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CRUISE UPDATES

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SOLD OUT!

As of 1/14/23, we are completely sold out of cabins for this sailing

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ANNOUNCING OUR CRUISE DIRECTOR: DUSTIN GABRIEL

The Cruise Director for our vacation has been announced as Dustin Gabriel! Dustin spent many years with Carnival prior to the pandemic, and has previously served as a Cruise Director. You can connect with Dustin at his Facebook page. He is currently filling in on various ships throughout the fleet.

The Cruise Director is the most visible member of the Crew on boar the ship. They are responsible for onboard activities and entertainment throughout the cruise. You will hear your cruise director daily and see them all over the ship, all while they manage the Fun Squad that executes the programming from bow to stern. A great cruise director will absolutely enhance the Guest experience on board. 

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NO SPEEDO ON LIDO! CARNIVAL CRUISE DRESS CODE

If you've spent 2 days on a cruise ship, you've heard the joke, "No Speedo on Lido." While this is said tongue in cheek, there are a few things to know about what to wear on your Carnival Cruise.

Let's talk about cruise attire. When packing for a cruise, it’s important to dress for the occasion. The great thing about cruising is that so many different “occasions” are packed in to one vacation, from formal dining to snorkeling and sipping cool drinks by the pool. Spend some time planning your outfits and we’re sure you’ll find room in your suitcase for everything you need. Remember to save a little space for souvenirs!

The time of year matters. We're sailing in February, departing from Galveston. The general temperature we get on board with is about what you will have the whole first night. I am always pretty warm, so I wore a light pullover and jeans, while my wife wore a thick hooded sweatshirt and jeans. By noon the next day, we were in our swimsuits. The breeze on Lido Deck was chilly at times, so we both had long sleeve pullovers available if we wanted them. Day 3 in Mexico was in the mid 80s and we spent most of the day floating around the pool. Day 4 is very similar to day 2.

For formal night dress code, we should look to Pirates of the Carribbean for wisdom. “The code is more what you'd call 'guidelines' than actual rules.” The attire is described as "no shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, bathing clothes, jeans, cut-off jeans, sportswear and baseball caps." I'm here to tell ya, jeans are ok. You're not going to get turned away. Please note: If you're in the buffet area, T Shirts and/or cover ups are required for hygenic reasons. For the main dining room, shirts with sleeves are required and swimwear is not allowed. The main thing to remember is that it's YOUR vacation, so you can be as dressy as you want to be. 

And back to our Speedo joke. If security is chasing down our lovable green alien for not wearing appropriate attire, imagine what they'll do if they see one of us in a speedo. 

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DAILY CRUISE THEMES
  • Day 1 - All Aboard in Astros Orange! Wear your favorite Orange Astros gear as we set sail.

  • Day 2 - World Series at Sea Day. Sport your favorite championship gear from head to toe. 2017 or 2022, you can't go wrong!

  • Day 3 - Fun Ashore in Cozumel. You are on your own for displaying your Astros spirit today. 

  • Day 4 - Old School sail away. Wear your favorite looks from days gone by. Whether it's tequila sunrise, gold star, rainbow shoulders, or brick red and pinstripe, we want to see your best looks of yesteryear.

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YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRIVE, YOU MIGHT AS WELL BAR CRAWL!

​We will be hosting a bar crawl during the cruise, and we are calling on you to help us name some of the drinks! The catch? They all must be on theme for this Houston Baseball Fan Cruise. If you've got an idea, please share it with us! A few of the suggestions we have heard so far include...

  • Peña Colada

  • Tequila Sunrise

  • Martini Maldonado

  • Bryan A-Brew-U

  • Chas Chomp Rum Punch

  • Breggy Bomb (Vegas Bomb)

  • Dusty's Old Fashioned

  • Championship Toast (Champagne)

  • Yor-Don Julio Margarita

  • La Piña Upside Down Cake

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REMINDERS WITH 6 WEEKS UNTIL SAILING!
  • Check in is available 14 days prior to the trip (or 16 days prior for Platinum and Diamond guests). For the 14 day option, you can begin checking in at 11PM Central on Wednesday, February 8.

  • Book your excursions now! There is plenty to do in Cozumel, including dolphin adventures, snorkeling and scuba, and amazing all-inclusive beaches. If you're planning to visit an all-inclusive like Mr. Sancho's or Paradise Beach, reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Tips! Your Carnival Crew will be working hard to seve you during your cruise. If you didn't select to pre-pay your gratuities, those will be charged to your account on the last sea day. As always, you can adjust your gratuities at the Guest Services desk.

  • We are hosting an Astros themed Door Decorating contest. If you're wanting to participate, it's a good time to start sourcing your supplies!

  • Packing lists are really helpful to ensure that you don't leave anything behind. Start with the basics. Shorts, t-shirts, swimsuits, cover ups, dresses or skirt/top combos, a light jacket or something to layer on cooler evenings, sunglasses, a hat or two, appropriate footwear for all occasions and excursions, toiletries, and prescriptions. Once you've got the basics, consider some of these favorites from seasoned cruisers: Magnetic hooks for cabin walls, a multi-port surge protector, reusable straws (Carnival only has dissolvable sugar straws), Sunscreen, aloe, waterproof bags/phone cases, a lanyard for your sail & sign card, a small fan (USB or battery powered), Poo-Pourri, Downy Wrinkle Free spray, tumblers, collapsible laundry basket, over the door storage, and sani wipes. 

  • Did you know that you can bring a bottle of wine or champagne up to 750 ML? This is limited to 1 bottle per guest age 21+ and it MUST be in your carry on bag. Any alcohol in checked bags will be confiscated.

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REMINDERS WITH 7 WEEKS UNTIL SAILING!
  • Please take a few minutes to locate your travel documents. Make sure that none of these are expired. U.S. Citizen's sailing with their U.S. Passport book must ensure that it is valid at least 6 months after your cruise.

  • The ship is VERY full, so cruise parking is going to be FULL. We suggest reserving your spot in advance. A quick google search for "cruise parking galveston" will send you lots of options. We do not have any partnerships or discount codes with local cruise parking. This is something we hope to be able to bring you on future trips!

  • WiFi prices will be increasing on January 16. If you plan to use WiFi on the ship, you can save a few bucks by purchasing it in advance. Carnival is also increasing their daily gratuity, however this increase will not impact our sailing as it starts in April. If you have other trips with Carnival, you might want to take a look at it!

  • Your swag bag selections need to be submitted by 1/15! Thanks to everybody who has already sent those over.

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