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  1. I agree, if you have your booking number and proof that you are the name associated with the booking number, you should be good to go (might take a little time to get it all sorted out, but you'll be cruising). Fair winds and following seas.
  2. Any chance of squeezing PLATINUM into that twist?
  3. Morning for me. A bachelor these days, so I pretty much makeup my own room. Roughly make the bed, put clothes away, keep the desk and bathroom neat. I'm happy when the steward enters my cabin and can relax and take a break.
  4. I also usually cruise solo. Not sure if Carnival still does this, but in the past most SOLO cruisers were put at a table of SOLO cruisers. One of the best MDR tables I've ever been seated at was decades ago with 5 other SOLO cruisers. Cruised with one of them, a nurse, twice thereafter (two cakes to the table as we both were born on the same date). We had a young tv producer from Denver (his first cruise), a golf pro, a beautiful mysterious lady from Thailand, and a travel agent (provided 2 bottles of wine for each meal πŸ˜‚). Hope they continue to do this on your cruise.
  5. Thank you for the information. Does this standard default font with Boldness help the situation ? FWIW, my Galaxy 10 phone also has difficulties with certain fonts.
  6. With few exceptions, I've always cruised interior. I usually cruise solo and I'm seldom in my cabin - shower, change clothes, and sleep (if I must). Now and then I take my ex wife with me (have to pay double anyway ) and she loves it. I always spend every waking hour out and about on the ship involved in all the activities. At night I sleep like a baby. Pushing 80, so around the 5th or 6th day I can sure use that afternoon nap in total darkness.πŸ™‚ If I book early enough I can sometimes snag a porthole cabin at inside pricing, but those disappear quickly. However, Carnival is getting wise to this and usually charges a little more for these. Still a bargain, IMHO.
  7. Very informative thread. With 32 cruises I've never once done this, however, I'm going to give it a try on my PANORAMA cruise in January. Thank you all for the information and the replies. πŸ™‚
  8. I book Fantasy Class ships all the time on the west coast. The 4-dayers "sandwich" in very well with my longer cruises and NO AIRFARE ! These 8 ships are the ships that put Carnival on the map in the 90s and are maintained very well. Of course they don't have all the bells and whistles but are a lot of fun.
  9. The Steakhouse charges but, you get a free bottle of wine while you dine, which is in the evening. The Cuchina del Capitan offers their reduced menus free during the DAY including embarkation day.
  10. I have noticed on several occasions that WCMC is in the desert section of the buffet. Usually after dinner late. Probably trying to get rid of them for the day.
  11. Before retiring I had to look for a "window" where I could be away from my business for a week at a time, so I had to book last minute usually 3-4 days out(once the day of the cruise). Now with more freedom of movement and with constant Platinum offers I'm booked as far out as Jan.2020 on the PANORAMA. When I get antsy I just book a 4-dayer I "sandwich" in to appease the addiction.
  12. I always put a semi-cardboard (divider on folded shirts) inside with my name, cruise ship, date and cabin number (maybe an airline might need it when you're traveling to the ship ?) . . . then on the back for going home I have my name, address, cell#, and internet addy. Never know when everything else may be GONE !
  13. Many times, in fact all the times I needed to get from SoCal to Florida. Weather was never an issue. Always took the RED EYE, leaving about 12:30 day of, non-stop, arriving Miami, Orlando or Fort Lauderdale around 9:00. Grab a cup of coffee and croissant and board shuttle to the port around 10:00. Many trips, never a glitch (knocking on wood). Frequently sleep the entire flight. Even fell asleep once before take-off and had to be awakened by the stewards when everyone was off the plane ! πŸ™‚
  14. I quite agree, you will definitely get these charges back. Also would like to know how and when the port fees are returned. Have heard OBC and other say in a check a week or so later. I also would go with the NO SHOW route. Don't stir the pot. Stay calm and breath through your nose. ☺️
  15. I can't remember, I'm sorry. It strikes me on the Spirit classed ships it's the one directly off the Atrium Bar.
  16. If I'm cruising solo I always take early MDR. Don't want to sit ALONE. Nowadays I take early seating whereas in the past wanting more time in ports I took late seating. Time wears us all down. 😊 If I'm cruising with a cruisemate I always take YTD. If we get a great server we request that server throughout the cruise. Frequently go to the Steakhouse 2 or more times on 7-day cruises (Spirit & Pride). I don't think the Imagination, which I've cruised on several times, has a Steakhouse. I will stand corrected.
  17. I'm following this thread because I'd like to know if I can add a passenger to my already booked solo cabin in January ?
  18. I always dine there are least twice during a cruise. Magnificent selections and extraordinary service. Love it. This restaurant always seemed to be about half empty when I've been there. If I could swing it, I'd dine here every night.
  19. I've booked a cruise on the same day. Hardest part of the booking was convincing the lady at Carnival that I had the correct date. She kept saying, "But, Sir, that ship sails today !" I lived 30 minutes from the port, always had a last minute bag ready to go, 3 shirts laundered and boxed, dual toiletries already there. Wham bam, I'm gone in 10 minutes. Even have time to call my ex and see if she wants to go also (at that time half an hour away). Homeland needs the manifest ONE HOUR from sailing.
  20. I hope it's considered still "on topic", but how much does the HUB app cost?
  21. Excellent point, PhillyFan. Static indeed for decades, IMHO. My first cruise on Carnival in the mid 80s we paid $499 DO for an inside cabin on the TROPICAL. Last cruise on the SPLENDOR the price was the same for an inside cabin. There are no miracles. Just bargains even today.
  22. LOL . . . how ironic. I occasionally take my ex wife on cruises with me (we're good friends) and probably because I do all the paperwork even though we have different last names now, but I still get offers to cruises addressing her but emailed to me. I just send them off to her. We both find this amusing. πŸ™‚
  23. 307 on the new Panorama, but hope to "sandwich" in a 4-dayer or two before then.
  24. But they provide unique 4-day getaways for us cruisers that like to "sandwich" them in between longer cruises. My experience, they are in immaculate shape and I always enjoy the "good old days". New ships catch on fire all the time. Don't blame this on her age, especially when it was on deck 6.
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