Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I was wondering is there a way to get a current Freedom Western Itinerary of the Fun Times, In planning I would like to know what special activities camp Carnival and Circle C are having.
Example would be like clothing black and white night and such
This would be a great help in planning what my children will bring
Thanks so much
What to Wear?
Note: The use of any footwear with wheels, including but not limited, to Heelys© shoes, is prohibited on board our ships.
Cruise Casual Dining Dress Code
If there is anything else we can do for you please don't hesitate to ask.
Reservations Service Specialist
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
What Your “Fun Ship” Cruise Includes:
Food & Drink
Fine Dining in the dining rooms (includes lobster and steak served on every cruise)
Casual Dining at our Lido restaurant, convenient 24-hour Pizzeria, soft-serve ice cream and frozen yogurt around the clock
Lemonade, coffee, tea, water (from a fountain, not bottled water)
Spa Carnival menu offering healthful selections low in calories, fat, sodium and cholesterol
Onboard Activities Day & Night
Serenity - adult only retreat (on select ships)
All onboard clubs, bars and lounges (activities including karaoke, dance lessons and more)
Spectacular stage shows
Live music, including three bands and orchestra
Comedy acts and international singers
Fitness center, steam room, sauna and outdoor jogging track
All pools including children's wading pool (on select ships) and whirlpool/hot tubs
Carnival’s Twister Waterslide OR Carnival Waterworks
(depends on ship)
Basketball Court/Volleyball court (on select ships)
Carnival’s Seaside Theatre (on select ships)
Sliding Sky Dome – enjoy the pool rain or shine
(on select ships)
Poolside entertainment (live music, games,
dancing and more)
Camp Carnival for ages 2 through 11
Circle “C” for ages 12 through 14
Club O2 for ages 15 through 17
Carnival’s Comfort Collection in all rooms
In-stateroom toiletries and amenities
24-hour stateroom service
What’s Extra On Your “Fun Ship” Cruise:
Various beverages (alcoholic drinks, specialty coffees and bottled water)
Unlimited Soda Program (entitles you to unlimited sodas while onboard)
All items from the patisserie (pastries, baked goods, indulgent sweets, etc.)
Use of Spa Carnival and Cloud 9 Spa services
Ship-to-shore communications (i.e. WiFi capability, cell phone roaming charges apply)
Photographs, portraits or film developing
Onboard duty-free shopping
Casino, bingo and other gaming
Babysitting Services (from 10PM to 3AM in Camp Carnival
for ages 11 and under)
The Steakhouse (on select ships) - reservations recommended
In the casino, they'll give you a lanyard, as well as punch a hole in your S&S card for you. In the dining room, ask for espresso after dinner - not usually listed on the menu, but I have either espresso or cappuccino every night at no extra charge.Hint: Read your Capers carefully, as some things are in small print. (Take a highlighter.) For instance, "tea time" is not announced in a big separate area, just in the listing of day's activities. I thoroughly enjoy that!
The pizza place also makes a very good Ceaser salad to order, 24/7.
It seems that Carnival has different polices on all their ships. I was on the Spirit this past March, and non-carbonated soft drinks, Espresso & Cappuccino were FREE in the main dining room.Additionally, the non-carbonated soft drinks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate AND soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt were FREE & AVAILABLE 24/7!
If you are going on an excurtion the next day that does not include lunch...order sandwichs the night before from room service and put them in the frig overnight.
but I had forgotten to pack my toothpaste on my first cruise and asked the room steward if she had any sample sizes. She came back to my cabin with handfulls of sample size toothpaste to use for the week. I'm assuming if you ask your steward, you will get it. (within reason of course).
Casino tip:If you play blackjack, one secret to keep in mind is the Fun21 table - there are NO QUEENS in the decks - They will tell you this IF YOU ASK but what they won't tell you, and 98% of the players do not realize, is that this forces a change in the way you play.. check out wizardofodds.com and read about SPANISH21 !
morning for breakfast they have those tiny little individual boxes of cereal. There's Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, and lots of other name brand cereals. We always grab a few for snacks for us and the kids. The authorities will not confiscate anything that is in a sealed container. And I think it applies to all ports. Though we have taken sandwiches and cookies with us off of the ship with no problem. We never put them in a cooler with our drinks or any other place that would be obvious. Our children have backpacks with a few beach toys in them. We stick our sandwiches and cookies in amongst the toys in the backpacks.
If you don't have a fridge in your room and want to take sandwiches ashore for your day excursion, try making them at breakfast. There is always bread available that is used for toast. There is also usually ham and/or turkey lunchmeat that many people put on bagels, etc...for breakfast. That's all you need for a simple sandwich!
Another tip......The Purser's Office will carry stamps of the different countries that you are going to. I like to buy my stamps ahead of time so I don't have to find a post office in each port. Makes it much easier to send the postcards home from the different ports.
Another sneaky pictrure option, ask the person in line behind you to take a photo of you with your perosnal camera at the same time the phtographer is....we have done this a lot and the pictures come out very nice!
If we have a fridge, we freeze damp washcloths the night before going ashore. Pack the frozen washcloths on ice in a zip lock bag and use them to cool off with while walking around.
If you want orange juice any time remember the exact place you got it during breakfast time. All they do is take off the label orange Juice making you think there is no OJ.
How about a FREE FACIAL?After getting settled in your cabin, go up to the salon - spa area and let someone at the desk know you are willing to be a volunteer for whatever during the spa tour later that day... I haven't missed a free facial yet, and it's kinda fun to be the model and listen to all the questions people ask!Also, check out the INTERNET CAFE for a drawing for free internet minutes (day one only)... check the CAPERS waiting in your cabin.
Order your coffee and danish the night before so when you wake up, you won't have to wait for that first cup of coffee. (even 10 minutes feels like forever......I love my first cup of java)Make sure you check your daily charges so if there's a dispute, you can deal with it right away. Sometimes we forget from days before!
I too use the ziploc bag idea. Another idea for packing your lunch that morning is to go to the breakfast buffet. They always have bread available for toast. They also usually have turkey and ham available for those that want to make bagel sandwiches, etc....Voila - you have lunch! I have found room service to be slow on the mornings in port so this is quicker for us. I've never had any problem getting off the ship with my lunches either. Now of course I don't have them sitting on top of my purse in plain sight, but I've never been stopped. Something else we've done is to order room service the night before with chips and cookies. We make fresh sandwiches in the a.m., but the chips and cookies from the night before are fine if you put in baggies and now you have an even better lunch!
When the lights start to dim in the dining room this means Entertainment is coming. Make sure you have your camera ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you need post cards, go to the pursers desk... they have those with the picture of the ship for free!
more to come
Monday, July 26, 2010
(translated as always)
Kids: what are you looking at on your keitai Naked women??
me: NO! Just someones blog from the USA
kids: Is it cool?
kids: Can we see?
Kids: cause its naked
Me: *sigh* No its not see!
Kids: WAAAAA! Kowaii ! (Waaaa I'm scared)
Kids: That girl looks mean! She could eat us!
Me: No she wouldn't
Kids: I'm gonna have
Me: Fine, just sit down and open your textbook