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  1. My first cruise was in 1998 - I was just a 21 year old Spring Breaker! Oh how the times have changed! lol I have 18 cruises on Carnival - #19 was supposed to be setting sail October 19th of this year, but was cancelled. I have 105 days at sea - In my younger days, I worked for an airline and we did alot of shorter 4/5 day cruises.
  2. They aren't giving you Cheers for free. Drinks on Us is totally different and you have to play a certain amount in the casino before you qualify for DOU. Usually DOU drinks are only available in the casino if you're playing, but they have done a couple of promotions that extend that to drinks anywhere on the ship. But you still have to qualify first. I'm not sure what happens though if you and your husband buy Cheers up front and then you qualify for the DOU program. Perhaps if that happens, they would refund the prorated amount of just your Cheers package starting the date you qualify for DOU?? That would be a question for Carnival.
  3. We had Wee jimmy on one cruise. We really liked him. I thought he was a hoot!
  4. Thank you! I've been watching some videos on cruise deck plans website of the different aft cabins. I'm not concerned about the distance to everywhere. We usually stay all the forward, so the walking is okay for us. And I'm guessing assigned dining will be in the aft dining room, so that will be convenient. After all the food and booze, the walking will do us good! One more question, from what I've seen, it does look like most of the aft balconies only come with one regular chair and one lounge chair. Does anyone know if the room steward will bring us another regular chair so we all three have somewhere to sit? We intend on using the balcony alot!
  5. We are getting ready to book our now-canceled October 2020 cruise for October 2021. We had a suite booked for our girls cruise since we had three in the cabin. Suites are substantially higher now (I previously had a sweet offer after my last cruise which got us a great deal on a Suite). Since we don't want to spend the extra money to book another Suite, we were looking at the Aft Extended View since they have larger balconies. Never stayed in this type of cabin before. Just wondering if there are any advantages or disadvantages to booking an aft cabin in the middle of the row of cabins or more toward the corner of the ship (near the Aft Wrap cabins). Both are available on the cruise we are looking at. Thanks!
  6. Cuba was the same....it was insinuated that you had to book a Carnival excursion to meet the government requirements. But our group booked a private tour and had no issues. We did our required full-day tour and then we wandered around Havana for the rest of the night on our own. It was a great day!
  7. Here where I live spas are open at least in some capacity. I have gotten a massage this summer and for the most part it was pretty normal. The massage therapist wore a mask and so did I. And there was extra time in between the appointments to clean the massage room. But it was still an enjoyable experience. I am wondering how facials will be done - if at all. And for things like the thermal suites and saunas - I'm not sure how those would be impacted. Certainly higher cleaning frequency. Maybe you have to make an appointment and only one (or a couple) is allowed in at a time.
  8. Happy that my October 19th Girls Cruise is cancelled before our final payment was due (August 20th since it was a short 4 day cruise). We were going to rebook to next year anyway...but now we at least get the incentive! Just waiting for the 2021 Sunrise schedules to be posted so we can make our decision.
  9. Yes that is correct. And one of the three of us in my cabin doesn't want to get Cheers so if she doesn't buy it, we can't either. Which is why I was hoping maybe I could qualify for DOU to help offset my cost of drinks at least a little bit. But given our cruise is going to be rebooked to next year, I have plenty of time to work on convincing my friend that Cheers is the way to go!
  10. Thanks for the feedback! I should have mentioned that one of my cabin-mates isn't interested in getting Cheers, so I thought if I could at least earn the DOU I could off set some of the cost of buying drinks individually by getting them free while I'm playing. I know I won't get the same value as Cheers since it's only good in the Casino. It's the best rate right now for me to book under so even if I don't qualify it will be worth it.
  11. Sorry...I meant the Sunrise...not the Sunshine! It's the Sunrise that is only showing the March 2022 sailing. My bad. I'm not filtering it other than just for the ship.
  12. Wonder when Sunshine schedules will be reloaded into the Carnival website. Currently the only sailing showing available to book is the Sailabration cruise in 2022. Trying to figure out what we want to rebook on for our Oct. 2020 cruise.
  13. Carnival is putting the Fascination into long-term lay-up status - likely to be sold in the future. The announcement that came out today indicated that CCL is focusing on mainland homeport - my guess is because they are driveable for a lot of people. No idea when/if cruising from San Juan will be available again the future.
  14. I would pay good money to see this! LOL
  15. If you scroll down a bit on John's FB page, he also shared a video from Carnival's FB page with Kathie Lee Gifford talking about Carnival's big announcement tomorrow. In the video she was reminiscing about the good 'ol days of midnight buffets, etc. She's looking through a photo album of "yesterday's cruises" and flips to a page that says "50 years of FUN plans" and "do not leak this info". It says come back tomorrow for a big announcement. I'm guessing they wouldn't be hyping it this much if it was something like more cancellations or ships selling. I could be wrong, but that's certainly not the tone they are setting.
  16. Have a decent Casino Offer in my VIFP profile right now that we may use when it comes time to rebook our Oct. 19th cruise. It includes Drinks On Us in the casino once we qualify. Never used that program before so have a couple of questions: 1. What exactly does it take to qualify for DOU (money spent, time spent in the casino, etc.)? I'm not a high roller by any stretch of the imagination, but I usually play a little each day. I usually set a limit for the week and when that's gone, I'm done! lol 2. Does the qualification limit vary depending on length of cruise? We are on a four day cruise. So perhaps it takes less to qualify on that shorter cruise than it would if we were on a week long cruise. 3. There may be three of us sharing a cabin together. Does the DOU apply to all of us once I qualify or does each person have to qualify individually? Or does this only apply to me since the offer was sent to me? I would normally get Cheers, but it might be worth it to do DOU if I can qualify early in the cruise.
  17. My PVP told me that Carnival will allow anyone who is booked on a cruise in Oct/Nov/Dec to rebook within one year of their original cruise date with no penalty fees, even if booked under Early Saver rates. I specifically asked as we have a cruise booked for October 19th, which we don't intend to go on anyway even if the cruise sails. I just don't want to be on one of the first few sailings after cruises resume. But that said, we are waiting it out until our final payment date to see if Carnival cancels our sailing so we can get the rebooking incentives. We have until August 20th before we need to do anything on our end.
  18. If they gave you until 9/30 to cancel, I would wait until then before doing anything. If Carnival cancels your cruise before that date, you'll get some extra incentives for rebooking (if you intend to rebook). That's what we are doing with our October cruise - right now it's still scheduled to sail. But with the rise in cases and the new travel restrictions states are putting out, we don't intend on going even if the ship does sail. Plus we don't want to be on one of the first handful of cruises to actually sail if they stick to the planned Oct 1 start date. We're hoping Carnival cancels us so we can take advantage of any credits they offer us to rebook.
  19. Thanks! That's what I figured...but I know the Sunshine had a pool in the Serenity area, so I thought maybe??? I'm sure we'll find a way to enjoy it regardless!
  20. Thinking about booking the Sunrise next year (would be a re-booking from our upcoming October cruise which may get cancelled, but regardless we are planning to rebook) so I went back and starting reading your Sunrise review - which is great as always! My only question so far is - What is this??? Is it a really small pool or a really big hot tub?? LOL Sailing without my little one this time, so planning on enjoying the Serenity area. Would love a small pool to cool off in...but not sure how much we'd use the hot tub on a hot day!
  21. So here's what I was referring to. I repriced this same cruise today. When priced for two passengers, the price was $985.28 (price person all-in is $492.64) When I repriced it for three passengers, the prices jumps up to $1708.92 (price per person all-in is $569.64). Same cabin type/location. Only reason different cabins are reflecting is that the previous show cabins for two people and the below shows cabins that can accommodate three. That's a $723.64 jump for adding a third person. When I book the same cruise the next Oct I get the following: Ocean Suite Deck 7 Mid - 2 Passengers - $1267.28 total ($633.64 per person all-in) 3 Passengers - $1492.92 total ($497.64 per person all-in) With the 3rd (and 4th) passengers usually being charged at a lesser rate, the per person price should go down like it does in the second example. But in the first, it goes up substantially. And I've never seen it do that before. Just curious as to what's going on. With the first option, you really get penalized for having more than two people. It would be almost better to just book two cabins especially if you have more than three people!
  22. We are on a 4 day sailing - the shorter sailings have final payment dates that are closer to departure date. The Carnival FAQ's showed 75 days, but ours is 60 days out. Speaking of final payment dates, I have seen a couple comments on here about people who were able to get their final payment dates extended an extra month due to everything going on with COVID. So that might be an option to get you more time to decide what you want to do (or see if Carnival cancels your sailing). Not sure how consistent Carnival is being in allowing this, but wouldn't hurt to ask.
  23. The cheapest option right now is a Casino Deal that's in my VIFP profile. I think it's just an anomoly, because any other sailing I'll pull up the per person rate they show before booking drops once you increase the passengers to three or four. I know they break it down differently in the booking summary.
  24. Amazing sounds like an apt description! Thanks for sharing your experience. I'll have to keep in mind that these cabins on the Spirit class ships may accommodate more than two passengers for next time we sail as a family. I've not had the chance to sail a Spirit class ship yet, but it's been on my cruising bucket list for a long time!
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