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  1. Also, make sure you check out the Ports of Call forums on here, especially if it is a popular port. You will gain some very valuable insights into the ports as well as the tour operators there.
  2. Nope. You cannot see your boarding pass, but you can see all cruise documents (which includes your luggage tags). Now, having said that, the General Information does not include the last boarding time.
  3. Here is information on the Cloud 9 Spa. https://help.carnival.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1167/~/cloud-9-spa
  4. Actually, the ability to book a 'ghost' cruise with OBC and reduced deposit onboard is gone. The new rate that you will get is a ES rate with change fees attached. This is also available online now for two weeks after the cruise. There are no more booking desks on the ships, this is now arranged at the Excursions desk, but it is absolutely the same as what you would get online after returning home.
  5. That is correct. You can show up any time after the port opens for check-in.
  6. No. They do not weigh your bags. They simply want them to be within reason, as their employees have to move them around 🙂
  7. You will have two cruise elegant nights. I believe what you are referring to is the white party. If your cruise has one, it is simply an evening where they have a big party where everyone is encouraged to wear white. If you google it, there are several videos posted.
  8. MDR breakfast (port days) will end at the posted time. You are correct in that it could be 8:30, I've seen it as late as 9:00. On sea days brunch is normally served until around 1:00 in the MDR. No, not a different dining room. Just different menus on different days, depending on if it is a sea day or a port day.
  9. Go back into your Cruise Manager and "print documents" to view your cruise documents. You will see definitively that you are confirmed for YTD. I don't know when or why it started showing up as "confirmed," but mine does that and it has been discussed before on these boards and that other book of faces.
  10. Steakhouse Selections is a regular part of the menu on all Carnival ships. These are upgraded entrees similar to what is served in the steakhouse (even if the ship doesn't have a steakhouse). It's a good option for families where everyone wouldn't appreciate the Steakhouse experience 🙂
  11. When you use F2F, your flights aren't ticketed until 75 days prior to your trip (at least I'm pretty sure it's 75 days). At that time, you should be able to upgrade seats on the AA website.
  12. If you truly land at LAX at 9:30 am, it will take you at least 30 minutes to exit the airport if you did not check any luggage (add additional time if you do). It's a 45 minute drive (perhaps more on a weekday) to Long Beach. That takes you to around 11:00, add in traffic around the port, as there will be another cruise debarking and you might enter the terminal at 11:30 or so. Just jump in the early/late line. I would not attempt to do anything in LA with that short of a time frame. I love Fantasy Class ships. You can always find a quiet spot by simply avoiding the Lido and sometimes Serenity.
  13. I hear what you are saying 🙂 I always purchase enough Cruise Cash (there is a limit of $500 per type per cabin, BTW) to get me through the first couple of days so that GS won't be so busy by the time I'm ready to go apply my gift cards.
  14. With Carnival, as long as the reservations are linked, the 25+ person doesn't have to be in the same room (you have to call to book this way, though). I don't know which line that OP is considering, just throwing that out there.
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