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  1. I am currently 8 days away from turning Platinum and I am thinking about doing 2 5day cruises B2B, but with two different groups of people. The first will be with my scuba buddies and the second will be with my family. I understand that I will be Platinum for the second cruise, but since my wife and son will be staying in my cabin so they should also get priority boarding right? The problem is I will be printing up all the boarding passes and tags prior to the first cruise and since I haven't completed it yet, I thinking it will not reflect my new Platinum status on the second cruise tags, right? I know having her reprint the passes the morning of cruise would probably work, although problematic since she is not tech savvy. Any thoughts?
  2. Everyone has already covered most things I was going to mention. The only one thing I'll add in on is the Italian restaurant, Most people don't learn that it is free for lunch until a day or two into the cruise. Because of this it is almost always underutilized and never a crowed(like lido) on embarkation. I'm usually one of the first on-board and that is usually my go to place. I usually spend an hour or two up there by a window watching loading process on the dock. However, once the word gets out to the new cruisers that they have free lunch, it will be crowed later in the cruise.
  3. After our next 7 Day cruise to Alaska, I will be 8 days away from turning Platinum. That said, if they implement this, I might be done with Carnival. My typical go-to order in the MDR is 4 shrimp cocktails 2 flat iron steaks(sometime 3 if I really hungry) . The exception to this elegant night went lobster/prime rib is served. Lobster is obviously my favorite and I'll order 3 or 4 in a setting. When they dropped Lobster from 5-day cruises, I decided to only go on 7-day or longer. Before anyone said "that's too much food", keep in mind on my last cruise(14 day re-positioning on the Carnival Breeze), I actually lost 10 pounds. I don't usually eat junk like pizza, burgers, ice cream and most stuff on the buffet. Its not that I'm trying to lose weight its just want I like and it just happens to be similar to a low crab diet. In my opinion the excuse about "reducing waste" is a sham in itself. If you have ever done the Behind The Fun excursion(I highly recommend it), you lean that any uneaten food is processed on-board and released into the ocean that has been proven benefit marine wildlife. Carnival has even touted in the past that because of this "no food is ever wasted". While, I know we are talking about their sister line I'm sure they have the same practices. While I know I am in the minority, this would probably make me change cruise lines. After all they already took away the live bands at shows, chocolate mints, twice a say cabin servicing ,table cloths, free room service, and tv channels. I would say this would be the last straw but they even tried taking those away, thankfully you can still request one.
  4. That's easy you can use OBC to book you next cruise on board(that intern get you more OBC on your next cruise) and if that doesn't work just go to the Casino and use the slot machine trick to cash it out.
  5. I have thought about this for a while. To maximize your OBC why not book solo.For example, my wife has one less cruise than me and one of the ideas I had was when I hit my milestone book the Captain Suite(or highest priced cabin I can find) as a Solo guest and then book my wife and son in a dirt cheep interior with an uper/lower bunk bed. Then once on-board just have my wife stay with me in the better room. Then when she hits her milestone revert it by having me in the cheep room.
  6. What others have said about glitches on inaugural voyage is true. Also keep in mind there is a increased chance of the first schedule cruise(or two) of being outright canceled due to production delays. It happens from time to time. The record actually goes to the QE2 in 1969 when it had to spend an additional 4 month in construction when problems come up during its shakedown. More Recently, in 2016 Holland America's Koningsdam was delayed 6 weeks and just last year the MSC Seaview had to cancel it inaugural voyage. There are more, those are just the ones I know about. Keep in mind the Carnival Mardi Gras is a new ship class from a builder that carnival cruise lines has never used before. While there are three other nearly identical ships(AIDAnova, Costa Smeralda, and P&O's Iona) that launch before the Carnival Mardi Gras that should allow them to work out the "kinks" . There are things that have never been done before that will be unique to the Carnival Mardi Gras. Any one of those could potentially hold it up. If you do go on the first cruise make sure you have GOOD travel insurance that would cover things that are not refundable such as flights and hotels beyond the coverage you buy from carnival that would probably be canceled and refunded with the cruise..
  7. I've been told one of the things that is going to be worked on and one of the reasons the dry dock was moved up is to work on the aft pool area retractable roof. Apparently it has been jammed for well over a year(maybe longer) and the only way to fix it is to complexly disassemble the roof and much of the deck above it.
  8. This is correct. In fact while in Texas waters all the duty free alcohol of locked up in all the bars. I just happened to be in the red frog pub on the Breeze when when we crossed the magic line when we did the 14 day re-positioning cruise, when we departed Galveston. They stopped all sales picked up the all Texas bottles and then the bartender went around unlocking all cabinets that had the duty free stuff. I should have asked what was going to happened the unused Texas bottles as the ship isn't going to be sailing to Texas again for the foreseeable future.
  9. After reading all of these responses and i did a little bit of research. If the railings heights used by cruise ship industry was truly inadequate there is situation we would expect to see overboard passengers, the unexpected and sudden listing of a ship by 15 or more degrees. Unlike rough seas and high winds, these incidents happen without warning causing tremendous damage, and tossing anything not bolted down flying. Passengers standing on open decks and balconies will be sent flying, yet there has never been a single person reported overboard during any of the incidents. I know there are many on this form like myself who have been on ships that roll 15-20+ degrees in rough seas, what I'm talking about is different. Imagine going from a 0 degree tilt to a 20 degree tilt in less than a second. This is the worse case scenario for someone going overboard, yet there haven't been any. In my research I found 9 incidents(there are more) of this occurring with the most recent being the Carnival Sunshine on Oct 28 of this year when one of its stabilizer failed. Others include: April 26, 2016 - Panagia Tinou, , Ventouris Sea Lines April 21, 2010 - Carnival Ecstasy, , Carnival Cruise Lines July 30, 2008 - Pacific Sun, , P&O Cruises January 2, 2008 - Radiance Of The Seas, , Royal Caribbean Cruise Line October 25, 2007 - Norwegian Star, , Norwegian Cruise Line September 18, 2007 - Dream Princess, , Caspi Shipping July 18, 2006 - Crown Princess, , Princess Cruises February 4, 2006 - Grand Princes, , Princess Cruises
  10. If you have a cabin with a Balcony and need to quickly cool the room or quickly purge the... um... fumes from a recent bathroom visit, prop the balcony door fully open and then open your cabin door for a few seconds. The positive pressure from the inside part of the ship will blow your cabin air(and lose papers if your not careful) out the balcony.
  11. My bet is they will be announcing what will be replacing the IMAX on Panorama. Don't put too much stock in this but, my co-workers's collage friend's sister is dating a guy who's mother's Pastor's fitness trainer said the Panorama will feature the first Whirly Ball at sea!! What is Whierly Ball you ask?? Well its best described as "a combination of lacrosse, hockey, basketball, and bumper cars". Google it! Just imagine if it were true(its not), its just as fun to watch as it is to play.
  12. Was on the Breeze for the 14day repossessioning cruise at at the end of September. I purchased the premium package. Overall I rate it as poor. Social Media sites seem to work well, I could even make phone calls on FB messenger but beyond that it was very painful to use. Some site took several mins to fully load on my laptop and android tablet. I couldn't login to my bank account as I keep hitting the security timeout before I could get to the main page load. On the last day it took me over 30mins just to get checked in to my southwest flight.
  13. I was just on the the two week repossessioning cruise on the Carnival Breeze and before the cruised I opted for the AT&T unlimited talk and text cruise plan and I also had the premium internet package The WiFi on the ship was just too unreliable. While I was sometimes able to make VOIP calls on both google hangouts and Facebook messenger it was buggy at best and I couldn't rely on it for incoming calls. The AT&T plan in contrast worked really well. All the ports we visited were covered on the plan. The only condition was I had to make at least one call from the ship before any of the islands we visited would be covered(to prevent non cruiseser from abusing this plan I guess). The plan was $100 and covered you for exactly 30 days from when you activate it. It also gave me 2 or 3 gb that data that I didn't really use. There were really only two negatives I experienced. The first was while at sea there was increased delay that sometime lead to two people talking at the same time, but it minor. The other issue was anytime you were leaving or coming into port the cell service on the ship would be turned off so you would have no signal from inside the ship. Even when docked, unless thee was a cell tower right at the port, you still had to go outside to get a signal. While at sea, there was not anywhere on the ship I didn't have coverage. The only other annoyance(small) was I had my phones timezone set to sync to the cell provider. When they first turned on the cellular at sea after we left Galveston my phone switched from central time to GMT so I had to hard set the time zone on the phone. Normally I would not have gotten the phone plan, but it was a 14 days cruise and I was cruising on my own and we had two family emergencies(why my wife stayed behind) just before the cruise and wanted to stay in touch with the family if something bad happened. .
  14. Don't forget the live bands for the shows, the chocolate mints on your pillow, or straws when you order a drink.
  15. I really haven't has a problem booking an Aft Balcony for Alaska. We went in 2015 and booked less than 6 month before and had several still available. We are going again in 2019 and have two next to each other. Now about the aft balcony in Alaska, its the best decision you can make. I like the aft in general, but found in Caribbean they can be hotter than the usual balcony, but in Alaska this is a huge advantage. For the most part the ship blocks most the wind so for us it was very conferrable(I had on shorts everyday). In contrast, while in Fjord I did venture to one the front observation deck(in my shorts) and froze my butt off so the difference is night and day. On top of that your view is not limited just one side of the ship. When we transversed the Tracy Arm Fjord we got to see everything twice(once going in and again coming back). Now, the one negative about the aft balcony is its a low pressure area. This means if anyone and I mean anyone in a normal balcony is not following the rules and smoking you are likely to smell it from time to time. You also may see some soot from the ships exhaust collect on things.
  16. Galveston will have the facilities in place within the next year. In addition, they just won DOE approval on a plan to expand LNG capabilities even further with the goal of becoming a major LNG export port. https://www.hydrocarbons-technology.com/news/galveston-bay-gets-lng-export-permit-doe/
  17. Same thing happened when we on the Magic a few years ago. We had left Galveston the day before on are way to Roatan, Early that morning I knew something was wrong as I could see Cancan port side as we sailed past. We watched the morning show on the TV and the cruise director mentioned that they were going to make a special announcement in the next hour. The announcement said someone was really ill and needed to be disembarked on the a hospital ship in Cozumel A day or two later I talked to one of the family member who told me that they had a massive heart attack. So on that cruise we visited Cozumel twice and even with the diversion we still arrived in Roatan on schedule
  18. Here is my story about FTTF labels on our last cruise. When carnival changed to the new boarding pass for a few hours they had a bug in their code that printed FTTF labels for those who didn't have it and normal labels for those who did. I was one of those that got the FTTF labels without paying for it. Later that day carnival acknowledged the mistake said they would have terminal workers with a list of FTTF passengers so people wouldn't take advantage. Fast forward to our cruise on the Freedom, when I checked in the terminal. I first got in the regular line only to be redirect to the VIP line when she saw my FTTF logo. Even when I got to the the counter the lady checking us in even saw the logo and said "oh your FTTF, your cabins will be ready when you get on board"(it wasn't).
  19. My guess in Galveston or they will eventually get one of them. I say that only because I remember reading an article a while about the Port of Galveston getting regulatory approval for infrastructure to support CNG ships. The article didn't mention cruising directly, but renovations were slated to be in place prior around the time the first CNG carnival ship is delivered. Sorry I can't find the article now.
  20. This is exactly right. We are going on a Journey cruise(Breeze in September) and I posted a poll in a very active FB group for our cruise asking what level they will be on the upcoming cruise. The number that replied either diamond & platinum out numbered the the others combined. Keep in mind the FB group is only small fraction(~600 members) of the total cruise and the number of diamond & platinum passengers is already several time more than a normal cruise(based on the numbers JH posts on various cruises) Here are the number I got from my poll 81 Platinums 51 Gold 20 Diamond 3 Red 2 Blue 1 Milestone
  21. What was the price difference between the one-time ticker vs the pass?
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