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Everything posted by glrounds

  1. Only 180 days until I cruise her .. . started this waiting thing about a year ago. Something I'm just not accustomed to.๐Ÿคจ
  2. Got me, but once. Absolute rip off. . . but what can one expect? There are no miracles.
  3. Redoing an old ship to get more cabins (read: crowding) and renaming it only fools the newbies. Think, putting lipstick on a pig. But that is Carnival's market . . . first timers saving money. I avoid these ships, and Carnival isn't the only one doing it, and stick to newer ships with longer itineraries.
  4. Have cruised the Mexican Riviera a zillion times. Nearness to the port (no airfare), the port facilities (think Hughes Dome now completely utilized) and my favorite Mexican ports. I never tire of it. Have been booked on the PANORAMA for many months for the January 18th cruise in an inside cabin with portholes. Usually book 3-5 days before the cruise, but couldn't risk being SOLD OUT of my cabin preference so I wait . . . and wait . . . and wait.
  5. Really ? . . . you can't be serious . . . LOL. Carry on or checked luggage ?
  6. I stand corrected . . . cruising since the mid 80s, I thought I knew it all. ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. No earlier than 1:00pm. Ship frequently gets into port around 6:00, but with the fluctuation of arrival times, customs clearance, airport TSAs, and potential events on the dreaded 405 to the airport the day could turn sour in no time. Have cruised Carnival out of Long Beach many times and usually off the ship by 9:00ish (Platinum and self-debark), home by 10:00 when I lived in So Cal.
  8. Yes, Tortola would be EXCELLENT. Only ported there once, but it was a beautiful little island.
  9. I'm guessing (operative word) you'll get Platinum at the beginning of a 14 day cruise, but NOT the first week of your back-to-back as they represent SEPARATE cruises.
  10. As others have said, let the 3rd person be a NO SHOW . . . might cost you a little over other solutions, but takes the guess work out of it and allows you to keep the same cabin. Give Carnival another opportunity to "squeeze" another dime out of you and they will. Let sleeping dogs lie . . . ๐Ÿ™‚
  11. I agree with all of the above with emphasis on WHERE you're going to meet and at WHAT TIME once everybody goes to their cabins and gets separated from the group. Cell phone is a terrific idea.
  12. Familiarity breeds contempt. ๐Ÿ˜†
  13. Excellent. ๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†
  14. Do the cruises and get the perks. Quit trying to game the system. You only demean yourself.
  15. Priority boarding and debarking, cabin ready early, and specialty pricing on future cruises.
  16. Have a cold beer at the Atrium Bar. Platinum, so drop off carryons at the cabin. If it's a new ship for me explore and take pics before the masses are onboard. Get something to eat from the buffet. Relax awaiting Muster Drill. Always good to be at sea again.
  17. Exactly . . . One person's observation is very limited
  18. First PLATINUM cruise I was cruising with a lady that was already PLATINUM. I told her I thought I was PLATINUM and she marched my butt down to the purser who took my gold card disappeared for a few minutes and came back with a PLATINUM card, apologizing up and down. Later that evening an officer came to our cabin with a bottle of wine and apologized profusely again. Kudos to Carnival for setting an error straight the American business way.
  19. I'll be boarding the PANORAMA as you are getting off . . . Have gone to the Queen Mary many times and never had to pay for anything other than drinks and dining.
  20. I'm surprise that we haven't seen a multitude of posts instructing us in how to fill an empty wine bottle with booze and seal the top perfectly to appear unopened. Each guest still allowed ONE wine bottle onboard.
  21. The reason for the prohibition on bottled water and soft drinks is to combat passengers trying to bring booze onboard in bottles. My guess.
  22. Budweiser is like sex in a canoe . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰
  23. I'm booked on the Panorama also in January, but don't know anything about"medallions".
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