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  1. 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/
  2. 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.
  3. Yet I booked a vista suite that slept 3, and absolutely was not able to keep it with one of us canceling.
  4. I am less than happy with my PVP, he started out great and now aside from dropping everything to make a booking he is under the radar. I ran into it when I tried to pin him down on the booking price & getting a price drop - I got the story about how there's no way to know since there are no more cabins in this class left unbooked that sleep 3. He doesn't return emails, and at this point I don't really trust what he comes up with verbally without a paper trail. I'm leaning towards other cruise lines in general now, but if / when I book another carnival it won't be through him.
  5. I had this happen a few weeks ago. Had booked a suite that sleeps 3, my PVP told me if one person cancelled than they might move me to a similar suite that only held 2. But I was told the per person rate would not change - DS and I would be paying the rate for the first 2, and they would simply take off the smaller amount for the 3rd passenger. Well unfortunately when I called in to cancel the person who backed out, they did indeed move me to a 2 person cabin (thank goodness one was still available) but then told me I had to pay the higher rate for a whole new booking - saying it would cost more. I told the service agent that the booking was already crazy expensive, and if it went higher I would have to either cancel or move to a cheaper cabin. She heard that and said she needed to call her supervisor, I was on hold quite a while but I got to keep my booking at the same price per person I originally had. If I had someone else to take the spot of the friend who cancelled, I am sure there would have been no cost since I had not booked early saver. The one thing they did not do was refund the deposit of the 3rd person. I was told it rolled into the whole cruise fare and I will just owe that much less when I need to make final payment. I'm going to double check this now as it seems you get 5 different answers at Carnival if you speak to 5 different people.
  6. I disagree. I live in Seattle and have lived here my entire life, aside from college. I go downtown frequently, as do my friends & the people I worked with. I worked near downtown in the first hill area for decades. There are issues with homeless in the downtown area, and there is the same in the other areas of town like queen anne, ballard, northgate, it's everywhere. Along with Sea Tac and the suburbs.
  7. I haven't been in a long time, but back when my son was pre-school to school age we had a membership to the Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center. Lots of interactive exhibits Typically had a weekly outing there, lots of child friendly exhibits. We were there so often I'd pack us a lunch, but there are lots of food options in the food court. Not sure what part of town is convenient to you, but if you are in the area of the Seattle Center - Citizen Coffee Creperie has a good assortment of savory & sweet crepes all day, also sandwiches, soup, salad etc & they are reasonable. Was half kicking around the idea of Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, sort of a kitschy tourist trap on the waterfront, but it might be better for school age kids. Lots of interesting & random things to look at, but Sylvester could be too scary for a toddler & all the tempting souvenirs at hand level could spell a stressful outing for parents. Self play (coin op) pianos, fake mermaids hanging from the ceiling, fortune telling machine etc. Nearby there is also the Aquarium, with some hands on petting exhibits. Some more ideas: https://santorinidave.com/seattle-with-kids
  8. I missed what was wrong about the tiger shrimp dish, if you had commented on it earlier. Shrimp not fresh, bad prep, just curious.
  9. As hotels in Seattle run expensive, I am not sure how decent a hotel you can find for less than airport area prices. Maybe an airBNB would offer a lower price than the SeaTac hotels. It's common for hotels to charge extra for parking here, so factor that into your decision. The airport hotels might be your best bet at free parking, but then that might not be the best plan if it also offers a free shuttle pickup from the airport. There are some motels on Aurora / highway 99 in Seattle that offer free parking, can't recommend this location if you are looking for decent.
  10. Thank you gentlemen. Looks like I will be figuring out how to use Uber, have not done so so far.
  11. I will get a spa treatment if I can find a 3 / $99 special, or a regular massage if it's a real markdown. Yes it is way higher than I could find on land in my home town, but I don't buy many drinks, don't gamble at all or play bingo, or attend the sales events on board. It's my splurge on a cruise.
  12. Looking for advice on how best to get to SNA from Long Beach following my cruise. In the past I've pre-arranged a shuttle, don't know if Uber etc is a better way now. Flight is 1:15, hoping that is not too early. Will definitely be 2 of us with 1 suitcase / carry on each, friend who may go on cruise still a variable but if she does - she'd have suitcase / carry on as well. Trying to find a cost reasonable, easy way to get there & avoid having to wait in a long line for a taxi or ride share. Not a gambler so if I pay a little more for the assurance of not having a big delay in securing the ride, that's fine. Thanks in advance!
  13. I get it. Sometimes I book an airport hotel for that same reason if I'm flying to Miami for a cruise.
  14. I loved the ports on this cruise. I'd so rather go to Catalina Island and Ensenada than Cabo. Have taken 3 cruises on this itinerary. Enjoyed the Casino tour, and another cruise did the Wrigley Botanical Gardens. If you enjoy botanical gardens its worth seeing. Ensenada, usually book a massage at Massage & Facial care, then stop by La Guerrerense for some incredible fresh seafood.
  15. I love to cruise, have cruised a couple times with friends who agreed to go along with me. Some people catch the cruise bug, others don't. One friend has gone on 3 cruises with me, she thinks they are ok but it's not her ideal vacation. The other never cruised again. If a friend is somewhat positive about going and trying it, then fine. But I'd never pressure someone or try to talk them into it. If they don't like it & spend a lot of money - it could strain the friendship. Even more so if they were pressured into it. No cruise is perfect and there will always be something to fault. I don't want to be the one trying to defend a problem that wasn't my making - I think it's asking for trouble to push someone on going.
  16. You are so welcome Theresa. I hope you have a great time in Seattle before your cruise. I know lots of folks like the airport hotels, but you aren't going to get a feel for being Seattle in that area.
  17. The bars and lido will be open for food, likely some of the other spots on board too. I liked the seafood shack on Conquest, it is an added cost place but worth at least one stop on your cruise imho. The shrimp was excellent. The shops / casino won't be open until you are underway and reach international waters. Guest services desk will be open. Make sure you check out what the cruise ship has to offer online, and then pick up a map once you are on board.
  18. I've been on many carnival cruises, and two long cruises with Celebrity. Transatlantic, transpacific. I was surprised on my first celebrity cruise to see how similar the food quality was in the MDR, despite the menu descriptions of food sounding so gourmet on Celebrity. I think the MDR is still fairly comparable, but imo quality has slipped a bit more since carnival has transitioned to the American Table. Service from cabin steward is at least as good on carnival as I have found on celebrity. Gym classes, added cost exercise classes are better on Celebrity. I prefer the production shows on Celebrity, now that play list productions are the standard on carnival. I still like Carnival, but it seems to me fairly comparable price wise if you add in the free gratuity / drink packages that are often part of the promos on Celebrity. I'd never buy an alcohol drink package on carnival, but even with the coffees I buy at the bistro, bottled water etc it really does add up. My only caveat for Carnival is if you are booking a cruise to see if it the cruise line fits with your expectations, find at least a 7 day cruise not on spring break. The 3 or 4 day cruises / cheapest itinerary like Bahamas can attract a pretty rough crowd. Had my 4 day bahamas cruise out of Miami been my first on carnival, it likely would have been my last.
  19. thanks, will hope to find a rate that good!
  20. I haven't stayed here since I live in Seattle. But I drive by it frequently, I live on Queen Anne. I've had cruise friends who've stayed there and seemed to like it. The location is convenient to dozens of decent restaurants within a block or two walk. There's also bartell drug store, CVS and a metropolitan market a block away or less. Also a Caffe Ladro just beneath your hotel. Parking is expensive and a real pain here though, as in much of Seattle. I don't believe there is any elevator, so request your room accordingly if trucking luggage up stairs is an issue.
  21. In the past I've pretty much stuck to Alaska Air or (if memory serves) Jet Blue. I may have to look at SNA or LAX. Cruise isn't until November but I'm going to keep a watch out for prices & cross my fingers.
  22. Pricing flights for my return after my cruise this coming fall. I realize it's too early to buy, but am shocked by the prices. No non stop flights & what I do see are way expensive. Anyone know if airlines have dropped the nonstops between long beach and Seattle? It's been years since I've flown this route, but there used to be a wealth of good cheap flights.
  23. I did like having a balcony on my alaska cruises. It isn't a sunning yourself type of cruise, but I liked being able to pop outside, hear the cracking of the glacier ice or have a chance to see what was being announced by the naturalist even if I was in my cabin. Also, on Glacier bay day, it was hard to get a table anywhere in the lido for a meal. People were camped out all day long at the window tables just playing cards and watching the view. So in that case a cabin with a balcony or a window at least can come in handy. We finally found a seat on a different deck by a window to take our lunch to, but wish I would have thought to just dine in the cabin or order room service.
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