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  1. For those still looking, I've used Quality Town Car for transport to / from airport. It's a very good service. They used to be called Seattle Town Car and Airport Shuttle, changed the name due to too many companies with nearly identical business name & mix ups.
  2. I may be the sole discenting voice, I would exercise some caution. DR does have issues with crime, and if you are leaving the port area on your own I would be careful. I went with my big strapping adult son, and we took a carnival excursion. Have friends who have stayed in AI's in the Dominican Republic who did not research and were surprised at how the nice resorts had armed guards patrolling outside the walls of the resorts. The roads themselves can be hazardous, was surprised to see people riding 3 on motorcycles, passing cars on the highway in heavy traffic.
  3. Can't help on the walking tour, but be sure to stop by Le Guerrerense for tostadas. It is a street food cart, although they have a sit down restaurant as well now I hear. It has the BEST fresh seafood, it's busy and delicious. Some ideas on what to order, https://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffreymorrison/2018/03/16/la-guerrerense-the-best-food-in-ensenada/#afd33f65c115 Here is a site that has walking tour / Ensenada info as well as a map. http://www.cruiseportinsider.com/ensenadaonyourown.html You can see from this map of La Guerrerense it should be close to where your ship is docking. https://www.google.com/maps/place/La+Guerrerense/@31.8614761,-116.6231467,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xb733b3dee44c57c7!8m2!3d31.8614761!4d-116.6231467
  4. I think the shorter & less expensive the cruise, the more the atmosphere can suffer. My 3 or 4 day Nassau cruise on the Imagination was so bad, had it been my first on Carnival likely it would have been my last.
  5. I was able to cancel and rebook using the promo code, even though it's after midnight eastern time - which I had been told was the deadline. The site was down for excursions yesterday, so I was afraid I'd miss the chance to use the discount. It helped a little, but I did notice they had increased the price of the excursion from what I had booked a couple months back. Still saved a little, but that is a bit sneaky to raise prices and then advertise the sale.
  6. The ships are fantasy class, which aren't my favorite either. But the ports have decent activities if you do your research. As in don't book bufadora and expect anything more interesting than a blowhole. Activities / excursion choices on my last cruise that ported at Amber Cove DR had little of interest to me & seemed far less hospitable to walking around unless I stayed right in the cruise area off the ship. Nassau even worse imho.
  7. This is the reality. Institutions do prepare for inspections, and it would be wonderful if operations before the audit were identical to the week after, when JCAHO was done, gone & the audit complete. In a perfect world.
  8. Have been to Massage and Facial Care several times, really good spa owned by an ex Pat. http://bestbajamassage.com/ Easy walking distance from the cruise port. On the way back to the ship, I've stopped at La Guerrerense. Has been called the worlds best street food by chefs like Bourdain, featured in travel & food articles. Amazing food. https://www.forbes.com/sites/geoffreymorrison/2018/03/16/la-guerrerense-the-best-food-in-ensenada/#4f3b536c5c11
  9. True, but only if the people stuck can deal with it in a sane manner. I was stuck on an elevator in the BOA tower, between floors 30 floors up or so, with my (ex to be) and his best friend. Friend started losing it, screaming, kicking, clawing at the walls & then started talking about taking out the ceiling square & shimmying up the cable up to get out. Like he thinks he's James Bond / whatever. Hubby sitting on the floor tuned out, in total denial. I'm on the phone trying to get someone there before someone gets hurt. Fun times.
  10. Don't know if you are cruising close to home, or across the pond. Maybe things are different in Europe. But if you are going to be sightseeing in the caribbean or Mexico, be sure to bring some good closed toe shoes. I've walked along sidewalks in Mexico that had raw sewage flowing in the gutters. Sadly even the streets & sidewalks in my home town of Seattle have sanitary issues. On board the ship I wouldn't hesitate to wear sandals or flip flops but not in the ports.
  11. It might not be that far fetched for an employee to take the chance on charging someone elses folio for drinks who has cheers, especially if there are so many who will shrug if off and say "what does it matter, didn't cost me anything" "wouldn't waste a moment worrying about it, didn't affect me personally" etc etc etc. And as for the employee having worked for Carnival for 15 years - I don't know what year Cheers started but I don't think it's been around 15 years. Maybe not even 10. If this is some sort of deliberate practice instead of a sloppy mistake, it probably took crew some time to realize how they could work the system to comp drinks to passengers. And I've never bought Cheers, but my son gets the bottomless bubbles package every cruise. And it has been standard for the wait staff to take his card every single time he orders a soda at dinner. Sometimes half way through the cruise they go by memory or whatever on the folio number, but have never seen this right off the bat. Also not always, some cruises they take the card every single day of the cruise.
  12. Yet would the OP have been charged for the drinks if he did not notice, to challenge the bill? If this was a deliberate practice by the waiter to make nice with some folks at the next seating, he should be called out on it.
  13. Understandable issue to be concerned over. Are you cruising an itinerary that is far from US ports? Up to you whether you contact Carnival, the phone reps won't know but it is possible to contact medical directors for the different cruise lines. As has been said, this might result in you being denied passage - but weighing that is something only you can do. https://www.acep.org/how-we-serve/sections/cruise-ship-medicine/cruise-ship-medicine-section---cruise-line-directory/ Something I'd recommend for anyone cruising is to have trip insurance, with pre-existing condition covered, primary coverage & substantial coverage for medevac. Squaremouth.com has a search filter / box to tick for cruise ship passengers. It selects policies that have adequate coverage for medevac and emergency medical coverage. https://www.squaremouth.com/cruise-center/articles-press-releases/read-check-yes-cruise-lines-travel-insurance/
  14. I've purchased the classic non alcohol package on Celebrity. It was absolutely worth it to me. Premium coffees, soda, bottled water, and back then the standard package included freshly squeezed juices, any of the frozen drinks without alcohol, and smoothies. I also got smoothies on the room service menu included booking a concierge cabin. Not sure if the classic non alcohol package still includes the fresh squeezed juices & frozen drinks, but in any case the premium non alcohol is only $22 a night. To me that's worth it to just walk up and get a good coffee from the bistro any time I want. The alcohol packages on celebrity are not as expensive as carnival - the standard is $49 a night. They must make money on these drink packages, doubt they would offer it if they didn't.
  15. Yet I booked a vista suite that slept 3, and absolutely was not able to keep it with one of us canceling.
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