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    Alaska

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  1. Sorry for the delay....life gets in the way of fun sometimes. 🙂 I scanned them so they are hopefully easier to read.
  2. Thanks. I was just curious. I will take the "extra" that will be the excitement of a Christmas Cruise. 😁
  3. We will be on the first sailing back in action come December. Have they done anything special on the other ships for their 1st sailing back?
  4. I just came back from a Carnival Cruise and found one. Basically people across cruise lines bring them onboard and attach a little note to each. They hide them for others to find on the ship and when you find one, you can hide it again or take it home.
  5. Yes. It's a one page (back and front) sheet now on the guest service desk.
  6. We purchased the Beach 360 excursion through Carnival. What a beautiful beach with the exceptions of the jelly fish. We took the tram to Beach 360. The first stop was where you rent the golf carts. Don't worry about not being able to get one. There were so many. The men and woman are there when the tram stops, pushing them on everyone still sitting on the tram. There are 4 and 6 person carts. 360 was the 2nd stop. They are very clear with what stops we were at. When you get off the tram and are looking towards the beach/restaurant, there is an access entrance walkway to the left. There is a private property sign, but it leads to the beach. If you already have a blue wrist band for the Beach 360 chairs and umbrella, you can head to any open umbrella. The color of the umbrella doesn't matter. If you have a blue wrist band and want to use the pool, you can upgrade for $15 at the bar. If you purchased the excursion through the ship and get a free drink, you can either get it at the bar, or ask the servers to bring it. You can also purchase the chairs and umbrella at the bar. I didn't get the prices. Servers are always coming around, but are not in your face. They can also bring your lunch order to you. There is an 18% gratuity automatically added. We gave the gentleman a credit card, so I don't know about cash. The cabanas are lined up in back. They are not worth the $$$$$. The sun went right through them, the 2 chairs behind the lounge chairs looked uncomfortable. The white tent cabanas (don't know what they are called) are at the very far end of the beach. You will use the third tram stop for them. People weren't exaggerating when it comes to the jelly fish. They were out in full force. I heard from 3 people who were stung. When we first walked off the gangway, there were a whole lot of pretty fish. If you look over the edge at the water close to the port, there were a so many jelly fish swarming. On the beach, they are all over shore and in the water. I was afraid to go in, but a lot of people were swimming with them. If you just wanted to stop to eat or drink at the bar, there is plenty of seating. There were comfortable cushioned chairs and tables. The white dots in the dark blue part of the 2nd fish photo are all jelly fish.
  7. I'll have the rest of the Fun Times too, they are in my suitcase right now and I slacked off with taking photos of them. 🤷‍♀️
  8. As were were disembarking, they had started putting up the Halloween decorations up. I would have loved to have been there to see the ship decked out. This were what was there so far.
  9. CHEF'S TABLE This was our first experience at the chef's table. Apparently before Covid, they brought you into the kitchen. Now, we had it in one of the dance clubs. It was actually set up really cool in the middle of the dance floor. They had a few extra courses at the beginning which weren't on the menu. The chefs and all the other crew were amazing! So very meticulous. There were ten of us there so it was 5 one one side of the table and 5 on the other. My mom and I sat at opposite sides of the table, which I didn't like to much because I felt like I wasn't really enjoying the experience together. So when they call you to confirm, ask to be seated together so this doesn't happen. They didn't call us to let us know what date it would be until 2 days prior. It was on Friday, elegant night. I'm not sure if this is the same night every week. Then they called the morning of and re-confirmed and asked again if there were any allergies. There was one person with a dairy allergy and the chef made her the same dishes, but adjusted them for her. We had the choice of bottled water or sparkling water and also red or white wine. The white was pinot grigio which was very good. I don't recall the red wine selection. They refilled the wine glasses. The chef who makes the chocolate melting cakes for the ship came out and showed us how he makes them. They also had the magician come out and do a few tricks which were really cool and not cheesy. He did this while they needed time to set up some of the plates. The chefs answered some questions we had and we found out that the menu is actually corporate created and is the same across the fleet. It takes them months to perfect it and they have to reproduce it perfectly prior to being able to present it to passengers. I highly recommend this to everyone. I didn't eat any of the lamb dish and left the duck. No one said anything. They weren't judging if you left some on your plate.
  10. We got an unofficial tour of 4 carnival ships and another ship line I didn't recognize just hanging out in the ocean waiting for their chance to make a comeback.
  11. I know there were a lot of questions about Bimini. BIMINI What a beautiful beach. We took the tram to Beach 360. The first stop was where you rent the golf carts. Don't worry about not being able to get one. There were so many. The men and woman are there when the tram stops, pushing them on everyone still sitting on the tram. There are 4 and 6 person carts. 360 was the 2nd stop. They are very clear with what stops we were at. When you get off the tram and are looking towards the beach/restaurant, there is an access entrance walkway to the left. There is a private property sign, but it leads to the beach. If you ready have a blue wrist band for the 360 chairs and umbrella, you can head to any open umbrella. The color of the umbrella doesn't matter. If you have a blue wrist band and want to use the pool, you can upgrade for $15 at the bar. You can either get your free drink at the bar, or ask the servers to bring it. You can also purchase the chairs and umbrella at the bar. I didn't get the prices. Servers are always coming around, but are not in your face. They can also bring your lunch order to you. There is an 18% gratuity automatically added. We gave the gentleman a credit card, so I don't know about cash. The cabanas are lined up in back. They are not worth the $$$$$. The sun went right through them, the 2 chairs behind the lounge chairs looked uncomfortable. The white tent cabanas (don't know what they are called) are at the very far end of the beach. You will use the third tram stop for them. People weren't exaggerating when it comes to the jelly fish. They were out in full force. When we first walked off the gangway, there were a whole lot of pretty fish. If you look over the edge at the water close to the port, there were a so many jelly fish swarming. On the beach, they are all over shore and in the water. I was afraid to go in, but a lot of people were swimming with them. If you just wanted to stop to eat it drink at the bar, there is plenty of seating. There were comfortable cushioned chairs and tables. 1st photo is us backing into the port. The white dots in the dark blue part of the 2nd fish photo are all jelly fish.
  12. Freeport Gardens of the Groves Sightseeing & Shopping Tour In my opinion, you are better off taking a taxi to the garden and do it yourself. The garden was really pretty, but the excursion was not worth the money. 4 hour tour. 1 hour guided tour at the garden which was OK. The woman who guided the tour was personable. I don't think the information was anything special. Another 1 hour to do your own thing, but we went through the whole gardens already so the only thing left was to shop at their little stores and eat lunch. The people at the stores were pushy. Among the typical touristy stuff there was a couple of stores that had unique stuff. There was one gentleman painter whose paintings were really pretty, but he had a very bad attitude. If you do go and want to buy something tell him you don't want to and he will bring the price down. The driver said if we get back on the bus early he would stop at the beach for 10 minutes. This was supposedly not part of the tour. Don't get me wrong, the beach was gorgeous. The issue I had was that there was nobody on the beach except the people pushing tourist trinkets. Coincidence?? You can make the same inference that I did. Friends and/or family of the driver?? I don't know. It just left a bad taste in my mouth since it wasn't part of the tour. We then spend 45 minutes at Port St. Lucia shopping area. We were told to get back on the bus at 12. We were supposed to be back at the port at 12. He said we were going to arrive back on in Bahama time. I didn't like that because you expect to be back at the description time unless something unexpected happens. The drive to and from was nothing special. It basically was pointing out the buildings and houses. Since there isn't much to see, it would have been much more entertaining and interesting if some more history or facts about the island would have been talked about. There was a lot of talk about the port authority and what they allow and don't allow.
  13. Awww...I missed that!! Glad you got to see them though!
  14. Our sailing ports were changed. We ended up going to Bimini, Half Moon Cay, and Freeport. We did Beach 360 in Bimin, Cabana in HMC, and Gardens of the Groves Sightseeing & Shopping Tour.
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