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  1. Yes, as @PhillyFan33579 stated, they don't just release May 2021, they will release a block of dates, likely 12 months worth. So they wait until they get within 18 months of the last available current booking, and then dump another year's-worth on top, which then stretches it out to 30 months or so. Some specific ships may be announced earlier or later, based on other factors like: 1. Taking advantage in a lull in cruise news a couple of weeks prior to the main release of itineraries to announce an upgraded ship itinerary or new destination (all that fuss over new cruises to Cuba, now a moot point), hoping to get folks to book stuff they might overlook in the general release frenzy. This also whets appetites for the main bookings release. 2. Waiting to announce a cruise after the main frenzy of announcements of "normal stuff" for something like the Mardi Gras, so they can get more attention for the uniqueness of the ship and/or itineraries. Imagine, if you will, that Carnival wants to announce a bunch of cruises to somewhere they rarely visit from the Florida ports - say St Lucia from Port Canaveral (hint hint). If they release those cruises along with all the other "normal" routes, it doesn't get as much attention. Wait a couple of months, and it will generate specific focus and probably result in more bookings faster, while not impacting the normal round of bookings. Undoubtedly there is a whole Moneyball type analysis that is done for these things to maximize early bookings and prices.
  2. This thread is bizarre (like many here). For anyone sitting in front of a computer and posting to this forum to say they don't know how to find the dress codes on the Carnival site, well, that's amazing. And for anyone to say "it's my vacation, I'll do what I want". Think long and hard about how far other people may push that, and as a result what you then would not like to see/hear/experience.
  3. You pay taxes while in port (really, within 12 miles of the coast).
  4. I am sure you are being sarcastic, but for those that wonder: Anything that has an upcharge, like alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, or the sushi joint, have to charge tax when in port. A drink package (Cheers or Bubbles) does not de-obligate collection of taxes. Which is why the Funshops aren't open, and neither is the sushi joint.
  5. So there are a few mildly inaccurate statements here, at least as far as I remember. I can't find any links to the original stories, because they are quite old now, and my Google-Fu is not sharp today I guess. Carnival, and all other cruise lines, have changed their channel line-up, dropping the major networks, because the major networks hiked the price to carry them via satellite a huge amount. Receiving these channels locally over the air is free, of course, and for years the cable networks carried them for free under the "must-carry" clause - this forced the cable companies to carry them, because in the early days of cable, they didn't always. But eventually the TV stations realized the cable companies were raking in a lot of $$$, and the TV networks weren't benefiting. So they dropped the "must-carry clause" switching to "retransmission consent", and bargained to actually get paid to provide a signal. Which is why occasionally you see disputed between the cable or sat provider and a network/channel, with commercials saying "This is channel W123. after such-and-such date Dish will not carry this station due to unfair negotiations by Dish. Call Dish now and demand a resolution!" and "This is Dish. Dish will no longer carry W123 due to unfair negotiations. Call the channel and demand a resolution!" Cruise ships had been paying a relatively low fee, or no fee, to carry the channels up until a couple of years ago. Then the networks decided they would hike the re-tran fees for cruise ships, and most of them balked. You won't find the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) on the mass-market cruise lines, only select specialty channels like one of the ESPN channels, maybe CNBC, and Carnival doesn't even have them. Well, Disney carries ABC, unsurprisingly. xref for Must-carry and retrans consent: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Must-carry Wish I could find specific details on the sat re-trans price hikes...
  6. As other posters have stateed, you are cancelling the third person in the room (it doesn't matter what order you booked - you are going from 3 to 2). More than likely you should be able to cancel that third person, and all payments to date, minus $50, will simply apply as the payments towards the other cruisers. The total for the cabin would be the same as through two people had booked in the first place. That is my understanding. I would ask to speak with a supervisor when you call Carnival again. It is possible Carnival will change your assigned cabin, though, to free it up for demand for a three-person capacity, and move you to a two-person capacity cabin.
  7. Carnival ships at Port Canaveral charge state sales tax. I am sure that is the tax being applied at all other FL ports, plus any city/county taxes that may specifically apply (not sure how that works for docked ships).
  8. I suspect that may be the case. In the fine print of their "Deluxe drink package" it states: "Your check may reflect an additional tax for certain ports or itineraries." Also, according to their website: "Onboard pricing is currently $63.00-$70.00/per day for 2019 sailings." Based on that price, they can absorb 10% or more in sales tax and still be getting more revenue than Carnival.
  9. From what I gather, you are obligated to pay the tax while in port (or within the 12 mile limit). So if Royal isn't collecting the tax, either they are paying it on your behalf, or they are breaking the law...
  10. As mentioned by @five., it can depend on the ship - Carnival has been upgrading the Internet capabilities on their ships, but not all ships are done yet. And as @Cousin Eddie said, maybe just try to work ahead before the cruise, so the cruise can be an actual vacation from the course. Many on-line courses will let you get ahead one or two weeks, either just by working faster, or sometimes you have to contact the professor/teacher to get them to open up modules ahead of time specifically for you (your daughter).
  11. Going off topic a bit, but any word can have that happen. Like "going". Say it again. Going. And again. Going. Going. Going. Now it is just a sound, the tone a spring makes when it hits a gong. Anyway, back on topic. Topic. Topic. Now it sound like a percussion sound. I prefer bar soap for showering or washing my face; I am indifferent to whether bar or liquid for hand-washing sink use. One is tempted to sarcastically ask how they will sanitize the bar soap. Will they wash it with liquid soap? Anyway, sounds like a good program, and anything that diverts "waste" from a landfill is OK with me.
  12. We usually book very specific cabins, and opportunities for comparison price drops are nigh impossible. If I did find a price drop, I guess I'd probably pony up the delta in deposit in order to take advantage of it.
  13. 7 or 8 hrs ago John Heald posted the bulletin from Carnival to their pax that were supposed to board Valor in New Orleans. It was dated yesterday, so I assume it went out not long after your post. New Orleans is sinkin' and I don't wanna swim...
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