Monthly Archives: December 2016


I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas. Today I would like to wish Brendon a very happy 23rd birthday.  Hope the sun is shining bright in Hawaii on his special day.

I have decided that for the next 26 weeks we will be discussing cruise topics using the ABC’s.  If you are catching on then you realize today is being brought to you by the letter “A”. Normally in this family if you see the letter “A” it’s about grades being received in school (cause our kids are smart!) or Allen.  Neither are the case for this posting.  It’s all about animals…towel animals that is.

Carnival room stewards make a large array of animals using towels.  Each day your room is cleaned and the stewards leave an animal surprise.  If you want to keep your zoo collection all week and watch it grow all you have to do is let your room steward know the first day.  If you don’t then each day they will take the previous animal and turn it into something else.

On one sea day you can go to the Lido located on deck 10 and see hundreds of towel animals hanging out on lounge chairs and pool side.  It’s pretty cool to see all of the different creations they come up with.

Scott and I went to a towel folding class in the Ovation Theater where they taught us how to make a dog and an elephant out of the towels.  I must confess, Scott is way better at making towel animals than I am.  The key to making a successful animal is rolling it tightly, oh, and following directions.  Right after the class there was a show for all of the kiddos. The towel animals come to life as puppets and do a little song and dance.  It was cute.

Carnival does sell a book that teaches you step by step how to make towel animals.  You can get it at the Towel Hut on the Lido, order it thru the Fun Shops, or use an order form that is left in your cabin.  The cost of just the book is $14.95.  One day we might even buy one.

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Back on Land

We’re back and ready to go again!  The weather was beautiful, warm temps, clear skies, and calm seas. And what do we come back to? COLD! Not nice but the good thing is we now have less than a year for the family cruise.  Today I thought I would talk about a few observations that we made over the last week.

  1. Galveston in December is chilly.  Bring a jacket people.
  2. Passengers with several bags of luggage had a heck of a time walking and carrying from the arrival area to getting on the ship to having to wait for their rooms to be ready and lugging it around the ship most of day 1. I suggest one suitcase per person with a purse or backpack.  Anything more than that was frustrating not only for the passenger but also for everyone trying to walk around them.
  3. The binder clips for the shower curtain worked amazingly well.  I do suggest using three clips instead of just one.  Put one at each end of the curtain and one in the middle. This way if the seas get a little choppy the curtain won’t stick to you.
  4. There is a metal mailbox outside each of the cabin doors.  Check it daily because notices are placed in there often.
  5. Hand sanitize stations are located all over the ship.  Use the Purell provided! The last thing we want is for anyone to get sick because of 4000 people spreading germs.
  6.   There are little towel dispensers located on the back of all public restrooms around the ship. These towels allow you to not have to touch the main door handles of the restrooms. Carnival even puts a small trash can outside of the restrooms to toss the little towels in.
  7. If you don’t want glitter or confetti on you then I suggest you avoid sitting in the lower middle section of the Ovation Theater on deck 3.  The evening shows tend to “explode” at the end of the performances.
  8. Beach towels can be found in your cabin and at the towel hut on the Lido deck 10.  You can use these towels everywhere around the ship and even take them off the ship at the ports of call.  Just make sure at the end of the cruise you have the same number of beach towels in your cabin as when you started the cruise.  You will be charged for lost towels.
  9. If you have a food allergy that can potentially be life threatening please contact Carnival and they will make sure the kitchen and dining staff are made aware.
  10. Go with the flow…don’t stress…relax.  As the cruise last week progressed it was interesting to see the number of unhappy people with their significant other.  Stressing about everything will stress your partner and cause uncomfortable situations.  Trust me couples and families arguing in public is seriously unnecessary. Slightly entertaining for those around you.

Starting next week there will be a theme for each blog post along with pictures if available.  Plus, little surprises will continue being given every month.  The fun is not only for the ship 🙂

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Pre-Cruise Goodies

Welcome to December and another exciting and much anticipated cruising post.  As a side note, I would like to let everyone know that there will not be a blog posting next week.  Scott and I will be enjoying a week of relaxation and fun on board a Carnival cruise.

One thing Scott and I like to do before heading out on a cruise is to make a few pre-cruise purchases in the online store called the Fun Shops.  It’s as simple as going to

In the Fun Shops you will find a variety of items from drinks to food, clothing to souvenirs, and cabin decorations to cruise cash. We like to purchase a case of bottled water for $3.99 and have it delivered the 1st day of the cruise to our cabin.  As I posted earlier in the blog, I like to drink bottled water along with the free iced tea to help with the swelling of hands and feet.

The cruise we will be taking next week I went ahead and ordered some room decorations to celebrate our anniversary this month.  If you wanted to surprise your significant other with some decorations, bottle of champagne, or a cake you can order that online, pay in advance, and have it delivered on any of the days during the cruise.

One year as a birthday present to my Dad I had the gift of a collapsible cooler and Budweiser delivered to his cabin. There are a bunch of options for fun items for everyone.  I encourage you to check out the online Fun Shops and see if there is anything you would like to help enhance the fun of your cruise.

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