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  1. I have a cruise booked 11/22/2020 on the Fascination. The three weeks prior are not available. Im curious. Could there be a three week charter? Or is another dry dock planned?
  2. Just off our New Years cruise on Fascination! Here are my thoughts and observations: Background- Cruised with my DW, we are platinum, and this was cruise #13 for us (All Carnival). We typically cruise at least once per year but had not cruised since 2016 so it was interesting to see some of the differences from then. Embarkation- Wow! We were on the ship by 11:30AM and this was easily the easiest embarkation we ever had. Smooth and simple! Cabin- Were booked originally in an inside on deck 7 but got two calls from the upgrade fairy. The first was a week before the cruise with an offer of a balcony on the Main deck for $550. We said no thanx! Then another call came three days before the cruise with the same offer but for a total of $230. We jumped on that and ended up in M246 which was very “aft” and just about all the way back with just a couple balconies beyond us. The cabin was ready when we boarded and was maintained well by our steward. He kept the ice bucket full and provided the robes we asked for. The only real issue was the balcony door was exceptionally “heavy” and did not close unless you pushed it closed. We do not complain about such things and did not mention it. Also, it was quiet at all times except when docking or departing a port as there are some ship mechanics happening just below the cabin that created some squeaking and banging. No biggie for us as we are early risers. The Ship- She was exceptionally clean and very well maintained for an older ship. The Christmas decorations were still up and looked great. This was our first cruise on this class since cruise #1 on Inspiration so we had forgotten how some of the spaces were “smaller”. Especially the atrium which seemed tiny and had little to no additional seating other than the bar. Also the lack of a true ‘Sports Bar” was a bit of a disappointment to us and to many of the other guests we encountered who were aimlessly looking around for a spot to catch the games. The Casino bar located outside of the Casino had one TV that could only be seen dead center and had the volume turned all the way down. The bartender seemed annoyed when I asked him to turn it up and he only did so to a barely hearable level. Sports is something that many folks can relate to and the ability to rib all the non-Patriot fans is always enjoyable for us! There were some other random TV’s in the Lido dining area that had some sports on so we were able to at least keep updated that way! The Food- It was okay but probably not as good as we have had in past cruises. Food is always subjective and what some like, others hate. We ate in the MDR 4 nights and had some fabulous table mates (despite the fact that they were Chiefs fans!) The service was acceptable but not exceptional. The Prime Rib on NYE was good but not so good later in the cruise. The striped Bass was excellent! Lido food was the usual with a good variety and some things I had not seen before like baked potatoes. The Lido had some long lines but savvy cruisers soon realized the many circular stations in the dining area were serving a good variety of equally good foods, salads and desserts. The pizza line was typically lengthy but if you hit it at the right moment it is always worth it! The Islands- We are beach people so most stops were a simple cab ride to the beach. Boatyard in Barbados, Magens Bay in St. Thomas and Maho in St. Martin all had out toes in their sand. Maho was a first and it was cool seeing the planes but they certainly do sardine you in the chairs there. We did do one Carnival excursion out of St. Kitts. It was the Fanta-Sea Catamaran trip with Snorkel and Beach stops. It was a blast! Very organized, perfect condition and captain and crew were accommodating . Lunch was served, it was stewed chicken, rice, hot dogs, pasta salad. Adequate I would say. Drinks were included and rum punch (of course) as well as local beer and soft drinks were consumed by all. Chefs Table- We also did the Chefs Table! We had done it once before several cruises ago so we knew what we were getting into which is a lot more than we can say for most of the others who signed up for our grouping! Most were not expecting a three hour, 9 course, foodie type of event and were surprised and even annoyed by it at times! One woman literally refused a few of the courses only because of the way they looked! The Chef was patient with her but I did catch him rolling his eyes behind her at one point! Make sure if you do the Chefs table you understand what it is you are signing up for and then expect an amazing meal! This was a New Years cruise and our first at this time of year as we typically cruise in April/May or Early November. We are glad we did this as the weather was picture perfect all week and the ship and crew succeeded at throwing a memorable NYE party! I had done some research here of course before going and found most of what I learned about cruising NYE to be true. Most but not all. They did do a balloon drop in the atrium at 11PM but did not advertise that folks could add a wish to a balloon then blow it up and add it to the bunch. Since we read about it here, we seeked it out and were able to add a wish to a ballon. The carnival employee working the balloon table actually told me they did not advertise the wish thing. From what I read here I thought that the fun crew folks were going to grant random wishes to folks whose balloons they popped. What actually happened was only the cruise director went into the balloon frenzy and awarded one huge bottle of champagne to one guest. As soon as the balloons dropped all the guest in the lower level of the atrium simply stomped on them thus accessing everyone’s wishes! It was at this point that I wished I had written some type of comical wish such as “ I wish there was a sports bar on this ship” instead of my wish for a couples massage! The deck party and New Years countdown on lido was a ton of fun! They handed out copious amounts of flashy glasses, noisemakers and fluorescent lights. Live music until 11:45 and then DJ up until the final minutes of 2018 when the CD got everyone pumped up and hooting and hollering into the New Year! Well done carnival and we look forward to another New Year cruise in the near future! Debarkation- Getting off the ship was equally as easy as getting on. This was our first cruise since they discontinued using the customs declaration forms. When did they stop requiring them and was it just for this itinerary? We waited for them to boot us off which was around 9:45AM as we were staying in PR until an early Monday flight. We stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan across from the port as we did pre-cruise/ Not sure why we never did on previous crusies out of SJ but we certainly will on future cruises. They were great and being “right there” was wicked awesome! Overall this was just as much fun as all the cruises we have taken! We walked away relaxed (despite the port intensive itinerary) and with new friends from all over the world. In our opinion nothing beats a cruise vacation and we appreciate the efforts made by Carnival to assure we are well fed, well entertained and well tanned! Carry on! Feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to answer!
  3. I’m looking to book the fascination and one of the rooms available #267 on the Main, it faces the back of the ship, has anyone ever been in this type of room ?
  4. hello does anyone have copies of the drinks menus on board Fascination please? I would like to see the prices of various drinks
  5. love2travel41

    refrigerators on Fascination

    We are sailing on the Carnival FASCINATION on April 8th and have an Ocean view stateroom(classification 6B. Can anyone tell me if that room is likely to have a refrigerator? Thank you
  6. Hello, I hear fascination does not have a mini fridge. Do we know if there is at least ice available for most hours? I havent been on a cruise without a fridge in ages and I dont want to have to find a bar every time I want cold water
  7. Crazy4Camping

    Fascination drinks

    I wondered if Fascination has milkshakes, specialty coffee areas, etc. Seems that this depends on the ship? Anything they DON'T have that I should be made aware of? Even if it's not drinks, feel free to share-thanks!
  8. Is it worth it to get FTTF on my Carnival Fascination cruise for December 9. I currently have a 1PM check in time and wasn't sure when everything is usually ready since the ship leaves at night? For those who cruised on the ship without it, how early were your rooms ready when you boarded and when were your items dropped off to your room? What days are typically reserved for elegant nights?
  9. Hi All! I am super excited to go sailing, how about you?
  10. I am currently sitting in SJU waiting for a few hours before my flight, so I figured I’d start my customary post-cruise questions thread. Ask any questions you may have about the Fascination, the ports (we did the normal 7 night Southern Caribbean from San Juan), cruising at Christmas, or anything else on your mind and I’ll do my best to answer 🙂 Merry belated Christmas!
  11. Hello Cruise Friends, We just got back a few weeks ago on the Carnival Fascination. I did some vlogging on this cruise. First time. 2 days before our cruise we did get that call "upsell" and went from a inside cabin to a Extended AFT Balcony for around $20 extra per day. Awesome deal! Those cabins are hard to come by and just a few days from sailing I have a few videos upload on my YouTube channel. First one is flying into San Juan https://youtu.be/qtlMYu7lKCM Second one is getting on the ship with lido deck tour and cabin tour https://youtu.be/_Lg_2DgXUwU Check them out and I will be posting more videos soon! Coming up next: *Ports: St Thomas Barbados St Lucia St Kitts St Maarten One sea day *Tour of the ship *Lots of food video with menus Stay Tuned and if you can … Please hit the "LIKE" button … Thanks!
  12. Hello February on the Fascination will be our first time on Carnival what dress theme nights could we expect? also on a 7 night cruise how many "formal/elegant" nights?
  13. Hello, When I booked my cruise on Fascination I had no clue there was no steakhouse. Not the end of the world but Does the main dining you have "steakhouse add ons" like I have seen on other Carnival cruises? I have occasionally seen the option on the menu for a $20 upgrade for special steak on main dining menu. I am considering doing that one night since there is no steak house. Thanks in advance
  14. Do you think we can buy a cheap styrofoam cooler in San Juan the right size and all for carrying drinks on board and use during Fascination cruise? We'd discard it after disembarked.
  15. hello we are cruising carnival for the first time and also the Caribbean for the first time. Ive been reading recent reviews and came across this in one of them Feel that I must point our that if you embark in Barbados when you call in at Puerto Rico You have to get off and go through customs again, we had to be off the ship early morning Walked appro 4 miles to customs had to stay off the ship till 1.30 then evening meal ran from 5.45 to 7.30 then every thing closed down until 9 to allow people who boarded in Puerto Rico to have life boat drill, This is a little concerning , is it true? Can anyone elaborate on what we need to do in Puerto Rico ? eg what time do we have to get off ? where do you go ? Obviously we want to plan our day in Puerto Rico I just presumed it would be like any other port
  16. Hello, I just got off the fascination. Below are my thoughts. They may be all over the place but I just wanted to get stuff down before I forgot. Please pardon any grammatical errors in advance About Us. We cruise every January. Mostly do 7 day. We will cruise with whichever major airline has a new ship or is going someplace we have never been. NYC couple, late 30s. I’m a foody, every day so I’ll probably speak more about food than anything else Pre our flight arrived at 445am and we were not to check into our cruise till 2pm. Some on CC advised to kill time seeing forts, go to breakfast, etc. I was not trying to do that at 5 in the morning. I have been to San Juan many times so none of that was appealing. I decided to get an air bnb not far from the ship. 10 minute taxi. We told the guy the situation. Of course we still had to pay the nightly rate. No problem. Best $70 total we could have spent for 8 hours. We would have spent more trying to kill time. And how do you kill time at 5am. What’s open? I didn’t get much sleep on the plane so by the time we got there we were knocked out. While the place was clean and modern we ended up sleeping on the loungers in the living room. I never did an air bnb and was nervous about sleeping on someone else sheets. Yes you do that in hotels but this is someone's apartment. Nice, modern, but still someone apartment. They had excellent reviews but since it was only for 8 hours we were fine on the loungers. Should have brought a sheet to throw over the bed to ease my fears. The outside was surrounded by security cameras and you could see all of that on a screen inside. There was also a TV with Roku The location is a little scary at 5am and I told the taxi driver not to leave until we were inside because it was dark but once the sun came up, I saw that we were near some form of civilization. If I ever find myself with an early arrival, I’d do it again. Ship I like smaller ships now. I like being able to maneuver and take stairs when I can. I was on deck 7. Walk up 3 decks for lido, 1 up for dinner, 2 up for casino, down the hall from guest services. If the Horizon has good ports ill check it out, but I find the small boats have the destinations I’ve never been and are easier. I did Allure on royal a few years ago and only stayed in one section because the thing was too damn big. Food I must say the food on this cruise is much better than previously carnival ships. Sunday- I ate on lido for lunch and dinner because I didn’t want to be bothered with ship wide open seating. While I didn’t eat everything they had on the lido, what I got was good. Monday- I had a breakfast burrito from iguana, good but not hot. Good Caribbean lunch on the lido again (beef stew with rice and peas) and dinner in main dining room. I stuck to grilled salmon, basmati pilaf, ceviche, seared tuna, cheese plate, and praline cake. All good, not amazing but good. Rice wasn’t hot. I like my food hot. Sit down dinner not hot. Buffet hot Tuesday sea day. Went to blue iguana for breakfast. There is a shorter omelet line back there. Room temp burrito but still good. Even though I wasn’t hungry when I passed by for lunch I decided to get some fried chicken. Not as good as mine but good lol. I had a food obsession on this trip. For a late snack I tried out bonsai. Good, not as good as my time on the dream but good. California roll made with real crab. Can’t go wrong with that. - Wednesday. Formal night. Hour wait for any time dining. Had to report hostess Tumar. She gave me a buzzer and told me to stay close we will be called soon. Half hour later I asked what approximate wait is. She said the wait for all is 30 minutes or more. I go 25 mins later (now almost an hour wait) for an update and feedback I nicely suggest that she may not want to tell someone to stay close because they will be called shortly if she knows the wait is long. She: "I told you 30 minutes Me: not initially. You said shortly. I came back after 30 minutes and then you told me the average wait was 30 or more. Please try to be more transparent because I could have gone to handle some other things Her: I also told you that you can take the buzzer anywhere but the casino Me: no you did not. Her: I well I thought I told you I can’t give everyone the same speech Me: wrong answer. Why not, we all paid our money, we can’t all get the same information? You don’t seem to like feedback. I’m being polite and you are becoming rude When the manager came to my table he apologized and offered me a prompt seat for the rest of the cruise. I declined. I told him I wanted nothing in return just for him to hear my feedback for better training. I told him I only became angry when she made excuses and said she can’t be expected to give everyone the same info. Food was very good. I ordered the grilled pork chop and lobster tail. I was surprised at how well everything was cooked. No complaints Thursday, Mahi Mahi, cooked well. I’ve found it to be a hard fish to cook. Pork chop was better the night before. I asked the server to make sure my rice was hot and he did just that. The desert was amazing. Can’t remember the name but just remember they had it Barbados night and it mentions something about pecans and pralines. Before I got it, I asked the server about it and he didn’t know anything. When I received it, it tasted like cake in a mug with some chunks of touted pound cake on top. There was chocolate on bottom and some on top. Just enough pecans. I asked the server the next night for the name and she said bitter emblem with croutons on top. Friday, 2nd formal night. Friday- started the day with Blue Iguana breakfast burrito. Didn’t eat again until dinner in MDR. Orders beef patties, soft flaky cocktail patties filled with flavored shredded beef. Ordered se bass for entre. Very good. Tasted like it had some sort of Indian seasoning. Came with some sort of corn salsa. I gobbled it up. Skipped desert because I felt like I was coming down with a cold and wanted to lay down and medicate. Dinner service was so slow in MDR. Then the staff stopped to dance even though it was an hour later and we still didn’t receive entre. Ordered jumbo shrimp and pork chop. Pork chop better than last night, not as good as night #2. Hmm what is missing? Jumbo shrimp flavorful. The potato mixture that came with it just ok. Btw when I got back to port there was a small desert tray waiting for us in the room from MDR staff thanking us our patience. Very nice. Wasn’t expecting it. I thanked the front staff as soon as I went to dinner. I decided to be a fatty mcbutter pants and order sushi after dinner before it close, in case I wanted a midnight snack. Only one thing ruined my experience. Today, the guy decided to put a bunch of plain mayo on top of my California rolls. Not spicy, plain white mayo. Had to wipe it off. Sushi is very filling and good portion size. Saturday- Blue iguana breakfast again. Once back on ship Guy Fieri for late lunch. The line was short so I gave it a go. Pretty good. Couldn’t eat all the time. Could taste clogged arteries. Dinner in main dining room was meh. Nothing I wanted so settled on mussels, some chicken in wine sauce and carnival melted cake. The cake was mostly raw but it was what it was. My favorite drinks. Cosmo, kiss on the lips. I tried alchemy bar with a real mixologist. Cool vibe but just ok Oh yea. Late night snacks each day at 1130p.m. Hot dogs, cookies, brownies, buffalo chicken sandwich, chili for hot dogs. Formal photos. First Formal Night So many large families on line. Group then singles then kids than parents, etc. So a line that seemed short still took forever. Didn’t get to take many pics. Beware. There is a guy there. She has a black background. He has a carnival badge but does not have on the same shirt. He does not work for carnival. He is a private photographer. We did not know this. No signs. So we wait in line 20 minutes for him. We were next. Get to front to learn her is not with carnival. I’m livid. I offer my precious feedback. Me: sir, this would have been good information prior to waiting on line. A sign or something Him: I am private. I am a professional who offers private sessions. You waited because you see how much attention I give. Me: no I waited because I like your background. Not because I saw you take a lot of pictures. How much is it? The session is $99 plus cost of pics Me: no thanks. I wish I’d known that 20 minutes ago. 2nf formal night. Lines so much shorter for photos too bad I had on a more simple dress and my hair was not as nice. I was able to take all Other observations- I’m going to choose my words carefully not to offend because it’s not the intent. We left from Puerto rice, 80% of the boat was from Puerto rice. Many Spanish being either their first or only language. Carnival definitely made sure that they were included and had a good time. Every night was Latin music night in some area. There was even a special "quest" game in complete Spanish which was packed compared to the one the night before which was practically empty. I never left out of PR so this all just caught me by surprise. Carnival has guests from all over the world so I never seen them cater to one culture. Maybe the ship has never been 80% one culture, I don’t know. Even in the main dining room the Maître D would say something in Spanish every night specifically using the word "Boricua”. They all responded cheerfully as a group in Spanish while I just laughed when they did :-). I guess that’s how people who don’t speak English feel a lot of the time everywhere else so I get it. The comedy shows theater shows all are in English so it’s cool that they tweaked some things for those on board who may not speak English. I noticed a lot of events that would be traditionally packed were not and I think it was the language barrier Room No fidget so ask your cabin steward for ice twice a day. I couldn’t find the hair dryer. The safe requires a credit card. The temp control is on the ceiling. Simple. Down or up. No buttons, works immediately. Clean, not too many signs of wear and tear except in the bathroom but nothing major. There was a laundry room on the floor which was great for ironing. Service Some of the lido staff behind the counter acted like they didn’t want to be there but most were always nice. Unless you are blatantly rude, I don’t have a problem. I am sure some of my patients feel the same about me some days at work so I get it. Steward was great. Nothing but positives about him. They still ask if you want morning evening or both. I always say both and if for some reason we are too zonked we will let him know in advance to skip us. Someone filled in for him one day and offered to have us wait on a balcony while he cleaned. We told him it’s not that serious and that we can go. We were generally treated well as always. Barbados We chose to go to the Boatyard beach club. Maybe a 10- 15 minute ride from port. When you leave the cruise terminals there are a bunch of men trying to fill up their taxi vans to take you places. I asked do they have private cars and they said they don’t know what that is. OK. I asked for private cars because I really like to do my own thing and not wait for people I don’t know. Luckily it wasn’t needed. Ride was too quick. At the boatyard for $25 you get one free drink either rum punch or a couple other choices. You also get a chair, umbrella and transportation back to the boat. The beach is clean and beautiful. Bathroom clean. There is a shower to clean off. I didn’t order food because there was plenty on board and I can get wings and fries there. For a small extra fee you can go see turtles. I can’t swim so that was a no for me. The property tells you not to Jet Ski because they are not ensured but there are still men on beach offering. Again, I am afraid of water taller than my waist so that doesn’t work for me. Must learn to swim. St. Thomas- Only got off to find White Hennessy because I’ve been a million times. Meghan's Bay is a great beach though. St. Lucia-We booked a day pass to Bay Gardens Beach Resort through resort for a day. We were picked up around 9:30am and taken to the resort. Clean, friendly people, nice clear water. You get 4 drinks, lunch, and either a 20 minute massage or entry to water obstacle course or non-motor sports. We chose the massage. We were treated like royalty. The staff is very friendly. I probably would not stay there because I like a little more luxury but it is an excellent day trip. Only down side is a lot of ants on the beach. Didn’t know what was attracting them because I didn’t see food lying around. People trying to sell you stuff. Creepy guy in plain clothes walking around offering foot massages lol. Excellent wifi. Was able to download some shows to watch on board. St. Kitts. We decided to walk around port for a bit. Saw man selling photos with cute monkeys so I did that. There were many guys selling 1 hour tours. Since war had nothing else to do I gave in. We did 1 hour for $40. He drove us around in AC van, just the two of us. Gave us history lesson, showed us different sights. Beautiful Island. Normally all I do is lounge on a beach but it was about time I learned something :-) There is a casino in port with free Wifi Most crew stand outside of it for the wifi. Many stood outside for wifi. St. Maartin. I’ve been many times, most often just roam around the port. Today we did a beach tour through cruise excursioneer site courtesy of our travel agent. It was called rum and beach break. We were picked up, taken to a nearby beach. I guess our deal was with some spot at the beach called the Dive Shop. Once you pay or give them your prepaid voucher, they take you to their section of the beach. Chair, umbrella, free non motorize sports, two rum punches or beer, and transport back for $25. The shuttle back runs every 30 minutes. Some parts of the sand were rougher than others but overall nice very clean beach. There will be a lot of women offering you massages, or trying to sell you bags. I had $150 in OBC from booking and my sis gave me a $150 gift card. I won 80 in the casino and put that on my bill. At the end of the cruise we only were charged $13 to our credit card. Pretty good. This was for about 3-4 drinks total per day, occasional sushi, and 4 8×10s we purchased. We didn’t spend much. Most $was spent on the islands and even that wasn’t a ridiculous amount after 7 days.
  17. csj092809

    Fascination penthouse

    Just wondering if the two penthouses are still there after drydock. I know some of the other ships turned them into Camp Carnival areas.
  18. Have not been on a cruise in 10 years. Has anything changed as far as boarding and approximately how early can you get on the ship? We leave San Juan at 9 pm
  19. Im on schedule for the Oct 7 Southern carribean sailing Was wondering if there were special party events like 80s night? or Abba night. Also if anyone has the menus for the dining room
  20. Hi All! This is my first Carnival Cruise. I have sailed HAL, NCL, RC, Princess and Disney. I chose this cruise because I wanted to try Carnival and this itinerary is new for me. I am in a grand suite. I usually am in balcony rooms. I am not a partier so I won’t be offering opinions on those type of things. Check in was easy with FTTF. Everyone was extremely friendly from the entry to my cabin. It was by far the most pleasant check in I have ever experienced. My cabin wasn’t ready; it just needed vacuuming. I dropped off my carry on and went to try the famous Guy’s Burger Joint. It was sooo yummy! I plan to revisit. The ship is a bit different from others I have been on. It doesn’t feel as open and airy in the public spaces. The halls are a bit tight on Lido Deck. However, my cabin hallway seems much wider. These are in no way criticisms. I have yet to explore everything and may find I am wrong. I am back in my cabin and found my luggage waiting. This cabin is fabulous! I feel like a princess. The closet is a cruiser’s dream. Their are at least 16 drawers in the room. Plus there are shelves galore. The lamps have USB ports to charge phones etc. That helps a lot with the lack of plugs. Of course, that seems to be a cruise ship problem across the board. I won’t update a lot, but I thought a new Carnival cruiser’s fresh view might be interesting. I am excited for the week. We haven’t heard if we are following our itinerary because of Tropical Storm Isaac.
  21. On Fascination, our steward left us a $50 gift card. It was only good in the Spa and was non-transferable. We did not use it. I thought it may be a gimmick. Is there anything you can get in the Spa for $50? Or would it be like $50 off a $100 manicure (which is still no deal?)
  22. We plan to be on the Fascination the end of March next year. If you have been on the Fascination within the past year, do you know if they have a "live" band. I used to play in different bands down through the years, and have always loved band, or LIVE music. If you know that there is, where or what area will we find them playing?
  23. Received an email with upsell offer to the Owners Suite on Ecstacy. Did not specify the $ cost. Did a quick bit of research and not sure worth it at any price given what seems like extreme noise from Lido pool area and jogging track. Our cabin is an aft balcony - peaceful aft view v crappy obstructed balcony and lido area noise. Quite frankly I was relieved when I reached the upsell person that it was no longer available. Probably would have taken it if a really good deal and then have been miserable. (I hate loud music, never hang out at Lido pool.) Just curious though to hear other experiences, particularly as to the chief complaints I read about: noise from lido pool, noise from jogging track, and difficulty getting service fro cabin attendant since it is a one off location. TIA! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  24. First, I would like to thank the poster that originally posted the Cheers Evaluator. I made a few changes to suit my needs. I took out sea days since there weren’t any. Made a column with the 15 % gratuity added to more accurately reflect cost my cost. Added a section on top that counted only alcoholic drinks. From here we decided Cheers would work for us. My first day total was $121 which include water, cokes, etc. DW was always a lot less. No flames please. To each their own. 15 oz’s of alcohol isn’t even equal a bottle of water over a 24-hour period. Between the 2 of us it was a lot cheaper to have Cheers. The cost for Cheers was greatly reduced since we used AARP gift cards to pay for everything and saved $330. Thanks to Cruise Critic members for this info. We both took our Yeti’s which the bar tenders would rinse out if we desired before refilling with a new drink. My DW loved it since on frozen drinks they always have extra when filling the standard size glass,but she would get it all. I’m a heavy drinker and DW will usually only have 4 drinks a day, sometimes 5. Two frozen in afternoon and 2 glasses of wine with dinner always. Observations: No particular order. 1. The pours are 1 oz. Most bars in the states give you 1 ¼ oz per pour. So, I would only fill my Yeti up half way for mixed drinks. Bartenders would give me the mixers if I asked, so I could fill my Yeti to my desire level. 2. I could order an alcoholic drink with a soda or water but not both a soda and water at the same time with an alcoholic drink. 3. With Cheers if you get a can of soda or beer you will received it open. 4. When you get to 13 drinks the bartenders will notify you. 5. On the second dining night and each night there after everyone on Cheers will receive altr of water. 6. Our S&S card where only presented the first and second night in the dining room. 7. We were charged for a bottle of wine ($32) at the dining room which we didn’t order. So, check you S&S card often. It was credited back. They did check with our servers to verify. 8. On the 3rd night and every night there after are drinks of chose were waiting for us at the table. Waiters were very good about asking us if we wanted are fill. Very quick. Remember dinner last at least 1 ½ hours. 9. Since we sailed out of San Juan sales tax was added to every drink both alcoholic and nonalcoholic until we reached the next port. Wasn’t that much. 10. We only ordered top shelf liquor for our drinks. 11 I would always go the Lido bar (open at 7) and get 2 shots (remember 5 mins between drinks and it is enforced)to take back to my room to mix a drink while cleaning up after excursions. 12. Both I and DW would tip extra to the bartenders per mixed drinks ($1), not shots. Dining room staff got their tips at the end of the cruise. They really appreciated the extra tips and us remembering their names. After all they remembered ours. It was fascinating learning about their country and living conditions both at home and on the ship. Most all the bartenders we associated with had been with Carnival for over 12 years and some over 20years. Their contracts are for 6 months with 2 months at home before returning.Some because of the cost of airfare to their home worked 7 months. The last month for paying their airfare home. 13. I would let the bartenders know I wanted my second drink as soon as 5 mins past.Especially after an excursion. They always let me know. If not ready for another drink I would take a shot to add later to a drink. 14. We always had water to take on excursions form the ship because almost every bar we got a bottle of water. The above are what the Carnival guideline states, you experience might be different.
  25. Hey there! I know a lot of people don't like these nights but I still enjoy them... Was wondering if anyone knew about the formal nights when there is only one day at sea the last day of cruise... are there going to be any?