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  1. Thanks for the review. I'm planning to book a cruise on Elation for April or May of 2021, specifically for the two ports you missed as I've never been to them either. Hopefully the same won't happen to us. Normally I wouldn't book just for a port, but it's going to be combined with a trip to Universal and the only other option out of Port Canaveral those months is Nassau on Liberty.
  2. I don't think so. First night on my last cruise I decided I wanted to book an excursion to Chichen Itza. It was sold out when I went to book it.
  3. Don't thank Dasani until you see if the price makes it worth it. I have a feeling that a twelve pack of Carnival's 16.9 oz bottles will be cheaper than a six or eight pack of 12 oz cans of Dasani.
  4. Last price drop I had was on Triumph a week after coming back into service following the cruise with the "problems". It was around $200 and I'm guessing they were having difficulty filling cabins at the time. Haven't had a price drop since then. Every cruise has gone up by about $150 to $200.
  5. Self Debarkation is Carnival's version of The Hunger Games. Too many people trying to debark with more luggage than they can handle, and all trying to cram the stairwells and get on the elevators at the same time.
  6. Regarding eating at the buffet- Carnival has streamlined the check in process enough that if you check in right at 11:30, you should board not long after that. They'll usually start calling the priority passengers between 11:15 and 11:30 and it usually doesn't take long for them to board. Once they're on you should get called shortly after that. If you're on early enough, eating on Lido shouldn't be too bad. We're normally on around that time and get through the buffet line pretty quickly. By the time we're done eating there's usually a crowd. If you decide you want burgers from Guy's, don't let the line intimidate you. It shouldn't be too long when you board and even if it is it moves pretty quick.
  7. Now that I think about it, I had FTTF my last couple of cruises and don't remember seeing the orange sticker. I do recall it the times before that, but not recently. I still got my luggage before sail away though.
  8. One of the reasons CCL went to the check-in times was make things go smoother. I saw a big difference from no check-in times to having check-in times once it was implemented. Before there were long lines and a packed waiting area (this was in Galveston, so it may be different for other ports). It hasn't been that way since they started having cruisers pick check-in times. Leaving the cards in the mailboxes has streamlined it even further. I still buy FTTF, but now it's only for the GS line and early debark. Unless someone has a physical need to be in their cabin early (small kids, health issues, etc), it's almost not worth buying it at the current prices just for that or simply to add a couple of hours to a vacation by boarding early.
  9. Great start! Looking forward to reading more.
  10. I've had good luck with hotels in the past by calling ahead of time, explaining the situation, and asking if they can check you in early to an available room. You probably won't get in right away, but maybe a couple of hours early. I've also been lucky doing this a couple of times just walking up without calling ahead.
  11. Mechanical issues can happen even when something is new. Today at work I pulled a part out of a piece of medical equipment that should have been good for 4000-5000 hours minimum. It broke at 400. Every new moving, manufactured part can break. Odds are they won't, and they may look great leaving the assembly line, but then a glitch shows up. I'd be disappointed, but I also understand that Carnival likely had no idea that widget #42 was faulty until it actually broke.
  12. Maybe, maybe not. With what they gave the current cruise I'd expect the next cruise to make out at least as good if not better since they'll not only be losing ports, but days as well. It'll be interesting to see how Carnival handles the next cruise.
  13. Right. Because these kind of issues NEVER happen at any other port.
  14. It's not group think, but people who have experienced it first hand explaining how it works. As someone else brought up earlier in the thread, no one who has paid the money to cruise is going to risk getting tossed off the ship or arrested by stealing someone's card to get a few free drinks.
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