Carnival Cruise Lines provided a complimentary cruise for my family. All opinions stated are my own.
This summer seemed to provide my family with many fun travel adventures, but our biggest adventure of all was setting sail on the Carnival Dream. This trip provided many firsts for my family, heading aboard a ship for seven days, journeying to a new country, and most of all, trying new things.
The vacation also provided me with a way to cross off multiple bucket list items!
First Stop: Key West, Florida
We decided to take a ghost tour in Key West, where we learned about some of the area’s more colorful stories, which the boys really enjoyed. They were fascinated with the Banyan Trees and I was loving the architecture. Of course, we ate some Key Lime Pie and visited the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum.
Second Stop: Freeport, Bahamas
At our first Bahama stop, we decided to take a Western Heritage tour and go snorkeling. Our tour guide was fantastic and we learned all about how Freeport became what it is today. From Light Houses, Conch Fritters, Pirate Stories, Boiling Holes explored by Jacques Cousteau, and finishing up with snorkeling, we experienced Freeport!
Third Stop: Nassau, Bahamas
For our last stop of the cruise, we marked a big item off my list, swimming with Dolphins!! While this excursion is on the pricier side, I must say that my whole family said this was their favorite part of the vacation. The Dolphin interaction is well organized and everyone got multiple chances to touch our Dolphin, Mekai, and we learned a lot about the species. We spent the rest of the day exploring the Atlantis water park areas. You could spend days at the Atlantis and still have things to do.
The Carnival Dream offers 7-day cruises, leaving out of New Orleans, with 3 different Caribbean routes to choose from. To learn more, or stay connected with Carnival, be sure to visit their site, Carnival.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Mary O'Malley says
Looks like you had such a great trip! I went on a Carnival cruise when I was younger and it was one of the best times of my life. Such great pictures. I’d love to see more if you have them. :]
Oh wow. What an amazing experience! It looks like you had a wonderful time.
Susanna @Zealous Mom says
Everyone looks like they’re having a fabulous time! I have never been on a cruise, so I definitely need to add it to my bucket list.
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says
My husband and I LOVE to cruise, but we are RC loyals! I can’t wait to take Red with us next time.
Virginia @thatbaldchick says
A cruise is definitely on my bucket list. I’ve never been on one, but Hubs went on several as a kid and loved it.
Everyday Living with Chrys says
I was just talking to my husband last night about how I wanted to go on a cruise so badly. We have been thinking about doing the Disney cruise. Looks like fun. My husbands family had a home in Key West so they would travel back and forth a lot.
Betsy Mitchell says
I love cruises and have been on a few with Carnival. Glad yall had such a fun time!
I always wanted to go on a cruise. But I’m always chicken that will be the time that I’m on it that it sinks LOL
Liz Mays says
What an experience for your family, Renee!!! The dolphin experience has to be a memory of a lifetime.
Barbie's Beauty Bits says
I’ve been on a few cruises and they have always been so much fun! I’m a big one for getting off the ship and seeing all of the sites. Looks like everyone had a great time!
Shop with Me Mama (Kim) says
Oh how I want to go on a cruise with my family! We have never been and are really looking to soon! Maybe next year? I have heard lots of wonderful things about the Carnival Cruise line. Seems really family friendly! Great review!
Wow, what a blast! I’d love to take my family on a cruise.
This looks like so much fun! It looks like you had a great time.
Sounds like you had a fab time. I’ve never taken a cruise and we want to so badly with the kids. I’ll have to check Carnival out…
Brett Martin says
Great way to conquer your bucket list! I love carnival.
I’ve never been on a cruise. It is definitely on my bucket list.
Wow, you guys really took it all in! I love the pictures
oh how fun. love all the pictures!!!
I really need to go on a vacation and not just any vacation but a carnival cruise. I would love to go since I have NEVER been on a cruise.
Your trip looked great. I’ve never swam with dolphins but it’s definitely something I want to do one day.
I’ve never been on a cruise but have heard it is amazing. Carnival Cruise seems to be a lot of fun!
I haven’t been on a cruise before, but it’s definitely something I would love to do some day! Looks like you had an amazing time!
The whole trip would be amazing. The dolphin excursion would send me over the moon!
Carly Anderson says
I would love to go on a cruise sometime! It looks like you all had a wonderful time.
Krystal's Kitsch says
Some of my favorite places to go! I have been to Freeport once and I was amazed at its beautiful clear water! Key West, we try to go every year. We do live in FL so it makes it a little easier… but it still is a far drive.
Amber Conaway says
I love all the pictures, looks like you guys had a lot of fun! I have never been on a Carnival Cruise but it looks great, I can’t wait to go!
Wow I so would love a sponsored trip for a family cruise. I see you all had a super blast!!!