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Eli_6

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  1. So...at what value do you not have to sign for them? I want to order some but don't want to have to sign for them.
  2. I have twice had aft wrap balcony rooms. We booked a Vista Suite (aft wrap balcony suite) on the Legend but it was cancelled. The Vista Suite I like in particular because it had two rooms... separate living and bedroom with 2 t.v.'s. However, on the Aft wrap balcony rooms (not suites) we were in on the Vista and Magic, I thought the lay out was a little weird. We ended up liking our aft balcony room (separate Vista sailing) just as well because it seemed to have more usable space. Also, depending on the floor and the boat, it may not have anything overhead and may be in 100 percent sunshine or rain. Also be aware that with those rooms on many boats, often times have rooms above and below that can see you. I found this out the hard way. I went out on my level 7 aft wrap balcony and took off my swimsuit to let it dry in the sun and then went in my room. My husband texted me from the Havana area (floor 5) below stating that he just saw me strip naked from the hot tub below. Didn't even occur to me. Still, over all, I like the room.
  3. And I will also be traveling with my kids but will probably leave them in the kids club that day. It would be disasterous if we missed the boat and our kids were still on the boat. They are 6 and 7. So, yeah, I definitely want to stick with a Carnival excursion.
  4. Yes. Exactly. That was the reason I was wanting to do it through Carnival. The Alhambra is 82 miles away from the port. I have never driven in Spain, but my husband and I have driven in the UK and Italy. In those places, driving 82 miles takes about 2.5 hours simply because the roads aren't as good. So...we are talking about potentially a 5 hours round-trip just to get there and back. We are in port 9 hours so it is do-able, but I know that if we are late on a Carnival excursion they will hold the ship for us. It isn't worth it to me to save $50-100 or whatever if I am going to worry the entire time about not making it back. I won't enjoy my trip then. And even if the viator tours pay for your expenses to get you to the next port, that is easier said than done considering the next port is in a different country and we would only have 18 hours or so to get there. It's just not worth it to me.
  5. Just to clarify, if my husband and I own 200 shares jointly and we have two separate rooms, we can both get the OBC, right? The reason we have two rooms is because we have young kids and each have a child booked in a room with us.
  6. I have a credit card that about $3600 in airfare was refunded to. It just shows as -3600 and I have been using the card for my day to day shopping, etc. I am sure I could request a check be cut to me, but I will just continue to use the card.
  7. I posted on John Heald's page and he said they are going to offer an excursion to the place I wanted to go. It just hasn't been posted yet. Yay!
  8. No. I paid for them with a gift card so that's why I got a gift card refund. From now on, I am doing what you do. Not reserving Steak House or Chef's Table ahead of time again.
  9. I received my "gift card" refunds for purchased excursions on a canceled June cruise about 3-4 weeks ago. They came in together. Nothing on my Chef's Table refund. I waited and finally called today. I am on hold right now. Apparently, it was never processed. Glad I called.
  10. They just need to do it like Luby's with no self-service, with a sneeze guard between people and the food, and have people stand 3 feet apart. 1 meter (3 feet) reduces spread by 82 percent. Have people wear masks in line. Masks reduce spread by 85 percent. (These stats are per metanalysis of 172 study published in recent Lancet medical journal.) People can take masks off when they sit down to eat on the Lido. Space tables further apart. The only time I have ever been on a Carnival cruise where this would not have been possible was on the Vista on a Christmas sailing that was literally sailing at capacity...nearly 5k people. I even sailed another time on Vista and this would not have been an issue, but we weren't sailing at capacity. I feel like if they sailed even 10 percent below capacity it would enable people to socially distance. In the theatre, ask people to leave a seat between them and anyone not in their party. This could even be accomplished by requiring reservations and having reserved seats. I would think that sailing below capacity would have to be better than not sailing at all. Frankly, I think that we will have a vaccine if not by next summer then definitely by 2022. Thankfully, unlike many other vaccines that took decades to develop, they weren't completely starting from scratch because research for vaccines for other viruses has proved helpful.
  11. Totally agree! Plus, I am a huge history buff. None of the Carnival excursions (as of yet) are going there.
  12. Oh wow. Sorry to hear that. I had the Carnival June Norwegian Fjords cruise canceled, but they canceled it before I had to make final payment.
  13. I am not wanting to schedule it now. I was wanting to suggest that they have that particular one as an option for guests. That's why I asked who I could email to make it a suggestion. It seems to me that it is better to email them now before they have their people "plan/book" ALL the excursions for a given port than to wait until after they already have 5+ excursions planned for each port and don't plan to have any more. If the know there is customer interest in a given excursion, perhaps they will look into making it an option.
  14. Thanks for replying That's what I was thinking/hoping for. This is the ONLY place on the ship (the three floors directly above the theatre) where I can get an inside cabin connecting to a balcony cabin. And these two connecting cabins are the only open option for both sailings which is good so I don't have to move. Also, the inside/balcony is MUCH preferable for us because then I can put my kids in the inside cabin and don't have to worry about them sneaking on to the balcony if I am in the next room AND I can also have an adjoining room with them. There are no options for two inside adjoining cabins AT ALL on the ship and, in any event, the second leg is the Norwegian Fjords cruise which, like an Alaskan cruise, is a cruise where there is a lot of "sailing" scenery to view so I would very much like to have a balcony. Typically, we sleep from about 11 pm to 7 am and rarely take naps so I can't imagine the noise would be going on during that time. Plus, out of 19 days, we will be in port all but 4 days.
  15. I think it is too far out, so my thinking was they might still be open to suggestions. I figure they have someone at Carnival arranging these things. The Norway Fjords June 4th cruise for next year has no excursions listed as of right now and the May 25th sailing from Barcelona has somewhere between 0 and 5 listed in the various ports. I wanted to suggest an excursion to The Alhambra out of Malaga. We are in port for 9 hours so even though The Alhambra is 80 miles away, it is a doable trip. I found a "cruise" excursion on Viator that picks up at Malaga port and guarantees you back on time to catch ship so I know it is possible. I just would much prefer if it was through CCL "just in case" something happened with the 1.5 hours drive.
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