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  1. I have worked in both hotels many times and they are both quite nice, and located close to the Old Port and attractions. I don't think you will go wrong with either hotel.The Hotel William Gray is another recent addition, and is also very nice, boutique-style but European-Modern like the W. There is also a trendy resto-nightclub in the hotel called Maggie Oakes.
  2. Does anyone know for certain if I could use a debit card at a "Sail and Sign Kiosk" to pay my account balance on the last night of sailing? The website is not clear on this. "The Sail & Sign Kiosk is a self service terminal enabling guests on board to conveniently manage and access their onboard Sail & Sign accounts. On most ships, Kiosks are located near Guest Services and The Fun Shops. On the Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Pride and Carnival Spirit, Kiosks are located near the Casino and Promenade Cafe. The terminal is accessed by using the touch screen monitor which allows application navigation. Throughout the screens, various navigational options are available. The functions within the kiosks are: Check Sail & Sign balance View statement / Print statement Review or restrict Account Users Set charge limit Set-up guest as ‘Not Authorized’ to charge Open new accounts Apply payments (cash and credit card) Withdraw cash ($5 or more); any balance left on the guest’s Sail &Sign account less than $5, the guest will receive the regular Bank of America check at the end of the cruise Change bills into smaller bills (Kiosk will dispense $20 / $10 / $5) U.S bills only Bills will be converted into the next smaller denominations available; Example: $50 bill = $20 + $20 + $10 Sail & Sign Kiosks are featured on all ships"
  3. Yes. I used it on my last Oasis cruise... the blend coices were incredible. It's a Coca Cola Machine though, and Carnival is now Pepsi.
  4. Our last cruise on Carnival Dream (albeit a few years back, and on the Freedom as well) featured a soda machine in the Arcade. You had to look for it or know it was there, as they did not advertise it. Dispensed 710ml plastic bottles, so 2x a can. It was $2.25 at the time. Will check on the Breeze next month. Carnival Sunshine did not have a machine.
  5. We have stayed as late as 9:45am Curious: Has anyone actually been asked or told to leave the ship?
  6. Interesting factoid: There is a genuine segment of the Berlin Wall on display in the indoor "courtyard" of the Intercontinental Montreal. They even let you touch it.
  7. I think Carnival just wants their $2000 back......
  8. If you want to encounter (the hidden) Quebec culture you might want to look for an excursion that takes you for a "Cabane à Sucre (Sugar Shack) Experience"... You will experience traditional live Québecois music and dancing, a very lively communal atmosphere (long tables) in a log cabin, and some of the most artery-clogging food you will EVER come across, mostly pork and maple-based, and are generally all-you-can-eat. Libations are also available, to loosen you up a bit. It's like an Irish Ceilidh, but in French. I know some tour operators offer these excursions from the Old Port of Montreal (and I bet Quebec Port as well) year-round. Book your tour in advance, because most of these places are well outside the city, and are only open to everyone in the spring. This would be a special charter just for tourists. Typical Menu: Cretons - akin to Haggus, a relative of Pâté Soupe aux pois - Pea soup Fèves au lard - Pork and Beans Grillades de lard (oreilles de crisse) - Fried lard (translation: Christ's Ears) La bajoue - pork cheek Patates bouillies - Boiled Potatoes Omelette Jambon cuit dans l’eau d’érable - Ham in maple water Saucisses dans le sirop d’érable - sausages in maple syrup Oeufs dans le sirop d’érable - Eggs in maple syrup Marinades maison - Homestyle marinades Pouding chômeur - A kind of bread pudding with maple syrup Crêpes - Pancakes or Crepes Tarte au sucre - sugar pie Tire sur la neige - The classic ending - hot maple taffy poured on snow - you eat it with a popsicle stick.
  9. Parking a car in Kennebunkport is INSANELY expensive.
  10. We rented a mid-sized SUV (Nissan Pathfinder) for $70CAD and drove to Peggy's Cove ourselves.
  11. Host Bonjour - I have to correct your original greeting..... The proper (albeit locally scandalous, depending on your particular "solitude") term is actually ...... "Bonjour-Hi!"
  12. Anything traffic-related in Montreal you can ask me. I spend hours every single day in the eternal construction gridlock Hell that is my fair city. One piece of GREAT advice: DO NOT rely on Google Maps or Waze to get around by yourself. Transport Quebec and the City tend to close roads on whatever whimsical notion strikes them that day, and don't bother with detour signs. The Apps are very slow to pick up on short-term road closures. Case in point: This summer, I spent more than an hour, trapped and literally just going around the block in Old Montreal due to an unforseen road closure, and I live here! You are much better served by taking a Taxi. They know the roads best. (And most Uber drivers use the Apps...) I live about 10 miles to the Northwest of the city proper, and avoid downtown for shopping/eating/events because of the traffic hassle, so I can't be much help with trendy restaurants, besides the obvious landmarks. There are a couple of food courts (yes, food courts) that have just opened on Saint Catherine Street that feature our varied international high-end cuisine, so you might want to start there to sample. Will report in more detail once I visit these myself. Le Centrale International Food Court 30 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, Quebec H2X 0C8 Time Out Market Gastronomic Food Court (Eaton Centre) 705 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, Quebec H3B 4G5
  13. From the Port of Montreal website: " HYDRO-QUÉBEC INITIATIVE TO RAISE POWER LINES OVER ST. LAWRENCE RIVER WILL ALLOW LARGER CRUISE SHIPS TO REACH MONTREAL Montreal, November 15, 2013 - The Port of Montreal is pleased with an announcement by Hydro-Québec that it will raise two power lines above the St. Lawrence River, an initiative that will allow larger cruise ships to reach Montreal. Following a request from the Montreal Port Authority, Hydro-Québec will tighten power cables next year at Trois-Rivières and Boucherville, providing a clearance of 52 metres under the wires for vessels sailing to Montreal. The power lines were lower in height than the Laviolette Bridge in Trois-Rivières, the lowest insurmountable obstacle on the St. Lawrence River for vessels sailing to Montreal. The bridge has 52 metres of clearance under its structure. Air draft - the height of the part of a ship that is out of the water - is vital for vessels, especially cruise ships that are built higher than cargo ships because of their multiple passenger decks. "I commend Hydro-Québec for committing to take action," said Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority. "This is excellent news for the cruise sector in Montreal, which has continued to evolve over the past three years thanks to the work of our marketing and operations teams and the support of Montreal Cruise Committee partners. Raising the power lines above the river will allow the port to welcome larger cruise vessels beginning in 2014, including those capable of carrying 3,000 to 4,000 passengers." Edited to add: Haven't seen a ship larger than 70,000 gr tons in port to date.... Fall 2019
  14. They don't use UV lights (Black Lights) anymore for White Party, probably for heath reasons. Those are just purple spotlights.
  15. I also made sure there was a fridge in my cabin on Sunshine, due to insulin. From the Carnival Website- "The Carnival Sunshine has non-stocked mini bar units in all suites and in staterooms on decks 3, 5, 10, 11 and 12"
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