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When is the Best Time to Book a Cruise??? – Early or Last Minute

When is the Best Time to Book a Cruise??? – Early or Last Minute

When is the best time to book a cruise?  Should you book early for peace of mind?  Or should you try to snag a last-minute deal? We have always booked our cruises very early.  Usually nine months to a year in advance. We do this for a couple of reasons: 1) price protection that if the price of the cruise drops (and we are paying attention), we can request a price adjustment and 2) we normally need more than one…

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Cruise Tip: How To Enjoy an Empty Carnival WaterWorks!!!

Cruise Tip: How To Enjoy an Empty Carnival WaterWorks!!!

When is the best time to enjoy the Carnival Waterworks??? When no one is on the ship! Sea days seem the perfect time to enjoy the waterslides and water play area… right? Well, that is what everyone thinks! So they are packed and the lines for the slides can be incredibly long. We made an executive decision for our family that we would choose one port day each cruise to not have an excursion planned. We get off the ship…

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Beautiful Port of Mahogany Bay on Isla Roatan, Honduras

Beautiful Port of Mahogany Bay on Isla Roatan, Honduras

We had never been to Honduras so we’re very excited about this port. One word I can use to describe Mahogany Bay on Isla Roatan… lush. Everything as far as you can see is rich, thick green foliage on rolling hills and surrounded by the beautiful blue water of the Caribbean. It truly felt like we had arrived in paradise. Ethan made us laugh as he compared this island to Jurassic Park… so we were waiting for dinosaurs to come…

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Great Read for Your Next Cruise: ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’

Great Read for Your Next Cruise: ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’

Do you enjoy reading a good book while on a cruise?  I do, so I am always looking for the next great read.  I am a lover of audiobooks, so I take my phone and earbuds to the very back of the ship and watch the tail the ship is making in the water and enjoy a good story.  So what about a story set on a cruise ship???  ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’ by Ruth Ware is a great…

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Norwegian Breakaway is Moving to New Orleans

Norwegian Breakaway is Moving to New Orleans

We are getting a new cruise ship that will port in Louisiana… The Norwegian Breakaway will be leaving its current home of New York City (The Big Apple) and moving to New Orleans (The Big Easy) in November 2018.  This will be the largest ship ever to sail from our home port.  And guess who will be on the first sailing???  That’s right, we will!  Biggest ship we have ever seen I only found out about this repositioning a few…

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CRUISE LIFE: Dinner & an 80’s Show… Yes Please! – Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: Dinner & an 80’s Show… Yes Please! – Carnival Dream

Evenings aboard a cruise ship are all that you make of them!  There are so many options for eating, drinking and entertainment it is truly a matter of deciding what is right for you. Tonight is our favorite show on a Carnival cruise… 80’s Pop to the Max! After which we have a ball as the party continues at the Michael Jackson Showdown. We love dinner time! After spending the day in Belize we were starving and ready for dinner…

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What to do in Belize: Goff’s Caye & Snorkeling the Second Largest Barrier Reef

What to do in Belize: Goff’s Caye & Snorkeling the Second Largest Barrier Reef

How many different boat rides can you take in one day???  Well in Belize… a lot!  This is a shallow port so you take a tender boat to shore and then hop on another boat to go out on your excursion.  We have a great day planned with a trip to Goff’s Caye.  We chose this because of the uniqueness of this teeny tiny island and the amazing snorkeling.  Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world and…

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CRUISE LIFE: CLUE: Murder Mystery on Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: CLUE: Murder Mystery on Carnival Dream

Having seen the press release when Carnival first released Clue: Murder Mystery on their ships, I was extremely excited to see this in person and play along! We were already in the theater as we wanted to see both shows that night and we held on to our front row seats. We were given a folder with the details of how the game is played and who the suspects are. Your job as a detective is to figure out where…

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CRUISE LIFE: Relaxing Poolside & Fantastic Comedy/Magic Show on Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: Relaxing Poolside & Fantastic Comedy/Magic Show on Carnival Dream

Sometimes you need to just sit back and relax… After an early rise and a full day in port in Cozumel this is exactly what we needed. What better way to relax than to take a shower to get all of the sand off of you – that sand sure does get in places it shouldn’t be in – grab a bite eat and sit in the shade by the pool and feel the cool Caribbean breeze blowing on your face. It…

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CRUISE LIFE: Twister Speedboat & Isla Pasion – Carnival Dream Cruise

CRUISE LIFE: Twister Speedboat & Isla Pasion – Carnival Dream Cruise

What gets you going in the mornings? A morning jog… a strong cup of coffee… well, how about a speedboat??? This is how we started our day in Cozumel! Our excursion was called Isla Pasion by Twister, which means you are going to a beautiful island by way of a speedboat. We met up with our group and laid eyes on our vessel… a bright yellow boat with rows of black seats. No windshield here, that would just get covered…

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