I'm not a first time cruiser, but have some circumstances that are new for me. If you folks could chime in and help me fill in the gaps in my understandng I would appreciate it. Part of my concern is that this is the first time I have been able to organize a whole family outing. I have 3 adult children coming, one with a spouse and 3yr old child. Getting everyone to get vacation times in sync, and arrange their vac budget was a huge undertaking. I want this to be such a wonderful experience that we can do it again in the future.
We are cruising 12/3 out of San Juan.
This is my first time on Carnival. I've sailed 3 times on RCCL and once on NCL. I loved every RCCL cruise and hated NCL. On NCL I didn't like the ship, staff or free style dinning. Lest you think I'm overly picky, one of the RCCL ships I sailed on was old, in need of a retrofit and had a wonderful time.
I've read mixed reviews on the Destiny. Most of the itemized complaints I really don't think I will have a problem with. As far as the Latino crowd that shows up for Dec San Juan cruises, the more the better. We've sailed from SJ in Dec before and the local sailers made the cruise that much more enjoyable.
Is there any specific thing I need to be aware of in advance as relates to boarding, sailing excursions. . .
Pass Ports: I just completed the online registration. My son who lives in another state but "keeps a room" at home directed me to his PP to do the registration. Its 2 years old but not used. When I looked at the pass port I noticed his "signature" was a nic name, like using Bob for Robert. I flipped. He says all of his identification has Robert printed but Bob sig's. Is he going to have a problem. I don't think we have time get one re-issued.
21/2 grand daughter: We want to make use of Camp Carnival and also take her on some of the excursions. None of the excursions allow pre-registration of a 21/2 yr old. Does this imply that there is no charge, or that the child not allowed. Obviously I'm not referring to snorkle/scuba... But stuff like Megans Beach tours on St. Thomas. Are we relegated arranging our own tours?
Any "seasoned" parents out there with toddler Camp Carnival tips, or good/bad experiences?
Car Seats. While in the US my daughter always uses them. Would whether or not required. I don't recall ever seeing child seats on any of the rides I took in these islands. Yet most of them have child seat laws. Any first hand experience not being able to get a ride because you didn't bring a seat.
Poker on the Destiny:
This is not a concern but a wish. Anyone know if there is Texas Holdem on the Destiny? If so what are the games like (3 of us play weekly). I did read that the destiny is listed as a ship that has the game, but can't find any first hand comments.
Excursions: I keep pooring over the boards and am relying on my previous SC cruises. Would love to find a place that listed "non carnival" sponsored cruises. With the varried interests in the group we might be splitting up some and the more information we have the better.
I know this post is long winded. If you got this far thank you. If you can contribute, thank you even more.