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  1. I'm now living with my son in Socal so I'll only be an hour away. The arriving in LB earl idea was to provide a "buffer"against car trouble coming from Arizona. Still might do it, however. Thanks for your input.
  2. I once booked a cruise the DAY OF THE CRUISE. Hardest part of the booking was convincing the Carnival rep that I was, indeed, aware that that cruise sailed TODAY. $99pp for 3 days on one of the old Fantasy Class ships. Had plenty of time -- 15 minutes to pack and 20 minutes to the port. Easy peasy. This was all before 9/11, however.
  3. I cruise solo mostly so I pay double. On my limited budget this means an inside cabin (if I'm lucky and book early I can get an inside-priced cabin with portholes). ๐Ÿ™‚ Shower, change clothes and sleep, if I must, are my cabin requirements. I cruise for the sea also and I never find difficulty in finding a "private" space if I desire one.
  4. The INTERNAL SPACE and OPEN SPACE comparisons says it all . . . just find me a well-kept-up Spirit Class and I'm a happy camper.
  5. Thank you Kimb, will check this out this afternoon. I'm no longer living in Arizona with a 5-hour drive to the port, but back in SoCal only an hour away, so this will be my major consideration in choosing whether or not to use a hotel pre-cruise or Carnival's parking structure. I drive a rather rare hardtop convertible pickup (Chevy SSR) so security of my truck is also a serious consideration. Carnival gets the nod on that. Incidentally, a site I went to lists Carnival parking at $17 per day whereas most of the questions on the subject list it as $20 per day (it seems like it was $19 the last time I was there cruising the SPLENDOR). I didn't check Carnival's site, DUH ! ! Thanks again to everyone who contributed to my "education". Having cruised out of this port so often I should be knowledgeable about this, but always lived close to the port (20 minutes at one time) and it was never a consideration.
  6. Get a huge glass. Fill it 2/3rds full of strawberry ice cream. Add milk. Stir in some of that great World's Best Vanilla you got at one of your ports and VAVOOM . . . you have the best Strawberry Smoothie that money can't buy. ๐Ÿ™‚
  7. No scooping necessary. Think Foster Freeze.
  8. Always a weekly pill box. 32 cruises and never a problem.
  9. If you are in a cabin with a porthole you will be nowhere near the galley, as these cabins (always my choice when I can get one) are at the front of the ship. I've never noticed noises from the showroom which you'll be near, but I sleep like a baby and most of the activity in there is afternoon and evening anyway.
  10. If the odor doesn't bother you . . . "let sleeping dogs lie" . . . if it does report to guest services. If you're 50 pounds overweight and on the cheers program and live in the deserts section of the buffet, don't even begin to talk about "health issues".
  11. I just sent Ms. Jimenez an e-mail as you suggested, riffatsea. I don't expect her quote to be anything I can afford (I cruise inside cabin for the same reason). I do definitely appreciate your help.
  12. WOW ! Well I guess I won't be staying there. REGULAR rate without any park'n'cruise addons was $325. I was thinking about utilizing some of the parking structure fees with a hotel room in Long Beach but will just drive it the day of the cruise and pay to park at Carnival's structure. Guessing it must be about $19 -$20 per day by now? Thanks again.
  13. Thanks, riffatsea . . . I'll check it as soon as possible.
  14. Park'n'Cruise hotels in Long Beach. Years ago I researched the hotels that for one night's stay pre-cruise you can leave your car at the hotel for the duration of the cruise and pick it up after you debark. When I checked out one of them I learned that they no longer do that. I'm asking, does anyone know of a Park'n'Cruise hotel in Long Beach that still does this. Cruising on the PANORAMA in January and even now that I'm closer to the port lived in Arizona the last 5 years and wanted to get to Long Beach early and awake well rested. Thank you.
  15. Adding cabins increases the load on public places and venues exceeding the architectural design calculations pure and simple. You may not be "fooled" by the lipstick (renaming), but many newbies were. NCL did the same thing with the SEAWARD or the WINDWARD, can't remember, several decades ago, cutting the entire ship in half and adding cabins. But they didn't change the name. You may be in love with that battered ole gal, the TRIUMPH. I can understand as I love the IMAGINATION and the INSPIRATION cruising out of Long Beach (one was a 3-dayer for $99)! No name changes required.
  16. Have sailed NEITHER. The introduction of the SPIRIT class made the TRIUMPH old school, whereas lipstick doesn't change a pigs demeanor. Have read enough reviews to get a pretty good picture of the Sunrise, however. But, what was it again, the nearness to its cruise port, cheap price, shortened itinerary, loving large , long lines, and packed venues? Or, as they say, "whatever floats your boat". I personally cruise Carnival because of the cheap cabin pricing and even the ole Fantasy Class now and then for a short CHEAP getaway. But, mainly, because there are NO SURPRISES.
  17. Touche' Impressive cruise history . . . what was it . . . nearness to cruise port, shorter cruises, cost, desire to stand in long lines, or visit packed venues ?. . . or maybe you're a stockholder, tickled that Carnival can redo a ship, add more cabins, change it's name, at a fraction of the cost of a new build and most wouldn't even know the difference? Have a great cruise. ๐Ÿ™‚
  18. Only 180 days until I cruise her .. . started this waiting thing about a year ago. Something I'm just not accustomed to.๐Ÿคจ
  19. Got me, but once. Absolute rip off. . . but what can one expect? There are no miracles.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Really ? . . . you can't be serious . . . LOL. Carry on or checked luggage ?
  23. I stand corrected . . . cruising since the mid 80s, I thought I knew it all. ๐Ÿ™‚
  24. 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.
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