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  1. Most of my voyages have been during hurricane season.  I like the lower prices.  I have had my itinerary  switch from eastern to western, western to eastern,  got "stuck" almost an extra full week out to sea due to hurricane Irma,  got "stuck" on an island excursion due to unpredicted torrential downpours making it impossible to tender back to the ship until it stopped (a few extra hours) , missed Half Moon multiple times due to choppy waters, to name just a few hurricane season predicaments.

    Given the choice, I would not have changed a thing.  I paid much lower pricing, saw sunsets and sunrises that almost made me cry, wobbled on the Lido, overindulged in warm chocolate melting cake, baked in the sun, relaxed in the hot tubs, watched Dive In movies under warm evening skies, swam in far away oceans, chilled out in a Serenity deck clam shell with just me, myself and I, refused my hair getting braided more times than I can count, met people from all over the planet, you get the jist.  It can rain at any time of the year.  

    If I avoid any particular time of the year to cruise, its Jan-March.  Just way too much unpredictable weather in the north east to fly!

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  2. I just got off the Horizon and was anytime dining. I originally went to deck 5 to reserve, then got a notice via Hub app that my table was ready on deck 3. After that first time traveling to deck 5, I reserveddirectly through the Hub from my stateroom and received notice of my table being ready within 10 minutes each time. When making my reservation for 2, there was an option during making the reservation as to whether I wanted to join in a group table or keep my seating for two. I chose table for two each time and was never seated next to anyone. I know about those tight seating arrangements as they are not really for two when you are 4 inches away from the table next to you. I am very sociable but me and my cruise mate wanted to be a bit introverted during our dinner. We are 2 old time friends who wanted to talk girltalk privately without people sitting next to us listening in...... #girlfriendsecrets

  3. I just got off the Horizon today (NYC) and we had to skip San Juan in order to give us the extra sea day needed to get ahead of Hurricane Florence, an excellent decision by Carnival. We also had the free bingo games with lucky Jennifer from Brooklyn winning the 5 day OV cruise! What a nice gesture from Carnival.

    I appreciate the awesome attitude from the OP who did not complain about such a drastic itinerary change but rather embraced it.

    I have done most of my sailings during hurricane season and have had many itinerary changes due to foul weather. Its part of the deal when cruising at this time.

    Thanks for the positive post TNCruising02!

  4. I'd be happy if my neighbors would just turn off their balcony lights.



    I had that very issue on several sailings. I left a very polite post it note on their door asking them to be aware that there lights were on all night. Some people will say that will just tick them off and could cause a neighborly riff but each time I did the post it note, they turned of their lights. One couple even thanked me because they said when they left for the evening, they really didnt pay much attention to it. Now keep in mind, this was only when the lights were left on at night and they were not on their balconies. Never hurts to ask. The majority of people are pretty cool about things. I feel schmucks are in the minority.

  5. Flying or driving to the port can make all the difference as to how many organizational thingies you bring due to weight and suitcase space. If I am blessed enough to be able to cruise out of a New England port (rarely), I definitely pack more but if I have to toss in the cost of airfare and checked baggage to a cruise, (usually) I definitely go lighter.

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