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  1. Well, if it's for a family, I don't see an issue and I wouldn't think you'd need to purchase again. FTTF is dealt out according to some wacky algorithm regarding booked cabins and how many diamond and platinum guests are on a particular sailing.
  2. She'll be our home next May and she was our first cruise ever back in 2005!
  3. If the second cabin is all adult (i.e. not children), then they will not be allowed to board with you using FTTF. P.S. FTTF is one of those subjective upcharges. We had it once...it was o.k. Not sure it was worth the money for us. Even without it, we still get on the ship quickly. We're not huge "rush to the buffet after boarding" people, so trying to be first to grab lunch is no big deal. We'd rather check out the ship. And we try to only have a small backpack as our carry-on to the ship, as we know we might have to lug it around for a bit. No problem there. Where we did find "value" in FTTF was guest services. It was nice to have a dedicated number and use the D/P line if we had to go down there. It still didn't prevent those D/P folks from giving me a snooty look when they saw my lowly "gold" card status though. Ahhh, got to love elitist attitudes on a cruise. I digress. My advice...can FTTF and walk on together. Take that money and spend it on a nice steakhouse dinner instead!
  4. Love Uber. We used it a couple of time in Honolulu to get back and forth to PH and the ship. Very reasonable prices and great conversation with the driver.
  5. I believe you can do that at check in. They want your money, lol.
  6. We spent more time in the piano bar on our last cruise than any prior. Patrick Duffy was the piano bar entertainer and can only recall only one other Carnival employee who made us feel so welcome and a part of the group right off the bat. The piano bar was one of the highlights and most memorable part of our cruise.
  7. Not necessarily. Some ships have dedicated 2 tops.
  8. Sounds like something the government would make up.
  9. I didn't say I believed it, only that I heard it, but here's a link that talks about buying on Tuesday. So, I wouldn't just blanketdly state that this an urban myth. https://www.farecompare.com/travel-advice/tips-from-air-travel-insiders/
  10. Some sites have fare checkers or daily email notification for a flight you're interested in. And I heard once that the best time to book was Tuesday afternoon, believe it or not.
  11. Well, let's try this again. Seems my previous post was removed for what reason I don't know. On another social media site, we have a group for our upcoming cruise and we are scheduling a meet/greet. Someone mentioned the CC roll call and we had members ask what that was as they never heard of CC. And, likewise, some folks have said they spend most of their time here and not on the other site. We suggested having a combined event (why not) to maximize turnout. But, we did ask that if folks were unsure about attending to not sign up, as Carnival does go out of their way to provide a venue and refreshments. High number of sign-ups and subsequent low turnout could eventually lead to them doing away with this altogether.
  12. Maybe this has already been suggested, but I use the Ship Mate app and there are TONS of pics on there with short descriptions as you indicate you'd like to see.
  13. Sailing on the Miracle to Alaska next year. We booked this past May and we're very excited to cruise to Alaska.
  14. They are "production" shows, perhaps not in the style you prefer. The "Behind the Fun" tour talked about the shows and how each show is produced, refined, taught and then rolled out to the fleet. Each show typically runs about 5 years due to the costs involved in creating them.
  15. Lots of articles on this. A few key points: Mergers of airlines...less competition Fuel costs Taxes and fees assessed to airlines Demand...most planes fly to full capacity As long as there is demand, consumers will have to pay those costs passed on to them by the airlines. One option is to get an airline CC. Most of the time, they offer quite a few points after you make your first qualifying purchase (could be as small as a pack of gum). Easy way to earn miles is to pay any installment payments with your CC and then pay the card off. You might be able to earn quite a few miles in a year that way.
  16. We booked this and looks like the same company you can book direct with is the same company doing the ship excursion. There should be no issue getting back to the ship on time. Plus, and for once, the cruiesline price for the excursion was actually CHEAPER than booking direct with the charter company.
  17. Depends on how you (or your partner) feel about helicopters. Trust me, I would LOVE to walk on a glacier, but the Mrs says "NO" when it comes to a helicopter. But, she absolutely loves the seaplane over the glaciers and to Taku Lodge, so we booked that one. I think the weather can scrap the helicopter excursion quicker than the seaplane to Taku.
  18. I fully expect the remainder of the 2.0 upgrades to be done. GB, BI, Dive-In movies, etc. Probably some cabin maintenance as well.
  19. That's what some else said. I can't imagine a better drink for $10! Will definitely share.
  20. We haven't been on a ship with Red Frog since 2017, so looking forward to trying one on the Miracle next year! I thought they were new but looks like they've been out for awhile.
  21. I'm going to ask a loaded question. So, I just found out about these fish bowls and pitchers now available at Red Frog Pub from watching some cruise videos from some vloggers who went on a similar cruise a few months ago. Looks like a very cost effective way to enjoy that first DoD, especially after learning what they put in one. My question is this....how long do you think it will take for Carnival to do away with these, or greatly scale back the amount of liquor some have reported seeing dumped in these? No, it's not about the booze per se, but value. I just have this feeling that by the time our cruise rolls around next May, these will either have been discontinued or so watered down it won't be worth it.
  22. Are you wanting a fan to keep cool, noise, both? We just started using the LectroFan Micro wireless sound machine. Loud and portable.
  23. My recommendation is, if flying, ALWAYS arrive at least the day before. There is just too much that can go wrong flying in the day of the cruise. It's not worth risking your vacation on a flight snafu.
  24. What is in the "Fish Bowl" and how much is it normally. I assume 1/2 off on embarkation day, correct.
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