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  1. We just got off the Freedom and had our first experience with the Cheers package. A few notes from a first time Cheers user. First Texas has some weird alcohol laws like no Cheers while in Texas waters, bottles not delivered to cabins until the 2nd day. So the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Board treats a cruise ship in Texas waters just like a big bar or night club. Still Carnival handles this well by not charging you the Cheers fee for the day in Texas waters. You pay with your sail and sign like anyone else. It really surprised us the number of $20-$25 tickets we signed the first day. Think our bar bill was about $140 for two for the the first day. So it is fairly easy to break even for a casual drinker. Second - the freedom from worrying about a bar bill was fantastic!! We tried all kinds of drinks - Alchemy Bar was great. Did not think twice about a bloody mary at breakfast or a drink or glass of wine at dinner. Enjoyed drinks at comedy shows, theater shows, Kareote, etc.. Tried drinks I never would of tried had I been paying per drink. Some were great, some not so good. For us, it was something I would defintly do again.
  2. I wear a suit and tie not because of rules. I do it to look nice for my wife and to look nice in the $300 of over priced pictures she is going to buy Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I believe that the online booking plays games with customers trying price. The software is more sophisticated than you think. First I think they play head games with cabins available. Saying certain sections or decks are full to even out bookings. Second is that they always want it to seem that there are only a few cabins left. We booked 6 months ago for a cruise next spring. First, on the deck we wanted, only aft availability and only 4 cabins. Every time I check only 4 cabins and now they are bow - but bow was full when we booked. Now aft is full but bow has 4 cabins left. Different cabins every day. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. If any of you old timers remember back in the day of little white envelopes what kind of scramble it was to get $1, $5, and $10 and stuff the proper tip into the proper envelope on the last day - you would really appreciate pre-paid tips. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I can only comment on cruises out of Galveston during the summer. But from what I see is a lot more families with younger kids. Less singles and partiers. On the Magic in July, hallways, clubs were empty by 11 except for a few dozen people in the casino. Most passengers headed back to their cabins to put the young ones to bed. We are talking about the same families and kids as you would see at a character breakfast in Disneyworld Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Hwy 3 or 146 are your alternates. I recommend 146. Less lights and will reconnect with 45 at Tiki Island Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Except when you live in Galveston, then it’s like 10 minutes. We normally have someone just drop us off at the port. No flight, no pre cruise hotel, don’t even have to park a car. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Noisiest room we have ever had!!! (on the Magic a few years ago). Sounded like we were in the casino.
  9. As the previous poster stated, some cruise lines do group tours for select travel agents. Normally this is done after a ship refit to show off the changes.
  10. Occasionally a line of tropical thunderstorms swirls in off the gulf, and the path of the storms is that they continue to hammer the same stop as they form and move inland. This is called "Training". This is what happened Sunday morning and caused 7-8" of rain in Chambers and Galveston counties with most of the storms moving right along the coast. When this happens, alot of the old streets in the Strand cannot handle that much water that fast.
  11. Golden Nugget in La is $25 during the day, $50 in the evening Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I remember the days where they would leave envelopes in the cabin and everyone was scrounging for the correct change to put in each envelope for tips (SS Norway 1981)!! Believe me, prepaying is a lot easier. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Gratuities is the one thing that can be added to the stateroom, taxes, port fees when you book a room. Cheers, endless bubbles and shore excursions require payment in full to be removed from the shopping cart to paid in full status. What we are doing is buying and getting Carnival gift cards for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas etc. We can apply the cards $100 at a time to room balance, but we have to wait til we have enough to cover the whole cost of shore excursions or cheers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Anyone remember the old Yellowbird boat in Nassau. I can't seem to find it on any search. Used to be a great excursion. But we are talking back in the old SS Norway days. Guess I am leaning toward the sailboat in Freeport.
  15. Wife wants to do the luxury sailing excursion and it is offered in both Nassua and Freeport. I been to both ports years ago, but I believe Nassua to be the best for shopping and beaches. So I am leaning to booking the excursion at Freeport, but a sail boat ride around Paradise Island would be nice. Looking for someone that can recommend sailing at one port or the other.
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