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  1. I have used both Blackboard and Canvas successfully onboard in the last few years. I would be sure to have her download and save a local copy of any spreadsheets, media, or other documents that she needs in advance just in case. That way in the worst case she can complete her assignments and and connect long enough to upload them. My experience with this is on Horizon and Vista and I had a solid connection the entire cruise both times, but of course they are newer ships. If she is able, I strongly encourage her to work ahead and leave plenty of time to account for tech glitches and periods of low/no connectivity. If the materials are available (some instructors give you access to only the coming week's assignments), I usually sacrifice a few sleepless nights prior to my trips to work ahead so I can enjoy the trip, but have done a lot of work in airports and hotels as well. I would be a little concerned about math courses only because in my experience many of them require timed testing or video proctoring which would be difficult to achieve at sea or in port. If these are not concerns, then it is solely dependent on the ship, and the timing of your port stops. Good luck!
  2. It looks like Carnival Breeze will switch to match local time in Bermuda for my cruise in September. According to the Port schedule, the times in port (in local time) match exactly the times posted on Carnival's booking page.http://www.marineandports.bm/Documents/Shipping_schedules/YR 2019 Cruise Ship Schedule pdf.pdf
  3. Yes this is the inaugural sailing, but some people consider the first cruise from the new home port of Port Canaveral to be the "inaugural" and so a thread of that title was already created for that sailing which caused a little confusion. By just using the date and itinerary I hoped to alleviate any confusion that might happen by having similar thread titles to the other sailing's roll call.
  4. Come check out the roll call we have for this cruise. It's going to be a fun trip! https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2629536-mardi-gras-europe-9-day-august-31-2020/
  5. Those look cool. There are a lot of really neat looking cabin choices that are different from the norm on this ship. Will be interesting to see how it all comes together.
  6. Hey Awesome! Hope you were able to get that limoncello back to the States without breaking!
  7. We booked in the Havana as well. We are a bit nervous about the layout after having been on the Vista and Horizon and have been spoiled by the Havana on those ships. Hopefully as more information comes out I'll see some things that eases the worry of that large pool area and two hot tubs being reduced to a single pool/hot tub. Either way we are super excited about the new ship and itinerary.
  8. Probably direct to Copenhagen for us, but it depends on award availability. Since the ship leaves on Monday we will need to get lucky to find a late Friday flight so we can have the weekend in Copenhagen. Since we are arriving in Southampton on a Wednesday we are looking forward to extending our trip for a few days before we have to come back to reality on the following Monday. Maybe up to Scotland or over to Ireland for a few days before heading home. Of course if the schedules line up right we might stick around England and try to catch a football match at Old Trafford (Manchester).
  9. I believe the poster was referring to a call from their PVP. In this case those working with proactive PVPs were indeed special as they were able to get booked several hours before any emails were sent and before either the website or phone agents could book. I was disappointed by this, but harbor no ill will towards anyone able to take advantage. I too received my email... about twenty minutes after I had booked through the website shortly before midnight. Interestingly the price when I clicked through the link in the email was $20 per person higher than what I had already booked moments earlier.
  10. Here is the roll call for the first cruise for Carnival Mardi Gras! Only 579 days. Let the countdown begin!
  11. Was sweating it out hoping the Havana interiors wouldn't sell out before I could get online to book. Made it with a few to spare, and now I can hardly wait for this one!
  12. This is now showing in my VIFP page. Unfortunately the link to the deal just loops to the main Carnival sales page for now. I also have a second one showing for $100 pp for Balcony and suites. Mardi Gras Early Saver VIP Access Exclusive Early Saver rates for VIFP Club Members Offer is valid for guests with a valid VIFP Club Member number. Offer is capacity controlled and is not combinable with any other discount or promotional offer. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses are additional for each guest based on itinerary. Early Saver terms & conditions (T&C) apply. Onboard credit offer is non-transferable and non-refundable. Onboard credit amounts are the following: $50 per person up to $100 per room for Interior and Ocean view categories only. They are applied to your Sail & Sign account and may not be applied to cruise fare or Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses. 50% reduced deposit is applicable to sailings outside of final payment due date and is valid for all ships, stateroom types and sail dates. Deposit is non-refundable. Changes made to the reservation may result in the assessment of cancellation penalties or service fees. Early Saver fare is backed by a unique price protection policy and does not apply to group rates, membership rates, select promotions, or travel agent promotions. No name changes are allowed. Cancellations prior to final payment due date will receive a non-refundable and non-transferable future cruise credit in the amount of the deposit less a $50 pp service fee. The future cruise credit must be used for bookings in USD currency within 24 months from the date of cancellation. Offer does not apply to Carnival Australia. Offer is applicable on Mardi Gras sailings through April 24, 2021. Offer is available for new bookings only. Offer ends February 17, 2019. To submit a Price Protection claim, visit https://www.carnival.com/cruise-deals/early-saver/price-protection.aspx. Requests will be accepted up to two business days prior to sailing. Please request rate code REDACTED.
  13. On Horizon last year a number of people stayed off the ship in Florence and took the train to Rome and stayed the night in order to attend a morning mass given by the Pope at the Vatican. They rejoined the ship in Rome. I wish we had done the same, not for the mass but just to beat the crazy crowds and see more of the city.
  14. Looks like cabin 5221 is the only one on Horizin with 2 uppers if I’m not mistaken? I have not stayed in that one, but I have stayed with 2 of us in 5230 on Horizon and on Vista and they are the same size (185 sq ft) but without the uppers. It is close quarters with just 2 people and all your stuff. For just sleeping it would probably be fine, but I can’t imagine trying to move around or get ready for dinner, or even store everyone’s clothes and luggage. On the other hand, if you currently have a balcony elsewhere on the ship the cramped quarters might be worth it to use the Havana area. Maybe pack light, make use of the gym showers to lessen the traffic jam getting ready. For me, the proximity and comfort of the Havana pool deck makes it easy to stay out of the room most of the day and just dart back in when we need something. Just depends on your own personal priorities.
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