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  1. Read your post about Hollywood way back, if you haven't booked anything I can recommend The Ramada Plaza in WEHO. I've stayed there any times and it's always a place I look to first when visiting the area. Great rates, fantastic location, and lots to do near by. Looking forward to your review of Panorama. I really enjoyed my Panorama cruise.
  2. On Panorama the nightclub set up works. Basically everyone dances in the center (large wooden circle dance floor) and the DJ is up on the stage. It actually makes it more intimate if you will. You can see everything and there are lots of comfy seats surrounding the dance floor with plenty of space for people to chill who need a rest or just want to watch or drink. They use a portable bar and there is a drink menu. It's also very close to the Hero's bar and even the Casino bar if there is some kind of drink you want that they don't have. Unfortunately, they don't sell buckets of beer there or anywhere near (Guy's Pig & Anchor is the closest). Every bar should sell buckets, especially the nightclub since almost every nightclub offers buckets of beer on land. Seafood shack is the seafood place. Prices are a bit high but they have a pretty nice menu with some good options. I actually meant to get a bunch of oysters (I love oysters) on the half shell but every time I was back there I had already eaten...lol. Havana bar is an odd duck. The space is compact due to the set-up (long rectangle) so there is limited seating. The entrance is like a long hallway with seating but you generally can't see the musicians or dancing until you get 60% in then it's the band (on an awkward island), a mini dance area, a small seating area, then the bar. They have live music most nights and there are a few people who dance. The configuration could be much better. It would facilitate better usage of the space and open it up. They need to put the band where the bar is, the main seating area should combine with the smaller area as a larger dance floor, get rid of the island stage and make it the bar, get rid of the "T" design of the first 50% of the space (upon entering) and move that seating all the way to the wall to open the space up. They also need to revamp the drink menu, it's a bit weak (limited offerings) and should have more Latin themed drinks that you'd see at a Latin club. The space is set up for multiple uses but doesn't do any particularly well. Ocean Plaza gets much more use because the set-up is open, spacious, and a proper venue for dancing and live music. If they switched the Havana bands with the Ocean Plaza it would probably increase the foot traffic and passenger attendance at both locations. Hope that helps! Enjoy your cruise!
  3. Crab Cakes Stuffed Mushrooms Beef Carpacio Lobster Tails Filet Mingnon Flat Iron Steak Prime Rib Seared Tuna Fried Calamari Fried Oysters Mussels Portabella Mushrooms Veal Parmesan Red Beet Carpacio Cesar Salad Ox Tongue Salmon Cake All of the cold salads Hot soups Guys Burgers Burritos/Tacos at Blue Iguana Sandwiches and wraps (all good)
  4. I'm jelly, I never got that. I only have a "welcome home offer". That's a great deal! I would be all over that.
  5. Not sure if they were 24 hours, they shut the tables down on us around 3:30 am each day and also closed the bar so I usually returned to my stateroom after that. They actually close it before arriving in Cabo and any other ports. No casino action while in port, machines are all locked out. Opens on sail away at each port at 12 miles out to sea (pretty quickly).
  6. The Hub app will keep a running tab for each person and it updates almost instantaneous with each transaction. Much better than the TV.
  7. On my 7 day I had all gratuities prepaid, Cheers package prepaid, $50 cruise cash and still ended up with over $500 in charges from incidentals like drink taxes while in US port, Dr. Seuss breakfast, gambling, a little shopping, an excursion, and additional tips for drink runners when I ran out of small bills and didn't feel like going to guest services for change. It really just depends on what you will do while cruising. If you will use a lot then get gift cards to load up, if not much then simply use a credit card.
  8. Steakhouse has the best wine. Everywhere else seems to be hit/miss, even if they have a menu. Serenity bar had the most options on the last cruise. It seems wine is not catered to like beer/hard/mixed drinks. I really hope Carnival will change this and have more consistency. The randomness of availability is frustrating.
  9. If you get chips charged to your room (essentially credit card) at the table there is a 3% fee ($100 in chips is billed at $103 to sign and sail). You can stick your sign and sail into a slot machine and load up money (also charged to that same card with no fee), pull card out, and then get chips. This avoids the 3% fee. Seems they don't like this and/or cashing out balances with little/no play since it essentially gives you fee free cash charged to your card. Not sure it's the same if you have a gift card and/or cruise cash or something. I imagine it's not policed as closely. You can use cash at tables and/or cash out your bank for chips at the cage to use at tables. Either is fine.
  10. Me and the Mrs are wanting to do some cruises from SF as well. Long Beach is great but the 5-5.5 hour drives there and back are not something we enjoy. SF is much closer for us and we look there first but they have limited sailings unfortunately. The Hawaiian cruise out of there is just about my perfect cruise and is on the top of my list right now.
  11. They will block it if you use your card to load up funds via a slot machine and then cash them into chips for the tables thus avoiding the 3% fee. Ask me how I know 🙂 lol. They will release the EFT hold if you go to the cage. You could theoretically load a large amount charged to your sign and sail and then cash into chips. They won't like it but they will unlock your account. It's just a way they use to say "hi, we're out here". Really just depends on how much you are doing it but you can do anything once (really big) and there isn't much they can do.
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