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aknguyen

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    Texas
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    Cooking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. We were on the Dream in January. We didn't have Cheers so I can't speak to that. Yes, there were lines. I didn't find that they were bad though. Even when the line for pizza or Guys was 25 deep, we got our food within 10 minutes. The lines move quickly. I don't think that's unreasonable at all. I don't expect to be able to walk up and grab food with zero wait. It's not a McDonald's drive through after all. Lines at bars were long as well and yes I occasionally got my drink after someone else that had ordered after me. It happens at land bars too. It's luck of the draw. I notice it happens more often now that I'm of the mom crowd and the beauty of my youth isn't as strong as it once was. Such is life. I accept it and move on. I will say that I think you had a good idea with the idea of making an entire vat of a popular drink and doling them out to whoever wants one. That does seem like it would be more efficient than making a bunch of single servings.
  2. We also take microfiber towels. They are so much lighter and easier to take along than the thick Carnival towels. They shake free of sand very easily as well.
  3. aknguyen

    babies in taxi's

    I've only been in 1 taxi in Cozumel that had a functioning seat belt that would connect to a baby seat. My son still needs a booster and we decided to have him sit between us and keep an arm around him. I wasn't thrilled about this but we weren't going very far and made sure to choose one of the newest looking taxis. The laws are different there so you have to decide how much risk you are willing to assume.
  4. NASA and the zoo are pretty far apart. I'm not sure I'd try to do both in 12 hours. Also, it depends on where you're flying out from. NASA is closer to Hobby (HOU) while the zoo is approximately equidistant from Hobby and Bush (IAH). Schlitterbahn isn't open on Mondays in April so that's not an option. Moody Gardens doesn't have indoor swimming but it would definitely fill up the day.
  5. The pre-show fun depends on the show. For the rock shows, they have people dressed up that you can take pictures with and they do face painting for the kids. For the movie song show, there is a magic trick. It's different for every show.
  6. What day of the week do you come in and what day do you sail out? If you sail on a weekday, remember that there will be local daily traffic. Staying near IAH can add significant time to get to the port on a weekday.
  7. I wouldn't make booking decisions based on CD but a good one definitely makes me enjoy the cruise much more. I didn't realize how much of a difference a good CD could make until we sailed the Vista with Matt. He was EVERYWHERE. We ran into him at least once a day, sometimes three times a day! And we don't usually go to the big deck parties, clubs, or bars much at all so he really does get around. And he recognizes all the passengers and interacts a lot. The cruise would have been awesome without him, but it was extra awesome because of him. So yeah...I think a CD can have a pretty good affect on a cruise.
  8. Go to the Gulf Coast Departures board for lots of parking info and recommendations. I didn't stay up until midnight to do the check-in. I did it the next morning when I woke up at my usual time of 5:30 AM. I still got the first boarding slot (not FTTF) with no issue. We showed up 2 minutes into the approved time slot and never stopped moving. We showed our boarding passes at the beginning of the line, walked through the barriers, went right up to the x-ray machine, went right onto the ramp, and done. It was almost TOO fast as I had my young son with me who wasn't quite as good with keeping up. Meanwhile, the early/late arrival line snaked around the building and wasn't moving very fast.
  9. Yes, Vista had them. It was either 2 or 3 nights. I can't remember right now.
  10. On the Vista, the price on the displays automatically changed during the appointed times. On the Dream, a Carnival employee came around with a card and swiped them all to lower the price and then again to raise the price. He was late getting back so it was more like an hour and a half. The kids were all very happy about that!
  11. Silicone. It has a holder on a lanyard similar to the one in the picture posted by someone else.
  12. I have been using one I got off Amazon for some time now and have had no issues. Yes, I do rinse it out after each use and wash as soon as reasonably possible. Mine came with both a brush and a squeegee type thing to clean the inside easily so I have not had an issue with anything building up inside. Making the adjustment to this type of straw wasn't a huge deal to me.
  13. My 6 year old loved it. However, he did have some trouble carrying his tube up the trail and Daddy had to do it.
  14. Yes, but it is only open for lunch. You can get there by taking the stairs from inside the Lido buffet on deck 10 or by entering from the very back of the ship on deck 11 right in front of the pool.
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