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  1. Couldn't you just get some chips for blackjack, play a few hands, then cash out later. They wouldn't know if you were up or down at the table.
  2. I assume "buying" cruise cash is a 1:1 purchase? That is, there's no fee, so if I buy $100, I pay $100?
  3. Is it safe to walk around that part of Nassau? We drove around in a taxi, and maybe it was a bad day, but it was pretty rough.
  4. I did that on my last Carnival cruise with the onboard credit. Is this the same process? Carnival's web page makes it clear that if you don't spend the Cruise Cash, you lose it. This makes me a little nervous.
  5. Hi. I have a handful of Carnival gift cards that I plan to use for our upcoming cruise. I'd rather not bring them all with me to the cruise, but I don't see an option where I can add it to my account ahead of time, unless I use the Cruise Cash program - which is non-refundable and you lose what you don't spend. Sounds like a scam to me. Are there any options for taking care of this ahead of time, or am I just going to have to bring the cards onboard and use a machine to add them to my account?
  6. I'm also wondering about this port. Looks like Carnival docks at the smaller terminal, not the main city area. Is there anything to do here? Is it safe to walk around to like the Hard Rock Cafe or across the highway to one of the local restaurants?
  7. I've been debating this the last couple days myself. What's your traveling party? We have a group of 6 (2 grandparents, 2 parents, 2 kids 10&6). The all-inclusive seems a bit much for us, as we don't eat or drink that much, and it doesn't pay for any activities the kids would like to do. Paradise Beach offers the water toys package as optional, so the grandparents can just pay $3 to get in, enjoy their $10 minimum bar/food tab, and relax. Paradise just seems more flexible for our family, but your mileage may vary.
  8. We will be on the Victory out of Miami, going to Miami then Cozumel. Itinerary says 12:00 to 10:00. I've been checking the port schedule, and they list Victory as 1:30 to 10:00. For anyone who's been on this itinerary, what time has the ship been getting there? Seems like most of the island shuts down at 4:00 or 5:00, so getting there at 1:30 would be REALLY disappointing. http://m.puertamaya.com/Port-Schedule.aspx
  9. What exactly do you get with the basic Chank fee ($21/adult, $14/child)? No food, no water toys, no dolphins, no food...just beach access?
  10. Hey all. Looking for advice from some experienced cruising pros. We are going to FL for a couple days (Tampa area) before heading to Miami to jump on the Victory. We're renting a car in Tampa and the plan is drive it to Miami and return it there. Cruise/party/soak up the sun. Then, do the opposite on the way back. There will be six of us, and probably around 8 suitcases/bags to tote along. Originally, I was thinking I would drop off the van at the airport, and we'd all board a shuttle and go to the port. That seems like asking a lot of two young kids and two grandparents. So then I thought maybe I could drop everyone off at the port and go return the car. Is there a decently priced car rental agency near the cruise port that I can bring the car back to? Or am I going to have to drive all the way to the airport and jump on a shuttle from there? Budget seems to have a downtown location that Kayak claims I can drop the car off at. Can I pickup there too? Do they have a shuttle, or am I gonna have to Uber it? Thanks!
  11. Minor rant/question: Why does Victory get into Cozumel so late? Mr Sanchos closes at 5, and Chank closes at 4. With the crowd of people getting off the ship and into taxis, we probably wouldn't get to either place until 1:00. Seems like it would be hard to be able to do something there (dolphins or sea lions) and enjoy the beach time with being so rushed. Are there other beach clubs open later than 5:00?
  12. Any of the above, my daughter just wants to see dolphins. So maybe make it a day at Chank for everyone? a
  13. Thanks for the reply. What is PAYG, pay as you go? I don't know where the dolphin encounter will be, I started another thread for that. :D If Chankanaab has beach/waterpark options, and some kind of dolphin excursion, that may be the ticket.
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