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  1. Haven't embarked from San Diego since 2011. We will be sailing out of San Diego in January on the Carnival Miracle and wondering what has changed (if anything)? At that time we embarked thru the old warehouse. At debarkation CBP was onboard and we simply tossed our (now obsolete) declaration forms into a plastic bin at the end of the gangway. Basically wondering if the new terminal is ever used and if CBP is still processed onboard. TIA (ps Where is the forum search tool?)
  2. Daughter uses Live Clean Fresh Water Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. She goes to a curly hair salon and this is what they recommended. Bought it off Amazon.
  3. It's a relatively easy flat walk along the Malecon to the fish market. Use the Black Bridge to get to the Malecon, be careful of the water fountain. The market is fronted by an archway at the Malecon. I remember a few steps under the arch and, maybe a small one into the market itself. There are a few restaurants along the Malecon and a few more 'cityside' of the market. The ones along the Malecon are more touristy and the ones just outside are extremely local. For fish we like Mariscos Bahia de Ensenada on Riveroll and Primera.
  4. Many choices going from cruiseport to airport. Taxi $60flat Shared Shuttle $17/pp they're located in the bottom level of the parking structure. Lyft/Uber
  5. I had to cancel a cruise a week out. Yes, Carnival kept my money as expected. Cancellation penalties are written in the cruise contract. I got reimbursed thru our travel insurance policy. Didn't get credited for the days as I hadn't sailed on the cruise.
  6. Look at a rental car from a 'storefront' rental location with a drop off at Long Beach Airport (LGB). Did a quick search for 7/28 and found several for under $100. One way rentals are almost always more expensive. A taxi/Uber/Lyft aren't that expensive from LGB to San Pedro. If you take a Flix Bus to Union Station, grab a taxi or Uber/Lyft. Do not take the light rail, as it's a penny-wise pound foolish scenario. FWIW we have taken the metro many times for cruises out of Long Beach, we drive to San Pedro.
  7. We travel annually with a group. We plan assigned dining and plan a time to do a group photo, otherwise everyone does their own thing. Don't Herd Cats! is my favorite group saying.
  8. I'd get a better pair of walking shoes than the Skeckers. Their soles wear down very quickly.
  9. Kosher food has to be pre-ordered about 6 weeks ahead of time All frozen dinners. The reviews of these meals are mediocre at best. There are a few kosher cruises where the company completely kashers a kitchen (think spring cleaning then magnify it by a factor of 10) and cooks fresh. As you can imagine this increases the cruise fare considerably. We travel with other severe food allergies on Carnival. Pre-order upon boarding and each night for the next day's meals. We have sailed both assigned dining and Anytime dining. Only a few issues, usually DD's food arrives before mine does. On the buffet DD has no issue finding a F&B officer to ask about the ingredients in particular dishes. When she travels abroad she carries allergy cards with pictures and wording in English and the local language. We buy them online.
  10. If it's the 10day Princess cruise that includes Manzanillo I'd go in a heartbeat. Otherwise Princess, for us, is dull.
  11. Sister asks for her chilled soups in a glass. Best one I've had was the Watermelon and Basil chilled soup on the Mexican Riviera Journeys cruise.
  12. Can't help you too much, but EFFY has been on Princess longer than on Carnival Quite possibly someone over there knows.
  13. We booked a guarantee cabin a week before sailing and were assigned Cabin E70 on the Carnival Inspiration (Fantasy Class). E70 is a port side Ocean View Ambulatory Accessible Cabin on Empress deck. The door is wider to accommodate a scooter. and has a second lower peephole just above the door lock. It was the noisiest cabin we've ever had. Two doors from the Atrium, behind Guest Services and under the Piano Bar. Atrium music ended at 9:45, Piano Bar started at 9:46. After a while the music became white noise. Fell asleep to music, woke up when it stopped. lol Ambulatory Accessible Cabin has a zero threshold bathroom entrance and zero threshold shower. There were three drains in the floor and never had a problem with shower water outside of the shower. Shower had grab bars, long faucet handle, adjustable shower head,, shower seat, and a second, lower clothesline. There was a pull line to call for help, an adjustable magnifying mirror and the basic Fantasy class vanity with the 3"deep shelf above the sink. No shaver outlet in the bathroom. Cabin closets were shallower then normal. Closet next to vanity did have four shelves but it was only as deep as the safe. Top shelf was about 4"wide. The middle closet had two clothes bars that could be removed as needed. The middle closest was about 13" deep, fit our carryon (normal cabins have another 6" in depth). The last closet was a full hanging closet The hangars in the middle and last closet angled when the door was closed. Do not know if this closet arrangement is typical for this cabin type or ust this particular cabin. Vanity had a 110 outlet and a 220 British flat prong outlet. Vanity itself has four drawers. Beds can be set up as a king OR as two twins. For more room one twin bed can be placed under the window and the other along the wall.
  14. Ship - Carnival Inspiration (Fantasy Class) Deck - Empress Deck 7 Stateroom # -E70 Stateroom Category –Ocean View, Ambulatory Accessible Cabin (scooter accessible) Starboard or Port Side - Port side Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – Noisiest cabin we've ever had. Two doors from the Atrium, behind Guest Services. Under the Piano Bar. Atrium music ended at 9:45, Piano Bar started at 9:46. After a while the music became white noise. Fell asleep to music, woke up when it stopped. lol Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - No Balcony View - No balcony Any specific problems with this cabin? - Cabin closets were shallower then normal. Closet next to vanity did have four shelves but it was only as deep as the safe. Top shelf was about 4"wide. The middle closet had two clothes bars that could be removed as needed. The middle closest was about 13" deep, fit our carryon (normal cabins have another 6" in depth). The last closet was a full hanging closet The hangars in the middle and last closet angled when the door was closed. Any other comments? - Ambulatory Accessible Cabin has a zero threshold bathroom entrance and zero threshold shower. There were three drains in the floor and never had a problem with shower water outside of the shower. Shower had grab bars, long faucet handle, adjustable shower head,, shower seat, and a second, lower clothesline. There was a pull line to call for help, an adjustable magnifying mirror and the basic Fantasy class vanity with the 3"deep shelf above the sink. No shaver outlet in the bathroom. The cabin door had a second peephole above the door lock. Vanity had a 110 outlet and a 220 British flat prong outlet. Beds can be set up as a king OR as two twins. For more room one twin bed can be placed under the window and the other along the wall.
  15. I just bought Aetrex Jillian sandals and they survived 5 miles of Ensenada sidewalks so they will hold up to cobblestones. https://aetrex.com/jillian-sandal-dark-brown.html
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