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  1. We have only ever sailed out of Baltimore once (years and years ago) and we drove there. I was looking at booking airfare and was told by Carnival that our flight home should not be before 2pm. This seems really late. While we have cruised a bunch, it is usually out of Florida ports. Curious for those that go out of Baltimore more frequently, would a 1:15pm flight home REALLY be cutting it too close? I know FL well enough to know I can book something home 1/2 - 3/4 of an hour earlier then they suggest and have never had a problem but don't know why Baltimore would be Soooooo late. We are on a Sunday to Sunday cruise, so can't imagine traffic on a Sunday morning back to airport would be that bad. PS: We are Diamond and always do the early carry off your own luggage debarkation so we are like the first ones off the ship. Appreciate any help.
  2. Yea, that was a bad move. It really makes finding things harder!
  3. A lot will depend on your budget. If you are staying by the hotel in Orlando, most hotels will be able to hook you up with some kind of shuttle at a fee (not aware of many that offer it for free since it is so far). It is about 45 minutes as someone mentioned. You can book your own shared shuttle, some already mentioned here - have done this ourselves and it is ok but you are dealing with other people and possible multiple stops and on set scheduled times only. You can take Uber or Lyft but will likely be much more costly since it is such a distance. Or you can book a private shuttle service which is more costly yet. We didn't want to deal with a "group" situation and possibly picking up at multiple hotels, etc. (which many shared shuttles will do) plus wanted to go when we wanted, not on a set time schedule, so we opted to pay a premium on our recent trip and go with the private option. We LOVED our company and driver great service! We were so glad we paid the extra. Didn't have to wait, got picked up in comfortable spacious vehicle and treated like royalty. Even offered to stop at store if we wanted to pick something up on the way to ship. Also, used for return and meet us right outside cruise terminal and took us straight to airport. For us the price was reasonable for the service we received.
  4. San Juan has an open trolley system you can use to get around very easily without doing as much walking on all the hilly streets. You can get to the fort (which is very interesting) and other stops. It is a hop on hop off kind of thing. Been a while since we were there but if I remember correctly it was free. It was just off the ship and to the left a bit for a stop you could get on and off. St. Thomas we love Coral World. Highly recommend snuba if you want a really cool adventure. Or just going to the park and seeing all the different sites is great. Look it up on line.
  5. Yep same type of idea I use for my beach bag! :-)
  6. I have had these and they are not "totally water proof" The link I posted shows you one that is. Like I said, if my husband can dive with one (again not this specific brand, but this style) to almost 100 feet down and everything stays dry you are good to go. This other style (posted pic) I have had get everything inside get soaking wet just snorkeling.
  7. There are a lot of "special needs" that aren't outwardly visible and that area usually has a lot of people in it that you would not suspect have any issue - I am one of them. Don't worry just ask one of the workers when you pass them for the drill where the special needs area is and they will direct you. I am EXTREMELY claustrophobic in packed groups and will get so worked up I pass out lol! so If it is an open deck like the lido or something I am ok, but if it is a ship where we have to line up on one of the closed outside boardwalk decks I can't do it. I tried a number of times and just kept trying to maneuver to an outside row or end but kept getting tired of being told to get back in line or getting dirty looks from the people around me. Finally gave up and just started going to special needs.
  8. We use a waterproof phone case to hold cash, credit card, sail and sign etc. Hubby usually wears it around his neck (but I have one too) or he also has swim trunks that have velcro pockets (buy these kind specifically just for this), and he ties it into his tie string around his waist in his trunks and tucks the case in the velcro pocket. We don't take our phone, but these are designed to hold a phone. Husband is a diver and the ones we have, have never leaked even diving. Not his brand necessarily but you get the idea... https://www.amazon.com/JOTO-Universal-Waterproof-Cellphone-Samsung/dp/B00LBK7OSY/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=waterproof+phone+case&qid=1569599450&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExMkdEN1RERzZJS1RPJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNDUyMzg1RkpKM1BYV1BWMklEJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA3ODAwNjczQzQ3RDhVTVdJNExDJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== Other items I have a big beach bag I sewed a metal o ring on to the side of and put one through the tab on the zipper pull, and then I secure this with a small combo pad lock I lock. I also have a small metal coated cable that I keep another small pad lock on that I can wrap around the chair, tree, table whatever and put through the straps on the beach bag and lock up. This holds towels, glasses, etc....
  9. Yea I would strongly advise anyone NOT to count on any gift cards working right now that you buy. They are having MAJOR issues. Got a couple cards for Uber and the link they sent me would not work. When I called them they said if the card didn't work I would have to call Uber, I explained that the it wasn't the "gift card wouldn't work" that the link they emailed me to get my gift card number wouldn't work! Spent 3 phone calls over two days so far trying to get it resolved and the last call they finally advised they are aware of glitch in their system and are working hard to resolve it, but they do not know when it will be resolved. I asked what do I need to do to get good valid gift cards, will my link work eventually. They couldn't give me a good answer and basically said I will need to just keep calling back and checking. I am glad I didn't "buy" my cards and it was points only, so I am not out any cash... unlike that $500 Carnival Gift card someone else up above mentioned. Again, be very leery right now if you decide to get any gift cards.
  10. In 39 cruises once, booked inside, got an ocean view (don't usually book guarantee though, maybe only have done that 7 or 8 times). Others for the most part we at least ended up in a pretty good location on higher floors (rooms I might have picked myself).
  11. I can give you a slight comparison, not exact. We buy Marlboro for hubby. 2 cartons for him was like $87ish in July on the Sensation and in May on the Horizon... 4 cartons was like $127ish (it is buy 3 get 1 free)this month on the Miracle ... It works out to around $45 a carton, the more you buy the cheaper it gets.
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