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Djptcp

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    Florida
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    Cruising, reading, swimming
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Western Caribbean

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  1. You can order complimentary appetizers in a Neptune. Or, go to the Neptune Lounge and bring some things back to your suite.The concierge can give you a list of the hot and cold appetizers that are available. You should place your order before Noon. Select the time you want them delivered. They bring a big plates of most of most of the appetizers. The concierges are great and so helpful and we tip them well at the end of each cruise. You will love your Neptune Suite - we have our 5th one in a row coming up in less than 2 weeks and can't wait. Enjoy your cruise!
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    No cabin assignment

    We did two Carnival guarantees and didn't find out our cabins until the day of sailing - same cabin type as booked, no upgrades. Luggage handlers had a copy of the manifest and did our luggage tags for us. We prefer to book our own cabins for type and location and said we wouldn't do it again. Never say never as the Holland America cruise we are taking in 2 weeks had a mandatory guarantee for our Neptune Suite in order to get the unbelievable casino rate. Made the booking in Nov. and still waiting for our cabin assignment. The Neptune Suites have been sold out for weeks, but still waiting. At least we know we will get the Neptune, but we usually book Neptunes close to the Neptune Lounge for convenience. I know it's hard to wait, but you just have to bite the bullet and concentrate on other things about the cruise. Enjoy!
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    Fall 2019 HAL cruises out of Tampa

    The size of the ships in Tampa is governed by what can comfortably fit going under the Sunshine Bridge, so they tend to be smaller, older ships. We sail on the Carnival Paradise and Miracle often and they have about a 6' clearance! Royal Caribbean has the Brilliance and Rhapsody of the Seas in Tampa and NCL has the Pearl.
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    Fall 2019 HAL cruises out of Tampa

    We live outside Tampa and am saddened that HAL is leaving Tampa. The Rotterdam is there through April and won't return in the Fall. At the moment, it doesn't seem that another HAL ship will be coming to Tampa, but I don't know why.
  5. We live outside Tampa and cruised on the Paradise 5 times in the past year. Love the ship, especially since dry dock last year. We did the overnight Cuba cruise last May and it was an interesting time. DH works part-time for the cruise lines at the Port of Tampa and I will tell him what you said about how great embarkation and debarkation went.
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    New TV Channels

    I like HGTV, Food Channel and Discovery, but will definitely miss my daily CNN fix for news, especially mornings while eating breakfast in our cabin. Used to like TNT, too, during rest breaks in the afternoons. Never really watched much TV on cruises, but did like to keep up with the news.
  7. When are you sailing on the Oosterdam? We have a guaranteed Neptune Suite on the Feb. 2nd sailing - didn't have a choice but to do a guarantee with the incredible casino rate offer. Don't like guarantees as we prefer to select our cabin locations on cruises. When I booked the cruise I was told we would find out our suite location 2-7 days before the cruise. Patiently waiting, although the Neptunes have been sold out for several weeks now. Never had an accessible cabin before, but maybe it's larger to accommodate ease of wheelchair use, so that could be a bonus for you to have more room. Enjoy your cruise!
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    Porthole cabins

    We did a porthole cabin on the Paradise in 2018 and it was fine. A little more noise and motion, but not bad. It wasn't one way in the front of the ship, but the last one closest to the front elevators. It was a free casino offer for an Interior cabin and we chose a porthole cabin to have natural light. Normally wouldn't book an inside or ocean view on a Fantasy class ship because no couch or coffee table, prefer at least a Jr. Suite to get those items for more comfortable sailing. We sail on the Paradise often because we live 45 minutes from the Port of Tampa and enjoy the ship, especially since dry dock last year.
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    Refrigerators

    We have had fridges on most of our Carnival cruises and not just in suites, except on Fantasy class ships (we have had them on the Paradise in all cabins since dry dock last year). We have found them to keep things nice and cold.
  10. We have always ordered liquor for our cruises before we sail. Nice to have a bottle waiting for us on boarding. HAL's prices are still reasonable to do so. We sail more on Carnival and they jacked up their room liquor prices a few years ago and they are outrageous now - at least twice what HAL charges, so we don't order liquor for our cabin anymore on Carnival cruises. We don't order drink packages either because we just don't drink that much and we usually have free drinks in the casino on Carnival because of special casino offers.
  11. Miami International Airport has closed one terminal due to a large number of TSA agents who are calling in sick. If you are flying in and out of Miami during the shut down, you may experience delays according news articles today (1/11).
  12. Rum starts at $36 (Meyers) and Bacardi is around $42-46. We just ordered a bottle of Meyers Rum for our Oosterdam cruise in Feb. If you go to the HAL website and log in, you will see Already Booked. Click on that and you will see a number of things you can order ahead of time which we always do.....order liquor, make Pinnacle Grill reservations, make spa reservations. You can also buy excursions.
  13. Thanks for the great and detailed review. DH and I are sailing on the Oosterdam in Feb. First time on this ship, 8th HAL cruise, and 47th cruise overall. We have another Neptune Suite booked and looking forward to the cruise. I agree that the Western Caribbean itinerary is getting a lot repetitive, but we live just outside Tampa and cruise mostly from there because it's so convenient so the W. Caribbean is pretty much the only choice. Loved the photos - certainly well decked out for the holidays.
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    Soda in Room? Cocktail Mixers

    We bring the 7.5 oz. cans of soda on all of our cruises as we also order liquor to be delivered to the cabin on embarkation day. We remove the items in the cabin fridge and tell the room steward where they are in a closet so he doesn't think we used them! We put the back in the fridge on debarkation morning. We bring the smaller cans of soda as I don't usually drink a whole can of soda at once and the smaller ones are perfect to mix with one drink of alcohol. Have a great cruise!
  15. DH works part-time for the cruise lines at one of the FL ports (checking in passengers, etc). When he worked last weekend, they were short about 15 Homeland Security agents (half of the usual 30) and more private security agents had to be called in. It slowed things down somewhat. FYI, no one boards the ships until Homeland Security says so - passengers sometimes blame the cruise line if they are kept waiting to board, but it's HS not the cruise line's fault.
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