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Davey Wavey

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    Carnival
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    Carribean

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  1. We planned a few days in Sydney pre-cruise, but the flight takes 27 hours, bleh. We arrive Friday morning before the Saturday cruise. We are looking at Hyatt Regency Sydney because it looks like walking distance to aquarium, marine museum, and shopping. I see people talk about a train from the airport. We have 3 big 4-wheel luggage that we have no problems handling. Many public transportation do not allow big luggage that would block the aisle, even public transportation to/from the airport. Is the train viable or taxi/uber? And then what transportation to the Overseas P Terminal? I saw Sue00p's suggestion of Manly Beach area via ferry. That looks interesting. How would we get there? What is a good seafood place in/near Darling Harbour? Does Australia have some unique food to try? And why does Australia have a credit card fee? Even Carnival charges it. Is that just for tourists or does everyone pay it? Do you really not tip anyone, or are there places that we should tip, and what percent should the tip be? Is there a limit on how much cash can go through customs or a certain amount that has to be declared?
  2. Davey Wavey

    Carnival ultra cruise

    Was on the Vista with you for the Ultra. I am a big Carnival fan, but that Vista casino was a mess for table games. I can't believe someone allowed those narrow aisles, especially those tables along the outside wall. Chairs were touching back to back in the aisle, so no room to walk through and no way to bring a wheelchair or scooter through. And then the Ultra games blocked the only walkway through. The whole area just seemed like bad design. The smoke was extra, extra, extra. I'm used to the smoke, but I asked my wife if she thought the smoke was way worse than any other ship...right when the smoke alarms and sprinklers went off. And the nearest men's restroom was half a ship away. We still had fun especially with the games but Vista is the lowest on our pick list of ships now. Oh, I won $225 in dodge the bull and the Apple Macbook. How did you do?
  3. Davey Wavey

    Back to back cruise question

    +1 Another benefit of B2B in same cabin aside from not having to pack, you don't have to check out of the cabin at 8:30/8:45 on turnaround day. You can grab breakfast (if you want) and take it back to the cabin or just sleep in (that's me!) until it's time to go to the meeting spot usually around 10am.
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    Vanilla

    If you get a good price on vanilla, it is probably Coumarin no matter what the label says. The demand for vanilla is so high that no producer will sell you a bottle for $10/20 when they can get $35 without trying. The bad part is Coumarin smells and tastes more like vanilla than vanilla. Some estimates are that 90% of vanilla sold in Mexico is Coumarin. The worst is when they charge you a premium for "real" vanilla so that you think because it is expensive it must be real vanilla. Only vanilla you should get in Mexico is beans so you can make your own and know what you are buying. Of course, don't take my word for it. Find a nice reputable source and read about it for yourself.
  5. *had them on our Tampa cruise along with marked seating areas for boarding zones *on there for upcoming Galveston cruise *not there for upcoming New Orleans In Tampa, although we had a boarding zone, when they saw Priority on the boarding pass, they told us to go to a priority boarding area instead of the boarding zone seating.
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    25th Cruise Milestone

    I also book my own. On my 25th, I got my regular Platinum card and nothing else. I happened to be sitting with a woman talking about how many cruises we had taken. When I said this was my 25th, she asked where my special card was. She happened to be wearing one of those cards except it was 50th milestone for her. I went to customer service and they pulled up my cruise history and counted..."yep you and your wife have 25." He went in back and brought back some generic white cards for us. When I got back to the room, he called and said they had issued an OBC of 25% for me and my wife for that cruise even though I didn't ask for that. I guess it was fine since most of mine are "free" from the casino. It didn't feel like anything special.
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    Bar menu question regarding scotch

    I remember someone saying the bar in/by the steakhouse had the best collection of Scotch on the ship, and you don't have to eat there. I don't know for sure. Just something maybe to look into.
  8. Davey Wavey

    Cove Balconies.... your thought??

    Two downsides we had with cove balcony. I like looking at stars at night (I bring astronomy binoculars to see the southern stars not viewable from home) and the view was obstructed. I could see off on the horizon but anything from 45 degrees and up was totally blocked. If you like to get some sun on your balcony, coves are shaded some of the time, especially when the sun is highest in the sky. Of course, there are lots of things to like as people above have stated.
  9. We mostly fly in the morning of the cruise, usually a 7am flight. Board at the earliest time, drop bags off in the room, eat lunch on the Lido, head back to the room and take a good long noontime nap until they bang on the door to shoo us off to muster. Head back to the room and unpack...then the cruisin begins! The first night is fun because so many go to bed early, the crowd really thins out after 8pm or so. That nap lets us go until 2 or 3am, which plays right into getting up late the next day for a seaday brunch.
  10. Our first cruise on the Triumph in 2006 we pretty good except I was soooooooo seasick. I happened to be at the free cruise drawing at the end of the cruise and said if someone offered me a free cruise I would slap them with it. I eventually tried again cruising again 4 years later because the kids and wife liked it so much, and it was a free cruise offer from the casino. I brought a patch AND pills and it went so much better. By the 3rd cruise, I only took pills on a few nights after dinner. Now I carry pills just in case, but haven't used them for years.
  11. Davey Wavey

    Disembarkation off Carnival Dream in New Orleans

    Yes! Be very aware of occasional docking delays from fog during early Spring, meaning the ship gets in port at the scheduled time instead of early. Our very first cruise out of NOLA the entire highway I-10 headed to the airport was closed just past the football dome from a nasty accident. Our cab driver knew his stuff. He zigged through lots of side streets and got us there with just a 15 minute delay.
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    Carnival 3rd green zero on roulette wheel?

    I live at the roulette table. If I had paid for the cabin and saw triple 0 on the wheel, even though I actually play 0/00 almost every spin, I would invoke the 24 hour guarantee and leave.
  13. Davey Wavey

    Ultra Cruise

    They have already posted them for the first half of 2019. I believe they cover through June, 2019 so far. Don't know when more are coming. Description of Ultra Cruise from Carnival: Ultra Cruises
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    carnival FTTF

    Just so you know, Carnival made this a Premier Casino cruise, which immediately made FTTF go to sold out. The available casino cabins were all sold out before the promo end date, meaning the max number of those bookings was taken. All people booking this as a Premier Casino cruise get free FTTF, so the chances of it becoming available are pretty much zero. Keep checking, but don't get your hopes up.
  15. Davey Wavey

    carnival FTTF

    Just so you know, Carnival made this a Premier Casino cruise, which immediately made FTTF go to sold out. The available casino cabins were all sold out before the promo end date, meaning the max number of those bookings was taken. All people booking this as a Premier Casino cruise get free FTTF, so the chances of it becoming available are pretty much zero. Keep checking, but don't get your hopes up.
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