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  1. Yeah, Javablue Cafe has some solid milkshakes. It's just a pain you have to get it on deck floor, and then hike to the Lido Deck to pair it with a Guy's Burger. Here's the menu in case you're interested. https://cruisespotlight.com/carnival-cruise-line-drink-menus-and-pricing#java-blue
  2. This is the biggest issue I have with Blue Iguana Cantina, no tortilla chips available. The food is delicious and they have so many salsas, but why no chips?
  3. Here's a list of most of the drink menus on Carnival currently. You'll see cocktail prices and wines by the glass. https://cruisespotlight.com/carnival-cruise-line-drink-menus-and-pricing Carnival's mixed drinks are really reasonably priced, and I think the most expensive standard drink its like $14 but the standard is between $10 and $12
  4. If you're paying for the Cheers package with OBC, that mean you'll have to get it while onboard right? So you're not getting the discounted 10% price? Just want to make sure. I hate that I can't use the OBC for stuff like excursions that I pre-book online.
  5. Right now Chibang is no additional cost, but they said that's just for the "inaugural season" and then they'll decide how to continue. I assume if they do start charging, it will be similar to JiJI's which it replaced ($15 flat fee per person). Rudi's is $38 flat fee.
  6. I'm so curious as well. I don't know if they're going with a "French Quarter" zone like on Mardi Gras or a whole new themed zone for Celebration. Haven't seen any possible release dates for more information yet. It might depend on how well the venues are received on Mardi Gras before they officially decide what to do.
  7. There's a bunch of current bar menus here, but still missing a few: https://cruisespotlight.com/carnival-cruise-line-drink-menus-and-pricing
  8. Here's the menu for the Brass Magnolia and Fortune Teller. https://cruisespotlight.com/carnival-cruise-line-drink-menus-and-pricing The Fortune Teller ones looks really interesting and reasonably priced. Will definitely have to try a few
  9. When I was on the Horizon in Mar 2020, they were testing free Pig and Anchor for dinner on that sailing. They said specifically that it was a test for the Mardi Gras to see if people would eat other places than the main dining room if they didn't have to pay. They were hoping to avoid over crowding in the dining rooms (I'm guessing they didn't make them big enough and were assuming people would go to other places).
  10. This calculator helps determine if it's worth it. It has the average drink costs based on the recent sailings. https://cruisespotlight.com/drink-package-calculator
  11. I did a January cruise from Baltimore a few years ago and wouldn't do it again. So much time is wasted being trapped inside the ship. That being said, I was on a smaller/older ship, the Carnival Pride. The Anthem of the Seas has a lot more indoor areas/facilities and covered pools so that could change it, but personally, from now on I'm flying down to Florida for winter cruises. It's just a much more fun experience to start off the whole cruise on a warm note.
  12. Yeah, I think they really are counting on the food venues being all spaced out and getting people out of the buffet. On smaller ships like the Pride, for lunch I'd get food from Guys, the Pizza Place, The Deli and the Buffet all within a short distance and eat in the buffet. With the Mardi Gras, they've all on different floors, so people will naturally have to spread out. I loved the look of Guy's Burgers, a proper queue that's sizeable rather than a twisty line that runs into the Lido Pool area like on most ships. The one downside is if you're with a group, you're all going to have to agree on what to eat.
  13. This tool does the math to see if the Cheers package is worth it for people. The average drink prices are from the current prices seen on the Horizon (which match the prices from 2019) https://cruisespotlight.com/drink-package-calculator As to the original topic, I really hate that the Cheers package isn't included on Half Moon Cay. Last time I was there, I was literally on the tender with the alcohol and bartenders being brought over from the ship. It's ridiculous that they say it's not included there, but yeah, they'd end up loosing a lot of money.
  14. Wow, Carnival was really doing work to improve the ships during shutdown. They made quite a few changes and managed to keep them secret. First, they removed the Casino Bar for the Vista-class ships. Now they've added a new smoke-free casino on the Dream-class ships. It replaces the old conference rooms. I like it as an option because it still gives people the ability to smoke and gamble if they like, but for those who don't like a smoky atmosphere, they can go to a separate venue. https://cruisespotlight.com/carnival-introduces-an-additional-smoke-free-casino-on-the-carnival-breeze-carnival-dream-and-carnival-magic
  15. Yeah, I really wish they'd allow it. I have $800 in OBC to use ($600 for cancelled cruise, $100 for new cruise, and $100 for stock holder) and I wanted it all to go to excursions. I hate waiting to book until I'm on board because some do sell out and I have a few excursions that I really wanted. Guess I'll just have to risk it (except the one I really want, that one I'll just shell out the cash upfront)
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