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  1. Just curious why you are on a Carnival board if you think Carnival is HELL.
  2. I think it is a great idea - especially if you are going to beaches that aren't the usual tourist places. And chairs are not $5 each in many places (some are $20 for 2 with umbrella) so you can save a lot of money. To all of those people who said they would LAUGH to see someone with their own chairs .... I am 100% sure that others would laugh at a lot of things you take onto the ship. Like the OP who wants the convenience/cost effectiveness of their own chairs there are people who want to bring 7+ pairs of shoes, 7 bathing suits, over the door hanger, 14+ outfits, night lights, more than one suitcase of stuff per person, etc. We don't bring chairs ourselves (or the things mentioned above) but after 30+ cruises we've learned exactly what we need and travel light.
  3. We had cheers for the first time in November and 2 drinks showed up on the folio that were not ours. One bloody Mary charged 10 minutes after the one we really ordered and a bud light at another time. I would guess waiter mistake based on the timing. We were never near 15 so it didn't matter
  4. Check the fun times as soon as you board for the time that you can see the maitre'd to get on the list for a change of dining time. It is usually around 1:00 in one of the dining rooms. As platinum you will be given priority for the change over others who are not platinum and requesting the change. But if they don't have availability for early dining then there is nothing they can do. You might want to as for YTD if they don't have early dining availability. As far guarantee cabins ... you couldn't chose midship when you paid the guarantee price. Guarantee inside is ANY inside cabin on the ship and most likely the least desired cabins because those are selected and paid at the higher price. If you TA led you to believe you were chosing midship then you need a new TA who understands Carnival. As far as I know, Platinum doesn't get you better guarantee cabins.
  5. You should try YTD. You can go early and request a table for one or with others. You can request the same servers every night or you can switch it up. until you get the right mix of male tablemates.
  6. All I can say is WOW because what I really want to say will get me kicked off CC
  7. I submitted the request before we cruised and it was denied.
  8. Be sure you are comparing apples to apples. ANYTHING different could void that guarantee. My example: we booked an ATV trip in Puerto Rico through Carnival. I found it online for a lot cheaper if we just reserved with the same place. Carnival did not consider it a match because they included transportation and the price at the place did not. We could have used public transportation (or a cab) and still saved a lot. I understood that the excursions were not EXACTLY the same so I didn't bother to argue. Turns out we skipped Puerto Rico to avoid a hurricane so it didn't matter anyway.
  9. Cannot be used on the ship per Carnival website The following items may be brought on board, but can be used off the ship, while in port only. All items must be stored in the guest’s stateroom. ........... Umbrella
  10. When we cruised out of New York on the Carnival Horizon last September, my son's friend (18 years old) showed a COPY of his birth certificate during embarkation. The person checking insisted on seeing the real thing. Fortunately, I was carrying that too because this was the first time we tried to use a copy. I'm not sure what would have happened if we didn't have the real thing, but guaranteed it would have been stressful at the least. Yes ... could have argued and showed them what the website might say but why chance it. If you have the original take it. Afraid to lose it ..... order another copy for about $10.
  11. Assuming the 5th day of your cruise is not debarkation day, you will have PRIORITY on your boarding pass and can check in as soon as they open the port. You will board after the weddings and diamond cruisers. If your aunt is staying in the same room then she goes with you.
  12. I have been platinum on 11 cruises so far and I am excited to be platinum for every one. Getting to board earliest, some ports with a special waiting room and pastries, chocolate covered strawberries. I always whisper to my husband "it's great to be special". YES ... it doesn't take much to make me happy!!
  13. The sign on the doors said 2:30 last week. We are platinum so we could ignore the signs and I don't know what time they actually let everyone else to their rooms.
  14. On the ships I've sailed the soap dish is in the corner near the soap dispenser and knobs. I guess I bend down with my back to that. Otherwise I would hit the other stuff before the soap dish
  15. I am wondering whether my 19 year old son will have anyone near his age on one of these cruises. Do you see any young people (late teens, early twenties)? He is great with all ages but would really like to meet someone closer to his own age to hang with once in a while.
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