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  1. We bring a 6-pack of diet coke. The plastic bottles are very strong and so are the caps. We refill them with water and place them in the cooler. We always had cold water, and took a few bottles everyday in hot ports. The cooler and the bottles worked out really well.
  2. We just got off the Volendam today. Our OV cabin did not have a refrigerator. We brought a small round canvas cooler that we received once as a promotional item when we bought a bucket of beer. It's a nice little cooler. Re placed it on the silver tray for the little ice bucket, and moved the ice bucket. The stewards kept it full of ice every day. We stored water and soda in it. It was better than a fridge, everything was always ice cold. Bring a little cooler.
  3. I was on the ship, and in this picture! We were on the upper balcony.
  4. Care to share some quick points or favorite things to do? We leave tomorrow for our first Panama Canal cruise and we'll visit the same ports.
  5. Sorry, it's a 17 night Panama Canal cruise. We were assigned an inside cabin very far aft, lowest deck. We moved up one deck and moved to mid ship. Now we have cabins above and below us, we are mid ship, and we have a window! We paid $399 p/p for the inside guaranty, and now with the additional $149, we are at $548 p/p. We paid tax and port fees on the original $399, but the additional $149 included taxes and fees. Our original price was due to a casino rate. It was too good to pass up.
  6. We received a call from our travel agent today and were offered an ocean view cabin upgrade from our inside cabin for $149 per person. We accepted.
  7. Congrats on 2675! We booked a Casino rate that was an "N Category" guaranty (Volendam, leaving next week.). We are assigned M1940. We have cabins above us, but I have no idea what's below us. Hoping for good luck, and no noise or major vibrations.
  8. Is dry cleaning included in the $7 Dollar deal? I assume dry cleaning and pressing is a separate charge.
  9. I am also curious about this topic. We'll be in Cartagena Columbia on Easter on the Volendam. Maybe we can participate in the Easter service on board, and on land!
  10. Bring the soda, forget the water. Reuse the plastic soda bottles for water and place them in the fridge. We take a six pack of 16 oz soda on board and use the empty bottles all cruise long for water.
  11. We sale on the Volendam in two weeks. There are still about 100 unsold cabins. We have an inside guaranty. I wonder if this means we have a good chance at an upgrade?
  12. Go to the bar at the airport and have a couple martinis! Then go to the ship! (just kidding)
  13. You should be fine on either ship. These are two of the nicest ships in the Carnival Line. Most mainstream cruise lines are more the same than different. We are getting older (58 and 53) and we have grown to prefer Princess and HAL, but that is only because the have fewer kids, better food, and have a bit more adult theme. We enjoyed all of our Carnival Cruises and Carnival does some things very well. I love their casinos, the dining room food is good, the comedy showroom is the best at sea, their cabins are generally larger than other lines, and they have 24 hour soft serve ice cream! Regarding your choice, the ships are virtually the same, the ports are almost the same, so I recommend taking the one that is less expensive. You are going to have a nearly identical experience on either trip.
  14. I hope it does a full transit! We get on in Fort Lauderdale and get off in San Francisco. I hope were not going all the way around!
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