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  1. Your explanation wasn't confusing, just unnecessarily rude.
  2. I stayed at Fortune House Hotel in Brickell. The "rooms" are actually apartments, with a bedroom, living room and kitchen. There is a tiny furnished balcony. The price was very reasonable (~$169) and the location was perfect (right across the street from The Four Seasons). The hotel and my room were immaculate, the staff fantastic. I didn't cook, but made ample use of the microwave, fridge and coffee pot. It's walking distance to anything you want in Brickell, including City Center, Mary Brickell Village and the free train. I loved my stay there and wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Uber to the port was about $10. Some of the rooms might have port views; I had a city view with some view of the bay from my balcony. Look them up online, it might be perfect for your needs. Jana .
  3. I cruise both lines extensively and find them to be very similar. I am retired, living on a small fixed income, usually travel solo so for me, I don't care what ship, what line or even what itinerary... it's all about the cost. That said, here's my comparison. I find that the food quality, venues and availability is better on Carnival with the exception of the buffet, which hands down goes to Royal. Decor on Royal is more staid and genteel; on Carnival it can be a bit over the top (but I like that sometimes!). Ship-sponsored activities are similar but Royal gets the prize for self-generated action, with the climbing walls, Flo-Rider, ice skating rink etc. I've only been on ships as big as Voyager class so I'm not as familiar with flying, zip lines, trampolines etc. Carnival's beds are 100X more comfy than Royal's. Staff is very similar, they aim to please and generally do. Shopping is almost identical. Carnival's casinos are slightly better. Royal wins in entertainment and production shows, but Carnival has a nightly comedy show. Carnival wins for kids' programs. In any event, as someone else mentioned, the passenger base going to Cuba is not going to be the party-hearty college crowd. Which ship are you considering? Three ships are being added this year, right now it's just Paradise. Another Fantasy-class and two larger ships will join the itinerary after March of this year. All are great choices. Come back and let us know what you decide! Jana .
  4. But they all know you, and know they'd better not!
  5. DEFINITELY! Going through the Kiel canal is calming and charming; entering the river at St. Petersburg is astonishing (it's RUSSIA!) and historic, and winding through the little islands en route to Helsinki and Stockholm alone make the balcony worth it. It's an expensive cruise; don't short yourself of some of the joy for $600. Get the balcony!
  6. Maybe the question should be "How bad was work?" jj
  7. OMG is that the "thug life" T from another review? Oh, LOL!!!
  8. Where I live, a great burger is hard to come by. I love Guy's. My local Fred Meyer (Kroger's) occasionally offers poke at its butcher counter. OMG. Yum. jj
  9. Hi James, I can't thank you enough for this; it's kept me occupied and hungry for more for days. I'm going solo on Magic (same itinerary as yours) at the end of this month, same trip as Rio Negro (waving hi!). It's my first time on that ship so all of your commentary and photos are meaningful to me. But guess what else is meaningful? For the first time I have reserved my pre-cruise hotel stay in Brickell instead of the usual airport motel or a SoBe classic. I wanted to do it and by God, I am doing it, without any knowledge of the area at all. I am staying right across the street from Four Seasons (you grabbed a shot of my hotel in your photo stream); without you, I NEVER would have known about Saturday happy hour there. And your photos of the general area have me beyond excited... nothing where I live is over two stories tall! Your view of the inside of the MetroMover helped me too since I use a mobility scooter and I could see the space available for me. Needless to say, I'll be following this to the end, enjoying your journey with you. I don't drink much but your photos and descriptions almost make me wish I did. Thank you SOOOO much! jj PS: I knew exactly what your pendant was when I saw it because I have one too. I read your Vista review to find out who. She was lucky to have you. PS#2: It's been four years. It will take at least another year, maybe two, before you will be able to allow yourself to feel any joy again. But you will.
  10. Exactly. I wasn't calling you out, Kingston13, I just had recent experience --Friday-- with this exact scenario.
  11. Um, I don't think so. I'm on a Premier cruise (my first!) and the price for my cabin category has dropped. I called and asked if I could get an OBC and was told no, that "there is no price protection" on casino rates after final payment. JJ
  12. >>GASP!<< GERIATRICS??? You talkin' to me, Bub???
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