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  1. Onboard credit can only be used onboard the ship. If you want to use it to pay for excursions you will have to wait until you are on the ship. But go immediately after boarding in order to get the ones you want.
  2. We did a Mediterranean cruise in August 2018 on Royal Caribbean. Americans were definitely in the minority but everything was done in English. All announcements, everything printed. Many European countries teach English as a second language in the schools so many Europeans know English. All prices were in US dollars on the ship. In ports you will need euros to spend though. That was easy enough, there are ATM's all over the place. We got euros from an ATM in the Barcelona airport before we left the airport.
  3. I would suggest going back to look at credit card statements for all payments you made to the TA. It will show who the charge went to, Carnival or the TA. If it shows the TA, I would call Carnival and explain to them that the TA has not refunded your money, stating that the cruise line never refunds to TA. I would try to get something in writing (even an email would help) from Carnival stating that the refund was issued to the TA. Then you can call the TA, tell them you have proof that Carnival refunded to the TA and you expect a check immediately. If they refuse to refund your money, you
  4. Our cruise was cancelled on Aug 5 and we got a full refund with 2 weeks.
  5. Our October 24 cruise was cancelled Aug 5, all four of us had a full refund by Aug 20
  6. I did the online checkin for our October cruise but just haven't printed anything yet.
  7. You might be facing port side in one port but not in another. The chance of a port side cabin facing the port when docking at every port is pretty much nonexistent. If seeing the port when docking is important, up on an upper open deck is the best place.
  8. We are booked under a casino rate for October. It included a $500 OBC. We got two price drops before the rate expired. I did have to go thru the casino dept but it was super easy. We stopped checking for price drops because any price match we found later would have to include the $500 OBC or we would lose that.
  9. Of all the pier runners videos I have watched I have never seen a big group of people (like coming back from an excursion). It is always just a few people. And almost all have either shopping bags or beach bags. Evidence of not paying attention to the time. I don't feel the slightest bit sorry for those people. They were given the same information I was about what time to be back on board and thousands of other people managed to get back on time. The only time we have ever NOT been back on the ship in time was on a Carnival excursion. We were on the ferry from Carmen to Cozu
  10. Last Carnival cruise was Sept 2017, the Miracle out of Long Beach. In Aug 2018 we did a Mediterranean cruise but it was not on Carnival because there were no Carnival ships there at the time.
  11. We booked a cruise for Oct 2020 using my sister's casino rate. We have gotten 2 price drops since then. All I did was call Carnival and spoke with the casino dept. Her offer was good until 3/2/20 and offered $500 OBC. Both price drops were before the offer expired so we didn't lose the OBC. We booked a spa balcony cabin and they are sold out now so no more price drops. BTW, we are not paid in full yet.
  12. Some OBC do have some restrictions. The OBC for booking and being shareholders can be used for anything. I have had both in the past with no restrictions. Also OBC for price reductions do not have restrictions. Don't know about any other OBC.
  13. Another cruise line tried to employ an all american crew. It didn't work because Americans won't work the long hours that is required on a cruise ship. It didn't last very long at all. President Trump asked the cruiselines to suspend operations for a time and they have complied with that request. As another poster said, airlines have started charging for everything, some even for carryon bags. So why should they get a bailout? Auto makers are suspending operations too, do they deserve a bailout? We the people (because it IS us that will be paying for it) can't bail out every
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