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  1. Yup! Those margaritas to go after lunch are awesome! i liked sitting and drinking and people watching while the rest of the crew goes shopping.
  2. Following along! I love St. Greg's reviews and since I am sailing on the Panorama this April am even more excited to see this one! For PV you won't need a tour bus. Just hop in a cab or take the city bus to the Malecon. Lots of shops, restaurants and sights all with an ocean view. The malecon has sculptures from various Mexican artists (one from one of my favorites - Sergio Bustamante). If you keep heading south on the malecon you will come across a cathedral and then can go across the river and into old town. We always try to have lunch at PIpis - awesome guacamole and margaritas - which is about two blocks up from the ocean at the northern end of the malecon. The one thing I love about Mexico is that you can order a margarita to go! Was there in November and after lunch ordered a peach margarita to go and enjoyed it while sitting under a shady tree on the waterfront while the others went shopping. Enjoy your trip and report accordingly!!
  3. Over on another website someone currently on the Panorama posted that despite having Cheers she was charged for the large format water bottle in the main dining room. After inquiry at guest services and with John Heald on that same site, it was apparently confirmed that as of January 1 the large format water bottles are no longer a part of Cheers. Anyone run into this on a sailing since the 1st? Just curious. The Carnival site still shows the large bottles in the main dining room as part of Cheers. Yes, I know this is a first world issue, but I would think that this would create more work for the waitstaff (and not really save on any plastic) by now having to make several trips to my table with more of the smaller bottles. So long as they don't take away my Patron or Grey Goose I'm still good!
  4. Finally the one thing I think everyone can agree to!
  5. Thanks but oh man, that sucks! I booked the second from the end cabana hoping that it was either like on the Vista where you can unlock the patio door from the outside or that there was hallway access to the very aft end of the bar, don't like that I have to traipse through the bar to get to the pool! Secret crew passage that I can use perhaps?
  6. It should only be open to those who paid the premium for a Havana cabin and not open to all at any time. And, if it were up to me, I'd raise the minimum age for a Havana cabin to 18!
  7. Gotta love the internet 😉
  8. Can you access the rear bar area from the inside Havana hallway on the starboard side, or do you have to walk to Ocean Plaza then back through the bar?
  9. Have done two recent cruises, one with FTTF and one without. The one without was a three day trip and didn't miss it. Yes, had to schlep my carry on until 1:30, but sat on the lido deck with beer, tequila and my bags until 1:30 - no problems. Never used the guest services deck. On debarkation day carried off our luggage and waited about 30 minute in the long line to get off the ship. Got it for a 7 day trip. We got on the ship later than we planned (delays at home) and got into our rooms at about 1:00, so the part of early room access was not a big deal - not worth it. Did use it at guest services the firs day. Regular line was about 30 deep. One person at VIP line - worth it. Next time I went to guest services (day three port day) there was no line at either station. Didn't get off on the ship at the tender port - not worth it. Debarkation was a breeze, all of about 5 minutes to get off the ship. Did not stop walking until we hit immigration! FTTF guests were given a low number luggage tag (ours was zone 2) and told to meet in the dining room by 9:00ish. We got out of our rooms at 8:30, hit the dining room and were escorted off the ship by a staff member. We were brought right to the area where they scan your cards. There was a line at that point that looked like it was long, but we were able to cut out all that line waiting -worth it. Got it again for my upcoming cruise. I am hoping to get to the ship much earlier than 1:00 this time and will be glad that I don't have to fight with 4500 other passengers to get off the ship! Also have not made any specialty dining reservations yet so FTTF may come in handy for those.
  10. Someone just posted the fun times from the 1/4 to 1/11 Panorama, but again this is a 7 day trip.
  11. Did a 7 day Mexican Riviera in November 2019 and one in our party bought the cheers package on day 2 (day after embarkation). Her bar bill for that first day was about $70.00 which changed her mind about buying cheers for the rest of the trip! I do not know if the rules are different for the shorter cruises or not. Just buy it before you board for the entire 4 days. The cost on board whether you buy it the first or second day is more that if you pre buy. Just get on board early and start drinking!! This way you have drinks for the first night. One of my favorite perks with Cheers is the big bottled water you can get at dinner. Very often did not finish the last bottle we were working on and took it back to the cabin for more bottled water there. A must for the next morning!!
  12. Some more suggestions - New England Aquarium, USS Constitution, Faneuil Hall (save your appetite as the center building is be best food hall ever), Museum of Science (one of my favorite places when I used to live in Boston), Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill. All of these places are either within walking distance of each other or a quick T stop or two away. The T is the subway system that is very easy to navigate, only five colors (lines).
  13. Yes, the shuttles are wheelchair/scooter accessible. We were there in November on the Miracle and the very last car and row of the tram has a ramp that comes down for access. That row is also at least 3-4 times as wide as the regular rows to accommodate chairs/scooters. I didn't see anyone use that feature but I did notice it. Edit -- Ok, so it's a double post of what's above. That's what happens when you don't read the thread all the way through before posting!
  14. This would be so awesome! Hopefully it's to do the seven day Mexican Riviera run and not some one off Pacific Coastal or Panama Canal trip.
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