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  1. There are no Carnival ships sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale through March 2023, according to Carnival's web site right now. Believe me, the first thing I considered was moving to another cruise. The biggest criteria for booking this cruise was leaving from Port Everglades because we had such a good experience last time. If we end up flying Southwest we will fly into FLL and shuttle to the cruise port. If we use another airline, whether we fly into FLL or MIA will depend on price and times. Cruise isn't until January 2022 so we won't be booking flights until next summer.
  2. Yes, I know and we might do that. But it is a longer and more expensive ride from FLL to Miami. Just remembering our cruise in January, arriving at FLL and how easy and fast it was to get to Port Everglades. This is the main reason we booked the Freedom out of Ft. Lauderdale in the first place. Also there are no direct flights to MIA from where we are.
  3. Got a message from Carnival via my TA that Carnival Freedom is moving to Miami from Ft. Lauderdale. I am sad because FLL is easier to fly to than MIA and Port Everglades is so close to the airport. Just venting here . . . our cruise is not until 2022 and many more changes could happen before then.
  4. Our January 2021 Breeze cruise was canceled and I am actually relieved. I was stressed thinking that final payment was due in October and wondering if I should make the payment when the cruise could very well be canceled. I only have our reduced deposit at risk so don't mind Carnival holding that for now. I was also waiting for Southwest's schedule to open booking and would have reserved the flights asap. So I don't have to think about that for now. I am uncomfortable about cruising in January when there are so many unknowns about COVID. Canceling a cruise is really no big deal - I can rebook any time and don't mind waiting a year or two. In perspective, not cruising doesn't compare to canceling our 50th Anniversary celebration last month, two of my nieces canceled their weddings, and the list goes on. Right now I am happy that we will soon be camping in the beautiful Adirondacks and that is very relaxing. Cruising can wait! And those passengers on the Radiance who will be on the Breeze - have fun! We are waiting patiently for our turn.
  5. I recently cruised with 7 other ladies and we are in your age group. We each had our own stateroom and it was wonderful. We usually paired up or did things in small groups but on occasion I went out on my own. Some of the things I enjoyed by myself were: roulette in the casino, sitting and listening to the different music venues, shopping for myself, people watching, sitting in the hot tub. I didn't actually go alone but would not mind going to a show by myself or perhaps taking part in a trivia game. Enjoy your cruise - there's nothing like having your own private cabin.
  6. I really cannot answer question, but do remember people saying on CC here that having her just be a no show is the way to handle it. Hopefully you get replies from people who have experience. I do want to offer some encouragement to you: Cruising with a group of friends/family and having your own private cabin is awesome. You can spent time with others but also have the luxury of retreating to your own cabin for quiet time, bathroom time, sleeping etc. I have cruised with my friends several times. Some are single ladies and some leave their hubbies at home. We each have our own cabin and it is wonderful. We used the Carnival HUB app to message each other. Our dining was linked so we were together for dinner every night. We mostly hung out in pairs or small groups and sometimes we all met for the night's show. Yes, it is expensive to have your own stateroom as you pay for 2 cruise fares, but but taxes, fees, gratuities and transportation you only pay for yourself. I recommend you just go and have a great time!
  7. I personally do not like to eat at the buffet. However, would not like them eliminated because they have their following and less crowds where I want to be. I wish the MDR was open for lunch. I prefer smaller portions and being served while on vacation.
  8. Yes, ObstructedView's photos show exactly how they work. When I looked at other photos earlier, I was wrongly thinking the doors were part of the partition between balconies. So if the doors are ever closed, it will be like a nice ocean view cabin. Looking forward to our cruise on the Breeze next January! Not hurricane season so I don't expect they will close the balcony door.
  9. Thank you for your replies. Now I understand - it is a storm door that just covers your balcony door so it cannot be opened. Somehow I thought they closed off the whole balcony from the weather.
  10. The dealers at roulette tables will gladly take your cash in exchange for chips to play with.
  11. I read somewhere, here on CruiseCritic I believe, that the crew can close off the cove balconies during severe storms. The way the cove balconies are set back into the ship with the opening cut out of the hull makes sense that they could be closed. However, in the photos that I have seen of people's cove balconies, I have never seen a "door" or cover or whatever that could close off the balcony from the outside weather. It doesn't seem practical to me that they would store these doors or covers somewhere else. I have also read that occasionally they do in fact close the cove balconies during severe weather. Does anyone know? Does anyone have a photo to show how they do this?
  12. We enjoyed the shows at night. Sat and listened to music in the lobby. Ate breakfast, brunch and dinner in dining rooms. Went to the Piano Bar, spent time in casino, looked around shops. Watched the ocean and people. Visited with each other. Occasional afternoon nap. Lots of excitement for this retiree!
  13. Beary', no first time cruisers, but first time on Carnival for one. We were all impressed with everything. We didn't watch the big screen but did notice it is in fact there. We tended to find quieter locations. The seas were rocky the first couple of days but not enough to stop our activity. I did hold on to the handrails at times. Was so busy with other things that I didn't experience Guys BBQ, the Pizza Place, Seafood Shack, the Comedy shows, or the Serenity deck. I guess we have to go back and make sure to do so.
  14. We just returned from 6 days on Carnival Magic. I will list all the positives and then a couple of not so positives at the end. Background: We were a group of 8 mostly retired ladies, some single and the rest of us left our husband’s home because they were not interested in cruising. We each had our own cabin and were mostly near the front on decks 1 and 2 with one lady on deck 11. Feel free to ask any questions. Positives (we all had a great time) Flight on Southwest Airlines from Albany, NY to Ft. Lauderdale was onetime and stress free. We arrived at 10:30 the morning of the cruise (January 12). A Carnival representative was right at the baggage claim and he immediately walked us over to a check-in area. One of the ladies didn’t purchase Carnival ground transportation in advance, and she was able to purchase it for both ways right there. We were loaded on the bus and quickly taken to the Port. Luggage was unloaded, we turned our luggage over the the waiting porters. It’s a good idea to make contact with a porter, show him you luggage, tip him a couple of dollars so you can watch him put your luggage on the cart. We arrived at the terminal at approximately 11:15 a.m. We had check-in times of 12:00-12:30 and 12:30-1:00 but were all able to enter the terminal and go through the lines smoothly. Didn’t take long at all to go through check-in process and security. We were probably onboard by 11:45. First stop was the Shore Tour/Excursion Desk to select our Beach Villa for Half Moon Cay. Then 4 of us headed to my room to drop off our carry-ons - I am Platinum so my cabin was ready. The others were off finding lunch. We headed to the Cucina del Capitano Italian Restaurant on Deck 11 because it is usually a quiet place to have lunch on embarkation day. Good food and service. This is an extra charge place for dinner, but no charge for lunch. My room was on Deck 2 inside category but with portholes. The room was really nice with a standard bathroom and closet, sofa, desk, and a single bed. The sofa could be made into another single bed if necessary. The room was clean and comfortable and my room steward took excellent care of it. I did feel the motion of the sea but it did not bother me. There was some noise from waves hitting the hull and perhaps engine noise, but that’s ok, this was the lowest priced cabin and worth the minor inconvenience. Dinner in the Southern Lights Dining Room was awesome every night. On Elegant Night the lobster tails were the best tasting that I’ve had in a very long time. Desserts were decadent. We ate most breakfasts in the dining room, either open seating on port days or Sea Day Brunch on sea days. Always a good experience. Guys burgers were good as were Deli sandwiches. Didn’t get a chance to try the pizza or the Guys BBQ; will have to do that on another cruise. Carnival HubApp - worked fairly well. We had to keep signing out and back in to get messages sometimes. The App was helpful but it would be great if they could improve it to be more reliable. One of our group forgot to download the HubApp from home but was able to do that on the ship with help from Guest Services and/or a Carnival Hub area. First stop was Half Moon Cay. This is my all time favorite port. We rented the Beach Villa which was awesome! The Villas are 2 story buildings with a porch on both levels. The lower level has a full bathroom for our private use and a 5 person hot tub. Also available were float mats and snorkel equipment for our use. The upper level had a dining table with seating for 8, a refrigerator, sink, counter area. They provided a cooler of soft drinks and water, trays of veggies and dips, salsa and chips and plates and utensils. Even though the Villa is open in the front and has open windows, there is an air conditioner blowing a cool breeze. We got our lunch from the dining pavilion (Carnival food and included) and brought it back to eat in the comfort of our Villa. We sat on beach chairs and floated the ocean. The sand is soft and white and the ocean absolutely beautiful. Divided 8 ways, the Villa cost $75 each and was well worth it. Grand Turk is another nice and easy stop. The ship docks and you walk in to the port. We walked to some chairs in Margaritaville and it was much too sunny and hot for me, so 2 of us went to a Starbucks and sat in the shade, enjoying a nice breeze, and using their free WiFi while enjoying our drinks. We found some beach chairs with umbrellas and went into the ocean and swam around for a while. A rain storm blew in and it rained hard. We figured we couldn’t get any wetter and stayed in the water for a while. It cleared quickly and we dried off and went back to the ship. Amber Cove is a fairly new port that I’ve never been to before. Most of our group took a Carnival tour into town to shop and see some things. I and one companion went into the pool area and found a nice spot in the shade. There are plenty of small palm trees that will eventually grow and provide more shade. People whiz by on the zip line over the pool and sitting area. There are plenty of cabanas visible and a swim up bar in the pool. Also music going on. My friend and I found a shady spot under a bridge and spent some time there enjoying the water and atmosphere. Everything is beautifully set up on Amber Cove. Casino was fun and I was able to play Roulette with my predetermined gambling money and was still able to buy some tanzanite earrings and pendant spending only my allotted amount. So I was happy. Debarkation was easy. We all had zone 1 tags because we had an early flight. Flight was on-time and got us home to Albany, NY in 3 hours. Negatives: We had to get off the ship and go home to a very snowy day west of Albany, New York. Didn’t get much sleep the last night possibly due to engine noise. Not really an issue because I did have the cheapest cabin they sell so I am not complaining. When you have a single occupied cabin, you pay double cruise fare so I did not want to pay for a premium cabin for just me. We are looking forward to sailing again in a couple of years.
  15. Eight of us have a Beach Villa reserved for our day at Half Moon Cay next week. It is reserved in my name and I know I will need to choose the specific Villa and provide drink preferences when I board the Carnival Magic. Question: How many drinks do they provide for 8 people? Most want water and a few want various soft drinks. The Villa is for 8 people so do they provide 2 or 3 drinks each? Just trying to figure out percentage of water vs. sodas to request.
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