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  1. I sailed on the Sunrise in September and I am not sure where all the negative reviews came from. The ship was fine. The design is a little different and requires some patience but all the amenities you expect are there. I didn't notice overcrowding anymore than any other ship I've been on. The service I received from the room steward, guest serices, dining staff, etc was the same good service I always see with Carnival. No complaints.
  2. Unrelated to OP but a question all the same. I am sailing in May and my cabin mate has already decided not to go. Right now, I have not checked in to the cruise. I was told by CCL agent that changing my booking to a single would incur a penalty. I have read on here that a "no-show" is the way to go. So, this sounds like I need to go ahead and "check-in" this cabin mate initially to avoid any extra fees. I was already paying the full fare for myself and this other person so that is not a loss to me. Am I right in my undestaning? Thanks.
  3. Thanks for these answers. I am cruising in February.
  4. I called to take advantage of a price drop and casually mentioned I might be traveling solo on the cruise. It is a 9 night cruise out of Barcelona. I have to pay the fare whether my daughter goes or not so that doesn't worry me. The agent told me if I changed at this point (still before final payment due) there would be $800 in penalties. I find this ridiculous and hard to believe. To be safe, I may have to go with the no-show, also. I have booked several solo cruises and cannot believe it would be less expensive to book 2 in the room and then have them "no-show".
  5. I have cruised solo a few times. (Also, emtpy nester and single.) Last cruise was my first reservation at steakhouse made with the understanding that some CC roll call members wanted to be included. Although I left a note reminder at their cabin. They did not show. I ate alone at a table but the table was very close to another couple who were only on their first course and we had nice dinner conversation. I wouldn't hesitate to do this again. I am all for solo dining or anything else. Traveling to NYC in Sept for 3 nights before Sunrise cruise. My first trip there and I am really looking forward to it and the east coast itenirary.
  6. Hello, I am on the Sept 22 sailing. Was lookin forward to sale away but I'll go with the flow. My real concern now is transportation. I am staying at a midown hotel near Empire State. Originally, figured a taxi woul be easiest to get to the pier. I have luggage and do not want to manage it on the subway. Suggestions? What car service may I ask?
  7. So, this may be a silly/naive question but if I take a taxi from my hotel in midtown what do I need to tell the driver (will they know?) to get to the pier for a Carnival cruise? I am solo with luggage and would rather take a taxi than public transport. Thanks,
  8. I am a solo traveler on Carnival Sunrise. Will there be transportation from the port to Halifax proper, or is it walkable? I like exploring on my own and haven't really seen any excursions I want to take.
  9. Thanks for the info on this thread. I am traveling in May 2020 and have always done Caribbean cruises. I didn't know if it was possible to walk off the ship and grab transport on your own as you do in the islands. It is good to know there are some options. I found a good website for the Mediterranean in general for figuring out the transport options called: Mediterranean Cruise Ports Easy.
  10. I like the idea of "Taormina On Your Own" but Carnival lists this excursion as $70 for adult. Now I know about Euro/dollar exchanges but still isn't this a lot of money for transport per person? Am I missing something? Perhaps you paid less?
  11. I recommend PorttoPort Shuttle. Best price and very friendly service.
  12. Thanks for all the useful information on this board. I will be in Boston with Carnival on Sept 27 from 8am til 4pm. I would like options to explore on my own as I am traveling solo. Would like to walk/see the Freedom Trail. I am also interested in seeing Harvard or at least a gift shop selling their apparel. Would like to know how easy and inexpensive it might be to find transportation to get to Harvard for only 1 person (Is it worth my while). Or are there gift shops in the tourist areas around the Freedom trail selling Harvard apparel? I also enjoy historic (old) cemeteries and would like to know if there are any in the area worth visiting. Thanks in advance for any advice or help.
  13. Hello. Enjoyed this thread. I will be in Boston in September on Carnival. We are there until 10pm. Is the MBTA a good option for returning late in the evening? Can you enjoy walking around public areas after dark? I assume the public gardens close at sunset? I am not interested in a baseball game. I would like to just enjoy the city.
  14. Looking forward to trying Alchemy for the first time on the Breeze next week since I have Cheers for the first time.
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