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  1. Not a fan of Nassau but feel the need to get off the boat and find a spot to grab a bite. NO chains (Fat Tuesdays, Senor Frogs). Anyone ever been to The Bearded Clam? Or can you recommend a place that's within walking distance to the port?
  2. If you are referring to Tiki Bikin Hut, yes it is still there and has gone thru quite a transformation from the pics I am seeing. Last time we were there, maybe three years ago, they were re-doing the entire bar and they were serving from folding tables, and coolers of ice. Not a pleasant experience,. First time was fun, 2nd time not so much.
  3. Yes I forgot about Black Friday and Cyber Monday....might be a gooooood deal then.
  4. You need to keep checking the website (you'll have to log into your cruise), especially around holidays. I had 2 Deluxe BP I booked and paid for at $52/day pp on Harmony in December 2019. Went into my cruise the weekend of Memorial Day and found the drink packages were BOGO 50% (BTW which is actually discounted at 25% off each package, still comes out the same) which brought the price down to $49/day pp. I canceled the current package and re-booked the new package deal. Saved $49.56. I am going to check again around 4th of July and Labor Day to see if there is another sale. YOU HAVE TO KEEP CHECKING....
  5. Yeah, I've always paid cash too. I haven't been there in a while though, since last cruises were out of Tampa and Miami. But it does appear I will have to pay more than what I expected for my 7 night cruise, 136 instead of the 119 I had set aside.
  6. After further research it appears they are NOW charging for the actual DAYS you are parked and no longer the duration of your cruise. So that really sucks. But tax IS included in the $17/day rate and NO MORE CASH accepted to pay for parking (another sucky thing). But I don't think I would ever park off site. I have read some terrible stories about the hotel cruise parking rates and the separate parking lot businesses in the surrounding area. I like the thought of my car being in a garage, not-so-easy access, with security, and not crammed in like a sardine like some of those lots do, again from reviews I have read. I'd like to come back from a 7-day cruise not spending my time filing a police report because it's been broken in to, damaged, or stolen.
  7. I have never paid anything but a flat rate at PC. No tax added and ALWAYS for the same number of nights the cruise is for. A 3-night cruise, I paid for three nights, not 4. A 7 night cruise, I paid for 7 nights, not 8. Unless it's changed for 2019 and forward. So you may want to call and confirm on that.
  8. Have never done and would never do anything else other than Maya Chan when in Costa Maya. Seaweed is just part of nature and there are other things to do if you don't like the seaweed. Beach games, massages, food, drinks, food, more food, more drinks, socializing with David and/or Mark & Jane if they are there.
  9. They all end up in Florida at some point, so I'll be happy.
  10. That's EACH WAY...so add that into your day expenses. That's one reason I don't go those places. $34-$36 for transportation PLUS TIP to and from a resort is crazy. It's literally a 7 mile cab ride.
  11. There is only the two of us and I've only allowed $8 that is posted as the rate for 1-4 people. Unless we can find 2 more people to ride with. But I definitely won't play that game where they want to charge me $12-$16 for 2 people just because a cab holds more than 4.
  12. I usually use PC for our Eastern Caribbean cruises and quick Bahamas cruises and Tampa for my "in-between mega ship cruises". Only doing Tampa/Carnival this time around because I just got off NCL and need a break from them and December 2019 is RCCL Harmony. Needed a filler cruise to hold me over. Maybe a Bahamas jaunt in May or June.
  13. I'm in FL and we have western Caribbean itineraries out of Tampa and Miami, and you can always do NCL or RCCL. But I see by your signature, you are loyal to Carnival.
  14. 3rd hop for me. 1st my sister. Unfortunately I have no cell phone service out of the US so I can't contact anyone. Tom did say Carnival usually gets in a 9:30 when they have a 10am scheduled arrival time but having to wait to get cleared might still put us at 10am getting off. I know the hop host usually will wait around a few extra minutes from past experience. I'm sure it'll work out.
  15. Been to Cozumel multiple times but never on Carnival. I know Carnival's pier is the furthest south. We are scheduled to arrive at 10am and have to meet our Bar Hop party between 10:15 - 10:30 all the way downtown at Punta Langosta at the Senor Frogs. We've always just walked across the street since that is where NCL docks. I am more concerned getting a cab QUICKLY and getting out of port to meet on time. The taxi fare that is posted is $8 (1-4 people), how concerned should I be that they will try to collect more than this? And how close are the cabs when we get our of port? We can't afford for any mishaps with a tight meeting time for our hop. Does Carnival ever get in earlier than scheduled? Even getting off 15 minutes earlier will help. Thanks!
  16. Yes, I did it last week online and it's paid in full so don't think they can go back and charge me the diffetence next year when they do up. And yes they are refundable.
  17. Need explanation please...haven't done this on RCCL yet. This smart check-in/boarding process....so the key cards/sea pass cards are now on your cabin door? And how are you supposed to take advantage of your drink package when you can't get into your designated cabin area until the cabins are available for occupancy? I watched a video for Harmony, for the balcony we picked, and it shows them taking the sea pass card envelope from behind the cabin number sign, and it wasn't sealed.
  18. Unadvertised....you won't know until you get on board and it could be ANY day of your sailing. Might not be at all. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON PURCHASING THE DBP FOR SAILING IN 2019, might want to do it by the end of the year. Packages are going up again. I just bought ours for December 2019 Harmony sailing and got it for the current 2018 pre-purchase discounted price of $52/day. PACKAGE 2018 SAILINGS 2019 SAILINGS Deluxe $57 - $63 $63 - $70 Refreshment $26 - $29 $29 Classic Soda $8.50 - $9.50 $12.99
  19. They are usually there waiting for their guests about half hour after you dock. I guess you can take a cab out there at your expense which is about a 20 minute ride. But if you aren't planning on going with them then I would let them know, as a courtesy, so they aren't waiting for you. They have a list they check you off of.
  20. Here are last instructions we got from May: After you disembark, walk or take the trolley to the terminal building, entering through the arch. Follow the exit signs , some have wooden doors that you just open. The port has been remodeling without any consideration for thousands of passengers that come everyday. They also want to keep guests inside the complex and may close off an exit and not tell anyone.Exit through the security gate. There is only one. Walk down the center promenade towards the genuenly authentic fake Mayan Pyramid straight ahead. Look to the right. Our representative will be in uniform and standing next to a Maya Chan Beach sign. They will arrange transportation for you. Basically, walk out the back of the port where the cabs and tour buses park. Walk towards that fake ruin and and Maya Chan rep will be waiting a little ways down on the right side. They met us in front of a little store where we picked up some water. But wait for SPECIFIC instructions from Mark because some of the detials might have changed, like the construction part. But the meeting place has been for the same for us that past two trips.
  21. Never been to Grand Cayman and have never sailed Carnival so not sure how tendering differs then RCCL. Is it a "free for all" when getting off the boat? Or is it organized? We arrive in GC at 8am (supposedly as per the schedule), however, all the private excursions I am interested in begin at 9am (ship time will be the same time on GC at time of sailing, so no time difference to deal with). Will we even make excursion departure time @ 9am if I book something? TIA:)
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