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    Cruising, reading, swimming
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Western Caribbean

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  1. We've had several free cruises from Carnival and Holland America. All we had to pay were the taxes and port charges. The free cruise offers were for an inside cabin which we took on the first offer. But we don't like inside cabins, so we upgraded on all the other offers to either an ocean view or balcony cabin for nominal charges.
  2. 10-day Panama Canal cruise on the Zuiderdam in 2017. Had a wonderful Neptune Suite where we relaxed on the balcony going through the locks and back while a woman narrated the history of the building of the Canal. Great food, wonderful service, we enjoyed the Southern Caribbean ports, and just an all around wonderful cruise. Although, we have enjoyed all of our HAL cruises and look forward to a 10-day Koningsdam cruise in Jan.
  3. I just Googled the name of the ship and cabin number and there were a number of hits. I took the info from several of them to put together.
  4. We love the Legend and the Miracle and agree with the OP and have sailed on them a number of times. The Miracle has left Tampa (our hometown port), but the Legend is now sailing from there, so very convenient for us.
  5. Stateroom #: 5183 Category: Category 7A - Balcony Stateroom (Obstructed View) Description:These staterooms have views that are obstructed by lifeboats or other ship structures. Balcony Staterooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, ample closet and storage space, private bathroom with shower, and a living area with vanity and seating. Staterooms are equipped with thermostat controlled air-conditioning, television, telephone, and personal safe. Review in Cruise Critic: Cabin 7A 5183 The room was well positioned being midship. 3 cupboards, 4 draws, mini-fridge. Lounge that converts to 3rd bed. The rooms are a reasonable size (well my room was anyway). Slightly bigger than other ships I’ve been on, but I was in an obstructed balcony room this time, maybe inside and oceanview are smaller (can’t comment yet). Obstructed view wasn’t an issue for me. The obstruction was the life boats, but they didn’t protrude much higher than the railing, so you still had good views.
  6. Out of 50 cruises to the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America since the 1990's there has been only one cruise we took when the weather was chilly the whole week and the water was cold in Half Moon Cay. The first evening the ship's store sold out of sweatshirts. It was cold in Key West, too. That was our one and only time sailing out of Charleston, all the rest have been out of Florida. We sail year around and believe me, it's hot in the Caribbean in January. Great time to cruise because it's usually cheaper and many fewer kids. Glad the OP booked it - have a great time!
  7. Thank you for alleviating my concerns about the traffic. Sometimes traffic is scary on other islands. We live in a gated community with two 18-hole golf courses so we are used to driving our golf cart all over and think this would be such fun to do on Bonaire.
  8. We will be in Bonaire for the first time in Jan. 2020 and are interested in the golf cart rental. Are there special golf cart lanes or are you driving in regular car traffic? Thanks.
  9. We sailed on the Miracle in April and had a French Door cabin and the door was still there. Don't recall if we tried to open it or not. Love those cabins - interior cabin price with a small upgrade cost ($2.50-5 per person per day) for a cabin with not only natural light, but with a couch and coffee table. Have sailed in them a number of times on the Miracle. Love the Miracle, too! Sorry it left our home port of Tampa, but the Legend is a sister ship and have sailed on her, too.
  10. I receive casino offers all the time and the fine print normally says "new bookings only". I check My Offers after I log into the Carnival site all the time and receive Carnival emails almost daily with the current casino offers. Book them all the time, too. 🙂 I'm happy for those of you who have had success with applying new casino rates to cruises you have already booked. However, this is just another instance of Carnival not honoring their fine print in the offers that say "new bookings only." I would have never thought to try that - guess I take things too literally and think they mean it when they say it.
  11. We started out with NCL in the 90's with one Carnival cruise in between. Tried RCCL once and would like to try again, not on the mega ships, but they are so much more expensive than Carnival. We are going on our 36th Carnival cruise next week (close to Diamond status) and our 50th cruise overall. We have been on 9 Holland America cruises and have another one booked and those are my favorites - elegant ships, extraordinary Neptune Suites with many perks. The NCL cabins are tiny compared to Carnival. NCL's "free drinks" promos are misleading to me as when you go to check out your booking, there is a several hundred dollar service fee for the "free drinks". Don't like that so we never finish the bookings. We never would buy the Cheers package on Carnival because we don't drink a lot and can't imagine drinking 15 drinks a day to make it worth it. NCL has gotten too expensive, too, so we probably won't try again. Probably more similarities than differences between NCL and Carnival, but Carnival has our loyalty and is a better value.
  12. We had a Guaranteed Neptune Suite on the Oosterdam in Feb. and found out our assigned cabin less than a week before sailing. Our only Guarantee on Holland America, but had two on Carnival and didn't find out until we arrived at the ports and received the same category cabin we had booked, no upgrades.
  13. Glad to see Celebrity coming to Tampa! Haven't sailed on her yet, but it's the favorite line of friends of ours. I was sad to see HAL leave Tampa as it's one of our favorites. We live 45 minutes from the Port of Tampa, so we cruise out of there the majority of the time.
  14. Using a travel agent is a very subjective thing. We stopped using travel agents in the 90's when the Internet came and we could book our own land vacations and cruises. Got tired of hearing "you can't do that" when we found out we could customize our trips (different travel agents). I recently had a Holland America agent screw up our booking and we eventually cancelled the cruise. Sometimes, we need to use a cruise line agent to book special casino rate cruises so we do that. Many people have great things to say about their travel agents and others not so much. The OP is a first time cruiser and may benefit from having a travel agent, but needs to find one that is a cruise specialist. There was another thread on CC recently about a first time cruiser who used a TA who had never even been on a cruise and provided lots of inaccurate information. I still prefer doing my own research and booking our cruises on our own.
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