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About joepeka

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    Any that docks in Arizona
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  1. joepeka

    Advise needed. Carnival.com or TA

    If you're a bit of a control freak and have the time/inclination to do your own research and stay on top of the little details, then book yourself directly. If you're less inclined in that direction, then use a TA - a good one I might add. We've done both TA and direct booking and find advantages to both depending on our situation at the time.
  2. joepeka

    Boarding pass

    Yeah, I would think that as long as you can pull up the boarding pass on your smart phone and the bar code can be scanned by the port agents, no need for printed copy except as a backup. I know a while back, firemanbobswife posted a link for electronic boarding passes but I didn't use it so cannot comment on how it works.
  3. joepeka

    Is a passport card sufficient?

    Here's the link to the State Department's web site showing the differences between a passport and passport card. For cruises to the Caribbean and Bermuda, a passport card is acceptable: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/apply-renew-passport/card.html
  4. joepeka

    Camera suggestions

    You might want to post your inquiry on this board I linked below - you'll probably get lots of recommendations and opinions: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/72-photo-amp-camera-discussions/
  5. joepeka

    Dinner reservation questions

    I know the steak house will send you a confirmation email and that's all you'll get - it won't appear in your cruise manager. As mentioned, print out that email and bring it with you just in case.
  6. joepeka

    AARP $500 Gift Card

    I guess this is just another example of where Carnival's right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing.
  7. joepeka

    AARP $500 Gift Card

    Correct again!
  8. joepeka

    AARP $500 Gift Card

    You are correct - I was speaking from the standpoint of directly applying gift card balances to OBC prior to sailing. Cruise Cash has the one unfortunate feature though of being non-refundable.
  9. joepeka

    AARP $500 Gift Card

    Sorry, I guess I misunderstood. But if you read post number 22 above, that person I think answers your question.
  10. joepeka

    AARP $500 Gift Card

    Actually you cannot apply gift cards to your on board account ahead of boarding - you have to do it on board at Guest Services or one of the kiosks. I believe, at some (maybe all?) port check-in's you can do it just prior to boarding.
  11. joepeka

    AARP $500 Gift Card

  12. joepeka

    AARP $500 Gift Card

    As I understand the posts here on CC, the GS staff will limit the number of gift cards in one "transaction." If you exceed their limit, you can return later in the day (or another day) to get more gift cards applied to your OBC. Sorry if I wasn't clear on that. ETA: None of my comments are based on personal experience. We've never tried to apply more than three gift cards to OBC but others have reported GS placing a limit per visit/transaction.
  13. joepeka

    AARP $500 Gift Card

    I agree but I know posters here on CC have reported that GS has done that to them (limited the number of gift cards that can be applied in one "transaction").
  14. joepeka

    AARP $500 Gift Card

    I believe some folks on this board have reported Guest Services limiting the number of cards applied to the on board account after boarding but don't recall anyone being limited when purchasing online at Carnival's web site (excursions, Fun Shop stuff, etc.).
  15. joepeka

    Sail Card Access Question

    Was going to ask the same question then realized it's "general population."