off with a crowbar on the 27th.

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It all sounds wonderful! What a great way to get some sunshine and a less hectic celebration of the holiday. The change of lines for the balcony is great, too. So relaxing to have your own private spot to view the world. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!
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It all sounds wonderful! What a great way to get some sunshine and a less hectic celebration of the holiday. The change of lines for the balcony is great, too. So relaxing to have your own private spot to view the world. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas!
We all just need to get away - so having a private outdoor retreat is just ideal in so many ways. It's been a very hectic couple of months, and we are just ready to hide away and enjoy the gentle swooshing of the waves.
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None of you will be surprised that I've been so swamped I haven't had time to get anything done on the PTR!! Why is it always so insanely hectic leading up to a vacation? But now I have 8 mere sleeps until we depart, and 10 sleeps until we board!!

All Christmas gifts are bought and packed. I've got all of Meri's clothes picked out and set aside in her closet - 7 dinner dresses (including one fancy Christmas dress and one fancy Christmas Eve dress), bathing suits, shorts and tank tops. As for my clothes... uhm. Yeah. LOL. I have to figure out what dresses I have, what dresses I can fit into (I blame mom for making cinnamon rolls for breakfast every single day) and what on earth I'll wear to dinner. One thing I do know - during the day, I will be in a bathing suit and cover-up for 99% of the time. I'll pack a few pairs of capris and tshirts just for excursions and for various activities we might want to participate in. This weekend I'll get down to brass tacks on that!

I keep promising some room pictures / discussion so I guess I should get on that, huh?

Here's a rough room floorplan. Our beds will be separated, and this time I get the one by the window / balcony! The couch turns into a bed for Meri.


It's a tiny balcony, but I don't care. It's a balcony! And I will be breakfasting on it daily!


The cruise line glamour shot version of the cabin, lol


It looks perfectly adequate. And it's laid out a bit more traditionally than our last cabin, lol, which was all kinds of odd.

We're still debating on adding the cave tubing excursion in Belize. All reports I read say it's amazing, but... 90 minutes each way... I just don't know. I guess it's a neat way to see the countryside... decisions decisions.

Sunday will be my big "clean the car, pack the luggage" day. I got some battery operated Christmas lights for the cabin, and I need to run to Dollar Tree tonight to get some window clings. I think we're going to gift-wrap our cabin door (seems to be the popular thing to do).

Are we THERE YET???
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It's almost time!! The cabin looks perfect.
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The room looks very nice! I like having the beds at the back of the room with the desk and sofa in front. Gives you a bit more space when you enter than on DCL with the reverse arrangement.
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Room looks great! Nice that the bed is right by the balcony! I always thought that was a bit of a rip off on DCL - I pay for the cruise, but my bed is furthest from the window? My kids like that set up, though....
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