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  1. We have had Vista Suites on both the Miracle and the Spirit. Normally, Decks 6 or 7 (both Port and Starboard sides). Loved the layouts for both of those decks on the Spirit Class ships. We recently (Feb 2020) were in Vista Suite 5295 on the Miracle, during her San Diego to Miami Panama Canal Full Transit. It is indeed a narrower stateroom and does not have the room/section dividers. Seemed a bit claustrophobic, compared to the other Vista Suites. We will (hopefully-COVID permitting) be cruising to Alaska for 11 days on the Miracle, in August 2021 out of San Francisco, this time on Deck 4 (4237). We have done a lot of research over the years and agree that Deck 4, on the Spirit Class ships, offers the best overall layouts for the Vista Suites....Love those Aft Wrap balconies! There are a lot of videos available for the Vista Suites, in addition to other stateroom categories, on a variety of deck plan related websites. Happy Hunting!
  2. No. We just made the reservation (just like the old days). We will pay on board with our S&S at the time of the dinner.
  3. Took your advice and used the email address you provided. There are currently three (3) dinner seating times available for our November 2020 sailing on the Panorama: 5:30PM, 7:15PM and 9:00PM. We were able to make our reservations. The process only took a total of four (4) days. Two days to respond to our initial email request to see if there were any available slots and then two days to receive our confirmation. Pretty quick turnaround time. Thank you again for your original post regarding this. It was most helpful.
  4. Thank you for the information! Did you ask for a specific date and time in your email request to them?
  5. Are you only able to make your WiFi plan purchase once you are on board? I'm not finding an option to pre-purchase it on the Disney Cruise website, under our reservation or under the on board gifts section.
  6. What was the email address that you used, when you made your Bonsai Teppanyaki reservation for the Panorama?
  7. The terminal opens at 10:30 AM on cruise days. Access to the terminal is by status/check-in time (Priority, FTTF, etc). Wedding parties are normally allowed into the terminal first before anyone else.
  8. According to CCL, there is a "glitch" in the system with respect to being able to make online reservations for any of the specialty restaurants on board the Panorama. The only exception being the new Carnival Kitchen venues, these are all currently available for online reservations. We are sailing on the Panorama on 14 November 2020 and were able to make all of our Carnival Kitchen reservations. The CCL folks we talked to indicated it may take several weeks to address/fix the online reservation issue for the traditional Specialty Restaurants (JiJI's. Teppanyaki, Chef's Table, Steakhouse and the Italian restaurant.) They advised to keep checking the website periodically. Hope this helps.
  9. We sailed on the Miracle in a Vista Suite back in 2013 and are also booked in two different Vista Suites on the Miracle, in Feb 2020 and Aug 2021. Both have priority boarding, among other amenities. I checked an amenity description of a Vista Suite on the Pride and provided an image of it here (go to the Deck Plans for the Pride, select your stateroom and review what you get), and it also shows priority check-in and boarding, in addition to the other amenities we have. If you have questions/concerns, contact CCL and ask them directly. Hope this helps. Have a great cruise!
  10. Here is the breakout (according to the current Deck Plans for the Mardi Gras) for the maximum number of passengers that can be booked into a given AFT Excel Suite by stateroom: 9501: 5 9504: 3 10495: 3 10492: 2 11501: 3 11506: 2 12503: 4 12502: 2 14517: 2 14498: 5 15495: 2 15478: 2
  11. Depending upon the Deck and Stateroom you selected, the Excel Aft Suites can hold 2, 3, 4, or 5 passengers. The easiest way to tell is to go to the CCL web site, select the Mardi Gras and then go to her deck plans. Once there, select the respective deck(s) the Excel Aft Suites are located on and then select the particular room you are wanting to look at. You will get a listing of the maximum amount of passengers that particular stateroom will hold, along with a variety of other information regarding the stateroom amenities, etc. Hope this helps, Enjoy!
  12. You are correct. U74 is the room I was referring to as adjoining ours. My error.
  13. Currently on the Imagination, Grand Suite U70. There IS in fact a divider that can be opened between our GS and the adjacent GS (U72). Hope this helps.
  14. I've viewed a variety of videos of the Grand Suites on the Imagination (we will be sailing on her in a GS on 17 November 2019). From what I could tell, the partitions do not appear to to be openable. We will know more once we embark.
  15. Bigger is not necessarily better....We like the Spirit Class ships. Great layout and by far, the easiest ones to navigate. Enlarge the Class a bit, but keep the same basic design.
  16. We have no regrets whatsoever. We cruise for the itineraries and the ships, not necessarily for what "perks" may be offered by any given cruise line. Truth be told, other cruise lines are making similar modifications to their loyalty programs as well. As an example, "The Key" program from RCCL (like CCL's FTTF) allows individuals priority access (for a fee - priority boarding, tenders, shows, etc.), which some folks believe "takes away" from the "perks" earned by passengers having more "status." We are thankful for what we receive....As far as the "gift" is concerned, it is just that....a "gift." Cruise lines are streamlining and making cost saving changes across the board. We shall continue cruising, regardless of cruise line and regardless of what the "perks" might be. Where we are cruising to, who we cruise with, and the enjoyment we derive from those interactions are more important than any loyalty gift a cruise line or land based entity could ever provide to us. (We currently have six cruises scheduled, with five of them being with CCL.)
  17. We have been on both the Vista and Horizon (sister ships for the still being built Panorama). We were in Spa Suites and/or Ocean Suites on both ships. There are no "freezer" slots in the refrigerator units. The units are more of a "cooler" than they are a refrigerator anyway. Best to get extra ice from your room steward. They will be more than happy to accomodate you.
  18. We have noticed nunerous military personnel from across all service branches wearing their dress uniforms, up to and including their Dress Mess, during all of our cruises. Please, encourage your son to wear his Army Dress Blues with honor and distinction. He will not look strange nor will he be out of place. Please pass along out thanks and gratitide for his service to our country.
  19. Primarily, the Military Appreciation Event is an occasion where CCL honors military members (Active Duty, Retired, Reservist, National Guard from all service branches) and their families for their service to our country. Anyone can attend the event. It is normally held during the late morning hours, but may be scheduled for early afternoon, depending upon the ship and other activities scheduled. The event is normally held in the main showroom. Activities onboard during Veteran's Day are also held, and vary ship to ship. We have attended several of these events while cruising on CCL. They are very moving moments, during which our military members and their spouses/significant others/family members/friends share their experiences during their times of service. CCL also has a slide show, which is presented during the events.
  20. Congratulations on your upcoming cruise on the Panorama. I'm sure you are going to have an enjoyable time. I'm somewhat surprised the ship is even offering Spa Services that early on Embarkation Day, given the hectic nature and amount of preparation required on board prior to the Muster Drill and Sail Away. Usually, nothing is scheduled service-wise at the Spa, until after the Muster Drill is completed. We've never been able/allowed to book anything ourselves Spa-wise, prior to the Muster Drill being completed. Perhaps things have changed with this new ship coming out. That being said, if you are unable to resolve the issue with the CCL folks in Miami, you may want to try contacting the Spa Services staff on the Panorama (if you are able to acquire their ship email address. Hopefully, the folks in Miami may have that information. The Spa Services folks are a Vendor and not affiliated/employed by Carnival.) If, you are unable to get on board in a timely manner (and if you were unsuccessful contacting the Spa Staff ahead of time), then your only recourse would be to immediately proceed to the Spa once you do board and explain your delay in arriving for your appointment to them. Absolute worst case scenario would be for you to reschedule. Good luck in your quest and I hope you have a wonderful time exploring the Panorama!
  21. I tried the Wagyu in the Steakhouse when it first came out on the new menu. I also was not impressed. The cut I had was flavorless and tough.
  22. We are sailing on the Brilliance in May and have also booked the Sushi making class for the two of us. Did the Izumi staff indicate why they would not allow you to take your creations to your room (health/sanitary reasons...not wanting people to share with those who may not have paid for the class or...)? Seems like a lot of food to have to consume at one time. It is curious that some ships allow it and other may not.
  23. We've not sailed on her yet, but shall be sailing on her in May 2019 for a Transatlantic cruise. While scrolling through the boards to get background information on the Brilliance, it was mentioned on several occasions of there being a lot of lingering cigarette smoke in and around the area of the Casino. The posters of this information indicated the smoke/smell tended to spread out from the Casino area, into the immediate common areas surrounding the Casino. Hope this helps. We shall find out first hand in May.
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