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Shaded Lady

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    Ruskin FL
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    Cruising! Golf, spending time with family
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  1. Thanks Joe! I'm loving living in Florida... gated community, pool & golf course, only 2 reported cases of COVID in 4 months... the only thing I miss about Texas is the grandboy, and he's already made lots of plans to come visit grandma and grandpa! I'm definitely not missing the heat! The funny thing is, I moved to Cruising Central, where you can't swing a cat without hitting a cruise port, but when I rescheduled this one, I ended up sailing out of Galveston again! But by doing this, we can spend Christmas with the family in Austin, leaving the dogs with them to petsit while we're gone and head out the day after Christmas for our cruise!
  2. I just rescheduled my Nov 2020 cruise to December, 2021 (it wasn't canceled YET but I wasn't willing to risk DH's health by going too soon)... I booked the original itinerary, but on the Dream instead of the Freedom- no penalty to reschedule and it was about $200 pp cheaper (I did have to give up my aft wrap cabin though- none available when we wanted to cruise). The only thing I lost out was the $25 pp OBC I got when I originally booked... I mentioned to the Carnival rep that the only thing I was risking by moving my cruise now was the $600 OBC if THEY canceled my Nov 2020 cruise... she corrected me and said- nope... if we cancel your original cruise, you're entitled to the OBC as well! You just need to call us back to get it added! So I'm pretty happy about the whole situation- costs me nothing more (in fact cheaper) and we'll get to cruise when I'm much more comfortable about the whole COVID situation!
  3. My question was not about OBC but FCC... will they credit my FCC from the previous cruise or not? That’s what I’m trying to find out...
  4. I have a different but similar question- My November 21 cruise was booked with $600 FCC from our ill-fated Vista cruise last year... our outstanding balance is ~$1650 after the $250 deposit... so all in we're $1900 plus the $600 FCC (total cost of cruise is $2500). If our cruise is canceled, how much will we get in FCC? $1900 or $2500? (separate from the $600 OBC). In other words, will they credit us for the future cruise credit from the last cruise so we can afford to get the aft wrap that we were hoping for on this upcoming cruise? Or will we only get the amount we paid out of pocket? I read the Carnival site but it doesn't address this specific issue, and I read a bunch of posts here but couldn't find that particular scenario spelled out... and I really don't want to spend 3 hours on hold with Carnival to find out!
  5. Their bread- YUMM!!!! I love the arancini app... For my main meal I usually have the chicken parm. I tried the meatballs but found them underwhelming... Not crazy about any of their desserts, so I usually skip it and head to the buffet to see what they have... fallback plan is softserve ice cream from the Lido deck.
  6. Have a blast sweetie! We'll be following, and we'll all be here when you get back!
  7. So sorry to hear that you not only have to cancel your cruise but that you have to have back surgery- been there, done that, not a lot of fun! Fingers crossed you make a full recovery quickly, and book that cruise soon!
  8. @chrcruiser the correlation between check in time and boarding time, obviously, is the earlier you can check in the lower the zone boarding card you will get, and therefore, the sooner you can board. As others have said, if you're prepared to possibly wait, you can always go to the port early and wait in the Early/Late Arrivals line, as @crzndeb mentioned. I've read where others were able to check in long before their actual time by doing this... I've also heard the opposite, that the Early/Late Arrival line was so long that they waited forever... So the answer is yes, you MIGHT be able to check in earlier, and therefore board earlier, than your scheduled time.
  9. I am not sure if the salad bar you reference is the same as the one on Vista, if so, I never saw a menu... it was just a collection of salad ingredients, you told the attendant which one(s) you wanted and they made the salad for you... if there was a menu, I completely missed it!
  10. I don't think there is anything that officially says you can't, but I would not... that's one of the reasons I'm always on the lookout for my suitcases- I'd rather they weren't just sitting there in the hallway somewhere without me around... too many bad things could happen. The other concern is, depending on how early you board, the cabin stewards often have all their stuff in the hallway (their carts, vacuums etc) and your suitcase could be causing a blockage... by the time they start delivering the suitcases, the stewards are typically done with that stuff.
  11. I would always opt for a room with a sofa... I'm a little bummed that my aft wrap on Freedom won't have a sofa, but I'll just hang out on the balcony instead... otherwise, I'd always prefer a room with the extra seating, even if it's not used a lot.
  12. We buy the wifi package on every cruise... never seen it go on sale. As for Cheers, what Joe said!
  13. @CruzerDeb the short answer is no, there is no place to leave your carryon until you can access your room, whenever that might be... I understand that if you're flying, carry-on can be different than a cruise ship, since you have to pay to check your suitcase on most airlines. But as others have said, there are likely things you shouldn't check, just in case. So as long as you have a large enough purse to put meds, documents, important jewelry etc in, then I think you could safely check your carryon.
  14. So to the folks who have said that you can always make reservations onboard, that's not always the case... this past June on our family cruise we made reservations for my DD & her hubby at the steakhouse while we watched our grandson. My daughter was concerned about the date/time for the reservation so I called the steakhouse and without telling them that we had reservations for another night, they said they were fully booked and weren't even taking backup reservations for any night anymore in the event of no-shows. I was really surprised by it, since they had the usual table in the Lido breezeway on embarkation day getting everyone to make a reservation, yet 2 hours later the restaurant told me, no openings. Period. Oh well... Now for a question about the new 'pay when you make reservations' system. If we make reservations for the steakhouse and pay in advance, can we still cancel or move it once we're onboard? I saw something online about 24-hour advance notice of changes, but wasn't sure how that worked, or if it applied to cancellations as well as rescheduling.
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