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  1. Two weeks before traveling, double-check that your documents (passport or ID/BC) are in order.
  2. Just so that no one gets confused and goes to look for this service in a different port, Port Valet is a service provided by the Port of Seattle, not Carnival.
  3. Actually, you can as long as you are matching the per person price for the first two occupants and it is the same category of cabin.
  4. There is no prohibition against taking empty water bottles or empty containers of any kind. OP probably should have pushed back a little bit; however, it probably wasn't worth it for an empty water bottle. I have never had an issue taking an obviously reusable drinking bottle on board.
  5. It all depends on what fare type you booked under and what category of cabin you booked and are comparing to. You have to compare the exact or higher category of cabins (for example, 4C to 4C or higher). You can only price match non-Early-Saver fares up until the final payment date. Did they provide an explanation to you?
  6. Just remember that if you didn't prepay your gratuities, they also hit your S&S account (some people forget about this). The other posters are correct. You can put just cash on your account or cash and a credit card. Carnival will use the cash first. If you use up the cash, they will then place a hold on your credit card of $100. That hold will increase each day, as you make charges to your account (example, $100 hold day 1 $100 in charges day 1, additional $100 hold placed). Basically, at the end of the cruise you end up with a charge equal to your purchases and a hold equal to your purchased (or close to that amount). When that hold is released depends on your bank's policies, it is normally not immediate.
  7. There is nothing mentioned regarding HOW you may take these items on board. TBH, with the knife, I would carry it on, rather than have to go to the "naughty room" to retrieve it. I circled the portions that pertain to your question.
  8. That is highly unusual. They must have had some sort of provisioning issue, or someone just felt like being contrary 😉
  9. All Carnival ships have comedy clubs. Lobster is served on the first elegant night on cruises of 6 days and longer, so not to the lobster; however, it is offered as a "steakhouse selections" portion of the MDR menu for an additional $20.
  10. I would recommend that you check out the ports of call forums for information regarding your specific ports. As far as how close is too close to book excursions ... it really depends on how popular the excursion is that you want to do. For ship-sponsored excursions, there is a risk that they could sell out closer to the sail date. I do know that on Carnival you can book excursions once on the ship, I'm pretty certain that RC would be the same. If you wanted to chance it, there are always excursion companies and private guides waiting for you when you leave the ship. Just pick one that looks promising and go for it.
  11. I also bring my own tumbler and fill multiple times on the Lido. We do buy 1 12 pack, which lasts throughout the cruise for the two of us. We take a bottle each into ports, use it at night if our cups are empty and we don't feel like walking to get cold water, etc.
  12. I'm assuming you'll be on Carnival??? There are a small number of wheelchairs normally available on the ship, although they are "technically" kept available for emergencies. If you cannot find anywhere to rent one, you may be able to check to see if you could borrow one of their to take off. She will still need to be able to walk down the steps to the tender, but if you have a folding wheelchair, they will allow you to take it on board.
  13. The official policy reads as follows (emphasis mine): On embarkation day, a small quantity of non-alcoholic beverages (i.e., sparkling water, sodas, energy drinks, juice, and milk), packaged in cans or cartons, may be brought on board and must be in the guest's carry-on luggage. A small quantity is considered a maximum of 12 sealed, unopened cans/cartons of 12 ounces each or less, per person. So, yes, you can bring on cartons as long as you bring 12 or less per person and they are of 12oz or less each.
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