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    Indianapolis, IN
  • Interests
    Travel, camping
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, RCCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    St. Maarten

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  1. We rented a car from Alamo via the Costco.com website. You can check prices there even if you're not a member. In March of 2018 it was $246 total for two days for a minivan; I'm sure cars would've been substantially less. In my experience, you won't find a lower price anywhere else. We picked up the car at the Orlando airport and then returned it to the rental office in Port Canaveral the morning of the cruise. The same office houses National and Enterprise car rental as well. It's a very short shuttle ride from the cruise terminal to the rental office. My suggestion: drop your family and luggage off at the cruise terminal, and then return the car. Good luck and have a great cruise!
  2. I know it's a pain, but I would bring your own car seat. Whether or not it's required is not the issue, as I'm sure you would agree. Airlines let you check the seats for free if not using on board (although you should use them on board), and when we flew I made the ground transportation driver wait while I secured two car seats. If the car seat can't be secured to the bus seat, then you can decide whether to take the excursion or not. The seat can always be stowed away somewhere on the bus. You can also ask the cruise line about their policy regarding refunds for shore excursions. Perhaps they would be willing to refund your money if you're not comfortable on the restraint options for a particular excursion. Only you can decide what is right- but I'm convinced that a 1-year old is not safe on a moving vehicle without proper restraint. Good luck in whatever you decide.
  3. They could've done more. The Doctor diagnosed her with a stroke and had to understand what type of facilities are capable of handling it, and what facilities are not. Time is critical for managing a stroke, and had they acted quickly, she may have been treated successfully with no permanent effects. Yes, we all assume some risk, but I think it's reasonable, when a ship is less than 100 miles away from the United States, to do more. A "full fledged hospital" was well within reach.
  4. Of course all kids are different, so for the OP's sake, I hope his 2-year old will be fine with the club. Ours wasn't and it made things pretty miserable. Our 4-year olds were a different story. Like yours, we almost had to fight to get them out of the club also. They loved it!
  5. Excited? I'm not sure a 2-year old will have a clue. When we took our 4-year olds, we surprised them and didn't reveal until we were driving up to the ship. They were indifferent. Once they spent a couple days on the cruise, then they realized what it was all about and had a blast. We took our 2-year old on his first cruise and unfortunately he would not tolerate the kid's club. I couldn't agree more with this statement. 1000%. We waited until our next born were 4-years old when we took them, and it was immensely better. Good luck
  6. A safety feature of elevators. The elevator senses an "overspeed" condition and stops until a technician can come and address the issue. I've seen this before.
  7. Our kids had fun on the RCCL kid's program last year, but they can't stop talking about the fun they had with the program on Carnival in 2016. My impression is that Carnival does a better job with it. There's also a Dr. Suess breakfast (and other Suess activities shipwide) on Carnival that was MUCH better done than the character breakfast on Oasis of the Seas. Our last cruise was with RCCL (Oasis) and while we had a great time, our next cruise will be with Carnival because, well, it just seems we have more fun on Carnival. I'll be happy to cruise RCCL again, but Carnival seems to know how to use their CD's, events, etc to build the overall feeling of "fun." I know this is about as subjective as the food, but I hope you find it helpful.
  8. Being stuck in an elevator is not an emergency. It's an inconvenience. If someone starts having chest pains, etc, that's different but I question the validity that someone "fainted." Did the "fainted" guy go to the ship Doctor afterwards? Did anyone? Prying the doors open without any knowledge of how elevators work, how dangerous it can be (remember the worker who was crushed to death on a Carnival ship back in 2015?) is a recipe for disaster. Let the experts do their work, be grownups, and wait it out. They probably would've been comped something for their ordeal but instead, because they thought they knew better, they are now banned for life. When it comes to safety, there should be NO compromise. If the passengers refuse to listen to the engineers, then they should expect that they will be talked to in not so nice words. And NO, I'm not a "Carnival Cheerleader." I just understand how elevators work and how dangerous they can be.
  9. Any chance all check in times at Galveston are being pushed back due to the occasional fog?
  10. If the waits have been that long, my guess is it happened on formal nights at 6:00. I'm also assigned YTD next year, so I hope it's going smoothly.
  11. I'm sure you're right about all the people on cruises who are on blood thinners. I understand your concern, but as long as your Doctor is OK with it all then I say relax, try not to worry, and have a great cruise! You can always call your Doctor if you have specific questions before you go.
  12. You know, I don't have much experience with Indian food and I also found Tandoor to be delicious. I was happily surprised. Too bad.
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