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  1. looking forward to the rest of the review, we embark Magic in 13 days.
  2. what's your favorite sea day activity (non lounger division) on a Carnival cruise? it's been a while since I've been on board and I don't recall anything being too terribly unique, but im sure that's my memory failing.
  3. we embark the Magic two weeks from today. I must admit i was hesitant to come back after sailing MSC and NCL. my main concern is my wife went rock bottom balcony cost for the 2nd half of year so I'm expecting a certain amount of lowest common denominator behavior. I've seen it before on bargain basement cruises. that said, I've enjoyed my share of kind, fun folk too.
  4. after only sailing Carnival my first 3 cruises we wandered to NCL and MSC past few years, quite simply they were better bangs for the buck. I must admit I'm most fond of NCL but really enjoyed MSC too. that said we are coming back to Carnival for 1, maybe 2 cruises this year. there are differences between the three lines but I'll never understand those that don't like a particular line. ive had wonderful experiences on every ship, big or small.
  5. I had no idea what the different ship classes were until I clicked link. I also always forget the actual two Conquest ships I've sailed but liked them both. the Breeze was my first cruise so I'll always love her. we are going on Magic next month and have fingers crossed on the guest per sq ft ratio. wife is looking at Paradise day after Xmas. looks smaller than Spirit class with same number of guests and less features. hmmmm.
  6. is that right? we looked at a couple YouTube videos and didn't see a video screen on Lido deck. I assume that is consistent with Fantasy class ships, but I was surprised to not see a video screen after learning Paradise was in dry dock just last year. do they play films in the main theater?
  7. there are some decent options on the search engines, particularly when you aren't provided exact name of property until after booking. pro tip: focus more on user recommendation % than property star rating. a 4 star with 50% recommendation is a red flag even if seemingly a good price.
  8. i haven't sailed Carnival in years but we are next month. I vividly remember eating several plates of the late night pizza on my previous sails...I thought it was very decent. The staff who make each of them from scratch all night amaze me, it never seems to be without a line.
  9. Are there any new-to-Carnival ports in the Caribbean the company is considering going to in the future?
  10. we had a great time on the Sky a while back. got 4 night cruise for $199pp oceanview (our first non-balcony), free drinks. that's almost impossible to beat, I'd do it again in a new York minute. I found the ship to be smaller than we were used to but less crowded, somehow. we did notice bumping in to many of the same people somewhat regularly. food was fine, room good. so long as you avoided the premade dranks you were winning. the ship was updated after our sailing so I'm sure it's even better now.
  11. NCL gift shop on the Escape carried the Margaritaville at Sea tshirts, usually in a far corner. kinda hard to find. no tank tops.
  12. we haven't seen Wick 3 and we will always sit through an Avengers flick. Bohemian is very rewatchable and will be fun outdoors, especially the music scenes.
  13. I'd be highly amused by seeing groups wear themed shirts for each day of the cruise. I don't think that I would want to participate, personally, but to each their own.
  14. We sailing the Magic on Sep 7, good to see the list.
  15. seems like a pretty good value if you use the spa facilities otherwise I wouldn't upgrade just for a higher deck. and I love higher decks.
  16. It was the first ship I sailed on and I loved it. At the time it didn't have an Alchemy Bar but it does now and that's a huge plus. love Fieri burgers, trivia, dive in movies, the Italian specialty restaurant. live music was solid. cons: I didn't love the shows. thought the buffet was adequate. all in all a great ship!
  17. My wife is a platinum and I'm just about to go gold. im ecstatic about her having laundry benefit, that's fantastic. I pack half as much stuff since I can get it laundered mid cruise. I think she usually gives her plat gift away, usually to a kid.
  18. check out resort for a day dot com one of my pals went to the Margaritaville Resort - but it's not inexpensive. they give you access to hotel room until midafternoon, and the price is the same for 1 or up to 4 guests.
  19. I must agree with the "go out by the pool" people and the nice dinner folk, great way to spend the day or night before a cruise. last time we sailed out of Miami we stayed downtown at the Intercontinental and we ordered from a great Italian place in Little Havana, wish I could remember the name of it, via uber eats. I hate late night and morning after pizza!
  20. you don't get a discount for Cheers using the Carnival card like you would for excursions, but you do get escalated rewards points for any Carnival related transaction. 3pts per dollar?
  21. For those that like to get to the port areas the day before a cruise - what's your favorite day before cruise activity? (We usually cruse out of the southeast florida ports and i LOVE to see live jai alai at either Dania or Miami casinos. My wife isn't that big on it but happily feeds the slots for an hour or so. Sadly, both frontons are dark next month when we are cruising...gonna have to find something new to do!)
  22. I love the Cheers program. At first I was leery of being able to go all out each and every day of a cruise AND if my wife would drink enough to make it worth its while, but it usually works out well for us. Really like the fact Carnival includes coffees, sparkling water, energy drinks (ive quit those cold turkey) etc in program....other cruise line do not. I've found it interesting that as I age i find myself preferring casual dinners at the buffet or dress up dinners at the specialty restaurants instead of the MDR...and i REALLY wish Fieri's was open for dinner, i love cruiseburgers.
  23. I prefer Miami Port and the Horizion ship over the alternatives. That said, I'm more of a Port of Call guy so I'd rather go to really interesting places than be on a slightly better ship. My wife, however, loves sea days and likes the ships more than I. im sure either option will be a blast for you, however.
  24. it would be hard to pass up a $500 obc if all other costs are equal. magic is probably nicest ship and longest itinerary, so it's got that going for it. valor seems like the most "meh" itinerary. tough call!
  25. I've never stayed on a ship...I will if there is a next time in Freeport. although one of my employees really liked the brewery and she doesnt drink!
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