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Old 05-22-2007, 01:17 PM
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Hi Mike, yes as Jim C. said the Miracle does have the interactive TV. About booking shore excursions ahead of time and then switching I don't know about. If it was some kind of specialty excursion with very limited capacity you should consider it. Most of the regular excursions don't sell out before the cruise and I have switched tickets I have bought on board before. Not the last word for sure, but hope it helps some
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:05 PM
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They typically will let you switch tickets if you run into that kind of problem. BUT before you do, ask them to find out if the tour can handle the couple of extra people. If it comes down to accomidating a few more guests or loosing 6, the tour operator will sometimes fit you in. The folks at the excursion desk can phone ahead to find out.

BUT the major drawback of doing the switch is that you HAVE to do this at the excursion counter.. back to the line problem...
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HEY! The cruise tickers are working again! I didn't think I would get to see it count down before I left. 5 days! Yippie....
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Jim, have a wonderful first RCCL experience. Please post when you get back. I haven't cruised with RCCL in 10 years. I'd like to know which line you prefer.
Have a safe, fun voyage.
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Oh Jim C, please have a wonderful time and if you have room in one of your suitcases, can you fit me in Good luck in the casino
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Jim C., Hope you check in before you leave. I posted on another thread about you pulling your suitcases out. I certainly wish you and family a wonderful and safe cruise. I bet your cabin is bigger this time I echo Penny in saying good luck at the tables.

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Old 05-23-2007, 09:43 PM
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Thank you all so much for the wonderful replies. I definitely appreciate the advice I have received so far.

It sounds like lower in the ship you don't feel the boat as much, though it probably doesn't make a difference. Does it matter whether you are in the front, middle or back of the ship?

Also, is anyone familar with Carnival's "IS" room category? It says it is just an inside guarantee, though it looks to exclude the 1S cabins with upper and lower bunks. I just want to confirm that as I can get a discount on my cruise going through a third party than Carnival directly. Some rep who I was emailing with told me only he could book the IS and not get an upper and lower bunk. Though I think he is just trying to get the sale. Anyone know for sure?

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Hi tbtest, The middle of the ship will have less motion. The mid level decks in the middle will have the least. So that whould mean the lower passenger decks, but not neccessarily the lowest passenger deck in my opinion.

IS refers to standard interior cabins, not 1A uppers and lowers. They are playing symantics with you. Of course he can get IS and guarantee you won't get an upper/lower because they are not included in that category.

He cannot book a 1A and with certainty to be upgraded to IS to my knowledge. I have done it and been bumped up and sometimes not. There is no such thing as booking 1A as an IS guarantee.

Carol, Jan, and Neil,

Jump in here please and make sure I am saying this right and add or correct it. Unless this guy has some pipeline to know they will be upgraded I am not privy to I think I am right.
If there is, let me in on the secret

tbtest, just be patient. I have just called out the calvary of our member professionals

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Dwayne you are correct. Anyone can book an IS which is a 4A guarantee..means you could get upgraded but you will not receive anything less then a 4A standard inside cabin. The 1A's are the upper/lower bunks usually these have the best rates for singles, or even 2 friends who want to travel cheap. You can book the 1A as a guarantee and possibly get upgraded to a 4A but if not you get exactly what you paid for.

NOW..if anyone is planning on booking a Carnival cruise..today, Thursday May 24th, Carnival is having a ONE-DAY sale, book a category 4A get an automatic upgrade to the highest available inside category. Book a 6A and get upgraded to the highest available oceanview (6B's on the newer ships and 6D's on the older ships) book an 8A and get the highest available balcony cabin (not including suites). So if you have been planning a cruise, book today and get the best available upgrade at no additional expense.
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I'll argue that and I'm not a physics professor and not even sure I passed physics so take it for what it's worth, just what I understand (opinion if you'd like).

Stabelizers have made ships far more stable than the were in the past. Regardless of ship design the lower section of a ship is, or has always been considered much more stable that the upper decks. They put the expensive cabins on the upper desk not for stability but for a number of other reasons. First, the higher decks are more easily accessible to the pool decks and other activities. Second, the upper decks have superior views. Third, historically the lower decks were called "Steerage" for livestock and third class citizens in the old world class structure. Even though most know nothing of the old traditions even if they did see the movie "The Titanic" the thought that lower decks are inferior still permiates the industry.

If you have motion issues the best place on the ship for you is a lower deck near the center of the ship (center as in front to back). Granted, high seas affect the entire ship and the difference will not be major. To add to the metronome analogy, think of a seesaw. The center moves less.

Again, this is not based on any science (there may be some sort of study) but from cruising myself booking cruises for others and their experiences and logic.

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