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  1. I am a fan of flying in the day before, but even in that scenario one time we nearly missed the ship. Friend loves to push things to the brink & valued Miami driving around time & sightseeing more than boarding early. We had trouble finding our way back to the car rental by the airport to drop off car & take their shuttle to the cruise port. I had the Carnival cruise port emergency number with me, and called to let them know we were running late. It made a huge difference. I don't know if we were just given an exception, but we were told so long as we made it before 3:30 with 4 pm sail away, we would be able to board. Had also of course completed the check in online long before. So take the port number with you, and let them know in case worse comes to worst. We made it, but I learned a tough lesson on "just get to the ship early and don't give yourself a stroke." If you run into a serious traffic issue or mechanical breakdown it could really turn out badly.
  2. Will definitely walk outside the cruise terminal to find a taxi, and confirm the rate before hand. I am already fairly well versed in the gringo or cruise rate from prior bad experience in Cabo. Got a taxi to a beach restaurant with my son & parents, confirmed the rate before hand. Did not think to ask though how much the return trip would be, it was the same route. Well lo and behold it was double the rate to get back to the cruise ship. And I was so mad I stopped and checked with so many of the dozens of other taxis sitting empty & waiting - same for all. They were all in on it. Finally accepted we could either pay the inflated rate or miss the ship. Never forgot though. When its time to leave the Botanical Gardens will do so in mid afternoon, to allow time to find an expected rate back, or take the bus if need be.
  3. Thank you so much for the information Hlitner and Ine! I really appreciate it. The taxi fare isn't bad if it is per cab, not passenger. I will be certain to pin down any fare before the ride. I am one of the few I guess who has not used Uber, probably not a good idea to start this learning curve in Puerto Vallarta when I only know a few words of Spanish.
  4. Trying to gather info on visiting the Botanical Gardens on my port day in PV. Any advice on do it yourself transport? How difficult to catch the bus, distance / cost etc, or is a taxi much more convenient? One bus ride within walking distance from the pier would be great, probably not wanting to have to transfer or take multiple buses. Would not want to linger too long & have a hard time getting transport back to the ship. Thinking of spending at least a few hours there, gardening & exotic plants a big interest for us - then having lunch at the restaurant. Any feedback from past visitors much appreciated. There is no shore excursion for this offered from my cruise line. Plus if we could do this inexpensively on our own, & have more freedom from being part of a group tour - so much the better.
  5. yeah, I don't even think it should have needed to be said. If you are getting a lobster & steak I don't think its possible you'd be getting full sizes of both. Must have been wishful thinking.
  6. Actually, at least from what I've read - rain is more likely in late shoulder season than early. So while May may have some rain, it may not be as bad as late August / September. Just cold. I went to Emerald Lake both in early May and mid June - it was frozen pretty much solid in May. You could only see a thin thin line of green at the edge of the lake. Many feet of snow at the sides of the highway. And it was so great watching the excitment of the crew! At Glacier Bay the crew were running out in their work clothes to the outside decks to see the glacier - this was the first cruise of the season and many from parts of the world where you don't get snow.
  7. But maybe I should sign up for that unlimited fitness class pass. One dessert a day has always been my rule on a cruise. I don't know if I have the self discipline to have the lunch cake & then pass up dessert at dinner.
  8. Oh I'm hoping it isn't just seasonal! My favorite, really hope to see it next time I sail.
  9. With the new cakes, has anyone seen Red Velvet?
  10. I thought the food servings were humongous, but my brother was disappointed by the size of his steak on the surf & turf. He asked the server about another portion and was told he could certainly have that, but he would be charged a whole new fee for the steakhouse. I guess he thought that he could get both a full sized lobster and a full sized steak - yes he does like to eat. It was a bit of a surprise to him considering how it's no problem to get seconds in the MDR.
  11. Don't feel like you need to book an expensive excursion in order to enjoy the ports. Research. If a flight excursion is what your heart is set on - then it may be the best choice. But I enjoyed the low key do it yourself activities far more than the helicopter ride I took. Read the boards for ideas and also check out tripadvisor. If you are there past very early spring, bring & wear your bug spray. I went on a first of the season cruise in May, the yukon was frozen & the temps were cooler. But the next Alaska cruise I took in June had temperatures in the 80s in all ports. Be prepared for a tight table situation in the buffet on particularly scenic cruise days. The day we spent at Glacier Bay, people camped out at tables in the buffet near the windows and kept their tables pretty much all day. Not eating, just playing cards or enjoying the view. Had to bring our food to a table & chair on a lower deck in the hall to eat - I'm glad we had trays (I might have saved some from room service, can't remember). We also could have just taken the food back to the cabin or simply used room service.
  12. Are the 3 of you fairly neat, organized, or willing to try to be so on the cruise? I think that is key. If you can try to put things away & not leave everything out (I'm thinking of how my son can trash a cabin & how his room looks at home - this would be a bad thing cruising with 3 in an inside) it should be workable. Over door clear shoe hanger, at least one really helps with things you want to keep handy but not leave out to be a clutter, or need to waste time looking for. You can put it on the outside of the bathroom door, or over the closet door, and if others want to try to do hair or get to toiletries while someone else is in the bathroom they can still get their things. Try not to overpack, with 3 in a cabin there isn't a wealth of storage space unless its a very short cruise. At least with how I pack, I always bring too much stuff. Getting ready in the spa area sounds like a great idea. I've heard others doing this and it really helps to not all use the same bathroom for getting ready. Pack air freshener for the bathroom. Those fans don't always ventilate well, and you may really be glad to have something to spray to freshen the cabin especially with no way to get fresh air in the room / no balcony doors to open.
  13. The excursions I've arranged through the cruise line come with instructions on where to meet and what time, as memory serves the meeting place has been in the theater, and you are told where your particular excursion is seating so you are all in one group. Then they lead you off the ship in groups, and from there wait to board the transportation.
  14. Agree, never in port and if I do have a line with a few things on it, it's strung fairly low. Like chair back height. With the sun & the breeze things dry quick, they aren't out long.
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