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  1. I must second that opinion regarding your son and his spectular guitar playing with every group he played with! What a talented young man who could play any type of music and make it his own! Really enjoyed listening to him playing in the Red Frog. MARAPRINCE
  2. Should be on the way back up to NYC!
  3. Question on another topic --- Where is the life board drill held? In doors or out on deck? Thanks! MARAPRINCE
  4. A shopping bag would have been nice! 😂 MARAPRINCE
  5. While there will definitely be a large number of passengers from NYC on sailings orignating from NY, large numbers of passengers from NJ and Connecticut will tend to book as well for the convience of not having to fly to board the ship. Sailing while kids are out of school also makes a big difference in that there will tend to be larger family/extended family groups on board. At all costs, try to avoid sailing during school breaks since you can be assured to have very large numbers of kids, teens on board. Canada sailings tend to have less children on board with more seasoned passengers want to see the sights more so than to just party on board. Where you sail to and when you sail make a difference. MARAPRINCE
  6. No..we will have priority disembark as Platinum. MARAPRINCE
  7. Would you say that 10 -10:30 AM is a good time to order a pick up from the pier on the return to NY? MARAPRINCE
  8. Amen to that! Last day/night is usually a very busy time trying to get everything done prior to dinner so you can have some free time to get that last slice of pizza and see the farewell show or a movie on deck before turning in. MARAPRINCE
  9. If you are Platinum and have the priority status on your luggage tags, can you access your cabin upon boarding to leave hand luggage and any outerwear in your cabin before going up to the buffet for lunch? MARAPRINCE
  10. Perhaps, instead of having one big party the amount of guests eligible could be divided between 2 or more smaller parties and held in one of the smaller lounges. This would also cut down on those "additional" attendees who really aren't even platinum attending. It could be done by limiting the parties by diving the ship either by zones (front, mid, aft) or by decks. Something to consider. MARAPRINCE
  11. Regarding the cabin, are you able to adjust the temp in it? When it was the Triumph you could only adjust the amount of air coming from the overhead vent. MARAPRINCE
  12. How did you find the temperatures in the public rooms/lounges -- on the cooler side? Would you say that a sweater is definitely needed? MARAPRINCE
  13. How did you find the temperature in the public rooms/lounges -- on the cooler side? MARAPRINCE
  14. Our current ports are Grand Turk, Amber Cove and San Juan. If it becomes necessary due to the problems in San Juan to change ports, any ideas on where Carnival would go instead? MARAPRINCE
  15. Are you saying that the MDR was open for breakfast on port days? MARAPRINCE
  16. Is the safety drill still held on an outside deck prior to sailaway on day 1? If so, what deck? MARAPRINCE
  17. As long as we dock and providing that we do not book a shore excursion, we will at least get off the ship and have a look around. MARAPRINCE
  18. I hear you! I have the same situation with my cousin/cabinmate who says that "I know everything" and that she would rather be surprised. My take is that if I know ahead of time what to be aware of I can plan so we can make the most of our time on board and not be frustrated by crowded areas and come away unhappy. There are alternatives to going to the buffet everyday and I will be sure that we avail ourselves of them. I plan to try all the included alternatives where possible during the sailing. MARAPRINCE
  19. Not seeing alot of shade/trees for those who cannot take too much sun. Where do you get food on AC, what are the choices, and what is the cost? MARAPRINCE
  20. Doesn't some if not all the food/beverages come from the ship? MARAPRINCE
  21. Personally, I like the stretchy ones that the casino gives out with the hole punched into the card itself. I can always find my cruise card in my bag by the cord (like a leash) , the card does not have to be removed to be scanned, I wear it with the card turned backwards (so my level is not seen) so I will not missplace/lose it when ashore, and if by some remote chance the card gets caught in something it can be easily detached as a safety measure. As far as first time cruisers vs. repeat ones and spending patterns -- often grandparents will pay for their families to sail with them often including shore excursions, photos and other items as well. Some first timers will never return on their own due to lacking the money to book another cruise based upon what it costed them on their first cruise! Groups are popular with the cruise lines since they charge a flat rate based upon what they estimate a cruiser would spend (drinks, excursions, etc.) for an inside cabin. If you want to upgrade to an outside or balcony an extra charge is added. Often these are the least desirable cabins due to their location and are harder to sell. If the cruise lines want you to spend more on board, they need to have attractive merchandise available at reasonable prices. There is always "something" that you have forgotten to bring, breaks and needs to be replaced, or the weather makes it a necessity (hotter or colder than expected). With cruises sailing out of NY, locals have access to lots of shopping venues with great selections at all price points. If you can get it at home in NYC for less, why buy it on the ship? For example, if the ships offer Kipling brand handbags at discounted prices, they will find buyers. Just some thoughts.... MARAPRINCE
  22. Do they have minature maps of the ship with the location of the public rooms, decks, etc. at Guest Services? MARAPRINCE
  23. What I believe I said was that Guy's Burgers were good but very messy. MARAPRINCE
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