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Barsnikel

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  1. I called Celebrity direct. The lady looked at my booking, looked at the current price, then credited me for the difference. Took all of 10 minutes.
  2. oh... be sure to bring along a cork screw (in your checked baggage). Most liquor stores sell an inexpensive travel cork screw.
  3. You are allowed to bring one 750ml bottle per person. We always buy the 1.5ml bottle, then go through check-in together. Never had a problem with doing that.
  4. Do not assume that Duty Free is necessarily a great price. Duty free prices may or may not be such a great deal. I live in a large city (Dallas) and I can get better prices from discount liquor stores. You may be able to do the same, or perhaps not. As in everything else, be an informed consumer and know when you see a good deal and when you don’t. Also, when price comparing, be aware that duty free bottles are usually not the same size as those in the US. Make an apples-to-apples “per ounce” (or liter) comparison.
  5. I do the same as others. I am an early riser, so I will go to Lido and have breakfast. Then I bring back coffee and food for my wife. As for room service, every time we've ordered it, the coffee is luke warm. It's just better to get it and bring it back.
  6. It's a "business" decision. Carnival does not allow you to use the OBC for advanced purchases... think about it. Advanced purchases are "cash" up front (meaning more revenue for Carnival). OBC is a "perk", and generally produces no (or little) additional revenue, with small incurred cost to Carnival. If you use OBC for Behind The Scenes tour, that cost them nothing. If you use OBC for a $10-$12 drink, that drink costs them a fraction of that to make. The more they can get you to buy up front, the more revenue for them.
  7. standard 3 prong (hot, neutral and ground). I have a picture of it somewhere. If I find it I'll post it
  8. Cayman stated no cruise ships until January 2022. I suspect Cozumel and Jamaica will be strong options for substitution. Jamaica is the closest port - but not a good choice, in my opinion. Roatan would be excellent, but that depends on the other ports of a ships itinerary.
  9. Carnival stock has dipped... not because of COVID, nor because of poor bookings... in fact, bookings are strong. It has taken a dip because Carnival has announced they plan to have another round of stock offings to raise operating capital... they spent tons of money in the last 18 months with zero revenue. It's a good time to buy... will it dip lower ? Perhaps, can't predict. But right now is a good buy
  10. The answers above are correct. Texas law prevents Cheers from taking place until they are out at sea, so it kicks in on day 2
  11. Could not tell you.. it was 3 years ago... I've slept since then 🙂
  12. On one of our cruises, in the MDR I order an entree... the waiter brought what I ordered, then brought me a totally different second entree. I asked "what's this?". He said "you won't like what you ordered, so I brought you what is good tonight". and he was right 🙂
  13. The Cheers package is something you typically sign up for prior to a cruise... Why ? Because it is cheaper. Once you board the ship, the price increases. Additionally, Carnival does not want you to use OBC for the Steakhouse, Chefs Table or Cheers. You CAN use OBC for that, but they don't want you to. Thus, they require (for the Steakhouse and Chef's Table) reservations prior to boarding.... which eliminates the option of using OBC. Now... CAN you use OBC for that? Yes, you can wait and then try to sign up after you board... but you may (or may not) be able to get a reservation... so there is a risk... and in the case of Cheers, signing up after you board actually increases the price. As to your specific question... I would definitely drop the pre-paid gratuities. THAT is what OBC is used for.
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