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  1. You make some good points. I was never concerned about contracting Covid. (I don't want to start any arguments, so I'll just leave it at that. lol) I'm a firefighter/EMT. Even though my department took protective measures early on, I'm sure most of us probably had it. I never noticed any symptoms, and I never was tested. I got the vaccine because of travel. I suspect that the vaccine will be a requirement for cruising, at least in the near term. And even though I suspect I had the virus at some point, if I didn't have it I hope to be protected. I can't imagine
  2. I was one of the unlucky ones. My first Pfizer shot felt like someone sticking a glowing hot needle in my arm. A few minutes later my arm went numb and that lasted a couple of hours. The nurses didn't seem concerned about it. After my second shot, I woke up in the wee hours of the morning drenched in sweat, with chills, fever, and vomiting. I felt ill for 3 or 4 days. Totally worth it if it gets me on our January 2022 cruise! lol
  3. When we rebooked we had to pay the difference in price, but the difference was negligible. Since we had to rebook with a Carnival representative she gave us a casino rate (even though I told her we never use the casino lol) which may have made a difference. I have always booked online. The casino deal did give us an extra $200 obc. I'm not sure how we're going to manage spending the casino obc and the obc from the cancelled cruise, but we're going to figure it out by golly.
  4. We have the Mardi Gras booked for January 2022. I'll keep my fingers crossed for all of us!
  5. When we were in Amber Cove last year we did the Private Van - Your Day Your Way excursion. It was just my wife, my parents, and me. I highly recommend it. We enjoyed the freedom to see what we wanted and we also enjoyed getting a tour of Puerto Plata with just family. We visited the Macorix Rum factory, the fort (where our guide did an excellent job of keeping the vendors away), a chocolate factory, and the town square. I know this probably sounds boring, but the highlight for me was visiting one of the tiendas. The owner was hilarious. I got soft drinks for everyone and even
  6. Maybe I'm just lucky, but the only time I remember being pressured to get pictures taken was on our very first cruise as we were entering the terminal. The one where they take your picture in front of the backdrop of the ship you're boarding. (My wife was already cranky by this point and it really shows in the photo. lol) At this point we just say "No thanks" and walk on by. The only time I really felt pressured was when we decided to take a look at the art gallery. That guy was on us like a dog on a steak.
  7. Like others have suggested, we went straight to the excursion desk once we boarded and booked the tour. Wear comfortable shoes. Eat before you go. Our tour was in the morning. None of my group ate breakfast and we didn't realize how long the tour was. We were really, really hungry by the time it was over. I don't know if I would do it again, but it was definitely worth it. Very fascinating.
  8. January 2022 on the Mardi Gras. I'm not supremely confident it's going to happen, but I'm hopeful. Due to vacation scheduling issues, January and February are the only months we can reliably expect to cruise. I would have rather tried for March or April of 2022, but it is what it is.
  9. I always book for itinerary. As long as the ship has Guy's Burgers, trivia, games, and alcohol, and our room has a balcony, I'll be happy. We just applied our FCC to a January 2022 cruise on the Mardi Gras. (Fingers crossed!) The huge, mega ship with a roller coaster almost made me look at other options, but it was the itinerary that I wanted. I know we're relatively new to the cruising scene, but I'm not burnt out on any port yet. For the upcoming cruise we're going back to Roatan (second time) and Cozumel (third time). Our first time in Roatan nobody (my parents
  10. I got my second Pfizer dose yesterday morning. I didn't even feel the shot. My arm was a little sore yesterday evening. I woke up early this morning with arm pain, chills, nausea, and a low grade fever. It's not the worst thing ever, but I'm glad I'm not scheduled to work today.
  11. I have submitted the online form to receive FCC from a canceled cruise. The email I received says that they're processing them as quickly as they can. I would hope that they would at least send an email when it has been processed. I have always booked straight from the Carnival website. Does anyone have any experience using the FCC while booking on the website? I'm not really opposed to calling, but it's a hoop I would just as soon not jump through. On our first cruise we got an FCC due to an incident where we were forced to miss a port. I was able to take care of
  12. I had the first Pfizer a week ago today. A few minutes after the shot my arm felt like it was falling asleep. I was told that was normal. The following morning my upper arm hurt. I took some ibuprofen and had no problems after that. My co-workers who received the shot also reported upper arm pain. I was a little run down Sunday, but nothing terrible. I'm ready for the second dose!
  13. My wife had been pestering me to go on a cruise for almost as long as I've known her. I had no desire whatsoever to go on a cruise. I had a lot of misconceptions. It was really expensive. It sounded boring. My understanding was that meals and activities were scheduled for you. Why would I want to be stuck in a floating hotel, unable to leave, and be forced to play shuffleboard from 10:00-11:00? Then in 2017 my wife's supervisors failed to let her department know when it was time to pick vacations. By the time she found out all that was available was January 2018. I felt sor
  14. I'm actually relieved. We were going to be on the ship if our January cruise sailed, but I was a little nervous about it. I didn't want to be quarantined for 2 weeks. Time to start planning our 2022 cruise with 100% FCC!
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