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Old February 27th, 2012, 09:56 PM
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Default Half full or empty??? Mmmmmm.....

I've been reading this board since booking our 1st Carnival Cruise (August 2012/Splendor). Chair hogs....yep....we've definitely had the same problem on all our RCCL cruises, including Buffet and MDR food disappointments...yep. YET, my family is SO darn excited to be going on vacation this year, we just KNOW we're going to have a fantastic time! Our first vacation in 3 years. This "Great Recession" has hit our family owned business (of over 20 years, not long to the corporate biz's out there, but our hearts & dollars count for lots!) So....bring on the chair hogs, the ok food, the wonderful staff, friends we always meet on vacations....we're going on VACATION again!!
Anyone else have a similar story to tell, c'mon....
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:11 PM
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You sound like me, and that is a glass half full kind of person. Of course there will be some minor frustrations or inconveniences that happen, but not enough for it to ruin a cruise and a wonderful and memorable vacation.

People have to look at the positives, and not get so hung up on a few negatives.

But as you've observed, you seem to get alot of negatives about what is the number 1 type of vacationing (cruising)
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:20 PM
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i've been reading this board since booking our 1st carnival cruise (august 2012/splendor). Chair hogs....yep....we've definitely had the same problem on all our rccl cruises, including buffet and mdr food disappointments...yep. Yet, my family is so darn excited to be going on vacation this year, we just know we're going to have a fantastic time! Our first vacation in 3 years. This "great recession" has hit our family owned business (of over 20 years, not long to the corporate biz's out there, but our hearts & dollars count for lots!) so....bring on the chair hogs, the ok food, the wonderful staff, friends we always meet on vacations....we're going on vacation again!!:d
anyone else have a similar story to tell, c'mon....
+1!!!!!
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:27 PM
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I am happy to go on vacation when we can. We sailed in 06, 09 and 12. A vacation is better than no vacation.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:43 PM
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Haven't had a cruise yet where I couldn't find a chair on deck on a sea day. Haven't had to sit next to a sasquatch wearing a banana hammock in the main dining room. Haven't had to borrow the fiance's hair dryer to heat up my food. Haven't had anyone blowing smoke in my face where I didn't have anywhere else to move to. And haven't had to leave the hot tub because some punk kid decided to jump in wearing a diaper. Maybe i was just too busy enjoying myself to notice though...call me naive.
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Old February 27th, 2012, 10:43 PM
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I'm thankful that we've been blessed with the ability to travel as often as we do (many years of college, much hard work... pays off in the end, years later, but pays off!) Life is not perfect, vacations won't be either. But I'm just happy to be on a ship headed out to sea... new ports, new beaches, new friends, new DODs to try... what's not to like?
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Old February 28th, 2012, 05:38 AM
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I like that attitude...your vacation is what YOU make of it. There are too many who get caught up in finding fault and getting upset at the smallest things or going in with unrealistic expectations and coming back upset because their high standards weren't met.
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April 1991 Carnival Carnivale (Freeport, Nassau)
April 1992 Carnival Festivale * (don't remember where to...had too much fun)
April 1993 Carnival Ecstasy * (don't remember where to...had too much fun)
April 1994 Carnival Tropicale * (don't remember where to...had too much fun)
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Sept 2012 Carnival Conquest (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay)
Sept 2013 Carnival Dream (Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas, Grand Turk)

* Some places I went on these cruises included, but are not limited to: Aruba, Caracas, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Grenada, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Playa del Carmen & Barbados.

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Old February 28th, 2012, 06:07 AM
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Arrow Cannot complain here!

I spent 12 months of hell on terrible meds
and ending up having brain surgery!

Also have not been able to find a job with my new Master's Degree for 2 years! --economy not brain surgery LOL

That crap happens to other people right?



Therefore - No Chairs on Deck???? I dont care if I have to layer 2 towels on deck and lay out on the open ocean!!

I don't care if the snorkeling is not up to par -

I'm not going to give the local pushy sellers a second thought

Not going to worry if somebody in the elevator is speaking about me in a foriegn language!

I could not care less if I have to wait in a lido buffet line - some people in the world eat only a cup of rice per day - period!

I'll even try harder to be okay about not looking like a super model in my swimsuit even though I'm an average size curvy woman who is 49ish!

I spent the last 2 years having a glass empty pitty party - No More!

Will be sailing for our first wedding anniversary on April Fools day - carribean islands - no problem!

I'ts really sad that people cannot lighten up on these boards!

Can I get a Hell Yeah?
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Old February 28th, 2012, 06:11 AM
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Hell Yeah!!!

Have a blast! If anyone has earned it, it's you!
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NCL Epic (7/Eastern) - Nov 13
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Old February 28th, 2012, 06:52 AM
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Hell Yeah!!!

This is a great thread! DH and I always cruise with a positive attitude and we've never had anything to complain about. (Except when they throw us off the ship the last day.) As soon as we get home we're on the computer looking to book our next cruise.

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I spent 12 months of hell on terrible meds
and ending up having brain surgery!

Also have not been able to find a job with my new Master's Degree for 2 years! --economy not brain surgery LOL

That crap happens to other people right?



Therefore - No Chairs on Deck???? I dont care if I have to layer 2 towels on deck and lay out on the open ocean!!

I don't care if the snorkeling is not up to par -

I'm not going to give the local pushy sellers a second thought

Not going to worry if somebody in the elevator is speaking about me in a foriegn language!

I could not care less if I have to wait in a lido buffet line - some people in the world eat only a cup of rice per day - period!

I'll even try harder to be okay about not looking like a super model in my swimsuit even though I'm an average size curvy woman who is 49ish!

I spent the last 2 years having a glass empty pitty party - No More!

Will be sailing for our first wedding anniversary on April Fools day - carribean islands - no problem!

I'ts really sad that people cannot lighten up on these boards!

Can I get a Hell Yeah?


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Old February 28th, 2012, 07:41 AM
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HELL YEAH!

Happy Anniversary. Enjoy your well deserved vacation.
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I spent 12 months of hell on terrible meds
and ending up having brain surgery!

Also have not been able to find a job with my new Master's Degree for 2 years! --economy not brain surgery LOL

That crap happens to other people right?



Therefore - No Chairs on Deck???? I dont care if I have to layer 2 towels on deck and lay out on the open ocean!!

I don't care if the snorkeling is not up to par -

I'm not going to give the local pushy sellers a second thought

Not going to worry if somebody in the elevator is speaking about me in a foriegn language!

I could not care less if I have to wait in a lido buffet line - some people in the world eat only a cup of rice per day - period!

I'll even try harder to be okay about not looking like a super model in my swimsuit even though I'm an average size curvy woman who is 49ish!

I spent the last 2 years having a glass empty pitty party - No More!

Will be sailing for our first wedding anniversary on April Fools day - carribean islands - no problem!

I'ts really sad that people cannot lighten up on these boards!

Can I get a Hell Yeah?

yes you can...
HELL YEAH !!!
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April 1991 Carnival Carnivale (Freeport, Nassau)
April 1992 Carnival Festivale * (don't remember where to...had too much fun)
April 1993 Carnival Ecstasy * (don't remember where to...had too much fun)
April 1994 Carnival Tropicale * (don't remember where to...had too much fun)
April 2010 Carnival Fascination (Key West, Nassau)
Sept 2012 Carnival Conquest (Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay)
Sept 2013 Carnival Dream (Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas, Grand Turk)

* Some places I went on these cruises included, but are not limited to: Aruba, Caracas, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Grenada, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Playa del Carmen & Barbados.

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Old February 28th, 2012, 08:18 AM
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HELL YEAH!!!

I totally agree... and love this thread!!! I am definitely a glass half full kinda gal and nothing can ruin my vacation! Heck, I managed to save to GO on a vacation, you're darn right I'll be happy getting away and enjoying any kind of weather I get! I don't have to cook or clean and I get to see new places and meet new people! WHOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!
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Old February 28th, 2012, 08:28 AM
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My son was in the ICU 3 weeks ago, and is thankfully home and recovered. My father had complications from surgery and is still in the hospital, 2 weeks longer than he should have been, but will be going home this week.
I am so looking forward to our cruise next month. I am thankful that we are physically and financially able to do this. I will NOT be looking for things to complain about! (Maybe if my drink is empty, then I will complain)

My glass is half full, until I finish my margarita!
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Old February 28th, 2012, 08:31 AM
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I am one of the booze smuggling, smoking, laughing too loud people that ruin the cruise for others. As for chair hogs, I try to make friends with some so they will save me a seat too.
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HELL YEAH I'm smiling big time reading these posts, thank you, thank you!! I knew that there just had to be people out here that are loving LIFE. Anybody else???
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Carnival Cruises:
March 2014. Carnival Inspiration/ Baja
Riveria Deck/ Spring Break, Me & Mark
August 2014. Carnival Glory /Eastern Caribbean
9C, Aft Wrap us
and Interior for Mark (22)
1s Cruise to Caribbean, 1st Cruise from Florida
August 2012/ Carnival Splendor /Mexico
9C, Aft wrap Cabin
Balcony Cabin for Mark (21)

RCCL Cruises:
August 2009, Mariner of Seas /Mexico Diamond.
JS
April 2009 Mariner of the Seas/Mexico
Grandma, Mark, and me, 1st cruise together
JS
August 2008 Serenade of the Seas/Alaska
OS
November 2007 Monarch of Seas/ Baja
1st Cruise with our son Mark (16)
GS
April 1999 Viking Serenade /Baja
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September 1993 Viking Serenade/Baja
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October 1986 Azure Seas/Baja
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I spent 12 months of hell on terrible meds
and ending up having brain surgery!

Also have not been able to find a job with my new Master's Degree for 2 years! --economy not brain surgery LOL

That crap happens to other people right?



Therefore - No Chairs on Deck???? I dont care if I have to layer 2 towels on deck and lay out on the open ocean!!

I don't care if the snorkeling is not up to par -

I'm not going to give the local pushy sellers a second thought

Not going to worry if somebody in the elevator is speaking about me in a foriegn language!

I could not care less if I have to wait in a lido buffet line - some people in the world eat only a cup of rice per day - period!

I'll even try harder to be okay about not looking like a super model in my swimsuit even though I'm an average size curvy woman who is 49ish!

I spent the last 2 years having a glass empty pitty party - No More!

Will be sailing for our first wedding anniversary on April Fools day - carribean islands - no problem!

I'ts really sad that people cannot lighten up on these boards!

Can I get a Hell Yeah?
This is truly AWESOME!! You, my dear, have a WONDERFUL vacation
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HELL YEAH!!!

I totally agree... and love this thread!!! I am definitely a glass half full kinda gal and nothing can ruin my vacation! Heck, I managed to save to GO on a vacation, you're darn right I'll be happy getting away and enjoying any kind of weather I get! I don't have to cook or clean and I get to see new places and meet new people! WHOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Agreed!!! Times a billion!!
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