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jayally1968

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    Carnival Cruise Line
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    California

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  1. We have 2 full days in Southampton and are going to Portsmouth to see https://www.hms-victory.com/ and then depending on weather go Corfu to visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle where my Mother used to go to as a child. We are on the May 17th sailing and she did book and choose deck 13 while on her last voyage in 2017 because she wants to see the new staterooms. She doesn't believe in spending extra money for a balcony or window because she doesn't spend much time in her cabin except to sleep. When adding me to her booking she asked about upgrades but was told the ship is fully booked but maybe something will change when we check in. :-)
  2. Thank you, I was thinking that too since she has been getting sick more often and will be 74 this month and there may not be many more trips. This was a very last minute trip to coordindate with my work and the added stress of canceling and rebooking so many things I already had in place from months ago. My daughter is so done with Vermont winters and glad to be heading home to Southern California with a dual degree in Art and Phsycology from Middlebury College! My Mom added me to the booking today for $470, she thought she had paid for a double but it was a single supplement and its an inside on deck 13, #13019. I hope there isn't any vibration I read about and I need to ask if she booked this room on purpose since it is so high up and far from everything. Her last trip she and my brother were upgraded at port to a balcony cabin...I can only wish! Our last trip was for 3 weeks in October 2016 to Ireland, England then the QM2 and by the time we boarded we were ready for some alone time on the ship and pretty much just saw each other for dinner. I will arrive 3 days prior to sailing so we can explore southampton.
  3. I am accompanying my Mother on the QM2 to NYC May 17th. She is a platimum member and this will be my 2nd cruise. Since I am her daughter and we are on the same booking am I allowed to attend the parties and use the priorty lounge? It would be weird to leave her at the door, she is getting older and has been chronically ill and needs a companion when she travels. Her friend canceled and she lured me onboard with all of her internet minutes so I could keep in touch with work and all I had to do was buy a one way ticket from Los Angeles. I already had a trip planned May 19th to NYC and had to change flights and all kinds of things just to go with her so it wasn't a decision easily made. My daughter is graduating from college May 26 so it is working out (thankfully!) that I will be arriving in NYC on the 24th and then driving straight to Vermont.
  4. Thanks for all the advice! I ended up booking the Triumph in a 6C Oceanview room 2280. I got $50 OBC from Carnival and $50 from AARP (I joined to get discount gift cards but they don't have any right now). Total price for 2 people was $771 with $98 deposit. I am glad someone mentioned hotels so I booked a reservation at the Homewood Suites French Quarter that is listed as #1 out of 167 hotels in New Orleans for $161/night with AAA for a total of $562.42 for 3 nights. They have free breakfast, snacks and wifi and on the trolley line and walking distance to most things. My fiance is a jambalaya and jazz fan so I opted for more time in New Orleans plus he is a history buff and we will for sure check out the WWII musuem. Already this is starting to cost more than I expected but isn't that always the case??
  5. Hi, I am already missing our October Hawaii Cruise so another bucket list is New Orleans. I would travel around mid to late November 2018. There are 7 days cruises on the Dream from New Orleans > Montego Bay > Grand Cayman > Cozumel > New Orleans for $1233 Oceanview and 5 day cruise on the Triumph > New Orleans > Cozumel > Progreso > New Orleans for $791 Oceanview. I would like to explore New Orleans either before or after the cruise so the shorter one might give us more time. We are in CA so airfare has to be factored in. Which would you choose? I have never been on either ship or either location and my Mexican experience has only been Ensenada and we don't even bother to get off the ship! I've only been on the Miracle, Imagination and Inspiration with Carnival but we just turned gold so thinking its a good idea to stick with one cruise line.
  6. I'm on the Hawaii October MIRACLE and I'm going to be 49 and my fiance is 47. There is a large, fun and very active facebook group and there are old (60) and young (30 with kids) people on this trip. We have lots of fun things planned so I dont think it will be boring at all! Sent from my SM-G935U using Forums mobile app
  7. Sorry, I meant back to the ship. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. I am renting a car from Dollar Rent-A-Car and on the Carnival miracle docking in Kahului at 10am. I have reservations for the old Lahaina luau and I was thinking we could go up to the crater during the day and then over to the luau. I know it's about an hour drive from the port and the ship leaves at 11 PM. I think the luau ends at 8:45 so I figure we would probably head up there about 9 PM, stop for gas and then drop the rental car off, they close at 10:30 PM. Do you think this is something that we could do? Or is it a bit too ambitious? I am paranoid about being late for things and I certainly don't want to miss our ship!
  9. Thanks to advice here I think we are leaning towards a Long Island City hotel. Do you know if any of them offer a free LGA shuttle service or how much is a car service like Dial 7 that I keep reading about would run? I live near Los Angeles so I always opt for a rental car when I travel but NYC is out of my comfort zone!!
  10. Thanks for the replies! Long Island City sounds like a doable option and it is between booklyn and La Guardia so might not be too hard to get to from the cruise terminal. I will see how much we can come up with if we want to stay in Manhatten but it looks like I need to budget at least $200 a night to include the taxes and fees just to stay in Long Island city. This is a long and expensive trip so we are trying to keep it reasonable. I checked out La Quinta in LIC and they have a King bed for Per Night Rate: 144.00 USD Subtotal: 288.00 USD Estimated Tax*: 49.48USD Estimated Total with Tax*: 337.48 USD. It ranks #24 out of 25 hotels on tripadvisor and I would rather have 2 twins at the Nesva hotel which is #4 on tripadvisor and would be $ 326.00 Total Tax(es): $ 55.09 Total Amount (with Tax): $ 381.09 for 2 twins with a balcony view (same price without balcony). There are other options as well if we want to pay a little more and maybe I can priceline something in the area.
  11. My Mom's idea of a hotel is something super cheap and less than $100/night because she just wants somewhere to sleep. She doesn't mind staying on someone's couch and I am sure I will have my share of the floor but I prefer comfort and would be fine with a 2 1/2 - 3 star. I would like to keep it under $150 a night and we need 2 queen beds. The last time I traveled to Europe with my Mom and shared a bed with her it was 1984 and I was 16 so I am a little afraid of this big trip but it is a wonderful opportunity. We are going to stay with family and friends in Ireland and England and then back home on the QE2 for 7 nights in an INSIDE cabin.
  12. My 71 yr old Mother and I are arriving on the QE2 October 25 2016 at the Brooklyn Red hook terminal. We are flying out of LGA on Oct 27th at 6pm to California. I am trying to decide what area I should book a hotel and what you would recommend as a decent hotel. She is English and has her ideas about what we are doing in Europe and I am in charge of NYC and getting us back home! This is her 4th trip on the QE2 and she seems to know it all and said she wants to stay in Brooklyn near the cruise terminal but I think it would be easier for later and maximize our time there if we stay near LGA with a free airport shuttle and with easy access to a bus or subway to Manhatten or stay in Manhatten with a taxi or car service to LGA. This would be the end of a 3 week European trip so we will be a bit tired and will have some heavy luggage. I am on a budget so somewhere economical but decent is important which I know can be hard in NY! I have never been to NY and would like to do a Ellis island tour, tour the Statue of Liberty, walk around Times square and go to the top of the rock and/or Empire state building, visit the 9-11 memorial and go to central park. We will have Oct 25th starting from early afternoon after disembarking, all day on the 26th and the morning/early afternoon on the 27th before leaving LGA at 6pm. We will be there the end of October so what is the weather usually like? I will be very appreciate for any tips and/or advice.
  13. Does carnvial discriminate based on the type of cruise you book? i.e. I am in Southern California and I can easily book 2, 3 or 4 night cruises for pretty cheap. We are going on a 3 night weekend cruise Nov 19th for $589 for 2 people which includes tips, taxes and fees and there were even cheaper ones if I wanted to keep searching. My fiance and I have decided cruising is more relaxing than the crowds at Disneyland and we are letting our premium passes expire and taking more trips instead. We can take lots of little cruises and then possibly use our mileage cruise towards a longer Hawaiian cruise. Thanks!
  14. How much extra is the discounted cup? Can I bring my own cup, like a travel mug or do you have to use theirs? I have the Carnival water bottle bag I bought on the last trip I will bring for this one. Last time I brought soda on board and on RC we purchased the soda package and they gave us nice mugs included in the price.
  15. My boyfriend loves seafood and I want to do a Salmon bake while on our trip. There is gold Creek in Juneau which I think is $49 pp, Liarsville in Skagway $59 pp and then one in Hoonah/Icy straight for $36 pp but I have a buy 1 get 1 free coupon but I cannot find anything online about this. What do you recommend?
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