As you guys know, we took the 10 year old on his first cruise. We took a 7 day cruise on Carnival Dream out of New Orleans, Louisiana.
My family, 4 women and the 10 year old, drove to New Orleans. We left TN at 5am for the six hour drive. Of course we packed snacks on top of snacks for the road trip. Actually we had three bags of snacks.
Arriving in New Orleans, we opted to park our car at the official cruise line pier. Two reasons: (1) it’s located right at the ship, (2) the parking lot is secure. The cost for parking is $16/day but definitely worth it.
Oh now the fun begins! We were already in cruise vacation mode but when you get there, the excitement is on 100.
The embarkation process can be overwhelming for newbies but the great thing about Carnival and most cruise lines, they have this process down to a science.
Our Cabin: Stateroom 1381
Oh don’t worry, the room wasn’t small. We had plenty of room and I actually liked the top bunk.
Every day and night, our room stewardess would come in and clean our room. At night she would leave us the next day itinerary and towel animals.
Once we got settled in, I headed to check the 10 year old in to his home away from home: Camp Carnival.
He enjoyed every minute of Camp Carnival. They have specialized groups based on age with daily activities for the kids. They could go as early as 7am and stay as late as 1am (additional fees required) in Camp Carnival.
They even had planned activities for parents and the kids.
Carnival Dream Food
I know you guys are saying “but what about the food?” The food was plentiful. You have several options of places to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
We opted for the Seaday brunch the days we were at sea. The Pork Chop was delish and the view was heavenly!We ate at the early dining for dinner but for lunch you had several options for food on the Lido deck.
Ports of Call
We had the pleasure of visiting 3 countries:
We really enjoyed Cozumel and Belize; however, the cruise informed us of the armed robberies taking place against tourist in Roatan. So we opted to stay close to the ship.
Now, let me tell you: each of these places were extremely HOT!
Life onboard Carnival Dream
No one and I mean no one should be bored on a cruise. There is an activity for everyone.
If you want to relax, you can do just that.
If you want to watch a movie, no problem:
Wanna play golf:
Need a massage, try Clud Spa 9
Watch an ice carving
Or just go for a swim
My son had a ball! I had a ball. We all had a marvelous time. We are already planning next year cruise.
Have you and your family cruised together? Share your cruise experience in the comments below.