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  1. You will definitely want to book ahead of time! It sells out quickly. On my 4th of July cruise, I believe they told us they would be switching up the Chef's Table menu by our next cruise. Our next cruise will be in December, and unfortunately i can't remember exactly when they said it would switch. It will be amazing, regardless! It always is.
  2. We are on an aft facing ocean view over the 4th of July this year. Looking forward to it!
  3. I keep trying to sell the wife on Porthole Rooms. Haven't succeeded yet, but I think it's the cheapest window on the ship.
  4. You also can leave the books in the library when you are done. More room for souvenirs on the way home. I have gone completely digital: I read on my phone or Ipad on cruises.
  5. I'm jealous. We have just enough time for the cruise. We did that once with a cruise leaving from New Orleans, and explored New Orleans for a few days.
  6. We had an aft oceanview on the Paradise on deck 2, and loved it. We have an aft oceanview set for the Fascination in July. You will love it! We didn't do it except for pictures, but you can actually sit in the window like a wierd little book nook.
  7. Only with an amphibious vehicle. I suppose if your time is flexible you could book a tramp steamer to San Juan...
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  9. Flying from Texas, ours was $1300. We used Carnival to book it, so we could pay off the airfare over time along with our cruise booking, so you might find cheaper rates out there. But by booking through Carnival, if a flight gets cancelled or delayed and we miss the ship, Carnival will get us to the next port to meet the ship.
  10. Thank you. In a new port, with something wonderful to do, I am eager to book an excursion: The right excursion. However, if it's a beautiful little area to just walk around, I don't feel compelled to book an excursion just to have something to do. This particular cruise has a lot of ports: I am afraid they might all sort of blend together! Thank you for your summation: We met a steel drum player from St. Lucia on our Christmas Cruise. So, I sort of imagine there will just be all these incredibly talented artists just wandering around there! Ha!
  11. Thanks for the tips! The cruise itself is inexpensive, but the airfare! Maybe the next one I'll hop a tramp steamer to the island....
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