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  1. I'm interested in this, too. I rarely buy an internet plan (especially since they increased the price) and always tell my DD to text me if there's an emergency. But I put the phone in airplane mode and turn off everything related to data since I'm paranoid I'll get home and have a $500 phone bill waiting for me! If I'm not buying a wi-fi plan, why would turning on wi-fi caling help? I have Verizon and use a Samsung Galaxy S-10.
  2. People don't need to check in or board together. Just be sure that if you split up that you keep your documents (boarding pass AND identification) with each of you.
  3. Wonder if the mods would merge your 2 threads on this? There is a whole separate board here on Cruise Critic regarding travel insurance. I think most people would agree that it's best to purchase your insurance independently. I used to purchase insurance for each cruise by doing comparisons on insuremytrip dot com as I was mostly interested in being sure I had medical evacuation coverage. Now that I'm sailing multiple times a year, I buy an annual policy from Allianz. I filed a claim for the first time ever last month because our Sunshine sailing was 8 hours late returning to Charleston. Claim was approved and my expenses reimbursed in a week. There's loads of info out there. Just because Carnival offers you something doesn't mean you should just accept what they offer and assume it will cover the issues about which you're most concerned. Hopefully, you'll get some resolution. Hard lesson to learn when you think you've covered your bases!
  4. Sounds good to me! I tried the Breakfast Spaghetti last month on Sunshine and really enjoyed it. Soft-boiled egg and pasta? I was pleasantly surprised. Had considered a burger but wanted to try something I'd never had before. Will happily try any new breakfast options in the future!
  5. I sail in <2 weeks, and since I still work, and I don't live near a port, I didn't even check. I did get an email last week from MSC. Could've gone for $199 with no solo supplement! Hopefully, in a few months I'll be semi-retired and living in FL and can jump on some last-minute deals if/when they come up!
  6. Yes, and that's what "everyone" had said before the first time I cruised and applied one $500 card to my account. At the end of the week, I had a credit balance. I expected that balance to go back on the card I had applied or that they'd send me a new one, but instead, I received a check in the mail about 10 days after I disembarked. So, as usual, Carnival isn't totally consistent with the treatment of these balances although it does seem that most people get another card. Still, I'd rather just apply smaller cards as I need them during the cruise, especially since I wouldn't know when a refund card would be due to arrive. They mail them, right? They don't create a new card for you and hand it to you on the ship, do they? I'm always stressed about the ones that come USPS since my mail carrier has a bad habit of putting mail in the wrong boxes. If Carnival just decides to mail me a new card, I have no idea when to expect it!
  7. I use the larger denominations as payments on the balance due on the bookings, but I take $100 cards with me to apply to my S&S account on board. I would rather have a balance due when I disembark that goes on my AMEX card (that earns 3x points for travel) than over-apply GCs and have to get a refund. There's some debate on whether you get the overage refunded in the form of a check (which happened to me the only time I had one) or whether it goes back onto a GC. I suppose the cruise line doesn't want people converting CGs to cash in that manner.
  8. UPS showed up at 2:45. Next time, I'll know to look for the tracking on the mobile site.. Thanks for the new codes, folks!
  9. Thanks for that! Says it should be delivered by the end of today. Good thing I should be home this afternoon! I would've been annoyed if I missed the delivery because they didn't let me know it was on it's way!!
  10. I ordered 1 $500 card on Tuesday at lunch time. No email yet saying it has shipped but some have said they actually received them in as little as 3 days. Just logged on to add the most recent codes and checked my order details. That says it shipped yesterday, shipping method "miscellaneous" and there's no tracking number. Interesting. Must be patient, which is not something I'm very good at doing! ๐Ÿ˜
  11. So you can't use it to make a payment on an existing booking? I have 4 cruises booked. Last offer, I was able to simply make a payment toward an existing booking and got the credit. ๐Ÿ˜’
  12. I'm surprised you never sailed a Fantasy-class out of Charleston since you don't like to fly. That's why I have so many nights on that class ship. I've sailed 63 nights on Fantasy-class ships with 4 more coming up! I'm practically Platinum on that class ship alone! ๐Ÿ˜„ I'll write a brief summary when I get back. Probably no photos since I've gotten so lazy and there are so many out there on the World Wide Web already! And I confess that I got the idea of taking a photo of the crew members when I saw someone doing it on Armonia and thought "oh, that's a good idea!!"
  13. Is there anything in the offer that says it has to be for one transaction? Or is it just "spend $500 with Carnival, get $100 back" as a credit to your card? Why would AMEX care whether you spent $250 in 2 separate charges as long as the payments are against your bookings? Since I don't have the offer (yet), I can't read the fine print.
  14. I ordered the caprese salad once and the tomatoes were like cardboard that was spray-painted pink (like so many seem to taste these days). Inedible, which made me so sad because I love it! Back in May when I was on MSC Armonia, I started taking photos of my favorite crew members that showed their name tags. That way I can pull up the photo when I'm writing a review or responding to the post-cruise survey and want to acknowledge someone in particular. I admit my memory isn't what it used to be! ๐Ÿ˜œ I'll be on Paradise for the first time in 3 weeks, but I've sailed the Fantasy-class ships many, many nights, so I expect it will be like returning home. I actually love that class ship. I don't need (nor want) a big tv by the pool. Don't even need a steakhouse. I've just always felt the food and service on smaller ships tends to be better. Of course, there are plenty of people who don't want to sail on older, smaller ships, but I like them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pics with us!
  15. I expected there to only be a few Diamonds on my upcoming 4-night sailing, so I'm looking forward to seeing what sort of "gathering" we'll have. I'm sure it will be rather different from what I just experienced on Sunshine and what it will be like on the B2B Med/TA on Legend.
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