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  1. I agree, I keep telling myself this is my vacation too and just enjoy myself.
  2. We are doing our 2nd family cruise in 27 days. We, like you, are from various spots around the US. We began by narrowing down the best time to go and where to leave from. Each person/family group books their own and takes care of their own arrangements. We do try to get the same dining time and have the ability to sit together- the cruise can help arrange that. Some prefer not to do the MDR every night and that is ok too. We communicate our shore excursions and sometimes book together but everyone is free to do their own thing. We generally let each other know what each other is doing (both on the ship and off) but don't expect everyone to do the same thing. On our last cruise, I arranged a private tour for the entire group in one port. This time, I announced what I was doing in a specific port and most (14 out of 18) chose to participate. Just try not to overplan for everyone and enjoy your cruise!!
  3. My SIL will be arriving at the airport about midnight the night before we cruise. Rest of family is driving in. What is the best way to get him from airport to port that late at night? We are also considering him getting a hotel close to the airport and getting in in the am. Any suggestions?
  4. It has been awhile since we went (before the hurricane) but it is definitely walkable to get to the forts. We rode the free shuttle up to the first one, then walked to the 2nd (which is where you fly the kites) and then walked back to the ship. The shuttle makes a loop so you can pick it up at stops along the way. Just a note, the free shuttle is just a shuttle no narrative about the island.
  5. This is part of the update to Carnival Cruise line Guests about the environmental issues that I saw on their website today Eliminating the distribution of all drinking straws, with the exception of frozen drinks, which will be served with an edible straw; wooden coffee stirrers will be replaced with stainless stirrers which can be sanitized and reused; All beverages will be served in glass or reusable plastic tumblers; all to-go hot beverages will be served in paper cups with paper lids;
  6. I have 2 food hacks, In the MDR, I often order a banana split, it is small (from the kids menu) but just enough of a treat and My DIL would grab a box of fruity cereal at breakfast that she would later use to top her ice cream
  7. Can someone tell me how each beach is different? Also, on a previous cruise a few years back, we rode a bus over the mountain to a beach that was horseshoe shaped with not a lot of amenities and was not overly populated. Does anyone know the name of that beach ?
  8. I am a frequent cruiser who also gets seasick. Somethings I have learned 1. try to get a cabin low and mid ship if possible, the ship rocks the least there 2. If you use the patch, it works best if put on prior to boarding or as soon as you notice an issue. It also can cause dry mouth 3. If feeling queasy, stare at the horizon if possible, it seems to help 4. avoid excursions that involve riding on a small boat, that is where it hits me the most I didn't care for Nassau but it was cold and we did not do an excursion so you may do better, On Grand Turk, you can get off the ship, walk a short way down the beach to get away from the crowd or swim at Margaritaville which has a nice pool if you don't choose to do an excursion. Whichever you choose, Have a great time
  9. I am prone to get seasick and always choose a lower deck midship because that is the place where the boat rocks the least. Also deck 1 will not have heavy traffic overhead. Once we were under a main hallway and could hear people walking around at all hours of the day and night
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