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  1. My sister is on Adventure of the Seas right now. It’s her first cruise in 12 years after many years of Disney World vacations. They are in Grand Cayman on Tuesday and have a private excursion booked. How do they get tender tickets? I know it will be in the newsletter but not sure if she needs to look today or tomorrow. I have many cruises under my belt but only two Royal and have zero recollection of the tender process. Thank you in advance.
  2. Mahogany Bay is developed by Carnival but the vendors are not run by Carnival, so it’s not really a private island. Carnival’s private island (actually Holland America’s island that Carnival uses) in Half Moon Caye, Bahamas is the actual private island and is set up more similarly to GSC. HMC is more beautiful in my opinion. I’d book a Carnival cruise just to go there again.
  3. I find the Spice H2O area superior to later iterations; I prefer the pool to the “water feature.” Bliss is also superior on Epic. I much prefer the Bliss setup on Epic to Bliss on Breakaway/Getaway and Skyline on Epic. I like the size and fact it’s completely separate from the casino. I also like the gym on Epic the best. It’s the largest and therefore the least crowded. I haven’t had to wait for a machine on Epic. I have no Getaway and Escape. I have zero interest in sailing Encore because the the removal of Spice H2O and addition of go carts and laser tag take away the already limited outdoor space.
  4. I was on the 12/1 Freedom sailing and we did the Chef’s table. We were told it is staying the same, though they are trying to make that space a bit more private.
  5. Change that flight! It’s not impossible to make, but why stress yourself out at the end of a great vacation? Cabs are quite limited in the port area, and it’s about 45 minutes to the airport. It was almost 8 before they started the debarkation process on my July cruise. Computers were down at the Copenhagen airport which greatly slowed luggage check in. Then there was a shift change at passport control that required us to wait. My bag was pulled for additional screening when we went through security. We arrived at the airport 3 hours before our flight and only had time to go to the bathroom before boarding, and we flew the day after the cruise.
  6. You can’t use the platinums for Cagney’s and Le Bistro. You get one coupon for one dinner for two at either Le Bistro or Cagney’s. You get another coupon for another dinner for two at either Moderno or La Cucina. You don’t have to change anything though. Use your SDP for Bayamo, Cagney’s, and Food Republic. Use your platinum vouchers for Le Bistro and Moderno.
  7. You won’t. Never been charged VAT tax on drinks on any of my Europe cruises.
  8. I was not charged any VAT tax while in any European port. This includes Epic out of Barcelona in July 2018 (Spirit to various Greek and Italian ports in July 2017 and Getaway to the Baltics in July 2019).
  9. I was on the Getaway July 4. They had the pasta station every day.
  10. Bottled water, fresh squeezed juices, energy drink, Starbucks, and drinks over $15 are not included in the premium beverage package. There is an upgrade available for $35 per person per day ($29.99 + gratuity) that does include all of the above. However, I was on the July 4 Getaway sailing and did not see this offered (and I was looking for it, only out of curiosity. I didn’t want to upgrade).
  11. Perfect, thank you all! Suit will stay at home. And kiddos will have to deal with pants for a few hours lol.
  12. Hi! Experienced cruiser but only one on Royal ten years ago. We’re booked on Freedom of the Seas in December. I see there are three types of dress codes - casual, smart casual, and formal. Regarding formal night, do men really wear suits and ties? I’ve been doing a lot of NCL and that is definitely not the norm. No big deal if it is, but don’t want to bring a suit if it’s not necessary. Are there nights that are specified as smart casual? Last time I was on Royal it was either casual or formal. Finally, I assume children under 12 have to follow the same dress code? Specifically they will have to wear pants for dinner? I have no issues following the dress code - I just want to know the norms. Thanks in advance!
  13. I hit platinum on Carnival and then started exploring other lines. I am now also platinum on Norwegian and have cruises booked on Royal, Celebrity, and Norwegian. Huge variety of itineraries out there. Branch out...you’ll find there are a lot of great cruise lines out there. In the past two years I’ve done two Med cruises and just got back from a Baltics cruise. Carnival offers nothing like the itinerary I have booked on Royal and Celebrity. I am not a Carnival hater - I would gladly return with the right price/itinerary combo.
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