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  1. I don't normally use a TA, but I noticed that when I PAY through a TA the payment / balance information is not on the Carnival site.
  2. Agree 100% on the serenity areas. By FAR the best in the fleet.
  3. LEGEND. With Vista and Horizon tied for 2nd.
  4. I LOVE that they pinged them for kids in the serenity area!!!
  5. I see that most of your questions were answered. I just wanted to add that while Horizon and Vista are very large ships, they really don't feel crowded at all. Unlike ships like Sunshine, where they added capacity but no space, Vista and Horizon are built for their high capacity. I have sailed on both, with another on Horizon scheduled. Love both ships. I see you have a larger group, but no kids. I would HIGHLY recommend the Havana Area if you can swing it for future cruises. I had a Havana on Horizon and, as a person who tries to avoid unruly kids, I was in heaven. Vista class ships are among my favorites!
  6. I would tell you to be more specific. You may as well say, "I just don't feel like tipping." There are so many parts to the onboard experience that I find it hard to believe that ALL of them were sub-par.
  7. Completely agree. It was the ONLY carnival ship that I actually had problems with. The serenity area was a JOKE. So overcrowded and small that you could never get up there, even in the morning. The lido area was even worse. They added places to GET food to took away the spaces to EAT it. I won't sail on her again.
  8. Like everything else with Carnival, the cost keeps slowly inching up, and the product you get keeps losing quality. I still consider the steakhouse a bargain, but the slight cost increase does not match up with any improvement in the menu. In fact, as so many others have said, the menu is not as great as it was just a couple years ago.
  9. This is all very helpful. We will probably stay in London until the night before or day of the cruise. What is the section or area of the city for a first time visitor to stay in? Something sort of central to some of the normal tourist sights.
  10. Fantastic information, I appreciate it. Thank you.
  11. Thanks. Something to think about. I don't think we sail until 5 PM.
  12. Sound advise thank you. I definitely want to try to see Stonehenge if I am that close.
  13. Hi All, I FINALLY booked my first TA on the wonderful new Carnival Mardi Gras. The cruise is September of next year. For those who have sailed from Southampton before, do you usually stay near the port or in London? I am coming in about 2-3 days prior to the cruise. Also, how far in advance would you recommend booking a hotel? Thanks, Jim
  14. You have to be like my wife and lose a tremendous amount of money in the casinos on many ships.
  15. Don't feel bad asking questions! For the S&S you can tie them all to one card, or tie them all to different cards. You can even just go to guest services and put cash on some and have others tied to cards. You can set up your on board spending online, and you can change it at guest services once you get on the ship. Some folks recommend that you don't use a debit card as they do put occasional "holds" on your account and this lowers your balance. I always tie mine to my Carnival MC. Jack's Shack, one of my favorite spots in all the Caribbean, is to the left of the pier as you walk off. You go through the cruise port and right down the beach. Extremely friendly place with great drinks and fantastic food. Amber cove is a beach day type of place, and San Juan is a fantastic place just to explore on foot or using public transportation. Love Old San Juan. Honestly, St. Thomas I don't even get off the ship anymore. If you find an excursion you really like there, maybe consider that one. You can use cash off the ship. As far as tipping, everyone is different. I normally give my steward a little tip when I fist get on the ship and meet them. If they give the normal outstanding service that they normally give, I give them more at the end. Some if I have a really good bartender or server. Everyone does the math different on cheers program. My wife and I like to drink, but I never get it because by my math it doesn't pay. The port days are a big reason for that. If I spend $100 during a port call, I don't want to be charged for drinking on the ship when I am not. So I don't get it. Also remember everyone over 21 in a cabin will be charged for the plan if 1 person in the cabin gets it. Also there is a 24 hour limit of 15 drinks and some ships will stop selling you drinks if you hit 15 in 24 hours. Enjoy your first cruise and by all means keep asking questions! Jim
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