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maryred

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    NJ Shore area
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    Cruising, Jewelry making, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean
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    Caribbean

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  1. Just wanted to confirm there was not a link to a special inaugural M&M that may of appeared on something like the brand ambassador's social media fan page. That's why I proposed this back in post #42, as I'm willing to organize one. I have done this several times prior to CC becoming formally involved with Carnival to host M&Gs and other roll call get togethers, usually I can secure a private event space with a pay as we go bar service. I'd like to mention too, if there is interest I could also organise a cabin or (on board) pub crawl, with or without a poker run.
  2. Is there a special link for an M&M? I checked the regular CC M&M page and since this a 6 nighter there was no date to select, it jumped from 9/9 to 9/30 on the registration page.
  3. Nope heard staff say to the passengers at the hostess desk "No short allowed at diner" then pointed suggestions to either change to pants for males or capris/skirts for females or enjoy the offerings at the Windjammer. Did not see kids that were obviously under 10 turned away if the arrived with shorts on as long as the parents/guardians and teens dressed to code.
  4. Are last 2 cruises and Royal have been out a Cape Liberty, on the Adventure (7 Night) and Anthem (12 Night), & the hosting staff on these ships must be more strict than on others. Allmost every night, except embarkation night, at My Time Dining we witness people being turned away because they were in shorts. Even the 2 nights we had dinner in the Solarium Bistro people were asked to change out of shorts.There were no nights listed as being Smart Casual, just casual or formal. On the 2 formal nights men without button-down shirts were also turned away, though a few with Hawaiian shirts were evident. Also if there were any themed nights none of the passengers were prepared to dress for them as we witnessed no large gatherings of people in any particular era, style, or color clothing on any night. Though a good portion of those that attended the Bolero dancefloor on any given evening did wear Latin style dance wear. It will interesting in Oct and Dec to see if the Grandeur out of Baltimore is as hard core on the dress code.
  5. Not any longer, the cut off date for redemption of the drink coupons tickets was Feb 1at 2017. Anyone with any left now has a nice scrapbooking souvenir.
  6. To anyone that wishes to carry on/off their own luggage good for you it's your choice. Just realize all home ports are not created equally. It would be good to post this ? on your ship's roll call so those with experience for that particular ship and home port can chime in. Just as an example the port at Baltimore is a single ground level terminal very easy to navigate from car to door and around the check-in area or customs clearance section. BUT but many are taken back when they get to the gang way for the Pride which can have a climb as high as 3.5 stories with up to 5 switchbacks and no mechanical alternatives.
  7. To anyone that wishes to carry on/off their own luggage good for you it's your choice. Just realize all home ports are not created equally. It would be good to post this ? on your ship's roll call so those with experience for that particular ship and home port can chime in. Just as an example the port at Baltimore is a single ground level terminal very easy to navigate from car to door and around the check-in area or customs clearance section. BUT but many are taken back when they get to the gang way for the Pride which can have a climb as high as 3.5 stories with up to 5 switchbacks and no mechanical alternatives.
  8. Why is a marriage, divorce, or other name change papers possibly needed for a cruise? Well the simplest answer is the CBP might ask for it if the name on the DHS manifest (booking name) does not match the proof of nationality for repatriation at the end of the cruise. Without the name change bridge documents between the proof of nationality and the photo ID being used if whatever database the CBP uses is down or does not have the 2 names already linked it could cause a significant delay in the person being allowed out of the cruise terminal on debarkation day. This is something no one involves wants, not the government clerks, not the port personnel, and most certainly not the passenger that might have flights or other travel plans in place. A birth certificate is a proof of nationality. A driver's license is proof of identity. A Passport, book or card, is both, acting at the same time as your proof of nationality and your photo identification and name change proof. Also acceptable to the CBP is a Real ID act compliant enhance DL (Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Washington are the only states that currently meet the federal requirement). Any document (excluding proof of current residency) needed to obtain a Passport or federally recognized EDL can be asked for by the CBP for reentry to the USA at the end of a cruise when a Passport is not being used as your documentation. So as long as a booking matches the name on the Passport then no other paperwork is needed. BUT if only cruising using separate proofs of nationality and photo identity then all paperwork showing the links from name to name should be on hand.
  9. Other factors for FttF being available is your cruise date going to be one of the Casino hosted, special invitees (TAs or bloggers), or large group (or partial charter) cruise. So until there is a good head count on these other special circumstances they tend to hold off offering FttF.
  10. For tender ports the meeting point for early excursions (cruise line purchased) maybe on board and if so will be in s separate area than the priority tendering meeting. Even if they have priority they need to make that meeting point on board for the the tour, information will either be on or with the excursion tickets, if not there then a letter regarding the tour will be delivered to the cabin the night before. Certain tours sometimes go on private tenders, in some cases (mostly snorkeling, dives, private beach days, or fishing trips) completely bypassing the port dock and heading straight to the area the activity will take place in. If referencing a privately purchased tour then just go to the priority tendering area.
  11. The above screen is what I get using Google Chrome Version 75.0.3770.100. With IE 11 all I'm getting is a never ending circling arrow on a blue screen until I get a failure to load notice.
  12. We've used Victor Bodden tours just because on their private tours it's just you & those you pick in roomy vehicles with all stops are pre-arranged via email so there are no surprise costs if you choose to do things not part of the "packaged" group tours. Once your driver is assigned they (personally) may even send additional emails with other options to fill-in the time otherwise they will discuss this with you before leaving the port area. We enjoyed not having to wait (if we found a place boring) or be rushed (if it was more interesting than we anticipated) through places based on a group timetable and found the per person price for the vehicle and driver/guide to be affordable and it covered up to 8 hours of touring. On the other hand if there is only 1 or 2 attractions you wish to visit, there are many well rated tour companies that have open group tours to several places on the island. The ports section here, tripadvisor, expedia, and shore excursioneer are all decent places online to start your search for which company meets your needs.
  13. What many online videos don't show is that the family with an infant in a stroller may also have older sibling(s) or larger extended family group doing the vacation along with them. So if those are your only 2 wants for a immediate family holiday with no nanny or family member to help with baby care during your stay I would go with the cruise. Just because it does allow for more parent alone time if you are able to get the Nursery care offered by the ship.
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