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Carl Nival

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  1. 1.  Yes, there will be 2 formal nights on the 2nd and 5th night.  The attire is "Cruise Elegant", which loosely translates "What's elegant for you".


    2.  You will be provided with 2 VERY nice beach towels.  In fact, they are the only towels allowed to be taken off the ship.  If you take one home, it will cost you $22.

  2. She's the last Vista class ship.  She'll be sailing out of Long Beach, California.  I think she might be setting some new records for a Long Beach cruise port.  Biggest and newest, perhaps?  And she's going to be very female.  A female cruise director AND a entertainment director.  She's like the Star Trek: Voyager of cruise ships.  In all seriousness, I think I'm going to sail on her ASAP.

  3. The bedding that Carnival uses is way too warm, and the rooms can get stuffy at night.  I've woken up drenched in sweat before because their comforters are better suited for survival in Antarctica rather than a tropical cruise.  So I created this handy-dandy note to give to the room steward.  It worked too!  Arvin, our room steward, replaced that heavy, hot bedding with something light and refreshing.  

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  4. There was a really nice bar waiter from Bosnia that I thought delivered above and beyond service.  On the last night of the cruise, I tipped him $30 on my last drink bill.  Usually I tip people I really like in cash, but I didn't have any on me.  His eyes got really big, and he thanked me for the generous tip.  So does he really get that $30, or does it go into the tip bank to be split 6 ways to Sunday?



  5. 5 minutes ago, Jerseygirl1416 said:

    I’m assuming this is a joke, but I don’t like the tables they have that are lined up 4 inches from the next too so I just always ask for a private table for 2 from the host or hostess. It’s never failed to get us a regular dining table that’s not awkwardly close to the next table.

    This wasn’t a joke.  I’m glad someone else doesn’t like sitting practically family style when you just want to unwind and dine with DH.  

  6. Does the MDR of the Carnival Freedom still offer a secret Indian menu that you have to ask the server for?  I'll be sailing on her in a few days, and I never get to try Indian food at home.  Thank you in advance.

  7. Thank you, everyone, for your replies.  I have about $850 so far in OBC, Cruise Cash, Bar Cash, and Shareholder Benefit.   I try to pay for as much as possible in advanced because I hate being stuck with a huge bill at the end of the cruise.  I want to walk off the ship with nothing but memories.


    Please tell me more about the Casino trick for cashing out unused Cruise Cash?

  8. I didn't know this before tonight, but the maximum amount of Cruise Cash I'm allowed to purchase before my 6-day cruise on June 16th is $500.  So I've started buying Cruise Cash Bar.  I expect that 99.99% of my expenses on the cruise will be bar-related.


    How do I have the Cruise Cash Bar spent first, and then start dipping into the general Cruise Cash?  Do I need to make a bee-line to Guest Services when I get on board the ship? Or do you do it at check-in?  


    Thank you in advance.

  9. On 3/8/2019 at 1:34 AM, Erik101 said:


    I would have been disappointed to if my mom told me to cancel my chef’s table experience.  Then again, my mom knows she doesn’t have any say so on what I want to do on my vacation. 

    I love my parents, but they act strange when we're all on a cruise together.  My mom is a food snob, and my dad is a wine snob.  I prefer going on a cruise with just my spouse.

  10. 17 hours ago, Erik101 said:


    I would have been disappointed to if my mom told me to cancel my chef’s table experience.  Then again, my mom knows she doesn’t have any say so on what I want to do on my vacation. 


    She paid for the cruise, so I didn't have any choice.

  11. On 3/4/2019 at 5:33 PM, coevan said:

    I'm glad you spoke on behalf of the OP, but I did not read it the way you did. It's like saying you had bad service at an Italian restaurant, so you'll not eat a Morton's because of the service at an Italian restaurant, makes no sense.

    Here's the full story.  We went to the Chop's Grille on a Royal Caribbean ship on the same night there was a large group there.  There were about 40 people at one table.  I believe a couple was having a destination wedding.  A destination wedding.  Anyway, the Chop's galley was slammed, and my mom's steak had the taste and consistently shoe leather.  She was super upset about it.  She made the false equivalency that all premium dining aboard the ship was bad.  She demanded that we go straight to the Guest Services desk and cancel the Chef's Table.  I was disappointed.  


    Ironically, we ended up eating twice at Giovanni's Table (their Italian restaurant) and loved it both times.  I'm sure the Chef's Table would have been delicious.



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