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  1. Hey everyone! Just got off the Carnival Pride's first sailing back and wanted to post a few summaries and answer any questions people might have. Service: The service overall was wonderful. People were happy to be back and full of smiles. I noticed a lot of name usage this time around which was also similar on the Horizon a few weeks ago. Must be a big push from corporate. I do wish more people were aware that this was the Pride's first sailing back since I think a lot of people didn't realize this was somewhat a shakedown cruise. The staff was doing their best to get back into the swing of things and just needed a few extra moments at times. No biggie at all but was pretty embarrassing how some other passengers were verbally treating the staff about this. Housekeeping: Cabin service is once a day and you can choose mornings or evenings. I only ran into my housekeeper once but he did a great job. Towel animals were made daily and extra requests were quickly handled. No complaints on my end. There were numerous staff constantly cleaning the public areas. The ship overall felt very clean and safe! Food: Carnival's food has really gone downhill. I noticed this on the Horizon a few weeks ago and especially on this sailing. Seems to be lower quality ingredients and lower choice options. Part of this is probably the Chef's figuring everything out but it is also corporate cuts. Sadly a lot of other people onboard were noticing this also. The steakhouse was delicious both nights I went though but service was taking about 2.5 hours. We didn't care but people who were not warned got upset. Both times we were seated about 30 minutes after our reservation time and placed our orders about 50 minutes after our reservation time. Bring patience because that meal is worth it. I really suspect Carnival is trying to push people to specialty dining, however for the ships that don't have a lot of those upcharge options, it's pretty blah. Ship: I absolutely love this class of ship. Tacky, old-school Carnival décor is my favorite! She is showing her age but didn't matter. I wish there were more Spirit class ships. Feel free to ask any questions! Overall I would say it was a 6.5 out of 10. Ship was 8 out of 10, service was 9 out of 10, food was 4 out of 10.
  2. My 11 day cruise on the Wind to Fanning Island was one of my favorites ever. I really loved how open the top decks of the Wind were. The worst seas I have ever encountered were returning from Fanning however. When I was working on the Pride of America it was a nice bonus that every other cruise the Wind would sail next to us all night on our way from Honolulu to Hilo.
  3. Thanks for the feedback all! The location would be Mexican riv and pacific coastal. Luckily this would only be one or two calls a week. Will think about it more. Thanks again!
  4. Not a downer at all, this is exactly the type of feedback I need. Thank you! I know NCL has pretty advanced internet (Netflix can even work) but wasn't sure about the other lines. Thanks again!
  5. Hey Everyone! I'm lucky to be able to work from anywhere and was thinking of booking a few HAL cruises to work from. From time to time I would have to join a zoom type call and was curious if this is possible on HAL? Basically in your experience, was the internet pretty reliable? Worst case I can join by audio only but would prefer video. Thanks in advance! (This would be on the Kon or Zuiderdam)
  6. Doing a nice tip the first day to one or two servers saying "thanks in advance, please keep an eye out for me and I'll have more of this the final night" always works well. In my experience they can be slammed with people in a different part of the casino but if they see you they come right over to make sure you don't need anything.
  7. From what I've been told by someone who I really trust, the itin won't be cancelled but the ship is changing to a different ship in the same class. That was as of last week though so maybe it will change next week lol
  8. I agree I really enjoyed her. To this day the worst rocking I have ever felt was on her while we sailed to Hawaii from Fanning Island. The stretch made her a little wobbly with those swells. The stacked restaurants on her stern overlooking the wake and aft pool was beautiful.
  9. Nice and spacious! I think the Norwegian Wind/Dream had the best pool decks. Plenty of space and didn't feel cluttered.
  10. I think they are just pointing out that the vaccinations don't prevent you from getting covid they just make the case minor if you do get it. A lot of people think you can't get covid if you've been vaccinated. I'm sure when cruises return several vaccinated people will be shocked to find out they have covid and might be denied boarding.
  11. I'd imagine their restart would be almost 100% identical policy wise to the other lines. 16/18+ needs to have had it done and children with a 72 hour covid test prior to sailing. They can't risk having an outbreak onboard again as it would be a PR disaster for their restart. With just a few ships doing the initial restart and smaller capacity it wouldn't be hard to meet their booking numbers with those rules in place.
  12. The passenger count wasn't terrible with multiple ships but the fares were quite lower and the big issue was staffing all three ships. It was more profitable to ditch two, reduce employee rated expenses and turnover and jack the fares of the sailings up 2-3x. Edited out the part about they wanted to own a lot of the land based experiences because it was just explained above better.
  13. The POA has been the cash cow of the NCL fleet since it became the sole ship to do the Hawaiian island 7 day itineraries for them and that will certainly continue for the years to come. When I was working onboard we made more in shore excursion revenue than the the rest of the fleet taking a single ship's combined casino and shore excursion revenue. Add on the high fares and it's a money machine.
  14. Two of us get about four a week total and they go straight into the trash in our mailroom. In the past two years they are batting 0 for 200 at my address. 😄
  15. We are not talking about combining the $600 OBC that Carnival offered to rebook a cruise due to a cruise being canceled due to covid-19. We are talking about the OBC Carnival offered passengers who had their Mardi Gras cruise canceled due to shipyard delays before covid19. A max of one $600 obc combined with Mardi Gras construction delays which was $100 per person.
  16. I recommend calling and speaking to a different agent. Let me see if this attachment works for a sailing. The first confirmation is with the $600 rebooking OBC and then after the supervisor approved the initial $100 pp Mardi Gras cancelation combination credit for a $900 OBC. If you just want to disagree still thats fine since it literally has zero impact on me but about a dozen different reservations I know have had the same success. Other people in this thread have too. 🤷‍♂️
  17. Typo or he was thinking of something else. That would be some major insider trading violations if he tried to tip off his followers that the company was going to file for bankruptcy. I still think its possible for some of the lines to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy for what it's worth to restructure and organize.
  18. I understand that and my scenario is the exact same as yours. I was on the original two cancelled MG cruises (included the maiden out of Copenhagen) due to construction delays pre-covid. Like what you just mentioned, our group was then eventually rebooked on a non MG cruise that was eventually cancelled due to covid. We booked another cruise (now the 4th cancelation cruise, two MG delays and two covid-cancelations) and were still able to get the $100 pp for MG delay added on top of the $600 OBC for rebooking a cancelled cruise due to covid. You might have to try a few agents or ask for the supervisor, but everyone in our group successfully combined the two OBC. 1. Mardi Gras Inaugurals out of Copenhagen Cancelled - given 25% FCC and $100 PP OBC. 2. Carnival Legend Europe for Aug 2020 booked with our $100 PP OBC applied. Eventually cancelled due to covid. $600 OBC offered if we rebook a cruise. 3. Carnival Panorama booked out of Long Beach for Nov 2020. Booking came with $900 OBC ($600 to rebook cancelled #2 above and $300 OBC from the $100 per person for the Mardi Gras delayed from #1 above) 4. Carnival Panorama cancelled so Carnival Legend out of Dover England booked with the $900 OBC transferred over. It's a lot of wording but basically the same scenario.
  19. That isn't the case for this OP scenario, or at least it wasn't, with these pre-covid19 Mardi Gras cancelations. It might take being placed on hold for a bit, or hanging up and calling again, but you can get both of these OBC combined as shown above.
  20. Same as the above poster. Three of us were on the original maiden voyage that got cancelled. Besides the 25% FCC bonus, we got $100 OBC each if we booked another cruise for a total of $300. The cruise we booked after the Mardi Gras cancelled ended up getting cancelled due to covid-19. We were offered $600 OBC to rebook something so now we have a cruise for June 2021 to the Norwegian Fjords and our cruise ticket shows $900 OBC. We were able to keep both credits but it took the agent a few minutes to sort it out with their supervisor.
  21. I don't think you will have to worry about this. I'd almost guarantee that Carnival and every country the ship visits will have a requirement in place that everyone must show proof of having the covid-19 vaccine. I think this would be pretty well advertised to them.
  22. The Legend has a drydock in Europe before this 2021 European season starts. If these cruises happen it will be the ship's first sailings since covid-19 shutdowns. She will reposition there without passengers. No TA to Europe but the European sailings available for now is the reason behind that.
  23. 100000% this. NCL's stale itineraries were getting to be extremely boring. Putting brand new ships on regular runs with a stop in Orlando, Nassau and GSC. One thing that Rio has done well is somewhat caught up compared to the other competitors with having fresh, exciting new itins in newer markets. We have done NCL out of Singapore and Tokyo which would have never been possible before FDR.
  24. I think the Jade is my favorite ship in the fleet now. They did an absolutely wonderful job during her extensive renovation. 1. The outdoor deck is pretty dead at night so the only sound you might hear is what you mentioned and that is some chairs being moved around in the morning when they set it up. 2. NCL is my favorite cruise line overall but their main dining food has really decreased in quality (most cruise lines have the same issue) so the specialty dining is definitely upgraded compared to that. We try to eat in them each night of a cruise and the meals tend to always be impressive to us. 3. Can't help with the internet question since I'm not sure.
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