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  1. Has anyone ever stayed on deck 12 in one of the spa balconies? Is it shaded? Or is it open to the sky? I remember reading somewhere about a deck of balconies that doesn't have any shade and I can't remember which deck or which ship that was on and I am considering booking this deck 12 spa balcony but I do not want to if there is no cover. Thanks!
  2. When my daughter went to the Circle C club it was just more a meeting place the first night when everyone formed into their own groups and then the rest of the time they just ran around the ship together. It did not seem to me that anyone actually stayed in the Circle C club. After the first night and the first day, I did not let my daughter go anymore to hang out with her new friends as it was not up to my comfort level having my young daughter running the entire ship. But there was definitely no "signing in or out" and as far as I could tell I never even saw any Circle C staff except for the first night.
  3. Is this a new rule? I don't remember ever reading that before in the rules.
  4. This upsets me greatly. Our poor planet. I have a cruise scheduled for this June and even though I have had it planned for over a year, and was really looking forward to going, I still hope they throw the book at Carnival and they are not allowed to dock or even worse. I really feel like the beards should be held accountable along with the workers who actually did the illegal dumping. Perhaps if more corporate beards were held accountable with jail time, or some other form of actual punishment that would PERSONALLY punish them, there would be more compliance. All these posts from people upset about missing their cruise....look at the bigger picture of what is at stake here. The very planet we live on is getting ruined. I for one will be thrilled if Carnival is made to pay. Even if I lose my cruise.
  5. My goodness, y'all must be a bunch of tenderfoots from the frigid North! I've walked across the decks in middle of July barefoot and didn't notice a thing. Felt just as cool and comfy as carpet. Lol I guess it comes from years of going barefoot in the hot summers on hot pavement in S. Texas. I remember reading about this very thing before one of our cruises and I made all the kids pack water shoes and water socks, but we all did not see the need for them. 😉
  6. We checked our bags for our first cruise and never again. One of our bags was super late arriving... we were a room of 3 and everyone's all showed up except for one bag for one person, but it was the most important bag for them, with all of their clothes. It did finally show up around 11pm but it wasn't fun worrying about it. I also don't like having to leave my bags out in the hall on the last night, and having to pack and pick and make sure I didn't accidently put something in my checked bag that I needed on that last night or in the morning. Also every single cruise I have been on, there have been the "lost luggage" flyer passed out, saying "have you seen this piece of lost luggage" type of thing and it is always like 2 or 3 days into the cruise, so those poor people have been without their luggage for a good chunk of the cruise. And before most of you chime in, that those are rare cases, let me tell you, that I don't think it is all that rare, since this has happened (the lost luggage flyer) on EVERY cruise I have been on, and even if it is a super rare occurrence, if it happens to YOU, it doesn't seem rare. It just gives me nice peace of mind to be 100% in control of my luggage at all times. Yes, it is a pain to lug, but it is just a short time that I am lugging it compared to a long time of waiting and worrying for it to show up, or if it did get lost. To each his own, but for me, I never check mine anymore.
  7. It would be ok if there was some other option added to replace the MDR. I hate buffets. In all of my cruises I have only eaten at the buffet handful of times. Love the Guys Burgers and usually eat there for lunch or have a late brunch on sea days. Don't care for pizza at all on land or at sea, so I would hate to lose an eating option. I wasn't that impressed with the steakhouse either... it was good.. but I'm not sure it was worth the price for our family. I would be ok with eating at the buffet if they had people that plated the stuff for you, like at Luby's cafeteria... you point to what you want or tell them and they put it on your plate and pass your plate to the next section and they are using gloved hands. I hate buffets where people serve themselves. My stomach turns when I see people licking their fingers, then handling the scoops or scratching their hairy armpit and then handling the food scoop. Yuck... Also witnessed too many people pluck food off of their plates with their licked fingers and place it back in the food serving bowl.... multiply that kind of behavior going on at every line for all the hours it is open and you can get an idea of the amount of germs. Double yuck... and I know... there are all the people who say they eat at the buffet all the time and never wash their hands and they have never gotten sick, and that is probably true, but for me it turns my stomach.. So yeah, I would miss the MDR.
  8. I wouldn't like this change at all. It is one of the things that I like about cruising. While I don't normally order 2 entrees, I have done so a time or 2 when I wasn't sure if I was going to like something and wanted to try something new. My son and husband are major carnivores, so they always order 2 of the flat iron steaks but all they want is the 2 steaks, not all the other stuff that comes on the plate, so I feel like that should be an option (just bring 2 entrees and not 2 fully plated meals) and could reduce food waste while still giving people that feeling that they can branch out and not be pinching pennies. I NEVER try anything new when I go to a restaurant on land... I don't want to pay for something I might not like. We don't eat out much, so I definitely don't want to waste a "go out to eat" night on something I don't like, so I don't try anything new. That is a big draw for me with cruising... it is like a food adventure.., and before everyone starts judging me.... for me that is one of the things I enjoy with cruising. I don't drink, so I want to enjoy letting loose and eating food! I will be unhappy if they implemented this.. but I don't know if it would stop me from cruising... I guess I could still go to the buffet and eat all I wanted, but I also don't really care for buffets.
  9. On my first cruise we did the late dining, and it was ok, no problem, but then after that we chose YTD and i will never go back to an assigned dining time. I like being able to be free while on vacation. We have to be on schedules for school and work and on vacation I just love having NO SCHEDULE at all!! So we always choose YTD and that way we can eat whenever we feel like it within the time allotted. It is so important to me, that I have canceled bookings and refrained from booking if the YTD was not available. I didn't want to have to fuss with going to a maitre de on embarking, and worrying that our request wouldn't get granted, so for my money, I want to eat when I want... so no YTD, no cruise.
  10. I agree totally! We are night owls also and the lack of anything decent to eat late at night always seems a shame to me. I don't want pizza, or some old decrepit sandwich, and I guess I could use room service, just never tried it and like someone else said we don't want to sit around in our room waiting on room service.. it would be much more fun to be able to go so a nice buffet as pictured above with the fruits etc. I guess most of the people on this board must be early to bed peeps. When we are out late at night on our cruises there is always a very long line for pizza and many people say they wish there were more choices late at night.
  11. What is ENHANCED TURNDOWN service? We did not notice any extra service from our steward when we had a Grand suite this past summer... in fact I was a bit disappointed in that there was nothing special. But now that I read it is supposed to have had some kind of enhanced service, I am even more bent because we didn't get anything special done and I left extra tip. 😞
  12. We were in a Grand Suite on Valor last month and I was a little disappointed. I mean the extra room was very nice, and I loved the larger balcony with the lounger on it, but I feel like the service could have been a little better, or there needed to be something else special about it to justify the steep price. Also we had 4 so we were using the pull out sofa bed and it was like sleeping in a bowl. The mattress and springs were so terrible that I literally felt like I needed to tie myself to the side of the bed at night so I wouldn't roll down into the "hole". This was an extreme disappointment because for the price I was paying, it was worse than a budget hotel room bed. The room steward did not seem to even give as good of service that we had gotten on our previous cruises.. I guess I was expecting maybe a little better service since we were paying premium dollar. We also bought FTTF because we wanted to be able to go to our room right away and for the money I think just getting a regular balcony room and getting FTTF is a better deal than spending money on the suite. For the price they charged for the suite, it seemed to me there should have been something more to it... seemed just like all of our other cruises, only just a bit more space, but a LOT MORE PRICE.
  13. I was just on the Valor a little over a month ago, and I bought the premium internet package...not sure if that is the name, but I bought whichever one was the most expensive one that was supposed to be the fastest and best and it was TERRIBLE. There was only one day that I could actually get online and get through to anything, and that was while we were ported at Cozumel, so I am not sure if the internet was different while we were ported or what, but it was so useless the rest of the time, that I felt like I had been cheated out of my money as I could not get online most of the times that I tried. Not even at a slow speed. I even tried the computers at the Internet hub place on the ship, and those weren't any better than my own devices. I couldn't even get email but maybe 2 times the entire trip. I don't know how any of these people who are saying they were able to get on were able to do so, because I couldn't do squat. And I do not have a VPN. I don't know if you need some kind of special magic wand or what, but for me it was a complete waste of money.
  14. Lol, I am the same way regarding a restaurant on land... one and done if I don't like it the first time, won't go back. Not about to waste my money a second time giving a second chance, but on a cruise, what do you have to lose? The burgers are free... well you know what I mean... not any extra expense and if you still don't like it, you can still just toss it and go find something else. No risk whatsoever! Guys Burgers aren't the absolute best burgers on the planet, but they are pretty decent. Give it another chance next time you cruise! Maybe you will be pleasantly surprised! And no, I am not an employee of Guys Burgers! 🙂 🙂
  15. Maybe it was just a bad day at the Guys Burger station! I haven't had such bad luck thank goodness! 🙂 But if I did get a dried out Crapburger, I would have tossed it and gone back for another. Perhaps you went at a time when there wasn't a big demand and the burgers had time to sit around under a heat lamp or something. A port day perhaps? I have only ever been to the Guys Burgers when there was a line and they couldn't keep up fast enough with keeping the hamburger patties coming, so it didn't have time to get charred or dried out. Try it again! Maybe you will have better luck. 🙂
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