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  1. The 11 day cruise is on Norwegian and the drink package is part of the perks so we "aren't paying extra" for it ha ha. I was rounding with gratuity to $600 for both of us for the package. If our drinks average $10 we'd have to drink 60 to break even, which is 30 each or 6 per day. I'm sure there will be a day or two where I'll have 6 but not all 5 days. The hub will probably average 6 or more a day on vacation so if I could get it for just him it would be a no brainer. We are going to track our drinking just for giggles. We're on vacation so we aren't going to freak out about it, but I am curious when we cruise on Carnival & Royal whether the package is worth it or not. It'll be a game with us to see which bars we can find drink special in lol. I'm also going to use the 2nd shot for $3 idea. Hmmm, if you want just a shot, like tequila or something is that $3 also? Or does that fee only apply to a second shot to put in an existing cocktail?
  2. We don't drink soda, coffee or anything else on the drinks package - just the booze. I can't drink every day. Every other day at most. He'll drink everyday but I don't think he'll drink as much as he thinks he does. That's another reason to not get the package, to really see what the cost is. No can do an inside room. I must have at least a window. I'm not super claustrophobic but enough that not seeing outside would make me nuts! If they call to offer a cheap enough balcony upsell, we might do that but I'm not sure what that offer usually is.
  3. Thanks all! I've been studying that thread about drink specials and taking notes! I'll be fine with a couple of bottles of wine and some bar cocktails, but the hub really loves his cocktails on vacation. I figure if the bar tab is less than $600 we came out ahead 🤣
  4. We booked a 5 night on the Valor out of NOLA next month. We just needed a quick cheap getaway. To add to the frugality of the cruise (so we can spend more on our 11 night in January lol) I booked our first ever non balcony cruise. I love my balcony but thought for 5 nights I could get by with a window only and save $200. We also are not purchasing the booze package for the first time ever for the hub. I just can't drink that much in that short amount of time. I called Carnival hoping I could talk them into letting me purchase it just for him but that was a no go. Pray for us that our bar bill doesn't break the bank! Should I quit being cheap and get my balcony and booze package? I thought it would be interesting to see how this all goes but the closer it gets to leaving the more nervous I get! 🤨
  5. Thank you everyone! One more question about the Miracle, does it have a laundry room for passenger use?
  6. Miracle certainly gets points for the adults only pool area. Kind of makes up for less pool area. Thanks for your thoughts so far. Interesting. So much to consider!
  7. Looking for some feedback on these two ships and ports for a Hawaiian sailing in 2021. Carnival is only $300 cheaper but it does go to an extra port - Kona. Carnival leaves from San Diego and Princess from Los Angeles. Any thoughts at all on which we might find more enjoyable as middle aged folks who like live music, good food and cocktails? Looking at the ships it seems that Star Princess has many more pools, hot tubs and bars. We've never sailed Princess and while I know it is more of a luxury line than Carnival, it is that different? More kids on Carnival? Better food on Princess? Will there be much in the way of live entertainment on either ship? Lots of upcharges for either line in the way of adults only areas etc? I'm also posting this on the Carnival board. Looking for any and all responses. Thanks!
  8. Looking for some feedback on these two ships and ports for a Hawaiian sailing in 2021. Carnival is only $300 cheaper but it does go to an extra port - Kona. Carnival leaves from San Diego and Princess from Los Angeles. Any thoughts at all on which we might find more enjoyable as middle aged folks who like live music, good food and cocktails? Looking at the ships it seems that Star Princess has many more pools, hot tubs and bars. We've never sailed Princess and while I know it is more of a luxury line than Carnival, it is that different? More kids on Carnival? Better food on Princess? Will there be much in the way of live entertainment on either ship? Lots of upcharges for either line in the way of adults only areas etc? I'm also posting this on the Princess board. Looking for any and all responses. Thanks!
  9. We'll be on the Valor this fall and not sure we'll get off the ship at least one of the port days. What will be open if we stay on ship as far as bars and restaurants? Any recommendations on what you like to do if you stay on the ship? Also, any tips for first day favorite things to do or specials? I think I read somewhere that there might be 1/2 price happy hour in Red Frog Pub but I'm not sure about that.
  10. Bumping because I'd be interested in this too.
  11. Are all of the music shows every night or do they alternate? Someone mentioned earlier that Guys and Iguana are open for lunch on embarkation day, is that correct?
  12. FTR, I don't think we had a bad M&G at all. Tons of people there. I guess we meet people easily so the M&G wasn't necessary for us to meet folks. Plus we met up with a bunch of our roll call folks the night before sailing at a restaurant and had great fun! Cheers to all!
  13. Am I the only one that finds Meet & Greets a snoozefest? I've only been to one but there was nothing about it that made me ever want to go to another. What is it some of you like about them?
  14. I choose the cruise line based on price, itinerary and then ship. My favorite thing about Royal is the adults only solarium. We're thinking of a short Carnival this fall and the particular ship has an adults only pool. Wish NCL had a good adults only pool option that we didn't have to pay a bunch extra for.
  15. Thanks for the review. We don't leave on Breakaway until January. Would someone answer some questions I still have? I've read that Moderno has a free breakfast and lunch buffet. Is that everyday or just sea days? How was Spice H2O? We're always looking for a relaxing adults only area. No pool but a fountain? Can men wear dress shorts in the Manhattan for dinner? There is a port or two where we'll stay on the ship. What is open?
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