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  1. 15 minutes ago, jimbo5544 said:

    Blerk beat me to it.

    Not quite. You've shared in the past that if Carnival builds into the fare a cost for service which cannot be removed, then the U.S. government considers that to be crew wages and not tips. Which means that Carnival would have to begin paying U.S. payroll taxes on those wages and that is the prime reason that Carnival wants things to stay just as they are. I think you're correct in this as watching the bottom line is the responsibility of management to shareholders. 

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  2. 1 hour ago, UserAndCruiser said:

    This was not the wedding ceremony tip. It wasn’t my wedding, i was just a guest. My boyfriend just clarified that we prepaid our gratuities, not 18% but the standard rate. But then they added them again. So that’s why he removed them and they did so without hesitation since it was their mistake. Either way, you never know why someone is removing gratuities. Best not to judge. 

    Glad your BF cleared this up. Your story goes to show that tipping can be confusing and it's easy to make assumptions. Thanks

  3. 19 hours ago, VentureMan_2000 said:

     throw in the John Deere hat...


    You're going waaaaaay back, lol. It was John Deere lapel pins they wanted to give as tips. Would a hat be a tip upgrade?


    John Deere 8430 8630 8450 8640 Tractor Pin Lapel Tractor Pull Articulated  Rare | eBay

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  4. 26 minutes ago, sparks1093 said:

    If you mean from Pizza Pirate, yes, that is where it comes from. Worth it not to have to stand in line and we used it a few times on Glory.

    Or Pizzeria Del Capitano depended which Carnival ship they're sailing. 

    Pizzeria Del Capitano on Carnival Cruise Line (Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

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  5. 8 hours ago, Honolulu Blue said:

    As for executive status, I've always thought of Mr. Heald in his current status as a "beard" - even though he doesn't think he is.  

    John has written several times that he is a contract employee just like cruise directors, wait team members and cabin stewards are contract employees.

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  6. The strollers left in the halls overnight are just as bad as the scooter violations and sometimes worse. Here you can see two strollers parked overnight by the guests staying in one inside cabin. Dad's stroller model has oversized tires and is extra wide to accommodate dad's need to jog with junior twice a day. Parents should consider the safety of their children, as well as those of other families on the ship, and get a suite if they insist on taking full-size strollers on the cruise. 


    To the OP who said the cabin steward said it was OK to park their scooter in the hallway you should know that no steward will jeopardize losing their tip by  telling you that you have to park it inside your cabin. This is why Carnival assigns the task of speaking to the guest who is violating the safety rule to the Housekeeping Floor Supervisor. 




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  7. On 2/11/2023 at 4:05 PM, RenoNanaOz said:

    I have no issue with them up against a wall not interfering with anyone or anything. 

    Have you been on a ship when the general alarm sounded and the corridors were filled with smoke? Neither have I and I don't want to be. Scooters left anywhere not designated by the shipping company as acceptable could cause loss of life at sea. It really is this simple.


    Once when my mom travelled with a friend, her friend left their scooter in the elevator lobby. A Carnival Floor Supervisor told the woman the scooter was identified as being theirs and if it couldn't be stored in the cabin it would be taken to Guest Services and stored there. Hearing that, mom's friend found room for her scooter in the cabin. 


    Later, I asked mom if the option for storing the scooter at Guest Services were to be chosen, did they say how that would work? Mom's friend was told a staff or crew member would ride the scooter to the cabin upon request but that it would not be a priority for them and that other guest and ship business at the Guest Services Desk would come first. No wonder the friend found room for it in the cabin!




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  8. 30 minutes ago, pcvtmom said:

    This past year,  I've had it on embarkation day on the Horizon and Magic. I'll be on the Miracle in a week,  and I'll be looking for it! Next to creme brulee in the MDR, it's the best dessert Carnival has, IMHO. 😋

    I couldn't agree more! I'm also a fan of their crème brulee. It's heresy on here to say this but I don't understand the hoopla over the chocolate melting cake.

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  9. 18 minutes ago, MsOne said:

    I will make sure to look for this. Not really into sweets but the rave reviews in this thread have certainly peaked my interest 😋 ...especially the lack of artificial ingredients lol.

    Good for you, before Carnival cruises I had never heard of this recipe. It's a hybrid of traditional birthday cake with one thick layer of cheesecake in the middle.

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  10. 25 minutes ago, babygrljaz said:

    Vista, Dream & Breeze all had it this past year. Wish it was offered more than on embarkation day only 🫶

    It really is good, isn't it? So many of the cheesecake dessert items served in the lido these days have gelatin added so the food cost is reduced by using less cream cheese and using gelatin for body.

    The cheesecake used in this cake has not been diluted with gelatin. This cake, and the cheesecake served in the steakhouses, seem to be the only exceptions to the gelatin added desserts so common now on Carnival.

    I agree it would be nice to have the Funfetti cake offered more than just the first day. I'll go so far to say it should be included on the dessert menu for an elegant night in the MDR!

    Everything's better with sprinkles!  This Funfetti Cheesecake Cake features a layer of cheesecake in between two layers of white cake...and lots of sprinkles!  It's a fun cake for any sort of celebration.

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