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About ThePatientOne

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  • Location
    Gulf Coast of Florida
  • Interests
    Camping, cruising, (I wish I could do more)
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Jack's Shack, Grand Turk
  1. ThePatientOne

    cruise leaving 9/28. good idea?? HELP ME!!!!!

    To the OP... Many good ideas and suggestions here.. In a nut shell Pick the cruise that fits you and your budget the best. CCL is fun and they have gone to great lengths to get rid of the party boat rep. that they had. Make darn sure that your docs are in order.. Names match the booking etc,. Take half the clothes and twice the money. ;) Don't worry about hurricanes, they sail around them if they show up. Pick a center of the ship cabin for less motion Balconies are great, coffee in the morning and a night cap at night out there can't be beat. You have come to the right place. CC is a treasure trove of information. Cruise around the boards and check them out. Make sure your new bride is up for a cruising honeymoon.. You asked about internet and phones.. Someone commented already however I will add this.. You are on your honeymoon, ditch the phone and don't worry about the internet, It all will be there when you return.. (I turn my phone off once I board and don't turn it on again until I am back on dry land at the end.) Once you have booked, keep an eye out for price drops. Price drops either amount to a reduced fare or On Board Credit. Your TA or whoever else handled your booking will not tell you that the price went down. Good luck, many happy years together and happy cruising..
  2. [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Great review..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]I see you made it to Jacks.. Great place.. Jack and Janet are wonderful.. Can't wait to see them again..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Would love to have you and "The Andrew" join us in November.. You know where to find us.. :D[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  3. WOW, Great review.. Thanks for swinging by our roll call to let us know it was up.. Swing by and let us know when part 2 (and 3 and 4 and....) are ready.. (I will try and remember to swing by for a look see..) We can't wait for ours.. Oh yeah to the poster that mentioned a quiet roll call.. Keep posting to it to sort of "bump" it up to the top part of the roll call list.. Easier to see;):eek::D...
  4. ThePatientOne

    hotel in Charleston Sc Help

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]I thought I would swing by here as I am looking for a hotel that is within walking distance to food and bars.. We have a pretty large group and I think I am the only one who will be driving.. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]One thought for this thread.. If you are driving and have a Handicapped placard, you can park at the port of Charleston for free..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#ff0000]Oh yeah, we don't set sail on the Fantasy until November. Bummer.....[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Good thread..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  5. [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]I did not read all the posts.. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]You want a party, cruise during any college spring break,, You will find a party..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  6. To the OP, As I am sure you have figured out that you can in answer to your two questions.. On the ordering more than one entrée'. When you order two or three or how many ever you order, make sure the waiter delivers them at the time YOU want them.. IE: I ordered 2 for the surf and turf night and the second was delivered way to late to eat it.. Needless to say the waiter knew I was upset and made up for it later.. Now I will tell the waiter I would like both (or more) delivered at the same time.. Order what you want as much as you want.. It is your cruise, enjoy it..
  7. ThePatientOne

    Help!! What to wear!!

    To the OP.. Some very good advise here all around.. Please check out what everyone is saying.. I will add just one more piece of advice.. While having the "right" thing to wear at different times throughout the day is a good thing.. One piece of advice I got a long time ago that still holds true to this day in regards to taking a cruise to the Caribbean.. Pack half the clothes and twice the money and you will be set.. I will just about guarantee that no matter what you pack, you will bring back a good portion of it, not having been worn.. Just saying is all... Have fun on your cruise...
  8. ThePatientOne

    First timer looking for reassurance!

    Hey Sparkles. I will address your post first.. You did make some very valid points for the OP to consider.. I would like to warn you though, you posted a name of a travel site.. CC will send you to the naughty room for that.. (In other words, you will get a e-mail advising that you broke the rules and they may suspend your posting privileges for a bit, usually a week if they feel the need, I know, been there, done that) Now to the OP.. You are in the right place.. Read, read and read some more.. These boards are full of useful information.. Either that or just find a good TA that has plenty of experience with cruises and turn it over to them.. While I have not cruised Europe, I don't know how they are, I do know that I am a warm weather person and we usually cruise the Caribbean in the late fall early winter to try and stay warm for the winter months..;) Sorry, slightly off topic.. Basically what everyone here has said makes perfect sense.. Do your research and then decide which line, which ship and which route. Don't forget to look at each line as each has their own little quirks.. Some more on the "fun" side and some lean more toward the stuffed shirt side.. Depends on what you are looking for.. Cabin selection tips is another thing, Inside, no windows, Ocean view, just that a window to see out.. Balcony and suites all have balconies that you can enjoy the fresh air and sea breezes while at sea.. Also if by chance you are a smoker, (No I am not trying to start THAT argument:eek:) most lines still allow smokers to smoke on their balconies.. Where all cabins are non-smoking.. Just another thought to throw into the mix.. Good luck with the planning, like someone has said already, that is half the fun...:D
  9. ThePatientOne

    Rookie Cruisers...4 adults.

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]I missed this post on the first pass...[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Georgia][SIZE=4][COLOR=#0000ff]We're also looking at Comfort Inn Airport/Cruise Port South. It's within walking distance to K-Mart, restaurants and other shops and offers shuttle from airport and to port. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]This is the hotel I was speaking of in my other post..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  10. ThePatientOne

    Rookie Cruisers...4 adults.

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]To the O.P.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]First off, I have skimmed a good deal of the responses.. I will also agree 100% about a cabin for 4.. NO!!! If you are smokers and going on Carnival, you can still smoke on your balcony however not in the cabin..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Carnival is trying a new thing on a few of their ships and if it takes, it will go fleet wide.. What it is is a unlimited drink card.. For about $50.00 PP PD you can drink all you want.. All persons in the cabin must sign up for it so there is no sharing..(Like what does sometimes happen with the soda cards;) ) [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]We have sailed out of both Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and we always stay at the Comfort Inn on Stirling in Ft. Lauderdale.. It is next to the Hampton Inn that someone else posted.. bar on site, a cookout at night and a good breakfast bar in the morning.. They offer shuttle service to Port Everglades.. Also there is a Chipolte across the street..:D The hotel shows some signs of wear however the rooms are clean and the staff is super friendly..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Good luck and have fun.. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Remember for your first cruise, pack half the clothes and twice the money.. Trust me, this will make sense once you return...:D[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  11. ThePatientOne

    carnival valor

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]We have sailed the Valor.. Very nice ship.. As the previous poster has suggested I won't go into..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Our thoughts are this.. If you can afford it, upgrade!! While insides are inexpensive, they are dark!. At least with an ocean view you get to see some sun.. On that thought, we do not cruise anything less than a balcony. On the Valor we had a grand suite.. That is a matter of budget.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Here are the upsides to a balcony.. You have your own private space in which to enjoy your morning coffee/tea as well as your "night cap". Nothing like sipping your beverage of choice in solitude while looking as the sea slips past. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Also no matter which class of cabin you decide to cruise in, always check the deck plans for "stuff" that could keep you awake at night.. Under the Lido or above the theater are not good choices. Also while looking at the deck plans, if you see just a white space near your cabin that is not labeled, more than likely it is a service area. Room steward restock points and the like.. Just be aware..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Hope this helps..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  12. ThePatientOne

    Total rookie question re: muster drills

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]The location as others have said will be on the back of your cabin door.. It also is listed on your Sail and Sign card..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  13. ThePatientOne

    First Timers

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]While this does not pertain to the OP's cruise, the Dolphin excursion on Cozumel was also a great adventure.. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  14. ThePatientOne

    Dizzy & confused

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Simple rules for cruising...[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Don't stress!![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Take half the "stuff" and twice the money![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Relax and enjoy being pampered![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
  15. ThePatientOne

    Hotel pre-cruise in Fort Lauderdale

    [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]With all the hype for the Embassy Suites and I have no issues with them, we stay at the Comfort Inn on Stirling.. Pick you up at the airport, have a free shuttle to the pier in FLL. Not a 5 star however very friendly staff, the rooms while a little worn are CLEAN. Pool with pool side bar and a cook out at night. Shops within walking distance, McDonalds and Taco Bell next door and a Chipolte across the street..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]Prices not bad either... Just thought I would throw my 3.5 cents in..[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]