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  1. I was scheduled for the Carnival Paradise June 8 sailing. This is the notice I just received. Two sea days UGH, no Key West (really they couldn't fit that in?), plus a CHEAP $100 per person OBC means that I will most likely cancel. The $100 OBC is cheap and that money goes back to Carnival and NOT to me - they are extremely stingy, especially with RCI's more favorable compensation that allows the unused OBC back to the original form of payment. My son will probably be disapointed but UGH. June 5, 2019 Dear Carnival Paradise Guest, We want to provide you with important information regarding your upcoming trip to Havana, Cuba. The U.S. government has imposed a series of new sanctions on Cuba prohibiting travel via cruise ship and rescinding certain categories of authorized travel, which previously allowed U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba under the People-to-People program. Effective immediately, cruise ship travel is no longer allowed and we are required to cancel our visit to Havana. We have replaced this stop and made other changes to our itinerary to provide you the best experience ashore. Below is the revised itinerary: DAY PORT ARRIVE DEPART Sat Tampa, FL 4:00 PM Sun Fun Day @ Sea Mon Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands 8:00 AM 3:00 PM Tue Cozumel, Mexico 10:00 AM 8:00 PM Wed Fun Day @ Sea Thu Tampa, FL 8:00 AM Pre-purchased Carnival shore excursions for Havana and Key West will be automatically refunded to the original form of payment. We recognize Havana is a unique destination and may have been the reason for your selection of this particular cruise, however, our team is committed to providing you with an exceptional vacation experience with an alternative itinerary. We hope you will continue with your plans to sail with us and due to this change, we are offering the following options: Remain on the sailing and a US$100.00, per person, onboard credit will be posted to your Sail & Sign® account. No need to call us as we will automatically post the credit on your account. Move to another Carnival sailing and a US$50.00, per person, onboard credit will be posted to your Sail & Sign® account. Cancel your reservation and receive a full refund, which will be automatically processed to your original form of payment. If you decide to move to another sailing or cancel your cruise, please call our Guest Services Department at 1-800-CARNIVAL or your Personal Vacation Planner at 1-800-819-3902 within 48 hours of the date of this notice to let us know your decision. If you are booked with a travel agent, we have asked them to contact you to review your options so they can let us know by this deadline. We look forward to having you sail with us for a FUN and memorable vacation.
  2. I sail on Carnival Paradise this Saturday, June 8 and was supposed to dock in Cuba on Monday, June 10. The other ports are Key West and Cozumel. I understand that this is beyond Carnival's control. However, I just don't think Nassau is an acceptable replacement. I like Royal's option so maybe Carnival will follow suit. Per Carnival 's voicemail and after I spoke to an agent, I should be contacted by noon on Wednesday, June 5 with an update.
  3. 29 days until I'm on the Carnival Paradise to Key West, Havana and Cozumel
  4. Can you pay the $5 fee that will allow texting in advance, or after you board? TIA
  5. This is very helpful 😊 I sail on the Paradise in about a month. Which Internet Plan did you purchase - Social or Value? TIA
  6. Thank you! I am on the Paradise the first weekend in June for a similar itinerary. I do wish Havana was longer; we depart at 6pm. I'm glad logistics were pretty smooth (except for the muster drill).
  7. Do the taxis take US dollars? TiA
  8. Thank you for your review! I just booked with them for an upcoming Carnival cruise in early June. I wanted to go with I Love Cuba Photo Tours at first because of the high ranking on Tripadvisor + the professional photographer aspect. Unfortunately, they were booked, as was Cubaoutings. I was starting to panic, then I remembered your post and took a chance. I do agree that Stefano has been very responsive and I am looking forward to a really great tour!
  9. Thank you for the very detailed review, complete with photos, menus and fun times. I really appreciate this level of detail. It's been several years since I've cruised so it's like I'm a newbie. I'll be on the Paradise this June - can't wait!
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