[QUOTE]Originally posted by prometrick:
DID YOU SAIL OUT OF SAN DIEGO?
WE HAVE ALREADY BOOKED OUR DOLHIN EXCURSION THROUGH CARNIVAL ONLINE. WOULD YOU HIGHLY SUGGEST THAT BOOKING IT ON YOUR OWN IS THE WAY TO DO IT? IF SO, HOW DO YOU GET IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE LIKE ROSIE? I ALSO NOTICED THAT YOU HAVE KIDS. MINE ARE 6 AND 10 AND I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR OPINION OF THE KIDS CLUB. LAST VACATION MY WIFE WOULD NOT LEAVE THE KIDS AT THE KIDS CLUB BECAUSE SHE WAS NOT TO SURE OF IT. DO THEY KEEP THEM ACTIVE AND ENTERTAINED? THIS MAY BE A STUPID QUESTION BUT SHOULD I HAVE ANY CONCERN ABOUT THE KIDS FALLING OVERBOARD. BY ANY CHANCE DID YOU GET THE SODA CARD? IF YOU DID WAS IT WORTH GETTING? WE ARE IN ROOM 5160 WHICH IS ALSO AN OBSTRUCTED VIEW. CAN YOU SEE ANYTHING OR IS IT COMPLETLEY OBSTRUCTED? I AM HOPING TO GET UPGRADED TO AN UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW. SORRY FOR ALL THE QUESTIONS AS THIS IS OUR FIRST CRUISE AND ME AND MY FAMILY IS VERY EXCITED.
Yes, we sailed out of San Diego. It was very smooth embarkation. We arrived at the pier at 10:00 a.m., I know this is kind of early but we came straight from the airport. We were pretty much the only people there and there was no line at all. Because we were so early, we were part of boarding group 2. So when they started VIP boarding at noon, we were the next group on. We were on the lido deck eating at the buffet by 12:30. Also because our luggage was loaded on the ship early (we watched it go by at about 10:30), we had it in our cabin around 2:30.
I found the info for our private excursion with Rosie on the cruise critic mexican riviera message board. There are lots of other private tours that people are talking about over there.
The kids program is great, I highly reccomend it, espcially with your kids age. Mine are 5 & 13. It's not like they have to be in there the whole time, you can decide when to check them in and out throughout the day. There are lots of activites and things for them to be do. But there are fun things to do for the family on board, such as swimming, going on the slide, watching the ice carving, playing with the giant chess set, playing cards or board games (they have them on-board) at a table up on lido, etc. I have no worries about them falling overboard, the ship is very safe and there are people every where.
My hubby did get a soda card. It was around 50-55 bucks, but he paid extra for the carnival soda travel cup. He thought it was worth it and will do it again next time. He also used it to get juice that was not always available, such as cranberry or orange and to get soda in the dining room.
My cousin was in room 5170 and you can see just fine, the view is not really obstructed much. She had the same view that we had. Here are a couple of pictures of the view from our OV cabin. http://travel.webshots.com/photo/284...25497709xlqVwV
Trust me, you will love your cabin, we did. It was our first cruise too and we are already looking at booking our next one.
No problem about asking questions, I'm happy to do it. I had a hard time finding info about the Spirit before we left, so I vowed to help others