So far, this message board has been a GREAT resource, but I still have a few ?s. Generally is there just one formal night on a 5 night cruise? Is there any way to obtain an "itinerary" prior actual boarding that will give us some idea of what activities are offered on board? Is it safe to book excursions outside of carnival, and if so, what how would I go about doing so (jamaica and grand cayman on this trip) Has anyone brought a laptop onboard? We use AOL, and wondering if its possible to access from our room. If not, what does the ships charge run for internet access? How are phone calls made from the ships and what does that run? Any other advice/info would be greatly appreciated!! Im a total planner, and with just one week to go before the cruise, I have to make sure I have all my ducks in a row!!
Yes, just one formal nite on 5 day cruise. If you post the ships name, possibly some others recent passengers could email or direct you to copies of the ships "Capers". That's a daily publication left on your bed each nite with the times and activiites for the next day. Booking excursions outside the ship can save you money, but in the event the excursion cannot get you back on time, the ship will leave. The internet cafe has several packages available. Last one I tried was about $20 for 30 minutes. Ship to shore calls can be made right from the room at just under $10 per minute.
If you go to carnival.com and look under "FAQ's" you will find the prices and other info for all your internet/laptop/phone call questions.
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
Phone chages $6.95 / minute
Internet $24.95 for 70 minutes in the "Internet Cafe" (6 computers)
5 Nite cruise is ONE formal nigth (varified on your Docs)
Many Carnival excursions can be booked privately. Either ahead of time or by negotiationg on the pier.
Which ports are you going to visit?
Don't be intimidated by people telling you that "You'll miss the boat" if you book independant tours. Just make certain of the time you need to be back to the ship and be there at least two hours before that scheduled departure time. Use commen sense