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k.davis817

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  1. Tipping with the Cheers package can be a touchy subject on some boards! 😉 I've started preparing my tips ahead of time--dollar bill origami. It only takes a single one dollar tip for the bartenders to remember you and your cocktail of choice, when that dollar bill is folded to look like a dress, a wine glass or a fish. It's fun for me to take an hour or so and fold some dollar bills while watching television, plus it adds to the excitement of preparing for the next trip, and I know it's something that will be appreciated. If i were at any other bar, I'd include that extra tip anyway for my drinks.
  2. So I'm not the only one doing that for next summer's cruise?? 🙂
  3. When I was first thinking about the Cheers package, I did my own accounting. I drank what I wanted, when I wanted, like I would have done with the drink package. I spent slightly more than i would have if I'd gotten Cheers. I like trying more expensive wines that I would normally buy for myself at home, so those add up. I love the Alchemy cocktails, the fruity drinks, will have a couple of soft drinks per day, and generally get a couple of bottles of water per day. The last time I cruised with someone else in the same cabin, she didn't drink at all. Like you, it was really not worth paying for two drink packages. (I'll break even or come out ahead with one package, but probably wouldn't have, buying two.) I prepaid for a bottle of vanilla vodka to be delivered to my cabin instead of getting Cheers. Took advantage of being able to carry on a 12 pack of canned Cokes and the allowable limit of wine, and kindly asked the steward keep ice in my cabin. Boom: vanilla cokes for the week and wine for dinner. I also took advantage of the discounted AARP Carnival gift cards and applied those to my S&S card in case I wanted to indulge for the occasional Alchemy cocktail or something other than what I had in my cabin.
  4. I love saving money anywhere and anytime I can. Even though I don't get double points by using my FunPoints mastercard, I'll use it to pay for my AARP cards since I'll be immediately paying off that balance. A few points is better than the no points I'd get for paying directly with my debit card. I usually get the Cheers package on my cruises, paid ahead of time to take advantage of the prepaid discount. I then use the discounted AARP cards to pay off the prepaid Cheers package. Win-win-drink!
  5. I'm platinum and generally take advantage of priority debarkation and self assist (usually have a fairly early flight to catch). I've not ever heard an actual announcement for the priority. Like others have said, you'll get an instruction sheet in your cabin on the last day, telling you where and what time to meet if you want to do self assist. They don't announce it through the PA system--not that I've heard anyway--but will announce it in the P&D waiting area. Enjoy!!
  6. Spending way too much time (after work hours, of course) on eBay and Poshmark looking for the perfect cruise outfits and swimsuits!
  7. I got an OBC, as well, when the price of my next trip went down. I'm considering a couple of trips to the steakhouse too! 🙂
  8. Love it! I may have to use this rationale to book another trip for next year!
  9. THERE's the right attitude! :) Enjoy!
  10. Do the broom closets factor in somehow? ;p j/k
  11. Budget restrictions is how I discovered the porthole cabins--I don't mind the intside cabins but I'll always choose sunlight whenever possible. Definitely not a balcony, but i've not ever done one of those because I spend so little time in the cabin. I'm sure you'll enjoy whichever you decide on. I booked the Splendor for next June, since I'm starting that as my birthday tradition.
  12. I've never tried to take one carry-on, but do have a small corkscrew that stays in my travel toiletry bag at all times (along with my favorite bottle stopper ;) ).
  13. Totally agree!! I have a travel companion now and that's how it started. Mentioned I was taking a trip and she said she would like to go but definitely wanted her own cabin. We've taking two cruises 'alone together' this year, with two more planned for next year. We book separately, we travel to the port separately (coming from different areas of the country), we do some things on the ship separately, and it works out wonderfully. I love solo cruises!
  14. Personally, I travel solo because I've found I do better with my own cabin on my own schedule. But then, I've been traveling solo since the late 80s and I'm not married. I do have a coworker who enjoys cruising but her significant other doesn't like being "confined" by a cruise. They've worked out a great deal: she cruises alone together with me (separate cabins with the understanding we do our own thing at times but generally do excursions and dinner together), and he goes hunting. Works well for them, and for me!
  15. Agree with the previous poster--it's not for everyone. For me, if I'm traveling alone, I will get the Cheers package because it's worth it for me. I like the higher dollar martinis, and enjoy wine with dinner. Even with just these, it pays for itself for me, even without the fruity umbrella drinks and Cokes I may drink during the day. I'll get a couple of bottles of water to take with me on excursions. To each his own.
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