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    Hot rods
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    Caribbean

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  1. I do apologize for not responding earlier. Thank you so much for the picture. I will let the Queen know. Again, sorry for the delay.
  2. We are booked on Seaside and I like to travel with plug-in style air fresheners for our room. We've sailed on RC Liberty and the ones from Bath and Body worked well, but then took them on RC Harmony and the outlets were sideways with shelving on top so they wouldn't work. Will they work on Seaside?
  3. Thanks for the show schedule posting. We were on Harmony last year. Again, thank you.
  4. Following. At some point, can you post what the live shows are this year on Liberty? Looking to going in October. Thank you, have fun!
  5. Just to hijack my own thread, thoughts about MSC compared to R/C?
  6. Mattb31, your point of there being some on the R/C threads that scoff at Carnival is the very reason I posted here. I knew from the get go there would probably be some diehard loyalists. All of you above seem to lean toward R/C, but you have spoken about Carnival in a more sincere way. As a hot rodder, I am all about my Chevelle, and most other GM vehicles. I do like some Fords and a very few Mopars. My associate Pastor is GM & Ford, where our associate Pastor's father is a Mopar guy, and we have blast ribbin' each other over it. It's not one is better (chevelles are😎), it's merely personal preference. Ya'll have given me your personal preference while at the same time not coming out with anti-Carnival. I thank you for that. Gotta git now and go see which of the two Carnival cruises I may enjoy more. Thank you everyone for answering. And let me also thank anyone now that post after this one.
  7. After 25yrs, my Queen finally got me on a ship, in water over my head, when we booked a Disney cruise in 2012, with our son. Now it's just the two of us, so we took to Royal Caribbean in '17 & '18. Liberty then Harmony. We loved it, (or should I say I loved it). The Queen turned me, wouldn't ya know. We are looking for a cruise this year, and unlike previous years, the date is set in stone. In October. With that, about the only ones coming up in the allotted time is a couple of Carnival cruises. We have been told that Carnival cruises typically are...party barges, loud music and/or guests, overrun by kids, as well as being full of drunks that lose their liquor in the hallways. For those that normally sail R/C, but have sailed Carnival at least once, what is your opinion? Is it as stated above? I understand every cruise taken, even within the same line, can be totally different from trip to trip. We prefer to relax, have at least some peace and quiet, and able to find entertainment on ship that is not totally a kid activity, nor a 'mature audience only' entertainment. We do not drink or gamble, so those are moot points. Ships in question are Freedom and Magic into the Caribbean if it makes a difference. Please let me know your opinions using R/C as the standard, so I can make an informed decision. Thank you so much for your help.
  8. MicCanberra & Gwendy, thats where my OP meant to go. Calliopecruiser, if you do not know, a CCW is concealed carry weapon.
  9. If I were paranoid, I wouldn't leave home. If I were worried, I wouldn't board a ship going to foreign countries. In Missouri, I prepare for tornadoes. I listened/heeded storm alerts for years. My father-n-law had some of the same comments as above about being paranoid, etc. But just a few yrs ago, a twister missed our home by 1200ft. Missed my inlaws by half that. Guess who got a weather radio, and considered a storm shelter till he passed. My questions are my attempts to keep my family as safe as possible, if by nothing more than knowledge. Do you check safety ratings on potential new vehicles? Do you check locations of EXITS in case of fire or other emergency evacuations? Do you have a CCW? All the same. And yes, I agree, the possibility of some terrorist attack upon such a target may be very slim, but not impossible. Just think, how many of us would have thought September 11, 2001 would have happened as it did? Please continue. I found the hiring of retired Israeli military the most interesting this far.
  10. Wow. Thank you all for putting the wandering mind to ease. I know deep down I knew security, especially at sea, would be good, but it's just one of them things ya know. I really appreciate all the different pcs of info, I had no idea! I'l have to watch more closely on the next trip while entering/leaving the ports. And yes, JB, guns under the waterslides were in jest. They're really under the swimming pools 🀫 Again, thanks folks. Now to get that October trip booked.
  11. Thank you all for your responses. As for the couch thing, I'll just behave myself so I won't need it....just in case 😘
  12. Thank you. We have not used room service and don't plan to. It was nice to know about the chance of an upgrade.
  13. Maybe this has been discussed but I missed it. If so, I apologize up front. I wanted to be in security/law enforcement up till my 20's. I'm 53 now. God had other plans, so I am not in that field. But, it's still a big passion of mine. Now that I've put that out there, on with my questions. I'm positive the questions will make some nervous from "never thought of that" to I have an "alternative" reason for asking. I also know, for security reasons, any answers to the questions could be very generic because the real answer does not need to be in the public eye. I'm not seeking specific information, but I would like enough information to calm the mind. My Queen and I have cruised once on Disney and twice on Royal Caribbean. We are looking at different cruiselines for this year. I have never seen any official security aboard the ships. I know they are there, and I'm sure they have special training and weapons needed for a violent onboard incident. Am I correct? Or is security simply there for the occasional disruptive guest or crime? This next question is what concerns me most. When at port, whether on day one or at the various destinations, the ships are relatively safe. But what about when at sea? Cruising the Caribbean, Cuba, Bahamas, etc, ships are close enough to land masses for smaller sea going vessels to come up to the ships. Small aircraft especially could reach a ship. Have the cruiselines taking any recourses to thwart an at sea attack? Are cruise ships prepared for a physical attack from sea or air, and are they prepared for a potential "boarding"? By sea, a potential threat could be identified early, hopefully early enough. The height of the ships side would make boarding difficult, but not impossible. Aircraft gives a whole other threat level though. Cruiseship cannot defend agaist that unless there are deck guns under the waterslides. I hope I am not asking a potentially unanswerable question, but for security reasons I understand. Thank you.
  14. Due to a comment I made in the MSC section, I'm posting here. That comment was that most forum posters fall into only two catagories, those that love it, or those that hate it. The 90% inbetween rarely post. Though the posts are to be helpful, this does make it difficult to make proper decisions. It's just how forums are. So here's my 90% on Royal Caribbean. Our first cruise was Disney in 2012. It was definitely a learning experience. I'd stay with them as a cruiseline but at nearly double the price, uh, no. Though the target audience is kids, most of the activities can be done by anyone for fun. One was trying to find all the Mickeys aboard the ship. They were everywhere, some obvious, some very well hidden but in plain sight. Multiple other activites. Comparing onboard activites to RC, Disney wins hands down. But since this is the RC forum. We went on Liberty in 2017, then Harmony in 2018. There were some very minor differences between the two ships I would like to compare. Not bad, just differences. I use a cpap at night. On the Liberty, there were not any plugs by the bed in our room. Do not know if this is ship wide or if we just happen to get the room without them. Had to request an extension cord that we ran halfway across the room. On Harmony, there were plugs by the bed On Harmony, the Queen complained she did not have a mirror with sufficient lighting on which to apply make-up. Do not remember this on Liberty. We travel with a plug-in room airfreshener. No problem on Liberty. On Harmony, the plugs all had some type of obstruction above them like a glass shelf. This would not allow the airfreshner to plug in. The one, usable plug the airfreshener fit in was not very tight, allowing the airfreshener to fall out of the socket. As for the crew, top notch. Maybe it was our dining time, but, on Harmony, we had the same servers for only 2 of the 6 dinners in main dining room. Those 2 nights were great. The other 4 nights were not so great. On Liberty, we had same servers every night. They were great. Folks taking care of the room were also great. Ship wise, size is obviously the biggest difference. We did not have any abnormal weather or roughness of seas, but I think Harmonys size and weight made for a smoother glide thru the water. A few more activities on Harmony than Loberty. Personally, I would like to see an indoor movie theater that ran maybe 4 different movies throughtout the day (Disney has multiple theaters, but that would be only appropriate). It would make for a place to just relax and be entertained without distractions of talking, clapping, hollering, etc I really only have 2 complaints of the RC cruiseline. On Liberty, we got really tired and annoyed of the upsells. It seemed every place that had room for a folding table, there was someone trying to sell specialty dining or drink packages, internet, etc. First full day onboard, I can put up with this. This went on all thru the week to the last full day. It was too much. On Harmony, we'd run into an upsell table maybe once a day. That was better. The other upsell we encountered multiple times at the buffet. A crewman would stop at our table and would begin.."we've had multiple request to see the kitchen. With so many, the captain has decided to allow a tour of the kitchen. We'll even include a dinner at the end. Tour and dinner $35pp"...uh, no. Now, a tour of the behind the scenes of the bridge, engine room, kitchen, etc? Maybe. I know that upsells are part of business, it just got old. As for the second complaint, it's food related.--Royal Caribbean are you reading this?---they really need to get a good southern cook to show them how to make a proper biscuits and gravy! The other is vegetables on the buffet. Yes, there were various cooked vegetables, but always some kind of medley. I would like to have seen just plain yellow corn, or green beans, or something similiar. Liberty had an omellet station during breakfast in the buffet. Harmony's was a simple fried egg station. I hope this helps since it's not an I love it or an I hate it review. Just little things. Happy cruising.
  15. I'm an ole' hotrodder & spend a fair amount of time on car forums. With this experience, I understand most "reviews" and opinions on the forums usually only fall in one of two catagories; the very best, and the very worst. In between these two are probably the other 90% that rarely post on forums, thus it does make it hard to discern if subject X is good or bad. If these questions have been asked but I missed them, I apologize. And I have read thru so many postings I've got sealegs sittin' in my recliner! We cruised Disney in 2012, RC Liberty in '17 and RC Harmony in '18, all western Caribbean. Disney was our learning cruise, and would love to go on their ships again, but not at nearly double the price. Only difference between the two RC's was ship size. Aside from the fact RC really needs to get a good southern cook to make a proper biscuits and gravy πŸ₯΄ We would like to try a different line and are looking at MSC, as well as Norwegian. But since this posting is for MSC......So far, the so called lack, or slowness, of service, rudeness, etc is merely the social differences of Europeans vs Americans? For the questions for those that have been on MSC Seaside out of Florida to the eastern Caribbean.... (we don't drink or gamble, so thats a moot point) 1-what on MSC is worth paying extra? (only extra on ship we've have paid extra for has been the murder mystery dinner on Liberty) 2-what on MSC is not worth the extra dime? 3-I only get rooms with balconys. The room is only for sleeping & napping, the balcony for reading & hoping to see anything break the water that we do not have in Missouri, so if theres enough room to comfortably sit inside or out, thats enough. I know the rooms will be pretty much the same across all cruise ships as they are made by just a few companies and tweaked to each lines personal design. But I see there are differing levels such as Bella vs Fantastica. Is it worth the $90 difference between these two? Any particular floor(s) that offer best rooms for quietness, and views? 3-on the Harmony, we somehow ended up with 2 specialty dining deals. Don't get me wrong, but we weren't overly impressed. Basically same food that we could get in the main dining room with just enough of a twist to make it different. But we did go crazy for the salts 150 Central Park offered though. Per different threads, it sounds like food on Seaside (all cruise ships regardless of line?) runs the same way? Same thing in most resturaunts with a slight twist to personalize it to each place? 4-we like the more historical type of excursions. As for the excursions available to MSC guests, how do they compare to RC's? Or are ALL the excursions for whomever is in port regardless of cruiseline? 5-I use a CPAP at night. On the Liberty, we had to request an extension cord to get to the nearest plug on the other side of the room. Harmony had a plug next to the bed. Any idea if there are plugs by the bed or should I bring my own extension cord? 6-lastly, anything else I may be forgetting? Thank you all for your time.
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