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About jacksmycat

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  1. We enjoyed our stay at Casa Mimosa. It is very clean and the staff were very friendly. They all spoke English well. If you become a club member on their website you get 5% off your stay. When we arrived someone labeled our luggage and put it in a locked room. They gave us a map of the city and we were on our way. When we returned, someone insisted on bringing our luggage up to our room for us. The room was small but very clean and new. We had complimentary bottles of water and sangria in our room along with a toiletry kit for our use. We had a nice little balcony too. There was a rooftop pool and bar that had a nice view of the roof on La Pedrera. There was a restuarant, but it was quite expensive. However there was a nice little bakery/deli next door that was very affordable. We ate there for dinner and breakfast. They scheduled a taxi for us the next morning to take us to our cruise ship. I would stay there again. They had great customer service.
  2. This will be my first trip to Europe. I'm going on a Carnival cruise out of Barcelona in April. We will be arriving at 7:15am on Saturday, the day before the cruise. I didn't know how long it would take to get out of the airport and to our hotel. We are staying at the H10 Casa Mimosa, which is near La Pedrera. I have written them and they will hold our luggage if we are not able to check in that early. I have decided that I want to go to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. I went ahead and bought tickets for Sagrada Familia online for 12:00. I thought that would give us plenty of time to get there. Afterwards, I would like to go straight to Park Guell. I want to buy advanced tickets to tour the Monumental Zone. Their website says the Nature Square is being renovated. Are their still plenty of things to see that would make the ticket worth it? Also, if we tour the Sagrada Familia at noon, what would be the best time to buy tickets for Park Guell? Is 4 a good time? Earlier or later? Thanks for any suggestions. We will most likely use a taxi to get to the hotel. We plan to use the Metro to Sagrada Familia as there is a stop close to our hotel, but would welcome suggestions if there is a better form of transportation to get to these places. I believe we will also have to take a bus to Park Guell from the Metro station.
  3. The only excursion I know of is the kayak one. They will take you to Gold Rock Beach after kayaking. Sent from my SM-G955U using Forums mobile app
  4. I went to Balmoral Island with Carnival. I did not book anything except the beach day. They had a gate and fence separating the plain beach from the dolphins. I was watching them at the fence and 1 of the employees told me I could come through the gate and watch from the beach. I don't think you can go close up to watch, but I was still able to see the dolphins and the people in the water. Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  5. I don't remember an orientation. You just sit and enjoy the view. I liked it. It wasn't windy when I did it years ago in April. The view was beautiful. We did the bobsled ride too and it was fun. Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  6. They didn't weigh us when we went or ask us what we weighed. We did it through Carnival. I don't really see why weight would be a factor for this excursion. Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  7. My husband and I did this excursion several years ago. We were not very pleased with it. We really didn't see many fish while snorkeling and they loaded up the catamaran with a lot of people. It was very crowded. It's been a few years so it might be a better experience now. Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  8. Thanks. You all were very helpful. Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  9. Thanks johninDC! Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  10. I have never used Uber before, but plan to in Miami before and after our cruise. We also have never been to Miami. My husband and I want to go to South Beach after we get off of the Sensation. Where is the best place for Uber to drop us off at a public beach with some dining and shopping too? Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  11. I use the patch at theme parks. I know I get sick on the rides and this helps tremendously. I get a dry mouth the 1st day and my vision is blurry, but it is much better than being sick. With that said, I don't get sick on the larger cruise ships and all I need on the smaller ships is an occasional dramamine. I don't think you should use the patch unless you know you will be sick. I would start out with ginger or dramamine taken before bed if you start feeling bad. Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  12. Carnival does offer an excursion there. It involves kayaking, beach, and hiking to the caves. It was one of the best excursions I've ever done. Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  13. You could go to Cocoa Beach or Disney Springs. Cocoa Beach also has some shops. Disney Springs is the new name for Downtown Disney and there's a lot of shopping and restaurants there. It's also free to park and just walk around. Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  14. My husband and I went on 1 of those excursions. We swam with the turtles. We applied the reef safe sunscreen before we left for the excursion. On the excursion our guide wouldn't let us put any more on at all, no matter which kind it was. Thankfully it still worked and we didn't get sunburned. Sent from my SM-G900V using Forums mobile app
  15. My mom and I went to Balmoral Island in 2015. We enjoyed it. This was our last stop after doing very active excursions at the other ports, so we were happy for something relaxing. It wasn't very crowded when we went. We easily got 2 chairs and an umbrella right in front on the beach. The water was warm and relaxing. The staff let me watch the dolphin encounters from a distance on the beach, so I didn't have to pay to see them. I also brought my own snorkel and mask and was able to see a few fish and some lobsters. The lunch wasn't anything special, hamburgers, but we were hungry, so it was good. We got in the pool for a little while. It was more crowded than the beach. You'll still have plenty of time to walk around town and shop afterwards if you want.
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