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  1. We did the 8 night Horizon trip last year. The ship is awesome! Hopefully you have a Havana Cabana! We did not get off in La Romana so I won't comment on that piece, however... Grand Turk - I always like to swim in the ocean so we made this a beach day. Couple of options... Use the beach right off the ship. Yes, it may be a bit crowded but on this particular trip we weren't planning on speding ALL day at the beach, just an hour or two, so we dropped our towels along the waters edge so we could keep an eye on them and hit the water. Once we were done, headed back to the ship that was right there. Jack Shack - I have been to Jack Shack a few times and have NEVER seen it crowded. Most people don't want to walk that far (as was our case this trip) and therefore stop before they make it down that far. Water there is actually better than right off the pier as there are almost no rocks to contend with. Governor's Beach - I've never been here as the other two options always worked for me, but you can head here which appears to rarely have people. Curacao - This stop was fantastic for walking around and seeing the city. There are no annoying vendors right off the ship trying to sell you crap. Everyone was just as friendly as can be. We did this in two trip. First, we got off during the day and walked around the city looking in shop, taking in sights, and having a few of the local beers at a restaurant. Second, we had dinner on the ship, then went out to see the city at night. The floating bridge is all lit up as are a lot of other sights and it made from some great pictures. I have heard that Curacao has some great snorkeling so next trip I will do that. As a side note, we stopped in one shop to browse their selection of Curacao (alcohol) and the wonderful young lady in there gave us a full tasting of all the flavors so we were able to buy the ones we liked. Aruba - I highly, HIGHLY recommend Trikes Aruba!! You have to book this independantly as they don't have an excursion through the ship, but OMG was this a fantastic trip!! You get to drive/ride the trike over the ENTIRE island and get to see some beautiful sights! Both my wife and I thought this was one of the best excursions we have ever done and I can't say enough about it. Just do a search for Trikes Aruba and you will find them. They pick you up right outside the port and will make sure you are back to the ship on time. I'm pretty sure we had 4 couples from our ship that booked them and every single person absolutely loved it. My wife took a ton of videos of us riding around the island. Hopefully that helps you a little but you will enjoy this cruise. I plan on booking it again in the near future.
  2. From what I remember, there was not an option to indicate wheelchair. We did see several people using them on the ship and did not notice any issues.
  3. Some of it depends on the ship and/or itinerary you are looking at. Ships like Horizon, Panorama, Mardi Gras will sell out much faster. You can always book at one of their $50 deposit promotions and if you can't take that cruise, just cancel and move your deposit to another sailing. I have also read that when you view online, not all the open rooms show. However, I'm not sure if that is 100% accurate information.
  4. I am still waiting for the refund...haven't seen it hit the card yet.
  5. I figured so and did a quick search of the forums but didn't see anything about it. So looks like I was one of the people they referenced in the notice that didn't get the notification until today. Ugh. Mardi Gras Notice.pdf
  6. I just got notice from Carnival that the Mardi Gras is officially delayed and they have cancelled all sailings prior to the November 14, 2020 sailing out of Port Canaveral. I was scheduled to sail the maiden voyage out of Copenhagen so they canceled that one, the trans-Atlantic sailing and the sailings out of NY. This sucks. I've attached the noticed sent to me by Carnival, and have confirmed on the website that my booking is gone. Mardi Gras Notice.pdf
  7. I had all the craft beers (except the IPA) on the Horizon a few weeks ago. The wheat, smoked porter, and Thirsty Frog red are all good.
  8. ishap


    I just got back 2 weeks ago from a cruise out of Miami. I got a Lyft from the hotel at 9am and was at the port with our luggage dropped off about 9:30. They opened the terminal to start letting guests in for check in, security, etc. at about 10am. Boarding was started about 10:30am and as FTTF we were on board by about 10:50. This was on the Horizon. In response to dropping luggage off with the porters...I've never understood why people would want to drag their luggage around with them when boarding, however, there are a lot of people that do that. Just like you, we have never had an issue with luggage with the porters, but to each their own.
  9. Just hope the rest of the passengers are as well!
  10. You can email the matre'd for your ship ahead of time and make the request.
  11. The aft stairs near the Havana area go all the way up to deck 11. Anyone can use them.
  12. Dang. 3 cruises in a row on the Horizon? That's awesome! I would like to do a B2B on the Horizon...the 8 day followed by the 6 day. You are gonna love the trikes!
  13. Maybe they could post someone there, however there are two LCD televisions mounted at the elevators with the instructions on how to use the elevator. I did my research ahead of time on how to use the elevators, but I know everyone won't do that. I stand by my statement that I think the better way would be selecting the floor, then the number of people. For anyone interested, here is a great video on how to use the elevators:
  14. I think you are correct. A better way for the elevator to work would be for someone to press the floor they want, then enter the number of people in the party before it calls the elevator. This would be much better than having to hit the floor number multiple times and will actually force people to enter the correct number of people before the elevator is called.
  15. I did an inside cabin once, on my last cruise, I hated it, therefore I will never stay in an inside cabin again if I have a choice. We didn't do the specialty restaurants, but I talked to some people who did the steakhouse, and they all raved about it.
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