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Everything posted by ray98

  1. Obviously there is a reason or they wouldn't go through all the trouble to change it. It comes with cruising, all lines do it at times.
  2. Everyone is different. For us Cheers absolutely makes sense. I never have a day where I don't drink at least 6 drinks. A couple of beers mid-day by the pool, two with dinner and at least two watching the live bands in the evening. Then there are the sea days where that total may double. When we factor in the coffee we start off with daily and the bottles of water we order every few hours it all adds up. .....but I am not one to analyze things down to the penny. I am willing to pay for the experience I want, that is why we cruise or do all inclusive type vacations. If squeezing every dime consumed my thoughts I would just do a motel 6 at the beach.
  3. They serve you the liter size bottles. We always have the water served from the pitcher and take our bottles to go.
  4. A good portion of reviews are full of exaggerated crap. People use them to try and settle a score, on the other hand 99% of people who are perfectly pleased with an experience will never document it. You have to take all that in context. I read reviews after we get home of every cruise we go on, usually I find a few that leave me scratching my head wondering if we were on the same ship.
  5. East......Western cruises are a dime a dozen.
  6. By what exactly? In my experience they sell the same things Carnival does.
  7. Yup. The mainstream lines are all so remarkably similar in their business model. I just can't understand how you can find so many negative differences that are so substantial they wouldn't 'go even if it was free'.
  8. I can do without the balcony, my bar tab is going to be expensive either way so I might was well get Cheers and enjoy it.
  9. I read this with a puzzled look on my face. I have been on pretty much every mainstream line, several times each with Carnival leading the count by a large margin. They all do most things the same way, in the spots where they try to be unique you will find something better and some worse than the competition. However, NCL in my experience is nothing like you describe. The food, just dishes just like other lines, ranged from okay to fabulous. For the entertainment, even on the biggest ships, there are only a couple of shows where reservations are recommended. You can still show up for those if seating is available. For the rest of them it was general seating just like Carnival does. Thinking of it, the cruise we took on the Escape last year may have been our best cruise ever.
  10. I don't think anyone knows how the new program will be set up.
  11. We purposely book as close to an elevator as possible. We have never noticed excessive noise. We do usually run a white noise sound at night so it would drown everything out anyway.
  12. Yes....there is a shower on the port side by the jacuzzis in the Serinity. We did self debark last spring and were off the ship by 8am.
  13. You can't discuss any topic like this without a list of people complaining like it is the worst thing in the world. I have several sandwiches from the new menu on our last cruise and was not disappointed. Don't worry about it.
  14. There is nothing wrong with the product NCL offers.....they do some things better and some things worse than Carnival. I have been on many on both lines. Do the math including everything and see what is the best deal.
  15. Huh? Most places do not honor mistakes. In fact virtually every large retailer, travel industry or not, have published disclaimers stating as such.
  16. The same amount the refund to the passengers since that is who pays it.
  17. No....specialty coffee is served in the JavaBlue Cafe coffee shop. The coffee available at the Atrium bar is the standard fare usually used for coffee based alcoholic drinks. It opens early, by 6.
  18. I am excited about the new menu.....I enjoy having some new options.
  19. They are both salesmen chasing a commission.....nothing more.
  20. I think it is easier for Carnival to just hold the program to the second day based on how it is set up. Due to the restrictions on the package Carnival has to post the transactions at the time of service, other lines have different policies and can formally tender the charges later.
  21. I have won and lost. My usual tactic is to pick a couple of weeks in the future for a vacation and start watching cruises using the sites that put everything out there in a certain time frame in list view. Sometimes one of them will become a good deal months ahead of sailing. When it does I will book under Early Saver and if I misjudged it and it hasn't reached bottom then nothing lost. Sometimes everything stays stable and I wait until just a couple months out to book. I always get a good deal and sometimes a really good deal. You just have to be open where and have a little flexibility in the timing. When you are keyed in on one cruise like you were if the price is acceptable then go ahead and book it if you can handle the terms of ES. If it drops you lose nothing.
  22. Strange things happen with all machines....you may have a group of problems and theb perfect reliability for years.
  23. There is a Customs Officer who worked in Jacksonville in May who has a different opinion.
  24. We bring it every time. Get asked for it 50/50 at check-in and coming through Customs. We were asked to present it last May in Jacksonville by the Customs Officer, I had to dig it out of our folder because the wife only handed me our BC's.
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