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  1. My husband and I took our first cruise on the Fantasy in 1993. We took our 18 year old daughter and 16 year old son. It was only a three night cruise, but we were so excited! My husband and son enjoyed the skeet shooting off the stern of the ship. We all loved the midnight buffet, the horse races, the knobby knees contest, the hairy chest contest, and the lip-sync contest. All four of us were given a deck of Carnival cards by our cabin steward and of course the chocolate mints on our pillows each night. My daughter made friends with another teenage girl at our dining table. The two of them went to a couple bars onboard (in 1993, 18 year old passengers could have alcohol). Anyway, my daughter over-indulged a bit. She went back to the cabin and climbed into the top bunk to 'sleep it off'. After a short time, she realized she needed to visit the bathroom in our cabin. Our cabin steward, Celio (I still remember his name after all these years), came into the cabin and made-up her bed while she was in the bathroom! She was mad because she had to un-tuck everything to climb back into bed. We heard all about it when the three of us returned to the cabin later in the evening. I was hooked on cruising from the get-go. We have now enjoyed 23 Carnival cruises and can't wait for the next one!
  2. Thanks for this information! As soon as I used the link from the email, I got my 20% discount on my 8 night cheers package. You are so nice to let me know what I was doing wrong! You would think that after sailing with Carnival since 1993, I might know what I am doing - apparently not. Your help is very, very much appreciated. I knew I could count on Cruise Critic members!
  3. I just received the 20% offer for cheers in my email today. I was so excited! My next cruise for April 2021 is already paid for including cheers, due to transferring everything from my cancelled April 2020 cruise. Anyway, this email offer states that it is for my April 2022 cruise and it even includes my booking number and the date of my cruise. Well, I have tried several times to buy cheers for that cruise, and the discount does not show up anyway. I have gone as far as the payment page and the full amount still shows for my 8 night cruise. I even tried leaving the Carnival website and clearing cookies and still no luck. I'm sure I have tried at least 6 times today. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I would be very appreciative of any advice. Thanks in advance!
  4. I want to thank all of you for your responses. I appreciate it very much. Earlier today I was in touch with my PVP and he was able to book the cabin I wanted as a replacement for my (cancelled) 4/25/20 cruise on Carnival Magic. I am booked on the Carnival Mardi Gras for next April. I wanted to have two cabins side by side since we have another couple traveling with us. It was difficult to find two balcony cabins next to each other and that is why I wanted to hold a cabin. Anyway, it is all worked out and my PVP was very helpful in sorting everything out. Now I just have to be patient and wait another year to cruise!
  5. I have never placed a hold on a cabin when I have been on the Carnival website. I have always just booked my cabin for my upcoming cruise with my Personal Vacation Planner and haven't needed to save a cabin. Today I find that I would like to hold a cabin for a future cruise while I wait for the official word from Carnival on my current reservation. Anyway, can someone please tell me how to place the 'hold'? I would really appreciate your help!
  6. I am really frustrated that Carnival is postponing their announcement. My husband and I have the Carnival Magic booked for April 25, 2020 and I have been on pins and needles waiting to hear if the cruise is cancelled or not. We can cancel by March 31st and get a full refund based on the information Carnival sent us earlier this month. I was hoping to find out today that onboard credit was going to be offered along with the refund for another cruise. I can't stand the idea of waiting yet another few days!
  7. I have a question about the Milestone benefits. I have my 24th cruise booked for this spring, my 25th cruise is booked for spring of 2021, and I just booked my 26th cruise which will be in spring of 2022. Will I be able to get my 25% onboard credit for the cruise in 2022? Since the wording of the Milestone 'rules' state you must book within 18 months of the date on the letter from Carnival's Milestone Desk, I won't really be in compliance with the rules. I won't receive the letter until after the cruise in 2021, but I am already booked for 2022. What does Carnival do under those circumstances? Thanks in advance for everyone's help. I hope I am explaining all this so it is understandable.
  8. I was very excited to read about this special offer for Mardi Gras. I am booked in a balcony cabin for April 2021 and just did a mock booking to see about the $200.00 onboard credit, etc. For some reason, it doesn't show up for me. Does anyone know the code number for this promo? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
  9. I've been a Platinum cruiser since the program started in 2006 or so. I personally think the luggage tag looks nice. I will be happy to put it on my carry-on bag next cruise. I agree that it isn't my favorite logo item from Carnival, but that doesn't bother me. There have been some logo items that I have really enjoyed - the Tervis tumblers that I use every single day at home and the sling bag that I take on every cruise to use on lido deck and when going ashore. There are many other logo items that I have liked too. My main reason for cruising isn't for my 'free' logo item, but for the cruise itself. I think we all need to remember that Carnival is using these items as advertising for them. Does anyone remember when the Platinum/Diamond program started that you could get a tour of the bridge, etc. at no cost? I never did it and now I'm disappointed that I missed out on that. I think it is $95.00 or so for the same tour. Guess what? I still haven't done it. That is a huge cost difference over the years, but no one mentions that.
  10. Thanks to all who responded to my question. After finding out that the lunch box is $24.99, I have decided to use my money for something else! Who knows, maybe this item will be the next Platinum gift and I will get one on my next cruise.
  11. I look at John Heald's blog, but not every day. I noticed he was showing a Carnival themed soft-sided lunch box that can be ordered from a link on his page. Well, the link was apparently posted on August 29, 2019 and I can't seem to go back that far to access it. Does anyone know if that lunch box is still available? If so, does anyone have the link to use? Thanks in advance for any help!
  12. I really like the packing cubes for vacations, but only if I am not flying. I have had luggage get wet on the tarmac several times now, so I prefer packing all my clothing in the 2 1/2 gallon plastic zipper bags. I guess I could put my clothes in the packing cubes and then put plastic over them, but that seems a bit too time consuming. Anyway, until you have experienced wet suitcases, the packing cubes are fine.
  13. I am so sorry - I made a mistake with the dates for 2020. The charter group boards Carnival Magic on March 28, 2020 and gets OFF the ship April 5, 2020. I guess you'll be waiting in the terminal a while before you can begin your cruise. You at least might get the $50.00 per passenger in onboard credit to enjoy for your anniversary 'grandmarnnurse'. My husband and I didn't get any compensation in April 2015 for our delay.
  14. I completely agree with 'grandmarnnurse' that the charter groups must follow the same rules as the rest of the passengers. I was really hopeful that Carnival would not let the charter group that just finished their cruise on the Carnival Magic repeat their behavior from the Carnival Breeze, April 2015 cruise. On John Heald's blog today, he wrote that the oncoming passengers each received a credit of $50.00 due to 'unforeseen circumstances'. Well, if this same charter group was a problem in the past, why did they let them return again? They are costing the cruise line a heck of a lot of money and upsetting a lot of passengers with these delays. I checked for 2020 and this same group will once again be on the Carnival Magic on April 5, 2020! Look out all of you boarding the following week. History may just repeat itself again.
  15. The cruise I had a problem with was Carnival Breeze - April 19, 2015 (I just checked the date so JaxsMama and I must have been on the same cruise). Anyway, My husband and I got to the cruise terminal around our usual 10:30 or 11:00 AM and sat and sat for a few hours before boarding. Along with the problem that the previous passengers weren't debarking in a timely manner, we heard there were some areas of the ship that needed extra attention with minor repairs and more thorough cleaning. I cannot verify that information - it's just what we were told. I would recommend that anyone boarding this Sunday to plan on waiting a bit. Hopefully, the Carnival crew can get this weeks passengers to debark on time, but if not, at least you're getting a head's up. Since you have small children, JulianneBK, I would have snacks with you for the cruise terminal if your boarding time is delayed at all because that would also mean your lunchtime is delayed too. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you do not have an issue like I experienced in 2015. Since this particular charter group has been able to book Carnival a couple times I would think the cruise line has corrected any problems.
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