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  1. If I go to purchase FTTF for my January 2021 cruise, I can see the following message underneath the big Faster to the Fun logo: (Note: VIFP Club Diamond & Platinum members do not need to purchase this package as these and other benefits are included as part of your VIFP Club status.)
  2. Bottom would be having the cruise lines declare bankruptcy, and having the stock cancelled. Cruise lines would then reissue new stock once they settle/reemerge/reorganize in bankruptcy court. The old stockholders in this situation typically lose their full investment.
  3. When you check-in, fill out your documents as if both passengers are going to travel on one sign and sail charge account. Do not tell them the other passenger will be a no show until you get to the port. Your mileage may vary, but this is the most likely way you would be able to preserve the OBC.
  4. The airlines are not giving refunds. They are only waiving change fees if you decide to postpone your trip. (You must still travel up until one year from the original ticketing date). If you decide to cancel your trip altogether, you still lose your money.
  5. We had the luggage tags in January.
  6. The port currently charges $68 for a 4 day cruise / $85 for a five day cruise. Wallypark offers a $65.00 flat rate for a four or five day cruise. However, they have specific pickup / dropoff times. To the port: 11 am / 12:00 noon / 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm. Book2Park dot com looks like it is $48 for a four day / $55 for a 5 day cruise. Shuttle is advertised as on demand. Onairparking dot com looks like it is about $5 cheaper than Book2park. However, this one also appears to offer set shuttle times. I haven't used any of these off site places at Jacksonville before, so I don't know if the savings is worth the hassle. Based on the situation you described, I would ask the hotel that I was planning to stay at if I could leave my car parked while on the cruise, and if allowed, take an uber or lyft to/from the port, as this would be cheaper than any of the options above. If you google "Jacksonville Port Parking", you might be able to find other options.
  7. Look at the hotels by the airport. All of the following hotels offer a shuttle: Crowne Plaza - Jacksonville Airport Home2 Suites by Hilton - Jacksonville Airport Days Inn by Wyndham - Jacksonville Airport Residence Inn - Jacksonville Airport Fairfield Inn and Suites - Jacksonville Airport Quality Inn Airport - Jacksonville Econo Lodge - Jacksonville Airport
  8. There are no coffee pots in any of the cabins on carnival.
  9. Cabo is a tender port.... The boat will be anchored offshore, and you ride in a "water shuttle" or "tender" from the ship to the shore. The direction the ship will point to will be dictated by which direction the wind is coming from.
  10. Sounds like you and your husband qualified for a promotional rate that the other 2 people in your group did not qualify for. Example: Carnival is offering a rate of $1000 per person for you and your husband for the suite, or $400 per person for you and your husband for an interior. The same rooms are available for the other 2 people, but the discount is not as good. For them, Carnival is offering the same rooms for $1200 per person for the suite or $500 per person for the interior. If you and your husband are booked together in the suite, you pay $1000 + $1000 for the suite, and $500 + $500 for the interior, or $3000 total. However, by splitting you and your husband, you still pay $1000 + $1000 for the suite (since one of you qualified for the discount rate), and $400 + $400 for the interior (the other one of you qualifies for the discount on this room). Under this method, you pay $1000 + $1000 + $400 + $400 or $2800 total.
  11. Airport area: Crowne Plaza - Jacksonville Airport Home2 Suites by Hilton - Jacksonville Airport Days Inn by Wyndham - Jacksonville Airport Residence Inn - Jacksonville Airport Fairfield Inn and Suites - Jacksonville Airport Quality Inn Airport - Jacksonville Econo Lodge - Jacksonville Airport Others that offer a shuttle: Holiday Inn Express and Suites - Jacksonville - Blount Island
  12. There are 3 or 4 around the airport area that offer shuttles.
  13. With an inside guarantee, you could be assigned to any cabin on the ship. Luckily, on this ship, they no longer have the 1A (upper and lower bunk beds) setup.
  14. If you rent the car at Miami airport, please note that the 2 major East-West roads that run from the airport to I-95 (Airport Expressway and Dolphin Expressway) are toll roads that do not take cash. To avoid the tolls, take Okechobee Rd to the Palmetto Expressway, then take the Palmetto to I-95 North. Also you would need to avoid the "express" lanes on I-95, as there are tolls for these lanes.
  15. If you are going from Cape Canaveral to Miami, Orlando is several hours out of the way. If it were me, I would drive on Sunday from Cape Canveral on I-95 South, until Ft. Pierce or Palm Beach Gardens. There are plenty of good hotels in these areas available for a decent price. You would then be only 2 hours away from MIA the next morning.
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