1. I bring my blow dryer as I've found the one in the cabin doesn't have a lot of power.
2. You can bring cash or use your sign & sail. I prefer to use cash so I keep track of my wins and losses (mostly losses)
3. You can change big bills on the ship. You'll need some small bills before you get on the ship for tipping the porters. I usally bring $25 in ones and $50 in fives. I use them for tipping and in port. You'd be amazed at how many cab drivers don't have change.
4. I haven't been able to hear anyone through the cabin walls. Maybe we were just lucky and got quiet neighbors. Sometimes I could hear people in the hall, mostly during the day and early evening.
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1. The blow dryer is in the bathroom (at least it was on the Victory). I found that having my own hair dryer was more convenient, because I could sit at the vanity and dry my hair while my hubby was using the bathroom.
4. We never hear any noise through the walls. But beware of what's below/above you. If you're below or above a dance club, bar, or casino, you may hear some noise. Our room was on the Rivera deck and we kept hearing loud dance music. We couldn't figure out where it was coming from, since there were rooms on either side and above us. After we complained, we found out it was coming from the crew bar below us.
In case you really DO want to hear your neighbors, you can always try the old glass-against-the-wall trick. I always like to get a look at the neighbors first, though, just to make sure the visual will be one that I can live with.
I would bring a hair dryer just in case. The three crusies I've been with Carnival didn't have them in the rooms. The noise level isn't too bad. If there are some rowdy kids you might here them running up the halls, but that's about it. Every once in a while you may hear a door close next door, but it's not bad. I would bring plenty of ones for tipping (the people loading your luggage, etc.) My husband usually takes about forty dollars in ones or more. The casino, I think, you can use your sail and sign card which is like a credit card on the ship, but I'm not for sure about that. It's just charged to your credit card whatever you put on it. Have fun!!! We're sailing in July on the Conquest. Just remember: don't try to see everything or you'll forget to relax. Trust me, you'll see every part of the ship before you get off Make the shows-those are good. If you have young children, sometimes the las vegas style shows can be risque for them--the clothes, etc. Have a good time. What is a cat 12 cabin? Have a great time!!
We stayed in a category 12, Penthouse suite with balcony on the Fantasy. What a great cabin. Lots of room, comfortable couches and bed, tub and shower in bathroom. Great balcony. See 2 other photos of this cabin in cruise photo gallery, author Cheryl C, Carnival Fantasy (BTW--we were upgraded to this cabin from 6D oceanview cabin)
In the casino, the machines accept money, you don't use chips, everything is paid out in money and if you're running low on small bills for tips just go to the cashier's cage in the casino and they will change large bills for you.