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Old February 19th, 2007, 06:47 PM
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Hi, we have cruised many times bu tthis will be our first time with Carnival.
So I would appreciate any tips or recommendations you can give me.

We will be going with our daughter, her husband and 2 grandkids ages 12 and 16 at the time of the cruise.
Any info about the kids areas for their ages would be greatly appreciated too!!

We will be on the Glory out of Port canaveral on 6/30/07 for a 7 day Western crusie.

Thanks so much for your help!!! I'm sure there must be a roll call thread somewhere on thsi board,s o I am going to search for it now.

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Hi Kathleen,

The roll call here at Cruisemates is called "Meet on Board" Look at the top of the screen on the right.

Carnival has great programs for the teens. If you have registered with Carnival on line, they have a section on kids programs, and of course we are here to answer any other questions.

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Thankyou!!!!!
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We cruised on the Glory in 04. Great ship! There are lots of things geared for teenage children. 24hr. Pizza shop deck9 aft., fish and chips buffet deck10 aft., internet cafe (charge) deck 4, port side aft,entrance thru grand bar, video arcade deck5, portside, entrance from promenade. I believe that the dance club on deck5 has special times for teenagers check the Carnival Capers mag. daily for information. Enjoy the cruise.
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Hi Kathleen,

I can't help you out with any tips on Carnival as I've never cruised with them myself either, although I am booked on a sailing onboard Miracle this September.

Anyways, I noticed all your 3 day cruises onboard Wonder... were these all to the same destination? You must really enjoy thiat ship, eh?

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Yes they all went to nassau and castaway cay.

On the 3 day my husband didnt have to loose any vacation days and we live close to the port, so no airfare or hotels. This makes the 3 day very appealing. A nice 3 day weekend for us.

But as far as I am concerned the longer the better for a cruise!!

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Like the previous poster mentioned, your grandchildren will flip over Glory's video arcade. AND, be sure not to miss the chocolate buffet put out last sea day at lunch in the Red Sail restaurant (lido buffet). I'd highly recommend booking an excursion in Belize, cave tubing or snorkling are the most popular.
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Thanks for all your responses!! Is the arcade free???

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Kathleen,
I'm not sure about the charges for the video arcade, My quess is that there is a charge. We did not use it on our cruise.
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There is a charge, but can not remember how much.
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Thanks.
I figured there would be an extra charge.

Does your room key work as a charge card at the stores and bars on board or do they take cash??

Is there a safe in your room??

I have just finished looking at the Carnival web site and I couldnt find anything about suggested tips on board??
How does the tipping work on board?? On dcl you keep the same wait staff so you tip once at the end of the cruise.

Not sure how carnival does it.

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The sail and sign card is good in the shops and bars. The tips are automatically put on your account, as I understand it. $10 per person per day, which you can adjust up or down as you see fit.

We've done 3 Carnivals, with our 4th coming up on April and we've loved every one of them. We've also done NCL and RCCL, but we always seem to have more fun on Carnival.

Have a great time!
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Thankyou!!

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The arcade costs are about the same as the land based arcades, maybe just a bit cheaper than some. I believe on most Carnival ships you can get game tokens with your sail and sign card.

There are not many places on board where you can use cash, other than the casino. Most want you to use the sail and sign card. It's easier that way, so no problem.

The safe in the room is locked and unlocked with your choice of any card with a magnetic strip, like credit cards. Don't use your room key since then the staff can open the safe too. If you have a duplicate of a credit card, that makes a good key so your spouce and you can both get into the safe. Or any kind of membership card, frequent flyer card, etc that you wouldn't worry about if you lost is perfect.

One more thing. Only 3 electric outlets. One for shavers in the bathroom, two at the dressing table. (Hair dryer usually wired in and found in the top drawer of the dressing table). If you want to charge cell phones, dvd players, cameras, etc bring a small extention cord with extra plugins.

Shampoo and Body scrub is provided in dispensers in the shower so unless you are picky you don't need to pack any.

You will be provided with Pool towels in your room and you are even allowed to take them off the ship for shore excursions, but be aware there is a heafty charge if you lose them. Sometimes the room steward will replace them without a charge if you loose them at the pool though.

Nice bathrobes are provided, but one size does not fit all. Theyare not very large.

Soda is about $3 on board but if you really need it, just bring on some cans or plastic bottles in your carry one. I've seen people carry on full cases and no one said anything to them. You can get a drink card but you have to drink 3-4 a day to break even.
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Thankyou for all the great tips. it is totally different from DCL that we usually go on.

I do have a question in case we bring some pop. Do you mave a small frig or cooler in the rooms?? Or do you have to ask for an ice bucket and set acouple of pops in there??

Also are their any juices or coffee or tea that are available and free??

Thanks for all the help,

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We went to Costa Maya last October on this Miracle. It is a poor area of the contry and can be a bit scarry if you are unacustom to that environment.

The shopping area at the port is very nice. It includes pool with a swim up bar and a pretty safe environment. After shopping we elected to pay about $20 each for a beach excursion. Don't pay the promoters at the port. Take a taxi to the beach, there are bars and resteraunts set up there and promoters offering deals including beach chairs, meals, snacks drinks. Walk around, find an area you like and negotiate your price.

There is a lot of local shopping near the beach and plenty of taxis to take you back to the port. It is not a luxury tourest destination but you can really drink in the local color.

Enjoy the beutiful port area, if you don't feel adventuresom, then enjoy a day with fewer people on the ship. Be wary of the local sponsered excursions they do fall into the primative catagory, but I never heard any complains once people returned from them.
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Bob thanks for the info. We have been to Costa Maya once when Cozumel was closed due to hurricane damage. We did a ruins tour and loved it, but as we passed through rural areas on the bus I could understand why we should never go there on our own. It was very run down and scary for what we are use to.

Do you know if they have the buffet everyday on board?? Is it all day or only certain hours??

Is ice available in your room for beverages? Is there a cooler or mini frig for keeping beverages cool??

Thankyou again for all your help,

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Bob thanks for the info. We have been to Costa Maya once when Cozumel was closed due to hurricane damage. We did a ruins tour and loved it, but as we passed through rural areas on the bus I could understand why we should never go there on our own. It was very run down and scary for what we are use to.

Do you know if they have the buffet everyday on board?? Is it all day or only certain hours??

Is ice available in your room for beverages? Is there a cooler or mini frig for keeping beverages cool??

Thankyou again for all your help,

Kathy
the ice can be stocked in your room daily, just kindly ask your steward, I am not familar with the ship you are going on, but I have been on Carnival's older ships and they have mini fridges, not very cold though; get ice...

the buffet is served everyday (there are times set for breakfast) then it is briefly closed to change over to lunch menu; then again later in the evening; they close for a very short time to convert to dinner menu - I believe they serve as late as 9:00 - 9:30pm and start as early as 7:30/8:00 am maybe a little earlier)

and you must order brownies, cookies and milk from the late night room service menu - the best brownies ever! the room service food is free, you just have to have cash for tip

re: cash - Bingo is also Cash only - they have an Atm machine with a steep surcharge and I believe you are allowed to cash one personal check for a surcharge as well, also if you use your Sail Sign card in the casino for cash, they will add yet another surcharge...
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Thanks everyone for all the great tips.
I do have a couple more questions that maybe you could help with.

What time is the safety(life boat drill) on the Glory??

I found someone on a meets thread on this ship too. It is also their first time on board.
We want to meet up the first day. That is why I need to know the time, we dont want to set our meeting time during the drill by accident.

Next question: Where would you suggest for us to meet?? I need some where that is easy for newbies to find and not in the way of others.
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Thanks everyone for all the great tips.
I do have a couple more questions that maybe you could help with.

What time is the safety(life boat drill) on the Glory??

I found someone on a meets thread on this ship too. It is also their first time on board.
We want to meet up the first day. That is why I need to know the time, we dont want to set our meeting time during the drill by accident.

Next question: Where would you suggest for us to meet?? I need some where that is easy for newbies to find and not in the way of others.
Thanks for the help.

Kathy
I think the drill is always before departure from the embarkation port. Its required to be attended by all passengers. I heard that if you do not attend there is a make up drill which they will hunt you down and make you attend the next day...

As far as where to meet, I'd suggest the lobby and then, as a group, go someplace else. There are meeting rooms, but I'm not sure of the cost, if any, to rent out. Maybe you could use a few tables while the restaurant is closed? It doesnt take long at all to find your way around the ship, so I wouldn't be worried about guests getting lost.
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Hi Kathy,

The drill is usually an hour before sailing. If you want to meet after the drill give everyone about 30 minutes to take their life vests back to their cabins.

I'd suggest that you pick a bar to meet in 30 minutes after the drill. We've worn Mardi Gras beads to find each other (if it's not Mardi Gras ) and found that to work well.

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Thanks for the suggestions,
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hi, I have another question.
What is the boarding procedure?? Do you receive a boarding pass with a number or is it just grab a place in line after check in??

How about when you get off the ship. Do you go by colors, or decks or just grab aplace in line and wait to get off??

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