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  1. Cruise was cancelled. I'd already cancelled once CCL 'invited' me to; I'd thought I'd chosen the FCC option, but when I called to rebook in late 2021, turns out I'll get the 'cancellation penalty' portion in the form of a FCC, and the rest is going back to the credit card. I still get the $600 OBC. I'd rather have taken the cruise, but I understand.
  2. As we used to say in the Marines, "this is an indicator," - if nobody you know (who knows anyone else) has gotten firm return to work dates...then...I'd say...Carnival is hedging and trying to "multi option/late decision" which is why they sent all of us that letter offering $600 p/cabin OBC for proactively cancelling. I'd much rather cruise, but...per the tone of their letter, I'd rather have stable holiday plans (though it's just me and the dog, and she's not cruising)
  3. Got the same email - and I'm presuming that Carnival is betting (at least 50%) that either the CDC will get it's way and push the No Sail out further, -or- they'll be under pressure to voluntarily extend it. Should the Miami/PC cruises get cancelled, it'll be easier for CCL if they've already processed a large lot of voluntary cancellations - rather than two ports/two months worth of cruises all at once. (I do work for a large government health agency, but at this point, there's no telling between the president and Dr Redfield of the CDC who's going to have the final say, but I'd bet on
  4. How's the infection rate in Nevada though? *sigh*
  5. Interesting! Thanks for all the links and comments. I'm happy to go on "approved chaperoned" excursions vice just wandering about. Not really overjoyed about it, but then again, like most posters, there's some ports that I'd just as soon sit through onboard. I'm happy to be on the ship, period.
  6. Sad but that is what eventually happens if there's no buyer; and can't imagine any other line would be in a buying mode at present. They could attempt to mothball and wait for demand to return, but the major issue right now is cash flow. All I can do is book and roll over unused FCCs (which I keep doing) but in accounting parlance, that's "unearned revenue." Eg, eventually they have to put us all on a ship to report that as earnings and not just "cash on hand." Besides, I think most of us in CC cruise at least once a year (if not more often...retirement goal: Live in S/FL around Venice Beach
  7. Exactly. That's where they give cave and beach it in India and walk away.
  8. Or at least it has to be issued before the final payment is due - wouldn't hurt to call.
  9. Yikes! I was going by price. Maybe I'll just stick to martinis. DW is a wine drinker however.
  10. It is? Fantastic. I'm going to guess the Seafood Fountain is extra above the $40 though, if it's still offered? ---- Different menu for pop up (Eurodam, etc.) vice full time (Koningsdam) I suppose? And yes, the Fruits de Mer (seafood fountain) is a $25 surcharge (and worth it).
  11. I'll miss the Earth Wind Fire & Wood (the band plus Wood) menu. I just looked at it online; looks good, but not as extensive as it had been.
  12. Does anyone have any wisdom on the "relative worth" of the Cellar (wine) packages? There's a "Cellar #1," then #2, #3. Three of course is the most expensive, and not being a wine expert, I am guessing that the available bottles in #3 are "better" than #1. But for anyone who's pre-paid a wine package, what's good enough?
  13. Discovered the secret of getting a HAL phone agent on the phone is to call at 8:55 pm - right before they close up shop. Dunno about the website; it's half-right; hopefully they'll take our comments and get on there and fix it.
  14. The website redesign was done badly. There's too much "dynamic" content, resulting in bandwith usage issues (it would be great IF you were hooked RIGHT into the server, which of course the developers were), and you're exactly right, there's no good single sign on/identity management - which is why every time you go to a different function set (reservations/payments/looking for a cruise) you have to log in again. Bad, thoughtless design. I'm a IT professional so I'm picky I suppose. However, due to the bad UX and poor architecture, the PHONE is now overloaded. If anyone
  15. I've done the Vancouver to HI to LA - and yes, it can be a little dramatic off the coast of Vancouver until you get out of the north Pacific - so the first few sea days might be a bit rough on your DH's equilibrium.
  16. You sir, are truly a class act, and your lady is lovely. Thank you. I wore a white dinner jacket as well. Wished I had the pic!
  17. I'll say this though - they do NOT yet have an electronic boarding pass (like Apple Wallet) for your boarding pass. The luggage tags? It's just one paper per bag. Color is good though as the decks, port/starboard, etc. all have color codings that help the crew handling bags rapidly identify where you're going.
  18. So - if you're trying to register prior to boarding, you won't have a folio number - no worries. If you're trying to register in advance (as it's fun to use the Countdown feature) - --- (a) Do you have a travel agent or did you book yourself? (b) Did you meant to book multiple rooms on the same booking number? If you don't have a TA, call Carnival and find out what the heck's up, and link the booking numbers together. You can do that so you can all board together, get seated in the MDR together if you wish, etc. If you do have a TA, they can do all that.
  19. I haven't eaten in a "Carnival Steakhouse" in a few years - as I've been on the older smaller ships most recently that don't have a dedicated steak house. I'll say this though - used to be a heck of a great deal for the (a) quality of the meat (granted it's not my local, grass fed fresh beef, but it's very high quality frozen), (b) the atmosphere and service. The $20 upcharge in the MDR for "steakhouse selections" by comparison is definitely, IMHO, not a good value.
  20. Just call CCL and ask the question specifically about your ship and cabin's furnishings. I assured my DW on the last cruise that the Paradise would have a hair dryer; she called - they didn't - and told her to bring one. She did (they didn't confiscate it). Turns out they DID have one in the room (!!!). Perhaps in some suites there's coffee (Keurig) machines - HAL has them in their suites - but generally ships try to avoid putting heat (fire) generating appliances in staterooms. The irons (and ironing boards) are 'hard wired' in the laundry rooms, and controlled by timers as an exa
  21. Definitely. I've been on everything from 3 to 18 days; the short the cruise, the more raucous the party - and again, if it's spring break/graduation/etc., you'll have more. Longer cruises tend to attract older, possibly retirees (yes, retirees on Carnival!). As has been noted, the Serenity Deck is usually quite serene (!), but you still have the option of participating in the HC Contest and other fun.
  22. And I sailed on the Vista on her inaugural Trans-Atlantic and frankly was surprised we got to do it inside. The one Princess cruise I took in ... 2015?... featured an inside muster; but my most recent HAL this past Christmas was..back outside. If anyone can decode it, I'm curious!?
  23. Got me! Website says there is. Let's just say "Magic Hot Tub."
  24. Hi, and welcome to Carnival. NO worries, I'll start the replies with what I know: We are cruising to Bermuda on Sunrise in September. If the ship leaves Bermuda at 5pm, what time must we be back on the ship? I believe with NCL it was 1 or 2 hours (can't remember exactly) but I can't find Carnival's policy anywhere. It's usually an hour before 'cast off' and 'underway time.' Bermuda isn't that big, but if you're going on your own, sometimes getting a cab back to the ship is problematic. Roads are narrow, etc. Here are a few more questions I have: 1) Adults-
  25. Honestly, I don't know. Anecdotally, as my last visit to HMC during Christmas of 2018 was on HAL, not Carnival...HAL has a similar beverage program, I read the second poster's article stating that CCL had expanded Cheers to HMC..didn't know; and I've been to HMC since 2013, on Carnival, with Cheers, and paid ala carte for drinks.
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