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  1. I think it depends. I have mostly read that crew is staying on board. I know that Holland America has frozen crew transfers for the foreseable future.
  2. Unfortunately, this situation is so fluid that I don't think there is anyway to really answer your question. If there terms of the current cancellation policy work for you, then I would do what you are most comfortable with. If you would cruise at the end of April if cruises have resumed, then I guess you should wait. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer here. I do know that things are changing so fast that senior leadership at some cruise lines are learning as they go. Captain Albert, who blogs for Holland America (a Carnival sister company) posted a blog for Saturday (M
  3. Please note that he announced an exception for currently sailing vessels. So, presumably, the Pride will be able to disembark. The governors website is so jammed with traffic that I cannot get access to the executive order language directly, but I will try and come back and post that later when there is less traffic on the website. Stay safe! dctravel
  4. Here is the media coverage of his press conference on this and other issues related to CORVID-19: https://twitter.com/DeirdreByrneMCM/status/1238198513869168653 There are exceptions to the closure, reported in some places as ships that are currently sailing and scheduled to return to Baltimore this weekend, but I am actively looking for confirmation on that. Say safe everyone! dctravel
  5. Yes! Just ask. On the Magic last year, our steward has us call room service to get nicer wine classes. We called each evening, got two glasses for free, poured some wine and carried them with us to dinner each night. It was a great way to do it. We brought screw top bottles for ease, but your room steward should be able to get you a corkscrew without any issues.
  6. I don't disagree with you on principle, but the group I was traveling with, a pool was more important than the beach. Hence our choice :).
  7. It is post #40 on page 2 of my Carnival Magic review. 😊
  8. Carnival does not allow you to bring alcohol on board, except for 1 bottle of wine per adult in a cabin.
  9. If you are at the Mega Pier, it is about a 15-30 minute walk into Wilhelstead. If you are in a smaller ship, many dock in the river at downtown. We are at a restaurant called the Iguana Cafe. It was a great location and a decent (not wonderful or special) meal.
  10. We went this summer and had a great time. We bought through resortforaday.com. We taxied to the hotel, were quickly checked in and had run of the whole hotel. The drinks were plentiful, the staff and other guests friendly, and the food was tasty. The pool is pretty cool and has a swim up bar. The beach is beautiful. We were treated just like the other hotel guests. At the end of the day, we changed at the hotel in their changing room and they got us a cab back. I have more about it in my Carnival Magic 2019 cruise review linked in my signature 🙂.
  11. We did a resort pass from resort for a day .com at the RIU Palace. It was not cheap ($130 per adult) but we had a great time. Drinks were good and plentiful, food was tasty, and the pool and beach were great. We were treated like the hotel guests who were staying there.
  12. Not that I am aware of. You will likely want a hotel in the French Quarter, the Central Business District, or the Warehouse District. The airport is a bit of a drive from downtown. The port is right next to downtown NOLA. I have stayed in many hotels over the years. The Hilton Riverside is right next to the cruise terminals and is very good. Almost all other hotels in the neighborhoods I have mentioned are an easy cab ride to the port.
  13. We sailed in an interior on Lido last summer. Had a sewer smell in the hallway near the laundry at the beginning of the cruise. As soon as maintenance cleaned the lint traps and a floor trap in the laundry room, the smell went away 😊.
  14. I mispoke! I meant to say that I have stayed across from the St. Charles Hilton. I have stayed at the Riverside Hilton. Riverside is generally a better location for the cruise port, although both are just a short taxi ride away. From the FQ, St. Charles is closer, just a few blocks from Canal and the entrance to the FQ.
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