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  1. We stayed in cove balconies twice, on the Breeze and the Vista. On both ships we were roughly under the excursion desk. In addition to the privacy and shade, Deck 2 is really pretty convenient being one deck down from the atrium and dining room, and a couple decks up from the gangway. No waiting for elevators on embarkation or returning from port. Watching the runners in Cozumel from a cove is fun too.............
  2. On our cruise this summer, my 16yo daughter would have been in Club O2 and my 14yo son in Circle C. We wanted to keep them together and asked the Club O2 director if we could. She put him in O2 on a "trial" basis and he stayed - we didn't have to do any haggling about it. It helped that (a) he had a sibling in the older club, and (b) he looks older than his age and is taller than her, so he looked like he belonged there.
  3. Here's the Club O2 flyer from the Vista for our July 27 sailing. We had YTD but almost always got to the dining room between 6 and 6:30 - this let our kids be done in time to meet their friends between 7:30 and 8. It worked better for our kids to eat early and meet their friends after, but it's probably not impossible to make late dining work. Our kids only did a handful of the activities. Most of the time they just used the club as a place to meet. They actually spent more time in the Family Harbor lounge as one of their friends had a cabin in that area.
  4. On Cozumel, you can take a taxi from the port to Paradise Beach and get in for $3/person if you spend $10/person on food and drink. Taxi will run I think $30 each way for all of you. So $140-ish for the group plus tips. You can get a wristband to climb the inflatables in the water for $18 each, which also gets you out of the minimum food spend. Not much snorkeling to be had, but shaded chairs on the beach and a nice pool. Food was good. No vendor hassles, safe area. No waits for taxis either direction.
  5. Have sailed both the Breeze and the Vista, and much prefer the Breeze. I loved walking laps on the promenade deck on the Breeze. Between the Havana area occupying the aft promenade and the additional glass partitions on each side, I only made one half loop on the Vista. The atrium was almost ruined on the Vista by filling in the upper part and removing the glass elevators - the funnel display is a poor substitute. I hope they have fired whoever approved putting eight columns in the middle of the Limelight Lounge on the Vista. From a cannon. Into the sun.
  6. I watched from the Breeze last year and I think the last person aboard was right at departure time. It was really unexpected to see this many be this late. Here's another time-lapse on the way back to Galveston. Wish I had thought to do it before sunset.
  7. The cloud motion was almost straight towards the camera, but pretty slow. There must have been an excursion that ran way late. The video starts at 4:28 pm and the back-on-board time was 4:30. I think the ship left about 5:10.
  8. Embarkation and departure of the Carnival Vista from Puerta Maya last week
  9. Just got off the Vista Saturday. We found the brunch service to be slower than it was on the Breeze in 2018, even when we beat the rush. On the Vista, there was a server with coffee just outside the MDR entrance, so you could get your first cup (or second, depending) while in line. Last year under the old menu, we got a plate of danishes/muffins right away when seated - not this year on the Vista. Perhaps if we had asked for some we'd have gotten them before the other dishes. The 12-hr French toast was surprisingly good compared to what I was expecting based on CC posts. I only had one piece that was a bit soggy in the middle (had it 3x). Sausage was a bit better than last year, not quite as bland. I saw other people with the skillet cakes and they didn't look that appetizing to me. The fresh-squeezed juices are served in small champagne flutes that held maybe 3 oz or so. I didn't see many takers. In general I preferred the old brunch menu choices, but the 12-hr French toast beat the Lido lines.
  10. On Roatan last year, we booked a custom (driver-for-a-day) tour with Bodden and went to Victor's Monkey Business and did some snorkeling as well as some sightseeing. Never felt unsafe. Didn't go to the Carnival beach at all. We skipped Belize though - not really for the safety concern as much as it was that most excursions had a lot of transit time on the tenders and buses.
  11. I had an "upgrade" steak in the MDR last year on the Breeze - have never eaten in the steakhouse restaurant. I was disappointed in what I got - the cut was fairly tough and I don't think that was attributable to how it was prepared. Won't do it again - I'll save the $18 and have a good prime steak at home. Last week I had filet mignon and flat iron on two different days on the Vista. I'd rate the filet mignon a B and the flat iron a D.
  12. Just what I was looking for! Thanks! We'll look for a flyer like this when we sail just to be sure. tl;dr - make your way to Deck 0 midships at 7:15.
  13. Thanks - we'll probably do room service breakfast early so we're ready to head to whatever location. I looked at the Fun Times from a February sailing with the same port itinerary and it didn't show tendering instructions. Maybe it was distributed as a separate sheet.
  14. We are on the Vista's July 27 sailing and will be going ashore in Grand Cayman. We do not have FTTF or other priority for tenders, and our excursion is not through Carnival. What's the usual procedure for going ashore under these circumstances? Do we need to get tickets/stickers for the tender ahead of time, meet at some other location, or proceed to deck 0 when announced? On our last cruise, the tender port was Belize and we didn't get off, so I ignored how it was done there. We arrive at 7am and are supposed to meet our excursion operator at 8:15-8:30.
  15. The Vista and Boka Vanguard are out of the port at the anchorage now. Probably getting ready to refloat her.
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