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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! :p

 

I plan on bring vodka and rum and using the soda card.

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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/[url=http://cruiseclues.com/shipstips/carnivalglory.htm][/url]

 

Just booked another cruise for APR 2010 with friends coming! Woot! :D

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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.

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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!! angiewiu@hotmail.com I really want to take beer but would settle for hard liquor!

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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. :D

 

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.:D

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I finally made it through this whole thread. I think I have been trying since 2005 and never have gotten through it all! Thanks for all the tips. My only tip is you really don't need to pack all the outfits you think...I never wore half of what I took the first cruise and cut way back for the second and still had unworn clothes at the end. Have a great cruise!!! :D

 

Hi Lisa

I am from KC area too, I noticed your sig line says Elation maybe Jan 15, 2011. There is a group from KCK area contemplating the same ship and date. Last count there was about 16 of us.

 

Do you by any chance work in the Education field?

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Don't know if these are secrets as much as "little known facts":

 

1. Book early and deal with a reputable travel agent. Make sure you have an agreement with your TA that any price adjustments to the fare will be passed along to you. Carnival ( and alll cruise lines) frequently change the fair for market conditions. Watch these boards for fare decreases. Carnival lowered the fair on our cruise and offered a room upgrade AND and onboard credit. We declined the upgrade (see number 2) in favor of a larger credit. My family started out our 1 week cruise with and onboard credit of over $1,000.

2. Upgrades are not what they are cracked up to be, unless it is to a balcony or an outside room. All other cabins are exactly alike. You will pay about $80-100pp to move up each floor. I've done both the higher and lower floors and the lower floors get the same service, same amenities, same everything, just at a lower price. Consider how many Pina Coladas the extra $100 will buy you. Book a lower floor and save you money of if you are offered an upgrade, take the on board credits.

3. Cruising in not an "all-inclusive" vacation. Plan on spending about 20-25% of your cruise cost onboard. About 22% of Carnival's revenue comes form cruisers buying drinks, photos, gambling, playing bingo, shopping, etc.

4. Do not book shore excursions through the cruise line. Do a little homework before you go and book your excursions directly. you will save 25-30% by doing this. The excursion companies pay a hefty commission to the cruise line which is passed on to your through higher prices. Cruise critic boards are an exellent source of infomation and many excursion companies live or die based on cruise critic reviews. We booked a helicopter tour directly in hawaii and saved over $250 from the cruise excursion price. Ther is a risk of doing this, but in all of my years of cruising, we have NEVER had a bad experience.

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.

6. When you board, go directly to the casino (it will be closed) and get the free lanyards that are in the slot machines. Sometime during the cruise go to the pursers office and have your sign and sail cards hole punched and attach them to the free lanyard.

7. Carnival puts the fear in everyone about lost beach towels. They say you are issued 1 and you must return it or be charged for it. Every cruise, Carnival looses about 100 beach towels and very few cruisers are charged. Why? the room stewards pick the beach towels in your room and replace them with clean ones. Get to know your room steward. tip him a few dollars during the week for the good job he is doing and a little something extra at the end. Do you think he will risk making you mad tracking beach towels and collecting $22 from you for Carnival or keeping you happy to get a big tip? Worked for us (we lost at least 2 beach towels on our last trip and never had to pay)

8. Drink cards: not such a good deal for adults, unless you are a big soda drinker. Drink cards for adults are $38 and $28 for kids. The card allows you to get a glass of coke, which is about 2/3 can . A can of coke costs $1.50 for the whole can. That is about 30 cokes over a 7 day cruise (not including the time you are off the ship) or 4-5 per day. Alternatively consider getting one card and using it to "buy" sodas for your significant other (you must be descreet about this). As you move through the ship, order one soda at one bar and another soda at the next bar. That way, you only have to drink 2 per day to break even.

9. the books in the cabins are free, if you ask your room steward.

10. there are free post card available at the pursers desk.

 

that is all for now

 

 

Soda cards were over 50.00 on the Splendor in Oct. of 2009.

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What?!! No deli??? I keep hearing folks rave about the rueben sandwiches, and I thought on the Sensation. Man, I had the whole family worked up and ready for ruebens. I would swear I have read about them in some reviews. Was I just hallucinating cornbeef?[/quotei sailed the sensation this past summer and they did have a deli it was at the back of the ship where the buffet is . It is the back of the lido deck buffet

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Deli is also on the Dream at the very back of the Lido. The Tandoor is there, and a bar. I expect that most ships have the deli as it is usually very popular.

 

Did you ask someone?

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Deli is also on the Dream at the very back of the Lido. The Tandoor is there, and a bar. I expect that most ships have the deli as it is usually very popular.

 

Did you ask someone?

 

On the Pride, Reubens were available at one of the Lido deck buffet stations (there were 6 main stations/corners). Just find the guy making sandwiches to order.

 

I have to warn you though, we got 2 Ruebens from the same place and neither reuben had sauerkraut (which I think turns it into just a hot corned beef (or pastrami) and swiss sandwich...). I can't remember which kind of meat was on the reubens. I'm inclined to guess that it was corned beef. My hubby thought they were good even without the kraut.

 

At the same place, I had some sandwich with tomatoes and roasted peppers and mozz cheese with some kind of basil mayo that was heavenly.

 

I believe the reubens are available on the room service menu as well.

 

hb5

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The amenities in the bathroom are free. On my January 18 Ecstasy, this was 2 small tubes of Crest-with-Scope toothpaste and a ladies razor. However, the drinks on the dresser are NOT free. The water is especially expensive -- something like $4 per liter.

 

You can bring your own water and soft drinks, and this can save you much moolah.

Edited by Jimnbigd

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Will they remove the drinks if you request it?

 

Yes, the steward will remove them for you. Just tell him/her that you want to use the counters and fridge for other things and to please take them away.

Edited by GlendaleCruiser

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Yes, the steward will remove them for you. Just tell him/her that you want to use the counters and fridge for other things and to please take them away.

If doing this I would suggest taking a picture of what is on the counter and then take a pic while he does it... seems like a lot BUT there are threads about being billed for stuff that you never used. Common sense.

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Will they remove the drinks if you request it?

 

On the Pride last week, my room steward unlocked the fridge and when I asked him to empty it and remove the contents from the room so I could use it, he claimed that he had nowhere to store it and that he could not empty it for me. He suggested that I empty it and store the contents and just put them back at the end.

 

I stored the mini-bottles in the little space between the safe and the wall of its little cabinet and stored the cans in the back of the top shelf of the closet. The morning we left (or the night before) I put it all back in the fridge. Someone probably had nice warm soda to drink on the day they got on the ship.

 

I still need to look at my final S&S charges to see if there is anything on there from the mini-bar that I did not use ...

 

Maybe different ships have different capacities to empty the fridge and store the contents. Or, maybe some ships have more problems with things disappearing from the mini-bars and customers claiming that they were not responsible so room stewards are forbidden from doing anything other than replacing used items.

 

hb5

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Has anyone done an up-to-date summary of all the tips? I'm stressing out about trying to go through 140+ pages and not missing anything, but also worried about what might be out dated.

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Has anyone done an up-to-date summary of all the tips? I'm stressing out about trying to go through 140+ pages and not missing anything, but also worried about what might be out dated.

 

Unfortunately, many people get off topic and waste pages which have nothing to do with the thread. Your best bet is to stick to the first few pages when people are more likely to post to the topic and the last few pages where new posters like me show up.

 

I suggest to people unfamiliar with cruising to NEVER buy shore excursions online. You can often make your own excursions cheaper.

 

Along this line, check out the spa before your first dinner. They usually offer some kind of intro special where you can save money. They will offer specials each day which you can find in your daily ship's newsletter. Also, since the spa is a separate company leasing the space on the ship, they suffer when the ship is in port because most guests are not onboard. Therefore, you can usually get spa treatments ½ price on port days. Just ask at the counter and NEVER book online before your cruise as you pay twice as much.

 

Don't push yourself on debarkation day unless you have an early flight. The officers must clear the ship by a certain time, but as soon as customs agents allow guests to leave, there is a mad rush to get off the ship (8:30am - 9:30am) I say, go to the Lido deck and enjoy a nice breakfast as your travel home could make for a long day and a good breakfast helps. You can also grab some great snacks for the trip home - boxes of honey nut cheerios work great! Then around 9:30ish, go back to your cabin, grab your luggage and walk off the ship with no lines.

 

Enjoy your cruise.

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We ask the steward to empty the mini bar into a black plastic bag (he can get one) and then store it under the bed. We have never had a problem with doing it this way. Near the end of the trip he comes and replaces it in the refrigerator.

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What?!! No deli??? I keep hearing folks rave about the rueben sandwiches, and I thought on the Sensation. Man, I had the whole family worked up and ready for ruebens. I would swear I have read about them in some reviews. Was I just hallucinating cornbeef?[/quotei sailed the sensation this past summer and they did have a deli it was at the back of the ship where the buffet is . It is the back of the lido deck buffet

 

Not to worry, Yes the Sensation has a deli.

:)

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Unfortunately, many people get off topic and waste pages which have nothing to do with the thread. Your best bet is to stick to the first few pages when people are more likely to post to the topic and the last few pages where new posters like me show up.

 

I suggest to people unfamiliar with cruising to NEVER buy shore excursions online. You can often make your own excursions cheaper.

 

Along this line, check out the spa before your first dinner. They usually offer some kind of intro special where you can save money. They will offer specials each day which you can find in your daily ship's newsletter. Also, since the spa is a separate company leasing the space on the ship, they suffer when the ship is in port because most guests are not onboard. Therefore, you can usually get spa treatments ½ price on port days. Just ask at the counter and NEVER book online before your cruise as you pay twice as much.

 

Don't push yourself on debarkation day unless you have an early flight. The officers must clear the ship by a certain time, but as soon as customs agents allow guests to leave, there is a mad rush to get off the ship (8:30am - 9:30am) I say, go to the Lido deck and enjoy a nice breakfast as your travel home could make for a long day and a good breakfast helps. You can also grab some great snacks for the trip home - boxes of honey nut cheerios work great! Then around 9:30ish, go back to your cabin, grab your luggage and walk off the ship with no lines.

 

Enjoy your cruise.

 

Great advice about the spa. Each day, the spa looks at the next day's bookings and puts services on sale to fill the holes. This gets put in the capers so keep an eye on the capers - if you want "something" but don't care if it is manicure, pedicure or facial, you can get a good deal. Also, we were told that if we booked a service and that service went on sale that day, we'd get the sale price. So, if you schedule a manicure for a port day and manciures go on sale for the port day, you should get the sale price, even though you booked early. I DO NOT know if this applies to reservations made on-line ahead of the cruise. In my opinion, it should.

 

Debarking - true. Self-debark was a crazy mad rush of people. We checked our luggage and debarked with the checked luggage folks and it was much less crazed. I did not see anyone self-debarking with the checked luggage folks; not sure how that works out. But, if you self-debark and wait until the later part of self-debark - there are plenty of people who did not wait until their deck was called so the later decks seemed to take less time (which I assumed to mean they were less crowded).

 

Not sure if I agree with the shore excursion recommendation. We did one Carnival excursion and two self excursions.

 

With a ship excursion, no chance of getting lost getting to it. I could have booked the same exact excursion at Atlantis in Nassau on my own but am not sure that I would have been able to pull it off with the same level of comfort doing it myself. With carnival, the volume of people and the wait for the bus and confusion about the time we were leaving were bad but we had a bus ride and a bunch of walking to do. With the cruise, everything was arranged for and guided. On our own, we'd have been dealing with taxi's and asking directions and trying to find the venue on our own once we got to Atlantis. And, then taxi's back etc.

 

But, now that I have done it once, I'd have no problem booking my own the next time.

 

The two self excursions were fine because I had very detailed information (including pictures of the port and info about where to meet the transportation etc.) from a CC review of the same itinerary and ship and I just did what they did.

 

hb5

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We were very late getting back to the ship when we went to Chichen Itza. We were delayed by a highway accident and construction. The ship was packed up and ready to leave. Since it was a tour booked thru the ship they waited for us. If we had gone on our own we would have been left. We are now very careful about which excursions we do on our own!

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We were very late getting back to the ship when we went to Chichen Itza. We were delayed by a highway accident and construction. The ship was packed up and ready to leave. Since it was a tour booked thru the ship they waited for us. If we had gone on our own we would have been left. We are now very careful about which excursions we do on our own!

 

I would never do any of the ruins on my own. Too much chance of missing the ship. I would do any other excrusions, but not those that far away from the ship.

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We'd better hurry if we are to see all the ruins by 2012!!!

 

I'm willing to spend my shore time doing that. Anyone want to join in?

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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/[url=http://cruiseclues.com/shipstips/carnivalglory.htm][/url]

 

Just booked another cruise for APR 2010 with friends coming! Woot! :D

 

You can also get tomato juice delivered by room service for Bloody Marys!

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