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  1. Yes beer, wine and well drinks are free. We cruised on the Sovereign last spring and I was happy with the value. It's an old ship as I believe all of their fleet is, but that was okay with me as I care about itinerary and price. We booked through VtoGo and it worked fine. I also left a message with Pullmantur and they called me. VtoGo had the better deal. Breakfast was buffet style as was lunch on our sea day. The food at lunch was good. We were crammed in the dining room for lunch and dinner was tight as well. I would definitely sail with them again. Most of the passengers speak Spanish. The staff speaks English. Unless your excursions have at least 10 English speakers, it will not be in English. That was not a problem for us. We would ask the tour guide where and when to meet and then see the exhibits on our own. Bob
  2. You might also use the cards to prepay your gratuities if they arrive too late for final payment and you can't get either AARP or Carnival to work with you. You can also use the cards for your sail and sign account and perhaps go to the steakhouse and or book an excursion or two with them, perhaps buy some bottled water or a bottle of liquor for the cabin. After you pay for the cruise there is usually lots more to spend your money on.
  3. The Carnival stock has worked very well for me.
  4. Citi Double Cash might work also. Two percent cash back after you purchase and pay. $100 gift card costs $90 from AARP which costs your Citi Double Cash Card $88.20. Not a big saving, but they add up. Bob
  5. We used *************. They were cheaper than Pullmantur and a faster response time. Sent from my LG-TP450 using Forums mobile app
  6. Aren't the service charges for an inside cabin the same as a balcony? Bob
  7. We cruised to Barcelona on Norwegian and then took a cab to the Hotel Gaudi which I can recommend for its location, free breakfast and a beautiful roof deck which let you see the city. We boarded the Pullmantur Sovereign around 11:30 and the lines were minimal. I heard that it got worse later in the day, so I would recommend you board early. We took a cab from the hotel to the cruise ship. If you can, spend at least 2 nights in Barcelona. It's a very nice city. We took the Hop On Hop Off bus and enjoyed the sights. We ate at the Restaurante Ferran and had great meals.
  8. We used Pullmantur excursions exclusively as Cruise Critic doesn't seem to have Pullmantur roll calls for specific cruises. A couple of them were narrated in Spanish only, but we asked the guide if we could leave the group and meet up with them at the pickup point and we were able to see things such as the Uffizi Museum on our own.
  9. We stayed in Barcelona at near La Rambla. Our first stop was Naples where we say Pompeii and Sorrento. Our second stop was Civitavecchia where we went into Rome and saw the Coliseum, the Vatican and other sights. We then ported in Livorno, where we had an excursion in Florence where we went to the Uffizi museum and walked around Florence. Then Villefranche, where we went to Monaco and Monte Carlo. We ended with Sete, where we had an excursion in Carcassonne, where we went into a medieval city and went into a town nearby.
  10. Okay, now I understand. But this is only if you purchase travel insurance. Otherwise, no notification is necessary. Bob
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