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About GeorgiaMomof4

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    North Georgia
  • Interests
    camping, being Mom of 6, vacationing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival - Glory - 2004 and Dream - 2011
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Costa Maya - so far

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  1. OK - she did call me back as she said she would. Super nice lady. I know none of this is her fault she is only trying to do her job. With that said, it is frustrating because you would think that this process wouldn't be that hard. Like I said - I wish they would have just cancelled our Radiance and let those who were already booked on the Breeze keep their sailings. She did find us an aft view extended balcony but it is not a handicap accessible room. They will put the shower seat in if my husband ends up needing it so that is good. We were moved up to deck 9 from our original deck 7 on the Radiance. The downfall to all this is there were no more cabins for 5 anywhere near our newly assigned cabin on deck 9. So, my kids are now going to be on deck 1 which sucks but it is what it is. Don't panic - when I say kids - they are 26, 23, 17, 15 and 7 so they will be fine. Actually the 7 year old will be staying in the balcony room with us anyway so it will all work out ok. In order to find them a room, she had to bump them up from a interior to an oceanview which is great but it didn't really matter to the kids. They had just as soon have an interior room. Her only other option was for us to have a total of 3 rooms, 2 triples and 2 double and the price would have gone up $700 which I immediately said no to. As I said before, I doubt all this matters anyway. I truly don't think we will be sailing in November anyway..... If you were scheduled on the Radiance and now the Breeze - hang in there. They are working on it for you.
  2. Hey everyone! We are booked in an aft view extended balcony handicap accessible room for our Thanksgiving sailing on the Radiance - which is now supposed to be the Breeze. I just received a phone call from Carnival (by the way it showed up as telemarketer - Miami on my cell phone) asking me some questions about the accessibility needs of my husband. Basically she is wanting to put us in a balcony room and put in a removable handicap shower seat along with some other things she said would be comparable to the original accessible cabin we had. She however could not tell me if we would still be getting a comparable aft view extended balcony cabin like we had originally booked and I'm certain paid more for than a standard balcony. I told her that I expected an aft view extended balcony cabin on the Breeze similar to the one I had booked on the Radiance. She told me that she is in the disability section but is going to call and see what cabins would be available as we have an interior cabin for our kids booked and our cabins will need to be located in close proximity. Since the Breeze is a larger ship than the Radiance, I'm not sure why they are having such a hard time doing these changes. I'm sure they are doing their best, but I'm almost to the point that I wish they had just cancelled the Radiance and left those who were already booked on the Breeze alone and let them enjoy their cruise. This way we could have gone ahead and booked something else and not had to wait to see what was going to be done. My main thing is I don't want to pay my final payment and Carnival cancel the cruise after all this changing and it take me 3 or 4 months to get my money back like it is taking so many others. I just hope they cancel it before final payment if they are going to have to cancel it. Sorry - just venting. I'm sure they are doing their best - it's just frustrating for everyone. I did want to let everyone know that is still in limbo that they are working on making the changes. I'll update as soon as she calls me back.
  3. We have been to all of them except St. Kitts. That one will be a new one for us.
  4. We are booked for the 11/21 sailing as well. Taking the entire family on a Thanksgiving cruise. I know the last report I heard was the Radiance wouldn't sail at all until 11/1 but I wonder if she does sail at the time - will she pick up the original planned sailing for 11/1 and continue on with the others as planned. I guess what I'm trying to ask is will all the sailings up until 11/1 just be cancelled and then they will pick up with the sailings from that point forward? Keeping our fingers crossed for all of us. I certainly hope a reoccurrence of this doesn't happen in the fall.
  5. Surely by September you'll be good! I hope so! It's actually my Mom - not my MIL and she is doing so much better! Still living with us but getting around better and actually helping out with a few small household chores. I'm keeping my fingers crossed she will continue to improve and will be able to go back to her own home soon. We will be going on the Radiance for Thanksgiving (I hope). Our ports are St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk. Thanks for reading!
  6. Ugh - yes, all Pepsi products now. We were on the Ecstasy on 2/1/20 and it had already converted over to Pepsi.
  7. They do have turkey, etc. but it isn't going to be like a home cooked Thanksgiving meal. We are sailing this Thanksgiving - will be our 2nd family Thanksgiving cruise and I've already had to promise my family that we will have a traditional Thanksgiving meal sometime after or before our cruise.
  8. I would definitely reach out to a Carnival personal vacation planner to help you with cabins and then possibly make my decision on either the Ecstasy or the Liberty. Since there are 5 of you and the kids are older I would also suggest doing an OV and an Interior across the hall or even 2 Interiors if you are looking to save some money. The extra space and extra bathroom will definitely be something you will enjoy, especially if you have a child with special needs. As Bostwick girl said above, you might end up at about the same price with 2 cabins vs a suite. We were just on the Ecstasy and when we cruise adults only we like the smaller ships but out of all the ships I've sailed on, the Ecstasy is definitely my least favorite. I haven't been on the Liberty but with teens in tow, I would tend to gravitate toward a larger ship - more stuff to do and that helps keep them busy and happy! Good luck in whatever you choose and be sure to come back and let us know! Have fun - you'll be hooked just like the rest of us!
  9. I'm honored you read - love reading your reviews! Thanks for reading!
  10. Creef1014 - email me at agrant1965@gmail.com and I'll be happy to try and get them to you.
  11. Some final thoughts - I realized when I booked this cruise that the Ecstasy was far from a new ship. That is ok for me - we have grown found of the smaller ships even though they are all older. A few cosmetic issues aren't a big deal to us. I will however say that the smell was a huge deterrent to me. If I knew that they didn't get something done about that I would be very hesitant to book the Ecstasy again. The smell was very bad on embarkation day as well as several other days. It seemed to be worse around the atrium area and mid dining room area but I did smell it in other areas as well. I have seen many reviews that people complain about the smell on a ship and I have encountered it briefly on other ships when walking down a particular hall or being in a particular area but it has always passed quickly. This unfortunately was not the case with the Ecstasy. Maybe they will address it and find a solution. We waited in basically no lines for anything. There were no lines on Lido - maybe 3 or 4 minutes for an omelet in the morning or a Guy's burger for lunch. There were always seats to be found on Lido - either inside or outside. Same held true for the shows - we never had an issue with getting a seat in the main lounge nor in the aft lounge where the comedy shows were held. I don't believe the ship was sailing completely full so this could have been the reason for no lines. Either way - that was a definite plus. Our service was good everywhere we went - from our room steward to the lido to the MDR. We had no complaints there. I was pleasantly surprised that this ship offered "Blockbuster Movies". The movies showing while we cruises were Ford vs. Ferrari and Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. These movies were shown in the Starlight lounge where the comedy shows were in the evenings. Glen really wanted to see Ford vs. Ferrari but unfortunately the movies were shown at strange times - 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm and one at 8:00 one evening. I do miss the outdoor Dive In Movie experience that the larger ships have. I can't really think of anything else. We did have a wonderful time - we really needed this time away to get some rest and recharge. I do have the Fun Times and the Entertainment Schedule if anyone is interested. If you have any questions about anything I didn't touch on please feel free to ask. I hope you enjoyed the review and thanks for following along. Angela
  12. We were just there at the beginning of February and I didn't see any massages being offered. I didn't specifically look for them though.
  13. Exactly when is the first sail date scheduled for her? I'm waiting on photos too!
  14. I can just picture it now....hopefully one day soon!
  15. You can have all the dark meat - I’m a white meat person! I’ve had to promise my crew that we would have our own Thanksgiving after we get back though. The ships Thanksgiving meal just isn’t as good as one we fix at home I don’t think! I’ll have to check out the roll call! Thank you.
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