I have been lurking for some time eagerly reading everyone's posts and I finally decided to try to get some questions answered. I apologize if the post is a little long.
Being rather anal about investigating most everything I do, I did a lot of research and found this board to be the most comprehensive. Kuki's Report on the Blogger's Cruise and Paul Motter's current report have been helpful but I still have a few question.
First as an intro, Until recently I had never considered taking a cruise. As a child I remember wanting to but my parents always told me that they were for "newly weds and nearly deads."
Well it took a few years but now being an adult and able to think for myself, I have recondsidered. It seemed like a great way to go on vacation with the family, eat great food, have entertainment for Zack, some alone time for Mrs DarkDoug and I and hopefully fun for all.
My wife, 3 year old son Zack and I are Americans living in the small South American country of Suriname. We are with the State Department and work at the US Embassy (passport questions will be happily answered as much as possible).
During our three year tour here, we get two paid trips back to the US. The point of entry for all trips is Miami.
We decided after some resarch to pick the Imagination as it was based out of Miami and had just come out of drydock.
We booked a Cat 11 Suite, V-16 to be exact, through International Cruise Planners for July 14th. They gave us a good rate, more than $100 less than Carnivals website.
So my questions thus far with more to come as we get closer:
Does Cat 11 count as a Suite and do we get VIP boarding?
Does anyone have a good pic of the Cat 11 Suite verandah? Is it possible for an active 3 year old to climb up and over the railing? From what I have been able to tell the Promenade deck is directly below the patio so he wouldn't be going in the drink but he could still get hurt.
Is the Sofa bed appropriate for a 3 year old or will we have to tie him down? (just kidding- we use duct tape
Do the new TVs accept Video in. If Zack doesn't get his daily dose of Diego, he can get a little cranky?
How are drink coupons delivered? Are they good for ALL alcoholic drinks no matter the price at all bars/restaurants? "Premium" beers, martinis etc? After reading the post here it sounds like this is a great way to pay for drinks and avoid what I am sure is going to be a large bill at the end. I am considering buying a couple hundred dollars worth. If I don't use them can they be used on another cruise or by someone else?
Anyone try the Poker Pro Tables? Both Mrs. Darkdoug and I are avid poker players and are really interested in getting some hold-em in on board. These tables seem interesting but I am wondering how people are liking them. I have played live hold em on several occasions but my wife has only played on the net. I think this would be less intimidating for her.
Is the Serentiy area truly adults only? While I love my son, getting some quiet time with a good book (can't wait to read "No Country for Old Men) is really looked forward to.
I think that's it for now, again apologies for the long post.
Thanks in advance for any replies and if anyone needs/wants anything from Suriname please let me know.