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  1. The same way that there are currently zero 3 and 4 day cruises on the Horizon and Breeze. Of course it's all speculation, but 3 or 4 day journeys with 1 stop at HMC or Princess Cays is probably how things will start. Severely doubt that Carnival is going to go right out of the gate with 7 day cruises. Don't care whatsoever about Galveston being third in line since I will never embark from there. But, IMHO the OP should not worry since his third week of February seven day cruise on the Mardi Gras will more than likely be cancelled and that is what this thread is all about.
  2. Since the high majority of cruises with the mass market lines are 6-8 days, it would be a safe assumption to say long cruises are 10+ days and short cruises are 3-5 days. The only people that would assume a short cruise is 7 days are those accustomed to 10+ day cruises. Either way, I don't think the OP has anything to worry about
  3. Haven't you seen the news? Over 1 million people were processed through airports the other day, the most for 1 day since March. And it'll be worse on Sunday, which is the busiest travel day of the year since everybody that chose different travel days for Thanksgiving on the front end all go home on Sunday
  4. I don't think you have anything to worry about regarding the possibility of your MG cruise going as planned. The initial reports have the Horizon starting out of Miami and the Breeze starting out of PC doing the initial short trial cruises. The second phase has been reported to include Galveston. Maybe the MG as well, but not matter how you slice it, your sailing should be cancelled. I don't think that Carnival would utilize their new flagship doing short introductory cruises and even if they did, it certainly would not be done before your cruise is scheduled to go. Pay the balan
  5. Is this a personal prognostication or an industry wide one?
  6. Thanks. That's one good bit of news. Now to figure out how to get the "Free Cheers " offer.
  7. Dick.....don't know where or how long your February cruise is, but unless it's out of Miami or Port Canaveral, it will probably be cancelled. If it's out of 1 of those ports and 6 or 7 days, it could be also be reduced down to a 3 or 4 day cruise since February may or may not be during the trial phase of cruises returning. I would just wait and make your final payment on 12/7. There is a substantially better than 50/50 chance that your cruise will be cancelled, you'll be able to get your refund eventually and then you can sit on the sidelines till late 2022 or whenever you feel cruising
  8. Princess had a promotion in the past called Best Sale Ever and it became so popular that they now offer a two tier system with regards to booking cabins. One is a no frills base fare and the other "Value Plan" costs 40.00 per day additional. When you factor out the included gratuities of 14.50 per day, for the balance of 25.50 per day you get their drinks package as well as wifi. Regarding MSC, they do in fact match loyalty levels. Carnival Platinum will correlate to MSC Gold. I assume that RCI's Diamond would as well. Need to be Diamond with Carnival and I assume Diamond Plus with
  9. Depending upon which attributes that you like about Carnival there are various mass market lines that you can switch to. RCI, NCL, MSC, Celebrity, and Princess are the top 5 competitors.
  10. If you fly in the day before, hotels are cheaper in FLL. If you fly in the day of, shuttles are 15.00 from FLL to Miami cruise port. There is no added step, you either fly in the day before, stay in a hotel and take a shuttle, cab or uber to the port. If you fly in the morning of, the hotel stay is eliminated.
  11. On a similar note, if Cheers and Cruise Cash are purchased for a certain cruise and the date is shifted a week or two with a new reservation, do the purchases shift, or are they cancelled and have to be repurchased? I bought these for our MG cruise in August under the promo deal and thinking about shifting it to September since the sailing as well as the airfare is cheaper. I'm hoping they would shift.
  12. Here is a link that you'll be able to see many videos from various Boardwalk Cabins. Deck 8 - 3 videos, Deck 9 - 5 videos, Deck 10 - 6 videos, Deck 11 - 4 videos, Deck 12 - 5 videos, Deck 14 - 2 videos. I hope these 25 videos from all over the Boardwalk cabins gives you the mental picture you're looking for. https://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/Oasis-of-the-Seas
  13. What I lost with the introduction of FTTF was the minuscule amount of people that would be in line ahead of me the few times that I would go to customer service. On our last Horizon cruise last year, it was cut short because of an impending hurricane. When I went to guest services, the line at guest services in the roped off area was incredibly deep because of the addition of the FTTF people. FTTF is a pure money grab by Carnival that costs them nothing. The price for it has increased over the years and is scaled according to the newness of the ship and the length of the cruise.
  14. Off the top of my head. The reduction with the number of bags of laundry being done, the change regarding the past guest party being allocated for 45 minutes on the last day, and the implementation of FTTF, which allows reds and golds to purchase perks that Plats and Diamonds have earned. Since tender priority doesn't happen too often, early embarkation and the dedicated line at guest services are the only perks worth anything. And the dedicated line is now also full of FTTF people that should not be there, IMHO.
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