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  1. I am booked as a solo on the Panorama. Even though the early saver promo at the time was for a $50.00 deposit, I still had to pay $100.00, same as if there were 2 people in the cabin. I was surprised I had to pay that. I just hope that if I have to cancel, they will hold $50.00 of that for a future cruise
  2. I get that at times Carnival will not book fewer people into a cabin that will hold more. It makes sense if it's going to be a popular sailing. I have seen on a couple of my cruises where they won't let people book fewer people into cabins until it gets closer to sailing and then if there are plenty of cabins available, they will open up the 3/4 person cabins to smaller parties. What I don't understand is why they will open up these cabins on line but won't let you book them if you call. I was once booked on a cruise in cabin for 2 people (there were only 2 of us). Then our friends decided to book but their cabin wasn't close to ours. I looked on line and saw the cabin next to them was available but it was designated for either 3 or 4 people. At this point they had opened up the 3/4 cabins to be booked by smaller parties. It was available for ANY size party to book on line. I called to see if I could move to that cabin (it was the same category we were already booked in) but they wouldn't allow it. I really think if they are allowing it to be booked on line for any size party, they should allow it when you call too. It's very possible that this is due to Carnival customer service reps not properly trained. I could have taken it further to try and get that cabin but I didn't. It really wasn't that big of a deal to us.
  3. I am not sure about this but it's my understanding that Carnival does not offer FTTF on new ships for the first few months it's sailing. March 2020 may fall into this time period. someone please correct me if I am wrong.
  4. It still could have been a group rate. Travel agencies will reserve group space and then book their clients into it even if they are not "together". I used to work for a travel agency and it was done all the time. Definitely have your PVP look into it though.
  5. My oldest card looks just like your top and and sorry, but I won't part with any of my cards. That card was from my 2nd cruise. That was in 1987. I don't recall having a card at all on my first cruise in 1985 on the Festivale. Does anyone recall if back then we paid cash at the bars? I really don't remember. My first cruise was on the Festivale with 3 of my girlfriends. I don't remember what type of cabin we booked but I know it wasn't a suite. It was either and inside or ocean view quad. A few days before the cruise the Upgrade Fairy called and we were upgraded to one of only 10 balcony suites on the entire ship. Everyone we met on the ship was so jealous. LOL. We even threw a party one night. The funny thing is, that balcony suite was only about the same size as a standard balcony on today's ships. The balcony and the bathroom were a bit bigger but the cabin itself was not. No one had to sleep on an upper bunk though. The cabin had twin beds a sofa that turned into a single bed and a roll away.
  6. According to the brochure, all the 7 night cruises back then had a flat, $25.00 fee for port charges. No mention of taxes, just the port charges and they were not included in the prices listed. Gratuities were not included either. As someone already mentioned, you paid them in cash to the individuals back then.
  7. These prices are for a 7 night cruise on the Holiday. They include air but according to the brochure you would deduct $200.00 pp for cruise only prices.
  8. The pricing for the cabins back then was actually mostly higher than it is now, for the most part. I think now though, Carnival does more nickel and dining than it did back then.
  9. I have always wished that I had saved an old Carnival brochure from the time I started cruising in the mid 80's. Today I was going through some old boxes and found my wedding planner. We did a cruise for our honeymoon and in there I found 2 Carnival brochures. One from 1986 and the other 1986/1987. I was so excited. LOL. My first cruise was one the Festivale in 1985 with my girlfriends and then our honeymoon on the Holiday in 1987.
  10. I have never done a dolphin excursion but have been to both La Romana and Curacao. It depends on what you want to do but you definitely want to do an excursion of some sort in La Romana. There is nothing at the pier at all. In Curaçao you don't have to do an excursion. You can walk off the ship and walk around town. So if you only want to do one excursion on the entire cruise, I suggest La Romana. I just can't vouch for the dolphin experience there.
  11. I usually cruise with a group and would miss the main dining room experience because that is when we are all together. That being said, I would sail on a ship without a main dining room, depending on who I was sailing with. I don't think the main dining room experience on Carnival today is as nice and special as it used to be. In 2015 my husband and I sailed by ourselves on an NCL ship and one of the booking "perks" was free specialty dining every night and we loved it. We only ate in the main dining room one night. I don't know that I would want to pay to eat in a specialty restaurant every night though. If I were just sailing with one or two other people and there were plenty of other "free" options, I would sail on ship with no main dining room.
  12. I was on the Dream 1st cruise out of dry dock. There was still work being done in some areas. Very little of it impacted my experience but I could see how some people would be upset. Hot tubs didn't open until mid cruise. I generally don't go in the hot tubs so this didn't bother me but I know it would bother others. I don't think the water slides were open the first couple of days either. Not sure about that because again, I usually don't do the slides so I wasn't paying that much attention. I'm sure people with kids were upset but at least the pools were all open. There was still work being done in the Serenity area but they just closed off small sections at a time so the entire deck wasn't off limits. We knew when we booked this cruise that it was the 1st one after dry dock and were aware that there would probably still be work going on. I will probably avoid booking cruises right after dry dock in the future but we still had a great time. We did not get any kind of compensation for the inconveniences so don't count on that. That might just depend on how much work is being done on each cruise. On our cruise it didn't seem to be that much.
  13. My husband and I had our honeymoon on the Holiday.
  14. If it's Nola, there is a place right at the pier to check luggage. You can then go explore. They will offer you a choice of coming back to the pier to pick up your luggage or, for an extra cost, they will deliver it to the airport. You do have to pick it up at the airport though. It doesn't get checked for you. At least, this is what they were doing in Nola 2 years ago when we did it. Things may have changed.
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