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Mom2Evie

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  1. My PVP was on that same 2 day cruise. She called me in response to my email once she got back. I booked my cruise this week. :)
  2. I wasn't "disputing" anything, but adding new, updated information. I provided it because I came to Cruise Critic looking for the answer. I couldn't find any complete, up to date info on the topic. When I located a definitive answer on the Dept. of State website, I shared it here. I was trying to save others the trouble.
  3. http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_2223.html Per the link to the State Dept. a passport card is good to travel in the Carribean. Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean Region Sea Commercial cruise line, private boat, etc U.S. Passport Book or Card nations considered to be "Caribbean" http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_3256.html Q:Why a Passport Card? a:The Department of State has developed a Passport Card as a more portable and less expensive alternative to the traditional passport book. The passport card is a basic component of the PASS (People Access Security Service) system announced by Secretaries Rice and Chertoff in January 2006, and will meet the specific requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) to secure and expedite travel. WHTI is the Administration's plan to implement a provision of the Intelligence Reform Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which requires citizens of the United States, Canada, and Bermuda to have a passport or other designated document that establishes the bearer's identity and nationality to enter or re-enter the United States from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. According to the Department of Homeland Security, other documents such as registered traveler cards (NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST cards) will be acceptable under WHTI.
  4. Carnival could delay your cruise a day and I think that would be okay. My bigger concern would be "what are you sailing TO?" THe Bahama may take a dricet hit from a Cat 3 or 4 Hurricane. The island will still be recooperating when you could get there. Vendors, excursions, etc. may not be able to accommodate you guys. I live right at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. We get moderately sized hurricanes here every couple of years (Dennis, Floyd, Isabel) and power can be out here for days, some minor flooding, etc. ANd we have a great infrastructure to handle things like this.l I don't mean to sound like such a downer, but I think you should prepare yourself for what you may or may not experience. I wish you guys the best of luck though. I'll keep my fingers crossed.
  5. That is my favorite drink from EPCOT as well. Yum! You could ask them to make the drink below. 1 liter (1 quart) Grey Goose Citron Vodka 250 ml (1 cup) lemon/lime sour mix lots of ice Blend with ice until drink is the texture you want.
  6. Yes, I have a picture of about 15 children in one hot tub before we even left the port. It was like children stew! This was on the Carnival Sensation, but I can only assume the same is true on other ships/ports.
  7. We're looking to take a Saturday to Saturday cruise to the Western Carribean in 2013. I have a great PVP that has done a great job for us in the past. It's my DH, DD10 & I cruising in the past, we've had an OV room on either Upper or Empress deck. our cruises have also only been 4 days. This time, she's recommended an inside room on the 10th deck (pool level). The price is great, but I really do enjoy having a window. I just don't know if not having a window is a deal breaker for me. Since this cruise is a few days longer, will the cabin feel more & more cramped as the days go by? There are two days at sea on this cruise but I'm really looking forward to each port of call. I realize you can't tell me how I'm going to react, but I'd like to hear about your experiences & recommendations.
  8. I looked at a few alternate routes, thanks. Only people can really address potential issues with traffic.
  9. When we get off our cruise in Port Canaveral, we're heading up to Atlanta for a couple of days. Currently Google Maps/Directions instructs me to head west across FL on 528 & catch I-75 west of Orlando. My concern is dealing with traffic in the Orlando area. Is there a better way to go?
  10. We always make sure to pack my DDs suit in the carry on. I have some great pictures of her swimming before we left the port.
  11. I don't think I ever knew how seriously injured she was from coffee. Third degree burns are serious. At her age, I'm honestly surprised she didn't die from injuries that serious. Burn incident On February 27, 1992, Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico, ordered a 49 cent cup of coffee from the drive-through window of a local McDonald's restaurant. Liebeck was in the passenger's seat of her Ford Probe, and her nephew Chris parked the car so that Liebeck could add cream and sugar to her coffee. Stella placed the coffee cup between her knees and pulled the far side of the lid toward her to remove it. In the process, she spilled the entire cup of coffee on her lap.[10] Liebeck was wearing cotton sweatpants; they absorbed the coffee and held it against her skin, scalding her thighs, buttocks, and groin.[11] Liebeck was taken to the hospital, where it was determined that she had suffered third-degree burns on six percent of her skin and lesser burns over sixteen percent.[12] She remained in the hospital for eight days while she underwent skin grafting. During this period, Liebeck lost 20 pounds (nearly 20% of her body weight), reducing her down to 83 pounds.[13] Two years of medical treatment followed.
  12. Carnival has "cruises to nowhere" out of Norfolk, Va in October. The ship physically goes out by Bermuda (I think) but never stops. Are you saying that it has to stop in a foreign port if it makes at least one stop in the US? I'm just a bit confused, that's all.
  13. We cruise in two weeks also. What ship/itinerary are you on?
  14. It is my understanding that elegant night is on the 2nd night when your cruise is that length.
  15. I live 30 minutes from the Port of Norfolk as well. I heard that Carnival & RCCL are both pulling out of Norfolk. The city quadrupled their port fees/taxes. What they got in return was $0 from either line. We were really hoping to cruise out of Norfolk this next year, but that isn't too be.
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