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  1. Is it just he person who got the offer Or do both people in the cabin get the drinks while playing in the casino?
  2. Anyone know if they finished the expansion of the parking garage, or was that stalled due to the lockdown?
  3. Snorkeling in the Pacific or Sea of Cortez is most definitely not the same as the Caribbean. No. Comparison. Whatsoever. The Caribbean ports are sooo much nicer for snorkeling with that clear blue water and lots of colorful fish. The water in the Mexican Riviera is green looking and can be clear. Unlike some ports in the Caribbean where you can snorkel off a beach, in the MR you will need to take an excursion. In Cabo you will be in the Sea of Cortez which is clean and clear. The snorkeling will be off a boat, usually near rock formations. Have no snorkeling experience in Mazatlán. But since that is in the Pacific it can tend to be rough. If you want a nice beach day with some ok snorkeling try the Las Caletas excursion in Puerto Vallarta. Las Caletas is a private beach about and hour south of the city. The Pacific near the city is rough and not very clear as there is farm and city run off. The water gets way cleaner north and south of the city. The excursion is about a 45-60 boat ride from the cruise terminal to the beach with a light breakfast on board. Included activities are snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding, with all equipment provided. The water is very clear and they have sunken made made concrete formations to act as reefs. Not a lot of fish but enough. You are snorkeling right off the beach. The day also includes an open bar on the beach and boat ride back and a buffet lunch on the beach. There are other activities that can be purchased as add ons once you are on teh boat headed down there. We've done the sea lion swim and friends have done the massages. Google Las Caletas and you'll find some videos. The tour provider is Vallarta Adventures so you can check out their website as well. Last time I've checked prices were the same through Carnival and VA. I have done this trip at least 5-6 times both via a cruise excursion or when we've just gone to PV for a week. Loved it every time!
  4. One device at a time. My DD and I shared a plan and when one of us would log in the other would be automatically be logged out.
  5. I got it for our last 7 day cruise with the hopes of getting on board early and dropping our carry ons off at the cabin. Unfortunately it took us longer to get to the pier and we got on board about 10 minutes before all of cabins were open, so waste of money there. HOWEVER - to me it was worth every penny to skip the 30+ people deep guest services line on embarkation day. When one of those people made a comment to me that the line was "back there" I told him not for the VIP line. Had my issue (wanting to open the door between two balconies and the wifi not connecting on my phone) taken care of in about 3 minutes. Also got off the ship in literally less than 2 minutes. We reported to the FTTF designated meeting spot and were escorted to the gangway bypassing the long line inside to disembark. Took us longer to walk the gangway into the terminal then it did to check out off the ship! I am generally not a patient person and not having to wait in lines was worth every penny! However, I am going to wait to see what protocols they put in place once cruising resumes and how long they last before buying it for my 2022 cruise.
  6. THIS is why I rebooked from April 2021 to November 2022!! Hopefully by then this will all be a distant memory.
  7. Initially booked for April 2020, then April 2021; now booked for November 2022. I think anything for 2021 is wishful thinking.
  8. Truly a slippery slope in requiring a vaccine - where does it stop? No flying? No use of public transportation? Can't check into a hotel? I can, however, envision some rules such that if you have been vaccinated that you may not need to get a recent test, etc, before boarding. And what about those of us in states that are totally inept in rolling out the vaccine, like California, where I know I am not eligible for the vaccine for a long while and my adult children have an even longer wait. (Although, if I should commit a crime and get jailed I would be eligible for the vaccine in the next "tier!") Or those of us who may not want to get vaccinated due to prior bad reactions to the flu shot? (Ended up in the ER with anaphylactic reaction after last flu shot.) Requiring a negative covid test is one thing, but requiring a vaccine is another.
  9. I get it that if you cancel the cruise with a non refundable deposit, you forfeit that deposit. But what if the cruise line cancels the voyage, or no sail order is still in effect, do they still get to keep the deposit?
  10. I like the fact that there will be balcony options for the 3/4 days trips and a "newer" ship, just hope that the price of them stays reasonable. I don't like the fact that there will now only be one 3 day and one 4 day cruise per week. With the Imagination and Inspiration you had a choice of either leaving on on Thursday or Friday or on a Sunday or Monday. I hope that the reduced number of sailings don't drive prices up. Personally for the short 3 day trips I love the smaller ships. My absolute favorite one was the Monarch of the Seas from years ago, but also really enjoyed my trip on the Inspiration. Looks like there will be no short trips from Long Beach until next April though!
  11. From what I have heard and seen other places in this forum yes you can, but only on the Vista. The Horizon and Panorama do not have the ability to lock and open the patio door from the outside.
  12. April 19, 2020, cruise on the Panorama canceled on March 30. Cheers and internet refunded on May 20, FTTF refunded about May 18 and still waiting on refund of port charges, taxes and prepaid gratuities. The cruise fare and OBC for rescheduling was practically instantly applied to my replacement booking in April 2021.
  13. I'll just make good use of my Cheers package and constantly will have a drink in my hand. No mask because I am drinking; problem solved! 😁 Seriously, though, if masks are still required I don't think the no sail order will be lifted. But if it is, I got Cheers!
  14. My Fun Times for today says I'm in Mazatlan (or at least should be). I'd be sitting on a lounge chair in Havana enjoying a cold cocktail and probably reading a good book!
  15. Got it for my April 2021 trip, saving $171.00 for the two of us! Still waiting, however, for the over $2K that Carnival owes me from my canceled April 2020 trip for cheers, wifi, FTTF, tips, taxes and fees! My FCC and OBC for the rescheduled trip have been already been applied, so that's good.
  16. Now this is what I'm talking 'bout!! Breakfast of champions!! Is this the regular bloody mary at Pig & Anchor or do you need to order it as something else? Sailing in a Havana Cabana in April - I may never leave deck 5.
  17. If you haven't' already, you really need to try In N Out Burger. There are some in Vegas and of course in California. Double double animal style with extra well done fries and sides of spread for dippin! Party on a plate. 🙂
  18. I meant to say that it is not illegal to drink in the streets in Mexico! At least it;s not in Puerto Vallarta as we've taken unfinished drinks out of restaurants and have ordered margaritas to to go. This is what happens when you read the first post too quick.. I thought it read was it legal, not illegal!
  19. Yup! Those margaritas to go after lunch are awesome! i liked sitting and drinking and people watching while the rest of the crew goes shopping.
  20. Following along! I love St. Greg's reviews and since I am sailing on the Panorama this April am even more excited to see this one! For PV you won't need a tour bus. Just hop in a cab or take the city bus to the Malecon. Lots of shops, restaurants and sights all with an ocean view. The malecon has sculptures from various Mexican artists (one from one of my favorites - Sergio Bustamante). If you keep heading south on the malecon you will come across a cathedral and then can go across the river and into old town. We always try to have lunch at PIpis - awesome guacamole and margaritas - which is about two blocks up from the ocean at the northern end of the malecon. The one thing I love about Mexico is that you can order a margarita to go! Was there in November and after lunch ordered a peach margarita to go and enjoyed it while sitting under a shady tree on the waterfront while the others went shopping. Enjoy your trip and report accordingly!!
  21. Over on another website someone currently on the Panorama posted that despite having Cheers she was charged for the large format water bottle in the main dining room. After inquiry at guest services and with John Heald on that same site, it was apparently confirmed that as of January 1 the large format water bottles are no longer a part of Cheers. Anyone run into this on a sailing since the 1st? Just curious. The Carnival site still shows the large bottles in the main dining room as part of Cheers. Yes, I know this is a first world issue, but I would think that this would create more work for the waitstaff (and not really save on any plastic) by now having to make several trips to my table with more of the smaller bottles. So long as they don't take away my Patron or Grey Goose I'm still good!
  22. Finally the one thing I think everyone can agree to!
  23. Thanks but oh man, that sucks! I booked the second from the end cabana hoping that it was either like on the Vista where you can unlock the patio door from the outside or that there was hallway access to the very aft end of the bar, don't like that I have to traipse through the bar to get to the pool! Secret crew passage that I can use perhaps?
  24. It should only be open to those who paid the premium for a Havana cabin and not open to all at any time. And, if it were up to me, I'd raise the minimum age for a Havana cabin to 18!
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