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shortyjoesmith

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    Oklahoma
  • Interests
    Cruising ;)
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival (only one sailed)
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Nachi Cocom in Cozumel

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  1. Thank to all. 😊 For the La Romana one, they did direct me to Seavis for a comparable excursion. I submitted online and was told that they had filled 2 boats but wouldn't guarantee us on the third boat until they had the minimum number of passengers. I received an email yesterday that we are in! WooHoo! Not my first pick but as a second, I can't complain. For Curacao, all of the other vendors I could find didn't run the day of the week we are scheduled to be there. Carnival offered one with a beach stop but the reviews were so bad (not including the expected crowding), that I decided to pass. Our cousins are going on this trip and were already booked to do a island tour through Carnival. I told them I loved them enough to be bored by a history lesson to spend the day with them. Giggles all around! They were delighted we decided to do this. So, not the ones I planned for but I expect we will have a delightful time with the options we are going with. After all, we will be on a cruise! 🏝️🛳️
  2. I have only sailed Carnival but mine are: That feeling of being on vacation when getting on the ship. I have sailed several different ships but the feel is the same. It's like my body knows that a week of good things is in store and my breathing changes Meeting up for dinner in the MDR. Regardless of the size of the group, having this time to come together and share the experience. It doesn't even bother me if it turns out I don't like the main entree because I know I can grab a yummy pizza later. It is the experience of coming together. On my first cruise, we hit the buffet most nights. My second cruise made me realize what I had missed.
  3. Before my first cruise, I received some very good advice. A coworker told me to make sure to book an excursion at ever port I went to. He said that if I didn't, most ports look the same. For every cruise I have been able to go on, I did research months in advance and picked excursions that our group has thoroughly enjoyed. We leave next week for a Southern Caribbean cruise on the Magic. We have had two different excursions cancelled due to missing the minimum number of passengers. One was for a sunset cruise in Curacao and the other was for a fun-filled variety (snorkeling, starfish, fast boat trip to an uncrowded beach) with a limit of 26 passengers in La Romana. Now there is nothing out there that even comes close to either of these. It looks like we are going to have to take our chances with the uninspiring, large group offerings from Carnival. We already had one booked through them for one of the other ports that we couldn't have done direct. All that research. Sadness. I guess the lesson learned is to stick with the Eastern/Western Caribbean where there are more passengers.
  4. That's great! This is what I read on the Terms and Conditions page of the VIFP Club "Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event a Member books a Cruise in which such Member will attain the necessary VIFP Points to reach a new Level during or by the end of such Cruise (a “Crossover Cruise”), CCL may, in its sole discretion, offer such Member the Benefits offered to Members of the higher Level during the Crossover Cruise." Odd that Carnival contradicts itself.
  5. I read that it is up to Carnival's discretion. When I went from red to gold last year on a trip, they moved me to Gold on my cruise documents. We are sailing Friday and my sister will achieve gold on this trip, her cruise documents still say red. Hopefully you will get bumped up for this trip.
  6. Do you recall the new prices? I am sailing in a couple weeks and this increase is the first I've heard.
  7. I have read through the threads on this spirited topic. I have read and read. In one comment from a few months ago, someone said they asked for butter in the MDR and was told that it was not available. They said they used the cheese tray to eat with the bread. I just have one simple yes/no question for recent cruisers. Is there butter available in the MDR during mealtimes?
  8. My two cents are more port related. If Costa Maya is a port option, I love Maya Chan. You can look them up to see. The water isn't the best if you are looking for clear water, it has a lot of sea grass. But the place is fantastic! It's a cool hangout for a relaxing day with an open bar and a very tasty lunch. My daughters still talk about it. We are going again on a 5-day in March. When we are Cozumel, we do Nachi Cocom which I love (booked again, also and it will be my 5th time) but if I had to choose one, Maya Chan would be it.
  9. I have been to Nachi Cocom 4 times and have seen very few kids. There are less activities for them than some of the other beaches so it offers a great relaxing visit for adults. 😁 If you go, and I cannot stress this enough, get the vanilla ice cream for dessert. I am not a vanilla ice cream person, to me it's more like the plate to hold toppings if I do have to eat it. But this ice cream now occurs in my dreams. As soon as I know I have a cruise booked that goes to Cozumel, I book Nachi. Every time.
  10. I have reviewed the boards and the Carnival site but cannot find an answer to my question. I am hoping this thread is close enough to the topic. My inquiry is not about the Pixels package but about digital copies. On the Carnival site, they list the digital options as either being to your personal device (I would imagine this means on my phone with the HUB app) or a copy on a memory stick. Do they provide the memory stick? If not, do they sell them or should I bring my own? I would appreciate any direction for those in the know. 😁
  11. I left my ipod and headphones on a cruise. After several weeks, they were found. It cost $30 to have it shipped back to me. I think the packaging for a bear may be higher than that. I would check to see the shipping cost before deciding whether or not you really want your bear.
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