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Everything posted by xitappers2bx

  1. For the Panama Canal partial transit, it doesn't matter what side you are on, because it turns around, so you see what you missed going in on the way out. As for location, I prefer mid-ship, mid-level; on the Miracle and the Pride (sisters to the Legend) I have been on Deck 6... once I was aft though, and that size of ship does rock a lot and I found that I spent a huge amount of time being lulled to sleep, and when seas got rough, quite an upset tum. Generally speaking, balcony's are small, I think in a regular balcony room there are just two chairs, so it's not like a place you'll be lounging, although I spend most of my time on my balcony, even if there are no lounge chairs and just the more uncomfortable smaller ones. Even when we've had 4 people in a room (in a suite) we have only had seating for 2, and when we asked for extra chairs we were told it's a no go. My kid and my friend's kid spent a lot of time laying on beach towels on the balcony and were just fun with it.
  2. They're going to do everything possible to make sure you don't get cheap liquor while on board.
  3. The answer is probably no, BUT if you have a great TA they may be able to make it happen; I was able to hold onto a better rate with perks and the such on another line by having my TA call them and just ask for the reduced rate; saved me over $800 so far...
  4. Can you just upgrade your Ring service to the monitoring one for the month? It's like $10? No clue how much the sensors are but if you are having problems, I imagine you already have them and can easily set up with the cameras and then set the parameters for there to be professional intervention.
  5. They really are under-valuing the value they place on cabin deck; Lido is obviously more desirable, and deck 1 forward is very not desirable... They should be offering some big OBC for that downgrade...
  6. I would say that across all the Carnival ships I have been on, I would say the level of service and quality of food has been pretty standard. I also would say it is similar to HAL as well...
  7. We experienced something similar to this on another line out of NYC... it was really weird, but I wonder if this is CBPs way of cracking down on smuggling or some other nonsense.
  8. This is a topic that has been beaten to death about 10,000 times... but I feel like people haven't had both experiences so I'll throw in my two cents... First though, if you book through a TA you absolutely can order stuff through the Fun Shops... I now only book through a TA and I have never had any trouble logging into my account and buying whatever the heck I want in their Fun Shop. If anyone gave you that info, they are wrong. If you want internet, you book it and pay for it yourself; they don't do any of that if you don't want them to--and I don't want my TA to do any of that. If you book on the website, you don't have a human being to really deal with, you can call the 800 number and get a person, but they're not really super invested because they're not making sales off of you. If you end up booking online and then getting a PVP, you now have a person who works for Carnival, and their duty is to their employer, not to you. If you book through a TA you have someone who is making commission and getting paid ONLY when you are happy and they are serving you. This gives them an incentive to do whatever you need for you to be happy. Now. With that said, a few caveats for both. There are some GREAT PVPs... they do exist, but I have never had one that would even quality as mediocre. If you find one you love, hold on for life, because they are beholden to their employer, not to you. There are also some TERRIBLE TAs. People ask me all the time for my TAs information and I always tell them to find their own local person; most travel agencies are small, local, women-owned businesses so find someone local to your community. I also can say, from my current personal experience, booking through one of the giant TAs, avoid that like the damn plague. It has been one nightmare after another, and for the 14 days before final payment date (several weeks before final payment was due I had made final payment) they were having a computer error that left me unsure if I would even have a reservation because it refused to recognize my cruise as paid; and you have to fight with a computer voice to get a person.
  9. I've done the aft wrap, and really don't think it's all that "better" or "worse". The benefit is, you get a lounge chair, which you don't get if you have a regular balcony. I also don't think it's worth the sometimes 1000$ more price tag. I also have a strong bias against being in the back of the ship; we were in the aft wrap suite a handful of years ago and I found that to be really too soothing and anytime we were in the room I either felt the movement too much and didn't love it, or I would find myself not being able to stay awake. If you've never had a balcony, then you're in for a treat either way. I know some people swear by aft rooms; I prefer mid ship.
  10. It sounds like the rate you booked was nonrefundable; but if you found a better cruise or a cheaper one, I would take the loss of the $99 and book what you really want to do. I do know that flying into Galveston from where I live is really really expensive, so I'd be more than saving that in airfare alone.
  11. There's a retractable roof on the Miracle; it's great and allows for the use of the pool deck. We did Alaska on a HAL ship that is a "sister" to the Spirit class, and the water was definitely too cold to really swim in, BUT having the retractable roof made it possible to use the hot tubs at night and it was pretty comfortable. On the two days that we weren't in ports, we were able to relax comfortably on the pool deck in summer-ish clothes.
  12. I've cruised multiple times in the OS on the Miracle, and you can see the lifeboats below you, but looking out, they absolutely do not obstruct views. There's not much to look at down (other than an open deck) so you really aren't missing much.
  13. I've cruised the same ship more than once because it was the closest to me in terms of ports and I prefer doing 8 night itineraries; I've cruised the same 2 ships at least twice each, and this Christmas sailing a different ship for the second time; and then next New Years Eve sailing the same ship on another line that we took to Bermuda. I like doing the same ships because we generally know the layout of the land, but I also enjoy exploring new ships. It's really not a good thing or a bad think I think.
  14. If everyone else mostly follows their check in time, you should not end up standing around and waiting too long.
  15. This is one of the difficulties of doing the guarantee cabin, particularly when you have a location you prefer over others (I do too, i'm with you on the mid ship). Before booking you should have looked and see what interiors were available; I did this a few summers ago on another line, and it ended up working out well, I booked a balcony guarantee category, but liked all the cabins that were available, and figured since it was my first time on that line I'd end up in a less desirable cabin. I have read from some people that you can call and upgrade to a specific cabin or category that you would prefer, but then you're on the hook for the price difference. I do think in your case it's probably be better though since you are upset about where the cabin is located so that you can worry less about the location. Now, I wish I could give you some advice about dinner; we are in a suite and they won't even give us early dining or put us on the waitlist; and I have my TA calling them repeatedly in the hopes they'll just get tired of fielding the calls. I would not suggest bribing with money to change; it's their job to try and make you happy by moving you, if they can, to early dining.
  16. Now that is a giant freaking ship.... My parents are going on the Allure next week and I am dying to hear how crowded it was, because I am dying to go on the Harmony (my name), but hate huge crowds. This deal is making NCL quite attractive, that is for sure. My parents (super loyal RCCLers), myself, and my kiddo had connected staterooms on the Escape to Bermuda. The ship was close to sold out, and we never thought the ship felt exceptionally crowded. We always found pool chairs in the shade (we are a very pale people), and could always find a seat. I am sure if it's a max capacity sailing, it would feel somewhat more crowded, but I think the ship is really well designed in that it never felt overwhelming.
  17. I wonder if the price difference has little to do with the perks and more to do with the fact a balcony is massively more attractive and therefore more expensive than an oceanveiw or a balcony? I guess it would depend when you're looking, what ship you're looking at, and where it's going. We only cruise in balcony's and above, but I feel like on NCL the price difference from the OV to the balcony is always pretty decent. It's probably more about supply and demand than anything else. Now.... something I did notice that feels a little weird is that *every* sailaway category is sold out for every random cruise i've looked up to see if that was true. Either I'm really good at picking randomly (I doubt that) or that's where they're "making" this extra dollars.
  18. Most things will be open; and you'll find some good deals in the spa. Fortunately it's not super cold up here this week; when we've done this cruise in December it's usually a good day and a half before we get to warmth. You'll hit good weather within a day--if even that long.
  19. Interesting.... my parents leave on Sunday as well; and they too received an e-mail from their line (not NCL) stating that their check in time has been pushed back due to the Coast Guard. I imagine it will only push sail away a little back further; fortunately, you'll be on a ship and it wont' really matter 🙂
  20. Something similar to this happened to me on another cruise I have booked on another line; but it was $177 and I was freaking out. It was a glitch in the finance dept. and when I was panicked it would cancel after final payment date, it didn't. I think as long as you can access the edocs you are good to go.
  21. I would go directly to Carnival's Special Needs Unit, they will be the only ones who really know if they can meet the INR check needs. I also would offer to connect them to your husbands' specialist, just so they can double check all would be well.
  22. I don't think that not being on the newest ship is something that would give anyone doubts... that would be like saying you won't drive a car once a new model year has come out. The Breeze is still one of the newest ships out there.
  23. To piggy back on the OP's question, I'm thinking about booking a Havana cabana cabin; but am worried about there being lots of foot traffic outside of the "patio" area... did anyone think there was a lot of people outside?
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