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Old August 14th, 2007, 12:37 AM
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Default Newbie Question re - ice cream / capuccino stuff

I haven't sailed on Carnival yet, but still have tons of questions I'm curious about.. I just got the newest travel brochure and I'm hoping someone can help me out here..

With the ice cream stations on the ship, are these all free?
Is frozen yogurt free?
I see some ships have special coffee shops.. are these free? including their pastries?
I see some ships have classes you can take, are these free?
If I want juice/milk/tea/coffee throughout the day, is it all selfserve? If someone has to serve it, do I tip?
If I use my soda card to get a pop, do I have to tip each time?
Do we tip each time something is brought to our room? like extra pillows? room service?
In the diningroom, can I request a table by the window?
I'm a large girl, can I request a chair without arms in the diningroom? I see some diningroom photos shows all chairs have arms, and this will be an issue for me as I won't fit. I don't want to think that I can't eat in the dining room.
Do any ships have cardrooms? We love playing cards.
If my kids take in Camp Carnival, do we tip?

I hope someone can answer my newbie questions..

thanks
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Old August 14th, 2007, 12:54 AM
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I'll try and answer as many questions as I can. If I miss some, I'm sure other cruisemates will jump in and help me out!!

The ice cream and frozen yougart are free.

The Lattees etc at the expresso cafe are not. The prices were similar to what we pay here in Alaska..around $3.00 The pasteries there are also not free.

Most classes are free. but some do charge (like a personal trainer)

Juice is offered in the morning at the Lido buffet area and is self serve or you can get it from a wait person in the inside seating area. Milk is offered at both lunch and dinner in small cartons at the buffet lines. Tipping in my opinion is not necessary everytime someone pours you coffee or juice in the inside Lido buffet area. coffee and Tea are available 24/7 self serve.

I've never had a soa card, so I can't really answer that one.

You should tip the room service person each time they bring something to your cabin. If your room steward brings extra pillows or blankets you can wait and tip him/her at the end of the cruise. It doesn't have to be every time a service is provided, but please remember to tip them.

You can request dining preferences before you sail and if you don't have a table you want, you can see the matra'de on embarkation. If possible changes will be made, but not guaranteed.

See the matra'de (sorry I can't seem to spell that right!) He/she will arrange a chair that will work for you.

Most ships have a card room. Check your deck plan on Carnival's website.

I would tip the Camp Carnival attendants.

I hope this helps

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The soda card includes the tip.
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Welcome to the board,

I just wanted to add that in addition to the 24/7 coffee and tea on the Lido, they also have selfserve juices during breakfast and Lemonade, Iced Tea & Fruit Punch the balance of the day (I think there is a 4th choice, but it escapes me right now). With all those choices, unless you drink a lot of soda, I felt that the soda card was not worth it for me (since you are not supposed to share a card with others).

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P.S I see you are from Summerside...I've visited a number of times as my ex's sister/brother-in-law live there...I'm from Kingston, ON.
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Old August 14th, 2007, 12:13 PM
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Welcome mosiegirl

Just wanted to add a couple things.

The card rooms are not on every ship BUT there is a library on each ship that has games in it and tables with beautiful views to play at. My BF and I are both gamers

Tipping is always the most confusing when you start. I am assuming you know that Carnival puts $10 per day on your sign and sail card for tipping. This money is divided up amounts all the people who served you on the boat.

There were only 2 times where we actually gave cash as tips. One is when someone brings you room service (a couple dollars is good) and at the end of the cruise. On the last night we gave our room steward and waiter a card with extra month and a thank you message because they were just great!

Hope that helps. Are you booked on a cruise yet? Carla
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One more place you should tip is Camp Carnival at the end of your cruise. Those workers are not included in the $10 per day pool that is charged to your sail and sign account.

Sometimes people think they are but they are not and they are in charge of our most important possession. Our little folks.
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One more place you should tip is Camp Carnival at the end of your cruise. Those workers are not included in the $10 per day pool that is charged to your sail and sign account.
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We bought 4 soda cards when we were on the Conquest. As it turned out 3 of us wasted that money. 1 only drank about 4 sodas that week. 2 of them drank maybe 5 or 6. I on the other hand am a diet-coke-a-holic. I keep one in my hand just about 24/7. I had 1 every morning, every night at dinner & again at the show & bedtime. I'm sure some more at the pool. At $2.75 a soda plus 15 % gratuity added to all drinks, I made out w/card.I'm assumimg you know the $10 a day tip can be pre- paid when booking your trip . At the end of the cruise you can adjust your tips if you want to & are encouraged to tip more if you like. My son tipped our Matria'D & waitors extra & if I had it I certainly would, they were definetly worth it.We also love to play cards wish you were gonna be on the Glory 9-08-07. Hope you book a cruise & have a great time!!
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The pastries that they sell at the coffee shop are very reasonable.
$2.00 for a huge slice of very rich chocolate cake
$1.00 for a big chocolate chip cookie.

etc.....

not at all what you would expect to pay when you see them.
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Default Re: Newbie Question re - ice cream / capuccino stuff

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I'm a large girl, can I request a chair without arms in the diningroom? I see some diningroom photos shows all chairs have arms, and this will be an issue for me as I won't fit. I don't want to think that I can't eat in the dining room.

thanks
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I understand completely. I can't sit in most booths in your avg resturants and I always ask for a chair with no arms... I was hoping I could arrange something once I get on board, if not, I know there are buffets and pizza stands and room service.... I'm sure i'll be able to find somewhere I feel comfortable.
but I think I will go ahead and make a phone call to carnival and see what I can arrange ahead time. Thanks for the reminder!
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Great questions.... remember the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. The 3 Carnival ships I've been on were great the fat free frozen yogurt was a fav of my Richard Simmons cruise to lose buddies. Available 24/7. The Ice Cream shop was not free but yummy. I'm also a very large lady and the wait staff in the dinning room accomodated my request for a chair with no side arms and it was waiting for me every evening. They also notice if you don't come one night and ask if you are ok when you come back. If you tell them that you like or want something in the evening it will be there for you every night. That used to be the same in the morning and lunch. But that changed now that breakfast and lunch are open seating. Can't wait my cruise buddies and I will be on the Paradise on the 3rd.
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