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  1. travelntreats

    Carnival Valor Oceanview Size

    yeppers.... 220 sq.ft. is correct
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    Do you care about which port you cruise out of?

    Exactly my point....
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    Bar Prices

    add A $1 - $2 if outdated....that should cover it pretty well ! Glad I could help a little for ya.
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    Bar Prices

    perhaps this will help...may or may not be specific to your ship: http://www.cruisingreview.com/6156031501.html
  5. [quote name='luvmysox1'][FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]I just go through watch the video I took of our trip in January and in November. I have come the conclusion that I love a “Fun Ship”. My favorite might be Elation. She is by far the prettiest Carnival ship I’ve been on. I love the fantasy class ship. It is just big enough.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Things I definitely do if possible when booking the next “Fun Ship”[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Traditional Dinning is more for me than Anytime Dinning. Sure it’s nice to eat when you want but I love meeting new people. In Anytime Dinning they usually put you in a table for two by yourself and if you come with a group larger than four you’ll be waiting a bit. That’s the last thing I want to do on my cruise is wait. I also love the waiter show. In anytime dinning you usually miss it. I also like to have the same waiter for the whole cruise. In anytime you can request a waiter but again you might be waiting.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Book an OV or higher if you only have 2 people in your party. I find you spend more time relaxing in the room if the space is nicer. It does enhance the cruise experience.[COLOR=red]While the space may be nicer...the last thing I would want to do is stay in the stateroom when I could do that just as well in a hotel ! I cruise for the ambiance of the entire ship....not the stateroom.[/COLOR] One day I’ll book my Balcony. [COLOR=red]That makes sense if a stateroom is important to you.....and reason to enjoy the balcony when you just want some peace and quiet.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Book a cruise when the fares are cheaper. January and February, also September and October are good months and the weather in the Caribbean is warm and sunny. [COLOR=red]Sept and Oct... sure they are less expensive.... Hurricane Season needs to factored into your decision there ![/COLOR] Just remember warm weather clothes for embarkation and debark.[/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Do not try to see every comedy show at Punchliner because the comedians do the same routine a couple of nights. [COLOR=red]Good advice I certainly will agree with you on.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Make sure to go the Past Guest Party and Farwell Party. Free drinks are given out and you can order beer and other cocktails not on the server’s tray. [COLOR=red]Usually over crowded and for a couple free drinks....over rated ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]I want to do the “Behind the Fun Tour” next time because I love the ships so much. I am very interested in the inter working of the cruise liner and crew member condition. I read anything to do with cruising and watch anything related to travel. If you decide to do this, book it as soon as you get on the ship because it is limited and sells out. [COLOR=red]While it is interesting for certain....it is nothing but a profit center for the cruiseline ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Book your own excursions or make your own plan for ports. Do your research before your cruise. It’ll save you money and time. [COLOR=red]Perhaps good advice for a savy cruiser, but not for a first timer that is still learning what cruisining is all about. The savings while can be good sometimes, also can be risky if an independant tour operator does not get you back to the ship on time, or if the tour is not what you exoect, you have no recourse for a refund if booked on your own.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Keep your luggage to a minimum. Most people shop and bring home extra stuff anyway. I’ve got to get better at this myself. I always over pack and don’t need all of it. I can’t wait to reach cruise 10 with Carnival for the free laundry service. [COLOR=red]Yeppers.... many people overpack for certain....but if they look at the great packing lists offered here on CC, they could avoid some of the overpacking ! [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Bring you pop and bottle of wine with you at embarkment. You’ll be happy you did. Drinks are expensive on the ship. Remember it costs more when docked because you pay tax again on those drinks. My first Drink of the Day on Elation in Mobile cost me 12.95 with tip. Ouch. If you going to drink plan a budget for it before you cruise. You can order a bar setup for you room through the Bon Voyage dept. also and this can save money. [COLOR=red]Thank you for NOT SUGGESTING "Smuggling" !!![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Eat Breakfast in the Main Dining Room. Less people and they wait on you. [COLOR=red]I do this many times....but have noticed a decline in the quality or limited items offered in the MDR for breakfast or lunch....but it is a nice change of pace and can get you away from the crowds and offer a more personal touch to your dining experience than visa the Lido buffets ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]In Dining room don’t be afraid to order more than one entrée or desert. These are small portions and Carnival is very accommodating. Order a special occasion cake, they very good and reasonably priced. You order on the ship or through Bon Voyage dept. @ Carnival. [COLOR=red]Yes, by all means, if you like an item on the dining menu and want an additional portion.,... dont hesitate to ask. And if an item does not hit your fancy...request a different item.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Calibri][SIZE=3]Ask you room steward for whatever you need. We usually ask for him to get use a beer ice bucket from the bar to keep the wine we brought cold. We’ve asked for extra pillows etc.. Oh and my favorite towel animal the monkey. I never got one until I asked on the Fascination. After that he made all sort one’s I’ve never seen before.[/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=3][FONT=Calibri]Add to this as you please. I doing this for the fact that I’m dying to book my next cruise for 2012 but have to wait right now. This is therapy so to speak. Hopefully, I can help others, and especially, my brother and his fiancé that are planning their honeymoon on the Pride in June 2012. Congrats to them[/FONT][FONT=Wingdings][FONT=Wingdings]J[/FONT][/FONT][/SIZE] [/quote] Some great ideas......
  6. We used to travel with another couple up to a few years ago and travelled with them for 10+ years...but their constant arguing over silly things just finally got annoying and distracted from our good times.....DW and I dont argue much to begin with... we "Listen" to eachother and has worked for a succesful 25 years of marriage to this point !
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    No tags? Don't trust porters

    But you should have been able to print off luggage tags from your cruise documents....;)
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    No tags? Don't trust porters

    Well at least it was the 1st night of your cruise.....So now you will make certain you have luggage tags on all pieces....lesson learned, w/out any guarantee that those tags will not get torn off during the luggage transfer either !
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    No tags? Don't trust porters

    1st of all I would not have moved from that area until I saw a luggage tag placed on that 3d piece of luggage..... 9 pm on the first night of the cruise??? last night ???? But it made it to your stateroom mysteriously w/out a luggage tag !!! Either way, I have been on numerous cruises where 1 or more pieces of luggage did not arrive till late in the evening...and they had tags ! You point the finger quickly but really cannot prove it was the porters fault now can you ? Luggage tags do fall off between the porters and the crew that actually load and deliver luggage to staterooms....That has happened to my luggage numerous times. This is certainly not an issue that occurs at one specific port of embarkation.....it happens probably more than you may realize at any port and will happen again. But luckily your luggage found its way to you !
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    Snowing!!!!!!

    Flights cancelled after Miami airport fire The Associated Press Posted: 03/26/2011 02:26:41 PM PDT Updated: 03/26/2011 02:26:42 PM PDT MIAMI—Dozens of flights out of Miami have been cancelled three days after a fire broke out at the airport. Miami International Airport says 97 flights were cancelled Saturday and another 17 were delayed as a result of Wednesday's blaze. The fire left the airport's fuel pump operation unusable. A glitch has kept a temporary pumping system from working, so planes have to be fueled using tanker trucks. An airport spokesman says he hopes the pumping system will be running later Saturday. It could take up to four months to install a new, permanent system. [url]http://wireupdate.com/wires/16171/miami-airport-fire-disrupts-almost-200-flights/[/url] All told, hundreds of flights have been cancelled at the airport because of the fire.
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    Snowing!!!!!!

    Looks like your weather will improve after Sunday and steadily improve up to the day of your flight.... Have a GREAT CRUISE !
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    Entertainment and Live Music

    [quote name='TheTravelista']You are aware that you weren't forced into this thread right. Maybe YOU shiuld give it a rest :rolleyes:[/quote] Yes, I am aware of that just as I am aware that I was able to vote "other" "Please post"....Back - Off ;)
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    Do you care about which port you cruise out of?

    Since we never have a pre or post cruise stay in the port areas, If the travel costs fit the budget, I really don't care what port we depart from......I have no love or hate for MIA, FLL, PCN, JAX or TPA....only there a short period of time before hitting the open seas !
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    Entertainment and Live Music

    OP... GIVE IT A REST or submit your complaint to the cruiseline, or spend your $$'s elsewhere and just outright boycott the cruiseline !
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    Keeping the Robes

    [quote name='ooomwizard']A few years and few cruises back there were terry bath robes in the staterooms. On a couple of our cruises we've kept a couple and had never been charged. Anyone done this lately? (Need a new robe. LOL)[/quote] Now here's something to be proud of, promote and brag about.....LOSER !
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