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Steve551

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  1. Don't worry! According to one of the latest videos on John Heald's FB page there is no difference cruising now than it was 3 weeks ago --- except people are washing their hands more and using more hand sanitizer. As long as you're on a Carnival cruise you are safe, just ask John. He says that Carnival & Christine Duffy will keep everyone safe. Too bad Carnival hasn't shared their ability to safeguard against COVID-19 with their sister line, Princess.
  2. True. But with Carnival you pay for the drink package and still pay 18% gratuity. As far as fare comparisons go we have a 21-day Panama Canal cruise booked with NCL on the Bliss (4/19/20-5/10/20). We have a "Sail Away Mini-Suite". Total cost of the cruise was $3,946 for 2 of us. Of course we have to fly to NYC & home from SEA but with taxes & port fees that's about $94 per day/person. That rate is still available 🙂
  3. Recently I have found better prices on Princess & HAL than Carnival for the same itineraries. Last year we booked an Alaska cruise with Princess over Carnival because of the price and because they gave our son $100obc (Military Appreciation). Since that cruise we booked on NCL & RCCL over Carnival. Even with all of the cost savings cutbacks, I mean environment saving cutbacks, Carnival's claim of lowest rates in the industry doesn't holdup like it did years ago.
  4. You get 3 drink vouchers each night (5:00pm-8:00pm). Royal does have a very nice loyalty program. Especially once you reach 80-days. NCL does too. I like NCL's the best, especially once we reached Platinum with them.
  5. Forward Cove Balconies. My wife loves to be close to the water. - to hear the ship cutting through the water. I like Cove balconies because it saves a lot of money especially compared to some of the cabins we book on other cruise lines.
  6. If the itinerary were the same in most cases I would pick Royal over Carnival. We are old school cruisers (20+ years) and enjoy many of the things that Carnival has cut back on. We have more than 100 days cruising with Carnival so this isn't meant as a put down of Carnival but they have changed a lot over the years - IMHO not for the better. We will continue to cruise with Carnival but they are no longer our first choice. This is a little off subject but our favorite cruise line, out of the "major" cruise lines, is Celebrity (mayve that's because our favorite Mediter
  7. I won the Royal Caribbean cruise, which included Ocean View cabin and a seat in their main event, for $100. The NCL cruise, which included Inside Cabin and a seat in their main event, for $100. The RCL I was on an Ante-Up Poker cruise. I wasn't doing well on the cash tables that day so I went upstairs to the casino just in time to enter their $100 satellite. I ran so well that I took a huge chip advantage to the final table. I ended up heads up against a guy who was playing in his first poker tournament. His wife was watching and when he won the first hand she got so excited
  8. Won 2 poker cruises for 2019 (RCL & NCL). Next "free" cruise 12/1/19 on the Getaway (except for taxes and port fees). Flying using points = an inexpensive vacation. I haven't figured up the cost per day but it isn't much.
  9. Carnival has an insanely loyal following. Kind of reminds me of In-n-Out. Good burger but far from the best. Been on 19 Carnival cruises, 10 or so with Celebrity, and a few more with Royal. Celebrity is my favorite cruise line, my wife prefers Royal (because of the Oasis Class ships). Since we are destination cruisers I would pick Celebrity over Carnival "if" the itinerary were similar. But I would be over-ruled if an Oasis Class ship also had a similar itinerary LOL
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