Vacations

Caribbean Cruising from the Big Easy

Caribbean Cruising from the Big Easy

Join your friends, Debbie, Joyce & Shelley, on the fabulous Carnival Dream for a fun cruise to the Western Caribbean:

Where the weather is hot, and the cruise excursions are hotter. You'll enjoy the vibrant wildlife, scenery, and culture as you relax in an absolutely blissful island setting. During your stay in Grand Cayman you could choose to encounter the unique stingrays of Stingray City.  You can explore the Tulum Mayan Ruins in Mexico, climb the Dunn’s River Falls or enjoy the Negril experience in Jamaica.

You’ll be thrilled to enjoy this Western Caribbean cruise with your friends.

April 23 - 30, 2017

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CARNIVAL DREAM:

The largest ship the line has to offer, the 4,631-passenger Carnival Dream is the first of a whole new class.

Among the ship's many highlights is a brand new concept in entertainment - The Piazza. Designed as a comfortable oasis during the day and a bustling entertainment complex at night, this breathtaking indoor/outdoor cafe and live music venue features a bandstand where a variety of musical genres are showcased, along with a large circular dance floor. A massive floor-to-ceiling curved glass wall separates the room, creating comfortable and spacious indoor and outdoor seating areas offering stunning ocean views. Guests at The Piazza can also enjoy full bar service, along with an espresso bar offering gelato and a variety of decadent baked goods, along with high-speed Internet access.

Carnival Dream also takes the traditional cruise-ship promenade to new heights with a half-mile, open-air promenade encircling the ship on Promenade Deck 5. Here, guests can take a stroll while enjoying spectacular ocean vistas, read a book, or just take in the sun from one of the many deck chairs that line this unique open deck area.

Along the expansive promenade, four "scenic whirlpools" cantilever out over the sea providing magnificent sea views. Higher up, Lido Deck 10 offers the most elaborate and expansive open-deck area of any Carnival ship with a tropical, resort-style main pool complete with a Seaside Theater LED screen, a Serenity adults-only retreat, and numerous other features.

A wide variety of lounges, bars and nightspots - including a new dance club concept offering indoor/outdoor access - are accessible via an 11-deck-high atrium whose ground level offers a cantilevered bandstand atop a massive dance floor. Other features include an expansive 23,750-square-foot Cloud 9 Spa - Carnival's largest and most elaborate health and wellness center to date.

Carnival Dream features an array of cabins, from interior staterooms to suites, and introduced newer forms of cabins for Carnival Cruise Line. One new type of cabin is a deluxe ocean view stateroom. The deluxe ocean view stateroom has two separate washroom facilities. Another new cabin for the cruise line is cove balcony stateroom. The cove balcony stateroom has a partially enclosed veranda. The ship features special spa staterooms


ITINERARY:
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • "Fun Day" at Sea
  • "Fun Day" at Sea
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • "Fun Day" at Sea
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Wouldn’t you like to leave for your relaxing cruise vacation from The Big Easy? The cruising experience from New Orleans will truly live up to its namesake, as you can find a plethora of relaxing and intriguing things to do while waiting to embark on your cruise vessel. You can expect the perfect trifecta of cuisine, culture and music in full swing when leaving from the Port of New Orleans. Often coined ‘the most unique city in America,’ New Orleans offers fare that ranges from fresh seafood to home-style comfort, and everything in between. The culture and music you are able to experience when cruising from the city of New Orleans are unparalleled.

  Sample some beignets at the famous Café du Monde, and marvel at the simplicity of a well-cooked piece of dough with some incredible coffee.
   
  If you want some of that classic Louisiana seafood, head over to the Acme Oyster House and grab some raw oysters.
   
  Stroll through the French Quarter and behold the diversity of Louisiana. You can view the beautiful Woldenberg Park and see the floral arrangements, and catch a live music or magic performance right along the streets.
   
  If you happen to be staying for a night before your cruise from New Orleans embarks, you would be wise to pop into a jazz bar for a drink and a unique live jazz performance.


Montego Bay, Jamaica

The saucy reggae rhythm in the tropical live wire of Montego Bay, Jamaica is a welcomed anthem to most vacationers while cruising to this popular “poster child” island of the Caribbean. Backed by low blue-green picturesque mountains, lilting breezes wafting across flower adorned hillsides, colorful land with white beaches, azure waters, emerald forests and endless array of leisure activities, this unforgettable island resort town will seem like a sample of Jamaica’s rich culture. Stroll down Gloucester Avenue for phenomenal savings on designer jewelry and giftware in duty-free shopping centers, take a rafting trip down the tropical Martha Brae River, and visit one of the colonial and historic plantation houses in the cruise port of Montego Bay.
 
Book one or more of these shore excursions on your cruise to Montego Bay, Jamaica:

  A real sun seeker’s paradise awaits you while cruising to Montego Bay, Jamaica in the picturesque backdrop of Doctor’s Cave Beach. As one of the best spots in town for swimming, snorkeling, diving and sunbathing, you are guaranteed a great time in the quiet waves of its turquoise waters and an excellent rum punch to quench your thirst. This serenely secluded beach comes highly rated for anyone in search of true Jamaican thrill. For complete relaxation, just sit back and watch brightly colored tropical fish swim close to the surface.
   
  Glide down the miles of flourishing forest while enjoying a relaxing jaunt down the winding Martha Brae River. It’s a peaceful getaway from the usual hustle and bustle in the cruise port of Montego Bay, Jamaica. The serenity sets the mood for a romantic moment. Looking at the beautiful foliage and listening to stories about the river and history of Jamaica are the real highlights.
   
  Find you way down to the fascinating Rose Hall Great House where the tales of the infamous “white witch” owner, Annee Palmer are told in visually impressive ways. The tour involves loud noises and sudden movements of objects and actors, but the sweet décor, well-kept historic look and gorgeous views of the rolling mountains and ocean will make up for any scarily weird feeling you might experience.

Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The stereotype surrounding the cruise port of Georgetown, Grand Cayman is alive and well and certainly has come to stay! No one imagines a cruise to Georgetown, Grand Cayman without embracing the sandy white beaches, clear blue waters, thrilling scuba diving and snorkeling activities, duty-free shopping and enticing cafes and restaurants in this kaleidoscopic island. The all-year-round tropical weather infused with tasty rums on sun-splashed beaches like Seven Mile Beach, Cayman Kai or Rum Point is just too heavenly to forgo. Don’t miss out!
 
  While cruising to Georgetown, Grand Cayman you might notice the well- deserved hype over Cayman Spirits Co. Distillery, and once you complete your tour of the distillery you are sure to jump on the bandwagon. This is truly the best rum tour in the cruise port of Georgetown, Grand Cayman with the most memorable staff and thirst-quenching, authentic artisan beverages.
   
  Go snorkeling and scuba diving with the best of the best while on your cruise to Grand Cayman. Join a Jet Ski Snorkel Tour to the beautiful Stingray City Sandbar where you will come into close proximity with the wonderful creatures. Explore the amazing wall dives and stunning coral reefs in Kittiwake Cayman for an unforgettable experience in the highly photogenic artificial reef.
   
  Wander around the duty-free shops in Porto di Georgetown and you’ll be amazed at the warmth and hospitality displayed by the local traders carrying precious souvenirs for lifetime memories.



Cozumel, Mexico

Mexico’s largest island, Cozumel is home to world-renowned spectacular white sandy beaches. It’s no surprise that cruises to Cozumel are so popular - almost every day in this subtropical climate is a perfect beach day. Cozumel is rich in Mayan culture with many historical sites to visit, including Chichen Itza and its massive pyramids. Ready to explore under the sea? Amazing underwater marine parks have made Cozumel a scuba paradise. Cruise to Cozumel and you’ll find adventures abound in one of the oldest islands in the Caribbean and the largest inhabited island in Mexico.

Featured below are a few of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Cozumel, Mexico:
 
  Known for its scuba diving, the southern tip of the island hosts an underwater national park.
   
  Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World as you explore Chichen Itza and its surrounding pyramids.
   
  Let you inner child loose as you swim with the stingrays at Stingray Beach.
   
  Relax on one of Cozumel’s best beaches, such as Isla Pasion, Playa San Martin, Punta Sur or Playa Palancar.