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  1. We have sailed in Haven cabins on Epic, GA and BA before and enjoyed the Haven Bar. We are booked on the Pearl in February and wonder if Butlers can bring drinks to your room or the the courtyard as part of the drink package. I recognize that normally drinks are not brought to staterooms, but question if exceptions are made in Haven Courtyard where there is no Haven Bar.
  2. Our family cruises often and on various lines......RCCL/Norwegian/Carnival. Recently returned from the Breeze and I wanted to comment on the lack of stations to watch in staterooms. In the past few years, I have become used to having ESPN International and usually 2 news channels. I enjoy watching sports and have watched NCAA tournament games, football, NBA, Ryder Cup and baseball playoffs in the past. Unfortunately, on the Breeze we only had access to CBS News channel (I've heard of Fox News and MSNBC, but never CBS News Network). No ESPN. No Fox Sports. Nothing. The US Women's World Cup final was not shown anywhere on the ship. For some reason, Wimbledon matches on ESPN were shown in the casino, but not in staterooms. How can they have an ESPN feed to show in public places, but not in Staterooms? The news channel issue was just as concerning....never heard of CBS cable news network. Why cant Carnival give us CNN or FOX or MSNBC? My guess.....money. There obviously is a cost to providing those networks to staterooms and Carnival opts not to pay it. I may upset some Carnival fans with this post and I would like to know if there is a history to which channels are offered or other explanations for the low number of channels. (but please don't say that a person should be on vacation and not want to watch news or sports)
  3. Based upon your comments, get the package. The only reason I wouldn't, would be if you stopped at a lot of ports and therefore would be off the ship on multiple days. 2 Pina Coladas, 1 club soda, a bottle of water, 1 drink with dinner and 2 in casino/show will easily pay for the package.
  4. My mistake....was thinking 2009. (Like I said, ship looks great for 10 years old 😉) Also looks great for 6 years old too! In either case, Great vacation and lots of fun.
  5. Got off 5 hours ago Pour House is super fun. Get there early for a good seat. Howl at the Moon and Comedians are great. Entertainment is very good on this ship. (Did not attend Rock of Ages....was tired that night) Food is subjective: Le Bistro was great. Ocean Blue - we were not sure.....side dishes and appetizers just OK. But the main course fish options were all awesome. Skip La Cucina. Teppanyaki is fun and a lot of good food. (Standard Japanese steakhouse) Breakaway is approximately 10 years old and does NOT show much wear. We had a great time.
  6. If this tactic is true, I agree that it makes me more inclined not to tip. However, main reason for my post is to comment on the difference between poker tables and table games. Poker is a game where the players play against each other and not the house. The house 'rakes' at a poker game in order for the house to make some money off the play. Table games like blackjack have a built-in odds advantage for the house.....that is how the house 'rakes' at a table game. In both situations, the house makes money. If you choose to tip the dealer, you should be tipping THEM (not the cruise line) for dealing you good cards that allowed you to win. It is the same at poker and blackjack.
  7. Quick question. We are Platinum. We are booked on the Breakaway in a couple of weeks in the Haven. We booked the 5 option package which included the beverage plan and 3 Specialty dinners. Those are listed on our reservation. What is not listed is the 2 dinners that one would get from Platinum status. At first, I was not worried about this and felt it would be added once on the cruise. But I also noticed that we do have the Latitude Internet bonus on the reservation. This makes me concerned that we might not have the 2 Platinum dinners on our reservation. Do I need to contact my travel agent? Will the concierge in the Haven fix this if it is not there on the ship? Wondering what others would do. Thanks
  8. Thanks to all. Especially appreciate the recent experiences of NWPacific and paulis. We did come up with a back up plan if there are delays. .
  9. Thank you FRANKnBEANS…..that is exactly what I was hoping to hear. If we are off the ship by 7:15, we will be good. Any other opinions would be great
  10. Travelling on Breakaway at the end of March. We are staying in the Haven and I know that we will disembark first. I thought I had planned my flight accordingly. However, I am learning about construction near the port/convention center and I also noted the fact that Carnival Dream will be arriving same day. It seems as if Breakaway is scheduled before the Dream, but arrival time is 7AM. Multiple variables at play; most notable being the fact that I thought arrival time was 6AM (not 7AM). I am looking for information on what time previous Haven passengers were off the ship in NOLA. (I don't want to say, but plenty will ask......I am presently scheduled on a 9:30 flight) PS: I am not looking for judgement about my flight plans. We travel light, we do not need assistance, we have been in the Haven before, we are seasoned travelers, and we have TSA. My mistake was thinking 6AM and not 7AM. And I am trying to get in front of this rather than being anxious for a week prior to disembarkation.
  11. Can you comment on disembarkation from Haven. I know you get first priority and get escorted down. Wondering what time that occurred for you as we are deciding how early a flight to take in April. Thanks
  12. Family of 5 including adult children aged 18-22. We enjoy Carnival, RCCL, and NCL. We generally like newer ships, but our favorite Carnival ship has been the Breeze. We are looking at Western Caribbean itineraries. Only difference is the Breeze stops in Costa Maya and Vista has an extra sea day (not an issue either way). Airfare to both Orlando and Houston is about the same. Fare is $1500 total more to go on Vista. Since new activities like SkyRide are not going to be a big draw for my kids, I am looking for opinions on whether the added expense is worth going on the newer Vista rather than another week on the Breeze.
  13. I realize this could be posted on a Port Of Call board, but hope to get answers quicker on the NCL board We are considering renting a beach villa or pool cabana when we visit Harvest Caye in March. Prior to doing this, we were wondering if there are any perks for Haven guests at HC. Thanks for any info
  14. Lots of variables for you. American is pretty good at LAX. And first class and TSA gets you to the gate quicker In general, Agree that LGB is best and closest if they have a late morning flight. In general, I would definitely fly into LAX. If price was similar and LGB not an option, my second choice for departure would be SNA. Agree that Burbank and Ontario are too far and there would need to be a significant savings to justify the drive.
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