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  1. I couldn't find the "right" board to post this on so this seemed like a smart choice since we will be hitting all three islands on Carnival. Which of the ABC islands is your favorite and WHY? Is there a favorite excursion you have on an island? Or is it just a feeling? We have a good chunk of time to spend on each, but would love to figure out where to focus our time. Thanks@
  2. In Curacao, we went with Curacao dreams (booked through viator though) to swim with sea turtles, see flamingos, tour the island etc. It was awesome!!! We are going to La Romana in the spring and based off how busy we'll be with our excursions at all the other ports, we plan to just get off shop, walk around and maybe eat some local food. I wasn't thrilled with the excursion choices so we chose a relaxing day and then ship time (with less people). We always get off the ship, even if just to shop and eat.
  3. I just wore flat gladiator sandals and a sundress in October on the Magic. No one batted an eye. I wasn't anywhere that it was going to a problem. People I was with also had sandals on.
  4. I've asked about this on other boards (ports of call etc) and those boards never get the traffic this board does so I thought I'd ask here. We'll be in Curacao in late March. We did a tour previously (sea turtles, flamingos, beach etc) and it was wonderful. But we really want just some beach time this go around. I know there are a lot of beautiful ones but would rather go to one or two and not beach hop on a tour. We're torn between taking a formal tour (because of how far away from port some beaches are) and just taking a taxi to one we choose. My main concern is getting a taxi back to port when we're ready. I know that close to port ones (Mambo) tend to have them but I do not know about further away ones. I'd love to hear actual "done it" experiences about going to beaches in Curacao---and whether you did it on your own or relied on a tour (Carnival or non) Thanks!
  5. We are thinking of renting a golf cart and exploring Bonaire this summer on a cruise. We did a similar thing (UTVs) in Aruba and loved just cruising until we found a beach we wanted to stop at. I know everyone raves about how easy it is to get around Bonaire on the carts, but I haven't read much about how easy it is to find multiple beaches to just stop in at. Especially free vs paid access. Thanks!
  6. I hope that it's just some weird trial because I did not like it at all. And I hope others feel the same and tell them so.
  7. We did a tour last time in Curacao--beaches, sea turtles etc---and really would just like to go to a great beach and relax for 3-4 hours. Then head back to port to shop, explore downtown etc. I've seen the taxi rates for the 4 of us and they're not "unreasonable" but I also don't like being somewhere and not having guaranteed transportation back. However, I don't need all the entertainment/stops of an excursion. I've looked at some private tours but that seems like a lot of money/waste of an awesome guide's time to go to 1-2 beaches and just wait to take us back. Thoughts on the easiest way to do this?
  8. I think it was 23.99 or 24.99.....a stupid amount considering what they were offering just a few months earlier. I LOVED being able to look at them on my phone and download/purchase. Now they're making me pay more so they can pay someone to put photos on an usb drive (that says Carnival btw)
  9. We just got off the Magic and I was SO disappointed to find that the Hub App no longer gave you access to all your Pixels photos. The last few cruises I've really enjoyed looking at them easily on my phone (as well as organizing my favorites for purchasing). Even as recently at July this was an option. But now, it's not there and you can no longer download directly to a phone/email. You can print or get them on a USB....and the cost of each photo has gone up. This feels like a HUGE step backwards for Carnival. I was really surprised to see such a big change from just a couple months ago. I haven't heard anyone else talk about this is---is it new? Or just being trialed on the Magic (hopefully!)? Thanks!
  10. I've seen several videos/posts about how there are hidden drawers under most of the pull out sofas. I've never noticed them myself but it seems like they're there. Anyone experienced them in real life? Especially on the Dream Class ships.
  11. Nachi Cocum hands down. Not only do they control the amount of people but the service is amazing. The multiple courses of food + alcohol alone is a money value. But the experience is perfect. We have been 3x and have booked a cruise specifically because it visits Cozumel.
  12. How does the chef's table work with allergies--namely seafood allergies? The adults I'm traveling with next year are wanting to do it but I'm not going to be able to eat any seafood. But, I don't want to seem totally "different" or anyone making a fuss over me vs other people. I'd love to hear what the experience is like.
  13. We went to St. Thomas this summer. Our goal was to end up at a great beach. We took a taxi/van with others to Magen's Bay. The water and scenery were beautiful. Ride back in was easy enough in a readily available open air bus. However, the rental aspect was off-putting----deposits, carry your own chairs/umbrella unless you want to tip extra, bring it all back yourself etc. Next time we'll try Coki beach. I know this wasn't your original ask, but we read so many people raving about MB that I wanted to share just in case you decided to go there.
  14. Wow! I did not know this was an option. That's fantastic.
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