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Pellaz

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    Atlanta, GA
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    Freediving, radio deejay, railfanning, writer/editor
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    RCCL, CCL
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    Bahamas/Caribbean
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  1. Thanks for that intel. I'd been thinking that cruise lines would simply adopt their "enhanced sanitation" protocols during the pandemic that they have always invoked after norovirus outbreaks, which includes crew stationed at the buffets to serve guests (less handling of serving utensils that way). Cruise lines hate doing that, too, since it is very crew-intensive. I remember seeing members of the performance troupe acting as buffet servers on one cruise. 😮
  2. Here's the definitive list of eateries on all ships: https://help.goccl.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4252 Updated July 7th. We have an October cruise booked on Mardi Gras and another next year on Horizon, and our last cruise pre-COVID was on the Magic, so it's been a bit dizzying trying to keep the eateries straight in my head. 🙂 And yes, I was surprised to see there is no dedicated sushi place on the Magic. My cruise compadres and I don't eat sushi, which is why we didn't notice the omission.
  3. You'll be fine. We cruised on Magic two cruises in a row in part because we liked all the dining options, particularly the free/included options for lunch. (We don't pay extra for specialty dining as a general rule.) Looking at the free/included dining options, you have Guy's Burger Joint -- free for lunch, and until 6 pm Blue Iguana Cantina -- outstanding made-to-order burritos and tacos (also breakfast burritos, avoiding the usual buffet mayhem) Cucina del Capitano -- free "Captain's Pasta Bar" for lunch. GREAT option to avoid embark-day buffet crowdi
  4. Thanks for this info. We're booked on Horizon in October 2022 and it sounds like our Cabana (or "lanai") stateroom is close to where yours is -- about the middle of the row, starboard side for us. I'd been studying the deck plans and it's great to hear that my surmises are correct: nice and close to Ocean Plaza, Java Bar and the BBQ place (free/included at lunch, as I recall)...and I'd forgotten that Ocean Plaza serves breakfast so that's even better. We probably won't patronize the sushi or the Steakhouse -- my cruise-friends dislike spending "extra" on food -- but we'll likel
  5. I was curious about the cabins at the far end of the corridor (i.e., more forward). Thanks. The CDP website (can't link to it here) flagged the interiors closer to the Havana Bar as potentially noisy at night. We booked a Havana Cabana Banana Fofana room on Horizon so we should be fine. It's an older link, but it checks out. I could swear I saw a mention of the 7 pm "un-curfew" on the Carnival site while I was booking the stateroom, but a targeted search of the site produced no hits and mentions of "exclusive access." I'm not unhappy with it, either.
  6. As previously mentioned, this is only true for outside-facing cabins -- Havana patios and balconies/suites. Interior rooms DO experience some noise from the bands and the bar area since they share a common wall.
  7. We're booked in a Havana Cabana on the Horizon in October 2022. When we booked, I didn't see anything stating that the public was still barred from the area after 7 pm; the info said the area WAS open to the public after that hour. Can anyone confirm one way or the other? From our experience, it hasn't made too much difference. On our Vista cruise we didn't notice any huge influx of people after 7 pm into the pool area. (The inside area and the Havana Bar are, of course, unrestricted access.)
  8. Ooooh, I hope this is wrong. We sail in October. 😞 I'm still checking on it every morning...sometimes twice a day. My cruise-mates were "sold" on it the first time we used it on a cruise.
  9. We're booked on Mardi Gras Oct. 9th, 2021. Here's hoping! (Our Oct. 2020 cruise on the Valor became a victim of the pandemic.) We're also booked on the Horizon for Oct. 2022.
  10. The hostess at Johnny Rockets told me I could eat there as often as I wanted. 😮 I'd have expected a daily limit of maybe 3 or 4 visits based on the $35 a la carte credit and JR's usual "cover," but she seemed certain it was effectively unlimited. Not sure if that was a "charter" thing or if it's their normal policy.
  11. Actually, they told me the Unlimited package DID include Playmakers (presumably a $35 credit). Also, dinner at Izumi was included but, as someone noted, it was a $10 upcharge for a combo or a second entree protein. It also includes effectively unlimited dining at Johnny Rockets. As far as the heralded "specialty lunch on seadays" thing, that was not available at all on our sailing because it was a charter. I advised them that, since the shipboard offerings for the "Unlimited" Dining Plan differed so much from their website's description, they really shouldn't offer it p
  12. Egads at the confusion. I guess I'll just have to check with the specialty restaurants after boarding, as suggested. I don't expect too many "takers" at the specialty restaurants during this charter cruise, but I also don't remember the Unlimited Dining Package being offered to us in the past, either. (There are MANY differences in offerings; for example, no Suite Lounge or concierge service and no alcoholic drink packages available.)
  13. As a follow-up, I'm booked on the Indy for Tuesday's charter sailing and the Unlimited Dining Package description states that Izumi IS included, but with a $10 upcharge. This would be consistent with that $35 credit for "a la carte" dining venues (as it also states), but since Izumi's price is $45, the $10 surcharge would cover the difference. It also states that seaday lunch in specialty restaurants is also included gratis, but with no further details OR whether reservations are required for lunch. (?)
  14. That was our experience on the Magic and also the Vista (with minor variations on the items). Prior to that on Conquest-class ships we saw the "Pizza Pirate Plus" menu from 11 pm until 1am or 2 am, with lasagna every night and a rotating entree (like sausage-and-pepper, chicken parm, etc.) each night.
  15. Sea Day Brunch -- it's seriously one of the best meal experiences on Carnival. Also, always on the last sea-day, there's the Behind the Fun tour.
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