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Old July 19th, 2004, 02:43 PM
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Some decisions have been made, as to year, its 2006. (I know its a long ways off) Probably in the fall (Oct or Nov). To the Eastern Caribbean for at least 7 days. As it looks right now, the cruise line lucky enough to get us is CARNIVAL. But I have some real (silly) questions. To alot of you this is probably a no brainer, but have a heart..

1. I do not quite understand the formal dinner issue. Is it mandatory that we join in?
( I have the clothes for it, just didn't want the hassle)

2. Will I know how much is being charged each time on my "ship card"? This seems a
bit confusing when reading the brochures. (No surprises)

3. Is a "suite" the only room that offers a bath tub? (Bubbles are nice)

4. How do you get into a town if you have chosen not to go with a shore excursion? Is it
quite a ways to walk, or should other arrangements be made? ( I like to walk, just not
for miles at a time)

5. The "loading" and "un-loading" seems to be a nighmare. Is it really that bad or it is
that you tend to get overwhelmed? (Pre and Post Cruise)

6. How do you keep from looking like a total idiot when you are so taken back with
everything going on around you?

I appreciate all the input that I may recieve. This may be the only time I get to do this and I just want to make it memorable for both of us. Without looking like the Hillbillies have invaded the area!! Thanks to all...
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Old July 19th, 2004, 03:10 PM
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Hi. Another newbie myself. Great questions. The only one I've learned enough from these boards to even begin to understand is the first one. From what I've gathered, there is definitely no compulsion to participate in the dining room, on any night whatsoever. With most cruise lines, there are a variety of dining choices aboard each ship, some of which don't involve formal dress. By the same token, if you do choose to visit the main dining room for dinner on the formal nights, its expected that you pay some attention to the dress code. In some cases, significant variances from the dress code aren't tolerated by the cruise line.
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Old July 19th, 2004, 03:23 PM
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1. I do not quite understand the formal dinner issue. Is it mandatory that we join in?
Carnival is the least formal of all the lines, but they still have formal nights. There are always alternatives to getting dressed up (room service, alternate restaurants, etc.), but many people think it's kind of fun to dress. Up to you. No big deal.

2. Will I know how much is being charged each time on my "ship card"? This seems a
bit confusing when reading the brochures. Yes, when they bring your card back with the drink or whatever, they give you a slip to sign just like a credit card slip. They take the signed copy and give you a copy. Very simple. Same in the shops, photo gallery, etc.

3. Is a "suite" the only room that offers a bath tub? (Bubbles are nice) Probably, not real familiar with Carnival, but that's the norm.

4. How do you get into a town if you have chosen not to go with a shore excursion? Is it
quite a ways to walk, or should other arrangements be made? There's no single answer, because every place is different. Some ports you walk off the ship and you're in town; others are a couple hundred yards to a mile or more away. If it's a significant distance, you'll be advised about shuttle busses or told where you can get a cab. There's always a reasonably easy way to get to town.

5. The "loading" and "un-loading" seems to be a nighmare. Is it really that bad or it is
that you tend to get overwhelmed? (Pre and Post Cruise) No, it's no worse than checking in for a flight at the airport. Just go with the flow. They usually give a debarkation talk on the last sea day. Listen to that and do what they tell you and you'll be fine. Just don't get undressed on the last night, put all your clothes in your bags, and put your bags in the hall. You must remember to hold back the clothes you will wear the next day, or it gets REALLY embarrassing. Oh, yes, it does happen.

6. How do you keep from looking like a total idiot when you are so taken back with
everything going on around you? Find some other total idiots and laugh together.


The main thing is not to worry about anything. Just about everybody survives their cruise and the ones who laugh the most and worry the least have the most fun.

I appreciate all the input that I may recieve. This may be the only time I get to do this and I just want to make it memorable for both of us. Without looking like the Hillbillies have invaded the area!! Thanks to all...
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Old July 19th, 2004, 03:36 PM
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Let me ask a follow-up on one of the items I don't know about...

2. How detailed is the summary you get at the end of the cruise?
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Old July 19th, 2004, 04:00 PM
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Very detailed.

Line items, just like a credit card statement.

Typically, a line item will have the date, the detail, e.g. "Disco Bar", and the amount. Very easy to compare against your receipts if you've saved them. Then, of course, it's all added up to arrive at the total on the bottom.

I have the feeling that you're worried that they just put down random numbers that you can't trace back, and that's just not the case. This stuff is all computerized, it's very clear what the charges represent, and, as I say, it's very easy to reconcile the bill with your receipts if you keep them.
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Old July 19th, 2004, 04:10 PM
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I figured it would have some level of detail. I was worried about seeing:

2/10 SERENADE OF THE SEAS $22.50
2/10 SERENADE OF THE SEAS $4.56
2/11 SERENADE OF THE SEAS $11.23

etc.

I hope to see:

2/10 DECK 3 LOUNGE $22.50
2/10 LATTE-TUDES $4.56
2/11 EARL'S GIFT SHOP $11.23
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Old July 19th, 2004, 04:20 PM
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What you hope is what you'll see.
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Old July 19th, 2004, 04:47 PM
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Those were good questions by the way. Please feel free to ask any more you think up.



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Old July 19th, 2004, 07:13 PM
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AR: GREAT answers.

DebbiAnn: RELAX AND ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! READ AR'S ANSWER TO QUESTION # 6 10 TIMES, AND THEN, AGAIN - RELAX AND ENJOY!!! jlk
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Old July 19th, 2004, 07:23 PM
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To Delech: I did manage to think up more questions. Ready or not, here they are:
1. Traveling in the fall, what is the percent of children on board? Not that I hate children, but mine are grown and gone and you tend to forget how busy they can be. I may be a grandma, but only to my own.

2. What category of staterooms do you need for a refrigerator in your room? Or are they in all?

3. Are there in room safes? Not that what I have is so expensive, but it is mine. More for extra cash and travelers checks.

4. Traveling to Nassau, St. Thomas, and St. Martin, what can I expect as far as weather? I am not one for the water (bad swimmer)

I will add to this as I think of them. I hope they are a help to others too.

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Old July 19th, 2004, 11:35 PM
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1) Depends on when in the fall. Once you hit September the numbers should start to drop. It also depends on the cruise line. carnival, RCL, and Disney of course tend to have more kids.

2) Depends on the cruise line. Which one are you looking to take?

3) Normally yes. I think they are in all rooms.

4) Well the fall is hurricane season. Remember the the cruise ships will divert if there is chance of a hurricane. That weather tends to be more common in the Eastern Caribbean instead of the Western Caribbean.



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Old July 20th, 2004, 08:42 AM
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getting back to a couple of things: Formal night dress code applies to all of the main dining rooms and alternative restaurants with the exceptions being the buffets, bistros, and pizza places, its a great night - special activites going on, and its a great time to get a beautiful formal portait done.

All the items and charges are itemized on your account statement which you can check at anytime the Purser's Office is open, and you can pay on your account if you wish so that you do not have a huge balance at the end of the cruise.

I do belive that mini-suites and up are the only cabin catagory on Carnival that do have bathtubs, and refrigerators. All staterooms have a safe

You will encounter the most children (especially infants) on Carnival, and if you travel during school break there will be even more.

The Eastern Caribbean in October/November is beautiful, yo can get decent rates just travel before Thanksgiving- that's when the rates go up.

You have picked some great ports. St. Thomas & St. Maarten are gorgeous with beautiful beaches, great snorkeling and some of the best shopping around.
Nassau - If you like history- Government Center is a short walk from the Pier. The Pirate Museum is fun. Paradise Island is almost a must do - that's where Atlantis Resort Hotel is - you can gamble - the casino is beautiful, tour the Aquarium for a fee - awesome- you don't have to be a guest to do these.

A bit of a summary - Carnival is most casual of all of the mainstream cruise lines. Good basic choice. If however you are looking for something a bit more, more of the "traditional" shall we say cruise ship experience/ambiance, white glove service you might want to consider Princess, HAL or Celebrity
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Old July 20th, 2004, 11:44 AM
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Are the tips also itemized in this way? Can you tell how much each person was tipped each day?

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Old July 20th, 2004, 01:24 PM
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Cruiseador - the gratuity is automatically added to all bar bills, that doesn't mean that your server or your bartender gets that amount, the tips are pooled and distributed at pay time.
The automatic tipping applies to your room steward, your assistant waiter, your main waiter,and on some lines to the head waiter. This system is not mandatory you can choose to remove the automatic tipping from your cruise ship account and tip accordingly at the end of the cruise. Use the figures as a guideline. These tips are also pooled
Room Service, spa/salon services are not included in your automatic tipping.
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