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  1. Some clarity: You aren't charged for embarkation day on the Cheers package on Carnival ships that sail from here in Galveston. The benefit doesn't begin until 6AM the morning after you sail. That's a day at sea, so drink up! Bars, Tax and International Water: When you board a Carnival ship here in Galveston alcohol purchases are pay-as-you-go. That price includes a Texas sales tax. You will find bar service aboard with a decent supply of beers, mixers and the like. Once the ship reaches international water (12 miles) out they close all the bars for a few minutes and st
  2. I truncated your post, but I do remember the ones from the past. The theater of those Fantasy Class ships were busy. It didn't take long for the 3-4-5 day cruises to put people over the ten needed for platinum and the party was perhaps in the hosts eyes too big. The most fun for us is seeing a someone like a kid at dinner that would want a pair of binoculars, a Nike hat, a Tervis cup and the list goes on. We haven't brought anything home from a ship since the great tote bag from the Magic inaugural. See you at sea! .
  3. You went to one that lasted 45 min? Wow! The past few have been over in thirty minutes or less. The crew on the Dream and Conquest looked like they wanted to be anywhere but in front of the stage lights waiting to released. Our last cruise on New Years 2020 we found a couple while at Nachi Cocom that had been apart for his tour in the Middle East so we sent them. They came to dinner with frozen drinks in each hand. I will probably go to the bad place on the fast track but I'll take my chances... .
  4. Remarkable speculation on what might happen. So I'll join in. Creating a two hour (or any other time window) for platinum and diamond guests to board early is great for those that arrive early. After that where do those that arrive later fit in? They won't be happy cruisers waiting in the regular line. On our New Years cruise on the Dream last year the ship was very late arriving here in Galveston due to fog. We dropped off our luggage early and went for a late lunch on The Strand. Boarding time was at 6:00PM and the line stretched from Terminal 2 all the way over to Terminal 1.
  5. Where are you on Alaska in May? The shore excursions alone pushed two grand, and they are paid for! .
  6. We cruised to Canada on the Glory from Boston. It's been a while, but what a nice trip. Halifax, St John, Portland (Maine) and Sydney. Airfare from Houston to Boston was nearly as much as the cruise! .
  7. I could reply to most of these comments, but this is spot on. Those Fantasy class ships just won't stop. They have retrofit them with water park stuff, grafted Lego Block balconies and other things to keep those slab sided cash generators going. Some of our best times were on that class. We returned to cruising after the Disney decade with the Ecstasy and Elation both coming here to Galveston and loved every one of them. Here's a Flikr link to some of my favorites: https://www.flickr.com/gp/leeusry/5ea309 .
  8. I truncated your post, but got your point. Up to this week I agree with you and the other posting about the popularity. But the expense is greater to do a 5-5-4 rotation than a 7-7. The shorter cruises make the hard run to Cozumel and back from here. That's akin to more operating costs for fuel and wear and tear on the ships. There is no doubt these are popular, we've been on all of them since the Celebration and at least 12 of our Galveston departures were the five day. If Carnival could reduce the days spent doing turnaround and those costs then it is something they might conside
  9. When cruising returns what are some of the things beyond hygiene and sanitation techniques would you expect to change? Some logistics; I went on the Mardi Gras in 1976 for my first cruise with my parents and my wife and I closed in on diamond in January aboard the Dream. We also have six trips with RCCL. None of that makes me an expert at much of anything, so let me open the crystal ball (Pandora's Box?) of ideas. I see less short cruises. Here's my example: Carnival runs from here in Galveston to Cozumel and Progreso on a 5-5-4 rotation. That's harder on the ship with mo
  10. We were over at the pier today watching both ships sail away. The Freedom didn't start their muster drill until just before they passed the Elissa. They were out in mass as they started the spin. The LOS looked half empty when they went by. Who knows? .
  11. We did the Bacardi trip on our own. It's a five min walk down to the ferry and for 50 cents you are across the bay. The vans to Bacardi are $3 per person (I think) from the ferry landing and then the price of ticket based on tour length and detail. One really cool thing we did was get a bottle of Bacardi Limitada engraved while there. It's a really different memory of cruises from the past. .
  12. Yet as I stated, it's commonplace at McDonalds and other fast food restaurants. .
  13. Buy one plan, and when the second device attempts to log on it prompts to log off the other device. I'd be curious about the hotspot as well. I use DMR for ham radio and that would be really novel. .
  14. I'd take Galveston over NOLA for the ships. The Vista is a nice trip and the Dream is as well. We have priced the Royal ships for the balance of 2020 and they are more expensive on our open dates. The Dream has great shows, is easy to navigate around and is a reasonably priced vacation. .
  15. We haven't seen them check invitations for the past guest party in the last several cruises. Last month we left the invitations in our cabin and walked right in. .
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