Some asked for more details, this should do it.
It is not necessary to climb any stairs, we do that to stay in shape for eventual back packing. There are some 12-14 beautiful elevators on the ship and always available. There were even folks on the scooters who were unable to walk.
Paying! you cannot use a credit card or cash on the ships. On the Carnival they call it YOUR “Sign and Sail Card”.
(Front of the card on top the dining room was named Truffles on deck 2, note you insert the left end into your door to open your stateroom)
(Back of the card is just like a credit card)
I was reluctant at first, not knowing exactly what to expect, but they gave me the option to deposit cash or use my Credit Card to establish the Sign and Sail Card. It wasn’t the bugaboo I thought. The card is an all purpose card while you are aboard. It designates what dining room, table and time you have been assigned, it is also your door key.
We chose the early dinner which was 6PM. Note here: The dining room is very nice but it is not necessary to eat there. You can eat buffet style, at the restaurants aboard as part of your paid passage, at any time you choose.Less is avail after 11PM but something is avail to eat 24 hrs a day.
. There is always salad and fruit bars, and in the morning several places to get different juices, tea, or coffee. The same with many pastries, omelets, eggs to order, waffles and pancakes (plain, blueberry & Banana).
Soft serve Ice Cream and frozen Yogurt. Also any kind of cereal, oatmeal, and various flavors of yogurt.
Sushi, hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza all day. Also steaks and oriental food. The food is beautiful and very good. Really it is too much.
You are allowed to take canned drinks and bottled water aboard in a limited number. Soft drinks, mixed drinks and wine are not included in the cruise price you must use your Sign and Sail card for that.
Going ashore once, Sherry wanted a bottle of water, she gave the steward the sign and sail card and got the water. He scans it just like a credit card and you sign. $2.95 for 16oz water (not cheap). The first morning, I went to the ‘Starbucks-like’ coffee shop and charged $3.50 for Sherry a cup of fancy coffee. We charged very little.
If you use the free room service you are expected to tip the steward. We never used that anyway. After the first morning I went to one of the Restaurant self service coffee machines and got our coffee and picked up a bowl of fruit to take to the room.
Up front you know the ship will charge the Sign and Sail card automatically a certain amount for tips. Ours was $70 each for the room stewards, all the restaurants and dining hall. Figuring we had our room done three times and ate more than 20 (8 course)meals, the tip was not bad.
All in all, I think a cruise is the best bang for your buck for a vacation , especially if you search the net for bargains or have a travel agent do it for you.
Sorry to be so worded, thanks for coming this way.
PS1: We missed Hell. Hell was on the tour in the Cayman Islands that we did not take. Hell is a town you can send post cards to friends from. Maybe a good thing we missed it.
Did you read this sign right?
In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS.
Car of the day!
Sherry & a 1937 Ford! (At a car show we stumbled on!)