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About samiam0403

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    Mexico Beach, FL
  • Interests
    Cruising (obviously) and enjoying my retirement!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Thanks to NCL's drink package shenanigans, I no longer have a favorite cruise line.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Wherever the ship is going.

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  1. Annnnd remainder of balance from my 10 April cruise posted today (27 June). 98 days for full refund.
  2. Finally! Saw at least my $200 deposit refunded to my AmEx today. Now waiting on the remainder of final payment. Booked - 14 Nov 2019 Sailing date - 10 April 2020 Cancelled Carnival excursions - 18 March 2020 Carnival cancelled cruise - 20 March 2020 Requested refund - 21 March 2020 Carnival shore excursions refunded - 7 May 2020 Called Carnival to confirm refund request had been received - casino rep told me he processed refund request while I was on phone - 14 May 2020 Partial refund received - 25 June 2020
  3. Yep! Frequent solo cruiser here - as long as the ship has a steakhouse, that's where I dine the first night.
  4. I am clearly the odd duck out, as I much prefer Horizon over Breeze. After 15+ years of sailing Carnival, the ships were all starting to feel the same. Then I sailed on Horizon and was wowed. Loved everything about it, and the crew was beyond amazing and personable. Had dinner one time at Teppanyaki early on, and every night after that, the hostess would greet me by name whenever I walked by for the rest of the week. Sailed on Breeze this March (the last sailing this year) and was not similarly impressed. Everything was so jam-packed crowded and blah. I know people love Breeze, and I'm sure I'll give it another try someday, but for now it's at the bottom of my list of Carnival ships.
  5. I was the same way until Hurricane Michael hit my town. I'll never stay for another hurricane - ever. OP - thanks for the heads up!
  6. This is what I was going to recommend. The 50% off the first night is a fantastic deal - you can get some amazing wine for a great price. I like to get a Far Niente or Caymus cabernet, but the FN is impossible to find lately. Last cruise I got a bottle of Stag's Leap SLV cabernet that was incredible - it's my new favorite. I drink a few glasses with dinner, then make another reservation for night 3 to finish off the bottle.
  7. While I appreciate the OP suggesting new ideas, I'd definitely pass on boxed meals. After a whole lot of deployments where I was fed MREs and 'boxed nasties,' the mental association is there always. Hard pass.
  8. While, as others have said, it depends on your comfort level, I would. Currently booked on Riviera for mid-December again, and am keeping my fingers crossed that it sails. The fact that Riviera is sailing from a US port to standard Caribbean ports makes me a bit more optimistic that she'll sail. (Opinion and wishful thinking only, of course.)
  9. The offer, which surprised me, was a free junior suite on any Caribbean sailing this fall. I've always wanted to try one of the massive Royal ships - just once, mainly to ride the carousel - and so this one worked perfectly. And I can DRIVE to the port - always a plus. :-)
  10. I was on the last sailing of Breeze before the cruiselines started canceling - and my next cruise is entirely too far away. Was supposed to sail on an Elite cruise in April on Spirit from Hawaii to Vancouver, but that got canxed. Had a music charter booked in Nov, but once the musicians started canceling, the cruise line agreed to postpone it until next year. But then Royal Caribbean sent me an offer for a free junior suite and I couldn't turn it down - sailing 29 November on Harmony of the Seas. 2 weeks after that, I'm off on Oceania Riviera for a week of indulgent relaxation.
  11. PS Thanks to the OP for starting this thread! I had completely forgotten about the Mongolian steak salad and the Caribbean pepper pot soup. One quick google later, and I found the recipe for the soup - the ingredients are going on my grocery list for next week!
  12. I miss the macaroni and cheese with fried chicken on top that they used to have on the brunch menu. I only had it once or twice before they revamped the menu, but it was delicious! Other old menu items I miss - the Caribbean pepper pot soup and the steak salad - both on the old lunch menus. As far as current items I miss - the entire Alchemy bar menu. 😃
  13. I feel your pain. My 10 April sailing was cancelled by Carnival on 20 March. I requested a refund 21 March. I called Carnival on 14 May to check the status, and was told it hadn't been processed, but he'd do it while I waited on the phone. Still waiting. It's a bit frustrating to see people with May sailings getting refunded. At this rate, based on when he processed it and what I'm seeing other people comment as to their process dates vs actual refund dates, I'm not getting a refund for at least another month. Ugh.
  14. Odd. I booked a specific cruise while on Riviera last year using the reduced deposit, and I was told I could change the booking to a different at no cost or extra deposit - but only once. Upon arriving home, I rebooked to a different ship and didn't pay a dime. Could it possibly be a US vs UK issue?
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