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  1. Well, my favorite port that I've visited was Havana, Cuba - but of course due to a very unfortunate decision by our government you can't go there on a cruise anymore. There's so much history there, and the people are wonderful. I loved touring Old Havana, the architecture was spectacular. And don't forget Hemingway's house in Cuba, that was one of the options for excursions. Everyone we met was so friendly. We finished off our too-short stay by taking in a show at the Tropicana which was absolutely fabulous. If we're ever allowed to go again I'm in.
  2. Yep, I've seen a few people ask for them done a certain way and they were always taken care of. And I'll say that I LOVE Guy's Burgers, especially with the wide array of options to customize them yourself at the topping bar. I had them three times for lunch on the cruise I just got back from and couldn't be happier.
  3. Yes, and there's a reason for restricting items with electrical heating elements. For one thing they draw a lot of current, if many people used them at the same time it could well cause problems (as in circuit breakers tripping, which would be a big inconvenience to a lot of passengers). And if left unattended a fire could start, which is a HUGE problem on a ship.
  4. Thanks for that information, now at least I know how big of a storm we got hit with. I looked out once and saw another ship not too far away, I assume that was you. No, we never had ANY announcements about anything until we were docked, and that was just information about how disembarkation would proceed. As far as that goes the crew did a good job of handling getting everyone off the ship, but it sure would have been nice to have more information during the storm..... something along the lines of "we expect this weather to last approximately 4 more hours".
  5. I've got no complaints at all about the Elation. We had a mini fridge in the room (Junior Suite - I can't give a definitive answer as to whether or not all the cabin classes have a fridge - you might be able to find out for sure somewhere on Carnivals website). And there's no need to insert the Sail & Sign card in a reader to keep the lights on, they're strictly operated by light switches. In a way I kind of like the smaller ships in the Carnival fleet. There's less of a walk to get to wherever you want to go, a smaller line to fight through when getting off at a port etc. However, the outdoor movie screen on the larger ships is a nice touch.
  6. I recently attended a Q&A session where our cruise director explained that the same shows stay on a particular ship because it would be a huge undertaking to change out the shows. Think about all the props, costumes, the lighting system setup and programs, etc. etc. etc. What they do is to rotate ships through different ports so that people have a chance to experience the different shows which are available. As an aside, it's my humble opinion that by and large all the shows are extremely well done. My very favorite were on the Paradise when we sailed to Cuba last year.
  7. Yes, exactly. On the tracking it looked like we took a slightly longer route coming back - to the inside of the Bahamas (I assume in an attempt to find 'calmer' waters). And also the speed had to be reduced, so we didn't dock until somewhere around 8 AM.
  8. What I found with the mini fridge in our cabin on the Elation (just got off the ship yesterday) is that it was inside a cabinet without adequate ventilation for getting out the heat that it generates (there's a single small vent near the rear but that's not nearly enough). Propping open the cabinet door helped immensely. Other ships may have different types of installations, but it's certainly worth a look. OOPS, looks like I posted this before I noticed that Organized Chaos said the same thing. In any case, this one simple fix makes a huge difference in how well the fridges can cool.
  9. We just got off the Elation this morning, that was a trip I'll never forget (although I'd like to). All hell broke loose somewhere around 10 PM and it lasted until around 3 AM, maybe a bit later. It's just an educated guess, I'd say we were in at least 50 mph winds. For most of that time, as the ship went over a swell we'd go partially weightless, maybe 0.3 Gs, and as she bottomed out in a swell and started back up we'd go to somewhere around 2 Gs (I know what that feels like from my pilot days). Then on top of that there was random rolling, so it was a WILD ride. My closet doors kept swinging open and slamming, my luggage slid across the floor a few times, deck chairs were sliding all over the place, and after about 4 hours of that I succumbed got sick (and I NEVER get motion sickness). I was on the top deck, maybe those on lower decks didn't feel it quite as much as we did. Any of our fellow passengers care to share your experiences?
  10. Waiting patiently for all the naysayers. I'd heard on here a while back that Guy's is serving breakfast burgers. We'll definitely give them a try on our cruise next week.
  11. I'm curious if someone is prevented from sailing due to this restriction will get a full refund. I'd certainly hope so, as I can see the financial aspect as being a huge incentive for someone to try to circumvent this restriction. (I'm sailing in another week and certainly don't want to be in close proximity to anyone who's sick, be it coronavirus, influenza, or the common cold, and really don't want to be stuck in port at the end of the cruise on a ship that's being quarantined.) Also, it's curious that I haven't received this notice since it's so close to my sail date.
  12. Yep, IMO that's the best kept secret in the cruise industry. (Same as waiting to disembark so you can walk right off with no lines)
  13. Maybe a stupid question, but what purpose does a pocket knife serve on a cruise ship?
  14. I was on Paradise in March when we sailed to Cuba, had a great time. Their shows were the best I'd seen, and the comedians were fantastic. We stopped at Cozumel on another cruise a couple of years ago and did the excursion to Tulum, it was well worth it. There wasn't time to do much of anything else at Cozumel though since we didn't get back to the ship until right before departure. We had just enough time to briefly walk into a couple of shops on the way back to the ship and that was it.
  15. I'll chime in and agree with everyone else who suggested simply waiting until the crowds have died down. We've done that before and it was much less stressful - have a leisurely breakfast, find a table near the pool to sit and play cards until 'last call', and walk right off with no waiting for luggage or customs.
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