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Old September 10th, 2004, 12:38 PM
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hello. me and the family will be taking the carnival paradise to mexico on 10/04/04 for 4 nights. this is our first cruise. here are some questions:
1. when do we show our birth certificates?? do we need to take all of our papers with us in mexico to get back on the ship???how does the boarding go?
2. i was going to order the anniversary basket form carnival to have delivered to our room and it comes with champane. are we allowed to drink the champane walking around the ship? is there a way to get it opened??
3. i got our room assigments( they were a guarentee) we are E40 and E44. the stage is right above us. is there going to be lots of noice??
4. the trip is going to be me, my husband and our 4 kids (7, 11, 12, 14) and we will not be able to pay for shore exersions in catalina island and in enesanda mexico. ( money is going to be tight) is there other things for us to do in these ports??
5. on formal night ( our anniversay) will the kids club take and feed the kids so me and my husband can have dinner by ourselves??
6. are kids allowed to go to the shows?? ( my kids are good and quite and well behaved)
7. i think this is the final question ( for now :0) ) i just bought some cheap ( 29.00) 2 way radios that go 6 mile with 22 channels. will they work all over this ship?? at night i'll leave the 3 kids to bed and i need a way for them to get ahold of us if they need to.
thank you , Gina sorry so many questions.
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Old September 10th, 2004, 01:21 PM
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You will show your birth C. at check in. That should be the only time you need it. Your sail and sign card and picture ID will get you on and off the ship.
You can drink anywhere on the ship - just don't carry the bottle around with you. Pour your drinks in a glass or 2.
You can charge excursions you book on board onto your card and pay when you get home. This will be charged to the credit card you choose at check in.
You kids can eat with you of not with you. If they are well behaved, it's a great experience to have them go to the dining room. They learn a lot. But for your anniversary - let them stay at the kids program! Be sure to tell your head waiter that it is your anniversary.
Kids are allowed in the show - except the late night show (after midnight) as they have adult themes.
Don't know about the radio's. Hopefully someone else can answer.
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Old September 10th, 2004, 02:00 PM
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We used the Cobra 5 mile radios on our last two cruises and they worked great. The only time there was some break up is if one person was on the top deck and one on the bottom.

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Old September 10th, 2004, 02:31 PM
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1. You will need to show all your paperwork to board the ship. You will need all this paperwork again to get thru customs.
2. Ask your room steward to open the champagne for you. You can walk around the ship with a glass in your hand, not the bottle.
3. Yes, during the shows you will hear the bass of the music mostly and if there is a lot of tap dancing you will hear that.
4. Look into hiring a cab driver for a couple of hours to just tour the islands.
5. Yes your kids can dine at Camp Carnival while you and hubby have a nice romantic dinner in the dining room.- Tell your waiter you are celebrating your anniversary.
6. Kids are allowed into the early shows, the late shows (after midnight) have adult themes
7. As long as your radios have sub-channels they will work fine. The main channels get very cluttered with everyone trying to talk on them at once. Just know that even the most expensive 2-way radios do not work very well deep inside the ship there is too much metal for the signal to get thru.
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Old September 10th, 2004, 03:37 PM
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Gina:
Don't apologize for asking so many questions. I think you received some very good answers so you should be covered. You will go through customs and immigration at the end of the cruise.

You can open the champagne yourself. Gently work the cork back and forth while pulling it up and you should be fine.

Good luck with the radios. Lisa is right. Even the most expensive FRS radios won't work in all parts of the ship. The newer GMRS radios, that you are supposed to license, do work.

Have a great time and enjoy the cruise.
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Old September 11th, 2004, 03:24 PM
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You can certainly enjoy Catalina without taking any excursions. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you busy. There is a pier and a beach right in town. You can stroll along the bayfront walk all the way out to the Casino. Once at the casino, there is a nice little museum right on the ground floor level of the Casino. If there is a fee for the museum, it is nominal. There is also a gift shop in the museum. Besides the main street of Avalon which fronts the harbor, there are lots and lots of streets with cottages if you like to walk and be a "looky loo". If you can swing it, you could rent a golf cart and take a mapped tour of the immediate part of the island (you don't go into the interior reaches of the island where the tour buses go) but it's a fun drive with some spectacular views of the harbor and town from the higher reaches such as up by the Wrigley mansion. The golf cart tour takes you by many island landmarks. If you rent the cart early enough in the a.m., you get a deal -- something like 3 hours for the price of 2 or some such bargain. Harry Martin has mentioned this in several of his posts about Catalina and, in fact, I do believe he has an article on Catalina - what to see and do.
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