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Hampton Roads, VA
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Originally posted by k2
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Whistle thing -
and what mixes best with fruit juice... rum/ vodka/ gin???

I've heard that mixing the lemonade with raspberry vodka is great! An alcoholic raspberry lemonade!

I plan on bring vodka and rum and using the soda card.
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atl, ga
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My favorite anytime boating is Captain Morgan and cola. "Let the Captain do the driving!" I always say.

It's your preference when mixing with the juices. 24/7 drinks I remember seeing are: (one or more)
OJ
fruit punch
grapefruit
lemonade
cranberry punch
tea (I love rum & tea)
coffee (w/whiskey or Kalhua or Baileys)

Vodka and Rum pretty much mix with anything. I perfer rum as all the cruises I go on are Carribean. (Christopher Columbus took sugar cane to the Caribbean, rest is history.)

Beginning of cruise, tip your cabin steward and tell him/her you like ice refilled in your room constantly. You'll have plenty. I also put one of my "beer buckets" in the cabin and have that one filled too.

There is about 15 drinks in a liter of alcohol. It's about $5 a mixed drink (or beer.) I bring a 1.75 liter just for myself (usually Capt,. Morgan.) That's 26 drinks or at least $130 worth of drinks for a $35 dollar bottle. Don't forget the mandatory 15% gratuity added to each drink order.

Kewl cruise related website. LOTS of info:
http://cruiseclues.com/

Just booked another cruise for APR 2010 with friends coming! Woot!
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Joined Aug 2009
Originally posted by crkdad
5. If you gamble, avoid the ship's slots and electronic card games. The payouts on slots are significantly lower than ANY other place. Las Vegas is regulated and must payout 97%. A ship in international waters is regulated based on where it is registered which may not have any gaming laws. Payouts for ship slots are estimated to be around 85%. The odds for craps, blackjack, roulette, etc are the same as other locations.
Vegas is NOT regulated to 97%. They aren't allowed to change the payout % on the fly or anything like that though - that's regulated. However they can take the machine out of service and increase/decrease in Vegas. However in Vegas there is a lot of competition between casinos so they tend to keep their slots in the 90-97% range. However nothing requires them to.

The casino on a ship is horrible because they have no other competition when they are open usually.
Illinois
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Joined Jan 2010
So, if there is not alcohol allowed...someone needs to tip me in on how to get it there!! If you do not want to post here, email me!! [email protected] I really want to take beer but would settle for hard liquor!
Fort Worth TX
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Originally posted by k2
...and what mixes best with fruit juice... rum/ vodka/ gin???
They don't have the fruit juice anymore.
Sunny San Diego
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Joined Apr 2009
Originally posted by tonppa
Can you go to the past guest party even if you are a first timer? Do they check it somehow if u have been there before?
You used to be able to. I've only been on one Carnival Cruise and I've been to the past guest party.

In the past, when you filled out your paperwork, there was a box to check if you've ever sailed on Carnival before. Our Travel Agent told us to check "yes". So we did. We received invitations in our cabin to the party.
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Related to room service being free:

Originally posted by ValerieM
Thanks for clarifying that issue - I was wondering, but too afraid to ask
northeast US
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Joined Oct 2009
Originally posted by gwinel
What about walkie talkies? Are they permitted?
We brought walkie talkies and we used them. As did others.
Reception gets limited however when you are on an upper deck forward (like deck 8) and the lower decks aft (like the MDR). Seemed to work very well when one was on deck 8 and the other on the Lido deck (9) regardless of forward or aft.

Flashlight, no. Battery powered nightlight yes. I got these LED things at WalMart made for a closet or something - a small disk about 2 1/2" round and 1/2 high. Push on/push off. Nicer than having to leave a room light on to find the bathroom at night. Almost a new moon on our sailing so not much moonlight.

I was glad to have a bedside alarm clock and glad that I had a post-it notepad to leave notes for room steward etc.

I did not need binder clips for the shower curtain.

Carnival will not punch your kid's S&S cards and give you a lanyard for them in the casino. Adults (casino players) yes. Not kids. You can't get them at Camp Carnival either. You want a lanyard for your kids' S&S cards, you need to go to the "Fun Shop" and buy them for 4.50 each.

I did get decks of cards at customer service.

There is no extension for the shore excursion desk - you have to go there in person.

Fun shop closes 1 hour before arrival in a port. So, if you need something like a hat or sunscreen for being on shore, don't wait until the last minute.
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Balch Springs, TX
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Okay...so I'm about to print this thread...I need to read it tonight at home! It dates back to 2004...so are all of those tips still good too?
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Originally posted by China_Doll
Okay...so I'm about to print this thread...I need to read it tonight at home! It dates back to 2004...so are all of those tips still good too?
youre going to print all 141 pages of it?? god bless you and your printer LOL
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Originally posted by mlzangel78
youre going to print all 141 pages of it?? god bless you and your printer LOL
That is what a Google seach is good for
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Originally posted by mlzangel78
youre going to print all 141 pages of it?? god bless you and your printer LOL

I know right!!! LOL!!! But I don't have time to read it all and I don't want to miss anything! I have 2 hours to cram 8 hours of work in...and I leave for Galveston tomorrow!!!
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Originally posted by babymaxie
I just came off the Carnival Legend on 1 Nov and asked for a cappuccino after every mean in the dining room and was not charged.
Still free at dinner as of Jan. 23 (Carnival Ecstasy). I know RCCL does charge extra.
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Originally posted by China_Doll
I know right!!! LOL!!! But I don't have time to read it all and I don't want to miss anything! I have 2 hours to cram 8 hours of work in...and I leave for Galveston tomorrow!!!
well between your drink credits and this you should be good to go! LOL have a blast enjoy your cruise.. and just think after this one,, you will be full of lots more knowledge for the next one!
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Has anyone been on Freedom lately? Can you still order expresso and cappachino at dinner?
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Balch Springs, TX
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Originally posted by jimnbigd
still free at dinner as of jan. 23 (carnival ecstasy). I know rccl does charge extra.

yay!!! Go ecstasy!!!! I will be enjoying my after dinner free cappachino!!!!
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Balch Springs, TX
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Originally posted by mlzangel78
well between your drink credits and this you should be good to go! LOL have a blast enjoy your cruise.. and just think after this one,, you will be full of lots more knowledge for the next one!
Right!!! I'm super excited!!!! Now I need to go back to that packing list and print it too!!! Already packed clothes & shoes...now need to pack the other stuff...
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Okay...so I printed pages 1 - 6 and then everything from 2009 up to today...Hopefully I didn't miss any good stuff!
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I thought I remembered someone going to the effort of summarizing this thread up to a point. Does anyone know where that summary can be found?
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