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Kenito

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    Northern Mexico and Southern California
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    Any Carnival Corp. Cruise Line
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, HollandAmerica, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    The Oceans of the World

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  1. While I, of course, cannot certify that drinks are or are not premade, my experience (on both side of the bar) is that a high volume/multiple ingredient drink is premade, although some of the premade mixes may not include the alcohol; they will top it off with a shot. This is particularly true with drinks like Margaritas, (at almost any bar, not just at sea) or the drink of the day. Time is money.
  2. A very logical and practical response!
  3. By now, everyone should know that it is the first two letters of the ship name, followed by maitred@carnival.com
  4. I've laminated my tags (info visible on both sides) with no problem, but most often I cover the tag with clear shipping tape and then staple. In addition, to aid the porters, I've also created a small laminated business card size tag with just the last name and cabin in big, bold lettering. I came up with the business card tags to attach to my camera, day bag, towels, etc., so in case anything gets misplaced on the ship it increases the likelihood of its return.
  5. I've enjoyed reading these hacks. I'm usually ready for the way I like to travel but I'm looking forward to taking the grandkids on a cruise, so some of these will be great for newby cruisers! -Like many, I used to send all of my clothes out to be laundered before the cruise so every article of clothing starts off clean and fresh for my cruise. Clean and fresh, but not unwrinkled. So now I forgo sending things out before the cruise and on the first day send what I need out to be laundered/dry cleaned on board. Usually a few dress shirts, slacks, suit. It costs slightly more but the compensation is no wrinkles and I find it makes packing easier. Also, you get a fresh supply of hangers.
  6. I can't state for a fact what would happen, but here is an experience I can share. I was in charge of a small group, which meant only that I had access to everyone's booking numbers and information. A few days before departure, one of our group (a solo cruiser) decided he was not going to go on the cruise. I explained that at that late date there would be no refund, he said, "oh well." We did not advise Carnival of the cancellation because I thought there was always the chance the 'cancellee' would change his mind. The night before departure, a few of us on the cruise gathered, and a mutual local friend attended. The guy dropping out came up in casual conversation and the friend said, "I wish I had signed up for this cruise." Long story short is that since I had the information, I called Carnival and added another passenger to the 'cancellee's' room and the friend went on the cruise. Caveats: There probably was a $50 charge, but to be honest I don't actually remember that being an issue. As part of the deal, the 'friend' had to agree to repay the original pax the cost of the cruise... no free cruise. He was happy to go and I was happy to recoup what would be a total loss to the cancellee, (who incidently never acknowledged the check we sent or said thank you.) The point is, stay calm, stay positive, and try. Don't lie because there is always a chance the lie will be detected and screw everything up. Keep what you do and say simple, read the fine print, and think it through before you call. Making changes online sounds excellent to me! I don't think this applies exactly to the OP's question, so I'm not offering a solution, just a story as a point of reference in case it can be useful to anyone in the future. No guarantees... just a story.
  7. Puerto Vallarta will open a new cruise terminal this summer. “Our main objective is to become more competitive as a port destination,” says Carlos Gerard, the founder of Puerto Mágico, the private company responsible for building the new terminal, noting that the project would allow Puerto Vallarta, as well as other ports on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, to become more competitive worldwide. “We’re not competing versus the ports down south,” Gerard says, referring to other popular calls out of homeports on the West Coast of the United States, “but all the other ports in the world. We’re a team.”The new terminal will be set on Pier 1, which handles approximately 80 percent of cruise calls to Puerto Vallarta. Plans call for hacienda-style architecture that’s meant to reflect the local traditions of Jalisco. “The federal government wants to improve all of these ports, and strengthen the identity of each one,” says Constanza Suárez, director of the Puerto Vallarta Cruise Port (API). That will include incorporating materials and accents that harmonize with the style of the rest of Porto Vallarta, such as iron, tile and bougainvillea. “We know we need to focus on the experience,” says Gerard. Plans call for a spacious welcome center of over 30,000 square feet, as well as a number of shops selling local products. Also on the horizon is a new aquarium, although there is no official opening date for that yet. The new facility will make its debut as Puerto Vallarta continues to grow its cruise calls. 2018 saw 134 calls, while for this year, the destination already has 180 confirmed calls.
  8. redcardms: In addition to the other responses, may I also suggest the itinerary should be part of your consideration. Also, longer than 7-day cruises appeal to an older cruiser. Working guys usually don't have time for more than a 7-day cruise. Retired older couples are usual cruisers on longer cruises. I haven't been able to cruise for a few years, but fun, warm climate cruises I have found offer the best groups, and I have found Mexican Riviera to be very worthwhile. And for some reason, the 7 day Alaskan, r/t Seattle was good. Haunt this site for small gay groups, as part of a regular mainstream cruise. I think this is your best bet. Google "gay cruise" and you will see Bear groups that cruise annually. This allows you to be on a regular cruise and blend, but be part of the group when you want. It's not like joining a bowling league where you walk up, rent your shoes and pick out a ball, then you are in business! Plan on just joining in, being friendly, and be confidently patient. Let someone come to you for the most part. Be honest about your situation when possible. Don't be timid. If you are lucky, you will find a group organizing near you and you can go to pre-boarding events, etc. Just be present in the moment... you never know how someone will make an approach... but be open to it when it comes. I have found LGBT groups on every cruise line. Good luck!
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