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  1. At first, I booked Carnival Vista for June 20-27, 2020, but then Royal Carribean had a special, so I cancelled Carnival and booked the cruise for 8 on RC. Once the world shut down, I knew we weren't cruising in 2020. We got 100% of the money back from RC, which was amazing. I expected we would lose a percentage or something, but nope! I checked Dad's credit card statement and he got every penny back from RC. Now, Carnival is another story. Since I cancelled it, I expected to pay a penality but to get something back. I've called and written several times but nothing's happened yet. Is Dad just out the $2,000? TIA.
  2. As a solo traveler, do you have to pay double? There are some cruises I'd like to take, but friends and family can't get away. Going by myself wouldn't be bad.
  3. Thanks for your input! I booked 3 rooms on Liberty of the Seas for the 6/28 cruise out of Galveston. I'm pretty sure I clicked on "pick my room" on all 3 sections, but it never showed me what rooms were available. Will they give me a choice of rooms later? I chose that options so that we could try to stay on the same deck. TIA!
  4. My Dad complained about disembarking on Carnival, but I told him it was probably the ports' fault, so RC probably wouldn't be any faster.
  5. Thank you Paul! LOS is what I'm leaning towards. The only negative I've read is that the venue for some of the entertainment is too small for the number of guests, but we'd just go early for best seats to Saturday Night Fever!
  6. Hi everyone. Mom and Dad are taking 6 grown kids (all 50+) on a cruise in June out of Galveston (we're in Texas). Dad's put me in charge of picking the destination and ship. I've been researching the differences in Carnival and RC ships and the ports, but I'm almost as confused as I was when I started researching! First, the ports: I want to see the Mayan ruins and Grand Cayman so I need to pick one. Any opinions on great ports? Secondly, which ship? We were supposed to go on Carnival Vista last summer but they had the propulsion situation, so we cancelled that trip when the dates were changed. I've read the negative reviews of the entertainment area on the Vista (too small and bad layout for # of guests). Enchantment of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas both have an average 4 rating on cruisecritic, but Carnival Freedom and Vista have average 4.5 rating. I know I won't be able to please everyone in the family, but any input, comments, suggestions would be appreciated! TIA!
  7. We're on the 6/22 sailing (now 6/23 sailing). I wouldn't mind the $200 pp OBC at all. Someone else said this week's cruisers got $500 OBC. That really isn't a lot so maybe they were misinformed. Waiting for 11A CT tomorrow's Carnival update.
  8. received this email from Carnival regarding our 6/22 8 days cruise: "Dear Carnival Vista Guest, Carnival Vista is experiencing an issue affecting its maximum cruising speed. Our technical team completed their full assessment of the necessary work once the ship arrived in Galveston today. Unfortunately, due to the reduced cruising speed, it was necessary to extend the cruise departing on June 15 to an 8 day sailing, returning June 23. We apologize for the impact this will have on your vacation plans. Our team is in the process of assessing the status of your cruise and we will get back to you with an update no later than 6:00 PM (EST) Tuesday, June 18, 2019. If you have air travel plans, please do not reschedule your flights until you receive our update. In the event you have any air related change fees, Carnival will provide reimbursement. We appreciate your patience and understanding." So, I assume our 6/22 cruise would now depart on 6/23, but still waiting to hear back from Carnival. They'll have to get back to Saturday-Saturday schedules soon, so I think they will shorten our 8 day cruise. I hope they don't remove Belize from the itinerary. TIA, Vickie
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