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  1. I was in a MG suite last week and the bathroom was a tiny bit larger than my suite on the Breeze. The shower was not cramped with the door vs. the shower with the fake jetted tub on the Breeze. The room itself was much smaller (feeling if not reality). Balcony is about the same size as a balcony on other ships. I really think the MG suite is a misclassified Balcony room.
  2. Am I safe in assuming that a place called "Crew Drydock" is not a crew only establishment? (Heading back to Cozumel on a December cruise...)
  3. Interesting read. So far, I've been on three cruises, including the one I'm on this moment, so the point of the post was - simply put - that there is NOT a "what you know you should". Five people posted meaningful conversive replies. That said, please provide a list of topics and questions that are not triggers for your "hate" and I'll take those under advisement. SMH. Is this normal on these boards? How does someone learn things they don't know without asking? The comps were a vital part of the question.
  4. The Mardi Gras casino hosts have made some reservations for me - Steakhouse one night, a 75 minute massage, etc. On the Breeze recently, the wait staff didn't bring me a slip to sign for my dinner (by the Breeze host) as the dinner and wine bottles were casino paid. Other than leaving cash on the table, how does one tip the wait/ spa staff in this situation? On the Breeze I had cash and was able to have someone in my party run down to the room for it while I finished dessert... on this sailing I guess I could withdraw cash at the ATM (or cash out some from my player card), but I'm guessing it shouldn't be that involved... (And one person I spoke with told me the casino paid the tip also...) How does this work on Carnival?
  5. The proctors are not connected to the names on the order. Each test taker sets up their own Navica app (login), and you have to be logged in to your own app to have the results in your name. My office ordered some for business use after extra-USA travel. No different. When you ordered them, you could have entered one name or filled out all three. The name there is for the prescription required for the EUA paperwork (that you won’t ever be involved in). This comes into play if the test is, say, medically necessary and therefore covered by insurance. (Travel tests are not medically necessary.) YEMV as far as insurance coverage, but most don’t cover it.
  6. Combining the correct answers given by multiple into one: The vaccine attestation (or survey, as it's labeled online) is a one word question that comes out far in advance of your cruise. The question boils down to "will you be fully vaccinated on cruise day" Then, later, about 3 days prior to your particular sailing, there will be another online form, this one called the Health Assessment. This one will be questions substantially similar to "have you in the past 14 days had a positive Covid test" and "have you in the past 14 days had close contact with a person who has tested positive" Then (at least for me when I boarded the Breeze in late July), at the port, during my doc check, they asked me the same Health Assessment questions again.
  7. Not having that issue, but a press release was issued by John Heald saying the 48 hour deadline email was unintentional and they will not cancel you cruise.
  8. The "To Do" list for my January 22nd, 2022 sailing certainly had a Vaccine Attestation (survey) open this morning.
  9. I just wish they would mail merge the Vaccine Attestation Required email with the sailing date like they do every other email they send me... So I would not have to go through several cruises to find one with a survey item as a to-do list item... (in my case it was a January cruise). Every time this email comes out, their website is overloaded until the rush diminishes. (this is the fourth such email for the fourth such applicable cruise for me). This time, I didn't even try to log right in, I just wanted a day and... no issues.
  10. OP, I do not have any confidence that the sailing you're looking at will actually occur. I have a similar concern but on a cruise already booked. I'm booked on two casino offers for Australia cruises - one in May 2022 (Splendor) and one in June 2023 (Spirit). Both are the same offer - $4k AUD, free balcony (deposit becomes OBC), free drinks, blah blah. I do not think the May 2022 one will happen. In fact, I've already booked a replacement cruise for that period of the calendar next year (on the Panorama). I've paid the deposit, but still owe like $200 (port taxes / fees). More accurately, I kinda hope this one cancels - airfare is ridiculous, and I'll wait another year until things return to normal. That said, I also don't have (yet) a legit reason to cancel it myself. My thoughts are that my possible outcomes if I let it ride are: Carnival cancels the sailing (which is, IMO, unlikely to occur prior to the final payment date). Carnival has not canceled the sailing by the time the final payment is due... I don't pay the balance and Carnival cancels non-payment (forfeiting my deposit). I do pay the balance, hoping the cruise will cancel. If it does, full refund. If it doesn't, lose the entire amount ($400ish). What I'm thinking about is this (group thoughts please!)... The same offer (All In Australia) still appears in my profile, and IS applicable for the sailing one week earlier than my June 2023 sailing. I am thinking about calling them to see if they will cancel my 2022 sailing and move the deposit to a second week on the Spirit (creating a B2B on that 2023 trip). Any thoughts? Guidance?
  11. Many of those apps allow you to download programs to your device. Not sure about Hulu, as it's not one that I use. Some would say it is incredibly selfish of people to use streaming services on a limited bandwidth shared system (like airplane or cruise ship WiFi)... Open to debate for sure, but still not an uncommon opinion.
  12. Well that's what I get for trying to layman things down a bit based on a vague (mis)understanding of how it works... 😛 I'm glad the same point was made in my incorrect post as your likely correct one... "don't use a surge protector on a cruise ship, 'cause it's dangerous.. " Despite that the explanation I gave was intended very much as a simplification, your technical explanation of my non technical - and clearly erroneous - post is appreciated. I'm not sure the lack of technical accuracy of my post changes the outcome, of, well anything related to this discussion, but I always like learning things. (Not sarcasm.)
  13. The likely reason your curling iron did not work is about how ships are wired, it’s different than a house. In a house, there’s a hot wire, a neutral wire, and should also be a ground. If you plug something in, you complete the circuit and provide power to that device. To avoid overload (fire), devices such as yours are many times wired the same, where all power is received from the hot side of the plug and returned via the neutral side. On a ship, the hot vs neutral doesn‘t apply and both are carrying half the load. Plugging in a device that requires 110v+ on one wire but only receives 55-60v on that side will result in diminished capacity or failure. Plugging in a surge protector changes the two 55-60v lines (neither of which would be lethal) into a potentially lethal one, as if it trips, it would ground the circuit - so someone else anywhere on the circuit coming into contact would get a lethal dose instead of an annoying shock. This is why surge protectors are banned.
  14. I’m sorry… are you saying you had / plugged in a surge protector outlet strip in your cabin? These are a huge hazard on a cruise ship, and are disallowed for that reason.
  15. I’ll happily go thru the testing and other protocols to be on a ship thats barely full and has hardly any loud unsupervised children running around… just sayin…
  16. IMO… If it is at all possible, try for a 4 night… there will be a port day and two sea days, so you won’t be overwhelmed by any particular activities on board… (party or other) Directly on point, the 4 night weekend cruise I was on at the end of July/early August was not a huge party ship… there were events for sure, but still plenty of opportunity to relax / enjoy.
  17. It’s about time too… this technology has been around and used in some industries for decades (like, did you think the casino host just happened on by your location before you inserted your card by accident?).
  18. In one of my cancelled 2020 cruises, I found it interesting that the refund date was the deposit charge date… so I went more than a couple weeks without even knowing that the refund had processed. (As there was no refund or credit transaction in my “recent” transactions that I check daily…) Had I not checked my actual statement (for something else actually) and seen a transaction dated months prior to that particular cycle period, I may not have seen that transaction until I was well past impatient. Makes sense that they would reverse the original transaction rather than initiate a new one (otherwise they may have to cover the transaction fee), but it had not occurred to me to look beyond the recent transactions. YEMV
  19. I don’t mind the protocol extension… but I seriously (seriously seriously) doubt my May 2022 cruise on the Splendor (Sydney) will make so I keep watching for the magical words so I can get my deposit refunded from that one… and I already booked a replacement trip on the Panorama in June 2022, (So basically I’m waiting for a valid reason to avoid losing the deposit there to show up in my inbox…)
  20. I do not agree with your read. It lists the process thru December 31. It also says the exception process is not open for cruises beyond that. It further says they hope they won't have to (based on vaccine applicability in the future. There is no language that it has been eliminated. In fact, I'll argue that it's very clear that they avoided saying that.
  21. I see no language in the email I received that even indicates some change in the exceptions policy. Did I miss it? In very clear language it says they're going to operate as fully vaccinated cruises with the current protocols. (Which define a "fully vaccinated cruise" as at least 95%, and which has a very defined exception process...) I'm very much digging the lack of (as many) children on my sailings, so I kinda like that part, but the reality is that it's probably unsustainable from a business perspective... time will tell.
  22. Since we're doing obvious sarcasm I'll add this correction... "You can probably just take your portable gas grill and use it on [your neighbor's] balcony." 🤣
  23. Sorry for being late to answer your thread, but I am going to contradict the conventional wisdom here - and I just (yesterday) went through this scenario. In my case (for correlation), my offer was for a free suite (with deposit going to OBC, which was split between the 2 on the reservation), free play, DOU on board everywhere (me only). I was booked with a female friend who occasionally travels with me. We were checked in for the cruise that leaves from Port Canaveral on 10-16. Tuesday night I learned she cannot go (daughter now has an unexpected surgery). It's too late to swap out names for one of my friends, as we're at T minus 8 days. We had become aware this was a possibility, and I had even asked in other threads how to handle this, and heard, like you have - "just no show the 2nd guest" - however, I'm not comfortable with this approach, as it risks issues at embarkation). I decided to call to have her removed from the reservation. I spoke with the casino services dept (can't make changes with reservations) and told them she was not going. They changed the reservation to a single one, and gave me the choice between having her taxes and fees refunded to my card or applied as additional OBC. (I chose OBC.) She resent my confirmation and it correctly shows 100% of the OBC (including the new) under my name. Pretty uneventful and now the reservation reflects what is actually happening.
  24. My backup will be the cellular service on board - yeah, it's generally $3 / minute. But if we're to the emergency level and the primary isn't working, it's worth the $.
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