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About Lady_Jag

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  1. Daubers? They don’t have the punch cards anymore, where you use your finger to punch out the number? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Sweet! We sail the same ship and route next week! How was Half Moon Cay? Did you get a cabana? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. You don’t have to be in all of them, only someone from your cabin (or your child under 21 staying in another cabin.) I just purchased a package last night for our cruise next week. When I bought it, I was prompted to select the names of everyone the package applied to, from a list of people in my cabin. (I selected all 3 of us, of course!) I’m sure if my booking was tied to another cabin with a child under 21, I’d be able to select that child as well. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Spring break for Duval County (Jacksonville) Public Schools is March 16-23. While you may or may not be encountering an abundance of college students at this time, you will probably be cruising with a lot of high school, middle school, and elementary school students. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. I’m Platinum with Carnival and have tried Royal Caribbean and Disney. I like Carnival and am booked on the Elation this spring, but after 2 Royal Caribbean cruises, I think I like RCI slightly better. They all have pros and cons, so here’s my take: - Carnival has better food than RCI, or at least they did when I sailed a couple years ago. I haven’t tried the new menus yet, and I’m disappointed that the Steak and Brie sandwich went away from room service. Still, the chocolate cake from room service is the bomb! - Carnival is the only ship that sails from my hometown, so if I want a quick and easy departure that doesn’t require a flight, long drive, or overnight stay, I have to go with CCL. - Back on food, there’s something magical about having access to soft serve ice cream 24x7. - We like comedy shows onboard CCL ships. - The cabins seem slightly larger than other lines. - The price of a Carnival cruise is often the cheapest. However, RCI does specials that rival CCL prices. (2nd person 1/2 price and 3rd person free.) - RCI does great specials (see above), making their prices pretty reasonable for my family of 3. - Royal Caribbean’s entertainment venues are outstanding! Parades through the promenade, ice skating, rollerblading, indoor theater, ice skating shows, etc. And at Christmas, there was Christmas caroling on Christmas Eve, followed by Midnight Mass in the main theater. Then Christmas morning, Santa paraded down the promenade to the ice skating rink, where it was snowing! He then met with each child and gave them each an age-appropriate gift. (My 8 year old git headphones.) - RCI brings a priest onboard for Christmas and Easter services. - RCI cabin layouts use the space efficiently, so that there is a clear division between the bed and “living” space. - RCI goes to Key West more frequently, it seems. My last cruise, CCL and RCI were the same price, leaving from the same place on the same day, and had the same number of cruise days. However, RCI went to Key West and Cozumel, whereas CCL went to Cozumel and Costa Maya. - RCI has Coke Freestyle machines. Unfortunately, this also means carrying a for-fee large plastic cup around with you, then hunting down the 2-3 machines on the ship each time you want a soda. Still, I’ll take fountain sodas with over 100 flavor choices over flat canned soda with limited flavors any day. - Disney does a wonderful job catering to kids. The deck with the kids club even has lower ceilings so that the kids aren’t overwhelmed. They also have tracker bracelets on the kids so they can locate your child in seconds. The downside is that Disney neglects the adults when it comes to nightlife. By 8PM or so, the ship is like a ghost town. The adult clubs are open, but no one is there. - Fireworks at sea. Nuff said! - Fountain Sodas are included in the price of your cruise. They even have soda fountains on their private island. Just grab a cup and fill ‘er up. - The cabins are very nicely designed. Again, there’s a clear division between sleep and living areas. The upper bunk even has a nice Peter Pan/neverland starry sky painted on the ceiling above it. - The themed restaurants are really nice and you get a new dining room and new adventure each night. - The characters onboard are a lot of fun. We got into a glass elevator with Stitch, and his “handler” said, “hey kids! Who wants to help Stitch bang on the glass all the way up?” - The indoor movie theater with first run movies (some 3d) is wonderful, as are the shows in the main theater. - It’s Disney, which means they pay attention to the smallest details. Unfortunately, that means Disney prices, which are usually 3x what we pay on other lines. - You can get Mickey ice cream bars 24x7. Just ask room service. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. You can surprise him and have some sent to your cabin before you cruise by purchasing them through the FunShops on Carnival’s web site. Bonus: I think a portion of the proceeds goes to St. Jude. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. This makes me very sad. I’m also concerned that with the cutbacks and added fees, people will stop attending altogether, and then tea time will go away forever because of “lack of attendance.” ☹️ Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. You should be just fine in March. The only time hubby and I encountered incredibly rough seas when we sailed out of Jax was decades ago on the (long retired) little Carnival Celebration in early November. A cold front happened to cross our path on the return, creating 12’ swells the final day at sea. Sick bags were taped everywhere for people to grab. I tried sitting on the Lido and looking out the windows on the other side of the ship, but the horizon would disappear, then rise past the top of the window. The aft kiddie pool was swirling like a washing machine, and before it was closed, the kids had a blast challenging each other to see who could stand up the longest before being knocked over and swirled around the pool’s edges. “Do Not Disturb” signs were hung on almost every cabin door on our deck, and walking towards the elevator, you couldn’t help but hear violent retching from behind the closed doors all the way to the elevator bay. I’d lift my foot to take a step, and the floor would fall away before I could plant it again. The next step I’d take, the floor would slam into my foot before I expected it to land. It made me feel like I was walking on the moon. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. I always cruise with a nice banner that I hang on my door with either cord or super strong magnetic clips. I don’t have a pic handy, but it is an undersea scene from Shindigz with “Cruising with the [our last name]” then lists all our first names. When my daughter turned 10, I customized a vertical “Happy 10th birthday, [daughter’s name]!” with an anchor on it. Then I hung a sharpie marker from the corner grommet so that everyone who passed could write a birthday message to her. We’re doing a cruise for her 12th birthday this spring. I’ve got another custom banner and I plan to do the same. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. My girl was 3 her first cruise on the Glory (conquest class), and was placed on the sofa. We pushed the coffee table and extra chair and pillows against the sofa to keep her from rolling too far. At 4, she was in the upper bunk on the Inspiration. There was a guard rail, and the bunk was directly above our bed, so even if she did somehow manage to make it past the rail, she wouldn’t fall far onto us. (I nicknamed it a “bonk bed,” because I had to be careful sitting up in my bed, or I’d hit my head on her bed!) I’m not sure what arrangements are on the Triumph, but It will likely be either a sofa or a very low upper bunk for the third person. What you can do is bring a pool noodle with you and tuck it under the bottom sheet near the edge of the bed. This will serve as an additional “rail” to alert your son that he is approaching the edge. If you go with the trundle bed, know that they take up a LOT of floor space! This is why my family of 3 is always forced to book OV rooms on Fantasy class ships rather than IS, because navigating the room with a trundle in it is tough! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. I can’t find any details either. This is one of the few reports I could find so far: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/carnival-cruise-passenger-death-two-190416089.html The Elation incident was the 2nd falling death in a year. [emoji50] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. My daughter is turning 12 in March and will be in Circle C when we cruise in April. Similar to when she was 9 and could sign herself in/out of camp, I drew up a contract for her so that she knows what is expected for her to be safe and have roaming privileges. The contract this time is 2 pages and has a list of about 20 or so safety and courtesy points that include: - Do not go to any cabin-only decks, even as a cut-through. Our cabin is close to the elevators, so she should not need to pass other staterooms. - She must prove to us on the first day that she knows the way to Circle C and back to our cabin. I show her the path she needs to take, then she leads me there and back without a word from me. - She must check in with us before she goes anywhere on the ship without us. If she is using the chat app, she must receive confirmation from us that we received the message before she goes. She must then check in again (chat app) to let us know she reached her destination. - Don’t leave the ship without us. Period. - Travel from one side of the ship to the other must be done on deck 9 or higher (public decks.) - Don’t enter anyone else’s cabin, even friends’ cabins. Do not allow anyone else into our cabin. - If she returns to the cabin alone, hang the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. - Keep the TV volume to a reasonable level. It should not be heard outside the cabin. - If room service is ordered, take the tray and tip the server. In the unusual circumstance that the tray is too cumbersome to take, keep the cabin door open while the server sets the tray down and until the server leaves. - Don’t accept drinks from anyone other than from us or a drink server on the ship. - Don’t sip any drink not in your constant possession/eyesight. If you set your drink down somewhere and take your eyes off it, don’t go back to it. Get a new one. - Be respectful. Say please and thank you, wait for people to get off the elevator before getting on, don’t throw things overboard, etc. - Keep your S&S card with you at all times. If you lose it, notify us immediately. - Curfew is set by us each day, depending on the next day’s activities. She must be *in* the cabin by curfew. - If there is a ship emergency and the muster alarm sounds, do *not* go looking for us and do not return to the cabin. We will meet her at the muster station. There are some more items on the contract, but I don’t recall what they are at the moment. I did note that the contract can be modified by her parents and only by her parents. Then all three of us signed it to indicate that the terms were read, understood, and accepted. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. It’s 11 and under. https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1070/~/camp-carnival-%282-5-years%29%3A-things-to-know-and-activities “Safety Information All children 11 and under must wear a muster station wristband throughout the cruise. Wristbands are available from the Youth Staff or the Guest Services Desk. In the event of an emergency, any children participating in Camp Carnival activities will be taken to the kids assembly area. There, they will be divided into the appropriate groups according to their muster station and taken to their station by the Youth Staff. During an emergency situation, parents should collect their child’s lifejacket from the cabin when they pick up their own. A Safety briefing will be held onboard when all regulations will be explained.” Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Although nice to have, be aware that Carnival incredibly picky with the price match. For example, if you find a much cheaper excursion that is the same for everything except that Carnival includes a cheap bottle of water with theirs, you will not be able to get the difference in price. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks, all! I was afraid the excursion might be on hold. We are still a few months out, so I’ll wait and see if it changes. I booked using a special promo in which they gave me a percentage off for booking excursions within the first couple days of booking the cruise, so I’m not anxious to cancel it and then pay full price for another excursion. If this excursion happens, great. If it’s canceled between now and the time we’re supposed to go, then we’ll figure out something else to do in Nassau. If it’s replaced with the Blue Lagoon Segway Tour, then I suppose we’ll be getting a tour and then 2 beach days in a row. No matter what, it’s still a win. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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