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    Carnival, Holland America
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    Western Caribbean

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  1. Casino from early morning until lunch time and then back again after dinner.
  2. No one boards until Homeland Security says so, no matter what your arrival time is. First people to board are Diamond, Platinum, Suites, and then FTTF. General boarding by zone after that.
  3. Just off the Paradise this week and used $400 worth of Carnival gift cards. We had $500 on board credit and waited to use the gift cards on the last day, so very little charged to our cc. They are added to credits on your account and for us, went to off set casino charges.
  4. DH and I did the Renewal of Vows a few years ago on Holland and it was a lovely event. Private room with live music, champagne, and appetizers. The Captain performed the ceremony and stayed to chat with us for awhile afterwards. We received photos and an album. We paid $150 for the package probably 6 years ago. Friends of ours did it in the chapel on Half Moon Cay.
  5. We sailed on the Oosterdam in Feb. and did not notice any noises in our Neptune Suite. Never heard anyone say anything about noises in their cabins either. Our suite had a thermostat so we could control the temperature. Not sure if all Oosterdam cabins have them. I wonder why the person with the issue didn't contact maintenance about the air flow?
  6. Just off the Paradise on Monday and we received two cheesy lanyards. Left them in the cabin. At first we thought they were from the casino then realized they must be the Platinum gift. Totally underwhelmed for our loyalty - thanks from Carnival on our 36th Carnival cruise.
  7. Returned from the 4-day Paradise Cozumel cruise this morning. Our 50th cruise overall, 36th on Carnival, and 8th on the Paradise. Loved our new Junior Suite on Deck 14. Balcony is much larger than those in the Junior Suites on Deck 11. All drawers and closet doors have the soft closing. Nice fridge and the desk area is large. When doors were open, we noticed some of the inside cabins on Deck 14 had couches. Food was good, fast room service, crew was excellent as always, and I won a a lot of money in the casino playing video poker. Embarkation and debarkation in the Port of Tampa were easy as always. Didn't take any excursions, just got off the ship in Cozumel and had lunch. There were three Carnival ships docked where we were. It's a long walk from the ship to the end of the pier, so we took advantage of the bicycle driven carts - they are free, you just tip the driver. Only negative was there were tons of kids and lots of crying babies and toddlers, older kids running through the casino. All in all, a great cruise. Had perfect weather the whole time and we have never seen such calm seas the whole trip.
  8. We've had several free cruises from Carnival and Holland America. All we had to pay were the taxes and port charges. The free cruise offers were for an inside cabin which we took on the first offer. But we don't like inside cabins, so we upgraded on all the other offers to either an ocean view or balcony cabin for nominal charges.
  9. 10-day Panama Canal cruise on the Zuiderdam in 2017. Had a wonderful Neptune Suite where we relaxed on the balcony going through the locks and back while a woman narrated the history of the building of the Canal. Great food, wonderful service, we enjoyed the Southern Caribbean ports, and just an all around wonderful cruise. Although, we have enjoyed all of our HAL cruises and look forward to a 10-day Koningsdam cruise in Jan.
  10. I just Googled the name of the ship and cabin number and there were a number of hits. I took the info from several of them to put together.
  11. We love the Legend and the Miracle and agree with the OP and have sailed on them a number of times. The Miracle has left Tampa (our hometown port), but the Legend is now sailing from there, so very convenient for us.
  12. Stateroom #: 5183 Category: Category 7A - Balcony Stateroom (Obstructed View) Description:These staterooms have views that are obstructed by lifeboats or other ship structures. Balcony Staterooms have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, two twin beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, ample closet and storage space, private bathroom with shower, and a living area with vanity and seating. Staterooms are equipped with thermostat controlled air-conditioning, television, telephone, and personal safe. Review in Cruise Critic: Cabin 7A 5183 The room was well positioned being midship. 3 cupboards, 4 draws, mini-fridge. Lounge that converts to 3rd bed. The rooms are a reasonable size (well my room was anyway). Slightly bigger than other ships I’ve been on, but I was in an obstructed balcony room this time, maybe inside and oceanview are smaller (can’t comment yet). Obstructed view wasn’t an issue for me. The obstruction was the life boats, but they didn’t protrude much higher than the railing, so you still had good views.
  13. Out of 50 cruises to the Caribbean, Central America, and northern South America since the 1990's there has been only one cruise we took when the weather was chilly the whole week and the water was cold in Half Moon Cay. The first evening the ship's store sold out of sweatshirts. It was cold in Key West, too. That was our one and only time sailing out of Charleston, all the rest have been out of Florida. We sail year around and believe me, it's hot in the Caribbean in January. Great time to cruise because it's usually cheaper and many fewer kids. Glad the OP booked it - have a great time!
  14. Thank you for alleviating my concerns about the traffic. Sometimes traffic is scary on other islands. We live in a gated community with two 18-hole golf courses so we are used to driving our golf cart all over and think this would be such fun to do on Bonaire.
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