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  1. The ship is the new Carnival Dream, it comes to FL in Dec 2009. I just need to convince a friend to go for the added expense of that cabin... I think I'm sold!
  2. Sept 2008! AND.. I'm in the middle of changing jobs so I'm really bummed I won't have any vacation time accumulated to be able to cruise in 2009
  3. Ok here's the deal, I just went on my first cruise on Imagination and loved it. I had a midship OV on Empress. My hesitation in booking aft is that we had the Spirit dining room which is way aft and you could really feel motion back there as well as some sort of vibration or grinding. The ship I am planning on booking is the new Dream for 2010 and I want to try balcony and I saw diagrams of some corner aft cabins with what looks like very large panoramic balconies! I am thinking the one on Empress deck, the Veranda deck above has them but diagram shows cabin much smaller, the deck below, Upper Deck has them and they actually look larger maybe but there is a lounge below with outside deck access just under the balcony so I am thinking noise from late night partiers will be an issue so I guess Empress it is. (If I get the nerve to try it) So in a nutshell I am trying to convince myself that the ship is much much larger and possibly the motion and vibration won't be noticeable at all Right?? anyone with opinions and/or first hand experience of this type balcony cabin please chime in... pro's and con's both... hopefully there are more pro's
  4. Less then 5 minutes!! When I turned off the camera they had already gotten to his cabin... he said that poor girl on the phone was all flustered and apologetic.. I don't know how he kept a straight face as long as he did talking to her...
  5. Hi kids!! I am officially addicted to cruising!!! It was fabulous! The weather was great, we all had a wonderful time. The only disappointment was there was no gala buffet, we had late dining so it was 10ish each night by the time we finished so we wouldn't have partaken of any food but I was looking forward to the "visual" aspect of it and taking pics. Oh well I guess that is one more thing along with past guest party gone by the wayside for 4 night cruises. We are looking into a week long for spring 2010 on the Dream out of PC. Disembarkment was a cluster, we decided to hang out and wait for the lines to subside and they kept pausing the process due to severe congestion therefore it was nearly 11 before we got off and they were still calling "zones" 4-5 at a time. We had a couple crazy fun mishevious pranksters with us and after we got back on ship from our time in Cozumel a few of us were in the hallway deciding on whether to see a show when the pranksters door shut locking them out so that is when the hijinx started which I only caught a few minutes of on video. I forgot my new camera took video until after about 15 minutes ,so I missed out on filming the funniest stuff ... they waited 15 minutes and still nobody showed up to open their cabin so he calls and tells them he forgot to mention he was naked it was hilarious. At this point I was wondering if anyone has ever been thrown off a cruise ship...OY! . watch closely to see the girl walking by flash back PS: just to clarify he was NOT naked... he had swimming trunks on under his robe so the video is safe to watch LOL Here is a link to my PHOTO ALBUM on flickr
  6. 4 more days!! I can't wait. thanks for all the well wishes!
  7. That's the same one I saw, I browsed around the site and I don't know...the whole register for the chance and then have people vote on your photo seems kinda weird.... but who knows. Maybe after you register you get a letter (from Nigeria) that says for $$$ we can help you to increase your chance of winning a casting call...yadda yadda yadda
  8. Industry getting boost from vacationers unwilling to fly BY DONNA BALANCIA • FLORIDA TODAY • August 26, 2008 As airlines cut back on the number of flights and passenger dissatisfaction grows, the idea of driving to a cruise ship, unpacking once and enjoying entertainment and meals without venturing out is becoming more popular. "The drive market has helped the cruise lines overcome economic obstacles," said Nick Verrastro, editor of Travel Trade magazine. "And they're capitalizing on the fact that the airlines are cutting capacity and raising prices." Geraldine Blanchard, vice president of Global Tours & Travel of Melbourne, said her bookings have grown to the point where 65 percent of her travel business is comprised of cruise customers. "The cruise company facilitates everything for the guest," Blanchard said. Brevard County has capitalized on the cruising phenomenon, with local hotels offering specials and perks to cruisers, like free parking for the duration of the cruise with a hotel stay before or after hitting the high seas. "The port, with all the cruise business it's developing, really helps us," said Rob Varley, executive director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. "The cruise business is an important part of our tourism industry because it drives hotel stays before and after the cruise." Otherwise, during the slow period from late August through mid-November, things would be very quiet at hotels around the county, particularly in the Cocoa Beach and North Brevard areas, Varley said. In Florida, there are many choices for cruising, with several ports throughout the state offering a multitude of cruise options. Port Canaveral is considered No. 2 to Miami in terms of cruise passengers. Most of the major cruise lines are represented at Port Canaveral. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines have ships either based there or that make a port-of-call stop. Port Canaveral has been working at establishing itself as a premiere drive-to cruise destination, and operators are paying attention: Disney Cruise Line recently agreed to put its two largest ships at Canaveral, and Royal Caribbean and Carnival are also home-porting ships in their largest classes at the port. "One of the reasons we're doing so well with cruising is that people just don't want to fly," said Stan Payne, chief executive officer of the Canaveral Port Authority. "We're located within driving distance of many states along the East Coast and well into the Ohio Valley, and cruising has become a better option than flying." Carnival Corp. has made itself a successful cruise business model by growing through acquisition of other cruise companies and by offering a range of choices, from affordable, shoter trips to longer luxury vacations. The biggest cruise company in the world, Carnival says it hosts two-thirds of the world's cruise passengers on its brands, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line. Terry Thornton, Carnival's vice president for marketing planning, said there is no end in sight for demand for Caribbean cruises, which the company bolsters through locating its ships at drive-to ports around the state of Florida. In addition to being an attractive cruise vacation for first-timers, the Caribbean can continue to appeal to veteran cruisers because of the numerous ports of call and island destinations, and the different itineraries ships take to get there. But the convenience -- of driving, of settling in -- spark the cruise business these days. "The cruise industry is doing well because people are driving to their ports," Thornton said. "There are a lot of local ports around the country and cruising is more of an option than ever before. Also, people enjoy the convenience in that they can unpack once." The fact that Florida has more cruise ports than any other state is not by accident. Florida residents and those who live within driving distance of the state can pick cruises that depart from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Jacksonville, as well as Miami and Port Canaveral. Travel Trade's Verrastro said he believes the cruise lines will continue to market the ports that are accessible to the biggest number of drivers. "All the cruise lines are focusing on the drive market," Verrastro said, citing Carnival's recent decision to place additional cruise ships in New Orleans and Mobile, Ala., on the Gulf of Mexico.
  9. THE BOTTLE OF WINE For all of us who are married, were married, wish you were married, or wish you weren't married, the wisdom in the following story will give you something to smile about the next time you see a bottle of wine: Mary was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car. Resuming the journey, Mary tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail,until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Mary. 'What in bag?' asked the old woman. Mary looked down at the brown bag and said, 'It's a bottle of wine. I got it for my husband.' The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said: 'Good trade.....' LOL
  10. I googled the entire first sentence of the post: Travel Channel is seeking multi-generation family to take a wonderful European cruise with Royal Caribbean! Something seems a bit fishy if you ask me. I saw no mention on Travel Channel website or the Banyan website but the google search led to this same original post on other cruise message boards, one even had a main page article to it's members implying the invitation was sent privately (for the webmasters sake I hope it turns out this thing is legit) and a casting call website that seems kind of sketchy .... do the search and judge for yourselves.
  11. Well I can't take credit for it Kevin as someone sent it to me via email but I thought it was good and decided to share
  12. Man Rules: Men are NOT mind readers. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down. Sunday sports -- It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be. Crying is blackmail. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it! Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 days. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us! If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one You can either ask us to do something, or tell us how you want it done. Not both! If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself. Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like computer default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not a color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is. If it itches, we will scratch it. It's just something we do. If we ask what is wrong and you say 'nothing,' we will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle. If you ask a question you don't want answered, expect an answer you don't want to hear. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... Really . Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball or golf. You have enough clothes. You already have too many shoes. I am in shape. Round IS a shape! Thank you for reading this. Yes, I'm sure you've guessed where I'll be sleeping tonight; But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.
  13. After way to much of this --> We finally had a very short break from the downpour yesterday but as you can tell by the clouds it wasn't to last very long These poor guys took a beating (Thurs) (Sat) This is how they looked this morning (Sat) As you can see by the "worn" petals on this one the rain and wind gave them a good battering (Sat) what a difference a day makes!
  14. Rose the Ark is packed and will head over your way soon... I have my valuables on board (Belvedere, olives and martini glasses) and there is plenty room for wine but I think I read somewhere that we likely need to keep our "valuables" S.H.I.T so as not to blow anything up
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