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Seriously?????
Good. I'll buy a FCC on my upcoming and ease my dh into this....


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Do you have a time in mind (month, week??) I have to start recruiting people!!!
Absolutely serious! I haven't really decided on month or date yet but I know it WILL be in late 2013.

Let's do it!!!! Think we can convince Don, Tom and Cheryl for another go?
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Let's do it!!!! Think we can convince Don, Tom and Cheryl for another go?
I don't think you'll have to twist their arms that hard
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By any chance would you be referring to like the first week of October 2013 on Epic?
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If we win our bowling league (final is tomorrow night) I promised I'd build our partners a Stanley Cup-type trophy. I'm thinking of how I could use those ships to add a little glitz and glamour to the trophy.
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Great review, comes across perfectly.

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By any chance would you be referring to like the first week of October 2013 on Epic?
Stu, you looking to book the Epic too?

What a cruise this could turn into ...
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Good review

the positive things for future/soon Spirit (Alaska) cruisers for myself that I found were

Spirit food is really mostly good

Spirit staff seems to be very good

Now...the entertainment on a 7 night Alaska cruise maybe won't matter as much.....we have a LOT of sightseeing to do ....and we will have a naturalist on board, lectures, "Alaska" stuff ....plus watching the scenery some days

I don't expect to be up on the uncovered Lido too much ....so lack of bands is fine....as a Floridian I do plan to be inside when/if needed or in the dome pool area

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Awesome pictures!! Thanks for your reviews.. I can't wait to get there..
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Stu, you looking to book the Epic too?

What a cruise this could turn into ...
Way to early but possible.

We usually cruise the first week of October and will be doing our first NCL Feb 2013 so if the stars align themselves properly definitely a possibility
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Great review. Love the honesty.
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By any chance would you be referring to like the first week of October 2013 on Epic?
Typically, when our group cruises in the fall, we do last week of Oct or first week of Nov...although it's not set in stone.

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how was the new Serenity deck?

It was heaven. I kinda wish they'd make a ship where the entire outdoor areas were like that.

Was ship in good shape after her drydock??

The upgrades were there...and I wouldn't have noticed stuff that was 'not right' unless my observant-about-these-kinds-of-things DH hadn't pointed them out. It seems they did spend a lot of time (and money I'm sure) with the slide, the serenity area...and that was awesome, but basic maintenence things were left in ill repair. Like I said, I wouldn't have even noticed, but my husband did. He said, "Wasn't this ship just in dry dock??" and then proceded to show me things that bothered him....(like plastic drainage-thingies around the pool that were sticking up, dirty and bent out of shape) I am sure no one else notices this stuff so I just nodded my head and told him, "Don't worry. It's not our house. You don't have to be concerned." LOL!!

Do they have a "cover band"?



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There was a band that played in one of the lounges and they drew a big crowd. This ship was full of passengers that were ready to party...despite them not being 20-somethings Unfortunately CCL missed the mark. They should have seen the loung packed, with people literally sitting in the hall area outside the lounge to listen to the band and taken the band to a larger venue to accomodate everyone. We were starved for a party...and CCL could have given it to us but didn't take the time to note the issue and make a slight change....sad.


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Way to early but possible.



We usually cruise the first week of October and will be doing our first NCL Feb 2013 so if the stars align themselves properly definitely a possibility
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Way to early but possible.

We usually cruise the first week of October and will be doing our first NCL Feb 2013 so if the stars align themselves properly definitely a possibility
I just took a peek. Epic is in Europe in Oct 2013, but will start it's Eastern Caribbean Run on Nov 2.
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Way to early but possible.

We usually cruise the first week of October and will be doing our first NCL Feb 2013 so if the stars align themselves properly definitely a possibility
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I just took a peek. Epic is in Europe in Oct 2013, but will start it's Eastern Caribbean Run on Nov 2.
The first or second run once back in Miami would probably work for us. I just don't want to sail during Thanksgiving week or have to fly home close to it

Epic is such a cool ship, let's try to make this work!

BTW, sorry that your wonderful review is being used for planning purposes but since you are involved, I guess it is OK. LOL!!!!
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The first or second run once back in Miami would probably work for us. I just don't want to sail during Thanksgiving week or have to fly home close to it

Epic is such a cool ship, let's try to make this work!

BTW, sorry that your wonderful review is being used for planning purposes but since you are involved, I guess it is OK. LOL!!!!
I agree about Thanksgiving...I like the Nov 2nd sailing!! Yes, Let's try to make this work!!!

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Pearl first week of February 2013
She is SO on my bucket list. You chose well!!
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[quote=halos;33643880]Typically, when our group cruises in the fall, we do last week of Oct or first week of Nov...although it's not set in stone.









Do you have something booked? If so, you will have a great time!



Yep.. Next October we sail to Hawaii..
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Thanks for your replies

I am not sure if I will be able to stand the cold but I will try to spend some time on Serenity deck, watching the scenery

I am also looking forward to the hot tub in the gym, a feature I love on Glory that used to be found on other ships but was removed

Good food and good service...sounds good. I love the cover bands and hope to check them out
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She is SO on my bucket list. You chose well!!
Online agency had a great deal. If we enjoy her will be interesting to see which cruise line becomes our favorite down the road.
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Angel,
I was on this very unusual cruise as well. I sailed over to Hawaii, flew back, on Spirit in April of 2007. After a very rough 1st night, and most of 1st sea day, we smoothed out beautifully. Hardly knew we were sailing the rest of the way to Hawaii. So, I was definately not expecting the kind of weather we had, for sure. Still, it was such a fun and terrific cruise. Met so many great and friendly people. We were at the table next to yours, with Val and her sister Carol, Mary, Dennis and Lynn, my dear friend Linda, and Don and I. We were the couple celebrating our 50th anniversary on board. The Captain renewed our vows, and I must say that Carnival did an outstanding job with the ceremony. Loved it.
I agree wholeheartedly with your review, and loved your pictures. Don and I, and Linda also did the helicopter tour with Safari on Kauai. Linda had never been in a copter before, and was more than a bit nervous. Once in the air, she loved it. Said it was the highlight of the whole trip. In 2007 Don and I did a small plane tour over Kauai. The helicopter beat that one, by a landslide. All the different colors of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and the beauty of the coastline, was unbelievable. I can't recommend Safari enough.
By the way, we saw a rainbow, in 2007, that formed a complete circle. I also had never seen such a thing. Guess what we were told they are called? Come on, guess. A Halo Rainbow. lol. Alas, we didn't get to experience one this time. The cruise did indeed, end much too soon. Like you, I'm afraid our next tiny 7 day one, just will not do it.
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