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Yes but doesn't that also include the time they...
Yes but doesn't that also include the time they spend in the dining room and Lido for breakfast and lunch hours? Not sure just asking? I recall from our first cruise one of our wait staff for...
I like your envelope idea. I do that already for...
I like your envelope idea. I do that already for our port days and excursions.

Thank you! We are blessed :D!
Does anyone know the going hourly rate that is...
Does anyone know the going hourly rate that is paid to the wait staff and room stewards on Carnival?

According to Carnival your auto gratuities per day are as below:

Here is the breakdown,...
Just to clarify, we always leave our...
Just to clarify, we always leave our auto-gratuities in place.

But we have always tipped extra to all waitstaff whether that be bartenders at Alchemy, drink staff on lido or the wait staff in...
YTD and tipping wait staff
Planning our next annual mother-daughter cruise and we have picked YTD dining again. We have only done YTD one time on previous cruise and each night were seated in a different area in the dining...
I have not but we booked a day pass directly with...
I have not but we booked a day pass directly with The Savoy Hotel on South Beach a few years ago. It was worth the few dollars to have a place to hang out for a few hours before our early evening...
We flew into Fort Lauderdale, rented a car...
We flew into Fort Lauderdale, rented a car through Hertz and dropped off at their downtown Miami location. Hertz provided a free shuttle to the port. We did the reverse when we got back from the...
Not sure her exact injury but if it is in the...
Not sure her exact injury but if it is in the knee area she will probably not be able to use a knee scooter. They are used in the case of lower leg injuries.

If she does not want to use a...
Thank you everyone for your input. After...
Thank you everyone for your input.

After more research and everyone's input, here is what we have booked today.

We are booked on SB Coral Princess in May 2019 in an OV for my parents and...
Agree with others that said water taxi. And...
Agree with others that said water taxi.

And Everglades is not that far away and is neat to see.
Gotcha. Thanks for the explanation! ...
Gotcha. Thanks for the explanation!


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Thanks for the feedback! This years land...
Thanks for the feedback!

This years land trip to AK was my DD’s pick who loves to cruise but did not want to cruise to AK. Which completely shocked me and still don’t completely understand. ...
Need Help choosing Alaska Cruise
I am overwhelmed with information and just can't seem to decide what cruise for our family.

A little background on us----my DH and myself with our 2 college age kids are doing an 11 day land...
Good to know as we will be boarding the Dream. ...
Good to know as we will be boarding the Dream. Was wondering how Carnival would handle both ships in port that day.

Thanks!


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I believe Carnival waits until they gave more...
I believe Carnival waits until they gave more firm and accuracy with the weather. I would think it is easier to change or alter both current sailing and next sailing one time rather than 2-3 times...
The forecast is still changing. I am sure there...
The forecast is still changing. I am sure there will be some sort of an announcement tomorrow.


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We are supposed to sail on the Dream this Sunday...
We are supposed to sail on the Dream this Sunday as well. I think until we hear something definitive from Carnival plan to leave on Sunday. Although I believe a Monday departure is most likely. ...
We fly out tomorrow as well. And like you said...
We fly out tomorrow as well. And like you said are hoping for the best. If not I guess we will have a story to tell later.


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Not sure about the parking. But depending on...
Not sure about the parking. But depending on when your cruise leaves, keep checking the rates. Ours dropped by almost $100 from when I first made a reservation. I was able to cancel and rebook...
I have rented both before and after cruise flying...
I have rented both before and after cruise flying into FLL and cruising from POM. Very easy pickup at FLL and i gad my concerns with the drop off and getting picked up after cruise. But we had zero...
Just to be clear the wheelchairs on board are for...
Just to be clear the wheelchairs on board are for emergency use when passengers unexpectedly need the use of one. They are not intended to be rented for known pre-existing mobility issues. That is...
When we cruised in the past we used a third party...
When we cruised in the past we used a third party vendor ( approved by Carnival) to rent a scooter for my MIL. The same vendor also rented wheelchairs as well. I believe this is the better plan if...
We always prepay gratuities to avoid it being...
We always prepay gratuities to avoid it being part of our sign and sail expenses. Then we tip dining and wait staff, room service and room stewards extra based on service.


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That is nice you were able to upgrade! We...
That is nice you were able to upgrade! We normally fly Southwest so my family will just have to settle with economy class lol. I am saving our $$$'s for a private glacier/whale watch excursion....
That is what i am seeing as well. Although we...
That is what i am seeing as well. Although we just decided on this trip about 5-6 weeks ago. I was doing mock bookings for august 2017 at first and then have been using June dates as they open up. ...