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tim c 09-12-2011 06:01 AM

Back from the Inspiration
 
We just got back Sat.. We had a somewhat good time. My wife's friend made it somewhat a challenge.. The Stingray city excursion in Grand Cayman needs to be dropped! We have gone on it 3 times, And since 2002 the amount of stingrays at the reef has dropped BIG TIME..There was maybe 10 total there last week were 2002 there was 100's. Rum point was a pretty place but expensive to shop.. The dollar is weak there! The Excursion was running very late and we were the last tender at 3:15, Ship left at 3:30, The friends we were with was unhappy about not getting to shop and also was worried the ship was gping tp leave us.. STRESS!!! Cozumel Beach break deluxe is a great value and was fun,, Got a little to much sun though ouch!! We enjoyed the new menu, We did some Did-ja.. Ship seemed to be not at full capacity for some reason(unusual).. Great smooth seas.The really bad thing that happen was on the way back home we got a tank of BAD GAS and now we are trying to get rid of that,,Oh, we did book a cruise for nov 3 2012 on the Liberty so we got a $100.00 obc and 2 certificates for family if they book within 60 days they get a $100.00 obc.. I love free money! And if you need a good hotel to stay at near Tampa Fl. Go to the Holiday inn express at the fairgrounds, IT WAS AWESOME!! best I have ever stayed at.. 417 days!!!

Cruise Fanatic 09-12-2011 06:39 AM

Glad to hear you had smooth seas and enjoyed your cruise.

susanmaz 09-12-2011 01:30 PM

Tim - - did the hotel have either an airport or cruiseport shuttle?

Dwayne 09-13-2011 12:06 AM

Glad you had a great time. Also glad the FCC's and on board booking worked out.

What Didja's did you eat? :)

Dwayne

Sandy 09-13-2011 07:48 AM

Tim, hopefully your cruise in November 2012 will be less stressful. I assume the "somewhat good time" you had on Inspiration was better than a good day at work! It's hard to feel responsible for other people having a good time.
You have a nice cruise to look forward to, and the "free money" makes it even nicer.

tim c 09-13-2011 11:35 AM

There are no shuttles to the airport,, We drove to Tampa and If I recall the hotel is 9 miles from port.. Sorry.. The next cruise we have looks like we will have 12 people joining us!! Can we say really stress LOL!!

Jim C. 09-14-2011 08:08 AM

Come on Tim... 12 people is easy peasy lemon squeezy... just call a shuttle service and have them send you a couple of big vans and you can all go at once. Arrange the vans for a given time and tell everyone that if they are not ready to go when the vans are there they have to find their own way to the ship....

tim c 09-15-2011 04:57 AM

Jim C,,, You are correct on that!! They ate already putting me in charge of there flights.. from Nashville. Little Rock. Here in Atlanta. and Detroit! LOL!! I say they should buy my Melon ball drinks for the week.. oh plus I have to find hotels too,, Wife's family..We did book cabins in the back of the ship for the first time.. I wonder if they will like that..

penny3333 09-15-2011 06:22 AM

Welcome back, Tim, sorry you had a bit of stress, but all the more reason to book another cruise:) Sounds like you had a great time. I've wanted to do Rum Point, but never end up getting there, maybe in December...but I'll probably end up on 7 mile. The snorkeling in Grand Cayman is pretty good, but I think the reason people like it so much is the shopping. You really can find some good jewelry there, even though I think St. Thomas and St. Maarten are running neck and neck with them. Maybe the quality is a little better? I'm not an expert, so I have no clue.

Somehow I have a feeling you'll sneak one in before the Liberty:)

tim c 09-20-2011 04:45 AM

Has anyone used the FCC certifcates? we seem to be confused by some of the Carnival employess.. One says to hang on to them til we cruise. One says to mail them in so my family will get the $100.00 OBC. Another says to fill out the certificate form on the internet. The problem on filling out on the internet is they used my booking number as the certificate number and when you submit it the system wont except it because it has letters in it.. Has anyone used these.. Was your booking number your certificate number? Just want to get these $100.00 OBC for the 2 family members who have booked..


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