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  1. Thanks, looking forward to reading it
  2. I guess I will have to ask my parents to try calling Expedia to see about using the GC for prepaid tips. But weird though because the carnival site would have let me pay it via CC or PayPal just fine. So that is why I am asking if they don't allow GC payment on the gratuities.
  3. GREAT Question, I hadn't thought of that. Thank you so much for all of your input everyone. That gives me great insight on what to plan for. I was thinking at least $100 in small bills cash for tips. We will have a few hundred more on hand for contingency. Obviously the credit card will cover whatever we should decide to do. I assume I can use it at Margaritaville, etc. ? My main purpose of the question was geared towards how much to put on the S&S which I understand to be a use it or loose it deal. Planning on buying discount Carnival gift cards to fund it. I don't want to put too much on it and then have to buy stuff I don't want in order to keep from loosing the money.
  4. Could be in a small box depending on how many were ordered. In my case, 10 cards came in a fairly small box. Thanks for the previous advice to call Expedia. They were able to pay with the gift cards that way. Ran into a new wrinkle though. I tried to use some funds I had left on one card to prepay their gratuities and it didn't give me the option to use a gift card. Has anyone else experienced this?
  5. My gift cards arrived today. One small problem and I might stray too far off topic. I got some of the cards to go towards my parrents cruise which they booked separately. I just found out they booked thru expedia. The Carnival website wont let me pay for the booking on their site. I logged on to the expedia account to try to pay there. The only option given is to pay with a credit card. Any suggestions ?
  6. What would that $100 / day be spent on ? I forgot to mention our excursions are already booked.
  7. Just trying to get an idea of what to expect for our first crise this summer on Carnival Magic. How Much $ should I need for Sign & Sail / Onboard Credit? We are a family of 4, children 5 and 8. I am thinking maybe we buy 1 soda a day each at most. Maybe a virgin pina colada or two. Possibly speacialty coffee each morning. Our gratuties are pre-paid. Not planning on Spa, picture pachages, alcohol, etc. thanks as always
  8. I think I can do this in my sleep by now
  9. Yes that's good advice, I did contact the hotel when I made the reservation to confirm that they would still come get us at that time.
  10. Comfort Inn Miami Airport North has free airport and cruise port shuttle. I booked us there because we don't get to MIA until after 9pm and are a party of 6 (can't all fit in one Uber/Lyft).
  11. Comfort Inn/Suites North Miami Airport has both for free. I'm booked there for this summer so I can't tell you much about it yet.
  12. I have reservations here for our first time cruise this summer. How was the shuttle ride to the cruise port? How long did it take? Did it make a lot of stops at hotels along the way? Trying to figure out how to make whatever arrival time we wind up getting from Carnival. I am guessing I won't be able have much say about the shuttle schedule with this setup?
  13. We made reservations at the Miami Airport North Comfort Inn Suites. It has shuttle from the airport and a free shuttle to the Port. The shuttle to the cruise port is a contracted service the hotel pays for. Return trip is not included. I have not found any reviews from anyone who has used this service though.
  14. Glad I woke up early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. Just saved $500 on our cruise !! So if there is a purchase limit on these it is not 10 cards. Was sweating bullets there for about 15 min though. I used a brand new credit card and the purchase flagged for potential fraud. They verifed everything imagineable with me, just short of a DNA test it seemed. Now lets see if I can get as lucky and catch a FTTF on sale. Happy cruising everyone
  15. Yes I noticed this too. AND they offered a discount for early excursion bookings. Gee thanks for nothin Carnival.
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