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Looking at past fun times for our upcoming cruise and it appears that they offer a "power hour" in the arcade on night 1.  Does anyone know what this means?  It has the ($) next to it, so I assume it is discounted arcade games and not free. 

 

Thanks!!! 

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Yes half off games during that time. My son is a video game junkie and I only let him go during power hours (which were usually once per day). The price really isn't bad at all during that time and pretty comparable to a land arcade.

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Great, good to know!!!  that would be the only time I probably will let them spend money in the arcade.  

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1 minute ago, Gaprofitt said:

Is it listed in the daily schedule?

 

yes

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I read on the Carnival site that you can preset a daily limit on each child’s card.  Has anyone done this?

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Not all games are discounted, but many of them are. The cost to play each game is displayed on the LCD screen of the S&S card reader. You won't know which ones are discounted during Power Hour unless you remember what their regular price was. We did a 5-day aboard Valor last month and it had two Power Hours. The first was on day 2 (sea day) at 10am and the second was on day 3 (port day) at 5pm. It'll be on both the paper Fun Times and the digital version in the Hub app.

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2 minutes ago, Ellaleah said:

I read on the Carnival site that you can preset a daily limit on each child’s card.  Has anyone done this?

 

I tried on my last cruise, but guest services said I could only set a spending limit for the entire cruise, not per day. A daily limit would be ideal, so they don't blow through it in a single day but it may just mean having a conversation with them around being smart with their money (not something all kids are capable of lol).

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2 minutes ago, Ellaleah said:

I read on the Carnival site that you can preset a daily limit on each child’s card.  Has anyone done this?

 

The last time we set a limit for our son was back in 2016. At that time, they didn't allow daily limits, only a spending limit for the whole cruise. I've heard chatter about daily limits nowadays, but I'm not sure if they actually allow it.

 

If they still don't allow it, back then a Guest Services worker told me about a workaround that does allow daily limits, but it's a little more involved. For example, our son wanted to spend $20/day. On day 1, I set his limit to $20. Each day after that, I set the limit to $20 + the previous day's limits. Day 1 = $20, day 2 = $40, day 3 = $60, and so on. I had to set the new limit every day, which was less convenient, but I didn't mind. I just did it first thing in the morning when I was out & about. I did it from one of the kiosks.

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i sailed w/ some friends and their 2 kids. they gave the younger one 20$ in cash a day. then they all went to GS and deposited that 20$ onto the kids S&S cards. the older kid was a bit better on budgeting and elected to have all his money placed upfront on the S&S card. on the 5 day cruise, he did run out of money on night 4. and of course he was miserable the last day.

 

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On the Vista, the price on the displays automatically changed during the appointed times. On the Dream, a Carnival employee came around with a card and swiped them all to lower the price and then again to raise the price. He was late getting back so it was more like an hour and a half. The kids were all very happy about that!

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