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  1. My husband, the the last few years, has used walkers, wheelchairs and scooters. We've not had cruises lately with tenders so I can't answer that question - but I want to assure you, regardless, you will have a great time. Enjoy what you can - just don't over-do it, and wear yourself out.
  2. Thanks - I do have the booking numbers. I am the "unofficial" cruise manager - and the one that looks into everything and lines most things up with their approval of course. So, all of them are showing on my carnival website page. If I can indeed go in and get the times picked, and save them, they can go back later and do the account info etc. Thanks so much
  3. It's been a while - and I don't remember what all info we need to complete our check-ins. I know that's when we pick our "arrival time", can I complete just that part and finish the rest the next day or two? I will likely be handling it for several of our cruisers - as not all of them seem to get to those types of things immediately. And that is one thing they will need to do pretty quickly on their allotted day.
  4. We will be stopping at St Kitts, St Maarten, San Juan, and amber cove. Do these ports accept cash? we don't use Credit Cards and not using my personal debit if I can avoid it on islands. How about buying a generic visa or Mastercard? Do they accept those?
  5. I didn't know if it was done automatically or not. You are correct, Guest Services always accommodates - but I like to avoid it at the beginning day, as they are typically swamped. Thanks
  6. I have normally cruised with DH - and we had one JOINT account. So OBC just went to that account. This year, DH cannot go so I have a friend going with me instead. We have some OBC that we have earned through a couple different promotions. Will that $ be divided between our two accounts - or will it be all on one account?
  7. I think I know the answer, but wanted to get opinions anyway. We originally booked Early Saver (21 months ago, for our Oct cruise). A few months ago, I decided to go for the Casino P1R rate that was being offered. Now that same P1R rate has dropped by another $140 per person. Does the fact that I originally started as Early Saver have any bearing on being able to get the lower rate now? It seems like on prior cruises, we had multiple drops even after full payment, when Early Saver was no longer being offered. Thoughts on this?
  8. Just a bit curious, with all the safety precautions, are there fewer tables in the dining room or are they spread out a little more than usual to keep a little social distancing, or it just the same as always?
  9. A few cruises ago, we hit 75 while ON a cruise. However, we were considered platinum for that entire cruise.
  10. I read something on here a couple weeks ago, about the Platinum gifts - that they are not automatically in your room at this point. It told where you had to go or what you had to do to get them all. Unfortunately, I did not think to print that out. If anyone comes across it, and can repost it, I would certainly appreciate it. I don't mind going and getting things or setting them up, I just need to know where to go and for what. Thanks very much
  11. I'm just a little confused reading all of this. Can someone tell me what the cost is for this "at home" test? Is it a base price to get 6 tests? or can you buy them individually or in smaller numbers? There are several of us going - some of us are on Medicare - and the rest all have insurance through their work. WE are also located over 3 states, so we'll be doing them, for the most part, individually.
  12. I've tried to find an answer to this by reading, but finally gave up. As Platinum, we normally get a couple of bags of laundry done for us. Is this still being done during this "covid" period where some things have been eliminated/changed? Just trying to figure out for sure, because it will affect the amount of clothing I take. Thank you
  13. Thanks for the clarification. Have ALL ships changed to that method, or just the newer ones. I just want to make sure we are all prepared. We've cruised quite a few times, but this is the first I heard of that.
  14. I'm at a loss of what you are all talking about on this thread? Is this something they use on the newer ships? And what does it do?
  15. They could switch me to Southern - and that would be okay too. Would love to get back to Aruba and Curacao.
  16. I know things are changing almost constantly - but curious if any of you have heard if we can still visit St. Maarten? It's supposedly on our cruise in October, along with St Kitts and San Juan and now, Amber Cove? I hear "rumors" but nothing in writing. All of us in our group of 7 are fully vaccinated, so that's not an issue at least.
  17. During the summer months, there probably is a good chance that a majority of the exemptions come from children. However, as schools ramp up, those numbers for children likely will go down, which would allow more "unvaccinated" adults to complete that last 5%. My cruise isn't until Oct 9, and I would just as soon see it 100% vaccinated than to take a chance that more and more ports will turn us away.
  18. super - thanks for the info. Yes, we are fully vaccinated - so that is very good news. (and yes, we still have a ways to go, so I know things COULD change. And.... how was Mullet Bay?
  19. We are scheduled to visit St Kitts on our Oct trip on the Freedom. So far, it has not been dropped. Dropping it and picking up St Maarten will not help, as our cruise already includes St. Maarten. We are all vaccinated in our group, but as of now, our ship is supposedly sailing at the 95% criteria. Trying to plan things is very difficult - Grand Turks has been dropped and picked up Amber Cove, which is fine, as we have not been there. But would sure like to have a better understanding for St. Kitts
  20. We will be cruising in Oct 2021 - and wondering if we can get off the ship and catch a taxi to a beach? Really would a few hours at a beach (not Maho) to just relax and enjoy the water. But as we are slowly coming out of covid, is this possible, or are we going to be required to take excursions?
  21. I know things are changing daily, hourly almost, but wondering if anyone has any idea if we can get off the ship in Amber Cove and simply get a taxi to a beach? (fully vaccinated in our group of 7) Or, are we going to have to book an excursion through the ship? I would really prefer on this stop, to do our own but I'm unable to find anything to verify if this is possible. Thank you
  22. Our Oct 9 Freedom cruise was just changed a few days ago, from Grand Turks to Amber Cove. I've been watching for excursions, and two days ago, 3 excursions showed up (none of which are of interest to me). Do they normally add them a few at a time, in a case like this where the port has been substituted?
  23. Oh, I missed those two days.... I try to check out the port most days, but sometimes I miss it. Yes, Miami will be her home port beginning in Oct. Our cruise is Oct 9. She was supposed to be making the Alaska cruises this summer and early fall. But now, she's just been resting and getting ready for us.
  24. Anyone have any idea why the Freedom is in Miami? That's MY ship for October - which is supposed to be her first cruise. Not sure where she has been all these months (probably Freeport) but was sure nice to see her today.
  25. Our cruise is in October. Received an email today about the changes on several ships that have been made, including mine. Dropped Grand Turks and picked up Amber Cove. Never been to Amber Cove, so that's okay with me.
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