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  1. We were supposed to board Magic on May 9, they day you'd have been getting off. We were scheduled to fly down a day earlier and were really looking forward to our cruise. It's been 5 years since we cruised last too. Last October we were in Hollywood Beach, FL (just below where the ships sail in/out of Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale) for a couple days and I got up early on Oct. 20 to watch Magic sail back in thinking we'd be on her soon. This was a great itinerary too. Miami to HMC, Grand Turk, sea day; Aruba (8:00 - 10:30pm), Curacao, 2 sea days at the end. Love HMC and GT and Aruba and Curacao would have been new islands for us. This has already started hitting - I'd have been mostly packed by now with excitement building like a little kid before Christmas. Attached pic is of Carnival Magic. Got this one from the balcony of the hotel we stayed in (Marriott) when in Hollywood Beach for a few days last October. The largest ships we've been on so far are Carnival's Conquest class, so we were really looking forward to Magic.
  2. St. Lucia is so far south in the Caribbean that the water should be fine in both March and April, probably warmer in April. In 2013, we were there at the beginning of May and after we snorkeled, it was just getting so hot that there was a large group of us just hanging out in the water while on our tour to Jalousie Beach (beach between the Pitons). Great snorkeling there too, if any in your group are interested.
  3. I was thinking the same thing and it would have been nice to have those 8 days from our canceled cruise count.
  4. Next time we get back to St. Thomas I would love to get back over to St. John and go to Trunk Bay or one of the other beaches there, but do it on our own to allow time to really enjoy it. We've been to St. Thomas 4 times, first was in 1992 when we went to Magen's Bay. In 2010 we did Carnival's snorkeling excursion to Trunk Bay, St. John. I loved it but it was too rushed, only 90 minutes to enjoy at Trunk Bay and I'd like at least 2 - 3 hours. In 2013, we went to Sapphire Beach, loved it (beautiful views). In 2015 we did the Skyride to Paradise Point first thing and then took a cab to Sapphire Beach. So glad that the guy in the "Security" T-shirt was not there blowing a whistle non-stop - that would have driven me nuts.
  5. That's part of the reason why I started this. Hoping many others will contribute pictures, "Carnival Capers", etc. as well. Once I find some time, I do have the "Capers" that I have from our Festivale cruise (missing 3 days), fliers that were passed out along with the Capers, etc. that I can scan and upload to my photo sharing site. I already have the Capers scanned, so must need to get them uploaded.
  6. You're not kidding! When I saw what my husband's parents paid for the cruise, I was shocked. It was expensive then. The cabin we had was an outside with a queen on the upper deck.
  7. On our past several cruises on the first sea day we'll get loungers (hopefully on the deck above lido were we can see the action), then go and get lunch after a few hours and after lunch, we'll get a drink and our cameras and take a tour of the inside of the ship to get pics of the inside spaces since most people are outside. After that, it's back out to the outside decks for pool time, lounging, and some drinks.
  8. If we lived that close to a port, we'd be cruising a lot too! When we did that itinerary in 2000 on RCCL, I have a picture my husband took of me with Carnival Elation in the background. The "whale tail" funnel is cut out of the picture, but I could clearly make out "Elation" on the side.
  9. That's really a shame that you didn't get to sail on Festivale, more so for the reason why. But yes, those ships were awesome and we just had so much fun. They certainly would not be able to get away with some of the stuff that went on then. We LOVED the men's nightgown contest and I'm fortunate that my husband got the whole thing on video. I was in hysterics, laughing, a few years ago rewatching it.
  10. Thank you so much for sharing this pic!!! We didn't participate on our cruise, but they did have it. I still have the "Carnival Capers" and attaching the scan of of the back page of one where all the activities, including trap shooting, are included (at the bottom).
  11. We had one of the port holes on Festivale on our first cruise. Our first balcony was our 3rd cruise and that spoiled us, so we always go for a balcony now. We've never had a cove balcony, so I don't even know what they're like. I have a couple pictures of the cabin we had on Festivale and it was pretty small, but we didn't spend much time in it anyway. BTW, thanks for confirming the location of the balconies on Festivale. That's where I was guessing they were.
  12. Even before CV 19, sailing on a mega ship with 6000 fellow passengers was never appealing to me. I have a few friends who have tried them and while some liked them, most didn't. The ones who liked it sailed for the ship and all the bells and whistles and those who didn't said even though it was a cruise, it didn't feel like a cruise. I'm curious to see how this will all play out in the future.
  13. I did actually see your original post in the email (Mexican Riviera). We did that on RCCL in 2000 with my husband's whole family and loved it. We were booked on Carnival Magic for this May, which was obviously canceled. We were considering booking Panorama for a Mexican Riviera cruise this fall, but decided not to since we don't know how long this whole situation with Covid will continue. That is one itinerary we'd love to do again and I definitely need a re do - I only had a film camera in 2000 and do remember it, but would love to experience it again and be able to get more pictures. We went to Cabo, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta.
  14. I hope Richard Branson/Virgin Cruise will follow that model. I think I'd really enjoy that. The only "island resort" vacation we've done was in Jamaica (Negril, the west coast) in 2007 and we loved that and would love to do it again. And "Love Boat", I'd watch that occasionally when it was originally on and in reruns back in the '80's, but since you brought up cruising becoming popular, I'm sure "Love Boat" may have been part of it too. Didn't that originally come on in the mid to late '70's? We NEED to watch that again...that drinking game would definitely be fun. I have some friends who would definitely be game for that! Lol! Someday I'd love to cruise down the whole Mississippi, I'd really enjoy that. We have never been on a mega ship and our largest have actually been Carnival's Conquest Class (Glory, Valor, and twice on Liberty). We were booked on Magic this May, but that was canceled, obviously. We have a cruise booked on Fascination in 2021 out of San Juan on one of the itineraries that stop at some of the islands that Carnival usually doesn't sail to and really looking forward to that. The itinerary out of San Juan is our favorite.
  15. I never even knew any of that since I was still pretty young and not aware of the airline industry's deregulation. I do remember all of the Kathy Lee commercials for Carnival though. She's actually in that brochure I have, which has all of the ships Carnival had at the time. I only scanned the Festivale section. Now that deal that Cunard had that you mentioned, cruise to an island, stay a week and cruise back in the same cabin would be nice. I would love to see something like that again. There are so many islands we've been to that I'd love to spend more time. Of course, I guess we can fly there. Thanks for the information.
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