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  1. We are getting ready to leave for the ship soon but I wanted to post a couple of things while they're fresh on my mind. We stayed at the Hampton Inn convention center and it was a great overnight spot. Check in was fast. I think it was about $30 for the uber ride there. We walked to the outlet mall down the road that took 10-15 minutes. We walked from there to Acme Oyster House on Iberville and had a fantastic meal. We had fried crab claws, fried crawfish tails and boob boom shrimp. All was delicious. We also had 2 hurricanes each which were yummy as well. The hub ordered bread pudding and I had the pecan cobbler. I must say that the pecan cobbler might be the best dessert we've ever eaten. So good in fact that the hub ordered a second one all for himself! Our bill was $99 but $36 of that was booze lol. It was $6-7 for an uber back to the hotel where we got in the pool to relax a bit before bed. A nice way to start our vacuum!
  2. Anyone know how much a ladies bang trim would cost?
  3. Agree with the above poster about Norwegian. We enjoyed our cruise on Royal as well but if all things were the same we'd probably choose Norwegian for the specialty restaurants. Instead of splurging on a higher end cruise, why not try Norwegian and upgrade to a suite or something?
  4. We were on the Dream a couple of years ago and the Alchemy Bar was by an open area where they had live music nightly. Will this be the case on the Valor? We're sailing next month and really like to listen to live music and dance.
  5. I was about to ask the same question. I received an email from my TA this morning that said "They now offer the opportunity for you to book on board and benefiting from an extra 20% discount on your chosen sailing and up to $100 extra shipboard credit." I wondered if anyone else had done this? I don't remember reading anything about it here on the Carnival board but I know NCL does off the cruise next certificates while on board. Anyone sailed recently that knows for sure?
  6. The 11 day cruise is on Norwegian and the drink package is part of the perks so we "aren't paying extra" for it ha ha. I was rounding with gratuity to $600 for both of us for the package. If our drinks average $10 we'd have to drink 60 to break even, which is 30 each or 6 per day. I'm sure there will be a day or two where I'll have 6 but not all 5 days. The hub will probably average 6 or more a day on vacation so if I could get it for just him it would be a no brainer. We are going to track our drinking just for giggles. We're on vacation so we aren't going to freak out about it, but I am curious when we cruise on Carnival & Royal whether the package is worth it or not. It'll be a game with us to see which bars we can find drink special in lol. I'm also going to use the 2nd shot for $3 idea. Hmmm, if you want just a shot, like tequila or something is that $3 also? Or does that fee only apply to a second shot to put in an existing cocktail?
  7. We don't drink soda, coffee or anything else on the drinks package - just the booze. I can't drink every day. Every other day at most. He'll drink everyday but I don't think he'll drink as much as he thinks he does. That's another reason to not get the package, to really see what the cost is. No can do an inside room. I must have at least a window. I'm not super claustrophobic but enough that not seeing outside would make me nuts! If they call to offer a cheap enough balcony upsell, we might do that but I'm not sure what that offer usually is.
  8. Thanks all! I've been studying that thread about drink specials and taking notes! I'll be fine with a couple of bottles of wine and some bar cocktails, but the hub really loves his cocktails on vacation. I figure if the bar tab is less than $600 we came out ahead 🤣
  9. We booked a 5 night on the Valor out of NOLA next month. We just needed a quick cheap getaway. To add to the frugality of the cruise (so we can spend more on our 11 night in January lol) I booked our first ever non balcony cruise. I love my balcony but thought for 5 nights I could get by with a window only and save $200. We also are not purchasing the booze package for the first time ever for the hub. I just can't drink that much in that short amount of time. I called Carnival hoping I could talk them into letting me purchase it just for him but that was a no go. Pray for us that our bar bill doesn't break the bank! Should I quit being cheap and get my balcony and booze package? I thought it would be interesting to see how this all goes but the closer it gets to leaving the more nervous I get! 🤨
  10. Thank you everyone! One more question about the Miracle, does it have a laundry room for passenger use?
  11. Miracle certainly gets points for the adults only pool area. Kind of makes up for less pool area. Thanks for your thoughts so far. Interesting. So much to consider!
  12. Looking for some feedback on these two ships and ports for a Hawaiian sailing in 2021. Carnival is only $300 cheaper but it does go to an extra port - Kona. Carnival leaves from San Diego and Princess from Los Angeles. Any thoughts at all on which we might find more enjoyable as middle aged folks who like live music, good food and cocktails? Looking at the ships it seems that Star Princess has many more pools, hot tubs and bars. We've never sailed Princess and while I know it is more of a luxury line than Carnival, it is that different? More kids on Carnival? Better food on Princess? Will there be much in the way of live entertainment on either ship? Lots of upcharges for either line in the way of adults only areas etc? I'm also posting this on the Carnival board. Looking for any and all responses. Thanks!
  13. Looking for some feedback on these two ships and ports for a Hawaiian sailing in 2021. Carnival is only $300 cheaper but it does go to an extra port - Kona. Carnival leaves from San Diego and Princess from Los Angeles. Any thoughts at all on which we might find more enjoyable as middle aged folks who like live music, good food and cocktails? Looking at the ships it seems that Star Princess has many more pools, hot tubs and bars. We've never sailed Princess and while I know it is more of a luxury line than Carnival, it is that different? More kids on Carnival? Better food on Princess? Will there be much in the way of live entertainment on either ship? Lots of upcharges for either line in the way of adults only areas etc? I'm also posting this on the Princess board. Looking for any and all responses. Thanks!
  14. We'll be on the Valor this fall and not sure we'll get off the ship at least one of the port days. What will be open if we stay on ship as far as bars and restaurants? Any recommendations on what you like to do if you stay on the ship? Also, any tips for first day favorite things to do or specials? I think I read somewhere that there might be 1/2 price happy hour in Red Frog Pub but I'm not sure about that.
  15. Bumping because I'd be interested in this too.
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