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  1. leaveitallbehind

    Noro Virus

    chengkp75, thanks as always for taking the time to respond with your insightful and informative answers. txflood33, hopefully these responses will address your concerns.
  2. leaveitallbehind

    Noro Virus

    Well maybe chengkp75 will come back to weigh in on ship-board procedures and enforcement. Can't argue your point as I have no idea what can or does take place on board relative to cutting corners. But cleaning and sanitizing is very evident IMO on board..
  3. leaveitallbehind

    Noro Virus

    Point well taken. And clearly the crew is included as a possible source of any outbreak. What I meant is that it is not the ship per se or lack of proper cleaning and prevention practices by a cruise line that is the cause but rather a human source coming on the ship with the virus. And as mentioned elsewhere in the thread, land based instances at the examples you indicate are far more common - albeit not reported - than cruise ships.
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    Noro Virus

    Appreciate the insight as far too many people blame the ships for creating the situation when in fact it is the passengers who bring the virus on board and, due to the close proximity with other passengers and opportunities with food contact, pass it on to other passengers and the crew. IMO the cruise lines do a very good job at prevention through sanitary measures and, when affected, containment. Again, it is not the ships or cruise line practices that are responsible for noro outbreaks, it is the people coming on board affected with the virus.
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    Transferring booking to a TA

    There may be a time limit regarding when you can transfer a direct booking to a TA, but other than that there should be no restriction to doing so and in being able to benefit from any perk that TA is offering. The price protection, etc., should not be affected either as those should be available if the booking was originated through a TA. I would certainly expect that your reservation should still be accessible through your cruise manager platform. Perhaps others can confirm specific to Carnival. TA's are a valuable way of booking and managing a cruise reservation - 75% of all cruises are booked through one type of TA or another.
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    Allergic to cruise staterooms?

    I've never heard of something like this before. I realize you indicate that you don't think it is the bed sheets, but it likely is nothing about the stateroom itself that is causing this, unless you have a sensitivity to the cleaning solutions used on the surfaces that you touch. But I would think it is still very possible that you are sensitive to the laundry detergent used for the towels and bed sheets. The only other thing that I could imagine would be the air exchange system maybe has something in it's filtering system that you are sensitive to? Really reaching with that! Maybe it's something with Carnival and it's time to change cruise lines!
  7. leaveitallbehind

    Prepaid Gratuities and Small Bills

    Your prepaid gratuities cover the stateroom attendants and dining waitstaff. No need for cash with this unless you want to give additional gratuities to them. Your beverage purchases will come with a gratuity included so no need for cash there either. The only cash gratuities needed are for baggage handlers off the ship, taxi's, and excursion providers if you desire to tip them. The ship and all purchases on board - except cash exchanged gambling expenses - are cashless and are done through your SeaPass card, which will be tied to a credit card or pre-arranged cash account. No cash is needed or accepted on board.
  8. leaveitallbehind

    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico is very safe for cruise passengers visiting and departing from Old San Juan or the Pan American pier. Have been to Puerto Rico many times over the past 30 years on business and pleasure and have traveled the entire island and never have felt unsafe. Our last cruise from there was the past November.
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    Can You Rent Formal Wear on the Ship?

    Welcome to Cruise Critic. I would suggest posting this question on the MSC board here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/49-msc-cruises/ Most cruise lines rent formal wear for their guests. Most cruse lines today also don't enforce formal dress rules anymore either - they are just suggestions. But as mentioned, the MSC board would be the place to go for these answers. Another suggestion would be to use the ship's laundry service on board to launder your clothes as needed to reduce the amount of clothes you will need for that length of a cruise and total trip, and maybe pack for 7 or 8 nights. BTW, the airlines don't limit the weight or number of suitcase, but charge a fee for overweight pieces and total number checked in.
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    Room Tip Question

    Although the staterooms are small they are well designed with maximizing space and storage in mind for the typical traveler. Unless you are bringing an excessive amount of stuff with you I doubt you will need any extra storage items, which would just take up space to bring with you. One hint, most beds are on a frame high enough of the floor to allow your suitcases to be stored underneath along with your life preservers, which are often in the closet.
  11. leaveitallbehind

    Drink Packages

    I've not seen it discounted on board.
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    Balcony vs Inside?

    If the information gets around to others - which it likely will - then any other cruise line would have that option. Wouldn't surprise me if others followed suit.
  13. leaveitallbehind

    Eclipse Elite Happy Hour

    Didn't take it in a bad way and I do appreciate you raising the question! My info was wrong and glad to have it corrected.
  14. leaveitallbehind

    Change NCL cabin?

    Unless it was purchased as part of a specific block of rooms through a travel agent I would think you would be able to move to a different stateroom within the same category as long as the price is the same. Contact whomever the booking was made through and discuss it with them.
  15. leaveitallbehind

    Eclipse Elite Happy Hour

    It was info forwarded to me on 1/11 and I was incorrect in that it does NOT include world class bars or restaurants on any of the ships. Wonderman3's info is correct. My apologies for passing on bad info. wrk2cruise, thank you for calling me on that!