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  1. Given the way the Casino deals are structured, it is often better to pay the Club Orange cost than to pay the extra fee to upgrade yourself. Depends on the ship and cabin category of course. I even tried to do this with a Neptune guarantee, but they would not let me, as CLub Orange is already included.
  2. Get well soon! Sure glad it is not Covid.
  3. I cannot comment on the SIZE of the cabins, but you should be aware that the Eurodam has only 50 Signature Suites vs 100 on the Zuiderdam. Both ships have 60 Neptune suites. Almost everytime I book a Signature Suite on the Zuiderdam (or her 3 sister ships) I get (and usually accept) a good upsell offer to a Neptune Suite.
  4. Good advice to split the clothing - we do this just to be safe. A change of clothing in the carryon is a good idea also.
  5. Could one of the gift cards been in your travel partner's name and thus went to their account? Just a crazy thought, but you never know with HAL.
  6. Glad to see crew incentive back on!
  7. From the current Carnival shareholder benefit form: "This benefit is available to shareholders holding a minimum of 100 shares of Carnival Corporation or Carnival plc. Employees, travel agents cruising at travel agent rates, tour conductors or anyone cruising on a reduced-rate or complimentary basis are excluded from this offer. This benefit is not transferable, cannot be exchanged for cash and, cannot be used for casino credits/charges and gratuities charged to your onboard account"
  8. We all need to get this clarified IMO. It could be that Hotel Service Charge is NOT the same as gratuities?
  9. I think you are correct on this - remember that there is "no free lunch"!
  10. We used to hit Vegas once a month when even the Strip properties had 8/5 Bonus and even better 9/6 Jacks or Better. Caesars was our favorite stop back then - played all day on less than $100 and ended with with comped rooms, food, and of course drinks. Plus other freebies as well. Really miss those days from 15-20 years ago. Nowadays, we are not interested in going back - too expensive and you get nickel and dimed for everything it seems. Too many better options IMO.
  11. If nothing else, use it to pay your Daily Hotel Service Charge (tips for the crew). It goes very quickly this way as its about $30+ per day alone.
  12. No doubt that ALL casinos heavily favor the house, thats why they are there. The only way for the gambler to come out ahead In the Long Run, is to either get very lucky OR get enough in Comps to make up for the losses. We have been able to save more on discounted or free cabins to more than make up for our losses. Of course, this will vary by how much you gamble, how much you lose, AND what type of cabin you are in. For example, if you get a 20% casino discount on your cabin form the casino, if you book $1000 cabin you save $200, while if you book a suite for $8000 you save $1600. So, this deal really depends.
  13. 6/5 Bonus is not THAT bad IMO and I would play it. I sure miss the old 8/5 payout schedules for Bonus poker! You do have to remember that you are not playing for a long period of time (in most cases), so the lower payout is not as big a deal. I do like the 5 coins Jackpot.
  14. Relatives were in Cabo a week ago for a wedding and they said it was very hot and humid, miserable conditions.
  15. What was the payout schedule for Jacks or Better BONUS and did you have to play 5 or 10 coins to get the jackpot? We like 8/5 (Full house/flush) payouts but 7/5 is acceptable IMO. Of course, 2 pair must pay 2 times payouts.
  16. So true. I often put a tip in the slot on the door the night before so I do not forget.
  17. Now that the Specialty dining areas are adding an 18% gratuity, I likely will no longer tip there, unless the service is "over and above". Same has always been the case for other areas - bars, MDR, room stewards, etc.
  18. Since you dined in the Pinnacle for breakfast, I have to ask if you tried the lobster eggs benedict?
  19. Plus it would be good to have if you need to end up getting refills.
  20. It is possible IMO. However, did you already sign up for CO? Of so, I guess you are going to cancel your reservation? Of course, things vary from cruise to cruise, but all I can report is that our friends booked a verandah guarantee and then bought a CO package which moved them to a nicely located V cabin on deck 7, right next to the Neptune suite area (they were very happy with this). FYI, both the booking and CO purchase were done at the same time.
  21. So true! One time I almost fell into the water while boarding - too many margarittas!
  22. This depends on which dock HAL is using that day. Last trip to Juneau we exited right by the library in the center of town.
  23. Answer - it depends! At some ports, like Juneau and Ketchikan, the HAL ship NORMALLY docks in or near downtown, so you just walk down the gangway and you are right in the center of the action. Some ports are tender only, so you have to take a shuttle boat (one of the lifeboats normally) from the ship to the pier. Other ports are walk off, but are a distance from the center of town, so you need to take a shuttle bus or taxi to get there. To add. you must have your cabin card to get on and off the ship (they will scan it).
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