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Old 02-08-2003, 07:39 PM
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Hi. We'll be cruising for the first time on Carnival Legend in May.Curious about some things:
DRINK/service cards: Is it easier or any less expensive to purchase the beverage/ services credit. Do they charge for water, coffee etc??
SECURITY: Is it like the airport, do we need to arrive real early for baggage checks etc.., can I bring a sewing kit, bring non alcoholic bevs & snacks on board?
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Hi. We'll be cruising for the first time on Carnival Legend in May.Curious about some things:
DRINK/service cards: Is it easier or any less expensive to purchase the beverage/ services credit. Do they charge for water, coffee etc??
SECURITY: Is it like the airport, do we need to arrive real early for baggage checks etc.., can I bring a sewing kit, bring non alcoholic bevs & snacks on board?
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Old 02-11-2003, 10:22 PM
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As far a sewing kit, pack it in your check in luggage. Anytime we've sailed Carnival, it's a long wait from whatever port you leave from, as they're really not organized. Also pack nail files, twizers, scissors, etc. Do you really think you need snacks? The food is plentiful and available 24/7. You can bring non-alcoholic beverages aboard. We always carry our own bottled water, but be sure you're within weight if you are flying. Very strict with weight/size limitations now. Weight bags carefully. Have fun!
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Old 02-12-2003, 01:41 PM
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As far as airport security goes, you should check the web site for your specific airline to see what is and isn't allowed in your carry-on. Some items like tweezers, steel nail files, scissors, needles (even knitting needles), razors and razor blades, etc. will have to be packed in your Checked luggage. Also, if you are bringing any cell phones or Palm Pilots, ensure they are powered up. If they can't be turned on at the airport, they will not be allowed on board and you will have to leave them behind.

At the pier, there are certain times that you can start to board, and this information is normally in your travel documents. For instance, in Miami, you can board as early as 1:30 p.m.

As far as bringing snacks on board. It depends on what you like. The snacks in the shipboard variety store are limited. We always bring some chips, lifesavers and mini chocolate bars with us. Non-alcoholic drinks (eg. soft drinks) can be expensive on-board, but when I was on the Destiny, they now have an adult unlimited "coke" card, which is the real thing, not fountain pop. Before they had the "coke" card, we bought some cokes at Grand Cayman for $US1.00, which saved us some money. There are non-alcoholic "free" beverages at the Lido deck, but these are normally limited to lemonade, iced tea, coffee, and tea.

Hope this helps -- have a great time!
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Old 02-16-2003, 03:17 PM
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While I can't speak specifically to the Legend, we cruised on the Paradise out of Miami and the Inspiration out of New Orleans and had no problems with either boat on things like sewing kits. We took our own iron, ironing board, laundry soap, etc., and found that security was not an issue. This was after 9/11, so I don't imagine you'd have too much trouble.

We do not drink Alcohol, so we bought soda fountain cards for $29 each for the cruise, and they were well worth the price. They do not charge for coffee and tea, but they are not always easy to get either. The tea is fountain tea, not always brewed tea, and it tastes funny to us. We didn't like it. We stuck with Diet Coke. Soda always costs you. So I think the soda fountain cards are a good deal. We bought one for each of our kids and put them on lanyards around their necks. Best investment we ever made. I encourage this investment. The soda cards were good at all the bars and all the restaurants and even in the shows.

We enjoyed the Smoke free environment on the Paradise, and we had a great time on the Inspiration.
 
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