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vacruisin

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  • Location
    Virginia
  • Interests
    Bowling
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean
  1. Usually both. On a couple of cruises when we did not purchase Cheers in advance, we were able to purchase it right by the Atrium bar on Embarkment Day. There is someone posted up ready to sign people up. We've also purchased it at one of the Lido deck bars too.
  2. That is true if it's a true side to side (meaning getting off of one Carnival ship and getting on another one the same day). We had a unique situation where we decided to spontaneously schedule a 4 day "pre-cruise cruise" on the Carnival Liberty the week before our 8 day on the Carnival Magic in January 2022. Problem was the Liberty cruise was ending on a Friday and the Magic was not until the next day. So we checked with Carnival and they would not agree to test us for the Magic cruise since we were getting off the Liberty the day BEFORE. We ended up just canceling the Liberty and instead switched to the Magic the week before for a true B2B. 🙂
  3. My buddy just got off the Pride yesterday and he said that there was Crown at all the bars; even Crown Apple. There was also plenty in the Fun Shops to purchase to take home.
  4. Huh? So Carnival is no longer serving Crown Royal products on their boats at all? WT entire F? I mean why can't they like offer both Crown Royal and Jack Daniels? Makes no sense to me! Sorry, just venting at the situation, not shooting the messenger. 🙂 lol I guess that means more trips to the Alchemy bar for my upcoming January cruises (well, I usually spend a lot of time there as it is so that wouldn't be much of a hardship)! 😁😆 First World problems huh? lol
  5. This happened some years ago so some of the details are blurry but the gist of the problem was that her birth certificate was valid for a closed loop cruise which is when you start from a port in the US and return to the same port in the US on that same cruise ship. In this instance she was trying to fly back to the states from Belize so therein was the problem. She did not have a passport. And due to the delay in getting medivaced back to the US she had to endorse some not so ideal medical accommodations and treatment in Belize (which is a very poor country). I understand that the cost of passports for a family of 4 or more can add up but if you plan to travel out of country it just makes sense (to me) to have a passport. But, like everything else, everyone has to do their own risk assessment to help them make their decision on whether or not to travel without one. Happy sailing all!
  6. I hear ya but I had a cousin who went on a cruise with just a birth certificate and she got so sick in Belize that she had to be hospitalized. Needless to say, it took her over a month and thousands of dollars and help from the State Department before she got back home. Get a passport folks; it's makes traveling overseas much, much easier.
  7. Most bars will serve you whatever you order but there are some specialty bars that only serve certain types of drinks. For example, the Alchemy bar is a martini bar. They will make drinks other than what's on their menu but they use high end alcohol and they don't make your typical basic bar drinks. Like you can't order a tequila sunrise or rum and coke there. But you can say "make me something with gin and strawberries" and they will concoct a special drink with those ingredients.
  8. Oh man, gotta love the "patting themselves on the back" folks that love to come on the forum to brag about how much of an "angel" they are for tipping beyond the prepaid gratuities. Many of them also love to look down on those "devils" that have the "audacity" to not tip after every drink. Those halos must feel heavy on their heads. Tipping is a matter of personal choice. No one is OBGLIGATED to tip beyond what is already auto added to the price of the drinks. Also, prepaid gratuities is just that...PREPAID, meaning that tips are ALREADY included. This is Carnival's way of helping you tip without HAVING to add anything more. If you choose to add more, ain't nothing wrong with that either; to each his/her own. I wish people would find something better to do with their life than trying to shame others that don't think like them. It's one of the biggest problems in this country today.
  9. I hear ya about driving to Miami. We've driven down there twice from VA and we vow to NEVER make that drive again. We hit the FLA line and still have another 6 hours to reach Miami. Not a good time! lol
  10. I've never flown the first 3 airlines but I've heard many complaints about them. We used to LOVE JetBlue and we still fly it now but the service seems to have gone down the last couple of years or so. As for the other luxury airlines, we'll fly any of them depending on price and flights available but our least favorite is American Airlines; we've had a few issues with them over the years with delays and cancellations so they are like a last resort for us.
  11. Yesterday after reading this thread I went to the Carnival site and did a mocking booking for the 9/4 sailing on the MG and sure enough DW and I could have booked a 7 day in a Cove balcony on deck 5 for less than $1100. That was with taxes, prepaid gratuities, and vacation protection included. We didn't book it but that offer was there under my VIPF offer. P.S. we are NOT hardcore gamblers at all.
  12. Yes, you need to call Carnival to have the b2b linked if you booked them separately. We just added a first leg of a b2b months after booking the 2nd leg and the Carnival rep specifically stated that she was linking the bookings in the system. We’re staying in the same cabin both legs too.
  13. Nice pic. My wife and I are good friends of the family of the lead singer (CJ). We cruise with them all the time.
  14. Well BlerkOne…..I totally missed your suggestion of doing the b2b on the same ship but wifey saw it and was shocked that I didn’t try to talk her into this option! So…..we talked it over and decided to switch the Liberty cruise to the 6-day cruise on the Magic that week! So now we are booked on a b2b on the Magic!!! lol We even got the same room for both cruises!! Talk about destiny!!! 😜😂
  15. Yes sir or ma'am, You, BlerkOne, and Brew12 have given me some very good advice on how to handle my situation.
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