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Old 03-04-2007, 08:30 AM
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My name is Linda and this upcoming cruise will be my second cruise. We just went to the Western Carribean on the Liberty in December. We came home and booked another cruise to leave on Dec 8 for 8 days to the Mexican Riviera aboard the Carnival Spirit.

I have a few questions for other cruisers...
1. What is the best time to book supper when travelling with kids?
2. How are O2 excursions booked? (I will be bringing my 17 and 16 yr old)
3. Do you pay for room service?
4. How do you get milk with the cookie service at night?
5. Any tips about going with a family?
6. Any areas on the Spirit that are adult only? (in case I want to escape for an hour or two on "time-out")
7. Any areas that I need to make sure I avoid as to not disturb "adults only" when trekking around with my 4 yr old?
8. Any excursions that are a "must see" with a family?
9. Any tips on how to ensure that my Mother in Law gets to hang with other elderly ppl?

Sorry to bombarde you all with so many questions


Any and all info will be greatly welcomed and appreciated.
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:30 AM
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My name is Linda and this upcoming cruise will be my second cruise. We just went to the Western Carribean on the Liberty in December. We came home and booked another cruise to leave on Dec 8 for 8 days to the Mexican Riviera aboard the Carnival Spirit.

I have a few questions for other cruisers...
1. What is the best time to book supper when travelling with kids?
2. How are O2 excursions booked? (I will be bringing my 17 and 16 yr old)
3. Do you pay for room service?
4. How do you get milk with the cookie service at night?
5. Any tips about going with a family?
6. Any areas on the Spirit that are adult only? (in case I want to escape for an hour or two on "time-out")
7. Any areas that I need to make sure I avoid as to not disturb "adults only" when trekking around with my 4 yr old?
8. Any excursions that are a "must see" with a family?
9. Any tips on how to ensure that my Mother in Law gets to hang with other elderly ppl?

Sorry to bombarde you all with so many questions


Any and all info will be greatly welcomed and appreciated.
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:10 AM
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Linda, Hi and welcome. I can help you with a few questions. Some other info. might be needed from you. What ports are on your Mex. Riv. itinerary? How old are your children. It makes a difference if you're traveling from the East Coast. Our 2 daughters, ages 13 and 17 did not fair well with dinner at 8:15 p.m. We should have made it for 6:15 or 6:30 seating on Pride. We are from NY and jet lag got the best of them for the entire week.
We got a large choc. chip cookie every night on our bed with a sculptured towel. We just asked our cabin steward and he brought us chocolate milk and regular milk for our girls. He will also bring you extra cookies if you ask him.
Yes, you should tip for room service. It is suggested.
The funnel deck is where people can go to sunbathe topless. Other posters have stated that Carnival is/has done away with it. Not sure on Spirit.
Your excursions are dependent upon which ports of call are on your itinerary. We did Cabo and Mazatlan.
On the subject of your mother-in-law, there is bingo and events that will be listed in your Carnival Caper every day, if she so chooses to attend. It depends on how lively and active she is.
You can book your Club02 excursions through the ship when you arrive on board. That's what we did. They even had a Build-a-Bear Workshop on board (fee charged). I'm not 100% sure you can book Club02 excursions ahead of time. You might be able to. Hope this helps a little.

Have fun!
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Old 03-05-2007, 04:19 AM
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Originally posted by lds26:
My name is Linda and this upcoming cruise will be my second cruise. We just went to the Western Carribean on the Liberty in December. We came home and booked another cruise to leave on Dec 8 for 8 days to the Mexican Riviera aboard the Carnival Spirit.

I have a few questions for other cruisers...
1. What is the best time to book supper when travelling with kids?
2. How are O2 excursions booked? (I will be bringing my 17 and 16 yr old)
3. Do you pay for room service?
4. How do you get milk with the cookie service at night?
5. Any tips about going with a family?
6. Any areas on the Spirit that are adult only? (in case I want to escape for an hour or two on "time-out")
7. Any areas that I need to make sure I avoid as to not disturb "adults only" when trekking around with my 4 yr old?
8. Any excursions that are a "must see" with a family?
9. Any tips on how to ensure that my Mother in Law gets to hang with other elderly ppl?

Sorry to bombarde you all with so many questions


Any and all info will be greatly welcomed and appreciated.


Linda, The prior response seems to have answered most of your questions. Did you have a great time on the Liberty? This is the same cruise I will be taking March 31 and it is the ship my daughter dances on. What can you tell me about the shows? Did you like them? My daughter would like some independant feedback. The small children in the Children programs should be able to meet with the performers. If any are interested be sure to check that out. If your mother in law plays games be sure to visit the Library and read the capers for Bridge, and other social games. And of course there is always the casino.
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Old 03-05-2007, 04:53 AM
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lds... another tip for the family, bring walkie-talkies. They are invaluable to us while cruising. You can also rent them on board if you don't own them. It's peace of mind with children on a ship.
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Old 03-05-2007, 06:44 AM
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1. 6:00 seating
3. No, just be sure to tip
4. Ask for milk each night or order from room service.

On the subject of keeping in touch with kids, here ia a link to an exhaustive thread on the subject right here on cruise chat.
http://cruise-chat.com/eve/forums/a/...5881019192/p/1
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Old 03-05-2007, 12:08 PM
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Thanks everyone! I am so very excited to be going once again.


A bit of info that you needed from me:
- my kids are 4,11,16,17 when we leave
- my husband is an only child therefore MIL will be with us all the time
- our ports are: acupulco, ixtapa, manzanillo
- we booked 2 rooms at the back of the ship and will be pretty much under the restaurant
- our girls will be in the same room as my MIL and our boys will be with me and my dh
- our girls want to do the horseback riding excursion - is it worth it???


As for going on the Liberty, it was amazing. We saw a lot of the shows and the dancers and singers were wonderful. I was always awestruck after watching these shows.

As for the ship the shows were wonderful, the food was amazing and the ambience was simply awesome. We went to Freeport/Lucaya, Grand Cayman and Costa Maya. We toured each and I wished we had been in Freeport longer as we only were given a short time to shop and about 10 minutes on the beach. In Grand Cayman we did the pirate adventure and a tour around the island. You have to go to Del Sol and buy some of the color change items, we got shirts, bags, nail polish and hair clips. When we got to Costa Maya we did the island tour once again and went to a beautiful private beach where we could play in the water, relax in a hammock on the beach and just basically lay back and bake!

These ports were wonderful although I wished I could have been in the Bahamas a little longer but otherwise we had a BLAST!!!.

If there are any other questions I can answer you about this trip let me know.

Linda
 
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