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  1. Prior to our last cruise last September, I filled out the special needs form mentioned above. The room attendant set it up for me. They'll also provide distilled water.
  2. The cruise industry is always a target. Any ship that deals with a noro outbreak is instantly in the news. The reality is that you do have thousands of people in close proximity who are constantly interacting with each other. Any communicable disease is going to spread easier. We all know that the crew is constantly reminding people to sanitize, but not everyone heeds the warnings. It is what it is. If it slows down the popularity of cruising, it may lead to lower prices. 😉
  3. My wife just talked to her sister and the ship is just debarking now. Carnival allowed the passengers to stay in their rooms overnight rather than sending them off near midnight.
  4. Of course, they would not have been allowed off the ship if it was positive. But it's also important to note that the passenger did not show symptoms of Corona (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and yet they went through this charade anyways. My sister-in-law was understandably angry as were other passengers who had to rebook flights because of overreaction.
  5. There is no booking of shows and entertainment on Adventure. You only need to do that on the bigger ships.
  6. Carnival Panorama - Debarkation yesterday was delayed until late Saturday night. My sister-in-law was on this cruise. A passenger was reported to be ill but no signs of the virus symptoms. The authorities stopped debarkation (which has started at 6:30 AM) until test results were returned which didn't happen until 10:00 PM. My wife talked to her sister a few times and passengers were initially not allowed to return to their rooms, so they had to stay at their debarkation locations. Finally during the afternoon, they were allowed to go back to their rooms until clearance was given. The next cruise has been shortened to 6 days. The panic and over reaction is insane.
  7. Can't speak to Bonaire. We enjoyed Curacao. Our stop was 14 hours which is long for a cruise. In the morning, we took a tour to the distillery and then to a beach. In the afternoon, we walked the town and found a few nice surprises going up and down small side streets. At night, the town was lit up, the pastel colored buildings really jumped out and it had a very romantic feel. We really enjoyed this stop and would love to go back. In Aruba, we took a taxi to a beach in the morning, walked the town in the afternoon and then finished the evening with a sunset catamaran. Very nice indeed. We've been to St. Thomas a few times. One of our favorite excursions was driving our own power boat to a snorkeling area. The boats were lots of fun. We've also done horseback riding on the beach.
  8. My handle and avatar of very self-explanatory. I'm enjoying reading the responses.
  9. It's always gone by too quickly for me. Often the day is ending before it feels like it ever got going.
  10. We're still Emerald and got Diamond pins on our last cruise, perhaps we got yours Just to make sure we didn't miss something, we checked at the C&A desk and it was indeed a mistake, so close........
  11. I've never seen a "service" animal on a cruise, but we did have a pigeon while on Serenade last September.
  12. There will be multiple places to watch. They'll have all the national games (Pats/Cowboys, SNF, MNF), and at least one of the 1:00 games.
  13. Best laugh I've had in a while. 😛 I'll be in the stands making noise for my team. Should be a good game, but the weather won't cooperate.
  14. I'm not sure I could really answer the question since each class of ship, and each ship within a class, brings unique experiences. My first was Freedom back in '06 and then Liberty a couple years later. We are planning on getting back on Freedom in early '21. I have a fondness for that class, probably because you never forget your first Then we went on an Oasis class binge, going on Oasis/Allure 3 times in a row. I can;t say anything negative about it We were on Quantum's first full sail back in '14 and that may have something to do with us not getting back on a Quantum class ship. We didn't care for the style of dining or the layout of the public areas, along with shakedown issues which dampened the experience a bit. But I know much has changed since then, so perhaps we'll give a Quantum class another try someday. We really enjoyed Adventure and wouldn't hesitate to go back on that class, just the right blend of size and activities. We most recently sailed Serenade and I found the ship a bit too small for my liking, probably my least favorite of all the ones we have sailed. All said, we probably remember Freedom the best and we're anxious to get back on with the recent amping.
  15. The pools are definitely not heated.
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