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  1. Various YouTubers have said they need first to file paperwork prior to sailing , the drones are held and are handed over when you leave the ship. Upon returning you are then asked to relinquish it once again
  2. I last sailed Carnival in 2001. Journeys program is what brings me back. I sail a lot but only long sailings, my usual sailing is 30 days and Carnival’s transoceanics can get me there in comfort for a reasonable price. My DH is going kicking and screaming as he likes a very laid back vibe. I told him they have good fried chicken - that piqued his interest😉
  3. This was place looks great. Is it near any other restaurants, groceries, etc….
  4. Here is Holland America’s policy and I am sure it is closely aligned with all of the CCL brands’ policies Drones also referred to as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicle (RPA), and any other remote-controlled aerial devices/toys. (The exception is when permitted for company sponsored events when approved in advance by Fleet Security).
  5. True, the smaller ships are usually more expensive but only by a tiny increment
  6. Thanks. I think none of the cruise lines are what they were 20 years ago and really they shouldn’t be. People’s needs and desires change. I think my biggest “shock” will be going from under 2000 pax ships to the 6000 pax ship. Transatlantic, with its many days at sea and lighter passenger loads is likely the best time to experience and truly utilize the mega ship features.
  7. The chai tea in the Tamarind is really good
  8. A grand usually has specialized menus featuring regional cuisine, an enhanced enrichment program, better entertainment and much of it featuring artists from the region even having movies produced or about the region visiting. They usually pick experienced crew who have demonstrated a superior service level. There are usually special gifts multiple times during the cruise. There are usually special cultural ambassadors onboard teaching about the region. Some of the features do not live up to what they should be including lecturers who have no special knowledge and are merely plagiarizing. Also often the regional food is not all that great. I personally would only choose the grand if it were the only availability for a voyage. I do find the new legendary series which are only slightly higher per diem worth paying for as they do have some special enrichment, entertainment and food. Either grand or legendary you do get the chocolates more often, so there is that . I can afford my own chocolate 😉
  9. That’s ok. I assumed it might be the source of his confusion so I mentioned it as a possible option he might enjoy
  10. But the OP is on a Pinnacle class ship and club orange may be the source of his confusion
  11. I agree, my home blend has a lot of nuts - also hard to find on ship and perfect for hiking but you do need to check Import restrictions . Some countries ban their import even if in a sealed package
  12. Hi @sparks1093 I appreciate your review. I have not sailed Carnival for 20 years but am getting ready to book a transatlantic on the Mardi Gras. Is there a “Welcome to Carnival” thread on these boards. I read through the Carnival FAQs on their web page it was hoping to read through a simple newbie thread. Any suggestions? Or should I just start my own thread - seems redundant
  13. There is also Club Orange which if purchased has a separate dining room and a few specialty menu items.
  14. One of our forum regulars recommended them under skirts for flights since they have pockets - I like that idea. I think they would be fine , I would compare it to a shape underwear rather than as a slip.
  15. Surge protectors. A coffee pot or other heat plate. A fan - the cruise ship likely has some by request. Check your destinations for prohibited items and prohibited drugs. Toilet paper - cruise ships need special toilet paper. Flushable wipes - they aren’t flushable anywhere. I do bring snacks after an 8 hour flight where food was expected yet never arrived. Lesson learned. I also bring my own trail mix for hiking.
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