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  1. Depending on how strong the magnets are that you're using, they may or may not stick. It's always best to have a pack of Command strips, just in case.
  2. Yes! Maybe $30.00 or $40.00 for Platinum, and $40.00 or $50.00 for Diamond. And, since Carnival is charging outrageous prices for FTTF, they could take a portion of that profit to cover the OBC.
  3. We've tried that. But, if the ship passes through some rough water during the night, the bathroom door will swing open and half of the cabin will be lit up. Much better to have a battery operated tea light on the bathroom counter.
  4. A string of battery operated mini Christmas lights will work too, and you don't have to keep replacing glow sticks.
  5. Thank-you to everyone that responded. After further research, I discovered that rates at all of the better hotels in FLL (Hyatt, Embassy Suites, etc.) are higher at the end of February, due mostly to higher demand at that time. Yes, there are hotels (Days Inn, Quality Inn, etc.) with lower rates, but far too many negative reviews to make them worth considering. We decided to accept the fact that it will cost more to get what we wanted, so we booked the Hyatt.
  6. We had cabin #2268 on the Breeze. It's directly below the Excursions Desk, and we never had any noise from above. We did have some very noisy neighbors next door to us though. No way to predict that. Do try to avoid booking a cabin below the galley if at all possible. Also, I don't know about any poles.. Not sure where you're seeing them.
  7. We will be flying into Ft. Lauderdale on Feb. 28 for one night. We are booked on a cruise leaving on Feb. 29. We're looking for a hotel that has shuttle service from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the cruise port. We'd prefer (if possible) a hotel that has a store (or stores) within walking distance where we can buy a carton of sodas and possibly some other things for our cruise. And it would be a big plus if the rate is $150.00 or less for a decent hotel that doesn't have a bunch of negative reviews. Thank-you.
  8. Not exactly. Itineraries can be changed without advanced notice. What I was (and still am) hoping for is that Carnival will change some of the posted itineraries for 2021 to include something other than alternating between the Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries already scheduled.
  9. That could open a big can of worms. Compensation? What type, and how much? No, that's not a good idea, for so many reasons.
  10. Tipping, in any amount, is at your discretion, regardless of who or what it's for. Don't worry about whether someone else has given $1.00 or $20.00. Give as much (or as little) as YOU feel is appropriate.
  11. As others have already said, creating a new rule or guideline is one thing. Enforcing it is another thing altogether. And, who's job will it be to tell a passenger that their t-shirt is not appropriate and that, because other passengers have complained, the "offensive" t-shirt cannot be worn? Someone from Housekeeping? Nope. Bar service? Probably not. MDR hostess or host? Maybe. Maitre D? Maybe. Cruise Director? Only if he / she can take time from their busy schedule to talk to the person with the offensive t-shirt. And, what if someone complains but nothing is done about it? Would that result in an argument between two passengers which could then turn into a violent confrontation? Posting this new dress code in the F.A.Q. section on Carnival's home page or in the cruise contract won't have much impact. Based on questions I've seen posted on here and / or Facebook, there are a lot of people that never read the F.A.Q. section or their cruise contract. This new dress code may appease some passengers, but will have very little effect (if any) on those who simply just don't give a rip.
  12. After the Mardi Gras arrives in New York for its' welcome to the US, it will then go to Port Canaveral where it will be home ported until some time in 2022. While it is there, it will alternate between a 7 day Eastern and a 7 day Western Caribbean itinerary. The ports for each itinerary will remain the same. We've done both itineraries before, and quite honestly neither excites me. I would like to see a few Southern Caribbean itineraries mixed in. I know that a lot of people will book the Mardi Gras just to be on the ship, regardless of itinerary. When we book a cruise, the itinerary is just as important as which ship we are on.
  13. Do you have a PVP (personal vacation planner) that you work with at Carnival? If so, call her / him to help you with this.
  14. I've been reading some articles on the political unrest on the French side of St. Martin. St. Martin is one of our ports of call on our upcoming cruise. We'll be there on March 3rd (2020). As of yet, we don't have a specific excursion booked. Obviously, at this time, there's no way to know if things will be resolved by the time we get there. Since our stop there is still several weeks away, I'm thinking we should wait until early February before booking any sort of excursion. I'd hate to limit our time to just staying in the port area, but I'm also concerned about our safety. At this time, I'm not sure that calling Carnival would be of any benefit, so maybe taking a "wait and see" approach is the best thing to do for now. Is anyone else headed to St. Martin within the next few weeks? What are your thoughts or plans?
  15. We both wear eyeglasses, and if we have an adventure type of excursion planned, such as zip-lining, river tubing, kayaking, etc. we bring eyeglass retainers with us, similar to these: https://www.amazon.com/Chums-Original-Standard-Eyewear-Retainer/dp/B003CK0C5S/ref=sxin_1_ac_d_rm?ac_md=1-1-Y2h1bXMgZXlld2VhciByZXRhaW5lcg%3D%3D-ac_d_rm&keywords=eyeglass+retainers&pd_rd_i=B003CK0C5S&pd_rd_r=0fefbc5d-dc85-4762-81d6-e3e119ab0f20&pd_rd_w=lOc8Z&pd_rd_wg=ecDAR&pf_rd_p=6d29ef56-fc35-411a-8a8e-7114f01518f7&pf_rd_r=HG3F354KR0DWNZBQ2BPS&psc=1&qid=1576175874 It can definitely ruin your vacation if you lose your eyeglasses.
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