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  1. Jimbo.....you can't possibly defend Carnival over their decision to dramatically reduce the space and amenities of the Havana area on the Mardi Gras versus how it's set up on the Vista class ships. A good size pool, two hot tubs, connected bar and great large aft area versus a smaller pool on the side of the ship with many more cabins having access to the area as well is in fact, a stupid design.
  2. Milestone cruises occur on your 25th, 50th, 75th and 100th cruise with Carnival. You get the corresponding percentage of your base fare in OBC. Unless you're a retiree living in FLA with deep pockets, any of these levels are tough to attain.
  3. Celebrity has a non alcoholic package in both a basic as well as premium format in case you ever decide to cruise on them. The only place they would sell a daily package would be in Fantasyland. Tax is only included on embarkation day while still in US waters as well as while visiting US ports such as Key West, San Juan or Boston. Alcohol is a poison....just like gluttony, gambling, smoking, cursing and every other vice that the majority of cruisers engage in at least sometime during their lifetime. Guess where the cruise lines make their most profit? In the casinos and at the bars. I assume you really like the casino patrons with their "Drinks On Us Cards", they're poisoning themselves two ways. The Alchemy Bar is your best place for bang for your buck drinks. You can get bottles of water or vitamin water at any bar to take ashore with you. Just don't get it at the table as you're exiting the ship to go ashore since those purchases are not part of Cheers. Just remember to keep yourself hydrated during the course of the day and enjoy a bottle of water or Perrier between each alcoholic drink and it will make the possibility of a hangover less of a possibility if you over indulge. Enjoy Cheers and even if you decide to stay ashore during your port day for the entire duration, you'll still be back on board by 400 pm, so even if you had 1 drink every 90 minutes, you would still come out ahead. Glad to see that the posts in this thread are starting to tilt slightly towards those that are pro Cheers versus those that are against it as the majority of the initial posts were. I have had a drink package on 13 straight cruises that were all 6-8 days in length each. 8 were via packages on NCL(4), Celebrity(3) & MSC(1). The remaining 5 were with Cheers 4 times, including next week on the Horizon and on RCI once. Some cruisers never go back to an inside cabin once they sailed with a balcony. I feel the same way about the alcohol packages. I will never have alligator arms again and think about having to pay close to 30 bucks for two drinks with tip at Alchemy when I know it's covered with Cheers. 2 specialty coffees, 4 Perriers, 3 Coke Zeroes, 3 Alchemy drinks and 1 beer.....breaking even with only 4 alcoholic drinks and this can easily be repeated for an 8 day cruise.
  4. Your response is obviously dripping with sarcasm, but compared to the 3 Vista Class ships, the Havana location according to the schematics that have been posted will be totally different on the Mardi Gras as was posted by Jimbo. The Vista class ships have a pool, two hot tubs, a connected bar and a great aft view on deck 5. The Nardi Gras will have a substantially smaller pool with no hot tubs, no connected bar, and be relegated to a small strip of turf on the starboard side. This area was an afterthought.
  5. And the worst was what they decided to do with the Havana area on the Mardi Gras.
  6. Last time you'll be able to do that on NCL since they have now banned door decorations.
  7. There's a video on YouTube about the area on deck 14. On our sailaway out of NYC last August, there were about 10 people there.
  8. There was a promotion that started on the Horizon and I do not know if it has expanded to include the Vista or not. If you reserved an evening in the Steakhouse, Jiji's and Cucina del Capitano, instead of paying 68 pp, you saved 8 and only paid 60. I personally think the latter two are a better value at 15 each than the 38 they charge at the Steakhouse. The tomahawk pork chop at Cucina is really good.
  9. Possibly the bartenders that make margaritas?
  10. That's why they make collapsible coolers so you put your unopened beers that you tipped various bartenders for and then take them to HMC with you. So if you're at 11 drinks, get 4 more unopened beers at the end of the evening for when you go to HMC.
  11. Correct on all three, except I believe the small Perrier's were in bottles. The San Pellegrino in large format is included with Cheers but only in the MDR and specialty restaurants. If you get it anywhere else like the coffee shop or at the table on the way out to go ashore, you will be charged for it.
  12. Check out the East Coast Departures section of the board and they can make recommendations regarding hotels depending upon which airport you fly into.
  13. Since you're wearing jeans and bring a nice top in your carry on, you're set for first night dinner wherever you choose to dine. But, if the OP is wearing shorts like the vast majority of people on a Caribbean cruise when boarding, then they will need a change of clothes since shorts will not cut it in the Steakhouse.
  14. I don't look at things through rose colored glasses these days. Sixteen out of my first twenty cruises were on Carnival, but only three of my last thirteen have been. The thank you perks that other lines give you for reaching a certain status blow the nonsense that you get on Carnival out the window. Later this month will be my 20th on Carnival. I first cruised with them in 1986 and I have been Platinum for 10 years. I always take advantage of priority boarding and the only other perk worth anything to me is the roped off area at guest services. Gave up on the free laundry done in hot water years ago. What amazes me is that people are willing to pay 119.95 for FTTF on my Horizon cruise in a few weeks.
  15. It's a tough call, Havana area for 8 days or 14 days on a ship that is much older and 50,000 tons smaller. I would do a B2B on the Horizon in a Havana inside for probably not much more.
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