myself (F35) and my mother (62) just booked the jubilee out of san juan this coming saturday 10/4. this is a last minute getaway and i have some questions that i am hoping someone can answer:
1) we got a really good last minute deal on an inside cabin, if the ship is not full are you able to purchase an upgrade once on board - we have cruised on royal carribean and disney and have always been able to do this.
2) does carnival offer a wine package like some of the other lines?
3) what does the soda card cost? and is it just a sticker they attached to your ship card?
4) is the food really bad as i read?
5) any feedback that you can give me regarding the dominican republic (this is one port that i have never been to)
1. We've booked the upper/lowers and always get upgraded to a regular inside. But what I've seen, they usually have a sign saying the ship is sold out otherwise. Carnival's inside cabins are fantastic size (especially when they beds are separated). We did move them so that they were like an "L" shape, which gave us tons of floor space. Also, you get a nice toiletrie basket on Carnival.
2. Don't recall a wine package on Carnival.
3. Soda card is $29 (I think!)
4. Food has been getting really high marks lately with Carnival ... I would say it was better than what we've got on Princess two times.
I don't buy the soda card so I can't help on that one. But I can say the food has been exceptional on every cruise. And I'm a restaurant owner. I'm amazed how they can turn out 800 meals in 20 minutes and maintain that kind of quality. A monumental task.
One soda is $1.73 which includes the tip. The soda card is $34.99 including tip for a 7 day cruise. I hope this helps in figuring out if the soda card is worth it or not for you. The soda is poured in a glass of ice from a can, there are no fountains on Carnival anymore.
The soda card is $29.99 + tip which is $34.99. I was under the impression (from my first cruise) that pops were more like $3 each, so I got a card betting on having more than 10 in the week...but if it's $1.73 maybe I should re-think that. Hmm.
The soda card is a seperate card, all you have to do is show it to the bar-tender/waiter and they get your pop for you. There is a place for you to sign on the back but they never once checked it, they just glanced at it (didn't even take it from me like the Sign and Sail) so they really don't keep track of how much your getting, etc.
I have a long review of my last cruise including a bit on the Dominican if you'd like to check that out and ask any questions. It's on the Reader Reviews page under the Carnival Paradise, and my name which is Rebecca.