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  1. yea that's why the old tyme cruisers in the thread so far we have us, two shoes and jamman ALL reaching platinum at 43 days and karen and I have sailed with two shoes and jerry, and jamman a couple times each over the last few years just by bumping into each other by "accident" on sheer number of sailings unless you took the really rare one one taster or cruise to nowhere as they were called then really 30 days would be theoretically the shorted possible time you could score a platinum back in the day - Karen and I had an "overnight" on the Imagination by invitation of Carnival on its inaugural sailing season but that was what was called a pierside overnight where we didn't sail and was gratis courtesy of the cruise line for airline employees and travel agents but we did have a cabin and everything was free except bottles of wine and champagne but Carnival would not count that night as a cruise when asked when the vip program started. interestingly Royal and Celebrity and NCl all changed the way they do their status over the years too at various times and for whatever reason our first Royal cruise was only a 3 day inside cabin but when they converted the credit for it they gave us like 8 pts for it on our status! So I think we went right to Gold on our second cruise and are platinum now with them. We hit Emerald with 3 more days on Royal this oct on a 4 day B2B with Elation.
  2. we've always used scootaround the deal with this covid stuff is causing a lot of problems though but they do normally have options for trip insurance and stuff like that that drive the price up if you book online the way its set up is for the scooter to be delivered to the room, you might be able to set up a pick up in terminal by calling and asking to pick it up in the terminal but whenever we cruise we always see scooter rentals available in the terminals from SOME COMAPANY but until our last cruise in February had never done an in terminal rental - what we had actually done was seet up a scootaround rental but I was going to see when we got to the terminal if I could just get it at the terminal by asking so they'd not have to wheelchair me if I didn't fell I make it up the ramps or they wouldn't allow me to board at ground level and they would not ( jax ) anyway the ladies right at the front door in jaxport saw me come in with a small walker and aksed if I wanted a scooter and I showed them my paperwork and they just let me take possession right there we see both companies represented on the ships, all the time, - ken
  3. me and the old lady got into a "discussion" this week😉 about.... our son....💩who is about turdy who is about thutty now and his wife just turned thirty yesterday did I say thirty? SHE is wonderful!👩 anyway a few of you here actually know Charlie frank so I won't go into too much detail ... but we got to "discussing" whether Charlie had or had not actually hit platinum, momma always tells the story on our cruises of how he hit platinum on his 21st b'day back in the day on the dream and his actual b'day was in key west so he got to go round and show his ID and legally drink a few beers or mixed drinks ANYWAY, to make a short story long, he has not been on a cruise since - BUT I got to thinking we used to have the kids in our profiles as companions so I also got to wondering if their logins on carnival had ever been changed so I piddled around and was indeed able to get into charlies acct after a accouple\three attempts and actually saw that when we moved a couple years ago I had updated his address as ours! back in that time frame we had planned another cruise with our other son and his wife and the grandson so I think we just updated everyones stuff to keep current everyones vifp status for future reference ANYHOO! Charlie indeed did get platinum and he got his in 51 days! a lot of 3-4-5 days cruises and one 8 day on Liberty and the 7 day one on the Dream to his Platinum ( he also had a 7 day on the Norway too! ) 😁😊 yea, pretty bored, sitting round with the virus ***** going on! but HEAR THE GOOD NEWS! NORPH CACKILACKY IS ALLOWING US TO GO OUT TO SUPPER THIS EVENING AT 5PM ! CRUSIING CAN ONLY BE MONTHS AWAY?🙄
  4. we sent in our thing too, but since we wanted to rebook and were looking for an accessible cabin I didn't want to wait till today for an email sooooo I went ahead and called in to see if I could rebook, first call was to the guest access # with somewhat sketchy result ended up not booking but the agent I dealt with ( no idea who it was but she was not in the accessible dept ) could not book the rate code we wanted for the room type she only had acess to a guaranteed rate for the type of room and couldn't assign the specific room so, dug into my old emails to find a pvp that had been assigned to us a couple years ago and got lucky and got him at home ( working OT on this busy weekend ) and he was able to handle everything for us the way we wanted and give us the specific room and handle all the obc so a bit different than the letter we actually went ahead and applied the taxes - gratuity payment and insurance payment from the cancelled cruise in stead of getting those payments refunded towards the new cruise ( although we were due these in refunds ) all towards payment - + the cancellation penalty monies WHICH WILL BLOW YOUR MIND AT FIRST apparently carnivals program still appears to assess penalties as if you did a normal cancel vs the time period of the cancelling - THEN - THIS GETS OVERRIDDEN and applied as a credit\coupon to your new cruise SO WE BOOKED a cruise that was a bit more than the first one, by about 250 bucks more than the old cruise with prepaid gratuities and insurance which we'd paid, so this new cruise we added insurance and paid it which was almost 250 which we paid by CC and it all evened out at that point AND our receipt shows the 600 dollars on board credit immediately although, we have to reapply for the shareholder credit of 100 for a 7 day so we'll have 700 obc to start, THEN, HELPFULLY OUR PVP reapplied our MILESTONE application for this cruise which supplies 25% obc of the cruise fare on the old cruise it was 420 beans and on this one it will be 529.50 woo woo! so we will have 1229.50 obc for this cruise when all is said and done🤑
  5. we just called in to set up our milestone benefit on our march 29th cruise on the pride from baltimore we got back from a cruise on ecstasy on the 10th and saw we were 40some days out from the pride cruise which was our planned trip to benefit from it so, yes you are supposed to request your milestone benefit at least 30 days in advance, I looked it up on carnivals' FAQ page, called the number there and set it all into motion after a few minutes of chatting I may have my certificate somewhere but who knows where? didn't need it, they look it all up for you but it does help to have your booking number looked up so I was online on my cruise manager so they could get my booking and vifp number quickly and they want your PIN number too then a quick holler into the other room to get mom's approval to use her milestone credit too if she's got one available or wants to use hers and then they say they'll actually apply it 2-3 days before your cruise sets sail you will get a couple emails, one pretty quickly that won't say much except they are acknowledging that you contacted them then the next day a gobbledygook one followed by a facsimile or pdf download incident report thing - stockholders will know what I'm talking about as will handicap accessible peeps out there since we get these all the time when we apply for stockholder credits obc OR book accessible cabins and get the forms to fill out for wheelchair or scooter acess or special equipment we're bringing with us anyway, at this point I have all these email things and we are just now waiting for our credit to show up on the booking !🤑 a bit over 400 beans on our march cruise for a extended balcony
  6. just back from a Disney trip we rented a length of stay scooter from scooter bug at the Disney Caribbean for 195 for a whole week although we were only there for 6 days for 195 and that included inshonce and a few other goodies that's a great deal for a 4 wheel victory ten but I felt kind of sketchy in the short run with scootaround in jaxport we've rented with them plenty of times on 7 day royal cruises from cape c and tampa but on ecstasy they said online and the phone they only had the normal 400lb available in jax even after being on hold for about 10 minutes then for a four day cruise they were charging me like 275 or 280 for insurance and cancellation insurance too! we had some points to redeem so took the deal and end payment was like 260 ish for a 4 day cruise!!! ouch!!! anyway the nice carnival ladies when we got to the terminal let me know instantly they had big blue a scooter that a guy had specially delivered to them a couple years ago thru scootaround that is a 500+ maxima scooter of prides so they let me have it but they also told me they'd have rented to me a lot cheaper had I just waited till I got to port, of course they only had the one - I'd have been fine with a victory ten as long as Id have gotten up the boarding ramp and they may have had to push me a bit since that new ramp is a steep back and forth deal and you can't board accessible people at ground level like they used to for years there. anyway we had a great time but no way will that monster fit in the room on the balcony accessible rooms, its almost as wide as the hallways! it might fit into the main and Riviera deck cabins though
  7. we've sailed on a few of these in this blast from the past pic of the old docks in nassau
  8. bingo nowadays! my wife has had certain types of cabins she'd prefer for years in general but as our mobilitly has declined in stages and the availability of cabins is limited it really puts a crimp on the old planning now we got to where for a couple years we might take a normal outside or balcony on a five day and take a walker or depending on how I was feeling on two walkers but if we were on a 7 day we'd rent a scooter, to finally buying a scooter and the equipment to carry it, to taking a few short cruises without it and longer ones with the scoooter and finally deciding that to fully enjoy the cruise just travel all the time with the scooter now I am getting less mobile too and am taking a walker on all my cruises now too. In feb next year we have a big Disney trip planned where we'll take one scooter with us and rent one for the duration and stay at a Disney property for 5 days, then come back up to Jacksonville for a day. Then cruise on the Ecstasy taking the scooter and a walker. The Disney buses each will carry two scooters at one time from the hotels to the parks.
  9. woo woo! way to keep after it! lately we have booked two carnival cruises where just by tinkering and looking hard at it, we saw that since my wife is retired and we could literally cruise at any time I might sit down one evening and just plod thru piles of listings checking prices and availablitly say on one ship at a port or maybe on a couple three ships from cape c thinking b2b or swapping ships type b2b seeing if I can string together accessible cabins where we don't have to swap cabins on b2b OR can get a good deal if we swap ships and twice what I ran into on the Ecstasy was single cruises where they only have TWO regular balcony cabins ( actually a big larger ) which are on opposite sides aft of the ship which were unsold at the same time but closing in on final payment time and being offered on the regular carnival site as an outside guarantee or an outside cabin accessible which does not exist!! so being really super familiar with the ship helps, on the first cruise I just popped in the booking thing and sure enough it assigned me the upgrade and said congratulations were giving you a free balcony upgrade! we would have went back to back but the sailing before was 700 dollars higher and the sailing after was sold out!!! on the new booking the sailings before and after were sold out and the rate was a senior guarantee but I called in to the accessible dept and they assigned me the cabin anyway!!! woo woo! being platinum helps sometimes ? in both cases we scored the rooms cheaper than if we'd used my wifes airline discount since her discount would have been based on the balcony rate in stead of the outside rates anyway the feb cruise next year we have tacked on before a 5 day Disney trip now! and we'll end with a 4 day cruise, CARNIVAL GET READY FOR SOME DIRTY CLOTHES! 🥴
  10. update for us, we have just been booking oct recently and some other cruises next year, we booked mariner for pre Halloween and elation for sailing on the 31st so a side to side maybe? we have a day in between cruises for sure an easier time booking that far out on carnival for some cruises but carnival does not have fully accessible cabins in the numbers like royal or ncl has! they have "ambulatory or single side" accessible cabins that don't or may not have wider doors so you gotta be careful booking with Carnival if someone needs a wheelchair or has a walker or wide walker they can be hard to get thru the narrow door Royal and NCL both seem to have all their rooms with wider doorways and bathroom doors but definitely with royal these cabins book up way far out in advance. both inside and out
  11. except on that show its usually dragging the people in this case the guy was about to be run thru the side of the gangway! by the CADILLAC of scooters! 😵 I gotta say though Royal C does a great job with their handicapped people in catering to their needs. They are always looking to help out in the buffet areas, making sure to carry plates and helping you to get a table and drinks and all. Another thing is they have made sure to standardize their accomodations as much as possible so that although some rooms are larger than others all their accessible rooms have wide doors and big enough at least to get a wheel chair or scooter into. Although some hallways and the way fire doors are situated make it hard and you have to back in on the Rhapsody to certain rooms like the one we had and it was a junior suite. I ogt in there forwards a couple times to prove a point but it wasn't worth the hassle - much easier for my wife to pull past the door and me go in and prop open the door so she could back in. OR if one of us was by ourselves just as best we could pull past and push the door open while backing in enough to let the scooter push on it while we backed in. The steward did give us that door stop so if we could maneuver it with a cane we could usually get the door propped open enough with that to get in. there's a trick to everything! 😎
  12. yea there wasn't anything I could do the tiller had the lever type throttle where the right side pulls down towards you and the left side foes forward away so when he sort of carefully thought he was grabbing the forward tiller handle he accidentally caught the throttle just barely and man that was all it took! kind of like watching ridiculousness when a guy on a scooter or motorcycle loses control and is holding on with the throttle on full!
  13. not to worry theres really no special paperwork there for the b2b are you in the same cabin for both cruises? we just did our first b2b this year on elation out of jax 4 day followed by 5 same cabin booking both cruises together at the same time though each was booked separately and paid for separately anyway, we asked a few questions of our pvp beforehand and some fellow cruisers like you are and some things are handled differently according to port and ship and whether you are staying in the same cabin or not since we were on elation in jax we could leave all our stuff in the cabin, we got to stay on board and didn't have to get off even temporarily between cruises we were told by the pvp to go by guest services during our cruise to make sure they knew were were doing a b2b and let them know in case they were unaware but they do have a list and generally ARE aware or should be... so they are prepared for these questions anyway they will tell you what to expect or do and they will send letters to your room also informing you along the way for us they told us we could leave our stuff in the room, we would have to close out our room acct normally at the end of cruise one, on day one of the second cruise we were told to report to guest services about 930-10am they actually called us down at 945 with all the other passengers b2b took pics, gave us whatever we wanted to drink and took new photos for our room cards and took a group photo too - later in the cruise they are supposed to deliver these pics to our room but we had to get on em about that I have heard that in some ports they have you meet in a certain area and escort you off ship, show your passport to customs and then escort you right back on possibly after picking up your room cards. IN jax they do the room keys in your rooms now. ken - hope this helps?
  14. when we recently bought 5 100 and one 500 card we could only see 100 dollar cards listed as available until we clicked them and chose some to put into the cart and for giggles went to the page where we could check out and that's where we could see the option to add 500 dollar cards so we added in a 500 dollar card and at that time reduced our 100 dollar cards to 5 - I had enough points to get quite a few more cards but the program wouldn't let me get more than 10 100 dollar cards at one time - I was only looking to get a grand of cards net so we did the mix that seemed right a five is good for a deposit sometimes and the ones can be good for gifts, on board spending or just whatever
  15. no prob my email kellisnc@msn.com shoot me an emailio will be in chapel hill this weekend but will prolly take the computer with me to check emails and such ken
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