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  1. mamajules

    Anyone done Dunn's River and Blue Hole?

    Can't comment on tours out of Ocho Rios, but did go to Blue Hole when we were in MoBay. Used Liberty Tours. Would not hesitate to go again, fabulous time, great tour!
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    Sunshine dry dock

    Just got off her, last cruise before dry dock. The chef said during chef's table that they were getting a dedicated space for that. And heard rumors about it getting a Guy's Pig and Anchor Sent from my SM-G950U using Forums mobile app
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    Must Try Foods and Excursions

    I know Thenford Grey is handling our group of 27 in October Sent from my SM-G950U using Forums mobile app
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    Recommendations for Kayaking in Icy Strait Point?

    Can't tell you which would be better but if you decide to go in Ketchikan can definitely recommend a local outfitter. We just went kayaking with them a couple weeks ago during a week's stay in Ketchikan. It is Ketchikan Kayak Company. Great bunch of guys and had a great time. Highly recommend them. https://ketchikankayakco.com Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    The definitive Cheers program Thread

    We purchased our online ahead of time. Upon boarding we went to the bar and ordered our first drink. The computer system showed we had Cheers so they put the sticker on our card. We did not have to wait til we were at sea to use it. However, since we were in port we were charged the tax for that drink, less than a dollar. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    The definitive Cheers program Thread

    A couple things. Last October on Conquest I would order a drink and a soda or a bottle of water and were given them both, different bars multiple times. Now after that you have to wait 5 minutes. The " drinks at gangway" I believe they are talking about the large bottles of water they offer as you debark at ports. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Is Cruising to Cuba Really Worth the Extra Costs?

    I am looking forward to seeing Havana: the old city, the culture, the music, the cars. We are booked on Paradise Oct. 9. Originally booked a while back when it was Cozumel and Grand Cayman for a friend's birthday. Itinerary got changed to Cozumel and an overnight in Havana. Our rate stayed the same, and we will get $100 OBC to cover the visa we are required to get. So it is a win-win. Don't know if I would book a 5 day at prices what they are now. Our porthole room is now over $600 more (for 2 people) than it was when we booked.
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    Nassau v. Freeport-and staying on the ship

    I would (and we have) get off on both. Like others have said, Nassau has some interesting sites within walking distance, including Queen's Staircase and Fort Fincastle; Junkanoo Beach is also an easy walk from the port. In Freeport, we have taken a taxi to the Lucaya area and gone to the beach, you can get a day pass from several resorts in the area. We also took a tour that took us to Lucayan National Park, where we explored the underground caves, the mangroves and spent time on Gold Rock Beach, which is beyond gorgeous, undeveloped and unspoiled.
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    If it is prepackaged food you can. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Carnival Hub App Question

    Yes. The fee is only if you want messaging capabilities. And it's not $5 per day for messaging, it's a one time fee of $5 for the entire cruise. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. mamajules

    Are vintage cars & guides available in port of Havana?

    Do you know if either of these tour operators offers later afternoon/evening tours or just during the day?
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    Room Service Tips

    I usually keep some ones and tip a couple dollars or so when they bring my order. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    The visa is not for the types of travel, it is an entry document required by Cuba. The cruise line will have our papers for these at embarkation. The travel requirements are U.S. restrictions and there is no "qualifying" for them. You simply participate in activities that meet those requirements. If you do a ship tour you are covered. The only category this falls under is the people-to-people category and that is what you check on the affidavit, which you turn in at embarkation. The only problem with traveling to Cuba is a passport is required and some folks may not have one. You are right that credit cards are basically no go. Cash is king, which is fine since usually that is all I take ashore. There is a Banco Nationale right near the port to exchange dollars for pesos. Not really any "bugs" to wok out since Carnival has already done Fathom cruises to Cuba. The trick is for folks to learn what the requirements are, especially those of us adjusting to this itinerary change. There is plenty of info on Carnival's site and others. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    We actually lucked into this port. We're booked on Paradise Oct. 9 to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Itinerary was changed from GC to overnight in Havana and we're definitely excited. Plus since we were already booked and Cuba requires a visa that costs $75 Carnival gave us OBC of $100 pp. Waiting to see what shore excursions they will offer Sent from my iPad using Forums
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    Yes that is exactly what they told us. However, I am wondering if the port fees and taxes will change since now a different port. Either way, the extra expense is being covered. Sent from my iPad using Forums