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  1. We had a few low play/no play trips and it made our future offers abysmal but they didn’t cancel our already booked cruises. My advice is that if you even think you might want to do a premier/getaway book it before you don’t play. We thought we were done with Carnival hence the low play but we ended up having such a nice time we’re really regretting not booking more when our offers were good. Now we’re trying to get back into their good graces.
  2. Well...its back again and now valid until April 9 (was March 3). However, if you click on the offers, it just keeps showing the dealers choice offers on the calendar. Seems like its struggling today.
  3. Is anybody having issues with the carnival website today? Specifically with the casino promo page. I keep seeing premier offers under my vifp, it lets me click on it, but then shows me something different. It was there for about 4 hours then gone, then back again temporarily and now gone again. Anybody else?
  4. Hey everyone- learning about Carnival's casino program and trying to understand where we fall on the totem pole. We just went on an Elite cruise and got a bounce back offer on the last day of the cruise for a free interior with DOU and the deposit being refunded as OBC. Should we start to see good offers based on that? My hubs is the player and he plays tables, not slots (well he did the last day for about 30 minutes and got like 1500 points I think?) and he tried to talk to the hosts to see if the table people got something equivalent which he was told no. If we were going to start seeing offers, about how quickly will his account populate? There's nothing new there yet but I know the magic days are usually Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  5. Hi all- just off a really great cruise on the Horizon. We had a great time and enjoyed the ship overall but one thing I noticed that was different from other Carnival ships was the Pixels photographers. My husband and I didn't purchase a single photo this time and we usually will get at least 1. It wasn't that the photographers weren't good at what they did, but they were very insistent on posing us the way they wanted. We don't like the typical poses and would prefer to have our personalities in the photos but when we would express that they would look at us confused and then start directing us verbally, then physically. We would explain to them "we don't like that" or "please don't pose us" but it fell on deaf ears repeatedly. We'd go from one to the next hoping to find someone who would just take our picture but they'd all insist on having us do their pose. My husband just eventually said "Nah, we're done" and walked away. On other boats (most recently Sunshine) they'd just go along with us and it was fun and they would make sales. The photos on Horizon are all digital so I can't imagine its out of fear of printing bad pictures. Is this something anyone else has experienced or did we just have a lot of bad luck?
  6. Thank you so much everybody for your awesome input. I’m intrigued by the golf cart in grand Turk idea. Is that something that needs to be booked ahead? Hubs was interested in the trikes for Aruba as well...so we’re making progress. 2 days to go and it’s getting hard to concentrate at work, lol! Please keep the great suggestions coming- I never knew there were so many options (I’ve only ever cruised to Nassau).
  7. Hey everyone! We're planning to go on our first Elite cruise soon, and was wondering about the charging of casino credit to the card- where it gets charged to the sail and sign. Can you put multiple cards on file? Can you dictate to the casino what card to use? We don't want it to get dinged as a cash advance and we're trying to avoid applying for a line of credit so thought taking a few cards would be a good work-around. Any experience or tips appreciated. Thanks
  8. We are big "blue water" people...aka we like to sit on our butts and listen to the waves on a clean, sandy beach with a bathroom near by. Definitely not adventurous or real history buffs (unless there's some kind of plantation home that shows how people lived/worked back in the day- my husband has a weird curiosity about that stuff). My husband has been to most of these ports, but I've never been to any of them. We thought about the Catalina Island snorkel excursion in La Romana but I've read some bad reviews talking about all the trash in the water...so I've kind of backed off on that one.
  9. Hey everybody! So we're leaving in a few days to go on the 8 night Horizon trip. We've not planned much because we weren't sure until the last minute we'd actually be able to go, so now I'm trying to figure out what we can do in the different ports. In Grand Turk, we don't seem to be there that long (7-2), but I would like to try to visit the Bohio resort for some beach time based on reviews that I read. My fear is that with the time frame, its pretty much pointless and not relaxing. We'd prefer to get away from the crowds and just have some quiet, which doesn't sound like the usual Jack's Shack/Margaritaville route. The place I wanted to go in Aruba is sold out, the DH isn't excited about Curcao, and we don't know if we'll get off the boat in La Romana...so I'm just striking out all around. Opinions are welcome and requested. Thank you Ps: I scoured the Grand Turk board but its very quiet and time is flying by on me.
  10. Is it possible to spend the night off the ship? We have family in town and would love to spend time with them. Ps sorry for the hijack.
  11. Scenic ocean views are amazing. Did this on Sunshine in October. We would book those over any other room. Love having the views the captain does.
  12. Would room 11209 be near these doors you speak of?
  13. Hey guys- we were on the Sunshine in October and got to wondering if the bingo guy “cash craze Chris” was still onboard. He was an interesting character to say the least. We werent fans tbh...just curious if he’s lasted this long.
  14. Hi everyone! We're going on Horizon in February (can't wait!) and have booked a spa balcony. We had final payment due not too long ago and a few rooms come open in our category and I'm trying to decide if a room switch would be a good idea. We're currently in 14222, but there's a few spa balconies open on 11th deck. Our desire to switch from 14 comes from 2 things- 1 that the balcony is uncovered and 2- a concern that the serenity area could be loud. I've tried looking at the deck plans and figure out if 11 would be better. I know the balcony would be covered but the noise is more important than the shade. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  15. Hey fellow casino cruisers! We just got home this week from a quick cruise on Sunshine and unfortunately, the casino wasn't a fan of my husband which resulted in a quick loss. He didn't have huge theo, but I'm still hopeful that we'll at least get another semi-decent offer based on actual loss. How quickly does the system update/register current play? Right now he just has the dealer's choice offer and a last minute one, but the getaway cruises just fell off last night. It seems like they are constantly announcing the next round of getaway/premier/elite but is there an actual schedule about how often it comes out?
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