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  1. I am booked on the Vista December 24, 2021 from Galveston. Normally the check-in date is 90 days before the cruise and I find it odd that my check-in date is December 14, 2021 which is only 10 days prior.
  2. In February 2018, Carnival announced a major port redevelopment in Ensenada Mexico: "The project will provide guests visiting the destination with an unparalleled, one-of-a-kind dining and retail experiences ashore, along with unique attractions for guests of all ages to enjoy. Details about the development will be announced at a later date." 3 years later and I have never seen an update. I realize that things may have taken a pause this last year but does anyone know if they have started a redevelopment of the port? I loved the times we have stopped in E
  3. I would go for 8 day over 7 days! I have never been on the Panorama (we were 2 weeks away from going on March 28 when cruising shut down), however, we have done the Mexican Rivera about 5 times prior. If you are looking for beautiful beaches and being in the ocean, I would choose the Caribbean. Also, California is a little chillier in the winter and it doesn't get hot until you get to Cabo or south. We are in Alberta and so flying to California is so much easier. Puerto Rico is one of my favourite ports plus I have never been to St. Maarten and would love to visit Maho Beach.
  4. They will automatically be enrolled in the age that they are on embarkation. You can go and speak to the staff and they can sometimes move them up. I believe it depends on how many kids they have that week. My youngest son was a few months away from Circle C about 4 years ago and the youth director let him move up when we went to speak with her on embarkation. She warned him that he had to behave to stay and he was so happy that they let him move up, he was an angel in fears that he would be moved down. My oldest son was turning 18 during the last cruise we had booked. It en
  5. This is the balcony in cabin 9477. You can see that it is covered. The two end balconies are also bigger than the middle ones. I LOVED this balcony but I also don't sit in the sun so I appreciated the shade.
  6. I agree. Just the logistics of getting staff back alone is so difficult. It took 3 months to get most staff home. I cannot imagine the 900 crew for each ship all flying to the USA, being in quarantine for 2 weeks and getting the ship ready to sail. You cannot quarantine these people all together as if one has COVID19 then it will just circulate round and round like the ships that had the virus after the stop sail order. I don't believe there will be cruises from the US until well into 2021. I live in Canada and we cannot even drive to the US as the boarders are closed.
  7. My sister got the "birthday email" to rebook and get $200. Her birthday is in March so I don't think it is specifically for the person's birthday. Is it because Carnival just started promoting their 50th birthday next year? I didn't get the same email as of yet anyway.
  8. I've had an AFT on the Dream, Splendor and Breeze. LOVE THEM! The thing I like best is that it is not windy back there when the ship is sailing. Sometimes at night the side balconies can be so windy but not on the AFT. I always get right below the Lido deck as there is a lip hanging over and it is not all sunny. The other decks get alot more sun and you can see down into them. The deck below the Lido is a bit more private. You do get a bit of deck chair noise but that doesn't bother me.
  9. I don't think ships will start sailing in Aug or Sept for many reasons. One that hasn't been discussed is the crew. They are still in the process of returning crew home by ship because they cannot secure air travel. So if the ships that are scheduled to sale in August, they would have to get the crew onboard by mid-July. Even the Canada/US boarder is currently closed. How are they going to get crew from places like the Philippians, Indonesia, India, European countries etc back INTO the US to get on the ships to get them ready? Also, the repatriation for many crew members isn'
  10. We are also booked on a cruise for August 1 and also live in Canada. I booked this cruise in March as a replacement for the cruise that was cancelled March 28. In March, I thought August seemed like so far away but now nothing has improved with COVID19. If I cancel or rebook now, we lose our $600 US OBC per cabin (we have 2 cabins) so I don't want to cancel. I would rather Carnival cancel as the incentives are better. I spoke with my travel agent as I told her that my greatest fear was that Carnival would go ahead and sail and Canada wouldn't let us travel out of the country. She told me
  11. Mine was still there until March 28 which was the day we were supposed to sail.
  12. My TA was told by Carnival that the $600 cannot be used for gratuities or the casino. Has anyone had experience using an OBC for either? We also have a $50 OBC for booking and then a $100 OBC for being shareholders. Do different type of OBCs have different restrictions?
  13. My TA was told by Carnival that I could not use my OBC for gratuities or the casino. Does anyone have an personal experience of this lately that would say otherwise?
  14. Worst cabin experience for me was spa cabin 12216 on the Dream. See the little stairs beside the cabin? I thought they would only be busy when the water slides were open but NO people run up and down them all night long. Also, there is a door to outside right there as well that automatically slams shut and people used that door instead of the middle door that leads you to the main hallway at all hours as well. From the running and jumping on the stairs to the slamming of the door, I am very careful of cabins I book. Great cruise though just crappy cabin selection.
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