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Beav1279

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About Beav1279

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About Me

  • Location
    McAllen, TX
  • Interests
    food, drinks, culture, history, beach, shopping
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. I asked for the cash refund on March 30. I received my pre-paid excursions and on-board items refund on May 12 and I received the cruise fare refund on May 14 - EXACTLY 45 days after asking for the refund. Seems fishy that it would be that exact but whatever - I finally got my money back.
  2. I think they more highly target "new-ish" cruisers. DH and I have only been on 1 Carnival cruise. DH gambles about $100-200 per evening. I gamble about $20-50 per evening. We have separate VIFP numbers - he gets much better rate deals than I do. I booked our next cruise for Christmas on the Panorama - we got a Havana aft balcony for less than the published rate for a regular balcony... very good deal, in my opinion! I assume the more we take Carnival cruises, the less deals we'll get, since they will start to expect us to be repeat customers... That's the way marketing works!
  3. Thanks for the LIVE review! I'm having a great time following along.
  4. He said "we can dream" - I hope that Victoria will open again for next summer!
  5. Thank you so much for your reply! You are awesome 🙂 There are 4 of us cruising - my DH and I and my parents. My mom has a bad knee and can't walk a lot. There will be times when 3 of us get out of the car to walk around and see the sites, but she will stay in the car because of her knee. I figured for less than $75/pp we're getting a local who knows the area and will offer my mom the ability to see a lot without much walking. I was thinking about the rental car route, but I would have to do all the driving (everyone else hates driving) and I just want to be a tourist this time around. Since you're a local, what are some of the "must see" things that weren't on my list? We've made a reservation at the Empress for afternoon tea, but is there somewhere else that is better/cooler/must-do?
  6. It's $280 CAD cash. I'll likely just hit the ATM once we arrive... I assume it's less hassle for her so she doesn't have to exchange it herself.
  7. Not totally sure yet... It's billed as a 3-hour "Highlights of Victoria". She said we can include as much or as little as we want and tailor it to our wants. Some of the possibilities are: Fisherman's Wharf boat community, Empress Hotel, Parliament building, Government Street, LoJo, Chinatown, Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, Oak Bay, Upland Estates, and Mount Tolmie. I still need to do a little research before I decide on our exact itinerary.. but it sounds like we'll have plenty to see in those 3 hours!
  8. First, the steakhouse chefs will be happy to accommodate your wife with something to eat. However, please give them a few days notice before your reservation. They have a kitchen full of delicious, fresh food and will certainly make her something wonderful. Second, I'm appalled that strangers on the internet would comment on your wife's choice to eat what she wants to eat. How about we all let people live the life they want without negative commentary?!?
  9. Hello all wise CC members! I'll be stopping in Victoria on the Ovation OTS in June. My family and I have booked a private tour with a local, which should be cool. We'll also be having afternoon tea at the Empress. My question - do we need to bring Canadian dollars to spend or is USD pretty well used? If they prefer Canadian dollars, is there a place near the port to exchange money? Thanks!
  10. At least the LA area is huge and can easily accommodate 2000+ people needing hotel for the night.
  11. I just want to say that I'm following along on the edge of my seat like this is a dramatic movie! I can't imagine what the people involved are going through but I hope Carnival does their best to make things right.. even though I know that none of this is their fault.
  12. I'm following along! DH and I are booked on Panorama for Christmas this coming year. Emma is awesome! We were with her when she was on the Freedom out of Galveston and enjoyed her as the CD. I think Matt is just covering for Emma's vacation.. but could you ask when you're on board? We'd love to hear that she will be on the Panorama for Christmas!
  13. I've always parked at this lot: https://www.lighthouseparking.org/ Since you're gone for 3 weeks, maybe give them a call and see if they'd work on a price for you.
  14. Our flight arrives at 9:30pm.. if it's on time, by the time we get luggage, I assume it will be closer to 10:30pm. After a day full of travel (we have to drive 5 hours to the airport, then spend another 6 hours in airports or in the air), I'm thinking we will be ready to fall into bed. Do you know what hotels near LAX have a free shuttle from the airport?
  15. I'd love a review of your excursion in Cabo - DH and I have that one at the top of our list. How was it?
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