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  1. Two often repeated topics. #1 Is FTTF worth it? #2 Can I have the gratuities removed from my S&S account? No worries geckoaz. Once cruising starts back up, all of the "hot button" topics will start back up again too.
  2. Turkey wrap with a little mayonnaise, and french fries.
  3. It's a good idea to take a close look at the ship's deck plans before choosing a cove balcony, to see what's above the cabin you're considering. We typically try to get one that's just below the Excursions Desk, or anywhere that's not below the galley.
  4. Until Carnival sends out an email to everyone letting us know that they're open for business, it might be a good idea to wait. When the cruise lines do start taking bookings again, I foresee lots of travel agents and PVP's getting carpal tunnel from typing almost non-stop on their keyboards. 😉
  5. Our next cruise will be on the Mardi Gras in November 2021. By then, there will most likely be an inoculation for the corona virus, and hopefully the world will have returned to normal (or as close to it as possible).
  6. Why don't you give Carnival a call? I'm sure someone there should be able to give you up to date information.
  7. Here are two pictures I took of the power strip that was loaned to us by the Security Dept. In the closeup, you can clearly see the words "Surge Protection" .
  8. Good thing. Otherwise, the Apollo moon mission might've landed somewhere in South Dakota. 😁
  9. If I knew ahead of time there'd be a better than 50/50 chance of being quarantined, I'd see if the cruise line could book these guys. Nothing like some rousing Polka music to keep things from getting boring. 😁
  10. Normally, I do pack our power strip in my carry on, and have never had a problem. This time, for some reason, I packed it in my checked bag. Lesson learned, stick to packing it in my carry on. 😉
  11. We just got back from our cruise on the Magic. I had packed a brand new, non-surge protected power strip in my suitcase. It was confiscated. When I asked "why?", the security person I talked to said they were banned. His response was "It's in the cruise contract. They're not allowed." I told him the only power strips not allowed are those that have a surge protector. He said he'd have a power strip delivered to our cabin that we could use, and that I would get mine back at the end of the cruise, on Debarkation morning. Care to guess what I was given? A power strip WITH a surge protector! 😲 The type that is supposedly banned. I just shook my head, but used it anyway.
  12. Regular chocolate cake, and NOT that wretched WCMC that so many rave about.
  13. You don't have to limit yourself to only booking excursions offered through Carnival. Trip Advisor has lots to choose from, and most are cheaper than booking through Carnival. If you're concerned about getting back to the ship on time, choose something that would get you back at least one hour ahead of departure time.
  14. We just booked this cruise today (Feb. 8, 2020). This is the furthest out we've ever booked a cruise. And, it will be the first time we've ever cruised in November. Hopefully we'll have good weather then.
  15. Thank-you for the information blue_water. I'll pass this along to our group. -
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