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  1. Great to hear the testing went so well. We are booked on a Carnival cruise for late Oct. and a recent message from Carnival regarding our cruise said they now have a 2-day window for negative Covid tests for vaccinated passengers instead of 3. They will be setting up mobile testing sites at the cruise terminals to test the day before and day of embarkation. Hope it set up in Port Canaveral by the time our cruise sails. We will still try to get tested before we leave for the Port (we live less than 2 hours away), but hopefully there will be the option of getting tested at the terminal. How much did you have to pay for NCL test?
  2. On the Magic in August the cigarette brand choice was extremely limited (Winston, Marlboro, Parliament) and didn't include the Benson Hedges I used to get on Carnival 😞 I didn't buy any cartons. DH thought the liquor selection wasn't what it used to be either.
  3. Friends of ours just had their 5-day Paradise (Tampa) early November cruise cancelled. They are so disappointed as it was to be their first cruise back since Covid. I don't know if it was a Tampa port issue or not. DH and I are booked on the Pride out of Tampa for Jan. 16th. Our first cruise since Covid was a 4-day on the Magic out of Port Canaveral in August and it was great. Booked it again for Oct. 31st for a 6-day.
  4. Just recently on the Magic this month and had both OBC and casino Fun Play. Both showed up, along with Charge to Room and Bank, when I wanted to put money on the slot machine, so I could choose which one I wanted. When OBC was used up it would disappear. When both OBC and Fun Play were used up just Charge to Room and Bank showed on the screens. So, not true that OBC was drawn down first.
  5. Before we got passports in 2008, I always brought my marriage certificate with me as my birth certificate, obviously, has my maiden name. I also do not use my maiden name as my middle name, I use my actual middle name. I also believe that a marriage certificate is what you can use, not a marriage license. It is so much easier since then to have passports. I realize the wait times now to get them is a really long time, but if you have time get yours.
  6. We have 3 Pride cruises booked, but not until Jan., Nov/Dec. B2B. Have sailed on her several times and like the ship a lot. We live about 40 minutes from the Port of Tampa and enjoy that convenience. Just wish it had the Cuchina del Capitano specialty restaurant - got hooked on it on our Magic cruise on Aug. 12th. Ate dinner there twice and loved it. We don't do the Steakhouse anymore, but instead order the Steakhouse selections in the MDR.
  7. DH and I were also on the Aug. 12th Magic cruise. We had dinner at the Cuchina del Capitano the first night and it was not at all free. Was it open for lunch on embarkation day and then it was free? Would highly recommend the Cuchina - we ate dinner there twice and it was fabulous.
  8. Intercruises, the ground crews at the Port of Tampa, said last month they were going to start up at the Port of Tampa in August or September 2021. DH worked part-time for Intercruises until the 2020 cruise pause and he received an email last month asking if he wanted to return to work. He declined since we have 8 cruises booked from now until Dec. 2022.
  9. Arizonatoflorida, I called our Polk County Health Dept. and someone there printed out our vaccination records from the Florida Shots database and emailed them to me, which I then printed out and brought with me to the cruise. Carnival protocols stated that what they will accept are the original CDC cards, copies from personal physician records, copies from the state vaccination records (which we had). I forgot to mention that the reason I called the county health dept. in the first place was because we discovered our second Moderna shot was not listed in the FL Shots database. Then we discovered that DH had not used his real name on his CDC card. The protocols also say that passengers should bring contact information (name, phone number, email) of the vaccination records holder and in our case, the county health dept. staff. I had that with me, also.
  10. Over the years I have had a number of Royal Flushes on video poker for $1,000 or more. I have also won slot jackpots, including $1,500 on a slot on the Veendam last year and $1,360 I won last week on a Carnival cruise. There were a number of jackpot winners announced last week on that cruise, highest I heard was $5,000. Mostly, I win $100-400 on many slot bonus rounds, but not jackpots. And no, I do not play the maximum amount. I play in ship casinos most of the time they are open - that's how I receive such great casino cruise rates and casino cash/Fun Play.
  11. We discovered that my husband put his shortened name (like Bill not William, not his name) on his CDC card. We just returned from a Carnival cruise and a few weeks before that I was concerned because the Carnival protocols said the name on the CDC card had to match exactly the name on the cruise booking. I contacted our county health dept. who had provided our 2 Moderna vaccinations in January and they printed out and sent me our Florida State Health Dept. Shots database vaccination records. They had his correct full first name as it appeared on the Carnival booking. I brought our CDC cards and the FL Shots database vaccination records with me to embarkation last week. The person doing check in looked at both CDC cards and didn't mention his names were different. So, I was ready to prove his full name was on the official state database, but ended up not having to do it. However, with 7 more Holland America and Carnival cruises booked over the next 16 months, you can be sure I will be ready with both the CDC cards and the FL Shots database records just in case the check in people scrutinize the CDC cards more carefully.
  12. Just got back from a $100 per person for balcony on the Magic (4 days), $200 in casino Fun Play, $200 onboard credit, and free drinks for me in casino. Just really paid for the port charges, taxes, fees plus I won a $1,360 jackpot on a slot. Got back yesterday and booked another $100 per person for balcony on the Magic (6 days) for late Oct. with same Fun Play, OBC, and free drinks. For some reason the 6 day is about $50 cheaper than the 4 day. Love those casino offers - that's all we have taken for years.
  13. DH and I were also on this Magic cruise and we felt very safe. I would agree with what the OP said about the cruise. We do not have a cell phone, but the Fun Times were printed out every day and in racks in various places around the ship. We ate two nights in the Cuchina del Capitano (would highly recommend it) and were given menus to look at. We never made it to the MDR as we had large late lunches those two days and weren't hungry at dinner time, but I assume paper menus were given to those without cell phones. The buffets were normal. I spent most of my time in the casino when it was open and lots of jackpots announced. I also won a $1,360 jackpot on a Buffalo slot! There was a walkway that divided the casino into two places - one side was smoking and the other was non-smoking. Also a smoke-free casino on Deck 4, but I didn't go there. DH said it had slots and table games. Had to choose between morning or evening cabin cleaning and we chose morning. Cabin steward was great and had our cabin cleaned by mid-morning. This was our 56th cruise overall and 40th on Carnival, first time on the Magic. Liked it so well we booked a 6-day Magic cruise for late Oct. Also loved our balcony cabin on Deck 10 (Lido Deck) and booked another one for the next Magic cruise. Our only negative was that as Platinums we couldn't get into our cabin right away upon boarding. We decided not to bring any carry on luggage so we wouldn't have to lug it around before we could get in our cabin. Wearing masks was a non-issue and most seemed to comply.
  14. We are sailing on the Magic next week, are Platinum, and have not received this letter. Maybe it will be in our cabin.
  15. Looking back over our past 55 cruises on 4 different cruise lines, I'd say we go all the way with booking primarily only balcony cabins or suites, several specialty dinners on each cruise, valet parking when available, but no drink packages or WiFi. These are vacations after all and we don't do less on land vacations either. We do book using great casino offers when possible so that makes it possible to get suites, casino cash or OBC, and free drinks in the casinos.
  16. I think the "no copy" refers to the original CDC card that we received when we got vaccinated by our county health dept. We also have printouts from the county health dept. that shows both of our Moderna vaccinations with dates, type of vaccine, etc. - these are considered okay also because they are from the Florida Shots database, an official government record. We have those because DH put his shortened first name on the CDC card, not his legal name and the name that appears in our Carnival bookings. According to the Carnival protocols, the vaccination documentation must match the booking names exactly.
  17. DH and I sailed on the Koningsdam in Jan. 2020 and mostly loved the ship and our verandah cabin on Deck 4. We were on the ship as I was a contestant for the $50,000 slot tournament. One of the things we didn't like at all was the very small casino - it just didn't fit the size of the ship and the number of passengers. Being there was a casino promotion with lots of casino players it was difficult to find a slot machine most of the time. The space between the machines (back to back) was very tight and made maneuvering difficult. Very annoying. The other thing we didn't like was the horrendously loud music venues (not the Lincoln Stage). It was so loud we couldn't enjoy the music and singing and had to leave. Also, the two piano players in Billboard were terrible musicians. We will be sailing on the new Rotterdam three times starting in Dec. so we will see how these things are. I suspect they will be the same, especially a small casino.
  18. Did they have to pay for the Covid test even though they were vaccinated? DH and I are doing a B2B on the Pride in Nov.
  19. Two questions for those who have sailed on Carnival in July. 1) Could Platinums and Diamonds go directly to their cabins after checking in? 2) Please explain the new muster process. Go to assigned muster station to check in with crew and then watch the safety lecture on our cabin TV?? Thanks.
  20. We always do YTD and always get a table for two. We go to dinner early so we don't have to wait around for a table when it gets really busy. We are pretty close to our neighbors, but just a "good evening" is usually the extent of our conversation.
  21. As I mentioned in my previous post here, our Covid vaccinations are entered in the Florida Department of Health's Florida Shot registry. They sent me printouts of mine and DH's. As outlined in the Carnival protocols, I will bring them and our CDC cards plus the phone number of the health dept. and email addresses of the people there I dealt with in case there are any questions. I also mentioned that DH put his shortened name on the CDC card instead of his legal name and Carnival protocols say that the CDC card and booking names have to match. Thus we are bringing the additional documents in case of a question at terminal check in. Perhaps, many/most state health departments have similar shot registries.
  22. We have our CDC cards plus printouts we received from our county health department that shows our two recorded vaccination shots in the Florida Shots registry (Florida Public Health Department). Also have county health dept. phone number and email of health official there. The reason for all the backup information is that DH put his shortened name on the CDC card (Bill instead of William, not his real name) and according to protocols, name and birth date on CDC card has to match exactly name and birth date on booking and passport. The FL Shots registry has his legal name and birth date that matches that on the booking and his passport. Carnival protocols (on their website) say "we recommend you have the contact information (phone and email) immediately available of the healthcare provider or clinic site that issued the certificate, in order to validate the vaccination, if needed. A vaccination registry site may also be used."
  23. As a retired library administrator, I love to hear that people missed the HAL libraries and glad there is one on the new Rotterdam. How much more relaxing it is to sit in a comfy chair or lounger with a good book than sit in front of a computer. Libraries have embraced technology wholeheartedly for decades and I supported it because it enhanced our library services and it provided a level playing field for those who cannot afford their own computers or do not have the funds to provide Internet access at their homes. Being retired, I prefer to sit in a comfy chair and read an actual book or on my Kindle (at least until my WiFi goes out sometimes).
  24. Our completed health questionnaires (vaccination info) are on our cruise manager page showing they were completed.
  25. I usually contact the Ocean Players Club website and send an email giving my name, birthdate (have been asked that before), booking number, cabin number, sailing date and ship. I say the purpose is to confirm what I believe are my perks like $$ in Fun Play, free drinks in the casino. Someone gets in contact with me with a week or so. I also print out their response to bring with me. If I received a promo in the mail, I bring that with me. I did run into a problem once when the casino cage people didn't have any record, so I was glad I had the written info with me.
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