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  1. Agree - we wish the basketball court was open later. However, I think it is above the steakhouse on some. The bouncing is really loud. But they could reopen after dinner hours.
  2. My daughter always loved O2. She made friends there. Sometimes participated in the events.....guitar hero .....late night pizza party.....etc. There are organized events - they have their own 'Fun Times' schedule. A lot of the time, my daughter would use O2 as a meet up point with her friends and then they'd go wander around & do stuff on their own.
  3. Hmmmm. I did a monkey tour in Honduras once. No monkeys peed. Climbed all over all of us & it was awesome.
  4. Agreed, a PVP might not be everyone's thing. We travel a lot and just recently started cruising. I've always booked everything myself....air, hotel, packages, tours, etc. Never needed a travel agent. Our first cruise I booked online. Since we now have a PVP, I just call him. He's free, so why not?!
  5. We were in the DR in May on the Horizon. We did the Carnival Special Saona Island through Seavis Tours. We took a public taxi about 30 minutes to their office and a speedboat another 30 min to the island. We were never scared. I'm not one to let things stop me. All of the deaths have been at hotels/resorts. Like the family last year from Iowa that died in Cancun - could be something like carbon monoxide poisoning from the hot water heater/furnace/air unit in their room or condo.
  6. For the most part, we just do the automatic gratuities that you prepay. If someone is doing above & beyond, then we give them extra cash. On our Horizon cruise in May, we stayed in the Havana area. The bartenders & lifeguards were excellent. They called us all by name, stopped & visited, always knew what we needed (and we weren't the heavy drinkers). We gave them each extra the last night. One cruise, we made a horrible mess with sand after a day ashore. I left the room steward an apology note & extra cash for having to clean it up. On a cruise a few years ago, our son got sea sick & threw up on the carpet. We wiped it up but didn't have cleaning supplies. We told the steward, he cleaned a little extra but then while we were in port a day or so later, he shampooed the carpet. I gave him extra money too for the trouble. Plus it was gross. We have tipped our dinner waiters extra before as well, not every cruise.
  7. We were assigned a random PVP. Love him, he does a great job. Always gets back to me right away, knows the answers to all my questions, has great recommendations rather it's about the ship or a port. I don't know how we were assigned, I do know if I log into Carnival and look around at possible sailings, he knows. I usually get a call soon after to see if he can offer any assistance. He knows what VIFP offers we each have and the best option for booking.
  8. I sailed the Horizon in May. It sold out quicker than any of our other cruises.
  9. We bought our kids the bubbles package. It never occurred to me to ignore the rules.
  10. I've attended a couple. This past time on the Horizon the dishes were different. They show you how to prepare the dish & pass out samples. Agreed that 25 minutes early is suffeceint.
  11. I often thought we should have tied something to our gate - so we'd see it quicker when walking back/forth & not have to look at the numbers. The cabin number is on the post - but you have to look at both to be sure it's yours. Maybe a bandana or ribbon or something. (I'm sure decorations aren't allowed.)
  12. No - The ropes and the SKyRide are OPEN on sea days. 🙂 Closed on port days. Sometimes. I rode it and loved it. Not a fan of the ropes because I'm afraid of heights. If you're traveling with no kids, we stayed in the Havana area. Loved it. No one under the age of 12 can be booked there. In fact, we had a few college kids and maybe 1 high school kid while there the end of May. Great service, you get to know each other's names because you see the same people all week, and the Havana room guests are the only ones who get to use that pool/area of the ship. After 7:00 pm it is open to everyone, but never saw anyone use it much after that. We had a cabana room with the patio and would definitely stay there again !
  13. Yes , FTTF is a per cabin charge. For two cabins at $120 - that's $240. I'd pay the $100 for us, not $240.
  14. It was a "Havana Cabana". Within the Havana Area of the ship are all kinds of rooms....interior, balcony , suites, etc . The kind of patio we had is a Cabana. You could go out the gate & walk down to the pool. It was great !
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