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  1. 17 hours ago, Mayamocha said:

    Thanks bunches Mary Jon.  Will share this informative blog/post on our Roll Call....she's really detail oriented and gives many good pointers for any Getaway sailing....I will try to remember to post the April 2020 dailies from the Med...maybe remind me if you can before I go




    You're welcome Deb!  I'm sorry that I confused you.  I'm interested in your dailies for your NCL Getaway September 20, 2020 11day Greek Isles & Italy cruise, not an April 2020 cruise.  I know it's a long time in the future, but I'll remind you before you go.


    I really appreciate your help!!!

    Mary Jon

  2. Hello,


    Here is a link for a review in progress for the Getaway. It's only on day 2 right now but dailies are posted for both days.


    I've been lurking on the roll call for your cruise because I'm booked on the same cruise in May 2021 and want some ideas for excursions.  You've done a great job finding excursions and sharing the ideas with the others.  I'm hoping to do the same for my cruise.


    If possible, could you please post the dailies from your cruise upon your return?  Or send them to me directly to dudemp52 at comcast dot net.  I'd love to see them but understand if you forget about it by the time your cruise is over.


    Have a great time!

    Mary Jon

  3. Thank you KeithJenner, GGTexasGal and julig22 for your insight into tendering!    Unfortunately we don't have any status on NCL so won't receive any tendering preference.  Does anyone know where to go to pick up the tender tickets? We'll definitely need them for Santorini.  We'll be on the Getaway if that makes a difference.   


    I'm a planner, so not knowing anything for sure will be a challenge.  I prefer taking smaller private excursions so I'm concerned about planning a pick up time at the port if I don't know when I'll be able to be get on shore.  I assume the private excursion companies have experience with this issue and will be able to provide guidance about times.   But I know I'll still be stressing out over it once on board.


    At least I'll be able to plan my dinner and entertainment plans in advance!


    Thanks again for your help!  

  4. Thanks for the tip on determining if a port is tender or not!  


    I'm going on a Mediterranean cruise of Greece and Italy on the Getaway next year.  Several of the ports can be either tender or port.  When and how do you find out that it will actually be a tender port instead of dociking?


    How do you get a tender ticket if you don't take a NCL exursion?  Is it something that can be done on the website at some point before the cruise?  Or do you need to wait until actually boarding the ship or a day before? 


    As long as I'm asking questions, here are a couple more.

    • When can I make reservations for a specialty restaurant?
    • When can I make reservations for entertainment?

    Appreciate your help!  CC is a great source of information! 

  5. 21 hours ago, Essiesmom said:

    I did a partial transit on Carnival Pride.  You lock up through the Gatun Locks into Gatun Lake.  You float around in there for a couple of hours, then lock back out through the same locks.  In order to offer excursions, the ship would have to tender them from Gatun Lake to the Gatun Yacht Club, where they would be picked up by buses.  Then the ship would go back out and dock in Cristobal or Colon in order to pick up those returning from excursions.  Carnival has chosen not to do this, so the canal transit is you excursion.  If you want to go on excursions, you would need to book a different cruise line.  Princess, HAL, and NCL come to mind.  EM


    Thanks for confirming how Carnival Pride handles it!  Positive thing with going through the same locks twice is that we will have the opportunity to move around the ship and look for different viewpoints.  My husband will love the opportunity to take more pics.  Looking forward to it!

  6. On 6/5/2018 at 4:35 PM, SCcruiser123 said:

    In reading the post from Essiesmom- Carnival does not do excursions. We are already booked for our Panama Canal trip in January on the Carnival Freedom. Our day is listed from 7:30 am to 7 pm. Does anyone know what happens on a Carnival cruise during this time if there are no excursions? Seems like an awful long day if we're mostly just sitting on the lake.

    SCCruiser123 - Can you please share what happened on the transit day for your cruise since Carnival doesn't have excursions?  I just booked a Carnival partial transit for Jan 2021 to celebrate our early retirement and wondering if I made a big mistake.  


    If you had a port day in Limon, what did you do there?


    Appreciate any insight!

  7. 5 minutes ago, Liljo22 said:

    Spice H2O is adult only and free.  They do allow children in at night for themed parties and movies.


    Vibe is the paid section of the deck.  If you are interested in this it’s $199 per person for the cruise.  There is a limited number of passes sold and they go fast.  You will need to be in an early boarding group to get one.


    Thanks so much for this helpful information!  Know I understand the difference between Spice H20 and Vibe.  Love that everyone on Cruise Critic is willing to share experiences and information!  

  8. Hello!  Yesterday I just booked an inside cabin on the Jan 10 2020 partial transit cruise on Pride out of Baltimore, so was excited to see this post.  Just beginning to do some research now.


    Any suggestions on the best location on the ship to experience going through the canal?  We have an inside cabin and will only reach gold status during this cruise.


    Also - any suggestions for excurisons in Limon?


    Appreciate any insight you can provide.

  9. 30 minutes ago, daisymay1960 said:

    Cant help thinking the cruise  would be better if not sharing a room with MIL!


    Yeah, it's going to be very interesting with the 3 of us.  😉 I keep telling myself that we don't spend much time in the room, so it should be OK.  We're in a spa interior room so DH and I have the spa passes and that's where I'm planning to chill.  She'll be in the casino most of the time too. 


    But hey.... I'm on vacation so any day away from work is a good one!

  10. Hi everyone! 


    My MIL is staying in the same room as DH and I,  but she will be arriving to the port later than us.  Do all 3 of us need to board at the same time?  Hoping we don't need to wait for her to board the ship.  


    We'll be on the Breeze departing from Port Canaveral on the Dec 14 sailing.


    I searched Carnival website, but couldn't find the answer.


    Appreciate your help!

  11. On 10/2/2019 at 5:46 PM, trivia addict said:

    Not on your list, but of all cruises, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Royal my very favorite was the spa suite on the Norwegian Pearl.


    Hi!  We just booked an interior room on the Norwegian Pearl and bought spa passes.  Did you like the spa itself or just the spa suite?  Would love to hear some feedback on the spa.


    Thank you!

  12. Hi!  Yes we went there last year on the Magic and planning to go again this year on the Breeze.  We had a nice relaxing day chilling out there.    


    If I remember correctly, cab ride was about $8pp.  I know the loungers were $10 but didn't have umbrellas.  There are some trees that offer shade though. Cruise visitors have a separate area on the right and the loungers aren't as nice as the ones for the guests, but I was fine. 


    The main reason I chose Bohio is because they offer a snorkel tour leaving from the beach for $45pp for an hour.  Unfortunately it was too windy when we were there so the water was too rough to go out in a small boat.  Hoping I'll be able to snorkel this time.  The water color is gorgeous.  


    They have a beach bar and thought the drinks and food was a little pricey, but that's typical.  We ended up buying a bucket of beer - buy 5 get 1 free.  They won't let you bring your own drinks or food.


    Hope you enjoy your day there.

  13. 16 hours ago, Jamman54 said:


    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, and thank you for your kind words. If you want to request something from the maitre'd, email them a week or so before your cruise, The email address is XXmaitred@ carnival.com Replace the "XX" with the two character ship code.


    Many thanks again Jeff for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us!

  14. Wow!!  What a fantastic review!  Thanks so much for sharing your cruise experiences.  My husband and I want to be like Jeff and Patti when we grow up.... (I think we're close to your age, but would love to cruise like you do😊!)


    Quick question... I saw that you mentioned sending an email to the maitre d..... how do you find the correct email address?


    Thanks so much!  And happy belated anniversary!

  15. Hello!

    Yes, we used a photographer from the park.  He was not associated with any of the different tour companies.  And we received a USB drive at the end of the tour.  I would definitely hire the photographer before you start hiking, so he can start focusing on taking pictures of you throughout the trip.  I don't remember seeing a photographer who took pictures of the group in general so someone could buy them after the tour. 


    We didn't do all 27 falls, but the photographer did a great job of getting still pictures of our group of 4 people as well as short videos of us actually jumping.   He only spoke a little English and we didn't speak Spanish, but it didn't matter.  Since my friend paid, I'm not sure if she paid cash or credit card.  I paid cash for a beer afterwards and some magnets at the gift store.   


    It's a great trip!  Hope you have a great time!

  16. Great start!  Thanks for writing this review and sharing your experience with us. 


    We're going on our first family cruise on the Breeze in Dec.  We live in Jax and our families are flying in from VA, OH and CO so we're renting a van too.  We're renting from Budget.  Who did you use?  I'm also curious about the reason why you used Uber instead of the rental company shuttle.  Did you use Uber to pick up the rental after the cruise?


    Appreciate your insight!

  17. 2 hours ago, jean87510 said:

    Today I decided to take a short 90 minute snorkeling excursion that I booked through viator for st. Kitt watersports. We had arranged a day pass at the Marriott prior by contacting Marriott websites email. $35 a person. Make sure to have credit card and photo i.d. 

    We got off our ship at 9am, walked very fast to cab stand, and checked into Marriott. Then we took a cab to carambola to meet the boat at 10am. Now granted, we probably could have stayed at carambola but I personally am not a fan and prefer a pool with my beach. 

    We were taken to shitten bay and snorkeled there and the shipwreck for about an hour. We saw star fish, conch shells, squid, turtles, sting rays and other fish. Really nice snorkeling.

    We got back to carambola and headed back to the Marriott where I'm writing this review sitting by a lovely pool with a drink. 

    Sounds like a fantastic day!  I'm jealous since I'm looking out the window at rain.  


    What was the name of the company that took you snorkeling?  I'll be on a land vacation at the Marriott in Sep and looking for a snorkeling trip that includes turtles.  Did you see a lot of turtles or only a couple?


    Thanks for your help!

  18. 10 hours ago, Chervil said:

    As JaxsMama said, breakfast is always served in the MDR, although I believe on port days it is a slightly different menu.
    We always eat in the MDR for breakfast as it seems more relaxing.


    I have to ask because your signature mentions Breeze is your favorite ship..... why do you like it so much?  I have the Breeze booked for a family cruise in December, so would like to hear what you think.



  19. 3 hours ago, prekcruiser said:

    I just booked the Magic for next May.  Can anyone tell me if inside cabins have refrigerators?

    Yes, interiors on Magic have refrigerators.  We were in an inside cabin on deck 11 last December.  We liked the Magic so much that we just booked her sister ship Breeze for a family cruise this December.  Enjoy!

  20. We used Marysol tours last Dec and purchased the lunch.  We did use the photographer and received a USB drive with all the pictures and some short videos when jumping off the falls.  We had a group of 4 and he did a great job of capturing all of us throughout the tour.  After the tour, he had the pictures/videos up on a big screen so we could see them.  I don't remember the cost because we split it, but remember thinking it was very reasonable even after tipping the photographer.

  21. Hello!

    Last year on the Magic we did the Damajagua 12 waterfall tour with MarySol tour.  Had a great time.  It is adventurous since it's jumping off and sliding down the rocks.  Depending on your time in port, this could also be DIY opportunity with a taxi to experience all 27 waterfalls.


    Going again this year on an extended family cruise on the Breeze.  Looking at Iguana Mama's Best of Puerto Plata City Tour hat is also called "Eat Drink and Be Merry" tour.  It includes a cable car ride up to the top of a mountain, visiting and tasting rum at Ron Macorix Rum House, lunch at a courtyard cafe and a visit to a cigar factory.  I read a post on this forum who went on this tour and had a good time.  Rum and local food sounds great to me!


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