If you’ve been following cruise news this summer, you’ll likely be familiar with Carnival’s new beverage policy, which went into effect in July of 2015. As ever, opinions on the topic are varied and range greatly from the heated “I’ll take my cruising business elsewhere if you don’t let me smuggle alcohol onboard” to “that sounds …
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In this video we look at solving the outlet shortage problem without a power strip.
Hi Cruisers, It’s Sheri with another quick tip. One problem your likely to run into when cruising is a serious shortage of electrical outlets. If you’re like us, you’ve got all kinds of cameras, phones, iPads and other techie gadgets you like to take on your cruise. All this stuff needs constant charging, but quite often there’s only one and maybe two outlets in your cabin. In the past we’ve recommended packing a small travel power strip (like this), but many lines like Disney and Royal Caribbean prohibit, and at times confiscate these items.
Now we recommend a USB Charging hub. This doesn’t solve the problem completely, but it does handle charging the majority of our gear. There are lots of different brands, and I suspect they are all very similar. We went with this little guy; the Key Power 60 watt 6 port charging hub. The prices vary and the cost increases with the watts.
Two things we like about this model are:
One: Something called Smart Active Recognition. It’s supposed to detect what your device is and deliver the fastest possible charge speed.
Two: A built in protection system that prevents over charging, overheating and stuff like that.
Now I don’t know if it’s really charging any faster, but I can say it charges all our USB stuff quickly with no problems. That includes our Samsung devices, full and mini sized iPad, video cameras, music players, speakers, and on and on.
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Hi Cruisers, it’s Sheri with a look at aft facing balcony stateroom 6262 on the Carnival Miracle.
The first thing you’ll notice about this cabin is the beautiful, wake facing ocean view. We’ll take a closer look at the balcony later. This is a nice size room in a relatively quiet location. There’s a big comfortable bed, and a sofa that also converts into a bed. From this angle you can get a pretty good idea of the size of this room, and how the beds are laid out. Let’s move through the cabin now and take a look at the bathroom. This is a pretty standard cruise ship bathroom. It provides adequate storage with a series of shelves on the mirror and below the sink. The shower is typically small, but includes mounted soap and shampoo dispensers. Looking at the storage options here, we have three large closets. The first of which has a top shelve for life preservers, while the second has no shelves. The last has a number of shelves and a full-length mirror. At the vanity, there’s a set of four drawers, one of which contains a nice hair dryer. Moving on, we have the mini-bar space. Here’s a look at it open. Above the mini-bar, and below the flat screen TV is the cupboard for the safe, and here’s a look at the card-operated safe. Further right, the last cabinet provides more shelve space perfect for things like beach towels and sunscreen.
And finally, here’s the balcony. For us, this is really the selling point for the room. It’s a lovely location to relax and take in the beauty of the ocean.
Super quick look at Carnival Miracle Stateroom 4205.
Hi Cruisers it’s Sheri from CruiseTipsTV with a quick look at Carnival Miracle Stateroom 4205. This is a wheelchair accessible stateroom with an obstructed view picture window, and two twin beds that convert to king. At the desk area, there are 4 drawers, a mini bar, and a shallow cabinet with shelf space. Just inside the cabin are two large closets, one with shelves and the other with hanging space. The bathroom doorway is approximately 32” wide with no lip for easier access. There’s also a roll-in shower with a fixed shower seat.