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iceleven

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    Central Florida
  • Interests
    anything involving nature
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska - Sitka

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  1. Just something to consider--I've been in a Grand WS twice. Once was an upsale and once I purchased it on purpose because I loved the location and it was a great price. Could it be possible that the people who choose these suites because they enjoy the extra space and amenities but cannot use a balcony for a variety of reasons so having an upgrade to a suite with a balcony would not be an option for them. Some choose them for their proximity to the atrium, bars and restaurant and yet need to be in wheelchairs and don't want to deal with long halls or frequency of elevators. You might want to consider the window cabins up on Lido deck L3-L8. They have floor to ceiling windows and only a short walk to all the activities on Lido deck. They do book early though. I think only the Grand has those cabins.
  2. Thank you for this info. I am a bit concerned as to why Carnival would put this information in an area that is under Print Documents. I would never have thought to look somewhere that was directing me to print something that gives me no reason to print. I did find a credit for $100 but it still doesn't define what the credit is being applied to. My TA is giving us $100 OBC so I still don't know if our Carnival stock has been applied since the $100 has no identity. Oh well, I'll now have to contact my TA when I thought I could just look it up for myself.
  3. I haven't cruised with Carnival for a while and cannot remember where I can find whether our reservation for dinner in the steak house has been confirmed and most importantly, where I can find out IF the OBC has been applied for the stock we hold (applied for it a month ago) and the OBC from our TA. I've searched all over the website but just can't find where to look for it. Help, please!
  4. Actually no, it is a "special resident offer" which I find quite odd because that offer is available to everyone, not just those in my state. I checked the sailing while signed in and also while not signed in. I'll just book with Princess rep and then transfer back to my TA when she returns from vacation. Do I need to tell the Princess rep that I will be transferring the booking when I am doing the booking with her?
  5. I've cruised Princess for years but never came across this situation. Currently many of the cruises in the Caribbean are non-refundable offerings. I believe the sale is going till mid-August. I have chosen a cruise and a cabin I want but I don't want an non-refundable booking. I'm willing to pay the extra but my TA is on vacation and her back-up isn't giving me much help. I have two questions: 1 - can a TA book this cruise for me at a refundable rate (I'm pretty sure this is possible but I'm asking for a confirmation) 2 - If I were to buy travel insurance (which I always buy anyway) that states "cancellation for any reason", could this be an option instead of waiting for the price to go up. I have a specific cabin I want to book and it is the only one remaining in that particular category and that is what is causing this dilemma. I appreciate any and all feedback.
  6. Is the outlet useful for two c-paps and near the head of the bed (not having to run an extension across the floor)?
  7. Are you saying no ships will be going out of Port Everglades during that time?
  8. I do believe that to offer "Zumba" a certified Zumba instructor must be used. At least that is what I remember from several years back.
  9. Sitka is my favorite port in Alaska and Haines can be somewhat boring if you just stay in town but you can rent a car (not expensive and you should book ahead) and explore the countryside. Lots of wildlife! And you can see more bald eagles in Haines than pretty much anywhere.
  10. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I've been off the boards for about 1-1/2 years because of a move that took us across the country so we haven't, until just recently, been able to take time out to cruise. Keeping Carnival Corp. stock, for us, was for no other reason that for the cruise OBCs so no real reason to follow closely.
  11. I used to book all of my cruises directly with the cruise lines. I found a price I liked and accepted any OBC and bennies in the offer. I always preferred doing it "My Way" because I enjoy being in control of all my bookings. Then a friend told me about an agent that he uses on line. I did my usual research, picked the cabin I wanted and then did a simple email to the agent and within 15 minutes she booked it at a lower rate than the cruise line offered and added more OBC to my booking. But what really sold me on her service was the time I had to cancel a cruise worth several thousands of dollars and it was past final payment. She went to bat for me and I was able to get 100% of our money back minus the insurance paid for the trip. She did 100% of the work for us. I can't say another private TA would be able to do the same or would even put out the effort and I'm pretty sure a Carnival PVP agent wouldn't. I admit I did have only one bad experience with a TA who messed up on a booking but it was his last time to mess up with me. I am glad that I gave a second TA a chance and not remained stubborn thinking I could always do better for myself. Hubby will be retiring soon and we plan on spending a lot of retirement time on cruising so the agent who went out of her way to help us out with that cancellation will always get our business.
  12. How long is the "open window" to apply for the on board credit before your cruise? We've cruised with most Carnival Corporation cruise lines and have owned CC stock for 7+ years but can never really know when is the earliest we can submit the owner's stock info. A person could buy the stock, apply for credit with CC and then sell the stock before their cruise if the open window was too far out. BTW, I do believe one of the reasons for the lowered stock price was because of the law suit against Carnival Corp. for the garbage dumping claim against Princess a couple years back. They lost the suit earlier this year. I haven't paid close attention to it so my timing might be off a bit.
  13. I swear by my "Coffee naps." (Google it) Drink a cup of coffee in the afternoon and immediately take a nap. There is a chemistry that creates a 20 minute "power nap." You wake up and feel re-charged and ready to go for several hours after. I learned about it when I used to have to drive two 10-hour days between homes. When I began to feel drowsy I would pull over and drink a cup of coffee, make my seat back horizontal and sure enough, wake up totally refreshed 20 minutes later. Anything longer than that would make you sluggish for several hours.
  14. what about two people in the cabin with C-paps? Any special accommodations for two outlets needed?
  15. Not new to cruising, only new to Carnival. I'm in the process of booking a September cruise and not sure if I should go with the Carnival insurance or another one. Any suggestions and please let me know why you chose it.
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