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About MISTER 67

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  • Location
    Sebring Florida
  • Interests
    Golf, reading and Cruising on the high seas
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Holland America, MSC
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call

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  1. You took the words right out of my mouth.
  2. IMHO, the Royal and the Regal. Most of the Grand Class ships are just about identical, they are all fine ships but not as classy as the Royal and Regal.
  3. Cool, we live in Sun N`Lake, 10 years now after living 17 years in Naples.
  4. We live 80 miles southeast of Tampa and have just about the same weather. January normally is cool and in the 70s but it can sneak into the low 80s or if a cool front moves in you can have frost in the AM with highs only in the low 60s. I wouldn't count on taking a dip in the gulf but if you just want to relax on the beach on a warm day your chances are pretty good. We love Tampa, lots to do and see and like others have stated it's a great sail from the port out to Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. We are originally from Chicago and have lived in Florida for 27 years but if we ever decided to move to large metro area, it would be in the Tampa Bay area.
  5. We've sailed 5 times with MSC, 4 on the Divina which is one of our favorite ships and 1 on the Seaside. Never a bad cruise, food is pretty good especially with pasta dishes, pizza and in the buffet. Some of the best entertainment at sea but you won't find comedians because of the language differences, shows are more visual. The Italian night in the show room is fantastic especially when the tenor sings Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partio). The Michael Jackson show is fantastic.The last afternoon at sea they perform shortened versions of famous operas, the last one was Madam Butterfly, the show was so good it had us in tears. Some very good entertainment also in the lounges and in the Atrium. A lot of Europeans, Asians and South Americans. Some of them can be downright rude especially in the buffet line and getting on and off the elevators, but not enough to ruin your cruise. The cruise rates can't be beat, we have booked the Merviglia for next April at 500.00 each for an inside cabin and they are very good with upgrades. MSC which is owned by the 2nd largest shipping company in the world and has all the money they need. They have the best prices onboard for everything from drinks to photos, they don't gouge like some the lines. They also have a loyalty match program were they match the highest level you have with another. Since we are Elite with Princess we were awarded with Black Card level before our first cruise, you have to prove your status with the other line. We were invited to 2 cocktail parties,, a free photo, 2 free dinners in a specialty restaurant, in our cabin we received a bottle of Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and 2 replicas of the ship made with chocolate.
  6. They can take their upsells and pound sand, give me a free upgrade or nothing. We were offered an upsell and after checking it cost more than if I were to make a new booking. Called HAL and they said " that happens sometimes". HAL is not the only culprit, all the lines do it.
  7. We are Elite and have never been treated better than any other passenger. When we took our first Princess cruise in 1989 we were not treated worse than any other passenger. What goes on in places other than the public rooms and restaurants. I can't address. We have never booked a suite on a cruise so maybe those folks get better service in their suites but with 60 cruises we have always had excellent service in our cabin.
  8. We constantly get mailings from Princess and Holland America, not so with RCCL, MSC or Celebrity.
  9. You could drive to Houston for cruises out of Galveston or New Orleans.
  10. We live in Florida and gave up flying 10 years ago. There is nowhere that we feel we need to see that would include flying to get there. We are happy taking our 3 or 4 Caribbean cruises a year out of one of the Florida ports. For us the ship is the destination as we hardly get off the ship anymore. We hate flying, the whole experience is almost depressing besides being stressful.
  11. We've had some great deals with MSC and our cruises have been closer to Champagne than beer, a nice perfect Manhattan would be about right.
  12. You are correct on the buffet, have cruised many times and MSC has the best buffet and of course the pasta and the pizza are outstanding.I've had some great dishes in the MDR and nothing was close to inedible.
  13. Loved the old Westerdam, the one that HAL bought from Home Lines, believe it was called the Homeric. They did a stretch job on her, cutting her in half and adding about 100 feet. The newer ships, I'll take the Eurodam but actually theres hardly any difference in that class of ship. Give me any ship that has the real promenade deck with the old steamer loungers, I hate that the cruise industry has done away with them.
  14. I know Holland America does and it's free.
  15. If one line does it, they will all do it.
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