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AllenF

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  1. I choose a Blackberry cars to get to hotel from LHR not because any safety concerns but for convivence of not having to drag luggage around after flying all night. Something about a person standing with a sign with your name on it who takes your luggage and walks you to a nice car lets you just chill and relax after a long flight is nice. If you can afford it get a car service.
  2. Last year we cruised on Carnival out of Dover but we stayed a few days in London before the cruise. That being said I used Blackberry cars for all my transportation because I did not wish to drag luggage on the tube from LHR to Hotel after flying all night the cost for me was worth not having the hassle of navigating the walk and ride with 3 pieces of luggage. It was nice having a driver waiting for us after the flight and then picking us up at Hotel and dropping us off right by the cruise terminal door especially after seeing people pulling there luggage on the way to the terminal which is also a long walk from any hotels in Dover if you don't get a taxi. It was the same when when disembarked driver waiting and off to LHR once again the cost for me was worth the convenience. After dealing with the crowds at airport flying in and then being on the ship dealing once again with people and crowds it was so nice having a private car and only having to deal with each other which is hard enough sometimes lol. Lets just say it was a nice and relaxing way to travel before and after dealing with the masses . Once again I will be using Blackberry in July for our cruise out of Dover to Iceland. I know Carnival also provided a transfer from LHR to Dover but the cost was was almost as much as Blackberry for 2 people so I choose to do it privately instead of riding in a coach/bus. So I have to say I agree with John Bull's assessment .
  3. Actually Vegas does not have an Ocean kind like a cruise ship does have las Vegas show or large casino. You say tomato I say 🍅
  4. Not that I am a big gambler but if I were I would be in Vegas. To me gambling in a carnival casino is like buying your groceries at a 7/11.
  5. Any of the Rippintons albums with Russ Freeman or Steve Morse album High Tension Wires Jan Ackerman for Jazz Fusion. Any Van Morrison or Steely Dan even Carol King perhaps throw in some Carpenters lots of good easy listening Music from early 70s.
  6. In my case I have never had any issues with platinum laundry service either. My clothes seem to shrink not because of hot water but I believe the buffet and ice cream could be the source for shrinkage.
  7. Just got off the Pride and if they had Texas Hold-em I never found either version live or Pokerpro tables.
  8. Sitting in AA lounge at LHR at 9am. Sunday traffic was very light and we left before earliest cruise shuttle. Check in at LHR was also quick as well as getting thru security so if you get to airport early on Sunday looks like the way to go. Our flight boards at 1125 for 1215 departure.
  9. Got off boat by 620am with platinum perk carrying our own luggage. Pick time was for 7am blackberry texts you driver information so I texted him we were off boat and we were on our way to airport at 640am.
  10. For most part it worked ok did use chat features
  11. Arriving at Port now will let you know how it goes. For embarking we arrived at 1pm and walked right on ship and rooms were ready. Years ago I like to get on as early as possible but then you just sat and waited for cabin to be ready.
  12. No problem bringing soda on board did not try with alcohol in ports but soda was not an issue at any port
  13. Overall after not cruising on Carnival but 1 time in the last 10 years and being platinum I give the cruise a solid B. My expectations were not to high as we cared more about ports than the ship as we do not cruise as much anymore just not into the crowds but it has been better than expected. Drinks have been very good along with service. Chefs table was great as the steak house (3) times. Only ate in main dining twice (anytime dining). Lido was good and pizza was still great. Nice entertainment as far as singers and bands playing did not step in main show area as not are thing. One thing I found puzzling was there are no urinals in any men’s bathrooms on the ship lol. Gym and steam rooms were also on point. The crew as always were top notch. Sp while I am not as big of fan of cruising as I once was I must say we have a nice relaxing time. Only did one excursion with ship we mostly did self walking tours in ports very easy to do if you like to walk. We are at last port and then a sea day back to Dover if possible I will try to answer any questions before we get back home Sunday night. Used blackberry for transport to hotel in London and then to ship in Dover great service will use for return to Heathrow.
  14. Thanks for the info will on Pride June 30th for Norway.
  15. I just received this email for our June 30th cruise to Norway: To verify what OF posted VIFP PLATINUM AND DIAMOND GUESTS UPDATE AND ONLINE CHECK-IN INVITATION Dear Valued Platinum and Diamond Guests, Welcome back! We want to make you aware of the priority benefits for sailings departing from the U.S. and Europe. Platinum and Diamond guests will be given 48 hours advance access to select their preferred Arrival Appointment. Please visit My Cruise Manager on Carnival.com starting at 16 days prior to sailing to complete your Online Check-In and select the Arrival Appointment that works best with your plans. We will not be able to accommodate guests who show up outside their Arrival Appointment. Upon arrival to the terminal, look for the Priority line to check-in (as is customary, this is not available for Carnival Journeys cruises). Once on board, you will be able to drop off your bags in your stateroom, but we ask that you not linger in the hallways or your stateroom. Our team will still be working hard to get the ship ready for your sailing, so once you drop off your bags, please return to the public areas of the ship. Priority luggage delivery is available for checked-bags. Priority debark and water shuttle debark is available at the home port and ports of call (except on Carnival Journeys cruises). A US$25 in Casino FunPlay®, in addition to any other FunPlay® you might be entitled to as part of your booking, will be provided. Additionally, please remember that certain VIFP amenities will be linked to your Sail & Sign folio for electronic redemption, like how we handle complimentary laundry. Simply claim your benefit, using your Sail & Sign card, and a one-time credit for that item will be posted on your folio and visible on your statement. Complimentary Beverages Brunch Beverage – redeemable in the dining room. 1.5L Bottled Water – redeemable from any bar, restaurant or your stateroom. Chocolate Delight (5+ Day Cruises) A tasty treat will be ready for you to enjoy; just call room service to schedule delivery. Carnival Logo Gift & Ship Pin Please visit our Photo Gallery to claim your Carnival logo gift and your Carnival ship pin. We encourage you to claim your gifts no later than two days prior to the end of your cruise. Your continued support means a lot to us and our great staff and crew can’t wait to welcome you back on board! Sincerely,
  16. For those who have vacationed in Mexico for my comparison I would say Carnival is Cancun and Celebrity is Cabo.
  17. That's a good observation there LOL. From 2003 thru 2009 cruised Carnival 14 times and then once again in 2016. Tried other cruise lines between 2009 and 2018. Last cruise was on Royal summer 2018 Europe. Will never do Caribbean cruises again on any cruise line to easy to fly down from SC. But once again we will be going on Carnival Pride out of Dover for Norway in 2023. Not cruising for food,entertainment or the ship itself but to see the fjords. As expected after reading on CC that service and amenities have gone down no big surprise to me there. All I need is clean room something to eat nice balcony decent weather and relaxation as I watch the scernary go by with my wife. If I want 5 star I will vacation at 5 star resort and even those have there issues. Vacation for me is about spending time with my wife and going to different places cruising has taken me to Australia and New Zealand. Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, and British Isles from us it is about the journey to somewhere different not how many times my room is cleaned or how much bacon is on the buffet 🙂
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