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  1. Plan on 2 XL - Depending on what time you get in there may be other transportation available. We got in at 6pm so we had extremely limited options. I would fly in a day early - stay in Galveston. Giados was reasonable, and right across from the Gulf.
  2. Dream class perhaps... but I’ve been on the Dream and it did not have the Havana issue that the Vista did. so there’s that
  3. Glad you enjoyed her. We were on her in November, and unfortunately, she is the least favorite of Carnival ships imo. We did not like the Havana deck obscuring our ocean experience. Nothing like dirty dishes and underwear directly below your cabin....as opposed to the ocean. Dream does not have that obstruction. We will avoid the "Havana" ships in the future. Certainly prefer the aft balconies much better if one can get one booked!
  4. La Romana - take a river excursion! One of the best excursions I have EVER been on. Slowly move up a river/rain forrest - relaxing! Breathtaking. Good drinks - FRESH fruit - lunch, kayaks in the "slow" river... Something very different! Something you will remember more than the beach!
  5. If you are accustomed to "ocean view" or better, your inside cabin may not be something you will like. They are very dark, very "closed" - If you like to have a window at least, you may strongly consider the upsell. Its all based on what you like. #choosefun ~Marci
  6. El Coz was like $50pp ish - we did pre-book, and I would go back again! It was quiet, off the beaten path.
  7. No tsunami warning per NOAA I did hear of people, in Cayman, that were underwater (diving) when it occurred. That would be a story to tell.
  8. We were in Jamaica in November and were very surprised how clean it was! Do NOT fear Jamaica. Make a plan to do something - not just grab a taxi to the beach. Jamaica is wonderful, and has so much to offer. However, that being said, I love the 8 day itinerary on Magic. Maybe see is you can upsell into an OV! That would be my choice! #2 Remember, Bermuda is a long ways from everything - so take sea days into consideration
  9. I understand the prohibitive cost - when AirFare is the higher than the actual cruise. (Montana) And a future credit would have to extend into 2-3 years for us - we cruise every 2-3 years. I would hate to have missed a port - but unfortunately, that is the nature of this industry. More than likely, that "port" that you missed will still be standing in 2 years - you may enjoy cruising enough to try again. Book it, make payments, and viola - 2 years, even on a meager salary and minimum time off available can be doable! We are hooked. I love the cruising - not just the ports. Have fun!
  10. We had $300 ish tab for two. Much less than the cost of the unlimited.
  11. We have used that thick clear packing tape in NOLA - around the center and formed a "handle" so to speak. Since our big luggage was taken already, we carried in a camera bag, a "carry on" bag and two 12-packs with tape handles. Easy Peasy!
  12. We flew Alaska Air - flew on "miles" - not an option. It was an experience - we learned a lot - Good and bad!
  13. Vista.... After you embark, try the sky ride. Was not super busy. Try Ji Ji's for lunch, one day. Lunch is included; only dinners are extra. (you can try the Italian place too, wasn't a fan) BBQ is only open certain days at certain times. Deck 5 - outside. Great brisket! Very cool "rocking picnic table" on the other side of the ship, Deck 5 - outside Red frog. Also, deck 5 has a small and very uncrowded breakfast buffet in the mornings. No people parade. Have fun.
  14. We did an 8 day on Splendor in 17 to South Caribbean - She is a very basic ship; none of the frivolities you are seeking. Shes a little older - late 2000 I think - probably before they started really cranking out the "entertainment ships" That being said, there is a lot to do - They have pretty good activities and lots of dining options. Unless their policy has changed, I believe that you are able to bring a bottle of wine on board with you when you get on the ship. They do have an AI drink package - its spendy, imo not worth it - its easier to just plan on having a "bar tab" at the end of your cruise. If you have any "tender" stops, I would highly suggest to get the FTTF excursion when you book. Have fun
  15. We had such stellar wait staff in the dining room, I would consider paying the "upcharge" for those dishes to be served in MDR next time. Service was exceptional on the entire ship with the exception of the steakhouse.
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