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  1. It looks great! And isn’t it nice to be able to write as many words and include as many links as you want?? Haha 🀣
  2. As someone who took my honeymoon nearly one year after getting married, I would definitely pick the Carnival cruise! You get two more days for nearly the same price, and the OBC and free drinks are great perks! In terms of the dates, I found it really beneficial to have some time between the wedding and the honeymoon. All the planning and excitement for the wedding was exhausting, and I appreciated having lots of time to recover from that before focusing my attention on the honeymoon. It will give you a chance to enjoy your wedding and the excitement of being newlyweds, and then you will also have time to look forward to the honeymoon and prepare for Europe. Either way, I hope you have a wonderful honeymoon!
  3. Yay! I've been looking forward to this review! Can't wait to read along πŸ˜ŽπŸŒ΄πŸ–οΈπŸŒΊπŸΉ
  4. haha I am having withdrawal too... It was so fun to spend every evening writing up the next post, and then taking a few minutes each morning to post it on Cruise Critic. Now that I'm done, it's official that this cruise is over 😞 The safe in our cabin had a keypad where you can create your own code. Just a warning though, that safe was TINY! Don't plan to stuff too much stuff in there... my iPad barely fit!
  5. Oh wow! I hope you enjoyed those tours as much as I did, and that you had a wonderful cruise on the Dream! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚
  6. Great review so far, Kim! Can't wait to read the rest πŸ™‚ Your Antigua tour sounds a lot like the beach hopping tour I did in Curacao last year... when I saw that long list of beaches they recommended for your tour, I was thinking you would need 12 hours in port to spend a decent amount of time at all of those places! I'm curious to see how the rest of the tour turns out and how many beaches you make it to in the end πŸ™‚ Thanks for taking the time to write your review!
  7. Unfortunately, no, the Dream does not have a Red Frog Pub 😞 I think they first introduced it with the Breeze, and then went backwards to put it on the refurbished Sunshine, but it was after the Dream's time! Not sure if this helps, but if you are considering writing a review on your next cruise, I did not bother taking detailed notes on this cruise like I have done in the past. On my prior cruises, I practically wrote out what I planned to write in my review verbatim while on the ship, which took a ton of time. I did it while laying on a lounge chair at the beach or at the pool on the ship or somewhere that most people would spend their time reading a book, but it still took away from being in the moment and enjoying the vacation. This time around, I only took very sparse notes about things like tour guide names (that I would NEVER remember if I didn't write it down haha), and I just made sure to take a ton of photos. The photos really help to jog my memory and I basically use them to talk me through the review. Like instead of writing down the times that different activities started, I take a photo of it and use the time stamp on the photo to tell me what time it happened. I think that really helped me enjoy the cruise more πŸ™‚
  8. Thanks Leigh! Carnival has a lot to offer, so it sounds like you will get a chance to experience it for yourself! Enjoy your cruise!
  9. Thank you! The planning for Paris and London has been like a marathon since we booked the trip last October, but at this point I think I have booked everything that needs to be pre-booked (except the Sky Garden in London, but can't do that until 3 weeks in advance). The tricky part is figuring out what to do each day so I maximize our time there without overbooking our days. Posts in the Trip Advisor forum say to only plan for 1 major museum/attraction per day, but that's not my style, especially when we only have 5 full days in Paris and 4 full days in London! I think I have a good itinerary planned out so fingers crossed everything goes according to plan when we are there!
  10. haha how funny! I only knew to look into it because I was looking on Groupon for discounted tours and stumbled upon the one for Mardi Gras World. The tours are very organized now, although they still let us loose at the end and we could have spent as much time as we wanted looking at the floats. The good news is that this facility is probably going to be around for a long time so you can just add it to your to-do list for the next time you visit there πŸ™‚
  11. That will be such a wonderful trip for the two of you! Not sure if you have started planning yet, but she can get in to a ton of museums for free at her age so definitely take advantage of that! πŸ™‚
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