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  1. For the two of us (70 year old adults), I prepay gratuities, never buy drink packages, gamble little or nothing.  I generally plan on $150-200 per day, including shore excursions, meals, shopping, etc.  $200 x 7 days = $1400.  Your $3500 for a 7 day cruise sounds like overkill to me, but you do you.  My splurges come on winter ski trips.

    The old adage is pack your bags for your trip, then take out half your clothes.  Fill the empty space with money.  Then you are ready to sail.

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  2. I have taken several Carnival cruises and one Celebrity, all pre-Covid.  More children/teens on Carnival.  I enjoy a few drinks, my wife does not drink.  "Free drinks" on Celebrity have to be paid for somehow, not sure that is worth the difference in the final bill.  My Celebrity experience was a little more up-scale, more elegant spaces on the ship, a few nicer educational opportunities (lectures), but Carnival has been more fun.  You can always find a quiet place on any ship to relax.  Your attitude and expectations are important indicators of the overall experience.  Rude teenagers running wild at the elevators pressing every button has always been my biggest complaint on board, with chair hogs a close second.  I've never seen a fight.

  3. I (we) enjoy the Carnival product.  We both hold CCL in our respective IRAs.  We enjoy having the shareholder's credit, no matter if we cruise together or alone (girl's cruise, etc).  CCL is not my best investment by a long shot.  I consider it money spent, not well spent.  I will continue to collect the cruise credit when I cruise, but currently have no expectations of getting it back.

    Carnival is trying hard to survive, but appears to be in a very shaky financial position.  I would be very careful investing in CCL at the moment.

    As others have pointed out, investing in 100 shares of CCL today does nothing to help Carnival, only purchases equity in the company from another investor who is selling.  

    Do your homework.  Know what you are investing in.  Own your results.  Do not invest money you cannot afford to lose.

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  4. John91498:

    On the advice of a friend, we booked this cruise through Costco Travel.  I am not happy with them for several reasons.  Lesson learned.  

    It has been several years since I last cruised, not sure if my PVP is still around.  I did get an email with his name on it a month or so ago, but he has not replied to my emailed question.  I did state that I had booked via Costco.

    I though I would give CC a try, then start burning up the phone lines on Monday if I don't have an answer by then.

     

    Dave

  5. My DW wants to take DD and SIL on a cruise about a year from now.  All adults.  The kids were on one cruise back in June or July of 2008.  Any ideas on how to find their VIFP numbers?  They have no clue.  We were on that same trip with them, but have disposed of all of the paperwork from that trip long ago.

    Thanks in advance

    Dave

  6. Never had a problem either faxing or snail-mailing the docs they want.  However, when the OBC did not show on the cruise documents about 2 weeks prior to sailing, I added my copies of the brokerage statement to my "cruise file" that I take with me.  Never had to use it, but always nice to have the insurance with me.

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