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  1. This topic has been discussed and debated many times before, both on here and other cruise forums. Since the porters at the cruise terminals are members of the Longshoremen's Union, and are getting paid union wages (which is more per hour than many cruisers earn), we feel that $1.00 - $2.00 per bag is sufficient. But, tip whatever you feel is right for you.
  2. Since you're on a cruise ship, the best answer would be "cruise casual". So, basically what you might wear if you're going to lunch at the buffet, or a deck party on the Lido deck.
  3. How well wifi works on the ship will depend on where you are on the ship. It can be spotty sometimes, and seems to work better when in an open area, such as the Lido Deck, but may not work so well when inside on a lower deck, such as Deck 3 (Lobby Deck) or Deck 5 (Promenade).
  4. $4.50 a 12 pack + delivery fee times how many 12 packs per cruise? Since we're not addicted to bottled water, we each take our own Tervis tumblers (for the one time cost of $15.00 each) and refill them over and over again with the free ice and water provided by the ship.
  5. Yes, it's true that people don't decorate their hotel room door. However, if someone is staying at a hotel, either pre-cruise or post cruise, it's usually only for one night, unlike being on a cruise ship for a week. Some people like to let their fellow passengers know if they're celebrating a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc. And, while it's true that each cabin has it's number on the mail box, for some folks it's quicker and easier to find their cabin if there's some sort of decoration on the door, even if it's just a cutout of a starfish or a seashell. 😉
  6. I found this on Carnival's "F.A.Q." page: https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/list/search/1/kw/change of itinerary Cruise Cancellation and Itinerary Change PolicyCarnival reserves the right to cancel or substitute any scheduled port of call at any time and for any reason whatsoever without prior notice and shall not be liable for any loss to guests by reason...
  7. About two years ago, I read that the captain of one of Carnival's ships did not like seeing the cabin doors decorated and took it upon himself to have door decorations banned. This ban prompted a LOT of negative feedback from the passengers, and, as far as I know, the ban was lifted. Perhaps one (or more) of Norwegian's captains have similarly prompted this rule.
  8. If Carnival adopts these same restrictions, I'm sure they'll be strictly enforced fleet wide , just like all of their current restrictions, such as chair hogging, smoking, MDR dress code, etc.
  9. I'm a bit confused. Are you already booked on the Mardi Gras for 10/24/2020, and you're checking for price drops? If the cruise is sold out, then there won't be any price drops.
  10. There may be, but if your embarkation is anything like ours was this past May, you really won't need it. We're still at Gold level. The check-in times for the terminal started at 12:00 - 12:30. We got there about 11:45 and were allowed to get in line right away. Those that had priority boarding (Platinum, Diamond, FTTF, etc.) seemed to already be boarding, while those of us that did not have priority boarding stood in line. Shortly after 12;00, general boarding began. Although the line was long, boarding went fairly quickly, and I believe we were on board by about 12:15 - 12:20.
  11. It depends on the excursion. If it's a very popular excursion, and/or there is limited availability, it may be sold out if you wait until the day before. If you don't want to book an excursion well in advance, have an alternate choice in mind, just in case.
  12. I discovered several years ago that not all souvenir cups are offered every time on every cruise. On our Liberty cruise back in 2013, we wanted two of the whale tail cups. Since I didn't see any on display, I asked a bartender at the Red Frog if the whale tail cups would be offered for sale. She didn't seem to think they would be on that cruise, but said she would check to see if there were any in stock, and to check back with her the next day. Sure enough, she was able to get a couple for us. (Yay!) So, my suggestion is, if you don't see a particular souvenir cup on display, just ask your bartender, either at the Red Frog or the Blue Iguana. You just might get lucky like we did.
  13. Same with us. We haven't seen any substantial price drops since 2013 either. I think we ended up with about $250.00 in OBC. We had a great cruise with a near zero bar tab.
  14. I'm guessing you're talking about a M&M organized through Carnival that you've discussed on your roll call? I think the reason that those type of Meet & Mingles turn out to be a dud is because they're typically at an odd time (and day) when there's usually some other activity that most people are involved with. We've had better luck with Meet & Mingles when they're organized by our roll call members (and NOT Carnival). Typically, the person that started the roll call will get in touch with the Cruise Director (in advance of Embarkation Day) to see if there's an area available (such as one of the ship's lounges or nightclub) that we could utilize, usually late morning or mid day on our first at-sea day. On our Vista cruise, we were able to use the Red Frog Pub. On our Magic cruise, we were able to use the Vibe nightclub. Based on past experience, you'll probably have about 1/10th to 1/4th of the roll call members actually show up. So, if you've got 100 members in your roll call group, you'll have somewhere between 10 - 25 people make it to the M&M. It might be worth your time to contact the cruise director on his/her FB page (or email) to see if he/she can help you.
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