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  1. Just tossing this into the pool here. My wife and I made our first purchases of Carnival cards this week from Allstaterewards. We each purchased a $1000 and $500 card, using different emails, but of course same address. Ordered them Wednesday evening, they were delivered Friday evening by UPS. Very happy with that quick turn around, especially since we made the rather late decision to purchase those to pay the balance of our cruise which is due in about 2 weeks. Now we'll be regular stalkers to this thread, as well as the Allstate site for more cards, particularly for our cruise coming up in May, to fund Cheers and other on board spending. Thanks to all those, too many to mention, but you know who you are, who provided those codes to bulk up our Allstate rewards points!!
  2. I just received this code: HOMEDEPOT1K Apologies if a repeat.
  3. We are new to the Allstate Rewards Carnival Gift Card "game", we've "migrated" from AARP's Rewards for now, Not so Good. We placed our first order for Carnival gift cards last night, my wife and I each ordered 2 cards. Today I checked, and the site says our cards have shipped, but with a shipping method of "Miscellaneous"? Does Miscellaneous eventually change to an actual shipping company/vendor? There is a tracking button that goes nowhere right now, but do figure tracking info may not be available yet from the Miscellaneous shipper.
  4. We renewed ours through the same local post office we got the originals from. We got the renewed passports in about 10 days
  5. Other than Java Blue, are there any other spots on The Horizon to get a specialty coffee, ie. Espresso, cappuccino, americano...etc? Last ship we were on those options only seemed to be available at Java Blue, however those were served from Keruig like machines, not actually brewed or came from like say an Espresso maker. Is there a coffee spot in any of the MDR's? How about the Havanna Bar or even Ocean Plaza? Thanks.
  6. While I agree with that, lots of marketing mumbo jumbo with RCI's BOGO and other sales. And the prices they charge vary by which ship/cruise you are on. However you can get deals/discounts on their drink packages that for us have been better "deals" then what Carnival has offered. Of course you have to stalk their website daily to catch when the deals are available, plus do some "figurin" ie. sometimes the drink package "bundled" with the internet package come out "cheaper". We've paid less than $50, closer to $40 per day for their drink package on the last couple of cruises we've been on with them. Last May we cruised with RCI...paid just under $53 per day for booze and internet package. As we like to have internet when we cruise, that we thought was a good deal, but again, I caught it "at just the right time" to get the lower cost. Not bashing Carnival here. cruising Horizon in May, will probably get Cheers, pay for it with discounted gift cards of course, but RCI can offer some savings if you catch it at the right time and weed through their sales rhetoric.
  7. Just adding on a similar comment. We've taken 3 TA"s out of Barcelona. On each one, we've either gone back down to the duty free shop in the terminal after checking into cruise and bringing our luggage to our cabin, and or bringing something on from the port city, as well as from the duty free shop. First time we did it, we were traveling a group. My wife and I brought 12 bottles of wine back up to our cabin from the duty free shop. After the rest of our group of group showed up, we estimated between all of us we brought on over 60 bottles of wine!!!
  8. Guess I'm confused on what the OP's issue is. Carnival's site, or at least the one I look at for the Horizon cruise we have booked clearly states the prices is SET at $32pp....with a $25 cancelation fee if a reservation is canceled with 24 hours of reservation time. Where did $38pp come from?
  9. We're booked on the Horizon for May of 2020. Back this past May 11ish, I made reservations for Bonsai Teppanyaki. I received the confirmation email confirming our reservation for the night and time I requested, so far that is the only "proof" I have for the reservation. Should this be showing up somewhere in my cruise manager/planner? I've heard of changes being implemented to the specialty dining reservations process ie. paying for whichever specialty dining requested when making a reservation, but really more curious if the reservation should be showing up somewhere in our cruise manager. Thanks.
  10. The "Brand Ambassador" posted this on his FB page this morning. "Cecelia allegedly blasted him on FB stating how Carnival needs to more to help first time cruisers, and "Cecelia" asked had he read on the "Carnival Cruise boards" about the lady denied boarding not having the proper ID documents.
  11. Thanks Jimbo, would love to see that...can do my own before and after pictorial!!
  12. Would love to see a picture from the "deck" around the funnel. The mini golf course is up there right? We were in Bermuda back in May on a RCI cruise, and the Sunrise was docked next to us. I could see "palm trees" near the funnel, wondered what the heck they were!! Then later looked up deck plans, and saw the mini golf was there. FWIW....Looked like this back in 2008.
  13. I'll second this!! I started looking at "reviews" of the Sunshine after we'd booked the TA cruise following the dry dock and handful of European cruises. The negative "reviews" started well before the dry dock was complete...some of the worst crap I've read on here..some stuff was just outright lies. Many other negative "reviews" were done by posters that never have, would or did sail on the Sunshine. Since, we've done that 16 day TA and 3 other 8+ day cruises on the Sunshine, is one of our favorite ships. I never base what I do or don't do cruise wise based on reviews from here on anywhere else. We've got the Sunrise on our cruise radar to do hopefully in the near future. We sailed our first cruise on the Triumph, so would be fun to see how different she looks or feels. But I agree, go with open mind and plan on having a great time!!
  14. I thought I'd toss this in here relating to specialty reservations, particularly for the steakhouse. A sort of frustration we encountered back in May 2018 with the steakhouse on the Sunshine. We made reservations onboard for the steakhouse, we are not pre-cruise planners for many things cruise related. The reservation we had was for 8:30, later than we like/prefer, but the "risk" we take waiting until we board. However, we tried to do something we had successfully done on past cruises with later than we preferred steakhouse reservations. We showed up at the steakhouse around 8pm...thinking we could get in earlier than our reservation time. Host was nope, we're booked, you have to wait until your reservation time. A scan of the tables showed, easily 75% of the tables were empty. I pointed this out to the host, who insisted, those were for existing reservations. I did not push it, we left found the nearest bar and had a drink, then returned at our assigned reservation time only of course to find, those same empty tables, still empty, and remained empty the entire time we were there. Someone tried to explain the steakhouse is not staffed for full capacity, which I felt is total BS. We have been in steakhouses on other ships at times and it was jumpin with most tables full. I tend to think it's the reservation system.
  15. We bailed on the whole dress up thing after 2 cruises,. Now for me it's my most Hawaiianest Hawaiian shirt, khaki's and my most formal canvas deck shoes....sometimes I even wear socks!!
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